With the New Year and all its resolutions and commitments, we’ve come to a new understanding and commitment to the importance of and frequency of OUR BLOG POSTS!
As with most things like this I see it as a daunting task that holds me to some made-up pressure of “perfection” and “creativity” that then is immediately squelched because whatever information I “un-creatively” wrote about doesn’t seem important enough to be an “official” update that would be of any interest to ANYONE.
But, what I’ve come to realize is that this blog is for our friends and family to read about what our life looks like as state-side missionaries to New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, MI. This by itself isn’t glamorous. Honestly a lot of the time it’s not even super “spiritual.” And most of all, it’s just our LIFE. It is our life that we are living out to the best of our ability, day-by-day, in the light of what we know of and continue to grow in knowledge of who God is and who we are in Him.
I’ve come to realize with excitement that anything that we encounter each day is because of Him and his graciousness to me and to our family. What we eat, who we meat (I mean, meet), the conversations we get to have, the opportunity to relax as a family, the cozy house we live in, the creative life-hacks or “scheduling” suggestions I’ve researched to help me (try to) keep my house organized and clean—all of these things are because God is sovereign and gracious, and has provided me with a brain to think and be creative so that I can glorify Him in everything I do, say, and think. (Colossians 3:17,23 “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father…Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”) – This is actually really hard to do, to know this and to try and live in the light of the truth that these verses speak. I am human, and my human flesh is trying so hard every day to work contrary to what the Spirit in me requires and desires. I’m hoping as you read this that you feel like this from time to time…I mean, I hope that you are able to live perfectly every day and never struggle with any of these things. But I think we all know better.:)
So in our blog, I would like to update you on all of our failures and triumphs of our every day. I would like to share recipes that I’ve found to be very helpful and 99% successful for a younger lady and wife with a busy schedule. I would like to share cleaning tips and tricks that I come to learn over time that you will hopefully find helpful also.
We will also share what we’ve read in the Word and how it really met us where we were that day and how the Lord truly spoke to our hearts and used it in our ministry and in our daily lives with our students and friends.
In any case, the honest truth is that we are learning to be state-side missionaries. And what we’ve found so far is that it looks an awful lot like daily life anywhere. With the exception of living on financial support, and probably have more of a sense of fulfillment than we could possibly have imagined before stepping into this role and responsibility.
So, ahead of time, thank you for your support and encouragement. Thank you for your patience as we try to be better stewards of our time and better at giving informative (or un-informative?) updates on a more frequent basis. Also, thank you for letting us be honest in these updates. I plan on being pretty raw at times (when necessary), vulnerable at others, honest, encouraging, discouraging (hopefully with the intent of being encouraging), and overall just HERE.:) *Grammatical errors and improper uses of vocabulery (did you catch that spelling error?) are expected.*
And now I would like to share a recipe that I have used twice so far with 100% success! This is a crock pot recipe which I am forever searching for because of the convenience and ease of them!
Crock Pot Shredded Chicken
1 Cup Chicken Broth or Stock (I like to use whatever Organic brand the grocery store carries because there aren’t any fillers or preservatives like sugar or chicken flavor or monosodium glutamate (MSG))
3 Tablespoons taco seasoning of choice (I’ll put the ingredients to the taco seasoning I make ahead of time and keep for just such occasions as this.)
3 or 4 (depending on size) Chicken Breasts
Put broth and seasoning in crock pot and stir together. Add chicken, don’t let there be too much overlap. Set Crock Pot on LOW and set timer for 6 HOURS. Then leave it alone. If you’re home and can, I turn the chicken over a couple times during the 6 hours. But it’s not a big deal if that’s not possible!
After the 6 hours is up, you’ll be so thrilled that the chicken just FALLS APART and practically shreds itself. Shred the chicken in the crock pot and mix it up with the broth/spice mixture. Then use this chicken for tacos or enchiladas (or both!) or whatever.
The fun comes when you decide you want to season the chicken with something other than taco seasoning to make a different dish. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS…think about it.:)
Homemade Taco Seasoning (I promise if you cook at all, you probably have all of these things in your cupboard right now.)
3.5 TBL Chili Powder
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
¾ to 1 whole Tsp Onion Powder
1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp Oregano Flakes
1.5 Tsp Paprika
4.5 Tsp Cumin Powder
1.5 Tsp Sea Salt
1.5 Tsp Black Pepper
Stir, stir, stir. Keep in a jar or container for any and all of your taco needs. Easy peasy!