Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Crock Pot Hawiian BBQ Chicken

4-6 Boneless Chicken Breasts (mine were still frozen!)
1 Bottle of fruity flavored BBQ sauce
1 20 oz. can Pineapple Chunks, drained

Spray the inside of your crock pot with cooking spray for an easy cleanup!  Place frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot and cover with sauce.  Empty can of drained pineapple chunks on top.  Cook on High for 2-3 hours or Low for 4-6 hours.  Shred chicken with two forks while still in the crock pot so the chicken will be well coated with sauce.  Serve over rice.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Life in the Spirit

Romans 8:1 1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power[a] of the life-giving Spirit has freed you[b] from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.[c] So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

condemn  (kənˈdɛm) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]
 
vb
1. to express strong disapproval of; censure
2. to pronounce judicial sentence on
3. to demonstrate the guilt of: his secretive behavior condemned him
4. to judge or pronounce unfit for use: that food has been condemned

If we are in Christ the Word tells us that we are not condemned people because we belong to Him and He has freed us from sin and death through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Window Washing

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.
The next morning while they are eating breakfast,
The young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

"That laundry is not very clean", she said.
"She doesn't know how to wash correctly.
Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."
 
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry,
The young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a
Nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:
"Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.
I wonder who taught her this.."

The husband said, "I got up early this morning and
Cleaned our windows."
 
And so it is with life. What we see when watching others
Depends on the purity of the window through which we look.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Reunions


Who were you way back when?  Who did you hang with?  What part of the crowd were you?

I have a high school band reunion coming up this Saturday.  I've been out of school 28 years and there are people who are going to be there who I haven't seen since I graduated.  The nice thing about this reunion will be that everyone who was in band at some time or other is invited to come~ and so, it will be like reunions for a lot of different ages.  The real reason for our "reunion" is to induct our back then band teacher into the OBA Hall of Fame (Oklahoma Band Association.)  I mainly just want to go to see old classmates.

For the past several weeks I've been going over my high school days in my head.  It's funny and interesting to rethink the things you used to know and do "back in the day" (as my daughter says.) The styles, products, games, shows, movies, words we used, books we read etc....

I'm pretty excited and a bit nervous.  What I love the most is how time has a way of breaking down barriers.  Those that we maybe didn't hang with will sit and talk with us... and the hierarchy is gone... we are all just flesh and blood people who have have lives the last 28 years.. lives of happiness, sorrow, joy and through it all we are still here.

As I settle into Saturday and see faces that I haven't seen in years my prayer is that others will see Jesus in me.  I'm not the person I used to be...

And, it's all because of Him.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fresh Garden Salsa

Here is what I do with fresh garden tomatoes and jalapeno peppers~ Oh how we love this time of year!!

Fresh Garden Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 hot chile peppers, Serrano or Jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • salt and pepper

Preparation:

Put chopped onion and garlic in a strainer; pour 2 cups boiling water over them then let drain throughly. Discard water. Cool. Combine onions and garlic with chopped tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours to blend flavors.
Makes about 2 cups of salsa.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Getting through the Maze of Life

Living each and every day may feel like wandering inside a maze looking for the exit. Not knowing whether we should turn right or left at the junction, we choose to depend on our instincts. If we're lucky enough, we'll find a promising path or else dead ends are unavoidable.

Now as a Christian, I often think shouldn't we get a better life than that? I mean, we have a BIG God.

To get through a maze, there's a method called "The left-hand method". Simply place your left-hand on the left-hand wall upon entering the maze and follow that wall all the way around. The principle is to never remove your hand from the wall.

Lets carefully observe how we live our lives till this moment. The left-hand method would not work if we let go of the left-hand wall. It requires us to stick to the left-hand wall no matter how long we have to walk around and the number of cul-de-sacs we met on the way. The same principle goes for our lives. We ought to hold on to Him no matter how long we have to wait and the number of obstacles we have to face.

If after a few cul-de-sacs, a man decided to let go of the left-hand wall then he may get lost in the maze. If he doesn't wait patiently while following the wall all around, then he might let it go and trapped inside the maze. If he thought the other path is more promising than following the left-hand wall, he might be up for a wild goose chase.

The truth is we do have a better life than those who get lost and trapped inside the maze. God is our left-hand wall, the only way to the exit. Wait patiently, fight for your faith in Him no matter what!

"My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him." Psalm 62:5

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

This is my Father's World

 
This is my Father's world, 
 and to my listening ears 
 all nature sings, and round me rings 
 the music of the spheres.  
 This is my Father's world:  
 I rest me in the thought 
 of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; 
 his hand the wonders wrought.

 This is my Father's world, 
 the birds their carols raise, 
 the morning light, the lily white, 
 declare their maker's praise.  
 This is my Father's world:  
 he shines in all that's fair; 
 in the rustling grass I hear him pass; 
 he speaks to me everywhere.

 This is my Father's world.  
 O let me ne'er forget 
 that though the wrong seems oft so strong, 
 God is the ruler yet.  
 This is my Father's world:  
 why should my heart be sad?  
 The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!  
 God reigns; let the earth be glad!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

God Bless the USA

I just wanted to take a moment and say that I'm proud to be a citizen of a wonderfull, God-blessed country.
We know that our freedom isn't free...

Yet, Jesus's freedom is FREE~
Do you know Him?