Being Christ’s Hands and Spinach Alfredo Lasagna Recipe

Medicine Lake, Jasper, Alberta

I have been the recipient of many acts of kindness. The body of Christ has ministered to me in more ways than I can count. When I was expecting a child dear friends took me shopping for brand new clothes, others cleaned my bathroom, and one got down on her knees and gave me a home pedicure. When I was caring for a newborn, the members of Jesus’ precious church dropped off delicious casseroles, gifted soft handmade blankets and cuddled the welcomed infant. In times of financial need, distress, or grief we have experienced hugs, discreet monetary gifts, visits, gifts of garden vegetables and hand-me-down clothing.

In Philippians 4:10-20, Paul thanks the Philippian church for their part in his ministry. They ministered to him in a spiritual way by meeting his physical needs. Today I’m sharing a recipe that my pastor’s wife gave me after she made this for our family when my first child was born. It has become my go-to recipe when I wanted to give someone a meal.

Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

1 box lasagna noodles
1 lb bulk pork sausage (or use spicy)
1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1 jar (450 ml) pre-made Alfredo sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 egg
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 container (450 ml) ricotta cheese (or cottage cheese works too)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tsp Herbes de Provence herb mix (or substitute Italian Seasoning herb mix)

Soak the noodles in hot water for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a skillet, brown the sausage. Drain noodles; set aside. Drain sausage; add spinach, Alfredo sauce, salt and pepper. In a bowl, combine the egg and cheddar, ricotta and Parmesan cheeses; mix well. In an ungreased 13-in. by 9-in. baking dish, layer a third of the sausage mixture, noodles and cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and Herbes de Provence. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 8-10 servings. Freezes well before or after cooking.

 

In times of change, grief or need we feel the gentle touch of the Savior through the members of His church. How can you be Christ’s hands today?

Anticipation

June Roses

My Organic Box delivery comes this afternoon. One thing that is fun about having your groceries delivered is the anticipation.

You know the feeling when Grandma said she would send you a card for your birthday and you get it in the mail…

Or you have planted seeds in the garden and are wondering when they will come up and what they will look like…

Or the feeling of getting a box of books that you know you ordered from CBD but can’t remember what will be in it…

Or waiting for winter to finally end and the flowers to come out, wondering what they will be like…

Or the feeling you get when when your sister sends you a package from the other side of the world with thoughtful goodies…

Opening a box from the Organic Box is kind of like that. The kiddos are always excited to see. “Mommy, what’s in the box?” they chorus.

I just love anticipating. But I suppose the very best thing to anticipate is a home in heaven! 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” God has even better surprises in store for those who trust Him for salvation! My ultimate anticipation is meeting my Savior face to face. And as the Fanny Crosby song goes, “I shall know him by the print of the nails in His hand.”

If you’d like to anticipate your own Organic Box, try it out and get $20 off your first $50 box by using this voucher code: ORGANICJOY. 

Meg

Disclosure: I am a part of the Organic Box Ambassador program. I joined because we enjoy being customers and love the fresh and healthy food they provide. I am not paid for my participation, however, I do receive food credits.

He Giveth More Grace/I Can Trust God with This

I’m playing for a funeral tomorrow. Of a beloved wife who had dementia and did not know her husband for the last 10 years of her life. He faithfully visited her several times a week, talked about her, missed her, loved her. She made the best food he had ever eaten. She kept the best home. She was the perfect wife and mother. In his eyes, she was honored to the very end. I’ll be playing the tune to this text.

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

My own dear Granna has dementia and lives at home with my Poppa. She doesn’t know him as her husband. But she trusts him. She trusts him more than any other caregiver. She will listen to him more than to anyone else. The pattern of trust built over close to 60 years was not broken by a broken mind. I was talking tonight with my mom about what it must be like for believers who have dementia and their walk with the Lord. It must be kind of like that. They may not know Him to define Him or remember verses. But if they have a pattern of faith in the Lord God, then they *trust* Him.

How firm a foundation you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

“Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed,
for I am your God, and will still give you aid;
I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

“When through the deep waters I call you to go,
the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow,
for I will be with you in trouble to bless,
and sanctify to you your deepest distress.

“When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,
my grace all-sufficient shall be your supply;
the flame shall not hurt you; I only design
your dross to consume and your gold to refine.

“The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no never forsake!”

This article about grief sums up the truth that will give comfort as “I can trust God with this.”
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/six-words-to-say-through-tears

I can trust Him! I will *choose* to trust Him through life’s trials. And when my time comes to see my Savior face to face, whether I’ve walked the valley of dementia or not or cared for someone with it or not, He will have given grace, He will be worthy of my trust.