Saturday, March 29, 2008

Making plans

James 4: 13-17

13 Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money."

14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."

16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.

17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

Well, it's for sure we don't know what is going to happen tomorrow! Most of the time, even when I try to plan things, it doesn't work out the way I planned it. :)

At first glance these verses read like we shouldn't plan for tomorrow, but not planning wouldn't be a good thing either. It's not the planning that gets us into trouble, but planning without thinking to ask God what we should do. I'm guilty of this in small and big ways. We should place our future in the hands of God in humble reliance on Him because it is from God we receive everything.

This morning I am praising God and thanking Him for my life. I'm thanking Him that even when I make plans without asking Him, He still loves me and corrects me, setting me back on the right path. I'm thanking Him also for forgiving me when I don't do the things I know I should do and then do the things I shouldn't.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Shrimp Fried Rice

Fried rice is an extremely versatile dish that can be made with all kinds of meat, seafood, and vegetables. In this and other fried-rice recipes, the cooked rice must be chilled to prevent its grains from sticking.

To chill, spread the cooked rice on a jelly-roll pan; cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight

2 tablespoons fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons rice wine or sake
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups chopped green onions
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
5 cups cooked Long-Grain Rice, chilled
1 pound medium shrimp, cooked, peeled, and coarsely chopped
1 (10-ounce) package frozen green peas, thawed

Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl; set aside.
Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggs; stir-fry 30 seconds or until soft-scrambled. Add onions and ginger; stir-fry 1 minute. Add rice, shrimp, and peas; stir-fry 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Add broth mixture; toss gently to coat.

6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 380(19% from fat); FAT 7.9g (sat 1.7g,mono 2.5g,poly 3.1g); PROTEIN 20.8g; CHOLESTEROL 184mg; CALCIUM 83mg; SODIUM 527mg; FIBER 1.7g; IRON 4.8mg; CARBOHYDRATE 53.3g

Nina Simonds , Cooking Light, JANUARY 2001


Annette said...

Hello Phyllis.....excellent words to read this morning, one of the priest at a parish in a town I once lived in said something and your blog brought it back to my mind, he said...."All of you make plans to do this, or that, go here or there, but do you ever make plans to read the word of God, or to go visit him just 1 on 1" isnt it sweet when God reminds us of thing's like this, to me it's his way of saying"Annette, I'd like more time with you" so I better make some plans......Hug's Annette

Just Joni said...

A gentle reminder that we can start feeling a little big in our boots while we are steering the horse, but a glance around will make us realize we are in the lap of the Lord and it is His Will that will be done.

That analogy was fun!

Tomorrow is never for certain, but I trust with all my heart that God will be a part of my plans. I've come to rely on His guidance so much, anything else would be like walking on thin ice, but I do believe we are called to be proactive in the decisions/plans we make and that those events glorify God when they reflect His grace and mercy.
Thank you for putting these thoughts in my head this morning ~

That recipe looks yummy Phyllis, I think I'm going to have to give that a try.

Have a good weekend ~

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