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Monday, February 28, 2011


Hiding from my destiny?  I don't know.  Maybe.  Sometimes what I'm supposed to be doing is right in my reach but I can't believe that its supposed to be 'me' doing it.  Surely you meant to get someone else.  I'm not big enough, I'm not strong enough, I'm not smart enough.  The only thing I am 'enough' of is 'NOT' enough.  What?  Yeah, uh no.  I can't do that.  I can you say?  Well, can you give me a sign?  I can't believe that you really are talking to me...I don't even measure up in my own family.  I'm not even the biggest of this family and we are a family of small fries.  O...K...ummm...could I get another sign?  How could you...why would you put so much faith in me?  I don't even have that faith in myself.  Well, ok - I believe you.  'We'll go.'

What?  Too many?  How can you want me to take 'less' help with me?  Don't you want me to win? 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mahogany Chicken & Vegetables with Jasmine rice

Mahogany Chicken & Vegetables

¼ cup strong black tea

¼ cup unsweetened pineapple or orange juice

2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon black pepper

Morton’s Lite salt to taste

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 small red bell pepper, diced

2 scallions, sliced

1 clove garlic, minced


1. Combine wet ingredients (tea, juice, soy sauce and honey) in a 2-cup glass measure; set aside.

2. Combine cinnamon, ginger, pepper and salt in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture evenly on both sides of chicken breasts.

3. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, reduce heat to medium and cook until golden outside and no longer pink inside, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

4. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add bell pepper, scallions and garlic; sauté for 30 seconds. Add the reserved rice wine-tea mixture. Bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half, 2 to 4 minutes.

5. Reduce heat to low and return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan. Simmer gently, spooning the sauce over the chicken, until heated through, about 1 minute.

6. Slice the chicken into thin diagonal slices and fan on plates. Spoon the sauce and vegetables over jasmine rice.


She makes her way in darkness.  Hiding in the shadows, lurking in the night.  In her mirror, her own image is distorted.  She doesn't see the strength and the power and the beauty that God has created in her.  All she can see right now, are the mistakes from her past, the failures of her present and the bleakness of her future.  But deep inside, there is a flicker, a small light.  She begins to press past all the surface issues of who she is and all she's done...and she reaches him.  The water streams down her face as she cowers, kneelling at his feet, letting go of all the pain, hurt, emptiness, lonliness and despair that she has, allowing it to flow freely from her eyes so much so that it washes over his feet.  Gingerly, she lets down her hair and begins to wipe away the rain of her tears and in the midst of it realizes that she has experienced a great release. 

She suddenly feels lighter and tomorrow looks brighter.  Yesterday still was and today still is but there is a bigger flame, an increase in hope for the future.  (Luke 7:37-38 reference)

We have realized together that weight is merely a result of so much more.  For me, the issues surrounding it are much more than an affinity for food.  I do like food, but that's not it.  I so often substitute food for strength (emotional - not physical).  No matter how I feed and feed and stuff and stuff it does not strengthen me for to give me strength it would encourage me to move forward, allow me to lift up and get up.  But what it does is the exact opposite.  Used improperly food imposes a sedentary lifestyle upon us that is almost paralyzing.  Putting food in its proper place and seeking God for the strength that I need is much more logical.  Casting my cares at the feet of Christ is a lot more promising then placing them in a bag of oreos.

Upcoming events:
Pray in Weigh in - March 12th, 2011 @ 9:30 am (I will be there at 9am for those of you who have a 9:30 appt.)

Recipe of the Day
Mahogany Chicken and Vegetables over Jasmine Rice

Lord, thank you for accepting us for who we are.  Help us to see in ourselves what you see in us.  Give us the strength to overcome even our own thoughts and cast down every negative thought that attempts to attach itself to us.  Lord with open hearts we give you ourselves.  Exactly as we are.  Not trying to clean it up or make it perfect on our own, but presented to you in all honesty so that you can bring about a real transformation in us.  Help us Lord to be honest with you, to come to you with our earnest prayers, knowing that you hear us and believing that you will answer us.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen.