Thursday, July 21, 2011

good eats

So, I was feeling rather homemaker-ish today and came home after work and cooked!
Chicken pot pie & a fresh blueberry lemon layered bar, both turned out so delicious that my proverbial buttons were popping from joy. :-D The last pot pie that I attempted was such a failure, that I hardly wanted to eat it after it was done. And this one was so different, that I think it shocked me!

Anyway, I had prepped and done my grocery shopping on Saturday:
2 pie crusts
white meat chicken, boiled/keep broth ( I used a sm pkg of tenders)
frozen mixed veggies, cooked for 10 minutes or so
1 can cream of chicken
salt, pepper, garlic salt, Nature's Seasoning, poultry seasoning to taste
1/2 stick of butter
After I assembled everything and crimped/poked the top crust, I baked it on 400 for 30 minutes until it was bubbly and little messy around the edges.

And the blueberry lemon bar was a recipe that I had gotten from Marisa from the last game night that they hosted. It turned out well too. And the best part...there are leftover for tomorrow's lunch!!!

Thank the Lord for small favors, and delicious culinary results!


No, this is not a rant against television violence, even though that does have a time and place of its own. :-)

This is about the call of God to His people, to just a few of His people, to be violent in seizing His kingdom. Matthew 11:12 says, "From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force."  Here Jesus is talking to his disciples, the twelve that are nearest to Him. Right in the middle of a tribute to John the Baptist, his cousin and forerunner, He makes this comment and then ends it with "He who has ears, let him hear." Then he goes into a critique of "this generation," one which mirrors this current generation well.

But what does this "violence" entail? A desperate, zealous setting one's self apart for the work of the Lord. A voracious drive and determination to become more like the Savior. A desire to draw nearer to the God who so loved us all that He sent His Son to shed His blood to save us from the clutches of hell.

I have had a sense of spiritual change coming in my life for about a month now. I always get these "premonitions," if you will, that God is going to mix things up in my life, or ask me to do something that I would rather, in my own flesh, not do. I was listening to Banning Liebscher preach last week at BBF via livefeed, and he made an offhand comment that God may ask from you what He may never ask from your friends. I have often thought that about my family. Some of the things that He asked us to do that made absolutely NO sense from a human perspective. And when He asked it, He never clarified or told us why or how to explain our lifestyle or beliefs. He just said to obey Him.

And so, I feel strongly that He asked me to give up most of my leisure television time, shows that I have loved and watched for years, and to tighten the spiritual  belt of the movies that I watch. So I  am going to endeavor to spent this extra time (even though it was mostly late-evening and weekend time) cooking for the love of it, reading books that will help me counsel and teacher my kids better, re-learning the tricks of gardening, and exercising to get in better health. I ask the Lord to give my kids, in exchange, more victory over sin, more healing to their souls, and for myself, a closer and more Spirit-filled life that pleases Him!
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