Archives for : March2019

Ah… Spring!

Ah . . . Spring!

A kind word is like a spring day.   Russian proverb

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.   Margaret Atwood

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.    Martin Luther

The Apostle Paul never seemed to exhaust the topic of grace—what makes us think we can? He just keeps coming at it and coming at it from another angle. That’s the thing about grace. It’s like springtime. You can’t put it in a single sentence definition, and you can’t exhaust it.   Max Lucado

Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.   Lilly Pulitzer

Chinese Chicken Salad

March seems to be an unpredictable month in Minnesota. We could have the winter blizzard of the century, or we could have a spring thaw, or both. It’s a teaser month, a month that feels like, “I’m ready for spring, which translated means, I’m ready to shed winter clothes. I’m ready to get to the lake…up North, or today as I write, I’m ready for a crunchy salad recipe.”  I think you will love this one. It is quick and easy, crunchy and comforting.

Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad

2 large chicken breasts cooked, cooled, and cubed

2 cups of cooked rice

About one cup celery, sliced thin

Mandarin oranges (small can) drained well…reserve the juice

Chow Mein noodles, a couple handfuls

Mayo dressing and French dressing

½ teas. Curry powder

Mix the above 3 ingredients together. In another dish take a large scoop of Mayo and about 2 Tbsp. of French dressing and stir together. Add the Curry powder. Thin this mixture all down with a small amount of Mandarin juice…..maybe one Tbsp. Stir this dressing mixture into the first 3 ingredients. When you feel the consistency is right, gently add the drained oranges and Chow Mein noodles. There should be enough noodles to add crunch, color and consistency. If you are not eating the salad immediately, wait until you are ready to eat, then add the noodles. You may also add some Cashews for garnish just before eating.

~ Enjoy!  

A Look at Lent

Lent . . . should it be a time of fasting or feasting?

Lent is a 40-day period of time (not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter, the day more accurately known among Christians as Resurrection Sunday.

A reflection on Lent, by Sharon Sheppard

Though the word lent is not found in the Bible, observance of this period of time leading up to Easter/Resurrection Sunday can take many different forms. Christians from a broad spectrum of denominations, ranging from Catholic and Orthodox to mainline and evangelical denominations.

For some, it is a somber time of fasting and self-denial. A time of introspection and repentance.

Some use it as a time to meditate on the sufferings of Jesus Christ when He went to the cross to sacrifice Himself to pay for our sins. This can bring a new appreciation for what

Others make light of it, and it becomes a joke. A non-golfer might say he is giving up golf for lent. Or a college student might say she is giving up studying for lent.

For still others, it may be marked by an emphasis on doing good deeds, hoping to earn points they hope will help them make it to heaven.

Since Lent isn’t mentioned in the Bible, it would seem we can’t go wrong by choosing one of God’s principles and devoting 40 days to cultivating one of those that we might not be practicing on a regular basis:

Love one another. Jn 13:34 or James 4:8  (Is there someone you’re having trouble loving that you need to show kindness to?)

Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. James 4:8 (Are you spending at least as much time daily time in fellowship with God as you do online?)

Godliness with contentment is great gain. Heb 13:5(Do you catch yourself complaining: about the weather, politics, the high cost of living?)

Give to the poor. Prov 22:9 (Is there someone you know who is deeply hurting financially that you could help?)

But in any case, it is probably best observed by

World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer,  by Mary Zigan

March 1st  is The World Day of Prayer.  This is an international ecumenical Christian day set aside annually to sympathize with the problems of other countries and cultures, and to pray with and for them. People are further encouraged to become aware of their talents and use them in the service of society.

The World Day of Prayer aims to demonstrate that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence in the world. They encourage the following values: listening, speaking, faithfulness, creativity, inclusion, giving, receiving, sisterhood, trust, learning, wisdom, action, ecumenical work, and by being a Christian neighbor in a multi-religious world.

The theme for this year’s World Day of Prayer is, “Come–Everything is Ready.” At first glance that certainly feels and sounds like a misnomer.  This March, 2019, the USA began with a government shut-down, leaving thousands of people working without pay, with our nation polarized like never before in history, and with rampant fear of what the future holds.  

“Come, Everything is Ready?”

Yes! Everything is ready, we read in Luke chapter eleven. The disciples did come to Jesus and asked,Lord, teach us to pray

He said, “This is how you should pray.”

Our Father in heaven,

may your name be honored.

May your kingdom come soon.

May your will be done here on earth,

just as it is in heaven.

Give us our food for today,

  and forgive us our sins,

  just as we have forgiven those who have

sinned against us.

And don’t let us yield to temptation,

 but deliver us from the evil one.

Come, Everything is ready”