My etsy shop is now online and active. Still needs lots of improvements and work. But I took the first step. I hope you’ll stop over for a look!
When I saw this blog about overnight oatmeal I loved the idea and decided to try it for myself! How great would it be to make a whole bunch of oatmeals and throw them in the fridge? Breakfast for the week! Plus its SUPER healthy. For mine I did oats, greek yogurt (non-fat, no sugar), chia seeds, almond extract, maple syrup, almond milk and black berries! Doesn’t that sound amazing? And it was so easy. I made 4 to start off (one with blueberries for my dad). It took me 5 minutes. Literally. And now they’re all in the fridge ready for breakfast tomorrow. EASY!
Here’s my recipe.
Make in a cute little mason jar or small Tupperware (this makes single serve portions)
1/4 C Oats
1/3 C Almond Milk (Could use any type of milk, we’re just dairy free here)
1/4 C Greek Yogurt (I used non-fat, plain)
1 T Chia seeds
1 t almond extract
1 T maple syrup (Could use agave or honey or sugar)
Fruit (I used blackberries and blueberries)
Put the oats, milk, yogurt, extract, chia seeds, and maple syrup in your container. Cover and shake until mixed. Top with the fruit. Cover. Refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!
You can make so many different versions of this. Try different milk, sweeteners, fruit, etc.
I got the idea from this blog http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal They have tons of different ideas for different flavors. I can’t wait to try them all!
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 4:12&13
I’ve been home 10 days. I’ve been to the doctor 6 times. What a crazy time. Some days I feel pretty good. Some days I feel like I will be in pain forever and I will never get better. Today I walked the track at the Y for 1/4 mile and I have gotten up to 10 laps swimming (arms only, no kicking). As someone who was once so healthy and active, this can be very frustrating. I want to be on an elliptical for an hour and only be in pain because I worked so hard. I want to climb a mountain and run down the street and take my dog for a walk. I want to play piano in the band and be able to stand for two church services.
But I am trying to turn my focus around. What CAN I do today and what positive things happened and what blessings can I be thankful for?
I enjoyed church today.
Connected with some friends I haven’t seen in a long time.
The sun is shining and even though it is FREEZING outside, it is beautiful.
I am trying a new kind of chicken in the crock pot and our house smells amazing.
Brittany is coming over to hang out with me tonight.
Today’s portion of Beth Moore’s bible study was so encouraging.
I can only focus on one day at a time. I get overwhelmed thinking about all the what if’s… It is a choice I have to make every minute. To remain positive. To cling to hope. To believe God’s promises. I definitely haven’t perfected this. I definitely have spent time down on the floor crying out to God, trying to understand why I can just be healthy. But I’m learning. I’m growing. He’s perfecting me and teaching me something. And for this moment, I am choosing joy.
I had a long talk with a friend at work a few weeks ago. Just about my life. My pains. My knees. How I never feel great. I was anxious. For what? I don’t know. I was unsettled. I felt alone. She is going to school for counseling and its easy to see why. Its what’s she’s called to do. Talk to her for 2 minutes and you can see it. She has a wisdom and discernment that many people can only aspire to obtain. I sat in a chair while she washed dishes and just poured out all my frustrations. My knees always hurt. It’s so hard to go to work every day. I am in pain 24 hours a day. No one can figure it out, there was no glimmer of hope. I didn’t know what to do.
She said many important people in the bible had a time of retreat or going away. God didn’t always explain the purpose of the retreat, but it was often to remove them from everything around them and show them His true glory. To help them understand they only needed Him. He was their only hope. The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years, Moses went away from Egypt before God sent him back, Elisha, Elijah, Jonah was in a fish for 3 days, John the Baptist, Even Jesus was in the desert for 40 days. The theme that this has been my wilderness keeps coming up. My 7 months of retreat. Of being away. I have never experienced such pain. But I have never experienced God so fully either. I have never been humbled to the point of not being able to stand. To sitting alone for so many hours in solitude. Just me and Jesus. And its been hard. It’s hard to not be anxious or freak out or just keep asking WHY!? But slowly I see my small desire for Him growing. I see my trust getting stronger. I lean on Him a little more each day. And I think that is what He sent me away for. To remove the distractions. To have me all to himself. I’m still a long way off. I’m still figuring it out. And I’m sure there will be many, many times when I have to be humbled again. But I’m taking that first step. I’m clinging to Him tighter. I’m still in pain. I still have no answers. But I know that He does. And even if I am in pain for the rest of my life, it is only a vapor compared to the perfect, pain-free life I will be living for all of eternity.
Later that evening my friend sent me this beautiful message, along with a link to a song by Jenny & Tyler. She is one part of Kansas I will be missing…
Gina. You are a beautiful gem. The Lord so desperately longs to heal your body and heart even more. We truly are onions…we need healing one layer at a time. The Lord created a strength in you that was meant to make the powers of darkness shutter. You are created to run in freedom and joy alongside Jesus our Messiah, manifesting the Kingdom of God here on earth. Lean back into Him. Listen to His heartbeat. May your heart align even more with His. I honor you for your faithfulness to Him. He sees you. The Most High God sees You. He knows every tear you cry (Ps 56:8).
All my paperwork is in to Starbucks. The dr signed my forms yesterday and faxed them in, so now its just time to wait. I’ve done all I can do. Starbucks said they will approve/deny me sometime in the middle or end of next week. As soon as that happens, if I’m approved, I will be going back to NY! I have 2 more days of work. My knees are VERY sore, but I know I can power through 2 more days. I’m getting super sad at the thought of leaving KC though! I am going to miss Liz & Sue SO much! It’s weird to think about not living with them anymore. It’s bittersweet. I can’t wait to snuggle my puppy and hang out with my parents, see everyone at church, and make Rebecca Taylor make me waffles. Thank you all for praying. God is showing me so much and the biggest thing he is showing me is that without prayer and total reliance on him, I could do nothing.
See you soon NY.