Monday, April 12, 2010

Walking With Jesus

Today I walked about 2 miles.  It was a wonderful time for me to meditate on Jesus and all that He has done for me.  Working out in the warm Hawaiian sun makes me feel lucky to be alive and thankful for every single day that I have on this earth.  I feel so fortunate and blessed.

I was thinking on what I was going to make for dinner.  It can be a challenge to make something that tastes really good and that is good for you.  Today I decided that I was going to make chili.  I make mine with 1 pound of lean ground beef that is organic and one pound of ground turkey.  I like to sneak the turkey in there in place of the beef because it is much healthier.  I brown the meat until it is cooked through and then I put it in a strainer to let all of the fat drip off of the meat.

While I am waiting I chop up 4 cloves of garlic, 1 large onion, a large box of mushrooms, one red bell pepper and 4 stalks of celery chopped. I use the leaves on the celery as they add extra flavor to the sauce.  I add some olive oil to the chili pan and add the garlic, onions, celery, and pepper and cook until they soften.  Then I add the mushrooms. 

I add salt and pepper to taste.  Then I add 1 large can of diced tomatoes.  Toss the tomatoes in with the vegetables then add the meat back into the pot. I add one hand full of chili seasoning and some oregano.  Open 2 large can of kidney beans and rinse them.  I let them sit in the drainer for a few minutes then I add them to the chili pot.  I add 2 jars of good roasted garlic tomato sauce, stir well add 2 large bay leaves and let it simmer for an hour or so.

Today my grandson Alaka'i helped me to prepare our dinner.  He doesn't like chili as a rule and I thought that if I had him help me make it, then maybe he would eat it.  He was so happy to stand on his stool and help grandma stir in all the ingredients.  Then we rinsed 3 cups of hapa rice.  Hapa rice is a mixture of brown and white rice. You can rinse your rice right in the electric rice pot, fill with water about an inch over the rice and plug it in.  That is all there is to it.

Then Alaka'i helped me to make corn bread.  I used to slave away making it from scratch no I just find a good box brand and make that.  Alaka'i loved cracking the eggs, adding the milk and stirring it.  Then place it in a greased pan and place it in a 400 degree oven for about 25 minutes.
I thought my role as a parent was over when my children were raised.  I am loving my role as a Grandma or Kupuna as we say in Hawaii.  My daughter likes to draw on the support that my husband and I offer her in the raising of Alaka'i.  I find that it is a joy to celebrate his triumphs and lift his spirits up when he is feeling down.  He likes to spend time with me walking in the early evening or on the weekends.  We talk about everything that is going on in both of our lives.  He loves God dearly and talks to Him everyday.  God is his champion of sorts and Alaka'i loves hearing all of the bible stories about David and Goliath, or Daniel and the Lions den.  He likes to make up songs to sing to God just like David did.  Over the Easter break we all watched the Passion of Christ as a family.  It was the first time that Alaka'i really saw what Christ actually did for all of us.  It was a brutal movie to watch and I don't think Alaka'i will ever forget it.  It has given him a much more intensive love for Jesus.  He was telling everyone at school what Jesus did for all of us by dying on the cross that day.

Sometimes when he gets scolded for doing something wrong he will ask me if I still love him.  I always tell him that no matter what he does I will always love him forever and always.  I love the scripture in Romans 8:39 that says: neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Let God’s grace fuel you to stay the course and continue to act with love and patience.  Sometimes you need to send the children in another room so you can count to ten and collect yourself.  That is beauty of being a Grandma.  I can send him home to his mama with a smile, a very big hug and a huge sigh of relief!

  As a mother and now a grandmother I have always believed that our children are beautiful gifts from God.  He has given them out to us on loan as it were.  To love, teach, to punish when needed and to always be there for them.  To raise them up to be the kind of child that God would be proud of.  I have found in my life to be a parent was my highest calling.  I really enjoyed all of it and now that my children are grown they are my best friends.  I can count on them now the way that they used to count on me when growing up.  They and their children are my legacy.  So at the end of the day when I am lying in bed, I thank God for His many gifts and feel very fortunate for all He has given to me.


That chili looks positively delicious!! Bet Jesus wish he had such yummy lookin food back then darlin'!

Thanks for the topics. I read them with great interest. I am not a Christian per se, I was born a Catholic and you make Christians look more approachable and not as manic as they can seem on tv. Thank you for helping me come back to God in a small way. It's hard ya know?

I am so glad that you like my blog! Thank you for your reply and Othelia...last time I check Catholics are christians. They just don't have a personal relationship with Jesus. I found Jesus when I was a junior in High School and He changed my life! I know that it is hard and I am thrilled that you are coming back to God. He loves you so much. When you are having a hard time just try talking to Him just like I am to you. I can promise you this girlfriend...He will listen to you and if you ask Him into your heart. He will come in and change your life forever! If you ever need to talk I am here. Feel free to let me know what is on your mind anytime.
God Bless You,


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