I’m learning more about loving life, and yes, I’m learning this at 22 years of age. For so long, I over-thought everything, but it’s so awesome to be free to just live, love, and walk this road that God has for me. That is what Jesus came to bring, and that truth has just been soaking into my heart, especially after yesterday. Romans 5:10 says, ‘For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.’
I’m alive! Romans 6:4 says, ‘Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.’
A new creature. The hope of Jesus Christ in me is like a fountain that can’t be stopped. It’s Christ in me, and I can’t describe His power. It’s not something I can put on or a show I can parade around for all to see. It’s not something I can say that I did, because it’s God’s mighty power. In John 4:14, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, describes this life. ‘But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.’
It’s so much deeper than I will ever understand.
I’m really overwhelmed by this truth. I’m not condemned by that ED or the way my body looks, because I’m a new creature in Christ.
Remember. The world doesn’t define you. Jesus is life, and His life can define us instead.
Somedays, I feel like a newborn in this life, and I think that’s ok. It’s God’s way of keeping me humble and pointing me back to Jesus as my only hope, the only way, the only truth, the only life, when life is hard, cloudy, uncertain, happy, joyful, or stupendous.
Through Jesus I can have life. It may be hard life sometimes and happy in other times. It may be difficult, but it is life not death.
John 6:35, ‘ And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.’
AND, we can show the eats from yesterday, because each one was noteworthy… according to me. 🙂 We had this HUGE party on Monday night, and I was basically consuming leftovers from that.
Let’s go backwards. I made these ‘Creamy Peanut Butter Cookies’ (gluten free) for my daddy, and of course for the rest of us. I had this package of cream cheese that I needed to use desperately, so I decided to get a bit creative. I’ll share the recipe at the end of the post if anybody’s interested in making them! 🙂
I even got really crazy and sprinkled chocolate pudding mix into the cookie dough. It still tasted good… I think I was making some of my family a bit nervous with my cooking shenanigans.
Then it was cookie dough ball rolling time. I tried to be really artsy and take a good photo with the natural light coming from our kitchen windows. I’m thankful God made natural light. I’m just not the greatest at knowing how to take advantage of it. This pictures is kind of um… ‘meh?’
And… the finished product. Every time I make a new baked goodie, it’s another reminder that God is sovereign over my baking, and I’m so thankful that He knows what it will turn out like, even though I don’t. (Hint: They actually tasted pretty good. Although they did remain in a little bit more of the ‘ball shape’ than flattening out into cookies.)
Breakfast: It was my lame attempt at drizzle, but it tasted so good. When you put a Square Bar + Wild Friends Peanut Butter on your yogurt, it’s hard to go wrong. You should SERIOUSLY check out the other #bgbinstachallenge gals, because they know how to do this food photography game. If you want to follow me along on the attempts, you can join the Insta-fun here.
Lunch: There is this very notable cabbage salad mix that I have spoken of before here, and it is so tasty with the rest of the breakfast omelet on it for lunch.
4:00 PM Afternoon Snack: Hehe… I eat snacks kind of late, but there is no rule about when to eat snacks. God made us all with different hunger signals, and so I was a bit hungry before my run with the husky in the rain. (That was fun.) This was a large ‘spotted’ banana with ‘Keep Smunchy’ Peanut Butter from BHappy. If you haven’t tried out their peanut butter, it has some serious crunchy/salty factor to it.
Dinner prep included these sweet potato fries. They are kind of like dessert, although I did have more dessert afterwards. 🙂 I have to share a shoutout for my younger sister. She showed me the grace and peace of Christ through forgiving me for a rather stupid mistake I made before dinner. She had a project going in the oven that needed a cold oven. Well… I turned on the oven, and I didn’t check in it beforehand. She readily forgave me, and I am so thankful that God preserved her project. It turned out looking really beautiful.
Dinner: When you have rice, frozen veggies, chicken, eggs, and soy sauce, you make FRIED rice! Fried rice is one of my favorite childhood, easy meals. It’s so yummy and simple, and everyone in my family likes it too.
Dessert isn’t pictured, but I had one of the peanut butter cookies with some icecream, chocolate syrup, and the last of a Wild Friends Chocolate Almond Butter packet. I still have a goal of trying more Wild Friends before the year is done, Lord willing!
Then…. I didn’t take a picture of it, because we were watching the Hobbit, but it was a noteworthy night. We ate popcorn, and we talked, chatted, and just enjoyed each other’s company. My family is such a blessing from God. I’m so thankful that they are always pointing me back to Jesus and loving me with His love.
Here is that recipe I promised too, and PLEASE (if you remember) tag me if you make it on Instagram. 🙂
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. sugar (any kind)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 cups GF All purpose flour blend or regular all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2-3 tbsp. chocolate pudding mix (optional)
- 1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Soften cream cheese in microwave for 30 seconds. Whip in peanut butter, eggs, vanilla, and sugar. Add flour, baking powder, and pudding mix. Mix well. Sprinkle in desired amount of CHOCOLATE! Bake for 8 minutes if you like doughy cookies or 10 minutes if you like crispy. Eat with icecream. That part is required.
What are you eating this week?
What are you learning about life? What are you loving? What is hard for you right now?
What are some of your favorite ways to spend a weekday evening? (Last night, I spent the night with my family watching the Hobbit and eating popcorn. It was wonderful.)