Life is a series of seasons. The seasons can be so smooth that you don’t even bother talking or listening to God. Why should you? You’ve got it all covered, right? WRONG! Bam, you enter a season that is rocky and scary and all of a sudden you remember God. Oops!
Most of the time the rocky and scary seasons last a LONG time and test our faith in ways we couldn’t even imagine. NOW WHAT? You haven’t talked to God in months and all of a sudden you need HIM. God is always there for us even if we forget about him for an hour or a month. It is easy to become doubtful and get angry at God during dark seasons, but in these times we must stay strong in our faith. If you have been out of touch with God begin again to communicate with HIM.
A simple formula I learned during an Alpha Course video presented by Nicky Gumbel was sorry, thank you, please. Gumbel says, ‘To become Christians and receive all the benefits of the cross, we must pray to God, saying sorry for our wrong-doing, thanking Jesus for dying for us and asking Him to come into our lives and fill us with His Spirit.”
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you–Luke 11: 1-13
Easy Mango Chutney
Just made enough for one jar but recipe can easily be multiplied and then canned. Served these with samosas:)
3/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
2 cups mangoes (about 4 Philippine mangoes), peeled and cut in 3/4-inch pieces
2 T medium onion, chopped
2 T cup golden raisins
2 T cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped (I made this, super easy)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 teaspoon mustard seeds, whole
1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (hot)
1. Put sugar and vinegar in a small pot and bring to a boil until sugar is melted.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer uncovered for about 45 min to one hour until mixture becomes thick and syrupy.
3. Pour into jar and use within a week. If you decide to multiply the recipe for canning, process in a water bath after pouring into prepared jars.