Gluten-free Flu Shot Soup Recipe

Gluten-free Flu Shot Soup is packed with vegetables, ginger, and garlic; anti-inflammatory and infection-fighting ingredients, to create a fragrant, delicious soup that’s good for you. Recipe taken from The Colorful Family Table.

  • 2 cups uncooked pasta
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions diced
  • 1 medium leek sliced
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (1-inch) knob of ginger peeled and minced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 large carrots peeled and chopped (about 2 cups0
  • 5 stalks celery chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, leek, garlic, and ginger. Cook 5 minutes until onions are translucent.

Add vegetable broth, carrots, celery, and dill. Bring to a simmer. Cover pot and simmer 15-20 minutes, until carrots and celery are tender.

Add cooked pasta and season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

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Sandy

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Fighting for One Goal

Fighting for one goal. Sounds good. But it is not always easy.

Last month my family visited Washington on the Brazos; the Birthplace of Texas. It was here the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed. At the time Texas belonged to Mexico, but the Texians decided they could no longer live under the rule of the pompous, tyrannical, ego maniacal Antonio López de Santa Anna. So they took necessary steps to break free.

As we sat in the Texas Independence Hall and listened to the docent explain about the signing of the declaration of Texas independence, he said the signers disliked each other yet put their differences aside to fight together for a common goal. Freedom from tyranny.

Another example of men who set aside their differences and worked together to fight for one goal is Christ’s twelve disciples. Talk about a bunch of guys who didn’t particularly care for each other. Regardless of the disciples differences, they banded together to fight for one common goal; spreading the Good News about Jesus Christ. Together they stood against a tyrannical egomaniac, Satan.

Among the original twelve disciples we have Andrew, Peter, James, and John who were fishermen. Peter was the impetuous one. John, the one whom Jesus loved. James was called a Son of Thunder. Andrew brought his friend Philip to meet Jesus. Philip brought his friend Nathaniel.

Matthew was a hated tax collector for the Romans. The Jews considered Matthew a social outcast. Simon the Zealot was an enthusiastic Jewish patriot. Some might call him a far-left radical. Thomas became known as a doubter. John called Judas a greedy thief, traitor, betrayer, a devil used by Satan. (John 6:70-71)

Lesser known Thaddeus, Bartholomew, and James the son of Alphaeus round out the twelve.

After Judas hung himself, the disciples chose Matthias to replace Judas. As Saul/Paul, a leader in the Jewish religion who persecuted Christians, walked on the road to Damascus, Jesus chose him. (Acts 9).

Some disciples worked the front lines with name recognition. Some worked behind the scenes in obscurity. Some were at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Some had moments of greatness followed by moments of absolute failure. Some had failure before greatness.

Just as Jesus does with us today, he used each disciples’ abilities, strengths, frailties, and failures for his purposes. Jesus took these individuals with different personalities and temperaments, melded them together with one common goal, and used their strengths and weaknesses to form a more complete, functioning unit.

As we fight for one goal and work for Jesus, we may be the one speaking in front of the crowd. We may be the one organizing the group. We may be the one offering support and encouragement from the sidelines.

We may have a hot temper, be submissive, be politically outspoken, have a head for numbers, or be willing to work wherever we’re told. It really doesn’t matter as long as we are willing to set aside our personal agendas and preferences, unite together with other Christ followers to fight for one goal, allow God to bring us alongside the diverse group of individuals he has chosen, and work together to accomplish the work he sets before us.

Let’s not allow our differences to keep us from joining hands. Instead, let’s put aside our differences and fight together for a common goal against the tyranny of Satan that the world may know Christ the crucified Lamb of God.

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Here are the names of his twelve disciples: Simon (also called Peter), Andrew (Peter’s brother), James (Zebedee’s son), John (James’s brother), Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew (the tax collector), James (Alphaeus’s son), Thaddaeus, Simon (a member of “The Zealots,” a subversive political party), Judas Iscariot (the one who betrayed him). Matthew 10:2-4 (TLB)

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Be Thankful

Come, ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide
for our wants to be supplied;
come to God’s own temple, come,
raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God’s own field,
fruit as praise to God we yield;
wheat and tares together sown
are to joy or sorrow grown;
first the blade and then the ear,
then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
and shall take the harvest home;
from the field shall in that day
all offenses purge away,
giving angels charge at last
in the fire the tares to cast;
but the fruitful ears to store
in the garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come,
bring thy final harvest home;
gather thou thy people in,
free from sorrow, free from sin,
there, forever purified,
in thy presence to abide;
come, with all thine angels, come,
raise the glorious harvest home.

Henry Alford, D.D. 1844

This song was my favorite Thanksgiving song growing up, and it still is. I love the melody. I love the words. I love the call to acknowledge our Lord as the giver of every good and perfect gift. I love the call to come before God with thanksgiving, realizing he owns it all. Every blade, every fruit.

Life today no longer looks as it looked twelve months ago. Many of us here in the States will celebrate Thanksgiving differently than we did in the past. For some of us there will be empty chairs at the table where loved ones once sat. The size of our gatherings may be reduced per Corona Virus guidelines and restrictions. Limits might be placed on what we can afford to purchase for our meal.

Yet amidst the many many changes 2020 brought, some things remain unchanged. God is in control. He loves us unconditionally. His love will last forever. Nothing can separate us from him. Though the mountains should crumble and fall into the sea, God is on his throne.

In good times and bad may his holy name be forever praised.

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Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100 (NLT)

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God Remains in Control

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A friend died recently. Her sudden, unexpected death was a shock. As her daughter-in-law cried in my arms, she questioned why. Just as I had no answers in 1980 when I questioned why my father died unexpectedly, I had no answers that day for her.

But what I did have was this Truth; God remains in control.

Some may roll their eyes, and say that phrase is cliched, it’s overused, it doesn’t answer why, and I’d agree. Nevertheless, it is Truth.

In an interview singer, Jamie Grace, talks about her diagnosis of Tourette syndrome at 9 years old. Jamie spoke about the cruelty of others towards her. She mentioned thinking maybe God didn’t love her like he loved everyone else.

Ever been there?

Jamie also talked about the comfort she received from her parents and sister. They spoke God’s Truth to Jamie when she didn’t understand why. When Jamie told her mother she felt weird or dumb, her mother told Jamie God loves her, created her, has a plan for her, and a purpose for her life.

Near the end of Jamie’s interview she said everybody’s going to go through something big in their life but no matter what it is, God is always bigger, in control, and King.

Jamie added no matter how many things come into our life that we can’t control, we can always choose to go to Jesus knowing he’ll carry us through it.

God remains in control. He loves us. He has a plan for our lives. Words we hear often. Words that are Truth. Words we can choose to believe; or not. Which will we choose?

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For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalms 30:5 (NLT)

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Pause for Poetry-Mary and Martha

Mary and Martha

Annie Johnson Flint

Martha was busy and hurried,
Serving the Friend divine,
Cleansing the cups and the platters,
Bringing the bread and the wine;
But Martha was careful and anxious
Fretted in thought and in word,
She had no time to be learning
While she was serving the Lord,
For Martha was “cumbered” with serving,
Martha was “troubled” with “things” –
Those that would pass with the using –
She was forgetting her wings.

But Mary was quiet and peaceful,
Learning to love and to live.
Mary was hearing His precepts,
Mary was letting Him give –
Give of the riches eternal,
Treasures of mind and of heart;
Learning the mind of the Master,
Choosing the better part.

Do we ever labor at serving
Till voices grow fretful and shrill,
Forgetting how to be loving,
Forgetting how to be still?
Do we strive for “things” in possession,
And toil for the perishing meat,
Neglecting the one thing needful –
Sitting at Jesus’ feet?

Service is good when He asks it,
Labor is right in its place,
But there is one thing better –
Looking up into His face;
There is so much He would tell us,
Truths that are precious and deep;
This is the place where He wants us,
These are the things we can keep.

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