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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Prayer for Relief…


Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
Make haste to help me, O Lord!
Let them be ashamed and confounded
Who seek my life
;
Let them be turned back
and confused
Who desire my hurt.
 Let them be turned back because of their shame,
Who say,
Aha, aha!
Psalms 70:1-3 (NKJV)

I hereby declare…I’m not under siege, and I’m honestly in a place where I can say, “Life is good.”  Notwithstanding the former, how wonderful is it that even from your happy place, there is Someone who hears and answers random prayers??  This morning, as my husband and I shared prayer time, he tossed off something like, “I’ve got one for you….try Psalms 70.” Like deodorant, like keeping a spare umbrella in the car, like the extra set of keys you secret in the garden, who couldn’t benefit from a prayer for relief??



Even on our best days, something goes awry.  Shouldn’t we always be girded in prayer? I am becoming more intentional.  I am thinking not only about starting my days in prayer, but staying there.  This is not about constant murmuring, and I’m not suggesting prattling on a never-ending list of requests.  Paul writes simple instructions to the Thessalonians (1Thess 5:16-17) wherein he says, “rejoice always, pray continually…”

So, on this good day, I declare my Thanks.  In fact, I declared my thanks for the day in advance.  I do not anticipate anything going awry this day, but because I can, I have lifted a prayer for relief, just in case.  Psalms 70 is more than the song offered for relief; it is also a remembrance, defined as “the state of bearing in mind…”

So I’m being mindful.  I’m saying my prayers, rejoicing in the good.  I’m offering prayers for relief, not only as a covering, but to stay mindful that should my happy place move again (and it will), I will still be covered.  For that, I am thankful.  Therein I am reminded that God is Good.

What else is good? Today’s Feast! It’s been too long….this is a reprint of an earlier recipe....including a picture this time, and a confession regarding one secret ingredient.  My children have NO idea that I always peel, finely dice, and brown an entire eggplant which gets mixed into the ground turkey or sausage before the mixture goes into the crockpot.  Hey, it works....

Today’s Feast: It’s Always Thanksgiving Somewhere Chili

Back story-You just read it… 

4 sweet peppers (I used yellow, red, green an orange), diced
2 yellow onions, diced
2 cans (about 15 oz each) Hunts Petite Diced Tomatoes (with basil, garlic, and oregano)
2 cans (6oz) Hunts Tomato Paste
3 or 4 cloves garlic, rough chopped
1 package turkey Italian sausage (I used Shady Brook Farms)
1 package ground turkey
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lg can Goya black beans
1 lg can Goya red beans
1 bottle beer (I use Carib or Guiness Stout, depending upon what I have on hand…)
Chili powder
Olive Oil

Heat about 1T olive oil in a cast iron skillet.  Caramelize onions first, sauté peppers until they begin to soften, add in the garlic; add all cooked vegetables to a crock pot.  Add olive oil as necessary and cook the Italian sausage, first removing skins and breaking the meat into small pieces. Toss this in the crock pot as well.  Finally, cook the ground turkey, adding the tomato paste once the meat is browned. 

Add meat to the crock pot, and then toss in both cans of diced tomatoes, along with both cans of beans, rinsed well.  Since everything is cooked, now is the time to taste and add salt, pepper, and chili powder as suits you.  Finally, add beer, turn on the crock pot, and look forward to dinner. 

Making it sexy….serve with any or all of the following:
·         Cooked rice
·         Sour cream
·         Shredded cheese
·         Sliced avocado or homemade guacamole
·         Freshly chopped cilantro
·         Homemade tortilla chips

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