Uncomfortably Honest

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, if they will pray and seek me and stop their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven. I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.” (NCV)

I read these verses the other day and immediately my heart turned to someone in my life with whom I am currently struggling. “Oh Lord,” I prayed, “please speak to this person and let them humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways and return to you.”

But halfway through this prayer for this person to “turn from their wicked ways”, another thought popped into my head. Should I be focusing this prayer on myself instead?

In this situation where I believe I am being wronged, and I truly believe I am following God’s ways in this particular situation, shouldn’t I be praying for the other person’s eyes to be opened to the situation at hand? Shouldn’t I be praying for them to turn from their ways and turn towards God?

Maybe not.

Maybe what God is trying to tell me with this verse is that I need to not focus so hard on the other person, but instead turn that spotlight inward, towards myself. Matthew 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (NIV) What wicked ways do I need to turn from? What are those black spots in my mind and on my heart that I need to confess to God and allow Him to clean me up from the inside out? What are the areas in my own life where I need to humble myself to God and pray and seek His face?

Anger/Resentment: my feelings of being wronged and feeling like I am the victim will not only turn to anger if I don’t confront and confess them, but eventually could turn to resentment, hurting nobody but myself

Doubt: doubting God’s plan for my life

Envy: I’ve struggled with various forms of envy my entire life

Fear: instead of trusting in God, I’ve found myself crippled with fear over all the things that COULD happen, instead of focusing on what GOD will make happen and trusting that whatever that is will be what’s best for me

Looks like I have enough of my own things to confess to God, to humble myself before Him, to seek His face and to pray and to turn from these wicked thoughts which are not from God.

Dear Lord, I come to you humbled and broken, a sinner in need of redemption. Please help me to turn from my sins and turn from the things that are not from you. Please forgive me and help me to remember that you are perfect and you are in control. Forgive me for my anger, my doubt, my envy and my fear. Please fill me with your peace and your love and help me to live as an example of you. Thank you for these words and this reminder. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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Easy Weeknight Dinner: One Pot Chicken and Vegetables

Picture this. So it’s 1700 on a random Tuesday and I’m staring at the contents of my refrigerator without a plan, praying for some divine intervention on the dinner front. Somebody please tell me I’m not alone in this.

Fortunately – I have the solution!

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One pot dinners – where have you been all my life? I’m a huge fan of my crockpot; but I only just realized I have not been utilizing my sheet pans enough. True, I roast things all the time – but I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me sooner to roast EVERYTHING. TOGETHER. ON THE SAME PAN.

Game changer.

one pan chicken and vegetables

As with pretty much every meal I make, the beauty of this is that you can basically use whatever vegetables and whatever seasonings you have on hand. And speaking of spices – can we talk about this original camp mix seasoning? It’s a super simple yet fabulous blend of garlic, onion, black pepper, white pepper, salt, and celery salt. You pretty much can’t go wrong. Not only do we keep a bottle of it in our camping supplies, but we use it approximately 5 out of 7 days a week.

Anyway. You can’t go wrong with good old bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs – and the broccoli and sweet potato needed to get used up, but it was a beautiful marriage of classic flavors. (Also – roasted broccoli? Is my son’s new favorite vegetable. I literally caught him SNEAKING BROCCOLI off the roaster pan. Is that a bad thing? Never.)

 

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So basically once you toss everything onto your sheet pan, you bake it at 450 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Similar to the crock pot, it’s a set it and forget it kind of meal – feel free to have a glass of wine on the balcony do some laundry while you wait for it to finish cooking.

One Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables

serves: 4

prep time: 10-15 minutes

cook time: 45 minutes

What you need:

4 bone in, skin on chicken thighs

2 medium sweet potatoes, diced

2-3 broccoli crowns, chopped

olive oil

your favorite seasoning blend

fresh rosemary, thyme, sage (I used a fresh poultry seasoning pack from my local grocery store)

What you do:

Preheat oven to 450. Toss sweet potatoes and broccoli with olive oil, salt, and pepper and layer onto your sheet pan. Toss the chicken thighs with olive oil and seasoning (save the fresh herbs for later) and lay on top of vegetables. Dice your fresh herbs and sprinkle over everything. Bake for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Enjoy!

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10×10 Challenge – Edition 1

10 pieces, 10 days. I was originally just going to do work days, because I work at an office during the week and I’d be totally lying if I said I wore anything other than pajamas all weekend, but then I figured what the heck – go big or go home, right? And I’m fortunate in the fact that my office is on the casual end of business casual, so I can wear jeans on a fairly routine basis, thus the 10 straight days prevailed.
I got the 10×10 idea from Carolyn of the blog Un-Fancy. She hosted a 10×10 challenge a couple months ago, but I was too lazy to get on board at the time. It did get me to thinking, though – I’ve done capsule wardrobes in the past, so why not limit my options a little bit more and see what happens? With so much of my wardrobe the same color scheme, this seems like a pretty fun challenge. I’m deviating a little bit because I’m only counting clothing in my 10 pieces – shoes are counted separately. Is that cheating? You’ll see pretty quick that I have limited shoes, though, so I’m going with a no.
This is my first time playing around with Polyvore, and I’ll be honest I’m not so sure how this is going to work. The original pictures I took of my 10 pieces aren’t great, so I’ve found similar ones in the graphic below. You’ll see the actual pieces (slight deviations only – my pink blouse is from Lularoe and has a teal pattern, and the gray tunic is slightly different) when I post the outfits later.
So without further ado – let’s introduce the clothes!
1. Black leggings (LulaRoe) – because who doesn’t need a pair of basic black leggings?
2. Navy blue corduroy skinny pants (DIANA)
3. Teal crop pants (LOFT)
4. Black cotton skirt (LOFT)
5. Black/Gray dropwaist dress (LOFT) – this is the one piece that’s the same as the pic
6. Black 3/4 sleeve boatneck top (Target)
7. Teal Carly dress (LulaRoe)
8. Pink perfect tee (LulaRoe)
9. Gray Irma tunic (LulaRoe)
10. Gray cardigan sweater (Target)
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For those of you who got this far – here’s a picture of my actual 10×10 pieces:
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