I love to cook. No, really I do . . . or at least that is, when I know what to cook . . . and when I’m not rushed . . . and when no one fusses about what I choose to cook. So basically, five to six times a year—seven tops—I love to cook. Other days, it’s sheer survival.

I’m always on the lookout for new recipes. But before adding a dish to my culinary repertoire, it must pass three tests: it must be simple to make, fast, and considered fabulous by at least three out of four family members—and no, the dog doesn’t count. But finding recipes that pass all three tests is no easy task.

Is it just me, or are today’s recipes a bit . . . well . . . over the top?

I mean, sure, for holidays and special days and sometimes even “just because” days, I can kick it up a notch in the kitchen. But for Tuesday-night-after-practice and Wednesday-night-before-church dinners, is there really a need to zest and grate, whip and purée? Couldn’t we just keep it simple?

And do you ever feel that way about faith?

Jesus did, I think. He took all the laws—hundreds and hundreds of them—and summed them up in two beautifully simple ones:


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart

and with all your soul and with all your mind

and Love your neighbor as yourself

(Matthew 22:37–39 NIV).


Simply love . . . simply grace.

Thank You, Jesus.

Now . . . what to fix for dinner?


A Super Simple Supper . . .
Place 3 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Cover with half a bottle of your favorite bbq sauce. (My crowd loves Sweet Baby Ray’s.) Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Shred the chicken, and add more sauce, if desired. Serve with a steamer bag of veggies and your favorite bread. Simply yummy.


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