It’s Only Appropriate.

Each day, as soon as I get to work, I open up my inbox, and there sits my Daily Devotional, just waiting to be read.  Friday morning was no different, but I found it to be a sweet little “coincidence” February 7th, the 2nd year anniversary of Jarid and my engagement, the title was, “Five Scriptures to Pray Over Your Marriageby none other than one of my favorite ladies, Lysa TerKeurst.

kissesShe starts out with a verse from Luke:

Can a blind man guide a blind man?’ Wouldn’t they both end up in the ditch?”
-Luke 6:39

Lysa goes on to say that she was trying to write a note for a friend who was soon getting married… she realized that nothing she could write would be able to explain that although marriage is blissful, it can also be disappointing.  The point isn’t that we should accept disappointment from our spouse, it’s that was should expect it.  The fact is, we as humans ARE imperfect. We’re GOING to disappoint each other.  We NEED Jesus leading us, guiding us, teaching us, and redirecting us and showing us how to have a marriage that honors Him and each other… otherwise, it’s no different than a blind man leading another blind man.  After reading this devotional, I’ve made another commitment… sure, I pray about things in our marriage, but I was never dedicated to it the way I am feeling called to be now. Talking about things, thinking about things and working on things … these are not at all the same as praying for them.

“Determine to pray more words over your marriage than you speak about your marriage.”

Here are some Scriptures I’m praying:

“Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”
(Colossians 4:6, MSG)

“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture”
(Romans 8:31, MSG).

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”
(Ephesians 6:12, NIV).

“So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.”
(Hebrews 10:23, MSG).

“Let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
(James 1:19-20)

Who wants to join me in the focus on praying for your marriage?

In other news, my eats have been pretty delicious lately, and after posting them on Facebook, got tons of questions for recipes!

mealsAsk and you shall receive 😉

Let’s start with the Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers (top).  You could make this recipe for any number of people, but since its just the two of us, I only needed:

-1 green pepper, halved and seeds removed

-6-8 oz. lean roast beef deli meat (I used this kind)

– 1/2 sm.-med. onion

-2 tsp. olive oil

-canola oil spray for the pan

-2 tsp. minced garlic

-optional: 1 tbsp. ICBINB Light

-salt & pepper to taste

-shredded part skim mozzarella & cheddar (or provolone if you have it) – I didn’t measure this, I just sprinkled a little bit inside and ontop.

Directions:  Sautee the garlic and onion together on the stovetop in olive oil, ICBINB, salt & pepper. Sauté until onions are nice and caramelized (I would’ve added mushrooms, but Jarid hates them!). Preheat the oven to 400º.  Slice up the Roast Beef and toss into the pan with the onion mixture and cook for about 5-7 minutes.  Place the halves of the green peppers on a non-stick baking sheet and sprinkle the insides with cheese (don’t over do it, you’ll need space for the meat/onion mixture!).  Fill the pepper with the meat mixture from the stove top and sprinkle the top with another layer of cheese.  Roast in the oven for about 15-18 minutes until cheese is melted and the pepper is tender.

The Hawaiian Pizza recipe will have to wait for the next post, because I’m bursting with excitement that I’ve finally found another outlet for my creative side…

Can.not.get.enough.fashion.

The best part is, it’s completely budgeted and I barely spend anything putting these outfits together… In fact, I’d love to have my own TV show, where I show people how to be thrifty and trendy at the same time (not that I’m a professional, I just think it’s fun!)  How am I saving so much money?  Two things:

1. Ebates.com – I am not kidding when I tell you that I will be receiving a $60 check on February 15th just for shopping online through Ebates.  Ebates hasn’t only helped me as far as my wardrobe, but also with buying groceries in bulk online from places like Amazon.com.  Each store has a different amount of cash back you’ll receive for your transaction and signing up is completely free.  The service itself is completely FREE.  In fact, THEY give YOU a $10 gift card to a store of your choosing (mine was Target) just for creating an account.  No strings attached.  Seriously, DO IT.  You’ll thank me.  Sometimes, Jarid & I actually find something in store, and buy it on our phone while we are in the store so that we get the credit through Ebates… especially with large purchases (things like home repair, redecorating, appliances, etc.)

2. Threadflip.  Again, Threadflip offers $5 just for signing up!  And it’s free!  They’ve got everything from higher end clothing pieces, to trendy disposable pieces and everything in between.  Sign up and start shopping!  You can also SELL your clothing on this site, much like Ebay, but without the fees! If you’d rather “cash out” and put money earned in the bank rather than spending it to replace items you’ve sold from your closet, you can do that too!  A $1 balance is the minimum to cash out 🙂

As far as eats, my palate has been thrilled lately.

I made Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip (recipe coming soon!) for a friends’ Superbowl Party that we were invited to and served it with gluten-free white corn chips (along with celery & carrots); I made a Quinoa Salad (recipe coming soon) variation for Grandma Hess’s 86th birthday party (which I got a few compliments on although I thought it could use more salt ;)); I gathered up some snow from outside and used some sugar-free strawberry syrup to make a slushy one night;  I packed a meal to eat on the way to my sister’s basketball game (salmon, roasted broccoli, and roasted butternut squash); I snacked on garlic brown rice & quinoa with avocado, pre-workout; and I made some delicious GF pancakes and covered them with blackberry sugar-free jam (some fresh juice on the side ;))

Well, that’s it for now!  Check back soon for a Hawaiian Pizza recipe!

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