REMINDER: Have you entered the ‘Bliss Nut Butter Giveaway‘ from Monday? It ends on Saturday!
My friends … You all know that I love nut butter. That’s why I picked this link-up to share with all the foodie friends ANOTHER couple nut butters. 🙂 Thank you Arman, Laura, and Jenn for this awesome foodie party every week.
These posts have probably already proved that:
But, since I last reviewed those, I’ve been so blessed to discover two other ones. One includes ‘marshmallows’ which went into one of the most ‘kid themed sandwiches’ ever! The other one is the absolute BEST almond butter I have ever tasted. It actually kind of is better than Justin’s Vanilla almond butter in my opinion, but that’s only my opinion, so take that with a grain of salt. 🙂
This one is called ‘Georgia Grinder’s Almond Butter.’ That is how we will begin this weekly ‘WIAW’ re-cap. 🙂
Breakfast: Yesterday’s breakfast was one of my very favorite combos that comes together in about 5 minutes. 🙂 I’m thanking the Lord for simple meals that keep us fueled especially because this week has been really crazy already, but I need to stay fueled in order to work efficiently and joyfully!
The texture and taste of this almond butter is 10/10. It has some crunch. It has a smoothness to it too. It’s slow roasted, and the flavors are so bold and distinct in it. It seems like a jar of almond butter that you or I could make in our food processor, and the homemade ‘element’ made me fall in love with it so much more.
I actually liked this almond butter better than Justin’s, Once Again, or Maranatha Almond butter, because it was both smooth and crunchy; two features which I loved.
Stay tuned for a giveaway next month of these AMAZING nut butters!
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” Psalms 42:5
Lunch: It was so random, that it’s almost pitiful, but I’m going to share it anyways. I enjoyed this cute little bar from my Love With Foods box that I reviewed yesterday. It’s so wonderful to be able to chip away at the snacks during a long week. 🙂
Galatians 6:9, ‘And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.’
This verse is one of the verses for this week, because my soul and body and mind is weary, but the Lord is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Lunch Part II: Let’s talk about Erin and her nut butter creation skillzzz… This girl is certainly so gifted, and this bread was topped withe her Maple Cashew butter. 🙂
The Lord is gracious. It’s amazing how even this little picture of a piece of bread with butter reminds me how gracious the Lord is to my soul.
1 Peter 2:1-3, ‘Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Dinner: Today I was just not as hungry, and I freely admit that I was stressed, grumpy, and I was not waging the spiritual warfare well at all. We’ll talk about that at the end, because we have to keep everything real and open here, even if it’s ugly.
This was ‘Salmon Macaroni and Cheese.’ I had a filet of wild caught salmon and made some gluten free mac n’ cheese, and of course we had lots of bbq sauce on top. I even put hummus on mine. 🙂
After dinner, miss ‘grumpy pants’ (AKA: Me) went downstairs to just meditate on what God is teaching me and how He’s been humbling me over the past few days. So much pride has been hard to swallow, that I realized I’m almost choking on it. Pride truly does come before the fall.
James 4:6, ‘But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.’
It’s amazing, because as He resists my pride, He is also giving me more grace as I feel crushed under the weight of His loving chastisement. Truly His grace is as abundant as His loving discipline.
Dessert: I will always love a simple scoop of Breyer’s vanilla ice cream. There is just something about it that is so simple and delicious. 🙂 Of course, I snagged one of Ellie’s frozen bars (that I made last month) and topped it with fudge sauce. 🙂
I’m so thankful for rest tonight and time to reflect on all the things I learned, but the biggest thing was?
Spiritual Warfare is real. It’s a fight. It’s a fight that isn’t with man made weapons.
James 4:7, ‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’
1 Peter 5:8-9 ,’Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.’
1) The devil does not like Christians. He doesn’t, because he is Christ’s enemy. He tempted our Lord Jesus Christ in the wilderness, and if I bear the name of Christ he attacks.
2) I can’t have victory against the devil by myself. There is a way of victory.
Ephesians 6:10-12, ‘Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.’
Through Christ, we do have the power to overcome the attacks of the devil. The devil’s attacks often manifest themselves in:
and I feel powerless if I try to resist them. I FAIL.
But Christ Jesus didn’t fail.
How does the Christian fight?
a. Put on the WHOLE armor of God with prayer. – Ephesians 6 is a powerful reminder that the Word of God does equip us with the weapons we need for the spiritual warfare, but we have to use them.
This armor isn’t man-made armor. It’s God’s armor. I have to remember that, because when I start to think, ‘I can do this,’ is when the devil tries to deceive me into focusing ALL on myself instead of focusing on Jesus.
b. Gird up the loins with TRUTH. What truth? –That truth is not my feelings. It’s not my circumstances, because circumstances can lie about the future hope of Christ and cause me to look at the waves and the winds.
That truth is God’s truth. – It’s the anchor that holds the soul especially when the devil tries to tempt one to believe his lies.
Colossians 3:16 really sums up what I have not been doing enough, ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.’
I’ve been rushing around like a crazy person, thinking that my soul can survive on one or even two sermons of listening to Scripture in a day, and I can’t. I need to be in the Word more, because it feeds the hunger in my soul and spirit and draws me closer to God and farther away from the lies in my head and my heart.
I could go on, but I can stand and fight. Though my flesh and my heart often fail, the Lord is the strength of my heart in this fight. Christian brother or sister, you can stand in the Lord and the power of His might. The battle is real, and the victory is REAL!
There is so much hurt and defeat in the world around us, and I HOPE that even if you aren’t a Christian, that I can share this hope and victory with you, that you might know the precious love of God for the broken and the hurting, those who are attacked cruelly by the devil.
<3 This week, I’m praying, by God’s sufficient almighty grace, that I can continue on to fight, despite my weariness.
This weariness has included:
So many tears. (I feel like the Psalmist when he says that he wet his bed with tears.)
So much fighting in my head. (The peace that passes all understanding has not been ruling, because I have not turned to the Lord like I should)
So much grumpiness and meanness towards others.
Tonight I’m crying out to the Lord, and I want to cry out to the Lord more. I’ve been depending too much on myself, and the Lord God is humbling me. I’m so thankful for it, although it’s super painful, because it’s all for my good and for His glory.
Psalm 121: 1-3, ‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.’
Keep fighting. Fight for life. Fight for hope and joy. Jesus is hope and joy and LIFE!
Last but not least at all, I will probably have some sort of large mug of cereal as a midnight snack tonight, so that’s that. 😉
I thought it would be fun to share one little recipe to end today’s WIAW post called the:
‘Scrape the Peanut Butter Jar Overnight Oats.’
- 3/4 cup soymilk (or any other milk)
- 1/3 cup oats
- Rest of Nut Butter Nation Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter (About 3 tbsp or so in this case)
- 1 Ello Raw Cinnamon Sugar Donut Bite
- Mix them ALL together in your nut butter jar. Let sit overnight and enjoy and savor in the morning... The Lord's goodness is ABUNDANT!
Do you ever feel like life is a battle? What are some truths that you repeat to yourself when you are struggling?
What is your absolute favorite almond butter? Have you ever tried Georgia Grinders?
Do you ever like scraping the peanut butter out of the jar by eating it with oats?
What have you been eating this week?