Monday, October 26, 2015

Church Wedding Photos, Sisters and Precious Friends Who Are Like Family, Cozy Soup Recipe and Truths that Flow in Solitude

The church was built in 1910, now amidst skyscrapers, just a block or two from where Jem and I were born, the church is just how it was back then, if you scroll down to the next older post (check the music out too!) you will notice the floor of the bridal chamber, it is the original.  The lady whose husband had put down that floor attended the church until even recently.  There are brass plaques one I saw of those lost during World War I.  The messages here are of basic solid Christianity.  It's one of the only churches I know of where people of means sit next to people who are very poor.  The homeless sleep on these very steps in safety at night and some are members.  The poor are fed here five days out of the week.  

Becs, Lea, our precious friend, Jon, who played violin for the ceremony and Marianna.  2. Lea and little doll, Emmaline 3. Emmaline, Marianna, and Rebecca, Emmaline's sweet mommy and our precious life friend.

I hope you are all doing well...I am enjoying being here today enjoying the autumn weather, taking a walk, making cozy bean soup with sauteed onions, bell peppers and lots of fresh tomatoes in the mix for supper.  Oh.  So good.  The fragrance wafts through our home.  It feels so good to wear my long sleeve knit tunics again!  Marianna is practicing her court reporting, Becs is off from work making a card for an ill friend, and Lea is doing paperwork upstairs.  Michelle just emailed me a Lentil Burger recipe she put together, adding a free range egg and gf flour,...That Josh loved. 

Oh Autumn how I love thee!

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Here is my Heart-Warming Soup for an Autumn Eve 
(I used a crockpot.)

2 pound bag of Large Lima beans, today I used Mayocobo beans, small Navy beans work nicely too.
10 cups very hot water

2 tsp. salt

olive oil
1 -2 onion
2 bell peppers
fresh garlic cloves sliced, at least several
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
lots of fresh roma tomatoes cut in large chunks.  around 4 cups

I put the sorted, rinsed beans in the crockpot with the hot water and a 2 tsp. of salt.  (I used almost boiling water)

Sautee the onion, bell peppers, garlic and fresh tomatoes in generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  This will make a most wonderful gravy!   Then you carefully ladle the gravy into your crockpot with the beans. I cook the all day on high before switching to warm. (These are un-soaked beans)  I serve over brown rice with a bread for supper. We topped our soup bowls with more fresh raw tomatoes, cilantro, tortilla chips and fresh avocado. So colorful. So cozy.

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Good deal!  Do you know that Walmart and has 7 quart crockpots on clearance for around $19?  I needed a new one so badly so this was a blessing for me.

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Here are some excerpts from Streams in the Desert Devotional for Oct. 26. This morning:

"As a child of God, how much more do we need times of complete solitude --times to deal with the spiritual realities of life and to be alone with God the Father.  If there was ever anyone who could dispense with special times of solitude and fellowship, it was our Lord....Yet even He could not maintain His full strength without His quiet time...

Oh, the thought of having God all alone to myself and knowing that God has me all alone to Himself!
-Andrew Murray

Lamartine, the first of the French Romantic poets and a writer of the nineteenth century, in one of his books wrote of how his mother had a secluded spot in the garden where she spent the same hour of each day.  He related that nobody ever dreamed of intruding upon her for even a moment of that hour.  It was the holy garden of the Lord to her.

Pity those people who have no such Beulah land!  (See Isa. 62:4.)  (Matt. 6:6)...for it is in quiet solitued that we catch the deep and mysterious truths that flow from the soul of the things God allows to enter our lives.

Oh my soul, practice that solitude!  Practice dismissing the crowd!  Practice the stillness of your heart!  Practice the majestic song "God and I!  God and I!"  Let no one come between you and your wrestling angel!  You will receive conviction yet pardon, when you meet Jesus alone!"  -George Matheson

Good Evening Loves,   "...For it is in quiet solitude that we catch the deep and mysterious truths that flow from the soul of the things God allows to enter our lives."

Signing off from the blustery autumn eve here in the Forest Cathedral,    ~Amelia

P.S. 7:22pm  Our family saw more then several little deer in the Forest out our back window as we ate our soups..How sweet was that.  A Gift.


Abbi said...

Beautiful pictures of the wedding! I love the dresses - so pretty and modest!
Your soup from this evening sounds so yummy!

Marianna said...

I hadn't even seen some of those pics from the wedding yet! It's such a special, beautiful church! It will always be extra special to our family now that it's had a part in our family history.

What a wonderful devotional! I am always in need of that reminder because in this fast-paced world it's so easy to forget. Really, really good.

I love fall too, and am savoring this last month of it before we are thrust into Christmas season... Fall is certainly a good, good gift that God gives to us "hoomans"!! ;)