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A Diary of Anorexia and Redemption

A Diary of Anorexia and Redemption

Hi Friends! I am currently surviving off coffee after one of the most exciting/emotional/crazy weekends of my life. Full post on that pending… Today, however, I am excited to share with you the most well-edited and concise version of my testimony ever published. I am […]

He Actually Does: Learning To Trust

He actually does fulfill His promises. When a worry or fear creeps into your mind, how do you go about addressing that? Sometimes, I find myself consumed by the worry. I recognize in myself a tendency to overanalyze the future, coping by trying to control the […]

How to Grocery Shop Creatively On a Student Budget

How to Grocery Shop Creatively On a Student Budget

If you know me, you know how much I love cooking and food creating.

You know that the kitchen is my happy place, and that I love getting creative.
If you really know me (comment if you’re one of the few😝) you know that I have some really strange food combo loves (sweet potato with cinnamon and peanut butter and chicken and banana anyone)? You also know that I’m pretty meticulous with my budget, because I’m a student, and I want my money to go toward blessing others more than my own groceries.
While I recognize that I need an abundance of food to live, I don’t need to live in excess.
SO, I keep this passion alive while on a tight budget of $150-200 per month toward groceries by following a few little guidelines every time I shop:
1. Do I need a grain? Am I stocked up on cool/creative pastas, cereals, rice, flours, etc.? If not, I’ll grab one new one. Also, oats are a necessity for me. *Story time* a lady at the bus stop today literally saw oats in my bag, pointed them out, and we proceeded to have a lengthy conversation about how amazing and versatile oatmeal is. We swapped a few recipes.
2. Veggies. These I buy weekly. Depending on how full the fridge is, I usually buy one green variety and one starchy variety. I’ve been loooving pumpkin recently!
3. Fruit. I usually stock up on two types and they’ll be gone by the end of the week. My most heavily used are bananas and frozen cherries/blueberries. I also love apples and dates!
4. Fats. If Im out of a cooking spray, a sauce, or, most importantly, nut butter, I’ll grab a new one!
5. Proteins. I get most of my meat and eggs in bulk from a local farm, so it’s purchased on special trips with my momma! If I need chicken or want to try a fish or something I will, and I also almost always have chickpeas handy!
6. Treats. Treats are important. My go to’s are popcorn, flavoured drinks, dairy free ice cream, chips, dark chocolate, etc.
Having these staple foods at hand is, for me, perfect for making creative and delicious meals!
Like the ones linked here.

I really hope these were relevant tips for some of you students out there!
Tell me– when you go grocery shopping, do you just shop, or do you go in with a list?

“I Believe” Research Episode One: Prayer Assumes a Need

“I Believe” Research Episode One: Prayer Assumes a Need

Since announcing last Monday the news that I am publishing an online and in-person Bible study, I am so excited by the responses and participation. You can find all the details about When and how and what here. Over the next several weeks, before the […]

A Morning with my Best Friend

A Morning with my Best Friend

Morning. Not stupid early, but not late morning, it’s 8:30am and your eyelids open after a solid, undisturbed 8 hour sleep. You smile to yourself, feeling that euphoric, passionate, life-is-good-because-God-is-good emotion that translates to excitement to spend time with Jesus. You know He’s going to […]

Announcing…

Announcing…

My first worldwide Bible study.
I am very excited to announce that, as part of my fourth year thesis for my Christian Studies undergrad, I have been working on a project I am very excited to release.
A Bible study done online, and also with weekly meetings in Kitchener/Waterloo, ON, will be launching on Cassie’s Cookery the first week of 2019.
This will entail short podcasts, discussion/journal guides, Scriptures readings and other sourced information, along with much more content.
I am excited to have this incredible opportunity to “practice” ministry in a manner I feel so passionate about, too.
The topic is one I believe so important, and one of the best things, though maybe seemingly most challenging things, we could choose to do. But I believe it will change your life. I believe God will change your life.
Joel 2:12-13

The topic– you guessed it– is fasting.
But I’m not talking about fasting food necessarily.
I’m talking about fasting that is truly returning to the Lord. And this will take some prayer and thought.
Ask yourself… then ask God…
What do you do too much of that doesn’t please God?
What is an idol in your life that you love/pay more attention to than Jesus?
What takes up your brain space/heart/thought/time?
This will be the hardest kind of thing to give up. But it will be the best thing to I’ve up.
Here’s what Jesus promises you..
He will return to you what you sacrifice to Him, better than you could ever imagine.
He will teach you how to love better, and He will expand your capacity.
Bonus: you’ll more than likely be more productive, and reap all kinds of other benefits God has planned for you.
We’re created to live closely to Him. He sacrificed His perfect life for us. Anything we could sacrifice for Him is minuscule in comparison.

Dr. Bill Bright, in his guide Why You Should Fast, listed the following reasons for fasting something that is an idol in your life.
•Fasting was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament eras.
•Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the “first love” for your Lord and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ.
•Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God.
•It enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance, and a transformed life.
•Fasting will encourage the Holy Spirit to quicken the Word of God in your heart and His truth will become more meaningful to you.
•Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.

It is absolutely free to join and take part in this, and the resources will be available on the blog to everyone. And, for those in KW, we will have weekly studies beginning January 2019. More details to follow.
For now: spread the word, be encouraged, and don’t hesitate to talk to me with any questions!

Is There Really Power in Prayer?

Is There Really Power in Prayer?

Have you ever heard someone say they “believe in the power of prayer?” As a Christian, I agree with this statement… somewhat. See, I don’t believe that a prayer in itself has power. My own lifting up words of praise and petition is not powerful. […]

Flavourful Dinner For One: Eggplant Curry with Creamy Cauliflower Soup

So. This meal was so much fun to make! I decided to blast some tunes and cook a hearty dinner after a long day of working, and coming home from work to work from home and study. What come to be was an eggplant chickpea […]

Not My Will

Not My Will

Sometimes my will is His will, but my timing is not His timing because I don’t have His patience or His ability to see the whole picture.

Waiting.
It’s hard.
It’s hard to wait for another’s eyes to be opened to something that seems so clear to you.
It’s hard to wait to be able to express love that you know in your soul is right.
It’s hard to wait in order to be certain of a future job or life path.
And yet… if we look at each of these waiting periods as beautiful seasons in and of themselves, rather than difficult waiting periods, we’ll realize that it isn’t so hard at all.
We also won’t waste time waiting, wishing time away, and we’ll experience peace in the fact that God’s timing is always better, and always for our good. And not always about me.
Maybe I’m ready, spiritually and mentally, to receive a truth or start a job, but someone else involved in the same situation isn’t.
Maybe my waiting is a needed light for someone wanting to trust God for the first time.
There’s always a higher purpose when life is lived with and for Jesus.
I was reminded of the beauty of patience and trust in every season in many ways today:
In conversations reflecting on the beautiful relationship formed by one of my best friends, Maddie, and her boyfriend, and God’s timeliness in that;
In seeing an old friend at a coffee shop in whom my paths have crossed many times and who has been a continuous light to me; who reminded me the power we have through Jesus to brighten lives every day;
In catching up with an old friend via message that led to unbelievable closure I can’t explain.
And every one of these examples I have wanted to rush at some point. I have asked God, Why not now?!?!
But He always knows.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

So if you are in the waiting… needing to just trust
Take heart, my friend. He is fighting for you. Is your hope in Him?

My Top Ten Favourite Blogs (Feature Photo by @tumblinbimblincrumblincookie)

My Top Ten Favourite Blogs (Feature Photo by @tumblinbimblincrumblincookie)

Cait’s Plate. My absolute favourite blog to scroll through. So much clear effort put into this content, with incredible readability and beautiful photos! Back to Being Sara. One of my dear friends who share so much truth in her writing. She also just published a […]