Old timers used rhubarb as a high-fiber cleaning agent. I don’t think they’d ever heard this verse.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean. (Psalm 51:7a) (Seriously, rhubarb does make one’s bodily organs move in unexpected ways.)
Rhubarb is more than a fruity pie filling. It’s not a fruit at all, but a vegetable from the buckwheat family. Try it in a stir fry. The trick is to slice it very thin and cook it with a bit of sugar (about three stalks rhubarb to ½ cup sugar) then proceed as usual. When you want to use it in salad, mix it with the sugar and roast it in the oven for a few minutes. Let it cool and use it as a kind of crouton.
This year, I made a rhubarb loaf, but I can’t give you the recipe because I modified it to the nth degree.
Someone bought butter for me (that story to follow!) I ran out of sugar and borrowed from my neighbour; ran out of milk and used melted cherry ice-cream to replace it. So you see that the recipe might be awkward to follow. You can probably use a white cake mix instead. Just mix one cup of diced rhubarb into the dry mix before you follow the rest of the package instructions.
One recipe or another, it’s good to remember that rhubarb is a cleanser. It’s a reminder that we are to cleanse ourselves from what is not.
So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.(2 Timothy 2:21, AMP)
Prayer – Lord, help us follow your instructions to the letter. Amen
These verses warn us about people who ‘smooth-talk’ their way into our homes. Today, it’s done through more than just the door. TV, internet, or phone all can help us lose our way if we are not careful. (The July 11 devotional describes the smooth-talkers in depth.)
These are the kind of people who smooth-talk themselves into the homes of unstable and needy women and take advantage of them; women who, depressed by their sinfulness, take up with every new religious fad that calls itself “truth.” They get exploited every time and never really learn. These men are like those old Egyptian frauds Jannes and Jambres, who challenged Moses. They were rejects from the faith, twisted in their thinking, defying truth itself. But nothing will come of these latest impostors. Everyone will see through them, just as people saw through that Egyptian hoax. (2 Timothy 3:6-9, MSG)
Prayer – Lord, give us grace not to fall for these deceptive ideas and their carriers. Amen
Dare I mention our conversation?? Women speak about 5,000 words per day and men about 2,000. The current thinking is that men just can’t get a word in. Now if men just paid attention when we spoke the first time, women might be able to keep that extra 3,000 to themselves
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Did you know that chickens will peck each other to death, if they get the opportunity? Canadian chickens are not fed hormones. There is no such thing as a factory farm. That term was created by non-farmers. It takes ten goats to give the same amount of milk as one cow. Male calves are raised with great care and only shipped to market as veal when they reach between 4-700 pounds.
Did you know that the $15.00 or so that we pay for a chicken dinner gives a farmer only a dollar?When food prices go up, the farmer’s share does not? Farmers need to eat, and so do we. They care about their animals and their crops. And if we want to keep eating, we need to care about farmers, farming, and the truth about both.
Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah… And he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile fields [of Carmel], for he loved farming. (2 Chronicles 26:1, 10b, AMP)
Prayer – God, we pray fine weather and good crops for all the farmers who provide our food on a daily basis. Amen
If you think your brain is on overdrive, you are right! At least 50,000 thoughts go through our minds every day. Does that happen over 24 hours or is there time off for good behaviour and sleep?
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What is your most detested task? No matter the task, our feelings are the same. UGH!
I am not going to offer you up a bunch of platitudes, (I could!) but I won’t. I will however agree with you that some tasks definitely deserve the title of UGH. However, I’ve started to think of them this way.
- U – Under
- G – God’s
- H – Hand
When we do those necessary but detested tasks, and think of them as something we do, because God is with us in them, somehow they become more blessing than detesting. Of course there is a verse or two for that!
Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, (Colossians 3:23, AMP)
Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] (Philippians 2:5, AMP)
- Spotted in an office: After the coffee break, all staff must empty the coffee pots and stand upside down on the drain board.
- In a health food store window: Closed due to sickness.
- On a sign: If you can’t read, you can get help at this address.
- Overheard: Return my stolen stepladder or further steps will be taken.
- News headline: Police now running down jaywalkers.
We faithful tend to be a little gloomy… But the truth is, life is funnier than we allow. Smile and the world smiles with you…
All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God! Thank him to his face! He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter.(Psalm 30:4-5, MSG)
Prayer – Father God, help us see the joy in living the life you gave us! Amen