Just Peace…

Welcome  Faith is my word of the year.  Joyful June is my Bible and scripture study for this month.  Happiness…I’m trying to choose it, even when it’s hard.  Peace…I’m not just looking for it, I want to feel it.  And I recently discovered that I only know I have it when I, indeed, feel it.  Here’s a peek into one of my recent journal pages, and have a peaceful weekend.

Food For Thought  This is an excerpt from my journal a few weeks ago.  This type of self-reflection is when we know we are experiencing personal growth.  It’s a wonderful feeling.

I think I was more at peace today.  I know the weather was amazing, well, actually perfect, and that helped.  I just did a blog about confession, acceptance, stillness, and peace.  But this is something more than that.

This is the peace that comes from letting go.

Letting go of expectations.

Letting go of rushing and busyness.

Letting go of the demands of this world.

Letting go of constant notifications on my phone and computer.

Letting go of others’ opinions and criticisms.

Letting go of the harsh words and hateful comments that have been haunting me.

Letting go of the loneliness.

Letting go of the longing, striving, and envy.

This is just peace, the peace that comes from just letting go and just breathing.  This is the peace that comes when I just…be.

This is the peace that comes when I accept myself right where I am.  I’m not waiting for the next big life event.  I’m not waiting for the next thing to bring me happiness.  I’m not waiting to figure out what peace is.  I just experience it now, in the moment.

This is the peace that surpasses all understanding.  This is the peace I prayed for God to bring me during my restlessness.  This is the welcome peace and rest and restoration that I have been craving!  May God continue to bless me with this peace.

 

….And may God bless you with this same peace…just perfect, unforced, restorative peace!

Today’s Scripture   Philippians 4:7    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Today’s Recipe  Sometimes a simple, peaceful dinner is just the ticket.  Minimal work, yet flavorful and healthy.  This is Spaghetti with Spicy Turkey and Spinach Ragu.’  I found out there is a difference between ragu’ and ragout.  The ragu’ I have made here is traditional Italian-style sauce served with pasta, made with minced or ground meat and vegetables.  Tomatoes may or may not be used in a ragu’.  Ragout is French and is a stewed dish of spicy, saucy meat and vegetables, or just vegetables.  It may be served with a variety of starchy sides, not just pasta.  They are similar, but not the same.  Whatever you want to call it, it is a quick and satisfying meal to make any night of the week.

Spaghetti With Spicy Turkey and Spinach Ragu’ (4-6 servings)

  • 1 lb. spaghetti noodles
  • 1.5 lb. ground turkey
  • 10 oz. pkg. baby spinach leaves
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: salt, black pepper, cumin, garlic powder, nutmeg, allspice, smoky paprika, and Aleppo Pepper or other red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

 

Prepare spaghetti according to package directions.  Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat.  When hot, add diced onions and cook until just beginning to brown.  Add ground turkey and break up with wooden spoon.  Add all seasonings and mix to incorporate.

 

When turkey has cooked all the way through, add the spinach leaves, about a third of the package at a time, allowing the leaves to wilt.

 

When almost all of the spinach has cooked, add the parmesan to the skillet.  Toss the meat and spinach mixture with the cheese until it is fully incorporated into the sauce.

 

Drain liquid from spaghetti and place a portion in a large bowl.  Top with turkey and spinach ragu’.  Serve with additional red pepper flakes and parmesan, if desired.

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