11.18.2009

Something to think about...Devotional by Evangelist Allen Domelly

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a blessed week so far. Today I'd like to share a devotional I read these just about everyday, everyday a different lesson. I thought I should share this one with you today with the hope that it will reach someone and be a blessing. When I read this it grabbed a hold of my heart and I want to share this devotional on Gods love with you.

John 3:16’s Lesson

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

One of the greatest verses in the entire Bible is John 3:16. It is most likely, the most well known verse in the world. In this verse you will find the Gospel. If the only verse a person ever read in the Bible was John 3:16 they have read enough Bible to get saved.

But one of the greatest lessons we learn from this verse is that God loves us. Notice it says that “...God so loved the world...” This love of God for the world was so great that the only way He could explain this love was to say He “...so loved the world...” Let me simply remind you of a few lessons this verse shows us about God's love.

First of all, God loves you! It doesn't matter who you are or what you have done in life, God loves you! God loves the drunkard as well as the sober person. God loves the pure person as well as He loves the harlot. God loves the atheist as much as He loves the religious person. God loves the poor person as much as He loves the rich person. There is no prerequisite to obtaining God's love other than being a part of this world.

Secondly, He loves you because of who you are and not because of what you are. This verse did not say God loves a person because of what they are doing for Him. No, in fact, God loves you because of who you are. I thank God that His love for me is not because of what I do but because of who I am. If His love were only because of what I do, then His love would be a conditional love. But you must understand that God's love is not a conditional love, God's love is an unconditional love. That means that God loves you!

Thirdly, God loves you in your present condition. It doesn't matter how deep sin has taken you, God's love can reach to you. It doesn't matter how much sin has ruined your life, God still loves you. It doesn't matter that you have disappointed God as a Christian, God still loves you. You may have done something last night, but God loves you in your present condition. Whether you murdered someone, aborted a baby, lost your purity, messed your life up on drugs, sit in a prison cell or committed any other “horrible” sin, God loves you right where you are. Yes, because of God's love we should stop committing our wickedness, but God loves you in your present condition. No matter what the depth of sin you have committed, God's love reaches to where you are.

Lastly, you can't keep God from loving you. I know there are people for some unknown reason who may say they don't want God to love them, but let me remind you that you can't keep God from loving you. God’s love is not conditional on whether we love Him; God's love is conditional on the fact of His choice to love us. Though you may not want God to love you, you can't stop Him from loving you. Though you may continue to live in sin, your sin does not keep God from loving you.

I simply write this to remind you: God loves you! As you go throughout your day today I want you to be reminded of one thing; God loves you. Go ahead and tell yourself right now that God loves you. You ask how I know God loves you and I will tell you that I know He loves you because in John 3:16 the Bible tells me so.



To contact Evangelist Allen Domelle, send an email to contact@oldpathsjournal.com.

I sure hope this was a blessing to you, as it was to me.

Love,
Jeni

Gods love a gift to you and me!

11.07.2009

Yummy-est Vegetarian Chili

My messy bowl of yumminess!

VEGETARIAN CHILI

*I used all organic ingredients

Ingredients


  • 1 (11 ounce)Can of condensed black bean soup --I used organic canned black beans

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained, rinsed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed

  • 1 (16 ounce) can vegetarian baked beans

  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can tomato puree

  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained--I used frozen corn
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 zucchini chopped --DId not have any so I didn't include this!
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced chilies---I did not use this
  • 1-2 jalapenos, chopped (Optional I did not use this either)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro (optional)

Directions

1 In a saucepan, saute the onion, bell pepper, zucchini, and celery for about 5 minutes.
2 In a slow cooker, combine black bean soup, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, baked beans, tomatoes, corn, onion, bell pepper, zucchini, jalapeno, chilies, and celery.
3 Season with garlic, chili powder, cumin, parsley, oregano, basil (and cilantro if using).
4 Cook for about 6 hours on low.
5 Serve with tortillas, cornbread, rice, or French bread.

*This freezes well!
*Leftovers are good on top of nachos!



I topped this with Mozarella since thats all I had but I would recommend something else instead...not sure what.



This was very yummy this is probably the second time Ive ever had chili. The pictures are from my leftovers I ate this 3 days in a row for lunch since we were only 3 we had a lot of leftovers! My husband and brother in law loved it! We had it for dinner again another night from the leftovers and my husband was like "wow, this is so good you dont even notice theres no meat in it!" to which my brother in law replies,"What , theres no meat in this?...I never noticed!"

I think that it tasted even yummier the next day. I wish I could do this all the time because it is seriously easy and so delicious but I got to say I seldom eat anything from a can for many reasons but I did check all the labels of the products I used to make sure they were as clean as possible and organic. This chili was a perfect reason to excuse myself from my non-canned food eating...it was worth the risk.

I will more than likely cook the beans I can at home next time I make it instead of getting canned.

11.06.2009

Purple Smokey Eye


Hello again, I actually have time to post this week and guess what I made a video...but hmm I dont know about this stuff. The lighting was off, it took me forever to figure out what I was doing and ugh my skin is a hot mess! Haha but I just might do it again...I was nervous even though YES I know no one could really see me as I was making it hehe.

Now ill be the first one to admit, I am no master to this smokey eye technique! I have a long way to go still. I had no idea what look I was making I made it up as I went along. I hope its a help to someone out there!





What I used:
Face-
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish--I primed and moisturized before hand.
MAC Blunt Blush to Contour
MAC Tippy Blush
Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer

Eyes-
MAC Blackground Paintpot
UD Primer Potion
MAC Eyeshadows in the following-
Carbon -Matte Black
Black Tied - Black with silver shimmer
Soba- flesh color with hints of gold
Kid- flesh color
Rose Blanc- Soft translucent cream gold
MUFE 92
UD 24/7 Liner
Clinique High Impact Mascara

Lips-
MAC Little VI Lusterglass -- i love this gloss its almost all gone :-(

Heres my very first video...meh!


11.05.2009

Pasta Roll-ups with Turkey and Spinach








Ingredients

    1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 lb extra-lean ground white turkey breast
    3/4 tsp gound cinnamon
    1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    1 28oz can whole tomatoes in juice --- I used crushed but next time ill probably use spaghetti sauce I have a very picky hubby...he hates tomatoes!
    1 tsp sea salt
    8 sheets dried high protein or whole-wheat lasagna noodles
    1 10oz box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
    1 15oz container low-fat ricotta cheese
    1 egg
    3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese


Directions

This recipe was from Clean Eating Magazine!! =)

1. Cook diced onions on medium heat with 1 tsp olive oil. Add garlic in next. Then put in ground turkey and cook till no sing of pink. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg, then add tomatoes with juice and salt.
Reduce heat to medium low, and let simmer for 20 min. Stir occasionally to break the tomatoes into pieces.

2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to a box directions. Drain, rinse and allow to cool in a colander.

3. Preheat oven to 400 degree. Squeeze all remaining moisture from thawed spinach and place in a alarge bowl. Add ricotta cheese, egg and 1/4 cup of mozzarella chease to bowl. Stir until combined.

4. Spread 1 cup of cooked tomato sauce into bottom of a 9" x 10" casserole dish.
Now laay a cooked lasagna noodle flat in front of you. Use your fingers to spread 1/8 of ricotta mixture across the noodle and roll it up. Place rooled pasta, seam side down, into the casserol dish.
Spread remaining tomato sauce over roll-ups, then top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.

5. Bake, covered with foil for 20 min. Rmove foil and broil for 5 min or untill roll-ups are browned and bubbly.

Number of Servings: 8

254.7 calories per serving and tell you what I can only eat one serving these are very filling!



The Verdict: I loved this, my husband and brother in law scarfed it down. The nutmeg and cinamon give this dish a very yummy in my tummy taste! Will do over and over again. My brother in law said he liked this better than regular lasagna and hey it super easy and healthy!
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