Thursday, April 8, 2010

Listening to Jesus

These were his instructions to them: "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields." (Luke 10:2, NLT)

I was reading a name a baby book today as I am going to become a grandma again. While I was reading the book I looked up my own name Teresa. I was very happy to find out that it means The Harvester. I just thought man, Praise Jesus! He knew that I was going to follow Him before I was even born.

I spent the summer before last with my mama. She was in a nursing home in Seattle and I didn't know how much quality time that I would have left with her. I would put her in her wheel chair and wheel her down to Golden Gardens a beautiful beach in Ballard in Seattle. I grew up on this beach and we both loved going there. We would sit by the water eating our fish and chips and talk. She would tell me all of the "old" stories. How she grew up, where she met my father and what it felt like to fall in love. She then told me that when I was born she laid me down on the alter at Holy Rosary Catholic church and gave me to Christ on the morning of my baptism. She told me that I was the only child that she did this with. I think I was like a week old at the time. I don't think she had any idea that I was going to love the Lord so very much!

Even as a young girl at St Alphonsus where I attended grade school and mass regularly when I was young. I used to love to sit in the church and sing to God at the top of my lungs. In those days they left the church unlocked at all times so the church would always be available to people who wanted to pray. I loved to be in there at dusk when the sun would shine through the stain glass windows leaving beautiful rainbows on the wall. I always felt very safe there. I would sit on the alter steps and sing to God. One of the old nuns came in one night and told me perhaps I should join the choir. The old nuns always seemed so tired to me. They just wanted to send you on your way and get rid of you as soon as possible. The young nuns were fun. They loved to tell you about Jesus, what it was like to be a nun and they encouraged you to sing and pray to God.

As a junior in high school I would find Jesus as my savior and it was life changing for me. My mother later told me she was so proud that I had found Jesus. The Lord had been key in keeping me out of harms way all of my young life. I had the privilege of praying with my mother on that beach at sunset. That is where she asked Jesus into her heart. I can remember that she told me she was a christian (she was a very good catholic) and I kind of strong armed her into it but she smiled at me in that way that mother's have worldwide who know exactly what you are doing. I miss my mama very much but I do take solace in the fact that I know where she is. I also know that I will see her again. The L0rd is good!

So tonight in honor of my sweet mama. I made one of her favorite dishes. Mushroom chicken, hapa ( a mixture of brown and white rice) rice and corn on the cob with fresh butter. It is a quick and easy dinner when you are running short on time.

I make the rice first. I have a Japanese electric rice pot and it makes it simple and quick. You basically just put the rice in add water close the lid and turn it on. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Then brown your chicken in canola oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. I browned 8 pieces. Just cook the chicken until it is browned not cooked all the way through. Then place the browned chicken in a casserole dish. Then slice up one sweet onion, 2 cloves of garlic and a crate of button mushrooms. Dump out the old canola oil and pour some olive oil in the bottom of the skillet. Throw your garlic in and just sweat for a few seconds then add your onions and mushrooms cook these until the onions are translucent. Then add one can of cream of chicken soup and one can of cream of mushroom soup. stir this until the soup is smooth. It will be really thick so I add about 1 cup of really good white wine. When you cook with wine always use a wine you would enjoy drinking. Never use "cooking" wine. It is horrible. Pour this mixture over the chicken, cover it with foil and let it bake for about 25 minutes.

When I cook my corn on the cob I always add a little milk to the pan to make the corn sweeter. I let it come to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes until the corn is tender. Place it in a serving dish and place a few pats of butter to melt over the top.

The whole dinner will be ready in less then an hour and your family will give you rave reviews!

I just have to share with you that you never know when you will be given the chance to share the love of Jesus with someone. I start my day just thanking God that I am alive and then I ask Him to bless my day. I read my bible every day. It is our spiritual food and we need it to be able to hear God and follow what He tells us.

I am reminded of the story of Jesus preaching on the shore Luke 5:1-7 and when he is done he asks Peter to throw down his nets on the other side of the boat. Peter tells Jesus that they waited all night for fish but if he really wanted he would lay his net over the side of the boat. Peter only partially obeyed Jesus. Jesus told him nets and Peter only let down one net. Jesus blessed Peter by filling that net so full he had to share with two other boats. Can you begin to imagine how much more Peter would have gotten if he would have submitted himself fully to Jesus and totally obeyed him? God didn't withhold the blessing because of Peter's partial obedience. He showed Peter that because he did submit he received a reward. Our God is such a great God!

Today while in my Oncologists office I was able to witness to a girl who had breast cancer. I asked her if she had her surgery yet and she said no they were doing chemo to shrink the size of the tumor (it was golf ball size) and that then she would have surgery. I told her that her hair would grow back and she seemed so relieved. She asked me about my cancer and I told her my story how God stepped in and helped me to find mine early and that it never moved. I told her how He told me "The Breath of Heaven is holding you in His arms" She smiled and got tears in her eyes and they called her in. I slipped my business card in her hand and told her to call me.

I saw my Doctor and he just told me to come back in three months. He told me that I am a lucky girl. I told him luck had nothing to do with it. Jesus did. I wished him a great weekend and left.
I was getting ready to leave and decided to eat a salad while I was there. The cafeteria was packed so we had to share tables. I was talking to this old Filipino woman who was in her late 80's she was getting ready for a surgery with her heart and stomach. I gave her name of my surgeon and witnessed to her. I am amazed at how Jesus gives us the chances to share his love.

Just remember the rewards for serving the Lord are great! Both in heaven and right here on earth!

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