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And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  Habakkuk 2:2

Every time I come up with a new recipe which incorporates the use of herbs and spices which boost the flavour of an otherwise ordinary dish, I  see this as a vision.  In my mind I actually taste the flavour before have the dish is prepared. Unlike Habakkuk, I’m not obedient to the word of the Lord, to write the vision, make it plain.  Perhaps this is because I usually just throw ingredients together.  The result is delicious sometimes, other times it’s a bit iffy. But because I did not write things down as I was doing it, I forget the ingredients and method.  Included in this blog is a recipe which came to me this past week.

I believe I got a vision which led me to write my book From Spice to Eternity: Discovering the Main Ingredient to a Life of Fulfillment and Purpose.  It took me a long time to write it down, almost four years.  What amazes me is the extent of my recall of some of the incidents which took place decades and decades ago.   I ascribe this to help by the Holy Spirit. My devotional reading last week took me to the book of Habakkuk. As I read the verse quoted above, I remembered how this verse came to me when I felt led to start writing in earnest. This time I was getting the same message, write the vision make it plain.    A second book?    What to write about. Fiction, non-fiction?  Without too much deliberating, I got an answer. The message for the new book is a peach.

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It is a topic that I am pretty very familiar with.  And no… it’s not about herbs, spices or cooking. Troubling thoughts started playing in my head  – recent memories of the uphill struggle to promote and market one’s book, spawned by the experience of my  just concluded intense preparation for an Amazon Online Book Launch.  A hugely successful event and I can proudly say that my book is an Amazon Best Seller. That was a strenuous exercise on a journey, not the destination.  Marketing and promoting one’s book never ends.  Any visions I may have held of my publisher pitching in behind me with cash and contacts to market and promote, died a slow and painful death in the aftermath of the launch.  When it comes to marketing and promoting, the buck stops with the author full stop. Thoughts of what it takes to reach readers where they are now challenging my visionary claims.  Floods of questions are racing to the forefront: –

Do I like what I have to do to pursue my vision?

–   Am I joyful at what I have achieved so far and therefore willing to do it again?

–    In pursuing my vision would I violate my principles and values? In other words, is there anything I wouldn’t do to activate and achieve my vision?

–     Have I violated my principles and values so far?

–     Am I just a foolish dreamer?

–     If the vision does not unfold like I want it to, am I still willing to pursue it?

–     Have I set a time frame on when the vision is to be realised or am I ready for the long haul, for however long it takes?

–    Is it really a vision – are there motives here that need to be examined?

–    How has pursuing the earlier vision changed me, and how likely is the pursuit of the vision now likely to change me for better or worse?

–    How would pursuing this current vision enhance my faith, my beliefs and the mission that God has set for me?

In my musings I have factored in the satanic element of doubt and despair.  But mostly I am looking at what and how I’d really like to spend my twilight years.

The picture of a lonely old lady hunched over a laptop, glasses perched on the bridge of the nose, thinking that I am going to be the next poet laureate is all too real. The thought that I really don’t need to climb any more mountains is more appealing.  Perhaps what I want to do is help others to discover their mountains, and encourage them in their climb. But mostly, I think I just want to help one lost soul to catch the vision of a Saviour who loved so much He died so that you might live.  Now that’s a vision. How best do I do that?

In the meantime, enjoy my Parsley Breaded Chicken Breast recipe.

Ingredients: 3 chicken breasts, skinned and washed 6 table spoons Mayonnaise 3 tablespoons   Parmesan cheese ½ cup finely chopped Parsley plus additional sprigs for garnish 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon Allspice 1 teaspoon Garlic powder

Method: Season chicken breasts with half the salt, black pepper and all the garlic powder.  Leave to marinate for about three hours. Prepare the coating mixture. In a bowl add the mayonnaise, the Parmesan cheese and the chopped Parsley.  Mix together and leave to rest.  This will enable the flavour of the Parsley to infuse the mixture In another bowl mix together the remainder of the salt and black pepper and add the allspice. Prepare a baking tray, covered with foil and preheat oven at 220F . Coat the chicken completely with the mayonnaise mix and then cover all over with bread crumbs Place chicken breasts on baking tray and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

Arrange on a flat dish and garnish with Parsley.

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