Monday, February 13, 2012

Maple, Apple Oatmeal

My favorite way to make oatmeal for one! 

Core and thinly slice an apple into bite size pieces.  Drizzle 2 Tbs of pure maple syrup over the apple, cover with a paper towel and microwave for 1 -2 minutes or until soft.  Put 1/2 cup of old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 cup of water on top and microwave again for a minute or two!  Mix well and garnish with a dollop of plain yogurt and a pinch of cinnamon or maybe a tad bit of milk. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Unsettle Me

Last May I turned 40.  With determination I plowed ahead to lose some weight. That flopped. I lost 12 pounds and then decided I didn't like the food I was forcing myself to consume nor could I stomach the pricetag for another month's supply.  Fastforward to November, Black Friday to be exact. 

In a rush I picked up and purchased several $5 books on Sale at LifeWay Christian Stores.  One was titled Made to Crave, Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food. Whew what a title.  At Christmas I realized there was a DVD that would go along with this book.  Yay Amazon had 2 day free shipping!

Well it's taken me til February to round up a few friends/accountability partners but last night February 9, 2012 marked session 1.  I'm even more excited about this journey this morning than last night. That's good right?  I want to be healthy.  I want to follow closely the plans God has for me.  I don't want a box.  I want to live and breath His Truth.  Even in food.  Lysa Terkeurst, the author of this study hit me square between the eyes as she said "I relied on food more than I relied on God." First thought - over the top, of course that's not me, but then she said, "I craved food more than I craved God. Food was my comfort. Food was my reward. Food was my joy. Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness, and even in times of happiness." OUCH! 

Lord, I want you to be my desire.  The first I turn to when I'm in need, in celebration, hurt, sadness, or stress.   Today I pray the prayer Lysa penned:
Yes, indeed, unsettle me, Lord. Unearth that remnant of justification.  Shake loose that pull toward compromise. Reveal that broken shard of secrecy. Expose that tendency to give up. Unsettle me in the best kind of way. For when I allow your touch to reach the deepest parts of me - dark and dingy and hidden away too long - suddenly, a fresh wind of life twists and twirls and dances through my soul.... Welcome deeper love for God and the realization I am made for more than this constant battle. Welcome my unsettled heart.

Thanks girlfriends, thanks for traveling this journey with me.  I know it will make a difference not only in our health, but in our attitudes and thoughts.  Together we will pray and lift each other up as we each yearn for, "CRAVE,"  the intimacy with God that comes when we recognize the beauty of discipline.  Even though this journey will be hard, together we will encourage and help each other!