Living and Active

I read the NIV Bible and I’ve never had a problem with that version. But I do love to see the way the same verse is displayed differently from version to version. Some seem really different, some you can hardly notice a change. 

Today I’m referring to Psalm 46:10. A verse most people would say, “yeah, I’ve heard that all my life.” “I have that hanging on my wall at home”… but a friend reminded me recently that even when it seems we have heard verses more times than we can count, God makes them fresh every time, perfectly conveying what He needs you to see that day. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

NIV: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

NASB: “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Here is what stuck out to me like a sore thumb: Cease Striving.

CEASE

[sees]  ceased, ceas·ing, noun

1. to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.
2. to come to an end: At last the war has ceased.
3. Obsolete . to pass away; die out.
4. to put a stop or end to; discontinue: He begged them to cease their quarreling

STRIVE 

[strahyv] striv·en, striv·ing.

1. to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood.
2. to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.
3. to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.
4. to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.
5. to rival; vie.
 
Stop making strenuous efforts towards goals that are not for Me. This was the message I was supposed to see today as I read this verse for the trillionth time (okay- that was an exaggeration!) 
Usually when I think of this verse I take it to mean I should sit still, without words, trying to chase away any thoughts that enter and wait for God. And I have attempted to do this many times. I still see that we should wait at the feet of Jesus being quiet, giving no input, just listening sometimes. But WOW! for Him to blatantly put before me “Stop making strenuous efforts towards goals that are not of Me or for Me.” 
 
What a message for my heart this morning. I pray it is good for yours too. 
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“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

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“gimme some lovin”

I stumbled upon the cutest little corner of the world wide web tonight, check it out here! I fell in love with her title “Gimme Some Oven”!

I recreated her No Bake Energy Balls for a before dinner, during cooking, and after dinner snack 😉

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I adapted her recipe just slightly & the result is simply DIVINE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup biscoff spread
  • 1/2 cup crumbled honey nut cheerios
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon

Stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour {the longer the better}. Once chilled, with cheeks stuffed full, roll into balls. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week!

But trust me they won’t last that long!

Mine were not this pretty~ but just as delicious!

Mine were not this pretty~ but just as delicious!

My Veggie Tales

Until lately, I haven’t been entirely into true cooking, although I love a good baking session! I’m going to assume its because I enjoy consuming the baked goods 😉 whoops!

But all of a sudden I have made a natural (read: without the usual “you must do it” mentality) shift & I’m kind of loving it!

Vegetables have all the sudden become a daily part of my diet! Just in the last two weeks I have had green beans, corn, zucchini, squash, pickles, cucumbers, banana peppers, bell peppers, broccoli, avocado, onions, tomatoes, and today’s shining star… CARROTS!

While I was at the grocery this past weekend and choosing vegetables for the week I mostly chose carrots because they were on sale! So now that its Thursday and I hadn’t even touched them I decided to pull them out! Not knowing what to do with them, I quickly hit up pinterest & found:

via pinterest

via pinterest

I just went with it…

1) Cut my carrots

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2) Set the oven to 350 and let it preheat while I laid them in aluminum foil atop a cookie shoot

3) drizzled with olive oil, salt, and added garlic salt too!

20130207-181555.jpg4) popped them in the oven and let them cook the entire time we worked on everything else! I kind of just played the time by ear~ left them in a lot longer than 12 minutes!

Plated they ended up looking  like this:

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The Results: I LOVED them! I didn’t have high expectations because I have never felt like carrots are very flavorful… but these were WOW! They ended up having a very sweet taste profile which I did not expect! I’m already looking forward to making them again!

Mitchell on the other hand says, “I can’t tell if they are carrots or sweet potatoes!”  (Thats as good as a 5 star rating for this sweet potato loving girl!)

We both feel so much better since starting to cook & eat a lot more vegetables! It hasn’t been hard at all to learn fun, delicious ways to cook them!

Enough reason for me to keep this up!

Try cooking these one night this week or just incorporating more of any veggie you enjoy then let me know what you think and how you feel!

The Ways He Works

I’m sorry, I’m sorry! That September “I’m back!” message was a total teaser! I am truly back now (for today at least 😉 & here with a new look!! I hope ya’ll like it! I am still getting used to it, but enjoying the simplicity and looking forward to adding some fun flair!

All day today I’ve been thinking on blogging again. When I was blogging a lot (like November 2011-January 2012 ish) I totally enjoyed it. It was like a way of journaling, but a lot cooler. It helped me learn more about myself, improve my writing skills, and just work through things- there is a worlds difference between crazy swirls of info in your head, fingers to a QWERTY keyboard, and black letters on a white page (ergh- screen.)!

So after a few hours of contemplation what to write, when to write, what should my title be (I knew I wanted something new & improved!!)… I gave up. Simply, quit thinking about it.

I went about my not so usual nightly routine while at home for the weekend…

1. retrieving this crazy girl from my parents bed and bringing her to mine —>

Marley Jane

Marley Jane

Gotta stock up on the snuggles for when I am back in Starkville for more school….

2. Read the roll of 17 blogs I read daily. (Yes, good habit because I learn a lot. Bad habit because I spend WAY too much time staring at this MacBook.)

3. Texting this dude. Mitchell and I before the soon to be Schlesinger's engagement party!You’ll be seeing lots more of him as he is the boyfriend, best friend, and an up and coming (extremely quickly) photographer in Memphis. I plan to put his talents to good use for your enjoyment!! aka: gourmet food photography

The blogging came back in my mind when I received a text from him discussing turmoil around the world. He is at a friend’s house and they had been discussing details.

Here’s where my little faith comes in…

I try to avoid talk of “the end” at all cost. I believe it is coming and for that I am excited- Heaven with my Heavenly Father- oh yes! But I am selfish, and easily scared. The unknown gives me an eerie feeling.

I was pretty anxious just thinking about it and praying God would calm me. For I know “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in Heaven, or the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36).  I kinda laughed at my little prayer and the way I let myself get worked up. I imagined God shaking his head saying “Oh you of little faith.”

I left that at that and moved on… closer to bed… what is that any way? 3 more blog posts read? 7? 2 new blog discoveries? I am a blog-reading-crazy-lady.

Still feeling anxious, I reached for my Bible. Now don’t get me wrong… that sounds pretty perfect “I felt anxious and immediately reached for my Bible..” No. Not usually me (although it should be!). I usually reach for pop tarts. or Lays potato chips. But this time, luckily, the good book made it into my hands.

I turned to Matthew 8. I am reading through Matthew, a recommendation by this lovely lady, to learn about Christ’s life on Earth. Night before last, I had stopped mid way through the chapter at Matthew 8:10 so I started there.

Shortly after I began, Matthew 26 & 27 jumped out at me.. ” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!

I think I can let that speak for itself as I finally hit the hay.. comforted in the fact that the very man who rebuked the winds and the waves saved me, a young girl of sometimes very little faith.