Workin’ on the Temple + Protein/Banana Drink Recipe + Scripture Printables!

It’s been hard.  Satan knows out weaknesses.  Every one of them.  He personalizes temptations purposefully for each one of us.  However, I keep praying and truckin’ along…as we should. I haven’t lost enough pounds that are worthy of writing about but my clothes are feeling a bit looser and I have made some changes that have provided me with added energy.  I used to keep a food journal and that is something I intend to start again today.  Writing about the journey definitely helps.  We start today in the 100s…196.2 to be exact.  The final destination is the low 160s.

Being that many foods are particularly gross to me (mainly animal based foods) I am able to eliminate a lot of unhealthy foods from my diet right off the bat.  Also, I don’t drink soda and I don’t like candy.  I’m very particular about what the food I am eating is made of.  If you’ve read ‘Please Pass the Petroleum- Part 1 and Part 2’ on my blog then you know exactly what I mean.  So, my temptations come in the form of brown rice, whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta…all those carbs that aren’t ‘white’.  I can also put away an entire pineapple in a day.

I have a gym membership but haven’t been lately.  I have, however stayed busy with activities such as yard work. Today, while out running my errands, I’ll be stopping by the gym to get a schedule of the classes offered and pick a class to start attending regularly. Knowing I have to be there at a certain time will help motivate me to get there.

As you may know, I’m not a fan of keto.  I’m especially not a fan if the particular keto diet being followed includes bacon and processed meats and is heavy on cheese. What I am doing is a calorie deficit.  I’m simply (trying) to eat less calories than I burn so that my body turns to the fat for energy, and I’m also not pushing cholesterol-laden food into my system.  With that being said, I’m a fan of protein.  We gotta have it!  That is why I wanted to share this recipe with you today.  It has a sufficient amount of protein, in my opinion, to kick-start your day!   Click on the link to download the recipe (with photos)!

Banana Protein Drink

I end with this verse, which I had written down on an index card and carried in my purse for ages…until it was tattered.  I love it.  It’s the perfect verse to post on the cabinet, fridge, or mirror! 

1 Corinthians 10:13  “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”  

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Three different styles to chose from…

download and print them below!

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Prayer: Please But Not Thank You?

Scrolling thru social media, sitting in prayer meetings, talking with acquaintances in the check-out line, and even listening to ourselves…these are all places we can see and hear our prayer requests.  We have many.  We should.  As Christians, we put our faith in God and He alone is our crutch, our shoulder, who we run to when we are helpless and can’t get answers and solutions.  God wants us to do this.  Psalm 121:2:  “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”  Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things thru him who strengthens me.”  Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

But, do you ever just thank God for all he has done for you already, for the promises he has made to you, and the future he is preparing for you?  I don’t.  I am like a lot of us.  I catch myself asking and asking and rarely thanking.  I have, often times, even apologized for not thanking him right away when a prayer was answered in MY favor (they are all in our favor whether we understand it, or accept it, or not).

Let this sink in that, for the times we forgot, God already knew we weren’t going to thank him.  He already knew we would be so happy (or so upset) over the circumstance in question that we just wouldn’t remember to stop and lift up a “thank you”….and he still heard and answered us!  That’s our Heavenly Father for ya.

I’m not sure how it makes him feel when we forget.  For me, for example, if I hold the door open for someone and they don’t say thank you it takes all I have not to pull them back thru that door.  Perhaps we could all try harder saying “thank you”, especially to God.  It’s a habit we could strive for at the end of each day, at the least, because there is always something to say “thank you” for.♥

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Nomination Appreciation!

Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination + Q&A

Wow!  I see why it is called the Sunshine Blogger Award.  It gave me warm fuzzies, without the sunburn.  I was nominated by Dawn Ivey.  Thank you and I really, sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness!

I have been following Dawn’s blog, Drawing Closer to Christ, and I really enjoy her articles.  I love her heart for our Savior! Check out her blog here!

Before I get to the Q&A, here are the rules regarding the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination process:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write then 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

Q&A:

  1. What is the weirdest thing you have eaten or, should I say, attempted to eat?  Have y’all seen my green drink post? 
  2. What is the hardest thing you have overcome? An eating disorder, though I struggle with wanting to eat everything now so I can’t really say I have overcome it. BUT, I’m working on my temple!  Join me on my blog to journey with me! I’ll also add I have overcome the fear of small to smedium (yes, smedium) size spiders.  I can squash those without suiting up and shaking now.  The medium to big ones…just no.
  3. What is the one thing you have to have everyday? Obviously, Jesus.  The other thing would be coffee.   As the song goes, “I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more”…for some coffee! Black, nothing added. All day. 
  4. Why do you think it is so hard for most men to share their true feelings with the ones they love? I think showing your feelings often mean mushy-ness and guys don’t want to be viewed as mushy.  It’s not masculine, to some. Maybe they also grew up in a home where there wasn’t a male role model or that role model wasn’t in favor of male emotion-showing.
  5. If you are married, what do you treasure most about your spouse? So many things.  I value his heart for God.  I value he is okay with showing emotion. I value that he isn’t materialistic. I value that he makes his family a priority.  He is my best friend!
  6. Where did the term, without using Google or any other search engine, ‘by the skin of my teeth’ come from? It probably came from some little second graders who barely passed. Just sayin’. (I’m a teacher)
  7. What are you passionate about and why? Just like my friend Dawn, I am passionate about encouraging others and leading them towards Jesus in all circumstances that we encounter.  I am also passionate about praying.  I have a short devotional coming out about prayer soon! 
  8. What topics, if any, have you wanted to write about but haven’t because your feel your ‘fan base’ would not approve?  Many.  One being my health journey–everyone has one so who is interested in mine; people who feel entitled; evil; germs; closet/house decluttering; healthy recipes; organization; why do I love yard work…Basically, I am eclectic in my thought processes and will my fan-base understand this or expect me to stick to one area of interest.   I try to tie it ALL together by writing my thoughts into devotionals.  Jesus is the glue that sticks it all together and makes it work.  I reference Him continuously.  What I’m saying is, I’m probably going to write about everything anyway!  I love my fans and feel confident my writings will reach exactly who they are meant to reach. People will like me…or not.  I will keep writing.
  9. Someone who has hurt you deeply in the past reaches out to you.  They have done so to make amends because the Lord told them to. Do you forgive or do you tell them to bug off?  Who am I to not forgive?  I forgive them.  Afterall, Jesus forgives me. 2 Corinthians 13:11 “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
  10. Now, let’s flip the question a little. The Lord tells you to reach out to someone you hurt in the past.  Do you do so or do you ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit out of fear?  I’m most likely going to do it.  When something is nagging at me I have to deal with it or else my shoulders get heavier and heavier with each passing day.  I may not address the person face-to-face.  I kinda see a letter going in the mail here.  
  11. Oh gosh, you are running late for work, grab a quick cup of coffee, get dressed quickly, slip on a pair of shoes and jet. When you arrive at work people snicker when you walk in because you slipped on two different pairs of shoes.  What do you do?  Y’all didn’t get the memo about crazy shoe day to raise awareness for yardsticks across America?  They have 3 feet but can’t walk.  

I am nominating the following for this award:

StormieSteele

https://stormiesteele.com/2019/05/16/omnipresent/

Eileen Guyadeen

https://quietmomentswithgodblog.wordpress.com/

Trophy of Grace

https://nikhop320.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/just-as-i-was-with-moses-so-i-will-be-with-you/

Kathi Pelton

https://oceansinthedesert.com/2019/05/15/are-you-needing-wisdom/

LouSams

https://southernsoulsimplestrongandsweet.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/casting-call/

Encouraging-Grace

https://hisencouraginggrace.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/aligning-my-wishes-with-gods-will/

It’s A Miracle

https://itsamiracle.blog/2019/05/15/dont-give-up-push-through/

Jordan Lee Dooley

https://jordanleedooley.com/overcoming-insecurities/

For All the King’s Daughters

https://forallthekingsdaughters.com/

Real Christian Women

https://realchristianwomen.blog/2019/05/15/daily-scripture-5-15-19/

An Apple of Gold

https://anappleofgold.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/grace-giver/

Here are my questions to these awesome bloggers:

  1. What inspired you to begin blogging?
  2. What can you NOT live without each day?
  3. What are your hobbies?
  4. Do you enjoy yard work (had to ask)?
  5. What is your favorite scripture (I know, who has just one!)?
  6. What is the hardest thing you have had to overcome?
  7. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
  8. The Bible tells us we will have jobs in Heaven.  Not knowing exactly what those will be, what do you wish your job to be?
  9. What is the last random act of kindness you received?
  10. What is the last random act of kindness you preformed?
  11. Getting inspiration from my #11, what do you do if you see someone with toilet paper stuck to their shoe?  (Tell them, step on it when they aren’t looking so they never know,  pretend to talk on your cell phone and look away…)

Participation is optional.  Whether you do or don’t, thank you for you blog!  You have all brought me joy!♥

JP/Grace and Pink

Workin’ on the Temple: Join Me! + Recipe

I’ve done a decent amount of research on food.  I’ve done this voluntarily and mandatorily (another new word…I often make these).  In my distant path, I was hospitalized with an eating disorder and went thru many, many lectures, therapy sessions, and doctor visits about nutrition (which has nothing to do with the core of an eating disorder).  In my more recent past, I have intentionally researched food, focusing more on the ingredients.  I’m NOT a yoga-going, green juice drinking, vegan, keto, macro-nutrient, sweatband wearing health nut…although my gym offers yoga that I have attended and my recipe today IS a green juice, but I promise I am just your average woman trying to avoid the peanut butter cups and second helping of carbs.  I’m even overweight at this point in my life.  I have fibromyalgia.  I’ve done the yoga classes at my gym because my Dr. told me the best way to manage fibro pain is to keep moving (the pill they prescribed had awful side effects), and the yoga literally just feels so good with the stretching and muscle usage involved. The exercise helps me feel mentally better, as well (of course!).

So here I am working on my temple.  We are instructed to do so.  I am in need of repair! My weight loss goal is 50 pounds.  (No worries, that puts me just 10 pounds under the infamous life insurance chart maximum for my age and height, 10 pounds less than my heaviest in high school and I’m still the same height…possibly shorter.)  Like a building needs constant maintenance and repair, so do we.  I thought I would bring you along as I undergo construction with hopes to inspire, encourage, and support someone else.  After all, those are the goals of my blog…with Jesus in the mix!

What have I done so far to begin my journey?

  • Renewed my gym membership.  It comes with those free yoga classes I mentioned that I intend to start again once school lets out for summer. (9 days with kids + 3 inservice days…y’all know I’m counting down.)
  • Installed Lifesum on my phone.  This is an app that I am LOVING!  I speak from experience when I say, from my heart, it is about the CALORIES.  Calories in and calories out.  I love how Lifesum helped me determine how many calories I need a day to lose weight and then helps me keep track of them. It is a seriously easy app to use.
  • Told you!  To put out there what you are doing is a motivating tool.  I totally invite you to comment about how you are workin’ on your temple and do this with me!

 

I am not joining any “program”, not drinking shakes, not taking pills.  I am counting calories and working out.  I am having 1250-1400 calories a day.  I’m drinking water.  I’m using will-power, and I’m praying for help with temptations.

About the green drink?  I have a hard time with vegetables.  They just don’t want to get on the fork sometimes. I know I need them.  I also know Daniel was like (paraphrasing) “Hey, give me and my men nothing but vegetables and water for ten days and then compare us to your men who ate the royal food”, and after ten days he and his men looked healthier and more nourished than those who ate the royal food.  Daniel 1:11-16  So I thought I would try a green drink primarily because I thought it would be a fast way to get them down.  To my surprise, it wasn’t bad at all!  The secret is to put fruit in in.  In my opinion, you don’t taste the green stuff and what you do taste is really just bland. Adding the fruit makes your drink sweet!  I will add my recipe and photos below, but first I want to reiterate how much I hope being open on this journey helps someone else.  I would love to hear from you!  Your feedback and involvement will totally be appreciated!

Spinach and Apple Juice

*I do not have “professional lighting” or camera…just keeping it real!

You will need:

  • Spinach Leaves- a handful
  • 1/2 an apple- a sweet variety (I used an Ambrosia Gold)
  • about 3/4 c water
  • blender (I’m using my Hamilton Beach mini blender.  It does the trick!)

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Dice up half of the apple and put in blender.  Be sure to take that little white sticker off the apple.  It doesn’t taste good.  Add a handful of spinach.  Fill the blender container with about 3/4 cup of water (more or less–depends on how thick or thin you want your drink).

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Blend.  Because I completely filled up my mini blender, I stopped and stirred to make sure everything got completely blended.

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I held my nose for the first gulp.  I thought if I just hold my nose and take big gulps it will be gone in no time.  After the first gulp I realized it tasted like apples.  I got a little leafy consistency but not a spinach taste…and spinach is a vegetable I like to eat but not drink…but I didn’t get that I was drinking spinach.  It definitely has texture to it but it just was not bad at all.  I plan to try it with pineapple next! I’m adding this to my tool belt for workin’ on the temple.  Stay tuned!

JP/Grace and Pink

 

Heart Bath

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“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 KJV
I believe everyone to have “some” evil in their heart. If we didn’t then we would be perfect…and we aren’t. The key word here is ABUNDANCE. If you are alone and you tripped over a rock going in to work this morning and you said a ‘certain’ word to the rock then that doesnt make me, I mean said person, abundantly evil.

However, if we are constantly gossiping, stirring peoples pots, lying, and so on…if it is our lifestyle to use our mouth to tear down, insult, lie, and if we were on television and nobody know a thing we are trying to say because of all the editing bleeps…. then maybe check our heart. If one or more of these is our idea of fun and gives us joy then our hearts may be ABUNDANTLY full of the wrong stuff. It might be time for a heart bath.  Maybe, for some of us, a little disinfecting and deodorizing, as well…and that’s ok! If we clean it out and make some room for Jesus, our lives will ABUNDANTLY improve. He guarantees it! ♥

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Epiphany

I have worked in the public school system for 13 years, and today I had an epiphany.  I have been quoting Jesus, nearly every day–sometimes multiple times a day, in my classroom to my precious kiddos more than I thought. ♥

John 18:21

Why are you asking me this question?  Ask those who heard me.  They know what I said.

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Appendix, Anyone?

I’ve often heard the phrase “Be the hands and feet of Jesus.”  It’s not a verse at all.  It’s not in the bible.  It likely stems from 1 Corinthians 12:27, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” (KJV)

The phrase gets me thinking, though.  Personally, it reminds me of Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (KJV)  I need to go out there and tell the people about Jesus.  How much He loves them.  How God sent his son to die for our sins.  Frankly, for me, it’s hard.  I am a 100% pure-bred bundle of introvertedness.  For that, I don’t feel like His hands and feet.  Often, I feel like His appendix or tonsils.  You don’t use those things.  You don’t need them.  They even cause problems and have to be removed more times than not.  I don’t feel like I’m serving a purpose for His kingdom.  I’m not following his instructions.  (Sigh…and sip of coffee)

It’s not in my character to start up a conversation with someone.  It’s awkward for me.  Like, “Hey, I notice you are buying a 12-pack.  Did you know Jesus loves you just the way your are…sober?”  Yeah, see.  It’s awkward for me.

I’ve thought hard about possible ways I can successfully live 1 Corinthians 12:27 and do Mark 16:15, being the personality that I am.  If you are an introvert, or an appendix, maybe you can run with some of these ideas, too:

  • Don’t deny Him.  When you are asked a direct question where you can glorify God, do it!
    • “JP, do you have that report ready?”
    • Yes, I prayed over it and feel it’s ready.  Here you go.  Have a blessed day.”

You didn’t have to start the conversation.  You were asked a question.  Arrange your answer so that God is intertwined in it.  Leave no doubt that He lives in you and make them want that!

  • Make good choices.  Well, that seems simple.  It’s actually not that easy.  We are purposefully tempted.  Satan knows our buttons to push.  Remember, you never know who is watching.  You can be a witness with your actions.
  • Wear Jesus.  In other words, be like a car.  I can tell a lot from the owner of a car based on their bumper stickers. Instead of ‘Baby on Board’ you got ‘Jesus on Board’. Christian t-shirts are out there and affordable.  (No talking required.  Yay.)
  • Use your spiritual gifts.  I’ve taken the spiritual gifts test many times (because, you know, I often feel like the appendix).  I always score high in service and encouraging others. These gifts are gifted to you once you are saved.  You are given them for a reason.  What better way to follow His instructions than with gifts he hand-picked just for you!

Those are just a few ideas to help out when we are feeling useless and without purpose.  You have a purpose!  I have a purpose! We have instructions to follow.  No appendectomy required.

Free Online Spiritual Gifts Test

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Wisdom is ‘She’

As I scroll thru Pinterest, which I love so much, and Instagram, I notice a pattern.  I notice a particular verse paraphrased on a lot of merchandise.

Most people know the verse.  “She is more precious than rubies; and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared to her.”  Proverbs 3:15 KJV  In this verse, “she” is wisdom. “She” is not the female human being.

Let’s back up just two verses and begin at Proverbs 3:12.  I will italicize exactly what the KJV italicizes…

13.”Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”  14.”For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain therof than find gold.”  15.”She is more precious than rubies: and all things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.”

There is another verse that DOES compare the female human being to rubies and it is found in Proverbs 9:10.  It reads, “Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?  She is more precious than rubies.”  Verse 11 goes one to read, “Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.” 

My hope is that people will understand that both a virtuous and capable wife and wisdom are compared to rubies.  I say this because I believe, with all the merchandise out there with this phrase, we forget how precious wisdom is.  It is rare.  It is valuable.

So, if you are to eye the plethora of merchandise out there targeted at women with the phrase ‘She is more precious than rubies’ with Proverbs 3:15 then you know that t-shirt, mug, wall hanging…isn’t about said female shopper.  It is about wisdom. 🙂

 

 

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Words

I can remember hearing this when I was little. All the kids were chanting it on the playground.  I’m sure you have heard it before.  It goes like this, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.”  LIE!

Our words can make a world of difference to someone.  They can lift someone up or break someone down.  I know I am guilty of saying things that I regret.  Unfortunately, we can’t take our words back.  Once they fall out of our mouth they are engraved in someone else’s reality forever.  I certainly wish I could take some back.

Our words are one of the best tools to boost someone’s self-esteem, encourage, motivate, praise, compliment, and show our love with.  On the flip side, our words can literally deflate someone’s esteem, discourage, insult, and transmit hatred.

I teach school.  Sometimes thoughts come to my mind.  Like, the time I tied a kid’s shoe and then asked what the wet stuff on the string was…or the times I spend a whole 5 minutes explaining what to do and then am asked, “What are we supposed to do?”  Ah, precious children.  During these times that certain thoughts or words come to my mind I am able to control them from falling out of my mouth.  However, I think sometimes we don’t think long enough about what words are about to fall out and how they would be taken by another person.  Maybe the thoughts aren’t four letter words and we just open up the mouth and think it’s all going to come out fine…and it doesn’t.

When I am asked a question, I am trying to remain quiet…just for a few seconds…until I can gather a kind reply.  If it is taking me too long to think of something kind I will go ahead and give a generic reply such as, “Hmm…let me think a minute.”, “Oh, thanks for asking.  Can I get back with you on that shortly?”, “I was just on my way to the bathroom and I’ll come see you when I’m done.”  The latter is the best one because your can take a little time or a long time, ya know.  The Bible tells us in Proverbs 17:27-28 “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. 28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”

I challenge you to join me in thinking twice before speaking.  Ask yourself, “Is this going to raise someone up or break someone down?”  Do they really need to know that my grandmother can cook better chili than what they brought to the work luncheon?  If you are like me, you’ve got to get things off your chest so perhaps we can try rephrasing the words.  Line them out in our head first.  Maybe saying, “Your chili is good.  It reminds me of the chili my grandmother used to make.”  Yeah, that’s less insulting and encourages your friend that they didn’t do bad.

A few more verses to reference regarding our words are:

Proverbs 12:18  “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

James 3: 1-12  “1Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Proverbs 15:4  “The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

Join me in my little challenge to give at least one compliment a day to a friend or a stranger!  I think we would all be better for it. Winner winner chicken dinner.

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