A Walking Tour of Boston

A Walking Tour of Boston

Well, I’ve never plucked a rooster,

And I’m not too good at ping pong,

And I’ve never thrown my mashed potatoes up against the wall,

And I’ve never kissed a chipmunk,

And I’ve never gotten head lice…”

But I have been to Boston in the fall.

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Little Joe

Little Joe

Joseph had it rough; some could even argue that he had it worse than Job.  Job’s dismal circumstances were the direct result of Satan’s attacks, but Joseph was betrayed by his family and close relations.  God had blessed Joseph with favor and the promise of success only to seemingly strip him of everything and undeservedly sentence him to two years in prison.  He had every right to be bitter–justice had been violated–,and he had reason to be discontent–God’s promises to him were unfulfilled.
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As I was recently preparing lesson plans about Joseph’s life for my children’s evangelism class, I re-watched The Ballad of Little Joe, the VeggieTales country-western movie about Joseph’s life.  Read what Little Joe prays while he is in jail:
Hey, God. Little Joe here.
Not to complain or anything, but what’s going on?  I tell people what their dreams mean, and they always come true.  But you gave me a dream a long time ago, and I’m in jail.  And I didn’t even do anything!
I’m trying to do what’s right, but I’m a little confused.
Well, please be with Pa, and baby Benjamin, and most of my brothers…okay…and Jude, too.
Goodnight, God.
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Can you ever identify with Joe?  Despite doing exactly what you think you should, everything seems to be working against you.  I cannot claim to know exactly what God is doing, but I can assure you that He is working all things together for good–for your sanctification (Romans 8:28-29).
Rest assured with this verse from the end of Joseph’s story:
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to preserve many people alive.
-Genesis 50:20
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When life gets rough, remember that we can only see the present circumstances.  God is addressing all of eternity.
Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie

Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie

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“If you like to talk to tomatoes,

If a squash can make you smile,

If you like to waltz with potatoes,

Up and down the produce aisle…”

Then you’re gonna’ love this smoothie!

As a kid, VeggieTales was one of my favorite video series.  Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato, Jr. Asparagus, and Laura Carrot always made me smile.

Now, I am more of a veggie-eater than a veggie-watcher, but I still throw random VeggieTales quotes into every day conversation.

And are you prepared to deal with that? I don’t think so!

Before I proceed with the rest of this post, I would like us to take a moment of silence to mourn the end of berry season.

 

Moment over.

Don’t fret;  I have some good news!  The delicious smoothie posted above was made with FROZEN berries.  You can make this tasty veggie and fruit smoothie any time of the year.

But before I share the recipe with you, I have one more piece of advice…

Beware of grapes with wooden mallets.

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Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (optional)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 2/3 cup to 1 cup frozen blueberries

Directions

  • If using oatmeal, I recommend soaking the oatmeal in milk overnight
  • Combine oatmeal (if using), milk, cucumber, and blueberries in a blender until smooth
  • Transfer to a glass and drink

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