Patience…

…is a virtue I have never really had, however recently the Lord is really calling on me to use it more than ever. In the past four months I have been tested with so many things that have forced me to learn to simply wait on the Lord. My husband and I began house hunting for our first home together. We have been renting from his father for a year now and have been blessed with our current home, but we figured it would be wiser to put our money into something of our own instead of just ‘throwing it away’. We found a home we LOVE and it is just about perfect for what we want, even the price! So we put an offer in over 45 days ago to the bank, as our dream home is a short sale. I am not sure why it is called a short sale, there is nothing short about it! We put the offer in at the asking price, which the bank had approved prior to our bid for someone else, hoping to get a quicker response. However, here we are 45 days later and we have only had the bank respond once with a counter offer, guess they were not satisfied with the asking price. So it has been a week since the counter and I am so anxious and excited. I have had to exercise a great deal of patience since this process started in January, but it is really wearing thin, not that it was very thick back in January! I have also started two new part-time jobs in addition to my other three part-time positions. Starting something new has had my patience exercise level higher than ever, a good kind of exercise, but nonetheless it is being exercised! We have had some car trouble and are waiting to see how a few other things pan out before we make any big decisions regarding said troubled car. There are so many other things happening that are presenting themselves constantly as an exercise of my patience. So there are many things that are testing my patience. I have had to use my patience and faith more than ever lately it seems. I believe God uses different things in your life to teach or show you something, and I think He has been teaching me to lean on Him and trust in Him, so I have been going to His Word and prayer to allow Him to teach me patience during this time of life. The funny thing is that things always seem to happen when they need to happen, although it may not be when we want them to happen. So for now I am patiently waiting on life to happen, I just hope I remember to live the life that is here now while I wait.

So to pass the time I have been trying some favorite new recipes… hope you enjoy this one that my husband and I loved!!

Stuffed Mexican Cornbread

Ingredients:

3 boxes Jiffy Cornbread
3 eggs (as stated on Jiffy box)
1 cup milk (as stated on Jiffy box)
1 lb ground meat (any meat will do, I use soy ‘beef’)
1 package Taco seasoning
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Rotel* tomatoes
1-2 cups shredded cheese (I use cheddar, but a taco blend will work great)

Directions:

1. Brown meat with taco seasoning (may need to add a tiny bit of water for mixing). Add corn, beans, and tomatoes.
2. Mix cornbread, eggs, and milk.
3. Grease 9×13 baking dish and pour 1/2 of the cornbread mixture in the dish and spread evenly. Add meat and cheese and then spread the remaining cornbread mixture on top.
4. Bake at 450* for 20-25 minutes, or whenever the cornbread is no longer wet, stick a toothpick in to test.
*you can modify this recipe by adding whatever spices and extras (like the corn, beans, and Rotel) you like.

This recipe is easy and quick, and requires not a lot of patience!!!