How is everyone doing this fine spring day? Hope each of you are ready to conquer the week and feel empowered to not let a silly case of the Mondays get you down!
Speaking of conquering the week, I have something exciting for you guys! If you live in the Waco area, I will be doing a community workout this Saturday, March 26th, from 8-9 AM! Why am I doing this? Well, glad you asked, sugar! My husband and I are heading to Berlin, Germany this summer for two weeks with a team of young adults from our church. We will be spending the two weeks loving, serving, and reaching out to Syrian refugees in the area. We are SO excited!! With that, we have about $5,000 to raise, plus we’re in the middle of buying a house, so we are believing for a lot of provision from God in this season! I am holding as many community workouts as possible up until the trip to try to raise funds. The workouts are donation-based, and I usually charge $10 for a class drop-in so feel free to give accordingly.
If you want to come this saturday, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and RSVP to get a spot! I will also send you the location address at that time so you know where to go on Saturday!
I was trying to think about what to write on this blog post today, so I asked my husband his opinion. He said I should write about him. So let me just say– My husband is the BOMB. He’s a hard worker, compassionate and kind, and he’s HOT. Anyone who talks about him always talks about how they love him, what a great guy he is, and how he always knows the right thing to say. It’s all true. He’s like that all the time, and I get to live with that! Score! (Hi, babe!)
He also said to write about Easter. Can you believe Easter is this weekend? I love Easter. It’s not just about bunnies and pastel colors and marshmallow candies that are semi-creepy. I think Easter is so powerful– We are celebrating the overcoming, victorious power of God through the resurrection of Jesus! It makes me think- how am I honoring God by living in victory and being an overcomer?
To be honest, I’ve had a roller coaster of a week, emotionally. There has been SO MUCH victory– we bought an amazing house and the process went smoothly (so far); We are leading a trip to Europe this summer and have the most amazing team of people; I started my women’s starting strength class last week and am having such a blast!; I got to speak at our college ministry’s mission trip last week about body image and comparison…two things that I’m passionate about getting people to TALK about!; I personally have felt my BEST emotionally and mentally about my own battle with body image. I’ve truly made so much peace with my body and have found a deep respect and love for myself.
Those ^ are all great things! With the great victories, however, I believe the negativity can try to push back even stronger. I truly believe that there is constantly a spiritual battle for our hearts and minds, and when there is victory, the enemy just fights back a little stronger. Anyone else relate to this?
In the midst of great victory there’s been nagging insecurities. As I’m rejoicing in our house process, I find my mind telling me ‘you guys can’t do this…you don’t have the money and the moving process is going to be too much for you to handle.’ In the midst of planning for Europe, I find my mind telling me ‘you can’t lead the team…you will never raise enough funds and you don’t have what it takes.’ In the midst of helping others with body image breakthrough, I find my mind tells me ‘ha! you’re not actually free! you’re a phony who is still stuck in this mindset & you don’t know what you’re talking about.’ It’s hard to feel all the highs and all the lows, all at the same time.
I think experiencing this has come at the perfect time– I need to celebrate Easter weekend as a time to remind myself that I am an overcomer. He who is in me is far greater than he who is in the world. I can own my areas of victory as praise and worship to Jesus, who overcame death and discouragement and defeat so that I wouldn’t have to on my own. I can rise up from death and live fully in resurrection! That’s huge!
I like to think of it as a soccer game (or a football game, or a basketball game…whatever tickles your fancy). Let’s say you’re on team A, and then there’s team B (booooo!). Your team, team A, kicks major butt in the game!! But for some reason, instead of going out to celebrate with your team after the game, you decide to actually switch teams and go sulk instead with team B. Why would you do that? Right?
So maybe you’re in a low place and life has kicked you in the pants a bit. Maybe you’re in a great place and have much to celebrate. Maybe in your health journey you feel discouraged or unmotivated or like you have a long way to go. Wherever you are, I challenge you to celebrate this weekend. Celebrate the fact that there is victory inside of you. Honor God with the victories in your life by NOT ignoring them but calling them out and claiming them. And I believe that you, you amazing person, are an overcomer!
This cauliflower rice is so delicious, flavorful, and healthy! I have nothing against regular rice (I actually eat it pretty frequently these days) but this is a healthy alternative to get more vegetables in your diet and an option for a lower-starch meal. I love using my roasted poblano salsa recipe, but you can use any of your favorite salsas that you want. Enjoy!
Mexican Cauliflower Rice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small can (6 oz) diced green chiles
- 3 cups riced cauliflower florets (about a large head of cauliflower)
- 1/2 cup roasted poblano salsa (or salsa of your choice)
- salt & pepper
- 1 tsp smoked paprika (regular paprika also works)
- Heat up olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until onions are translucent.
- Add green chiles, mix in the skillet, and cook for an additional minute.
- Add cauliflower & mix, let cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add salsa and spices and mix well. Let everything cook together for another 3 minutes, let cool, and serve!