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A Delay May Just Save Your Life

Tina Specht

I am not a very patient person. I want to be more patient, it is just not in my nature. I am working on it for sure, or I should say, God is working on it with me.

I don’t have a lot of road rage but I do know a few that do. I always try to leave 15 minutes early to go anywhere just in case of traffic or accidents. I do believe in being on time anywhere. I was always taught ten minutes early is “on time.”

I also believe there are times when you cannot help but be late. Maybe you have a flat tire or you even spill something on your clothes on the way out the door. Sometimes, I believe God allows a hiccup to happen to prevent you from getting into an accident or some other divine delay.

There are several times I have looked back after being detoured or delayed and said, “Thank you God. I knew that was you.” 

You may not like delays at the time, but one may have just saved your life or saved you from running into someone you didn’t need to.

I am learning that my way is not always someone else’s way.  My way is not always the right way to do things.  My way may not be wrong, it just doesn’t fit at the time.  

I am a hard-headed girl and I have learned “fight or flight” on a lot of things.  When I mean fight, I mean fight for what I believe is right.

I have been taught to don’t count on anyone and do it yourself.

I have always been fighting for the approval of my dad.  Why? it was tough growing up and it seemed I could do no right.  I was taught to respect others and work hard. But other than that it was a little tough growing up in an alcoholic’s family.  

I made it through those years for sure, and have learned what not to do in a lot of things.  That is one of the reasons I choose not to drink today.  When you grow up in that type of environment, and it is not fun at all, you don’t want to relive all that with your family.  

I am proud of the life I have accomplished and the love and respect our family has for one another.  

People are human and we all fall short, but we have to have patience and love without judging.  That is hard for a lot of people.  It’s hard for me at times.  We all just have to remember we don’t know what most people have been through or going through.  

I believe you can’t blame your past for your future living.  The past is the past and you pick yourself up by the bootstraps and choose to live a better life.  Only you can change what you don’t like.

Thank God each day for the life He has given you and try to see the love in each person’s life Christ does. I promise it will change your attitude on a lot of things.

Keto Pumpkin Cake with a Crunchy Pecan Streusel Topping

This delicious Keto Pumpkin Cake with a crunchy pecan streusel topping is full of incredible pumpkin pie spice then topped with a crunchy topping.

Ingredients

For the Bread:

5 eggs

9 tbsp butter, melted and cooled

1 cup pumpkin puree or 100% pumpkin

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup Lakanto monkfruit powdered

10 tbsp coconut flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

1.5 oz Cream Cheese, softened

3/4 tbsp Lakanto monkfruit powdered

1/2 tbsp heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Streusel Topping:

3 tbsp butter, melted

1/3 cup pecans

1 1/2 tbsp coconut flour

1/3 cup Monkfruit, Golden

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

For the Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter then set aside to cool.

Beat eggs, Lakanto Monkfruit Powdered, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice until combined.

Slowly add melted butter to the mixture.

In a separate bowl, combine coconut flour, salt, and baking powder.

Add flour mixture to other ingredients and mix well.

Pour into a 10.5 X 7 greased baking dish.

For the cream cheese layer, combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until combined.

Spoon evenly in lines (see process pics above the recipe card) then use a nice to spread over cake.

To make the streusel topping, combine all ingredients then mix with a fork. Spread evenly over top of pumpkin cake.

Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

When you remove this keto pumpkin cake out of the oven some of the butter from the topping will be on top, but it will settle down into the cake making it amazingly moist and delicious as it cools. This cake is best served warm.