Well, this post will be just what the title describes. It will feature soup, baking, and a few selfies for today’s Thinking out Loud with the amazing Amanda! First of all, I don’t hate selfies, but I do hate ‘self-obsessed’ selfies. What is the difference? Well, I don’t like ‘self-obsessed selfies’ because I have taken way too many of them, bringing me to the realization that I am a naturally selfish person. I like life to be about me, but the more I’ve grown in Christ, the more I’ve realized that even Christ, the Son of God, did not love Himself and His seat in heaven with His Father more than doing the will of His Father by coming down to earth to give His life, a ransom for many, that we might be saved, and that His Father might be glorified.
(Flattering? I think not. A girl created in the image of God. Yes! For that I am so grateful and undeserving!)
Philippians 2:5-11, ‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’
Thought #1 – That being said, I am NOT against selfies. Why?
(Who is the scraggly haired girl in the picture? Well it’s me. You know what? I was actually really happy and so full of joy when I took this picture, that I couldn’t help but just record a picture, reminding me of all the awesome ways in which I can praise the AWESOME GOD!)
I think a selfie can honestly reflect (if you don’t keep changing your face to get it ‘just right’ (like I do sometimes.) your emotions. It can reflect sadness, simple joys, simple pleasure, and simple thankfulness for all of God’s many gifts. Sometimes you just can’t say it in words, and a smile or tears speak more than 1000 words.
I pray that my selfies would be more and more a reflection, not of me, but of Christ in me, the hope of glory. I know I won’t be perfect in this. There will be days when I take 20 selfies just get the right one, only to realize later, just how silly that was.
For now, I just want to do a ‘one take’ of the selfie and share it with others in immense gratefulness for each moment and each awesome work that God is doing in my life.
Thought #2 – In other news for today’s Thinking out Loud, we made soup yesterday. Scratch that. My beautiful mama made soup. And it’s one of our favorite family recipes, so I thought I would share it here. You can make it 100% gluten and dairy free too which is pretty fantastic.
- 1 pound lean ground beef (or venison or antelope or chicken or turkey)
- 2 tbsp. italian seasoned gluten free crackers (Grind gluten free crackers in the blender and add Italian seasoning)
- 1 tbsp. parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c. chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1/2 c. thinly sliced carrots
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning (or a mix of rosemary, oregano, basil, and parsley)
- 3 cups beef or chicken broth
- 16 oz. diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1-2 cups uncooked rotini (gluten free or non gluten free)
- 2 small zucchinis
- 1. In a large bowl combine the beef, gluten free cracker crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and egg. Mix well.
- 2. Form into 3/4" balls.
- 3. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in 4-6 quart dutch oven or large cast iron pan over medium heat.
- 4. Cook meatballs, onion, and garlic until meatballs are browned.
- 5. Drain. Add carrots, Italian seasoning, beef broth (or chicken broth) , and pasta.
- 6. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat.
- 7. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
- 8. Add the zucchinis, sliced. Cook covered, 5 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
- 9. Make sure the past a is of desired doneness.
- 10. Garnish as desired. Serve with parmesan!
- This recipe can also be done in the crockpot! Just do all the instructions up to the zucchinis and pasta. Add the zucchini and pasta in about 30 minutes before serving. Keep the crockpot on low for 5-6 hours before serving!
Thought # 4 – Have you ever just looked around in our grocery stores and marveled at the abundance and variety of choices we have? I’m astounded by it when I just stop to think about it, and I realize that truly, ‘Every good gift comes from above.’ It makes me marvel at the words of Psalm 50:10-11, ‘For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.’ I can’t believe that we get to be the children of this amazing God and Creator who owns everything. So thankful. <3
Last BUT NOT LEAST THOUGHT # 5 – Last of all, if you made it to the end of this post, I am SOOOOO grateful for every single reader. I really hope I don’t sound cliche, but I really want to meet every one of you in person. I’m not the coolest person in the world, by any means, but it would be SO neat and such a blessing to put faces to all the names behind the many gals and guys who visit everyday. I don’t deserve you all, but I want you to know that I appreciate you!
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What are your thoughts on selfies?