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A River Runs Through Us!

Don't hold back forgiveness..

Thursday, April 29, 2010

~ Hawaiian Style Beef Stew and Rice With Taro Bread ~

Today was a very long day at work.  I guess I should be happy that God has blessed me with a job, when there are so many people that are out of work.  I was hoping to get out side today to either swim or to walk.

Instead I worked out with my son for an hour on my total gym.  My son Peter is the best trainer I have ever had.  He really knows how to work all of the muscle groups properly and is careful to make sure that I don't get hurt.  That is until the next day when I try to get out of bed.  I am never going to let this weight ever come back on body again once I get it off.  It is just way too hard to take the weight off after 50.

Today for dinner I am making beef stew, hapa rice and taro bread.  The beef stew I make from scratch using a cross rib roast for the stew meat.  I like to use the roast because I can hand trim it just the way I like it.  I put a little olive oil in the bottom of the pot and throw the meat in to brown.  I do not coat the meat with any flour that is just added calories that you don't need and the stew tastes just as good without it. After the meat is browned I add 3 cloves of garlic chopped and 2 onions cut in 1 inch pieces and toss them with the beef.  Wash and peel 6 medium carrots and chop them in 1 inch pieces. Wash 4 stalks of celery and chop into 1 inch pieces.  Add both the carrots and celery to the pot and toss with the beef and onions.  Wash, peel and chop 6 medium potatoes into 2 inch pieces and add them to the pot  Chop all of the vegetables the same size so that they all cook in the same amount of time except for the potatoes you want them a little bigger.   When the vegetables have had a chance to sweat and give off their flavor add 3 cans of Italian diced tomatoes. Add 1 bottle of beef stock.  It cost a little more but it is much richer than stock and adds more flavor to the dish.  Then add a couple of bay leaves and cover.  Let the stew simmer stirring every 15 minutes or so.  I start the stew early around noon and just let it slowly simmer all day long.  The flavor here is really incredible.

About a half hour before dinner I steam the rice, and take out some unsalted butter to go on the taro bread.  The taro bread I purchase from Ani's it is soft and delicious!  The only thing left to do is sit at our table, give thanks to the Lord for all of our blessings and have some wonderful family time!  Dig in everybody so yummy!!!  I am telling you this is a winner!  If you have a crock pot you can start it in the morning before you leave for work and by the time you come home you have the most delectable supper ever!  I partner it with a nice Cabernet Sauvignon.  Tonight we are going to enjoy Santa Rita Reserve 2007.  It is a nice wine from Chile.  It is from the famous Maipo Valley, one of the finest wine producing regions in the world.  It is a well structured fruity and youthful style with notes of plum, cloves, and vanilla.  It is aged up to 8 months in American oak barrels.  All I can say is this is one I always keep on hand.  I have never had anyone not just love it! Enjoy all!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

~Alaka'i My Gift From God~

Today is a beautiful Sunday.  I spent time with my Lord and then I decided that I needed to have some one on one time with my grandson Alaka'i  Kaleikaumaka.  He is 8 years old and he is my most favorite guy in the whole wide world.  His name Alaka'i in Hawaiian means" the one who leads the way." His middle name Kaleikaumaka is even better it means "the child God looks on with love and pride"

He is is the very first grandchild born into the family and he is natural leader and extremely good looking.  I really enjoy the time I spend with him. Last spring Alaka'i accepted Jesus into his heart as his savior and I was the blessed one who got to pray that prayer with him.  It truly was one of the greatest blessings of my life.  Shortly after he accepted Jesus I was going to have surgery for lung cancer.  My grandson laid his little hands on me and prayed that I would be healed and that God would send me home to him.  He told God that He already had GG my mother, who had just died the previous October and He just couldn't have me too.  Alaka'i had his prayer answered and the Lord held that surgeons hand and I was sent home to Alaka'i.  Thanks be to God!

Today he decided that it would be fun if he walked the 2 miles to the Oahu Club with me for his swimming lessons and then we could swim together after he had his lesson. He and I had a blast as we walked to the club.  He was telling me about all his friends at school and how much he liked his field trip to the Zoo last Friday night.  He is going to share the pictures with me after he has them developed.  He taught me all the different ways that I could walk.  I could walk backwards, he seemed to think that would work my legs a little more but you had to watch out cause you could walk into things.

He asked me when I thought Jesus would be coming and I just told him that nobody really knows exactly when Jesus will come again, so we need to keep ready.  He asked me how we could do that and I told him that the best way to keep ready was to read his bible.  Of course then we sang the song.  Oh the B I B L E yes that's the book for me, I standalone on the word of God the B I B L E.  I purchased him The Boys Bible last week and he enjoys the way that it is made for an 8 year old.  It has pictures and even asks questions.  We made a deal that we would read his bible together every day.  Just to make sure that he would be ready for Jesus.


We were finding God all along our walk.  We found Him in the ocean, lagoons,the mountains and the ducks that were sleeping under the umbrella trees.  Alaka'i decided that they had napped long enough and ran down the grassy hill yelling at those ducks as loudly as he could.  He loved that they quacked and scattered as fast as they could to the lagoon to get away from him.  We also realized what a great gift cold water is.  So we stopped at a little store and bought 2 bottles.  We gulped down that refreshing water and poured some over our heads.  Man that was the best tasting water I have ever had. We had about a block to go and Alaka'i was getting so excited to dive in that cool water.  He loves his lessons there and I must say the teachers are very patient.  They make learning how to swim fun and it is really something all children should know how to do when they live on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.




We finally made it to the Oahu Club and Alaka'i ran over and jumped in the pool and had his lesson.  He is a natural little fish just like his mommy and his grandpa. After his lesson we had fun splashing around for the next couple of hours.  I taught him how to stand on his hands under the water and how to do a kick turn.  I was sorry to see our time there end.  It was such a hot day outside we just had to treat ourselves to a shave ice.  Alaka'i had a rainbow and I had cherry, vanilla and watermelon.  There is nothing like a shave ice on a hot day.  I love the feeling of the sweet ice sliding down my throat.  YUMMY!  I was so happy to have him walk with me and make my Sunday just perfect.  I was even happier that my daughter had dropped of my car so that I didn't have to walk home.



My blessings didn't stop there once we got home, my daughter surprised me with dinner that she had purchased from my favorite Italian restaurant.  I had calamari, clams, muscles and vegetables in a red sauce over pasta and a seafood salad.  It was just the perfect end to a very perfect day.  I just want to Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless His name bless His holy name!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Spring Cleaning My Soul!


Deuteronomy 9

Not Because of Israel's Righteousness

Hear, O Israel.  You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to the sky.  The people are strong and tall- Anakites!  You know about them and have heard it said: "Who can stand up against the Anakites?"  But be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire.  He will destroy them; He will subdue them before you.  And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you.

Spring is here and as I look out the window I can see the evidence of it everywhere.   New light surrounds us with flowers bursting to light the baby chicks chirping in the trees.  I love the possibilities in spring.  Like a lot of other people, when spring begins I clean my house and get it ready.  Out with the old and everything is scrubbed clean and made ready for the new life and the possibilities that are offered during spring.

I thought how much more important my spirit is than my home.  I guess that it is time to clean house here.  I have to open my spirit to hear the word of the Lord.  To really begin to listen with my heart and my spirit so that I may hear His voice and obey His commands.  I am lucky that I serve a Lord that goes before me, making all of my crooked places straight.  You may not think that you have the connections right now to reach your dreams, but God does and He has gone ahead of you to arrange your comeback.  He knew everything that was going to happen to you before you were even born.  He wants us to prosper.  He wants us to be healthy and fit.

God loves me so much and I am a miracle in the making!  God wants us to see and feel the victory in our life and we can do this by immersing our self in the word of God.  Don't try to play the games of the world for we are no longer of the world.  Give all of it to God.  Let me tell you when God goes on ahead of us and fights our battles, we will have super natural breaks coming our way!

God can stand up to anything!  Bad medical reports, no job, homeless, fights within your family, give it all to Him.  The Lord will go ahead just like he did for Moses when He went against the Anakites who were over 9 feet tall and destroyed and subdued them so that when the Israelites came through they were driven out quickly.

Our God is a good god.  He isn't mad at us but he is madly in love with us.  He wants to help.  He loves building us to heights we could never dream possible.  So get in there and clean house so that your spirit will not be filled with clutter.  Clean it so that His spirit will have a good place to dwell and work within you.

In Proverbs 16:7 it says,
 When you live a life pleasing to the Lord even your enemies will be at peace with you. 
 Does it get any better than this? Quit worrying about how all of this is going to work out and just dare to trust God and put your life in His hands.  When you do, I can promise you that you will live in His peace and in the world today you just can't find that kind of peace anywhere.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My Unforgettable Ride With God....

I am so excited because Friday I am going to hike Diamond Head with my daughter and my grandson!  I am going to bring my camera and take pictures so that I can share them with you.  I just can't wait!!
Today I am going to do a short walk maybe just a couple of miles.  I did get some great news from a fitness coach online.  They did a study and found out that you can burn the same amount of fat by walking slow that you can from jogging or walking really fast.  The article said that as long as you kept a consistent pace you would have a good cardio workout and burn calories. For the best results though you need to walk for at least thirty minutes to burn fat. I am loving that!

While reading the bible today I found a scripture that touched my heart, most scripture does, but on some days a scripture will really speak to me.  Everyday the Lord Jesus ministers to my soul and continues to teach me of His great love.

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed”  2 Corn: 4:  8-9.

When I look at that scripture I am so very thankful that I serve a loving God.  I am reminded of a time when I went to the beach as a young woman with my husband.  Where I live the water is clean and turquoise blue.  It is warm and the waves can either be gentle and soft or they can be strong and forceful.  There have been times while body surfing that I have been drug across the ocean bottom.  Believe me when that happens you get a healthy respect for the ocean.  You learn to dive under the powerful wave before it crashes on you.

When my husband Peter taught me to body surf, he would tell me never turn your back on the ocean.   Keep your eyes on the sets as they roll towards you.  He said you will know the right wave when you see it and feel it behind you.  It will lift you up and that’s when you start to kick with the wave.  If you get it just right that soft yet very powerful wave will carry you all the way to the shore and you will experience the most amazing ride of your life!  I had plenty of waves slam me into the sand before I got that one perfect ride. However, that one perfect ride made all the others worth it.   It is unforgettable!

Jesus is like the ocean.  If we keep our eyes on Him through prayer and His word He will never let us down.  He is always there.  His power is awesome!  His love is like the waves constant and never ceasing.  When I go to the beach I sit and watch the waves and feel so at peace.  However, when a hurricane is coming I run in fear of those same treacherous waves.   The ocean is one of the greatest representatives of God in all of creation. As with God, the ocean is a source of life, strength and tranquility. Ocean waves in particular, are truly amazing. Each time a wave washes upon the beach it carries away a portion of sand from one place to another. As a result, the waves, sand and beach will always change. God deals with our sin in the same way the ocean deals with sand. He washes over us with His waves of mercy and takes away our sins.  It just makes me feel so fortunate to be a child of the Living God!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Hard Work Is Starting To Pay Off!!!


What a great day today is!  I walked to Aina Haina from my house and the was about a 3.5 mile hike.  I feel so good!  I am getting there.  I was so happy to watch Dr. Oz today and one of the people in his audience asked him a question that has been really bothering me lately.  He asked why do I gain weight instead of losing weight when I am working out?  Well the answer Dr. Oz had was very interesting.  He told him that he gained the weight because his muscles were not used to being worked and they started pulling the bodies water into them to protect them.  That is why some people gain weight when they begin a workout program. He went on to say that in a couple of weeks as the body gets used to being exercised regularly the weight will start to come off. I was so happy that I was jumping up and down and praising God!  Wooo Hooo!!! My weight is now finally starting to come off and at first I wasn't sure why.  Now I know so it makes me want to work even harder to get healthy.

You can watch the question and answer session w/Dr. Oz here from the 1:15 mark to the 2:08 mark.  It's so true and informative!



Being 56 years old and a cancer survivor I was starting to think that the weight was just never going to come off.  Having chemo well there really isn't anything positive I can say about it, except that I thought I might lose some weight.  I gained weight! 30 pounds and lost all my hair.  I have had all kinds of people tell me that it is going to take time to get this weight off of my body.  That going through cancer and all the chemicals in my body, well it was just going to take some time.  I have been enjoying watching Kirstie Alley's Big Life.  It has been motivating me to work as hard as she does.  She is really funny and has a healthy outlook on life in general.  Anyway I knew that if Kirstie could do then so could I .

  I have so many great friends on Facebook that I adore! They have been wonderful with me and all that I have gone through this last year.  One friend I have is named Pam she is a warm, loving person and I don't think there is anyone more passionate about Jesus Christ than her.  I am praying that all your allergies get healed Pam.  Pam is what my mama would call a bright spot.  There were so many days after chemo when I didn't even think I could make it through the week, I would go on my page and there was a beautiful comment from you Pam.  It warmed my heart to the very core and made me feel lucky to have a friend like you.

Then there is Colleen.  You are a rock for me Colleen. My life long friend. You brought me back to Jesus when I had lost some of my faith.  You mentor me with your deep love for the Lord and your knowledge of His word.  I don't think in all of my life I have ever heard you be cruel to anyone.  You are one of the nicest people I have ever known.  I count myself lucky to call you friend for these many years.  The Lord has always been watching over us both.  He has a plan for each of our lives and our God is such a great God I just can't wait to see what He has in store for us!  The best is yet to come.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Clear The Road Blocks..

I was having my time with the Lord this morning and I was thinking about the road blocks we all meet with on our Christian walk.  A road block  is anyone or anything that gets in the way of your walk with the Lord. Road blocks can come in all shapes and sizes. It can be a comment from a family member who knows you are a believer and yet they will still seem to get a kick out of  making you feel bad about your walk with God. Those who make a joke out of being a Christian, a sickness, loss of a job, a moment where you have done something that you are not proud of.  The feelings that we all seem to get from time to time where in our eyes we just don't seem to be as good as other Christian's. Not as holy as them.  I have found lately that I have to bring every road block right to God.  Mistakes and failings in our lives are what allow us to help others avoid those road blocks in their lives.    

Do you remember how crushed you felt the last time a loved one hurt you? If you are like me, you were highly disappointed at their disregard for your feelings. We’ve all been there before. Then, while you might have been angry with the person who wronged you, you were also willing to forgive them because of their heart-felt apology.  If they offered it.  Sometimes they don't and as a Christian you need to be able to let it go no matter how it hurts.  There are always going to be people that want to bring you down.  To steal your shine.  They enjoy testing your faith in God.  In my observations people who are like this are usually bitter, lonely and very unhappy people who would rather feel sorry for themselves and lash out at others then to change their own lives for the better. When they lash out at you with their negative energy they are transferring it to you so their load isn't as heavy. 

When I am faced with these trials I give them completely to God.  I have to because if I tried to handle them on my own,  the person who had crossed me would get a serious tongue lashing.  I know the venom that my tongue can unleash and sometimes it happens so quickly I can't  control it.  That is the beauty of the Holy Spirit.  He can keep me calm.  He tells me "bite your tongue" He is the lover of my soul and the one who brings sweet peace to me.  Just like warm ocean waves washing over me.  Without the love of the Holy Spirit I wouldn't survive in my walk with God.

“The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day" (NKJV).Lamentations 3:22-23

Today after my walk in the warm Hawaiian sun.  I am going to make a stir fry.  A Beef Tomato Vegetable Stir Fry.
  • 1 piece of London broil  about 2 pounds cut in strips
  • 2 table spoons canola oil
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper cut into strips
  • 3 medium cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 eggplant chopped in one inch cubes
  • 1 med. head of bok choy
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes cut  in slices
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  •  3 tablespoons of oyster sauce or to taste    
Prepare your meat vegetables ahead and measure out your ingredients before you start so that you are ready to stir fry quickly. Place the wok or your saute pan over very high heat with the canola oil until it is almost smoking.  Add the meat and saute it quickly until it is rare pull out and set aside.  Add the garlic, onions and peppers strips and just cook for a few seconds.  While stirring constantly add the eggplant, bok choy and oyster sauce salt and pepper and in the meat toss for a few seconds and serve over a bed of hapa rice.  If you don't have any bok choy  go ahead and used chopped romaine.  You could also substitute black bean sauce for the oyster sauce.  For desert I would have a fresh piece of fruit.garlic, sesame, vanom, chili paste,

   I Hope you all have a great week!  Remember not to sweat the small stuff .  Life is way too short we should savor every minute we have.  If anyone makes you feel bad just give it to Jesus.  He cares about even the smallest things that happen to us.  You are never alone.

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.





Friday, April 16, 2010

Something Good Is Going To Happen To You!

Today after reading my bible and spending time with the Lord, I was again reminded of how much He truly loves us.  I was reminded of where I was last year at this time as I was preparing to have surgery.  There are so many terrifying aspects of cancer.  Nobody is able to tell you exactly what is going to happen.  They can give you their best guess, they can tell you what would happen in a perfect world, they can go on and on and on and still tell you basically nothing.  

Cancer surgery on the lung is absolutely terrifying! Nobody else can really know how you feel unless they have gone through the same ordeal.  As Senator Kennedy said "Cancer is like being a member of an exclusive club that nobody want to become a member of".  When you are lying on that gurney and you are faced with your own mortality there are so many what ifs and if onlys that run through your mind.  I cannot even imagine going through cancer without being a christian.  

Talking to God was one of the few things that brought me peace.  That day while lying on that gurney I heard the voice of God.  He told me "The Breath of Heaven is holding you in His arms" I looked around the operating room and the doctors were both busy preparing for my surgery.  I thought to myself did they hear that?  I heard it just as plain as day.  I whispered back to Him, Lord I hear you I'm not afraid anymore.  I will totally trust in you.  The next thing that I remember was opening my eyes and my surgeon telling me that somebody up there liked me.  He told me that he had gotten all of the cancer.  He told me that it was like my cancer had been encased in glass.  He said that it was right next to all of the lymph nodes in the center of my chest and it didn't spread to them.  He seemed amazed by all of this.  I was just thankful that I serve a very loving God who has never let me down. 

I was told that my cancer was a mixture of small and non small cell cancer.  Small cell cancer is the most dangerous kind and should have spread through my lung and killed me.  Lucky for me that The Living God  that I serve is more powerful then cancer.  My God is more powerful then death!  The Lord told me during that very hard time this.  "Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.   The part on earth as it is in heaven kept on coming into my mind.  I thought to myself, wait a minute there is no cancer in heaven.  There is no disease at all in heaven.  God was letting me know that through faith I as a christian had a bible right to my healing on earth as it is in heaven.  

What did I do next?  I planted seed.  The ministry that I chose was Oral Roberts.  I couldn't sleep after I got my diagnosis and I would channel surf on the TV.  I saw them one night on The Place For Miracles.  With Richard and Lindsay Roberts.  They are very sincere and the Lord works through their ministry.  So I had found good ground to plant my seed.  The next thing I did was to identify the purpose for sowing my seed.  In my case it was to heal my cancer.  Then I spoke out loud in faith that I was believing God for my healing.  Then I thoroughly expected my miracle.  In Genesis 8:22 it says:  "While the earth remains, seed time and harvest shall not cease.  I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group several times so that we could agree in prayer together for my miracle.  I wasn't purchasing a healing.  I was obeying God's word.  All through the bible He talks about seed faith. Galatians 6:7  "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sow, that he will also reap". 

Oral Roberts used to always say, "Something good is going to happen to you" and he was so right.  God happened to me!  He filled me so full of the Holy Spirit that I was running over with joy in Him.  He changed my life and told my cancer not to move.  He told my cancer not to spread and let me tell you something when God tells cancer something, cancer listens!  My cancer didn't move, it didn't spread.  They did an MRI after my surgery (lung cancer is known to spread to the brain).  No cancer.  They did a bone scan and guess what no cancer.  Hey guess what?   I serve a great God who loves me and cares for me!  Hallelujah!

Tonight is Friday night and it is date night!  I never cook on Friday so we usually go out to eat.  I think tonight we are going to Mochino Chy.  They have all you can eat Maine Lobster and different raw fish dishes that I adore!  Right at the Aloha Tower.  I will let you know what I think of the food after we eat there.  If any of you guys have a date night let me know what you do.  I love hearing about what other couples do for their date nights!  One thing I always try to do is to find something loving to say to my honey that will make him feel really good about himself.  It always comes back to me cause then he says something super loving back to me.   I think that is why we have been happily married for almost 32 years.  I hope all of you have a great weekend!

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.

Cioppino

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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! 




 


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Walking In The Son.


Today is a great day for me.  I feel full of energy and the Lord Jesus!  I walked three miles today.  It just feels so good to get out there and do it!  While walking I take the time to breathe in the fresh air and smell all the new spring flowers that are just begining to bloom.  We have such beautiful green mountains here.  Hawaii is truly paradise.  I just marvel at God when I look at His creation.
Just think about this, imagine the most beautiful place you have ever been to in the whole wide world.  How you ooh and ahh over its beauty.  Now think on this  God loves us more then the most beautiful places on earth!  That excites me.  It humbles me to think that a God so great could ever love me a mere human.  But He does and I will be thankful for His love everyday for the rest of my life!

I was thinking today about faith.  Sometimes we blow it because we are to afraid to step out in faith to do God's will.  We think is this really what God wants me to do?  We get so nervous that we decide that is is better to do nothing then to do something wrong.  We can’t go back, and we’re afraid to go forward. Never mind moving to the left or right. The devil has us right where he wants us. We’re hemmed in by doubt and unbelief.  This is actually a lack of faith in God.

Faith is like blind trust.  For instance  when you get really sick and have to go to the doctor.  You don't question him for hours about taking the antibiotic that he just gave to you to make you well.  No you just take it believing that you will be healed.  God likes it when we walk out in blind faith with him.  When I was diagnosed with lung cancer, the very first thing I did without thinking was to drop to my knees and cry out to God. In the deepest part of me I knew that He was the only one who could truly heal me.  The doctors could do surgery and give me chemo, but when it came down to the nitty gritty it was God who saved me.  Just remember God has a plan for our life. His plan will give us the desires of our heart. 

So when you feel the devil sitting by your ear telling you that you don't really love God.  That you aren't good enough to be His child.  Or that you aren't a good enough writer to have a blog and tell your story.  You have a bible right to rebuke the devil in the name of Jesus Christ.  Tell him to get away from you and when you say this in the name of Jesus he can't stay.  We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.  That is my motto of late.  I find myself singing this to the Lord when I am out walking.  He works in my life and I know that He will work in yours! As Christians we can soar in our dreams, and if we are submitted to God, the reality of that trust in Him is that there is a period of time that must pass before God’s will is implemented.
Sometimes this will require patience God does things all in His own time.  For me I had to just give it all up to God.  His way is better then anything that I could have ever imagined for myself anyway.  You just have to bring it to the Lord in prayer and thank Him for all His blessings. Only the fullness of time will bring about the fruit God has planned for you. God’s timing will always bring satisfaction and joy.


After my walk today I juiced. a hanful of grapes, strawberries, 1 apple, lemon wedge, about a cup of pineapple, and a cup of fresh beets and some ice.  It tasted great and really filled me up.  I use a whole food blender Vita Mix so that I get all the pulp along with the juice.  It is really helping me to control my appetite and gives me so much energy.  I have lost five pounds over the last couple weeks.  It is so nice to see some results in this life change.

My son Peter has taken over as my personal trainer three nights a week.  He is really tough!  I asked him if we could pray before we started his unique form of torture for me.  I asked him if he was trying to pay me back for all of times I punished him as a child.  He just looked at me and said "now that you mention it, lets add another 50 sit ups.  Then he laughed and said "cmon mom it is easier to do if you just close your mouth and do it"  He was right.  I just closed my eyes gave my exercise up to God and did it.  I was so happy to have that hour over with.  I ended up in the tub with a glass of merlot.  Now that was relaxing!

I hope that you all have a great day and may God bless you richly in everything you do!

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.
    

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Strengthening My Body and Faith

As most of you know, I have battled cancer with the Lord as my torch bearer, leading me through each phase of healing.  I am now working on getting my body back in shape.  My goal is to loose 45-50 pounds and turn my flab into muscle. In order to accomplish this goal I am going to have to stretch and strengthen my muscles through pilates, walking, workouts on my gym and swimming.

I plan on doing this with exercise and a healthy eating plan.  I usually walk daily and I accompany that with either working out with my Total Gym or swimming.  I am really lucky that I live in Hawaii where the weather is perfect most of the year.  It isn't easy but I am finding that if I can just develop good habits I will make my goals for fitness.

They say that it takes 21 days to make a habit.  So I figure that if I stick to my plan for 21 days it will be ingrained in me to continue this lifestyle change forever. I use my I-Pod while I walk.  It really makes the time pass quickly and I can get a great devotional time while I am working out.  I like to listen to music that inspires me and sometimes I listen to my favorite preachers like Richard Roberts or Joel Osteen.  They  have Podcasts and I can download and use for my I-Pod.

I am learning that I have to stretch my muscles to make them stronger.  I was thinking that I could do that with my faith muscles as well.  How do you stretch your faith muscles?  Well I stretch mine by tithing.  I am a firm believer in Malachi 3:10  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this "says the Lord Almighty, " and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out such a blessing that you will not have room enough for it.  This is one of the few scriptures where God is actually daring you to take Him at His word.  It works for me every single time.  If you don't have the money to tithe to the Lord, then try giving back with your time or talent.  I am sure that your Pastor could use some help. It will make you feel good and God will bless you because you are giving back.

I can see my body and spirit both getting stronger and I praise the Lord.  I know it isn't going to happen overnight but I will not give up.  I find that determination will get you through almost anything in life.  I find that as I stretch my muscles both faith and body I get greater flexibility, grace and longer strides.     Colossians 2: 6-7 says, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”

Tonight I am going to prepare wild salmon with an asian marinade.  Being raised in Seattle I would never eat farmed salmon.  I just don't think that it tastes as good.  I use the recipe that I got from Ina Garten The Barefoot Contessa.  I think hers is the best! I usually double the recipe so that I can make more.  You can also use it on your grill pan in the kitchen. It is in her book entitled Parties.  You can get it at your favorite bookstore or on the Food Network.

Asian Grilled Salmon

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  • Prep Time:5 minInactive Prep Time:20 min
  • Cook Time:9 min
  • Serves:6 servings
  • Directions:

    Ingredients:

    For the marinade:

    • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 3 tablespoons good soy sauce
    • 6 tablespoons good olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
    Light charcoal briquettes in a grill and brush the grilling rack with oil to keep the salmon from sticking.
    While the grill is heating, lay the salmon skin side down on a cutting board and cut it crosswise into 4 equal pieces. Whisk together the mustard, soy sauce, olive oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Drizzle half of the marinade onto the salmon and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
    Place the salmon skin side down on the hot grill; discard the marinade the fish was sitting in. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Turn carefully with a wide spatula and grill for another 4 to 5 minutes. The salmon will be slightly raw in the center, but don't worry; it will keep cooking as it sits.
    Transfer the fish to a flat plate, skin side down, and spoon the reserved marinade on top. Allow the fish to rest for 10 minutes. Remove the skin and serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. I top it with sliced scallions.

    I will serve the salmon with a fresh green salad that is loaded with tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, radishes, red onion and red peppers and a mango vinegarette.  For desert maybe some strawberries with good balsamic vinegar over the to.  Cane we say delicious?!

    I pray God blesses you all this week and remember to be good to yourself!  You cannot be a good friend to others until you are your own best friend!

    Saturday, April 10, 2010

    Making A Difference...We all can do it...

    This week has been an emotionally draining week for me.  First I had to wait for the results of my CAT scan.  This is something I have to do every 3 months to make sure that my lung cancer has not returned.  I know this is a faith builder between God and I.  He has healed me, but for some reason I panic every time I get one of these scans.  Maybe it is just the devil trying to devour any hope that I may have for my full healing.  I guess I need to sow more seed.  The bible says that if I sow seed he will pour me out a blessing so big that I will not have room for it and he will rebuke the devourer.  I just love God.

    He is so simple in his instruction to us.  He tell us what he wants us to do and when we do it he richly blesses us.  I think where we all get tripped up is the listening part.  We tend to get so busy in our own life that it makes it hard to hear God.  So we just need to stop, go somewhere quiet and meditate on God either through his word or prayer.  I find I can't make it through my day without reading the bible.  It truly sets my whole day up for me.  I don't feel like I am running on empty after I spend time in God's word.  It is kinda like leaving the house without eating any breakfast and working hard and pretty soon you find that you can't seem to focus on anything, you feel tired.  But as soon as you have a bite to eat you have your focus back and you are ready to go again!


    The second hard thing I went through this week was staying Aloha to my nephew Alohakamakani.  He was only 23.  He was driving down the hill to the beach and suffered a heart attack.  His truck rammed into a telephone pole and he died.  He was a soft spoken gentle giant.  His name meant winds of love.  When you were at a family party you wouldn't notice Kamakani until he came to hug you.  He was quiet and shy and sweet.  Oh how he will be missed!  We all know that he went to heaven but it doesn't stop this pain.  Maybe it was because he was so young and didn't get the chance to do all of the things we consider living.  You know like having babies, getting married all the regular stuff. What we consider living.

    Maybe God had a bigger plan for this sweet boy.  Maybe God is using his passing to make all of us examine our own lives and priorities.  Maybe God is showing us that we could all go in a moment in a twinkling of an eye.  That life is precious and that we should never let the sun go down without telling our family members how very much we love them. Or take the life that God has given us for granted.  Make it count!  Look at how you are living and make it count.  It cost nothing to say a kind word, give someone a hug, or help someone complete a task.  I think it is in all of us to be loving and kind.

    Friday night has always been our "date" night.  Every Friday my husband and I go out for dinner and maybe a movie.  Or maybe get together with friends to sing karaoke.  Just something that we do together as a couple.  We had a nice dinner at Tropics.  We shared the tofu and watercress salad, some really good island poke and then we had the steak and mushrooms.  They also had a woman singing soft jazz which was wonderful!  Her name was Candy Diaz and she was great!  She knew just how loud to sing so that you could still carry on a conversation and enjoy your meal at the same time.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

    Then we went to the movies and saw Letters To God.  I loved this film!  It hit home with me because I had cancer and I know the challenges that this disease presents.  It is about a young boy named Tyler who has cancer and writes letters to God every day.  The letters that he writes to God end up changing the whole community.  I am not going to tell you anymore because I don't want to ruin the film for you.  The one thing that struck me was when an older neighbor man told Tyler that he was God's Warrior.  That struck me.  I think there are many of us warriors out there who have had to go through a terrible disease like cancer and are still standing.  Still thankful to God to be alive and still praising his name!  We all can make a difference!  You just have to recognize what you are going to stand for.  Then take that stand and make a difference.

    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!

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010

    Everything In Life Is A Gift

    I was just thinking this morning after I got the call from my nurse that my CAT scan was negative for lung cancer, that everything is a gift. When I got that call I felt like it was Christmas! I was so very thankful to the Lord above that I wanted to get up and dance! Woooo Hooo!!! Life is a gift!

    For those of you who have been blessed with good health I sometimes feel sorry for you. You really don't realize what a great gift you have! You haven't stared death in the eyes and fell to your knees before God begging Him to help you. I am a christian and I tithe regularly. When I fell to my knees before God he heard me. Why wouldn't He? I am His child. As a parent and a grandparent we know that children can whine and moan and groan over every little problem that they have. As a parent you would look up at them and say okay well it isn't bad they are just exaggerating it and go about your business. But, when you hear your child scream out with great fear, there is not a parent in the world that wouldn't rush to their child's aid.

    That is what my Father did for me. He told me in the hospital right before lung surgery, "The Breath of Heaven is holding you in His arms" As soon as I heard those words all fear left me. I was told by my surgeon that somebody up there really loved me because my cancer had not moved. It was right next to the lymph nodes in the center of my chest and didn't spread to them. That was particularly unusual because I had small cell cancer. Small cell cancer is known for spreading quickly and mine thanks be to God did not. Everyone at the hospital told me how good I looked. I was up the evening of my surgery and walking, and the next day I was doing laps around the halls of the hospital. My doctor was amazed at how quickly I was recovering.
    I knew that I was given this huge gift and I wasn't about to waste it. I went home in 4 days and got myself ready for the next big battle.

    I went to visit my Oncologist Dr. Ian whom I have to say I absolutely adore. He explained to me that he was going to put me through a rigorous chemo therapy because I had small cell cancer. I would be going every other week for the entire summer for cysto - platinum chemo.

    Chemo therapy was unlike anything I had ever experienced. It is not something I would want to go through as an unbeliever. They hook you up to an IV first with water and then they start the chemo and then one more water and you are sent home. The process takes about eight hours. You go home and you are incredibly ill. Even with the medications for nausea that are excellent today you still get sick. I being a positive person was going to look at this as a good thing because perhaps I would loose some weight. I did not I gained weight. The hardest part of the chemo was yet to come.

    I can remember I was in chemo for a few weeks when I noticed big clumps of my hair in my brush. I would run my fingers through my hair and to my horror my fingers would be filled with hair and there was a big bald spot on my head where my hair used to be. I know that it is only hair and I know that it will grow back but I was horrified! Over the next few days it got worse and worse I had huge bald spots all over my head. It was then that I asked my son to buzz my head and get rid of it all. I had heard all my life that vanity was a sin, and I was experiencing this to an extent in my life. That as my hair was falling I felt as though the person I used to be was wasting away. My body was reeling with nausea from the poison they were pumping into me and I looked like I had gone through an atomic blast. The one thing that never left me was my faith in God. It was getting stronger every day.

    I would hear Him whisper to me, telling me that everything would be fine and not to worry. I can honestly tell you that during the hardest time in chemo was when the Lord brought me the most intense joy! He filled me so full of His love that I would weep with it! Even recalling it now brings tears to my eyes. It was very intense. Without God and His love, I don't know that I would have made it through my cancer. Just the word cancer brings great fear and dread. I am here to tell you that when God meets cancer.....cancer just doesn't stand a chance!

    If you look at my picture with my bald head, my daughter told me that God just glowed through me. My hair now is about an inch all around my head and it is coming in really curly. My friend Colleen told me that it was my crown from the Lord. I have gotten more compliments on my new haircut from God then any of the haircuts I had in the past!

    I hope that reading this blog has helped someone out there who might be going through something in their own lives that seems impossible. Know this Jesus looked at them and said "with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible". Matt. 19:26. We can get through anything as long as we have God with us. Feel free to post anything that you have had to endure in my comments. I would love to have the opportunity to share your experience and pray with you.

    Every single thing is a gift from God. Knowing that God loves us this much will lead us into a deep and more gratifying walk with Him.

    Sunday, April 4, 2010

    He is Risen!!!

    Today is Easter and I am so happy that I am a child of the risen King! I went to service today and the scripture was Ephesians:2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    That scripture gave me whole new outlook on my life. Do you really realize that we are the children of the most high God?!

    There have been so many times in my life when I have allowed people to make me feel like I am not good enough to complete something that I had started. There were many times that I succumbed to their peer pressure and allowed myself to fail. Then I would go home and be down and take it out on my children or husband. That would start a vicious circle of bad feelings that seem to just drag me and my family further down. For that I must ask them to forgive me.

    Today I realized that nobody can make you feel down unless you allow them to. I had allowed people in the world to make me feel worthless. That is the wrong thing to do!!

    I am a masterpiece of God! When I was born again I became a child of the living God. The royal blood of God flows through me. I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. What a precious gift we have been given. I want to make sure that I just keep my eyes on Him and not on the world. We are well equipped through God to accomplish every task that we undertake. For we are God's workmanship, so whatever good work that we start will flourish. I will give all glory to God for all of my blessings!

    So as children of God when you are out there pursuing your dreams, don't let anyone tell you that you aren't good enough to make it. Keep you eyes on the Lord and you will do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. God Bless you all and enjoy you Easter Sunday!

    Tonight I will be making an Easter feast for my family. I am going to prepare Roasted Prime Rob of Beef, Colcannon potatoes, beef gravy, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and roasted, crescent rolls and angel food cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

    I brought the prime rib out of the refrigerator this morning so I could bring it to room temperature. I finely chopped 3 large cloves of garlic, and 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary. With rosemary make sure that you don't get the woody stems in the mixture. then I place the garlic and rosemary in a small food processor and grind them up together, pouring a very good extra virgin olive oil over them. I process them until they become a coarse paste. I rub coarse kosher salt and freshly ground pepper onto the outside skin of the prime rib. Then I work my paste of garlic, rosemary and olive oil all over the prime rib. I place it on a rack in a large roasting pan and place it in the oven for at 350 degrees. I will roast it for approximately 2 hours checking it with a meat thermometer. I like the prime rib to be medium rare.

    While the meat is roasting I will trim my asparagus and toss them in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil. Then I will wrap a piece of prosciutto around each one and get them ready to roast. They will roast for about 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. They are so flavorful that you will love them!

    Peel and boil about 10 medium potatoes. While they are boiling clean your leek in a bowl full of water to get any sand out of the center. Then finely chop your leek and set aside to add to the potatoes later. After the potatoes are fork tender drain them, and place them back in the pan. I hand mash my potatoes and cube a stick of butter. Add the whole stick of butter and 1/4 cup of sour cream. Then add kosher salt and pepper to taste and add milk until you get the desired consistency for your potatoes. Use a rubber spatula and transfer them into a serving bowl and add your leek. I stir the leek in with a fork and then cover the potatoes with plastic wrap until I am ready to serve.

    I let my grandson help me prepare the crescent rolls. I put a silpat on a sheet pan and cut out the crescent rolls. Then Alaka'i rolls them and places them on to the sheet to get them ready to bake. Follow the package directions for baking.

    I prep desert early by slicing the strawberries. I use to large crates of them and I slice them into a glass bowl. Then I add about 1/2 cup of sugar and toss them cover the strawberries with plastic wrap and chill them until you are ready to serve.
    I spoon the strawberries over slices of angel food cake and top with fresh whipping cream. It is the perfect light desert after such a large meal.

    I hope you all enjoy the blessings of this Easter Sunday with your family and may God richly bless you and yours this week!

    Saturday, April 3, 2010

    Coloring Easter Eggs With My Grandchildren




    Today is Saturday April 3, 2010. I started off my morning with my grandson Alaka'i. He wanted to know where Jesus was on the day after He had died on the cross. I explained to him that because he had carried every single sin in the world he descended into hell to conquer it and that on the third day he would rise from the dead and walk on earth and talk to many of His followers. That seemed to satisfy Alaka'i.

    I changed into my sweats to go for a 2 mile walk and Alaka'i decided to join me. He is a great partner to walk with. Not only is he a fast walker but he is interesting to talk to. We walked our miles and Alaka'i decided that he would like me to take him to lunch. So I took him to McDonalds so he could have his chicken McNuggets and apple slices. I was pleasantly surprised that McDonalds offered a apple, walnut, and grape salad with a nonfat yogurt dressing that they serve on the side. So I had that with a water.


    When we got home my beautiful grandson and daughter wanted to color Easter Eggs. They are artistic genius!!! I was so impressed with the beautiful eggs that they created. I am hating to crack into those shells and ruin their lovely works of art!!





    I am going to definately have both of them take up painting outside so that I will have some more artwork to frame and hang in my home. I think their works of art are just as beautiful.

    Friday, April 2, 2010

    Our God is a Great God



    That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death. (Philippians 3:10 ASV)

    On this Good Friday I am reflecting on what a good God we serve. Long before He sent Jesus to bring us into the family of God through adoption, He loved us. When Christ His only beloved son came to earth and poured out His blood for our salvation on the alter of the cross, he was thinking of us and loving us.

    Everything we are as Christians we learned through Jesus Christ. It is through Him that we find out what we are living for. Good Friday is a day that as I child I would feel so very sad that Jesus had to go through the brutality of the beatings, the crown of thorns, being nailed to a cross and hanging there for hours dying and finally a spear stabbed into his side. As an adult I can tell you that I only feel gratitude and a very great love for Jesus Christ. He is our bridge to heaven. Jesus, however, did not just die. He rose again and by that resurrection He injected in every human heart that would believe in him that same new life with which he came out of the grave.

    His father accepted his sacrifice and by doing so opened the gates of heaven to us all. Christ didn’t stop there he intercedes for us to the Father . He feels our fears and pains. He bears every burden, goes through every disease and celebrates every joy with us.

    I just want to say thank you Jesus! Thank you for saving us, thank you for teaching us and most of all thank you for loving us forever and always


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