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Reckless Love (Yes, That Song!)

Reckless Love (Yes, That Song!)

There is this beautiful song that has been covered by everyone from Israel Houghton to Justin Beiber. Cory Asbury’s Reckless Love is just one of those songs that just grips your soul. There was something about this song that I connected with. As soon as I heard the artist’s story regarding the song, my jaw dropped. It was so similar to mine…eerily similar. In fact, there is even a chapter in the book I’m writing that includes my experience of how God used my child to show me His incredible love.

This song also has it’s critics. I have to admit on first hearing it, the “rule-follower” in me balked at the idea that God could be “reckless”.  But as I listened to the song, I understand that on human terms, His love for us is reckless. Most of us wouldn’t dare to love that way (nor can we apart from God).

Yes, He knows who are His, and who would be His even before He outlined the plan to save us. Yet it is still an amazing thought that He would be willing to sacrifice Himself for us, for me. He would seek us out, find us wherever we are, and call us out to Himself. It’s only now, in the latter half of my life that I am getting a glimpse of an understanding of what it means to be loved by God.

It’s a love that transforms you, if you allow it to. I want to live the rest of my earthly life basking in His overwhelming, neverending, reckless love.

The Prayer Challenge

The Prayer Challenge

About a week ago, I was enjoying my morning quiet time. I was reading in John 14, and I came across verse 13. It jumped out at me so I wrote it down, as is my habit when I journal during my devotions. John 14:13 says,

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

This verse prompted me to write down a simple reflection: Is this a promise for me? Is this something that I can claim today, or was it only meant for His disciples? Then I wrote down my action steps (I do these three things every morning: verse, reflection, action): Pray more in Jesus name and find out.

It’s been a week on this impromptu prayer challenge, not only has God answered prayer, but He has begun doing a transformative work in my heart. You see, the fact that I had to ask the question whether the promise Jesus made also applies to me revealed my lack of faith not only in prayer, but in the power of Jesus’ name. I have been a Christian for over thirty years, and I am just now discovering a huge problem in my relationship with God. It’s not that I didn’t pray. I pray all the time, but I don’t think that I have always prayed in faith. In fact, I know that I haven’t.

What happened when I started to pray in Jesus’ name? God showed up. He spoke to my heart about things that I needed to pray for, even bringing up names of people who were in need of intercession. He also strengthened my faith and our relationship. He is no longer a God who is far off. He is a God who is close, intimately involved and interested in my life. It’s not that He wasn’t before, but that I didn’t experience it more fully until now. James 4:8 says, “Come near to God, and He will come near to you.” I can testify that verse is so very true. Prayer changed me, is changing me.

There is power in prayer. It’s direct access to God the Father through Jesus Christ. He hears us, and He wants to hear from us. There is power in the name of Jesus. His name is “the name above every name” (Phil 2:9). Every knee will bow at the sound of His name (Phil 2:10).

He promises us, yes, for us also, that He will do whatever we ask in His name.

 

Keto Raspberry Ice Cream

Keto Raspberry Ice Cream

Here is a quick and easy recipe to satisfy that sweet tooth without sacrificing flavour. 

Raspberries are keto friendly because they are very high in fiber, which essentially cuts their carb content in half. So if you are looking for a keto-friendly, gluten-free, low carb, refined sugar-free healthy and very tasty frozen treat, this recipe only has 7 net carbs! I keep my carbs at around 20, and I was still able to fit this in my day.

Ingredients:

7 Tbsps 35% Heavy Whipping Cream (or full fat canned coconut milk)

1 Cup Frozen Raspberries

1/4 Cup Water

1/4 Cup Cinnamon

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth…yep, that’s it!

Almond Joy Mousse Fat Bomb

Almond Joy Mousse Fat Bomb

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I decided to explore the Keto diet for a number of reasons. I definitely would have described myself as a critic, admittedly because I was misinformed, and I didn’t fully understand how it worked, or why I should consider it.

Before I started Keto, I was tired, like ALL THE TIME. I just couldn’t seem to get enough rest to lose that lethargic feeling. Within a week of being in ketosis, I had so much energy. Usually by 2 pm, I was done for the day, and would desperately need a nap, but that changed. I slept so much better, too. I woke up feeling rested. Also as someone who suffers from PCOS (symptoms caused by a hormonal imbalance), I would have really bad night sweats. It was like my body couldn’t regulate my temperature. These seemed to disappear as well. Bonus: I was also finally losing weight again after plateauing for over a year!

Keto isn’t for everyone, but it is definitely working for me! If you are considering the Keto diet, make sure to talk to your doctor and/or nutritionist, as well as do your research. There is a lot of bad information out there.

Okay! Onto my favorite keto snack. I actually discovered this by accident as a way of trying to meet my fats quota, but it is absolutely delicious! For a girl who has a sweet tooth, I needed to come up with something that would satisfy that didn’t involve unpleasant sugar substitutes.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp Coconut Butter

1 Tbsp Almond Butter

1 Svg(about 15) Dark Chocolate Chips (70-80%)

5 Tbsp 35% Heavy Cream (canned coconut milk if you need a dairy-free option)

Instructions:

1) In a small microwave safe bowl, add coconut oil, coconut butter, almond butter, and chocolate chips. Microwave about 40 seconds.

2) Stir until well blended. Add heavy cream and mix well. I used a coffee frother.

3) Place in refrigerator and chill for about 2 hours until solid.