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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

Needed: Ideas for Make Ahead Breakfasts

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My wife cooks breakfast every morning when she can, and I cook supper in the evenings. For the last five years, most mornings she has had 3 eggs and one slice of bacon, as I've had a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich...but we're looking to change things up. We've tried many casseroles for breakfast, but we'd sort of like to get away from so many eggs. Are there any quick, protein packed recipes or make aheads that we can make and just pop into the microwave each morning for the sake of time and clean-up? We've looked at several things in the old Taste of Home magazines we had, and nothing really seemed to be "our cup of tea!" What do you make ahead of time and freeze until needed or make the night before? Any input would be appreciated.

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2 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Protein? Quick and easy?  Open a can of beans, micro for 3 minutes. 

There, now you have proteins and quick and easy. There is more about NO cleanup, but I'll save it for another time. Happy Anniversary GIF

My wife's daddy used to open a can of beans about three times a week and eat them! I doubt she'd go for this, though I would! We used to have to do this on the farms I worked at in Illinois and Wisconsin. I love most beans...and you're right, they ARE VERY HIGH PROTEIN and ENERGY!  We keep a slew of them in stock here at the house for "lean" times. 

My wife will sometimes make some kind of casserole up in advance, but we just don't find this appealing any longer. It feeds us for several mornings. I do the same for supper...I'll make one of my Italian or Mexican Casseroles, and we'll eat on them for about four or five days. Or, I'll make a huge pot of chili, beans w/ cornbread, something my wife's grandmother used to call  her Rice and Tomato soup (also w/cornbread), or one of a hundred other things we love that will last us and be economical. It just seems like breakfast is the hardest meal to do this for. We can't seem to find anything that will stay away from as many eggs as we eat. Don't get me wrong, we like eggs, just not every day if there's something to switch off too! 🙂

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BB, we usually eat oatmeal on the weekends. We'll put strawberries, peaches, apples or banana's in it. I used to eat uncooked oatmeal, but after the gastro physicians told me that was one of the things contributing to my blood loss, I stopped.

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Maybe you could look into some keto muffins. When my hubs was eating keto (wish he still was - he was getting healthy then!), I made several different kinds of muffins. One that my son really liked was a cherry muffin, using sugar free jello. The "flour" was almond flour - simply finely ground almonds. It doesn't act exactly like wheat flour, but it does hold together. Between the almond flour and the gelatin in the sugar free jello, there was a lot of protein. The muffins do all take eggs, but you can't taste them. If you were concerned about the artificial sweetener in the jello, you could use plain gelatin and flavor it with whatever you wanted. And they freeze well. There are a number of other recipes you could give a try as well. I made my hubs apple cake using the almond flour. Protein and fruit (it also had nuts on top). 

You could also fix sausage/cheese biscuits (regular biscuits). They could be frozen and popped into the microwave when you were ready to eat them. And no egg necessary.

If you like cottage cheese, you could go that route - I've eaten cottage cheese, fruit, and toast for breakfast before. It's really pretty tasty and filling. Mom likes pineapple with her cottage cheese, which I do as well. But I actually prefer it with tomato (so I can salt and pepper it).  Not something you would fix in advance, but something that would be easy to throw together quickly.

If you like Mexican food, you could fix up some breakfast burritos using taco fixings instead of eggs. They would freeze well.

My son likes Spam (ugh!). Sliced thin and fried. He likes the whole can fried up so he can just grab a few slices whenever he wants.

Back to the keto idea, there is keto pancake and waffle mix, again using nut flour so quite full of protein. You could cook up a bunch of pancakes and/or waffles and freeze them. They could be zapped in the microwave or put in the toaster.

Mom has been on an English muffin kick for a while. She eats one every morning - slathered with cream cheese. Something like that would be quick to fix, and if you fried up a pound of bacon or sausage in advance, you could add that so you have a bit more protein.

Hope you find some things that will work for you. I know how it is to get tired of eggs. Myself, I enjoy a cup of instant oatmeal or instant cream of wheat and a slice of toast most mornings. Not much protein, though.

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