“And if you greet only your Heavenly brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” MATTHEW 5:47-48

Today involved very early rising (6 am) because I promised my friend Cassia Id go to her urgent care appointment with her so she wasn’t alone. I spent time in the Word, Matthew today, and a while stretching before leaving with her. We were able to catch up and she was able to mostly take care of her health concerns and I was able to get coffee AND my partner discount thanks to a beautiful barista who gave it to me even though I don’t yet have my card. It was a great morning. When I got home I was itching for more time with the Lord and knew that He was calling me to something. I felt His arms and feared His wrath all at once. This is a Love at times He brings me to so strongly, a love that is a privilege and that only He provides! His Spirit overwhelmed my prayer.
I spent a lot of the afternoon to myself for a while, productively (well, I also caught up on MasterChef but that’s allowed– very happy with the top 3). I edited two chapters of my novel, created and baked my own chocolate praline granola recipe, and worked out. I also ate well and with variety. All the while, the Lord working and my human self responding and open.
Here, the granola recipe:
2 1/4 cups oats
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp coconut sugar, divided
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raisins
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

  1. In large mixing bowl, place oats, both nuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, salt, and 1 Tbsp coconut sugar. Stir until combined.
  2. In small saucepan, heat 1/3 cup coconut sugar, almond milk, and coconut oil over medium heat until all ingredients come together.
  3. Pour liquid into dry ingredients and mix well to coat. Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes, and then toss with spatula. Bake another 10 minutes and toss again. Bake a final 5 minutes before removing from oven and tossing. Allow granola to cool at least 10 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips and raisins on top and mix.

And my workout for the day was from Sophie Gray’s guides. I love her workouts so much because they are fun and challenging. The first few months are too easy, so I do the workouts from months 3 and 4! It involves an ab, leg, and glute work to start, heart pumping cardio and then a killer stretch. I genuinely enjoy this kind of workout so much.
With the Lord’s plans for my time in prayer, reflection, and PASSIONATE healthy living that reflects Him, I had a beautiful morning. And am reminded through emotion that no amount of temptation cannot be overcome by Jesus Christ; I am His forever, and He has a plan for my life.

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