I sent in a query on a freelancing job today about BBQ of all things. MMM BBQ! Writing it got me thinking about all the different styles out there... from the Texas 24 hour slow smoked mesquite brisket to Rendezvous ribs in Memphis to vinegar mop in the Carolinas.
Here in the Birmingham area, pork is king. I've had to adapt from my beef eating ways. (However, I have been known to have County Line BBQ flown in from Texas on at least one occasion. I've also been guilty of getting Rudy's BBQ for a Thanksgiving meal when I visited my parents.)
My personal local fav when I'm not cooking is Jim n Nick's BBQ. Good flavor and they fit my gluten free living.
Gosh, this is making me hungry... time for lunch. A BBQ potato sounds good right about now!
I get hung up a lot on 'doing the right thing'. Not that it is wrong or bad to do the right thing. But when it becomes a struggle for perfectionism it can be paralyzing. We get worried about taking the wrong path or doing the wrong thing or not doing it exactly right so we don't do anything at all.
There's a proverb that directs us 'do not turn to the right nor to the left' (Proverbs 4:27). Often we get focused on that piece and are worried that we won't choose the right thing -- worried we'll turn to the left and pick the wrong job; turn to the right and pick the wrong school, the wrong home, the wrong partner. We get worried we won't pick the right thing and fall out of God's will. We get worried we'll hop on the wrong path of choice and screw everything up.
I think we over complicate this directive. We miss the second half of this proverb that clues us in to the real meaning.
Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.
The Bible isn't warning us to not pick the wrong job, the wrong church, the wrong spouse; it's actually guiding us to follow God's word - to choose God's way over evil. When we do that, we will automatically be in God's will for our life. We merely have to stay focused on Him, not choosing evil on the left or evil on the right, and everything will work out as it should.
Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze
be fixed straight in front of you. Proverbs 4:25
Read the Word. Do your best to follow the straight path and you will fall gracefully into the plan for your life.
More study on 'left nor right':
I've just published an article via LinkedIn Publishing for my business readers. It's
3 Things To Do Before You Lose Your Job.
I imagine it's hard to live with a mom who is a die-hard romantic and is always hopeful for love... :)
Today is the second day of the 21 Days of Prayer challenge but wow. Doosy already. I kicked itr off with a migraine yesterday that wouldn't quit until 3:30 a.m. this morning. So was there prayer? Heck yes! :)
I also got some rest, and I don't eat during a migraine so that addresses the fasting part. All in all quite successful so far! Ha!
Seriously though, I encourage you to pray and consider undertaking a similar journey. Food fasting isn't for everyone (and I'm doing a modified one at that), but there are other kinds of equally appropriate fasts and prayer is definitely for everyone. If nothing else, it's a good time to buid good habits, but it will be so much more.
Here's my church's guide on it -- but don't stop there. There are tons of great resources on fasting and prayer.
I'm a writer... so that means I write a bunch. Blogs are just the pieces that never make it into the final cut.