Not My Job

1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (ESV)
12  For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
13  God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

It seems we do the opposite. We spend so much time condemning people who don’t believe what we believe. We spend so little time calling out the wrong done by those inside the church. We excuse or justify. I guess we are afraid our mess will be exposed.

Well, I have just set you free from what is not your job. God will judge those on the outside of our beliefs if they are to be judged at all. We should focus on “in the house.”

If we do this we will become a light on a hill, instead of the oppressors of God’s greatest creation, mankind.

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My Prayer for USA Christians

During my study of Daniel, I took special note of his prayer for Israel in Chapter 9. It struck me as quite appropriate for the Christians in the USA at this time in history. Here is my adaptation. Here is my prayer. If you pray and if you love this country, I ask you to join me in praying this prayer for it.

To the Catholic and Protestant Church and those who claim to follow Y’shua’s teachings.

O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who keep His commandment, we have sinned and committed iniquity (crookedness) we have done wickedly ( are wrong and caused to be wrong) and rebelled, even by departing from your precepts (commands) and judgments (sentences). Neither have we heeded your servants who are rightly teaching your Word, who earnestly spoke in your name.

O Lord, righteousness belongs to you but shame of face to us. We have been unfaithful to you.

To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord or God, to walk in His ways which He set before us. Yes all the church has transgressed. We have not made our prayer before the Lord our God that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth.

O Lord according to all your righteousness, I pray, let your anger and your fury be turned away from us who claim to be yours. Now God hear my prayer. Cause your face to shine on me, on us because our hearts are desolate.

O my God, please hear, please see us. I am not worthy to be heard or seen but Father you are merciful.

Please Forgive Us Your Children.

Please Forgive Us who are Called by Your Name.

Looking in Daniel’s Mirror

Every new year many churches participate in some version of Daniel’s fast. This year my church was no different but my fast was. I lead a plant-based dietary lifestyle so I had to sacrifice or do something different. I chose to fast from social media and devote that time to studying the man, Daniel. I thought there would be a long lists of lessons about his character but he was so consistent in his behavior that it is a short but powerful list.

Daniel reminded me what my God favors.

  1. Prayer
  2. Unwavering Commitment to God even into death
  3. Unquestioned loyalty to God and friends
  4. Humility
  5. Continual Prayer
  6. Confidence in God
  7. Care and concern for others
  8. PRAYER

God responded with favor, wisdom and power.

I, now, stand facing this mirror.

After 1.5 years I did it!

I have tried other people’s recipes. I have experimented with my own. Today I accomplished my goal. I just threw ingredients in a bowl. Stirred them and put them in a cast iron skillet. What is it you ask?

Oil-free, vegan, gluten free Cornbread

It tasted good. It did not break-up or crumble.

What’s that? Oh, ingredients.

  1. Gluten-free oat flour 1 cup
  2. Organic cornmeal. 1 cup
  3. Pureed banana. 1
  4. Cashew milk. 8 oz
  5. Aluminum free Baking powder 2.5 Tbls
  6. Puree banana in milk
  7. Bake 375° F for 20-25 minutes

It was great with vegetable soup. I guess the best happens when you are not trying too hard.

Enjoy

Death By Hair

When I was a small child my hair in all its nappy glory refused to grow. My grandmothers made it their mission to get it growing. Modear used every concoction circulated in our community. One such solution was Vaseline and mange treatment. I guess the thought was it made the hair on dogs regrow after suffering from mange so why not my hair. Oh it stunk. It didn’t smell, it stunk. My other grandmother, Muh, plaited my hair so tight it felt like she was pulling it out of my scalp. With all that my hair was never longer than shoulder length. The genetic make-up that I shared with 3 of my cousins gave them long, thick hair and I got the legs. I was jealous, Then.

After high school I wore it short and natural. I occasionally permed it. The last time I did, was THE last time.

After I got married my husband requested that I let my hair grow. I don’t know why because it was short when he met and married me. When I say short I mean 1 to 2 inches long. For me 3 inches was long hair. 😊 We made a deal. As long as he did not shave off his beard I would not cut my hair that short. About 25 years ago I decided we would try dreadlocks. I told him if this didn’t work, I was cutting my hair. He said okay. I kept it about shoulder length. Five years ago I didn’t get my annual spring time cut because the person who normally cut it was lying in a hospital bed. As my hair grew, my curiosity grew. How long can I let it get before I get tired of it. Here we are approaching the cut day. Why?, you ask. I dreamt I was being strangled. I awoke suddenly to find my hair wrapped tightly around my neck. My first thought, My hair is trying to kill me.

I never thought I would have hair this long. I never thought I would let it get this long. Cut day is drawing nigh.

It turned on me and it has got to go.

The Long Way ‘Round

Sometimes I find myself questioning God about Carl’s healing. I know without a doubt that he answered my prayer that fateful night quickly and clearly. He confirmed it every step of the way in the hospitals and rehab through nurses, speech therapists and Carl’s progress. Yet, here we are almost 4 years later and there are still areas that are not completely healed. The brain trauma due to a lack of oxygen caused by the several episodes of ventricular tachycardia still affects his memory sometimes. He says it’s like being in a fog and when it clears he remembers. I guess I didn’t think it would take this long. I asked God why was it taking so long? Was I doing something to slow down the progress?

One day while reading Exodus, I believe I received my answer. In Exodus 13:17,18 God says He led the people along the path of the Red Sea rather than the short route through the Wilderness of Sin because the wilderness took them through the land of the Philistines. The Philistines were large in size and proficient in war.

So it happened, when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearer; for God said, “The people might change their minds when they see war [that is, that there will be war], and return to Egypt.” But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea; the sons of Israel went up in battle array (orderly ranks, marching formation) out of the land of Egypt.

EXODUS 13:17‭-‬18 AMP
https://bible.com/bible/1588/exo.13.17-18.AMP

It jumped off the page. He didn’t choose the shortest route. They were not ready for what they might encounter. Think about it. They had not needed to war for 430 years. Egypt handled that. He took them the long way so that they could learn.

  • Learn Him and His ways;
  • Learn how to strategize;
  • Learn how to fight;
  • Learn to be His nation

More questions. What had I not learned? I realized maybe it wasn’t about me. Maybe there was more for Carl to learn; maybe for us to learn together. Hmmm…

Thank you Lord for “the long way ’round.”

Asian, Vegan, Oil-Free

Recently I had a craving for good Chinese Lo Mien. I found a restaurant that does not use MSG. I tried it. It seemed very oily to me. Disappointed. I decided to give them a second try after discussing the oil quantity with the restaurant. They explained how they prepared the lo me in and that much of what I thought was oil was a combination of a small amount of oil and Hoisin sauce.

I am now on a quest to adapt good Asian recipes to our dietary requirements. I am beginning with Thai and Chinese. The resulting dish must be vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free. I welcome all your authenic tried and true suggestions or recipes.

Back In The Kitchen

I am so excited. I have been trying for a while to create my own veggie burger raw and cooked. I have used other people’s recipes. Some were good and others not so much or at least not to my liking. What are my motivations for making my own. I could just buy them. Right?
Motivation 1. Mastering my refrig

I also wanted to confidently create my own with whatever I had in the kitchen. That’s what so many said they did in their experiments so why can’t I?
Motivation 2 Cost

Buying them can be a budget buster. They are expensive. Here in Texas they are approximately $4.50 and up for 4 patties and they may or may not be vegan.
Motivation 3 Satisfying The Cardiologist

This is the hardest. Carl’s doctor has so many requirements. First it was raw so the body could heal itself. Then it was you can add in cooked but must be vegan,gluten-free, oil-free and clean as possible. Vegan was easy. We had already eliminated dairy and most flesh. Gluten-free required learning how to use different grains and seeds and the flours made with them to make waffles, bread etc. Keep in mind the raw, clean and oil-free parameters. Oil-free is easy to understand but no so eary to accomplish. You don’t want dry burgers, or dry anything. Still working on that one. Then what’s clean.

Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. … At its simplest, clean eating is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible. fitnessmagazine

Minimally processed is the kicker. How can you know if it is minimally processed unless you make it yourself?

I finally found a recipe from The Spruce Eats that was very close to the #Dr. Praeger patties that I buy and fit within the parameters set by the Doctor. So with a little modification here is my offering.

Recipe

1 2/3 cup beans (this was a mix of kidney, lentils and leftover black)

1 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 c chopped on onion

1/2 c chopped yellow bell pepper

1/2 medium fresh jalapeño

1/2 medium avocado

1 Tbls brown rice flour

1 tsp chia seeds in 2 Tbls of water

3 Tbls of liquid aminos or to taste

Pinch of cayenne

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until well blend. Form patties and bake at 375° F for 45 minutes or desired firmness.

The brown rice flour made them a little crusty on the outside but were moist on the inside. I will try next time with oats instead of quinoa.

7 burgers that were 4″ in diameter and 1/4″ thick

The flavor was great and now that I’ve made them it will be a quick process next time.

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All In The Head

It’s been a little over a year since we began this raw vegan/vegan lifestyle change. I have learned how to prepare meals which is a real accomplishment; I never liked to cook. I am still learning because my husband’s cardiologist wants as much gluten-free, oil-free, clean food as possible. This is no easy task. Eating out is hard and cooking requires learning how to make good food with these substitutes. The journey has begun again.

I discovered one other thing, your mind is still the main battlefield. Occasionally my mind still test me when I am tired. Catfish and fried chicken, Chinese and authentic Mexican screams at me. The struggling vegan pops up and shouts substitute. That is my present objective; substitutes and the changing of my mind, again.

“…..but Be transformed by the renewing of your mind….” Romans 12:2

This is the key to all lifestyle changes. It all begins with how you think. When you determine to make the change and settle it in your mind the rest is easy.

Use It All

Anyone that has purchased organic and non-GMO produce knows it is expensive by comparison to conventionally farmed produce. So why do I do it and how can I make it more economically beneficial? For me, I figured I could pay at the grocery store or I could pay at the doctor’s office. The toxins in the pesticides that are used in conventional farming build up in our systems and eventually affect our kidneys and liver, killing us slowly. So those vegetables you were eating to become healthier might possibly be the cause of your illness. Unfortunately you can’t wash away the pesticide that has been absorbed into the meat of the vegetables or the fruit.

So I had to get my money’s worth. I was lying in bed thinking about the root system in plants. (That’s another post). It occurred to me that the stems of greens that we throw away contain nutrients. Rather than throw them away I put them in a pot along with other almost expired veggies. Add to that some seasonings and you have the making of your own vegetable broth.

Then I thought what to do with veggies after the broth was strained. I poured the cooked veggies into the food processor and chopped them all together. It looked interesting.

I wondered if it would add creaminess to a homemade salad dressing blend. Or maybe, it could be used as flavor additive and binder to my veggie burger recipes. It remains to be seen, but the goal is to USE IT ALL.

Leave a comment if you have suggestions.