Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sit Still By J. Danson Smith

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor deem these days, these waiting days, as ill!
The One who loves thee best, who plans thy way,
Hath not forgotten thy great need today!
And, if He waits, 'tis sure he waits to prove
To thee, His tender child, His heart's deep love.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Thou longest much to know thy dear Lord's will!
While anxious thoughts would almost steal their way
Corrodingly within, because of His delay-
Persuade thyself in simple faith to rest
That He, who knows and loves, will do the best.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step, not even one, until
His way hath opened. Then, ah then, how sweet!
How glad thy heart, and then how swift thy feet
Thy inner being then, ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not counted then too long.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
What higher service could'st thou for Him fill?
'Tis hard! Ah, yes! But choicest things must cost!
For lack of losing all how much is lost!
'Tis hard, 'tis, true! But then-He giveth grace
To count the hardest spot the sweetest place.

This painting is an artist's rendition of Ruth waiting for Boaz
when Naomi says to her "Sit still, my daughter, until thou
know how the matter will fall..."

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Southwest Black Bean Soup

Prep:15 minutes    30 minutes total  6 servings

1tbs olive or canola oil (I think I used either corn or vegetable)
1 medium chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 to 2 jalapenos (you can seed them if you want), finely chopped
2 cans (15 oz each) (I used a bag of dry black beans) black beans
1 can diced or fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 3/4C chicken broth (32oz carton or 14 oz can)
2tsp Cumin
2tbs chopped fresh cilantro
 Sour cream or lime wedge-optional (we used both...we squeezed the lime int each of our bowls and it was so good!)


1. Heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, & jalapenos; cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.

2. Stir in beans(if you used dry beans ya need to boil them till tender- I boiled them 20 minutes in b.soda then drained and rinsed then boiled in plain water till they were tender. I won't soak them overnight again b/c it didn't help soften them up), tomatoes, broth, & cumin. Reduce heat to medium low; cover & simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro. Top individual servings w/s. cream & serve with lime wedges.