The Secret to Success

The Secret to Success

If you are down this morning,  here are a few words of encouragement.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.  Proverbs 16:3 

You know that I am a huge advocate for the Bible. We must read it so that we know what all the verses we hear all the time mean in their proper context. If you have read the verse above and wondered why God hasn’t blessed your endeavor, you may have taken this verse (or any verse) the wrong way like so many of us have. We have to remember that God doesn’t bless just any endeavor. He blesses the one that He wants to succeed.

It all begins with submitting fully to the Lord. We have to remember that it’s all about God, not us.

Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”  Isaiah 43:7

Once you give yourself completely to God, prepare to be amazed! You are now in the perfect position to be a vessel for His glory and it is nothing short of a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring experience! You don’t have to be afraid that what you are doing is wrong. We are called to abide. That’s it! Just do what’s in front of you and God will do the rest.  I know I am not alone in going crazy wondering what God’s will is for me and if I am on the right track to it. Spoiler alert: if you are abiding daily, you are right where you need to be! God is the one who gets the get’s the first move.

By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.
Exodus 13:21

So how do we abide?

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  John 15:5

You cling to the Vine!

You read your Bible daily.

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;  John 8:31

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  John 15:7

Pray continually.

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’  Jeremiah 33:3″

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  Matthew 7:7 

Remember, we aren’t asking for selfish desires, we are asking for God to glorify Himself through us.

Rest.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10

REST! Relax and know that when you are abiding in Christ, when you are a vessel for His glory, you have no other choice but to succeed! Success is certain.

God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.  Psalm 46:5

She will not fail

If the Lord wants something done, it will be done. Congratulations. You have learned the secret to success.

 

 

 

 

In The Kitchen IV

In The Kitchen IV

Good morning!

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A Peach! In my four years of wrinting this blog, this is the first appearance of an actual Georgia peach.

Today I am sharing some more of my kitchen adventures. The orange titles will take you to the recipes. Enjoy!

Breakfast

Right now I LOVE energy bites lately! I haven’t been in the mood for a huge breakfast in the mornings lately and these have been perfect. They are sweet, easy, and packed full of nutrition.

Cherry Pecan Energy Bites

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Cherry Pecan Energy Bites

Click the title to see the recipe that I went off of. I took the recipe for Cranberry Almond Energy Bites and just swapped the cranberries and almonds for dried cherries and chopped pecans. SO GOOD!

My Own!

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My Own Energy Bite

Sunday night I actually concocted my own energy bite! Here’s the recipe. I haven’t named them yet. Haha!

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup creamy natural nut butter
1/4 cup honey

Instructions
  • Mix together oats, cherries, pecans, flaxseed, and coconut. Then add nut butter and honey and stir until evenly combined.
  • Roll into 12-14 balls and set in freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Move to the fridge and grab for a quick for breakfast or snack. 🙂

Pumpkin Pecan Overnight Oats

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Pumpkin Pecan Overnight Oats

This makes a lot so you might want to split it into to two servings. But it’s yummy!

1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup greek yogurt
2/3 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp maple syrup
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 Tbs chopped pecans

Stir all ingredients together in breakfast bowl and refrigerate overnight. Wake up. Enjoy!

Odds and Ends Overnight Oats

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Odds and Ends Overnight Oats

So basically overnight oats have four basic ingredients: oats, greek yogurt, milk, and vanilla. From there you can get creative and make them really fabulous! Here is one I made with odds in ends I had in my pantry.

1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
2/3 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs dried cherries
1 Tbs chopped pecans
1tsp chia seed
1 tsp ground flaxseed

Stir together. Set in fridge overnight. Enjoy in morning!

Dinner

Creamy Parmesan One Pot Chicken and Rice

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Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Rice

Chicken and rice is one of Jason’s favorite dinners. This recipe is a bit healthier and Jason said it was definitely one to have again. I would have to agree! It’s great with broccoli.

Garlic Butter Chicken

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Garlic Butter Chicken

If you are looking for a healthy but flavorful dinner, look no more. This was very easy and a crowd pleaser (“crowd” being the Teal fam). I even got to use my new skillet!

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Dessert!

Being that I am a newbie baker, I have been playing it safe with mostly cookies. But we all have to start somewhere right? Here are some amazing cookie recipes that I found that I know any cookie lover will enjoy. You will notice that most of the cookie recipes I share are “soft and chewy”. To me, this is the only way cookies should be. 😉

Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies 

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Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft. Chewy. Peanut buttery. Perfect.

Brown Butter Cookies

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Brown Butter Cookies

 

These delightful morsels veer a bit from the everyday chocolate chip or peanut butter cookie. I thought to myself, these are for the Ben and Jerry’s lover. No vanilla here.

That’s all for this week! Let me know if you try one of these recipes or have one that you are in love with right now.

Have a great da, Peaches!

 

 

 

Anxious? Suffering? How To Run To God

Anxious? Suffering? How To Run To God

 

Good morning!

I hope you are well but if you aren’t, you must run to God.

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I think many of us are confused on exactly how to run to God when tragedy strikes. We pray for God to fix our situation. We try to find verses that help us to understand what we are going through. We go to church and listen to sermons that hopefully help us deal. But while all of those things are good, peace is found when we fully humble ourselves before the Lord.

How To Run To God

Humbly Cry Out To God

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.
Matthew 17:5-6

When tragedy strikes, get on your knees and cry out to God. Tell him all of your fears. Tell Him all of your thoughts, He knows them anyway. There is no sense in not being honest because He knows every thought and every feeling you are experiencing. Be completely honest yet humble and reverent. He is the Lord of the Universe.

Ask Him To Open Your Eyes

Next, ask the Lord to open your eyes to what He wants to show you. Ask him to give you wisdom and knowledge and understanding. This is why we go through trials.

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 Peter 1:6-7

Open Your Bible

You are going to notice that most of the steps begin with “Ask the Lord”. This is because when we are suffering, we are to go to Him and nowhere else.

Open your Bible and ask the Lord to let you absorb every fiber of it. The Bible is God’s voice. Ask Him to give you understanding and He will!

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 
Matthew 24:35

For 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

Suffering is the season of listening. Stop everything and listen to the Lord. Open His word,

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Relentlessly Seek God

The definition of relentless is “oppressively constant; incessant.”

This is how you are to seek God right now. When you wake up, in every free moment, before bed. Be thankful that God is asking you to do this because this only is asked of those He loves.

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Revelation 3:19

They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 
Hebrews 12:10-11

Have Faith

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 
Matthew 7:7-8

I know without a doubt that if you are suffering and you humbly run to God you will receive the peace that surpasses all understanding. Then you will have no choice but to tell others about what happened. I know this because God reveals Himself through our weakness!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
1 Corinthians 12:9

So friend, run. Run to God and nowhere else.

Blessings,
Angela

 

 

Fitness Hacks – Free Fitness

Fitness Hacks – Free Fitness

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Good morning Peaches!

Thursday has become fit front update posts. Check out my current approach to fitness  here and here. (Spoiler alert: it’s super relaxed.)

I was almost certain that I would not keep up with these posts because of the fact that diet and exercise no longer take up a large space in my mind. But I do have a wealth of fitness information stored up from my many years of fitness obsession and I have decided to pass it along to you. This will be an extremely honest series of blog posts on how you, my friend, can live a healthy life right now without spending any extra money. You can lose weight right now without joining a gym, without buying any special products, and without even buying a book on the matter if you don’t want to. I do recommend at least buying a book. I mean, come on, they aren’t expensive and you get to keep it forever.

I am going to start with some things for you to remember and then give you free resources to go to get you started.

*Note- I am not selling anything. I am not directing you to places where you will be sold something.  I am just a former fitness instructor with info to share. This is a ministry. 

Free Fitness – Get Honest

Step #1 – Step Away From the Media

The first step is to step back, look away from the media telling you that you need to go low carb, go vegan, go gluten-free, do this diet do that diet, make sure you workout this much and this way and get your heart rate so high before you will be able to make any progress. The fitness industry is just that, an industry. It needs to tell you that you need to follow these programs, and drink protein powders, and buy books on specific diets to get healthy, lose weight, and change your life. This is not true. This is sales.

While gyms, network marketing, and products can be great and provide you with motivation to adhere to a healthy lifestyle. You definitely don’t need to purchase anything to be fit. If you have feet (or not!) you are equipped. If you eat food, you are all set.

Step #2 – Be Honest With Yourself About How You Lost Your Health

I say it this way because you can be thin and still be unhealthy. Maybe you aren’t overweight but your cholesterol is high or you have high blood pressure. Maybe you do have a good amount of weight to lose. You must be honest with yourself about how you got to where you are so that you don’t fall for the gimmicks telling you that your lack of health came from not using a product or doing a certain diet.

I will use me as an example because I know that I am one of many.

I was overweight because I overate on numerous occasions for an extended period of time. 

That’s it. My weight gain did not come from eating carbs or eating a bite of my kid’s food or saying yes to pizza night or going out to coffee with friends. My weight gain came from overeating alone on numerous occasions for an extended period of time. Remember that for yourself.

Step #3 – Understand The Impact of Stress On Your Body

This one is huge and will be a whole blog post in itself. But for now, you must accept the fact that in this world of insta-perfect, you are not. You need sleep. You need rest. There are consequences to burning the candle on both ends.

My counselor, Sarah Beth, says you must put on your shoes to run the race. Sleep and rest are your shoes for the race. Without them, you are going to have a much harder time and likely give up.

Put on your shoes.

Step #4- Think Choice By Choice

A friend that was a personal trainer once told me that if you are a couch potato, eating chips in front of the TV seven days a week and never exercising and you begin eating healthy and working out for 4 of those days, you are going to lose weight and be better than you were. He was right!

Let go of the future and think of the meal or activity right in front you. You can do that right now. What are you about to do? Go out to lunch? Choose something grilled instead of fried. Get a fruit cup instead of chips or fries. Get water instead of soda. Are you heading back to work? Take the stairs, park far away from the building and walk in. Heck, do one minute of squats in the bathroom!

Don’t worry about if you are eating or doing the right thing. Spoiler alert: It’s right. You are choice by choice practicing making good decisions. Remember the couch potato. You are already doing great!

Step #5 – Google….You May Have Heard of It.

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Once you make sure you are not looking anywhere but right in front of you, Google! We are so blessed to live in the information age. You have a wealth of free information at your fingertips! The key is to not get caught up in gimmicks and extremes. There are gimmicks around every corner saying they are anything but and unfortunately we live in a society of extremes. We don’t just jog, we run marathons. We don’t just weight train, we bodybuild. We don’t just eat healthily, we become our diet! BEWARE.

Here are some websites that I have found helpful.

Healthy eating:

healthline.com
webmd.com
choosemyplate.com

Free workouts:

Fitness Blender
BodyRock TV

Healthy recipes:

Pinterst  (I know. Haha. But seriously, we get forget how simple it is sometimes.)

My Favorite Healthy Living Blogs:

Dashing Dish 

Peanut Butter Fingers

Step #6- Steer Clear of Extremes

Actually, first read this article. These people all lived to be well over one hundred years old and not one of them is a hardcore healthy eater or extreme exerciser. One guy even says it important to NOT eat too healthy! Haha! But I would agree.

It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.  Ecclesiastes 7:18

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Matthew 6:25

Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 1 Corinthians 10:25

Remember the goal of fitness is to enhance your life, not to burn you out.

Step #7- Eat Exactly What You Want

When living choice by choice, you are going to have times that you want to eat something not even close to remotely healthy. Do not feel bad. Do not feel guilty. EAT IT. Do not eat a bunch of healthy things first trying to get rid of the craving. You will likely only eat all the calories of the healthy food PLUS the donuts that you will surely still have. This is very important. If you are craving a Krispy Kreme donut, tell your family, go get some and joyfully eat them with everyone. Do not get Dunkin Donuts. Get Krispy Kreme. Satisfy the craving, be thankful for it. There is no reason at all to feel guilty (Matthew 6:25). A few donuts is a blessing. But friends, be honest with yourselves here. If you don’t satisfy the craving with a few donuts you will eventually satisfy it….with a dozen….or two.

Do you see how it works out? Even if you have one dessert every day you are still not overeating all the time which was what got you to an unhealthy place to begin with.

Step #8 – Just MOVE

Exercise really is as simple as that. Don’t think you have to get in a formal workout every day. JUST MOVE. Swim with your kids. Clean the house. Walk around the block. Squat and jog while watching your favorite show. Lift heavy things in your house. Stretch your body. Remember, look away from the media. Look away from the person next to you. Just move.

Those are my first few tips! I hope you found at least a few of them helpful. Stay tuned for more tips next Thursday!

Blessing to you all!
Angela