Thursday, April 15, 2010

Embracing The Resistance

Today is a busy day for me.  It is Tax day.  I am so glad to have them done and out of my way.  In Hawaii we pay so much in taxes that it is ridiculous!  Oh well enough of my venting.  I am going to try a walk run today for 2 miles to increase my heart rate.  I have only been walking and swimming lately, but now I would like to add a little walk - run to it.  To kick it up a notch!  I only have one and a half lungs so I have to be careful.  Peter is coming over tonight to be my trainer.  I wonder what form of torture he has in store for me tonight?! 

Getting back in shape is not for the faint of heart let me tell you but I am determined to do it!  Today while I was walking the winds were very strong.  I felt like they were pushing me.  I was watching the different birds struggling in the air trying to fly against that wind.  The winds off of the Pacific Ocean are very strong and I was watching a bunch of smaller white sea birds.  I noticed that as they were flying against the wind they were being lifted up. 

I thought that this was remarkable.  Then I felt the Lord telling me that He wasn't holding me back He was lifting me up.  The Lord was teaching me by watching these sea birds.  To me it is amazing that instinct was teaching the birds that the only way to go up was to fly against the wind.  I know that in my own life when I was going through resistance  God blessed me the most.  The Lord was letting me know that He is not holding us back He is holding us up!  I was reminded of those cheesy bookmarks that talk about footprints in the sand.  In my life there are so many times that there were only one set of foot prints that it is ridiculous.  God has been there to lift me up and carry me through every single hard time that I have faced in my life.  

If you turn from resistance and run, it will smash you to the ground. You’ll be crushed and your flight, as well as your dreams, will be over. So instead of looking at the winds of resistance as something  holding you back, look on it as something that God is using to hold you up and make you strong. Embrace resistance, and it will raise you to the heights you dream of reaching!  But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  (Isaiah 40:31).  God always like to remind me when I am all manic and scared that the sun will come out again tomorrow.  Our God is such a cool God!  He loves us better then anything can.  It helps my faith to grow when I read such powerful scriptures.  When I meditate on them I am in wonder about what a loving God I serve.  He is always with me, he has the patience to teach me even when I am rebelling and the most important one of all is that He will never ever stop loving me!  I will Praise His Holy name forever!!

Tonight I am going to make a healthy easy dinner.  It is a fish stew called Ciopino.  I have tried many different recipes for this fish stew, but the one that I like the best is Giada De Laurentiis recipe.  I have purchased all of her books and they are very easy to follow and the food always tastes great!  If you can't find fish stock or don't want the fuss in making it from scratch, you can use the bottled clam juice.  That has worked very well for me.


Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

Prep Time:30 min
Inactive Prep Time:
Cook Time:1 hr 0 min
Serves:6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 large shallots, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 5 cups fish stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound manila clams, scrubbed
  • 1 pound mussels, scrubbed, debearded
  • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 pounds assorted firm-fleshed fish fillets such as halibut or salmon, cut into 2-inch chunks


Heat the oil in a very large pot over medium heat. Add the fennel, onion, shallots, and salt and saute until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and 3/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and saute 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Add tomatoes with their juices, wine, fish stock and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the flavors blend, about 30 minutes.
Add the clams and mussels to the cooking liquid. Cover and cook until the clams and mussels begin to open, about 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and fish. Simmer gently until the fish and shrimp are just cooked through, and the clams are completely open, stirring gently, about 5 minutes longer (discard any clams and mussels that do not open). Remove bay leaf. Season the soup, to taste, with more salt and red pepper flakes.
Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.

I also by a loaf of ciabatta breas and make coutons for dipping in the Ciopino.  To do this just slice the loaf and place the pieces on a sheet pan.  Then I drizzle a little bit of extra virgin olive oil over the top and sprinkle with parmesano reggiano cheese.  Broil it for just a few minutes until golden brown and then you are ready to sit down and eat this magnificent feast! 



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