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The Winter Blues

The Winter Blues

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 […]

What Is Exhaustion Without Purpose?

What Is Exhaustion Without Purpose?

All I can think about right now is hitting my pillow. I hate sounding dramatic, but my eyelids are so heavy and my whole body is exhausted from not stopping all day. And that could easily be for nothing. I could easily work this body […]

When Will I Learn?

When Will I Learn?

…that life is all about the “little moments?”

Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.”

I have written about it countless times. And I think about it all the time. But sometimes, in the heat of a moment, it doesn’t happen.
In a moment when…
I tiredly choose to watch YouTube videos in my room rather than catching up with one of my roommates (also some of my best friends).
I choose to stress over the fruit that needs cutting at work rather than meeting a customer or co-worker where they’re at.
I choose to take on too much so that I’m spread too thin and feel I have no time for friends and family.
This morning, when I woke up, I was reminded by timely encouraging texts from my roomies, Beth and Mary, the importance of taking time out.
Like every day, I brought my Bible and highlighters out to my living room when Jesus asked me:
Are you sitting with me this morning? Or just “the book?”
Wow.
Sometimes I focus “so much” on making sure I’m ACTUALLY sitting with Jesus that I don’t leave room for Him to just speak. This morning, He spoke loudly, and I decided to listen.
Inspired by a thoughtful, gracious co-worker at work later that day, reminded by her of the love God calls me to share, I was equipped to serve customers in a way that made memories rather than just “what can I get for you?” kind of service.
Further inspired by one of my pastors, Nat, at our meeting about the coming year, where I officially agreed to interning at Creekside Church for a second year. Nat met me exactly where I am. He cared to listen to the details of my life, and reminded me that that is what I am called to do. Stop and listen. To Jesus, to people, to music, to history. 
Aggravated when I knew I hadn’t written my most recent article for the software start-up I write for to the best of my ability; humbled and blessed by the grace my employer showed me, anyway.
These “little moments” that are memory-worthy matter. And they’re memory worthy because of Jesus.
Each time His love is truly shown, and He is responded to, eternal glorification and life-change happens. I’ll take more of these moments, Jesus. Give me a heart and soul that only wants more of you in me, and more of You in others.

Attitude and Altitude: What Is Filling Me Up?

Attitude and Altitude: What Is Filling Me Up?

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 […]

Not My Glory, Lord, But Yours

Not My Glory, Lord, But Yours

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 […]

FAIR TRADE MATTERS: Bananas and Fruit

FAIR TRADE MATTERS: Bananas and Fruit

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 Breakfast "Ice Cream"

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. […]

Dad's B-Day and All the Memories

Dad's B-Day and All the Memories

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 […]

EVERYTHING to His Glory

EVERYTHING to His Glory

 
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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.
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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!
 

TASTEFUL THURSDAY: Velvety Mashed Potatoes

TASTEFUL THURSDAY: Velvety Mashed Potatoes

Hey guys! A couple evenings ago, I made dinner for Johnny and I. It was a simple meal of crispy chicken thighs, steamed broccoli, and mashed potatoes for him but rice for me, as I can’t eat dairy. I wanted to make the potatoes a […]