The beginning of the journey

I’ve asked myself what started this process for me. What drove me to start digging in deeper to what God desires from us? I know that I have been prompted by the Holy Spirit, because He is always the One who nudges me to do anything that is right and good. I am an analyzer though. Constantly going over and over things in my head. And I have come to the conclusion that there were two distinct occasions that I can say led me to this point. (although I can’t recall the exact order they happened in)

I was doing an in depth study of the book of Proverbs and ran across this verse:

“For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

Proverbs 1:32-33

The word complacency gave me pause. Where was I being complacent? Where would God have me be more in tune with Him and less under control of the status quo? This line of thinking led me to meditate more on this verse:

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

Mark 7:8

I was starting to feel very convicted, as I inspected my life, that most of what I believed and adhered to were things I had been taught along the way. Learning from others is not a bad thing. I know iron sharpens iron and God gives us other believers to help us out. As I observed my life though, I could see how so much of it was man made and I realized I needed to get back to what God intended. I just had to figure out what that was….

The other point that strongly stands out to me, was a sermon at my church one Sunday. I’m not even quite sure what the sermon was about. I just remember one very significant part. The person preaching quoted this passage:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

Matthew 7:21-23

And he pointed out something that had never occurred to me until that point. Those people saying “Lord, Lord” are not unbelievers. They are people who thought they knew Him. They thought they were working for Him. They were “Christians” who spent their lives (at least outwardly) serving God. Prophesying, casting out demons, doing mighty works IN HIS NAME. And yet God says to them “I never knew you.”

Wow.

These two points have led me to really start investigating for myself, with the guidance of the Spirit, what the Lord says in His Word to us about how we should walk in His ways.

I don’t want to be complacent.

I don’t want to blindly follow what man has decided God means when He says this or that.

I don’t want to cling to the doctrines of men.

I don’t want to waste my life doing what I WANT to do for God, but what HE MADE me to do for Him.

I don’t want to hear “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”

I want to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:23)

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Budget friendly AND kid friendly THM meal ideas

IMG_1280Breakfast

Oatmeal~ add cinnamon and stevia, berries or other fruit. crossover idea for kids: swirl in some peanut butter. (you can also make the overnight kind… several variations are found on Briana Thomas’ site.)

Cereal~ I stockpile cereal with coupons when it is on sale to get a great deal. When the kids get cereal, I eat PB&J breakfast crumble or a muffin  in  a mug (page 256) or some other variation I find on pinterest.

Eggs~ the possibilities are almost endless. my kids prefer to stick to hard boiled and plain old scrambled on toast. I really like the cheesy eggs in the book (page 219). I usually make bacon at least once a week with our eggs too.

Pancakes~ I love the pancakes in the book (page 223) and so do my kids! we have frozen berries on top.

Lunch

Grilled cheese and tomato soup~ the kids have it the old fashioned way. I make mine with bread in mug (page 265) and cheddar and i make the “just like campbell’s soup” (page 292)

Tuna melts (tuna on toasted bread. topped with cheese and broiled) for the kids; tuna in a low carb wrap with veggies for me.

My kids love PB&J. On the days they have it, I will have crispy salmon (page 283) on a green salad with EVOO.

Leftovers are used for lunch a couple of times a week in our house.

Dinner

Tacos or fajitas (I make mine into a salad) ~ rice for the family

Brinner (breakfast for dinner)~ bacon or sausage, quiche or scrambled eggs, berries, hash browns or pancakes for the family

Spaghetti and salad (using dreamfields pasta for mine)

Fried fish (page 344) and buttered broccoli; mashed potatoes for the family

Baked tilapia (I put spinach or kale in a 9×13 baking dish. top with tilapia fillets. season as desired and bake at 375 until flaky), quinoa or brown rice and salad

Turkey burgers (on buns for the family, on lettuce for me) and sauteed green beans (page 357)

Snacks

Fruit and veggies are regular snacks in our house.

Nuts

Popcorn (with butter for the kids)

chocolate cupcakes

peanut butter cups

Linked up at Menu Plan Monday

Drawing closer to my Savior

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There is a beauty that comes with early morning time spent with the Lord. As the sun is creeping over the rooftops and the birds are just starting to sing.

It was easier to get out of bed this morning than I thought it would be. I didn’t plan anything last night as far as what I was going to do for my quiet time. I started out in prayer, thanking Him for the energy to start my day earlier than usual and the blessing of even waking up at all! I had a special petition this morning to pray for someone at my church who was going to have her baby today after a very difficult pregnancy.

That’s about all I got in before the little guy came thumping down the stairs. I may need to push my wake up time a little earlier to get some more quiet moments in.

Once he was up, I grabbed my Bible and decided to start reading Matthew. I feel particularly led to study the gospels at this time. I am very Old Testament rooted. I tend to lean more toward Truth than Love. I can come across as legalistic to some people. So I feel like God wants me to meditate more on the free gift of His Son during this time.

“….He will save His people from their sins.”  This was what stood out the most to me in today’s reading. We know that Jesus was chosen before the creation of the world to be our Redeemer, but when I read that I am also reminded that God has a plan for all of us. A plan He knew before even one of our days came to pass. It blows my mind.

So today was a success for my “Spiritual” goals. I plan to keep reading through Matthew and sharing what is being laid on my heart from that.

What about you? Did you spend time in the Word today? Do you have any particular prayer requests? Comment below.