The writing prompt this week
was to create a powerful, silent scene – no dialogue.Click the Give Me 250 button to
link up. I went a few words over - 256 words .
Minutes after the
evening sun took its rest beyond the clouds, Walter briskly walked down the
dusty path that led to his man cave where he could finally relax from the
hustle and bustle of everyday life.As
Walter’s steps drew nearer to the abandoned cottage that he had renovated less
than a year ago, he could hear footsteps that seemed to mimic the rhythm of his
footsteps as he rustled through the tall grass just off the dusty path.Walter stepped up his pace, and so did the footsteps.Walter wondered who this could possibly
be.Just as he stepped onto the deck of
the cottage, he caught a glimpse of what appeared to be two teenage boys
frantically pushing their way through the underbrush near the back door to the
cottage.From the distance, he could see
that one of the boys carried in his hand the antique sword that his father had
given him just before he passed away.Walter
was not sure how he should handle this situation, but he knew that he had to do
something.Although Walter was unarmed,
he decided that he had to confront them.He could not let them get away.Just
as he opened his mouth, someone from behind tackled him to the ground. Walter
fought against this beast of a man who was obviously twice as big as he was. Before
he could gain leverage, the attacker blindfolded him and muzzled his mouth with
fabric that infiltrated the evening air with the stench of alcohol….
So often, we focus our energy on situations that we have
absolutely no control over.When I was a
child, my grandmother would often say, “Stop crying over spilled milk.”As an adult, I’ve adopted the phrase, “Stop
crying over spoiled milk”.Why?Because, there is -at least- a solution to spilled milk.Spilled
milk can be cleaned up.However, spoiled milk must be thrown out.From time to time, we “cry over spoiled
milk”.Simply put, we allow our thoughts
to be bombarded with “stuff” that is out of our control.We have worried about it.We have rehearsed it time and time again.Because that “stuff” (whatever it is)
happened in the past, there is nothing that we can presently do to change
it.It is done – finished – over!!!
Today was one of those days when
I awakened with my mind preoccupied with emotional torment from something that
occurred in the past – (SPOILED MILK).As I started to meditate on the WORD, the spirit arrested every evil
thought and brought my thoughts into captivity through the WORD.That WORD is found in Psalm 37, verses 1-2.
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou
envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and
wither as the green herb.
So, I say
to you today, “Stop worrying about those who have done you wrong”.I once heard a preacher say, “Let your
haters be your elevators”!!!
From time to time, the enemy attempts to rob us of our joy and
our peace. However, today, I refuse to allow the enemy to have my joy and my
peace! I choose not to “cry over spoiled milk”.Instead, I choose to meditate on the WORD.
Will you make the same choice- REFUSE to “cry
over spoiled milk”?Instead, MEDITATE on
1 diced rutabaga (boil until tender)
1/4 cup of Ricotto Cheese or butter/margarine
1 tbsp. of dried chives
1/4 tsp. of minced garlic
1/4 tsp. celery salt
Use a potato masher or fork to get rutabagas into a creamy consistency. Add in cheese and seasonings while mashing.
1/2 cup of Pintos (This may vary - depends on the number of servings you'll need.)
1/2 cup of Cranberry Beans (This may vary - depends on the number of servings you'll need.)
1/2 cup of bell peppers
1/4 cup of onions
1 tbsp. of chili powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. sugar
4 cups of water
Allow the 4 cups of water and the smoked turkey neck to heat in crock pot while beans are soaking. This step is optional.
Allow beans to soak for 6-8 hours.
Give beans a final rinse after soaking - most or all of the water will be absorbed.
Pour peppers and onions into crock pot along with smoked turkey neck. Add soaked beans and seasonings into crock pot. Allow to cook until tender (about 2-3 hours).
While beans are cooking, prepare rice and cornbread.
After the beans have cooked, serve them atop the rice and enjoy!
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
"Forward" by Mali Music
Linking up with Deidre and the Sunday Community, and Scripture and a Snapshot!
Stop worrying about that situation that is beyond your control. Take it to God in prayer. Worrying WILL NOT change it!
Philippians 4:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
3 cups of fresh broccoli 1 diced potato 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 can of cream of celery soup 1/2 tsp. dill weed 1 tsp. of chives 1/4 tsp. of celery salt
Wash and drain broccoli. Place in blender along with cream of celery. Add about a cup of water and puree until smooth. Melt 1 tsp. of olive oil or margarine in stockpot. Pour puree mixture into stockpot and simmer for 30 minutes. Add diced potato, chopped bell peppers, celery, 1/2 tsp. butter or margarine and a cup of water to another (small) pot and allow it to come to a boil. After it boils, turn stovetop off. Cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Pour potato mixture into pot with broccoli soup. Season to taste and allow soup to simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Garnish with chives.
Since the spring of 2012, I have been studying the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. Since then, I have also incorporated a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet. From time to time, I have gone on meatless challenges. * Typically, I go without meat once a week. * However, there are times when I choose to go the entire week minus meat. This week is one of those weeks. Some of the benefits of incorporating more fruits and vegetables that I've noticed: * more energy, * better mood, * decrease in PMS (less cramping and bloating), * I feel better! Do I still enjoy a tasty burger every now and then? Yep! Do I still enjoy succulent fried chicken from time to time? Yep! Why? Because, I choose not to be in bondage to anything. Moderation is the key.
I am not a doctor or other health care practitioner - just a child of God trying to be the best me that I can be.
1 Corinthians 6:12Amplified Bible (AMP)
12 Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power.
On this Meatless Monday, I will be eating a vegetable, rice soup - one of the many soup recipes that I created!
Ingredients 1 can of Campbell's Cream of Potato Soup
1 cup of mixed carrots and peas
1 cup of corn
1 cup of chopped (canned) mushrooms
1/2 cup of fresh chopped celery
1/8 cup fresh chopped red sweet peppers
1 cup of brown rice Season to taste with the following: celery salt
Puree the cream of potato with a cup of water. Add about an 1/8 teaspoon of olive oil to a stock pot and heat. Pour cream of potato into pot. Turn on low heat. After rinsing vegetables, add to pot along with chopped celery and peppers. Add seasonings and allow to simmer on low heat. After soup simmers for 1/2 an hour, add in cooked rice and allow to cook for another 1/2 hour. Enjoy!