October 14, 2008

Trusting the Lord


What more can one say?

I have been thinking a lot about trust recently. Well, to put it another way...the Lord has been dealing with me on this issue. There are some things going on in my life right now that require trust. I am being asked to trust the Lord and it is funny, but I am really struggling to do it. I trust the Lord for my salvation, my eternal destiny, my daily life. I just cannot trust Him to do what He has promised me, and it is causing an incredible amount of confusion in my life right now.

This morning as I prayed (yet again) for clarity, the Lord directed me to this blog post. I hadn't written anything below the picture and the tag line before, but am now expounding on it today. I went over to Dictionary.com to look up the meaning of the word "trust." Here is what I read:

trust

–noun
1. reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
2. confident expectation of something; hope.
3. confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit: to sell merchandise on trust.
4. a person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust.
5. the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.
6. the obligation or responsibility imposed on a person in whom confidence or authority is placed: a position of trust.
7. charge, custody, or care: to leave valuables in someone's trust.
8. something committed or entrusted to one's care for use or safekeeping, as an office, duty, or the like; responsibility; charge.

Ouch! As I read down the list, it became very clear to me just exactly what I needed to do (or for that matter, just exactly what I needed to stop doing). My trust is placed in the Lord. I am relying on Him for many things. I have confident expectation that He will do as He has promised.

The matter for me is one of recognizing exactly WHO holds my trust. The Lord is who He says He is -- I AM WHO I AM. His integrity is without question.

The matter for me is one of recognizing exactly HOW the Lord will do what He has promised. In His strength He will perform (the zeal of the Lord will perform it) whatever He has declared to do.

The Lord is ABLE to do what He has promised. He is the Creator who called all life into being -- He is MORE THAN ABLE to do what He has said He would do.

The Lord is sure -- His word will not fail. He has promised to never lose me, never leave me, never forsake me. His WORD IS SURE.

My issue is whether or not I am willing to walk in faith and TRUST Him to do the thing He has promised to me. It may sound simplistic, but in truth, it is a very hard task for me.

I am obstinate, willful and stubborn. I want to trust the Lord -- but I do not do it -- because I want to trust myself. I want to rely upon His integrity, His strength, His ability, and His assurance; but, I am relying upon myself, my strength, my ability and my own understanding.

In short, I am not trusting the Lord at all...I am trusting in myself and in what I can perform.

I am a flawed and failed human being -- I cannot save myself nor can I help myself. I need Him to do this for me. I am determined to trust Him for today, for tomorrow, and for eternity.

TRUST IN THE LORD

He is able to do all that He has promised to do.

October 3, 2008

Thinking about fall...


I found this picture online at http://www.bardsmaid.org/foto/Wallpapers.htm and thought it was really cool. I love the mist/fog in the background. Anyhoo, I am wistfully thinking about fall and miss those cool October evenings. The weatherman has promised that our temperatures will drop to the mid-90s this week (one day even dipping into the mid-80s!) WhooHoo! Fall is finally come to the desert Southwest.

BTB - my son is leaving for a weekend campout. He will be heading up to the mountains for the Sr. High Youth retreat. They are expecting temps to drop into the 40s over night. I am sending him with a heavy sleeping bag, but he plans on wearing shorts most of the time. Go figure!


Easy Breakfast Quiche


My sister-in-law always made the best breakfast/brunch meals. When we lived near my brother's family in San Jose, CA, not a month went by that they didn't invite the family over for brunch. Besides her delicious scones, Joan often made quiche using flour tortillas instead of a traditional pie crust. I was thinking about her recipe the other day and wondered if anyone else out there used tortillas for a pie shell. Lo and behold, a quick search on Google produced a dozen or so results. This one is for an Asparagus Quiche (courtesy of Blue Heron Farm Bed and Breakfast), though any veggie would work.

Basic quiche recipe:

3 eggs, beaten
2 C milk
¾ C cheese

Any number of variations can be made from these three basic ingredients. When spring brought beautiful asparagus spears on the farm, we used them with Gruyere cheese for a delicious quiche:

About 12 good sized asparagus spears, or more if they are thin. Steam or microwave them - they need to be just semi cooked and still a bit crisp. Cut into ½ to 1 inch pieces. Sauté until semi translucent, about half of a chopped onion, or several chopped green onions.

Prepare the crust using four regular sized flour tortillas. Butter the quiche dish and place one tortilla in it to form the bottom. Tear the other tortillas in half and use the rounded part to form the sides. Butter the top sides of the tortillas.

Place the onions, asparagus and cheese in the prepared dish, add the milk and egg mixture. Salt and pepper if desired.

Bake at 350 degrees until set and crust is browned, about 20-30 minutes.

Hmmm...sounds delicious. I think I will make this for us tomorrow. I prefer Broccoli, Bacon and Onion so I will use these ingredients instead. Still...yummy!