Welcome to another Two for Tuesday! Today I’m going to use some Biblical vernacular and talk about the “yeas” and “woes” of a very modern topic…technology. I’m going to share a little background for those two words and reflect on my current use of technology. It’s two for Tuesday, so I have two completely unrelated recipes to share, except they were both found on the internet. One is a quiche recipe and one is for a copycat coffee drink. Of course you could put them together for a weekend brunch, so…enjoy! Note-I may receive small compensation from advertisers and affiliate links found on this blog. For further information, please see my terms and disclosure page.
Food For Thought I like the words “yea” and “woe.” To me, they sound spiritual, yet they convey emotion. These two words are mentioned quite a bit in the King James version of the Bible. The word yea is mostly used to mean yes or certainly. Depending on the structure of the sentence, yea can also mean likewise or doubtless. We often say yea to express excitement, which could mean “Certainly, yes!” Like when I tell my daughter we’re having pancakes and bacon for dinner, she says “Yea!” and I know she means “Certainly, yes, I’d like to have pancakes and bacon for dinner.” Woe is used in scripture to express grief, regret, or indignation. In modern teams we think of woe as meaning sorrowful, grief, distress, unhappiness, or misery. Like me, I’m sure you can identify some times in life when you have felt woeful. Although not used as such in the Bible, I tend to think of yea and woe as opposites. The things that are good and going well are the yeas and the parts of life that bring us down are the woes. Technology seems to offer both yeas and woes to humankind.
Technology such as computers, smart phones, internet, WiFi, and endless apps all have the potential to make our lives better-yea! We can stay in touch with family and friends easier than ever before. We have the convenience of automated teller machines, gas pumps, and swipe-and-go payments. Whatever problem you’re trying to solve…there’s an app for that! Mercy, I even use my computer, smart phone, and the web to attempt to share my faith, stories, and recipes with the “masses.” We can travel anywhere, learn about countries around the globe, and get information quicker than once ever thought humanly possible. My husband and I even remarked while watching episodes of Snake City on NatGeoWild that people living in shanty towns in South Africa all had smart phones in hand to photograph the snakes and most had video game systems hooked up in their shacks. Obviously this technology has become a priority all around the world. This sounds like a good thing, right?
Like in physics, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction; in life, most positive things have down-sides as well. Nothing man-made can ever be perfect or fool-proof. All of this technology is screaming Woe! I believe a time may be coming that we may indeed regret all of this technology. Even as I am typing this blog, I long for the days when people spent time with each other instead of with their devices, when car trips held adventure outside every window instead of everyone holding onto their precious phones and tablets. I miss knowing that my personal information was safe. I wish there weren’t so many online dangers lurking for my child. I wish I didn’t have to monitor all of my social media and email accounts so closely, for fear there will be another hacking incident. I certainly wish we didn’t spend so much money on things like satellite television, internet access, new and better phones, and seemingly endless security software to “protect” all of these devices. And the sad thing is, even with all of this “great technology”, we’re still not safe. Our personal information is not safe. Our money is not safe. Our homes and property are not safe. Our nation is not safe! It is so scary to think that with one click of the button, our lives can be in ruins. While our safety and security may not be guaranteed, what is guaranteed is our salvation in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And that’s worth Yea-ing about!
Today’s Scriptures I am going to share a few passages from the King James Bible (online) today that use the yea and woe terminology.
Matthew 5:37 “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” I take this to mean that if you say yes, or certainly, you need to mean it; if you so no, you need to mean it…don’t make people second-guess what you really mean with your words.
Acts 3:16 “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Here is an example of yea meaning certainly. Peter is sharing that certainly it is the faith in Jesus that has allowed these miracles to take place.
Matthew 26:24 “The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.” Here we see a prediction and a warning of great sorrow and distress spoken in regards to the man who betrays Jesus, which we know in verse 25 is identified as Judas. It is certainly only my opinion here, but that seems to be the ultimate of “woes!”
Today’s Prayer Heavenly Father, I pray to you today regarding the fast pace of our technological world. While all of this technology has the power to do so much good for mankind, I currently only seeing it becoming a stumbling block to our faith and decency. I ask for your protection over me, my family, my friends, and my Brothers and Sisters in Christ that we may not be put in harm’s way through the use of all of this technology. I ask for Your guidance in how I use all of these devices and features, that I may only use them to uplift others, and not use them in any way to harm others in their walk with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Today’s Recipe I like to use my technology for beneficial and innocent purposes, such as looking up scripture commentary, words of encouragement and inspiration, and creative and beautiful recipes. I try to limit how much time I use social media, especially because I can let it get me bogged down in comparison, which is one of my weaknesses. But the creative side of my personality can easily spend hours with Pinterest! There are so many great ideas out there…for recipes, crafts, home décor, holidays, and so much more! Speaking of Pinterest, I’m going to give a little plug here and say I would LOVE to have more followers on Pinterest for faith-family-food. Anyway, I’m sharing two delicious recipes today that I have found online. First, I’m sharing the best quiche recipe I have ever made! It is Sausage and Cream Cheese Quiche from one of my favorite food blogs, Plain Chicken. Wow, that lady can really photograph her yummy food! Second, I will share a copycat coffee drink from the Coffee For Less website. If you need to plan brunch for this weekend, look no further!
Sausage and Cream Cheese Quiche (recipe from plainchicken.com; I added the onions and increased the cheese and sour cream, so it is tweaked from the original recipe)
- 1 9-inch deep dish frozen pie shell
- 1 8-oz pkg bulk breakfast sausage
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheddar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tsp black pepper
- Heat oven to 350 degrees and set pie crust on counter. In large skillet brown sausage until no longer pink; add onion and continue to cook about 3 more minutes. Add in cream cheese and stir until well combined. Place sausage mixture in unbaked pie crust. Place shredded cheese on top. In medium bowl whisk eggs, cream, sour cream, and black pepper. Pour carefully over sausage and cheese in crust. Place pie on rimmed baking sheet to prevent spilling. Bake one hour. Allow to rest 5-10 minutes before cutting. This serves well with a simple green salad or side of cooked broccoli.
Pumpkin Mocha Supreme (recipe from coffeeforless.com)
- 1 Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice K-Cup
- 1 Hot Cocoa K-Cup
- Aerosol Whipped Topping
- Chocolate Shavings
- In large coffee mug sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on bottom of mug-I used about 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and about 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg. Brew pumpkin spice K-cup on 6 ounce setting, followed immediately by the hot cocoa K-cup on 8 ounce setting. Add whipped topping and chocolate shavings as desired. This was WAAAAY better than Starbucks and MUCH more economical!
Here is today’s suggested product-it is the coffee system we use here at faith-family-food and we really love it (link verified on 9/26/17 at 12:50 pm, CDT):