Taco Soup at the Ranch

On August 14, 2013, in Montana Recipes, by speaker

Taco Soup at the

Koffee Kup Ranch

 

#3 of Montana beef (or reg.hamburger)

2 pkg taco seasoning

2 cans green beans, undrained

2 cans whole kernel corn, undrained

1 28oz can of Busch Country Style baked beans

2 cans chopped tomatoes, undrained.

Garnishes:

Grated cheese, chopped black olives

Chopped onions, sour cream

 

Brown hamburger, stirring until crumbly. Drain off fat.

Add remaining ingredients. Heat until bubbly. Serve over broken

Tortilla chips and choice of garnishes. Great warmed up next day!

Serves 6-10 depending on appetite!

 

 

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For Your Comfort

On August 1, 2013, in Inspiration, by speaker

For Your Comfort . . .    No matter where you are right now, in a place of peace in your life or whether you fear being able to keep your head above water, whether everything is coming up roses or you see your entire life wilting from burdens, we all need encouragement at times.

   In some cases our circle of concern is about someone in our family with health issues or other problems. Other times our circle of concern covers our entire world as we hear of conflicts and crisis around the globe. Our focus has been drawn to Haiti and Chili, but all over our world people have needs. There can be people close to you who need help.

    So what do we do? First, we pray. The disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray.”

   “In this manner, therefore, pray,” Jesus said, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We go to God with our requests. That is a good way for us to pray, that His way will be clear to all people in all lands. That those hurting and in need will find His grace, that all of us on this earth will be instruments of giving and helping others.

   We do not have to search too far to find stories of individuals doing wonderful things to aid the poor, the ill, those who have nothing and those who are alone. What can I do? What can you do? In reality, what can we do today that helps someone else? Start with one thing, a first step in helping. It could be a phone call, a note, a check in an envelope, a ride to the grocery store, accompany someone to the doctor, give a tank of gas, buy some groceries, or clean a house.

   Remember when just before Jesus ascended into heaven and the question of love was asked of Peter? Jesus said, “Then feed my lambs.” In the next verse, the same declaration of love was answered with “Then tend my sheep.” It seems to me we can worry and fret and stew over world concerns or we can pray and feed and tend each in our own special way.

   If you reply, “I cannot think about the world right now. My eyes can only see my own crisis that I am living right now,” then please know this. We, those of us who read these words, will pray for you. That is what I want each of you to do. Right now, right where you are, stop reading and say a prayer for those who are suffering and hurting.

   Sometimes, I think when we say the prayer that Jesus gave the disciples, we do not consider the words. Yet in the words lies the directions. Let us never be guilty of rote recitation, whether it is the Lord’s Prayer or the Pledge of Allegiance or the Bill of Rights. We need to be thinking about what we are thinking, what we are doing. And what we can do to lift the burden of another. In that way, one holding the hand of another, we can all be lifted up and encouraged.

   So my request to you this day is three fold. First keep praying – for our world and all of us in it. Secondly, tend the sheep. In some way, help someone today and then tomorrow, help someone else. Make it a daily habit. It may be something little, it may be something big. Let God lead you. Thirdly, make a difference in the world. I am sure you can think of something. Volunteer. Give. Help. We may be surprised by what we can do in our world – by tending sheep it turns out we have been tending each other. That makes for a joyful journey!

 

 

 

 

 

How I Came To Believe

I am at an age in my life where it is hard for me to remember anything. I walk into the kitchen to get something and when I get there, I can’t remember why I came there. ‘Course I don’t want to spend much time in my kitchen anyway because I don’t like to cook.

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