"In him was LIFE, and that life was the LIGHT of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it." John 1:4-5
"So I say to you: ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Luke 11:9
"But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might redeem adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts. The Spirit who calls out Abba, Father. So you are no longer a slave, but God's child..." Galations 4:6-7
"Ah sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." Jeremiah 32:17
"The word became flesh and made its dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only son, who came through the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14-15
"'Come now, let us settle the matter,' says the Lord
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow
though they are as red as crimson they shall be like wool"
Praise God for the gift of Jesus! Praise God for his goodness and grace. Thank you, God, for loving us even when we feel we least deserve it. Thank you for calling us your own and giving us abundant life!
Our sweet neighbors left us a few weeks ago to move to Texas. I am so excited for them to start a new chapter of life, yet I was sad to see them go.
Well, aside from lifelong friendships and good memories, they also left us with a bunch of pantry and freezer items they could not take on their trip. Nothing like some free groceries to lift your spirits! ;) I decided to get a little creative and find ways to use up our newly-acquired loot. This would make some great meals in your home as well, so I wanted to share them in a small, non-professional photos included, roundup. Happy cooking!
Some dry beans and spices = Easy Veggie Chili (pictured above)
My go-to for wintertime get-togethers. This time around I added some ground turkey. With this recipe, you can just kind of wing it, switching out the type of beans and veggies at your heart's desire. Yummmmm comfort.
Some frozen chicken breasts and olive oil dressing = Barefoot Contessa's Lemon Chicken
A lot of times it's hard for me to find a baked chicken breast recipe that doesn't come out dry (yuck). So this is on a constant rotation in our home. I've started skipping the saute step and just throwing everything in the baking pan (please don't tell Ina)! I have made it the "original" way before and they come out the same either way...and that way is delicious!
A Meatless Monday first that packed more "beef" than our regular meaty meals! Filled with quinoa and beans (hello, protein-packed fiber-fest), this dish had me full after half a pepper and some salad. This also made for great lunches! I left out the cilantro, feta, and diced tomatoes from the original recipe (while adding extra cheese, per usual) and they were still perfect.
Clearly that is not the best picture, but these were WONDERFUL. Annnnnnd, this is a recipe I followed exactly! Can ya believe it? If you're looking for some spicy, sweet, yummy goodness, make this one!
I apologize for my lack of posts recently! (this is where you pretend to notice) I really have no excuse. :)
Either way, this week will be one of an attempted catch-up.
This past weekend was one filled with friends, family, and Christmas delight. I will admit the week prior was somewhat taxing on my man and me. We both had long work weeks, and well, we were just...tired.
On Friday, Andrew attended a graduation for one of the pilot training classes he instructed. I was a good military wife and went with him. Sike.I walked to Columbus's Wassail Fest downtown with two friends and fellow graduation-skipping wives. I sure love having the opportunity to live in a fun downtown!
Saturday, we traveled to a family Christmas party outside of Atlanta. Andrew's aunt and uncle hosted the family at their beautiful home (which is also a bed and breakfast!). Oh y'all, how it did my heart SO much good to see and be with family. Many that we haven't seen since our wedding!
We even got to meet the newest and tiniest members of the family! My gracious. The sweetness.
Did I mention MY parents were there as well? My cup. Overflowing.
We were able to spend the night relaxing and then having a delicious Sunday morning breakfast before heading back to the 'Sip. I felt like a queen. Cozy home, comfy bed, wonderful food...cable TV! So grateful.
So lovely and serene. Sad to leave!
I am so thankful for the grace God has so immensely poured out onto me via my loved ones. He is so good to our hearts when they need it the most!
Hi, everyone! I started a great Bible reading plan for Christmas on YouVersion that I thought I would share with you.
It's called "Rediscovering the Christmas Season" by Life Church. I was searching for something that truly focuses on the meaning of this season-- Jesus! It has been so encouraging to read the Christmas story with new perspective.
This plan is also great because you can access on computer or phone. I like to have the devotion questions on my phone while reading from my "regular" Bible. I'm still that person who likes to read on paper...can't seem to focus staring at the screen.
"he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
'Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace
according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples
a light for revelation for the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel"
"This season is about resetting Jesus Christ at the center of our lives. After all, when He comes to take us home forever, we want to be ready. Expect to be inspired, challenged, refocused, broken, motivated, unified, encouraged, and most of all expectant."
Praying Jesus would reveal himself to us in new ways this Christmas season! And that we would put down our shopping lists/smart phones/dinner party plans for the time to listen and see!
Whew! It's been a crazy three-day week. Between an office move at my work, and weather delays at A's work...we didn't think this day would come!
We are leaving soon for a trip to South Carolina for Thanksgiving! We're so excited to spend some good time with family. We have been "saving up", both money and no-travel days, and can't wait to hit the road with ole Scout!
This may sound cheesy, but I just love taking our dog on walks.
Almost every morning now, I wake up, throw on a baggy sweatshirt and some running tights, grab Scout from the backyard, and go for a stroll. Many times we take the recycling up to the church, or run some (very short) intervals at the park, but a lot of times we just walk in the quiet.
She's gotten much better with her leash training, thank goodness. So now, that there are no more sounds of a small dog choking herself on her collar (bless), it's so peaceful. I get to talk to God about my day or what new thing that's got me feeling anxious. I go over my prayer list. I take in His gorgeous creation full of fall colors. I praise Him for loving me and blessing me so richly. I thank him for the life he's entrusted to me and pray that I'd better serve him through it.
I also love when I get to sneak out of work a little early and I get to take her on another walk. It makes the whole sunset at 5 thing a little less depressing. The fact that I get to take in a little bit of the outdoors for 15 minutes before it "closes for the night" is a great thing!
Do y'all ever have a time or a place where you just felt or feel God near? For me, it's in these moments. Nothing spectacular or novel, but oh-so-sweet and refreshing. So thankful for how he longs for a relationship with us and shows himself to us when our hearts are weary...sometimes even doubtful.
Then, we make the last little loop and come to this. Our home!
I'm so grateful for this season of life. This season of fall. This season in this great little town.
I'm Lizanne. I love Jesus. I live in a small town with my favorite, funny guy and a red-headed rescue dog. I work as an attorney and enjoy being a real housewife on the side. Here, I try to document our adventures as newlyweds in a new town, all while sharing what I'm learning along the way. Welcome and thank you for joining!