This Week's Weeklies: Peace

living in peace This week's verse is Romans 12:18. It is a tough one! Not so difficult to memorize, but tough to live by. "Do all  that you can to live in peace with everyone." What about the family member that isn't so family? What about the coworker that seems to purposely get under my skin? What about the waitress that is paying no attention to you and all of her attention to the table buying hundreds of dollars in bottles of wine? (This happened last night). What about what about what about... Live in peace with everyone.

When I think of living in peace, immediately I might think that could mean compromising some of God's instruction for the sake "peace" in a disagreement. But that's not true, do not get caught in that snare. We can easily disagree and remain living in peace - it is about the way we treat & view one another. With love, in love, through love. How do I look at you? Am I looking at you through a lens of anger, frustration, hurt, bitterness, self protection, anything but love?

When we look at one another through the lens of love (patience, kindness, without jealousy or boastfulness, without demanding my way, without irritability, without a record of the wrongs you've done to me..) we can easily have a conversation where disagreement is present but so is peace - they can co-reside. It all starts with knowing who I am: where does my identity lie? In the offense & their words or opinions? Or does it lie in Jesus and His love for me?

If you are like me and wear the name "Christ," we cannot excuse our behavior and our {lack of} peace with others. I am so good at that! Too good, unfortunately, at justifying my stressful relationships, my unforgiving heart and pointing a finger. But I cannot blame the difficult people. It is in my hands, it is our responsibility to do all that we can to live in peace. We give 100% and expect 0%.

We cannot live offended and never tell the person who committed the offense; how unfair, right? I've been learning this over the last two years. Learning it's a choice to be offended and it's also my responsibility to attempt to bring peace to the relationship. Wouldn't you want a friend or sister to let you know how you hurt them?

I invite you to join me: think through your life, the people in your life. Where is there a lack of peace and how can you work towards peace? It may even be as simple as praying for that person and asking Jesus to renew your heart and the way you view them. Let's do this together! Remember that fighting for peace doesn't mean compromising righteousness or truth. In fact, the very opposite. If we disagree on a behavior and you lovingly and gently stand for what you believe to be true, encouraging me to join you in that behavior, peace is an overwhelming byproduct.

Peace is possible in all relationships. Peace is attainable through every circumstance. Even when it surpasses understanding. Peace is worth it.

{CLICK HERE to read why I memorize a verse a week!}

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This Week's Menu

Monday: Los Agaves in Sisters, OR

Tuesday: Avacado turkey burgers {kale buns} and fruit salad {before Youth Group}

Wednesday: Chicken wrapped in bacon and quinoa salad {before Jeremy's basketball game}

Thursday: Crocpot Roast & babysit

Friday: Breakfast for Dinner

Saturday: Mom's birthday dinner {before soccer game}

What is on your menu this week?

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies - Grain Free & so good

Okay folks. These are TOO good not to share. Holy cookie they are a gift to your taste buds! And so easy. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups almond flour 2 1/2 TSP coconut flour 1/2 TSP baking soda 1 egg 2 TSP vanilla 1/3 cup melted butter (coconut oil for daily free) 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (pure maple syrup if paleo) As many dark chocolate chips necessary

Instructions: Preheat oven 350 Mix dry ingredients Add wet ingredients Mix mix mix! Add chips Bake 10 minutes

Oh my yumm.

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Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 350

Mix: 8 TBS (1 cube) butter 2 TBS coconut oil (softened) 4 TBS pure maple syrup

Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

Let sit 5 minutes - allows xanthan gum to settle in!

In another bowl Mix 3/4 cup almond flour 1/2 cup coconut flower 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

Stir the two together and wa-la! Ready for dark chocolate chips

I added 6 oz of dark chocolate chips but that might be too much or not enough for you. Be a honey badger & do what you want.

Bake for 10-12 minutes & eat them all or just one. Super tasty :)

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Tastiest Spaghetti

This was the best spaghetti I have ever tasted & I MADE IT! Say whatt. Grain free, dairy free, corn free: paleo.

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Ingredients & Method:

>2 tsp of olive oil in pan, medium heat > made some odd shaped "meat balls" with 1lb Italian Sausage from the farmer's market; brown them >dice small onion & 3 cloves of chopped garlic into the pan >dice medium tomato & add to pan >add 5 mushrooms >add 2 12oz cans of tomato paste >stir in some Italian seasoning to taste and if you'd like: oregano, basil, garlic powder, onion power >let simmer on low for 20 minutes, the longer the better! the flavors will just be beautiful on your palate >throw some cilantro in there!

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>Boil a spaghetti squash in hot water until the squash flakes off & is translucent.

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Then devour.

Paleo PUMPKIN Cookies

20130906-191939.jpg I love sweets! Haley (Canadian friend) sent me some recipes for paleo desserts and so I went on an adventure and attempted one. Since I have not had anything sweet besides watermelon these last four days, I ate two of these immediately and felt a little bit overloaded on the sweets, which was completely foreign to me (dont judge me).

But hey! They were soooo good! My mouth is melting now thinking of them.

Begin by putting wax paper / parchment down on a cookie sheet! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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In a bowl, or whatever you use, combine 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie mix, but the stuff below)

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1/4 cup almond butter 1/2 cup honey 1 tsp vanilla

MIX SUPER GOOD

Then add 1 cup almond meal/flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup DARK chocolate chips 1/2 cup craisins (or walnuts, pecans, any dry fruit would be wonderful!)

Then all you do is scoop it onto the sheet and flatten to the size of your wildest dreams! They do not spread on their own.

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Bake for about 12 minutes, maybe 15, or however long your oven bakes for.

Take out, let cool 2 minutes, then place on a cooling rack! Or eat.

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You can freeze them or just eat them. Which is what I will do. (consume).

Trust me. They are great.