Monthly Archives: January 2017

01/18/17

Be Still. And Know.

Because so much of this post spoke to the core of my heart…

Because the very topic and the very scripture is what I based this very blog from…

Because I feel like this is the message that needed to be whispered to my heart and still my mind… Maybe you too?

I had to share this repost from a Devotion on Proverbs 31 from last week. Every word is dripping in truth and those reminders hit me like little tiny daggers. Or really big daggers… who am I kidding?!? 

Be Still 

by Lynn Cowell

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“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

 

“One after another, choices needing decisions just keep coming.

Home decisions hang in the balance. When can I get this fixed? Who will follow through with the repairs? What will it take to get everything done?

Work decisions weigh on my mind. What are the next steps to take? Am I the only person who can do this? Do I need to bring in more help? How will this timeline come together?

Relationship decisions tug on my heart. Is “yes” the best answer? When can I spend time with them? Should I really be that honest with my thoughts and feelings?

Decision fatigue.

Even as I write these words, my mind feels so very tired of the many decisions that need to be made.

Weary, my heart turns to the only One who has the answers to each and every single decision.

I open to a blank page in my journal to share my tired heart with the Lord.

A prayer seeps from my heart, through my pen and onto the page. Weariness oozes from the ink: Lord, renew my awareness of Your presence. I need a fresh infilling of You in me. I need Your wisdom, for You to do a gentle, peaceful work in me that flows from me. No rushing. No pressure. Just peaceful guidance from You, leading to purposeful obedience from me.

As I pray I realize that in the natural, this pathway of making these decisions alone will not lead to peace. He is peace.

I make the best choice I can choose — turning to His Word to me: “Be still, and know that I am God …” (Psalm 46:10a).

Do you see that comma? It seemed to jump off the page.

A pause.

Be still, …

When I’m still, then I will know. I will know the peace He embodies. He will show me His will. I will
know that He is God.

Not When I’m busy, When I’m productive or When I make all the right decisions, but When I’m still.

The word “still” in Hebrew (the original language of the Old Testament) means: to hang limp, sink down, be feeble, to be lazy, to leave alone, abandon, withdraw, to show oneself slack.

Am I reading this right? Could it be that God is endorsing this type of behavior?

Yes, I have read His word correctly.

Be still. Be patient. Be quiet. Be trustful and know. That is where He calls me to go: Pause and find Him. Peace.”

Truth for you Today:

Exodus 14:14, “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (NIV)

Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (NIV)

Isaiah 30:15, “For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, ‘In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.’ But you were not willing.” (NASB)

I hope & pray your heart was encouraged, uplifted, challenged and blessed.

xoxo….

– See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/be-still/#sthash.95ivQHIR.dpuf
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01/16/17

Link Love {Whole 30 + Paleo Version}

Linking up to a few of my Paleo & Whole 30 Recipes that I have made, and enjoyed, and loved, and am now recommending to all of you! Whether you are eating #Whole30 for January, you are making some changes to your diet based on your own personal health needs, or you are just looking for more healthful recipes for you and your family to enjoy, these are perfect for just that!

The most important food-related allergens and food-sensitivities for me is Gluten, Dairy (cow only), and Sugar. And, I do my very best to avoid these 80-90% of the time as part of my normal diet and eating rituals to keep me balanced, feeling great, and to increase my energy levels.

I absolutely love a Lettuce Wrap. And those that know me well, know that salads are not really one of my things, but I can certainly tolerate and enjoy them on occasion, but salads are not things that I fantasize about or crave, but lettuce wraps on the other hand… that I think about often!

I first had lettuce wraps at the Cheese Cake Factory. Their Thai Chicken lettuce wraps are to die for, and I knew I wanted to recreate this somehow at home and more healthfully.

These easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps (GF + Paleo) are even better than the ones you get eating out.

These Chicken Lettuce Wraps, pictured above, are from One Lovely Life blog and they are completely Gluten-free, Dairy free, Whole 30 Compliant, and Paleo. For the dipping sauce, because no lettuce wrap would be caught dead without one, they mixed  equal parts of Dijon mustard and Coconut Aminos (a delicious soy-free soy sauce substitute I swear by) together and then suggest to add red pepper flakes or Sriracha if you like it a little hot!

SkinnyTaste is another trusted source for lighter, but incredibly delicious and flavorful, meals. And her Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Wraps are amazing. Just be careful if you have a peanut allergy as the dipping sauce does use PB2, powdered peanut butter. I also substituted Coconut Aminos, where the recipe called for Soy Sauce, and omitted the honey in the dipping sauce as well to keep it sugar free.

Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos – this recipe won a taco competition, SO good!

Trust me, you won’t miss a thing. These are sensational and so flavorful!

I have also enjoyed burgers wrapped in butter lettuce, in place of a gluten-heavy bun, and used sturdy butter lettuce cups (my preferred “shell”) in place of flour tortillas for tacos. However, you can occasionally enjoy corn tortillas that are gluten and grain free.

Soups. Always a winner for me, all seasons of the year too! I love a good mug of soup and it makes a bunch and then you can put leftovers up, freeze them in individual servings, and have dinner ready to go for a later date. It’s truly as stress free as it gets. And speaking of stress free, I love just putting a bit pot of soup on and letting it simmer all day while you are cleaning, checking off to-dos, or just enjoying a Netflix Marathon day in your PJs.

Doesn’t get any better than that!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Bacon & Rosemary 

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Rosemary and Bacon

Just a little note on this one… Now, beans are not Whole 30 and I do count them as a starch and have them sparingly along with other starches like brown rice or sweet potatoes, but I have not eliminated legumes from my diet entirely. They have never aggravated my digestion or health before, and also and even more importantly, I love them!

This is such a simple and sophisticated soup that only uses like 7 ingredients, and I bet you have the majority of them sitting right now at home!

I love a good bowl of hearty chili, and this Green Turkey Chili hits the spot during these cold winter months.

Ground turkey, white beans, poblano peppers, and a rich, spicy broth combine for an extremely comforting dish.

It is no secret, my affinity for Butternut Squash Soup runs deep. I mean, real deep. I love the stuff!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup | StupidEasyPaleo.com

And this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup from Stupid Easy Paleo (doesn’t the name of this website alone instill a certain amount of confidence in you!?!) hits the spot! Roast carrots, onions, and a whole gorgeous, butternut squash together on a sheet pan with a little ghee, butter, or coconut oil and a little salt and pepper and then process everything until smooth.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup | StupidEasyPaleo.com

I think this recipe would be amazing with sweet potatoes too! That gets me thinking…

Sweet potatoes are the absolute perfect vehicle for stuffing! Bake a few off at the beginning of the week and they keep so well in the fridge. Simply reheat and split and enjoy with a little butter and ground cinnamon (my fave!) for a savory and sweet side dish along with a salad or protein, or make it your main course like these delicious Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes recipe video linked below.

And one final easy, week night meal is this delicious one pan stir fry, also from Danielle Walker at Against All Grain, Beef Cauliflower Fried Rice– the ultimate in takeout  comfort food!

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There is a little bit of prep involved, but nothing extremely difficult or too taxing. Just some chopping, but on the upside, it comes together really quickly and the leftovers are almost even better than the original! Just like that Chinese food takeout you love! And, it is straight protein and veggies. So healthful and filling.

So, there you have it! My Paleo, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, and Whole 30 wrap up is complete!

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

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