Insecurities – Part 2

Insecurities – Part 2

In part one I mentioned how isolation has caused many insecurities to bubble up to the surface.

 

Insecurities stem, in part, from all the past mistakes I’ve made. However, the present, presents its own unique problems. I often fear I don’t have enough. Enough time, patience, attention, skill, gentleness, wisdom (fill in the blank) to balance caring and teaching our children with household duties and other responsibilities.

 

I wish I was perfect but I’m much more like a fragile jar made of clay. I have flaws and cracks. I’m limited in how much I can do, or ‘hold in my jar.’ I simply can’t balance too many responsibilities at the same time, without everything spilling over, or worst still, the whole jar smashing!

 

However I am slowly learning that there is no point bemoaning how limited we are. It is how God made us:

 

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us”

 

If God made us to be limited, and God has given us certain responsibilities he wishes us to fulfil, then it follows that God will always provide enough for us to fulfil them.

 

Don’t just take my word for it. Reading the Bible reveals story after story of how people feared they would run out of ‘x’. Sometimes God provided abundantly. Sometimes He provided just enough for the day ahead. Either way God always provided for his people, and He still does now.

 

When Moses led Israel through the desert, day after day, God provided the food, and water, they needed to survive. Not just to survive – to thrive. Given how successful the Israelite military campaign was, after 40 years in the wilderness, the men could not have been scrawny and weak from malnutrition!

 

In 2 Kings 4, a widow had run out of money and food.  She thought she would be forced to sell her sons. God took the one drop of oil she had in her jar and multiplied it into enough to pay off her debts and live off.

 

When Jesus, God’s son came, he provided food for the hungry, forgiveness for the wicked, healing for the sick, life to the dead.

 

God always provides just what we need to thrive. Not necessarily to thrive with worldly success – riches and reputation. Instead to thrive in holiness, knowing peace and true joy.

 

Whatever tasks lay ahead of you, however hard each day may feel at the moment, lean on God. He is all the support you need to get through today… and tomorrow.

 

A week of tasty meals

I really enjoy cooking. I don’t always meal plan though. Often, I like to look in the fridge or freezer and get inspiration from the ingredients. 

 

The problem with this strategy is there are times when inspiration is short coming. The last month or so, many days, it has been a struggle to come up with something – we always had a hot meal by dinner time, but it felt a bit like waiting for manna!

 

A couple of weeks ago I decided to take action, I read some cooking magazines, watched a few master chef episodes and planned a week of tasty meals we hadn’t had before – or not for a while. 

 

We had pulled pork tacos, sausage lasagne, chicken and chorizo paella, even a beef wellington! We also had this simple but decadent dish…

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Chicken in a creamy mushroom and white wine sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs butter
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion
  • 200 g sliced mushrooms
  • 100 ml white wine
  • Good squeeze of lemon juice
  • 100 ml single cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Season and sear the chicken all over in butter until golden brown
  2. Remove chicken from pan and set aside, add onions, fry until soft
  3. Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes
  4. Add white wine and lemon juice

  5. Cook for 2 minutes more then add the chicken back in the pan and cook for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through
  6. Turn the heat to low and add the cream, heat through
  7. Serve with mash and green beans if you like

Recipe Notes

If you don't have any white wine in the house try using 25 ml of white wine vinegar and 100ml of chicken stock instead. 

 

4 Replies to “Insecurities – Part 2”

  1. 5 stars
    Wish we could have had you come join us for a while with your 2 sisters. Phoebe finally leaves today and I have had a very blessed time to have your 2 sisters for a prolonged period. Look forward to you and I getting some time – somehow! As well as more time with the family, much missed these several months. Much love! πŸ™‚

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