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For all that we are, who are we?

Are you good at sports? Great at public speaking? Are you a doctor and save lives for a living? Are you amazing at knitting? Are you absolutely gorgeous? Do you wear the perfect size in clothing? Are you always happy? Does your hair lay perfectly? Do you have on make-up, too much or too little? Are you successful?

Sometimes, these questions and many more pull us so deep in an ocean full of chaos and confusion that we are constantly seeking who we are. What our value is to others. What people see us as.

Bottom line… It’s exhausting. The constant treading of water and forced energy wears on us physically, mentally, and emotionally.

There are times that my thoughts get lost is all the confusion and I miss that small, quaint voice saying. You are Loved. You are desired. You are amazing. You are perfect. You are strong. You are irreplaceable. You are wanted. You are highly favored. You are important. You are treasured. You are valuable. You are smart. You are lovely. and you are absolutely Mine.

Those words are so overwhelming to hear, it goes against the grain on the world and telling us the world is lying and that we are absolutely perfect and absolutely all His.  God loves and pursues us in an unwavering fashion that surpasses all understanding.  His love is something so profound that we cannot fathom a love like this.

Please hear me when I say, we are so unworthy of a love like this, but yet He lavishes it upon us.  Trust Him and memorize His promises of who we are to Him.  Speak against what the world tries to say who you are or who you should be.  You live to one standard and that’s God’s standard. We live to bring Him praise and honor.

I wholeheartedly know this is easier said than done, but if we constantly remind ourselves to live to please Him, all things fall into place. We know our worth and value is trusted with the One who deserves all the trust.  Do not tread the water of this world, but let go and float to the surface while we surrender all that we are and who we are to Him.

You are loved. You are treasured. You are His.

Lamentations 3:22
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

John 10:17
17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life-only to take it up again.

Romans 5:5 
5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 5:8
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The Recipe to Lemonade

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Today is definitely one of those good ‘ol thinking days!

    You know? Sometimes there is deep thinking in the shower? Waiting in line at the grocery store? And often on a cloudy day.

I really got to thinking about things in my life and how there is always two reactions that can happen.

     There are times in life where you think that your life is absolutely full of lemon trees, but no bucket to collect them in.

In a recent event in my life, I felt just  that.  I felt that there were so many lemons and I did not know what way to turn or how to react, but God taught we something so beautiful!

                                              The Recipe to Lemonade.

For every event, thought, distraction, or hurt in our life….there is a positive.

      I know it is hard to believe, but trust me.

We cannot change many things that happen, but we are in charge of our reflections and reactions.

     A few events in my family has brought so much hurt, but after talking to God over and over He finally allowed me to see the amazing things that have come from it.

   For every negative thing in your life, try to see something positive about it.

Proverbs 15:13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

So go on…Make that Lemonade!

Lemonade

1 cup of love

1/2 gallon of understanding

5 large buckets of prayer

2 quarts of smiles

 

Enjoy your day! You are fearfully and wonderful made!

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(One of two things just happened…Your jaw either cringed while salivating or you just decided you wanted a big glass of fresh lemonade! Hello Farmer’s Market!!)

 

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Jessica:

My absolute FAVORITE coffee drink! This is a definite Must-Try!

Originally posted on kiss my spatula | food + photography:

I was born in Vietnam, but don’t have memories of it.  All I know about the details of the first four years of my life, I know only through the stories told to me by my parents, aunties, uncles and cousins.  I’ve always felt a little as if I had missed out.  To make up for it, as a little girl, I asked a lot of questions.  I loved sitting in the car on the hour’s drive to Uptown for Vietnamese food, with my elbows perched on top of the sides of the front seats, my bottom on the very edge of the middle of the back seat, (seat belts weren’t a big deal back then from what I can remember) arms and fingers outstretched to reach the radio dial, and in-between changing stations and Dad’s singing of “Hey Jude”, I ask my parents questions about Vietnam.  My favorite…

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The Joy of Bun Thang

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This week, I have had the amazing opportunity to have my in-laws in town! This means, great company, good laughs, and amazing food!
One of my FAVORITE Vietnamese meals is Bun Thang. This meal is often used at a breakfast or a late night snack because of its warm, but light taste. You do not leave the table like you have swallowed a brick. Check it out!

Bun Thang ( Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli Noodle Soup with Chicken, Egg, and Pork)

Broth:
6 cups water
1/2 tbs sugar
3 chicken breasts
1 tablespoon Nuoc Mam( fish sauce)
Salt to taste

Add all together and boil for about 20 minutes ( or until chicken is cooked) and then take chicken out and simmer broth for 40 mins.

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Boil Vermicelli noodles until tender and drain. Add handful to bowl.

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Shred chicken breasts and add to noodles. ( Try shredding chicken without sneaking a bite… almost impossibly)

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Next, is the egg! The egg may be cooked as an omelet. First, scramble one egg in a bowl and pour into a large skillet and try to make as thin as possible. Once cooked, slice thinly and add a big pinch.

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Now, time for the meat! Cha Lua is a Vietnamese ham that is found in Vietnamese markets usually wrapped in banana leaves. Cut thin matchstick strips and add a large pinch to bowl.

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To top, add cilantro, green onions, fried shallots ( found in Asian markets), sriracha ( to give heat), and lime to squeeze.

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Now, the delicious broth! Pour over the noodles and fixings until the broth barely peeks through the fixings ( yes, i said fixing…southern girl making Vietnamese food!)

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Last, but not least! Squeeze the lime all over the top and may your jaws clinch while making you salivate.

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( Had to use my bowl for photo…husband is already chowing done on his while squeezing lime)

Mix together and you may begin eating! If you need any additional salt, use the Nuoc Mam (fish sauce) by drops. This is used as your “salt”, but be very careful because a little goes a looonng ways!

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I hope you are enjoying your meals! Let me know what you think!! Remember, think about the full feeling without feeling a million pounds!

Sooo yummy!

When He calls…He calls.

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Several months ago, God laid on my heart to start a blog…

     I was a little confused about this request for two main reasons:

        1) I am awful at writing and English was not my favorite subject.

        2) I thought God knew that I don’t like to be too open with people because, “What if they know my shy personality is different and people will not like or enjoy the blog.”

Talk about lies from satan, right?!

It took my best friend, Cassie, to tell me that she enjoys hearing God through different experiences from my life and that the rest of the world deserves to hear.  If I am praying for God to use me daily and I ask Him to allow me to be His hands and feet to this world, how can I decline a simply request from our Father?

So, here it is. The blog has begun and a fresh start. 

My words may often be misspelled on accident and I may often leave out words because my brain is going too fast, but I hope it reminds myself and viewers and that I (we) are such imperfect people serving an amazing, perfect, glorious God.

Be Blessed. Be a Blessing.

Hello and Hallelujah!

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Good Morning Everyone!

     Today is Friday the 13th and it is a GREAT day, right?!? Did you know that the real term for the fear of Friday the 13th is….friggatriskaidekaphobia. That’s right!  Try to say that three times fast!  Since the 19th Century, Friday has been known to be an unlucky day and the number 13 is known as a very unlucky number, combine the two and it makes for friggatriskaidekaphobia-ish kind of day. 

When I think about it though… Great things happen to me on Fridays and 13 is just after 12 and before 14.  Bad days come and go, but don’t let Friday the 13th pre-plan an awful day for you! Be reminded that each day is a day given to a special purpose and reason.  Trust that God is going to do amazing things and if something does happen that would have been better in the waste basket, know that God is in control and nothing catches Him off guard. Be a bright light on this known by society as a “dark day” and make something positive!