Monday, September 29, 2014

Summer Pursuit Follow-up (LTLM)

Hey friends!! :)

Remember the post I made back in May about seeking Jesus this summer? Well, now that summer's officially over (insert slight whine and tea sipping noise here), the 2014 Summer Pursuit with Loving The Lord Ministries has come to a beautiful end as well. I had such an *awesome* time with you all, thank you Amy for conducting such a lovely challenge!!!

I think that it's so easy to let our 'one-on-one' time with Jesus slip through the cracks and think, "Bah, He won't mind" or, "I'll do it later", but our time with Him is so precious, so fundamental for our very essence, that we can't brush Him off this carelessly! I love the following quote, it explains very well:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gluten-free Loaded Granola Parfait - Breakfast 5 Ways (DAY 5)

It's Friday, Friday, gotta get dow- ...

Happy weekend! :D Today marks the final day of our "Breakfast 5 Ways" series! We are finishing with one of Sara's favouritest breakfasts: a granola parfait! And because we love variety, this breakfast idea is perfect for letting your creativity run wild by mixing and matching each ingredients to your liking. It's so ridiculously simple that we were actually contemplating on whether we should post it or not, but we figured this recipe is such a go-to for us in the morning that we thought you'd might appreciate the idea as well! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Oh-So-Versatile Chewy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies - Breakfast 5 Ways series (DAY 4)

Salut! :)
Here we are with yet another delicious breakfast recipe! And yes, you did read right, breakfast cookies. These are so tasty and chewy, they taste just like Grandma's own oatmeal cookies! They pack a punch of protein and fibre, and are so versatile, you can mix and match pretty much every ingredient to make them your own. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Raw Cereal (Soaked Almonds w/ Dates) - Breakfast 5 Ways series (DAY 3)

Why hello!

Today's recipe is so simple, it's not even an actual recipe! Take the idea and switch the ingredients around to your liking- your imagination is the limit! ;)

Our parents once experimented with a raw diet when Sara and I were little, and this used to be one of their favourite breakfasts. It's so sweet and filling that even our 5 year old and 8 year old selves loved eating it in the morning! :D

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Apple Pie Smoothie - Breakfast 5 Ways series (DAY 2)

Joyeux mardis!

I hope you are all having a great week so far! Here's another quick and tasty breakfast recipe that we've come up with for you: Apple Pie Smoothie! Trust me, this earns its name rightfully. It's so creamy, spicy (well, as much as cinnamon can spice), and sweet that you might not even want to share! :D

Kindred Spirit Award

Hey friends! :D

I seem to be on a writing spree... Oh well, I'll take the inspiration as it comes! The amazing Abigail at The Journey of a Lifetime: A Daughter's Musings has nominated me for the Kindred Spirit Award, so here I am with my Q&A's!

Kindred Spirit Award rules:
  1. Answer the questions you are given. 
  2. Nominate anyone you'd like. 
  3. Give 10 questions for others to answer.
  4. Share the picture above with the post you make and link it back to Eve's blog (beautiful picture, Eve, by the way).

Monday, September 22, 2014

Slow Cooker Warm Spiced Banana Oatmeal - Breakfast 5 Ways series (DAY 1)

Happy Monday! :D

Now that fall is in full swing and school is filling up everybody's schedules, my sister (Sara) and I have decided to begin a series featuring 5 easy & healthy breakfast ideas that are perfect for busy mornings!

Let's begin the week on the right foot with a warm bowl of spiced oatmeal, shall we? This breakfast is so quick, the only thing you need to do in the morning is serve yourself and you're good to go! ... It might even give you a few more minutes to sleep in.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Announcements (Tumblr + New Series Coming Up!)

Good evening friends!

Guess what? I made a Tumblr!!! It is proudly baptized Blooming Sapling! :D I created it as a branch to Seeking Jesus, in all hopes of reaching more people and sharing the awesomeness of God! Go check it out, it's filled with encouraging Jesus quotes, herbal inspirations, and wacko pastel colourfulness!

Blooming Sapling: my little blooming Tumblr baby

Secondly, my sister Sara and I are beginning a new series called, "Breakfast 5 Ways" on Monday! During 5 days we are going to share easy and healthy recipes that are perfect for the cold Autumn days and busy school mornings, so stay tuned for the delicious breakfast ideas we have planned for y'all (which are all tested and approved by yours truly)!

God bless you all! Don't forget, Jesus loves you, and so do I! ♥︎

From your excited sister,

P.S.: I am going to publish my Kindred Spirit Award answers very soon, Abigail! :D

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Being Beautiful - What God Says About 'Ugly' Days

Let's admit it, we ALL get those moments of, "oh my gosh, I AM SO UGLY!".  Whether shallow or significant, we still occasionally think that our arms are too flabby, that our face and whatnot is dreadfully covered in acne and scars, or that our nose is too big for our frame. Whatever it is, sisters and brothers, it's normal to feel like that, but normal doesn't mean it's good...

Since Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44), he loooves tricking us into thinking that 'this and that' on our bodies or in our personalities aren't good enough to be beautiful. How subtle and deceiving he can be when we listen to him!

Comparing Satan's voice to God's:

While the devil (who is often mistaken as our own voice) says,
  1. You're downright ugly, plain, and weird.
  2. You have too many defects on your body to be worthy.
  3. If you only alter that one thing you dislike about yourself, you'll finally be happy.
  4. You can't go on and live boldly without a perfect appearance.
  5. Others won't like you looking the way you do now.
God says,
  1. I make you beautiful. - Psalms 34:5
  2. Your physical appearance doesn't determine your worthiness. - 1 Corinthians 6:11 
  3. You cannot be truly happy without Me (no matter how many things you try to change by buying serums and following diets!) - Matthew 6:33
  4. You can live boldly no matter how you look. - 1 Samuel 16:7
  5. Others will like you because of the beautiful light you shine. - Matthew 5:16
Now, this might just be me, but I think I'd rather listen to the latter!

To God, our beauty doesn't vary:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Superfood Carrot & Raisin Salad (With Carrot Greens!)

I'm always a little hesitant to post recipes... A part of me argues that they aren't very 'Jesus-related', but then another part of me (A.K.A my mom and my sister) reassures me that they are indeed very relevant, because God Himself advises us to "eat to His glory" (1 Corinthians 10:31)! So, with the school days crunching my time to the core (no pun intended), I have decided to post new healthy recipes more regularly to - hopefully - help busy people find the time in their day to eat more satisfying, good-for-you foods! :)

Without further ado, here's the recipe:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jesus Made You More Than 'Enough'!

Hi friends!!

One of the many things I have learned during my church's youth meeting yesterday is this very simple truth: Jesus made you enough, you don't have to try and prove yourself to Him!

"We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are."
Romans 3:22 NLT

Your past, to God, doesn't change His love for you. Whether you are an ex-criminal like Paul, a doubter like Sarah, an adulterer and plotter like David, or a fearful man like Moses, God wipes all of it away when you believe in His son, Jesus, and trust Him with all your heart. Never forget these words, "Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin." (1 Corinthians 1:30) Now THAT'S amazing grace! :D