Disclosure: This post contains a product that I received in compensation for an honest and fair review. I don’t make any nutritional claims. I just tell you why I love it so much. 🙂
Blogging is such an awesome gift. It has showed me the value of caring over ‘comparing’, something that is so rampant in a world where we often try to ‘one up each other.’ It’s been a gift from God to be able to connect with bloggers from around the world and share our stories and learn from each other. Lately, God has used these bloggers to convict me that I haven’t been looking at the example of Jesus and how He served, and I haven’t been serving others with His love in mind. Matthew 20:28 is that verse that just breaks down all ofEven as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
I’ve been struggling with comparing myself to others instead of caring, so I knew that this had to stop. That’s not pleasing to my Heavenly Father, and it’s just miserable to be focusing on yourself all the time.
How would I start caring? Last night, the idea popped into my head to do a couple shout-outs to some of my FAVORITE bloggers who are constantly blessing and serving others. These girls have challenged me to grow, step out in faith, write better blog posts, care about others more (not myself), and try new things (including new foods.) I’ve been struggling lately with falling into the ‘comparing’ myself to others instead of loving them like Jesus loved us and thanking God for them.
What’s the best way to cure ‘self-pity?’ I truly believe that it is to be grateful to God for all His gifts, and today I’m going to thank the Lord for MANY (Sadly, I can’t include all of them) of my favorite bloggers who constantly build me up in the journey.
These girls are… but not limited to:
Kat at Katalyst Health – Kat shines humility and joy. I just see Jesus in her so much. She loves pushing herself to lift heavy weights. She makes deliciously amazing looking food, and she is always investing in others with her gentle advice and compassion.
Lyss at Blyssful Lyss – Lyss does not shy away from any hard recovery topics. She addresses them all in such a straightforward way that it always hits me in a really good way. Today’s post about ‘rest days.’ It made me go, ‘Ouch… in a good way.’
Marina at A Dancer’s Live It – Marina is so happy, and she’s a beautiful dancer. Her smiles are contagious, and she has this stupendous series called ‘Warrior Women Wednesdays.’ You need to check it out.
Susie at Suz Lyfe – I think Susie keeps me smiling and laughing inside and rejoicing in the joy of recovering from injuries, overcoming obstacles, and enjoying life with the joy and wonder of a child.
Meredith at The Cookie Chrunicles – Meredith goes straight to the point. I love following her life along. She eats her desserts and enjoys them. She eats her fruits and veggies and enjoys them, and she doesn’t focus on the scale or the numbers. All of her posts on Amenorrhea are MUST reads if you are struggling with that in recovery.
Georgie at In It 4 The Long Run – Georgie is incredibly personable; so much so that I’m always shocked when she says that she is an introvert. WOW. It doesn’t come across that way. Georgie cares about others, asks genuine question, and I always finish her posts wanting to hug her and tell her that I’m thankful for her.
Megan at Apron Strings and Sticky Fingers – Megan’s heart pours out through her blog. When the Scripture speaks of God’s love, mercy, compassion, long-suffering, kindness, I see all of that in Megan. It reminds me of all the ways I want to grow and be more like Jesus. Megan covers subjects like exercise videos (I loved her rant.) and recovery in the gentlest, most truthful posts I’ve ever read.
Lindsay at Cotter Crunch – Ok, so Lindsay has a huge blog, and sometimes I get it into my idea that people with huge blogs don’t have time for little questions… (That isn’t true by the way. I can list so many bloggers that personally reply to every comment they get on their Facebook posts, and I don’t even do that. They are incredible.) Lindsay always replies with something kind. She makes some gorgeous food, and she really does what she does so excellently.
Kate at the Domestikated Kate – So Kate shares ordinary life every day. She walks you through what she does, her highs, her lows, her journey to becoming an R.D. She shines freedom and joy in the Holy Spirit, and she is an example to me that RECOVERY is possible. She is honest. She’s beautiful from the inside out, and she makes me want to strive to be more genuine and honest.
Kristy at Southern In Law – Kristy just keeps me re-centered on why I’m blogging. She blogs to serve others with recipes, blogging tips, and life updates, and it REALLY shows. She reminds bloggers not to just blog for ‘free product’ but to blog because they love others and want to share with others. She kind of ‘whacks’ me on the head and gets me back in the right place when I get ‘distracted’ in blogging or in life in general.
All of these girls have reminded me of the truth of these verses on serving..
Acts 20:35, ‘In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
1 Peter 4:10-11, ‘As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.’
Ok, so that was actually really good to share that, because I realized that:
1. The more I thank God for other people and His gifts, the less I think about myself and all the ways I don’t ‘measure up’ to other people.
2. Caring about people is refreshing not draining like comparison.
This week, I want to serve others instead of thinking about how people can serve me. I want to care about people, by God’s grace alone, and really give to them without expecting anything back. I’ve seen this ‘giving spirit’ in these other bloggers, and I’m praying and knowing that God will enable me to love people unconditionally and shower the love of Jesus on them.
So, how can I serve you with this ‘What I ate Wednesday’ post? Well, I thought I would share each eat and some NEW foods that you need to try. . . 🙂 I’m always in the mood to try new foods. What about you?
Trying new foods is a really good way to overcome fear foods. It’s a good way to see that God made every food to enjoy and that ‘no food’ is evil. Food is just food. And it’s okay to enjoy all different kinds.
What foods do you need to try?
Breakfast – You need to try: ‘Athletic Avocado’s Triple Chocolate Granola.’
I have been eating this granola almost every day. It’s REALLY easy to make, and the only sweetener is a banana, which I was a bit ‘skeptical’ about at first. Well, it did not disappoint. It was amazing and just the right amount of sweetness for a large handful of granola on the yogurt bowl in the morning.
Lunch – You Need to Try: Furikake on your rice…
Snack #1 – You Need to Try: Cottage Cheese with Wild Friends peanut butter and chocolate.
This is the best snack ever. I used to be so afraid of snacks, but it’s awesome to testify that God does cast out our irrational fears with His perfect love. Now I eat 2 or 3 snacks a day…. without a second though, most of the time.
Dinner- You Need to Try: this ‘Soy Sauce and Honey Chicken’ recipe… It took about 5 minutes to prepare.
Quick dinners are the best when you come back, all ‘schweaty’ from a run and you have about 45 minutes to get dinner done. THANK the LORD for Pinterest!
YOU NEED TO TRY THIS NUT BUTTER from Nut Butter Nation!
Let’s talk about this peanut butter. The creaminess/drizzle factor is definitely better than Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut flavor. I do love Wild Friends, but their peanut butters are not as creamy. Nut Butter Nation got the creaminess down, and I also love that they are a local company, based in Nashville, Tennessee.
The story about the company is unique. Grant Ellis, the owner, literally got the idea in his sleep. Like he says, ‘It started with a dream.’ They now make the nut butters with organic, non-gmo ingredients with locally sourced ingredients there in Nashville. You need to read his story. Only he can tell it in such an entertaining way.
I love the idea, because the nut butters are not only delicious, but there is a HUGE relational, local element to Nut Butter Nation that isn’t something you notice in the huge nut butter brands like Jif or Skippy or even Kirkland Peanut Butter.
The jars might be a little expensive for you, as they are about $7.50 a jar, but I would say it might be worth a ‘once a month’ purchase. I’m going to step out on a limb and say that these are the best peanut butters I’ve ever tasted.
Snack #2 – You also need to try: Georgie’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars
This is my attempt at doing an overhead shot with an I-pod to showcase the ingredients in the bars. 🙂 5 ingredients in these bars means that they take about 5 minutes to make, 20 minutes to chill, and an even shorter amount of time to consume.
These were the BEST protein bars I’ve ever made, and I was SO thankful that they stayed together. Mine usually crumble, and I do love the crumbles on top of yogurt, but if you want a bar that looks like a bar, these would be the ones to make.
(I’m also a little too adventurous with baking sometimes… so maybe I diverge from recipes too much.)
Dessert – You Need to Try: Cookies baked with muscle frosting in them…
Elaine from Food Parsed sent me this tin of cookies with the You Fresh Naturals Muscle Frosting in it. This girl is a good baker. The cookies are not only thick and doughy, but they taste delicious. I was the most blessed by the love that Elaine put into it. Thank you Elaine!
Remember, life isn’t about obsessing or living in fear. It’s not about comparing yourself to others. When you see yourself before God, and how unworthy you are, it’s about running to Jesus Christ and knowing that when Jesus sets you free, you will be 100% free from those fears and traps of comparison. You will be free to love and to serve.
Serving and caring is so much better than comparing, and so I want to serve you all this week… I want to fly these verses in front of me all week long and be more about serving than being served.
John 13:12-14, ‘When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.’
Tell me: Have you tried any of the foods I listed above?
Tell me: Have you tried Nut Butter Nation peanut butter?
Tell me: What are some of the ways you like to serve others?
Tell me: What’s your love language? What blesses you?
Tell me: When you are tempted to start comparing, how do you start caring?