Share Your Story and Hold Up a Weary Hand

Share Your Story and Hold Up a Weary HandShare Your Story and Hold Up a Weary Hand

 

Would you like to share your story to inspire Christian singles?

  • What relationship lessons have you learned?
  • How have you grown in God during the season of singleness?
  • Got a funny first date story that will make someone smile?
  • Have parenting tips for the single mom?
  • Can you encourage Christian singles over 40?

Even in times when we feel we have nothing much to contribute, we are in fact affecting the lives of others all around us.

But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. (Exodus 17:12 ESV)

It doesn’t take great feats to help someone else on their journey. Aaron and Hur simply supported the hands of Moses. They lifted his hands high when Moses became weary. As long as the hands of Moses were held up, Joshua and Israel prevailed.

For the last 7 years or so I have shared many stories of my Christian single journey. However, I truly believe that the greatest words of inspiration have come from you.

Many have chosen to share your story through guest blogging and comments. I have read every one and so have others. These words have been gems to the weary heart.

My prayer is that Abundantly You continue to be a strong platform for inspiration for singles. But that will not happen without you.

I am currently looking for writers/guest bloggers to contribute to Abundantly You. You do not have to be a blogger or professional writer to contribute. We’ve all had battles to overcome. We are all fighting some kind of battle now.

Lend your voice and hold up a weary hand.

 

Share Your Story and Hold Up a Weary Hand

Your guest post is not restricted to the subject of singleness. Anything that will empower, make us think, or make us laugh is welcome.

In return I want to promote what you are doing in the Kingdom of God. Perhaps you would like to share your blog, book or other accomplishments. I welcome your words!

I will share 2 to 3 links within your article or in your bio that will lead Abundantly You readers to where you are. Share your business, your book, etc. Share your story.

If you feel more comfortable sharing your story anonymously, that is fine too. 🙂

Here’s a quick rundown of guest post guidelines:

  • A minimum of 500 words
  • Include a short bio (Optional)
  • Include a photo (Optional)
  • Include your web site or social media link (Optional)
  • All guest posts, articles, and linked pages will be vetted to make sure it aligns with the heart of Abundantly You.

God bless you all and I look forward to hearing from you! Submit your article(s) to gospelnewmedia@gmail.com. Feel free to email me with any questions or to simply chat!

Love you to life!
~Candra Evans
Abundantly You for Christian Singles and More

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CSCS Advanced Face Serum Review

CSCS Advanced Face Serum Review

Blessings women of God! I have another beauty review for you! I was sent the CSCS Advanced Face Serum to try for my skin.

I never worried much about skin care in my twenties and thirties, but things have recently changed. It’s not that I am opposed to getting older. Nor am I searching the market for a fountain of youth.

But many woman at every age desires to look her best and I am not exempt.

At the same time I do my best to stay away from beauty and health products that contain chemicals and synthetic ingredients.

According to healthproductreports.com, a serum is a product specially formulated to help skin concerns. In my instance I struggle with fine lines and aggressive sagging. The sagging is not so much an age thing as it is inherited.

Serums are supposed to penetrate the skin deeper than a normal moisturizer to improve its condition. The CSCS Advanced Face Serum is a pure hyaluronic serum. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our bodies and encourages moisture, firmness and smooth skin.

This formula is gentle on the skin and acts as a humectant drawing in and maintaining moisture.

 

What’s Inside…CSCS Advanced Face Serum

The ingredients in the CSCS Advanced Face Serum are natural and organic!

  • De-ionized Water
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Isothiazolinones as preservative (developed by organic chemists)

 

My Results…

After cleansing, I apply several drops around my face and massage with my fingertips. If you wear makeup it is recommended to allow the serum to completely dry, which it only takes seconds.

After my very first application I could feel my skin tightening. The instructions recommend using the serum twice daily, but I have to be honest. I have some evenings where my goal is to get dinner on the table, spend time with God, spend time with hubby and get to bed as soon as possible. 🙂

Still, even once daily has made a tremendous change in my complexion and the texture of my skin.

Another plus is that you can find the CSCS Advanced Face Serum in two different bottle sizes. I have the 2 fluid ounce bottle and it appears it will be several months before I will need to re-order.

I have found stellar reviews of the product across the web and I am throwing in my thumbs up with all the rest!

Being forty is awesome and I wouldn’t change my age for anything. Still I want to be as healthy as possible from the inside, out.

As a Christian woman, what is your take on serums and other beauty aids?

 

Your Sister in Christ,

Candra E.

Stay tuned for my next posts:

* “Do I Treat God Like My Dentist?”
* “Getting Over a Crush for Christians”
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Bayleaf Botanicals Fractionated Coconut Oil Review

fractionated coconut oilBayleaf Botanicals Fractionated Coconut Oil

In recent years coconut oil has become such an influential part of my daily life that I now blog about it. I cook with organic coconut oil, drink it in my tea and use it for my hair and skin.

It boosts my energy and has helped slim down my tummy. If you’re a hydrosol or natural oil lover too subscribe to my blog at CoconutBeauty.org. 😉

So how does fractionated coconut oil differ from organic unrefined coconut oil?

Unlike organic coconut oil, fractionated oil does not turn into a solid when the temperature falls below 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24 C).

Organic coconut oil contains both long and medium chain fatty acids. In fractionated coconut oil the long chain fatty acids have been removed leaving you with a fraction of the oil.

Uses and Benefits

Since fractionated coconut oil remains in a liquid state, it makes for a great beauty aid for the hair and skin. It is also used to make homemade soaps, lotions and cosmetics.

Over the last few weeks I have been using the Bayleaf Botanicals Fractionated fractionated coconut oilCoconut Oil. I was skeptical at first because I was unsure that anything could be better than my organic coconut oil.

To my surprise the fractionated coconut oil has done wonders for my skin.

The Bayleaf Botanicals Fractionated Coconut Oil is a natural moisturizer. Even in the summer months I have dry skin here and there. I’ve used this oil daily to hydrate my skin and the moisture lasts throughout the day. I only have to reapply on my hands since I wash them frequently.

It reminds me of baby oil except its non-greasy and will not clog your pores…or stain your clothes.

Fractionated coconut oil can be used on your hair as well. It’s said to have the same softening impact on your hair as organic coconut oil.

Although I expect to go through my bottle within a few months, the shelf life of fractionated coconut oil is around five years. If you are a fan of other carrier oils, you can blend them with fractionated coconut oil and extend their shelf life.

For me, the only downside of fractionated coconut oil is that it is scent free. For others this may be a good thing but I miss the fragrance of coconut oil when I use it. 

The Bayleaf Botanicals Fractionated Coconut Oil comes with a pump for easy dispensing. The bottle sits stable on my shelf and I use about 3 to 4 pumps after I shower. It gives me skin a beautiful sheen and it’s soft to the touch.

I will purchase this product when this bottle is finished. As a matter of fact it’s already in my Amazon wish list. 🙂

If you would like a close up look at this oil, feel free to watch my video review. Love you ladies to life!

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

In case you missed it…”Christian Single Men, Abstinence and God’s Grace”

 

I received this product freely from Bayleaf Botanicals. This is my honest review and I only share health and beauty information that is in fact a significant part of my life.

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Emotional Eating | Turn To God First

Emotional Eating | Turn to God First

This girl here loves food. My relationship with food is on better terms now but when I was a little girl I developed a pattern of emotional eating.

Emotional eating is turning to food for comfort, safety, or happiness. On many occasions I gobbled down food to counteract boredom and loneliness.

My grandmothers and both parents have always been great cooks. So it was easy to connect good feelings with good food. Unless there were lima beans on my plate, I ate until I was beyond full.

I was only a child so I never said, “Hmmm… I’m feeling sad today, let me eat ice cream.” I’m not sure if most people consciously plan to use food as an emotional outlet. For me, it just happened over time.

emotional eatingFood contented me and I felt satisfied. It was a temporary override to the aspect of me that was unhappy. After awhile it was automatic to crave certain foods when my soul felt empty.

I didn’t know then that there was a God that I could turn to meet my emotional needs.

In elementary school my cousins teased me about my belly. I had skinny arms, skinny legs and a swollen stomach. Not because of genetics or slow metabolism, I just loved to eat.

When I turned 12 my belly fat started to make its move to other parts of my body. I cared a little about being overweight, but not like I cared about food. They don’t call it “comfort food” for nothing. Food truly made me happy.

The glitch was that I had to keep eating to maintain contentment. This is not a good thing when sugar and fried foods are what satisfies you most.

I was an only child and didn’t have many friends. I felt lonely, but food was my escape. With money I saved, I visited the convenience store on my way home from school almost every day.

Then I’d plop on the sofa, watch television and indulge in barbecue chips, pecan rolls, Sugar Daddy caramels, and a giant pickle. That was my favorite combination of junk food bliss. I had it all consumed before my mom arrived home and still made room for dinner.

I signed up for the high school track team when I was in seventh grade and ran track and cross country until I graduated. Being an athlete helped me to lose weight. I exercised all the time but my emotional eating habits did not change.

This may sound ideal. Eat whatever you want and run laps to burn calories. But in short, I turned into a thin person who was unhealthy and still emotionally broken.

After high school I had an opportunity to be a walk on for the track team at my university, but I was not fast enough to be competitive. So, I hung up my running shoes and gained twenty pounds.

Emotional Eating vs. Prayer

By this time I had just begun my journey with God. I was new to the faith and knew very little scriptures. Prayer was something I only did on occasion because I wasn’t sure how to pray.

My habit of emotional eating was hard to break. Food was still the thing I turned to first for bits of satisfaction.

Then I reached a point in my life where food failed me. I looked to food to be my savior but there is only one.

I went through a deep depression and I wasn’t happy with myself. There wasn’t a 5 minutes of prayerpastry, pork chop or plate of macaroni and cheese that could deliver me.

I wasn’t that little girl restricted to a few dollars worth of junk food. I was making my own money, lived in my own apartment and could eat as much as I wanted.

However like everything else we put before God, emotional eating failed me. The stress in my life was too big for McDonald’s to handle. After a Big Mac (or two) my problems remained and I was still hurting.

Then the depression had a different effect on my mind. I became repulsed by the food that I once took comfort in. Feeling overwhelmed with hopelessness I turned my plate away.

My weight dropped so fast and I became so thin that some were concerned that I turned to anorexia to lose weight. I found no solace in loving food or hating it.

Emotional eating filled by belly but it did not satisfy my soul. I wanted cookies and cakes to be the glue to mend my broken heart, but it only added to my frustration. Food was a band aid for wounds that were too deep and wide.

Our emotional distress is often connected to a spiritual need. Life will always have its problems but we can find peace and the strength to stand by depending on the power of prayer. God must come first in all things. Even in our struggles, first seek the Kingdom of God.

Spiritual things strengthen our spirit.

When everything else failed, all I had left was prayer. It should not have been a surprise to me but prayer was enough to jump-start my joy. On my knees, bowed before God, I firmly put my trust in Him.

In that moment a wind of peace and safety blew over me. It was comfort food for my soul. God said all that I needed, He would supply.

After praying more than I ever had before my perspective on life and who I am as a woman of God changed. Talking with God and hearing His Word inspired me to transform my entire life from the inside out.

God broke the chain of emotional eating in my life.

I prayed more, controlled my food portions and stopped depending on food to comfort me. Prayer is where I find refuge in times of trouble.

We sometimes mistake spiritual hunger for something else. If we only reach to appease the appetite of our fleshly bodies, the essence of who we are remains hungry and thirsty for change. It is nothing short of trying to fill a bottomless bucket.

 “…but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life.” (John 4:14 ASV)

Do I enjoy food today? You better believe it! The right foods are gifts from God to give strength and wellness to live life abundantly.

There is nothing wrong with appreciating good food, but I keep food in its appropriate place. When I need emotional relief I first turn my heart to prayer and communion with God. Taste and see that the Lord is good!

 

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

~Candra Evans

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Fitness Friday | Midori Spring Matcha Green Tea


Midori Spring Ceremonial (GOLD) Matcha Green Tea 

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. (3 John 1:2 ESV)

Fruits, plants, and herbs have proven to be highly effective in helping women live healthier lifestyles. One way to incorporate these ingredients into our life is through tea.

Striving for optimum health can put Christian women in position to do great things for the Kingdom of God. If we disregard our physical and emotional well-being, it complicates our effectiveness in the home, business, and ministry.

Every day I drink at least two cups of hot tea. I have a variety of brands and flavors overflowing my cupboard.

Lately I have been enjoying peppermint tea that I steep from peppermint leaves right from my herb garden!

So needless to say I was excited to try Midori Spring’s Ceremonial GOLD Matcha Green Tea.

Midori Spring Ceremonial GOLD Matcha Green Tea

Matcha green tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant. It is tea leaves ground into a very fine powder. There is a ceremonial history that goes along with matcha but I am only interested in its health benefits.

Matcha is different from steeping peppermint leaves or dropping a tea bag in hot water. With matcha tea you are consuming the entire leaf (in powder form).Therefore you are consuming all the nutritional benefits of the camellia sinensis plant.

Because matcha is 100% organic, many believe that the benefits far exceed your every day bagged green tea.

Matcha green tea is organic and vegan. It’s also free from soy, dairy and GMO’s. Yay! 😉

Matcha has natural caffeine but unlike coffee it gives me a natural burst energy. 1 gram of matcha green tea has approximately 35 milligrams of caffeine.

This is much less than the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee. When I drink matcha tea at night I personally have no problem getting to sleep.

Benefits of Matcha Green Tea (according to Midori Springs)Matcha Green Tea

  • Encourages weight loss by improving metabolism
  • Relaxes the mind and body (hence my 2 to 3 cups per day habit) 😉
  • Matcha contains 100 times more Epigallacatechin Gallate (EGCg) than any other tea on the market. EGCg is known for fighting cancer.
  • Detoxes the body
  • Boosts the immune system

How to make Matcha Green Tea

Tradition calls for one to drink matcha green tea out of a bowl. You first preheat the bowl by pouring boiling water into it. Allow the bowl to heat up for about a minute. Then empty and dry the bowl.

Take your Midori Spring’s tea and put 1 to 2 small clumps in your bowl or cup. Pour hot water and whisk tea with a bamboo or plastic whisk. After several brisk stirs the drink turns creamy and frothy.

The natural color of organic green tea is a beautiful bright green.

Initially I did not add anything to it but the taste of matcha alone is an acquired one. The smell and flavor are very earthy. I agree with others that it smells like grass and the taste is a little bitter.

The Midori Spring’s matcha green tea can also be added to smoothies, juices and used for baking.

My favorite tea recipe consists of matcha green tea,

1 tsp of coconut oil, and 2 tsp of organic honey.

Since drinking matcha over the last month I have not seen any significant weight loss, but I have been more energized and focused. I’ve been more productive with writing, family, and ministry.

The Midori Spring’s Matcha Green Tea retails for around $25 on Amazon. This is far from the traditional cost of supermarket tea bags, but the price reflects a higher grade of tea.

Depending on how matcha green tea is consumed, a 30g tin will make anywhere from 20-30 servings.

For more information and frequently asked questions visit http://www.midorispring.com/faq/

Is tea a part of your healthy lifestyle? If so, what are your favorites?

Love you to life!

~Candra 

If you are not following me on social media, then you’re probably not aware of the release of my new blog, Coconut Beauty. There are many ways to achieve health and beauty goals naturally and I have devoted this niche to the Coconut Beauty blog! Come over and subscribe today!

(I received an invitation to try this tea for free in exchange for an honest review. I only accept invites to write product reviews if I truly believe that a product or service will benefit you. And even then, my honest review is what will be written.)

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22 ESV)

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Create A Home Gym On A Budget

Over the years I have written about the importance of health and physical fitness. Along with my spiritual fitness regimen (prayer, Bible study, worship, etc.), I incorporate physical fitness into my life. Why?

Exercise not only keeps me physically fit for the Kingdom of God, but also provides emotional and mental balance to keep me on the path of life more abundantly.

Hopefully the following guest post will inspire you to make exercise a part of your daily life. You can do it right in your home and select the tools that will work with your budget!

 

Create a Home Gym on a Budget

By Ty Schmidt

You sweat. You push yourself to the limit (and it’s not always pretty). Or maybe you let any combination of these things keep you from heading to the gym to work out on a regular basis. As gym rates rise and lives get no less stressful to balance, it can all be a little much for the average person. But it doesn’t have to be.

Here are some tips for creating an affordable gym in your home so you can stop making excuses and start that journey to a healthier lifestyle you’ve been talking about for all of these years:

Find inspiration. It’s different for everyone. For some people, it helps to see themselves as they work out, inspiring them to push harder or run that extra mile. For others, it’s the right soundtrack or an inspirational quote that keeps them going. The best part? Inspiration doesn’t have to cost much. Whatever it is for you, find it, embrace it, and incorporate it into the space.

Create A Home Gym On A Budget

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Think multi-functional. For families with young children, sometimes the kids can become a reason not to work out. Make the most of your budget, your space and your time by considering a home gym that incorporates a play area for the kids as well. By adding elements of a playroom to the area, the kids should stay entertained at least long enough for you to get that workout in, and you’re able to accomplish two things at once.

Create A Home Gym On A Budget

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Keep it simple. Use the space you have available to you. A home gym doesn’t need a wall of fancy mirrors to get the job done. Invest in one or two good machines and other gym necessities (like a yoga ball, resistance bands and some weights) and work with extra space you have in the attic, or even in the garage or basement.

Create A Home Gym On A Budget

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Think vertical. Installing a wall training system that suits your needs and specifications doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Take the time to research what you would like to build, then shop sales at home improvement stores to make your vision a reality. Mount a TV on the wall and get motivated to stay on the treadmill through an entire episode of Scandal.

Create A Home Gym On A Budget

Via Decoist

Keep an open mind. Maybe you don’t have the space or resources to dedicate to a home gym. Instead, you may use an area of your bedroom or living room on a regular basis. That is okay too. Just be sure in that case to have the essentials on hand that you need to do the workouts you enjoy. The items will vary for everyone, but whatever they may be, they are really all you need to start working out at home at any hour of the day for almost nothing out of pocket.

Create A Home Gym On A Budget

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Free Saved and Single Word, Prayer & Affirmation CD | Beauty Giveaway

Free Saved and Single Word, Prayer & Affirmation CD and Beauty Giveaway Announcement

If you have been a subscriber to my blog for some time, then you have heard me mention my good friend and Singles Ministry Leader Robert McWilliams.

Among many things, Brother McWilliams hosts a bi-monthly conference call for saved and single individuals of all ages from across the globe. I just learned that this ministry is a continuation of his mother’s singles ministry in Brewton, Alabama.

His mother, Co-Pastor McWilliams from New Life Holiness Apostolic Church, has lead a singles ministry group at their local church for almost 21 years. She fasts and prays every Friday just for Christian singles! What a blessing to know that when the struggle gets real, there is someone calling unto God on your behalf! 🙂

Rob’s web site, Save and Single Ministries, is a phenomenal place for resources and inspiration for singles.

I want to pass his site on to you because he is freely giving away his Saved and Single Word, Prayer & Affirmation CD! For a limited time you can request a physical CD. Or, Rob will send you the MP3 via email.

This CD is a wonderful gift for you or to share with your friends and church congregation. I don’t know of any place else that you can get a CD for singles filled with music, prayers, spoken word, and more.

Simply click the link below and complete the Free CD Form… and be blessed!

http://www.savedandsingle.info/free-cd/

 

 Beauty Giveaway…

For all of you ladies interested in winning a few hair product goodies, check out my hair channel on YouTube! I am currently having a giveaway that will run through February 15th, 2015. Click the YouTube link below to get all the details. 😉

Beauty/Hair Product Giveaway – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UwFI0YzVsM

May God bless you abundantly with spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ,

~Candra Evans

 

Watch this video to learn more about Rob’s ministry. Rob and his parents were recently interviewed on WATC TV-57’s Atlanta Live

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February Healthy Recipe and Relationship Tip by J. Nicole

Special thanks to J. Nicole, the creator of http://www.getnourshishment.com, for contributing our monthly healthy recipe and relationship tip! Be sure to visit her site for more!

 

Relationship Tip
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Relationship Tip

As women, we prepare ourselves to be wives by learning to cook, clean, work with children, etc. This is great, yet God calls us to submit to our husbands as unto the Lord above all things. If we are to practice anything in preparation for marriage we are to start by submitting to the Lord. If you can’t submit to the One who created you, died for you, and loves you more than anyone else in your life, it will be practically impossible to submit to an imperfect being – your future husband.

Salmon and Ritz

Cook Time  

   Prep Time     5 mins

+ Cook Time    20 mins

   Total Time    25 mins

Ingredients

Salmon Fillets
Season Salt
Garlic Pepper
Crushed Red Pepper
Italian Seasoning or Medley
Ritz Crackers
Butter

Directions 

1.Clean salmon fillets thoroughly with cool water.
2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
3. Base the baking pan with cooking oil (vegetable or olive oil)
4. Place the pan in the oven for approximately 5 – 10 minutes.
5. While the pan is in the oven, season the Salmon to your liking. I like to use season salt, garlic pepper, crushed red pepper, and Italian seasoning.
6. Once completed, place the salmon in the oil based pan.
7. Place back into the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes. Or until the salmon is about 3/4 cooked.
8. Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons (tbsp.) of butter.
9. Pour the melted butter on top of the salmon. Allow it to cook for an additional 5 – 10 minutes or until completion.
10. Crush enough Ritz crackers to add as a topping to the salmon.
11. Immediately coat the surface of the salmon  with the crushed Ritz crackers.
12. Serve when ready.

Bonus Tip
Use the recipe as a guide and cook the salmon according to size. It is very easy to dry salmon out. 

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January Healthy Recipe and Relationship Tip by J. Nicole

Happy New Year Everyone! What better way to start the new year, than to indulge in delicious healthy eating habits. This recipe by guest blogger J. Nicole from http://www.GetNourishment.com is a must try!
And don’t forget that tomorrow we will be starting our blog series for the month of January only – “Overcoming the Sorrow of Being Single”. I will be posting daily mini blogs packed with spiritual nourishment that will strengthen you on your Christian single’s journey.
January 2014 Healthy Lettuce Wrap 

January relationship tip

Cook Time      

   Prep Time     10 mins

+ Cook Time    10 mins

   Total Time    20 mins

Ingredients
  • Bushel of romaine lettuce leaves
  • Can of refried black beans
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Black Pepper 
  • 6 tilapia fillets
  • 3 medium tomatoes 
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • Bushel of cilantro
  • Salt
  • Mexican cheese blend
  • 3 avocado

 Directions 

 1. Pre-heat the oven on 400 degrees.

2. Chop cilantro, tomatoes, and onion. (Pico de Gallo) 

3. Mix 3/4 of the cilantro, tomatoes, 3/4 of the onion, and desired amount of salt into a bowl. 

4. Season the tilapia with desired amount of old bay seasoning and black pepper. 

5. Place the tilapia and remainder of the onion on a pan. 

6. Cook the fish for 5-10 or until done. 

7. Meanwhile, cook the beans as instructed and season with the remainder of the cilantro. 

8. Pull apart the lettuce and rinse. 

9. Base the lettuce with beans. 

10. Split the tilapia fillet in half and place into the lettuce wrap. 

11. Sprinkle your desired amount of cheese and Pico de gallo into the lettuce leaf. 

12. Cut your desired amount of avocado. 

13. Wrap it up and enjoy!

14. Grab another because it’s sooooo healthy that you can have two without feeling guilty! 🙂  

Relationship Tip 

There is not a woman alive that will heal your deep wounds. There’s not a man alive that will fulfill you. Find your identity in something eternal…Christ and be fulfilled.

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How I Got Healthy and Happy

One autumn day in 2007, I was fighting depression, loneliness, and burn out on the job. The battle physically exhausted me. Living in a community full of runners, I would watch them as I drove by and longed to join them one day. So this same day I journeyed to the back of my closet and pulled out a pair of running shoes that had seen better days.

What was I thinking? Would it make a difference? Would I have to call a friend to come peel me off the side walk a mile away from home?

I grabbed my door key and headed outdoors. It was refreshing to stand outside under God’s big blue sky. Reflecting over recent months, I couldn’t remember the last time I was outdoors like that.

Today I was going to run and think about life’s problems later.

I wasn’t sure how far I could go. Maybe one mile, or three…I really didn’t care. I just had to go. Run as hard as I could. Feel the sweat running down my brow. Work out the pain and frustration of the day. This was something I could take charge of and have control over. I could do it alone. I was accountable only to myself. If I quit, it was my choice. If I reached my goal, it was by God’s grace and my determination. The essence of it all was like a high for me.

That day I covered a distance just shy of three miles, stopping to walk twice. It was no doubt the slowest pace I had ever run in my life. It hurt. Every member of my body sent messages to my brain screaming, “What are you thinking?!” When the run was done, a wonderful feeling came over me. I was empowered and invigorated. Running often and farther caused my self esteem to rise and daily stress was relieved. I’m living proof that continuous physical exercise empowers the mind.

For the first time in a long time I was taking out time to care for me. Sometimes you just can’t wait for others to do it for you.  I was achieving a dream that seemed impossible. I wasn’t watching someone on television doing it, but it was me!

On every run and with every step I overcame low self-esteem and the desire to give up when life got too hard. I began to incorporate prayers on my runs. Not just prayers that I’d finish my course, but personal talks with God about…life. My spiritual workouts couldn’t be less intense than the physical.

The confidence and positive attitude I gained from running carried over into other areas of my life.

I began to look in the mirror and truly be proud of the person looking back at me. If I could run a 5K, 10K, and a half-marathon, then surely I could persevere on the job and in ministry. And if at any point I fall short of a goal, I can say I gave it my all and that is good enough. What others think about me no longer defines who I am.

I am a child of God. I am strong. I am beautiful. I am a writer. I am content. I am joyful. I am an athlete!

Days are better now….Thank you Jesus!

Yours in Christ,

Miss Love in Waiting