Capitol Field Trip and Prayer Post-Its

Welcome  I always consider it a blessing when I get to participate in my own child’s education.  My husband and I were blessed to join my child on her big field trip to the state capitol last spring.  The trip was enjoyable, informative, and inspiring.  I’m going to share a little from that trip today and how I believe we can make an impact in our society with prayer for our leaders.  Today’s recipe is a Greek-inspired pizza from our lunch that field trip day.  Thank you for joining me today.  Note-I may receive a small compensation from advertisements and affiliate links found in this blog.  For further information, please see my terms and disclosure page.

Food for Thought  Last spring, my daughter’s fourth grade class visited our state capitol for the day.  It was a great day with nice weather.  I had visited our state capitol when I was in school, too.  This would be my husband and daughter’s first trip, aside from driving through the city when traveling.  Our one regret of the trip was not getting to spend longer in our state history museum, but we can always go back another day, I suppose.  We were given historical information about the building itself, the site on which it is built, and various facts about the settling of our state.  We were allowed to sit in on a house session, which I found very entertaining and interesting.  We even got to go up in the dome to what is called “the whisper room.”  On our guided trip we were given a tour of the capitol building, walking past many offices of senators and representatives.  On this tour, I was intrigued by the number of yellow post-it notes stuck outside the office doors.  Most had them, but not all.  My curiosity got the better of me, so I scooted myself over to an office that held one of these notes to see what was written on it.  Four simple words on this little yellow piece of paper: Please Pray For Us.  These same words were on the other sticky notes outside office doors.  A few of the papers had some additional words, but most just had this simple request.  Like I said, not all offices had these notes, but many, if not most, did display this request.  It was very touching to me.  I appreciated this bold request from these leaders, who are criticized so often, no matter what side of the political line they are on.

That’s the big take-away, here.  Regardless of the person’s political party affiliation or agenda, they were stating their belief in a God who answers prayers.  They were recognizing the magnitude of the position and job they hold and understand the need for the Lord’s guidance.  These government leaders and decision makers were not afraid to offend their voting public with this request.  I appreciated all of that and I appreciated the faith and trust they had in those of us who would see their note, take the time to read it, and follow through with it.  I prayed for these state leaders right then, but also again when I got home.

I’ll be honest with you, praying for our state and national leaders is not something I think to do every day.  It’s not that I don’t think it is important.  I find it extremely important.  I’m just usually praying for more immediate needs, in addition to offering thanks for God’s provision.  But I think it’s time I start lifting up these men and women each day in my prayers.  That’s how God inspires change and movement.  I want God to be with them when they have heavy decisions to make, decisions that affect the lives of men and women every single day.  I also want God to be with them in their day-to-day lives, that they may live their life as an example to others and use their power and authority for the betterment of the world we live in.

I find myself often lacking trust in our government these days, and I know I’m not alone.  And that’s okay to a point, after all, “dominion belongs to the Lord and He rules over all nations.” (Psalm 22:28)  I do my fair share of complaining and worrying about decisions being made that I seemingly have no control over.  Perhaps, instead of all the complaints and frustrations, though, I should lift these leaders and decision-makers up to the Lord in prayer.  I have a feeling this action will accomplish and inspire much more change than the former.  Will you join me in this prayer movement for our leaders?

Today’s Scriptures  We may not always agree with our government, some of their decisions, or even some of the laws in our states or nation.  With the number of people living in our nation, it would be impossible to please everyone, no matter the person holding the office.  However, we are obligated as Christians to obey and respect our government and its leaders.  I know a few readers may bristle at that statement.  Let me be very clear that I am not promoting any specific political party or agenda.  What I am promoting is God’s word and scripture.  I found four very clear New Testament passages that address our behaviors in regard to our leaders.  Please consider what is stated in these verses:

Titus 3:1-2 “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.”

1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

1 Peter 2:13-14 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”

Romans 13:1-7 “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves.  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.  Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority?  Then do what is right and he will commend you.  For he is God’s servant to do you good.  But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing.  he is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.  Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.  This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.  Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

Today’s Recipe  The recipe I have today has nothing to do with government, but it was inspired by our trip to the capitol last spring.  Students and families were able to have lunch on their own in the middle of the day.  There was a variety of places on “the square” near the capitol building to choose from.  Our family chose a pizza parlor, but instead of being Italian, it is known for Greek pizza and dishes.  This was quite beneficial to me, with my tomato allergy, since I cannot have pizza with marinara sauce.  My pizza recipe today is inspired from the lunch we had that day, but to be honest, I like mine even better!

Greek Chicken Pizza
Inspired flavors from a Greek pizzeria with seasoned chicken, vegetables, feta, and a garlic-based sauce.

Greek-Inspired Chicken Pizza with Garlic-Parmesan Sauce (makes 6 large or 8 small slices)

  • For Chicken:
  • 1 lb. chicken boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 TBS Greek seasoning (I use Penzy’s)
  • Combine olive oil, lemon juice, and seasoning to make chicken marinade.  Place chicken pieces in large zip-top bag and add marinade, tossing to coat.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.  Preheat oven at 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.  Place chicken on sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  • For Pizza:
  • 1 pre-made pizza crust (I like Mama Mary’s original)
  • Prepared chicken from above
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 TBS parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 oz fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup deli-style roasted red pepper strips
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 2 TBS feta cheese
  • Set oven to 425 degrees and place pizza crust on pizza stone. (If you don’t have a pizza stone, use a large, sturdy baking sheet.)  Combine oil, garlic, pepper and parmesan.  Spread on pizza crust.  Sprinkle one cup of mozzarella on crust.  Add topping layers of spinach, onion, prepared chicken, red peppers, olives, and feta.  Top with one more cup of mozzarella cheese and bake for 15 minutes.

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