Monday, October 26, 2015

When the bad guys win...

It's An Unfair World.

I had a conversation with my oldest daughter the other day. She was feeling frustrated because, sometimes, doing the right thing didn’t seem to have any benefits, and doing the wrong thing appeared to lack consequences.

We sat and talked about how, regardless of how things “seem,” in the long run, we are always blessed for doing the right thing, especially in the cases that seem as though it’s not worth it, or we wouldn’t get caught. In the end, I don’t know that she was convinced. As a rule follower at heart, I can understand the frustration.

These feelings certainly don’t change as we grow up. We all try to cut corners, knowing that what we’re doing is wrong. It’s SO EASY, to come up with justifications by comparing ourselves to what others get away with.

I told her, people are always going to get away with doing the wrong thing. The Bible says in Matthew 5:45:

“He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

We’re all his children.  He loves us the same and He blesses us the same in our good deeds as well as our shortcomings. I’m THANKFUL for this! We wouldn’t want to curse our own children, even when they make mistakes, and God feels the same.

We are, however reminded that our reward, our GREAT reward is in Heaven, where our eyes should be ever-focused.

“Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.” Ephesians 6:8

“And let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 [emphasis mine]

We all sin and fall short of God’s glory, not one of us more than the next. There is no comparison of what is “good,” because the only One who IS good, sacrificed Himself so that we could ALL be good with Him. Forever.

So be encouraged. Having a heart that undividedly seeks after righteousness and relationship with Jesus Christ, is worth every ounce of energy we give to it, even when the reward may remain unseen temporarily. Press on!

Monday, October 12, 2015

This Week's Menu! Easily Gluten/Dairy Free

Do you remember when you were a kid, and you couldn't wait to see what kind of goodies, your mom brought home from the grocery store? Yeah, well, I don't think my family gets that excited. That's a lot of green from this morning's grocery trip! I did find a box of Nutter Butters that someone threw in the cart. He shall remain nameless...but I bet you could guess!

Here's what's happening this week in my kitchen!

Hannah asked for homemade dairy free mac and cheese for lunch, so I'll be making some of that for her.

I've been OBSESSED with my new kitchen gadget, the "Veggetti." Yes, it could have been named better...Nonetheless,  I've been eating sauteed zucchini noodles, constantly. They are so good!

Here's what we're having for dinner!

Chicken Broccoli Chowder with mini biscuits (I use the recipe from the back of the gluten free baking mix from Aldi)

Turkey Tenderloin (purchased at Aldi already marinated). Grill or bake according to package directions. Crash Hot Sweet Potatoes, and roasted green beans. Love this sweet potato recipe.

Korean Beef Bowls served with rice and peas. I reduce the brown sugar. This quick, simple and SO good!

Honey Balsamic Chicken Tenders This is a new recipe for us. Roasted mixed veggies, and pasta

Pan Seared Flounder with seasonings,  polenta cakes, and side salad. I've never made polenta before, so I'm going to try Giada's recipe. Refrigerate, and then slice it and grill. Tomato sauce on the side.

And for a little something sweet...

No Bake Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Granola Bars

This is my most requested recipe. It's ALWAYS a hit. It's very forgiving if you want to edit or adjust. I use honey, dairy free chocolate (or dark chocolate chips), gluten free oats, gluten free Rice Krispies and sliced almonds. They're great for breakfast or dessert.

Happy Cooking!

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