Soul Food: God’s Everlasting Love

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God Bless American Psalm 33-12 copy
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”  Romans 8:31-32 (ESV)

Many people claim this scripture verse as “their favorite” and rightly so.  When God says, I, the creator of universe am with you, how in this world under the sun can I feel alone?  I too claim this scripture as one of my favorites and often times the one I run to when I feel the world closing in on me.  Thank you LORD for reminding me to stop my striving and switch my focus from my problems to Your Presence.

Dear Heavenly Father, what an everlasting Father you are! When you tell me -  You, the Creator of the Universe, are with me, I am awestruck and speechless.  This mental picture brings me to my knees in worship of you.   LORD, I understand that you are sovereign and your thoughts are not my thoughts and your ways are not my ways.  And when I look at the mess I tend to make of my days, I am forever grateful that you are with me.  It is because I believe you and feel your presence in my life that I can accept your gift of grace and everlasting love.  Thank you for the sacrifice Jesus made so that you and I can have this relationship. The sacrifice that shows that You are for me even when the world stands against me. Thank you Lord for loving me today, tomorrow, and always.  Thank you for blessing the nation I live in.
 In Jesus Precious and Holy Name, Amen.

Have a blessed day,
~Catherine

Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

 

Psalm 33:12 (ESV)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

 

Slow Roasted Crock Pot Root Beer Pot Roast

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Pot Roast, roasted carrots, and mashed potatoes
Slow Roasted Root Beer Pot Roast

When our friends Kathy and Len came for dinner and a movie at our house they brought with them a six-pack of root beer.  After a fun evening of food, laughter, movie and dessert they left a couple of bottles of remaining root beer.  Those bottles sat in my refrigerator for a while and on a whim I started looking up recipes to make with root beer.

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Soul Food: Love My Enemies

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Yellow Iris at praycookblog.com
Yellow Iris at praycookblog.com

It’s so easy to love beautiful things. It’s easy to call this yellow Iris “lovely”.   But I read in the book of Matthew today that Jesus tells us to love our enemies.  Love the ones who don’t love us.  I find this is much more difficult and actually opposite of my human nature.  As I thought about this directive I realized I need help in this area.  I wrote this prayer as I spoke to God.  If you find it difficult to love your enemies then maybe you will pray this prayer too.

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”  Matthew 5:44 (ESV)

My Heavenly Father, you are such an awesome God. Thank you dear Lord for the lessons you are teaching me through the study of scripture.  Lord, I do believe that all scripture is breathed out by you. As I read your Word my heart hears your voice.  I can always pray for those I love and care about. But your Word tells me to love my enemies, care about those who do not care about me back.  Father, I pray the Holy Spirit will show me how to forgive others, even those who have harmed me. How to love one another as you would have me to do. Thank you for the extreme example I have in forgiving, even as Jesus Christ has forgiven me. As I move through this day may I look to you for guidance, direction and even correction.                  In Jesus Precious and Holy Name. Amen.

God Bless You Today,
~Catherine

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32
“All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16

 

 

Honeyed Sweet Pepper Chicken Breasts

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Honeyed Sweet Pepper Chicken
Honeyed Sweet Pepper Chicken

There are so many kazillions of recipes floating around the internet how in the world do we choose which ones to try?  I decided some time ago that I am only going to post the fabulous ones!  The recipe that you’ve JUST GOTTA try.  The recipe that I will make again.

This is that recipe!  The original recipe came from Deepsouthdish.com.  Mary is one of my favorite bloggers.  If I didn’t change the recipe at all I would simply direct you to her website for the directions.  But in the case of this chicken I made some changes.
I served this sumptuous chicken over white rice and I knew my sous chef dish-washing mom and the Chief would be looking for “sauce” and lots of it.  Mary’s recipe created some juices but I wanted a gravy type sauce!

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