Saturday, February 22, 2014

"A Thoughtful Time of Night"

"A Thoughtful Time of Night"

It's a thoughtful time of night, as I stand beside the firelight, And contemplate the vastness of the universe. I see distant galaxies of stars, and there's Jupiter and Mars. I gaze, in awe, at heavens so diverse.

To use Big Bang nomenclature, did a random act of nature Create the cosmos I see spiraling in the sky? Was it just a fluke of fate, like an unlatched cat...tle gate, That made the stars that fill this cowboy's eye?

Or was it by divine design, meant to give us folks below a sign That a Greater Power created all we see? Not an accidental whim, but a world created just by Him To give purpose to the lives of men like me.

When you're livin' on the land, you see the Maker's hand In every cow and horse and cowboy on the place. We're not here by accident. I figure every one of us was sent To tend the herd with the Good Lord's tender grace.

By Jerry Schleicher

God bless and keep sharing the Good News - C4C

Old Fashioned Catsup

Elder's Meditation of the Day February 22


Elder's Meditation of the Day February 22
"In the Indian way, we are connected to that flower if we understand its spirit, the essence of its life."
--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA
Everything on our Earth is alive. Every rock, every plant, every animal, every tree, every bird, every thought is alive. This is true because everything is made by the Great Spirit and the Great Spirit is alive. We need to slow our lives down each day and realize, consciously, that this is true. First we need to realize it, second, we need to acknowledge it, third, we need to appreciate it and, finally, we need to go on.
Great Spirit, let me see life through Your eyes. Today let me be alive.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

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Elder's Meditation of the Day February 21


Elder's Meditation of the Day February 21
"Every thing or living being that exists in this world, be it trees, flowers, birds, grasses, rocks, soil of the earth, or human beings, has its unique manner of existence - its essence, its spirit that makes it what it is. That is what is meant by connectedness."
--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA
Scientists are finally realizing what the Elders have taught for thousands of years - everything is connected. Because everything is interconnected, whatever you do to any one thing, you do to everything. If you poison any part of the earth, the poison eventually affects everything else. If you poison the plants, the birds will eat the plants, which poisons the birds. The birds are eaten by humans which poisons the humans. The humans will have babies who could be deformed because the plants were poisoned. We must learn to live in harmony with the earth. We must learn to think good things. Every good thought is felt by everything, which causes everything to be happy.
Creator, let my thoughts only be good thoughts.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Taco Pie




Budget101 Simple Dirt Cheap Dinner Idea: Taco Pie - a delicious easy dinner idea for a busy weeknight

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You'll Need:
1/4 cup butter...
2/3 cup milk
1 package Taco Bell seasoning mix (Copycat recipe on Budget101)
2 1/2 cups mashed potato flakes (or left over mashed potatoes-omit butter & milk)
1 pound ground beef or Turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, diced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream, optional

Preheat oven 350F.
In a medium sauce pan, melt butter & Add milk, 2 Tbs taco seasoning, mixing well.
Remove from heat, add potato flakes, mixing until incorporated.
Press mixture into the bottom of a regular pie plate, then Bake the "crust" for 7-10 minutes until it just BARELY turns golden brown. In the meantime, cook beef & onions in a skillet until beef is browned and cooked through. Drain. Add Salsa & remaining taco seasoning. Cook until bubbly.
Pour into crust. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Let cool for 5 minutes. Top with cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes, black olives, jalapeno slices, etc

Copycat Taco Bell Seasoning Mix
http://www.budget101.com/seasoning-mix-recipes/copycat-taco-bell-taco-seasoning-3626.html

Elder's Meditation of the Day February 19


Elder's Meditation of the Day February 19
The Old Man said,`you are both ugly and handsome and you must accept your ugliness as well as your handsomeness in order to really accept yourself."
--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA
My Grandfather told me one time that any person who is judgmental to another is also judgmental to themselves. If we want to be free of being judgmental, we need to first work on how judgmental we are to ourselves. If we quit judging ourselves and start accepting ourselves as we are, we will start accepting others as they are. Then we will experience a level of new freedom.
Great Spirit, let me accept myself as I am - honoring both my strengths and my weaknesses.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day February 18


Elder's Meditation of the Day February 18
"Laughter is a necessity in life that does not cost much, and the Old Ones say that one of the greatest healing powers in our life is the ability to laugh."
--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA
Laughter is a good stress eliminator. Laughter causes healing powers to be distributed through our bodies. Laughter helps heal relationships that are having problems. Laughter can change other people. aughter can heal the sick. Laughter is spiritual. One of the greatest gifts among Indian people has been our ability to laugh. Humor is natural to Indian people. Sometimes the only thing left to do is laugh.
Great Spirit, allow me to laugh when times get tough.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day February 17


Elder's Meditation of the Day February 17
"Silence and self-control permeate the entirety of our lives."
--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA
The Creator gave us all the Red Road and on this Red Road we are required to think and act in a spiritual way. To make sure I conduct myself according to the Red Road, I must make sure I develop my self discipline. Self control works best when we pray for the courage and power to do the will of the Great Spirit. We are here on the earth to do the will of the Great Spirit. Sometimes, we must battle ourselves to do this.
Great Spirit, help me to have my self- control guided by spiritual ways.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day February 16


Elder's Meditation of the Day February 16
"Because woman lives so close to our first mother, the Earth, she emanates the strength and harmonious nature of all things."
--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA
At an Elders gathering, held in July 1991, we were told the Indian woman would play an instrumental part in leading the healing of Indian nations. The old people said we were to look up to her in a sacred manner. They said the Earth Mother would give the woman special gifts of love. The woman and the Earth Mother are connected in a special way. Women should pay attention to the lessons coming from the earth. Men should treat the women with respect, dignity and honor.
Grandfather, Grandmother, give the Indian woman Your strength to heal our earth.