Month: July 2015

God’s Protecting Care

God’s Protecting Care

Awhile ago, Bradley found an 1923 edition of “A Book of Worship: For Use at Table On Every Day of the Year” by Wade Crawford Barclay at a Goodwill or Savers. As you already know, I absolutely love collecting old books, and it is even better when the book is on a subject that interests me: Christianity, history, teaching, etc. This book in particular is a very early daily devotional, and we both love it! Each day has a theme, a verse of the day (single Scripture verse), a lesson for today (longer Scripture passage), a poem or prose on the topic, and a powerful prayer. It is wonderful to read aloud. We even read one at Vespers last Sabbath when we had a large group of friends over and they seemed to enjoy it, too.

To share an example, here the devotional for July 16:


July 16
Verse for the Day: “But let all those that take refuge in thee rejoice, Let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them.” Psalm 5. 11.

Lesson of the Day: 1 Peter 5. 5-11.

6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; 7 casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 whom withstand steadfast in your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you unto his eternal glory in Christ, after that ye have suffer a little while, shall himself perfect, establish, strengthen you. 11 To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

“Whate’ver God does is well!
In patience let us wait;
He doth himself our burdens bear,
He doth for us take care,
and he, our God, knows all our weary days.
Come, give him praise.”
–B. Schmolck.

“Abide with me from morn till eve,
For without thee I cannot live;
Abide with me when night is nigh,
For without thee I dare not die.
Watch by the sick, enrich the poor
With blessings from thy boundless store;
Be every mourner’s sleep to-night,
Like infant’s slumbers, pure and light.
Come near and bless us when we wake,
Ere through the world our way we take,
Till in the ocean of thy love
We lose ourselves in heaven above.”
–Henry F. Lyte.

Prayer for the Day: “Almighty and most merciful Father, thou art a God that hearest prayer; and we are encouraged to draw nigh unto thy throne of grace, most humbly beseeching thee to look upon us according o thy tender mercy in Jesus Christ. With many thanks for thy past mercies we now cast ourselves upon thy protecting care, trusting in that wisdom which cannot err and in that love which cannot fail. Do thou appoint our lot as seemeth good to thee. Father, not our will but thine be done! Preserve us from temptation; preserve us from sin; preserve us from our own evil hearts. Send thy good Spirit to direct and guide us in the ways and works of godliness; purify our affections; enliven our devotion; teach us how to pray and how to hear and read and profit by thy Holy Word. Whatsoever we do in word or deed let us do all in Jesus’ name, giving thanks to God and the Father through him. And let the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in thy sigh, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.” Amen. –Hannah More (1745-1833)

It is wonderful not only to read the Word of God, but to get a glimpse into the thought processes of those who tread this path before us. Here is some insight into the writers who works were included above:

Benjamin Schmolck (1672-1737), hymn writer
Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847), hymn writer
Hannah More (1745-1833); poet, religious writer and philanthropist

Soupy coconut pasta primavera

Soupy coconut pasta primavera

Mountain vistas at Sequoia National Park. June 29, 2015.
Mountain vistas at Sequoia National Park. June 29, 2015.

Monday evening we arrived home, safe and sound, from our nine-day vacation. We drove with Bradley’s parents through southern and central California visiting various members of his family, Sequoia National Park, and Whale Watching in Monterey. Needless-to-say, when we finally returned home, we both crashed.

Our fridge was so empty, I took the opportunity to clean all the shelves.

Then Tuesday, after picking me up from work, we hit the 99¢ Store for some very basic groceries, which in our case is mostly produce. Needing something fast and desiring something light, we had salad Tuesday night.

After so long away from home, however, I was craving a nutritious home-cooked meal. So last night I created a new soupy pasta dish using odd but delicious mix-match of whatever ingredients we had on hand. Surprisingly, it turned out oh so very yummy! (I am actually enjoying some leftovers for lunch today!)

It had started out with the desire to replicate a Thai coconut soup and we ended up adding tons of other odds-and-ends into the pot.

Soupy Coconut Pasta Primavera by Jacquelyn Van Sant

Gluten-free, vegan


3 cups vegetable broth (made using 1 Edward & Sons Not-Chick’n Bouillon Cubes)
1 Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk, Premium, First Pressing, 13.66-Ounce Can
1 can of palm hearts (chunks)
1 can Dynasty Sliced Water Chestnuts
3 carrots (chunks)
3 celery stalks (chunks)
10 small golden potatoes (cubed)
1/2 package organic tofu, extra firm (cubed)
1 Westbrae Natural Organic Garbanzo Beans, 15 Ounce Can
2 handfuls of kale (fresh from garden)
1 box gluten-free pasta (brown rice preferred)
Spices and sea salt to taste


First open all cans and drain excess liquid. Mix vegetable broth and coconut milk in a large pot on high heat. While warming up the liquid, cube all vegetables into equal-sized chunks. Add thicker vegetables first (carrots, celery, and potatoes). Add gluten-free pasta. Add sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, nutmeg, parsley, thyme, basil, crushed black pepper, chili powder, cumin, and other spices desired to taste. Lower heat to medium, cover and let cook for ten minutes. Add palm hearts, water chestnuts, garbanzo beans, and tofu. Cover and cook for ten minutes. Taste and add more sea salt and spices if desired. Test potatoes and pasta to ensure thoroughly cooked. If ready, add fresh kale (or other dark leafy green of choice, like baby spinach), stir, and cover. Simmer on low for five minutes. Taste. If ready, turn off heat and let cool slightly before serving.

Servings: 4-6

Allergy Warning

Please check all ingredients for possible allergens before preparing for someone with a food allergy.

This is how I made the Soupy Coconut Pasta Primavera, but I simply used items that I already had on hand. If you give this recipe a try, feel free to exchange ingredients to ones you already have.

The foundation of this dish is a vegetable soup, but substituting some of the broth with coconut milk, and then adding whatever else sounds good. Be sure to taste test and add spices to get the perfect flavor. If the dish tastes a bit bland, my go to spices are sea salt and garlic powder. You could also add a dash of hot sauce if you wanted to kick it up a notch. I have never thrown pasta into a soup before but it worked out quite nicely. I will probably to that again sometime.