~~ Devotions and recipes for God's hurried people ~~

“’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord.  ‘‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…’” ~Isaiah 1:18ab

Many times throughout His Word God so graciously invites us to “Come.” Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Mark 1:17 says, “Come and follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” The invitation is made but it is up to us whether or not we accept or reject it. God in His infinite wisdom and knowledge calls us to reason or carefully think about the condition of our hearts and lives. When we sin it leaves a stain on our souls that can only be removed by the cleansing power of Jesus. But, that just doesn’t automatically happen. We must recognize that we have the sin and then come humbly to God and ask Him to forgive us through the shed blood of His Son Jesus. When we do that our sin is not only forgiven but the stain on our souls is totally removed. As we live our lives in total submission to the Lord it is then that we are able to walk in freedom of sin and celebrate His grace, forgiveness, love, and hope of one day being with Him forever.

Heavenly Father:  I have rebelled and been disobedient at times but You are always faithful to bring me back to where I need to be.   Thank You for caring for me enough to remove my sins, to blot out my transgressions, to take on my pain, and to forget the wrongs I have committed. Because of Your love, I am washed clean and made white as snow. Thank You Father for doing this for me.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Though my sins were as scarlet they now are as snow.
With His blood I’ve been washed and forgiveness I know.


Soft margarine or butter
8 slices white bread (remove crusts)
4 slices ham
2 slices American cheese
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
Pinch of salt and pepper

Spread butter on both sides of bread. Make 4 sandwiches with the ham and cheese. Place them in a buttered baking dish. Beat together the milk, eggs, and salt, and pepper. Pour mixture over sandwiches and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Serves 4.

When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong; learn to do right! ~ Isaiah 1:15-16

Prayer is conversation with God. It is pouring out our souls or beseeching the Lord with our supplications in an effort to know, seek or draw near to Him. Prayer must be sincere, humble, reverent, and with a sense of submission to the divine will of God. We pray in Christ’s name when our mind is the mind of Christ and our desires the desires of Christ – when His words abide in us (John 15:7). In prayer, we praise God for His goodness and righteousness and thank Him for blessings received. But there are times when God doesn’t hear our prayers. Psalm 66:18 tells us that the Lord will not listen to us if we cherish sin in our hearts. To cherish sin means there is something in our lives contradictory to God’s will that we will not relinquish. But, if we confess our sin (admit to God that what we are doing is wrong and against His will), and renounce it (abandon it), He will forgive us and hear our prayers (1 John 1:9). God instructs us to stop doing wrong and learn to do right; then He will listen. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says it so well: “If my people who are called by my name will humble them-selves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Heavenly Father:  It is because of Your love and grace that I am able to have pardon from all my sin. Thank You for the awesome God You are and for allowing me the privilege of being Your child. Forgive me when I do wrong things and help me to make good and right choices. Strengthen my weak areas and show me how to turn from the wicked ways of the world and be a godly witness to others. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Help me Lord to do what’s right each day that I’m alive.
Show me how to live my life for righteousness to strive.

HEARTY BEANS AND DOGS (quick and easy)

1 pound ground beef
6 hot dogs cut into ½ inch pieces
4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
½ cup chopped onion
1 (28 oz.) can Bushes Baked Beans
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3-4 tablespoons BBQ sauce (optional)

Brown bacon and pour off most of grease. Add ground beef and cook until done; drain. Add hot dogs and onion; cook until onions are tender. Add can of beans, brown sugar and BBQ sauce; simmer 5 min. Serve with your favorite bread, corn bread or crackers.

His Banner Over Me is Love

“He has taken me to the banquet hall and his banner over me is love.”
Song of Songs 2:4

Contrary to the book of Ecclesiastes when King Solomon wrote it at the end of his life, the book of Songs was written early in his life when he was king of Israel. It is a wedding song that he composed about his love and marriage to his bride, a lovely Shulammite maiden.   The Holy Spirit inspired Solomon to write this book so that we might recognize the joy and dignity of human love in marriage. God wants us to know that marriage should be kept pure, wholesome, and beautiful. The descriptive language used in Song of Songs is sensuous but demonstrates the pure and chaste emotion and romantic love that is sanctioned only between a bridegroom and his bride. Hebrews 13:4 tells us that marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. The love spoken about in the book of Songs is genuine and monogamous, saved only for one another. It is truly a gift from God. Just as the love of the bride and bridegroom is a beautiful example of a perfect union of a man and a woman, so is the quality of love between Christ and His bride, the church. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” ~ Revelation 21:1-2.

Dear Heavenly Father:  Thank You for the sanctity of human life and for showing us the loveliness of a pure and wholesome relationship. Thank You for the hope I have in knowing that one day You will return for me, Your church, Your bride. I want to be ready and adorned to meet You. Forgive me and cleanse me of all my sin so that my heart and soul is beautifully adorned and prepared to meet You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

My love for Christ is real and true, with Him I want to be.
He’ll return to take me home, for all eternity.


4 bone-in chicken pieces
4 large potatoes, cut into wedges
¼ cup Zesty Italian Dressing
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Place chicken and potatoes in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Pour dressing over chicken and potatoes; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, as desired.

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter; Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Throughout the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon shared his perspectives and random thoughts on man’s futile attempt to find purpose and meaning. Nothing or no one, outside of a relationship with God, could fill the void in which each of us is born. To pursue happiness, through any means, other than God, he called life “under the sun”(Ecclesiastes 1:3) and was considered as meaningless (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Solomon, with his wisdom and wealth, had experienced it all and now in his old age had come to the conclusion that man’s only duty is to fear (love) God and keep His commandments. He called this life “above the sun.” Though he was somewhat intense and cynical in his description of the perplexities of life, Solomon truly wanted to warn the young to not waste their lives as he did but instead prepare for death and judgment by seeking God, the only One who gives us grace, joy, salvation, and eternal life.

Dear Heavenly Father: Because of You I have peace and joy in my life. Thank You for Your compassion, mercy, love, and grace, even when I am unlovely and undeserving. You see everything I do and are my Judge. Forgive me when my deeds are evil and contrary to Your Word and show me ways to change so I might follow after You more closely. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Fear God and keep His ways; this is His will for me.
God is Judge of all my deeds; there’s none He doesn’t see.


1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
½ cup water
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
2 pack crescent rolls
Shredded lettuce
1 chopped tomatoes
5 green onions, chopped
1 avocado, diced
1 cup sour cream

Brown ground beef; drain. Add taco seasoning and water. Simmer about 5 minutes until most of moisture is gone. Add cheese and set aside. Place crescent roll wedges in a circle, wide side of wedge towards middle, on a cookie sheet. Point ends toward the outside. Place the ground beef on crescent rolls and wrap pointed ends of rolls around meat mixture so  it forms a ring. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a large platter. On the inside of ring, place lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and avocados. Cut into wedges and serve warm with a dollop of sour cream and salsa.

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

In Solomon’s effort to understand the true meaning of life he sees that good times and bad times come to us all. It doesn’t matter if we have health, wealth, or success, these words are for every person, in every place, in every circumstance. God has appointed the times and seasons, the events of our lives, the happy and the sad, the easy and the difficult. On one hand this can cause us worry or sadness but on the other hand it should bring hope in knowing that God is in control. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a plan to prosper each of us and give us a hope and a future. God’s will is that none should perish and that all will know His Son Jesus as Personal Savior. With that in mind, if we are doing our part to live according to His will and obey His Holy Word, then it should bring us peace and joy to trust God with every area of our life.

Dear Heavenly Father:  I praise You for the wonderful plan You have provided for me. Thank You for accepting my pardon and making it possible for me to trust You with every area of my life. Because Jesus is my Savior and Lord, I know that my life is in Your hands. Nno matter what comes my way, You are in control and worthy to be praised. Forgive me for my shortcomings and sin and help me to be a better witness of Your saving mercy and grace.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

In Your time Lord, in Your time!
Forever may I walk with you, and know that You are mine.


½ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups white whole kernel corn (if using frozen, cook or microwave until partially cooked)
4 large eggs
4 cups milk

In a lightly buttered casserole dish, combine flour, salt, and sugar; mix in corn and butter. Beat eggs and add to milk. Stir into corn mixture. Bake in 450 degree oven for 10 minutes.   Remove and stir with fork, trying to disturb the top as little as possible. Return to oven for 10 minutes. Remove and gently stir again. Return to oven for 10 more minutes or until top is lightly browned and pudding firm.

Meaningless! Meaningless!

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.  “Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”
~ Ecclesiastes 1:2

King Solomon was the wisest man in the world, and his kingdom was known for its wealth and affluent grandeur. In spite of this, he believed that life was empty and meaningless outside of knowing God and keeping His Word. There was a time though in Solomon’s life when he experienced great wealth, power, fame, and sensual pleasures; but he remained disillusioned and empty. Our lives aren’t much different than his. We are all born with a void that is in the shape of Jesus and nothing or no one is able to fit into that space, except for Him. Yet, we will search high and low, and deep and wide for things, people, places, entertainment, and so on, to fill that void. It doesn’t happen and never will. Before Solomon died he looked back over his life and saw the spiritual decline that came from the sin of idolatry and self-indulgence. He was sorry for the futile attempt he made to find happiness in the ways he did. Perhaps in his writings he wanted to share his regrets and testimony with us so we would not make the same mistakes he had made. Life IS meaningless, utterly meaningless, apart from the will of God. We must resolve to love God and obey His commands, for this truly is the only way to have life with meaning and purpose.

Dear Heavenly Father:  Thank You for showing us Solomon’s life and how sorry he was when he didn’t live for You. Life without You is meaningless and of no value. Forgive me when I take my eyes off You and place them on material things, looking for happiness and fulfillment. Help me to spread the good news of Your love and grace so others might also have purpose in knowing You.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Apart from God there’s emptiness and life has no real worth.
So Him I’ll seek and do His will while I am here on earth.


3 cups shredded hash brown potatoes
1 (6-ounce) can French fried onions, divided
6 slices American cheese
3-4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut in small chunks
1 can cream of chicken soup
¾ cup milk
1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained (or 1 pound frozen corn)

Mix hash browns and half of the French fried onions together in a baking dish. Lay cheese slices overtop. Spread chicken pieces overtop cheese. Mix soup with milk and pour over chicken; cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Add corn to partially cooked casserole and mix. Bake uncovered for another 20 minutes. Sprinkle remaining French fried onions overtop and bake an additional 5 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.


“Two things I ask of You, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown You and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the Name of my God.” ~ Proverbs 30:7-9

What a humble request this was to the Creator of the Universe and One Who could grant wealth and fame to whomever and whenever He desires. Agur, the author, could have asked for anything he desired from God but he knew that nothing mattered outside of knowing Him. If he asked for materials possessions and wealth Agur realized that he might be too busy or too self-centered to serve God. If he asked to be poor and needy then perhaps he would have to succumb to stealing to provide for his family, thus, dishonor the name of his God. Agur wanted only to have his needs met by trusting God on a daily basis. This would keep him humble, reliant on God, and trusting Him only to supply his daily bread. Perhaps we all should be more like Agur and pray only to have enough income to adequately furnish our personal and family needs, to do God’s work, and to give to those in need.

Dear Heavenly Father:  Thank You for all You have given me and for supplying my every need. You are a gracious Lord and care about each one of Your children. Please keep me humble, even if it means living one day at a time, trusting You for the income I need to provide for my family. Help me to remember to serve my fellow men and give to those who are in need. In doing so, may they come to know You as their Savior and Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Give me only daily bread; that’s all I ask of You.
To honor You my precious Lord, is what I want to do.

HAWAIIAN CHICKEN (quick and easy)

2-3 tablespoons oil
1 (13-16-ounce) can pineapple tidbits
2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
¼ cup brown sugar
1 green pepper, cut in strips
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 cups cooked rice
1 can cream of chicken soup
¼ cup toasted almonds (optional)

Heat oil in a skillet and cook chicken pieces until tender and no longer pink. Add green pepper strips and garlic; sauté 2-3 minutes. Add chicken soup, pineapple and juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Heat through until bubbly. (May add a little water or chicken stock if mixture is too thick). Serve over cooked rice and top with almonds.

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