We've all made lists of goals to accomplish. Yes? Your list may have goals of personal achievements, financial means, or a satisfying relationship. But what would be the significance of such list?
In this article, we'll learn that:
List of Goals in Life
Everything on that list of goals comes with promises that, once accomplished, would bring us joy, satisfaction, and a future time when we could really enjoy our lives. But this is just wishful thinking. Hopeful thinking. Because goals do not bring joy, peace, satisfaction and love to our lives.
Q: What does bring those things? A: Our spiritual walk in life. Our believing action in God.
Our minds are everything. What we think, we are. In Proverbs 23:7, it's written, "For as she thinketh in her heart, so is she." It doesn't matter how successful you are or who's in your bed, you won't enjoy anything in your life if you're mind is out of control.
Goal in Life
It's important to have goals in life. Yes, of course. I have goals that include good personal health, mature children, and good relationships. But people tend to search for happiness without understanding the rules of the game of life that we're playing. And the goal of the game for me, and for each of us, is to enjoy the present moment as myself, as I am, regardless of the situation.
That's the goal. Now that you know the goal of the game, let's learn a bit about how to play the game. It starts with your mind.
Sam Harris in his book Waking Up says:
Being Mindful of the Present Moment
By paying close attention to how we think about the present moment is the basis for a fulfilled, spiritual life. We call this mindfulness. By becoming simply interested in the nature of your own mind, and by paying attention to your experience in the present moment, you can investigate certain truths for yourself, without accepting religious dogma or metaphysical abstractions. And examining and studying our thoughts can be done without awkwardness or embarrassment (which cannot be said when chanting Lord Krishna while banging a drum, for example).
The quality of your life, how you feel right now, in the present moment, is critically dependent upon what you're thinking. The boredom, distress, irritation, worry, or disappointment - your suffering or dissatisfaction - that you may be experiencing in your life right now exists because you think it does. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
You're Not Alone
You’re not. Jesus said, "I can of mine own self do nothing." That's true. Our natural predominant propensity is to go it alone, achieve our own goals by ourselves, with an "I alone can do" attitude. Our tendency is to trust in our own abilities and strengths. We believe and act as “self-sufficient" in achieving the goals we’ve set for ourselves, accomplishing them, and be happy and enjoy life.
Goals Do Not Bring Happiness
But none of those goals, and none of their promises of joy and happiness, will actually bring such things. Why? Because we don’t have the resources within ourselves to meet all of our needs. Alone we can do nothing.
Only when we trust in the promises and resources of God, not in those of the world, can we truly find peace, love, joy, and satisfaction in our lives (2 Corinthians 3:5-6). Our sufficiency is not of ourselves; it is with God that we are self-sufficient. Physically, we have health, long life, shelter, and food. Mentally, we have peace, confidence, happiness. Spiritually, we have a new birth, holy spirit, spiritual rights, and manifestations. In all ways, in all situations, for all times, our believing action in God, when we walk in the spirit, we can tap into an inexhaustible supply, where every need is met. Our enjoyment in life is not based on human resources, but on divine ones.
A couple thousand years ago, Paul wrote, "God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." What this means is that when our lives are based upon God, walking in the spirit, then there’s no limit to our power and resources. Alone, we can not supply all of our needs. We don’t have the resources within ourselves to meet all of our needs. If we did, everyone would be blessed, happy, and at peace.
Seeing Divine Blessings
Regardless to how things may appear from the senses perspective, when I walk by the spirit I see divine blessings, which are eternal. The eternal things are the most important aspects in my life. The things that I see are temporary.
In 2 Corinthians 4:18, we read, "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
By believing, by walking with the spirit, you don’t have to worry, doubt, or fear anything. I am satisfied. I’m not in a constant state of want or need.
I can do all things through Spirit that strengthens and empowers me.
I am ready for anything and equal to anything through the Spirit that infuses me with inner strength and confident peace (Phil 4:11-13).
I encourage you to be more mindful about your thoughts, which are the invisible boundaries that prevent you from enjoying the present moment regardless of the situation you're in, and understand how your believing action in God brings joy, peace and love in your life.
Zolo Malbec 2012 is a great value wine.
The King's Guide Score: 81
Zolo is a fruit-forward, great value wine. It can be paired with a wide range of foods. This Zolo wine can "blow your hat off" (see label). Zolo Malbec is plump with flavor.
There are notes of blackberry, plum, and fig. The body is medium- to full-bodied. Chewy tannins, which means that the wine dries out your mouth and makes you “chew” or clean the tannins out of your mouth. The wine is fruit forward with dominant flavors bursting with black currant sweet fruit smells. Some violet flower. Smokey finish.
Zolo has been a leading wine producer in Argentina since 2004, and is estate-grown (which means all the grapes are grown on their land) & sustainably-farmed (which means they use farming techniques that protect the environment.) According to WineFolly.com, Argentina leads with over 75% of all the acres of Malbec in the world. In a way, Argentina reinvigorated Malbec as one of the top 18 noble grapes. Now it grows in seven countries and continues to grow in popularity.
To pair this Zolo Malbec 2012, try some dark meats like beef brisket and buffalo. Use some shallots and garlic. Smelly raw goat cheese. Mushrooms and roasted veggies.
For this article, we have paired with some grill-roasted vegetables.
Here's a quick tip to making great pancakes with Pamela's Pancake Mix.
Again, throw out first round. Plenty of room. Butter. Look for bubbles and a drying outer circumference. Flip.
Don't add all of the ingredients together all at once. Stir each in separately, slowly. Whisk or spoon.
Of course, don't forget to make yourself a cup of coffee. Hot. Farm cream. And I love the syrup and blackstrap molasses, the liquid byproduct of a sugar extraction process. It's rich in minerals, including manganese, which is an antioxidant that helps protect against free radicals. It's also has copper, iron and calcium. But it also is a super jolt of sugar. Don't use it excessively.
We test a lot of pancake and waffle mixes, and Pamela's is the best for gluten-free, wheat-free pancakes. It's easy too.
Pancake mixes have been around for a long time, starting with Aunt Jemima. In 1889, a newspaper editor, Chris Rutt, of St. Joseph, Missouri, and his friend Charles Underwood started a flour mill in 1888 called the Pearl Milling Company. Rutt and Underwood sold flour as a ready-made pancake mix in white paper sacks with a trade name that which Arthur F. Marquette dubbed the "last ready-mix". Rutt and Underwood were unable to make it work, and they sold their company to the Randolph Truett Davis Milling Company in 1890. The R. T. Davis Milling Company hired former slave Nancy Green as a spokesperson for the Aunt Jemima pancake mix in 1890. Nancy Green was born in Montgomery County, Kentucky, and played the Jemima character from 1890 until her death on September 23, 1923. In 1926, Quaker Oats bought the Aunt Jemima Mills Company
Here's a recipe to make a pan-seared steak with a red wine sauce. We first sear the steaks, throw them in the oven to cook slowly, then make the sauce using the same pan.
It starts with cutting up an onion, sauteeing it, and adding that to the sauce.
Chop off the ends of the onion, peel off the outer skin layers, then dice it all up into chunks.
To make the sauce, you're going to need the sauteed onion, butter, thyme, balsamic vinegar, red wine, and dijon mustard.
Take out the steak from the fridge. Let it warm up to room temperature. Rub some olive oil on the steak, then add salt and pepper. Turn on the oven to 350 F.
Heat up a pan. Throw the steak on there. Add a few chunks of unsalted butter. That butter will later on be the brown scraping stuff used for the sauce. You'll want to cover the steak, because it'll be popping hot butter in the pan.
The goal is to sear the steak sides for one minute. To seal in the juices.
One minute on one side. Flip. One minute on the other side. It should look like this.
Grab a mitten. Grab the pan. Slide it into the oven. Cook the seared steak in the pan in the oven at 350 for about 4 minutes on either side. Flip after 4 or 5 minutes. 10 minutes total maximum cooking time.
While this is all going on, I'm also rendering lard. Lard is the fat of a pig. Rendering is heating it up to get all of the fat out of it. And then we cook with it. It's our main cooking oil. We use it in our test kitchen for everything.
Using a meat thermometer, I'm flawless. Takes out all of the guessing.
After reaching your desired meat temperature, take the steak out of the oven, and out of the pan. Plate it. Let it rest. Now, you're pan is where you make the sauce.
Put slabs of butter on the steak. Cover with foil. Rest it.
Sautee the onions in the same pan. At a bay leaf. Add some dijon mustard. Add a splash of vinegar.
Add the wine. Sweeten the sauce up with some organic coconut sugar.
The steak came out perfect. Medium.
And there you go. Pan seared steak with red wine sauce.