Monday’s Musings #123 & Appreciating the Storms

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We arrived home yesterday afternoon from a weekend getaway with our kids, and my mom (our house and dog sitter) informed us that our refrigerator died. Yes….80% of our food had to be thrown away and my Love has had to figure out what is wrong with it. On top of that, he is leaving today for a work trip and doesn’t want to leave us without a working refrigerator. Although this is not a big “storm” of life, it is frustrating nonetheless. Even these little storms of life serve a purpose to be appreciated along with those big storms that toss us about.

How do we go about appreciating the storms that life puts us through? I will be the first to admit, I don’t like it when life is interrupted by a storm no matter how big or how little. They can create inconveniences and sometimes are hard to live through. Yet the storms in life are necessary for the Christian. It’s in the storms that we experience pruning and growth in our faith. There is something we must learn from our storms. They are not in vain.

We serve a God of purpose. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) God has designed each of our lives to fit us perfectly, including the storms. Those storms of life agree exactly with His plans for us. We should never fear them or be in doubt of God’s plan. Appreciating the storms of life means accepting them as they happen and trusting God.

One thing we can hold onto is that knowing our storms, little and big, easy and hard, will pass eventually. It may be days, hours, years or even a lifetime but there will be an end. Matthew Henry writes in his commentary on Jeremiah 29, “The end they expect will come, though perhaps not when they expect it. Let them have patience til the fruit is ripe, and then they shall have it.” God knows what he is doing in our lives. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) 

Appreciating the storms of life is not easy and we will not do it in our strength but the Lord will give us what we need to be thankful. He will hold us up. He will provide our strength. He will walk alongside and even before us. Our storms will not consume us because God is faithful (Malachi 3:6) but they WILL change us and grow us up in Him.

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Monday’s Musings #122

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This quote taken from my devotional this week really stuck out to me. Simply put: A humble and obedient heart realizes a wise and peace-filled life. I just wanted to share this with you.

I’m keeping it simple this week because sometimes I just need to do that. Crazy week equals less blogging time. I’m catching my breath and seizing my moment.

Have I told you lately how awesomely blessed I am to have you all share your favorite posts week after week? Keep it up.

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Monday’s Musings #121 & Creatively Studying the Word

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Over the years my lessons learned from the Lord have become creative in design when note taking. I used to just write but now I write, draw and use color. I like that the Lord has moved me to be more visual in my lessons. Here is how I creatively study the Word.

1. Drawing pad/Unlined notebook. An unlined notebook works well. A drawing pad would work, too. Or just plain paper in a binder. You just need space to work with.

2.  Colored Pens. I use these for words I want to highlight in writing scripture. I write the rest in pencil or black ink.

3. Colored Pencils. I use these to highlight points or to color in spaces. I also use them to draw pictures that help me visualize what I am learning.

4. Word Pictures. As I am working through a passage in the Bible, I think about how I can add more to depth to the Word by adding visuals. I love seeing how these comes together as I begin to study the Word. God’s Word just becomes more alive and tangible.

I’ve taken a photo of one of my study sheets to show you what I do. (Click on it to enlarge it if you like.) I am working through a study of Psalms with a group of ladies online this summer and this a page from my Psalm 16  study.

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 I hope you will try this way of studying God’s Word. You don’t have to be a great artist just have a love for the Scriptures. It can be enlightening and rewarding. (My note: This does take time to do so be mindful of that. Maybe do just one scripture at a time.) now onto sharing your favorite posts!

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Monday’s Musings #120 & My Easy Chicken

This is my go-to whole chicken recipe. It is easy, quick and tasty. I make a big one and use it for at least two meals if not three.

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First, you need to wash and clean out the chicken. I place him on a cutting board (I have a specific board I use for raw meats ONLY) and pat him dry with a paper towel. I now season the chicken by putting all my seasonings desired in a bowl and mix. Then, I use one hand to rub the seasoning mix inside the chicken while the other hand holds it open. Then, rub olive oil on the outside of him and season however you desire. (To prevent raw meat contamination, when you need to touch something else, wash your hands first! I wash my hands often.)

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For seasonings, I use thyme, dill, basil, and garlic powder. I don’t add any salt. (I do that for the recipes I might use the chicken for.) You can use pretty much whatever you desire. Rosemary and oregano are also good choices. How about a Creole seasoning? Or Cajun seasoning? I’ve used both of those as well.

Next, I sprinkle the same seasonings in the bottom of the crock pot.  I place the chicken in the crockpot and add 2 cups of water.  I also add some chopped onions, roughly chopped carrots and celery if I have them on hand. This will add to the broth flavor. If I have none, I don’t worry about it. Your seasonings will work just fine.

I put a few pats of butter on top of the chicken, put on the lid and set cooking time for 8 slow hours. (You can also omit the butter if you like. I just think it adds more flavor.) I prefer to get it going before I go to bed. No…it isn’t easy sleeping with a fabulous smelling chicken cooking but you gotta do what you gotta do. I usually get up once in the night to check the water level and doneness. If he’s done, I turn off the crockpot. It will be easier to handle the chicken when its cooled.

In the morning, I pull the chicken out. It will fall apart easily so lift gingerly. I set it on a large platter and turn my attention to the broth in the pot. You want to save this. It can frozen and used in soups and various other recipes that call for broth. You will need to let it cool a bit if its still hot then strain it into a big bowl. The strained liquid is what you keep. You can strain it twice if you want. Set it aside to cool completely, if needed, then skim any or as much fat as you want. I usually leave some fat for flavor. If the fat doesn’t solidify, don’t fret. Just leave it as is or skim what you can. Put the chicken broth in freezer friendly containers or freezer bags, mark and freeze. (Bags can be frozen flat for better storage.)

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Back to the chicken…its time to debone it. I put it in two freezable containers or freezer bags. I begin with one side of the chicken and begin deboning that side for one of the containers or bags. I repeat this process on the other side. You should have equal amounts of chicken now.  Not just in amount but both bags have white and dark meat. You can always separate the white and dark meat if you so choose. Put the lids on the containers or seal close the bags, label and date then throw into the freezer for future meals.

You can use the chicken for tacos, enchiladas, soups, casseroles, etc. With one chicken you got three uses: two meat options plus one soup base with the broth. (My daughter loves to make chicken salad with chicken cooked this way. It is much tastier. )

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