Category: Family

Ammini Samuel. A woman of faith.

Today (March 30th)… my mother-in-love came & told me some of the best news I’ve heard in a long time – she is in remission from cancer! Prayers have been answered with healing being in His will for her- thankyou Lord God Almighty – praise you Jesus for what you have done in her body & her life!

According to the latest CT scan done following her 5th chemo treatment two weeks ago there are no crazy cells to be found within her body, particularly her lymphatic system through which it had spread.

Since hearing the news everyone dreads to hear last October- we, as a family, have all been through different emotions but one thing has stood tall & proud & solid – and that is mom’s faith in Jesus her beloved Saviour & Friend.

She is an inspiration to me… for what she has endured surely.. but more so… HOW she endured it… not in a way that was bitter & complaining… or seeking attention & self-pity…just with simple child-like faith & an unshakeable trust that embraces the reality & severity of what is going on but accepts fully that God can do as He pleases & it will always be GOOD..even that which most of us fear the most…death.

“God is good. He’s good to me” is always flowing from her lips… simple but powerful praise – despite circumstances and times in the past or the present or the future that look so difficult for one woman to endure. Through her faith… God is glorified.

The first thing I did when she told me was to hug her (I’m just a huggy person) and thanks to God… but as she started to thank me for my prayers for her (and she has continued to thank everyone for their prayers who have stood by her & supported her — I suddenly felt the need to say something specific to her.

I saw in my mind the picture of a woman who reached out

and touched the hem tassles of the garment of a Jewish carpenter

and was healed… to which Jesus turned his full attention and said

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”.

(Mark 5:34)

And that is exactly what I told her. Although I substituted ‘mom’ for ‘daughter’ 🙂

If you.. or anyone close to you.. has had to battle with the evil that is… cancer… then this Psalm & my prayers are with you – for I have known what it is to have someone restored back & win against this battle (mom-in-love) and also to lose someone (my beloved aunt).

I hope & pray that this Psalm 23 (which I was inspired to read to her & pray over mom during her treatments by the dvd film called “Reflections on Psalm 23 for people with Cancer – a personal journey with Ken Curtis- ASIN code:B000MR8SJ6 ) will help you & to encourage you to trust God from this day in your present condition of life until the day we leave this life behind… and forward into the amazing beyond that awaits us…

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness

and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD


Texas Chilli: mouth-watering spicyness!


Texas Chilli close-up

As spicy & mouth-watering as chilli should be!


1 lb (450gms) ground beef – chuck or topside

1 small box of mushrooms, roughly chopped

2 medium brown onions, finely diced

1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans, drained

2 cans (28oz each) crushed tomatoes

1 small can tomato paste/ puree

2 Tbsp – vegetable oil

1 Tbsp garlic, finely chopped

3 Tbsp chilli powder

2 Tbsp paprika

1 Tbsp cumin

2 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp kosher salt


1. Thaw ground beef, if frozen, for 30 mins ahead of cooking.

2. Prepare remaining ingredients while thawing the meat. Chop onions, garlic, mushrooms. Drain kidney beans and rinse thoroughly.

3. Heat the veg. oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat

4. Add the onions and garlic and fry until tender or for 5 mins, stir occasionally to keep from browning

5. Add the spices – chilli powder, paprika, cumin and oregano. Stir the spices into the onion and fry for 30 secs.

6. Add the ground beef and stir through until spices are completely combined. Add the 1 Tablespoon of salt & stir. Cook for 8 – 10 mins.

7. Add mushroom pieces and stir. Cover with lid and boil mushrooms for 3 mins on low heat.

8. Add the rinsed red kidney beans and tomato ingredients and simmer on low heat, stir occasionally, for 20 mins.

9. Adjust the seasoning with salt or chiles if required (which I definitely didn’t need in this recipe of either saltiness or spicyness!)

10. Serve with white rice (as I did) any or all of the suggested fixin’s shown below! Enjoy your yummy texas chilli!



Corn Chips

Grated cheddar cheese

Chopped green onion

Sour cream

Red pepper flakes

Chopped Jalapeno chiles



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