So often we are worried about getting it right that we don’t. Just last weekend we decided to have some filet mignon on the grill. I was actually worried that it would not get cooked right. I was afraid I would over- or undercook it and that dinner would be ruined. Fortunately, it turned out really well. It helped that we used some hickory smoked salt from Savory Spice (a great spice shop near us). What was interesting to me as I looked back on the situation was how obsessed I was with getting the steak right. So many times in life we become so focused on getting something right that we get something else wrong. In this case it was my attitude that was wrong. I was getting frustrated even before the meat was on the grill. It made me think that sometimes we don’t focus on getting the important things right, such as our relationship with God. We become so engrossed in getting all the little details and nuances correct that we lose focus on glorifying God in our thoughts and actions. I feel that although it’s good to try and do things correctly, the process should not cause us to stray from what God wants from us. Once you realize that getting things right from His perspective is more important, the less stressful it is when you can’t get the other little things to go right.
I also had a great opportunity to participate in WRAL’s Docs on Call program this week. For two hours I was able to be with a group of local pediatricians at WRAL’s studio and take calls from viewers seeking pediatric medical advice. Well, mostly pediatric advice. Although it was advertised as pediatric specialists, I still had an older gentleman call and start asking me questions about his prostate. I had to stop him and remind him that this was well out of my area of expertise. Overall though, it was a great experience being able to answer questions that parents and grandparents had about the health of their children and grandchildren. It was also nice to meet Dr. Allen Mask and David Crabtree from the WRAL news team.
A few years ago I stumbled across a recipe for a jerk pulled pork (I have no idea where I found it). Since then, I’ve played around with the ingredients a little to come up with an awesome, simple version that everyone always wants to the recipe for.
“Jamaican Me Crazy” Pulled Pork (Crockpot)
- Pork tenderloin (or any other cut of pork you prefer)
- Jamaican or Caribbean Jerk Seasoning (dry) – I prefer Savory Spice Shop blend, they have also have an extra spicy version
- Dried Thyme (optional)
- 1 medium -large onion (yellow or sweet)
- 20 oz Coke
- Kraft regular bbq sauce, small bottle (at least 2 cups)
- Burger buns or rolls – I prefer making fresh rolls. This is a GREAT recipe from King Arthur Flour, just cut the sugar in half so they aren’t so sweet
- Spray the inside of the crockpot with nonstick spray. Roughly slice onions into rings and place in the bottom of the crockpot.
- Trim any excess fat off pork. Liberally coat pork with caribbean jerk seasoning. Sprinkle lightly with thyme if desired. In a skillet, brown all sides of pork and then place in crockpot.
- Pour Coke over pork.
- Cook on low for 8 hours, turning pork at least once
- Remove pork from crockpot and shred using your hands (faster) or two forks
- Reserve 1/2 cups of liquid from the bottom of the crockpot. Pour remaining liquid and onions out of crockpot.
- Place shredded pork, 1/2 cup reserved liquid and bbq sauce sauce (I prefer using the whole small bottle) in crockpot. Cook on high for 30 minutes.
- Serve on burger buns or rolls
“Revelation Song” – Gateway Worship, Song led by Kari Jobe (by gatewayworship)
The name “Awetruck Wonder” came from The Revelation Song, because we truly are struck by God’s “Awestruck Wonder”. The name of Jesus is indeed Power, Breath, Living Water. HE is a marvelous mystery.
“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. With all creation I sing: Praise to the King of Kings! You are my everything, and I will adore You”
Welcome to our little piece of the world wide web. We figured everyone else was doing it so why shouldn’t we! Ha! In all seriousness though, we are looking forward to sharing part of our lives with our family (who are all too far away) and friends. We want to share our faith with you as we try to ”live it out loud”. We’re far from perfect, but we both love Jesus. We want to share part of our lives with you and let you in on the good, the bad, and even the crazy (and believe us, there is plenty of that!).
We’ll both be blogging, sometimes independently and sometimes together. Those times you’ll get a “he said, she said” point of view, because there are always two sides to every story!
-Joe & Emily