My Faith Box

My Faith Box

My Faith Box

Happiness Impact

The Happiness Impact

This week I was away, we’ll save that story for another blog post, but while I was away I got a notification of a super awesome box. My Faith Box had arrived! 

I was so excited since this was my first Faith Box and it surely did not disappoint. 

The theme of this month’s Faith Box was all about happiness. It honestly could not have come at a better time considering all that is happening in my life. 

Wait until you see everything this box has inside! Or better yet, grab your own below! 

Stickers!

If you look at my laptop it’s full of stickers. I have my Truffle stickers, Save the Fishies one and now my Jesus stickers. Call me crazy but I love showing my passions in life any form I can and stickers are a great way to express yourself. From the big picture above you can see that this Faith Box came with tons of stickers! I’ll be sticker-bombing everything this month! 

Devotionals

My Faith Box also came with an awesome devotional and this super cool Spiritual Practice guide. I’m excited to see how this transforms my life over the next few weeks. 

Embrace Your Journey
Devotional Cover

Local Artists

One of the best things to come out of the Faith Box was this magnet made by local artists in Haiti. I am all about supporting local artists and that’s what Anchored in Hope does. This is what their website says, “The mission of Anchored in Hope is to empower Haitian artisans to provide for their families with dignity. Our desire is to inspire hope for a better tomorrow through our reliance on the anchor that we have in Jesus Christ.” 

I love love love their mission! This magnet will serve as a great reminder for quite a few things for me.

1. Rely on the Savior. 

2. Rejoice in my knowledge of the Gospel

3. Support more local artists 

The Water Bottle

If you follow any of my social media or read any of my blog posts, you know how important reusable water bottles are to me. 

 

I am the biggest anti-single-use plastics person on the planet. There’s honestly no reason for it with the number of cute water bottles available. 

So the fact that Faith Box put a reusable bottle in here means it automatically got my vote of approval. 

Seriously, grab yourself a reusable bottle. Save the planet. 

Overall, I would say the Faith Box is totally worth it! I’m definitely excited to see how it changes my faith but I’m even more so impressed with the focus on changing the world in all aspects from supporting local artists to encouraging users to ditch the plastics. Faith Box has my vote. 

Working in Primary

Working in Primary

Last week I got a text from a member of the Bishopric asking me to meet. I’m new to the ward so I honestly assumed it was for a calling. I had been there a month and so it seemed like the right time. I was right.

Workng in Primary

Pray He is There

Speak He is Listening
You are His childHis love now surrounds you

I ended up in Primary. As the Chorister of all things. Y’all I have not done anything musically inclinced in 12 years. Yes, I did Honor’s Choir back in Elementary School (yes, I got picked for that) but I haven’t done much since minus the Middle School and 1 year of High School Choir. So to say I’m rusty is an understatement and a half.

How was I going to teach music. I can’t even conduct and my ability to hear the songs and know when to start signing is lackluster at best. I immediately thought to myself, “well the kids won’t care but the adults in the room are going to know I’m an idiot.”

So basically it was pure panic.

Then I was set-apart and it changed everything.

The Bishopric reminded me how vital my job was. Primary is the super fun place in Church. You’re also working with future missionaries. Future parents. The next generation of active adults. The experience they have in Primary can shape how they feel about Church. I hear from adults all the time that a Primary lesson stuck with them. A Primary teacher. A Primary song. Those moments in Primary helped them through the tough times.

Primary used to feel like being banished. Minimal adult conversation. People tend to forget you exist when you land in Primary. But after meeting my Bishopric, I learned that Primary is one of the most important callings I’ve ever been given. I’ve served in Primary before but never had this actualization before.

I needed Primary as much as God needed me there for the children. I am forever thankful that God places us where we need to be.

A Child's Prayer

This is without a doubt my favorite Primary song. God will always answer your prayers. We are all part of his Primary.

Bible Study

Join us for our Bible Study about what it means to be a a child of God. We’re examining our identity through God’s eyes!

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

My favorite salad recipe

As y’all know I don’t eat meat for biblical reasons. The scriptures say to eat meat sparingly so unless someone makes me something with meat, I avoid it. I digress.

Since I don’t eat meat, salad is something I frequent. Living in Georgia, it’s pretty hot all the time. When I moved here the temp in NJ was 40 and when I arrived it was 96. in Georgia. A nice, cool summer salad is the thing I needed.

Typically I get pretty sick of salads fast but this one is perfection. It’s got all of my favorite things in it and it’s incredibly light. To say I eat this every single day would be an understatement. Lunch or dinner for the past three weeks you can find this salad in my hand.

Mix it up with your favorite berries but I will say the feta, watermelon & basil combo is to die for!

I honestly just eyeball everything. I stick as much watermelon, berries, feta, basil, etc. in as I want that day. Have fun and let me know how you mix this recipe up!

 

 

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

Ingredients

  • Watermelon
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Spring Mix
  • Walnuts
  • Basil
  • Feta Crumbles
  • Balsamic
  • Olive Oil
  • Brown Sugar

Instructions

  • 1:3 Ratio of Balsamic to Olive Oil
  • Add a pinch of brown sugar and whisk
  • Take a bowl of Spring Mix and add your other ingredients based on your own love of berries, feta and basil.
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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. 

Recent Faith Based Posts

My Faith Box

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Working in Primary

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Watermelon Feta Salad

This watermelon feta salad is the perfect thing you need for the summer. Here in South Georgia it’s crazy hot and the watermelon feta salad keeps me full and cool. Enjoy!

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!

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!

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