The More I Study…


Welcome  Can you relate to my chalkboard title today?  As a Christian, I know it is my duty AND privilege to spend time studying God’s Word.  And let’s face it, I can use all the help with direction and wisdom I can get!  But sometimes it seems the more I study, the more confused I get or the more questions that are raised in my mind.  Does this happen to anyone else, or am I just not understanding as well as I should?  I’m going to address this topic today and it’s Wellness Wednesday!  For today’s recipes I will share a perfect combo for your next meatless meal, a Taco Ranch Black Bean Burger and Southwestern Spicy Quinoa.  Thanks for joining me.

Today’s Scripture  Matthew 8:23-27 (ESV)  “And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.  And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.  And they went and woke him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing,’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?’  Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  And the men marveled, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

Food For Thought  I’ve been working a lot on my faith journey this year.  There are a lot of great verses in scripture mentioning faith, like this passage in Matthew.  The disciples in the boat with Jesus have seen some of the most amazing miracles accomplished at the hands of Jesus.  Yet in the midst of this storm, the disciples are scared, and Jesus rebukes them!  I would have done the same thing as these men in the boat, not because I lack faith, but because I have faith.  If I’m in the middle of a raging storm at sea, I’m going to the One I believe can give the most help, Jesus.  So that’s how I end up having more questions in what seems to be a straight-forward passage.  Aren’t we supposed to go to Jesus in our times of need or struggle?  Aren’t we supposed to turn over our fears and anxieties to him?  Were the disciples doing the wrong thing, or the right thing?

The Bible does tell us to NOT worry and NOT be anxious.  But these are real and unavoidable human emotions resulting from real life circumstances.  So what do we do when these emotions come up?  I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, I’m going to Jesus.  I will wake him up in the boat if I have to!  Jesus, help me, I’m scared!  I say these words a lot.  I don’t think that’s little faith, but a testament of the kind of faith I have in Jesus’ power.

Additional Readings  Proverbs 3:5-6  Philippians 4:16  Matthew 6:25-34

Today’s Recipes  Are you looking for a new twist to your next meatless meal?  Trying to figure out a new way to fix quinoa?  Here is a great recipe to accomplish both, or you can try them as individual recipes.  This is Taco Ranch Black Bean Burgers with Spicy Southwestern Quinoa.


Taco Ranch Black Bean Burgers (makes 8 patties)

  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 3/4 – 1 cup bread crumbs (if you don’t mind a softer texture, use less bread crumbs to save on carbohydrates)
  • 1/2 pkg low-sodium taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2-3 TBS olive oil


In bowl of food processor place one can of black beans, ranch dressing, bread crumbs, taco seasoning, and cilantro.  Process until smooth.  Add remaining can of black beans and pulse until chunky.  Heat olive oil in nonstick skillet.  When oil is very hot, form black bean mixture into patties and place in skillet (I put four patties in at a time.)  When bottoms of patties have a dark brown crust, turn with large pancake turner.  Continue to cook until heated through and crust forms.  The insides of patties will remain soft.  Serve on bed of quinoa, if desired.

Southwestern Spicy Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • juice and zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 pkt taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 TBS olive oil


Place quinoa, salt, and water in saucepan and bring to boil.  When boiling, reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 12-15 minutes.  All or most water will be cooked out.  Stir in olive oil, lime juice and zest, taco seasoning, cilantro, and jalapenos.  Place some quinoa on plate, top with a black bean burger.  Add guacamole, if desired.