Sunday, April 18, 2010

Be Still and Know That He Is God.....

This is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!  It is Sunday and it is a magnificently beautiful day here in Hawaii Nei.  Went to church,  took my walk and I am going to have friends come over for dinner.  I was going to make something fancy, but then I decided on Shoyu Chicken, with hapa rice, corn and banana cream pie for desert.

Of course I will serve various kinds of poke.  Poke is Hawaiian for cubed fish.  It is served raw in cubes with chopped seaweed, sesame seed oil, Hawaiian salt, shoyu, and green onions.  It is so delicious!!!  In Hawaii we would say broke da mouth!  I can buy the poke at Costco.  I like theirs because they have the really yummy black limu (black seaweed)  I will also pick up some limu tako poke which is octopus with sesame oil, shoyu and green onions and white onion.  Yummy!  It is also very good or you.

For the Shoyu Chicken I mix 3 cups of low sodium soy sauce with a jar of hoisin sauce and some brown sugar to taste. I use about a cup of it.  Take your package of chicken thighs and place them in a deep baking dish and pour the mixture over the chicken.  Place it in a 350 degree oven and let it cook for about an hour.  Turn the chicken a few times during the hour to make sure it is browned on all sides .  Make your rice.  I use an electric rice pot so it does all of the work for me.  Just rinse the rice and cover it with water about an inch over the top and press start.  Then I will put the ears of corn in a water and milk mixture and let it simmer for about 20 minutes until the corn is tender.  Voila!  That is it  I can relax with a nice Chardonnay and good friends!

Today I was reading the article in a magazine about a young girl who was teased so terribly that she killed herself.  I thought about how bad the girl must have felt before taking her own life.  I thought about how cruel those kids were that made her feel that desperation.  It seems as though our civilization has become more and more less civil.  I am so glad that my children are grown and don't have to go through that torment.  I thought back to my high school days and there were a few kids that were bully's but nothing like the ones are today.  Where were the "nice" kids that are usually in every class and stand up to the bully's?  Don't they exist anymore?  Where were the teachers when this young lady was going through hell? 

You forget what it is like to be made the brunt of someones jokes until it happens to you. I had someone tell one of my friends that I am now a "Holy Roller"  When I first heard this I thought yeah I guess I am.. Thank You!  I absolutely Love my Lord Jesus Christ  He is not only the savior of my life by dying on the cross for me and opening the gates of heaven for me.  He is also so much more.  I am in a new season of my life.  The next phase as it were. The winter is gone and spring is here.  Spring is the time of new life.  There is more certainty in my walk with Jesus. It is much more serious.  I am either walking with God or I am not.  It is a time in my life that separates the woman from the girl.  I no longer turn away from God.  I am much more bold when I go out and talk to people about my walk with God.

Verse six of Psalm 37 says, "He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light." Abraham was counted righteous because of his faith. He left his normal routine in order to follow God's voice. From that day on, his life was changed. When his enemies attacked him, they were destroyed. When people tried to curse him, God cursed them. His life was indelibly etched into the tablets of history. Isaiah 30:15 says, "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and confidence is your strength." 

I made a promise to the Lord when He saved my life from cancer.  I told Him that I would never be ashamed of Him again.  I would never walk away from sharing His love with someone.  Walking on water isn't something that you do halfway.  You either do it or you go under the water.  If you are walking with the Lord He will not allow you to drown.  He may let you feel the water up by your shoulders every now and then, but He will pull you up and get you back to where you need to be to best serve Him.

Being a human and flawed by nature gets in there sometimes and we stumble.  Yes I felt hurt by what someone I thought was a friend said about me behind my back, betrayal never feels good.  On the bright side it made me realize a little of what Jesus felt like right before he was nailed to that cross.  People He considered family turned Him in for 30 pieces of silver,  ditched Him denied Him and left Him holding the bag for the sins of all the world.  Thank God for Jesus.  Where would any of us be without him?

I think that more time I spend with Jesus the less I worry about what the world thinks of me. There is more of a peace in my heart that I was missing before.  I no longer worry about where I will be spending my eternity.  I know and with that knowledge comes the peace that passes all understanding.  I feel sorry for those people who are so in awe of things of the world.  For that will be all they will ever have.  I want to store all my treasures in heaven and while I walk on this earth, I want to do my best to be a good daughter to Father God.  I want Him to be proud of me. I am a work in progress, so I will keep plugging away at it.

"Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday" (Psalm 37:5-6).

I hope all of you have a blessed Sunday!  Take your rest in the Lord and enjoy your family.


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