Gimme Gimme Gimme

I am going to use today’s post to rant (or express my disbelief and lack of understanding)….

….about GoFundMe accounts.  I think that this website was set up with the best of intentions.  But, not everyone who sets up a GoFundMe is truly in need.  I have seen several of these accounts that make me shake my head in bewilderment.  The most recent is for a girl I know who wants the world to buy her a computer that she can use to game with her boyfriend.  What??  Usually I would think (or say…which leads to hard feelings) “get a job”!  But I happen to know that she works two jobs!  So, to this I must say “suck it up!  Do what the rest of the adult world has to do and save your money to buy yourself what you want.  And, if that should fail, tdb!  Go without!”

I know this is a tired topic, but that doesn’t make it any less mind-boggling to me.  When did the world start owing everybody something?  What makes any of us so special that we should expect other people to spend their hard-earned money to buy us what we’re not willing to work and scrimp and save for ourselves?

26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Matthew 6:26-34

God promises to feed and clothe us if we are faithful.  He does not promise us electronics and vacations or any other comforts.  And even more so,

10For even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “If anyone is unwilling to work, he shall not eat.” 2Thesalonians 3:10

Even though God promises to take care of our most basic needs, He expects us to work to take care of ourselves.  These two examples of verse may seem contradictory since He speaks of the birds and flowers not toiling, but the point is there.  (And we’re talking critters and plants vs. humans, etc.)  Extras in life are just that–extras.  We do not need anything beyond food, clothing, shelter, and love, and we are certainly not entitled to it. 

Posting this makes me feel judgy, and so be it.  I just want folks to stop for a moment and be grateful for what they have.  We could all be worse off.

I hope each of you find peace in your own lives.

Song of the Day

Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival.  CCR rocks.  One of the all-time best.  Timeless music.  Essence of rock and roll.  I could go on and on….

Book of the Day

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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.  I needed a book “with a surprise ending” for this year’s reading challenge, and this one fits the category for sure.  It’s the story of a kidnapping told by the kidnapper, the victim’s mother, and the police officer working the case.  I listened to the audiobook and was not a fan of one of the narrators.  I probably would have given the book more than 3 stars if I had read it to myself. 

Recipe of the Day

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad via http://www.cafedelites.com.  I like these salads, but the marinade itself is to die for.

Ingredients
Marinade/Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 100 ml (just over ⅓ cup) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon red chili flakes (adjust to your preference of spice)
  • ½ teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Salad:
  • 4 chicken thigh fillets, skin removed (no bone)
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • ½ an onion, sliced
  • 5 cups Romaine lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • Extra cilantro leaves to garnish
  • Sour cream (optional) to serve
Instructions
  1. Whisk marinade ingredients together to combine. Pour half the marinade into a shallow dish to marinade the chicken fillets for two hours if time allows. Refrigerate the reserved untouched marinade to use as a dressing.
  2. Heat about one teaspoon of oil in a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat and grill chicken fillets on each side until golden, crispy and cooked through. (Grill in batches to prevent excess water being released.) Once chicken is cooked, set aside and allow to rest.
  3. Wipe pan over with paper towel; drizzle with another teaspoon of oil and fry pepper and onion strips until cooked to your liking.
  4. Slice chicken into strips and prepare salad with leaves, avocado slices, peppers, onion strips and chicken. Drizzle with remaining marinade/dressing and serve with (optional) extra cilantro leaves and sour cream.

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