Pasta salad is a classic summer side dish, but adding protein (leftover grilled chicken is perfect here) and extra greens makes it a super-satisfying lunch. We use baby spinach, but arugula or baby kale works too. Top with a bright and tangy basil vinaigrette just before serving. The great news is that these easy meal-prep lunches take just 20 minutes to prepare–that’s 4 days of lunches in less than 30 minutes.
It’s been a while since I gave you a delicious recipe…
Part of thriving is eating good food choices and in most cases making your own meals so you know what is in them. Recently I had my FIRST EVER Lobster Roll and it was so amazing I had to find a way to make it at home so I could control the amount of mayonnaise that went into the dish.
With spring we think about cleaning, new birth, renewal
and the Resurrection of Jesus!
Spring is the perfect time to change your batteries in your smoke detectors as you set your clocks forward, deep clean the house, weed the garden and perhaps clean out your closets. BUT what about your mind, body and spirit?
When was the last time you paused and took a look at your life and the busyness around you?
“…But one thing is needed and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken from her.”
The holiday’s are here and along with them comes the hustle and bustle we add to our days.
Many times we forget to pause and take in what the Lord has for us all in the name of our task lists.
Life can be filled with busyness and uncertainty which can lead us into a place of stress and being nervous. And in some cases even lead us into illness.
As women we tend to want to know all the plans, the details and have a plan B for the just in case. Instead of allowing God to take the lead we are jumping out front and in many case tripping over our own feet!
“The Lord is my Shepherd. I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in
green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He refreshed my soul.”
God calls us to leave the details up to Him and rest in Him.
Do you feel guilty if you rest?
Are you a stubborn sheep not willing to rest in Him?
The Lord knows us and desires that we lay down in His green pastures and refresh our souls by the quiet waters, He wants us to know peace that only comes through Him and Him alone.
Rest is really not an option in our walk as a Woman of God, it is a Spiritual discipline we need to help us create a habit in our life. We need to understand that busyness is NOT productive! Busyness will actually break us down. There is no need to fill every waking moment with something to do, maybe it is time to evaluate your day and see if you are filling it with busyness or productivity.
What are your daily priorities?
Are you exhausted at the end of each day because you have been trying to do it on your own? You are just too busy to seek God to guide you through your day. Time for a change in mindset!
If you make God, your time with the Lord a priority you will find that the day is productive, you can manage the day and you are not exhausted at the end of each day.
It is time to press in on God and THRIVE daily!
What is the Lord showing you today that needs to shift?
Do you know as women of God we are called to be Bold, Brave and we are Beautiful?
Say it out loud with me:
I am Bold, Brave and Beautiful!
How did you feel when you said it out loud?
We are told this is who we are to be throughout the Bible. On being bold God says it at least 26 x’s and on being brave He tells us at least 37 x’s. If God says it we need to believe it and own it as His daughter!
So many times we are told by the world the total opposite of all three.
Know Christ = Confidence
Confidence = Boldness
“…proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus
Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.” Acts 28:31
Through Jesus Christ we have the confidence to be bold in Him. We let the world tell us otherwise and allow the world to quench that confidence and boldness in Jesus. It is time as women of God to take that back and be bold!
We are told to be in this world not of this world, therefore why would we listen to the view of who we are from the world’s perspective instead of the voice of God?
Time to step in boldness and own who you are in Jesus Christ!
As women of God we need to be gently reminded we fight our battles through Christ not on our own. Sometimes we forget this and we begin to back away from what the Lord has called you to do.
We know when God calls us into action it may not be the norm or popular, however IF God has called you to move, MOVE! He has you covered in this journey. You see we cannot let those around us decide if we should move when God calls you to move, you have to seek Him and go. The enemy will plant folks in your path to discourage and even attack, you then grab onto Jesus and GO!
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”
1 Corinthians 16:13
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the
LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you.
He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
“…Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the LORD
will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”
My dear friend, you are beautiful in Christ. You were created in Him image! Fearfully and wonderfully made!
God does not make mistakes!
The difference is in this world they judge an outer appearance that has been altered or airbrushed to appear beautiful. Isn’t that the way of the world “to appear to be something,” yet in reality they are no different than you or I…except in their heart!
“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair,
wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden
person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and
quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”
1 Peter 3:3-4
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created
him; male and female He created them.”
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his
physical stature, because I have refused him.
For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks
at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
You see we are beautiful in Christ Jesus girls! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
So are you ready to go out and be Bold, Brave and Beautiful?
I hear so many women talk about how they are struggling with their life.
Some are struggling with stress, fatigue, illness while others struggle more on the spiritual levels.
God designed us to Thrive girls not just survive!
“I made you to thrive like the plants in the field, and you grew, matured and became very beautiful.”
Why do we struggle?
Sometimes our circumstances can derail us from thriving if we are not careful. You see our tendency when a trial or challenge comes our way is to shut down. What God really wants us to do is run to Him with our arms stretched out and allow God to carry us through the circumstances/trials. We just have to stop and remember God has us covered!
One of the easiest ways we can thrive is by spending more time with the Lord.
Ask yourself today, “am I spending time with God each day?”
If we do not have more of God in our life, we cannot thrive!
What do you need to change today so you can thrive as a woman of God?