Thursday, October 10, 2019

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

Every time I have mentioned this recipe someone has said...."Wait, what? Sweet potato in chili?". I know it sounds like a strange combination but trust me when I say it is AWESOME! I originally found the recipe from Skinnytaste HERE (she has the BEST recipes!) but have altered a bit. My recipe adaptation is below. Don't knock it till you try it!

1 package 93% lean ground turkey
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large can crushed tomatoes
8 oz can tomato sauce
2 15 oz cans of beans, NOT drained (kidney or pinto)
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp cumin, or to taste
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1 bay leaf
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced into small cubes

In a large skillet, with a little bit of olive oil, brown onion and garlic over medium heat. Add turkey and brown- seasoning with salt, pepper and cumin. When meat is browned add the can of tomatoes, diced sweet potato, tomato sauce, beans, water, chili powder, paprika, salt and bay leaf. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are soft and cooked through, about 30-45 minutes stirring occasionally. Add additional water if it's too thick. Remove bay leaf and serve

Monday, October 7, 2019

Make me MORE

He must become greater; I must become less.
John 3:30

Monday, September 30, 2019

Monday Morning Prayer

October Scripture Writing Plan: God is My Comforter

Happy almost October friends! 
The scripture plan this month is over a topic we ALL need at times, 
the reminder that 
God is My Comforter!

Life can be be just plain hard y’all. I seem to be in a season of life when so many around me are hurting and struggling that my heart literally aches. Friends with children and parents battling cancer, friends with serious relationship issues with those they love, friends battling addiction and big work issues, friends fighting for custody of their children and dealing with abusive and dangerous ex spouses, friends with broken and bruised hearts, friends battling serious mental health issues, friends with serious financial issues- the list goes on and on. No doubt you too can name many folks dealing with heartache and heartbreak and struggle. 

I feel like I spend much of my day praying to God to comfort and care for those friends- praying that they would feel His mighty arms around them. I am so thankful that God is the almighty comforter and He alone can comfort us when we are struggling. His word is full of reminders that He will love and care for us- always. When I was little my place of comfort was my mama's lap. Even up into high school and college if I was upset, laying down with my head in her lap (which she played with my hair) and talking to her- always brought me such great comfort. I am so thankful that like the scared little girl I was then, no matter how old I am or where I am, I can always crawl up into God's big old lap and feel His mighty arms wrap around me, comforting me and reminding me of His love for me. He is our protector and comforter and nothing will ever change that.

My prayer is that this month we dig into the many reminders in God's word that He is our comforter. That we are reminded to always seek Him for our comfort because He is the ONLY thing in this world that will never let us down. 

FYI: I made the plan 31 days and plan to do that with
all topical plans in the future so that they can be done any month-
not just the month I write them for.

TO PRINT: You can find a copy of the plan in the folder HERE.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Treat Others the Way that Chick-Fil-A Treats You

The folks at Chick-Fil-A have the BEST customer service of any company I know of. They truly are fantastic at loving and caring for their customers. I made a list of the things CFA does to make their customers feel loved and appreciated and if you look at that list, it is actually a list of the SAME things that God calls US to do daily!

Matthew 22:36-40 reminds us that we are the first love God and then to love others. 
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So today lets treat everyone the way that Chick-Fil-A treats us!

-Be kind and always positive
-Make people our priority
-Be driven by purpose (being obedient to what God has called us to do)
-Be courteous and helpful (even when we don’t necessarily feel like it)
-Don’t ask if we can help others, just do it
-Treat our families as great as we treat our friends
-Go the extra mile
-Honor God
-Check in on people, making sure their needs are met
-Pay attention to the little things and listen
-Enjoy serving others (“My pleasure”)