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When God Calls You, Don’t Settle

When God Calls You, Don’t Settle

Well, I mentioned in my previous post, Why I Decided To Take A 21 Day Social Media Fast,  that I fully expected to hear God speak to me. And He is.

Shortly, after that post, I decided to listen to a sermon. The Spirit pressed on my heart to listen to Christine Caine. I was not very familiar with Christine Caine. I had first heard her speak when I was listening to Elevation’s Code Orange Revival back in 2016, during my last social media fast. I remember that her message was powerful, but I was also distracted because she was a woman. If this is your first time visiting my blog, I mentioned that growing up, I was taught that women are not supposed to preach. It is a mindset that I have had to retrain.

I went to Youtube, and put Christine Caine in the search box, and I listened to a sermon that struck my very core.  The interesting thing, is that, earlier that morning, I was reading the account of Jesus’ last moments with his disciples. Jesus told Peter that he would deny even knowing him three times. In Luke 22:60-61 says,

Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed.  The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.”

Jesus looked at Peter, and Peter, I imagine, felt a piercing in his soul. I am sure he felt that similar piercing, when Jesus asked him three times if he loved Him (John 21:15-17). That is what I felt listening to this sermon. He reminded me yet again, “I have called you! Why are you trying to do the old thing, when I have told you that I am doing a NEW THING? I am preparing you for what I have prepared for you, and because the process takes longer than you expect, you decided to return to fishing.” Ouch!

I had never really identified with Peter. He’s a bit of a spitfire, talkative, kind of guy. So not me! But when reading John 21:1-11, I realized we are more similar than I ever realized! When Peter didn’t know what else to do, he simply returned to where he was comfortable, and Jesus had to call him out again, and remind him of what he was called to do.

Same, Peter. Same.

Why I Decided To Take A 21 Day Social Media Fast

Why I Decided To Take A 21 Day Social Media Fast

Yesterday was Day 1 of my 21 day fast from social media. Many people have been asking me why I decided to do this.  Especially because the timing doesn’t make sense. After all, I am about to launch my first online course. Going ghost from social media is the last thing you want to do before a launch.

But the answer is really simple. God told me to. I’ve learned that even if it doesn’t make sense in my human mind, if God tells me to do something, I need to obey.  What He wants from me will always be more important than what I want for myself.

I don’t know what will happen in these next three weeks, but I fully expect to hear from Him, and see Him move in my  life. I can tell you that yesterday I got so much done!! It’s amazing how much time you have when you aren’t wasting it “in the scroll”.

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe : GF, Paleo, Keto, Low-Carb and still tastes good!

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe : GF, Paleo, Keto, Low-Carb and still tastes good!

Okay, so about a week and a half ago, I started a new eating plan. Yes, of course, I want to lose these last 20 lbs of baby weight, but I’ve also been feeling really lethargic, and my hormones were going haywire. I’m talking night sweats, break outs, and uncontrollable sugar cravings!

So I knew that something had to give. I had been wanting to try intermittent fasting for a while. The benefits intrigued me and I knew that it made sense to eat that way. However, with this new eating plan, I also had to incorporate some modified Keto. For someone who loves sweets….this was going to be tough! But honestly, it was a lot easier than I thought.

Last night, I modifed a shepherd’s pie recipe so that it fit into my plan. I was pleasantly surprised, because it is very yummy!

So let me share this simple, healthy recipe with you.

 

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower

1 lb of ground turkey

1 large zucchini

2 tbsp ghee

Pink Himalayans salt and ground pepper (to taste)

1 tbspn Italian seasoning

 

Instructions:

1). In a medium sauce pan, cook cauliflower  in water until soft. Drain, mash, season with salt & pepper, mix in ghee. Set aside.

2.) In a large pan, fry ground turkey, season with salt and pepper. When it’s fully cooked, place turkey in a bread pan in an even layer.

3.) Dice zucchini and layer on top of turkey. Season with salt pepper and Italian seasoning.

4.) Add mashed cauliflower in an even layer. Push down if necessary.

5) Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

“Eat Your Veggies!” Chocolate Banana Bread

“Eat Your Veggies!” Chocolate Banana Bread

Any mamas out there have trouble getting your kids to eat more (or any) vegetables? Veggies have been a hard sell in this house. My oldest has sensory issues, so getting him to eat ANYTHING has been a challenge since he was born. He certainly will not eat vegetables (unless pizza sauce counts).

What all my kids love, though, is chocolate cake. Who doesn’t? So here is my chance to add some healthy greens to one of their favorite snacks, and they won’t even know!!

My oldest, the pickiest one, begged me for more “cake”. Of course, I didn’t mind giving him another piece because so far, this has been the only successful way I’ve gotten him to eat spinach.  Whatever works! Right, mamas?

 

Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?

Ingredients:

 

1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Four

1 1/2 Tsps Baking Powder

1/4 Tsp Baking Soda

1/8 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder

3 Ripe Bananas

1 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Baby Spinach

1 Egg

1/4 Cup Cooking Oil

1 Tsp Vanilla

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

 

Instructions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bread pan and set aside.

2.) In a large mixing bowl, mix the first six ingredients.

3.) In a separate bowl, mash bananas. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.

4.) Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and mix well until fully incorporated.

5.) Pour into greased bread pan, and top with chocolate chips or walnuts (optional).

6. ) Bake at 350 for 55 minutes or until done.

 

Let cool! Enjoy! Your kids will love it too!

 

Zara’s Room

Zara’s Room

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I love interior decorating! I always have. Even as a child, I would find new ways to decorate my room, moreso as a teenager. I would find things at yard sales and spruce them up and use them. By the time I had my own place, interior decorating shows were starting to become a thing. Remember Trading Spaces?

Now, we have just moved into our new home, and I am like a kid in a candy store!! Yesterday, I had a rare kid-free day, so naturally, I headed to HomeSense, because not only do I love decor, I also like to save money. Now I wasn’t intending to buy anything. I just wanted to get my fix by looking at all the pretty things and imagining that I was Joanna Gaines getting ready to stage a newly renovated space.

All was well and good until I made my way to the children’s section. I have an absolute weakness for children’s decor. I spied this super cute unicorn comforter set that would go perfect with the theme in my 5 year-old’s room. The combination of this great find, that it was the only one left, and the fact that you never know if there will be any more…ever, well,  I had no choice! The comforter was mine.

As I began to walk around the corner, the comforter set under one arm, I saw it. The unicorn canvas, and it perfectly matched the comforter set. Resistance was futile. I had to get out of there! So I came home and quickly added these perfect find to her room before she came home from school. Here are the results:

 

 

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