Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. ~Psalm 55:22
My sister Emily and I were on a walk the other day, and we got to talking about the things God was showing us. Emily had quite the profound revelation from the Lord…In fact, it made such an profound impact on me, that I knew I had to share it with all of you!
During her devotional time, God showed my sister Emily that we often times experience unnecessary anxiety and burdens that we were never meant to carry. He showed her that this occurs when we bring something to God through prayer, but we ultimately end up ‘taking it back’.
Some may think this post is long overdue. But in reality, I was simply waiting for the right timing to share what’s been on my heart. You see, God’s timing is sometimes different than ours. He truly did place it on my heart to wait on Him when it came to sharing this news. So with my heart fully depending on Him, I have some great things to share about my future and the future of Dashing Dish!
In case you are new to Dashing Dish or you haven’t had a chance to read my story, let me begin by telling you a little bit about my testimony because that’s where this journey truly began.
I just returned from Dreams Resort in Cancun Mexico, and it was such an amazing trip, so I thought I’d share some pictures with you guys!
I went with my husband, mom and dad, and my younger sister Emily. My older sister and her husband were in California, so they weren’t able to join us on this family trip.
Hey everyone! First and foremost, I have to take a moment and thank everyone for all of the e-mails, comments, and compliments I’ve been receiving about recipes that people have tried and enjoyed! It is truly such a blessing to hear that people are enjoying healthy eating in a whole new way when they try my recipes!
It’s truly my passion to teach people that living a healthy lifestyle can be enjoyable and realistic… So, when I hear stories about how people are learning that healthy eating can be tasty and easy, it makes me say “YES” on the inside! So thank you for taking the time to tell me, I truly do appreciate any feedback!!!
On a different note, I’m getting ready to go on a vacation… to Cancun! So, I thought I’d share some of the tips I’ve learned over the years in order to have a healthier vacation! Now, notice I said “Healthier”… Meaning, I definitely do indulge on treats and relax. However, I’ve gone both ways on vacations in the past, (where I’ve eaten junk food all week, and other times where I eat healthy most of the time,) and I can honestly say that I feel so much better, and enjoy the trip so much more when I am feeling full of energy and healthier overall!
Valentines Day is just around the corner!!! A day filled with flowers, cards, romance, and spending time with your special someone. While that is wonderful, especially if you have a ‘special someone’, it often times leaves many people feeling lonely if they don’t have someone to share this day with, or even disappointed if your loved one isn’t exactly the ‘romantic type’.
If that sounds familiar, I’ve got great news for you! The very author of love LOVES YOU, and His name is Jesus!
I don’t know about you, but I personally need a playlist of really up-beat, motivating songs to keep me motivated while I’m working out. The only problem is, most of the lyrics in many of the well known hip hop/R&B/pop songs today are anything but clean.
I’m not saying that I’m against listening to any music that isn’t Christian. However, I have found that in my own life, if I put things that glorify God in my heart, that is what tends to come out! So, that being said, I created a playlist of awesome workout songs with a really good beat to keep you motivated and energized while giving glory to Him…What could be better than that!?! Enjoy!!!
|Lacrae||Rebel||I'm a Soldier|
|Grits||Reiterate||Turn it Up|
|21:03||Twenty One O Three||Dance|
|Group 1 Crew||Ordinary Dreamers||Keys to the Kingdom|
|Group 1 Crew||Ordinary Dreamers||Movin|
|Toby Mac||Diverse City||Burn For You|
|Trip Lee||20/20||Who He Is|
|Trip Lee||The Invasion||The Invasion (Hero)|
Also, this is just a short list of awesome Christian artists that I personally have discovered, but I know there are MANY more out there, so if you have any suggestions, leave a comment, I’d love to hear them! :)
About a year ago I started journaling while reading my bible. I would simply write down whatever came to mind, or whatever I felt God was showing me and/or teaching that day. It didn’t take long before I was able to see a consistent pattern developing in what God was speaking to me, and it was only through journaling that I was able to capture the beautiful portrait that God was creating in my heart.
The only problem that I found with my journaling was that there was no structure to it. When it comes to spending time with God is perfectly alright in many ways. However, I’m certainly a person that craves organization, and the one thing that I found was that it was very hard for me to find ‘certain’ journal entries when I went back to look for them.
If you’ve been following my Daily Dish posts, you know that I recently started going to a new church that just launched called, New Generations! It’s been amazing so far, and I am really growing in so many areas! One of which is in the area of performing for God. I have really struggled with this in my past, instead of just accepting His unconditional love and grace for me.
That being said, one of the best sermons that I’ve heard so far was my pastor’s teaching on self-feeding. He talked about a specific way of journaling called SOAP. He explained that this type of journaling has radically transformed the way he views spending time with God, and that it made him very excited to see what God was going to show him every day. After seeing some of the benefits journaling has had in my own life, I was instantly intrigued!
Although quite a bit of time has passed since the Christmas season, I wanted to share some of the amazing memories that the end of this year brought! This post is loaded with pictures from the beginning of December, all the way to January 1st! I pray each one of you had a blessed holiday season and you truly felt the Love of God, because that is what it’s all about….God loves us so much that He gave us Jesus!
In reality, my holiday season started November 1st, because to me, the season isn’t long enough, and our local radio station starts playing Christmas music the moment November hits! I just love Christmas music because most of it glorifies God, and they play it all everywhere including the mall, so it’s no wonder everyone’s in a good mood! ;)
We decorated our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, which is the moment that it truly begins to feel like Christmas to me!
Over the past few months, I’ve received many emails from people asking me how I’ve stayed on track with living a balanced lifestyle longterm, while not falling back into old unhealthy patterns. I’ve found that it’s pretty easy for people make the initial decision to change, but often times they have a very difficult time ‘staying on track’, which leads to feelings of guilt, shame, and failure.
I’ve come to realize that the question that everyone is truly asking is, how do I “get free” and “stay free?“ … (Really this can apply to any area of our lives where we are struggling to find freedom).
Hey everyone! I hope you enjoyed the 12 days of Christmas and the Chobani Giveaways! I wanted to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year! You really have made this year so great and I appreciate all the comments and emails!
I’ll be taking a break from recipe making and post updates until the new year and spending some much needed quality time with the husband and family! I have so many big things planned for 2012 so get ready! God Bless and enjoy the Holiday!