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Banana Almond Oat Cookies

Three of my favourite words! Banana, Nut Butter, Oatmeal. Put them all together to make one delicious, healthy dessert? Heck yes! Banana Almond Oat Cookes (This recipe was good for just me, or about 4 ball shaped cookies!) Ingredients 1 Tbsp almond butter 2 Tbsp […]

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 present.
But I have most definitely learned that I am not in control, and the One who is is, believe it or not, all-powerful and actually faithful to what He says He will be faithful to.
I can look at my own life and see God’s Hand of faithfulness. And so, if ever I get worry or worried, I can recall the many times God has provided and taught me, knowing that He uses struggles and trials for His good and as part of His purpose.
I was reminded of God’s faithfulness through one of my pastors and friend, Emily, during our breakfast date this morning.
Emily has many testimonies of Jesus’ faithfulness in her own life, and her speaking into my life gave me such hope that I needed to hear.

Mike and Emily are pastors at Risen City Church in downtown Kitchener.

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Coupled with a visit to my dear friends’ Beth and Jared’s first home together– beautiful and everything they’d dreamed of– I have been given opportunities to witness God’s faithfulness in the lives of those around me, too.
The question is not of whether God is faithful or sovereign or steadfast to His promises. The question is whether that Truth is one you are going to align yourself to and Him someone you live by.
From that decision, He just does. You will notice His promises and desire to pray for more recognition of His wisdom. You will grow in empathy and compassion through His Spirit. And this isn’t something I, Cassie, can promise. But it’s something the God of the universe can, and does.
Since making the decision to live my life for God, a decision God Himself led me to, many people have approached me about the “opportunities” that “seem” to constantly come my way; the encounters and healing I’ve had.
I in no way say this to boast, but rather boast in Christ alone. Without Him, these opportunities would have no meaning. Opportunities come to all of us through the world, but purposed by God, opportunities can be eternal ministries.
So as today I reflected on a lot of curiosity about the future, I am ultimately here, at rest, in the unknown: because God knows, and that’s all that matters.

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]