Well, I don’t know about you, but I need some comfort after the whirlwind of Christmas. The days since December 25th have been quiet, and that has been a comfort, a kind of waiting time, a gathering and sorting and pondering on the gifts and interactions of the holidays. It’s also been days of wondering before God what it all means for the future.
A hot bowl of soup is always a comfort on a cold winter day, good for pondering. It’s especially healthy if it’s gluten-free like this one. And if it’s zesty on top of that, it might be just what we need for planning the future.
Gluten-Free Tortilla Soup
You will need:
4 boneless Chicken Breasts 1 teaspoon minced Garlic
2 cans Chicken Broth 1 Tablespoon butter
1 can diced Tomatoes 1 cup chopped fresh Cilantro
1 package Taco Seasoning 1 to 2 handfuls crushed Tortilla Chips
½ Onion, chopped 1 can Corn (15 oz.)
1 small can Green Chilies Salt and Pepper to taste
Put all ingredients in crock pot and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours or until chicken shreds easily. Shred chicken in pot with fork. Serve hot with grated cheese or fresh Mexican queso, chopped avocado and tortilla chips.
[Other soups in our Archives]:
1. Southwestern Soup
2. Sweet Potato and Pear Bisque
Food for Thought:
As you enjoy your zesty soup, I’d like to speak of zesty comforts, comforts that begin with a challenge and end with joy and the peace of God.
January 1st can be an anxiety producing day. For many it’s a day of setting the stage for what will come next, of wrestling with this or that? Of making important decisions: will I stay in the same old ruts or will it be a year of risk?
If we feel stuck where we are, there can be comfort in stepping out and taking a risk, especially if God is stirring us up. There’s no peace until we act.
God requires that we be good stewards of what he has given. One person might take the training he’s had in contemplation and begin a contemplative group. A new retiree might reroute his medical talents into a different area. Someone else will take the plunge of abandoning an unfulfilling job in order to utilize her best gifts.
As I number my days, I find that when I step out in a new direction that’s God directed, He companions me, opening doors and dropping new people into my life. What a comfort that can be!
Every year when Christmas is over, I feel cluttered on the outside and the inside.
So on January 1, I go through the stacks that reside on my desk and kitchen counters. It looks daunting at first, but often I uncover gems.
My husband Bob rifled through the stacks of 2012 last week, as he mentally reviewed the events of our year. It was a difficult year health-wise, but as he prayed through each month, he found numerous ways God had abundantly blessed. For example, our church began a new evangelical Presbyterian denomination that has great promise, and God saved our home from an encroaching Waldo Canyon Fire.
For some another zesty New Year comfort could be making amends. “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and he will exalt you” (James 4:10).
The thought of contacting the people we’ve offended is humbling. It’s a challenge. What shall we say? How will they respond? Will we be rejected? Making amends has the zest of fear in it. But if we’re well received, there will be clarity and joy. If we’re not, there’ll be comfort in knowing we’ve done God’s will.
As someone said, “A life without risk is no life at all.”
Remember Ephesians 3:20. “God can do anything you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory through all millennia! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20, The Message).