Jennifer Smith of Unveiled Wife and I are teaming up to bring to you this Very Special 2 Book Bundle. In the bundle, you will get a copy of The Unveiled Wife and a copy of my new book, Devotions For A Healthier You. This bundle will be offered for two weeks only, and it is 40% off the original price of both books!
The first time I went to visit The Unveiled Wife website, I knew that it was an extraordinary ministry. I could see right away that her and her husband are doing amazing things to promoting healthy marriages God’s way! I was even more excited when I received a copy of Jen’s new book The Unveiled Wife, because I knew if it was anything like the resources on her website, that it would be awesome…but little did I know just how captivating this book would be! I ended up reading through the entire book on a 4 hour flight, (and I am the type that rarely reads a book the entire way through). What I loved most about this book is that Jen is extremely transparent, as she shares her struggles, insecurities, doubts, and fears as they relate to marriage and her walk with the Lord. She then goes on to share how the Lord transformed her heart and brought healing and intimacy to her marriage. After reading this book, I am now spreading the word, as I am convinced that it is filled with priceless treasures that will bless every marriage. Whether you are single, engaged, newly married, or you have been married for 50+ years, The Unveiled Wife will pour into you, helping ignite true God-given passion, heal hurts, and cultivate a thriving environment for your marriage.
This devotional book is filled with devotions that have been inspired by my personal journal entries, which range in topics from body image to comparison, it touches on the most common topics women face. I truly want’s every woman to know how precious and beautiful they are to the Lord, and her prayer is that this book teaches every reader just how valuable they are to Him!
In addition to building the reader up spiritually, I also hope this book will bring practical knowledge on how to live a physically fit and healthy lifestyle. For that reason, I has included recipes, tips, and a meal plan to equip the reader with the tools they need to build a healthy foundation.
Have you ever had a day where you started the day with a healthy breakfast, brought a healthy lunch to work, had a healthy mid day snack, and had an overall healthy day….until the evening hit!
If you can relate to this scenario, I can pretty much guarantee you are not alone. In fact, I have talked to countless women about this very issue, and all of them have the same frustration: Evening snacking is holding them back from reaching their goals.
Before i say anything else, I want to clarify a few misconceptions on this topic:
Eating at night does not make you gain weight. Yes, thats right… There is no set time that you have to stop eating at night to lose weight. That is a huge myth. Sure, it is not ideal to go to bed stuffed, because it’s hard for your body to digest while laying down and sleeping. However, the time of day you eat has nothing to do with your weight. Calories are calories to your body, and regardless of the time of day.
Having treats, eating out, and enjoying foods that are not deemed as ‘healthy’ is entirely OK, and it will generally happen in the evening, because that is usually the time most people get together with friends, family, and enjoy food. If we make it our goal to eat healthy most of the time (at least 80% of the time), our bodies, minds, and soul will actually thank us for that occasional treat. That being said, as long as it is ONE meal or treat enjoyed, and not numerous meals or days of overeating, and indulgence, than it is perfectly acceptable and in my mind, encouraged! (Yes, I have my occasional treat too, my treat of choice is almost always frozen yogurt with my hubby on date nights or with friends on the weekend!)
Mindless snacking on unhealthy foods and binge eating disorder are two different things. If you suspect that you struggle with an eating disorder of any kind, (in this case binge eating disorder), please tell someone you trust as soon as possible, and seek professional help.
Now that we have cleared up those important points…
Here are some tips and ideas I have found to help keep your end of the day and weekend eating on track!
1. Don’t Skip Meals or Snacks. When we deprive our bodies of the energy and nutrients they need throughout the day, we are much more likely to overeat, later in the day when we finally give our bodies much needed fuel. The other downside to not eating a lot during the day, and then eating a lot at night is that it can be very hard on our digestive systems to process all of the food we ate just before bed. We can also severely damage our metabolism in the long run when we put our bodies through this all too common feast and famine cycle. Depending on your bodies needs, and the calories you are getting with each meal and snack, I recommend eating 3 meals and 1-3 snacks per day, and/or eating every 2-4 hours.
2. Get Enough Sleep. When our bodies are sleep deprived, we tend to reach for sugar, caffeine, and simple carbohydrates in an effort to get our energy levels up. It is much easier to stay in tune to your bodies true hunger signals when we get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
3. Eat Plenty of Protein and Fiber. Be sure you are getting plenty of protein and a good amount of fiber with each meal and snacks. Protein and fiber help you feel satisfied and keep your blood sugar levels stead, preventing sugar cravings, and overeating later in the day. Eating a balanced diet, with good sources of lean protein, lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains, and a moderate amount of healthy fats will ensure that we don’t feel deprived at the end of the day.
4. Stay Hydrated. Make sure you are getting plenty of water throughout the day. The part of our brain that signals thirst, also signals hunger, so it can be very easy to mistake the two. Sometimes we are simply dehydrated, but our brain signals make us think we are hungry. I personally like to fill up a big glass, and put some lemon juice, ice, and stevia in it- it tastes like sugar free lemonade, making it much easier to drink!
5. Remove Temptations. If you have certain food(s) that are hard to resist, don’t buy it, and get rid of it. There are a few foods that I won’t buy simply because I don’t want the needless temptation of having them in the house.
6. Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand. When you are leaving your house, make sure you bring a healthy snack with you. That way, if you find yourself stuck in a traffic jam, or out longer than expected, you won’t be overly hungry when it comes time for a meal. Also, if you are truly hungry at night, choose a healthy snack such as fruit (fresh or frozen), veggies and hummus, or a 1 minute single serve Dashing Dish dessert!
7. Stay Occupied. I believe one of the main reasons people tend to overeat in the evening is because it’s the only time of day that they are not preoccupied with something, making it easier to reach for food out of boredom. If this sounds familiar, I recommend reading a good book, playing a game, or even taking an evening walk to keep you from mindless eating. Another tip would be to chew sugar free gum, or sip on some decaf coffee, herbal tea sweetened with stevia if you find yourself eating mindlessly.
8. Have a Set Shut Off Time. One of the problems of staying up late is that it causes you to feel hungry when your body should be sleeping. Make it a point to set a time when you shut down and go to bed. In order to go to sleep at a decent hour of the night, make an effort to cut down on caffeine throughout the day. If you must have coffee during the day, try to limit the amount after 3 pm. Even if you are not tired, going to bed and spending time doing something relaxing will help you unwind, and keep you out of the kitchen, where it can be easier to make poor choices late at night.
9. Be Present at Meal Times. Often times we can get so busy that we are not truly ‘present’ when we are eating our nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day. If we make an effort to sit down and truly enjoy our meals, we will be less likely to feel deprived later on in the day.
10. Strengthen Your Spiritual Muscles. Sometimes what we think is hunger is truly not physical hunger at all…but rather it is something much deeper, resulting in emotional eating. In those cases I personally have found that there are three powerful weapons to combat emotional eating: Spend time with the Lord, Praise and Worship, and Pray the Word of God! I also love to go on walks, listen to worship music, and just spend time with the Lord. He always promises to draw near to us when we draw near to Him. He is able to strengthen, encourage, and steady our hearts better than we ever could on our own.
If you struggle with eating mindlessly at night (or any time of the day for that matter), I hope these tips help you on your journey to health! I believe that the very best place to start when it comes to overcoming any ‘bad’ habit in the area of nutrition is to start to see yourself as an overcomer! If you truly start to believe that you can become healthy and balanced in all things, it will just be a matter of time before your actions and behaviors line up with how you see yourself on the inside. I pray blessings over each one of you, and your journey to health! xo Katie
I believe that one of the greatest areas of struggle that women face in our society today is related to self image, but even more specifically, body image. I believe that one of the greatest roots behind low self esteem stems from the unfulfilled core desire of every woman, which is the need to be loved. This desire for love often goes much deeper as it poses the unending question in so many of us, which is… Am I Worthy of Love?
Whether you have asked yourself this question out loud before, or it is the first time you really thought about it, I can pretty much guarantee that almost every woman has asked herself this question in her heart…. and it just so happens that it most likely gets asked when we look in the mirror.
With the ever prevalent images and messages that come at us through magazines, commercials, billboards…(you name it), we are constantly having a picture painted for us that would tell us what a woman should be, in order to be lovely. Unfortunately, if we do not feel that we live up to that unrealistic standard, deep down so many of us struggle with the lies that we are ugly, overweight, not good enough, and therefore…unworthy of love.
After struggling with eating disorders for many years, I know this feeling all too well. I was constantly comparing myself and measuring my self worth among societies standards, and other girls, which always left me feeling that I was coming up short. This mindset led to unhealthy behaviors and thoughts, which led me to believe that if I were ‘thin enough’, that I would finally feel beautiful and confident.
After years of trying to control my weight, and getting down to dangerously low body fat levels, I can now look back and say without hesitation that I was never satisfied. In fact, the struggle and strain that I put on my body and mind in order to maintain a ‘perfect’ image only led to further dissatisfaction with my body and my self-worth.
Looking back, I now know that the reason I was never satisfied with my body image, (regardless of how skinny I got, or how I looked), was because I was searching for acceptance according to this worlds systems. If you haven’t personally been down the path of trying to find fulfillment from the things of this world- let me spare you the wasted time, energy, and pain…Nothing This World Has to Offer Ever Satisfies!
Ultimately, my road to healing began when I started to look to Jesus for my validation and I let Him answer my ever present question….am I worth of love?
If you can relate to my story, or you have ever found yourself thinking negatively about your body, or yourself in general, I would ask yourself this question: Do You Know that You are Worthy of Love?
You are not worthy because you are skinny enough, you have the most beautiful hair, you are toned, or you are the best dressed. You are not worthy of love because you are the smartest, you are the most organized, are the best mom, or are the most successful. You are not worthy of love because you have the cleanest house, have the most perfect marriage, or have the most beautiful skin.
You my friend are WORTHY of love, simply because your God says that you are. In fact, Psalm 139:14 says that “You are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” by the Lord. The word ‘wonderfully’ means to be distinct or unique. This verse says that God made you special, and that no one else is like you! How is that for validation!?! God loves you so much that He created every detail of you with great though in mind, so that each one of us would be unique! And He didn’t make a mistake! Every part of you was designed in order to fulfill the special purpose and plan that He has for you.
If the fact that you are truly one of a kind isn’t convincing enough that you are amazing, think about the fact that you were created in the image of a powerful, great, almighty God! (Genesis 1:27)
Now, this might all sound wonderful, but let’s get down to the nitty-gritty on actually applying this principal- because let’s face it, at the end of the day, we may know that we are accepted and loved by God, but we also want to feel good about ourselves, and having peoples approval certainly helps!
I can speak from experience when I say, this is where the work and time must be put in to Renew our Minds with God’s Word. Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. This scripture was a vital part to my inner healing, and it truly was the first step in finding my fulfillment in the Lord.
You see, it wasn’t until I actually laid down my ‘self’ and my selfish desires to feel good about ‘myself’ and trade it in for what God almighty says about me that I truly was satisfied. I will be honest and tell you that it is a process, and it doesn’t happen overnight, but the peace of knowing who I am in Christ is well worth the effort!
I can now honestly say that I am free from the bondage of self-acceptance, or the need to be approved by others, simply because everything that I am is found in the one who created me. This doesn’t mean that I don’t have my ‘days’ where I have to remind myself of the truth…and laying my ‘self’ at the feet of Jesus is a daily (and sometimes multiple time a day) event. However, the freedom, joy, and acceptance that only He can give is the very thing that keeps me running back to Him.
I pray that this devotional encouraged you today, and that no matter where you are today, you have a revelation that God almighty, the one that created you, and the one that knows you by name- calls you worthy of love….Just as you are at this very moment.
He finds no spot, flaw, or blemish in you, (Song of Solomon 4:7), and He wants to fill you up with His love today.
Welcome to the first ever Dashing Dish 1 Month Workout Challenge! This challenge is called the Dashing Dish 30 Challenge, because the goal is to do a 30 minute workout 3-6 days a week, and it will last for 1 month (about 30 days). The goal of this challenge is to inspire all of us to cheer each other on and commit to getting active throughout the week.
To follow along, simply pick either the suggested Dashing Dish (DD) workout listed for that day, or do 30 minutes of activity of choice. (I listed it as a 30 minute run or walk, but you can do anything that get’s your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes). To join in on this challenge, simply pick 3-6 days a week to workout (it doesn’t have to necessarily be Monday-Friday, just make it your goal to workout 3-6 days per week, depending on your current fitness level.) When you have completed the workout, give a shout out on social media using the hashtag #DashingDish30
You can join with a friend, or go at it alone, and if you don’t have access to a gym…no excuses…just choose an outdoor activity now that the weather is warming up, or you can choose a home workout! There will also be a Facebook group for this challenge, so we can motivate each other to get in our workouts for the week!
GRAND PRIZE: One lucky winner will win a Polar Heart Rate Monitor to help you stay motivated to exercise and reach your goals long after the challenge is over! To enter, simply share your workout in the form of hashtag #DashingDish30 somewhere on social media, (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram). The more entries, the greater chance you have to win, so let’s get moving! ;) The winner will be picked at random, and announced on June 1st, 2015.
Now, who’s ready to join in on the fun and spend the next 30 days focusing on our fitness!?! We kick things off the week of May 4th, but you can join any time in the month of May!
Have you ever been moving steadily down the path of balanced, healthy living and BAM, out of nowhere, one food can cause things to spiral out of control before you even know what hit you? Me too, you’re not alone.
I felt the Lord prompting me to share with all of you some of the ways He’s helped me to keep trigger foods in check. I pray these help free your mind and spirit today!
Out of sheer frustration one-day, I really took my struggle with certain foods to the Lord in hopes of understanding how to handle them appropriately. Truthfully, I was tired of feeling helpless to enjoy certain foods without the risk of binging. I was confused and frustrated. I’d overcome most of my disordered eating why did certain foods so often leave me feeling out-of-control and frantic? I began to press into the Lord for help. Now before I begin, I’d like to say that there are volumes of information and opinions on the addictive qualities of certain foods. I’m not going to address those; rather, my purpose for this devotional is to simply share what I believe the Father heart of God chose to share with me for the purpose of granting me more freedom and abundant life.
Is it the food or is your soul starving?
Above all else I’ve come to understand that if my spirit is starving, my flesh is very vulnerable to over eating. When I’m slipping into a pattern of overusing food, the first place I need to look is at the condition of my spirit. Have I been consistently feeding on the Word of God? Do I need to spend time with Him in prayer and praise? Almost without fail, if my flesh is crying out to be satisfied, the answer is no. In times like this, I need to be very purposeful about seeking the Lord to fill my spirit so that I use my body to glorify Him.
Proverbs 4:20-23 Amplified Bible “My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.”
John 15:4, Jesus said, “No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.”
Understand the trigger!
I used to use food as a source of punishment. I would overeat as a “weapon” against myself. After I was restored and healed from that I was confused about why I would still over-do-it with certain foods. I took it to the Lord in prayer and He revealed something quite unexpected. He showed me that I was no longer using food to abuse myself; I was using it as a source of misdirected “self-care”. I began to understand that my need to feel good was actually a healthy instinct that just needed some redirection.
When I realized that my body was pleading for self-care I had a whole new outlook on how I viewed trigger foods. Up to that point, I believed that as long as my spirit was full I wasn’t vulnerable to over eating. While that is a KEY factor to successfully overcoming binging, the missing link for me was realizing that I also needed self-care. I began to make a connection. I realized that when I was purposeful about caring for myself in healthier ways, I could eat the same foods I might otherwise abuse without struggle. Now if I’m feeling that way, I quickly make room and time to do other things that restore me: I sit in the sun by myself doing NOTHING, enjoy a nap, I make time to get away for a little while, read something just for pleasure, or treat my body to a bath or at-home spa time. I’ve discovered that it actually takes very little to restore myself and when I enjoy a little self-care to “fill my tank” the trigger foods don’t have power over me.
Mark 12:31 “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This implies that to love others well, we must also love ourselves well.
Enjoy trigger foods in the company of others
I don’t know about you, but I rarely struggle with trigger foods when I’m in the company of others. It’s only those times I’m alone at home that I feel vulnerable. I believe the Enemy uses that time of isolation to make us weak and with no accountability we are far more vulnerable to stumbling. For that reason, I also recommend enjoying foods that may trigger you when you have the support of others around you. For instance, if peanut butter is something that you may easily overuse, trying making it something you enjoy outside of the home. Make a peanut butter sandwich to take with you for lunch or a snack. Maybe it’s dessert. Make dessert something that you enjoy when you are out to eat with family or friends. It allows you to enjoy it with praise and thanksgiving without the risk of overeating which often leads to shame and condemnation.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (MSG) “By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.”
If God says it’s not beneficial, listen!
I am a huge proponent of embracing balance in both food and exercise. After years of life learning, I have a firm understanding that any extreme is very hard to sustain long-term. Considering too many foods “off-limits” or “bad” makes it easy to stay bound to a diet mentality. That said, scripture does make it clear however, that though all things are permissible, not all things are beneficial. Even after having walked the journey to diet recovery, I still struggle with keeping chocolate within healthy boundaries. Sometimes I can eat a very reasonable portion, enjoy it, and move on – most of the time I can’t. After praying about this, I’ve heard over and over from the Lord, “chocolate is the food you need to resist.” Of all the glorious, tasty, abundant choices the Lord generously offers me to enjoy, He has lovingly directed me to stay away from only one. He knows me better than I know myself and He knows that this one food can easily lead me to a place where my flesh struggles to maintain self-control. I will tell you that when I listen to His leading on this, I am free. It’s a relief for me and increases my peace. God has told me this for years. I’m a work in progress. Most of the time I listen and obey, sometimes I don’t. But, I’m always blessed by freedom in my mind and peace of my body when I do. If you have something that repeatedly causes you stumble, I would encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer to ask if that’s something you need to abstain from as an offering of sacrifice for His blessing. In return He will give you amazing peace and freedom.
1 Corinthians 10:23 (AMP) ” All things are legitimate [permissible—and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].”
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Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
Pepperoni Pizza Zucchini Bake
No-Noodles Pizza Lasagna
Sweet Potato Pizza Crust Pizza
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Pizza Stuffed Peppers
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Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast. Hebrews 6:19
Do You Need Hope?
Have you ever had a time in your life where you were praying about something and you started off in faith, but as time went on with no obvious answer, you eventually started to lose hope?
If this sounds familiar, I will tell you that you are certainly not alone! In fact, if you are believing God for anything at all in your life, you most likely will face a situation like this, (I know I sure have!)
So, what do we do when we are believing for something, and we don’t see it come to pass in the timing or the way we were hoping?
When I have questions, I look to the Bible, and see if I can draw from people who had similar experiences to answer my questions.
There are various places throughout scripture where we can see that against all hope, God made a way when people put their trust in Him. Just a few of my favorite stories include David defeating Goliath, God parting the Red Sea for Moses and the Isrealites when they were being chased by the Egyptians, and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being thrown into the fire, yet coming out without any burns, or even the smell of smoke!
With all of these amazing stories of God’s faithfulness, we can certainly be encouraged in our own journey, however, what do we do when we feel like the hope that was once blazing starts to dwindle to a flickering flame?
What Does the Bible Say About Hope?
This is where Hebrews 6:12-20 comes in to give us wise instruction on how to believe in hope against all hope! In fact, this passage of scripture is titled, The Certainty of God’s Promise in the NIV translation! Let’s look at what it has to say:
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised…Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
This passage of scripture was written to a group of Hebrew Christians that were being harassed by others because of their profession of faith in Christ. They were outcasts, impoverished and even being physically persecuted. And we can see that because of these circumstances, they were growing weary, and becoming discouraged.
For us, this same passage of scripture can be encouraging, regardless of what circumstances we may be facing. In the very beginning of this passage, we can see that Abraham was used as an example to us of someone that inherited what they were believing God for by faith and patience.
This passage also encourages us to keep on hoping! It tells us to let hope be an anchor to our soul, (or our emotions), keeping us steady and secure when we are trusting in His promises!
Another passage of scripture that echo’s this same message is Romans 4:18-21, which says:
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”
What I love about these two passages are that they are parallel in so many ways, both painting a picture of hope, using Abraham as our example! When we look at Abraham’s life, he certainly had good reason to doubt God would do what He said in the natural. The scripture tells us that him and his wife Sarah were past childbearing years, yet he did not allow this, or the time that passed between God’s promise and the birth of Isaac (which was 25 years) sway him!
How do We Handle the Waiting Time?
We can see from these scriptures that Abraham’s hope was based on the promises of God. Because he knew God, and had a relationship with Him, Abraham was able to be fully persuaded that God would do what He promised. This leads me to my first point, which is that without an intimate relationship with our Father God, we can have a hard time receiving at times, because we have a hard time trusting Him, and His nature. For this reason, I would encourage everyone to pursue their personal relationship with Jesus before anything else, because as you get to know His heart, and what His will is (by reading the bible), you will have a much easier time developing trust in Him, and knowing what His will is for your life. (This is crucial, because if you don’t know that it is His will or promise to you, how can you be assured in hope that He will provide it?)
The second thing that we can see that Abraham did in the waiting was patiently endure in faith. Those two words (patience and faith) are used time and time again in scripture when it comes to describing Abraham, which shows us how essential they are in the waiting time. I have found many times in my own life that God has me waiting on things that I know are His will for my life, simply because He is teaching me something in the process, or it is not the right timing yet. It’s times like these that we need to hold onto hope as we patiently remain in faith, trusting that God will do what He promised at the right time.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are things that are provided for us in our covenant with Jesus (Isaiah 53:4-6), which God gives to us the moment we ask, because Jesus died to provide it, and it’s a free gift that we simply need to receive. However, there are times of trial, temptation, and testing that we can see that even Jesus went through in order to strengthen Him (Matthew 4:1-11 ). We can also see all throughout scripture that God is very orderly, and He cares more about our hearts than giving us something that ultimatley could harm us if it is too soon.
What if I’m Not Perfect?
When it comes to faith, the bible is very clear that when we ask God for something, we need to believe we receive what we are asking for without doubting, (James 1:6). So, when it comes to asking and believing God for something (according to His will), the bible says that we have to stand in faith without doubting. This doesn’t mean that we will always be perfect in our faith, and we can ask God to help us overcome doubt when we feel a lack of faith (Mark 9:24). This scripture goes on to say inJames 1:6-7 goes on to say, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord. This tells us that we do need to deal with unbelief when we are struggling with it, because it can hinder our receiving from God, even if it is His will and timing to provide it.
So, does this mean that in order for God’s promises to be fulfilled in our lives, we have to do things perfectly? Certainly not! If we look more in depth at the story of Abraham, we can clearly see that he didn’t do things perfectly. In fact, he got off of God’s plan in a pretty big way when he stepped out ahead of God, trying to make the promise come to pass (see Genesis 16).I don’t know about you, but this is a bit reassuring at times to me, because I know that at times I run out ahead of God and lean to my own understanding as well.
This goes with out saying that Abraham’s disobedience cost him greatly, (just as it will when we don’t follow God’s plan), but God still brought His promises to pass in Abrahams life, despite him not being perfect. This my friends is a beautiful picture of God’s unconditional love and grace in action…and Praise God, He is still in the love and grace business today!
How Do We Remain in Hope?
If you take nothing else with you today, I want you to grab hold of the very essence of this message, which is HOPE! How do we get and stay in hope when everything around us seems to be falling apart? Let’s look again at Hebrews 6:19, which says, We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
This verse paints a picture of hope being like an anchor, which I love, because it is generally in the ‘storms’ of life, when it feels like we are being tossed around, and out of control that we we need an anchor the most. I like to think of it this way, when we put our anchor of hope down deep in the Lord, and we make the choice to trust Him of focusing on the wind and the waves, He will keep us steady and sure all the way through our circumstances. It is only when we get our eyes on the problem, and allow the waves to get in our ship that we will start to sink…but hope in God is a powerful force that will keep us anchored no matter what storms come our way!
The good news is, hope is not something that we need to muster up on our own! God loves you so very much, and wants to fill you with hope, so he made it very easy…all you have to do is ask! Today, if you feel like you have lost hope, or just want to be re-assured of your hope in the Lord, I would invite you to pray this prayer with me!
Prayer for Hope:
Jesus, I thank you for the hope that is only found in you. I thank you for your Word, which fills me with assurance of your great and precious promises for me. Lord, I pray that today you would fill me with hope, and that you would help me to be anchored deeply in you. Help me to keep my eyes on you Father God, instead of the circumstances, and I pray that you would calm my emotions, my anxieties, and that you would flood me with your perfect peace as I keep my mind stayed upon you. I trust you Father. I know that you are working all things together for my good, and you will turn this situation around for your glory. I thank you Lord for filling me with hope, until it overflows. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
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Hey everyone! I feel like it’s been a while since i’ve done a daily dish! So, where do I begin!?! I wanted to share a few of my latest happenings behind the scenes of Dashing Dish, but also some of my current favorites!
When it comes to HAPPENINGS, I have pretty busy since the release of my new books in the new year! Busy in a good way though! From interviews, to speaking, and book signings (where I have met some amazing people), it has been a whirlwind and so much fun! The best part about my book release the past few months to has been seeing my cookbook and devotional book in stores…and hearing stories, seeing pictures, and hearing how you guys enjoy them! Nothing blesses my heart more!!!
If you follow me on Instagram you know that I have been doing something called Fan Fave Friday, where I share a picture from one of you guys when you tag photos from recipes you create! It’s been surprisingly hard to pick just one! You guys take awesome pics of the food! So fun!
In February I had the opportunity to be on The Harvest Show to discuss my new devotional! It was a blessing, and I had the opportunity to meet such a wonderful team of people!
Also in the month of February, my older sister threw a Valentines Day theme book signing party with some friends!
In March I flew out to San Antonio, where I did a cooking segment on The Difference Show with Matt and Kendal Hagee. So fun!
We also celebrated my dad’s birthday! People always say I get my ‘young face’ from my dad…how great does he look!?! He just returned from a missions trip to Ethiopia- he’s one of my greatest hero’s! :)
The weather was a bit on the warm side for March here in Michigan (yeah), which calls for frozen yogurt for sure!
I welcomed spring around our home by adding some spring flare to our decor!
I also started to take regular walks again, which is always one of the GREATEST treats when the weather finally warms up! It is a time I look forward to most, because I feel like I have nothing else to think about/do but listen to worship music and just think about the Lord! He downloads so much into me when I walk, and I think it’s because I don’t have any other distractions! I treasure this time with Him!
In March I also had a book signing in my home town, Ann Arbor Michigan. It was so much fun meeting so many of you and hearing your stories! I love how the internet can connect us, but meeting you guys face to face is the absolute best!
At the end of March I went to visit my beautiful childhood best friend, who lives in Virginia to celebrate her first baby! She is having a little girl, and I couldn’t be more excited for her… I just wish we lived closer!
How beautiful is this momma-to-be!?! I just love her!
The beginning of April marks an especially cheering version of myself every year, because I know spring is officially here (or at least on it’s way here in Michigan!) Spring has always been my favorite season. Seriously, something about it has always been so amazing to me, and so representative of how the Lord brings things that seem lifeless back to life!
Spring always brings with it the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection on Easter! How fitting is it that it that Easter falls in the beginning of spring. Jesus represents new birth and new life..and a fresh start which pairs so perfectly with the new season!
We celebrated Easter with family. We went to visit my sisters church (she lives about an hour away), then went back to her house and spent the day with my family!
April 8th marked an amazing day for my sisters and I when we had the opportunity to minister at the Brave Women’s Conference together! God’s poured out His love and presence in a mighty way in each and every woman there, including the three of us! It was a night I will never forget!
I shared my testimony and about finding your identity and value in Christ to the young adult women’s group at Freedom Center. What an amazing night this was! God did some amazing things in the area of restoration and healing women’s hearts.
I have also had the opportunity to speak at a few different MOPS groups this month, which has truly brought on a huge passion that I didn’t even know was there until recently! I have always known that I had a desire to help busy mom’s with cooking and eating healthy here at Dashing Dish, which is why most of my recipes are kid friendly, and made with a few simple ingredients that are easy to find and inexpensive. However, meeting so many precious women that are caring for little ones really opened my eyes to see what a huge impact mom’s can have on their children’s self worth and identity, especially when they are young! I also feel like God has been putting a desire on my heart to help mom’s meal plan and get their kids involved with cooking and learning nutrition. What a powerful impact that could make on the next generation coming up!
And last but not least, I wanted to share about one of the most impactful dreams I have had to date. Normally, I would never share a dream on social media/Dashing Dish, but this dream was one that I knew was not just for me, but rather to minister to others. You can read more about the dream here if you’d like! It brings tears to my eyes just to think about it! Surely it will be something I will remember forever!
As far as FAVORITES go, here are a few things that I am currently enjoying!
Another favorite has been these amazing books/resources written by my friend Jen from Unveiled Wife. Her and her husband are doing amazing things in the Kingdom for promoting healthy marriages Gods way!
My journal from my sweet friend Dayna has been an every day favorite of mine. I use it for journaling. Ilove it because it has scripture at the top of each page, and the cover alone has reminded me of the truth so many times!
As far as music goes, I have been loving this remix of Brit Nicole’s album! I have been listening to it when I’m working out, and I love every song! It has a great beat for getting you motivated!
My sister Sarah surprised me with some of her favorite all natural cleaning and food products…The best part!?! It was just because!!! What a fun package this was to open!!! I have been loving the Branch Basics cleaning supplies!
As far as meals go, well I am always in the mood for one of my protein shakes for breakfast. For lunch lately, I have been loving my Clean Eating Creamy Egg Salad. It is quick, easy to make, and super filling and delicious!
For dinner I have been making a variety of things, but one of my favorites has been my 15 Minute Peanut Chicken & Broccoli recipe!
For snacks I have been enjoying my No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars. They are the perfect pick-me-up mid-day, and they cure that sweet/salty craving that often strikes around 3 pm! ;)
And for dessert, lately I have been making my Clean Eating Chocolate cake from my cookbook!
Other FAVES are my sweet husband who supports me, prays for me, and is by my side through everything (he even comes to MOPS groups with me! ;) Now how is that for support!?!) He has also been pulling double shifts working on his client graphic design work, along with working long hours on the new Dashing Dish site and iPhone App! I couldn’t be more thankful for this creative genius God placed in my life! And this brings me to another fave- the new site!!! It is coming together, and I am beyond excited!!!
And of course my little sweet pea Zoey- the most faithful giver of joy daily! :)