Ocean off Carmel from Point Lobos Creation speaks loudly of God and His characteristics. It is here that I experience Him most deeply. But to those who stand in awe and wonder at the crashing waves or a summer sunset or tremble at the thundering power of a storm, their inmost being declares to them that there is a God. No matter how hard they try to resist. “since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:19&20 NIV What aspect of God’s creation speaks to your heart most? This post was created for the Internet Cafe Devotions’ Word Filled Wednesday. Share: Share what you have enjoyed.
Welcome to the new Tasty Tuesday feature. Each week, we will highlight a family favorite recipe or one from our kitchen that we are trying out. My friend, Karen, will be joining me on this project. If you have a recipe that you would like us to feature, just click the contact tab on the top banner. Hope you enjoy this new addition to the blog.
This tangy sauce delights the taste buds with a delicate flavor of tarragon and tart lemon juice cooked in a real butter base. Hubby’s favorite to top a tender steak. But it always came out runny until I experimented with a couple of changes to the recipe. After not having attempted this for more than 30 years, I now have a sauce to serve Hubby on special occasions.
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 Tbls of lemon juice
- 1/2 Cup of butter
- 1 Tbls of finely chopped onion or dried minced onions
- 2 tsps of dried tarragon leaves (the original recipe called for 1 tsp and I accidentally put in 1 tbls this time. There was a stronger tarragon flavor that everyone liked, but I thought 2 tsps would enhance the sauce with a slightly milder flavor. You experiment and see what you like best.
- 1/2 tsp dried chervil leaves
- 2 Tbls of white wine, if you like, as this compliments the tarragon and lemon juice flavors (just add 1 Tbls at a time so that the sauce does not thin too much)
The secret to this sauce lies in whipping the 3 egg yolks and 3 Tbls of lemon juice with a whisk until they are well blended. No heat is turned on yet.
After whipping the eggs and lemon juice, I rubbed the dried tarragon between my fingers and added it to the mixture (that releases its flavor). I also stirred in 1/2 tsp of dried chervil leaves and 1 Tbls of dried minced onions because I did not have a fresh onion on hand.(Some things can be substituted if they don’t change the consistency.)
The recipe calls for 1/2 Cup of real butter. Half of that is added at a time. However, before adding the 1/4 Cup, cut the butter into chunks. Then stir the mixture constantly over LOW heat until the butter is melted and the yolks are cooked. The sauce will look creamy and slightly thick Then do the the same with the other 1/4 Cup of butter. When the sauce starts to thicken like the photo to the right, STOP. The sauce has reached its thickest and creamiest stage. To continue stirring and cooking only causes the sauce to separate. I learned from experience. At this point, the white wine can be added to the sauce, 1 Tbls at a time so that the sauce does not thin out. Would love to hear if you have different versions of this recipe? Do you have a favorite sauce you like for dipping your steak into? Let me know if you try this recipe and how it turns out for you and your family. “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On Him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” John 6:27 NIV
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“The God of the Universe knows you and STILL loves you.” Our pastor’s words were a soothing balm to my heart and soul this Sunday. Only the Lord knew all the ugly thoughts and feelings that had raged through me on Friday. They were thoughts far from praise for our Lord, far from the joy I had felt the last week, far from the rest and peace that had flowed through me. They were angry thoughts full of self-pity. They boiled within, rising higher as I fanned the flame of “woe is me.” With the rising of the morning sun, life had suddenly turned impossible. Did I get up on the wrong side of the bed? Had the enemy of our souls launched an all-out attack on me? (I didn’t even stop to question.) Were the few hormones I have left out of balance? What was my problem? I wish I could give you a definitive answer, and say, “be on the alert for…”, but I can’t. What I can tell you is that by evening our household was in disruption. I confessed to Hubby that I was having a pity party. And I felt as if the turmoil of the day could have been avoided if I had immediately taken my mounting anger to the Lord instead of running from Him. Hubby, tenderly looked at me and gave a soft laugh, saying, “I’m glad you realized that.” (that I was having a pity party) Hubby’s tenderness and gentleness were reflections of what the Lord was trying to whisper to me. But I was sure I had blown that beautiful relationship.
I could list the problems that triggered this morose and angry attitude but I believe each of us has our own set of triggers that can cause a wildfire to race through us at a moment’s notice. The focus does not need to be on the problems but on how to contain and extinguish the blaze.
- We need to go to the Lord immediately with the thoughts and attitudes that are assailing us. In Isaiah 40:27-29, the Lord calls us, “Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
In James 1:19, we are cautioned, “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”
- When I believe I have run from the Lord, I need to run back to His forgiving arms. To believe He is waiting for me to confess my sin and return to Him who paid the ultimate sacrifice for my sins.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness…. My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 1:8&9 and 2:1&2 NIV
How refreshing is the Father’s love and forgiveness. He restores us so that our hearts can soar again with love and praise for Him. His gladness and joy fill us more than when grain and honey abound.
Dear Lord, I pray that You will draw me near You when I flail against my circumstances, when I rant and rave within my heart, when I want to run from You. Draw me with your loving kindness to speak to the hurt within. To speak the understanding that only You have regarding me. Then forgive me, restore me, and strengthen me with your love to carry on in joy.
For this week, I give great thanks for: 66) the Lord’s forgiveness 67) the fact that He knows me and STILL loves me 68) restored peace in our home 69) hard-working sons who cleaned rooms and washed cars 70) Bearnaise sauce that turned out yummy 71) enjoyable co-workers 72) our pastor who receives what the Lord puts on His heart 73) encouraging friends 74) the Bible Study, “Anointed” by Beth Moore
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|Carmel from Pt. Lobos State Park|
Framed for my memory is this scene among the cypress groves overlooking the Northern Coast of California. Colors of aqua, blue, and white were churned by the day’s blustery winds, but the only thing my heart grabs is the beauty of the Creator’s hand. His creation touches my inmost being, which echoes with love and praise as the waves crash against the rocks. Here I find His strength, peace, and magnificence.
“The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land. “Come let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;” Psalm 95:5&6 NIV What causes your heart to shout aloud to the Rock of your salvation? Is there a place where the whispers of the Lord are louder for you than any other place on earth?
This post was created for the Photo Prompt from Claire at High Calling Blogs.
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|Hubby and Our Two Sons|
For Father’s Day, I made my husband’s favorite Bearnaise Sauce to top the steaks barbecued by our oldest. It had been years since I attempted to make this sauce. Every attempt in the past 34 years failed in my estimation. But as far as Hubby was concerned, the homemade sauce tasted wonderful. To him, the taste was all that mattered. To me, making it to perfection, producing a thick creamy sauce like the one served in the restaurants was my goal. I faced this dinner with mixed emotions, knowing I could fail again and produce a runny sauce or one where the butter separates out to the top. I cracked the eggs and carefully extracted just the yolks. Mixed them briskly with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Then over a low heat, I slowly stirred in the butter, added the tarragon and minced onions–so far, so good. As I stirred in more butter per the recipe, I waited to see the mixture thicken before my eyes. It was happening and I was rejoicing. Then I glanced at the recipe noticing something about cooking and stirring until sauce was creamy thick. So I continued cooking the mixture. After all, if a little heat and stirring was good–more would be even better. In a matter of seconds, the butter separated, the mixture melted into a runny mess. I just stared at the concoction, willing it to thicken. When nothing happened, I threw the whole thing down the drain. Although, the steaks were done and everyone was hungry, I tried one more time. Combining two recipes, I added more egg yolks, as much lemon juice as I had left, tarragon, chopped up the butter first, and avoided the tarragon wine vinegar. I stirred vigorously, then slowly. Carefully, I watched the sauce thicken. Then I stopped. I didn’t try to make it perfect. But it turned out thick and delicious. I realized that this is the way I do most things in life. I continue to pursue perfection until I ruin what was a perfect project. In the Lord, there has to be a balance between persevering and pursuing perfection–especially a perfection that glorifies us instead of Him. Jesus called us to be Perfect as His Heavenly Father is Perfect. But that perfection stems from a relationship with the Lord and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. It is not a perfection achieved by our own working.
In Psalm 119:96&97, it says: “To all perfection I see a limit; but your commands are boundless. Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” NIV
The answer is not in our human perfection, but in the perfection that is created through time spent with the Lord and His Word.
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A believer in Christ, my heart is given to Him and shared with my husband, our two adult sons, family, and friends. I’m a people person with a passion to encourage and inspire Christian women and others. I write from my heart, sharing my experiences, goals, and vision for living a life centered in God.
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