Update: Detoxification—You Can Help

Here is an update on a previous post, Detoxification—You Can Help, about a woman named Krissy who recently had her world turned upside down when she found out her husband had molested a child. Her husband was arrested, he admitted to the crime, and he remains in jail.

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I want to share a Facebook post by Krissy so you can glimpse a snapshot of her life, her heart, her need…her trust in the One who is trustworthy in all circumstances—including when life seems it can’t get any lower…but does…again and again.

“Father,
I need your breath of life again. Without it, I won’t exist. I need you to recreate me. Like dry bones, I am nothing. Yet, I’m waiting. I cannot say I am hoping, because Lord, hope hurts too much. Instead, I just am waiting. Waiting for you to restore me, fulfill me, and make me new.
Is there yet more in me, Father, that needs to be broken before you can reshape me? Reveal it, and don’t wait any longer. Break me. Make me. Then again, God, if you don’t, I will choose to accept it and understand that some of your work is done in the waiting. As much as it hurts, God, even this I will accept. May not be as graceful in the accepting, but I will try.
You are amazing, My King. None of this matters in the face of who you are and how lovely you are. How amazing is my God! How awesome He is. He knows what we need when we need it and He is a good father who gives to His children what they need. Praise you, Jesus.”

Please click this GoFundMe link or the link below and help Krissy, and her children, during their time of need. ~Thank you.

The McCuen Cause: GoFundMe link—CLICK HERE

Happy Hour: 8/27/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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Nothing seems to prepare me for God’s blessings, breakthroughs, and answers to my prayers like being in a place of resolving to be grateful, content, and joyful while I wait. ;-) :-)

 ‪#‎ahamoments ‪ #‎beingagratefulbucket  ;-) :-)

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One of the best gifts we can give someone… is to celebrate with them in their blessings while waiting on ours.

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Someone else’s success does not rob you of anything. – Christine Caine

‪#‎exactly‬! ‪#‎truth‬  :-)

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It’s weird…I have noticed and realized that EVERY “negative” I have taken to The Lord has been turned into a positive in my life! ‪#‎wow‪#‎socool 

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Happy Hour 8/20/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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Feeling grateful today for maturity.

Loving how God has brought me, ever so gently, from a place of believing that others were responsible for how I felt…what I thought…and even what I did. I remember God saying, one day, “I gave that power to you…not them. I also gave you the ability, through Me, to change all of this…to believe differently.”

I was like, “I am willing Lord…please come to my rescue! I am worn out trying to be me through other people’s lenses.”

And He did!! Rescued me right out of that pit! The one that says…Our value is determined in what others say about us, how they treat or have treated us in the past, etc. God had given me a lot of power…but I had “given” it to others…and in that choice…I had no peace. So…I began to take it back…to trust in who God says I am…in who He created ME to be. When other people said things, and/or treated me in ways that did not line up with that…I chose to believe God, and let all of that go! It wasn’t mine to take in…to believe. All that stuff was in their buckets to deal with…not mine! God taught me to run things through His “Heart filter” …over myself and others…what a difference it makes to have the right belief system in place!!!

Peace is available in all things and with all people! I did not say it was an easy process, BUT it sure has been a worth while process!!

Seek Him and ALL these things will be added to you! God is SO good!!

‪#‎andpatient ;-)  ‪#‎letitgo ‪  #‎littlethingsturnintobigthings   ‪#‎becarefullittlemindwhatyoubelieve 

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Toxic Tuesday: Learn 4 Simple Phrases For Setting Boundaries

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“She dresses herself with strength.” Proverbs 31:17

There is a way to remain strong and to thrive despite interacting with a difficult person. It isn’t easy because when you’re in the middle of relational turmoil, or are receiving a verbal lashing, it can be challenging to keep your thoughts straight.  Thinking quickly typically does not happen. If you’re like me, you have to think about and pray about the situation before acting, speaking or setting a boundary. Having a plan of action in advance will safeguard you and will be beneficial to the other person. Often the difficult person has a tough time with self-control and your boundary can help them keep an emotional, or verbally abusive, outburst from erupting.

Does your D.P. (difficult person) keep asking the same questions over and over? Do they refuse your answer and creativelykeep-calm-and-have-boundaries find another avenue to demand the response or resolution they desire? Do you continually hope for an agreement? Do you long to be rationally understood?

Disagreements abound. There may be several answers or opinions to a subject but not to your D.P. To them it is black and white and their way or opinion is the only correct one. Do not waste your time arguing. Perhaps using, “That is your opinion” repetitively will soon keep your D.P. from attempting to overtake you on the matter again. It isn’t that your D.P. forgets the previous conversation you had on the topic. It is that your D.P. is attempting to wear you down. “That is your opinion,” used consistently will remind your D.P. the ‘wear them down’ tactic is no longer a working strategy to be used against you. I’m not saying they will not continue to try, I’m saying, “That is your opinion,” is a gentle reminder to them that this conversation is going nowhere. This also shows them that you are keeping your opinion and your dignity.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)

Although your reply will not be received as gentle it is working in a gentler way than their argumentative words fired at you from a flaming tongue.

Is the topic to which you have already given an answer being approached—again?  Think about this response, “I am not discussing this with you.” Any time your D.P. brings up the topic in hopes of receiving a different answer from you; remember this easy phrase. You will most likely have to say it several times as long as this person stays in your life.

“Say just a simple ‘Yes, I will’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Your word is enough.”  Matthew 5:37 (Living Bible)

If your D.P. likes to make decisions for you or give you orders but they are not an authority figure, “That’s not what I was thinking” or “That’s not what I had in mind,” are examples of good phrases to learn. After your D.P. has heard the same phrase multiple times they will remember the boundary before trying to cross it again.

If your life is in danger or you think these responses could place your life in danger use your good judgment and refrain from possibly making the situation worse. If you are in danger please leave immediately and seek help. In the right margin of my blog you will find links to articles on abusive relationships and a link for those who are victims of domestic abuse. Focus on the Family offers a one-time complimentary consultation from a Christian perspective; CLICK HERE FOR LINK. Focus on the Family also offer referrals for licensed counselors in your area: CLICK HERE FOR LINK. 

If you are dealing with an individual suffering from narcissistic personality disorder they will never tire of attempting to wear you down. They are not able to see your point of view; they are not capable of empathizing, loving or bonding. They are users who recruit people for close relationship who can be used for a specific purpose to improve their existence, provide a cover for something they don’t want others to find out about them, or to meet an unhealthy desire.  Maybe you have recently come to this realization about someone in your life. Although you may see this and know this, the most maddening part of it is that no one on the outside sees it. That is because a narcissist lives their life on a stage acting out the role they think the other person wants to see. They are the grandest actors you could ever have the disadvantage of being with in any type of relationship.

Here is a very important character trait to remember when dealing with a narcissist: Self-control. Although telling them how you feel or giving them a verbal reprimand may feel good to you; when it is all said and done you will soon realize it was wasted time, emotion, words, energy and thoughts because not one word of it will be taken seriously or to heart. In the end this will further frustrate you. A narcissist has no point of reference other than him/her.

I had to be reminded on countless occasions to remember I wasn’t dealing with a true adult; I was interacting with a toddler trapped in an adult body. So if you find yourself in this situation while looking straight into the eyes of the person—remember:

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This toddler is not capable of grasping the issue
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They do not realize they should be interested in your feelings. They don’t know you have feelings; nor do they care if you do..
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They want to celebrate their specialness!
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They did not do it. You can’t prove they did it. They will never admit to doing it. After all, even if they did do it—it’s not really who they are. So…NO…, “I did not do it!”
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The vague, blank stare when you dare to have meaningful conversation about something other than them, their idea, their opinion, or their needs.
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This is how they feel if you try to express your concerns, needs, victories, wants, ideas, or opinions.

These lessons have been hard experiences I have lived through, learned from, and I am still studying.  I learn from spending time in prayer and Bible study; as well as, from spending time with emotionally and spiritually healthy people. If you make time for Jesus, through prayer and Bible study, and invite Him into all areas of your life; you will never regret it or think, “That was time wasted.”  Never.

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)

Most likely the issue with your D.P. is control. These personalities long to have power over other people but now that you are on to them, you can set up safe and healthy boundaries to protect yourself and your loved ones. You will recognize the behavior when you see it and not be caught off guard. I remember the feeling when I finally began to recognize it.

Your, “Ah hah” moment is coming!

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31: 25-26 (NIV)

Most importantly, practice I Corinthians 13:2, “but (if I) have not love, I am nothing.”  (ESV)

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”  I Corinthians 13:13 (ESV)

PRACTICE THESE PHRASES:

1.)  That is your opinion.

2.)  I am not discussing this with you.

3.)  That’s not what I was thinking.

4.)  That’s not what I had in mind.

Creamy Serrano Ranch Dip Recipe

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Creamy Serrano Ranch Dip (A.K.A. Creamy Jalapeño Ranch Dip)

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Last year I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, and visited my dear friend, Michelle, from years past. Once upon a time our families lived in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at the same time where I taught her youngest daughter at a local Mom’s Day Out program. We later belonged to the same homeschool association and would hang out at each other’s homes while her daughters and my daughter played together.

Allow me to tell you what Michelle did to me; she interjected herself into my personal life. Ha! I tell you this in the most light-hearted way with a smile on my face because I absolutely positively love this woman. It’s a long story and one I am working on writing in it full detail. The abbreviated version is that several homeschool moms, along with Michelle, were praying for me behind my back and asking God to provide me a husband and to give Riley a daddy. I mention, “Behind my back” because my friends knew I had no interest or intention of dating or remarrying. Read here for why…..MY DESTRUCTIVE MARRIAGE. I named Michelle the instigator of this but she insists it was the Holy Spirit. I heard through the grapevine that while some of my friends were meeting for homeschool playdates they would huddle in the garage and pray for me while their children played in the yard.

And they were not the only friends doing this! It began months earlier with my friend Pam speaking to me about the same subject.  Little did I know, God was working out His plan (definitely not mine or Riley’s) for my life and for Riley’s life.

Here is a quote by Michelle, “I figured out a long time ago, that when several God-fearing women walk into God’s throne room together…whatever they are praying about…better watch out!” – #moveoversatan #nottakingGod’sglory #getunderourfeetwhereyoubelong

I obviously got over Michelle’s Holy Spirit led intrusion and allowed her in-depth private details of every aspect of my life; beginning to present day, for Restoring the Foundations ministry. Michelle was training to minister with RTF and is now officially part of the Restoring the Foundations Ministry team. I can honestly testify that RTF was the most beautiful, personal, empowering, healing and tender time I have ever spent with the Lord. I love Him!

How does this connect to a Tex-Mex recipe you may be asking?

Well, before visiting Michelle I texted her and asked if there was a Chuy’s Tex-Mex in Nashville. To my delight she responded that Chuy’s was; in fact, located down the street from her home in Franklin, Tennessee.

Chuy’s was my all-time favorite eating establishment. If I were allowed to have only one option for eating out, from present day to the day I die, Chuy’s would be it. I believe it is impossible that I could ever tire of their deliciousness; however, my body was malfunctioning due to eating many of the foods used in dishes at Chuy’s. Little did I know, I had acquired multiple auto-immune diseases from genetics and a life of extreme stress. Almost every food Chuy’s serves is now on my cannot eat list. Sniff, sniff….

My boys crave Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeño Ranch Dip, but since we live in the heavily populated Italian cuisine city of St. Louis, Missouri, we have no Chuy’s Tex-Mex.

Every time I ate at Chuy’s I attempted to pull apart the individual flavors; veggie, pepper, herb and spice in the salsas, Creamy Jalapeño Ranch Dip and meats.

I have made the dip with Jalapeños, Anaheim Chile’s, Poblanos, Serrano Peppers and blends of these peppers. I use fresh Serrano peppers in my Creamy Jalapeño Ranch Dip—no Jalapeños. We find this recipe every bit as flavorful, if not the same, as Chuy’s. I did ask a manager at a Chuy’s in Kentucky if there were Serrano’s in the salsas and dips and she confirmed that there were.

When it comes to preparing dishes with peppers you get to decide the amount of heat you want in your recipe. Here is the trick:

Mild heat: Remove seeds and devein the inside of the peppers.

Medium heat:  Remove seeds and leave the veins in. You can always add a few seeds if you want more heat.

Fiery heat: Leave seeds and veins in peppers.

I always double this recipe.

~Enjoy!

 Creamy Serrano Ranch Dip (Jalapeño)

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½ cup sour cream

½ cup real mayonnaise (low fat is not tasty in this recipe)

¾ cup milk

½ teaspoon white distilled vinegar (this turns milk in to buttermilk)

1 (4 ounce) can green chilies

1 (1 ounce) packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix

2 Serrano peppers (remove seeds and veins for mild) Remove seeds for medium heat. Leave seeds and veins for hot heat.

¼ cup cilantro

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

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Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth.

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Refrigerate for two hours before serving so ingredients can soak into the dressing.

Serve with chips or use as salad dressing on Mexican salads, or sauce for Mexican foods and casseroles.

*Heat oven to 350 degrees and place a cookie sheet of white corn restaurant style tortilla chips in the oven for 3 minutes. Enjoy fresh restaurant style chips and dip.

Happy Hour: 8/13/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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There’s something powerful about INVITING God into the very core of your heart and life…Imagine us feeling forced to love Him, and/or be in relationship with Him. He will have NO part in that…He desires deep and intimate relationship, but will in no way dishonor our free will/choice to enter into that relationship…what a wonderful God we have!  ‪#‎wow ‪#‎ourchoice  ‪#‎purelove  ‪#‎giveHimyourall :-)

Thinking of how, the second I became a Christian, God handed me EVERYTHING as His fully accepted and beloved daughter!! I LOVE how He has gently taken my hand (as His little child), and helped me to understand, little by little, how to take His power and apply dominion over all He has placed in my charge! …His Lovingkindness abounds!!!‪                  #‎livingtheredeemedlife  ‪#‎restorationrocks ‪ #‎satanliesGodwins!! :-)

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Happy Hour: 8/6/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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There is only one group of people who don’t have any problems… Yep, and they are no longer breathing air either.

I am grateful for the people God has placed in my life, and my family’s lives, who accept us as we are, even when we are dealing with situations, and circumstances that cause us to lose our “footing” emotionally, spiritually and even physically…it’s such a blessing beyond words to feel accepted, even when what we may be dealing with cannot be understood completely by others…and yet, they just love us for us! I always pray we turn around and do the same!  

‪#‎thankfulfordearfriendships  ‪#‎weallneedgrace‪  #‎unconditionalloveisararegift

One of the biggest black eyes you can give the devil is to let God take your pain and make it GAIN!! God has certainly done this in my life! Wow! Thank you Lord…Amen! :-)

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Toxic Tuesday: Detoxification—You Can Help

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God speaks personally – are you listening?

“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’  Jeremiah 33:2-3 (NIV)

When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. John 10:4 (NIV)

I make it a daily habit to ask God, my shepherd, what He wants me to do.

I asked God before leaving my first marriage—over and over and over because I couldn’t imagine He wanted me to leave. I believed He wanted to heal; however, my then husband had free choice and wanted to stay in his sin, while denying his mental illness, and enjoying his messed up choices. I prayed until my daughter and I came through on the other side to safety.

I told the Lord I would NEVER date or remarry after the disaster of marriage number one. If you have read my blog for any length of time you know I am married so you understand how my, “NEVER” worked out for me! I obeyed the Lord in meeting, getting to know, dating and marrying Farm Boy. I kicked, cried and pleaded most of the road of that obedience. When my marriage is tough I NEVER doubt about where I am supposed to be and what I am expected to do.

I’ve asked God to lead our family to the church home He had for us. He did!

I continually ask God who He wants us to hang close in friendship with as a family, and for our children. I am always thrilled with His choices!

When my son, A.J., suffered a freak accident which led to being scooped up in the doctor’s arms at the emergency waiting room and whisked away to a CT scan; the Spirit blew a whisper to my heart, soul, mind and strength, “This requires you on your face in prayer. This is your spiritual inheritance in the Lord; seek it.” The Spirit was so heavily upon me that my knees could do nothing but go down. The diagnosis was a severe traumatic brain injury. I already had my answer and prayed until I saw it fulfilled.

My family is going through a season of heavy spiritual oppression from the enemy. It has lasted over a year and a half. Our name has been slandered and we have been lied about more times than we can count. It is daily and it hits close to home. The Lord is speaking to us on the subject and to be honest what He is saying doesn’t make human sense, but we trust Him. Someday I’ll tell you about it but right now I am to quietly wait. I believe He has given us the answer. Our job is to pray it through to completion.

Then there is my health; a nasty auto-immune disease that zaps my strength and energy. To add insult to injury I can no longer eat Tex-Mex food and I have to severely limit my chocolate intake to low doses of 100% raw chocolate. I am now eating and living an auto-immune protocol life-style. Only prayer sees me through the difficult days. Some days I feel like I eat the Word of God and its sweetness satisfies my cravings.

Not a single one of the above examples happened without spending time reading the Bible and praying Bible verses out loud. “The word of God is alive 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.” Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) God’s word works for me every time; not always in my timing, but always for my good and always for purpose. When God speaks to me through His word it is personal and my name seems to lift off the pages of scripture about the circumstance I am going through or a question I asked of Him. Daily life: Little or big, difficult or easy, exciting or traumatic; God speaks into our lives.

Recently I have been calling to the Lord about a Christian woman I have never met. I heard about this local woman’s trauma through a friend of mine last week. Neither one of us knows this woman but know for certain the Spirit is calling and that God’s word is clear on what our actions need to be. I can’t tell you anything about this woman, Krissy, except that we have walked a similar road. She was in a toxic marriage and it will take the help of friends, church family, counseling and extensive Bible study to find her way through to healthy relationships for her and her children.

Krissy found out three months ago that her husband was molesting a child. The difference for her is that her husband admitted to the behavior, a crime against a thirteen year old, and now he sits in jail. I am thankful for her that she won’t spend the next sixteen years waiting to see justice served like I did; none the less, the road to help, healing and purpose will be difficult and long for Krissy and her four children.

Krissy had been a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom since starting her family thirteen years ago. She is living any woman’s worst nightmare while having the sole responsibility of meeting her children’s emotional, physical and spiritual needs. Krissy and her children had to leave their home. The kids not only had their family dynamics change, they have also enrolled in public school so Krissy can go back to work full-time. You may be thinking, “Great, she will get a full time job to take care of her kids.” If only it were that simple. At this time, Krissy does not have the necessary skills to find a job that will cover the bare minimum of expenses. They have no money and need financial help to get their family settled and on the road to recovery; moving expenses, food, school supplies, clothes, Christian counseling, gas, utilities, insurance…

As I have prayed for Krissy I am reminded of God’s word,

“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. Luke 12:33

And…

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21

They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Acts 2:45

God does not say consider doing this. He says, “Sell…and…give.”

Please stop and ask God how you can help meet this immediate need in Krissy’s life.

My friend Jes Hunt has a GoFundMe account set up for Krissy. ALL GIFTS go directly to Krissy and her children.

If you don’t have the financial resources in your bank account to give a cash donation get creative! Do you have a, ‘Cash Back Rewards Balance’ on your credit card that you could claim and donate to this family? Or a few toys your kids have out grown or unused sports or exercise equipment that you could sell on social media? Maybe you could give up your Starbucks for the next few weeks, or eating out at restaurants and give that money to Krissy. ANY amount will help.

Thank you for prayerfully helping with this need. Here is the link:

GoFundMe for Krissy McCuen and her children

Happy Hour: 7/30/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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Praying today for those who need their strength renewed, those who feel weary…and tired. We live in a fallen world with fallen people, and it is inevitable, at some point (probably many points) in our life, we will all experience one or more of these feelings.

I pray today Lord, that You would come to each one who reads this, and renew their hearts, their minds and even their bodies. Right now, in Jesus’ Name…I ask for answers, for burdens lifted, for hearts healed. Father God, I pray Your peace would overwhelm them, and their hearts would feel Your joy and Your strength to carry on…to keep running the good race…to rise up and fly like eagles over the problems, pains and circumstances of their lives, and the lives of those they love SO much. I pray right now, they would feel Your comfort, rest and peace that surpasses ALL human understanding…that they would feel Your JOY (smile here  :-) even in the midst of things that are troubling or hard.

Thank You Lord for all things and for how You work all things out according to Your riches of grace and abundant new mercies!!! May we know, without doubt, that You never leave us nor forsake us…You are always near us and for us!

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

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Fresh Guacamole Recipe Including AIP Version

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I adore fresh homemade guacamole—thanks to my sister.

I wasted so many years of my life not appreciating avocados and then my sister made me her guac and taught me how she picks her fresh avocados from the grocery store.

In the past any time I tried eating avocados they were too mushy and slimy. Since texture is everything to me; I did not get beyond a couple of forced bites.

This recipe is so delicious you will enjoy eating guacamole and chips for a meal or as a side to delicious Tex-Mex dishes. For me, I make an auto-immune protocol recipe and fry or bake homemade sweet potato chips for dipping. (Recipe below)

Start with firm but not hard avocados. I like them with the slightest amount of spring to them, not soft. If you cannot press on them and they are totally resistant to being squeezed then the fruit will not be ready to eat for 2-3 days. If the avocados are soft, but not mushy, and easily squeezed you will have soft spreadable guacamole.  I like mine chunky with one soft avocado mixed with the firm.

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Above: Press plastic wrap tightly against the guacamole to get the air out, making sure the guac is completely sealed. You can also keep the avocado pit in the dish with the guac. The plastic wrap, and the pit, will keep the guacamole from browning.

Recipe: 6 large avocados plus half of the following Pico De Gallo recipe

Pico De Gallo

Because the heat and taste of onion can vary from crop to crop, I cut a piece off and inspect it by smelling it and tasting it. This is a necessary evil because not much is worse than taking the time to chop all your ingredients, mix your recipe and find out a bad onion spoiled the flavor of the entire dish. I use equal parts tomato, onion and fresh cilantro but if the onion is too strong I cut the amount back to ¼ to ½ depending on the onion’s strength.

Pico De Gallo Recipe: (Use half of this recipe for the guac and half for chip dip or a topping to your favorite mexican dish.)

6 Roma tomatoes rinsed, core the top, chopped

1 medium white onion, peeled and chopped

1 large bunch of rinsed cilantro, chopped; remove long stems at the bottom of the bunch

1 large lime—juiced, you may use zest too if you like it

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

*Optional-2 seeded, deveined serrano peppers, minced. If you like extreme heat do NOT remove the seeds and veins. Serrano peppers, to me, have the best flavor of all the Mexican peppers. My daughter occasionally likes to make p with 2 large chopped (yes, chopped not minced) jalapeños. For flavor with mild heat use a chile or poblano pepper; seeded.

The importance is equal amounts of tomato, white onion & cilantro. I add lime juice until I can taste it mixed throughout the entire batch.

Serve with restaurant style white corn tortilla chips warmed in the oven for 3 minutes @ 350 degrees.

Eat plain with chips or as a topping on your favorite taco, fajita, burrito, quesadilla, chalupa, salad, meat or casserole.

Again, add half the Pico De Gallo to 6 large chopped avocados. Mix well and mash the avocados and pico with a fork or potato masher. I enjoy the flavor of lime in my guacamole. If the juice of 1 lime is not enough for you keep mixing in a teaspoon of lime juice at a time until you reach the desired lime flavor.

~Enjoy!

AUTO-IMMUNE PROTOCOL GUACAMOLE

I make this in a smaller batch since I am the only person in the house who eats it.

2-3 large avocados

Juice of 1/2 lime

2 tablespoons cilantro

1/8 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt or gray Celtic sea salt

Mix and slightly mash ingredients.

AIPers, your taste buds will thank you!

Happy Hour: 7/16/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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“WhoooHooooo!!! This is an awesome day!”

I am a people watcher…even as I drive around…I notice people. Some are driving and look like zombies with their eyes drooping and their mouths gapping open (always a little creepy-the mouths gapping open part), MANY…probably too many are on their phones! Ha! Some are fussing around obviously trying to find something they desperately MUST have to even stay alive! Some are talking to the people with them, some are arguing and fighting (makes me mad and/or sad depending on how it looks), some are crying (I start praying on this one especially), some are just chillin’ listening to music and some are listening to music that they can’t possibly be chillin’ to! ;-)  

We are in our cars A LOT, some spend a good part of their day driving around doing whatever. Some of my best times with God are in the car. No matter where we are… in our cars, in our homes, offices, etc… I believe God sometimes is tapping our shoulders and is saying, “Look up. Notice My creation…I made that sky, I painted it with those clouds, if I can do that…I can handle all of your troubles, issues with others…I can handle your sadness, and all of that change in your life that is driving you crazy!…I can take those burdens in your life, and the lives of those you love SO much. If you look to Me…I can brighten even the darkest of times.”

SO…maybe… today…look up! But if you are driving…please only do this at a stop light!!!  ;-)  

“A bright future lies ahead!” Proverbs 24:14  :-)

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Pico De Gallo

Fresh Pico De Gallo Recipe

Do you have an abundance of fresh tomatoes from your garden? Then I have a recipe for you!

Fresh cilantro is a must so go pick a bunch. Ah, the scent—the taste of fresh cilantro!

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Today I am sharing how I make my favorite Pico De Gallo recipe. Some cooks use yellow onion, some use any type of tomato but I only use white onion and Roma tomatoes.

Because the heat and taste of onion can vary from crop to crop, I cut a piece off and inspect it by smelling it and tasting it. This is a necessary evil because not much is worse than taking the time to chop all your ingredients, mix your recipe and find out a bad onion spoiled the flavor of the entire dish. I use equal parts tomato, onion and fresh cilantro but if the onion is too strong I cut the amount back to ¼ to ½ depending on the onion’s strength.

This recipe can be made as small or large as needed.

In my house we consider Pico De Gallo a nutritious meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner; with tortilla chips. Yep, that’s it—nothing more—just Pico. I hope you don’t have a problem with that.

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Pico De Gallo Recipe:

6 Roma tomatoes rinsed, core the top, chopped

1 medium white onion, peeled and chopped

1 large bunch of rinsed cilantro, chopped; remove long stems at the bottom of the bunch

1 large lime—juiced, you may use zest too if you like it

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

*Optional-2 seeded, deveined serrano peppers, minced. If you like extreme heat do NOT remove the seeds and veins. Serrano peppers, to me, have the best flavor of all the Mexican peppers. My daughter occasionally likes to make Pico with 2 large chopped (yes, chopped not minced) jalapeños. For flavor with mild heat use a chile or Poblano pepper; seeded.

The importance is equal amounts of tomato, white onion & cilantro. I add lime juice until I can taste it mixed throughout the entire batch.

Serve with restaurant style white corn tortilla chips warmed in the oven for 3 minutes @ 350 degrees.

Eat plain with chips or as a topping on your favorite taco, fajita, burrito, quesadilla, chalupa, salad, meat or casserole.

~Enjoy!

Happy Hour: 7/9/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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Woke up to read God’s Word this morning…thinking and praying over a couple of people who are in very difficult times, and a few times in my own life where I was out of myself…where I needed help…and in a place where I had “no more in me”. The Book of Psalms in my Bible is so marked up, I can barely read some things 😜 Love the Psalms…”Hear me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies…For I am in trouble; Hear me speedily.” “Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O Lord!” And there are SO many more verses in there just like these. He knows we are “weak” and get troubled “easily”. But He gave us His Word to help us…His Word is “alive and powerful”! I can’t begin to explain how, as I read it…my heart, mind and even body begin to realign with His Peace, His Thoughts and His Rest…right in the middle of stress, difficulty, troubles, worry, fear, distress, and pain. So…today…I choose to take Him at His Word…”taste and see” howboutyou?:-) 

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Toxic Tuesday: Flashing Billboards On My Forehead

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“I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.”

Philip Yancey

Conflicts: Dysfunctional. Abusive. Boundaryless. They can happen to anyone including Jesus followers who daily spend purposeful time with God through reading the scriptures, in-depth Bible study and consistent prayer. You may be a godly person and a good neighbor, boss, employee, co-worker, parent, spouse, child, sibling, relative or friend finding yourself in an unwanted and uncalled for difficult relationship or circumstance.

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I have had relationships in which I interceded for the other person through prayer by asking Jesus to heal them of their dysfunction, mental illness or sin. Most scriptural records of Jesus healing a person were instant, complete and permanent. Even though the person I prayed for had not asked for the help or healing and I could not physically take them to Jesus; I could spiritually bring them before Jesus.

I previously witnessed Jesus provide in ways that seemed impossible to me relationally, emotionally, spiritually, physically and even legally. He is so like that. When I have been at my wit’s end believing there was no possible way, no hope, no healing, no relief, no safety to overcome an obstacle; Jesus did the impossible. My mind had not previously conceived what He chose to do on my behalf. It was so out of the box that only He could have done it. There lies the beauty; Jesus has no box and I cannot put Him in one. Whoop — whoop!

That being exclaimed, I must also add that I have known Jesus long enough to realize not all prayers are fulfilled the way I wish, in my timing, or sometimes they may not be answered in my lifetime and I know I’ll have to wait until heaven to see how it is eventually answered. My heart may sometimes doubt Jesus heard my prayer but my mind always knows better. He hears, remembers and acts. Always.

If you use Pinterest, the online bulletin/pin board, you have likely read quotes about trusting your heart: “There is no instinct like that of the heart.”

“Trust your heart. What is true feels good. What is false causes doubt.” – Monica De Liz.

“Always listen to your heart.”

“When you can’t believe your eyes you can always trust your heart.”

“Trust your heart and you will be with the one you love” -Aunt Wu.

Here is what trumps all these quotes: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV). Our hearts need to be established in Christ first and then scripture tells us not to trust in our heart, but with all of our heart, trust in God. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV).

I knew Jesus was capable of healing the person I was praying for. Scripture told me of His great power and; moreover, scripture states the power is for us. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,” Ephesians 1:18-20 (NIV). I have longed for this kind of power to be exerted into the heart, soul, mind and strength of someone I knew on multiple occasions. The bottom line was they had to want it and believe Him for it. When they did not —I was not quick to give up on them. I’m stubborn like that.

Often when I sense God has released me from relationally reaching out to someone and has shown me the exit door from a dysfunctional, abusive or boundaryless relationship; I usually look for a detour and go back for the person. I find myself wondering, “Have I done everything I can?” I do not want to question if there was possibly something else that would have worked. I continue to pray and ask if there is please, another way. I must know I did everything I could and when I look back; have no regrets. If I am going to error I can live with erring in faith but I could not live with erring in what was convenient. I am capable of missing the proverbial boat when it comes to discerning the voice or the will of God and I want to make certain I clearly understand His heart and will for the present concern.

On the other hand, I have a history of allowing anger (toxicity) to be taken out on me so when it comes up in a relationship it feels natural but I know God is calling me to recognize and respond to it in a biblical way. This is anything but easy for me.

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Sometimes I imagine I have a flashing sign on my forehead that reads, “Easy to Manipulate: Free Test Try” or perchance “Boundaryless: Trespass without caution.” God keeps the lessons in these areas coming at a steady pace and He is determined to teach me how to soar by handling the issue without becoming nervous, shaky, lightheaded, heart pounding out of my chest or; as in my most recent lesson, feeling like Icy Hot was rubbed on my chest. I never experienced this sensation during a difficult confrontation and fortunately was able to laugh at myself when the conversation had finished. Icy Hot — seriously — I never knew!

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Thankfully, God is a patient teacher who does not give me a failing grade. He just keeps teaching me new applications and giving me new situations in which to work them out. God has also given me a godly and humorous private tutor who happens to be an Ace when it comes to practical application. God is very serious about me learning this lesson and passing on to you what I learn. I must add that these lessons are not easy and are sometimes painful. To quote Beth Moore from a lesson in Daniel: Lives of Integrity, “You want to learn this lesson in the classroom and not on a field trip.” I imagine I have more field trips logged than the average student.

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See previous Toxic Tuesday posts on toxic relationships, or what the Bible refers to as relationships with fools. Until then; if you, like me, have a flashing billboard on your forehead — turn it off! And keep clear of Icy Hot.

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Happy Hour: 6/25/2015

HAPPY HOUR, THURSDAYS, AT 5:00 P.M.—Kick back after a hard day’s work and enjoy the intoxicating goodness of true Love and Wisdom. The GiveMe Chocolate ‘Bar’ won’t put a dent in your wallet!

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I can’t think of one time in my life that I was changed (for the better) with harsh words, anger, or with any form of ugliness from another. The only deep permanent changes have been through thoughts, words, and actions from the kindness, gentleness, mercy, grace…and mostly…love of others who first felt this from another themselves, and passed it on to me!! Praise His Name for these people in my life!!  :-) I have been set free by LOVE! :-)

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