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Needing Directions?

Needing Directions?

Following Directions

Are you doing it alone?

Do you prefer to go at it alone?

If you’ve been following along on social media, you’ll see I moved recently. From PA, then back home to NJ and then finally over to GA. I came here all alone. Indepedent woman and all. I came here with no furniture. Not even a bed. I had to buy everything down here.

Perfect right? Well yes! I got to design my house the way I wanted. Expect some photos soon!

So I move to Georgia. I get everything delivered and I start to assemble.

My bed comes with directions, numbers and screws. Me feeling all indepdent decides, I just need to line the numbers up and screw the things in. I didn’t need the direction. That was my thought.

Fact: I did need the directions. Things were wonky when I went at it alone. There was no way I’d be able to sleep on that bedframe.

When I caved and turned to the direction, things made sense. Guess what? My bed is stable. Things are good. My room is together.

So is this a blog post about putting my bed together? Well, yes and no.

I had the directions the entire time when assembling my bed. Just like we always have the directions for life available. We have the scriptures readily available to us. We have the choice to pray about things in our lives aka direct communication with God. Every single day we have the choice to study the scriptures and to pray. Those two activities help provide the directions we need for our own lives. Rather than feeling unstable and unsure, like I did when I was building my bed alone, when I reached for the directions, I felt safe, secure and empowered. The scriptures and prayer can do the same thing for you. You can decide to feel stressed or you can decide to following the directions and guidance laid out for you. Which will you decide? 

The Power of Scriptures

A talk from LDS General Conference October 2011 on the power of scriptures.

Scripture Study Tips

1. Make a commitment

This maybe sounds crazy but make a time commitment. Decide when you’ll read, listen & study your scriptures.  

2. Ditch distraction

Put your phone down for the next 5-10 minutes. Those 5-10 minutes will make all the difference. Have children? Spend some quiet time alone before they wake up. You got this!

3. Write it down

One of the greatest gifts we have from God is being able to receive personal relevation. When we pray and study the scriptures, pay attention to the feelings you get while reading. Write those impressions down. You’ll be thankful for those written down impressions later on. 

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Needing Directions?

Are you going through life on your own or do you have some directions? I recently learned how much easier things are with the directions. The scriptures are the best directions I have.

Love Defined: A Review

I first found GirlDefined Ministries when I searching YouTube for a little truth in my life last year. Kristen Clark and her sister Bethany Baird are what we would hope Christian women would be. They're smart, kind, modest and really love Christ with every fiber of...

Love Defined: A Review

Love Defined: A Review

I first found GirlDefined Ministries when I searching YouTube for a little truth in my life last year. Kristen Clark and her sister Bethany Baird are what we would hope Christian women would be. They’re smart, kind, modest and really love Christ with every fiber of their being. So I was most excited when their book Love Defined came out. Let’s talk about Love Defined and my thoughts on it. Before reading Love Defined I was pretty. convinced I knew all. the things. I had a basic understanding of a God Defined relationship. I was super active in my church which is all about families. I went in thinking I knew most of the things. What would I get out of it?

Well a lot! 

Loved Defined is comprised of five parts.

  • Happily Ever Disaster
  • Bringing Back True Love
  • Single and Waiting to Mingle
  • Working Through the Nitty-Gritty
  • Living Well on This Side of the Altar

What I loved most about this book is that it’s not just about dating and courtship. It goes from those first romances to thriving in marriage. I think a lot of us think that marriage is the Holy Grail. We get there and then it’s all good, right? Wrong. I’m proof of that as my own marriage crumbled. I would say 98% of the reason it crumbled is because it wasn’t a marriage the way God intended for it to be.

It was something else entirely. That’s why I believe it didn’t work. So I think it’s super important that this book goes from the beginning stages to the marriage and how to maintain that marriage.

This quote from the book could not be more accurate.

 

One of the best parts of the book Love Defined is the fact that Kristen and Bethany don’t just talk about issues, the Merry-Go-Round Dating Method and more, but they share their own trials. They share their own dating stories. How they let society permeate their idea of  dating and relationships. & ultimately how they found the most truth in God’s Word.

Another favorite quote from the book is about how God’s Word has more advice than every other chick flick and romance novel combined. I mean honestly why wouldn’t He? Afterall, God created the first relationship. He would know better than anyone else.

My overall feelings

I cannot recommend Love Defined enough. If you’ve been struggling with your relationship and want to improve it, or maybe you’re single and struggling with the waiting game (I get it) this is the book for you.

It offers advice on what to look for, red flags, advice for every stage and so much more.

I promise when you embrace God’s Word into your life and relationships, amazing things happen. It won’t always be easy but it will be worth it.

Grab your copy of Love Defined below & be sure to sign up for their study starting in June!

P.S. If you made it this far, congrats! You get to know about the Giveaway! I’ll be giving away one copy of Love Defined to one lucky lady! Will it be you? Giveaway ends May 20th!

3 Ingredient Keto Cookies

3 Ingredient Keto Cookies

Let’s talk Keto Cookies!

As you may have noticed from my last post I’m no longer eating meat for biblical purposes. I also live with a diabetic grandfather and was having dinner with a family on a Keto diet. Now, they said it was no biggie, I could bring anything I wanted as dessert but I had to go Keto & Vegetarian and Diabetic Friendly!

Let me just tell you, these cookies were a freaking hit. My grandfather loved them. The kids at dinner ate them all. Every single one. I made 24 of them and they were gone in minutes. So without further delay, here’s my keto & vegetarian peanut butter cookie recipe.

The ingredients

I told you it was only three ingredients.

Y’all wait until you see how easy this recipe is.

The Steps

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit
  • mix all three ingredients together
    • applesauce as an egg subsitute is life. I’ve been doing it for years in my pancakes and cake and it make a HUGE difference. Maybe one day I’ll share my apple cinnamon waffles without eggs. It’s always a huge hit.
  • roll little balls of your cookie dough and place on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper) – I made about 24 cookies with this recipe. I didn’t make them massive cookies.
  • press a fork into the cookies to make that criss cross pattern that is signature for peanut butter cookies.
  • bake about 13 minutes
  • let cool & enjoy!

Y’all that’s it. You have the perfect peanut butter keto cookies!

It’s super simple. I thought I’d have some left since I made 24 but alas they were gone in minutes. This is a real crowd pleaser you don’t have to feel guilty about. Less than 15 minutes and I had perfect cookies! This is perfect when you need to whip something. up really fast.

Be sure to comment below and tell me how your cookies turned out!

 

3 Ingredient Keto Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Category: keto, dessert, vegetarian, diabetic

Yield: 24

3 Ingredient Keto Cookies

Enjoy this vegetarian friendly, keto friendly and diabetic friendly peanut butter cookies! People will love them. When I make them, they always go first!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup applesauce or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup all natural stevia

Instructions

  • preheat the oven to 350 degrees farenheit
  • mix all three ingredients together
  • roll into little balls
  • place on parchment paper lined baked sheet
  • use fork to create criss-cross pattern on peanut butter cookies
  • bake for 13 minutes
  • let cool and enjoy
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A Biblical Basis for Going Vegetarian

A Biblical Basis for Going Vegetarian

When I was in high school, I really felt called to be a vegetarian. During that time, I was in the best shape of my life and I felt amazing! I worked out constantly, was a very athletic cheerleader and was full of energy. Here’s the thing though – when I was a vegetarian, I really didn’t do it well. I didn’t really have much money to food shop with, so I just kind of just lived off salads and vegetarian snacks. Not really the best “vegetarian ways”. I had a friend who noticed this, who eventually convinced me that this was not really the right lifestyle for me, and then ended my vegetarian lifestyle.

Before my most recent move from Philadelphia, I went to visit my friend Abby, who happens to be a vegetarian, as well as a Mormon. She and I get along incredibly well, and I trust her opinion. I picked her brain a bit about why she’s a vegetarian and what inspired her to be one. Abby explained that there are a lot of scriptures referencing what we eat and refer negatively to consuming meat.

I am a hardcore researcher and planner; always have been and probably always will be.

So, because of that and my curiosity being peaked, I naturally had to research this topic extensively! I asked the missionaries about it. I searched the scriptures and prayed about it. What I found was super interesting.

I found that when many of the scriptures refer to “a meat offering” or “a meat feast”, it usually means wheat or grains. Additionally, I found in the King James version of the Bible, that whenever the word “meat” is referenced, it doesn’t mean meat. Instead when you see the word “flesh”, it refers to animals. This was confusing to me and I had a hard time understanding the meaning at first. I understand the importance of course of being healthy and nourishing our bodies, but still didn’t have a full understanding of the meaning of these scriptures yet.

All of this research brought up many thoughts for me as well. First, I really tend to think that there’s a reason why our bodies don’t process red meat that well. Dairy products as well. Second, through research, I’ve found that our bodies are not supposed to be able to naturally process a cow’s milk. If your body is easily able to process a cow’s milk, then your body has genetically mutated to adapt. But, even with that being so, many people are still lactose intolerant.

Thirdly, let’s think back to Adam and Eve for a second. Adam and Eve had to hunt and gather for their food. So, from an eternal perspective and up to recently, humans had to hunt and gather their food. People were designed to go out and physically collect their food. Meat was not always available. We can go days without it; our bodies are kind of designed for that.

Ya’ll, there a lot of serious and tough scriptures out there referring to the killing of animals for food. Some scriptures even called it an “Abomination”, meaning something unclean. What it boils down to is this – there aren’t a lot of positive words regarding this subject.  Basically, eat meat very sparingly to put it positively.

Basically, what I’m saying is that I am now aligning the way that I consume food with the scriptures and the way our bodies were designed by God. Until speaking with my friend Abbey and hearing her thoughts, I would never even have considered this again. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, so feel free to drop a comment below. I love to read your comments and I can’t wait to see what you have to say about this!

Below you’ll find a downloadable informative PDF containing a list of scriptural references that refer to the eating of animals, the definition of the word meat and so much more!

Eternal Families

Eternal Families

I’ve been traveling back and forth a lot between Pennsylvania and South Jersey for the past few weeks now. I come to Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoons and leave Thursday afternoons. I’ve been alternating which friend I stay with so I don’t annoy them.

Well, this past Wednesday I stayed with a friend, let’s call her Betty. Betty has two kids in Catholic school but Betty isn’t religious. Her ex-husband is the driver of the Catholic school decision.

As you may know, faith is a huge part of me. I go to church for three hours every Sunday, run a podcast based on faith, meet the missionaries regularly, attend scripture studies, visit the temple weekly, etc. It’s just who I am. I love that part of me.

Betty’s kids typically have a religious question for me whenever I see them. I love answering their questions. I once spent over an hour discussing the 10 Commandments with her son. It just brings me such joy.

Anyway, this past week I stayed with Betty and only her daughter was there. While I was getting ready to go to my office, Betty’s daughter had some questions.

I’ll paraphrase the conversation for you.

“I want mommy to love me forever.”

“She can babe.”

“Yeah, but when we die, we’re all alone.”

“No, no babe. Families are eternal.”

“That’s not what I was told. Where did you learn that?”

I pull out my scriptures because I always carry them with me.

Then she asked me to get her some scriptures. You’d better believe I immediately ordered her a set that is perfect for her.

What this little girl said to me, stuck with me. How sad at 6 years old she’s lost her hope? She has no hope she’ll be able to see her family past this life.

I’m so thankful that I found the Gospel when I did. I think it’s been life-saving for me to know that after this life we have somewhere to go. There’s a plan.

Y’all families are eternal. I promise there is a wonderful Celestial Kingdom waiting for you. Let me share this quote from The Family: A Proclamation to The World, “THE FAMILY is ordained of God.”

We also read in Matthew 16:19: “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”

Basically, what I’m saying and what God is saying is that families are eternal. Don’t ever lose hope. There are blessings in store that we cannot fathom and we may experience them with our eternal family. I am forever thankful for that gift and knowledge.

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