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Stirred Up.

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 Daily Devotional:

“[For] it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV 1984)

 

“I took a sip of coffee and grimaced as I peered into the cup. Everything looked like it should, but the coffee wasn’t sweet. Yet I remembered tearing open the little yellow packets and sprinkling the sweet crystals over the surface of the caramel colored liquid. Then I realized that—while I had added the sugar—I had never stirred it into the coffee. Without that stirring action, the sugar couldn’t work all the way through.

I do this with my faith as well. I add all the necessary ingredients. I’ve got my Bible, my devotion subscription, my godly girlfriends, my church, my special quiet time journal, my praise and worship songs, my verses memorized. If you looked at me, you’d say it’s all there.

But I’d rather avoid the stirring up part, truth be told. I’d tell you that I know it’s good for me. I’d tell you that it’s not good to stay in one place. I’d tell you that you should submit to God and let Him stir you up and that I’d be glad to pray for you during that process.

But me? No. Just leave me alone. Let me sit. I’d rather look okay and be comfortable than be stirred up and reach my full potential.

Have you ever had those feelings?

Maybe today you’re feeling stirred up. Your finances or your job or your marriage or your children or your friendships or your dreams feel like a cyclone is swirling through them, leaving you unsettled and unstable. You might be wondering why God is letting this happen, why He’s forgotten you. Not thinking that it just might be His hand doing the stirring. He’s using those swirling forces to reach all the parts of you that He wants to get to. As today’s verse reminds us, He works in you to accomplish His purpose for you.

 Years ago a friend and I were making a big pot of spaghetti sauce. We left the pot on the stove and went off to join our families outside. But when we returned we smelled something burning. We pulled the lid off the pot to peer at the sauce. The sauce looked fine. All the elements were there: the red color, the thickness of the liquid, the chunks of meat and slivers of onions and spices. It was only as we took a long spoon and dug deep into the pot that we discovered that the sauce at the very bottom had become stuck because we hadn’t been inside stirring it up, keeping it moving, not letting it settle. When things get settled, they become stuck.

As you are stirred up in life, thank God that He loves you enough to not let you get stuck, to not leave you bitter. The elements are there—and that’s important—but it’s in the stirring that we become all that He has in mind.”

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Breakfast: Sliced pear + Laughing Cow Light Swiss & Cinnamon on a whole wheat cinnamon raisin sandwich thin.

Lately, I’ve been feeling pretty lousy about the fact that it seems like I have to do everything half-assed.  You don’ t have to tell me that writing on my blog recently has been less than stellar.  I’m aware.  My team doesn’t feel like we’re meshing at all during practice.  I’m supposed to be a leader.  My A&P grade is no where close to where I need it to be.  To add to the mix, I’m teaching my first nutrition class this Saturday morning, and I’m not the least bit prepared.  At work, I feel stacks of paperwork piling up.   At home, I’m stressed about everything that I’m not completing…Jarid has been totally gracious and helpful in keeping my attitude stay in check.  I feel bad though, because when we’re together, I want to be the best girlfriend I can be for him…Not one aspect of my life, do I feel like I’m fulfilling to the best of my ability.

This devotional made me realize, that although I feel as though I’m being pulled in 1920348039468 different directions, God is the one who’s doing the pulling.  He made these opportunities possible for me for a reason.  There’s a greater purpose that maybe I can’t see in the moment, but He’s in control.   

Baby spinach salad with shredded cabbage, sliced baby bell peppers, cucumber, roasted parsnips, jicama, roasted turkey breast & Annie’s Lite Honey Mustard

He might even be using these things in my life to touch and shape me in the areas that are unreachable in any other way.  He’s using me for His purpose, and I can find joy in that.

 
Anytime I can spend with this guy is a blessing counted.

This weekend, I made him chicken fajitas with some simple frozen veggies (red & green peppers and onions), chicken strips, Mrs. Dash fiesta lime, and 8 Grain tortillas.  He loves when I cook “healthy meals” for us to enjoy together.  I would’ve typically eaten them with him, but I was craving a big plate of veggies, so the salad you see above is what I ate.

It was the least I could do.  After all, he bit the bullet and tried ice skating with me.

He was a first timer, so I felt bad when he got frustrated….there’s not really any way I could’ve helped him, but we made a couple rounds holding hands…the rest of the time, he was kind of glued to the wall, which is exactly the way I was my first time.

Probably not the best time to take a picture, I realize…but it’s moments like this that I never want to forget…besides, he says he wants to go back.  I mentioned once that I would love to skate in the Rockerfeller center in NYC at Christmas time…he’s determined to be there holding my hand (:

What’s something God is teaching you right now?

What’s something you’ve got on the “bucket list”?

XO.

Weekend Recap!

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FRIDAY

Soooo Friday night when I got home, I almost immediately hopped on the exercise bike so that I could get a good workout in before heading to Harrisburg to meet up with some friends.  I biked for about 2 hours while watching “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on my laptop. 

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My family left for my younger sisters’ basketball tournament around 6PM and would be there overnight into Saturday.  I was meeting my friend Rachael and her buddy Wade at Damon’s where they were having dinner and then we headed to Bourbon Street downtown for a little while.  It didn’t last long, which I was glad for because going to a bar isn’t my thing at all…We decided to go bowling instead and made our way to ABC East.  It was a fun night! I got home around 2 AM and went right to sleep.

SATURDAY

I woke up to an empty house, as expected and made some breakfast.  I must’ve been craving protein, so I made some frozen berry cottage cheese with Fiber One topping:

Prior to Fiber One Topping.

I did a lot around the house on Saturday like laundry, paying bills, and tidying up.  I also biked on and off alll day until about 4PM.  I had a big date to get ready for!  I was going ice skating with my cousin, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s buddy.  Names will remain annonymous.  I haven’t exactly told him much about the blog yet, as far as what it entails, but he does know I have one and that I’m a nutrition nut.  He was really sweet and brought me a rose 🙂  Not to mention, he was a perfect gentleman all night.  After skating, we needed something to warm us up so we grabbed some coffee and chatted for a little while longer.  After dropping off my cousin and her boy, we sat in the car and chatted for about 1/2 hour before we headed our separate ways.  He invited me to his church the next morning, and I happily accepted.

SUNDAY

As late as I got home the night before, I felt like a nice little workout before I went to meet up with [the boy] for church would wake me up a little, so I biked for about an hour.  Only burned about 300 calories

Then I made breakfast:

Greek yogurt+Fiber One+ SF syrup.

After that, I got a shower, I prettied up for church and headed to Carlisle to meet [the guy] for church.  After the service, we went to Panera for coffee together.  I can already tell this is the start of something good.

Then, I met my family in Harrisburg for lunch at the Jade Buffet.  This place is awesome because, along with a salad bar in addition to all the fried nasty chinese food, they’ve got a bar of raw meat and veggies without sauce, completely plain.  You can make a plate of your own meat  & veggies, hand it to the chef, and ask him not to cook it in oil, just water.  Which is exactly what I did 🙂 Sauce on the side, of course.

Shrimp, chicken, onion, sugar snap peas, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, and bean sprouts!

This was TOTALLY my favorite meal of the weekend.  FOR sure.  The sauce that I sprinkled on was brown and watery, with just enough garlicy flavor to spice up my veggies and protein 🙂

For dessert, I had a plate of cantaloupe from the salad bar that went unpictured.

From there, we went to Wolf’s furniture store so my parents could do some bedroom decor shopping.  They bought a new bed frame and furniture to match, which I absolutely love.

Then, we picked my sister up at Messiah and we went bowling!  I’m not very good, but I had a lot of fun and scored over 100 each game! 🙂  Yay.  After bowling, we had plans to go to Olive Garden for dinner, but the wait was outrageously long, so we opted for Applebee’s instead.

Salad with greens, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar & salt/pepper!

I didn’t want any of the salads on the menu or any of the sandwiches, but the waitress really hooked me up with a basic salad & sandwich.  Everything had some sort of fatty dressing/topping, that I just wasn’t feeling.

 

Turkey, lettuce, tomato, & onion on swirled toast.

 My family had an awesome time too and they got some finger licking food there too!

Randa & Bek.

Myranda’s friend, Bekah who is home from PSU on Spring Break, came with us too!  She ordered the Shrimp & Broccoli alfredo which came in a humungo bowl! It was so pretty that I had to take a photo.

Alfredo.

My sisters ordered the Sampler Appetizer to share and the Wonton Tacos!

Wonton Tacos.

 

Nachos with spinach dip, boneless buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, and a chicken & cheese quesedilla.

After dropping of Randa back at school, we headed home and ended our weekend perfectly by resting up!