Monday, January 31, 2011

Scott and Laurelei

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A Healthy Meal for Even the Pickiest Eaters

My daughter loves all kinds of bread, cheese, milk (especially chocolate milk), and occassionally some fruit. My husband loves meat and everything else cooked with butter and Konriko. Needless to say, cooking healthy for the two of them and getting them to eat it is not always an easy task. I found this recipe while doing the Daniel Fast ( and adapted it a bit for my family. Scott ate two bowls for dinner and Laurelei literally licked it out of her bowl and off her placemat. I think it tastes best after letting the juices soak in over night. Happy eating!

Veggie and Bean Paella

• 3 tbsp olive oil
• 1 c finely chopped onion
• ½ tsp butter (optional)
• 1 ½ c long or medium grain brown rice
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1tsp ground cumin
• 1 can (15 oz) stewed tomatoes with juice (or diced tomatoes work well too)
• 1 ½ c vegetable broth (or any kind really)
• 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 can (15oz) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 can (15oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
• 1 c finely diced zucchini ( ¼ in dice)
• 1 c frozen corn kernels
• Salt to taste
• Garlic salt to taste (because it makes everything better)
• Favorite shredded cheese (optional)

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat; sauté onions until translucent (optional: add butter and garlic cloves)
Meanwhile, prepare rice according to box directions
To onions add tomatoes and broth. Heat to boiling. Stir and then cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
Add prepared rice, beans, chickpeas, zucchini, and corn to skillet. Stir to mix well. Add seasonings and let simmer for as long as you can stand it.
Sprinkle shredded cheese over warm paella immediately before serving.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Capable, Intelligent, and Virtuous Woman...

  • "considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard." -Prov. 31:16 (Amplified)
  • "She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp does not go out, but burns continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust]." -Prov. 31:18 (Amplified) - She is consistent, firm

These two verses were just really powerful for me this morning; reminding me to consistently take care of my responsibilities, carefully consider before adding additional responsibilites, and to recline into the Holy Spirit so that I can consistently stand firm and strong.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

All These Things Will Be Added to You...

In this age of entreprenuers and industry everyone has an idea, a dream, a company, a product, etc. And everyone wants to sell your their product (from soap, to gadgets, to Jesus), and they want to get you "on board" with their company vision. But most importantly, they want to motivate you to do the most amount of work for least amount of compensation. Our modern age has taught us to be so transactional, so busy, so noisy, so...distracted.

I find that God is telling me to stop trying to worry about what "good" things I can do or causes to be a part of, but literally, every second of every moment of every day to talk to Him and listen and seek in every single thing from laundry, to eating, to watching TV, to talking, everything - and He will guide me where I need to be. He keeps telling me to resist the urge to get caught up in a whirlwind of busy-ness; everytime I hear someone's vision I find myself almost intoxicated by their words, and I have to come home, be quiet, and listen. Actually what works best for me is to let it all go - literally decide to let go of everything short of just taking care of Laurelei's basic needs, and then trust God to bring back to me the things that need to be in my life and all this in peace.

This is hard. We are taught to be busy. Joyce Meyer says that when we are living not for the approval of others, but only for the approval of Jesus Christ (the only judge who matters anyway) our lives will not be hectic. We have only been given the grace enough to do what He has called us to do; let's not waste it.

Matt. 6:33 says to "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you". What exactly are "all these things"? Jesus is smack dab in the middle of the sermon on the mount, and He has just talked about:
-The Beatitutdes
-We are the Salt and Light
-Christ fulfills the Law
-Two greatest commands: love the Lord with all and love neighbor
-rid of anger, reconcile with others
-cut of anything that causes sin
-do not divorce
-don't swear
- yes is yes and no is no
-don't retaliate
-love and pray for enemies
-give not to be seen
-How to pray
-do not fast to be seen
-build up treasure in heaven
-can't have two masters
-don't be anxious about life stuff

And then after telling the people that these are traits that they must have, He says, "BUT seek first the Kingdom of God and HIS Righteousness, and ALL THESE THINGS will be added to you." LIGHTBULB!!!! All those things, not just food and water. All the things that I need to be. I don't have to try to behavior modify to be all those things, I just need to seek Him and they will flow out of me naturally.

So while there are great visions and projects and a long list of things that would probably be best not to do just stop, stop right there. Be you, the real you, right where you are, and seek Jesus. Let Him love you right where you are, and seek Him, and as you do, He will pull out the ugly things inside, place you where you need to be, and transform you into a powerfully effective (not code for really tired) and righteous person.

That is my goal and prayer right now - for both you and me.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

"The Shack"

After nearly a month of chewing on this book I have finally read the last page. I feel refreshed, transformed; my relationship with God is...God has shown me Himself in a way so intimate, new...He is more awe inspiring, more beautiful, more lovely, more touchable than I have ever known.