Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus? Some of us have grown up hearing about God's Son. We know He is one part of the Trinity. We know He was Mary's son. We know He gave His life on a cross in order that we could have forgiveness and salvation.  We know alot about Him, but do we know Him? Who is Jesus to you personally? Can you trust Him with every detail of of your life?  Is He your strength when you are weak? Is He your peace and security? In Matthew 16, Jesus asked His disciples who people were saying He was.  However, He went on to ask, " But who do YOU say I am?".  What a question!
During this Christmas week, let's ask ourselves that same question.  Who is Jesus to me? Is He just someone that I've grown up hearing about? Is He someone that I keep at  a distance and call on when I'm in need?  Is He on the throne of my heart?  Is He my personal Savior?  For me, Jesus is my Personal Counselor, my Savior, my Hope, my Healing, my Friend, my Strength, my Peace, my Joy, and much more.  I have had a personal relationship with Jesus for 23 years now.   He IS the greatest gift I've ever been given.  He IS the greatest gift this world has ever been given.  I encourage you to ponder these questions and ask yourself this question: Who is Jesus?

One last scripture:
I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.  Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him.  I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.  For God's way of making us right with himself depends on faith.  I want to KNOW CHRIST and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.  I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!    Philippians 3:7-11 



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Press On Wednesday: 21 Days Left

I can't believe that we only have 21 days left of 2014.  This year has went by so quickly!  Today, I want to encourage you, as you are pressing on towards a healthy lifestyle, to give these last 21 days your whole heart.   Most likely, these last 3 weeks will be some of the hardest because you could be having work parties, cookie exchanges, family gatherings, and much more!  The Bible tells us, in Matthew 19:26, that "with God all things are possible".  I personally will need Supernatural strength to say no to second and third helpings, as well as no to overdoing it on Christmas sweets.  How can we make sure that our appetites won't lead us out of control?

 First, let's talk about our physical appetites.  During the holiday season, sometimes we are in such a rush that we forget to drink enough water.  Water is so important for our health, as well as helps our weight loss. (Read here for more: Benefits of Drinking Water ) In addition to staying hydrated, we also need adequate amounts of rest during this busy season.  Often we are up extra early preparing for work, followed by an evening Christmas party, and then we end up staying up later than normal wrapping gifts.  Most of us need between 6-8 hours of good sleep each night. (Read here for more: How much sleep do we need?)  Staying rested and hydrated can help us fight off  holiday cravings and binges.

Secondly, let's talk about our spiritual appetites.  Often during this season, our quiet times become shorter and shorter and finally disappear.  However, spending time praying and listening to God is vital in overcoming the stress and depression that sometimes come with the season. Feeding our spirit with healthy things is just as important as feeding our physical self, if not more. Keep uplifting and encouraging programs on your T.V.   Turn on praise music while you are baking Christmas cookies.  As you wrap your gifts, spend time praying for the person the gift is for.

Three more week of 2014!  How are we going to spend these last three weeks?  Are we going to be frazzled, cranky, tired, and moody?  Or, are we going to slow down and take care of ourselves physically and spiritually?  Let's aim for health in every area! Press on!

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and HE will give you everything you need.  Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
Press On Wednesday:  In Memory of my Dad, Troy

Monday, December 8, 2014

Be Still

Most of us have heard of the scripture in Psalms 46 that says to be still and know that He is God.  However, what does it mean to you personally? 
I can remember a certain time in my life in which I made a wrong choice .  Although I received God's forgiveness, I knew that there would still be consequences.  I could of walked in  many different directions, but by the grace of God, I kept my eyes on God and his forgiveness and grace. He was faithful and placed Godly people in my life to encourage me to press on.  Nonetheless, I walked through some very dark days. I would often battle anxiety and worry. However, that is when I first learned how to "be still and know that (He) is God."  Some days I felt that it was hopeless and wouldn't ever get better...BUT God.  See, God knows all wrong choice was no surprise to Him. His love for me did not change.  I'm sure, as most parents would be, He was sad watching me walk that path.  Finally, I decided to surrender everything to Him: my failures, my fears, my sadness, my enemies, etc.  All I could do was to depend on Him to guide me day by day.  What a great place to be!  It is when we realize our total dependence on God and trust Him, that we can "be still" and know He is God.  He can make a way where there is not a way. He can make beauty out of ashes. (Isaiah 61:3)
I don't know where you are in your life today.  You may be on a mountain top, or you may be in the deepest valley you have ever been in.  You may be full of joy, however, you may be so overwhelmed with sadness that you don't feel like getting up.  Regardless of where you are, God loves you and has a plan for you.  As you talk to Him and surrender to Him all the pain or even all the joy; you then, can rest assured that He is working things out in your life. (Romans 8:28)  He can forgive you and help you walk through the consequences of any mistakes you might have made. (1 John 1:9, Psalms 23) Nothing or no one can separate you from His love for you! (Romans 8:29-37)
Even in a world where each hour brings more disturbing and disheartening news, we can "be still" and know He is our God and He is in control. Let Him be your strength today!

"Be still, and know that I am God!  I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world."   Psalms 46:10 NLT



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Press On Wednesday : Too Busy

We all have such busy lives; busy with work, home, chores, church, ministry, school, family and unexpected interruptions. So, how do we find time to invest in our health?
One thing I've learned in life, is that we somehow make time for what is important to us. If our health is a priority, we will make time to prepare for healthy meals, exercise, rest, and take care of ourselves.  The Bible tells us that if we are a Child of God, then our body is the Temple of Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).  I want to encourage you to make your health a priority in your life.  I am not saying to make it top priority, because I believe our relationship with God should have that spot.  However, when we put God first, He can help us put our other priorities in order. 
Following are just a few tips to help make your health a priority:
1.  Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than you do now.
2.  Only eat sugar on special occasions or only one day a week.
3.  No caffeine after 4 pm.
4.  Walk 1-2 miles at least 3 times a week.
5.  Have an accountability partner for a healthy lifestyle.
6.  Follow God's plan and obey His will for your life.  (Proverbs 3:7-8)
So, let's all press on and keep making those healthy choices! 
Press On Wednesdays in memory of my Dad, Troy

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sour Cream & Green Chile Turkey Enchiladas (Open-faced)

This time of year most of us have left-over turkey in our fridge.  There are many things to make with this Thanksgiving fare, however, enchiladas are among my favorite.  Usually, by the time Thanksgiving celebrations are over, we are wanting something a little different to munch on.
This past Saturday I made some great enchiladas out of our left over turkey.  They turned out very yummy and I want to share the recipe with you.

First, you will need:
1-2 pounds of cooked turkey breast
1-28 ounce can of Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (reserve 2/3 cup for Topping)
12- corn tortillas
1- small onion, diced
1- Tablespoon of diced garlic
2-cups of shredded Colby Jack Cheese
1 tsp. Salt
1- tsp. Tony Chachere's Seasoning
1-2 tsp Cumin (I like Cumin, so I used 2)
1- cup of Sour Cream
 2/3 cup of Enchilada Sauce (reserved)
2/3 cup of Milk

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Cover bottom of a 13 x 9 pan with the enchilada sauce.
  Next layer 6 tortillas on sauce.
 Let stand while you go to next step.

 Next, chop the turkey into bite-sized pieces and set aside

In large pan, sauté the onion and garlic in about 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil until onions are tender.
Then, add chopped turkey, salt, and Tony Chacheres seasoning;
cook well until turkey and seasonings are well blended.
Next, put half of turkey mixture on tortillas;
 then, cover with 1/2 cup of cheese.
Then, cover with half can of enchilada sauce.
 Then repeat process one more time; tortillas,
 remaining turkey mixture and cheese. Make sure the tortillas
are well- saturated with the sauces.
For the sauce, in a skillet stir the reserved
2/3 cup sauce, sour cream and milk well. 
Cook on low heat until well-blended and warm and pour on top of casserole.
Then top with remaining shredded cheese and put in warm oven.
 Cook until cheese is well melted.   (For me the cooking time was about 25 minutes)

Enjoy these easy enchiladas with a crisp green salad and tortilla chips!