Warm those innards!

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Well, it may be mid-April, but it looks like we’re in for a couple more days of below normal temperatures!

I don’t know about you, but when the weather gives me the shivers, there’s nothing I like better than a delicious bowl of hot Flat Iron Steak Chili to “warm the innards”!

Ingredients:

1-1/2 lbs. flat iron steak cut into 1″ cubes
2 (16 ounce) cans mild chili beans
2 (16 ounce) cans spicy chili beans
2 (14-1/2 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, drained
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped green bell pepper (about 3 cups)
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons of Fajita or Mexican seasoning
1/2 cup sour cream
shredded cheddar
chopped green onion

Place the first 7 ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker, stir well. Cover with lid and cook on high-heat setting for 1 hour. Reduce to low-heat setting and cook 7 hours.  Ladle chili into soup bowls, top with sour cream, shredded cheddar and chopped green onion.  Serves eight 1-cup servings. Mmmm . . . a great meal to ward off the shivers!

Food for ThoughtFOOD FOR THOUGHT:
In a similar way, sometimes the trials we encounter or the current news events of the day can “give us the shivers”. In fact, in Matthew 24:12-14, the Lord tells us “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”The world is cold to the things of God — but as followers of Jesus Christ, we need to keep our eyes focused on Him so we do not allow the world to numb us with its coldness. Rather, as we continually “feed” on His Word, pray, and immerse ourselves in His presence, He can use us to melt some of the frozen ones around us!  Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32)  Just like an empty bowl on a shelf doesn’t give off any heat on its own, when that same bowl is filled with a hot, nourishing meal, the warmth radiates out to the one who holds it . . . and very quickly the warmth and aroma of its contents entice the cold, hungry one to partake.  And he is filled.

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” (Psalm 107:9)

For those of us who are shivering spiritually right now, remember, the Lord our God is our sun and shield (Psalm 84:11)!  His warmth will fill us and will radiate out into the lives of others if we will continually abide in His Presence.

— Cheri Henderson

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