Gluten-free Crock Pot Saucy Pork Loin

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This Gluten-free Crock Pot Saucy Pork Loin recipe is super simple and amazingly delicious.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cup peeled potatoes, cut into 1″ cubes

Mix chicken broth, soy sauce, cooking wine, lemon juice Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar, garlic and cornstarch together until smooth.

Place olive oil in bottom of crock pot. Add tenderloin, then potatoes. Pour sauce over potatoes.

Cook on low heat for 8 hours.

Enjoy!

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Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Stress of Life

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The stress of life can be good or bad. It isn’t the stress itself that is either harmful or beneficial. It is what we do with that stress that matters. There is a Greek Proverb that says, “You will break the bow if you keep it always bent.”

During the archery class I took my second year of college, we strung and unstrung our bows before and after each session on the archery range. To some that may seem like a waste of time, especially since classes followed ours that would use the same bows, but this routine had its purpose.

If the bows were left strung, they could break under the constant stress it took to bend the bow and keep the string taut. While this amount of stress could be detrimental, it also served the necessary purpose of allowing the string on the bow to be tight enough to shoot a straight arrow.

Stress in our lives is the same thing, I believe. Too much, and we could break either emotionally or physically. Too little, and we may not be able to work at top efficiency. One of my psychology professors explained stress as being similar to the strings on a violin. Too much stress, the strings will break. Not enough stress; the strings won’t perform as they should.

When we encounter certain potentially dangerous situations, like a child dashing out in front of our car, the stress produces an adrenaline rush that causes us to avoid the child. That’s good stress.

More times than not, though, we carry stressful things around with us, and allow them to keep us worried, anxious, and unproductive. If we constantly put ourselves in situations we know will create unhealthy levels of stress, perhaps we need to re-evaluate those areas, and see if we can “unstring the bow” in any way.

One habit I’m trying to rid myself of is allowing stressful scenarios to keep running around and around in my brain; worrying about things I cannot control instead of recognizing them for what they are, and doing what I can do. Turn them over to God.

How do you manage your stressful situations?

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Give all your cares to the Lord and He will give you strength. He will never let those who are right with Him be shaken. Psalm 55:22 (NLV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Pause for Poetry — God’s Love

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Welcome to Pause for Poetry featuring a poem written by my writer-friend, Frances Gregory Pasch.

God’s Love

God’s love has no boundaries

It’s flowing everywhere…

He has enough for everyone

And even some to spare.

So take a heaping handful

And give some out each day…

Speak it by your actions

And with the words you say.

As you share His love with others,

He’ll make it multiply…

For God’s love has no boundaries

There’s an infinite supply.

© Frances Gregory Pasch

Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poems have been published hundreds of times in devotional booklets, magazines, and Sunday school papers since 1985. Her writing has also appeared in several dozen compilations. Her book, Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry is available on Amazon. Frances has been leading a women’s Christian writers group since 1991 and makes her own holiday greeting cards incorporating her poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1958. They have five sons and nine grandchildren. Contact her at www.francesgregorypasch.com.

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Sandy

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Amazing Grace Indeed

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Decades ago, I mixed up the cleaning solution bottle for my contact lens with the wetting solution bottle you use to put your contacts in your eye. Yep. Pretty stupid. And extremely painful.

Because my eye burned like fire from the cleaning solution, it watered excessively. Because of the excessive tears, I couldn’t get the lens out. Until I removed the lens, flushed my eye with water, and my eye stopped watering, I literally was blind in that eye, and could not see.

After I got the lens out, I called my optometrist. He had me come right in. Fortunately, his office was mere blocks away. Once I made it to  his office, he put drops in my eye and covered it with a patch. Man.

Although that scary event was momentary, it seemed an eternity before I got the contact lens out,  rinsed my eye with fresh water, and could eventually see out of that eye.

But there is something scarier than losing our physical sight. It is losing our spiritual sight and being blind to who God is and the grace he offers us.

People all around us every day are blind to the saving grace of God’s gift through his son Jesus Christ, and for them it truly could be an eternity of blindness and separation from God.

Maybe they have never heard the Good News of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Maybe they have heard, but they are unconvinced Jesus is THE Way, THE truth, and THE life. There is no other way to the Father in heaven except through accepting Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to witness to those around us of the power that can be found in trusting Jesus, and claiming him as Lord. We need to be careful we don’t become blind to our purpose, but hold fast to the Truth instead.

Because our eyes have been opened to the truth of who God is, we can share the story of God’s amazing grace to those around us with the hope their eyes will be opened as well.

Losing our eyesight is a scary thing, but losing sight of who God is, and what he has done through his grace for us is far scarier. Thank God he is the one who opens the eyes of the blind.

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“Whether he is a sinner or not, I couldn’t tell, but one thing I am sure of,” the man replied, “I used to be blind, now I can see!” John 9:25 (Phillips)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

God’s ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. Those words from the book of Isaiah are often spoken to explain why our plans are delayed, or why what we thought would happen doesn’t. Perhaps you’ve said them yourself? I know I have.

We make plans expecting them to come out the way we intend; only they don’t.

That dream job doesn’t materialize. The great boss and co-workers don’t show up. Or we lose our job and struggle to start all over again.

We expect the child we carry to be perfect, but she is born with a disability instead. Or maybe he rebels, shuts us out of his life, or becomes involved in destructive behaviors that lead to an early death. Our own bodies become frail and turn against us and we can no longer function as we once did.

Natural disasters take away our homes or our livelihood. Our investments don’t pan out. Those dreams we’ve held onto for so long evaporate.

The people closest to us abandon us at our point of deepest need, and we wonder what happened to all our grand plans.

It doesn’t surprise God when life doesn’t turn out the way we thought it would because God’s ways are not our ways, and his thoughts are not our thoughts.

Oftentimes when we look back on our life, we find God’s ways and thoughts were much better than ours.

I know in my life I’ve planned, wished and hoped for things that didn’t come to pass, and looking back, I can honestly say, “Thank you, Jesus” they didn’t.

Of course, while going through those times, I didn’t feel that way. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, is it not?

Are there any incidences in your life where you wished for one thing and were grateful it didn’t happen?

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Look for the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near. Let the sinful turn from his way, and the one who does not know God turn from his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have loving-pity on him. Let him turn to our God, for He will for sure forgive all his sins. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and My ways are not your ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:6-9 (NLV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scripture — Favoritism

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Favoritism:  the unfair practice of treating some people better than others.

Living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in the 1960s I saw favoritism expressed on many levels and in many situations, but the one example of favoritism I’d like to talk about today occurred at a toy store where my mother worked.

In the days before mega toy stores, this toy store was unique. I loved walking through the aisles of the small store oohing and ahhing over all the toys on the shelves, counting my change, and calculating how long it would take to afford what I had my eye on.

One VERY prominent family with political ties lived close to the store. (And no. I won’t tell you who, so don’t ask.) About once a week the mother brought her daughter and sons into the store. This might seem like a good thing, however, to my way of thinking it wasn’t.

For about an hour, the elementary and younger aged children were allowed to run freely  and ransack the place. I watched their frenzy in horror during one of my visits to the store. They tore open packages, played with whatever suited their fancy at the time, left toys strewn all over the floor, and raced through the aisles chasing each other on tricycles.

All the while their mother occupied herself with other matters. She may have purchased something before she left, but as far as I know she never did.

Okay. From the caps I’ve used, you can tell I’m still rather upset over this blatant show of favoritism by the store’s owner to allow this behavior to continue without a word of reprimand, or showing the family the door. 🙂

You want to know why? Several reasons, I believe.

One, if I or anyone else came into the store and acted like this, boy howdy.

Two, my mother was one of the ones whose job it was to come behind and clean up the mess, restock shelves, and tape packaging back together.

Three, the owner ate the loss in broken toys which had a trickle down effect on the employees and on the price of the toys he stocked.

The Bible warns us against showing favoritism; treating some people better than others, but you know what? I think if we’re truly honest with ourselves, we’ve all been guilty of doing exactly that. I know I have. Maybe that’s why God keeps this memory from fifty years ago so fresh in my mind as a reminder to watch that I don’t treat some better than others.

Something to cogitate on, don’t you think? Maybe showing favoritism isn’t a problem for you, but if it is, how do you guard against it?

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My friends, as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, you must never treat people in different ways according to their outward appearance. Suppose a rich man wearing a gold ring and fine clothes comes to your meeting, and a poor man in ragged clothes also comes. If you show more respect to the well-dressed man and say to him, “Have this best seat here,” but say to the poor man, “Stand over there, or sit here on the floor by my feet,” then you are guilty of creating distinctions among yourselves and of making judgments based on evil motives … You will be doing the right thing if you obey the law of the Kingdom, which is found in the scripture, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” But if you treat people according to their outward appearance, you are guilty of sin, and the Law condemns you as a lawbreaker. Whoever breaks one commandment is guilty of breaking them all. James 2:1-4; 8-10 (GNT)

I wish you well,

Sandy

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