Look to Jesus

As I was surfing the web for healthy foods/ideas, I realized something….better yet, the Holy Spirit prompted me, “Rosie, look to Jesus.” It was subtle….nothing loud or obtrusive. Just a gentle reminder to remember yes, information is good and profitable, but for a follower of Jesus, my elder brother, I have the greatest book ever on my nightstand, on my kitchen table, in the car, at work during lunch time, and that is the bible. It travels with me to help me navigate through the day, reminding me to look to Jesus. Who is the driving force to remind me to have this book around? The Holy Spirit and I am very thankful for this.

“Thank You, Jesus.” I look to You and gaze on Your beauty of truth, wisdom, love, peace,…and everything that is good and perfect. Renew my mind again in You today.

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Whom do you worship?

Let’s check it out together: Psalm 73

The Psalmist in chapter 73 battled with worship. The fight was in who he was to worship. When we look around society, life, daily activities, etc., there are beautiful things to behold. When I go to the mall, the clothes, the shoes, the makeup choices, accessories, decorations, and lovely things are all around me. It doesn’t stop with or begin with things that are so enticing to worship, but people. There are beautiful people, smart people, funny people, handsome people, cute little babies, and all could easily be worshiped. I could go into other forms of things that can be worshiped like jobs, status, financial gains, locations, vacations, and on and on. This world has it all. It’s just a matter of finding what it is to worship and the heart could be captivated by it and given over to it.

If you noticed, I have used the words could or can. That’s because there is always a choice. Our hearts could be captivated by this world, and the Psalmist’s heart was. He was envious of the “fat and the sleek”. “For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”  Read for yourself  verses 4-15 how he agonized over the freedom the wicked indulged in the things of this world.

But then, the Psalmist, in this state of weariness, went into the sanctuary of God. His eyes were then open. He saw things for what they were. He was able to discern ‘their’ end. God graced him further. The Psalmist not only saw that the wicked were destroyed in a moment, but God showed him his heart. Brutish! Ignorant! A beast towards God!

This is grace. This is unfailing love. God allowed for the Psalmist to repent and trust in God. God did not leave the Psalmist to agonize and lament over the wicked and to be stuck in a rut. No, God opened the eyes of his heart in order for the Psalmist to confess with his mouth: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You.” This realization of the Psalmist standing before God was declared in verses 26 & 27.

Then finally, the last verse provides each of us with the proper perspective of how we are to live: “But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.”

How can you and I be nearer to God? One particular verse helps me quite a bit with this answer: Proverbs 28:13 “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”

Dear Heavenly Father, Just like the Psalmist, I too envy the prosperous. I look on the ones who have no pains and I have great jealousy in my heart. May You be delighted to show me truth, in Your word and Your way of how wrong I have it, and how good it is to forsake that kind of thinking and turn and trust in You. Your promises are written all over the bible. Coupled with the promises are Your commands. Let me be known for one to follow Your commands. Then I will receive Your promises. I wait for You to create in me a clean heart. You are a great God. Oh, Abba, Father, may You do far more than I could ask of think. In Jesus precious Name I pray these things. Amen.

Martin Luther vs. Romans 1

Are you bogged down by the Righteousness of God? Do you ‘feel’ the weight of it and this sense of unbearable wrath from a Holy, and Mighty God? You aren’t alone. Martin Luther, one of the ‘swans’ God has graced us with on this earth, wrestled and lamented this very same truth. He busied himself with the first portion of Romans 1: 17 and not until a pivotal moment, ordained by God, by His grace, did God remove the veil for Luther to apprehend the later portion of the verse.

Here’s the verse in its entirety: “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Let’s pull it a part, shall we?

The righteous= all who are clothed in Christ’s righteousness

Live= Romans 8 (this whole chapter paints it so miraculously)

by faith= believing in God’s promises, including believing in our Risen Lord and Savior

So, to pull it all together: When God looks at us, believers, He sees Christ perfect righteousness, imputed in and through us. It is OUR faith, an unfathomably expensive gift, that saves us. Our works don’t. Our good looks don’t. Our experiences don’t. Our knowledge don’t:) doesn’t. Our faith does. Let’s rest our heads on this one, dear brother and dear sister.

Dear Heavenly Father, help us, Your children, to rest in these truths. Implant them deep, deep in our hearts. Sustain us until the end so we can worship and glorify You, making our joy complete in You. Our faith, Abba, is an expensive gift. The debt has been paid for; Jesus Christ is our Redeemer. Open our eyes and hearts and let all who have ears to hear, hear Your voice this day. Speak, oh Lord, Your servant is listening.

In Jesus Name. Amen.

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“What is your identity? What defines who you are? My identity is rooted in Christ. I am trusting in His perfection and His completed work for my life. I have been ransomed and bought with a price. So, I glorify God by confessing my need for Him and running to Him, rather than counterfeits that do not live up to what they promise.”

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1 Peter 2:9&10 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Parmesan Chicken

Parmesan Chicken II Recipe

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 6 servings
  • 12 chicken drumsticks

  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a shallow bowl, mix together salt, pepper, and cheese. (I added garlic powder.) In a separate bowl, beat egg until lemon colored. Dip chicken in egg, coating well. Roll in cheese. (I added garlic powder.)
  2. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until brown.

High Fructose Corn Syrup: “STAY AWAY from my plate!”

If you are wondering why you are gassy, bloated, lethargic, irritable, moody, and gaining weight, check out what’s on your plate?

Try eliminating High Fructose Corn Syrup from your diet, and rather put on your plate, cooked and/or raw veggies each time you eat, along with 1 or 2 fruits a day, good fats with each meal, like coconut oil and butter, and healthy proteins, such as nuts, seeds, and grass-fed no hormone added meats and record how you begin to feel after doing this for a little bit.

I would love to hear how it’s working for you.

Physical health…is it connected to our Spiritual Health?

Yes, I think so based on how I read 1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV “But I discipline my body, and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

 

Since July, 2012 (about 5 months now) I have decided  to make different choices about how I eat, workout, think about things, as well as spend my time. If you had questions about sleep: For the record, it is good for you.
But, “Rosie”, you may say, “You want to just look better and be more attractive. I bet your motives are to do it to be better than others.”

To that I say, “rubbish!”

My main reason is this: How I see things, God continues to show me mercy and my purpose is to glorify Him. I love it that I have strength throughout the day to be attentive to things I otherwise would have become really fatigue and feel “sick” to my stomach because of the fuel I have used in the past as food.

If you have read any of my posts, you may have noticed I relate almost everything to God in my life. I pray one day, I will relate ALL to God, my Heavenly Father, and surrender all to Him. He is gracing me with the gift of taking care of myself, so I can be of any use to Him. It is possible to glorify God when I die, but for now, while I am alive and able to, I want to eat well, take my vitamins, workout, be strong, run or jog more, and to do it all for God’s glory.

Who receives credit for this blog post? Jesus. I would not even desire good, lovely, honorable, just, commendable, and excellent things a part from Him.

Thank you, Jesus, for loving me, and dying for me, so I may die to self; daily, and live for YOU. May you continue to work in and through me with my students, co-workers, friends, enemies, strangers, bosses, my brother and sisters, and family. I love YOU most. Because of that, I am able to love others. Please help me be real first with You; and then to others.

 

 

 

 

Superbowl Chunky Chili Recipe

SUPER BOWL CHUNKY CHILI

This unique chili recipe uses beef stew meat instead of ground beef for an interesting change.

1 lg. onion, finely chopped

1 green pepper, finely chopped

1 lb. lean beef for stew, cut into 1/2″ cubes

1 (16 oz.) can kidney beans, drained

1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies, drained

1 tbsp. chili powder, use 2 tbsp. for spicy chili

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Shredded cheddar cheese (opt.)

1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large pot. Saute onion and green pepper in butter.

2. Add beef stew meat and stir until pieces are brown.

3. Stir in remaining ingredients except cheese. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. A delicious serving suggestion. Sprinkle individual servings with cheese and top with a spoonful of sour cream.

If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,…

 

 

 

Philippians 4:8 “….think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me- practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Another word for excellence: virtue

Another word for praise:commendation

Matthew Henry’s commentary from Philippians 4: “Believers are to get and to keep a good name; a name for good things with God and good men. We should walk in all the ways of virtue, and abide  therein; then, whether our praise is of men or not, it will be of God. The apostle is an example. His doctrine and life agreed together. The way to have the God of peace with us, is to keep close to our duty. All our privileges and salvation arise in the mercy of God; yet the enjoyment of them depends on our sincere and holy conduct. These are works of God,pertaining to God, and to him only are they to be ascribed, and to no other; neither men, words, nor deeds.”

Abba Father,

Give me a heart like the heart described in Philippians…I am in need of your grace to do what you ask. Left to myself, I fall, but You lift me up and I worship Jesus for this.

Amen.