Cooking!

Psalm 37:4-5 (ESV):

Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.

Over the years, these verses have been very special to me. I’ve trusted God on many occasions to guide my path, even though I haven’t always listened and stayed off the best road to travel. I’ve learned that when I delight in Him and in His perfect will, my desires become His. Being a part of World Horizons, I’ve become a better person because I’ve learned more of what daily surrender means. I’m by no means perfect, but I hope I’m getting better at laying my life down and loving others bigger and better.

One area of my life that’s needed vast improvement is in cooking. Kris, our Executive Director, is quite an accomplished amateur chef. Personally, I think he should audition for Master Chef! He hates junk food, something I have lived on most of my life due to having long days and nights as an educator. The last thing I wanted to do was to come home and cook. Sorry kids, that’s just the way it was. I’m glad both Joni and Kathy have had some experience from other relatives about how to cook. Anyway, being at World Horizons has encouraged me to cook more and to eat less junk food from fast food restaurants. Not to mention ongoing health problems with my stomach and a special diet I have to be on for awhile.

So, on to the story of my attempt to cook healthy food. One recipe calls for baby bok choy. I’ve never even heard of baby bok choy, must less seen it. So, Google it I do. I see a nice picture of a leafy green vegetable. Off to Kroger we go to the produce section. Well, under the tag labeled baby bok choy is a green and orange type vegetable that looks something like a pumpkin. I’m like, well I must have Googled something wrong; Kroger has to be right. In the basket goes the pumpkin thingy. I get home, and I’m thinking, “Something just doesn’t seem right.” In the refrigerator sits my strange vegetable until I can go back to the grocery store and figure out what went wrong. Several days later, we go back to Kroger and look under the baby bok choy tag again. There still sits my strange pumpkin, this time with a tag on it. I look closely, and low and behold it says “Acorn Squash.” Moral to story, trust Google over Kroger! Needless to say, I’ve become a novice at cooking acorn squash by Googling the recipe! I’m thankful for Fatimah’s Saudi spices which added a nice zing to the roasted acorn squash. Do I love acorn squash? Not so much, but I’m definitely starting to enjoy cooking more as I get to cook healthier meals for my family. This is one story I’ll remember for awhile!

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