Happy Hour: 8/6/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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There is only one group of people who don’t have any problems… Yep, and they are no longer breathing air either.

I am grateful for the people God has placed in my life, and my family’s lives, who accept us as we are, even when we are dealing with situations, and circumstances that cause us to lose our “footing” emotionally, spiritually and even physically…it’s such a blessing beyond words to feel accepted, even when what we may be dealing with cannot be understood completely by others…and yet, they just love us for us! I always pray we turn around and do the same!  

‪#‎thankfulfordearfriendships  ‪#‎weallneedgrace‪  #‎unconditionalloveisararegift

One of the biggest black eyes you can give the devil is to let God take your pain and make it GAIN!! God has certainly done this in my life! Wow! Thank you Lord…Amen! 🙂

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Cross Fit Overcoming Lies

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“For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are being saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God.” I Corinthians 1:18 (AMP)

My quiet time today centered on the power of the cross for healing ungodly beliefs and lies which I have believed about God and about myself. You see, the finished work of Christ on the cross and my authority as a believer gives me power over these strongholds. I am grateful. But more than grateful; I continually bask in God’s love, radiance and wisdom to grow more like Jesus every day. I have an eternity to go.

Saved/redeemed people have a sincere desire and need for God’s truth. We want our minds to become more like the mind of Christ. We want our minds to be in-line with scripture so we have Godly beliefs.

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV)

God does not simply want us to know about Him or to acknowledge He exists. No! He wants a daily personal relationship us. When we know Him personally; His character, His principles, His Son, His truth and His heart we will be able to recognize lies. Lies other people tell us, lies Satan tells us or lies in which he seeks our participation, lies we believe about ourselves, false judgments we make against others, and even lies (ungodly) beliefs we hold against God.

“Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.” John 15:4-7 (The Message)

I don’t want to be burned up as deadwood. I want to be found fruitful. I want to be alive and full of His truth so I can be free from the lies and fiery arrows that are thrown at me. I don’t have to pull the arrows out. I don’t even have to deflect them!

You see when I have problems or relational difficulty I have an unhealthy (ungodly) belief that I must be the problem. I assume if something is wrong, it must be my fault. Satan has spent years ingraining this in my life through experience.

A few months ago when I was meditating on these truths I sensed God breathe into my heart, soul, mind and strength, “You are not the problem.” Not always and when I error I would rather error on the side of acting in faith than not acting/doing at all. “You are a helper. Your heart is set toward Jesus. All you have to do is look at My Son, speak the Truth and the arrows will not touch you. Jesus is always there to protect you. I love you. You are not your past. You are who Christ says you are—the daughter of the Most High God.”

The Lord even gave me three word pictures.

  1. He showed me Jesus in my heart, but with all the arrows coming at me I couldn’t feel Jesus, or at the moment, remember Jesus was there in my heart. I allowed the pain to take over. God reminded me that Jesus is always here to protect me. (This does not mean I will always understand the way He chooses to protect me.)
  2. God took me through a timeline from childhood and past to remind me that although these events, people and choices are a part of my past, they are not who I am in Christ—“It is not who you are.”
  3. He reminded me through scripture that He is on His throne. I was on the steps just below Him dressed like a Princess; dressed in His love. I realized I had been living like a peasant most of my life when all along I’ve been a Princess daughter of the Most High King.

I encourage you to spend time with the Lord each day. Read His word, go through a Bible study, and spend time in prayer. Pray scriptures back to God. God’s word is the main way He speaks to you so as He speaks to you—speak back to Him by responding to what He said to you.  Ask Him questions and wait on the answers; this is a discipline that comes with practice and time. Acknowledge false beliefs or judgments you have made over yourself or other people. Give God your hurts. Ask Him to reveal His truth to you.

In these moments I have found God to be tender and merciful. I have found Jesus to be the great physician who heals instantly, completely and permanently. Doesn’t that sound just like Him? Yes! I have also found the Holy Spirit to be the Great Comforter.

 “Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.’” Luke 5:31 (NIV)

“Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,” Isaiah 53:4 (NIV)

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

BELIEF SYSTEM(By: Anonymous)

If you accept a belief,
You reap a thought.

If you sow a thought,
You reap an attitude.

If you sow an attitude,
You reap an action.

If you sow an action,
You reap a habit.

If you sow a habit,
You reap a character.

If you sow a character,
You reap a destiny.

 

Sow God’s word; truth through prayer and Bible study.

Reap a personal relationship with God who loves you, and a mind more like Christ’s mind.

Get cross fit. Overcome the lies.

Creamy Serrano Ranch Dip

TEXMEX Recipes

Creamy Serrano Ranch Dip (A.K.A. Creamy Jalapeño Ranch Dip)

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I recently traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, and visited my dear friend, Michelle, from years past. Once upon a time our families lived in Stillwater, Oklahoma at the same time where I taught her youngest daughter at a local Mom’s Day Out program. We later belonged to the same homeschool association and would hang out at each other’s homes while her daughters and my daughter played together.

Allow me to tell you what Michelle did to me; she interjected herself into my personal life. Ha! I tell you this in the most light-hearted way with a smile on my face because I absolutely positively love this woman. It’s a long story and one I am working on writing in it full detail. The abbreviated version is that several homeschool moms, led by Michelle, were praying for me behind my back and asking God to provide me a husband and to give Riley a daddy. I named Michelle the instigator of this but she insists it was the Holy Spirit. I heard through the grapevine that while some of my friends were meeting for homeschool playdates they would huddle in the garage and pray for me while their children played in the yard.

And they were not the only friends doing this! It began months earlier with my friend Pam speaking to me about the same subject.  Little did I know, God was working out His plan (definitely not mine or Riley’s) for my life and for Riley’s life.

Here is a quote by Michelle, “I figured out a long time ago, that when several God-fearing women walk into God’s throne room together…whatever they are praying about…better watch out!” – #moveoversatan #nottakingGod’sglory #getunderourfeetwhereyoubelong

I obviously got over Michelle’s Holy Spirit led intrusion and recently allowed her in-depth private details of every aspect of my life; beginning to present day, for Restoring the Foundations ministry. Michelle is training to minister in RTF and I can honestly testify that RTF was the most beautiful, personal, empowering, healing and tender time I have ever spent with the Lord. I love Him!

How does this connect to a Tex-Mex recipe you may be asking?

Well, before visiting Michelle I texted her and asked if there was a Chuy’s Tex-Mex in Nashville. To my delight she responded that Chuy’s was; in fact, located down the street from her home in Franklin, Tennessee.

Chuy’s is my all-time favorite eating establishment. If I were allowed to have only one option for eating out, from present day to the day I die, Chuy’s would be it. I believe it is impossible that I could ever tire of their deliciousness.

My boys crave Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeño Ranch Dip, but since we live in the heavily populated Italian cuisine city of St. Louis, Missouri, we have no Chuy’s Tex-Mex. We rely on our trips to visit my family in Texas to fulfill our Chuy’s longings.

Every time I eat at Chuy’s I attempt to pull apart the individual flavors; veggie, pepper, herb and spice in the salsas, Creamy Jalapeño Ranch Dip and meats.

I have made the dip with Jalapeños, Anaheim Chile’s, Poblanos, Serrano Peppers and blends of these peppers. I use fresh Serrano peppers in my Creamy Jalapeño Ranch Dip—no Jalapeños. We find this recipe every bit as flavorful, if not the same, as Chuy’s. I did ask a manager at a Chuy’s in Kentucky if there were Serrano’s in the salsas and dips and she confirmed that there were.

When it comes to preparing dishes with peppers you get to decide the amount of heat you want in your recipe. Here is the trick:

Mild heat: Remove seeds and devein the inside of the peppers.

Medium heat:  Remove seeds and leave the veins in. You can always add a few seeds if you want more heat.

Fiery heat: Leave seeds and veins in peppers.

I always double this recipe for my hungry guys because even Farm Boy likes this non-Italian Tex-Mex dip.

~Enjoy!

Post with introduction of Farm Boy:  https://chocolateorelse.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/peeper-and-stalker-and-harasser-o-my/

 

 Creamy Serrano Ranch Dip (Jalapeño)

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½ cup sour cream

½ cup real mayonnaise (low fat is not tasty in this recipe)

¾ cup milk

½ teaspoon white distilled vinegar (this turns milk in to buttermilk)

1 (4 ounce) can green chilies

1 (1 ounce) packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix

2 Serrano peppers (remove seeds and veins for mild) Remove seeds for medium heat. Leave seeds and veins for hot heat.

¼ cup cilantro

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

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Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth.

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Refrigerate for two hours before serving so ingredients can soak into the dressing.

Serve with chips or use as salad dressing on Mexican salads, or sauce for Mexican foods and casseroles.

*Heat oven to 350 degrees and place a cookie sheet of White Corn Restaurant style tortilla chips in the oven for 3 minutes. Enjoy fresh restaurant style chips and dip.

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