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Every baby is a precious gift from God!
My sister is expecting a baby girl soon. Of course I’m excited about that.
But I also can’t help exclaiming over every baby picture that my brother-in-law’s cousin posts of his baby nephew. (Confused? I just mean that I get inordinately excited over a baby boy that’s in no way related to me…)
And I definitely overused the exclamation point recently when I found out that one of the girls I follow on Instagram is having twins. I’ve never even met this girl (though I do appreciate her ministry very much).
The point is that I get ridiculously excited over every baby that I know of.
Why? Because every baby is an exceedingly precious gift from the Lord! 🙂
But babies are a lot of work, too
I never appreciated how much work it is to take care of a baby until I was assigned to “the baby room.”
It was my first year working at a new Montessori school. I had come with the assumption that I’d be working with 2- to 5-year-olds. But a lady quit unexpectedly. And there was a need in “the baby room.” So I volunteered to fill in the gap.
It was a sweet, sweet year. Those babies stole my heart! I helped them graduate to solid food. I watched them learn to roll over, and to sit up—and then to crawl. I sang with them, laughed with them, and rocked them to sleep.
Sweet, sweet moments. 🙂
However, there’s no doubt about it: It’s a LOT of work to raise a baby! I never fully appreciated everything my mother poured into my life until I worked in that baby room.
I’m so thankful for my mother’s love!
My mother fed me, changed me, bathed me, loved me… all while I was too young & too helpless to give her anything in return. Quite the opposite, in fact—I was a demanding, self-centered little creature! 😛
Makes me think of a verse in Romans:
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly… But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6,8 NKJV)
God loved us when we weren’t anywhere close to loving Him. He loved us first.
Our mothers have shown us the love of God
We may find it hard to wrap our minds around a love like that… except for the fact that our mothers have shown us a similar love (and our fathers, and our other caregivers, too).
When we were still helpless, needy babies, our mothers cared for us. When we were incapable of showing any kind of love in return, our mothers loved us. What a beautiful, visible example of the type of love that God has shown to us! 🙂
Of course, our mothers have failed us, too. As we get older, we see their weaknesses & their foibles & their sins. Unlike the Lord, they are not perfect! 😛
I have no doubt that you disagree with your mother at times. You may even have moments when you utterly dislike her.
But we’re coming up on a day that is set aside for honoring our mothers. So instead of remembering how your mother has recently hurt you, frustrated you, argued with you, & sinned against you, instead turn your gaze to the past. For some of us, it may be a rather distant past! 😉 But let’s look back to a time when we were “without strength,” in desperate need of someone who would love us first. Even if your mother is an unbeliever, at one time she loved you in a God-like way.
So let’s remember how our mothers showed us a love like God’s. Let’s thank the Lord that we’ve been given a human example of a divine type of love. And let’s show honor to our mothers this Mother’s Day.
No Bake Coconut Chocolate Balls
Speaking of my mother, you owe her for this No Bake Coconut Chocolate Balls recipe.
I first made these No Bake Coconut Chocolate Balls when she and I were both craving chocolate during the Whole30. And then I made them again—and again—because Mom would ask, “Are there any more of those No Bake Coconut Chocolate Balls in the fridge??”
Thank my mom for these No Bake Coconut Chocolate Balls 😉
It was Mom who said, “You should post this recipe on your blog!”
And, when I dilly-dallied about taking the photographs for it, it was Mom who made a new batch of No Bake Coconut Chocolate Balls & laid them out in gorgeous array on her beautiful cake stand.
And then she called me to see what she had done. At that point, what could I do but grab my camera and take a few pictures? 😉
So, my friend, you owe my mom for these rich, satisfying No Bake Coconut Chocolate Balls. If it wasn’t for my mom, they would still be an item on my “To Photograph” list.
But thanks to my mom, you can finally enjoy this recipe! They are sugar free, grain free, and dairy free—perfect if you’re doing a Whole30 or the Trim Healthy Mama plan. And they’re a nice portable little bit of healthy chocolate—an excellent snack to take to your ladies’ Bible study group! 😉
Or, of course, you could make them as a special but healthy treat for Mother’s Day. Considering the part my own mother played in getting these No Bake Coconut Chocolate Balls up on the Internet, it seems only fitting to post them for Mother’s Day! 😉
So in honor of my mother on Mother’s Day, I share these No Bake Coconut Chocolate Balls. Enjoy! 🙂
No Bake Coconut Chocolate Balls recipe
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 banana
- ¾ cup coconut flakes + ¼ cup coconut flakes (for coating)
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 6 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt
- stevia, monk fruit juice, or maple syrup to taste
- In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil & coconut milk.
- Using a fork, mash a banana in a large bowl.
- Add 3/4 cup coconut flakes, coconut flour, & cocoa powder to banana and mix well.
- Pour coconut oil mixture into bowl. Add vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
- Scoop out Tablespoons of dough & roll into balls.
- Pour 1/4 cup coconut flakes into a small bowl. Roll balls in coconut flakes to coat.
- Place coated balls on a cookie sheet and place in refrigerator. Chill until solid.
Remember that these No Bake Coconut Chocolate Balls are only sweetened with banana. They will be very, very mildly sweet. If you’ve been off sugar for a while, they will probably taste fine to you. But if you want a sweeter flavor, you can add monk fruit juice, stevia, maple syrup, or another sweetener (← affiliate link).
And enjoy! 😀
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