Wednesday, October 27, 2010

God's Rest

"Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it...his work has been finished since the creation of the world...some will enter that rest...There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience." Hebrews 4:1, 3, 9-11

I can get so overwhelmed with the idea of doing nothing.  I think I picked up a lot of that growing up with my mom.   Even now she'll come over and only stay around as long as there's something she can be doing.  Dishes, changing diapers, putting cloth diapers together, taking out trash...anything but just sitting still.  At her house there are usually at least a couple televisions on with multiple projects started and waiting to be finished.  I am so similar.  For example, if I'm doing something on the computer, like uploading pictures, I usually have a game of spider solitaire up just so the mouse and my thoughts are always moving.

I'm sure most women feel this way.  Most men don't multitask very well, but women...we can talk on the phone while having dinner going, a conversation on the computer, and running to change a diaper.  Housewives are, after all, supposed to be able to have an elaborate dinner on the table by the time hubby gets home, the kids all cleaned and happy, house spotless, and not one hair on our heads out of place, right?  (Gag me!!)  Most of us feel like doing nothing is wasting time.

In reading these scriptures I'm convicted of that mindset.  If God took the time to rest and made sure to emphasize the importance of a Sabbath by making it a commandment, why do we feel that we can go without resting?  He made us and knows how we work, what we need, what it takes for our bodies and souls to work at their most efficient capacity...and He chose rest.

I find it awesome that being commanded to rest implies we have the ability to, the freedom to!  Why?  Because "his work has been finished since the creation of the world."  We have nothing more to do for God other than rest...He's done it all.

Lord, thank you for the freedom you've given us to rest.  Thank you that we don't need to feel guilty when we take time to do nothing.  Help me settle my thought and ambitions on rest...When there's too much to do, force me, that by doing so I can be an example to my kids.  Thank you! 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Chili for the Alcoholic

Ok, not really...but the recipe we have I use either beer or wine.  With the weather getting a nice chilly temperature, it's finally the perfect soup/chili weather! Feel free to use as much organic ingredients as possible!  ;)

3 lbs. ground beef (or ground turkey)
1-2 onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, mashed
1-2 cans diced tomato(we use the Trader Joe's diced and fire roasted tomatoes that have green chilis in it)
1 can kidney beans

1/2 - 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
2 Tbsp. dried oregano
2 Tbsp. dried basil
1 Tbsp. chili powder
Red chili flakes (to taste)
1 can beef stock (or a couple tsp. of Superior Touch beef base)
2 cups beer or 1/4 to 1/2 cup  wine
(optional) 1 small can chopped green chilis
Goat milk yogurt (or sour cream) for garnish
Tortilla chips for garnish
Avocado for garnish
Cheese for garnish

Brown the meat and then add the remaining ingredients.  Cook at least an hour.  The longer you cook it the more flavorful it is!  Garnish individually!