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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Faith + FREE ‘faith’ Wallpapers!

Today, I saw some things that would be hard for me to believe had I not seen them for myself.  For example, when I got home from work, I saw a chihuahua in my yard wearing a coat.  I don’t have a chihuahua, and, thanks to Taco Bell,  I always envisioned them in sombreros.  I also came upon a herd of pilot trucks and police escorts surrounding a rocket ship on the highway.  The last time I looked, rocket ships were in the sky not northbound on the highway.

With that being said, these things had me looking twice with my own eyes for my mind to fully accept them.  These were actual things in front of my face, so to speak.  Yet, the Bible wants me to believe in things far more adventurous than my encounters today, things I have never seen before, wholeheartedly and without doubt.

This is done with a tool we call faith.  2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” Not everyone has the same amount of faith.  Not all grocery sacks can handle a gallon of milk without ripping…and some can hold the milk plus more.  So, how strong our faith is depends on how much we nurture it.  Romans 10:17 tells us how to grow in faith, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”  Reading God’s word and talking to Him daily will strengthen our faith.

The strong-faithed believe what God’s word says, without seeing and without doubt. We are instructed to! Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”  If you are running low on faith and your heart is heavy with what-ifs, worry, and concern (if the bag is ripping and the milk is about to hit the parking lot) I encourage you to continue to read God’s word and pray about it.  Strengthen your faith and put your trust in Him.  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

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FREE Printables to Help You Smash Your Goals!

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Fear Examined

This confused me for the longest…fear the Lord. Why do I fear God who has my back and sent his son to die for ME. I love God, yet the Bible tells me to fear Him. So, ya know, I did the research.
How confusing it can be. Peter tells us to fear God yet King David is over here in Psalms telling us perfect love expels fear. The Lord tells us in Isaiah 41:10 to fear not and then Proverbs 3:7 tells us to fear the Lord.   Thanks guys!
So what it comes down to is the definition of fear. This is not the fear of torture or spiders. This fear means utmost respect, be mindful you will be judged, and to be in awe of God. It is a positive reference.
The wicked do not fear God. Therefore, are not mindful of his judgement. Deuteronomy tells us the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
I think about it like how a kid LOVES his teacher and knows the school rules but he has been dreaming of what it would be like squirting out all the soap in the bathroom and make a glistening green puddle of slime. He knows it is wrong and fears the consequence (he is mindful, respectful of teacher and her rules). He has the fear of the teacher even though he adores her. This goes back to Deuteronomy. If he makes that puddle does it make him wicked? No way. It means he sinned (he knew it was wrong and he did it anyway) and we all sin and we are not all wicked. The difference is that in his little heart he fears being caught…but he still loves his teacher. I couldn’t help but throw in a school related analogy!
Last thing…the benefits of fearing God come in this life but the greatest benefits will be experienced in the eternal life. See 1Tim.4:8 & Psalm 16:11.
So, fearing God=respecting God and his word, understanding you will be judged for your choices. ♡

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Whatever…

Colossians 3:23 tells us, “Whatever you do, do it as though you are working for the Lord and not for human masters…” I catch myself thinking this verse just means to do my “paying” job to the best of my ability.  I shouldn’t just go to that place that I set my alarm clock for and give it 100% and then come home and be mediocre.  In other words, I shouldn’t be like Ruth 8 to 5 and Jezebel evenings and weekends.

In reality, it says WHATEVER you do. It’s everything…your employment, homemaking, parenting, volunteering and yes, laundry! It’s at church and at the tattoo shop (yes, I go there).  It’s if you are shopping and first in line at Wal-Mart or behind a family with six kids that only shops once a month…and brought the kids with them.  It’s if you are watching a sporting event and your team is winning or if your team seems to have forgotten how to play the game.  It’s if you are giving a multi-million dollar presentation for your company or you are that neat person that stands in the bathrooms and hands out towels.  It’s if you are at the laundry mat or someone just treated you like a door mat.  It’s whatever you are doing!  I know I need this reminder!

Thankfully, God’s not eating my cooking, but He does know my heart is trying. ♥

JP/Grace and Pink

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