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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JP/Grace and Pink

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.♥

JP/Grace and Pink

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