Does winter get anyone else down in the dumps?I’m not trying to blame my attitude on the cold, because I know that owning my attitude is always my responsibility. But man… I really, really hate the cold. It is one sensation I can think of […]
Today I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. My head and heart and spirit have been whirring and I’ve been praying and Jesus granted me lots of awesome people to talk with and engage these thoughts with throughout the day which is cool, but I’ve […]
Last night, at 11:58pm, I submitted the longest essay of my English career thus far. A lot of thought went into its thesis, which surrounded largely a dystopian novel published recently called “The Circle.” The essay was about modern day tendency to exalt self. To […]
Bananas are by far the most consumed fruit in North America.
Most of these bananas are grown on large plantation sites, where the workers often live there and are grossly underpaid, primarily in Ecuador, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.
Under extremely unhealthy working conditions, with no benefits, and making only 1-3% of the profits of these bananas, employees in these plantation sites are not remotely met by fair standards according to basic human rights.
Children as young as 8 are forced into these conditions, working 12 hour days with dangerous machinery, in unfair and hazardous conditions, and with inadequate food and drink. Surrounded by harmful pesticides and chemicals, workers have reported consistently nausea, dizziness, fever, and aching bones, to name a few symptoms.
Fair Trade Brands
Many local grocery stores are now selling fair trade bananas. Look for these brands:
- Equal Exchange
- Earth University
- Grow Bananas
And if they are not currently sold at your local grocery stores, put in a word with the managers! Many grocery stores are diligent at taking customers’ word into account.
Continue to be aware of what you’re consuming; and thereby supporting in the process.
My favourite morning meal, hands down, is a thick, frothy, creamy, fatty, sweet smoothie bowl. With chocolate. And peanut butter. And that’s FILLING. Here is my recipe for the perfect texture, perfect flavour, perfectly filling morning “ice cream” bowl. It is OUT OF THIS WORLD. […]
Today has been surprisingly restful. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” MATTHEW 11:28 I woke up this morning and responded to some birthday messages, thankful and blessed and amazed by the love I’ve been shown by […]
When I was a little child, I took this verse much more simply than I do now. In many ways, that was simply because I hadn’t experienced much tangible conviction on “eating or drinking or other doing” that was not glorifying to God. This verse simply meant, “yes I will pray before meals and thank Jesus for food; I will dine simply and gratefully and that is about that!”
Now, older and aware of convictions and how eating and drinking and “whatever I am doing” could not be glorifying to God, I hear this passage and cry out, “Father, let my life be submitted to You wholly. May it be Your Spirit working in me, Father. I pray for Your love and reverence and nothing but You working in me, so that when I eat and when I drink and every other moment of my time on earth is consumed by You; THEREFORE, that I am loving You with my whole heart and FIXED on You; and loving my neighbours as myself. As myself. Knowing that I am precious only because I am a temple of Your goodness, Lord, a vessel through which You work.
Eating and drinking are often talked about in the Bible.
They can easily become idols, whether in thought or deed, as can any other substance or person in this world.
This is why I pray now a blessing over the release of this book. That those who make the recipes would be moved by the Spirit’s Word on the back cover. That those who cook would have fun, enjoy the gift that is from God in food, and enjoy serving others. That the stories and personal anecdotes would glorify Him in telling only positive stories of fellowship over food that do glorify Him.
That no condemnation in food, no rules and food, and no disorder in food brought about by the enemy would have any place in or around this book.
I pray it all in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Let me know what you get up to in the kitchen!