What I Need to Know

This month, I’ve been participating in July’s Scripture writing plan from Sweet Blessings: God is Our Refuge. Focusing for over a week now on the promise of refuge and salvation has led to many thoughts and prayers, and I’m looking forward to the remaining 23 days.

The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, he know those who take refuge in him.

Nahum 1:7 (part of day 7)

When do I need refuge? When I am afraid. When someone, or some situation, or some sin, or some other worry is pressing on me. In that moment, what I want most to know how everything will be resolved. I want to know, “what will happen?”

As with many others, however, what I want most to know is not what I need most to know. The way of quieting my heart and mind is not in knowing the end from the beginning. No, Nahum says in 4 words (in English, two in Hebrew) what I most need to know: The LORD is good.

The LORD — יְהֹוָה Yĕhovah

Not “one”, not “a”. There are no others in His rank. No other lesser gods to somehow grab power. No equal forces of good and evil to balance out, no equal dichotomy of right and wrong. He alone is unrivaled in the universe.

The eternal, self-existing One. He does not need our help.  All things happen according to His will — even the things that most trouble us. He is the authority, because He existed before all things and He is the Creator and Master of all creation.

is good — טוֹבtowb

He is right. Excellent. Rich and Valuable in estimation. Because He is good, He does what is good. Since He is good in His very being, He is trustworthy.

That’s what a child knows when they run to a parent for help when they are afraid: My parents are bigger, and they are good to me.

Because the LORD is unrivaled in His power and good in His very nature, He is “a stronghold in the day of trouble.”

And as an added balm to a worried heart, “he knows those who take refuge in him.” He knows every hair on their head. He hems them in behind and before. He sees their goings out and staying in. He has written down everyday of their lives. He calls them by name.

So take courage.

He is God.

He is good.

He knows you.

 

The LORD is good,

a stronghold in the day of trouble,

he know those who take refuge in him.

Nahum 1:7

 

 

Grain-free Golden Chicken Tenders

For the summer, I’m really trying to limit my grain consumption, including rice and, tragically, scones.

I recently purchased chicken to begin re-introducing them to my diet. Since it’s also a day with a free afternoon, I decided to try grain-free fried chicken.

This recipe was quick, easy, and oh so good! Clean up is a breeze… unless turmeric gets on the counter. Don’t get turmeric on the counter.

Which brings me to my next point. Not only is this chicken grain, dairy, and egg free, it features the “Queen of Spices”: turmeric.

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And it’s tasty!

It makes everything yellow (including counters), hence the golden chicken.

This savory chicken would be great paired with asparagus, carrots, and lime cilantro rice… if you aren’t avoiding grains.

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Grain-free Golden Chicken Tenders

Ingredients:

1/8 c. Coconut flour

1/4 c. Almond meal/flour

1-1 1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt

1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

1/2 tsp. Onion powder

1- 1 1/2 tsp. Turmeric

Coconut oil (3 Tbs.)

1/2 cup almond milk

1 large raw chicken breast cut into 1/2 in. slices or 1 pound raw chicken tenders.

Directions:

  • Mix the flours and spices in a bowl and then pour onto a plate.
  • In a shallow bowl, pour almond milk.
  • Pour enough oil into a large skillet to cover the bottom. (Tip: Too much oil will make the chicken soggy, so watch for that. You can always add oil as you are cooking, if they start to stick.)
  • Heat skillet on med heat. Dip chicken tenders in milk, then in flour/spice mixture, coating on both sides. Place in skillet.

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Cook on medium to medium-high heat for about ten minutes on both sides, until the coating is crispy and internal temperature is 165 F. (Tip: if the chicken is cooked, but the coating isn’t crispy, increase heat to high to quickly get that crunch.)

Serve warm and enjoy!

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