Saturday, December 17, 2016
Saturday, December 3, 2016
You need: an onion, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 3/4 tsp chilli flakes, a tin of toms, 3 cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp sugar and a good lug of olive oil And 6 medium sized tomatoes
You need to roast the tomatoes - halve the tomatoes and coat the bottom of a roasting tin (just big enough to fit all the halves in, cut side down) in olive oil
Mix in the finely chopped garlic, salt, pepper and sugar
Line up the tomatoes, cut sides down, and roast them for 20 mins at 190 until the skins come away
Meanwhile, finely slice the onion, heat 3-4 tbsp oil in a large saucepan and cook the onions over a medium heat
Add the chilli flakes and cumin and cook until softened
Add the tin of tomatoes and 600ml of water
Bring to a simmer and bubble for 10 minutes
In the meantime, peel the skins off the roasted tomatoes, discard the skins and pour the tomatoes, oil and garlic into the saucepan
Cook for another 15 mins and then blend until smooth
Check the seasoning and serve!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
I’ve talked to many people who’ve blown it by having an extra-marital affair.
They come from all walks of life.
However, I’ve never heard ANY of these people say that they “set out” to have an affair, hurt their family, end up in divorce court, or intentionally break the hearts of those that they love.
Most people don’t mean to blow it by having an affair.
But, they don’t just randomly happen. Typically, a series of choices over time will lead to an affair. Most people don’t run into extra-marital affairs.
Rather, they slowly drift into an affair by making one bad decision after another.
And, affairs can be avoided–by making CAREFUL choices and taking WISEsteps toward fidelity and faithfulness in marriage.
By putting some wise guidelines into place, couples can enjoy incredible protection in their relationships.
You and I can avoid the heartache and pain of an extra-marital affair.
We can grow old with our spouses enjoying life-long trust and faithfulness.
Here are 10 Ways to Completely Avoid an Affair:
Guideline One – Don’t ever have a MEAL or go to event/outing alone with a person of the opposite sex — unless you are blood relatives.
There is no reason you need to be alone with a person (who is not your spouse) of the opposite sex for a meal.
If it’s a work thing, try to involve an additional friend. Somehow, adding one person can offer protection for our marriages.
Guideline Two – Don’t ride alone in a CAR with a person of the opposite sex — unless you are blood relatives.
If it is possible, invite a third person to ride in the car with you. Even a young child can provide some protection and accountability.
If you find yourself in a tough spot at work, try to discuss the situation with your boss or co-worker in a gracious and honest manner.
Speak the truth in love, but speak the truth as needed.
Your goal is a happy marriage!
Guideline Three – Don’t read many sappy NOVELS or watch many sappy love movies.
By reading and watching too much romantic fiction, you will start to believe the grass is much greener somewhere else. You will begin to become discontent with the marriage relationship that you do have.
You’ll start to covet and want what you do not have.
Often, romantic movies and books can become for women what pornography can become for many men.
Women will imagine and dream of some perfect relationship that they do not have. Be careful with these. Read and watch them in limited amounts.
Guideline Four – Don’t even FLIRT a little!
Just intentionally treat other men or women with respect and distance. Even casual flirting can lead to trouble.
Try to be professional, business-like, and kindly distant with any man or woman who is not your spouse.
Too many affairs happen between good friends and great family friends. Affairs can even happen in within families.
Lines get blurred. People get too comfortable. Big mistakes happen.
Be careful with how you act and react with ANYONE of the opposite sex.
Guideline Five – Don’t have LONG TALKS over the phone or online with anyone of the opposite sex who is not a blood relative.
One of my counselor friends tells me that one of the main reasons for divorce today is people hooking up through social media or with someone who they meet on the Internet. Watch out online!
Also, be careful with counseling and one-on-one prayer situations. It is best for men to meet with men and women to meet with women if possible.
Pastors and ministerial staff need to be especially cautious when counseling and meeting with church members one-on-one. Keep the doors open. Invite a third person into the session.
Take every precaution to protect your marriage – especially if you are in the ministry!
Guideline Six – If you are tempted to have an affair, talk to a TRUSTED BROTHER/SISTER of the same gender!
Ask this trusted friend to pray for you. Give them the freedom to hold you accountable.
There is something about “admitting”you are tempted that could protect you and prevent you from blowing it.
Guideline Seven – Be HONEST WITH THE LORDabout any temptations you may be having.
Pray over these things and give them to the Lord. God already knows what you are struggling with; so talk over these temptations and issues with Him.
Guideline Eight – DATE your own spouse!
Enjoy as much time as you can with your mate. Maybe you are being tempted because you aren’t spending enough quality time together.
Guideline Nine – Initiate SEXwith your own mate.
If you need love and affection, seek out your own spouse. They will likely love this attention from you.
It’s possible that you are being tempted because you are not enjoying the relationship God has given you.
Guideline Ten – Fall IN LOVEwith Jesus as never before.
Press in close to the Lord and spend time with Him.
Open your Bible more.
Turn on Christian music.
Read more inspirational books.
Allow God to fill your empty places.
The truth is….
Anyone on any day at any time can blow it!
~ None of us are exempt from temptation!
~ Don’t flirt with sin.
~ Don’t play with fire!
James 1:13-16 in The Message says:
And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.
Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.
These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters.
A closing illustration:
We have many curvy, narrow, winding roads in our city.
Anytime you take the “back way” to our church, you have to hug the middle of the road, or you could easily clip the edge of the road.
More than once, we’ve caught the edge of one of these roads and run off a bit.
One night, we even busted a tired wide open by clipping the edge of one of these narrow roads
Our goal in driving is to try to stay as far away from the road’s edge as possible.
We hug those yellow dividing lines when we drive on those curvy back roads.
So also in our marriages, we need to stay as far away from “potential”affairs as possible.
We need to hug these ten guidelines!
To completely avoid an affair – we stay away from every possible temptation. We put some wise guidelines into place. Then, we press in close to Jesus and stay there! And, we really seek to enjoy the marriage that God has given us.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
"If you're reading this, if there's air in your lungs on this November day, then there is still hope for you. Your story is still going. And maybe some things are true for all of us. Perhaps we all relate to pain. Perhaps we all relate to fear and loss and questions. And perhaps we all deserve to be honest, all deserve whatever help we need. Our stories are all so many things: Heavy and light. Beautiful and difficult. Hopeful and uncertain. But our stories aren't finished yet. There is still time to be surprised. We are still going, you and I. We are stories still going." - Jamie Tworkowski
This text gives me hope. I have such a hard time existing but it will be ok. Again.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
i read this quote recently and it has radically changed my daily life.
how much time and energy have i wasted on insignificant moments that have no value? this one life i have is far too precious and fleeting to let circumstances dictate my mood and emotions.
instead- i make a conscious choice to look at a situation for what it is. most of the time, it's so minute in the grand scheme of all things. these days, people get offended about eeeeeeeverthing. let's channel that energy into something meaningful.
Monday, October 31, 2016
20 WAYS TO PRAY FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Also being the honest person that I am, I had to leave ya’ll with this bit of advice that you probably wont see on any other source. Probably because some people are embarassed that their drinking has gotten them to this point or maybe because they might seem as though they might come off as a slight alcoholic, but O’ well. On nights when I’ve felt that I’ve probably have had one two many drinks and when I arrive in the comfort of my own home, I kindly take myself to the bathroom and force myself to vomit. I do this only to get the alcohol out of my system before going to bed. I then let my stomach settle while I take a hot shower. I then drink gatorade and eat a small snack with some sort of protein and bread. I know it sounds crazy and you guys probably think I’m a borderline alcoholic, but trust me it really works.
What are some of your favorite hangover remedies?
Additional post 😂 about last night! Happiest Birthday Mamang.