Let's Pay It Forward

21 January 2013

Hey Lovelies!

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. (Hebrews 10:24 NLT)
I am not sure if I mentioned it before, but I am a huge movie buff. I love all genres of movies except horror. Right now I am in a Bollywood movie craze and I've been in that for more than a year. I am in so deep I do not think I can be saved, LOL. Surely my obsession with film is another post in itself. Anyhow I follow a blog called ImAlwaysAshley and a few weeks ago she, Ashley mentioned the 2013 Creative Pay It Forward Movement. Instantly because of my love of movies I thought of the Pay It Forward movie from 2000 that starred Helen Hunt, Kevin Spacey, and Haley Joel Osment that was originally based on a novel. Her blog sparked my good memories of this movie and I was inspired to jump on the bandwagon.

Pay It Forward:
The concept of pay it forward is doing good deeds to repay the good deed that someone else has done for you. In example if someone holds the door open for you at the supermarket, you are not going to run around the store and wait for them to leave so you can hold the door back open for them. Instead in Paying it Forward you would extend the debt of that kindness to someone else, like buying a coffee for an unsuspecting person behind you at Starbucks.

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So basically if each one of us does a random act of kindness this year to five people we can get this thing going. Before you know it we will have reached 5 then 25 then 125 and so on.

Get Involved:
I want to extend this offer to five of my readers, Instagram or Twitter Followers, and even my Facebook friends. Just respond to this post by leaving your email, twitter handle, or whatever makes you comfortable -and during this year I will send you a gift. It may be hand crafted goodies, jewelry, reading Material, etc. There is one Catch: You must also extend this offer to your readers, followers, or Facebook friends. The point is that the good deed does not stop with me or you we have to keep it going - so lets pay it forward.

XOXO,
Charity

Falafel

19 January 2013


Ingredients:
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans drained & rinsed 
  • 1 small onion, finely minced 
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley 
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon coriander 
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 
  • dash red pepper 
  • salt and pepper, to taste 
  • 2 tablespoons flour 
  • oil, as needed for frying 


1. Place chickpeas in a medium bowl. Smush them up with a fork. I've used the bottom of a drinking glass to get things started and then mush them up some more with a regular fork. 2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well, until everything is evenly combined. Form into balls about the size of a ping pong ball and then flatten them a little bit. 3. Fry them in a bit of canola or vegetable oil until they're golden brown. Serve on a pita or naan with whatever falafel toppings you like. I like using tahini sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes. Tahini Sauce Ingredients: 
  • 1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste) 
  • 3 gloves garlic, crushed 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, finely chopped 


In a food processor or mortar and pestle, combine garlic and tahini. Add kosher salt. Remove from food processor and add olive oil and lemon juice. If too thick, add a teaspoon of warm water until desired consistency. Mix in parsley Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Butternut Squash Soup

17 January 2013

Ingredients:
•3 butternut squash halved
•1 onion, chopped
•3 cups vegetable broth
•1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream (I use SOYATOO)
•2 tablespoons butter
•salt and pepper
Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degree. Place the squash, cut sides down, in a baking dish. Add 1/8 inch water in baking dish, cover with foil and bake 35-40 minutes or until tender.
Let Cool.
In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add onion and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until onion is softened but not brown.

Scrape the squash out of the flesh and add to onions. Add the stock and heavy cream. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes.

Puree the soup in a blender or food processor. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.




Sitting At His Feet

15 January 2013



Sitting at his feet:
I just want him to pour into me as I pour out to him. Today’s reading from #JesusCalling was spot on. It stated that we should never allow anything to slow our search for God. As believers we are privileged to be able to call on God whenever we want to. However many of our problems could be avoided or handled easily by seeking God’s help and direction before hand. He is a pillar of wisdom and love which he gladly shares with his children. We should seek God’s presence each and every day — allowing him to guide us. Then when troubles come our way we’ll already be in his presence and prepared to handle anything! Praying you can feel his peace and love upon you!
XOXO,
Charity

He Knows My Heart

13 January 2013

It’s been a few days since my last post and in the course of a week I had the most amazing girls day out with friends in my new city —- then the very next day I was plagued with some type of stomach bug. Still not sure if I can call it food poisoning because I hardly ate anything that day or the one prior to it. Nevertheless whatever it was brought about the worst sickness I have experienced in years. I had chills, fever, and a whole lot of other unmentionables going on. Now five days later with a stomach that still trembles at the sight of food I can finally indulge in living my life again.

Everything is slowly returning back to its normal state MrFixit is at work, and I’m back to my quiet zone. It’s just me and Sydni —- our 6 year old chihuahua. In my quiet time today I reread some letters to God that I wrote when I was at my sickest point this week. Looking back on those letters this morning revealed to me a changed that had happened in my marriage. For a very long time I have desired for my husband to show me his love in every way. Don’t misunderstand my husband is wonderful and very loving. However when I fell ill in the past I’ve always felt like I was on my own, save for my mom who frequently came to care for me when she was near by. My husband doesn't come from a very nurturing family so naturally he’s not very nurturing. I knew once I moved away from my home in Florida I would truly be on my own for many things, especially with my husbands work hours, and the fact that we have absolutely no family in a one thousand mile radius. I've been the pillar of health for 6 months—-besides a knee injury that hasn't stopped me from keeping up with all my duties as a wife.

On Sunday night I woke feeling so nauseous and I knew it was going to be a rough night. My husband awoke with me as I hovered in the bathroom he catered to my every whim and cleaned up after me so graciously. I want you to know it was around 2am, and I awoke and did the same thing every hour after that. My husband also repeated the same steps until eventually he couldn't sleep anymore. He walked our dog at 6am and then stayed in the living room researching my symptoms. Mr.FixIt promptly went to the store to fetch Gatorade and Ginger-ale for my upset stomach. I was instantly soothed and slept most of the day even though my tummy problems persisted.

As the days moved on my husband read my devotionals to me, cleaned our house, cooked his own dinners, helped me move from a liquid to solid food diet again and last night he even did my laundry. I know, it’s all so breathtaking. His prayers, help, love, and nurturing of me —-made me breath so much easier and I am sure help me to recover to good health.

Just in the last few days Psalms 37:4 has been made so clear to me. It states:
Take delight in the Lord , and he will give you your heart’s desires. (Psalms 37:4 NLT)
So many times we push and poke our spouses hoping that it’ll get them to change or be who we need them to be. Often times it works temporarily or doesn't work at all, many times it destroys the marriage. It’s so easy to run to our friends and families about things we go through with our spouses, and sometimes we fail to see the root of those issues because we don’t always know our own hearts.

But have no fear God knows your heart. God sees my heart, and he knows it’s desires. This week he gave me something I have desired my marriage. It has taken a while but we must trust in The Lord’s timing and his ability to develop our spouses in to better mates in the same way his constantly develops us.

My husband was a champion, and truly cared for me with Christlike love. In turn I will continue on my quest to always be his Crown and pillar of encouragement (Proverb 12:4). I embarked on a journey of submission long before I could see the fruit of this work, but oh how beautiful it truly is.

P.S.
Hope you all are well and How are those life resolutions going?

XOXO,
Charity

Growth!

11 January 2013

255 days ago, well 256 days to be exact—-I began a journal challenge. I saw the idea on a blog and decided to give it a try. Heather Lindsey (from whose blog I got the idea) says “I look at my journal like my diary to God. I just pour out whats in my heart. I thank Him for being God— I tell Him I love Him. I tell Him whats going on in my life & my struggles.”

I use my journal for the same reasons. The biggest reason I joined the journal challenge was for growth. I looked at it as a challenge to grow closer to God by pouring out my heart to him daily.
Before beginning this endeavor I had started a morning devotional routine. I had been doing that every morning around 9am for several months. While I felt closer to God and surely learned more — my time with Him was not authentic. I will be honest I came with a heart set on something else, which is the wrong way to start a relationship with anyone — let alone God. As I began this challenge one prayer I had was answered. I prayed for months to God that he would reveal my heart to me. Then at the start of this challenge he did just that. Months later…255 days to be exact I can see that my heart has shifted to finally being focused on God.

Matthew 6:33 says Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

This truth is a touch realization for many of us but that doesn't make it any less true. In seeking God I have been given things I never prayed for, let alone dreamed that I would have. Growing closer to God has not only strengthened my faith and ability to deal with problems, it’s helped me in my journey to submit to my husband and has birthed something so beautiful in our marriage. My relationship with God has helped me love to myself more each day, and also helped me to easily love others —even the so called unlovable. Haha!

The best thing about chronicling this journey is being able to look back and see that growth! He’s brought me from such a long way, but I still have a ways to go. Like I stated earlier this challenge is about growth — Consistency is key but this is not about ritual even I have missed one day.If you also desire to be closer to God or just want spend more time with him I encourage you to join the challenge and write like crazy.

XOXO,
Charity

Fruit Dip

07 January 2013



Ingredients:


  • 8oz of cream cheese/tofutti
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract



Directions:
Beat cream cheese in a stand mixer until whipped; add brown sugar and vanilla extract. Continue beating until dip is well mixed.
Serve with fruit or on a bagel. Enjoy!
Disregard the Talenti jar I like to reuse sturdy containers.


Making A Home

06 January 2013


Welcome to the Making a Home section of my blog.

Since moving into the city Mr.FixIt and I have come face to face with the square footage challenge. While our current apartment is much bigger than the matchbox we lived in when we first got married — it pales in comparison to our home in Florida. Mainly because of the lack of green space and square footage, however there are many things that I do like about it. But I’ll save those highlights for another post.

In the meantime I hope you’ll join me as I journey through downsizing and furnishing our tiny city apartment. I am delighted to share my money saving decorating tips and DIY projects with you all. So stay tuned.

XOXO,
Charity

Vegetable Soup

05 January 2013


Vegetable Soup Ingredients: 

  • Onions 
  • Leeks 
  • Celery 
  • Carrots 
  • Parsnip 
  • Turnip 
  • Dill 
  • Parsley 
  • Potato 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Vegetable Broth 
  • Salt/Pepper/complete seasoning 



Directions: Heat butter (I use vegan canola margarine) and 2 tlbs of olive oil. 
Chop 1 Onion, 3 small carrots, 1/3 cup of leeks, 1/2 cup celery. 

Sautée ingredients for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped dill and parsley. 

Then add 1 chopped parsnip and 1 chopped turnip. 

Add 4 cups of vegetable broth and 1 cup of water. Season to taste. Add potato last and cook for 20 minutes. 

*Parsnip and Turnip are an acquired taste you may use other vegetables instead I recommend chayote or butter nut squash."

Here Comes 2013

03 January 2013

As I begin this new year I plan to leave many things behind in 2012 but Jesus isn't one of them. In Him I have a future and a hope, without him I’m a complete wreck. I’m not afraid to say I need him, that I long for him, and that I’m incomplete without him.

My desire to know him more grows each day — so as I embark on a New Year I have several Life Resolutions that I will carry over from 2012.


  • Rely: on Jesus, commit to never living without him.
  • Pray: more and worry less, make my life a prayer.
  • Live: Each day determined that God’s love will guide what I say and how I think. Live my life on a continual praise frequency.
  • Meditate: Set aside time after devotional to be still before The Lord.
  • Love: and forgive others the way God loves and forgives me.
  • Submit: to my husband, because it pleases The Lord.
  • Seek: the Lord by spending more time reading my bible…get lost in his word. Seek to do his will.
  • Serve: others and The Lord.


I am aware that I alone will come short of these things but in the strength of The Lord I can prevail.

What goals have you made for your life in 2013?

XOXO,
Charity

NEW YEAR'S Life RESOLUTION?!


01 January 2013



For I know the plans I have for you” says the LORD. “ They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. — Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

As we close one year and begin another it’s a perfect time to sit back and reflect on all that one year has brought into our lives. A year is such a long stretch of time and each day carries its own joys or troubles.

Last year in particular was a very long and arduous year for my husband and I. We were thrilled to see it end and looked forward to the promise that a new year brings. This year 2012, also came with its challenges and changes, more than I’ve ever faced in my life or marriage. However we were filled with Peace and Joy a gift The Lord freely gave as we lived our lives in his presence.

This is not to say we were without trouble, but that it was the Lords plan for us to go and grow through our struggles. We experienced joy even on our worst days because of his presence.

Our Father in heaven loves us so dearly that he’s had plans for our lives even before we were conceived. So with 5 hours left before the new year I dare you to reflect on even your worst days and see the good that The Lord has brought out of them. I challenge you to forget making a New Years resolution, but to make a Life resolution! The challenge is to live each day intentionally for Christ, to release control of every area in your life into His care, to move from your seat as a lukewarm Christian into a seat of a Christian that is on fire for God, and lastly to love and take delight in The Lord and watch Him release the desires of your heart.

My prayer for each and everyone on of you reading this blog is that you realize how much The Lord loves and cares for you. And that you will see that your worth and purpose lie within Him. Stop trying to juggle life with one foot in the Kingdom and one foot in the World. Live to please Him everyday because we all know that even in the world almost doesn’t count!!

Happy New Year!

XOXO,
Charity

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