Fruit of the month: Stone fruits

Peaches, nectarines, apricots, peaches, plums, and cherries are all considered stone fruits because they all contain large, hard seeds or pits. They’re all decent sources of fiber, vitamins A and C, and potassium.

While they’re all delicious eaten out of hand, you might also want to try them in recipes like these:

Peach salsa: Dice two ripe but still slightly firm peaches and two medium tomatoes. Mix with a little minced red onion, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice to taste. Serve with grilled fish or chicken, or on tacos and other Mexican food.

Grilled nectarines: Cut nectarines in half and remove the pits. Brush both sides with a neutral oil (such as canola) and sprinkle with a little brown sugar. Grill until lightly browned, turning once or twice, for 3 to 5 minutes. Enjoy as a side dish or dessert, or in a salad with arugula, toasted pine nuts, and crumbled feta cheese.

Roasted plums: Place halved, pitted plums on a baking sheet and toss with a little canola oil. If desired, drizzle with a little honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Roast at 375° F for about 30 minutes, or until soft. Serve topped with Greek yogurt.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! Proverbs 15:23 NIV

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Romans 12:15 NIV

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7 NIV

So that I may come to you with joy, by God’s will, and in your company be refreshed. Romans 15:32 NIV

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. Psalm 119:111 NIV

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6 NIV

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV

For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Psalm 149:4 NIV

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17 NIV

The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. Proverbs 23:24 NIV
I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. Psalm 119:14 NIV

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5 NIV

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