Happy Wednesday! 18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you […]
“And if you greet only your Heavenly brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” MATTHEW 5:47-48
Today involved very early rising (6 am) because I promised my friend Cassia Id go to her urgent care appointment with her so she wasn’t alone. I spent time in the Word, Matthew today, and a while stretching before leaving with her. We were able to catch up and she was able to mostly take care of her health concerns and I was able to get coffee AND my partner discount thanks to a beautiful barista who gave it to me even though I don’t yet have my card. It was a great morning. When I got home I was itching for more time with the Lord and knew that He was calling me to something. I felt His arms and feared His wrath all at once. This is a Love at times He brings me to so strongly, a love that is a privilege and that only He provides! His Spirit overwhelmed my prayer.
I spent a lot of the afternoon to myself for a while, productively (well, I also caught up on MasterChef but that’s allowed– very happy with the top 3). I edited two chapters of my novel, created and baked my own chocolate praline granola recipe, and worked out. I also ate well and with variety. All the while, the Lord working and my human self responding and open.
Here, the granola recipe:
2 1/4 cups oats
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp coconut sugar, divided
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raisins
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- In large mixing bowl, place oats, both nuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, salt, and 1 Tbsp coconut sugar. Stir until combined.
- In small saucepan, heat 1/3 cup coconut sugar, almond milk, and coconut oil over medium heat until all ingredients come together.
- Pour liquid into dry ingredients and mix well to coat. Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes, and then toss with spatula. Bake another 10 minutes and toss again. Bake a final 5 minutes before removing from oven and tossing. Allow granola to cool at least 10 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips and raisins on top and mix.
And my workout for the day was from Sophie Gray’s guides. I love her workouts so much because they are fun and challenging. The first few months are too easy, so I do the workouts from months 3 and 4! It involves an ab, leg, and glute work to start, heart pumping cardio and then a killer stretch. I genuinely enjoy this kind of workout so much.
With the Lord’s plans for my time in prayer, reflection, and PASSIONATE healthy living that reflects Him, I had a beautiful morning. And am reminded through emotion that no amount of temptation cannot be overcome by Jesus Christ; I am His forever, and He has a plan for my life.
HELLO HELLO! Today was a beautiful day. And it had me thinking and praying lots on Luke 6:42: How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your […]
Oh man, so many thoughts today. So much happening. And today’s motivation is all about getting out there and LEARNING.
I am already a little obsessed with the new job…
My first day at Starbucks was just a short intro to the job. I got a few training booklets and the “coffee passport” in the above photo, to be used for coffee tasting and learning how to describe different roasts. Man, I’m already loving it so much… I know my coffees very well, but I’m about to become a connesuir. And I am determined to become the best at it that I can.
With any job– be it the restaurant hostess I am at Cora’s, a dance teacher, whatever it is I’m doing– it is so important to treat it like a career. In this case, customer service is that career, and I want to truly put my all into providing the best and actually day-impacting service possible. Part of that involves the opportunity to really delve into learning, about COFFEE! Which is exciting and a blessing.
After the quick intro today and getting all settled, I took Laura to a vegan cafe that we both love called Cafe Pyrus.
I got coconut yogurt and added my own banana, and Laura got the vegan taco salad and dairy free ice cream sandwich. I also ordered the server’s recommended coffee roast and took notes on the flavour in my passport thingy.
Today has been plagued a bit by negative Ed thoughts– lots of challenges. I ate breakfast at like 6:30am before the work intro, which freaks me out because it’s eating before “day time” (dumb Ed), had the unknown brand/calorie/sugar coconut yogurt, drank an unplanned soy cappuccino at Starbs because free coffee every time I work, and tonight am blessed to be going to Johnny’s friends’ place where they’re making us dinner, and of course I have no idea what that will be but don’t need to. I am more than capable of eating a dinner that is prepared for me. In fact, Christ is. The Holy Spirit has overflowed me with knowledge of my own weakness but confidence in him, and reading all about the significance of his resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 this morning was an immense blessing. Prayer time was full of Him and my whole day has been and I pray, my whole life, the rest of my life just resounding and praising Him because that is the place of true joy.
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
I am learning what it is to be, and to be is to love Him and serve Him. This comes along with excitement, passion, and love. His Spirit often moves me to giddy happiness and laughing, and while this world is overcome and not where my heart is, it is where I’m called to serve Him.
And because it’s His, I want to read everything, go everywhere, and learn it all.
Today I’ll start with coffee. About to bury myself in a book about the perfect brew recipe.
What are you going to learn today? How is Jesus calling you to serve Him?
Hey All! So. The barista thing. “Why are you so excited about being a barista? I don’t get it.” Interaction with people paired with quality atmosphere plus coffee and always new music = my happy place. I once went to Starbucks by myself with intent […]
Man, I have been grateful all day that today is a Thoughts post because my heart has been intensely on fire lately and there is a lot the Spirit is calling me to blog about. I’m sure that’s about to come out in a haphazard blight form but it all needs to be said and done prayerfully and man he is pouring out of me lately.
A major thing He has been putting on my heart is willingness to sacrifice– anything. So often in this earth land we hear “life is too short not to do what you want.”
It always amazes me how our spirits are in their nature on the right track, but have been indented by this world.
No, life is too short not to devote every ounce to God. Hm, no, like it doesn’t mean anything if we aren’t in submission to His will and that is the only place of true, pure and unearthed joy, and He often takes us to the lowest of lows to be able to understand that and ultimately glorify His name.
So every person, thing, hobby, you name it in our lives, we need to be willing and ready to give to the Lord to be taken and dealt with if that is His will. And that if it is His will prevailing, it’s gonna be focused on the love– the love of all His people, creation, evident joy and kindness that reflects and is of Him alone! That doesn’t mean He desires all of our relationships and passions removed, but that isn’t the concern– the one concern must be His will. For all relationships and passions are failed without His being the root, reason, and the one moving and working.
The past week or so He has made remarkable imprints of joy and patience on my heart. “I WANT whatever you want, Lord. Fill me with your Spirit, cleanse my soul of what isn’t– I give my whole self to you. Take my flesh, I don’t want it! Work in my soul, make it yours and only yours! Lead me to whatever I need to do to grow only in you.” Long prayers such as this that Jesus has led me to in Word and Spirit. And these prayers have been so joyously answered. His Spirit has taken over so much more and filled holes that the devil had made that I hadn’t even recognized in mere days.
Have you ever conversed with someone, a Christian perhaps, whose words sort of make you tingle or frustrated with discomfort? Like, there’s something not right and the words seem like just words, perhaps repeated and forced. This doesn’t necessarily negate the pure heart of the person but it reflects a soul that hasn’t fully allowed Jesus to just take over and steer it all. These moments may certainly arise as our flesh and human selves are certainly capable of flowery language and self righteousness but only God can produce meaningful words and righteousness in Christ! Like understanding our weakness and sin is necessary in order to just allow the Lord to work but once that is recognized that’s it! He works. This doesn’t negate the devil’s work or desire do our hearts which is why our willingness to submission needs to be strong, but Christ’s Spirit can live out a perfect life because He already has. He always will. And He calls us as temples of His life and death to live that out in our time, bringing His Kingdom to this earth land that is His creation and living in the Truth of His Words.
In all my prayers, I am being brought to the willingness that food may need to be something that is not remotely a part of my life besides consuming it, at least for a time. He brought me to a revelation today as I was baking: I haven’t eaten a single thing I’ve baked in YEARS out of fear, but I bake all the time. I also love cooking and spicing food elaborately and serving others, but eat very simply and repetitively myself. I believe in the depths of my spirit that He has called me to a food passion in order to glorify and praise and magnify Him but that that may never be possible if it isn’t rid of my life for a time in order to let Him fully have that area. I’m not fully clear if this is the case, but I need to be so willing to know that the devil has no reign over food in my life. This needs to be the place my soul finds itself in EVERY SINGLE aspect of this “earth life” so that our Lord is only only only.
I keep praying and letting His love abound, and He is so good, capable of all things, of filling me up when I am least expecting it and wrapping His arms around me in love, taking me as I am but desiring I step only more into His Truth. This is all that makes me JOYFUL FOR EVERY DAY.
It also has been on my heart to share a few friends with you, for I can’t keep their blogs to myself. I haven’t actually met any of these beautiful people but would love to and really relate to them.
Also woke up to see that over 1000 different readers are currently reading my blog (1081) and that it had over 6000 views (6553) since I started it nearly a year ago. Super cool!