Monday, January 2, 2012

Hoppin' John Salad with Molasses Dressing and A Year of Grace & Perspective

I was a good Southern girl and ate my black-eyed peas, pork, & greens for luck yesterday on New Year's Day. My mom found a great new recipe for these ingredients, which are not necessarily my fave (cooked greens = ick; black-eyeds are low on my legume list; although I do ♥♥♥ pork!) that was delicious: Hoppin' John Salad with Molasses Dressing. We used bacon instead of andouille (b/c we already had it) and put the salad in a bowl of baby spinach for greens: mmmmmm - winter salad! [What are you crazy Southerners talking about re: pork, greens, & black-eyed peas for New Year's luck??? My friend, Brandie, put it well simply: black-eyed peas = good luck; greens = prosperity & money in the future; pork = looking forward to the future (pigs can't bend their necks to look backwards)]

Quotes touching my heart for this new year from Ann Voskamp...

Contentment isn’t a state of organization, a weight on the scale, a state of better: better kids, better marriage, better health, better house. Contentment is never a matter of circumstances; contentment is always a state of communion — a daily embracing of God. A thankfulness for all the gifts – and moments and life, just as He gives it. Trying harder may only bring harder trials and contentment, it won’t be be found in the resolutions, but in the revolutions – in the turning round to God.

January:
“Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective.
If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.”

February:
“God isn’t asking us to earn His love.
He’s simply asking us to turn towards His love.”

March:
“Holy joy lies in the habit of murmuring thanks to God for the smallest of graces.”

April:
“Paying attention to our lives is a way to pay thanks to our Lord.”

May:
“God doesn’t drive us to achieve.
He simply asks us to come receive.
All great things are an overflow of His grace.”

June:
“No one receives the Grace of God without giving thanks to God.
Thankfulness is the deep, contented breath of peacefulness.”

July:
“When grief and grace both kindle in the us the same flame of gratitude towards God —
it’s only then that our love for God ignites int a pure blaze of glory.”

August:
“Praise, not Perfection.
What God seeks is not my perfection, but my praise.”

September:
“If God really works in everything, why don’t we thank Him in everything?
Why be afraid of anything — when God is using everything?”

October:
“To bring the sacrifice of thanksgiving is to sacrifice our understanding of what’s beneficial
and thank God for everything — because He is benevolent.
A sacrifice of thanks lays down our perspective and raises hands in praise anyways — always.”

November:
“If gratitude is an antidote for anxiety, and giving thanks is a real cure for stress,
we don’t have to relegate thanksgiving to a holiday,
for giving thanks to God revolutionizes all of our days.”

December:
“No one gets to joy by trying to make everything perfect.
One only arrives there by seeing in every imperfection all that is joy.”

2 comments:

  1. Can you believe it? We didn't eat the traditional black eyed peas & greens or pork on New Years! It is a 1st in many ways that we skipped on tradition. Hopefully my fish & chips can bring me good stuff (???)

    Thank you, sweet friend, for your prayers and support as we have gone through such a hard time with our little man lately! You are the best!

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  2. You've got enough prayer to cover the missed food for SURE!!!!! :-D ALWAYS sending you grace & peace, dear friend!!!

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