Do you have triggers? Do you have things like songs, places or just little things that will automatically trigger a past memory or bring back to mind something you learned? I have several but this year arrows have a special meaning to me.
At the beginning of this year I was listening to a sermon online and the pastor was teaching on this passage in 2 Kings. It’s the story of the prophet Elisha when he was on his death-bed and Joash, King of Israel, came to him for one last piece of advice because the Syrians were attacking the country. Elisha told him to take a bow and arrows and put his hand on the bow. So Joash did as Elisha said. “And Elisha put his hands on the King’s hands.” With Elisha’s hand on Joash’s, they shot an arrow out of the window and Elisha told Joash it was “the arrow of the Lord’s deliverance.
17 Elisha came down sick. It was the sickness of which he would soon die. Jehoash king of Israel paid him a visit. When he saw him he wept openly, crying, “My father, my father! Chariot and horsemen of Israel!15 Elisha told him, “Go and get a bow and some arrows.” The king brought him the bow and arrows.16 Then he told the king, “Put your hand on the bow.” He put his hand on the bow. Then Elisha put his hand over the hand of the king.17 Elisha said, “Now open the east window.” He opened it. Then he said, “Shoot!” And he shot. “The arrow of God’s salvation!” exclaimed Elisha. “The arrow of deliverance from Aram! You will do battle against Aram until there’s nothing left of it.”
The reason this story has come to mean so much to me is that it has taught me that when I’ve got my hands on the bow and arrows of prayer or a job that God has called me to do God then comes along behind me and places His hands over mine making them much stronger and more effective. After hearing this story every time I see an arrow I’m reminded that it’s not my puny little strength that enables me to do anything but it’s His and it’s also a reminder to keep marching forward!
Have you noticed that regardless of the arrow it’s always pointing you to go straight head? No turning, looking, or peaking back but chin up, eyes open…Forward march!
When I’m out for a run that’s when my mind reels with thoughts and ideas and I’m shooting pictures of every kind just in case I need them!
These signs came in handy because they served to remind me to keep going forward even if the road winds or curves around do not look back but keep your eyes on the prize and to follow where God leads because nobody wants to end up here…..
We can’t see everything ahead of us but if we will follow Him we do not need to fear dead ends! No dead ends for this girl…I’m going forward and hope you are too!
Today I’m moving myself forward right into the kitchen with my Uggs because it’s raining cats and dogs outside so I don’t for see a run in my future and Chalene has my legs feeling like jello after yesterdays workout! :shock:
Now on to the concoction portion of the blog today. Who’s in the kitchen with Traci? Oh you know it’s that crazy blonde with those nerdy glasses again! Wear your glasses when needed because following directions when cooking or baking is just as important as following the arrows of life straight ahead. ;)
Sun-dried Tomato With Roasted Red Pepper And Zoodles
1 Large Zucchini
1/3 cup roasted red pepper (can be from a jar)
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts or nuts of your choices
*** 2- 3 shakes of red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
Saute all of the above except zucchini until tender and set aside.
*** Please when using red pepper flakes BE CAREFUL! These things are hot enough to catch forests on fire. If you remember in my post..http://faithfulfoodiefashionista.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/sun-dried-tomato-muffins-with-a-kick/. My friend Deanna and I almost killed her boyfriend and now husband with a pasta dish we made for him! :)
Now with a vegetable peeler slice the zucchini into “noodles”. This trick has helped me so much in curbing my craving for pasta! You could also you use a yellow squash or even a spaghetti squash.
———–> Lunch Is Served! ———->