Friday, January 26, 2018

Heading into the weekend Father, give me a purpose for my time. Let me use the time and gifts You've given me for the greater good of society, and Your greater glory.
Thank You for Your love, for Jesus, and for Your mercy. Grant me the grace to share all three of these with those whom You place in my path to-day.
All glory and honor and praise to You, eternal Father, heavenly King!!

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Heavenly Father, thank you
for the precious gift of life.

Help us to cherish and protect
this gift, even in the midst of fear,
pain, and suffering.

Give us love for all people,
especially the most vulnerable,
and help us bear witness to the
truth that every life is worth living.
Grant us the humility to accept
help when we are in need,
and teach us to be merciful to all.

Through our words and actions,
may others encounter the
outstretched hands
of Your mercy.

We ask this through
Christ, our Lord.


Every Life is Worth Living, © 2015, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.
All glory, honor, and praise to You Heavenly Father, Almighty God!
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
For You are Creator God - we praise You!
For You are Savior God - we adore You!
For You are Provider God - we bless You!
You alone are the Holy One; You alone are the LORD!
You alone are the Most High!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday night

Took a nice little nap this afternoon while more snow melted (thank you, Jesus!); it's not supposed to get below freezing for another 72 hour and I will not complain.
The thin sliver of moon was coasting toward the western horizon just a few minutes ago as the contrails in the sky disappeared; tonight I am thankful for a nice fire and the Dearborn hot dogs warming on our stovetop.

Sometimes the morning came too soon

Hands in the air on a Saturday morning...

With Wisdom, Power, and Love

I remember driving home from work on a weekday in the summer, westbound on I-696 in the early 90's and 103.5 the local protesting radio station playing Rich Mullins' Our God is an Awesome God and I was overwhelmed with the reality of that statement - through the lyrics and harmonies and chord progressions from Rich into my 5 speed white Pontiac Sunbird with the blue interior and the headlights that flipped up, and the am-fm-auto reverse cassette player.
Every time I hear that song I throw my hands in the air.

God be praised!


To-day we pray for those who have experienced abortion - for the mothers who have chosen this or are contemplating this as an option, for the fathers who have chosen this or coerced a mother into this, and for the children who have undergone this death. Forgive us LORD, heal us, change our hearts so that this murder is no longer even considered.

Be with all who are hurting as a result of choices made which hurt others. Be with all who are considering choices which will hurt others or themselves. Comfort where there is sorrow and pain, renew where there is no hope. 

May the light of Christ be so bright that all of us who ever experience despair be directed into new hope, new life, and new grace from You, Holy Father and Creator of all that is good.

Praise be Your Name, God Almighty!
Praise to Jesus Christ, Your Son!
Praise to Your good Spirit, our Paraclete!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Recipe #98 - Hard Cider Braised Chicken

I had these hard cider bottles left over from a football party a while back, and I wanted to get rid of them. You can use one bottle along with a cup and a half of chicken stock to tone down the apple sweetness if you like.

Pinch of salt
grind or two of black pepper
pinch of pepperoncini
pinch of oregano
one red onion diced
three cloves of garlic minced
six chicken thighs
8 oz mini bella mushrooms
24 oz hard cider

I seasoned the chicken on both sides, and then started with the oil, onion, and garlic in my favorite fry pan.

The shimmering oil - it is ready!

I just sweated the onion and garlic in the olive oil for about five minutes...

...and then removed them to a bowl.

I then cranked up the heat, added another turn of the pan of oil, and seared the chicken on both sides for about five minutes a side. (Actually, you can go longer, I was impatient and couldn't wait to pour in that cider)

After the sear, turn down the heat to low, and then add the onions and garlic and cider.

I let that go for 25 minutes covered...

...and then added the mushrooms.

23 more minutes covered, and the whole house was smelling of sweet apple.

The chicken was perfectly braised, moist, juicy, and very apple-y. The mini bella mushrooms took on that apple flavor also, and the pair made a fine Wednesday night meal. Baste with a spoon or two of the braising liquid when serving.

Thank You, Lord, for a wonderful meal tonight. Thank You for always taking such good care of us, and for loving us so much. Thank You for Jesus, Whose praise we sing!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

TLH #134 Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

1. Songs of thankfulness and praise,
Jesus, Lord, to Thee we raise,
Manifested by the star
To the sages from afar,
Branch of royal David's stem,
In Thy birth at Bethlehem.
Anthems be to Thee addressed
God in man made manifest.

2. Manifest at Jordan's stream,
Prophet, Priest, and King supreme,
And at Cana, Wedding-guest,
In Thy Godhead manifest;
Manifest in power divine,
Changing water into wine.
Anthems be to Thee addressed
God in man made manifest.

3. Manifest in making whole
Palsied limbs and fainting soul;
Manifest in valiant fight,
Quelling all the devil's might;
Manifest in gracious will,
Ever bringing good from ill.
Anthems be to Thee addressed,
God in man made manifest.

4. Sun and moon shall darkened be,
Stars shall fall, the heavens shall flee;
Christ will then like lightning shine,
All will see His glorious sign;
All will then the trumpet hear,
All will see the Judge appear;
Thou by all wilt be confessed,
God in man made manifest.

5. Grant us grace to see Thee, Lord,
Mirrored in Thy holy Word;
May we imitate Thee now
And be pure as pure art Thou
That we like to Thee may be
At Thy great Epiphany
And may praise Thee, ever blest,
God in man made manifest.

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #134
Text: 1 Peter 1:20
Author: Christopher Wordsworth, 1862
Composer: George J. Elvey, 1858
Tune: "St. George"

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Recipe # 47 Easy Spring-form Taco Salad Cake

I got the idea for this one from Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke, as seen on your favorite public television network. This guy barbecues everything, and is always coming up with new recipes for different ways to grill and smoke great food. Considering it was about four degrees outside when I made this dish, I thought it best to use my trusty Whirlpool gas range, instead of my Char Griller grill and smoker out on the deck.

For the meat ~
Just over a pound of 70/30 ground beef
1 cup diced onions
1 cup diced green, yellow, orange, and red peppers
Taco seasoning: chili powder, ground cumin, ground black pepper, garlic powder

For the cake~
canola oil spray
corn chips smashed into small pieces
about a cup of your favorite salsa
2 cups of shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
2 jalapenos, sliced
fresh vegetables diced up: bell pepper and red onion
dollop of sour cream
Several tablespoons of Wishbone Deluxe French salad dressing

For serving~
Shredded lettuce
Diced tomatoes

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

I then added the meat, vegetables, and seasoning to my best T-Fal fry pan, stirred it frequently and broke up the meat until cooked through, about 15 minutes. I drained the grease before creating the cake.

In a ten-inch spring-form cheesecake pan sprayed with canola oil, I began the first layer with the crushed chips,

then the meat,

then the fresh vegetables and salsa,

then the shredded cheese.

I did another layer of all the items, and then topped it with the remaining meat.

About a half hour at 275 and the cheese had melted just enough. You could go longer if you want but keep an eye on it - you don't want anything to burn.

I took the side of the cake pan off and served each wedge over a bed of shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes, and topped with sour cream. The dressing is optional, sometimes I like it and sometimes (like when the cheese is good and melty) I don't need it.

Steven Raichlan adds black beans to this dish, and I would have also except I didn't have any when I made it.

Blessings and peace to you and yours; let me know if you liked this one!

The Epiphany of our Lord

Saturday, January 6, 2018

morning prayer

Holy LORD and King of kings we praise Your Name!
You alone are worthy of praise, You alone are worthy!
All glory and honor and blessing to You almighty God and Father!

Thank You for this new day. Thank You for the beauty of the morning, for the warm bed we were able to sleep in, for getting us up and for all your provisions. Thank You for Jesus, for Your plan of salvation, and for Your daily care. 'Morning by morning new mercies I see!'

I confess my sins to you Lord, sins of word, thought, and deed, and I ask for mercy and forgiveness in Jesus' Name. All praise and glory to You and to the Lamb!

I lift up all our concerns regarding finances, health, our home and vehicles, our retirement - we trust You and You have never ever forsaken us.
I lift up to You my beautiful bride Monica, that You would protect her and keep her safe, forgive her sins, heal her body, mind, soul, and spirit, give her peace in her heart, and let her know to-day how much You love her.
We do pray also for Francis and all the priests and bishops, and for Your Church all over the world, especially where there is persecution. We pray for President Trump and his family, and for all the elected officials at the state, local, global, and national level - may they make decisions that please You.
We pray for John and the Bible Christian Society, and for men of good will everywhere.
We pray for Bill and the team and candidates of the Via de Cristo weekends.
We pray for every child, and for every one who does not yet know You, for the naked and the homeless and those in prison; and those suffering pain, mental anguish, addiction, depression and loss.
We pray for Stan and Rita, for Stan, Charlotte, Kathy, Justin, Dana, Aaron, Joseph, Mary, Grace, Stosh (may he rest in Your peace), Stacie, Carter, Ryan, Emily, Mary Ann, Dean, Court, Rusty, Drew, Mason, Meggie, Jake, Quinn, Cameron, Deacon, Kacie, Brett, Bob, Jon, Jay (may he rest in Your peace), Jen, Joslin, Liam, Pam, Ken, Kenny, Kendall, Carolyn, Doug and his family, Terry, Jeannie, her dad, Ty, Sophia, Trent, Kevin, Justin, Tori, Kaylee, Kristine, Mike and his mom.
We pray for mom and dad and their families, Nancy, Ruben, Ray, Ric, Ben, Alex, Belle, Beni, Carlos and Cheyenne, Gary, Susie, Josh, Taylor, Jeremy.
We pray also for Tommy and Shelly, Ninnie, Peggy, Vic and AJ, and John and his family, for Roger, Sheri, Ben, Marty, Denada and their kids, Adam, Peggy and their kids, Tony, Doreen Liam, Aiden, Kevin and Hilda and their families, Kathy, June, Randy and his family, Sam and his family, Robert (may he rest in Your peace), Audwin, Kathy and Kathy and Christa and Stephanie and Chris and Crabby and Carlton and Rodney and Rodney, and Hyman (may he rest in Your peace) and Carolyn and the Schultz's, Kenney's Filiatrault's, Scharfenbergs, Nagels, Blakemores, Debelaks, Williams, Trapps, Palmreuters, Marx's, Faith and her family, Scotty and his family, Zach and his family, John and his family, Ron's family, Gina, Maria, Sophie, Nina, Cas, Drake and Termors, Fournier and his family, Michelle and Bryan and their families, Tim and his family, Marilyn, Jen, Jen, and Nicole and Jeff and thier families.
We pray for those who are missing someone this day.
We pray for those who are in the hospital or prison.

Come, Lord Jesus; come.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Here am I, send me, send me!

1. Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,
"Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting,
Who will bear the sheave away?"
Loud and long the Master calleth,
Rich reward He offers thee;
Who will answer, gladly saying,
"Here am I, send me, send me"?

2. If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
You can say He died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
With the Judgement's dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Savior's waiting arms.

3 If you cannot be a watchman,
Standing high on Zion's wall,
Pointing out the path to heaven,
Offering life and peace to all,
With your prayers and with your bounties
You can do what God demands;
You can be like faithful Aaron,
Holding up the prophet's hands.

4. Let none hear you idly saying,
"There is nothing I can do,"
While the souls of men are dying
And the Master calls for you.
Take the task He gives you gladly,
Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth,
"Here am I, send me, send me!"

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #496
Text: Is. 6: 8
Author: Daniel March, 1868, stanzas 1, 2, 4
Author: unknown, stanza 3
Composer: Joseph Barnby, 1883
Tune: "Galilean"