As a new blogger, I was terribly stressed last week. I had all of these wonderful Easter recipes I was going to share with you … desserts for kids, desserts for adults, our wonderful Easter meal, yada yada. Yes, I’m a horrible planner when it comes to blogging. I DID get a blogging planner to review so now I will start using that. YAY! However, midst all of the blogging holiday stress while working a full time job, I started feeling like Jesus was saying, “Really Toye?! Is this what Easter is about? Having the perfect eggs, the perfect outfit, the perfect food?!” In his Jesus kind of way he gently reminded me “Heck no!” Jesus didn’t come so every thing in our lives would be the best thing ever.
What is perfect anyway, except Him?
So I quit trying so hard. I made the Aztec Easter Eggs and told myself that was enough crafts . When I found out that the store had run out of lamb tenderloin I didn’t cry and throw in the towel; I learned a good lesson about planning and used pork tenderloin instead. All that other time I could have wasted trying to make everything turn out right, I just gave to God. I used that time to be with Him. To imagine what it must have been like with Jesus through this time. The betrayal, the sacrifice for me… for you… the love like nothing I’ve ever known. The fear of how I would have reacted if I had been present watching Jesus crucified. The confusion I would have felt seeing Him on the third day.
Jesus came so that we would SEEK Him and SHARE His love with everyone around us. Most of the time that means things are messy and don’t go according to our desires, but it’s the best way.
When things start to feel out of control, remind yourself of what is important and what this life is truly about. No matter what is going on, hand it over to God. He will give you wisdom and peace in His time, just keep asking Him and spending time with Him. When you find yourself picking these worries back up, hand them over again. Trust me, it’s a bad cycle many times. This fabulous boss I had once told me, “Life by the yard is hard, but by the inch, it’s a cinch.” It has helped me to give God the steering wheel and direct my course numerous times.
In true fashion to living by inch, I’m sharing the yummy result of that particular instance of letting God plan the menu. The tenderloin pairs well with this roasted rosemary potatoes recipe and a roasted veggie medley.
Rosemary Pork Tenderloin
Prep time: 1 hr 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes
Total: 2 hours
1.Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
2.Rinse the meat in cool water and trim any excess fat. Place it in the baking pan.
3.In a small bowl, combine olive oil, rosemary , mustard, garlic, salt, black pepper, and lemon juice.
4.Carefully cover marinade all over pork roast, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
5. Take it out of the refrigerator and place it in the oven checking it after 30 minutes.
I find tenderloins very tricky. Depending on the size, the time in the oven can vary. After 30 minutes, take it out of the oven and go ahead and cut in to it to see if it is still pink on the inside. If it’s not, it’s done; if it is, put it back in and check it every 10 minutes.