Every morning I read devotions to remind myself to start my day centered. Others meditate. Today at yoga class we lifted up the tragedies of lives lost this past week between the diving boat fire and Hurricane Dorian to the powers of the universe. We ALL go through tough periods in our lives, myself included. This Peace is what has always gotten me through these times. I liked this from ‘The Mustard Seed’ daily devotion today:
Filled to the Brim-
The glass sits on the table filled to the halfway mark. Is it half full? Or is it half empty? Some people give one answer, and others say the opposite. The goal is to be the positive person who looks at the glass and says, “Half full.” The reality is that the glass is completely full! Part of it is filled with liquid; part of it is filled with air.
Sometimes it is easy to focus on the emptiness in our lives. We want to be full of joy, full of peace, full of hope. But often that seems impossible because too many people and situations drain our joy, peace, and hope.
These are the times we must remember that God’s Holy Spirit is always in us like the air we cannot see in the glass. He desires to fill us with good things and to assure us that God is at work in our lives. He enables us to focus on our loving God who cares for us. Then we can know true joy and the peace that surpasses all understanding. They are ours through faith in Jesus Christ.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
I got back from vacation with a garden full of ripe tomatoes! My favorite thing to do with an abundance of tomatoes is simple Italian cooking: core them, rub them with olive or avocado oil, and add some fresh crushed garlic in the cored hole. Place the tomatoes on a hot grill, cover it, and by the time your pasta is cooked the skins of the tomatoes have split, tomatoes are soft and dinner is ready! Could not be easier or more flavorful. Healthy eating is using what nature gives you in season and using the whole food without processing it.
After the skins have split, roughly cut the tomatoes up in a bowl with two knives and serve topped with some slivered fresh basil over your noodles. I used edamame noodles (naturally high in protein and gluten free) as well as zucchini spiraled noodles (also in abundance from the garden!). Both took less than 5 minutes to cook.
I love making dinner with what I grow in my garden! I hope you will try it too. Buon Appetito!
Hint: If you have an important buisness meeting the next day you may not want to use a clove of garlic per tomato!
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