“God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience.
I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will…
a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notion of what He is up to.”
In exactly one week I turn that age. 25. I’m not where I thought I’d be, but I’m glad for where I am. The past year was the worst most wonderful year, and as I look back it’s hard to believe everything happened in only 365 days. I was broken and persevered, and as Mr. Charles Spurgeon said, “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” I wouldn’t trade that for the world. Here are some wonderful things I learned or experienced in 2012:
» Forgiveness is essential, but it takes time.
» I am blessed and so grateful to call some of the dearest people friends.
» My biggest fears are of what I want the most, so I need to be myself and not fear man.
» WWOOFing was an incredible experience, but I now know I’m not cut out to be a farmer :)
» Guys and girls can’t be “just” friends. Haven’t you seen When Harry Met Sally?! *
» Classes started today, but I didn’t have to go. I can get used to this whole college graduate thing!
*No need to watch if you haven’t :)
Recipe time! These little bowls are equally refreshing as they are creamy. Citrus season is in full swing, so grapefruit, lemon, mandarine orange, and clementine would all be delicious!
4 navel oranges
1 c coconut milk
1/3 c honey
Juice oranges and freeze the skin halves. Blend orange juice with remaining ingredients and freeze in ice cube trays. Process frozen cubes until smooth and fill frozen orange halves. Enjoy!
Frank’s Finest BBQ Kale Chips
1/2 lb kale
1 c cashew butter
2 T Frank’s Finest BBQ spice blend
1/2 t Celtic Sea Salt
Remove stems from clean kale. In a large mixing bowl massage remaining ingredients onto kale. Dehydrate at 105-115 degrees until crispy. Enjoy!
Pride has frequented my thoughts lately. And when my sister told me of her concerns to fall for the lure, it made me smile because she has nothing to worry about. Those humble enough to fear pride in the midst of a situation where a pat on the back feels pretty good…well, I think they are all right.
However, pride is a temptation for each of us. No matter rank, worth (monetary of course), or “deserved” we may be we fall pathetically short of anything but humiliation. God’s Word is a means of humbling ourselves. To read it and meditate on it should bring forth waves of reminders and truths of our nothingness and His omnipotence.
When my sister came to my office (tucked away in our basement:) late one night just to talk she was so worried she would get a big head about her growing bakery business and the community that’s recognizing her name. Now let me say, there is nothing wrong with complementing others or receiving compliments (unless it’s flattery of course…saying something that you would never say behind their back…the opposite of gossip)! The severity of my point is an issue of the heart. Do we automatically take that compliment and inwardly look to Him? All of us have it in us to hang oversized self portraits like Mr. Potter did in It’s A Wonderful Life, but as Christians the thought should make us shudder with embarrassment. Remember we are here for His glory. Period.
Blueberry Nut Granola
1 c shredded coconut
1 c dried blueberries
1 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c almonds
1/2 c walnuts
1/2 c buckwheat flour
1/2 c flax seeds
1/2 c maple syrup
1 t vanilla
1/2 t salt
Grind coconut into flour. Chop almonds and walnuts. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Dehydrated in clumps until crunchy. Enjoy!
I was born in Southern California to two total SoCalers. My Dad, beyond the definition of laid back, and my Mom, beyond the opposite of my Dad. Then they moved to Indiana, and I’ve been a freak ever since :) I recently retook the Myers Briggs test and came out an ISTP…I’m not 100%, but it’s pretty close. I like to walk fast, get to the point, and I like change…a lot. Slightly kidding about being a freak, but only 6% of the population are ISTPs!
When I moved to Wisconsin for the summer it was a breath of fresh air, literally and figuratively. I lived amongst beautiful rolling green hills and spent a majority of my days outside. I’ve been home from Wisconsin a week, and it’s so bizarre how different the two places are, not just in landscape, but in pace of life. The people are so different from those I’ve grown up with, and I really like them! They have a fearless outlook on life and an adventurous spirit I’m not used to being around. It was almost like experiencing a different culture.
I love Wisconsin and will most likely make frequent visits and eventually extended stays, but until then I’m readjusting to this familiar flatland of the Midwest. I like the quiet and the time to work on everything I didn’t get to over the summer. It’s been a joy to reconnect with church family and friends. And I’m excited to finish my degree. In many ways I see God preparing me for more and more change. Once I graduate in December, I’ll have no obligations, no commitments, no schedule, and there’s something really exciting about that!
Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies
2 c oats
1 c almonds (soaked and dehydrate)
1/2 c brewers yeast
1/2 c psyllium husk
1/2 c honey
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c water
1/4 c Irish moss gel
2 T cinnamon
1 t Celtic Sea salt
1 t vanilla
Process almonds into flour. Add oats and pulse to a more fine but still coarse texture. Pour into a mixing bowl along with remaining dry ingredients. Process or blend all wet ingredients. Mix wet and dry ingredients and add raisins. Dehydrate on ParaFlexx at 115 degrees for an hour then flip, remove ParaFlexx and continue at 105 degrees until dry but chewy. For a sweeter cookie add more honey or raisins. Enjoy with a glass of milk!
I listened to a sermon series recently that centered on the lovely topic of marriage. Although the message was for married couples, the principles were applicable to any sinner. I am far from married but am most definitely a sinner, so what I heard was extremely applicable : )
Some of what I learned, and was reminded of, is that I don’t deserve anything. The “smallest” sin I commit automatically makes me an offender to a perfect God. Every circumstance, inconvenience, and hurt…I actually deserve. Every breath…is actually a gift! My status in life should not be “sinned against” rather “loved by God, but sinful”.
I learned that Paul, who called himself the chief of all sinners, was not sin-centered, he was Gospel-centered. I have sinned against God, but have been forgiven and the Gospel is bigger than my sin.
I was reminded that as wonderful as marriage will be someday, it will be work. Finally, I heard this quote by Martin Luther, “Marriage: the school of character.”. Until the day comes for me to enroll at that school, by God’s grace I hope to apply what I learned right now with all people!
1 head cauliflower (about 8 c)
1/2 c olive oil
1/2 c wheat free tamari
1/2 c nutritional yeast
2 T Frank’s Finest BBQ spice blend
Cut cauliflower, toss with remaining ingredients, spread on to parchment paper lined dehydrator trays, and dehydrate at 105° F for 12-24 hours.
2/3 c raw honey
1/4 c dry mustard
1/4 c white vinegar
1 t Celtic Sea salt
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl or food processor.