I’ve started reading Milton Vincent’s A Gospel Primer for Christians Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love and understand why so many people refer to it in other books or when speaking at conferences. If you don’t have a copy, you may want to get a copy to keep on your bookshelf so you can refer back to it after reading it the first time. The book will help you see how Gospel truths permeate your entire life…. In recent days, I have struggled with my attitude about my daily grind, keeping up with responsibilities in the midst of back and neck pain. Vincent’s Gospel Primer has reminded me that my difficulties in this world pale compared to the eternal judgment I justly deserved from God due to my sin against Him. I am quick to thank God for His kindness instead of complaining about my pain when I remember that God chose to demonstrate His love for me in that while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me. When I focus on what God has already done for me spiritually and that Jesus has gone to Heaven to prepare a place for me, then my earthly difficulties do not overshadow my outlook and attitude.
One challenge that arises regularly when cooking for special diets is the lack of convenience food. Sometimes both of us are quite tired and hungry, and the thought of exerting lots of energy to prepare a meal, totally from scratch, can put us into shutdown. There have been times in the past when I chose to skip a meal for me rather than exert the energy to cook. I reasoned that even if I skipped one meal, I was still eating more on a daily basis than people who were imprisoned around the world for their faith in Christ. Furthermore, I was more interested in resting than in eating.
Now that Brody is healthy enough to help with the cooking in addition to working full time, I don’t go to bed hungry as often. 🙂 Additionally, since we have a better handle on what he can and cannot tolerate, we are willing to prepare larger batches since we are more confident that he will be able to eat the food that we are preparing. So, now we can cook large batches of Meatless Minestrone (page 131), Chicken Italiano (page 119), and chicken marinated with Tangy Garlic Marinade (page 160), some beans, rice and broccoli and have many meals of a variety of flavors waiting in the refrigerator for reheating.
The last time we made Fried Chicken (page 125,) we made an extra large batch and froze part of the supply for future meals. We were pleased that the frozen nuggets “re-crisped” very well in the oven (roughly 15 minutes at 350 F). For variety in flavor, we used the Orange Sauce (page 153) this time instead of the Sweet and Sour Sauce from Scratch (pages 156-157). The result was another tasty, satisfying, economical meal that doesn’t make us sick! Yay! God is faithful – His people never face a challenge without Him, and He provides the way for them to bear up under the challenge.