May 19, 2013

Eating a Head of Lettuce, Baby Smoothie Fun

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. Mark 1:35

Inspired to pray like Jesus did. To do it often, consistently, fervently. Both of these verses mention Him being alone as He prays, which sounds so nice. A moment of peace, quiet, able to focus on God and feel His presence. I am hoping to pick a quiet place in my home to pray, somewhere I can go to each day - probably mornings - and talk to my Father. Be moved by these verses to do the same, friends! Find a peaceful nook, a quiet corner, a bedroom without distractions and spend time in prayer there each day. Whether it be first thing in the morning, middle of the day or sometime in the evening. We are called to pray continually and often, and having a special place where we can go to God daily in prayer is so, so important. It's a gift to have communication with our Creator! And He hears us, always.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15

Another dinner lately episode of Love Oats! This day I went for a head of red leaf lettuce, steamed vegetables and a homemade dressing. The dressing was about half a cup of unhulled sesame seeds with some raw sunflower seeds mixed it, a handful of fresh parsley, 1 lemon's juice and a splash of water. It turned out a tad bit runny so I tossed a bunch of those steamed vegetables into the salad to bulk it up - great idea! It made my mouth happy since there wasn't just huge bites of lettuce to be chewed on, but actual pieces of steamed goodness. I think I had quinoa on the side, but I don't remember - the highlight was definitely this salad/dressing!

Santi continues to eat family member's smoothies with joy. By the way, very thankful that my parents have found themselves hooked on making green smoothies! They have them numerous times a week and drink entire 32oz jars of this goodness! Go to recipes for them vary, but usually they consist of frozen fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya? it's a bag from Costco, naturally!) and kale, bananas, apple, maybe some orange. Go wild with your green smoothies! There is no right or wrong recipe really, just add greens and enjoy. Also, if it turns out gross just add carob powder to it (about a tablespoon) and a date or three, then you have brown, slightly awkward but mega chocolate flavored ice cream! Woopa.

Enjoy, cute baby boy.

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