Disclosure: This post includes products that I received in compensation for sharing my honest opinions on them. All the opinions are honest. I’m not a health professional, so I don’t give any nutritional advice on them. I just share why they taste good.
You know what? I am a Christian, a child of God, by His sovereign grace, but my life is still messy. It’s also filled with grace. It includes suffering. It includes fighting against sin, until God chooses to take me to heaven.
The battle against sin in my life is not over yet, but by the powerful grace of God, I’m fighting day by day, with joy and expectation. If God hadn’t saved me, I couldn’t fight this sin, and I would have no hope. But now I can fight, and it’s messy. It’s also filled with victory, because God’s grace overcomes through the blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection life.
This is my hope that I cling to everyday in Philippians 1:6. ‘Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:’ I am confident that God will complete this good work in me, and that through the life of Christ (Colossians 3) I can fight the darts and temptations of the devil.
My messy life has taught me many things, but this is the BIGGEST thing that it has and is teaching me.
My weakness shows the grace, power, and love of God in a way I could have never seen it otherwise. When I sin, I’m running back to what Jesus did on the cross, and I’m crying out for deliverance. I can’t make myself good or fix myself. If I was all put together and sinless I wouldn’t need Christ. I couldn’t reconcile my relationship with God, because I’m a sinner, but Jesus did the entire work I couldn’t do.
I couldn’t fix myself, but that’s the wonder of grace. My weakness shows this truth that Paul pours out, when he shares about his infirmity that God had given him in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, ‘And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.’
I’m realizing that the Christian life is a beautiful paradox of boasting and humility, humility in my weakness, boasting in Christ Jesus and His power and love and grace. It’s in the midst of this storm that I see the power and grace that has and will always hold me.
So… I’m not a picture perfect food blogger or eating disorder recovery blogger. I don’t wear make-up everyday or make even 2 figures on this blog. I don’t never sin, but this is the little space God has so gifted me with to share the ‘messiness’ of me and the beauty of the life of Christ in me, purifying me, sanctifying me, and pressing me to LOVE God more and more everyday and resist the devil everyday.
I don’t always love everybody perfectly, but God’s perfect love is perfecting me.
I don’t have the perfect diet either, BUT, I do have a way of eating that is working for my body in recovery. Recovery is different for everyone. When I recovered, it was SO important to eat, a lot, and not restrict the food groups or the calories. I’m still growing in this area every day.
What does this messy girl eat in a day? It’s all over the place. It doesn’t always make the perfect Instagram photo, but Georgie and Christina encouraged me in this post to work with what I have and figure out the possibilities of making one simple bowl of granola look just as tasty as it tastes. It’s not quite like Jenn’s or Arman’s or Laura’s, but that’s why I love the ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ link-up. I don’t feel the need to eat the same way as everybody else, but I LOVE the beauty of the variety you see in each blogger.
What powers me through the day? Well, yesterday it started with…
Breakfast: A bowl of the best chia granola in the world from Rachael with some Nut Butter Nation thrown on (BROWN SUGAR CINNAMON!!!). If you haven’t checked out my other thoughts on ‘Nut Butter Nation’ butter you can find them here and in yesterday’s recipe!
Lunch came in bits and pieces, because we are PAINTING. This was part number I with Crunchmaster crackers, Swiss cheese, and some CRUNCHY snap peas. 🙂
Lunch part II was these strawberries… They were a bit um… soft, but they actually tasted just perfect. I’m glad I ate them today, though, because tomorrow they would not have tasted good. Finishing up the leftovers is also part of the messy life. 😀
Snack time was very pretty, as you see. It was delicious. This was a graham with this delicious Maple Peanut Butter that Rachael sent me. I kind of have to say, ‘No more,’ and stick it back in the fridge or more than is needed would be um… consumed.
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GIVEAWAY: I interrupt this normal WIAW programming with this giveaway alert from my Instagram account. Bliss Nut Butters in Oregon sent me a HUGE box of nut butters to share with you all, and I can’t wait to send these off to someone special. Go over and enter, because it’s ending on Friday! 🙂
Dinner was the BEST summer/spring food. It was really sunshiney today, and a dinner of chicken salad sandwiches, pickles, and cabbage salad was super simple and easy after a LONG day.
NO DAY is complete without dessert… Well, there are actually days that dessert doesn’t sound good to me, but I usually eat dessert everyday. I’m thankful that God made sugar, and that, right now, by God’s grace, my body can enjoy and process the sugar. It’s definitely not a fear food anymore. YAY! 🙂
This peanut butter. So good. Those double chocolate brownie cookies are the best cookies I’ve ever eaten, and you will have to beg Rachael for the recipe. 🙂
Baking has also been going on FULL force around here. Today I baked 2 goodie packages (secret packages) for friends, and I made …
Making Granola with lots of peanut butter and chocolate and honey…
I made these delicious looking ‘Chocolate Chip Bars’ from Joy Food Sunshine’s guest post on ‘Blissful Eats.’ I need to make them again, because these ones got to go off in a little baking package.
Last but not least I leave you with this last appeal to go buy a jar or pack of Nut Butter Nation. The ‘roasted, smooth’ creamy taste of these butters is um… so good.
Also, I wanted to include some of my favorite ‘What I ate Wednesday(ers.) I try to visit all of the gals, but I don’t always get around to everybody, so here are a few for you to give a peek at today.
Kate at the Domestikated Life
Kat at Katalyst Health
Georgie at In It 4 The Long Run
Kaila at Healthy Helper Blog
Dani at Dani California Cooks
Ellie at Eat Run Pavement – ELLIE IS BACK with her self-hosted blog!!!
Victoria at Die Hard Foodie – This girl has done some wonderful posts on eating/intuitive eating that have been a huge blessing.
Cora at My Little Tablespoon
Also Julia is back to more regular blogging after her crazy school year and she did this post yesterday. She reminded me just why I love blogging. It was SOO good. I don’t want to EVER get away from that mindset. I want this to be the little space of the internet where I can bless you, serve God, and share the power of grace in a messy life.
Do you have a messy life?
Have you seen evidence of grace in the messy life?
Is it hard for you to share the messy parts of your life with others?
Are you going to try some Nut Butter Nation? ;-D
Have you ever baked goodie packages for friends?
What is your traditional go-to, easy spring/summer dinner?