Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Meaning of Barabbas

I recently read about the meaning of the name of Barabbas, the prisoner released instead of Yeshua. It means “son of father”. I found it interesting that our father in Heaven came down to earth (Yeshua) and took the place of the son (creation) to save us from death. Very cool.





Sunday, November 24, 2013

Even America's poorest are richer than most the world

I am not rich by American standards but I am by the world's standards.

I'm making holiday treats this morning. After my first batch of yum-yums, I was washing my mixing utensils when it dawned on me how rich I am because I have a kitchen sink with running water. It isn't a fancy sink, actually kinda ugly but it serves its purpose. My countertops aren't granite, they are old and have marks from all the use my counters get. Proof of a home with food in it. I am blessed. 

It brought to mind the image I saw on the news one night of a woman in a far way country outside her hovel washing dishes at a community faucet in a bucket  that I would most likely use to soak my feet in. She was smiling. She's probably grateful to have clean water. God bless her. Here in America we are so blessed to have access to clean water in our homes yet we complain about the slightest inconvenience. I guess it's easy to do. You just get used to the conveniences of life, near by grocery store, a car that gets you to where you need to go, shoes with good shoestrings. How do we act when any of these luxuries falter? 

As I jotted down this little note of the day, I winced as I had to stop my writing to go jiggle the handle on my toilet because it wouldn't stop running. I normally have a grateful attitude because I know what it's like to not have. When I was kid, our toilet stopped working so we had to use a port-a-potty and dump it every day in the back yard. I can't believe we did that, I would never dump human waste in the open now. I would bury it. I guess that I am especially sensitive to the everyday luxuries, such as in-door plumbing, because not having is a formidable incentive to be wise about your money and resources and especially to be thankful for what you do have.

Thanksgiving is a time to assess and reset.  Thanksgiving is a time where we all stop to be thankful. 

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.~Yeshua (Luke 6:35)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Canning Chicken

My canner never stays put away. Every time I think I’m done, another too-hard-to-pass-up sale comes along. I mean really! How can you pass up $1.69/lb skinless boneless chicken breast???...lol

Panko Bread Crumbs!

 I cooked with Panko bread crumbs for the first time the other night. The advice given was after breading, set them aside for the breading to set so that they don't fall off the second you put your food in the hot grease!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pictures from Santa Barbara...

Santa Barbara...

The first picture and the last picture are taken at the beach in Santa Barbara right next to the Pier. There is a veterans group that started putting a cross and candle for every death in Iraq and Afghanistan. The amazing thing is that they only do it on the weekends.

They put up this graveyard and take it down every weekend. Guys sleep in the sand next to it and keep watch over it at night so nobody messes with it. Every cross has the name, rank and D.O.B. and D.O.D. on it. Very moving, very powerful. So many young volunteers. So many 30 to 40 year olds as well.


The ACLU has filed a suit to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed.



And that they filed another suit to end prayer from the military completely. They're making great progress.

Keep forwarding this e-mail to others. I'm not breaking this one. I'm asking that you not break it either.

If I get it a 1000 times, I'll forward it a 1000 times! Prayer for our soldiers... please don't break it! Please send this on after a short prayer. Please, let us pray... Prayer:

'Heavenly Father, hold our troops in Your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in this our time of need.
These things I humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Amen.'