Thursday, July 10, 2008

Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar
2 cups

1 can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 can Rotel tomatoes, drained
1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup italian salad dressing
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
tortilla chips

Combine black-eyed peas, tomatoes, peppers and onion. Add dressing, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pour over black-eyed pea mixture and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Stir in avocado just before serving. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!
Beyond Our Asking

More than our hearts can imagine
Or minds comprehend,
God's bountiful gifts
Are ours without end -
We ask for a cupful
When the vast sea is ours,
We pick a small rosebud
From a garden of flowers,
We reach for a sunbeam
But the sun still abides,
We draw one short breath
But there's air on all sides -
Whatever we ask for
Falls short of God's giving
For His greatness exceeds
Every facet of living,
And always God's ready
And eager and willing
To pour out His mercy
Completely fulfilling
All of man's needs
For peace, joy and rest
For God gives His children
Whatever is best
Just give Him a chance
To open His treasures
And He'll fill your life
With unfathomable pleasures,
Pleasures that never
Grow worn out and faded
And leave us depleted,
Disillusioned and jaded -
For God has a "storehouse"
Just filled to the brim
With all that man needs
If we only ask Him.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

illustration courtesy of
"Summer Flowers, 1903" by Alfred Augustus Glendening

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
Matthew 7:7-8

A Month Of Proverbs

Proverbs Chapter 10

Proverbs of Solomon
1 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.
2 Ill-gotten treasures are of no value, but righteousness delivers from death.
3 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4 Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
9 The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
10 He who winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.
14 Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
16 The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.
17 He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
18 He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
21 The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.
22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.
23 A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
24 What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted.
25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.
27 The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
29 The way of the LORD is a refuge for the righteous, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
30 The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land.
31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.