Lately I've been lacking in my devotionals. I know it happens to a lot of people. It is something that we tend to do living in a world filled with distractions. I look at these distractions as something getting in the way of my time with the Lord and I feel bad for making time for friends, school, crossfit and relax time etc.. but I truly don't believe that is the Lords intention- to make us feel bad for what we do. He just wants to be a part of each aspect of our lives. Once he is the center of each part of our lives then he becomes the focus of our lives which I believe is the true desire of the Christian heart.
So I began to think to myself, how can I get in the word more and incorporate God into my life more throughout the day. Last night as I was reading through Mark I chose to just read what was in red (the words of Jesus). I have been reading in Mark lately and also reading a couple books on Jesus- just studying him, his words, his character/personality etc. There is no greater person to study in the bible than him. Over the past year I have learned so much about him from doing this. My thoughts about the kind of person he was has greatly changed. I grew up with this image in my mind that Jesus walked around angry at the world throwing tables over (Mark 11) yelling at people telling them all they are sinners and they need to repent or they will spend eternity in hell. I think a lot of people probably think this about him and unfortunately that is the issue with religion these days.
I hear so many people say they don't go to church and are not Christians simply because Christians are hypocrites. I'm not going to sit here and say that they are wrong because of course Christians are hypocrites. I'll fully admit that I am but Isn't everyone? Just because you are a Christian doesn't mean you get to by pass being a human and being a sinner just like the rest of the world. Being a Christian doesn't make you better than anyone else it just simply means that you understand that you have been given grace and have received it. Your life is no longer just about you and what you want. Your life purpose is not fulfilled in relationships, jobs, school, status or any other type of identity. Your identity is solely for the purpose of Christ. Every day that goes by you are actively seeking the Lord for wisdom and guidance through prayer and through his word (the Bible) learning more about the God that he is and the person that he created you to be. So yes going back to church and hypocrites. Yes they are there and I'm there and I am one of them. I've judged people when I shouldn't. I've preached and not practiced. I've messed up a lot and I'll continue to.
As I've been studying the character of Christ it's really made me more sensitive to this subject because my desire is not to ever be hypocritical and turn people away from the most important decision of their lives. The more I study Christ the more I see that he had personality. Ya he did get angry but at the religious people who should know better. You can have all the knowledge of the Bible in the world but if you don't actively live through the words it is meaningless knowledge. Jesus often got angry at the Pharisees and with his disciples he got frustrated with many times. He would respond to their questions in smart alack ways. I'm a pretty sarcastic person and I tend to enjoy other people that are too. Its a character quality that many possess. The bible does say that God created us in his image.(Genesis 1) Humor and sarcasm is not something we created but that He did because I believe that is a quality he has. We love to laugh and joke with one another and the more I study Jesus the more I see that he did too.
The more I study Jesus the more I fall in love with him. The more I desire to know because the more I know him the more I know my own heart. Every day is a battle. Just when I feel like I finally have it all together I somehow trip and fall off of a cliff. As true as that is, the reality is that God is there no matter how much we have it together or don't. He is love.
It was an awesome read! If you are not familiar with who Rich Froning is, he is the two time CrossFit champion and named to be the fittest man on earth. He won the CrossFit Games the past two years (2011 & 2012). He is not only an amazing athlete but he is a christian and has decided to share about who he is and how CrossFit has impacted his life not only physically but spiritually. I think it's amazing how he wants to use this peak of his life to glory God in any way possible. It is a constant prayer of mine as well, which is why I respect him as an athlete. I truly enjoyed this read as it was easy to relate to a lot of the things he talked about both as a CrossFitter and as a christian. I highly recommend this book- especially to CrossFitters! You will get pumped to read what was going through his head during the games and what kept him moving. You'll also find encouragement in his words about his faith in Christ and how that has shaped him to become a better man and athlete.
I got the idea from PALEOMG but just made it my own. I get a lot of people who ask me where I get my recipes. I used to follow recipes exactly for what they were but these days I kind of just get ideas and create them myself. It is a fun thing to do - especially when your creations come out delicious!
Acorn Squash (You would only use 1/2)
2-3 slices of Bacon
-Cut your acorn squash in half, remove the seeds and add a bit of olive oil. Bake face down on a baking sheet for about 45-60 minutes at 375 degrees. (I did this the night before so in the morning it would just need to reheat)
-Cook your Bacon in a pan. Once it is cooked, add in the filling of the acorn squash and cook together.
- Stuff the Acorn squash bowl with the bacon/squash filling.
- Crack an egg over the top and add cheese if you would like. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the egg is cooked to your liking.
Very tasty!! It's a different kind of breakfast which is nice sometimes :)
I was craving fried chicken which doesn't happen often. I really do not crave fried food. Maybe fries but that is about it. I came across a paleo recipe for fried chicken using coconut flour and flakes. This is not the recipe I saw but I just winged it and did what I thought would work and be good using the ingredients in my pantry. It turned out awesome and the entire house smelt amazing!! Ingredients: Chicken Breast Coconut Flour Coconut Milk Coconut Flakes Coconut Oil Method: - Melt some coconut oil in a pan - Dip your chicken in a bowl of coconut milk (just enough to get it moist) - Then dip it in a bowl of coconut flour (again just enough to cover it) - Dip the coconut flower covered chicken once more in the coconut milk - Then dip the chicken in a bowl of coconut flakes for the crispy outer layer. - Fry on medium heat on your skillet
**These ingredients are not the cheapest so I tried to conserve. Don't be frugal. A small amount goes a long way**
I've tried a couple of different recipes this week. Lately I've been pretty basic with my food. I eat an omelet 1-2 times a day and I never get sick of it. I found this recipe online for paleo pancakes and it was so simple so I decided to give it a shot. The ingredients are so basic I can't believe how good these pancakes came out to be! I typically stay away from pancakes because they either 1) have almond meal and I do not do well with nuts or 2) have a ton of random ingredients that I don't normally have in my pantry when I get the craving for a pancake. Ingredients: (Makes 2 Pancakes) 1 Egg 1 Banana Salt Cinnamon Vanilla Method: - Mash banana with a fork - Add egg and blend in a bit of salt, cinnamon and vanilla - Fry in a pan with grass fed butter ** It cooks a bit differently than a normal pancake so just give it time before you flip it or it will turn into a mush pile*
I hit two more PR's today! I still was not able to PR on my strict press though. I'm not sure what it is about that lift but I never seem to PR on that.. I'm going to make more of an effort to practice that lift on my own so in a couple months I can actually pass up my personal record!
I was having a sweet tooth moment at work and instead of going for the candy jar I decided to use what I had in the freezer. I always have frozen bananas and strawberries for shakes. I took a half of a frozen banana and 3 frozen strawberries and stuck them in my magic bullet with a bit of water. I had to add more and more water to get the consistency right (very small amounts). It turned out awesome! I'm a girl who loves ice cream so this was a nice little treat and a healthy one! Plus it's under 100 calories.. :) Ingredients: 1/2 Frozen Banana 3 Frozen Strawberries Water (adding in small increments) Method: Stick it in a blender (I use a magic bullet) and pulse until it reaches an icy consistency.
*Don't add too much water or it will ruin it- best to go in small amounts at a time to be safe- I added a bit about 3-4 times before I got the right consistency**
I'm not a huge seafood fan but I know it is healthy and I have a feeling that if I just give it a shot I might like it. I tried Salmon the other night at blue sushi and I liked it so I decided to try cooking it at home. I got this recipe from a friend - it was so simple it was ridiculous..
3 Pounds of Salmon Fillets
2 Tablespoons of Grass-Fed Butter
1/8 Cup Capers
1 Lemon Sliced
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the salmon under cool water and pat dry. Poor melted butter over the fillets on the baking dish/pan. Sprinkle them with capers and place lemon slices on top. Salt and pepper the fillets and bake the salmon for 15 minutes per pound. Serve with fresh greens... :)
New Recipe I just whipped together the other night. So tasty and so easy!
(note: The ingredients are just estimates... just add or remove according to your liking)
Pack of organic chicken sausage
1 Green Pepper
1 Orange pepper
1 Can of Diced Tomatoes
2-3 Tablespoons of Pesto **KEY Ingredient**
1 Spaghetti Squash
1- Heat Oven at 350 degrees, cut your spaghetti squash in half and bake for an hour or so... Take a fork and pit out the spaghetti squash (remove seeds as you do this) if it needs a bit more time just stick it back in for another 15 min or so...
2- Cut up the sausage in chunks and heat over a skillet with olive oil. Cut up peppers and onions in strips and heat over olive oil and minced garlic in a separate pan. When the sausage has basically cooked through add the the cooked peppers and onions to that pan and also add a the can of diced tomatoes. Saute everything together and add spices. Cook on medium heat for a at least 20-30 minutes or until your spaghetti squash is ready. Add the pesto the last 3-5 minutes before serving. Serve over the cooked spaghetti squash. Wah lah! Easy Yumness...