2.12.2011

A Light in the Darkness

Hebrews 12: 1-13

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
  In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.  And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

   “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
   and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
  because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
   and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?  If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.  Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!  They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.  No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
  Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.  “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Bobby recently started going through the book of Hebrew's and right in the middle of the difficult time I was going through, read through this passage and passed it on to me.  This was exactly what I needed to hear and exactly what I feel God has been trying to say to me through this trying time.  I decided to share this with all of you in hopes that anyone struggling through a dark or troubled season would read these words and feel even the slightest bit of peace knowing that no matter what, our Lord has us in the palm of his hand and will never forsake us, even when times are at their darkest.  Oh how thankful I am for my God, His Word, and His steadfast love. 

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my Son, Jesus…
John 17:23

Carrot-Ginger Dressing

If you are as in love with Japanese food (fried and raw) as I am, you must try this recipe.  You know those salads you get before your meal with the miso soup with the orange dressing? I FOUND THE RECIPE! Ask Bobby, I totally freaked out and I'm pretty sure I've eaten it every day since I found it. It is super easy to make, stays well in the fridge, and it is super healthy witch gives it an extra point in my book. The recipe is from Gweneth Palthrow's blog Goop. If you haven't checked it out before, you can get the recipe here.

I made some minor changes to her's and you can find the original one on her site from the link above.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 of a large shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sweet white miso
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or any other light flavored oil)
  • 2 tablespoons water

1. Pulse the carrot, shallot and ginger in a blender until finely chopped.
2. Scrape down the sides, add the miso, vinegar and sesame seed oil and whiz together.
3. While the blender is going, slowly drizzle in the grapeseed oil and the water. (My processor doesn't work like that so I just add in the oil and water together, then process).

Enjoy!
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