Sunday, September 25, 2011

Jar Wonders

Partially eaten :-)

This is a must try!! Take any glass jar and fill it part way with your favorite chili soup. Then add a cornbread mixture on top (I have to admit I used a boxed version for simplicity's sake...any good recipes out there?). Make sure to leave about an inch on the top so it doesn't overflow. Set the jars on a cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Anybody remember this Savage Garden hit? Great junior high memories :-)
I love you TOO much....
Is that really possible? To love someone too much? To love God too much? I would say not. However... I love God too much to curse His name. I love God too much to go a day without talking to Him. The same goes for my husband, my family, my closest friends... and even random strangers...

I love people too much to not tell them the truth. This is something that God has been growing in me for a couple weeks now. For most of you that know me, I'm not the girl that usually calls people out on stuff. I'm the really sweet, nice, encouraging girl. I've realized that part of this is actually a fear of mine that I won't be accepted or loved by whoever I'm talking to. Don't get me wrong, I will always look to encourage others but I'm learning that sometimes encouragement has to push people in a more difficult direction. Loving God is not always easy. Encouragement must be rooted in truth and when you believe truth deeply it results in BOLDNESS. 

My assistant basketball coach used to always compare the communication of a screen while on defense to a friend walking unknowingly in front of a car. You wouldn't just say "stop" softly or "live your life by example" and step out of the way of the car. You would scream "STOP!!!!" You believe deeply in the truth that if they step in front of that car they will get hurt so the resulting action is bold. 

Lately, God has been revealing a deep truth to me about His creation in us. We are triune beings created in His image. Our heart, soul, and strength are to love Him above all (Deut. 6). Yes, that includes our BODY. Our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit to reside in. As I grow to become more and more set apart through relationship with Him, I pray that the way I treat what He gave me (my body) becomes a set apart act as well. This is a passion God has given me and I pray the church starts to address this more as well. Our culture does not choose to live this way. God created our bodies amazing to function and live to do Kingdom work for Him. 

So to all of you reading this, I apologize for when I softened up the truth and didn't love you fully. I'm sorry that I backed down and listened to Satan's lies telling me that I need to be loved and accepted by others besides my King. I pray that I will do this less and less.

What is your passion? What is the truth you believe so deeply you can't not share??? Be empowered! God has plans for you. He has truth to be spoken through you and a purpose for every moment of your day. Love you all

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Love: Part 2

Love is not a place
To come and go as we please
It's a house we enter in
Then commit to never leave
-Lyrics from "Love is not a fight"

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Psalm 90:12
"Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom."

     Another birthday has come and gone. During my birthday weekend, a wise friend shared this verse with me. It's kind of a sobering thing to think about. I am 23 and who knows how many days the Lord has for me. 
     The last two weeks I have started my real-life "job." However, it's hard to call it a job. I have learned so much and am loving everything about it. I have been challenged and pushed more than I had been in a long time. This is my prayer as I reflect on the urgency in which I hope to live my life for Christ. 
 Psalm 90:17
"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands."

      I pray that I may bring God's truth alive to the people I see everyday. I pray that God establishes this work and I don't try to take the on the burden of sharing the Lord and His truth with them. Most of all I pray for a boldness that comes from truly knowing the Lord. 

Now to share some of the ways God blessed me over my birthday.

Homemade granola!                            The perfect adventure.            Matching FL friend+hubby
Anna knows me too well.                   We made homemade sushi.              To hear Francis Chan!

Beautiful flowers from my honey.           Supper with the whole fam at Grille 26.

Birthday lunch with Liza, complete with another awesome gift. Jar mugs I've been wishing for. :-). She's wonderful.