Thursday, March 6, 2014

Woman, you are freed...

And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath
And behold there was a woman who for 18 years 
had had a sickness caused by a spirit
and she was bent double and could not straighten up at all.

And when Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her,
"Woman, you are freed from your sickness."

And He laid His hands upon her 
immediately she was made erect again
began glorifying God.

A synagogue official who was angry because Jesus healed (worked) on the Sabbath confronted Jesus in front of the the multitudeJesus exposed his hypocrisy by pointing out that he untied his oxen and donkeys from the stall and led them away to water them. Jesus exposed the official's sinful heart and his unloving attitude that even his animals were more important than this woman...whom Jesus saw.

And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is,
whom Satan has bound for 18 long years,
should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?

And as He said this, all His opponents were being humiliated;
and the entire multitude was rejoicing
over all the glorious things being done by Him.
Luke 13:12-17

Jesus always sees right to the heart of every person at the moment and states and meets the needs that He sees!  Are you more like the official or the woman who had a need?  Either way, Jesus is who you need!  He sees you!

Mushroom Jambalaya
Serves 4
I've been trying to come up with some meatless meals to save money at the grocery store.  So I came up with the idea to marinate chopped mushrooms in sausage spices overnight, hoping they would be a good substitute for sausage in jambalaya.  It was pretty tasty!

For the mushroom "sausage":

8 oz Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced or diced
1 Tbsp brown sugar
3 tsp dried sage
2 tsp salt
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Marinate overnight in fridge.

For the jambalaya:

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 recipe mushroom "sausage"
1 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped bell pepper
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 bay leaf
1 cup uncooked rice
2 cups water

Saute the mushrooms, onion and bell pepper in the oil.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook over medium heat until the rice is cooked.  Enjoy!

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