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Think on these things…

In Faith, Hope, Love on April 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

With our busy day to day lives, many can try to find an excuse to not meditate on the Word of God. Such as, “I’m working” “I’ve got to run the kids around” “I need to cook” “I never have a moment to myself” “I’m just too tired” or one of the favorites I hear “God knows my heart”….any of these ringing a bell or need I go on further?? To be transparent (which is part of the purpose of this blog) I’ve used excuses like that in my mind too many times to even count. However, in this Walk I’ve learned that just because I make an excuse doesn’t mean that it excuses me of my actions (Read Romans 2, but focus primarily on Romans 2:15 and you’ll get what I mean). Justification in your mind isn’t justification for your action… regardless of what it is you’ve done or haven’t done.

My heart’s desire is to know God, to see Him, to meditate on His word day and night (Josh 1:8, Psalm 1:2). Why? Because I love Him. And when you love  someone, you do things for them. You want to please them. Not because you are forced to, but because that’s what’s in your heart. (Read 1 John 2:3-6). Before I go any further, let’s get on the same page here…

  1. No I am not brainwashed.
  2. God is real and He loves me…as a matter of fact, He loved me first EVEN while I hated Him with my whole heart.
  3. Jesus died in my place for my sins so I can have a relationship with God my Father. I was buried with Him (Jesus) in baptism, I am also risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised Him (Jesus) from the dead. and Jesus rose again in newness of life by the very same Spirit that lives in me and raised me up in newness of life.
  4. We believe in the Godhead – the Father, the Son (the Word), the Holy Spirit and these three are One (1 John 5:6-9)
  5. This I know to be true in my heart and I desire to live my life and our family’s life accordingly.
  6. Our guiding principles are written in the Bible but it boils down to this – 1) Love God first BEFORE anyone or anything else (with all your heart, mind, soul, strength); and 2) LOVE my neighbor as myself (Luke 10:25-37, Deut 6:5,Mt 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-34) with a godly love that is unconditional (not based on what someone else does for me).
  7. I don’t promote hate of any other person and their views but I love my enemies (which is why I need Jesus, because THAT part ain’t easy!), bless them that curse me, do good to them that hate me and pray for those that despitefully use and persecute me or my brothers and sisters in Christ.(Please read Matt 5:43-48) ***Please know that any other person that is posing as a christian spewing hatred all over the place is not really a christian and does not hold true to the principles that Christ taught…period!
  8. Jesus is my example. No other man or woman…just Jesus. 🙂

Okay, so going back to the point about loving God. When you love someone, you not only do things for them that is pleasing to them, but you also think about them and talk to them when you are around them. Well, the same is true for God. I talk to my Father (through prayer) and meditate on His word. In Philppians 4:8, we are told to think on these things. What are these things?

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

This isn’t related just to personal conduct, but also completely related to the Word of God. Everything in the Bible reflects those things, even Christ. “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”

One of “these things” for me, is to praise the Lord IN ALL things I do. Even cooking. So that I am without excuse (never too busy for God) I’ve been inspired to choose a scripture to meditate on while cooking for the family then take the opportunity while we eat to share what scripture it was and what I’ve learned. The topic for me to study this week is “Thirst”…

 

What’s for dinner at Charmy’s?

In Food, Love, Organization, Planning on April 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm

It’s that time again…time to prepare for the week and plan out the menu for each of our dinners.

To be honest, I’m not always the most motivated to sit and plan for our weekly menu, or anything for that matter (yes, I know…not a good thing and trust me, I am praying earnestly to change that!) however, I’ve found that we spend less money when I am consistent about having a schedule for what we eat, and plan ahead each day prior to the prepared meal. In addition, our family works as a single unit, each with our own responsibilities (more on that later :). One of my responsibilities is to cook and plan our meals., which I do end up truly enjoying IF I plan appropriately (yes, time management is an important trait to cooking) I try to make everything I do (including cooking) enjoyable, so I pretend like I am running a small restaurant for my family and cook with love!

So in preparation for creating our menu, I took an inventory of things that need to be eaten in both the freezer and the fridge.  Our list for this week:

  1. Meats: Ham, Turkey, Bone-In Chicken Breasts, Chicken Wings, Whole Chicken, Basa, Tilapia, Beef Short Ribs, Top Sirloin, Italian Sausage, Bacon and Sausage (breakfast meat)
  2. Veggies: Peas, Corn, Mixed Veggies, Mashed Potatoes
  3. Other items: Tortellini, Ravioli, Chicken Pot Pie, Prepared pasta mean
  4. Fridge Items: Mushrooms, Bell Pepper, Cauliflower, Ricotta, Buttermilk, Cream

Now…To figure out what to use for the weekly menu (Monday through Sunday usually), which is  usually based on what we have already, specials at my local HEB, Costco, and coupons for deals and of course whatever family favorites there are. Already I have some ideas…

  1. Chinese Noodle Soup (with Bok Choy & mushrooms)
  2. Pasta with Onions, Peas and Ham
  3. Bonzai (Teriyaki) Turkey Burgers
  4. Split Pea Soup http://fortheloveofcooking-recipes.blogspot.com/2008/10/split-pea-with-ham-soup.html or White Bean soup with Ham http://fortheloveofcooking-recipes.blogspot.com/2008/09/white-bean-and-ham-soup.html
  5. Turkey Soup or Turkey Chili http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/turkey_chili/
  6. Fish Tacos
  7. Salisbury Steak
  8. Roasted Bone-In Chicken w/Wild Rice and Cauliflower
  9. Breakfast for Dinner (makes life a bit easier to have something simple on hand)

Now it’s just a matter of putting this all together in a way that offers variety (no chicken twice in a row), uses leftovers well and gets approved by the family. I’ll try to keep you entertained with what we eat each day I cook. Let’s see what happens…