1 John 5:4-5, “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
What does the love of God and eternal salvation have to do with winning?
Let’s look at it like this…
Jesus = our Coach
We (saved Christians) = the team captains
Those unaware of Christ’s saving love = new players, the benchwarmers, the new recruits
Death = the final buzzer
Heaven = the most brilliant gold trophy
See what I’m getting at?
Matthew 28:19 says, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” and again in Matthew 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
We need to build up our team! Don’t we want to make our Coach proud? He deserves our best and has given us amazing talents and abilities required to be team captains! Let’s not waste it! Our team needs us!
If we want to win the trophy of eternal salvation we need to realize it isn’t just going to happen on a Hail Mary pass (hehe ok, lame Catholic joke! I love Mother Mary!) We have to put in the time and effort, utilizing not only our own strengths, but also those of our teammates. By following the perfect direction of our Coach, we can be sure to dominate this game.
No. It won’t be easy. The competition will be hard, there will be times we want to throw in the towel and call it quits. But we cannot and we will not.
Just as in any sport, the team captain needs to fire up the other players with encouragement and be a role model. It requires dedication, discipline, love of the sport and constant openness to the Coach’s plans. We, as team captains, can’t forget to take care of ourselves though either. Just as a team captain must participate in the workouts just like any other player, we spiritual captains must also submerse ourselves in the love and teachings of Jesus Christ so as to build ourselves up spiritually and be filled with the Holy Spirit’s strength.
We can do this. I believe in our team. I trust in our Coach. I look forward to the game, knowing we shall overcome the sin of this world and be greeted by the Heavenly cheerleaders when that time comes.
But until then – “get back to practice!”
One question remains… who gets to dump the gatorade cooler of Holy Water on Jesus?
Hello world! How the heck are ya?! I’m doing dandy, thanks for asking
We can do all things through Christ right? Then why do I get so caught up in my insecurities? God has blessed me with all I need to do His will, so what am I worrying about?
Nothing. That’s what!
I’m gonna keep living life, dreaming of the future, thankful for the past and content in the present.
So I’m making this my mooring prayer-I think it’s such a good reminder of what’s truly important and a positive way to start the day-so I’ll share
Have a blessed Saturday – go watch some FOOTBALL!
So yes, my title is about as close as I can come to speaking Spanish… don’t judge.
How is everyone’s Friday going? I hope fabuloso like mine! The day started off with a bang! Wanna know why? Well first, I didn’t have to get up before 7am, always a plus! And second… I had THESE to put in my tummy!
It’s a muffin…kinda… They’re vita-tops made by Vitalicious. Vitalicious makes all sorts of delicious treats that are actually good for you! My favorite product of theirs is the VitaTops so I’m gonna fill you in on those!
Here’s what the company has to say about them:
No time for your vitamin-fortified cereal this morning? Tired of chewing yet another granola bar, but still want your vitamins, minerals and 4-10g fiber with very little fat? (Yes friends, they really do have between 4-10g of fiber! for 100 calories! CRAY.)
VitaTop™ 100 calorie muffin tops have all of the healthy benefits of our delicious VitaMuffin™ – now even more convenient to carry and eat on-the-run. The VitaTop™, a “one-hand” satisfying snack food with the portability of an energy or granola bar, is easy to eat anywhere, anytime. At your desk or on the road, these handy muffin tops fit conveniently into a purse, briefcase, work out bag, backpack and lunchbox.
Well that’s the jist – 100 calories, tons of fiber, around 3 or 4g protein and made with wholesome ingredients you can pronounce! Each one has at least 8g of whole grains and very little fat.
Since they are made with no preservatives you have to freeze them until ready to eat if you won’t be able to eat them all in a weeks time (which could be easily done since they’re DELICIOUS!). But that’s alright because they are great frozen too! Or toasted if you prefer them warm. Really people, there is NO bad way to eat these beauties.
They also come in a TON of delicious flavors. For you chocolate lovers out there they have some ‘nummy choices like ‘Deep Chocolate’, ‘Triple Chocolate Chunk’, or ‘Chocolate Mint’.
My personal favorite is a tie between the Banana Chocolate Chip and the CranBran (trying say that 10 times fast!)
They even make them in sugar-free if your dietary restrictions need that. They really are for everyone folks.
On a separate note, the company also sells brownies, cakes, baking mixes and buns! (I really want to try the mixes and buns!)
So it’s no newsflash that this girl loves her coffee..
Now do you believe me?! Good. Moving on…
My newest love in the area of all things coffee is White Cloud Coffee Co.
This coffee company takes their coffee quite seriously. The founder travels to different coffee-producing countries to build relationships with their growers and learn more about the coffee. They have SOOO many varieties of coffees to choose from, anything from flavored to decaf, to BeLean Wellness coffee loaded with antioxidants.
In addition – they do fundraising and small business packs.
The whole ordering process is tailored to you! from selecting the grind, to the packaging and options for decaffienated, aeropress, ekobrew. You just decide what you want and they’ll get it to your doorstep!
So how does it taste? Uhhhhh-MAZING!
I was given the Chocolate Turtle Dove and a their classic Idaho Blend.
Both were great – but I have to say the Chocolate Turtle Dove was my favorite! Hints of caramel and chocolate throughout the dark, full-bodied roast. I was in LOVE!
So go order some delicious coffee! Their prices are fair, delivery speedy and options endless (honestly, you will probably spend a good deal of your day deciding on which flavor to order…or maybe I’m just too picky :/
*All opinions are my own, I was only given a sample.
Let’s talk about a company many of you have probably at least heard of, if not tried for yourself.
Honey Stinger – ringing any bells out there?
Pure. Natural. Energy. <- These are the focus of Honey Stinger products.
“Honey Stinger’s energy and protein bars, waffles, gels and chews are all-natural foods designed for athletes and great for anyone looking for a healthy snack. Honey Stinger is pure natural energy.” (as taken from their website!)
So let’s talk about their products…
I’ve sampled their chews, energy bars, protein bars, and gels
I can’t say I’m a big fan of their chews or gels… I just feel that they’re more like candy than a nutritional snack, but let’s be real – I’m not in a physical activity that requires fast acting energy like marathon running (maybe someday!) or triathlon competitions. Their chews do have 100% RDA Vitamin C along with 1g protein and 1g fibre per package though which is something you don’t see in most energy chews.
Let’s move on to bars – YUM!
These are something I can handle I love love looooove honey so the prominent honey flavor that is unique to Honey Stinger bars is much appreciated in my life. My favorite bar is the Rocket Chocolate. You may think “Chocolate and Honey? Crazy…” but believe me – it’s g-double-O-d GOOD! The Mocha Cherry Protein bar isn’t bad at all, and I’m a fan of the extra hit of protein…but I’m just not that into cherry so it didn’t really intrigue me all that much.
The Peanut Butter n’ Honey though? Now that one did not fail me in the slightest.
The Energy Bars have about 180 calories per bar, 5g protein, 28g carbs and 2g fiber. Look at all the nutrient they are fortified with!!!
not bad… not bad at all!
these bars are a great pre-workout snack about an hour before I hit the road running
they don’t upset my stomach like a lot of processed bars do
they taste great!
So if you’re looking for an energy bar that doesn’t taste like dirt and will leave you feeling weighted down instead of energy, go pick up some Honey Stinger energy bars!
~All Honey Stinger energy bars are made with over 30% honey, 20% of the daily recommended allowance of protein, 22 vitamins and minerals, calcium, antioxidants, natural flavors and all the benefits of our energy gel~
*All opinions are my own, the only compensation I received were the samples.
Let me know what your favorite pre-run/workout snack is in the comments! I’m always looking for new ideas!
Peace n’ Blessings~
Happy Friday World!
As you may know, I am currently majoring in Dietetics, Nutrition & Exercise Health Science and minoring in Entrepreneurship at the University
For one of my Entrepreneurship classes we were assigned to create a pricing survey for our dream business. My dream business is an online Dietetic service where I would analyze your recipes, modify recipes to fit your nutritional wants/needs, create meal and grocery plans and provide personal nutrition counseling.
If you would be willing to take the time to participate in this survey I would be very appreciative. Any and all feedback is welcome!
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me.
Thanks for your participation!
So who here loves bread?
Well if you do, and you’re looking to learn more about a great company I’ve fallen in love with you’ve come to the right place! Get ready to learn about Food For Life Bread Co.!
Food for Life is a bakery selling nutritious, wholesome products and has been for over 50 years. As taken from their site: “Being aware and respecting what your body needs and requires is not a stigma, it’s a way of living a healthier more active life – and we are here to support you on your journey.”
I just love that!
They sell everything from pasta to bread, english muffins to cereal. I received a coupon to try one item – I chose Genesis 1:29 Bread.
“Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.” ~ Genesis 1:29
This verse is the perfect name for this bread! The bread has 16 exotic grains and seeds in every slice! …from Teff to Pumpkin Seeds!
I do love a hearty bread full of delicious add-ins! Plain bread is just too boring for this gal…
So what do you do with a great loaf of bread?!
You make a sandwich!
I toasted the bread, and layered lettuce, tomato and deli turkey. But not just any turkey…oh no! Have you guys ever had Mesquite Turkey Breast from Sara Lee (well actually from the grocery store but you know what I’m getting at…)
It’s amazing! The sandwich had the perfect amount of kick and flavor! And the bread toasted up amazingly, and help up to my filling.
ps – I also used the bread today for a roast beef sandwich – didn’t toast it, just a cold sandwich and it was still amazing!
I’m just in love with this bread, and the company for that matter! They also have a gluten-free line if you are gluten-intolerant/sensitive.
According to their website, there is a line of waffles coming out soon! and in the morning – I’m making WAFFLES! (Shrek anyone? anyone? oh well…)
Your turn: Favorite bread company? I know there have to be some good ones out there I haven’t tried!
*All opinions are my own, I only received a coupon from the company*
So I hope at least a few of you out there caught onto what I was getting at in my title… anyone? anyone??
Today let’s talk about PB Lean, sound good?
PB Lean is a powdered peanut butter; the same company that makes that great personalized oatmeal makes this stuff.
…as taken from their site -> PB Lean is dehydrated peanut butter with 85% less calories from fat.
Simply add water to turn this dry, dehydrated peanut butter powder in to a low calorie, low fat, low sodium, gluten free, delicious peanut butter paste.
Mix it in to your protein shakes, in bake with it in pancakes, cookies, muffins.
Alternatively, you can mix PB Lean with jelly or preserves, agave, whipping cream, maple sugar or yogurt for an amazing peanut butter treat!
It is a great low-calorie alternative to peanut butter if you need to be closely monitoring your fat and caloric intake. It is also great to mix into things that normal peanut butter would not be able to do.
sprinkling it into coffee!
The options really are endless. I love dumping some into my smoothies, sprinkling it on top of cereal, yogurt or ice cream, and really love putting it into baked products (peanut butter banana bread anyone?)
The nutritional stats are really great -
for 2 tbsp: 1g fat, 2g fiber and 5g protein; all for about 50 calories. niiiiice!
My only suggestion is to add a little pinch of salt to your PB lean before mixing it with water or whatever else; I’m not sure why – I just feel it tastes even more like peanut butter when you add this salt.
Oh! And one other thing – My Oatmeal has come out with more flavors of PB Lean;
Chocolate Hazelnut, Vanilla Frosting, German Chocolate Cake, Banana Bread… I want to try them all!
~thanks My Oatmeal for letting me review your great products! All opinions are my own and My Oatmeal only sent me samples; no compensation for my review~
Have a super Sunday y’all!
I know I haven’t posted since Taylor Swift was considered country a long time! But I am alive. Have NO fear!
Wanna know why I’ve been MIA recently??
It hit me like a ton of bricks! :/
or a ton of textbooks I suppose…
Classes are going to be a little crazy this semester, and I took on a job with the sports nutrition team at my University, decided to lead a bible study and am in multiple clubs. Needless to say-blogs may be few and far between this semester
But that doesn’t mean I’m going to forget about supplying you all with healthy recipes and tips!
In fact… let’s have one right now!
My new obsession-
By August 31, 2013Published:
- Yield: 1 smoothie (1 Servings)
- Prep: 05 mins
A delicious refreshing smoothie; perfect after a long hot day of college!
- 1 whole banana frozen
- 3/4 cup milk (can be chocolate!)
- 1/4 cup ice
- 2 TBSP. chocolate drink powder I used Ovaltine Chocolate Malt
- Throw everything in a blender; we used a magic bullet and it really was 'magical!'
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Contrary to how the title of this post may sound, I am not being a controlling, greedy girl!
But this all about My Oatmeal. Which has two meanings… 1. It is mine. 2. The Company’s name is “My Oatmeal”
My Oatmeal is a company that has realized this country’s want for ‘do-it-yourself’ or ‘customizable’ everything! Their amazing oatmeal is far above anything you can buy in the store!
Self serve fro-yo, design your own tennis shoes, personalized mattress for your body type, etc. etc! Everyone wants everything tailored to their exact wants, needs and style (me included!)
So My Oatmeal let’s you do that with your morning bowl of oatmeal! It’s amazing really
You pick the type of oats (such as quick, or 5 grain blend), flavor choice (everything from peanut butter to key lime pie), fruits, sweeteners and any other random additions (like Chia or Flax). You decide how big of a bag you want and name your creation – then hit order! Bada bing – bada boom! You will have your amazing, healthy breakfast on your doorstep in a matter of days.
My experience with this company was a great one! The process of ordering is so simple! It takes you through each step, but is also easy to go back and change one particular item if you are indecisive (guys- I seriously went back 7 times! I could not decide… too many options!)
I was a little worried I wasn’t going to enjoy such bold flavors in my oatmeal (hehe – this time I really meant mine!). But boy oh boy was I wrong! It was amazing!
My Oatmeal was called “Pina Colada!” I used 5 grain oats with flax, coconut flavor, and added bits of coconut flakes and banana chips. Woah baby! Delish to the 3rd degree
I ripped open that bag so fast and dug in! Cooked? No way! It was so good, I ate it like granola – straight outa the bag. Then had the brilliant idea to make a pineapple smoothie and mix the oatmeal in. Good idea Kris, good idea. YUM!
Don’t feel creative enough to create your own blend from scratch? No worries (even though the process is very easy and basically impossible to screw up! My Oatmeal also has their favorite oatmeal blends that are already tried and loved – so you can feel confident ordering one of those blends. They also have mystery oatmeal if you’re feeling adventurous! Mystery blend is the extra’s from multiple custom orders – so you’ll never know what mix you may end up with – but it is sold at such a bargain, you might as well try it out! I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed (I’m not sure this company could make a bad batch of oats! They ROCK!)
I also tested another flavor blend of oats and one other amazing product they sell (intrigued? You should be!) Those reviews will be coming soon!
Last – but certainly not least, for those of you that are like me and like to know you are supporting a wholesome company, read their mission:
Our mission at MyOtmeal.com is simple.
I want to help my community and my fellow man. I will do this by donating oatmeal to various organizations that aid in natural disaster recovery.
I will also donate healthy oatmeal to non profit groups that make it their business to improve the lives of the people in their community.
I will make it my priority to seek out, and support those groups and individuals that value our community, our country our planet and our future by whatever means I have at my disposal via the MyOatmeal.com company.
My mission is to make the world better, and encourage others to do the same.
One bag of healthy oatmeal at a time.
Amazing, no? This is a company I can truly feel good about supporting – and my tummy and tastebuds are pretty happy as well!
So go! Go go go! Go get yourself some delicious oats! And while you are at it – let’s all take a note from Anthony (creator of My Oatmeal) and make the world better! We all have a part to play. Each of us was created with different talents and tasks – mine are much different than yours, and yours different than the woman down the street – but all are equally important and necessary! Don’t let yours go to waste. Make today yours. Make today beautiful.