Thursday, November 10, 2011

Friends & Brisket...Are Not About Me

Tonight we get to host dinner for four of our very best friends and both couples are newlyweds! We sure love them and always look forward to time that we can have together.

I'm really gaining an awareness lately that my friendships are not about me. With an attitude of selfishness or an expectation to receive something (approval, interest, love, perfection) from our relationship I will be disappointed every time. That points me right back to the Lord because I need his heart to want to love people and grace for every time I idolize any relationship.

It is beyond freeing to realize Jesus created friendships to be enjoyed but he was the ultimate model of just loving for the heck of it!

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

John 13:1

So cool and a great reminder for me to keep Jesus #1 and everything else in it's rightful place. We are grateful today for overflowing relationships and a biblical model to do it right.

As for the menu...we are having Beef Brisket tonight! This is honestly the MOST delicious, simple, and absolute crowd favorite that I have ever made. It takes literally 10 minutes to prep and then just let it roast away in the oven all afternoon. Try it out, it's a yummy fall dish.

Texas Oven-Roasted Beef Brisket

Prep Time:10 min
Cook Time:4 hr 0 min
Serves:10 servings


• 2 tablespoons chili powder

• 2 tablespoons salt

• 1 tablespoon garlic powder

• 1 tablespoon onion powder

• 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

• 1 tablespoon sugar

• 2 teaspoons dry mustard

• 1 bay leaf, crushed

• 4 pounds beef brisket, trimmed

• 1 1/2 cups beef stock


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Make a dry rub by combining chili powder, salt, garlic and onion powders, black pepper, sugar,
dry mustard, and bay leaf. Season the raw brisket on both sides with the rub. Place in a roasting
pan and roast, uncovered, for 1 hour.

Add beef stock and enough water to yield about 1/2 inch of liquid in the roasting pan. Lower
oven to 300 degrees F, cover pan tightly and continue cooking for 3 hours, or until fork-tender.

Trim the fat and slice meat thinly across the grain. Top with juice from the pan.

{Rachelle, Ali, Carly + Rings from our hubs!}

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,

2 Thessalonians 2:16

Beholding Glory

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