Complain, complain, complain. I had a long week. Well if I’m being honest, every week is long! But after a long week of school, my son’s Friday night Cotillion class that ended at 10 pm and then a 6:20 am departure for the soccer pitch on Saturday, the morning came with a lot of complaining.
After posting something on Faceboook complaining about my early morning, I saw I wasn’t alone. Many friends had an even more grumbly start to their Saturday with multiple soccer games and one with a tour away in Macau. Needless to say, I felt bad for complaining.
After my 6:20am soccer drive, I drove my oldest daughter 1 hour each way to her horseback riding lesson. I was thinking about my post and thought, “Karen, don’t think so negatively. Turn this into a positive,” something my mom use to say when my kids were young. Something I am sure I grumbled about out loud or in my head.
But what really hit me was I had had quality time with 2 of my 3 kids before 9am! I saw the sunrise . Ok it was pretty cloudy, but at least I saw the dark morning light turn to daylight. Most importantly was I realized God’s timing is definitely not the same as my timing.
In addition it made me think, “What did God want me to see in all of this chaos?” This is the stuff HE uses to get me to reflect, see how blessed I am, and make me a better person. At the same time, while I am thinking about all of this and driving, I heard this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe4SckesWLE) on my Christian Radio app about what God uses to help us see how blessed we are.
Now, you tell me how all of this just happened without God’s plan! God is very funny. He used Facebook, an app that I use to listen to music in the US, my kids, my friends, and their schedules. Coincidence? No way! GOD-INCIDENT for sure!
So if you had a long week and are bracing for another long week, try these these simple steps for a more meaningful week:
1. Did you have a bad day today? God is saying, “Hellllloooooo look around! Life is beautiful”
2. Were you short tempered with someone? Sometimes God puts people in our lives that push our buttons to teach us to be more patient and kind.
3. Did your day not work out the way you wanted? Lead with God in your heart and your day will always go according to plan….HIS plan!
Do everything without grumbling or arguing,–Philippians 2:14
Traditional Falafels with Yogurt Sauce
Don’t be overwhelmed with using dried chickpeas. Soak them overnight or do like I did and just boil them for a about 1 hour in the morning.
2 1/4 cups cooked chickpeas, from dry beans that have been soaked overnight or boiled until tender
1 green onion, coarsely chopped
1 large clove garlic, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
1 lemon, juiced
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup flour
1/2 C yogurt
2 T grated cucumber
Smoked paprika for garnish
Vegetable oil, for frying
Lettuce, for garnish
Chopped tomatoes, for garnish
1. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, green onions, garlic, cumin, cayenne, parsley, cilantro, egg, and lemon juice. Pulse to combine and season with salt. The mixture will not be smooth and should not have large chunks.
2. Put mixture into bowl and add the baking powder and 1/3 cup of the flour and stir to combine. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
3. For yogurt sauce, put yogurt in a bowl with grated cucumber and sprinkle with smoked paprika.
4. Remove the chickpea mixture from the refrigerator. Add enough oil to a large saute pan so it reaches 1/2-inch up the sides and heat it over medium-high heat.
5. Form golf ball size handfuls of the chickpea mixture and then pat down slightly. Fry in batches of hot oil for about 3 to 4 minutes each side and drain on paper towels.
6. Serve the falafel on a bed of lettuce with chopped tomatoes, and yogurt grated cucumber and warmed whole wheat pita bread