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
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!
Happy Monday! It is my prayer that you will find time to spend with God, today and throughout this week. What a difference it makes in the problems and challenges of this world when whatever we face we can take to the foot of the cross — and we can leave them there.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
When this website goes “down” and can’t be accessed, I get an email saying “My Daily Bread Body and Soul is down.” When it is back online I get a similar email saying “it is back up.” This happens occasionally for a variety of reasons and I don’t get too worked up over it. But, for the past two days I have received an unusual number of these messages. I didn’t think much about it until this morning when I signed on to the administrative part of my website. Much to my surprise I saw a graph that shows I have received between 3,000 and 4,000 new views a day to my blog since Wednesday!