Devotional: Enough for Everybody

Background on the “Enough”

About a year ago, I was looking out of the kitchen window, and I thought that what I was witnessing was a bird fight.  Instead of it being a fight, it was more like bullying.  Bullying among two birds.  One robin decided that he wanted the other robin to leave the grass. (Granted there was more than enough room for both of them.) The second robin(victim) tried to stay there. 

However, the first robin(victim), continued to peck him.  The second robin went over to the bird bath to relax there.  And what do you know?  Mr. Bully came over there and pecked him until he left that area.  Eventually the second robin flew into the happy face tree(someone literally drew a happy face on the tree itself), and stayed there for a while.  This made the bully very happy.



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Reflection on Enough

Last week, I saw several birds in the backyard after it rained.  No one had the bullying and victim title.  They were all scavenging for food after it rained.  They knew that there was more than enough to go around.

God revealed something to me in that very moment.  Sometimes we are like the two birds from a year ago.  We feel that we are not satisfied until we are the only star.  We feel that there will not be enough of God’s grace, goodness, and mercy to go around.  We think we have to fight in order to get the blessings, or there won’t be enough.

Other times, we are like the birds from last week, realizing that there is more than enough, God is the one who owns it all, and is running it all. 

The earth is the Lord‘s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalms 24:1, KJV

Even with whatever talent it is that he has blessed us with, he has to tell the door to open and to close.  Some of us will be blessed with a lot, and some of us will be blessed with little. 

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“O my people, listen as I speak.
    Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
    I am God, your God!
I have no complaint about your sacrifices
    or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.

But I do not need the bulls from your barns
    or the goats from your pens.
10 For all the animals of the forest are mine,
    and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.

11 I know every bird on the mountains,
    and all the animals of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
    for all the world is mine and everything in it.

13 Do I eat the meat of bulls?
    Do I drink the blood of goats?
14 Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
    and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
15 Then call on me when you are in trouble,
    and I will rescue you,
    and you will give me glory.” Psalms 50:7-15, NLT

However, when we realize that there is more than enough for everybody, then we can look to God, rather than other people to receive the blessing.

Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.

17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. 

Proverbs 15:16-17, KJV

Dear God,

We thank you for the gifts that you have blessed us with.  We pray that you will help us to realize that we don’t have to worry about being threatened by anyone else, because you have blessed all of us with different gifts/talents that are unique to us.  Please help us not to compete, but to work together for your glory.

In your name we pray,



Upcycling Canvas Paintings

When we were living at our last residence, I looked around my bedroom, and then I realized that the canvas painting on the wall didn’t match the theme of the rest of the room.  As a matter of fact, it was totally off.  I was in such survival mode for a while, that it had taken about a year for me to figure this out.  

At first, I decided to take the painting to Goodwill.  Then, my creative mind took over, and I thought that maybe I could upcycle the painting for a different purpose.  I decided to make a memo/postcard/picture board, and was pleased with the results.  Remembering that I had some extra burlap material left over, I held it up to the painting, and got to working.  The blessing in all of this is that I had everything that I needed for this project at home already.

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Activity:  Recycling a canvas painting


  • staples
  • stapler
  • any material from home
  • canvas painting from home
  • pushpins

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  1.  Cut the material if needed, and then completely cover the canvas painting with it. 
  2.  Cut off any excess material, then fold and staple the ends of the material to the wood on the back of the canvas.
  3. Place your pictures/memos/postcards onto your board with pushpins.
  4. Voila!  You’re done.

She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.

Proverbs 31: 13-15


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Dealing with a Bad Day


Every now and then, we tend to have those bad days.  When I say bad days, I am speaking of bad emotional days where you know that the only thing that you can do is to ride them out.  Last week was one of those weeks.  Praise God that this week is starting off better.  Along with praying and reading God’s word, I took a walk to the beach, and let the sand and water run through my feet. I notice that for me, it tends to happen when I already have a few issues that I am dealing with, and then unfortunately, a few to several more are taking place.   These are those days when I thank God for Lamentations 3: 22-24, which says:

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Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” NKJV

This verse gives us hope in knowing that every morning we get a new set of mercies, and that although we feel like our state is going to last forever, it isn’t.  God is gracious, and joy does come in the morning.  Praise the Lord!

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There are several things that I have found works for me when I am having a bad day:

  • Saturating myself in God’s word.  Sometimes we have a favorite book of the bible, or a favorite verse that we can recite over and over.
  • Praying to God for relief and provision during this time.  Sometimes I’ve literally laid my hands on myself, or laid out prostrate for God to break through, reciting his word back to him, and reminding him that he promises that his word would not return unto him void.  I also pray and ask God to help me to get to the root of what is causing this if I am not 100% sure of the cause.
  • Getting outside for fresh air.  It’s good for the adrenal glands, and an overall good feeling. If the sun is out, we get free Vitamin D.
  • Going for a walk.  When we walk, our blood is flowing, oxygen is running through, and it gives our bodies an overall good feeling.
  • Taking an additional Vitamin D if needed.
  • Going out with friends and having a discussion about some of the issues that are going on, along with talking about things that you like to do that will help to lift your mood.  Remember, we weren’t made to bear all of our burdens on our own.
  • If you live close to a beach or pond, watching the water gives a calming effect.  
  • Journaling:  Writing down a list of the things that you are dealing with, and going to God in your writing can also help release some of the weight.
  • Creativity:  This could include painting, upcycling, poetry, scrapbooking, etc.

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But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.
Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
And gather you from the west;
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth—
Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”

Isaiah 43: 1-7, NKJV

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Devotional: Surprised by Provision


There are a lot of things that happen in life that we are just not prepared for handling.  As a matter of fact, if God revealed to us what was on the way, we’d take off running in the other direction.  Sometimes one thing happens, and that one thing ends up changing your entire world for what you know it to be.  That is what happened to Naomi.  She was surprised by disappointment, and then surprised by provision.

Naomi and her husband Elimelech, and their two sons decided to leave Bethlehem and reside in Moab because of the famine.  Instead of life getting better at this point, it got worse.  Elimelech died.  Their two sons found wives, and got married.  Then their two sons died.

Naomi decided to go back to Bethlehem, since she heard that they had bread again.  She figured that this might be a small sign of God’s provision.  Naomi told her two daughter-in-laws to head back to their homelands so that they could find husbands, since she didn’t have anymore sons.   Orpah left, but Ruth decided to stay:

 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Ruth 1:16, KJV

When they returned back to Bethlehem, it was evident that Naomi was surprised by God’s provision:

So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?

 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

 I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.  Ruth 1: 19-22, KJV

Neither Ruth nor Naomi had a clue that going back to Bethlehem would bring surprise provision itself.  They went back for bread.  God had a little bit more than bread waiting for them.  He slowly began to reveal his plan.    

Ruth went out to glean corn, and she met a man named Boaz.  They had a conversation, and Boaz let on to Ruth that God was recompensing her work for her full diligence:

 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.

The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

Ruth 2: 11-12, KJV

When Ruth arrived back home, Naomi questioned her about the food.  Ruth told her that she had met a man by the name of Boaz.  Naomi knew this was good news:

And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the Lord, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.

Ruth 2: 20, KJV

According to the law, a kinsmen could be the redeemer if a relative died.  In this case, since Boaz was a kinsmen, he could redeem the land that belonged to Elimelech and his two sons.  However, there was a kinsmen even closer than Boaz.  This meant that he had first pick.  This relative didn’t want to forfeit his own inheritance.  Therefore, Boaz became the kinsmen redeemer.

And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi.

 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.

Ruth 4: 9-10, KJV


What a surprise!  The women encouraged Naomi, telling her that God hadn’t forgotten about her:  

And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

Ruth 4: 14-15, KJV


My Story

At the age of 25, I had my surprise disappointment as well.  I was pregnant with my first child, and I worked all the way up to the day before delivery.  At the time, I was the breadwinner for the household, and I had all of the family health insurance in my name.  My son had his days and nights mixed up, and so for almost six weeks, I had between two to three hours of consecutive sleep during the night.  I was at the point of extreme exhaustion, and I could tell that my blood pressure was up. 

This was confirmed when the home nurse came out to check on me.  As soon as she checked my blood pressure, she knew that it was from lack of sleep.  Four days before my six weeks was up, my son started sleeping through the night for four consecutive hours.  However, I need that I would need two extra weeks of this before returning to work, or else my health would plummet.

I called my job, and requested an additional two weeks off.  I was informed that if i didn’t come back right away, then I would be considered as having abandoned my job.  I hung up the phone, and then wrestled with what to do.  With $50 left to my name, and no emergency money, this was a hard call.  However, I also knew that if they were like this about my health, then they would definitely be like this about my son’s health as well.  I decided not to go back, not sure of how I would make it.


My son was almost 3 months old when I took him to his three month checkup.  After the appointment, I decided to visit my old job, which was five minutes away.  I got caught up with everyone, and my old boss asked me when I would return to work.  I told my old boss what happened, and he said, ” Just like that?”.  I replied, ” Yes, just like that. End of story.”  We laughed, and he asked me what I thought of working for him again.  I thought he was joking, but he was dead serious.  What a surprise!  

Within two weeks, I was back to working again.  In the beginning, I worked a five day week, then a 10 hour four-day week while my son was little, before moving on to a different job.  I didn’t know, but God knew that his divine providence was waiting for me at this place.  All I had to do was to go and get it.  Talk about Jesus working it out with provision!


Dear God,

We thank you for your surprise providence.  Thank you for helping us to step out on faith, even when we are not sure what you have in store for us.  

In Jesus’ name we pray,


Breaking From Busy


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Sometimes we are so busy doing things in the house, running around with the kids, and taking care of business, that we forget to take a break, and really soak in the air, the animals, flowers, and all of God’s creations.  This morning, I was busy doing things in the house, and I decided right then and there that I would stop what I was doing, and get some photography in outside.  It was literally a breath of fresh air.

Last year, as the peonies were blooming, I decided that I would go out and take pictures, and bring a few flowers inside.  That never happened.  By the time that I finally decided that I would do it, they were already dying.  I had waited too long.  I was waiting for the perfect moment.  This really made me sad, since photography is something that I enjoy.  Waiting for the perfect moment can cause us to miss out on the right now, filled with simplicity and God’s perfect grace for today.

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Unfortunately, the roses didn’t bloom this year.  This was also sad.  However, God blessed me with six more flowers to plant within the last three weeks.  Don’t forget to get out today, even if it’s just fifteen minutes.  Have a blessed rest of your week!


The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Isaiah 40:8

Upcycling Throws

I love upcycling things.  When we get tired of looking at what we have, a lot of times there’s a temptation to go out and buy new.  However, there are a lot of things that can be upcycled.  The weird thing is, if we go on a scavenger hunt in our homes, we can usually find just what we need to do the trick.

I have two throws here that I was itching to do something with.  The first throw is a fleece throw.  I looked in my linen closet, and then I decided that I would take two wool scarves that  I didn’t wear anymore, and cut squares out of the material.  I cut up about thirty squares total.


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Upcycling Begins:

I took the second throw, and decided that I wanted something to hang from both ends.  I found just the right scarf for this adventure.  It had strings hanging on both sides.  I cut off the sections of strings on both sides, and then realized that I would need a thick needle and thread combination to handle the weight of the wool.

I had the needle here in my sewing kit, but I needed to go to the craft store for the embroidery thread.  I decided to purchase the #25 embroidery thread, and created a checkers pattern on both ends of the first throw.  For the second throw, I just had to sew straight across the bottom of the hem of the throw, making sure that the piece was tight enough.

For the first throw, I spent about $6.00 on embroidery thread($39 per bunch).  For the second throw, I spent about $2.00 on embroidery thread.  I saved money, and another thing that I was excited about is that they are originals.  Let’s not forget the third bonus:  sewing these wool pieces onto the throws was very therapeutic for me.

Feel free to share things that you have upcycled in your home.  Be blessed!

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She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:24-27, KJV 

What about those Jars?

We all have a way of our way of organizing things.  Some people use bins.  Others of us use drawers, filing cabinets, bookshelves, baskets, magazine holders, etc.  I have discovered that my thing is jars.  I love clear jars of all shapes and sizes, and I really love mason jars.  Their uses are unbelievable.

The thing about mason jars is that they are so inexpensive.  You can get twelve solid mason jars for about $7.99.  About four times a year, the Sunday’s paper has coupons in them for $2 and $3 off, which is a steal.  The bigger mason jars come in six packs, and there are usually coupons for those as well.  You really can’t beat the price.

I use the smaller mason jars anywhere from using them as drinking glasses, to storing spices, coconut flakes, chia seeds, and nutritional yeast.  The larger ones are used for grains, flour, sugar, different types of meal, legumes, beans, and cereal.  For some reason,  over the years, cereal boxes seem to remain halfway open, causing the cereal to get stale, and the remains to waste out.  I don’t have that problem anymore.

Mason jars are simple and functional.  And of course, I like the asethetic of those as well.  I would love to hear about what you use that keeps things simple and functional in your home.  Have a blessed rest of your weekend!

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Now we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this surpassingly great power is from God and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4:7, Berean Study Bible

Well of Life from Perfectionism and Approval

We have all been found guilty of idols in our life.  Some of these surface idols cover up deeper issues.  Because of the trauma and rejection that was placed on me at an early age, my surface idol showed up as striving/ overachievement/perfectionism.  My deeper idol was to get approval from others.  It has taken me a long time to realize this.  When we lay our idols as Jesus’ feet, he quenches our thirst every single time.  Satan makes it his business to make us think that Christ isn’t enough.  The truth of the matter is, we aren’t enough without him.  Daily, we have to go to the tree of life, who is the only one who will fulfill us.  Be blessed!

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The Quench

Lord, I want their approval.

My child, you’re filled with fear and doubt.

Just come to the well.

Drink from my everlasting spout.



Lord, I want their approval.

Don’t you see me on the hill?

With the woman at the well.

Her jar left quite unfilled.



Lord, I want their approval.

Oh my child, can’t you see?

They’re all broken and insecure…

Need some fixin’ at the tree. 



Lord, I need your approval.

Oh dear child, you can see.

All your striving and perfecting,

Doesn’t mean a thing to me.



It’s by grace that you’re saved.

Not by works.

You can’t boast.

And I love you.

Yes, I love you.

Oh, I’m loving you the most.


Upcycling Jars

Whether it is something that I need or desire, I always think of Elijah and the widow in the bible.  God always adds on to what we have when we start with what we have first.  I have been guilty of thinking so much of what I don’t have, that I have missed out on looking at what I do, and seeing that I am in the right position for praying, and allowing God room to do the rest.  Elijah convinced the widow that although she had a little meal and a drop of oil left, if she believed, and fed him first, her and her son wouldn’t die, and there would be enough food left over for them as well.  Sure enough, God provided.  As a matter of fact, they ate for several days.

Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lordsends rain on the land.’”

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.

1 Kings 17: 13-15, NIV

One of the bonuses to some things that we have in life, is that they can be upcycled and used for so many other things, that we could possibly write a whole book on them.  I think that jars would fit into this category.  A couple of years ago, I was looking for something to place on the trunk in my bedroom, and of course, it was one of those times when money was scarce.  I started walking around my house, and wondering if I had something in one room that I could swap for a new home in my bedroom.  

I didn’t find anything, but what I did find was a relish jar and pasta sauce jars that hadn’t gone to the recycle bin yet.  My mind got to going as it does when I get into creativity mode.  I cut out pictures from my French book from high school, and with the little change that I had, I bought a small container of Modge Podge for about $2.50 with a coupon from Michaels, and the rest is history.


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Activity:  Creating vintage jars


  • Used jars (home)
  • Books or Magazines (home)
  • Modge Podge $2.50 (Craft Store like Michaels)
  • Foam Brush (home or craft store for $.25)


  • Wash jars and dry thoroughly.
  • Cut out the pictures that you need.
  • Using a foam brush, place Modge Podge all over each of the jars.
  • Place the pictures on the jars.
  • Use Modge Podge to cover the entire surface of the pictures so that they will stay attached to the jars.

Turkey Burgers and Potato Wedges with Tomatillo Sauce

I absolutely love turkey burgers and french fries with ketchup.  For the last couple of months, it seems as though I have experimenting with all different kinds of ingredients for turkey burgers.  I have finally decided that this recipe is the one that I like best.  My teenage daughter says that she thinks that I just get a kick out of mixing things together.  That is probably true.  One thing that I noticed about this recipe is that if you add a little bit more water than what is required for the flaxseed mixture, then the burgers turn out really moist.  Even more important than the recipe, is engaging and enjoying family and friends.  This is one meal where everyone can get involved in the process.


Activity:  Making Turkey Burgers and Potato Wedges with Tomatillo Sauce for Dinner

Total Prepping and Cooking Time:  60 minutes

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  • (1) 18 oz.  container of oatmeal  – $2.00
  • (2) 16 oz. packs of ground turkey – $5.99
  • four tablespoons of nutritional yeast (4.0 oz of nutritional yeast is $2.50 at Whole Foods)
  • 4 tablespoons flaxseed meal – $3.79 for 16 oz. bag
  • 1 container of oregano – $1.00
  • 1 container of cumin – $1.00
  • 1 container of parsley flakes – $1.00
  • 1 container of onion powder – $1.00
  • 1 container of chili powder – $1.00
  • (1) container of regular butter , vegan butter, or olive oil (for potatoes and frying the burgers) – $3.80
  • (1) bag of potatoes – $1.99
  • 2 lbs. of tomatillos – $1.50
  • 1 bunch of cilantro – $.50
  • 1 jar of minced garlic – $1.90
  • 2 packs of cheese – $5.00
  • 2 lbs. of tomatoes – $1.99
  • 2 loaves of bread – $3.50

Total Cost: $ 39.46

Cost per day: $9.87, family of three

Cost per day: $19.73, family of six

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Estimated Duration of Food:  2 days for a family of 6, 4 days for a family of 3

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  • Preheat the oven at 425 degrees.
  • Rinse and cut up about 6 potatoes into wedges, placing them in a bowl, and covering them with olive oil or butter, taking a wooden spoon, and turning them to make sure they are completely covered.
  • Sprinkle oregano and chili powder all over them, and toss with wooden spoon again.
  • While the potatoes are in the oven, cut up two pounds of tomatillos into wedges.
  • Pour olive oil on them, and place them into the oven, setting the timer for twenty-five minutes.
  • Place the following into bowls:
    • cumin
    • onion powder
    • chili powder
    • parsley
    • 1/2 cup of cheese
    • 1/2 cup of oatmeal
    • 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
    • 2 lbs. of ground turkey
    • 4 tablespoons of flaxseed meal mixed with 10 tablespoons of water – equivalent to four eggs 
  • Dump the cumin, onion powder, chili powder and parsley on top of the ground turkey meat.
  • Add the oatmeal, nutritional yeast, and flaxseed meal mix.
  • Fold in the cheese and make the patties.
  • Pour oil into the skillet, and place the six patties in the skillet.
  • While the burgers are going, you can place the tomatillos, a bunch of cut-up cilantro, minced garlic, and olive oil into a blender or food processor to make the tomatillo sauce.
  • Toast the bread or buns.
  • Cut up the tomatoes.
  • Take the potato wedges out of the oven.
  • Once the turkey burgers are ready, place shredded cheese on top first, and then the tomatillo sauce on top second.
  • Place tomatoes on top.
  • Fellowship and enjoy!



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Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

Matthew 6:26, NLT