What if we had to EARN God’s Grace?

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus Romans 3:24

What if we had to earn God’s grace?
And He handed it to us in a measuring cup?
And we were only able to use how much we had saved up?

Suppose…. He put a limit
on the number of times we could be forgiven?

Instead of seventy times SEVEN,
He told us no more than ELEVEN!

And the only way to get to Heaven was to not sin at all….
like in Old Testament days when they only lived under the Law?

What if we had to DESERVE God’s love?
And we only received as much as we gave to our sisters and brothers?
And it was based on our works and how we treated others??

Can you imagine if we had to work for the Holy Spirit?

To seal, to heal, to strenghten and comfort us
To guide us
To abide in us
To renew us
To produce in us:

Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, and Patience
Goodness, Gentleness, Self-control, and Faithfulness

If grace was based on our worth, we would never make it into the narrow gates
But aren’t you glad that God sent Jesus as our way of escape??

Escape from the enemy, escape from our own flesh
Escape from sin, escape from DEATH!

Don’t you find peace in knowing that Jesus came to bear all sin?
Bled and died on the cross and rose again!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten
So that our sins are not only forgiven they would be FORGOTTEN

Forgiveness is given to us freely each time that we ask
Our iniquities are no more, gone with the PAST!

God does not love us because we deserve it
It is not measured according to our performance or acts of kind service,

God’s unearned love is Bountiful, Eternal, Perfect, UNCHANGING
It is Sacrificial, Fulfilling, Purifying, AMAZING!

The Holy Spirit was sent to Intercede
For all those who believe,

To guide us,
To abide within us

To help, to teach,
To transform, to speak

To fill us, to reveal to us,
To use us, to produce in us:

Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, and Patience
Goodness, Gentleness, Self-control and Faithfulness

His Grace is limitless, over-flowing, forever FREE
Undeserved, yet over SERVED
Reserved for YOU and ME 🙂

Love, Mizz K ♥

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Curry chicken & potatoes over white Jazmine rice

Let me just say that I am NOTHING close to a chef lol…. There are some things that I just cannot cook no matter how hard I try. Can’t master everything, right? But, there are some dishes that I make very well & have had people tell me it was the best they ever had. One of the dishes that I make very well is curry chicken. There are so many different ways to make it but I found a way that is SUPER EASY & tastes just as good as the Jamaican spots I hit just for curry. So I decided to share the recipe. Here is what I use:

– Chicken parts (I love wings but u can cut up some breasts or thighs if u prefer)
-4 cloves of garlic
-1/2 onion
-4 tablespoons of Curry powder (whichever brand u prefer to use)
-1/2 red pepper
-1/2 green pepper
-fresh thyme
-4 white potatoes, peeled & cut up into pieces

First, I washed my chicken thoroughly; some people peel off the skin but I prefer not to. Once it’s clean, I sit my chicken to the side in a bowl; I should add that glass is better to use because the curry powder will stain a plastic bowl. If u like, add a little salt to the chicken; I add salt & seasoning salt (I put that on everything lol). Next, I chop up my onions, peppers, & garlic; I break up the thyme & I dump it all into the bowl with my chicken. I take 2 tablespoons of the curry powder & add it to my chicken as well. It is best to mix everything with your hands to ensure that u get all those ingredients mixed in well. Plastic gloves are ideal because the curry powder will certainly stain your finger nails. Once I mix all my ingredients into the chicken, I let it sit & marinate so the chicken can absorb the seasonings; I let it marinate over night but if you are cooking the same day let it sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
After it has been marinating over night, I’m ready to cook. I put my pan on the stove over med-high heat. I slice up a few more onions while Im waiting on the pan to heat up. Once my pan is hot, I add a little vegetable oil & the onions I have just sliced. I let them brown & then I add 2 more tablespoons of the curry powder. I stir the powder into the pot with the onions letting them both cook just for a few minutes before I add my chicken. Once I add my chicken, I let the chicken brown a little on both sides & finally I add about 2 cups of boiling water (just enough to cover the chicken) & I also add the potatoes. Once it’s all boiling, I reduce the heat, cover my pot, & let it all simmer until the potatoes are tender. This usually takes about 30 minutes. While that is simmering I sauté my cabbage & make a pan of jasmine rice. Tonight I made a pan of cornbread as well. Cornbread is my signature side; I make it with ALMOST everything!

Anyway, that is how I make my curry chicken & potatoes 😉

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God Knows BEST

A few days ago I heard a radio message about trusting God and not getting discouraged when our prayers are not answered right away; and believing He knows what He’s doing when our prayers are not answered at all. This message really stuck to me because it made me think about the many times I’ve prayed for something and didn’t get what I was asking for. I can even remember thinking, Somebody told me that God will give me the desires of my heart so why is He not doing so? (Key phrase: somebody told me) When I actually read Psalms 37:4 for myself, it says, “Delight yourself in the Lord AND He will give u the desires of your heart”. Hmmm, I thought. DELIGHT myself in the Lord. Well what does it mean to delight myself in the Lord? To delight myself in Him is to find happiness in Him…. To find JOY in Him…. Gladness. So I must first get to know Him…. attach myself to Him and Trust Him. I can’t delight myself in what I cannot trust.

So what makes me trust Him? When I look back and think about all the things He saved me from, I realize He’s always had my best interest at heart. He has been looking out for me my entire life by NOT answering every single prayer.  Had he answered my prayer to let me get that job I wanted so badly, I would not have ended up in the position I’m in now which I LOVE! I would not have met my dear coworker/friend who has been instrumental in my spiritual growth. Her knowledge of the Word and thirst for God began impacting my life from our very first conversation. Think about something you prayed so hard about in your past that you can now look back on and say, “Thank You Lord for not giving me what I asked for!”  Had He answered your prayer for that woman or man to be the ONE, you would be miserable now that you think about it. If He had answered your prayer about getting you out of that storm that you felt was killing you slowly, you would not have built up the strength that you have today from GOING THROUGH IT! If you can look back on your life and say, ” If it had not been for [this] I would not be as STRONG as I am today; I would not have as much FAITH as I have in Him today; I would not be as CLOSE to Him as I am today”–   you, my friend, should be able to trust that God was looking out for you back then and He has not stop looking out for you now.

Trust in Him and know that He often has something much Greater in store for us than what we are asking for. I think about a friend of mine. She was a single mother with one child at the time, but took on two of her family members because their mother could not take care of them. She lived in a small apartment and had been trying to move to a bigger place. But every place she applied to denied her application. She did not understand why she kept getting denied because she had good rental history, good credit, and decent income. I remember her being so discouraged. I didn’t understand it either. Why won’t anybody except her application, I thought. Turns out, it was all apart of God’s plan. After being denied by numerous apartments, and just as she was giving up, she was approved to move into a 3 bedroom house! She could rent to OWN this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, finished basement, big backyard HOUSE. And the payments were much lower than what she would have been paying if she had rented an apartment. I was so happy for her. I remember saying to her, “Wow, so this is why you were denied everywhere you applied. Thank God for not answering your prayer!” Imagine if He had answered her prayer right away and  given her an apartment. She would not be living in her own home right now with more than enough space for her now family of 6. God had a much bigger plan for her than a 2 bedroom apartment.

We may be praying about something that we want so badly but God seems like He’s not hearing us. Or, we may be holding onto something that is not for us, not realizing that God has something, bigger, better, and greater than what we can ever imagine.

 I believe that once we are truly delighted in Him our desires will begin to change anyway, and become His Will. One sure way to know that your prayers will ALWAYS be answered each and every time? Pray for God’s Will in your life. That is one prayer that will ALWAYS be answered.

Love, Mizz K ♥

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