Thursday, December 27, 2007

What's on the Menu??

Christmas Dinner 2007

Apple Maple Pork Tenderloin Rotisserie
Mushroom & Onion Risotto
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Mixed Greens with Walnuts, Crumbled Feta,
& Pomegranate Seeds and Dressing


My amazing husband and I whipped up this meal for our family this Christmas. It was absolutely delicious!! I say this not in a boastful tone, but truly in awe of how far we have come. You see, January 8th (Elvis' birthday) will mark our 14th wedding anniversary, so let me take a moment to reminisce one of our first cooking experiences as a newly married couple.


We were honeymooning in various CA locations, one of which was where we now reside on the central coast. We took a little day trip up to Morro Bay and treated ourselves to the most "melt-in-your-mouth" cinnamon roll we'd ever tasted, cream cheese frosting and all. Returning to the vacation home with a package of the tantalizing mix in hand, we decided to make many more of these cinnamon rolls for the coming days. We found some plastic "warming dishes" in the cupboard and loaded the rolls into a 400 degree oven.


There was smoke. There was fire. There was melting plastic. Burned cinnamon rolls. Aghast expressions. And a general "how could this have happened" feeling resonating in the kitchen.


Patrick and I always look back and laugh with a hearty chortle (snorting even), at this chaotic experience, but we also liken it to Genesis 1:28. As a married couple, we have been called to be fruitful and to subdue the earth. The Hebrew for subdue is kabash which is translated "to subject, or to bring into bondage." This is what we try to do, by God's good grace, as a married couple. We take what is chaotic and undisciplined (ie. sinful habits or out of control laundry or lack of knowledge) and subject them to what is good and right. It could also be likened to the way a sheep is bound or subject to his shepherd, not by chains, but by being taught what is right and how to keep from danger... how to walk in abundance and along righteous paths.

So here's to the new year, to more delicious, non-disaster type meals, and to a marriage that is bound and subject to our Lord, the Master Chef who is preparing a phenomenal wedding banquet for His bride, the Church. I can't wait!! Bon Apetit!!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

What's My Motivation?


My husband was caught in a moving violation the other day. He didn't see the "no turn" sign until the officer so kindly pointed it out to him. I don't think he'll be doing that again, as the consequences came in the form of traffic school and a $200 ticket. I know, I didn't know a "no turn" ticket could cost that much either.

So a couple days ago, I went to lunch with a friend, and I had a perfect opportunity to j-walk. In fact, I just might have done so on the way to the restaurant. On the return to the parking lot, I felt very guilty and decided it wasn't in the budget to pay another ticket at that point, so I used the crosswalk like a good, law-abiding citizen.

After the whole incident was over, I began to think about my rationale. Do I follow the law simply because I want to avoid the consequences? Yes, that is a motivating factor, but is there something good and honorable about doing right merely to avoid consequences? Probably not.

My father was a police officer for over 30 years. He was strict and had high expectations for my behavior. Friends never understood how I didn't rebel against him, but I understood something about him which, as normal teenagers, they didn't perceive. I never doubted my father's love for me. I knew that he made rules for me because he loved me, because he wanted to protect me, and knew what was best for me. I obeyed not just to avoid consequences, but because I love and trust him.

And so it is with my Heavenly Father. He didn't give me His law and consequences because He wanted to ruin my life, or so that I would live in fear of consequences, but so I could see my need for a Savior. He disciplines me because He loves me. It's relational.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Through the Looking Glass

I've often thought about having a blog, but I always get stuck on 2 things... What would I call it? and What would I write about?

Recently, the Lord has been prompting me to do some serious clean up in my heart. You see, a critical spirit has infiltrated, and I've declared war against it. Ugly, with a horrible personality, my flesh has dwelt on things it has no business dwelling on. So as I am slaying the beast, it came to my attention through something I read recently, that when you take something bad out of your life, you need to replace it with good, so that you won't gravitate back to the bad.

A great passage came to mind. Philippians 4:4-8 says...

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

So as I step through the looking glass into the blogosphere, I will think on these things...
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