Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Power of Faith

"We experience a change personally only when we exercise our faith in the truth of God's Word; knowledge of the Word by itself is not enough."

An excerpt from my current project: James MacDonald's I really want to change...so help me God. Good news, I only have one more chapter and I'm done with the book. Make that 2 for the summer now! That is change...no more half-read books. I'm going to finish them all!

So the topic today was about faith. I've been talking recently about finding the power to change and how we have to realize that we are dead to sin and alive in Christ and what that means. And now I am learning that through faith I have that power to be alive in Christ. Sin doesn't control me because I have faith in Christ. And "without faith it is impossible to please Him." Hebrews 11:6. So how do I exercise my faith? James MacDonald teaches faith is believing the word of God, acting upon it, no matter how we feel, because God promises a good result. So I can "practice" my faith when God's word commands an action and trusting that God will provide no matter how scary or difficult the task (like turning away from food).

Speaking of "scary and difficult tasks" this morning's run was brutal. I was sore from yesterday, and my body really needs a day of rest- however, Tuesday and Thursday mornings I run with a group from the Y and I hate to miss it. Inwardly I groaned when John mentioned we were running 4 miles this morning...it was hot and muggy and the course (I swear) was all uphill. But I did it and it felt good.

You know what would have been perfect after that run? Vegan Overnight Oats. Unfortunately we ran out of milk (almond milk) last night and I was too tired after the Bachelorette finale to go out and get any. So I settled for a regular bowl of oatmeal. I added fresh, local peaches and a shot of coconut milk creamer to make homemade "peaches and cream" oats. Yummy.

I finally got to work at 11am! Wow, how mornings fly by! I didn't work long; on my "lunch hour" I made homemade hummus. I soaked the chickpeas overnight and set them to cook after making breakfast. So when I came back downstairs they were all ready to go. I made three different kinds and made quite a mess. These recipes are inspired by the different hummus recipes in my new issue of Vegetarian Times.

Classic Hummus
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup reserved chickpea cooking water
2 garlic cloves
1/2 lemon
3 tbsp tahini

Grind garlic in a food processor. Add chickpeas and water and lemon juice from 1/2 lemon and combine. Add tahini and continue processing until smooth. Garnish with a drop of olive oil and chickpeas.

Jalopeno-Cilantro-Lime Hummus

Use above ingredients but use only one clove garlic and substitute lime juice for lemon juice. After you have processed the garlic, chickpeas, water and tahini add 1 cup finely chopped cilantro, 3 minced jalopenos and juice from one lime. Process until smooth. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Chili Hummus
Make hummus following the Classic Hummus recipe. Whisk together 2 tbsp chili powder and 2 tbsp cumin with 2 tbsp olive oil in a separate bowl. Add mixture to hummus and process until well mixed. Garnish with a sprinkle of chili powder.

To make chickpeas, rinse beans under water and soak overnight in a pot. In the morning, rinse the chickpeas again and replace in the pot with fresh water covering. Bring water to a boil and lower heat and simmer 90 minutes. (After boiling a foam will form on top of the beans- Alicia Silverstone recommends skimming the foam out of the pan to create less-gassy beans!) After 90 minutes beans are ready to use. And no need to let cool. This month's issue of Vegetarian Times recommends using warm beans to make hummus.

Well this took all of my lunch hour, so I counted my "taste-tests" as lunch and got back to work. It wasn't a very productive day for me and I called it quits at 4pm when Mr. Kummerow got home.

These are frozen grapes we decided try. I thought they would be too cold to eat for my sensitive teeth, but I have really enjoyed snacking on them this week. I have heard about freezing grapes often and this is the first time I've done it. I would highly recommend this for a healthy snack!

I haven't yet mentioned my magic flowers either! Mr. K brought me home these flowers over two weeks ago! This is a photo from just two days ago! These were given to me days before I left for Missouri. I left in such a hurry I didn't bother to get rid of them. When I returned, I was certain they would be heaped over, dead and probably smelly. To my surprise they were as fresh looking as the day I got them. Remember the flowers I got at the farmer's market on Sunday. Those are already beginning to wilt...but these...still going strong! Unbelievable!

Dinner recipe and photos coming soon!

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