Thursday, March 9, 2017

Confession Talk


  
Everyone needs a little confession talk from time to time... a chance to air out your laundry, say things that are on your mind, and speak the truth! Here goes nothing, and try not to judge! 


1|| I confess that I have realized that maybe I'm not strong enough to have kids. Emotionally. Maybe I was created to just care too hard about things and never have kids. Which leads me to my next confession...

2|| I confess that I cried this morning when I dropped my puppy Haddock off at the vet to get neutered and microchipped. I did hold off until I was in the car but yep, I sat in the parking lot and cried for a minute or two before I pulled off to go to work. Update: Haddock is out of surgery now and made it just fine. I'm just counting down the hours until he is cleared to be picked up...just in case you were worried! Ha

3|| I confess I can. not. stand. turnpikes!! Here in Oklahoma, last I heard, we were second in the nation for the most turnpikes. Recently they hiked our toll to more than double at the on ramp closest to my house. Making it $3.20 a DAY for me to go to work. Oh hells no! If you know me, you know I am super competitive. Game on Turnpike Authority! I am now proud to say I've challenged myself and found new routes daily and have not paid them a dime of my money in eight days! Boom, I win! 

4|| I confess I've been doing so well with my fitness and eating healthy since November 1st. This morning I had a donut for the first time in as long as I can remember because dangit, it was a hard morning y'all! Update: my stomach was pissed!

5|| I confess that I LOVE going to bed with wet hair. There’s nothing like crawling into bed after a crazy day with freshly clean, wet hair. I love how cooling it is in the summer, and how you get to fall asleep with that heavenly shampoo smell!

6|| I confess going along with number five that I have never used dry shampoo until about a month ago. I've now used it three times and I'm really trying to not wash my hair so much. I typically shower twice a day so this was a lot of washing. It is a big challenging for me but I'm giving it a try...at least every once in awhile.

7|| I confess that I truthfully don't know if I know exactly what it looks like to trust God. There have been a few times in my life that I HAD to trust God with things whether I wanted to or not...but looking back at even those times...I don't think I have ever fully given up something to Him and wholeheartedly put ALL my trust in Him. I feel like I've always tried to hold on to just a little bit of
control. Something I'm VERY much working on in my life right now.  

8|| I confess that great conversation is super sexy! 

9|| I confess that I am completely loving the new velvet trend! It took me a hot two days to get on board and I'm in, full force! Something about velvet just says 'class' to me. Planning a post soon with the new velvet booties I just got in the mail to carry me into spring this week. 

10|| I confess that I am my own worst critic. I set the bar WAY too high for myself in most things and I'm not quite sure what my definition of "success" really looks like. I'm terrified of failure and it scares me so much. 

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Haddock's Birthday - He's ONE!

Yesterday was my fur baby Haddock's birthday, he turned ONE! He enjoyed all his favorite things; a walk to the pond, endless game of fetch, many treats and a big treat of his own birthday pupcake! He even took his new birthday slice of cake toy with us to bed last night, birthday success! You never know there is a piece of your heart missing until it is filled with the love of a pup. Can't imagine my life without this little fur ball! Happy Birthday, Had!









 
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Favorites: Spring Fever



We are officially 9 days away from Daylight Savings Time and 17 days away from Spring! It is safe to say everything I have my eyes on or in my shopping cart is screaming spring! I have rounded up my top five favorites this week and they are all so fun!

1:  Kate Spade Lemon Tumbler...because how cute is this?! I think it would be the perfect tumbler to use this spring and summer. Plus I have the perfect skirt to match so I basically have to buy it, right? Going into my cart now!

2:  Velvet Booties...I know these are somewhat of a stretch but I am completely in love! This pair from Target is a dupe for a Steve Madden pair that are $85. These cuties are much cheaper! It hasn't taken me long at all to get on board with the velvet trend this year. To me velvet just says class. I think these booties would be great to carry into spring. How about you, are you loving or hating the velvet trend?

3:  Brunch Hat...I have been CRAVING this great brunch spot here in Tulsa for a few months now. They have biscuits and gravy that are to DIE for so when I spotted this hat my mouth immediately started watering thinking about it! But really though, how cute is this hat to throw on over that day two hair and grab a mimosa with the girls! 

4:  Clinique Crayola Lip Balms...How fun  is this collaboration between Clinique and Crayola?! These moisturizing colored lip balms by Clinique are perfect. I feel like I need to fill a whole crayon box full for my purse, so cute!

5:  Picnic Blanket...I have my picnic basket and blanket already ready for the season but once I saw this cute picnic throw from Target I've been thinking maybe I need two picnic blankets...I mean there might be a weekend I have two in a row and one is already dirty. I will surely need a backup...wait I already have two. Hmm the heck with it, I still want it! Who loves picnics too?!


Wish me luck this weekend as all of this might be coming to my doorstep or to my target buggy! What spring favorites are you loving, please share! Happy weekend, y'all!




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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Divine Direction 3 - Trust the Process

If you haven't been around my little space here for a few weeks I have been recapping a sermon series we are studying at Life.Church, Divine Direction. You can read post one Power to Become here and last week's post, Wisdom to Discern here.

This week we covered how to trust the process while God is telling you who to become and while you follow that process and have the wisdom to discern while in the process. All leading back to if you have been asking God what you should do in life...he will tell you. Trust the process. 
Divine Direction - 3
Trust the Process
Sometimes you have to do things today that you don't want to do to prepare you for something tomorrow. 
"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace." Acts 20:22-24

When God, the Spirit, is prompting you, pay attention! These moments of prompting and following the prompt is also know as abide. Are you paying attention?

"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem..." Acts 20:22

Have you ever had a moment that you felt God calling you to do something you just did not want to do but you knew it was what God was prompting you to do? It is so hard to fight our own urges and follow his lead but it is always so worth it! I know in my personal experiences when I try to ignore these promptings life just seems so much harder!
Trust those nudges because certain is uncertainty. If you're not living with a little uncertainty, you're not living with faith. Trust those steps he is showing us and if we take them then God will continue to show us our next steps. 
"I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there." Acts 20:22

"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105

He won't show us our next steps until we obey the previous steps he gave us. If you aren't ready to obey God you aren't ready to be used by the prompting of God. Man, how hard is that to hear?! Because often times it is not easy to obey but to be called out and to be told we aren't ready, that is tough. We have to trust God's process for us. Predictable resistance. 

"I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me." Acts 20:23

Our prayer should be our plan is not so much about the future, my plan is to be obedient today. Stop thinking so much about the future and focus on TODAY. Be obedient today and our future will be taken care of. God will never leave you or forsake you. 
"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying the good news of God's grace."  Acts 20:24
By doing the things we don't want to do today it is only preparing us for someday when we'll do even more than we want to do! It's not about you or I it is only about Jesus. It's not about making a name it's only about Jesus. 
Are you following the nudges that God is giving you?
View the complete sermon on Trusting the Process here. Also as I have mentioned in the previous series posts I am reading Craig Groeschel's book, Divine Direction which you can purchase here if you are interested. I am also doing the YouVersion Bible devotional Divine Direction and would love to study it with you!

 
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Our God is Not a God Of Confusion


"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ASK God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with NO doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind."
James 1:5-6

I'm taking a break from my Friday favorites today because I felt like I needed to share my heart. I recently read a devotional from Brighton and wanted to share with y'all because it is just too good and I think it flows perfectly with the series I'm posting now 'Divine Direction'.

 

Do You Lack Wisdom?

Whether you’re deciding on how to schedule your time today or in the middle of making a big life-changing decision, I think it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness and mess of it all (wondering – or even getting frustrated with – why God isn’t being more obvious with an answer) rather than remembering the simplicity of this truth and promise in James 1 – that God gives generously to all.
But we have got to hold up our end of the promise – which is to ASK and then to have FAITH (without doubting) that He hears us.

 

Our God is Not a God Of Confusion

You guys, I want to encourage you by reminding you that our God is not a God of confusion and He wants to guide you and direct your path.
In fact, he even gave us a “counselor” (aka the Holy Spirit) to live IN us and be WITH us as we navigate through life – in big things and small I think the question we have to ask ourselves is  literally, are we asking Him? I mean, are you actually slowing down (putting your phone away) and literally ASKING Him for wisdom?

 

He Wants To Guide You

Let me say it again, He delights in helping us and wants to guide us. BUT we have to show up. We have to slow down, and we have to make time for it
 
 
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Crispy Baked Eggplant




Crispy Baked Eggplant
Recipe from: Pepperbowl.com


Ingredients

1 Eggplant
5 Tbsp of Corn Starch
2 Tbsp of Chili Powder
1/2 Tbsp of Salt
3 Tbsp of Bread Crumbs



Directions
  1. Slice the eggplant in 1/4 inch thick slices.
  2. Sprinkle salt on each slice and stack them as layer.
  3. Place a heavy weight on top of the stacked eggplant (I used a heavy cast iron skillet) for about 30 min to 45 min...this process will release a bitter purple(ish) water ,and also helps the eggplant get crisper while baking.
  4. Pat dry the egg plant slices with tissue or dry cloth. Make sure you remove all the black liquid.
  5. Make thin paste with salt, chili powder, corn starch by adding little water. Make sure the corn starch is not too thick. Thicker corn starch will make it little hard and chewy.
  6. Dip egg plant slices in this paste and coat them with bread crumbs. On a greased pan, arrange the slices to bake. Leave enough space in between the slices for crispier eggplant. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes in the 350 degrees in the oven, by flipping them occasionally and once the slices are crispy they are ready!


    Last week at the grocery store Kyle picked up an eggplant and asked if it was good that he had never had one before. My que to buy one for him to try, I'm like a proud mom when he tries new healthy stuff...am I the only wife that feels this way? 

    I decided I wanted to try something new with it besides the normal eggplant parm. So I breaded and baked them to go with grilled chicken for dinner last night. I was even more excited when Kyle really liked them and suggested I try it with squash next time too. Dinner or the win! And a healthy one at that! They had great flavor and I dipped mine in a little bolthouse ranch, delicious! 

      
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Divine Direction 2 - Wisdom to Discern

If you missed my post last week introducing this short series I am doing covering a sermon series from Life.Church you can read it here. In the first post I discussed the first part of the four part series Divine Direction which covered power to become. In summary, seeking God for who we should become before asking what we should DO.

This week covers seeking the wisdom God has for us to know what we should do in life. So, if you are asking God 'What should I do God? What do you want me to do?' I hope you follow this series along. 


Divine Direction - 2
Wisdom to Discern
 
The decisions we make today determine the stories we will tell tomorrow. If you are like me and asking God what he wants you to do, all the time,  in your life then know he might simply show or tell us what to do but he will give us wisdom to make the right decisions. This is hard for me personally because I can be a very black or white kind of person and I want to know without a doubt, for sure, no looking back, without messing up what decision I am suppose to make.
 
"Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me." 1 Corinthians 16:6-9
 
"Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgement." Proverbs 4:7
 
Directional Wisdom - WALK - ASK - DECIDE  
 
If you are a follower of Jesus then he will show you the way to go. You just have to ask for that wisdom. So walk with him, then ask and then you will be able to decide. Easy right, ahh not so much. At least for me, I go back to the asking five thousand questions to God when really I just need to spend that time with him asking for wisdom. When walking with God remember there are so many aspects in our life that can help us make that walk right. Craig Groeschel, Pastor of Life.Church, talks about who you run with in life helps determine your walk with Jesus. "Show me your friends and I'll show you your future." Are your friends a good influence? It is almost impossible to live the right life with the wrong friends. Do life together with followers of Christ.
 
What about what you post and read on social media? Remember social media is definitely or can be an illusion of perfection. Often we are comparing our behind the scenes with others highlight reels. I know this is a HUGE issue that I struggle personally with. I often find myself comparing my reel to other blogger's highlight reels on social media. A lot of times I will literally catch myself thinking man, if only...and then I have to put my phone down and walk away. 
 
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." James 1:5
 
When you spend time with him then he will give you wisdom. He can't give it to you when you are talking to him. How open is your communication with God? For me I find my days are much better when I start the day talking to God, usually while I shower in the mornings. When I'm in constant conversation with him it is much easier to have a good day then to be in the dumps. 
 
"The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." Psalm 32:8
 
We often make plans for ourselves in our hearts but God determines our steps. If you're like me you're thinking 'What if I make a mistake?' Well, we'll get wisdom from that. God guides, coaches and watches over us with wisdom. How cool is that?! Remembering God is not always going to show us specifically (like I would desperately LOVE him to do!) what to do but he'll give you wisdom to decide.

If you would like to watch the entire sermon on Wisdom to Discern or watch last week's message on asking God who you should become, you can do so here.

I mentioned last week that I am also reading Craig Groeschel's book Divine Direction as I blog on this four week series. If you are interested there is also a devotional to go along with the series on the YouVersion bible app that I'd love for you to join me daily in doing.
 
My goal for the week is to memorize this verse: "The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." Psalm 32:8 
 
AND if you are local and would like to join me THIS Thursday at the Life.Church Jenks campus for worship night it begins at 6:30 and would love for you to go with me! If you aren't local maybe you live close to another campus, locations here, all locations are having worship night and everyone is welcome! 

If I can pray for you, please let me know how!
 
 
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