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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 Weekend In Wisconsin

A Weekend In Wisconsin

This past weekend takes the cake as one of the best of my life. Friday morning, in one of my theology classes, in the midst of my friend Bethany’s presentation, my phone started ringing. I quickly silenced it and responded to the caller– my friend […]

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 so honoured to have a second piece of mine published in the incredible Canadian magazine, Love is Moving.

Read the article here.
In the publishing of this article, I am humbly reminded of the number of opportunities this story has had to be shared. That being said, I want to iterate how necessary it is that what is gleaned from this is that God through Jesus saved my life, and is saving it every day, redeeming me. I am not perfect, His Spirit is perfect. I still have struggles, but He is a perfect redeemer.

“The only reason healing is difficult to grasp is because it hasn’t been our experience.” Dan Mohler

If you’re curious about eating disorder recovery logistics/physical recovery, I am happy to answer questions.
If you’re curious about a relationship with Jesus, I am a friend and shoulder, but He is the Friend and Shoulder.
Thanks for reading friends, and be sure to check out the other amazing articles in this 30th issue of Love is Moving!

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 […]

“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 study itself launches, I will be sharing some research and prayer that has informed my decision to pursue this topic of study and this format. Several sources from people of different backgrounds and experiences will be used.
To catch you up to speed, friend, here is what the I Believe study is all about:

The above is my thesis statement for this study. Disclaimer: this Bible Study is a project in fulfillment of my undergraduate degree in Christian Studies and Global Citizenship at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Now, let’s dive into the literature today’s research focuses on.

Mark R McMinn, Ph.D., in his book, Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling, argues for the importance of Christian morality as part of mental therapy, namely biblical principles such as redemption, prayer, and forgiveness.
McMinn states that “Prayer assumes need. Prayer and helplessness are inseparable.
He supports this with Luke 18:9-16:

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

I think that one of the most unfortunate assumptions about Christians is that they are self-righteous and “holier than thou.” There are certainly people pertaining to all beliefs that operate out of these traits. I would argue that we all do, in various ways.

But the call of a Christian is to be absolutely humble, recognizing his or her brokenness, and “need,” as McMinn says, for God. A recognition of this need, then, should lead to prayer.

If we go on in our selfish ways, thinking, as the man in this parable, “Thank goodness I’m not like the robbers or evildoers,” failing to recognize how broken we are, we will very likely turn to selfish means of living.

When we pray, however, recognizing our need to communicate with our God, our need for His guidance– we can operate out of the humility and love of the Holy Spirit (John 3:34).

McMinn’s explanation of how prayer requires “humble awareness of our need for God” lends itself to the first step in the I Believe Bible Study: praying about what, exactly, you will fast.

I am so excited to see how God continues to work out His plan for this study, and how many hearts and minds will be able to grow and learn from one another!

For My Sister on Your Birthday

For My Sister on Your Birthday

My Sweet, special sister, 18 never looked so beautiful. My sweet pea, you have such a fiercely loving heart. You have always had this beautiful compassion for people that translates to the way you interact with people. I have watched you feel so deeply and […]

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!

21st Birthday Reflections

21st Birthday Reflections

On Wednesday, I turned 21 years old. I am officially in the 20s. And, while it doesn’t feel weird– I’m mostly surrounded by people in their mid-20s, and I feel I’m mature for my age– the milestone led me to a lot of reflecting. Put honestly, […]