I Want MORE!!!!

Friday, I had a glorious day of snowboarding!! The sun was out, snow was good, runs were empty & there was no wind. Needless to say, I could’ve ridden for endless hours & enjoyed a unique bliss that’s not easily acquired. But alas, I stopped when I could’ve gone for heaps more.
I think it’s very human to want more – more dessert, more sleep, more success, more adrenaline, more chocolate, more vacation, etc. But alas, there’s such a thing as overdose & it’s not just for drugs. We would be wise to quit while we still want more. This principle is a healthy guideline across the entirety of our lives with one exception: Jesus.
We are designed to crave our Creator & our lives will remain unsatisfied until we appreciate that ultimately, we’re only fulfilled through a rich, vibrant & continuous relationship with Jesus!

Being Hungry

When I come home from an Int’l trip, I’m often hungry for a hamburger or a salad – familiar food that are in my home culture. This isn’t to say that I don’t like ethnic food. I TOTALLY love to try new foods in various cultures. Some of the foods I’ve tried were not that tasty when I first tried them, but the more I ate them, the more I liked these different foods. 
Sometimes I think spiritual food can be similar. I find that there are some spiritual foods that are tasty & appealing. For example, we like where the Bible says that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us in Phil 4:13. But some verses aren’t quite as appealing. For example, James 1:4 says that we should let endurance have its perfect work so that we can be perfect & complete, not lacking anything. 

Let’s be certain that we let the Holy Spirit cultivate our appetites so that we eat spiritual food that helps us grow & become mature followers of Jesus 🙂

Thanksgiving with Minions ,)

Holy cow or Sacred turkey!!
I’m very happy to report that my kids & I have been working this afternoon on our Thanksgiving meal for tomorrow & I have never been this well prepared! We have a traditional meal for tomorrow for some wonderful guests & I sincerely hope that we are a blessing to our guests! In the meantime, I have to give out a MASSIVE shoutout to my kids for all of their help!!!! They’re making the cranberry sauce, pecan pie, sweet potatoes, Apple pastries, setting the table, organizing the serving platters & lots more! I never knew Thanksgiving could be such family fun! YAHOOO!!!! If the turkey comes out well, we are most certainly on the cusp of Jesus’ Second Coming, so I hope you’re ready ,)
I’m very thankful to my kids for their invaluable help this year & more so to God for such an extravagant & continuous display of Genuine Love – happy Thanksgiving dear friend!
Thank you so much for reading my blog! 🙂

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are you a picky eater?

 I know that I’m a bit of a strange bird: I go to weird places and enjoy the experience, I do some crazy things and think about it later, I find it to be alot of fun to try new and unusual sports, etc.  Furthermore, I love to explore culinary adventures.  There’s this bald guy on TV who goes to some really strange places and eats food that is nothing less than thoroughly bizarre – I like watching him because he challenges me to push the envelope with trying new things to eat.  My latest claim to fame is eating a bug off the fender of one of our vehicles in Angola last year (that was on the heels of the bugs I ate with my friends in Cambodia).  ANYWAYS, my point is that my parents raised me to eat and “like” all foods.  When I was growing up, we weren’t allowed to say that we didn’t like a certain food.  We always had to try a teaspoon & omit the subsequent critique ,)

So this got me to thinking about how I perceive people.  If I can enjoy such a wide array of food options, why not let God develop a love in me for a wide array of people.   Today, I felt that God challenged me to be less picky and finicky about people and to love them with less criticisms and pre-requisites.  Perhaps you’re really good at loving a wide variety of people – please pray for me that I would continue to get better at loving people and being less picky.  thanks muchos 🙂

Calories & Consumption :)

While today is Thanksgiving in America & many of us will be consuming high volumes of calories in all kinds of different ways & at all times, I’m remembering that the fundamental purpose of eating is to provide energy. Ultimately, I eat so I can work, function & be productive.
Let’s remember in our high calorie consumption today that we must never neglect to feed our hearts. Indeed, an emaciated heart is unable to live out the purpose for which it was created. Heart food can include prayer, the Bible, spiritual fellowship, some solitude & pause. May your Thanksgiving be truly full of joy in all ways 🙂

to feast or fast, that is the question

fastingI’m so excited about getting to share about fasting in our church!!!  Tonight, we talked about Jesus’ discussion about fasting in the Sermon on the Mount.  Truth be known, I’ve been really eager to share about fasting because I think its one of the best kept secrets of Christianity.  I invite you to read the comments above to get some useful insights, refreshing honesty & reflective thoughts – leave your own comment too!

If you’re in Denver, please consider adding to your fasting plan some really good prayer opportunities:

  • every Monday 7pm w Dad in the Elevate rm
  • every Sun 6am w Cleo in the Altar Counselling Room
  • 2nd Fri of each month 6-11p w JoAnn in the Altar Counselling Room
  • 1st Fri of each month 7pm w Kathy at her house (call church office for directions)
  • last Sat of each month 830a in lobby / foyer
  • pre-service prayer:  Sun 830a & Wed 615p in Altar Counselling Room
  • Mon, Wed 630-730a in Auditorium

Keep in mind – get some fast in your life to go far!

food for body (tres leches & coconut cream) & soul

Ok, my good friend Jolene has her bday tomorrow & her kind husband let me know that she really likes our tres leches cake – so we made one today.  If you’ve never had a tres leches cake, it would bring me great joy to let you experience the joy w our family sometime.  This is reece’s fav cake (maybe tied w moist carrot cake), so he always gets jittery when I make it because of his inclination to consume large portions in vaccuum style.  😉  Needless to say, I like to cook this cake bc its hard to ruin.

My next cooking endeavor will be in tv taping tomorrow w a coconut cream pie.  If you were around on the Wed nite when I finished the beatitudes series, you’ll recall the entertaining coconut cream pie fiasco – it was a step up from my attempt to “toast” whipped cream under the broiler.  Enough on that one.  (personally, i think cooking should include some comic relief – mine usually does!) 

As for the soul food – here’s my wisdom for the nite:  visit my buddy’s blog: kevlarbeard.  He has a list of suggestions that are really powerful!!!!

today is my mom’s bday

Happy BDay to mom!  I’m kind of excited for my mom’s bday because aside from doing all of the regular bday routine, I’ve got a surprise for her that she doesn’t know about.  🙂

Here’s my plan.  My mom always talks about how her mom made these great parkerhouse rolls & delicious buttermilk biscuits and she’s totally right.  My gram could throw down a GREAT meal – fried chix, greens, pies of any variety, mashed potatoes & mouthwatering gravy, fried okra . . . . .   Holy cow, she was an incredible cook!!  Anyways, I found the recipe box from my gram & in it, I found her recipe for buttermilk biscuits that I’m going to make for mom tonight as a surprise – pls don’t talk with her about this until tomorrow.  Help me keep this a surprise.

Furthermore, please protect the fragile nature of my cooking ability.  They could turn out awful.  In that event, I won’t have to serve them & there won’t be any disappointment.  Or I can get my kids to help me, so if they turn out bad, I can say it was a family experiment – there are lots of ways to skin a cat.  🙂

Anyways, wish me luck & maybe even shoot up a quick prayer for divine intervention and grace.