Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk: Celebrating Jesus All Year Long

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2: 8-14

 

I think that it’s important to remember the birth of our Savior on only on December 25, but all year round. I totally understand that life gets busy. Here on the farm, we have planting, haying, and harvest seasons, but in life Jesus needs to be the season year round. Without his birth, we would have no death, no eternal life, no hope.

 

Just as much as his death was a miracle, his birth was even more so. I always like to imagine what Mary, was going through. She was a virgin and engaged to man. Can you imagine telling your fiancee you were pregnant, but not with his baby, a HOLY baby. I am pretty sure, most guys today would have left or else thought you were losing your mind. Imagine Joseph’s shock. He could have easily left Mary. Those days, pregnancy outside of marriage was a death sentence. The Bible doesn’t talk much about what Mary’s parents thought, but I could imagine me telling my parents, and it probably won’t have gone over so well.

 

Mary, when you think about it had to go through a lot. Why her? Was she special? Mary, I picture was your average girl. God doesn’t pick the perfect person. He picks average to move mountains. Think about it. Even Jesus was born in a manger. It was probably dirty and wasn’t sanitary compared to today’s hospitals. It was meek, lowly, humble. Jesus also died a very “average” death on the cross. At the time, cruxifixction was a common death, but Jesus’s birth, life, and death were far from uncommon or average.

 

That is why, everyday we should be thankful for his birth and praise his for even coming into this world to save us. Glory to God in the highest.

Recipes

Mexican Chicken Bowl for Two

It’s hard to believe it’s Memorial Day weekend already. Summer is officially here and we officially got done planting this week! What a relief! With that being said, I have been trying to think up and cook different recipes for my farmer while he has a break before haying starts. If you know me at all, I like to incorporate healthy options into a more traditional recipes. Or if you will, make unhealthy, healthy! 🙂

Today for lunch, we had a Mexican Chicken Bowl or plate! It was so good and packed with flavor! Even Taylor, who likes SIMPLE though it was “so good”! And that made me, SO HAPPY! He is a picky eater, so I am thankful when he comments like that. Seriously, are all farmer meat and potatoes men?!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 tsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Garlic Seasoned (if you don’t have this, just add in a couple cloves of garlic to your EVOO) or you can find here.
  • 1 Red pepper, chopped into long, thin strips
  • 1/3 Red Onion, chopped into long, thin strips
  • 2 Natural Chicken Breasts, I prefer the Costco brand, thawed and seasoned with salt, pepper and the EVOO with garlic
  • 1 or 2 small containers of Wholly Guacamole (comes in a pack of 6) or can make your own guac
  • 1/4 cup Monterey Jack shredded cheese, halved
  • 4 Tbsp of Deception Salsa, 2 for each – BEST salsa EVER!! 🙂
  • 1 cup Long Grain Brown Organic Rice (I use the Lundberg Rice), cooked
  • Fresh, chopped cilantro (optional)
  • Lime (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In glass baking dish, prepare chicken with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Put in oven. In fry pan, place peppers and onions along with a little pepper and salt and tsps of oil. Fry until peppers are soft and onion is translucent. Once chicken is done, about 25 minutes, let rest for two minutes and cut into strips.

On plate or bowl, layer rice, chicken strips, peppers and onions, cheese, guac, salas, and top with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy!

Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk: Hands & Feet of Jesus

In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about we as believers are the body of Christ. After Jesus left us his Holy Spirit, it is up to us to spread His love and light to others. I truly believe that as believers, we are to be the hand and feet of Jesus on Earth. How we represent that, is up to us and part of our God-given talents.

 

Romans 12:6-8 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

 

Each of us were BORN with a PURPOSE and God hand picked your talent. We all have them, even if you haven’t found your yet! We are to use these gifts to further the kingdom of God, and how we use them, if up to us.

 

I know for me, I believe in showing others love through serving and encouraging,  being able to use social media as a platform to talk about my faith. I believe that God made us all to be servants and have servant like faith. Some of us might have different talents, but we all need to come together as ONE body in Christ. Some might be the fingers, some might be the eyes, and others the baby toes! No matter where you are, WE are the body of Christ! It’s up to us to share love and kindess, uplift and enourage, strengthen and empower; not only other believers, but to reach out of our comfort zones and share the love that Jesus left with us, with others.

 

I hope you have a blessed week!