Welcome Do you have that ONE word you dread hearing? There are a lot of words I don’t like, and words I don’t like to be called, but there is one that just breaks my heart if someone says I am one. Are you curious what it is? Read on to find out about my dreaded word. And I have a not-so-homemade main dish for you today, because we all need moments of simplicity. Thanks for joining me and since I get to take another long weekend, I will be back with you on Tuesday, with more chocolate!
Food For Thought Name calling is mean, but it happens, even with adults. We may not look at another person and call them “doo-doo head” or “stupid face” or other childish things, but I bet you know some people that make comments like, “She is such a liar,” or “What a lazy dead-beat.” And if we’re really going to be honest here, we have probably made some of those comments ourselves. Labels are labels, names are names, and every time we say these words, we are passing a judgement about that person. And please hear me loud and clear, I am GUILTY. And I can also vow that I have been called some pretty rough names over the past 30+ years, some of which I probably deserved, and some that have left me devastated. But there is one word that I dread so much that I even pray about it. Are you ready? It’s Hypocrite. In my quest to be a Jesus-lovin’, good-news-sharin’, help-the-world kind of person, I fear that some will make claims that I talk the talk, but they don’t see me walk the walk. I even worry that God will see it that way and that my motives may be for personal gain and not truly to uplift God and His Kingdom. So I pray and study about it and try as hard as I can to live the life that God would want for someone who claims to be a woman of faith.
I’m not sharing this today to prove myself in anyway, but that it’s a legitimate concern and struggle for me. And not just now with this blog, but in all areas of my life. How can I talk about faith and God’s will one minute, and let profanity or gossip slip out of my mouth the next? Because I am WEAK. I am IMPERFECT. I SIN. I BATTLE daily with temptations and struggles. But guess what, so does everyone else. I don’t say that to let myself off the hook, but as a reminder. I see some other Christian women, and think, gee, do they ever do anything wrong? You know the ladies that are first to volunteer at every church meeting, lead the Bible study group, their kids always look like poster children, and they’ve never once raised their voice-that we know of! The truth is, probably while they have this going on, they have a different temptation or struggle they battle on a daily basis that no one knows about. I point this out because I would much rather admit my short comings to you, and ask for your prayers, than pretend I have it all together, letting you believe I have this Christian wife and mom-thing nailed down. I am not blogging about my faith because I have all the answers. I am not writing to you because it’s easy being a Christian every day. I am writing because I hope that something I say makes sense or offers encouragement or gives a new perspective about making our daily walk with Christ. I always include scriptures because I want you to see God’s words, not just mine. I am a work in progress, praying for God’s guidance and wisdom, and praying for forgiveness when I make the wrong choices, every single day. And hopefully when you read this, you won’t call me “that word.”
Today’s Scriptures It is very clear in scripture that God is not a fan of hypocrites, and has no problem calling them out for their behavior. Here are a few verses I have marked when studying and praying about not being a hypocrite. I strongly recommend reading Matthew chapter 23 and the “seven woes.” The word “hypocrite” appears in this chapter six times as Jesus scolds the “teachers of the law and Pharisees” for their actions of hypocrisy.
Luke 11:39 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.”
Galatians 5:26 “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”
2 Peter 2:1–3 “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”
Today’s Recipe Today is a little different. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that I do not make elaborate desserts or meals all the time, especially when I was a full-time working mom. But even when I’m not making the “big meals” I want my family to eat well, and most of the time healthy. But making fast and affordable healthy meals is not always easy. Today I am sharing more of a procedure than an actual recipe for “Not So Homemade” Tortellini Alfredo with Broccoli. I serve it with a store-bought salad kit and pre-made garlic bread, and this meal is ready and on the table in under 30 minutes!
- You need:
- 1 pound fresh or refrigerated cheese tortellini (you can get other fillings, too, if you like-chicken, sausage, mushroom, etc.)
- 2 pounds fresh broccoli, chopped into florets and pieces
- 15-16 oz jar Alfredo sauce (we like the garlic Alfredo, but you can use whatever suits your family)
- 1 fresh or frozen garlic bread loaf, prepared according to package directions
- 1 fresh salad kit-whatever variety your family likes, prepared
- Bring stockpot of salted water to a boil and add broccoli pieces. Let broccoli cook for 6-8 minutes. Add tortellini to pot and cook and additional 8-10 minutes. Drain pasta and broccoli. Return pot to stove and turn to low. Add alfredo sauce, stirring to coat pasta and broccoli. Serve with salad and garlic bread…fast, easy, and affordable! This is one of my family’s very favorite fast meals!