One of my best friends comes from ‘growers‘ … the revitalized language that’s becoming more common in reference to farmers in our generation. I was able to go out and visit her which was incredibly refreshing to my soul. The land around them is beautiful and productive, and shared by various family members. Her family is incredibly hospitable, and her mom had prepped a little veggie basket for me.

My current kitchen situation is not entirely conducive to frequent fresh food-prep, so even though it’s still summer, the idea of chili came to me as the perfect way to enjoy my love-grown bounty. The consistent and continual appropriateness of chili – and especially prepared with vegetables grown and given by dear friends – reminded me that love never fails.


a rustic growers chili

After washing the produce with Rebel Green non-toxic/all natural spray, I used a pair of kitchen scissors to cut everything up directly into a pot. I added a can of mixed beans {black, pinto, & kidney beans as well as the juice from the can}, pitted & halved medjool dates, pepper, & cinnamon. It really only took about 30 minutes for everything to simmer into a well flavored texture. Once the produce was ready, I prepped a pack of chicken-flavored ramen noodles and bowled it all together for lunch.


On one of my backroad trapisings not too long ago, I got stuck behind someone driving 20 under and had to laugh out loud at the comedy of it. It brought to mind something I’ve been thinking about that I felt I should actually live a little longer before I wrote: more than we need flawless social systems … more than we need roads that don’t suddenly taper or become turning only … more than we need the abolishment of two-lane roundabouts, we need people who are filled with and living by the Spirit of God. People who choose love and humility over petty street racing when we all know the far left  turning lane is going to run out in a few hundred feet.

BUT THE HOUR IS COMING, AND IS NOW HERE, WHEN THE TRUE WORSHIPPERS WILL WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH, FOR THE FATHER IS SEEKING SUCH PEOPLE TO WORSHIP HIM. GOD IS SPIRIT, AND THOSE WHO WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. // JOHN 4:23-24

I recently came across the admonishment to be a spirit. When I heard that, something in me nestled a little bit deeper in agreement. Like a seed, that thought has been covered in my heart’s soil and watered by the Word … in Hebrews 12:9, God is referred to as the Father of spirits. In church and personal study, I’ve been spending time in 1 Corinthians which is a treasure trove of spiritual wisdom and insight, so that exhortation … to be a spirit has been timely. The wisdom and power of spiritual realities is best understood and exercised in love.

To worship God in spirit and in truth is to become increasingly aware of and comfortable in our biblical spirituality. I’ve noticed that our society tends to erase spirituality all together, or amalgamate and appropriate the goodness of holy, image-bearing spirituality with influences that are unclean and ungodly, though spiritual nonetheless. To be honest, it has felt exhausting at times to maintain the correct posture of guarding my heart and spirit while also learning to rest more deeply and leave hypervigilism in my rear-view.

What has been most helpful has been saturating myself with scriptures about how God sustains us, how perfect love casts out fear, and about keeping ourselves in the love and armor of God. I’m learning that spiritual discernment places demands on emotional energy … which is one of many reasons that we are commanded to take heed – for the sake of our lives – not to bear a burden on the Sabbath {see Jeremiah 17}. What this looks like on the fulfilled side of the law is a lifestyle of Sabbath and casted cares.

BUT SINCE WE BELONG TO THE DAY, LET US BE SOBER – HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF FAITH AND LOVE, AND FOR A HELMET THE HOPE OF SALVATION. FOR GOD HAS NOT DESTINED US FOR WRATH, BUT TO OBTAIN SALVATION THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST // 1 THESSALONIANS 5:8-9


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