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When God Makes His Desires Your Desires

When God Makes His Desires Your Desires

Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Some interpret this verse to mean that if you follow God, He will give you everything you want. However, that is only partially true. What actually happens is that when we are seeking after God, He changes our desires to match His.

I am right in the middle of God doing some incredible transformation in my heart. I have barely given up my dream of being a successful entrepreneur, and God has changed my desires and my goals. He has given me a new mission and a new message.

I don’t say “He is doing it” lightly. What He has placed in my heart is so far removed from anything I would have ever wanted to pursue. Now, as I look back, I see that He has been preparing me for this exact ministry. I still don’t know how or when it will happen. But I do know that I just have to be willing and surrender to this process of preparation.

Has God called you to surrender? There is nothing that you could give up that wouldn’t be worth laying aside to pursue what God has for you.

To Live, First You Must Die

To Live, First You Must Die

A couple of days ago, I was listening to a sermon by Christine Caine titled, “I Can’t, But He Can”.  She made the statement “There has to be a death before there can be a resurrection.” Isn’t that the whole premise of the Christian life?

Romans 6:4 is a verse that is often quoted during baptisms,

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 

“There has to be a death before there can be a resurrection.”

Yesterday, I put to death my dreams of having a thriving business. I let go of a tremendous opportunity to work with a much sought after mentor. I did that not knowing what would come next. I did it in obedience, and I did it in faith that what God has for me is far greater than what I could ever imagine for myself.

I mourned that death. I cried. I ate carbs! And in the midst of my pity party came new life. The words began to flow, and I began to write. God told me that I would write a book (several), but I’ve had writer’s block since. I could not get the words out. As it turned out, I was the one doing the blocking by not fully dying to my dreams. Almost immediately after I put to death my dreams, God allowed a new one to grow!

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. – John 12:24-25 NASB

“There has to be a death before there can be a resurrection.”

What in your life has to die so that you can live in the purpose God has called you to?

Laying Down My Dreams

Laying Down My Dreams

I guess it would have been foolish to think that God would speak to me during these 21 days but not ask anything of me. It would be foolish to think that He would request my undivided attention to then not demand my undivided attention.  It would be foolish to think that my calling wouldn’t require sacrifice.

Today, I quit (or I should say began to let go of…it’s a process) my plans, my dreams, my business. For real this time.  My heart hurts because my dreams were within my grasp. I was set up for success.

But I know that what God has for me is far better, and my sphere of influence will be far greater than I can even imagine right in this moment. I’m trusting Him to bring it to pass. I’m trusting that though my heart is heavy now, I will look back one day be thankful that I was obedient.

What area of obedience and trust are you holding back from God? Lay it down. Trust Him.

Bacon Guacamole Cheddar Crisps Fat Bombs – Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Keto

Bacon Guacamole Cheddar Crisps Fat Bombs – Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Keto

There is no point in wasting time telling you how incredibly delicious this meal is. So let’s just get to the recipe!

Ingredients:

2 strips of cooked bacon

1 avocado

1/4 lime wedge

Pink Himalayan salt and pepper (to taste)

1/3 cup shredded cheese (Tex-Mex works great!)

 

Instructions:

1). Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2). By the tablespoonful, distribute cheese onto the parchment and bake 5-7 minutes until edges are brown. Let cool.

 

3). In a small bowl, add avocado flesh, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Mash with fork.

4). On a cutting board, chop bacon slices and mix them into guacamole.

5). Spoon guacamole onto cheddar crisps.

Enjoy!

Healthy Oven Fried Chicken- Gluten-Free, Paleo, Keto, Low Carb

Healthy Oven Fried Chicken- Gluten-Free, Paleo, Keto, Low Carb

I have a confession. I love fried chicken! I’m not talking KFC or Church’s Chicken, and definitely not Chick-Fil-A. I mean home-made crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside southern fried chicken.

It’s probably been twenty years since I’ve last tasted it. So, needless to say, I was having a craving. And since I’m in the Keto phase of my eating plan, I thought, “This is my chance!” But I chickened out (no pun intended) and opted to do a baked version instead.

Regular fried chicken calls for flour, which is not an ingredient that I can use with my eating plan. I simply replaced flour for almond flour for the coating.  It gave the chicken a thin crispy layer.

You’ll want to set up a little station line that includes 1-2 beaten eggs, a shallow dish of seasoned almond flour, and a greased baking dish.

Dip each piece of chicken in the egg, then roll it in the almond flour, and place in the dish.  Bake at 400 degrees for 45-55 minutes.

Ingredients:

8-10 Bone-in, skin on chicken legs

1-2  Eggs, beaten( I think 1 is plenty)

1 Cup Almond flour

1/2 Tbsp of Seasoned Salt

1/2 Tbsp of Paprika

Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a large baking dish.

2) In a small bowl, beat egg and set aside.

3) In a shallow dish mix almond flour, season salt, and paprika.

4) Dip chicken in egg, then in almond flour, fully coating it, and place in baking dish.

5). Bake for 45-55 minutes.  Flipping halfway through.

 

Tried this recipe? Let me know what you think in the comments.