Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
Malankara World Journal
Theme: Hoodosh E'tho, Dedication of Church, End Times
Volume 7 No. 445 November 10, 2017
 

IV. General Weekly Features

Recipe: Chick'n Noodle Soup Featuring King Oyster Mushrooms

By Kelly, Wicked Healthy

As Fall is settling in and the weather starts to finally cool off, soup is the first thing on the menu. This is our wicked take on a cold-weather classic: chick'n noodle soup.

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

for the mushroom chick'n

1 t oil
16 oz king oyster mushrooms, caps removed
poultry seasoning, to taste
salt, to taste

for the broth

10 cups of water
4 tablespoons of Better Than Bouillon, No-Chicken Base

for the mirepoix

1 t oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
2 ribs of celery, diced
pinch of salt

to finish

4-6 servings of your favorite type of noodle, prepared according to package instructions
crusty bread + vegan butter

Directions:

to make the mushroom chick'n

First, julienne or slice your mushrooms into really thin slices.

Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, then add the teaspoon of oil. Fill pan with mushroom shreds, dust the top with poultry seasoning, and cover with a second cast-iron skillet of the same size to press.

After a few minutes, the shreds will release their liquid. Keep checking as it presses until the liquid is almost cooked off.

Remove the top skillet, and give the shreds a stir. You'll see the caramelized edges start to form.

Mix the shreds well, add another dusting of poultry seasoning and a pinch of salt, then put the skillet back on to press again for a few more minutes.

When the shreds are cooked through + meaty-looking, with caramelized edges, remove from the skillet and set aside.

to make the broth

Fill a stock pot with 10 cups of water. Dissolve the Better than Bouillon by stirring, and bring to a simmer.

to make the mirepoix

Heat a clean skillet over medium-high heat. Add a teaspoon of oil. Add onion, carrot, and celery to skillet and sautè. Season to taste with a pinch of salt.

When vegetables are done, remove from the skillet and add to the simmering broth. Add mushroom shreds and noodles to simmering broth and stir until soup is evenly combined.

Enjoy with a crusty piece of fresh sourdough bread and your favorite vegan butter.

Source: Wicked Healthy ®

Family Special:
10-Day Communication Challenge for Married Couples
Editor's Note:

The 10-Day Communication Challenge is a series of short devotionals to help husbands and wives become more effective in how they communicate with each other. It is a 10 part series.

Day 1, featured in MWJ Issue 437, covered 'Differing Assumptions'.
Day 2, featured in MWJ Issue 438, covered 'The Line of Respect'.
Day 3, featured in MWJ Issue 439, covered 'After the Fight'.
Day 4, featured in MWJ Issue 440, covered 'I Choose to Forgive'.
Day 5, featured in MWJ Issue 441, covered 'A Wife's Countenance'.
Day 6: featured in MWJ Issue 442, covered 'Believe in Him'.
Day 7: featured in MWJ Issue 443, covered 'The World's Most Opposite Couple'.
Day 8: featured in MWJ Issue 444, covered 'Too Much Honesty'.

In this issue, we will cover Day 9 of the series. There is also a bonus article related to the topic.

Day 10, the last of the series, will be covered next week.

Day 9: A Time to Be Silent

By Dr. James Dobson

There is a time for everything ... a time to be silent and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,7)

I still remember the day, just two weeks before Shirley and I were married, when we proudly drove off a used car lot in the gleaming white 1957 Ford sedan I had just purchased. Five blocks down the road, to celebrate this historic event, I leaned over to give Shirley a quick kiss.

It wasn't quick enough! At that instant two cars in front of us made an unexpected stop. I crashed into the first and knocked it into a second. The front of my gorgeous car crumpled like an accordion. Fortunately, there were no injuries, except to my pride.

Because of this stupid mistake, I couldn't afford to buy Shirley a wedding ring with even a small diamond, and the car we had dreamed of buying for so long was severely damaged. Yet Shirley never let the accident tarnish the romantic aura of our early days together. I never heard a word of criticism about it, and on our first anniversary, I bought her the diamond ring. Forty years later, Shirley still hasn't complained about my bad driving!

We urge you to think before you say hurtful and unkind words that will burn in the memory of your spouse for many years. Protect your romantic relationship, even when criticism seems justified. Your love for each other is a precious and fragile flower. Treat it that way.

Just between us...

• Do we actively protect the element of romance in our marriage?
• Are we wise enough to know when it is "time to be silent"?
• When life's misfortunes strike, is there still a feeling of romance between us?
• BONUS: What Would You Give for Your Spouse?

Pray these words together:

Lord, You ask us to keep our marriage partner's interests uppermost in our minds, but sometimes this doesn't come naturally. Help us to be more thoughtful, giving, and forgiving in how we tend each other's hearts. Amen.

Family Special: What Would You Give for Your Spouse?

By Dr. James Dobson

"He who humbles himself will be exalted." - Luke 14:11

Robertson McQuilkin, as reported in his book A Promise Kept, served as president of a thriving seminary and Bible college in South Carolina for more than twenty years. His wife, Muriel, supported him in many ways, including as an excellent cook and hostess when they entertained guests of the college in their home. They were an effective ministry team.

Then Muriel's health declined. Tests confirmed her doctor's fears; she had Alzheimer's disease. In time, Muriel's abilities failed and Robertson became increasingly responsible for her basic needs, which included feeding, bathing, and dressing.

With Muriel's needs escalating and his responsibilities at the college unchanged, Robertson faced a difficult decision: Should he place Muriel in an institution? He felt that God had called him to service as a college president. Yet he also knew that the Lord had another calling for His children - to "clothe yourselves with humility toward one another" (1 Peter 5:5). Robertson resigned from his position so that he could better care for Muriel. It was his turn to humbly serve his wife.

Robertson was startled by the response to his choice. Husbands and wives began renewing marriage vows. Pastors told the story to their congregations. Friends eventually urged him to write about the experience. What had been, in hindsight, the obvious response to a troubling circumstance seemed to touch a chord in many hearts.

When you put your partner's needs ahead of your own, as Robertson McQuilkin did, your children will notice. Your example of sacrificial love will leave a lasting impression and encourage them to apply a giving spirit to others. Your kids will find favor with God when they follow your lead and approach life with thankful and humble hearts.

Source: Night Light for Parents by Dr. James and Shirley Dobson

About The Author:

Dr. Dobson is the Founder and President of Family Talk. He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family, including The New Dare to Discipline; Love for a Lifetime; Life on the Edge; Love Must Be Tough; The New Strong-Willed Child; When God Doesn't Make Sense; Bringing Up Boys; Marriage Under Fire; Bringing Up Girls; and, most recently, Head Over Heels. Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. ...

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Self Improvement: 5 Things to Never Do in the Morning

By Craig Ballantyne

"Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days." - Zig Ziglar

If you ever feel like you don't get enough done in the day, it's because you're doing what you should never do in the morning.

One of the worst feelings we can experience at 5 p.m is thinking, "I was so busy today but I accomplished nothing."

This lack of progress is the greatest source of demotivation. It's why employees quit, small businesses fail, and why we are tempted to give up on our dreams.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

Did you know that just five common morning mistakes things are holding you back?

Most self-employed experts fall into these time traps. But the most successful independent entrepreneurs overcome these obstacles and dominate their days. In turn, their productivity and income soars.

Here are the five things you must NEVER do in the morning if you want to get more done, have more focus, and be hyper-successful.

#1 – Never Hit The Snooze Button

Sleeping longer is probably one of the greatest desires you had back when you were working for a big corporation. But when you hit the snooze button you are subconsciously telling your big goals and dreams that they don't matter. That leads to a lack of urgency in life, lower productivity, and frustration by the end of the day.

Make the mindset switch this habit. When your alarm goes off, wake up with a mindset of taking on the day and tackling your top project so you make progress every morning.

#2 – Never Write Your To-Do List

Wait, what? How am I supposed to get organized?

The truth is that if you're setting your to do-list first thing in the morning, you're already too late!

You need to know your number one priority the night before, and have a plan in place to start working on it immediately. That's how the most successful people in the world, from the greatest writers of today (like J.K. Rowling and Stephen King) to the most successful artists in history, control their mornings.

#3 – Never Check Email

One of the worst things you can do is roll over and start scrolling through your email. When you do that, time seems to disappear into a black hole and you can never get it back. Worse, email often leads to social media, and then you can kiss another 30 minutes goodbye.

While it's tempting to check your email for work payments, important meetings, and the final score of the Yankees game, you must realize that email can wait.

You are much better off going to work on your top priority with a clear mind. This is how you make profound progress in the work. Give at least 30 minutes, if not 60 or more, to your top priority.

#4 – Never Mindlessly Surf The Internet

Here's a scary thing to do. Add an application to your computer and mobile phone called Time Tracker. It'll tell you how much time you spend each day on every website you visit, from Facebook to Instagram to CNN.com, TheDrudgeReport.com, and even your bank account.

When you see those numbers you might be shocked… and maybe ashamed you wasted so much time. Just think of what else you could be doing with those hours that correlate directly to your success.

Don't let your Internet rob you of the progress you so badly want to make. ]

Add another program to your computer called Internet Freedom. This app can block you from visiting certain websites or from using the Internet at all during certain times.

With these new boundaries in place, you'll have made time for what matters.

#5 – Never Eat or Drink Food That Makes You Feel Unwell

Many of my clients have impeccable morning routines. They wake up early, they set their minds to a positive attitude, they give gratitude, and then they spend time thinking about growing their empires.

It sounds like the perfect morning, and for some it is, but for others, the tranquility and success of this morning is all but destroyed with poor nutrition habits.

They eat cereal, milk, and juice for breakfast, then wonder why they are falling asleep and no longer productive at 10 a.m. Or worse, they consume 300 calories of sugar in their morning mug of caffeine, leading to a hard crash at 11 a.m., and then in order to compensate they have more caffeine and processed foods at lunch to get "energy."

Too many people lose the day through their diet rather than their work habits. Don't make the same mistake.

Make a note of what you eat and how you feel. Establish cause and effect between what goes in your mouth and how you feel in your mind. (It's a direct relation!)

When you find the right fuel for your efficiency, you can double or triple your productivity, even if you already have an effective morning routine in place.

These are the 5 secret habits missing from so many of my client's morning routines, and possibly from yours, too. But when you follow all of these NOT to-do rules, you'll protect yourself from the time-management pitfalls holding you back in life.

About the Author:

Craig Ballantyne is the founder of EarlyToRise University and the author of The Perfect Day Formula. His straightforward, sometimes "politically-incorrect" advice has helped millions of people transform their lives both physically and financially. Craig's secret weapons for success include his personal commandments, his 5 pillars, and his Perfect Life vision.

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