Kung Hei Fat Choy!! That means “may prosperity be with you” in Cantonese! Today is New Year’s Eve. The biggest holiday in China. There are so many things to learn about the holiday. There are certain dishes to prepare, extensive house cleaning, laisee packets to give out, and new clothes to buy just to name a few. When I say a few, I mean it! There are tons of things to do and not do leading up to and during the holiday. The Chinese as a culture are pretty superstitious and while I don’t believe lighting firecrackers will ward off spirits I do respect their culture and with that comes teaching to younger generations.
We talked about being teachable today with my Thursday ladies. There is no prior experience needed, Jesus will train us. He will go out of his way to prepare our hearts so that we are open to learning his ways and listening to him. Then he will wait until we open the door.
The difference between Martha in Luke 10:38-42 and John 11:17-28 is so amazing because she listened to Jesus’ gentle rebuke in Luke 10:42 where he says, “Mary has chosen what is better”. In John 11:17-28, we see Martha leaving the house to go meet Jesus after Lazarus had died. She wasn’t going right out front, but she most likely walked miles to get Jesus. This was definitely not the same Martha who was so uptight in Luke 10:38-42 and wouldn’t leave the kitchen.
Joanna Weaver writes “sometimes we conveniently let God’s voice be drowned out by the confusion of our daily existence; we avoid listening to him by being too busy to read the Bible or pray.” She goes on to say that “when we refuse to listen to the Lord, we shut him out. We refuse him the opportunity to teach us, to transform our lives, and to work through us to transform the world.” Martha could have left the living room kicking and screaming because Jesus had rebuked her. But she didn’t. Her heart was open. She listened, she changed, she was transformed.
Are you teachable? Are you open to get help from others? Can you take criticism and make changes? Are you empathetic? Can you listen without trying to one up a friend with a worse situation? If you answered yes you have a teachable heart. If you answered no that’s ok just pray and soon God will open your heart to be teachable in HIS ways.
If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.–John 8:31-32
Spinach and Arugula Salad
I love this salad! The combination of the spinach and peppery arugula along with the almonds is so yummy!
2 T sherry vinegar
2 T real maple syrup
1 t Dijon mustard
6 T extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 medium carrots, grated
1 stalk celery, sliced thinly
3 c lightly packed baby arugula
3 c fresh baby spinach
3/4 c sliced almonds, toasted
1/3 c chopped fresh cilantro
1. Mix sherry, maple syrup and dijon mustard in a measuring cup.
2. Add olive oil, salt and pepper and whisk until the olive oil is emulsified. Once your olive oil is no longer separating from the rest of the ingredients it is emulsified.
3. In a large bowl add the carrots, celery, arugula, and spinach, almonds and cilantro and gently combine
4. Add dressing and toss with salad and serve