With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Food for the Soul & "Trust Me" When God Doesn't Make Sense

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Food for the Soul & "Trust Me" When God Doesn't Make Sense

How do I blend a post about chili and a heartfelt message that was as moving as I thought it would be?  Not very well, I am afraid.

I'll just share my Sunday with you.  The post is actually in reverse as church came before lunch.  But I did make the chili before church, so maybe it's not as backward as it seems.
Bright sun shining on the white snow outside, a cozy fire in the fireplace stove, sharing the love seat with my sweetheart and warm bowls of chili.  How's that for a nice Sunday afternoon!

I am getting back to ready-when-we-get-home from church meals, so I prepared a pot of chili and set on low so it would be hot on our return.
Over the years I have tried lots of chili recipes and settled on this one from Emeril Lagasse.
He doesn't add beans but serves with a con Queso on top.  No con Queso for us but it just wouldn't be chili without kidney beans.
John likes his with a buttered roll.  I like mine served over rice.

Emeril LagasseChili con Carne

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2002

1 tablespoon bacon fat or vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 cups chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
4 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon Essence, recipe follows
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 (15-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups water
(I add 2 15-oz, drained and rinsed kidney beans at the end of the cooking time and simmer a few more minutes until heated through)


Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the meat and stir with a long-handled wooden spoon to break up the pieces. Cook, stirring, until the meat is brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, green bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, Essence, salt, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Put the whole tomatoes in a large mixing bowl and squeeze them with your hands to break them into pieces. Add the squeezed tomatoes and their juices, the tomato paste, sugar, and water to the pot. Stir well and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the chili from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Remove the pot from the heat, ladle into large bowls.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.
Yield: 6 servings

It isn't  about a great chili recipe.
They are two words I took away from our sermon today.
We just began a new series titled
When God Doesn't Make Sense.
This mornings message was 
Asking the Hard Questions
 It is a study in the book of Habakkuk

I have been looking forward to this series.
Like many others, I have walked some difficult paths that were painful  and hard to understand.
I can resonate with Habakkuk as he addresses God with questions that burn in his heart.
I am grateful that it is okay to ask God questions in our confusion.
I am thankful to hear God whisper,
Trust Me
~ there is more to the story~
I am encouraged that God has a plan for me and my life.
and I can say along with our Pastor,
God, if I can't figure these things out with you, I certainly can't figure them out without You.
Lord, I would rather live in confusion with you than live any other way without You.
If you would like to follow this series with me,
you can watch the first (32 minute) video here or click the button below.


Mildred said...

Hi Lorraine, That chili looks wonderful ~ I'll have to try Emeril's recipe. Thanks for sharing the message from the pastor too.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Exciting message and delicious looking chili!

Corners of My Life said...

This will be a great new addition to our "Soup Sunday" recipes. Thanks.

Susan said...

Hi LDH...That chili looks yummified. Glad you are doing the series at your church. Will tune back in tomorrow to see the video. Thanks for sharing. Susan

Lisa RedWillow said...

Your words are very comforting as when I too cant make sense of the world around me I always turn to a God and when things are bright and going well he is there with me also. I know he leads us on stepping stones. Each one is different and each of them has a lesson that we learn from good and maybe something we dont want to happen. He loves us and just want that love in return which is not too much to ask. Loved your post . Got me thinking. Your chilly is looking so good. I make chilli often and once won a chilli cook off. That was fun
Keep at it. Your not alone good or bad and I guess you know that.

Carol said...

Super looking chili, and I'm with you, I like mine with kidney beans! I could use a bowl of it about now!

Deb said...

Precious post...looking forward to updates on your study.

Ann said...

YUMMMM chili. I like mine with beans too. I've never had it over rice but that sure does sound delicious.
That series sounds fascinating. I totally agree that if I can't figure it out with God I'll never do it without Him

moreofhim said...

I'm so thankful that you shared about Habakkuk and this series. I really need this right now.

Your chili looks wonderful!

God bless you - Julie

Dayle said...

Great post, Lorraine. I've traveled down many roads that left me scratching my head, but as you say, I'd rather be confused with God than not confused without Him. One day it will all make sense.

P.S. That chili looks heavenly. I love homemade chili.

Sue said...

Diane mentioned this series to me last night. I'll be following along with you; I need this now too. Although I certainly don't understand suffering, knowing there's a God is a comfort to me.

Thanks for sharing!

d~ said...

The chili looks wonderful on such chilly days. Glad to see Sue above : )...I hope to follow along too.
I haven't as yet, but was intrigued and remember Pastor and his family from so many years ago, fondly.
How nice to be able to follow along on line, Yes, thank you for sharing.

Suzy said...

I've been going through so much this last couple of months...I'm going to watch the video in the morning while I have my tea!!


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