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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Faith and Sprouts

I was having a discussion on religion yesterday with a few people.  I have learned to be comfortable and confident in my faith as I have gotten older.  I hate debating over religion but I think we are meant to have open and honest discussions about religion and our viewpoints.  It opens our eyes to what others believe and helps us to confirm (or re-evaluate) our own beliefs. 

One of the girls I was talking with mentioned she is Catholic but believes there is truth in a lot of other religions (not denominations, but religions).  That seemed completely contradictory to me but I stayed open minded and kept listening to her view points.  She has traveled around the world and is a very cultured person.    During the discussion I expressed my beliefs on different topics which were different than some of hers.  The whole time I had an underlying fear she might be judging me for my beliefs and thinking what a closed minded person I am, as us Christians are often perceived to be. 

The discussusion turned toward the fact that she liked to have proof of God becuase she was a very scientific based person.  I don't think this is wrong at all.  Some people just have different ways of getting to the truth.  I explained to her I had a more faith based view.  I told her I didn't need physical proof God existed because He has proven to me time and time again (through life experiences) that He exists.  I told her I love listening to others' views but I am unshaken in my faith and beliefs.  She looked at me for a few seconds.  At this point I thought she was going to laugh at me or tell me how ridiculous that sounded.  But instead she told me she was jealous of my faith.  She said she wishes she could have that kind of faith.  I don't take this as a compliment at all.  It just makes me wish that people understood they CAN have that kind of faith.  It only takes a little bit of faith in God for Him to show them He is real.

Don't be scared or ashamed of your faith.  Believing in Jesus and what He can do for you is not a childish or fantasy like thought.  He is real.  He is alive.  He is in you.  All you have to do is have faith.  What can it hurt?!

"I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move.  Nothing would be impossible." ~Matthew 17:20

Last night I made the pork chops with dijon sauce again (which I have already posted).  So I will instead talk about some of the great finds I have had at Sprouts recently for quick and easy meals. 

Side Note:  I used to think Sprouts was like a Whole Foods where everyone inside wears socks with sandals and smells like granola.  This is no joke people.  Have you ever been inside a Whole Foods on a week day?  Anyways, it's so not like that.  And it's not expensive like I thought either.

Besides having amazing produce and an awesome wine and beer selection, Sprouts has a nice selection of prepared meats, fish and chicken.  Two of my favorites are the pinwheel flank steaks and the jalapeno cheddar burgers. 

The pinwheel flank steaks are thin flank steaks wrapped around provolone cheese and fresh spinach.  One per person is plenty.   You just take the meat, baste with Worchestire sauce and sear on each side for a couple of minutes.  Then you can put on the grill or bake in the oven.  We did them on the grill so I don't have oven temps/times for you.  Here is a picture from the internet but the steaks look exactly like this (raw of course).

The jalapeno cheddar burgers are awesome and self explanatory.  They are meat patties filled with shredded cheddar and chopped jalapenos.  You can season with garlic salt and pepper but they honestly don't even need that.  Another picture from the internet but very close to what the patties look like.  Yum!



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