Weekly Verses…

Monday
This is why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.  Give everyone what you owe him.  If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Owe!  Tax day.  Not my favorite, how about yours?  But where would we be without government, order and laws?  While we may not like how the system functions today, what if we had no system?  Let’s be redemptive in our living and obedient in our citizenship.
MY PRAYER…
Holy God, I thank you that I am free in you and belong to no man or power.  Yet because I want your name to be respected, I pledge to obey the laws of this land as long as they do not run directly in contradiction to your will.  At the same time, I fervently pray that you heal our land. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
Tuesday
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
He paid a debt and I owe one.  Thank God I don’t owe the debt for my sin, but I owe others the same love, respect and grace with which God has treated me!
MY PRAYER…
Holy God who owns all things, I thank you for not just owning me, but for having bought me out of slavery, sin, and death. Please kindle love in my heart through the Holy Spirit so I will love others as you do.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.
Wednesday
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Power!  We love power.  We love the sound and fury of power.  We love the ability to change things that power brings.  But the greatest power ever unleashed on this earth was the power displayed when the Almighty God held back his power while his Son was persecuted and murdered so we could be saved.  Now that’s an awesome display of power.
MY PRAYER…
Holy and Majestic God on high, I praise you for your incredible might and power.  But I also thank you for your
love, which guides the release of that power.  Thank you for knowing that I am but dust without your sustaining Spirit. Thank you for saving me by withholding your mighty power so I could be pardoned by your sacrificial power.  Through Jesus’ mercy I offer this prayer.  Amen.
Thursday
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Imagine Jesus being proud of you!  He said if we confess him before others here on earth, he will speak up for us in heaven.  Confessing that Jesus is Lord is simply acknowledging the truth. But for believers, it is more than that, since at the close of time every knee will bow and every tongue confess his name.  For us, confessing Jesus is anticipating his triumph in which we will share.
MY PRAYER…
Mighty God, your Son is my Lord.  I love him and praise him for his redeeming sacrifice.  I thank him for his conquest of the grave.  I marvel at his sacrificial and triumphant grace. Jesus is Lord. I know it sounds sweet in your ears so I say it again, Jesus is my Lord.  Thank you for being so great that you would be so sacrificial.  Through my Lord and Savior I offer this thanks.  Amen.
Friday
Christ has indeed been raised, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Being eternal is nothing new.  Being like Jesus, completely, immortally will be new.  But when the moment of glory hung in the balance as Jesus was revived from his death sleep, we too were given the assurance that death no longer claims us.  The only death that really matters is our death to sin with Jesus in baptism.  If we have shared in that death, we will most certainly share in his resurrection (see Romans 6:1-14).
MY PRAYER…
Almighty, Most Powerful God.  Because of your grace and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, I know I will see you face to face.  Help me now, however, to live that resurrected life being more like Jesus today than any day ever before.  Through my Risen Lord I pray.  Amen.
Saturday
Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Victory!  Ultimate Victory!!  If you don’t have the answer for life’s biggest test, death, then you have no victory.  The Super Bowl and World Series are played every year.  The champion is a victor for only one year.  But a Christian is a champion forever because of Jesus. A Christian has victory over death.
MY PRAYER…
Thank you God for giving me victory in Jesus Christ.  Make his will triumphant in my daily struggles with sin. Through my Triumphant King I ask it.  Amen.
Sunday
Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.”
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
“He’s got the whole world in his hand.” God holds his children of faith in his hand.   As long as they place their lives in him, no one or nothing can steal them away.
MY PRAYER…
O Lord, thank you for your steadfast and secure love. Thank you for the assurance that my future rests in your hands. Thank you for holding me in your protective grace. May I live today with confidence and joy knowing that no matter where I find myself, you are there to uphold and sustain me.  For this grace, I thank you in Jesus’ name.  Amen.
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Please Pray for Belgium…

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Hello Dear Friends,

I awoke today to the horrible news, as many of you did as well in regards to Belgium’s bombings. It breaks my heart that so many have died and have been injured due to the heartless behavior of others. This is a time in our history that is definitely needing peace and the ultimate Prince of Peace. I am so sorry for all those experiencing first hand the loss of loved ones and senseless injuries.  The people that cause this kind of pain in our world need our prayers that they can see the true results of their beliefs and behaviors they have behaved upon others.

I am sad and heartbroken that this is the reality of our world. That I have to call my children to be sure they are ok and aware of what is happening in our world. And that sadly this is becoming the “norm” for our younger children. Please pray with me today for all these involved. Please pray for peace. And please pray for those that are deceived to have their eyes opened to the truth. And most importantly, right now please pray for those that are hurting…either due to loss, injuries or fear.

Seeking Jesus’ wisdom,

k

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Weekly Verses…

Hello Dear Friends,

i pray each of you are having a lovely Spring week in the Lord!! It is such a lovely time of the year…especially where we live. The wildflowers are covering the landscape and it is my favorite time of the year!!🙂

May the Lord richly bless your week,

k

Monday
If, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Jesus didn’t just die for my sins, he lives for me. In fact, he is at God’s right hand claiming me as his own (see 1 John 2:1-2).  If he was willing to die to save me, what will he withhold now that he lives victorious over death?
MY PRAYER…
Holy and Righteous Father, I thank you for Jesus, who is at your side and knows my heart, struggles, and world.  I thank you for your constant care and protection through all of my difficulties and triumphs.  Please make your presence known more clearly today than ever before as I try to serve you with wholehearted devotion. Through Jesus I pray.  Amen.
Tuesday
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Jesus was God with us.  No imitation, knock off, or clone. He was God with us.  To this day, he sustains creation with his word — so much for “Mother Nature.”  But now “God with us” has paid for our sins and is not just God with us, but God for us at the Father’s side.
MY PRAYER…
Precious Lord, as you have so many times in the past, you take these humble human words and bring them to the Father as my friend and brother.  Thank you for your sacrifice, which saved me.  Thank you for your sustaining presence in our universe.  Thank you for your daily intercession.  Thank you for being God for me at the Father’s side.  To the glorious, majestic, and holy God, who sent Jesus as Savior, be glory, honor, and adoration forever and ever. Amen.
Wednesday
At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Jesus died for us,but not because he had some high hopes for who we are or what we would be.  No, he died for us because he knew exactly who we are and what we would be without him.  But praise be to God, we are now God’s righteousness because he took our sin and gave us God’s grace (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
MY PRAYER…
Holy God, thank you for Jesus, my Savior.  No words are adequate to express my love and devotion to you for such an incredible gift!  Through him I give and live my thanks to you.  Amen.
Thursday
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by his wounds you have been healed.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
He bore our sins.  He didn’t just carry them, he suffered the penalty we deserved.  His anguish was our healing, his suffering our righteousness.  How can we ever think of going back to sin after he suffered so much to bear their penalty?
MY PRAYER…
Holy God, how you could stand to see your precious Son under the weight of my sin, all sin, I will never understand.  Thank you for such a great love and for being so great a God.  There is none who can be compared to you, O God.  Your greatness is beyond imagining and your love beyond my dreams.  I will live
this day to your glory through him who bore my sin so I could be your child. Amen.
Friday
Jesus said to them all:  “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
“I’ve just got to find myself.”  Won’t ever happen. We do not “find ourselves, our life” by pursuing it. We find it by losing it to something or someone greater than ourselves.  We find our life be losing it to Jesus and the work of his Kingdom.
MY PRAYER…
Master and Maker of all that lives and breathes, take my life and every breath and use it for your glory.  May my words and actions this day be pleasing to you.  Through Jesus I offer you this prayer and praise.  Amen.
Saturday
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
“I blew it!”  Come to think of it, we’ve all blown it!  We don’t measure up.  We’re not divine.  We might be decent, but decent won’t do.  Only the divine, the truly righteous, make it past the grave in glory.  Thank God that grace is freely given and the price for our sin was paid by Jesus.  While I “blew it” he renewed it!
MY PRAYER…
Kind and Loving Father, thank you for being so generous with your grace.  May I be as passionate for your righteousness as you were in redeeming me from my sin.  Through Jesus I ask this.  Amen.
Sunday
I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you… that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according Scriptures.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
The Gospel story is pretty simple to understand.  The grace of the Gospel is glorious to receive.  The sacrifice of the Gospel is incomprehensible.  The victory of the Gospel is life.
MY PRAYER…
Almighty Lord, thank you for the empty tomb and Jesus’ victory over the grave.  Just as Jesus’ death pardoned my sin, his resurrection assures my future.  Thank you for grace and glory. May my life today be lived by the power of the resurrection.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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Weekly Verses…

Monday

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
We can be forgiven of our sins!  That’s great.  We can be purified of any stain from sin!!  That’s incredible.  But only because of God’s grace and his willingness to give us the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
MY PRAYER…
Forgiving Father, please forgive me today for my lack of passion to love and forgive others in the way you have forgiven me.  Create in me a heart like your own.  Through Jesus I pray.  Amen.
Tuesday
It has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him.
Philippians 1:29
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
When we read the book of Acts, we find the disciples overjoyed at suffering “for the sake of the name.”  Jesus’ followers consider it a privilege and not just a hardship.  The truth of our commitment is often best shown to the skeptical when we are “under fire.”
MY PRAYER…
What a precious name you have given to your son, O Lord. May it be exalted in all the earth and through out  all the heavens, until all existence knows that he is truly Lord. Through him I pray.  Amen.
Wednesday
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Psalms 62:7
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Who we are, what becomes of us in life, is in God’s hands.  We cannot purchase or achieve lasting honor for ourselves without his blessing.  We cannot secure the future or our safety without his protection and blessing.  The basis of all achievement and glory is dependent upon us placing our lives in his care.
MY PRAYER…
O Rock, Fortress of my life, I place myself in your care.  Take charge of my future and use me for your glory. In you I take refuge, and on your strength I rely to make my days worthwhile.  In the precious name of Jesus I pray.  Amen.
Thursday
There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men.
1 Timothy 2:5-6
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
We do not need another person, no matter how mighty, pious, or special, to intercede for us before God.  As his children, we can go freely, knowing that God himself has provided the perfect mediator between us and himself.  That mediator alone is head of the church and chief priest before God for us.  His name is Christ Jesus, our Lord.
MY PRAYER…
O God, you are my God, and I praise you for making yourself  so available.  I know that in my power, I have no right to approach you.  Yet in your grace you not only provided a ransom for my sin but a mediator for my approach to you.  Jesus, I thank you as well, for paying the price and staying at the Father’s side to intercede and speak for me!  Thank you for making this prayer known to the Father.  Amen.
Friday
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Righteousness!  That’s what we are. God’s righteousness.  We are the testimony of how holy, just, and gracious he truly is, because in Jesus, we are his righteousness!
MY PRAYER…
Thank you, O Almighty God, for making me righteous in the blood of your son’s death.  May people see in me a reflection of your holiness, justice, and mercy.  Through Jesus, who sacrificed for my sins, I pray.  Amen.
Saturday
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.  Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he took up our infirmities and he carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:3-4
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Jesus was everything and became nothing and we didn’t notice what he did for us.  We just assumed he deserved it, and so we did not repent.  But there was something about that sacrificial story that grabbed our hearts and called us home we found in him not only a Savior, but a servant.
MY PRAYER…
God Almighty, your plan to redeem me takes my breath away.  How and why you chose to take your precious son and expose him to such public disgrace I will never comprehend.  But this I do know:  you love me with an everlasting love. I pledge to you that I will serve you with all of my strength in thanks for his great sacrifice. Through Jesus I pray.  Amen.
Sunday
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:5-6
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
I don’t know how Jesus could stand up under its weight.  He had my sin, your sin, our sin, placed upon him so we would not have to bear the consequences of it.  But in that sacrifice, as horrible as it was, we find ourselves healed, cured of the most awful disease a sin-sick soul. In its place, he has left us a  transforming peace.
MY PRAYER…
God of peace, fill my soul with the wonder of your grace. Let me not forget the cost of your love.  Stir in me the
constant and abiding memory of your redemptive grace.  Thank you.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.
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Vegan/Vegetarian Recipes…

Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club

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  • Serves 4
  • Hands-On Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min

INGREDIENTS

  1. 15-ounce cans white beans, rinsed and drained
  2. tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  5. 12 slices multigrain bread
  6. small red onion, thinly sliced
  7. cucumber, preferably hothouse (seedless), thinly sliced (peeled, if desired)
  8. 4- to 5-ounce container sprouts (such as alfalfa, radish, broccoli, or a combination)
  9. avocados, pitted and thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the beans, oil, salt, and pepper. Roughly mash the mixture with the back of a fork.
  2. Place 8 of the bread slices on a work surface. Divide the mashed beans among them. Top with the onion, cucumber, sprouts, and avocado.
  3. Stack the open-faced sandwiches on top of one another, avocado-side up, to make 4 double-decker sandwiches. Top with the remaining 4 slices of bread.
  4. Slice each sandwich in half, if desired, and serve.

Weekly Verses…

Monday
The Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
Deuteronomy 7:9, New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
God is faithful and his covenant is a covenant of love.  He will not forsake us and will treat us better than we deserve just as a loving parent treats a rebellious child better than s/he deserves. But our hearts must be tuned to honor God as God, not as just a good luck charm or a weekly guest into our otherwise busy lives. What we do must be done in awareness that it is done before and for him!
MY PRAYER…
Faithful God, thank you for loving me so sacrificially and steadfastly.  Thank you for the way you preserved your promises to the Israelites and brought Jesus just as you promised.  I trust your promise to send him back to bring me home to you.  Please receive the deeds and words of this day as my thanks to you for your covenant of love with me and those I love.  Through Jesus, your gift of love, I pray.  Amen.
Tuesday
He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
2 Peter 1:4, New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
God made us to be like him in character and holiness.  We are called to participate in the divine nature and are assured that we will be made ready when Jesus comes again.  His promise is sure if we will follow wholeheartedly!
MY PRAYER…
Almighty God, my Everlasting Fortress, thank you for giving me your great promises.  I long to know you more fully and be able to see your face today, just as I believe I will one day.  Please protect me and my heart from corruption.  In all love and appreciation I pray.  Amen.
Wednesday
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
God is in our lives.  He is at work right now, undoing Satan’s destructive messes and leading us to places he wants us to go. This is true in everything we do and everywhere we go.  The key is for us to seek his purpose, to live his will.  If that is our goal, then we can be sure our God is with us every step of our way.
MY PRAYER…
Thank you, God, for being at work in my life.  Thank you for not leaving me alone to my best effort, insight, and choice.  Thank you for having a plan for me and being the assurance that I can’t mess that plan up if I seek your will. Thank you for being my God, my Father, and my Partner through all of life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Thursday
Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to gooodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8, New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Wow!  What a message.  God wants us to be productive in our lives. He wants us to have more than just head knowledge. He wants us to put it to work in our lives and be effective and productive with it.  But, I’ve got to put out some effort and try to grow in these qualities.  Peter is saying, “Okay folks, God wants you to get after it and make a difference through your life!”  I’m ready!  Let’s begin today.
MY PRAYER…
Holy God, I am going to put out the effort to grow in your grace. Please bless my efforts and receive them as my heartfelt appreciation for loving me when I was unlovable and redeeming me when I was lost.  I want to be productive to your glory in my life with Jesus, through whom I pray.  Amen.
Friday
The name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth…  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
Acts 4:12New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
“Jesus, there’s just something about that name!”  The words to the song are right. Salvation from what is warped and broken in our world is found in no one else.  He is our Savior because he was willing to come to this world, bear our limitations, shame, and sin, and then triumph over them.
MY PRAYER…
Through the precious name of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, my Lord, I thank and praise you God, Most High.  Your love has given the sacrifice for my sin and your power has given me the assurance of my resurrection from the dead.  Your Son’s willingness to spend a lifetime with us has given me a Great
High Priest who intercedes with empathy for my struggles.  His example lets me know of your great love. Thank You O God, for being so gracious and giving me such a wonderful Savior.  Amen.
Saturday
As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
“Wonder what I’ll need to wear to that meeting?”  Paul reminds us that there is a set of clothing that is always in style. We wear this clothing because we are special.  This clothing is from the Ultimate Designer’s collection called character and is best worn when with other people.  These qualities are hard to wear, but always a blessing to those who meet us when we’re decked out in this wardrobe.
MY PRAYER…
Abba Father, thank you for bringing me into your family.  May I never disappoint you in the way I treat others.  May they see in me the qualities of character that can only be attributed to your presence in my life.  To you be the glory and the honor, forever and ever, through Jesus my Lord.  Amen.
Sunday
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
Psalms 23:1-3, New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
He restores my soul.  My, that sounds so good.  But it is more than talk.  When we’ve reached point that we can’t go on, God blesses us with strength to just keep on walking.  When we’re in a struggle and things are tough, his power upholds us and we run to victory. When we’re winning victories in his name, we can soar on wings like eagles.  He is a shepherd and more.  He is the Rock and Sustainer of our lives!
MY PRAYER…
O Gentle Shepherd, help me rest tonight in your grace and in the confidence that you are nearby.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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Vegan/Vegetarian Recipes…

Hello Friends,

Today I am begging a series of  various Vegan/vegetarian recipes. We eat vegan/vegetarian so there are many new recipes I will be sharing. I struggle with branching out so this is a great way for us to try new out of our box recipes.🙂 There are some wonderful YouTube videos I absolutely rely on for great suggestions for our family’s meals!!

This recipe is so satisfying and so filling!! Also I cook in my I-Pot (Instant Pot) and I start with dry beans to save money. And instead of pine nuts I use pecans from our grove. Super yummy, super fast and super easy!! I hope you give this one a try.

So let the adventure begin….and enjoy!!🙂 And please leave me feedback and leet me know how you like the recipe. Also, please share any helpful tips of any changes you make!!🙂

Enjoy and have a wonderful week in the Lord,

k

Three-Bean Chili With Spring Pesto

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Photo by James Merrell

Rating

Serves 4
  • Hands-On Time 15 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Per Serving

    • Calories 408 calories
    • Calories 49 calories from fat
    • Fat 22 g
    • Sat Fat 3 g
    • Cholesterol 0 mg
    • Sodium 1384 mg
    • Protein 11 g
    • Carbohydrate 43 g
    • Fiber 11 g
  • March 2008

INGREDIENTS

  1. tablespoon plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  2. small yellow onion, chopped
  3. carrots, diced
  4. 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, including liquid
  5. kosher salt and black pepper
  6. 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  7. 15.5-ounce can cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
  8. 15.5-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  9. clove garlic, finely chopped
  10. tablespoons pine nuts, chopped
  11. cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  12. crusty bread (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes and their liquid, 2 cups water, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the chickpeas and cannellini and kidney beans and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  4. Combine the garlic, pine nuts, parsley, remaining ¼ cup oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.
  5. Divide the chili among individual bowls and top with the pesto. Serve with the bread, if desired.
Today’s recipe is from RealSimple.com

Weekly Verses…

Monday
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Separation is something we fear whether it’s from a child, a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a friend, or from God.  Because Jesus bore the separation from God, becoming and going to the cross, we can know we won’t have to ever be separated from God’s love.
MY PRAYER…
Great Father of all peoples, thank you for loving me.  Thank you for giving me the promise that nothing can separate me from your love.  Please fill me with your Spirit and make me more aware of your accompanying presence in my life today. I pray in Jesus name.  Amen.
Tuesday
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:11-12
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Can you imagine what an honor it is to have the Creator of  the universe, the Lord God Almighty, living inside of you!  But when we love each other, that is exactly what happens.  When our hearts are full of love, there is room for God.  When they are not full of love, we leave God little room to take up residence and produce his character in us.  Let God complete his love in you.  Make a commitment to do loving things for other believers today!
MY PRAYER…
Abba Father, it is so comforting to know that you are not far away – that I live in you and you live in me.  Help me see others with your eyes, and respond to their needs with your heart, so that your love may be complete in me.  Through Jesus I pray.  Amen.
Wednesday
He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Proverbs 17:9
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
“It’s just a little harmless gossip.”  The Wise Teacher reminds us that gossip is neither little nor harmless.     Its consequences are huge and its damage horrible. Instead, it is much better to be a peacemaker and an offense-mender.
MY PRAYER…
Father of Glory, I confess that I am often more a peace lover than a peacemaker.  Give me the character not to repeat gossip, but instead have the wisdom and strength to be an offense-mender.  Through the Prince of Peace I pray.  Amen.
Thursday
The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule:  “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:9-10
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to have laws to keep people in line!  That’s the point behind Paul’s message here. Treat our neighbors as we would like to be treated.  Love them as we like to be loved.  If we do that, then we’re not going to do anything that would hurt them, much less violate a command of law!
MY PRAYER…
God, who gave Moses the Law on tablets of stone, please write your character and will on my heart so I might be a living stone, testifying to your righteousness and grace.  Help me to think more carefully about how my neighbors feel before I act or react to them today!  Through your Son I pray.  Amen.
Friday
There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
What is there to fear if God sent his Son to die to redeem us?  What is there to fear if we cannot be separated from the love God has for us in Christ Jesus?  What is there to fear except ourselves?  As we love God and his children, we are reminded by his love for us, which is far better than our meager love for others.  Rather than run from him in fear, we bow before him in thanks, knowing that he who hears our prayers is also he who loves us and stops our fears.
MY PRAYER…
Loving Father, thank you that I can revere you without fearing your wrath.  Thank you that I can revere your word and yet not be terrified by my inadequacies.  May your love in me produce a closer likeness to your holiness, righteousness, justice, and mercy than all the laws, threats, and judges combined.  Through Jesus, who ransomed me from sin, I pray. Amen.
Saturday
Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 2:4-5
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE
I cannot think of anything I’d prefer the Holy God to be rich in than mercy. I know my failures, shortcomings, sins, and transgressions. Without his mercy to pardon, and without his grace to send Jesus to pardon at first, I would be lost and without God. Now, because of his rich mercy, my life is tied to Jesus’ future and not the one I earned for myself.
MY PRAYER…
Father of all grace and mercy, thank you. Thank you for being God like you are God. Thank you for extending grace when I have not deserved it. Thank you for giving mercy when I most needed it. Thank you for giving life when I thought my life was doomed and hopeless. May my wealth be found in mercy and grace much more than money and gold. Help me be more like you. Through my older brother, Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Sunday
We love because [God] first loved us.
1 John 4:19
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE….
It’s all very simple. God is love. He is its origin, example, and architect. I love because he loved me first. I know how to love because he has demonstrated it. I can love because he made me to have his likeness. He is the fountain, the motivation, and the pinnacle of love. I love because he does, first, last, and always.
MY PRAYER….
God of comfort, thank you for comforting me with your love. Just as a child learns from parents how to do so many things, I want to learn to love as you do: sacrificially, selflessly, and submissively, so that others may know that they do not have to earn your love, only receive it. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Devotional credit: Oneplace.com