Beans Beans The Magical…Salad


Beans are not a fruit as the catchy rhyme would suggest, but as far as the rest of the jingle, well, you will have to find out for yourself.

2 cans Bush’s purple hull peas

1 jalapeño 

1 Roma tomato

1 cup of cilantro chopped

1 cup purple onion chopped

2 limes squeezed

1 tbsp chopped garlic

1 tsp salt & pepper 

Surprisingly this salad was very good.

I will definitely be making this again. 

You could also eat with corn chips if you wanted to like a dip. 

Enjoy! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

If you have made something similar, share your recipe varieties with us in the comments.

Taste & See

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Follow up on my Daily Communion Experiment:

A month ago I developed my hypothesis as I embarked upon my experiment.

Daily Communion

Hypothesis:
If I daily take communion at home,
then my relationship with Jesus will
draw me closer to God.

Time for me to analyze my results and develop my conclusions:

I started off just really out of curiosity what would happen if I took 5 minutes a day to stop and “break bread”. Next I would meditate on the thought of remembering what the blood and body of Christ on the cross represents to me.

I played music most days softly as I reflected and wrote down my thoughts in my journal.

Many times I was lead to particular scriptures that lead me to specific prayers.

Honestly, it became quite personal and revealing in a good way. God was showing me what was broken inside of me and could only be made whole through His body and cleansed through His blood. Of course, I have had this head knowledge for a long time. But something happened as it moved from my head to my heart. I had new revelations each day that were different and transforming.

I still can not fully explain the change inside of me.

It was like when you meet with a close friend and you never know where the conversation goes or the tone will land. But you know that you are comfortable to share and listen and sometimes just being there is enough.
You leave feeling loved and loving that person even in their biggest messes and mishaps.

That still really doesn’t fully explain the communion.

Remember our handy dandy definition?
com·mun·ion
kəˈmyo͞onyən/
noun

1.
the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level.

I really couldn’t put my finger on it at first what was happening inside of me.

I just know I got results.
I was at peace during an extremely trying time.
I had more patience than I should have.
I found myself in a ultra super thankful mode even when circumstances proved otherwise.

It was like I was looking at every situation through a different spy glass.
My perception was changing.
Appreciating not complaining
Declaring not dreading
Full of faith not fear
Joy unexplainable at times.

I kind of forgot about my little experiment. Just plugging away really only missing maybe one or two days. I chose not to go into self condemnation. Just said to myself,”I won’t forget tomorrow!”.

Sometimes I was in a hurry and didn’t write anything down in my journal. I just took the elements from the fridge and made sure I said a prayer of thank you to God for His sacrifice.
I didn’t keep records of any right ways or wrong ways of participating in communion. I just did it.

One time I had to use water because I was out of town and didn’t want to carry grape juice on the airplane in my carry on luggage.
Jesus can still turn water into wine or grape juice in my case.

They say it takes 21 days to create a new habit.

Habit Formed

Habit of just taking five minutes to reflect and remember.

I purposely did not study or get anyone else’s opinion on taking daily communion. That was hard for me!!
I can be an information junkie.

I wanted God to show me the importance for myself and see what happened.

Well, He got me last night!!
I was listening to a totally unrelated subject on a cd series set of 5.
The last cd just happened to be about the importance of daily communion by this particular teacher.
It was NOT advertised anywhere on the cd set.
I got punked!!
Actually God graciously ended up giving me the research and study on the subject.
It all came together and I was directed in the Bible to several places communion was used and the importance of it to be daily for healing and restoration.
He knows I like to know more and where in the Bible it can all be found.

So my experiment is not over it is ongoing.
My hypothesis is proven true.

Yes, indeed it draws you closer to God through His Son Jesus.

I did not expect all the other fringe benefits that came along with the practice of daily communion.

My conclusion:
Nobody can really explain what happens.
You have to try it out for yourself.

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

I have only begun to taste and see!

Light On,
Kelley Allison
John1:4-5
© RestoredMinistries

Breaking Bread

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First Course

I am going on about a week of taking daily communion at home. That would be the simple act of taking the elements of grape juice and bread in remembrance of the blood and body of what Jesus sacrificed for me on the cross.

I started thinking of it as an experiment to see if indeed it would draw me closer in my walk with Jesus leading me into a place nearer to God.

Some of us come to a point where our need for Him out shines any other priority in our lives.

Some of us stay content in a comfortable place of habit and don’t pursue him for deeper intimacy.

Whichever place you find yourself dwelling at this point in time of your life just remember God loves you and waits for you to seek Him.

Matthew 7:7
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

I would say daily Communion is my way of seeking Him and knocking at His door.

Knock Knock!!
Let me in!! Yes by the hair of my chinny chin chin!!
I want to sit down and commune with You!!

The very first day I was lead to look up what was the definition of communion.

com·mun·ion
kəˈmyo͞onyən/
noun
1.
the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level.
“in this churchyard communion with the dead was almost palpable”
common participation in a mental or emotional experience.
“popular festivals where all take part in joyous communion”
synonyms: affinity, fellowship, kinship, friendship, fellow feeling, togetherness, closeness, harmony, understanding, rapport, connection, communication, empathy, accord, unity
“a sense of communion with others”
2.
the service of Christian worship at which bread and wine are consecrated and shared.

The first realization for me was this is not only about the actual elements.

I focused on the first definition.
It’s about intimacy. It’s a exchange of a relationship between two.
I visualized myself sitting at a table with Jesus “breaking bread”. I was just talking and listening like you would with a close friend. Sharing with your friend all you’re complaints, struggles, secrets, and successes.
Then you listen as your friend shares what is going on in their world at the moment.

I believe God wanted me to know first and foremost this is about a relationship with Jesus.

I was going to daily sit down and break bread with Jesus and share my day and listen to Him as He shared His thoughts about me and my day.

I was quickly reminded of Our Lord’s Prayer. The one Jesus told us in Matthew how to pray.
We all know it!!!

Matthew 6:9-13

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Look at verse 11:
Give us today our daily bread.

I might be on to something here.

Daily bread with Jesus through communion could be a helpful reminder that leads us into repentance and forgiving others as we spend time reflecting with Him over His body that was broken and His blood that was shed so we could be free from the evil one’s lies of
temptation and destruction.

This was proving to be a worthwhile choice to daily include Communion.

Pull up a chair and join me at the breakfast table as we continue to “break bread” with Jesus.

Recommended Supplies:
1)Bread (crackers, Matzo, Saltines)
2)Small cup juice (Dixie cups or shot glasses)
3)Journal
4)Pen
5)Bible
6)Table
7)Chair for Jesus (He may want to sit down) 😜

* Be sure to follow us and check back in the next few weeks for more results on my Communion Experiment Experience.

Light On,
Kelley Allison
John1:4-5

© RestoredMinistries

The Experiment

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I am starting an experiment this week using the 5 steps of the scientific method.

The 5 Steps
1. Make an Observation
2. Develop a Hypothesis
3. Make an Experiment
4. Carry out the Experiment and Analyze results
5. Draw Conclusions

(I had to look them up!! I never taught science and personally thought it was meant to be used when you dissect cats in biology) POS
Personal Opinion Stated ❤️

Observation:
Typically in my church life I have participated in Communion during a quarterly session. (four times a year)
One church we attended had Communion weekly.
Since I’m not into religion but rather relationship. I will not focus on man’s opinion but rather God’s and choose to be still and listen to see how the Holy Spirit directs me in the Word and through the process.

What if??
What if daily I had my own Communion at home?
Would it draw me closer to God?
I thought I would develop a hypotheses and ask the question.

Hypothesis:

A hypothesis is an educated guess about how things work.
Most of the time a hypothesis is written like this: “If _____[I do this] _____, then _____[this]_____ will happen.” (Fill in the blanks with the appropriate information from your own experiment.)

Here it goes….my testable hypothesis……. Drum roll… please…..

If I daily take communion at home,
then my relationship with Jesus will
draw me closer to God.

That’s my testable hypothesis and I will see over the course of my 1 week experiment if that is proven to be true for me.

Notice I am capitalizing Communion!
It’s set as important and proper these weeks as I seek out answers to my questions.

Experiment

Materials: grape juice, Matzo crackers, shot glass (no judgements)

Procedure:
1)Each morning take the juice and cracker with reflection on the sacrifice that was made by our Savior on the cross
Focus on His blood shed
and His body broken for me
This do in remembrance of Him
2)Journal any thoughts or reflections
3)Look up Bible verses on subject

I will start with a praise and worship song as I take the elements and reflect on the things above.

Will check back with you on my findings!!

Let’s break Bread together!!
You can join me and see what happens along this journey of getting to know God in a more intimate way.

Cheers,
Kelley Allison

© RestoredMinistries