Another Day to Love and Serve You

Last week, my family remembered the day 22 years ago that my mom’s fight with cancer ended. While we were saddened then and continue through different stages of grieving now, we were and are filled with hope. We know that God saved her spiritually, not because of anything she had done, but because of His mercy. He drew her to Himself, paid the spiritual debt she had owed Him, and gave her a new nature when she repented of her sin. We rejoice in remembering her service to our Lord and we rejoice in His goodness in saving sinners such as my mom and us.

I remember our daily morning family devotions from our childhood…. my mom would often start her prayer by thanking the Lord “for another day to love and serve [Him].” She also would thank Him for the cool of the evening and morning. Now that I struggle with heat, I understand why she was thankful for those new mercies every morning.

When my mom received the news from the doctor that her cancer had spread significantly, she and my dad told my brother and me that they wanted to accept what the Lord had in plan for them. They reminded us of the account of Hezekiah in II Kings 20. While it is admirable that Hezekiah, when told he was mortally ill, begged God for more time in this earthly life to serve Him, the sad reminder to our family was found in verses 12-21. During the additional 15 years that God gave Hezekiah after healing him of the disease he had, Hezekiah showed poor judgment; his pride led him to boastfully show everything he owned to the envoy from Babylon. God was not pleased with Hezekiah and His displeasure is recorded in that passage. What a sad ending to the account of Hezekiah’s life!

I have remembered my mom’s acceptance of the Lord’s will in her life as a good example to me. With the Lord’s help, I endeavor to be thankful for each day that He allows me to love and serve Him, and however many days He may give me on this earth, I choose to accept His will regarding the exact number those days will amount to.

This week, I have enjoyed preparing Tuna Cakes (page 99 in A Recipe for Survival) a couple of times. I added a new sauce to the dish.

Gluten-free, tasty and satisfying Tuna Cakes from A Recipe for Survival

Gluten-free, tasty and satisfying Tuna Cakes from A Recipe for Survival

“It’s a Keeper” Salad and Psalm 121

We just returned from a trip to the MidWest to surprise my dad for his 70th birthday and to visit friends in the area. I started up our food supply again yesterday by picking up some boneless, skinless chicken breast along with some other groceries. Lately, I have been boiling the chicken breast and then using it in salads or in other dishes. I save the liquid to use as a base in soups.

Last night, I introduced a new set of flavors in our series of light, summery salads, and when Brody finished his serving, he said, “It’s a keeper!” So, here it is for you….

Light, Simple, Summery Salad

It’s a Keeper….Light, Simple, Summery Salad


“It’s a Keeper” Salad

Combine and enjoy:

Chopped cabbage, kale and lettuce

Diced carrots and hothouse cucumbers

Raisins and dried cranberries

Almonds and sunflower seeds

Diced chicken breast (fully cooked)

Salt and pepper

Lemon and lime zest

Notes: Since God gave the almonds and sunflower seeds enzyme inhibitors to protect them until they are ready to sprout, you may find it easier to digest them if you first soak and then dehydrate them. I soak and dehydrate these in small batches and then store them in a glass jar in the freezer. Several websites have suggestions for how to do this. Instead of buying a dehydrator, I have chosen to use my gas oven at a very low temperature (mostly the pilot light) to dehydrate the seeds and nuts. I find eating the nuts after treating them this way helps me digest them with less discomfort.

Also, lately I have chosen to buy a few limes and lemons, wash them, and then freeze them whole. When I want some zest, it is easy to zest a whole, frozen fruit. When I want the juice, I simply grate more of the fruit, beyond the zest. This way, I don’t waste any of the fruit, and it is easier to zest them frozen than when they are at room temperature.

After Brody’s comment about the salad, I started thinking about the word, “keeper,” and I was reminded of a thought I had while looking for shade on a hot day. Our trip to the MidWest reminded me of the heat and humidity that allow the land to produce such beautiful green scenery, but I am fairly sensitive to the sun and heat, so I really appreciate the shade. One day, as I was seeking the shade for relief, I remembered Psalm 121, in which the Psalmist compares the Lord to shade. Now that I am sensitive to the sun, I can more easily relate to this metaphor written by someone who knows the heat of the desert.

Psalm 121:5

The Lord is your keeper;

The Lord is your shade at your right hand.

You can read the entire Psalm at Bible Gateway here. While Brody was using the word, “keeper” to mean that we like the salad and intend to save the recipe for future use, the Psalmist is using the word to mean that the Lord keeps His people from harm… that He is their protector. Our safe, uneventful travels to the MidWest, consisting of two road trips in between two airplane flights, reminded me of the truth that the Lord guards our coming and going. And one day, He will take His people home to Heaven to be with Him forever.

Forget Not! and Basic Mexican Chicken Salad

The other day, I realized that I had been writing in a journal fairly regularly for just over 20 years. As I look back through my thoughts and prayers, I see some times in which I wrote a few times per week, and other times that I would miss 1-3 years of writing. The years of experiences which produced our book, A Recipe for Survival, are an example of one of those longer gaps.

Now looking back at the years before that gap, I see a prayer that showed up regularly: “Lord, draw me closer to Yourself.” I realized recently that one of the main ways we are drawn closer to Him are through trials…. so the very trials I resented were the answer to my prayer! I just didn’t think at the time that I prayed for a closer walk with the Lord that He would use temporary difficulties to show me my sin, and therefore, increase my appreciation for His eternal salvation of my soul. Seeing my prayers from years ago helped me gain a fresh perspective on trials.

Another good result from keeping a journal on a semi-regular basis is the reminder of how God brought me through past difficulties. I see how something consumed my attention in the past and how I prayed about it and now, years later, the issue is barely in my memory. Sadly, that may also mean that I easily forget how God graciously worked to either change my circumstances or change my heart to accept His will (with joy) in that particular situation.

Maybe the Psalmist also suffered from a poor memory when it came to remembering all that the Lord had brought him through, so he reminded himself to forget none of His benefits:

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;

Psalm 103:1-2

May we remember all of the Lord’s benefits to us who are relying solely on Christ’s perfect life, death and resurrection for our eternal salvation! We, as rebellious sinners, deserved instant physical death and eternal suffering for our hateful rebellion against God. He kindly turned us from the path we were on, gave us hearts that love the truth and did all that was necessary to reconcile us to Himself. And He did this all for the praise of His glorious grace! What love He has shown!

Brody and I have started experimenting more with salads since they are satisfying, can be thrown together rather quickly after some previous, simple preparation, and they don’t require heating up the kitchen on hot days. Here is one of our latest concoctions:

Basic Mexican Chicken Salad

Basic Mexican Chicken Salad

Ahead of time:

Boil some chicken breasts; slice or dice them after they cool.

Prepare some Basic Black Beans (See Appendix B in A Recipe for Survival.)

Cook some quinoa (See Appendix A in A Recipe for Survival.)

Wash the lettuce and cilantro.

Store all the ingredients in the refrigerator.

When you’re ready to eat the salad,

Chop the cabbage, shred the lettuce, chop the cilantro and dice the tomatoes.

Add all ingredients in the proportions you like onto your plate. Finish the flavors with salt, freshly ground black pepper, some lemon and lime juice or zest, a diced garlic clove and dried red pepper.

Cut the avocado and add this last.

Be filled with a satisfying combination of flavors and nutrients!

We Have An Anchor and Variation on Don Brody’s Beef Goulash

Hebrews 6:19a This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast….. 

(NASB, from

Recently, I was visiting with a dear, elderly lady who has been diagnosed with cancer. As she has contemplated the days she may have left in this earthly life, she has begun setting her house in order. She commented to me, “It’s interesting… to get to this point and realize that there is no dread [to face death.] The only dread I feel is for my family who will have to take care of the “stuff” after I am gone.”

Her testimony is encouraging to anyone… she has walked with the Lord for decades, and has seen His faithfulness to keep all His promises throughout her lifetime. Now as she nears the end of her earthly tenure and prepares to meet her Savior face to face, she has no fear.

Similar conversations with this dear lady reminded me of an old hymn my family used to sing in the missionary community in Lomalinda, Colombia. The words are public domain, by William James Kirkpatrick, and I found them on

I still remember the day that I read Hebrews 6:19 in my morning Bible reading, and recognized it as the inspiration for the hymn that we had been singing in church. In this portion of his letter to the Hebrew believers, the author is strongly encouraging his audience to take hold of the hope set before them. In this context, the word hope does not mean “wish,” but “assurance” or “confidence.”

We who have trusted in God to save us spiritually based on Jesus’ perfect record of living a life that never violated God’s moral law have a steadfast hope. That hope or assurance is that He will not spiritually abandon us through any trial, especially the final trial of life, as we face the end of our physical life and the beginning of eternity. Our Savior has already gone ahead of us through physical death and into the presence of our God, and He is waiting there to welcome us home.

Will Your Anchor Hold?

William James Kirkpatrick

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love

It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand
Though the tempest rage and the wild winds blow
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow

It will firmly hold in the Floods of Death
When the waters cold chill our latest breath
On the rising tide it can never fail
While our hopes abide within the veil

When our eyes behold through the gath’ring night
The city of gold, our harbor bright
We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore
With the storms all past forevermore

Alternate verse:

It will surely hold in the Straits of Fear
When the breakers tell that the reef is near
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow

Brody prepared some chicken using the recipe for Don Brody’s Beef Goulash (page 124 in A Recipe for Survival) last night, and we enjoyed another homemade, tasty meal. We always feel so much better physically when we cook our own food and avoid the ingredients which we have found to be problematic for us.

A variation on Don Brody's Beef Goulash from A Recipe for Survival

A variation on Don Brody’s Beef Goulash from A Recipe for Survival

Loveliness of Companionship and Busy Day Crockpot Pork Roast

In celebration of 8 years of marriage

In celebration of 8 years of marriage

This year for our anniversary, Brody sent me a dozen red roses. Since he was out of town for a business trip, I took some photos so he could see what he sent me!

Being away from each other and missing one another reminded me of how believers long to be with Christ for all of eternity. Sometimes, Brody and I ask ourselves aloud why we don’t more frequently long for eternity with our Savior. We usually answer that we have become too focused on this earthly life, the desires we have for particular material things or the desire to accomplish certain goals here on earth.

While we don’t try to create difficulties in our lives, when trials come, we can rejoice in them since one of their benefits is that our gaze is redirected from an earthly focus to a Heavenly one. We more often long to be with our Savior when we are facing difficulties than when all is going smoothly.

Samuel Rutherford, a pastor during the 1600’s in Scotland, wrote many letters during his lifetime. The majority of the collection contained in The Letters of Samuel Rutherford  was written during a time of persecution he endured for his faith. His unwavering love for His Savior is clearly seen in his writings, and his beautiful choice of words reflects the beauty he saw in Jesus Christ.

A little over a year ago, while shopping for Christmas, I was buying some books for Brody from The Banner of Truth. The total for my selections was really close to the minimum purchase necessary to qualify for free shipping, so I looked through the options to close the gap…. and chose a beautiful, pocket-sized, leather-bound book, The Loveliness of Christ. This is a selection of quotes from Rutherford’s letters.

Over the past year, I had glanced at it from time to time, but just recently, I decided to read it through, from the beginning. Now I understand the choice of the title and beautiful binding…. This is a sweet little book, filled with precious thoughts presented in well-chosen words; a fitting, lovely way to preserve and present Rutherford’s quotes. I anticipate referring to it often as I encourage my friends.

It is always delightful to discover something new to me! While some of my discoveries are not new to others, I am happy to learn something new to me. The Loveliness of Christ was a new discovery to me, as was this arrangement of ingredients….

Our local Sprouts Farmers’ Market advertised pork roasts on sale, and we were invited to our friends’ home. Our friends had already invited us over previously and we had not returned the favor, so we asked if we could provide the meal if they provided the space.

That was a good plan for all of us, but I was working during the day. So, I decided to use our crockpot to make a roast with vegetables. I had often made the roast with beef, but thought I would try it with pork, using the seasonings we have enjoyed in other pork dishes. The result was super tasty – we took the crockpot meal, some rice and some steamed broccoli over to our friends’ home and enjoyed our time of fellowship and food. Our friends said they were happy to be my Guinea pigs as I work on various experiments.

Simple, gluten-free, satisfying and delicious

Simple, gluten-free, satisfying and delicious

Busy Day Crockpot Pork Roast

pork roast



a few garlic cloves, diced

rosemary leaves


freshly ground black pepper

The day before, I washed and cut the carrots and celery into two-bite pieces. I also prepared a blend of our favorite salt, RealSalt, freshly ground black pepper, and rosemary leaves. I washed and cut up the broccoli so it would be ready to steam just before we left for our friends’ home.

The morning of my busy day, I packed the the ingredients into the crockpot, added the seasoning, and about 1/4 cup of water. I had never packed so much into my little crockpot and was not sure if it would finish cooking by evening, but in answer to my prayers, the meat finished cooking in time and it tasted great! The next time pork roasts are on sale, I might do this again!

Since I stayed longer than planned at work, Brody checked on the crockpot and also steamed the broccoli and cooked the rice so we were able to arrive on time with cooked food. We have another simple, gluten-free meal in our list now!

God’s Great Faithfulness – Grandma’s 90th Birthday

Corsage for Grandma's 90th Birthday

Corsage for Grandma’s 90th Birthday

November marked a special time in our family. We were so thankful to celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness, especially in the 90 years He has given Grandma and for her relatively good health. When we looked at photos of her lifetime, we were reminded that while humans change, He has not, nor will He ever change.

We were encouraged by the outpouring of love from her friends and extended family. Some of them had not all been in the same room together in years. We felt as if that short open house was a preview of Heaven, when we will be reunited with our spiritual family.

My dad asked me to make a corsage for Grandma, which reminded me of another phase of life for which I am thankful. When I was a missionary kid in Lomalinda, Colombia, our school organized banquets for various reasons, and usually the girls wore corsages.

For one of those banquets, I enjoyed helping make the corsages and was thankful for the opportunity to learn from “Aunt” Char. The family-like community we enjoyed in Lomalinda encouraged the children to call the adults “Aunt” and “Uncle.” “Aunt” Char and her husband were the parents of the Children’s Home, where some of the children of the translators would stay when their parents would visit the communities they were serving as they translated the New Testament into their language.

Another one of those “Aunts”, “Aunt” Lee, lives in the same retirement community as Grandma, so we enjoyed a reunion of my brother and me with her after some years. “Aunt” Lee served our Lomalinda community in various ways, including as a nurse and in our Post Office. Grandma’s 90th birthday party reminded me of our spiritual family that has grown throughout the years. Heaven will definitely be a wonderful reunion…. we will see our Savior face to face, and we will also see our brothers and sisters in the faith.

Also in November, we enjoyed a variation on the Crusty Dinner Rolls recipe. I had more than enough dough to fill 18 muffin tins with the cloverleaf rolls… so I rolled out the left over dough, added sugar, cinnamon, and raisins, and we enjoyed the tasty little loaves. We enjoy breakfast at any time of the day, so Brody scrambled some eggs and served them with the sweet rolls. I almost didn’t get a picture since they were consumed rapidly!

Crusty Dinner Rolls as Sweet Rolls

Crusty Dinner Rolls as Sweet Rolls

It is good to give thanks to the Lord

And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning

And Your faithfulness by night,

With the ten-stringed lute and with the harp,

With resounding music upon the lyre.

For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done,

I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.

Psalm 92:1-4 (NASB)

A Season of Gratitude

Fall Bouquet

At this time of year, many people talk about giving thanks, and sometimes I wonder, “To whom will they give thanks?”

James reminds his readers of the Source of every good thing given:

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.         James 1:17 (NASB)

Now and then, I realize I should exercise my gratitude muscle more. Brody helps me remember how thankful we should be on a daily basis for our lives. Our holy, perfect God gives us so much better than we sinners deserve!

Here is one of our super simple gluten-free additions to any meal…. raw cabbage with mini sweet peppers. I used to dislike raw cabbage, but when I heard that it was good for us, I decided to try it, and my taste buds adjusted to enjoy it! Brody sometimes adds raisins to his cabbage for a simple side dish in his lunch.

Cabbage and mini sweet peppers

We can be grateful that God designed our eyes to see beautiful colors and gave us tastebuds with the capacity to enjoy various tastes.

Oxidative Stress and the Aging Process

This week, we are exchanging posts with Brody’s brother, Cassidy and his wife, Katrina. Their website is here.

By: Katrina Rauch

Are you experiencing one or more of the below listed issues:

· Headache/migraine
· Sleep depravation
· Wrinkles
· Fatigue/Low energy
· Anxiety/Depression
· Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
· Cancer
· Acne

If any of the above are troubling you, you are experiencing the natural effect of oxidative stress on your body and I’m sure you never even knew it? Am I right? When your body is exposed to oxidative stress on a daily basis it ages faster than it should. We experience oxidative stress simply by walking out side and enjoying the sunshine, having poor eating habits, lack of sleep, or by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever for your headache. I’m sure you never thought about the damage that oxidative stress is having in your body, and the reason I know that is because we never did either! You see, we are in our mid 30’s, and I personally had my “blinders” on when it concerned my health until the day I was told I needed to have 2 surgeries within a few months of each other. Since I was fairly healthy, didn’t get sick much, exercised regularly, ate mostly healthy stuff, I just didn’t think about how my body was functioning. I didn’t think about my cells at all, or what the effects of the environment around me and the foods I was eating were doing to me. When I was told I needed surgeries, I wasn’t freaked out, just annoyed. I made it through both surgeries, but 2 years later with a healed body, I’m just not the same and don’t feel as healthy as I did prior to surgery. In my quest to get back to a very healthy state, I realized that I never was really paying attention to what was the most important part of staying healthy long-term and that was healing and regenerating my cells at a cellular level by something called Nrf2, an internal cellular protein that is something like a thermostat in our cells that manages our stress response.

Thankfully, around that same time I was introduced to an all-natural product, Protandim, that activates Nrf2 and has completely changed how I feel. Fast-forward 1 year to now, and I’m a totally different person. I’ve been taking Protandim every day for the last year and I can tell you that my headaches are gone, I’m sleeping really well, and my energy level has significantly increased.

If you would like to know more about reducing oxidative stress and improving your overall health please download and read this free eBook all about reducing oxidative stress and the aging process. You will learn about how your body is fighting a war at the cellular level and what you see and how you feel on the surface is a direct indication of what is happening deep inside your body. Please enjoy this eBook as a special FREE download.

Past Help; Future Hope

O God, our Help in ages past, our Hope for years to come!

Be Thou our Guide while life shall last, and our eternal Home!

Sometime ago, I was sharing with some friends how much I benefit from singing the same old hymns in church as my family sang in our church when I was a child. Not all “old hymns” are sources of spiritual nutrition simply because they are “old,” but the ones that are Biblically accurate serve a dual purpose for me.

The first and main benefit of theologically sound hymns or songs (regardless of their copyright date) is available to anyone: our spirits are encouraged when we focus on God, reminding ourselves of the truth.

When we add to this the knowledge that these “old hymns” have stood the test of time and have been sung for a few hundred years, we benefit from the reminder that the people of God are one in Christ. Even though we are separated by time, all believers from previous and future generations will be in Heaven for eternity, praising and serving God together. God has always had a remnant of believers on earth. From Adam and Eve to the present, someone has always been passing along the truth about God to the next generation. We are linked together across the generations in an unbroken chain because God is preserving the truth for His glory.

The hymn, “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past,” is an example of this. Roughly 300 years ago, Isaac Watts wrote the words of this hymn based on the song Moses wrote several thousand years ago, Psalm 90. When I remember that this Psalm was written for the people of Israel to praise God for His eternal nature, I am encouraged in whatever my daily struggles are. No matter what trial or temptation I face today, God has not changed. He is the same God who cared for His people in the past, as He was working out His plan. He is not going to change tomorrow, no matter how difficult my life may be tomorrow.

Why should I not trust God? He is the same God who kept all His promises in the past… and one of those promises was to Abraham, that He would bring His descendants out of slavery in Egypt. Moses was one of those descendants; God used him to lead His people during that time in history, and Moses wrote Psalm 90.

Isaac Watts was one of Abraham’s spiritual descendants, as am I. In the life of Watts, we have a reminder of another promise made and fulfilled by God to Abraham…. when God promised Abraham that one of his descendants would be a blessing to all nations, He was promising that through Christ, even those who are not physical descendants of Abraham would have access to God. So, Isaac Watts and I, along with all other believers are spiritual descendants of Abraham.

Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you. So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.

Galatians 3:6-9

(You can click on the references to see the wider context of the verses at

I enjoy a second benefit from singing hymns such as this one in church… and I realize that not everyone will benefit in this way. God graciously gave me parents who loved God and lived for Him, and so I cannot remember not attending church with them and my older brother. I remember sitting near the front as a young child, listening to the sermon and singing the hymns the best I could for my age. I still remember snippets of sermons I heard at a very young age. I remember being a part of the congregation, participating in the service.

So, when I stand in the congregation as a 40-year-old, and sing “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” I can remember singing these same words and tune for a few decades, as I faced different challenges at different stages of life.  I remember the fears I had for my safety as a young child in a country torn by civil war, the concerns I had about school as a teenager, the dread I felt as an unmarried adult when I feared I would be single until the day of my death…. and as I sing the words and tune again, surrounded by my brothers and sisters in the Lord, I can remind myself that God worked out everything in the past for my good and His glory…. and I can trust Him again in my current circumstances. The fears and struggles have changed as I have aged, but God has not. There is certainly a benefit to singing the “old hymns” throughout the decades of life.

I also have a deep appreciation for newer songs that have solid theological content. A song written in 2008 that ministers to me so much spiritually that I even experience relief from physical pain is “His Robes for Mine.” The soothing, melodious tune, coupled with the life-giving words brings a calmness to my soul every time I hear it.

As Brody and I remember becoming engaged 8 years ago, we remember the various health and economic challenges we have faced together and how faithfully God cared for us through each difficulty. Truly He has been our Past Help and He will always be our Future Hope.

I had not prepared our “Pork Chops” from A Recipe for Survival on page 134 recently, so I decided to make a batch to celebrate our engagement anniversary. Recipes are another way I enjoy being connected to the past… I developed this recipe based on Brody’s memories of his mom’s way of preparing pork chops. I enjoy keeping his and my family culinary traditions alive even though we modify the recipes to make them more effective for his dietary needs.

Pork Chop Supper

We enjoy adding fruit and fresh or steamed vegetables to our meals – this is a simple way for us to add variety and nutrition.

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

Psalm 90:1-2

Simply Beautiful

My dad works as a missionary among a North American Indian tribe in Oklahoma, and has enjoyed learning the art of making his own flutes from a reed or another piece of wood. His friends and family enjoy hearing him play various tunes or hymns at different events.

Some years ago, he and his wife, Candy, attended a Thanksgiving Service organized by several churches in their area. Members of the various churches each contributed in a different way; some signed up to play or sing a special number; others volunteered to serve in other ways. But, the exact songs each volunteer was planning to play wasn’t communicated to the others.

The next morning, my dad wrote the following:

Last p.m. Candy and I went to the McLoud Ministerial Alliance community Thanksgiving service. There were only two specials besides the big Baptist church's choir.
 My Tribute by Andraé Crouch was announced to be played just before me by the host church's flamboyant organist [with the help of a CD and full orchestra backup thanks to an electric organ key board set into what looks like a baby grand piano frame]. --Candy looks at me wide eyed and asks, "Is that what you're going to play?"
 The flow of a flowery intro started with a lavish and energetic display of key board excellence. --Candy turns to me and says, "That's okay, they won't know it's the same song."

After a flourish of cord exchanges, variations on the theme and a blur of fingers going furiously from one end of the key board to the other, the organist reached the grande finale.


I walked to the front with my music folder, fourteen inch cane flute in hand and a prayer in my heart.

I took a very deep breath and broke the silence by saying that I was glad that the host preacher had started the community service by saying, "The program is before you but the Holy Spirit has brought it all together; we preachers have no idea how this service is going to pan out."

"So," I said, "I'll be playing the second verse (there is no second verse) of what you just heard as if all creation were praising God. This (flute) is a piece of bamboo cane that was growing a few years ago over in Choctaw [a nearby town] and with God's help, He allowed me to make this into a Native American style flute." And with that being said, I played "To God be the Glory".

(For those who don’t know, To God be the Glory, is the same tune as My Tribute by Andraé Crouch.)

My dad’s note reminded me of the entry for November 16 in the daily devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, based on Oswald Chambers’ lectures and talks delivered from 1911 to 1917. Part of it reads, “It is one thing to go through a crisis grandly, but another thing to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, no one paying the remotest attention to us.”

A person living a simple life that glorifies God may be encouraged to remember that the simple tune created by a cane flute, as well as elaborate productions from full orchestras, bring God glory.

In 2009, when we were just beginning to cook from scratch without gluten, Brody developed a tasty dish. By the time we published our book, A Recipe for Survival, we had new favorites. This summer, I brought back this dish he created since I was looking for a different flavor and a simple dish during a busy season of our lives. I named it “Single Skillet Summer Supper.”

Single Skillet Summer Supper

Single Skillet Summer Supper

Coconut Oil, roughly 2 Tbsp

Oregano, 2-3 pinches

Basil, a pinch or two

Thyme, a pinch

Salt, freshly ground pepper to taste

Fresh tomatoes, chopped

Zucchini, and if available, Yellow Squash, sliced

Cooked Chicken, broken into pieces

1. Melt the coconut oil in the skillet.

2. Add the spices, salt and pepper. Stir and heat for a minute, roughly.

3. Add the tomatoes and squash and cook until they are as tender as you prefer.

4. Add the chicken and mix well; when the chicken is thoroughly coated in the flavorful sauce, it is ready to be enjoyed.

5. Refrigerate the leftovers and enjoy several simple, satisfying suppers.

A simple meal can satisfy your need for nutrition even if it is not super fancy. And that is simply beautiful!

Persevering in the Transition to Gluten-Free Cooking