Word of the Day Series

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Simply Heavenly Chicekn Picata

A tasty and healthy treat that you and your family will love to eat!

Jesus is, was and always will be!

Citrus, it's Simply Heavenly!

Read to find out the endless uses for citrus, God's all natural do-it-all wonderfruit!

A River Runs Through Us!

Don't hold back forgiveness..

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Seafoam and Salmon

 This is a picture that my nephew Tyson took in Kauai.  I thought it was so beautiful that I wanted to share it with you. Since he lives in Wainiha, which is one the north shore of Kauai, I am guessing that this is Hanalei Bay.  He is a pretty talented photographer.  Mahalo Tyson!

Today is such a beautiful Saturday morning.  I don't see one cloud in the sky.  This is a day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it!  I love Saturdays because I walk on the beach and then when it gets really hot you just run into the surf  and dive under the waves.  There is nothing that feels more refreshing!

With tomorrow being Father's Day I am remembering my Daddy who went to be with Jesus.  I praise the Lord because my love has not dimmed for my earthly father and the Holy Spirit touched my heart this morning and told me, "Just imagine how much more you heavenly Father loves you"  With a perfect love an everlasting love.  Thank you my heavenly Father for your most perfect everlasting love!  We need to know that our heavenly Father can and will make up for all the shortcoming that our earthly fathers possessed.  He will always be with us, will always care for us and never ever leave us. I want to start to look at others with my Father in heavens eyes.
 "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" (NIV)Matt. :7-11
 If you have a great dad let him know how much you love him, and never take him for granted. Let  us also remember those great dads who have gone on to heaven. For the ones who feel as if their dad may have missed the mark, you are not fatherless, our father God is showering you daily with His love.

"The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." (NIV)Romans 8:16

I think that tonight I am going to make salmon.  One of my favorite recipes for salmon is with spinach, pine nuts and goat cheese.  I like the texture of it with the spinach, cheese and pine nuts.  I start with 4 nice size salmon fillets.  I always try to get wild fish when ever I cook fish.  Not only does it taste better, but I think it is better for you.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up take a box of chopped spinach that has thawed out and ring all of the moisture you can out of it.  Then I just run my knife through it to make sure it is all chopped.  Then I chop one clove of garlic and one large shallot.  Put some extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet and let it heat up add the garlic and just let it saute for a few seconds before you add the shallots.  You never want to overcook garlic because it will be bitter. Then add your spinach to the pan and toss it with the shallots and garlic.  Then I take 6 sun dried tomatoes and chop them up and add them to the mix. add kosher salt and pepper to taste and then I add one teaspoon of red pepper flakes just to jazz up the flavor.  While that is cooking I add 1/4 cup of pine nuts in a dry skillet to let them toast.  I like to toast the pine nuts to let the oils escape.  Toast the nuts until they are just browned.  You have to watch them closely because pine nuts burn fast.  It adds so much more flavor to your dish you won't believe it.  Then you add 1/2 cup of goat cheese to the spinach mixture toss it through and pull it off of the heat. While it is cooling I take my knife and make slice marks on top of the salmon fillets.  You don't want to cut very deep just enough to pack your spinach mixture on the top.  Then you use your hands and pack the cooled spinach mixture on top of each fillet pushing it into the salmon.  Then you place your fillets in a glass baking dish and let them bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the salmon is cooked.  While the salmon is baking I make a salad out of  red peppers, tomatoes and sweet onions.  I tossed it with a homemade vinaigrette that I make with the juice of one lemon, 1 table spoon of good Dijon mustard and kosher salt, cracked pepper and extra virgin olive oil and 1 squeeze of honey.  This dinner is so tasty and good for you.  If you like to have a glass of wine with dinner I would choose a nice Chardonnay.  I think that if you try this you will be glad that you did.

  Have a nice weekend everybody! Don't forget to take time out to thank Jesus for all of his blessings in our lives!  Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there .  May God bless you all richly.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Blue Hawaii....

This is Hanauma Bay in Honolulu, Hawaii it is one of the most beautiful places I think on earth.  I am lucky to live nearby here and many of you might remember this beach from the Elvis movie "Blue Hawaii". I can remember sitting in the Bay Theater in Ballard and watching this movie.  I dreamed that someday I would be able to go to Hawaii and go to that very beach!  Here I am!  God is so good!  I really don't understand how people can look at such beauty and still believe that God doesn't exist.  He does and he is coming very soon!

Today I listened to Pastor Guy Kapeliela from Hope Chapel Olomana.  He is one of my favorite pastors to watch because he is so down to earth and his sense of humor is so great!  Today his topic was on developing a healthy response to rejection.  We all feel rejection from time to time but we have to keep our eyes on the prize.  We have to copy Jesus Christ.  He never lost sight of what his purpose and destiny was while here on earth.  He was humble and never had a pity party.  I have to admit that there have been many times that I have had a pity party and missed out on the blessings that God has for me because of it.  When I have a pity party I also miss out on doing the work of the kingdom and I will be "usedless" not useless. Have you ever had your car run out of gas on the road? You aren't going to throw the car away because it has stopped. You can kick the tire scream and yell but until you get some gas into that car you can't use it. It is useless to you.  As a Christian I need a fill up every morning.  I get that when I open my bible, pray and get into God's word.  It is my "Breakfast of Champions"!

We need to become "Kingdom People" as a child of God we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us.
"Once having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is' because  the kingdom of God is within you". Luke 17:20-21
When we are living as kingdom people we get closer to Jesus through his word and begin to fulfill our own destiny.  When we lower our "self esteem" and raise our  "God esteem".  We leave ourselves open to all of God's blessings. There is no other love that compares to the love of Jesus.  When we stay close to him and listen for his voice and follow his instruction, we will be fulfilling our own purpose and destiny!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Put God In Control and Watch The Spirit Move!

 As many of you know I had lung cancer and last year at this time I was in the midst of chemo.  God was working on me and my least favorite sin vanity.  Vanity is a sin that affects most human beings men as well as women.  The cancer had been removed from my body and I knew in my heart that it was done by the hand of God because he loved me and that it wasn't coming back.  I knew that I was given a second chance to live for Christ and that there was work he had for me to do.  Being human I was in awe of the power of God.  I felt so incredibly lucky and blessed.

I was not delighted about the prospect of  having poisonous chemicals pumped into my veins to kill off any remnants of this deadly cancer.  I can remember telling my husband that I was going to stand on my faith in God and not have the chemo.  My husband and children were really angry at me and begged me to go through this for them if not for myself.  I finally relented and started my summer of cysto platinum chemo-therapy.  I can remember praying every day before they would start the chemo that God would be with me through the ordeal.  That he would help me to be a good witness for him through this. The nurses that administered the drugs were gentle and caring.  But it was still a very scary place to be.

During the second month of chemo I noticed big patches of my hair begin to fall out every time I would brush my hair, run my fingers through my hair or take a shower.   I can remember sitting in my room in tears with a hand full of hair in my lap and a huge bald spot on my head.  Vanity  I believe is the favorite sin of the devil.  That is where it is easiest for him to get us.  I wasn't crying because I was dying of cancer, I was crying because I was going bald from the chemo.  In the culture that we live in today it is all about looking your best.  Being the best you that you can possibly be. Well that culture just doesn't do well with chemo therapy.

I will never forget one night when my hair was almost gone I had to run to the store to pick up something with my daughter and left the house without my scarf to cover my head.  I was so busy talking to her that I had completely forgotten it.  When I got to the store I said Oh my gosh I forgot my scarf!!!  Jeannie told me come on Mom lets just go in there and get our stuff its night and nobody is in their anyway.  As I was walking down the isles at the store I noticed a few young girls staring at me in horror.  My daughter noticed that I was cowering and she just told me "Hold your head high Mama, You have nothing to be ashamed of!"  I think that people look at you that way because they are all secretly afraid that it could happen to them. One woman apologized to me when I overheard her saying that she hated her hair.  I had to just burst out laughing at that.  God bless her heart, she really felt bad that she might have hurt my feelings.  When I went through the line at the cashiers they tried their level best not to stare at me.  They just wanted to get me through their line as soon as possible.  Then I would get people who knew me who would just burst into tears when they saw me.  I ended up comforting them.

God begin to work through me when I finally let vanity go.  The wonderful thing about being bald is you never have to worry about your hair.  I can remember being at Ala Moana Center and I saw Kanye West's girlfriend at Nordstrom.  I wanted to go and pray for her because she was bald too and I thought she was going through chemo as well.  My sales lady told me that she wasn't sick at all.  That she was a model and that was her style. She thought it was darling that I wanted to go and pray for her.  Wow!  For the first time ever in my whole life I felt chic!!!  I found that people were drawn to me during chemo and the Holy Spirit was able to come through me to minister to them.  With the vanity gone, I was more blessed than I ever had been.  God is so wonderful and loving in how he deals with us through out our life.  Sometimes he has to peel away the trappings of this life so that we can experience the AWESOME blessings that he has in store for all of us who allow him that access. I just want to keep that flow of the Holy Spirit in my life even now as my hair is growing in.  Gods love and his blessing are so precious and I never want to go back to the place where I don't have them in my life again.

Have any of you gone through this in your life?  Has God had a special way of working through you once you gave it all up to Him?  I was so blessed by what you shared last time that I would love to hear other ways God continues to move in your life even today.  I truly believe that we are living in the "last days" and that Jesus is coming soon.  I believe the bible when it says that the only way to get to heaven is to ask Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior.  I believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no man can come to the Father except through Him.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Walking In Faith

I spent some time at the beach last week with my family to celebrate my son's birthday.  It was so beautiful .  Everyone was happy and my grandson found his favorite place was a hammock that hung between two trees.  The wind rocked his hammock and he fell peacefully asleep. There was food, fellowship and family.  There is nothing like going to the beach to revive your spirit.  It is so nice to walk along the beach and have time to think and commune with God not allowing the world to get in there and pollute my time with Him.

 “But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do”  Psalm 1:2
This scripture really touched my heart as I walked along the beach. It is one thing to know the law of the Lord but it is another to step out in faith and live the law of the Lord. Sometimes the stress of living today can  turn our head away from God and his words.  Doubt can seep in there and cripple our faith. Unfulfilled faith creeps into one’s life like oil into water. Just as oil pollutes,   leaving a gray film which ruins the purity of the water so does doubt, coupled by inaction, covers the purity of faith; rendering it polluted, unfit, and unusable.

Just look at what the oil has done to the once beautiful waters of the Gulf.  The oil has overtaken the fresh blue water and killed everything it has covered.  That is when you just have to submit yourself to God and his word fully.  Take that leap of faith. The bible says that faith without works is dead. James 2:26  Faith that is activated through works will skim away that oil and bring back the clear clean water recovering the purity that obedience and submission to God brings. Just like the ocean washes away  everything from the shore and makes the sand look new.

I just love how God renews my faith and my spirit like the ocean washing away all my doubt and leaving me with a clean slate to start anew each day.  He is truly the lover of my soul and the Lord of my life. 


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