Faith Fitness and Laughter

On Fear

Hi ya’ll!   I hope that you enjoyed your Veterans Day!   I spent the day with my parents and drinking hot cocoa.   I don’t know about you but I am loving the temperatures where I live.  It was rainy, cold and windy Tuesday but it made drinking hot cocoa much more fun.  Weird, I know.

 

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Being off for the holiday has will have my week off a bit.  Yesterday felt like Monday.  Again. 

 

This holiday season I am trying new dessert recipes and as you know, baking makes me happy!

 

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Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Bread with an Orange Glaze

 

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I really love this quote.

Mainly because it really does speak the truth.  Oh how I wish that this was not something that I struggled with.  I mean we all have things that we struggle with but this is a big one for me.  I believe what it boils down to is fear. 

Fear of the unknown.

I have allowed fear to rule in my life for so long that I really can’t tell the difference anymore.  I don’t know about you but I am kind of tired doing that.  I want to be finished with giving fear that kind of power over me. 

I am not afraid of everything mind you.  It’s just in certain things that I allow it to lead my life and decisions.  Living in fear of something doesn’t allow God to use us to our full capability.

This quote is from Lisa Whittle and I found it through the Facebook account for Proverbs 31 Ministries.

 

The truth is, I am sick of me.

I am sick of being afraid.  I am sick of being hot and cold or God, depending on my circumstances.  I am sick of wrestling with the same things I’ve wrestled with for most of my life.

I want to be well.  I want to be productive and joyful.  I want to be useful for the Kingdom, valuable to my family, and have something to show of my time on earth.

When I meet God one day, I want to say with open hands, here’s what I did with the life You gave me.

I want God.  I want Him to show up tangibly in me.  I want Him to blow me away with insights and remind me that He is bigger than all my daily crazy.  I want Him to sweep me off my feet and take me on one of His many amazing adventures.

It is not a bad thing when we are sick of ourselves.  It is, in fact, a good thing.  Because that’s when we will desire God in such a big way that we are willing to let go of the steering wheel of our life and let God drive us into our future.

 

How amazing is that?

Don’t you want that?

I don’t know about you but I really do want that.  There is so much faith and strength in stepping out and giving God full reign in your life. 

I want this and I want to be healthy.  I believe that when you are healthy on the inside, it shows up on the outside.  And no, not in skinny jeans. It just shows.

 

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Have an amazing day!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

Good morning my sweet friends! 

 

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It’s a cool brisk morning!  Deer!!!

 

Just popping in to share a recipe with you that I found on Inside BruCrew Life

 

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The recipe calls for a Caramel Icing but I used a Pumpkin Spice icing that worked really well with the chocolate flavor! Powdered Sugar, pumpkin pie spice and almond milk.  Delicious!

 

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This was a great recipe!  🙂

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Victim?

Hi!!  I hope you have had a great week so far and you are getting ready for the weekend.  I have been on vacation this week but I have mostly just chilled out and relaxed.

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I also spent some time with these munchkins..  🙂

 

It rained all day on Wednesday so I binged on Criminal Minds Season One 🙂  Um, can I just say that if you watch that show, I want to be Penelope!!

 

I have also done some baking and trying new recipes!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Spice Icing

 

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodles

 

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Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Bread with Orange Glaze

 

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I had my brackets removed and replaced this week and was so excited to see a preview of my teeth!  Hopefully it won’t be too much longer with them on.

 

Reading:

One of the books that I am currently reading right now is, So Long Insecurity, You’ve been a very bad friend to us.  Beth Moore is one of my favorite Christian authors and this one does not disappoint.  This is the second time I have read this book and it comes at a great time in this season of my life. 

I read something the other day (I think it was on Instagram) about how we should always be prepared to go through different seasons in our life.  How do you prepare for something like that?  My faith tells me that I should be in Gods word to prepare for something like that. 

I have such a huge fear of rejection and sometimes it can even paralyze me.  Other times it can cause me to use poor judgment and make bad decisions.  Especially with men. 

I don’t date much.  Not for any other reason than that I don’t really put myself out there to meet anyone.  When I do however and it doesn’t work out, my judgment is impaired. It’s hard for me to cope with it not working out.  It’s as if I take it personally and I am this leaper that can’t get someone to love me.  Now I know in my heart that this isn’t true but how in the world can I get past it?!  I become very withdrawn and even to the point of being depressed about it.  I don’t eat or I binge.  I become disinterested in really just about everything.  I haven’t worked out in probably a month and when I do it completely wipes me out!  I have had neck and shoulder pain for a couple of weeks now that have also caused me not to be able to work out. 

I’m tired.

I never really feel well.

Focus is out the window!

I either don’t eat

or eat too much.

My Vitamin D is low and my thyroid is acting up.

 

Here’s the thing.  I don’t want to be a victim. And when I say victim please understand that I am only speaking of myself.   I want to deal with these things with a little bit of grace and dignity.  Lately, that isn’t the case.  I am also trying to cut myself some slack too and not be afraid to ask for some help. 

 

I just wanted to share this with you guys.  🙂

 

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I hope you enjoy your weekend! 

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Monday Update!

Afternoon!!  Just checking in to see how you are doing and for a quick update.  Things are still pretty busy at work but I took today off to have a long weekend.  I was going to go see my parents but it didn’t quite work out that way.  I am going to go see them soon! 

I feel so out of the loop when it comes to blog reading and posting.  I wish I had more time to read and surf like I did. 

Just a quick update in pictures…

 

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My first attempt a Paleo chocolate chip cookies!

 

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One of the things I am going to focus on in the coming weeks is balancing out my meals better.  I do great for breakfast and lunch but when I get home and my brain is fried, I just want to chill out and not even think about eating.  Even when I meal plan and prep!

Focus time!!

 

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True story.  Last week.  At work.

 

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This and a Friday night date made me smile… Mrs. Brenda I know you read and I just wanted to tell you that Robert and I had a wonderful time! Winking smile   He’s a kind man and was a perfect gentlemen. 

 

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This lil guy makes it very difficult to get up in the morning….

 

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So ready for fall to get here!  Made some Pumpkin bread this past weekend and took it to church!

Recipe can be found at: Two Peas & Their Pod 

It’s actually a muffin recipe but I made it into a quick bread!

So so good!!

 

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He’s growing up so fast! 

 

I hope you are having a wonderful day!  Smile

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Pumpkin Bread!

Happy Monday!  As I set here typing this up, drinking my coffee, I feel so blessed to be alive.  My body feels its age this morning, but it’s going to be an amazing day. 

 

I wanted to share a recipe with you this morning!

 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins:  (Quick Bread)

 

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • pinch of salt, optional and to taste

 

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (other milks may be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons of mild or medium molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wisk all dry ingredients and set aside
  3. Mix sugars, pumpkin, coconut oil, almond milk, molasses and vanilla with a wisk
  4. Combine all ingredients and mix well. 
  5. add semi-sweet chocolate chips

You can make muffins out by dividing the batter equally in a prepared pan, but I made it into a quick bread and it turned out just as great!

 

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The first time that I made this it did not turn out.  Not due to this amazing recipe from Averie Cooks, but because I was running behind and if I had actually waited, I would have been late for work!  This time?  It turned out great!  This is a really rich recipe and I love the molasses and pumpkin combined together. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think!  And, head on over to Averie Cooks for some more amazing recipes!

 

Workouts:

This week I am not sure what I am going to do.  This morning I am actually just going to walk…I am still feeling a bit under the weather.  Better yet, I might even just rest today.  Other than working Saturday, I stayed in this past weekend and just did some major laying up. 

 

 

I hope that you have an amazing Monday! 

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