Here’s my favourite stew recipe which is also in my latest book, The Food Lover’s Devotional. This recipe beats your favourite take-out on speed dial
1 ½ pounds stewing beef, rinsed and patted dry
Small jar of sweet pickled onions, drained
4 large carrots, peeled, cut in large chunks
4 medium potatoes, peeled, quartered
3-4 tablespoons salsa
1 can of cream of mushroom or celery soup
Layer the ingredients in crock-pot. Put the lid on, set the dial on low and simmer for four to six hours. It feeds four to six people but easily multiplies to feed a crowd.
The doctor asked me not to drive until after some tests were completed. The tests were expected to take anywhere from two weeks to two months. It wasn’t the doctor’s fault, really. It is a government guideline, but that didn’t help my head much. I gave myself the Peter disease.
UGH!! Not drive? What was she thinking? How would I get to where I needed to go? How would I get to the grocery store or a doctor appointment? I’d have to beg the kids for a ride. I’d have to sell my home and go live in my kids’ basement. What about my car? What would I do with it?
In minutes, I’d worked myself into hysteria. Then I called friends and family and shared the disease. Some of them refused to take it on. They offered calm; they offered rides; they offered compassion… BUT I DIDN’T WANT ANY OF IT! I WANTED TO DRIVE MY OWN SELF IN MY OWN CAR!!!
But I had no choice, or so I thought.
I forgot to remember Peter, who forgot to remember Jesus
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. (Matthew 11:28a, AMP)
Prayer – Father, forgive us for forgetting, rePETERly, again and again, what you tell us. Amen
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
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
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)