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When words just aren’t enough…

                  In our Pinterest driven world, a picture is really worth a thousand words! There is just something about “seeing” a quote or verse, rather than just reading it, that really captures our attention and causes the words to stick like glue! So I’ve put together some of my recent favorite picture quotes. Hope these inspire you to continue Making Life Magnificent 🙂

Don't Be Ashamed To Feel

           This one stands out to me because there are times when I truly do feel that I have to appear strong and in charge all the time because I don’t want to be judged for being weak. Whoever said that being weak is a negative!? Maybe it’s our “Super Hero” mentality, but this one is a good reminder that apart of being human means you’re going to have not-so-strong days. It’s still ok, embrace those moments, learn from them, then keep it moving!

Forgive

          

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know about you, but I have definitely been hurt before! This helps me have a healthier perspective on forgiving those who’ve hurt me AND on forgiving myself.

follow your heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance Passion & Wisdom! Enough said.

Press Toward The Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one reminds me of Paul’s words in Philippians 3: 12-14 about Pressing Toward The Mark. Read it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

relationships are work relationship patience

Amen!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shine from within

 

 

 

 

This reminds me of a the Maya Angelou poem, Phenomenal Woman…see it below

Storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know how they say “misery loves company?” Well this turns that right on top of its head!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work hard in silence  Although it’s small, this one packs a big punch. It reminds me of a quote I heard years ago: “Excellence is the best revenge.” 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Wacky Wednesdays: Good Meal Gone Bad!

As a full time working single parent, one consistent goal I have is to provide healthy home cooked meals to my son each day. It is so tempting to eat food from a drive-thru after a long day of work, and I’ll admit that I have given in to this temptation at times. Yet, as I’ve said before, Making Life Magnificent isn’t about perfection, but progress. We are all striving to do better and to be better, so this is one area I am striving in.

But as you know, it takes more than good intentions to achieve a goal like this. Cooking home cooked meals everyday when you also work outside the home everyday can be plain ole’ HARD! You have to think of something to cook, then do the prep work, then actually cook it! I work as a school teacher, so I’m on my feet all day. There are times when the thought of being on my feet more for cooking just isn’t a happy thought for me. So I….well, rush a little and try to cut corners. One day in particular, I had such a good idea for a quick and yummy meal: Broiled Lemon Pepper Chicken with Yellow Rice and Green Beans. Sounds easy and healthy doesn’t it! I came up with this one all on my own. (usually I steal ideas from all the great ones on my Pinterest Food Board!)

Anyway, as I was rushing cooking, I ran out of steam and decided to change it to Broiled BBQ Chicken instead of Lemon Pepper. I slathered the BBQ sauce on the baked chicken and put it under the broiler that was set on high. My plan was to get the outside of the chicken just a little crispy, so while it was “broiling,” I went into the living room with my son to watch a little Wild Kratts. (such a great cartoon!) That’s when I smelled it! No, it wasn’t the sweet aroma of BBQ sauce tickling my nose! I had no idea that sauce would burn rather than broil. Instead of my chicken coming out like this: (which is what I envisioned)

It came out looking more like this:

My burnt chicken

      I can hear you now….OMG, What did she do to that chicken?!? Go ahead and get your laugh on…I was certainly laughing at myself when I stood back and looked at my finished product. I laughed even more when I saw the look on my son’s face! But before you roll over laughing, just think back to your own Good Meal Gone Bad. We all have one if we’re honest with ourselves. Since I am still learning to balance work and motherhood (and it seems a hundred other things), I have more than one Good Meal Gone Bad, but it’s ok. I’m a work in progress 🙂

I’m glad you’ve gotten a good laugh out of this. I know there are other parents out there who are striving to put decent meals on the table each day, and going to a fast-food place all the time just isn’t ideal. Not only is it more costly, but it’s not as healthy. I could look at this chicken meal and feel the urge to just throw in the towel, especially since I have The Triple Threat very near my house (McDonald’s, Zaxby’s and Arby’s). Instead here are some things I now do to make this area of my life less of a struggle:

  1. I make a written meal plan every month
    I don’t use any fancy templates, just a notebook where I write some of our favorite meals (that I know I can cook!) and I match these recipes with the food inventory in my house to make sure I have what I need.
  2. I bulk cook on weekends, then freeze those meals for later
    This one change has made a huge difference in my life! Freezer meals are healthy & convenient! And there are TONS of ideas out there with step-by-step instructions. See here. freezer meals Just don’t forget to take them out ahead of time so they can thaw properly.
  3. I use my Crock-Pot!!
    If you don’t have one of these glorious inventions, please invest in one. It is a life-saver! Great meal ideas here. crock pot
  4. I plan which days will be restaurant days
    Ok, sometimes you do really need to take a break. If your budget allows it, choose at least one day a week to pick up something to eat or go to a restaurant. For my son and I, Fridays are pizza nights; I pick up a pizza instead of cooking to give me a night off. There are lots of restaurants that have kids eat free night. Check them out in your area using this site: www.mykidseatfree.com

      With planning and focus, this area of your life can truly be magnificent! My meals may be wacky at times, but not all the time. My Homemade Blueberry Pancakes were a hit this morning! Homemade Blueberry Pancakes So don’t quit. Keep cooking. Keep smiling.

What Are You Seeking?

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Seek in Webster’s Dictionary is defined as: to try to find, to search for; to aim for; to look around; to hunt or go in pursuit of; go running for

In Matthew 7:7a (KJV) it says “Ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find…”This word SEEK is mentioned in Matthew again earlier in Chapter 6, verse 33 when he says, “Seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”In Isaiah 55:6 the prophet tells the people to “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.”

Seek in Biblical terms isn’t implying to just look around casually, it implies a deep desire for the object of your pursuit. Is God lost? Why does the Bible tell us to look for Him as if He is indeed missing???

Life can be so busy and these days we have a lot of background noise pulling our attention away from God. These things are not necessarily bad things, they are parts of our everyday life: work, family, and school. But remember God wants to be #1 in your life! So He reminds us throughout scripture to push all those “life distractions” aside and focus only on Him. Remember seeking isn’t just looking, it’s also desiring. Do you desire God enough “to hunt for or go in pursuit” of Him?

To help you remember the importance of seeking Him first, think of a B.A.G. These three letters will offer some practical things you can do to begin seeking God more intentionally:

1. Become Isolated
If there are lots of other people around you, they will distract you from focusing on connecting with God. So find a quiet or secluded place where you can pray and read your Bible alone. If this is too difficult, choose a time of the day or night when everyone around you is asleep or busy, so that you can seek God in silence.

praying alone

2. Abandon Electronics
Just like physical people in your presence can be distracting, people in the cyber world can be even more distracting. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social networking sites are awesome at staying connected, but when you are dedicated to seeking God consistently, these sites can suck your focus away from that. Try to use a physical Bible for your quiet time instead of the Bible apps available on your phone or IPad, which also have apps for social sites that pull you away from seeking God.

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3. Get Accountability
Just like I mentioned earlier, life can just become busy! We may have the best intentions of having quiet time in the Word with the Lord, but everyday life will get in the way. So get help…choose an accountability partner. Someone you trust that will serve as a check-in to help you remember to find consistent times to grow your spiritual walk.
This person needs to be someone who:

  1. …is understanding & nonjudgmental
  2. …is also seeking God
  3. …is able to be honest and offer firm encouragement when you need it

Two female college students studying together

So what are you seeking?