lean · Spiritual Journey

Faith, Food, and Body-Image

Faith, Food, and Body-Image

Combatting dysfunctional thoughts can be one of the most challenging things we do.  For me, it requires me to make a conscious decision every day to speak GOD’S truths about myself TO myself.  And to deny and destroy anything that goes against this.  This includes goals for my life and the PURPOSE that God has already ordained for me.  It also includes changing the way I view the relationships in my life and how I choose to manage them.  It also includes how I grab ahold of my thoughts on my faith, food, and my body image. Body image issues at 28-years old?  Did I just ‘say’ that out loud?  Oh dear!  Well now that the cat’s out the bad…may we continue?

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Why Am I Still Single?

Alrighty…before we get started…I do not post about relationships very often.  It’s just not my thing.  However, I am on my own personal spiritual journey, and I strive to be transparent about certain things; specifically with those who interact with me on a regular-semi regular basis.  Including those of you who so graciously follow my blog!  Bless you! 😌 That being said, I was lead by God’s Spirit to share this! I pray that it will “farkarwa” your soul, mind, and as always, encourage you!💕

I was struggling with what direction to take this because while I knew the point of this post, I wasn’t quite sure how to get there.  So, I just decided to write whatever comes to mind and hope it all makes sense to someone other than me. lol

Why am I still single?  Why is this a question a conversation starter?  I personally do NOT initiate this question when I engage with men folk.  They are usually the ones who ask me this, and of course in return, I ask them the same.  🤷🏾‍♀️But I started wondering…why does there have to be a reason that I am single?

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Overcoming Life’s Plateau

Happy New Year friends!! 🎉🎊🎉

Cheers to the FIRST Farkarwa blog of the year!  Although I journal semi-often, I have missed blogging/sharing! About 6 weeks ago, I took (and am still on) a social media sabbatical.  While I still maintain my Own Your Peach nonprofit pages, I needed a break from everything that social media brings.  Don’t you get like that sometimes?  While I am not against social media altogether, I do believe it is important for us to scoot back from the table sometimes, to re-prioritize (if that is something you have lost sight of).  In my case, while I hadn’t forgotten my priorities, I found myself refreshing my apps wayyyyyy too often…TYPICALLY out of boredom or idleness.  Y’all know the routine… 😉

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lean · Spiritual Journey

Enough Is Enough…

On November 6, I decided that enough was enough!  Had I had enough of mourning over a bad breakup? Nope! I finally decided that I was tired of neglecting the importance of TRULY taking care of myself. From the inside out. Tired of NOT nurturing the temple that God loaned me while I spend time on this earth. I no longer felt like MIA! Vibrant, young, energetic, resilient, brilliant, and limitless. Instead, I felt sluggish, unhealthy, and frankly, I didn’t like how my clothes were starting to fit (Vain? Maybe. True? Absolutely!).

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Flawed and worthy

Hey everybody!

I know it’s been a while! But…for good reason. I always want my posts to be intentional, have substance, and to never post just for the sake of posting. That, plus trying to maintain my sanity with school, having a life, Own Your Peach, work, interning, etc…. things have been HECTIC. But, I have no complaints!

Anywhoo, I prayed for some inspiration about what my next dose of spiritual food for the soul should be. So, I have returned with something that has been on my heart for the last couple of weeks.

Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘Am I really worthy of all this?! I have sooo many flaws!’ or what about this one, ‘This is too good to be true…so I won’t even enjoy it.’ Or one of my favorites, ‘I’m just going to sabotage or end this because it’s not going to work out the way I want it to anyway.’ How TOXIC are these thoughts to our daily lives, especially those of us who are supposed to be putting our faith and trust in God and God alone?  I find that the things that are most difficult to trust God with, are the things that we:

a.) have little to no control over b.) things that we have never seen manifested in our lives or the lives of those around us or c.) because we are imperfect, we have a hard time believing that God would bless us with something so amazing.

 But, true faith requires us to walk with the expectation that God knows and wants what is best for us (Jeremiah 29:11-13). And that He will provide us with the desires of our hearts, according to HIS good and perfect will (1 John 5: 14-15).

When I find myself in those moments of doubt, I have to remind myself that there is absolutely nothing in this world that is out of reach. Every bit of joy, peace, love, and purpose that exists can be mine. This goes for all of us. I have a number of goals that I am currently seeking God’s will for. And there are times that cause me to wonder if the hiccups in the road of this journey are a sign that it isn’t meant to be, or if it just for the testing of my faith. What I DO know is, the testing of our faith produces patience (James 1:3-4).  Patience to wait on God to guide us into His will, which requires us to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:33.  Patience for God to produce for us the fruit of our labor. Patience that allows us to enjoy the journey that God is trying to take us on…if only we follow Him. And patience that gives us time to remember, “I am worthy. Flawed, but still worthy!!  AND patience and faith to know that when our plans fall through (as they often do), that GOD has something sooo much better in store. Waiting for us to receive it.

Finally, if I am a daughter of the King…doesn’t that automatically make me qualified to receive the blessings that He has for me?  Yes, it does. May we straighten our crowns, give our hearts to Him, and remember yes, I am flawed. But I am STILL worthy.

Farkarwa

lean · Spiritual Journey

Featured Post…Zucchini Enchiladas! (By Courtney Oles)

Heyyyy everyone!!

Today’s post is a little special.  It’s the first of many features I will do of various ‘self-proclaimed chefs that I come in contact with and have the pleasure of knowing! As with the culture of my blog, there will be some sort of spiritual connection or nugget of encouragement in there somewhere. 😊 I really hope you enjoy this aspect, while I cook up a new project in the mean time 😊 You will still receive original posts from me, but I’ll be alternating between the two.

Before we get started, I attend a monthly Bible study/brunch/lunch with other young adult Christian women in the Houston area.  Today’s feature, Courtney Oles happens to be one of the lovely hosts.  Last month, she mentioned her desire to go the healthier route, while still packing on the flavor for her guests!  And boy did she accomplish this.  Never in my life did I think zucchini could be made to taste soooooo DELICIOUS!!  Listen…I don’t want to give too much information away too soon, but it was definitely a crowd pleaser.  So out of the box and left everyone wanting more!  Okay, enough of my long-winded intro 😊…allow me to introduce to you, fellow foodie, Christian woman, goal setter, steward, and dream catcher….Courtney Oles!! Enjoy!! 😊

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Hola amigos, Como estas? Mi nombre es, Courtney. Okay so I don’t speak Spanish but I have recently gone a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and all of sudden believe I am fluent in Spanish. I am a Houston native, born and raised.  I attended Stephen F. Austin State University, (Axe’m Jacks) where I obtained my Bachelors of Science degree in psychology and minored in communication studies. I am currently working as a service coordinator/early intervention specialist for ECI, (Early Childhood Intervention) at Bay Area Rehabilitation Center.  There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to help families with children who have developmental delays and disabilities, reach their age-expected development, by providing the necessary therapies and resources needed to be successful.

One unique fact about me is that I am walking quote book! Haha, sounds crazy right? But if you were to ask any of my closest friends they would tell that I literally have quotes for anything. I’m a quote person, if there’s ever a moment or opportunity to encourage someone, I offer a quote for whatever situation that they may dealing with. I find that reciting short quotes can help us mentally place ourselves in a positive environment no matter where we are at any given moment.  Anywhoo, a few weeks ago a group of my sisters in Christ and I got together for our monthly ladies’ fellowship. My good friend Ashley and I had a vision to create a space for like-minded Christian women who are seeking to grow in their walk with Christ to come together for encouragement, bible studies, prayers, laughs and uplifting conversations. Oh wait, did I mention to enjoy good food too?! Yes, my sisters and I love to eat, so we make sure we have good food present! Now don’t get it twisted, I am no chef by any means. I am always nervous when it comes time for the ladies to eat, I always secretly pray, “Lord please let this food be satisfying, if not help me to brace myself for the rejection.” Haha true story, your girl nearly breaks out into a sweat!

For our last fellowship, I wanted to create a dish that was tasty yet on the healthier side. I haven’t committed to being vegan, but I am slowly trying to pull myself away from bread or just heavy carbs in general. You know the saying, “bread makes you spread.” I love Mexican food so I am always down to whip up some enchiladas. However, I wanted to try something different. I looked up different ways you could possibly eat enchiladas without the tortilla. I found a recipe on Pinterest, where someone used Zucchini’s instead of tortillas. I sent the recipe to my friend Ashley to get her opinion and she was down with trying it out. So, I said cool let’s do this! While I was thankful for the idea that Pinterest provided, you know I had to add Coco’s flavor to it. With that being said, allow me to walk you through the process of creating Zucchini Enchiladas.

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

 

Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce 10oz Can (I use hot flavor)

4 large zucchinis, halved lengthwise

1lb Ground turkey

1 onion

Salt

2tsp. ground cumin

2tsp. Chili powder

1 cup of Monterey jack cheese

1 cup of Colby jack cheese

Sour cream for drizzling

Chives for garnishing

Y-shaped peeler

Directions:

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grab a large skillet, medium heat, oil the skillet with olive oil and add chopped onion.

Once onion is sautéed, add ground turkey. Cook until there is no pink in the meat.

Add cumin, chili powder, add 1 cup of enchilada sauce, 1 cup of Colby jack cheese and stir thoroughly. (feel free to add any other spices you may like)

Grab cutting board, y-shaped peeler, and knife. Rinse the zucchinis, slice the zucchini in halves lengthwise, and grab the y-peeler. You are going to grab the y-peeler and slide it down on the inside of the zucchini.

Once you’ve cut the thin slices of zucchini lay them flat on a paper towel to dry.

Lay out three slices of zucchini, slightly overlapping each other and apply a spoonful amount of the mixture of ground turkey on it and roll it up gently.

Repeat this for the remaining zucchini until all of the ground turkey mixture is gone.

Transfer all of the zucchini enchiladas over to a oven safe pan. Drizzle 1/3 cup of remaining enchilada sauce over the enchiladas.  Sprinkle ½ of both cheeses over the enchiladas.

Bake for 20min.

Remove from oven, garnish with fresh chives, sour cream and ENJOY!

Enjoy all the flavors of enchiladas without the carbs.

**Feel free to add any sides of your choice, I personally love black beans and Spanish rice.**

**Everyone was so ready to eat, I FORGOT to get a picture of it! Just know…it’s AMAZING!

P.S. This is me in Mexico! Lol

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Own Your Peach Lost Gems

Quick post here:

As some of you might know, I founded a nonprofit back in 2013 called Own Your Peach.  Our mission is to encourage and advocate for young girls and women to abstain from sex until marriage, giving biblical, moral, health, and personal support.  We accomplish this through our three pillars which are: Purity, Personal Development, and Philanphropy. You can find out more about our cause, vision, and values here.  Our first ‘major’ milestone was our first ever Purity Ring Ceremony.  In this ceremony, the young ladies who were participating in OYP at the time took a voluntary vow of purity.  This option was made available to girls and women, whether they had previously engaged in sex outside of marriage or not.  God loves us beyond the choices we make, and that is what OYP seeks to mirror!  Anywhoo, since late 2014-early 2015…I thought the pictures from the first Own Your Peach Ring Ceremony had been LOST FOREVER. To my surprise…they were ‘hiding’ in my google drive all along!!! God is sooooo good!! I’m excited to share them with you all!! This was an amazing experience that could not have taken place without support from our board members, volunteers, the girls and their parents, and most importantly, GOD! It solidified a commitment that many of the girls and young women had already made privately. Our goal from this point is to provide continued support and follow-ups to empower and advocate to maintain this vow! Lord willing, we’ll have another in 2018! Take a peek HERE!

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**This post is dedicated to the late Mrs. Tammy Henderson-Peden shown in the first pic on the slideshow, wearing the pink suit and pearls with her husband Terry and daughter Tameron. She was always extremely supportive of Own Your Peach and provided words of encouragement at every opportunity.  She was an inspiration to many then, and continues to be. There was a reason God allowed me to re-discover these pictures today.**

Farkarwa