TRUST – One Word 365 Days

As 2014 has come to an end, I’ve been asked what my New Year’s Resolution is… I kindly respond that this year I will not be making a New Year’s Resolution.  Sure, I have some things that I really do need to achieve, but the moment I declare it a New Year’s Resolution will be the moment it will NEVER occur.  After doing some blog hopping, I came upon the website called One Word. 365.

According to their website, you forget a New Year’s Resolution and choose one word instead.  Choose one word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live.  One word that you can focus on everyday, all year long.2

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your word will shape you and your year. It will guide your decisions and help you grow. This year, I am going to discover the big impact one word can make. 

 One word. 
 365 days. 
 A changed life.

My word that I chose is….

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After doing some thinking, this is the word that instantly came to me when thinking about the One Word. 365 Challenge.  Trust is something that has a lot of facets.  However, I feel that God personally picked this word out just for ME.  Personally, this is a word that I struggle with doing.  I struggle with trusting.  I struggle with trusting God especially in my current situation.  I know I am not alone, and there are so many others out there with this same struggle.  I hope that by being transparent, and showing my progress each month that we can grow together in TRUSTING our Heavenly Father.

Why do I have a hard time trusting right now?

On November 1st, I was let go from my job.  The only reason I was given was that they were moving in another direction.  This is what they tell all of their employees when they ask them to leave.  I had never gotten in trouble, been written up, or told I needed to improve anything in my monthly one on ones.  Sadly, I wasn’t totally shocked due to the major turn over that my past employer had.  This same reason was given to 10+ people in the 18 months that I was employed with them.  Devastated and embarrassed is totally a different story.  Devastated and embarrassed – because this had never happened to me, and I had no real reason as to why it occurred.  It’s been hard Trusting God during this trial of my husband and I’s life.  We’ve had to trust God that we could financially make it on one income.  I’m not sitting here saying that it’s been easy, but we’ve trusted God and put him back where he belongs in our life.  He belongs in FIRST PLACE in our life.

That’s where he will stay as we continue this journey of His Will in our lives.  I choose to totally TRUST God by basking in his presence, praying and thanking him for his guidance.

That’s why I have chosen ‘TRUST’ as my word for this year.  I am committed and intentionally letting this word shape my year.

Will you take the One Word. 365 Day Challenge with me?  What will be your word for 2015?

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10 Easy Steps to Biste’

I already know what your thinking…. What the heck is Biste right?

Well, I had the same question when my husband was telling me about a recipe that his mom use to prepare.  Here is a little back story: My mother in law is part Panamanian and her mother is full Panamanian.  She is able to share so many authentic recipes with me that are just to die for.  When my husband requested this, I was quire the skeptic, but called his mother to get the recipe instead.  I don’t love a recipe with chunks of tomatoes, but I loved this recipe.  So today, I thought I would share an authentic Panamanian dish from my home to yours….

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Ingredients Needed:

Thin Steak – I used Steak Milanese

Can of Tomato Sauce

Can of Diced Tomatoes

Worcestershire Sauce

Vinegar – any kind

Yellow Onion

Cloves Garlic

Brown Rice

Directions:

1.) First thing you are going to do is season you steak whether it’s just salt and pepper or your favorite meat seasoning.  I used Tony Chachere’s.

2.) Put steak on grill.  It will only take a minute or two on each side since it’s so thin.  Don’t want to use the grill, you can also use a skillet just to brown the meat on both sides.

3.) Once meat is done, you can put it aside and let it rest.

4.) Dice up your onion and your cloves of garlic.  (I don’t measure so with that said about half of an onion diced and 3 or 4 cloves of garlic.

5.) Put garlic and onion in a saute pan, and let simmer till transparent.

6.) Once transparent, add can of tomato sauce and can of diced tomatoes with a little salt and pepper.

7.) Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and vinegar.  A little bit will do ya.

8.) Stir all together, and let all of those flavor simmer for about 5 minutes.

9.) Add your steak to the tomato mixture, and let simmer while you prep you rice.

10.) You can use either white or brown rice.

 

Have you ever tried a Panamanian dish? or any other ethnic food?

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Mingle Monday Link Up

I am thrilled to be joining up with Mingle Monday for the first time.

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It’s been a very relaxing weekend for my husband and I, which is odd for us in December.  We got the nerve to run errands Friday night in the middle of all of the holiday shopping, and went to see The Gospel of Scrooge at out church Saturday night, and then church on Sunday along with working on business jewelry and burlap decor.

Today’s question is: 

What is my favorite holiday tradition?

This is a tough one for me, because we are still establishing our traditions as a married couple.  We don’t seem to be in the same place every year.  Last year we stayed in Birmingham, and family visited us; however, this year we will be going back south to spend time with our family.  I think that one of our new holiday traditions that we started this year and we will do as long as we live in Birmingham is going to see The Gospel of Scrooge at our church.  It was absolutely fantastic.

Hope everyone has a great week!

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

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30 Days of Gratitude

Gratitude: n. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. (Webster)

We just finished a series at church on Gratitude, and our pastor challenged us to share something for last 30 days on something that we were grateful for whether it be people, experiences, seasons or things God has done for us. This was a wonderful challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed participating in. Here is what I was Grateful for in the month of November 2014 despite all the changes and things that I faced:

Day 1: Grateful for a supportive husband when everything seems to be falling apart!
Day 2: Grateful for my Godly parents.
Day 3: Grateful for True Friends!
Day 4: Grateful for God opening doors.
Day 5: Grateful for puppy love from Aidy and Sophia.
Day 6: Grateful for unanswered prayers.
Day 7: Grateful for girl time with my Mom. Much needed!
Day 8: Grateful for a step dad that has always been there for me like a Dad!
Day 9: Grateful for my husband! I don’t tell him THANK YOU enough!
Day 10: So Grateful to be an American. Grateful for all who have served and are currently serving.
Day 11: Grateful for a night with friends. It was much needed. Feel so special that I was thought of Stephanie!
Day 12: Grateful for a Beautiful Day
Day 13: Grateful for a husband that is supportive regardless.
Day 14: Grateful for opportunities on the web.
Day 15: Grateful for where I grew up.
Day 16: Grateful for a means of transportation.
Day 17: Grateful for God’s presence.
Day 18: Grateful for a Warm Home in this frigid weather.
Day 19: Grateful that God is an On Time God.
Day 20: Grateful that I got to see my nephews that live in Texas.
Day 21: Grateful for God’s love, grace, and His word.
Day 22: Grateful for cool weather. Nothing like having the windows and doors open.
Day 23: Grateful for God’s beautiful scenery.
Day 24: Grateful for food to put on the table.
Day 25: Grateful for Craft Supplies – This girl loves her crafts.
Day 26: Grateful for my in laws. They love me like their own.
Day 27: Grateful that I got to see some of my extended family.
Day 28: Grateful for family time playing cards.
Day 29: Grateful for a business that will hopefully help us financially.
Day 30: Grateful for reliable vehicles and safe travels.
 

Gratitude is the path that makes you close to Jesus.

We must not just be thankful at Thanksgiving, but throughout the year.

What are you thankful for this year?