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Friday, September 23, 2016

My Wife and Blog partner went home this morning...day 1 numb

1 John 4:7-10            [ God Is Love ]
"My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God."

My Dear Friends and family, This morning as swiftly as Love came home to me the woman who made me feel Beloved...returned Home, Love to Love , to be with and in... the presence of her Father, Lord, and Saviour, and True Lover of who she is...Jesus. Cat and I shared almost 17 years of passionate moments. Oh for sure not all sweet and pleasurable...yet in every moment of pain, loss, trouble, scars, and tears... Cat embraced each moment with the same Passion... the expression of the revelation of Love powering through her heart.  That power Love's pure energy, drove her.  One of the many things I admired and loved about her was when someone met Cat...they knew her.  She was up front and straight forward to a fault Like her best friend and saviour Jesus.   Truth be told...she would!  Wanting only that others would see Jesus in her.  With her I shared that same desire and together we stood behind, supported, and encouraged that in each other...and to those God put in our circle of influence...or in relationship with.  We'd been put together to grow and develop as a "new creation"   We were a "couple"...  the one flesh, in a larger body,  we were two persons living by the life of another...more of a "triple" actually...
To the very end of her residence in the corporeal form born Cathleen Lou Fast she took each piece of life tasted it chewing and digesting it into her very heart where space, time, and matter don't "matter"...only one thing...Our love...mattered,  As expressed in one of her fav worship songs...(please listen with ears to hear)      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_KXsMCJgBQ
And that power...Grace...and I have been blessed and fulfilled to have known anyone so incredibly...Grace-ful. Her passion made things happen  they so touched the heart of God.  Like Jesus, God works through obedient servants...I can see her now sitting at her sewing machine...smiling...she did it unconsciously...Passionate Love smiles Sisters and Brothers..and it changed my life...We shared a name and a heart and a time.  And together we both came and agreed...that God made for her just what He made in me!  A passion...creative unto itself...  And the smile goes on and on and on and on it goes!
Rock and Roll! Jesus is the Rock and we Roll!   want to say so much more  floodgates just started to open   She was Our friend and I love being a part of such an awesome friend relationship  She so enjoyed her facebook staying in touch and sharing her passion for the Word...seeing pics of her family, grands and greats she expressed such pride in you all she truly valued relationship...from the Friends made over her custom Creations, to the Body of Christ the bride which we are of...to the fellowship of suffering     which she embraced with an attitude that glorified God...I wont be on much but will endeavor to share with you the blessing that was Cat and the Passion that IS Cat...
 She's home rockin' and rollin' with her dad and the great cloud of witnesses...shouting  as we do too...Halleluia!
It is indeed "funny" odd to me that even though she is "gone"  The Love grows stronger...It is after all ...a Love thing...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ran across my rubber Pirate Chicken...

...Hardly good eats!  And with the passing of Talk like a Pirate Day , the finding reminded me of the fun times had celebrating this holiday during the radio show...Chef Brian Edwards has one also...I ran across a barrel full of mostly defective Rubber Pirate Chickens ..and finding a few that "worked"  it squeaked as only a rubber chicken can...I sent him one as the unofficial mascot of Cooking With A Mission the former radio ministry of CCI...
So now I have a reminder of sharing the Joy of the Lord...Strength in Joy indeed!
John 16:22 (NKJV)
Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
John 16:23-24 (MSG)
“This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!

Happy Happy Joy Joy!
Thems good eats!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

...intermezzo...

Whew!  while its not "hard" work  it is busy! Hunting, foraging, digging, gathering, harvesting, processing, getting all the Mis en place and cooking, tasting, and digesting ...all to see what the food means to us...yes it is life giving, and yes it is nourishing, and quite frankly...a lot of "stuff"!  And now we know ...what?
Take a moment to just "be" in His presence...its been a much shared word recently and for good reason...it is the place where Jesus is and where His truth is revealed...a place where His yoke is easy, where His burden...Light...a place where His peace which is given to us is received...A place where Love lives...Its a Love thing Amen?
Let us partake.  Not necessarily does See come right after Taste...
Take a moment and digest...its been, and will continue to be... quite a journey
A groovy vid/song and a cartoon for your spiritual pleasure and as a digestif...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WPbs7N-E0Q&index=5&list=PLRZlMhcYkA2HCg8PZnI1EaqcnIhU-Kd3T








Rock and Roll!  Jesus is the Rock...and we Roll!

If any of you would like to share comment below

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

...gathering more manna...food foretold...

From Cat's scripture sharing...from the prophesy of Joel 2:23-24 (MSG).  a foretelling...Here Joel was prophesying things and times, persons and yes Food to come!

[ The Trees Are Bearing Fruit Again ] "Fear not, Earth! Be glad and celebrate! God has done great things. Fear not, wild animals! The fields and meadows are greening up. The trees are bearing fruit again: a bumper crop of fig trees and vines! Children of Zion, celebrate! Be glad in your God. He’s giving you a teacher to train you how to live right— Teaching, like rain out of heaven, showers of words to refresh and nourish your soul, just as he used to do. And plenty of food for your body—silos full of grain, casks of wine and barrels of olive oil."

This is a part of a message given through Joel and at the beginning he writes in Joel 1 (MSG)
1-3 God’s Message to Joel son of Pethuel:
Attention, elder statesmen! Listen closely,
    everyone, whoever and wherever you are!
Have you ever heard of anything like this?
    Has anything like this ever happened before—ever?
Make sure you tell your children,
    and your children tell their children,
And their children their children.
    Don’t let this message die out.

We love the promises...  the good things...as we must love the other things for they are part and parcel of what has gone on...what is going on, and what will...go on.  The song comes to me... Will the Circle be unbroken? ...in the here and now another song  Standing on the promises...We are called to do that.  As Joel wrote  Be Glad in your God! He's giving us a teacher!   I encourage you to seek that teacher and have a nibble...and "Don't let this message die out!   To eternity and beyond!

Monday, September 19, 2016

God Monday to you all...ready for another bite?

 It is food we seek and hunger for...that same hunger desire and passion we feel for such things that fill our bellies...we also seek to fill our hearts and souls....and in the process...our brains  ( thats usually the stumbling block battlefield of the mind)
We are called to be "Do-ers" of the Word...Amen?  We hear, listen, read and speak the Word ingesting it into our spirit person.  From the beginning food was the primal thing that showed the Love of God...His provision...the thing that made us strong, healthy, and empowered for the task He gave us to “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the Earth!"  For one thing we had to work the fields and work for our food...All things working together.  As in food service  the food "services" us  relationship ..food for food...When the Hebrew children were "Exodused" from Egypt God knew it was going to be tough going and the logistics of feeding millions...Wow!  We may be able to wrap our minds around feeding a meal to thousands...it is a massive effort that calls for discipline, a staff, organizational skills, a plan, , and equipment...and oh yeah the raw materials, the food of which we can configure into eatable product delivered in a timely and precise way...yikes!  God took the "relationship" we had with food...and expressed it in His Worship...from the tithe of the dough to the Sacrifices, Grain, Drink, Peace, Whole Burnt...in Numbers 28
[ Offerings ] God spoke to Moses: “Command the People of Israel. Tell them, You’re in charge of presenting my food*, my Fire-Gifts of pleasing fragrance, at the set times. Tell them, This is the Fire-Gift that you are to present to God: two healthy yearling lambs each day as a regular Whole-Burnt-Offering. Sacrifice one lamb in the morning, the other in the evening, together with two quarts of fine flour mixed with a quart of olive oil for a Grain-Offering. This is the standard Whole-Burnt-Offering instituted at Mount Sinai as a pleasing fragrance, a Fire-Gift to God. The Drink-Offering that goes with it is a quart of strong beer[or strong wine**] with each lamb. Pour out the Drink-Offering before God in the Sanctuary. Sacrifice the second lamb in the evening with the Grain-Offering and Drink-Offering the same... as in the morning—a Fire-Gift of pleasing fragrance for God. ..."
     So we know food is important but here we get another taste of what Our Father says in our worship is His food  saying this s we can identify with these things as they worship God as we...worship God.  And how these things  ( All things working together amen?) are directed and ordered by God...Yes all the regulations about food and all the procedures for cooking and worshipping like the priests in the temple and those going to worship had to ritually wash their hands or were not allowed into the Presence.  Also a groovy note was the basin that contained the water for washing is defined as a Chafing Dish!  We all know that word!  More cooking devices used in the worship of God...
     Wow  the more we Ask, Seek, and Knock...
in Mat 7 “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock. 9 Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asks for bread? 10 Or would you give him a snake when he asks for a fish? 11 As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
12 “Do for others what you want them to do for you: this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the prophets."
The more we receive, find, and the door is opened   The Meal is ready   come on in... We are now open for business...so now lets finish it...Follow the Maitre 'D  and and enjoy your meal...

*Emphasis and underline is my enhancement of the words "my food"
** other Translations translate Strong  Beer as Strong Wine KJ, Living, AS, or in the NIV..."fermented drink"
Jesus even mentioned the tithe of cumin and mint

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy Saturday!

While digesting our first courses on our journey to His Food....the Word today ...a great verse that encourages and spurs us on to want to know more of God in His Word...Posted by my wifey today...

Ephesians 5:1
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

Taste some of this and see...

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lets keep seeking...hunter-gathers...I must be about my Father's business!

Luke 2:49 (NKJV) And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”  Jesus amazed the scholars...and already hungry and wanted the best !so when we want the best we go to the source  and to the best persons we can find to share that food with us......Jesus knocked, and sought and was seated with the teachers...and asking...And Jesus when "busted" by the rents....left with them...and in Luke 2:52 "matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people."....Going about the family business...snif snif   I smell food....
     In 1st Samuel Saul was a guy….doing as others did back then working in the family business…that was tradition…that is why folk say Jesus was a Carpenter  because His earthly Father was one…     Going back to the hunt in the OT I found a reference to food, bread and wine...wow the Word is full of food! In the amazing story of Saul (In fact I encourage you all to eat...er  read the  great story of Saul in 1 Sam 9 and 10)  So Saul was caring for his father’s business as usual...Donkeys are important to a farm, ranch, and any person or business really It was the car, the truck, the plow, the stump puller  it was the beast of burden that could move mountains...and even speak as one spoke to Balaam...and save us from a whole lot of work.  Now Saul's Dad Kish was a successful person for he had servants, and enough donkeys that they couldn't keep an eye on all of them.   When they found out some donkeys got lost…Saul’s Dad sent him and a servant out to find the donkeys….sounds like "business as usual" enough…then things got different  For they were about to enter into and experience a world changing event God had already planned out! After a long day looking they found out about a “Seer” (the old testament title for Prophet)  and found food!... in 1 Sam 9
19-20 “I’m the Seer,” said Samuel. “Accompany me to the shrine and eat with me. In the morning I’ll tell you all about what’s on your mind, and send you on your way. And by the way, your lost donkeys—the ones you’ve been hunting for the last three days—have been found, so don’t worry about them. At this moment, Israel’s future is in your hands.”
21 Saul answered, “But I’m only a Benjaminite, from the smallest of Israel’s tribes, and from the most insignificant clan in the tribe at that. Why are you talking to me like this?”
22-23 Samuel took Saul and his servant and led them into the dining hall at the shrine and seated them at the head of the table. There were about thirty guests. Then Samuel directed the chef, “Bring the choice cut I pointed out to you, the one I told you to reserve.”
24 The chef brought it and placed it before Saul with a flourish, saying, “This meal was kept aside just for you. Eat! It was especially prepared for this time and occasion with these guests.”
Saul ate with Samuel—a memorable day!

     True!  One day looking for Donkeys….the next becoming “born again” as it were ...He became something new!  On the path he found his purpose…In his purpose he found God’s Will for His life….and that in a nutshell is what happened to me and I believe to you.  As we journey through life…each morning we are born again another chance…
And the invite was Come...eat!  Then the chef...serving in the service of the Lord of Hosts...served the choice cut...with a flourish...something we do today...working with the best ingredients and the "flourish" that passion expressed in our dishes...Just that meal made it a Memorable day!  As we strive to create memorable cuisine...God's "business' has always been about providing for His children (that's us) from the beginning...and all through His children's journey...as He does to this day...we must follow and imitate Christ in His finishing works feeding body, heart, and soul.  
Mange'!