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April 2014

What’s Inside:    Reflection Southwest Chicken Spring Ideas

SPRING!!! Consider our beautiful messes in a time of new life…do you love the spring season? Do you love to see the little bulbs showing their heads after the dry and cold winter? Thank our Lord for the beauty surrounding us, a reminder that with Him there is always renewal. Consider these Scriptures on restoration: A thorn in the flesh was given to me…so that I would not exalt myself. Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But He said to me,” My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. – Paul’s words on his fleshly struggles, 2 Cor 12:7-9

Remember my affliction and my homelessness, the wormwood and the poison. I continually remember them and have become depressed. Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! – Lamentations 3:22-23 CHALLENGE: What does your prayer life consist of right now? Do you talk with God in the midst of mothering escapades and share with Him your needs and desires? Neil Anderson, Christian author and professor (perhaps you’ve read Victory over the Darkness), writes on prayer: “We will never be effective in prayer if we go to God in emergencies and then return to managing our own lives when the crisis passes….it is not

appropriate to ask God to bless our plans. We humbly ask God to reveal His plans. God is capable of doing anything that is consistent with His nature. The question is, will He? We may never know until we ask.” What a challenging statement! Friends, I urge you to ask, seek and knock until you hear your answer! 1 John 5:14-15: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears uswhatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him. Look at this blog for more:

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[ ]1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves  [ ]1/2 cup water, or as needed  [ ]1 large onion, chopped  [ ]1 red bell pepper, chopped  [ ]1 (15 ounce) can black beans, partially drained  [ ]1 (14 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained  [ ]3/4 cup picante sauce  [ ]1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles  [ ]2 tablespoons chili powder  [ ]1 tablespoon ground cumin

Serves 10 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. 1. Bring chicken breasts and water to a boil in a large skillet; cook over medium heat until chicken juices run clear and meat is no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes. Transfer chicken breasts to a large plate, reserving pan juices in skillet, and shred chicken with 2 forks. 2. Cook onion and red bell pepper in reserved drippings over medium heat until onion is translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Return shredded chicken to skillet. Stir black beans, corn, picante sauce, chopped green chiles, chili powder, and cumin into chicken mixture until thoroughly combined. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Pour chicken mixture into prepared baking dish. 3. Serve with rice or tortillas and adding shredded cheese is optional . Here’s a way to use your slow cooker for a lovely meal with lots of leftovers. If you are gluten-free, omit buns or serve over rice. Adjust seasoning to your liking.

The Great Outdoors
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Plant something green See the cherry blossoms Have a picnic at the park Find the first crocuses and snowdrops Jog outside Take a hike Play softball Ride a bike Sit outside at a café Visit a farm to see the animals Walk on a deserted beach Play a round of golf

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Steam whole artichokes and eat them leaf by leaf Bake cupcakes with pink (or lavender or yellow or baby blue) frosting Eat a ripe apricot Visit the farmers’ market and buy spinach and sugar snap peas Pick strawberries Eat jellybeans Buy a package of Peeps

Just Because

Mix up a pitcher of margaritas

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Listen to the rain Watch bumblebees at work in a garden Notice the trees budding Spot a rainbow Listen to the birds singing Go bare-legged Feel the sun on your face Leave your windows open to catch a spring breeze Pet a bunny See all the Oscar-winning movies Send someone other than your mom a Mother’s Day card Wear open-toed shoes Buy a fun umbrella Visit the zoo Decorate your home with fresh tulips and daffodils Get caught in a spring shower Thanks to Real Simple


Go horseback riding

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Fly a kite Look for four-leaf clovers Jump in puddles Get dirt under your fingernails Blow bubbles Climb a tree Find a playground and swing on the swings Feed the ducks at a pond Wade in a creek Draw pictures on the sidewalk with chalk Skip stones across a pond

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Eat and Drink

Plan a spring break vacation

Roast a bunch of asparagus

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