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Red Beans and Rice with Diced Potatoes

EVOO
1/2 cup of dried red beans
1 cup of brown rice
Cayenne Pepper
Salt
Pepper
1 small sprig Rosemary
2 small potatoes
2 cups water
Tarragon

Take the red beans out early and soak them for at least 2-3 hours. Once they are soaked, rinse and continue with recipe.

Take the potatoes and dice them into about 1 inch cubes (about bite size). Put them in a small baking pan.

Take the Rosemary and finely chop it until it’s almost a powder (it doesn’t have to be uniform). Set aside.

Put rice in a pot with some EVOO, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika (hot or mild is up to you), tarragon – all to taste – and 2 cups of water. Set aside.

Season the potatoes as you did the rice, setting aside the rest of the rosemary (I had some left, you might want to use it all) in the fridge until future use. The leftover rosemary should be good for up to a week. Place the potatoes in the oven at 450 for 35 minutes.

Take the red beans and put on to boil for about 20-30 minutes until desired tenderness. Drain most of the water and then add to rice. Set rice and beans to boil for about 10 minutes, then lower to a low boil (not a simmer). Depending on when you started boiling the red beans the rice will get done after the potatoes.

Praise God and enjoy!

Fasting Day 6 & 7

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Keeping the Proper Focus

In today’s world there are so many distractions to what is most important that it can be very hard to tell someone (or even yourself), No, enough is enough. I’m putting my focus back on what it needs to be on regardless of what you want. Don’t let yourself lose focus on the goal while you are fasting. Even while God is revealing His will to you, don’t let that lose your focus for the rest of the fast. Continue strong in the word and in prayer. If you are finding it hard to do in your current situation, perhaps you should consider changing that situation if you can.

Day 6

Yesterday was a complete loss, in my opinion. I allowed myself to be kept from the word, prayer and God in large part by those around me and in small part by myself when I did have time to myself. I can be as fully committed to the food part of it as I want but without the rest, as my pastor says, than it’s just a really harsh diet. I’d rather be fasting than dieting.

Day 7

Today I’m recommitting myself to staying in the word, in prayer, and in communion with God almighty. May He grant me strength and remove the road blocks in my way to keeping to the spirit of the fast.

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