Monday, August 17, 2015

Food for the Body, Food for the Soul #2

A few weeks ago I posted my first Food for the Body, Food for the Soul post. It was so helpful to me to review my sermon notes and be able to summarize them into a few sentences that would stay with me throughout the week.  This week, I have a new installment of food for the soul from Sunday's sermon, Making Headlines. It was so amazing.  I think we spent most of the sermon standing on our feet.

But first, food for the body.  I am sharing Coach Debbie's shrimp recipe.  It was delicious!!!  My boys have always loved shrimp, but they usually want me to boil it. My husband feels like it's kind of on the bland side when I prepare it that way, so I was excited about trying Debbie's recipe, since it has a bit of spice for the adults and is cooked in a pan with lots of other yummy flavors.

Here's what you need...

In addition, you will need some butter and coconut oil, but I didn't include those items on my list because I always have them on hand.

We served the shrimp over rice with a side of mixed vegetables.  It was so yummy!

As for the sermon.  Wow.  We have challenged Jonah to write a headline for his fifth grade year. And let me tell you why.  Pastor Furtick shared with us that although we do not get to choose what happens to us in life, we do get to determine how we respond.  He shared about a time a news story was written about him, and the headline for the story portrayed him in a poor light.  He was so upset and wanted to call the writer, but a good friend told him it wasn't the writer who chose the headline for the story, it was the editor.  And the editor wants to suck the reader in.  The editor will do anything to get readers to stop and read.  The devil wants to be the editor who sits at the desk of your life, taking everything that happens to you and trying to arrange it in order to derail your good intentions.  But just because it happens to you doesn't mean it has to make the headlines.

If I have a tough week parenting, doubts about our finances, or a personal battle I feel like I just cannot win, I need to write my headline out of purpose, instead of out of pain.  If I write out of regret, it will paralyze me and leave me bound.  I need to change the headline...I need to call it a lesson: I am going to learn from it and move on.  Same events, but with a different editor.

We asked Jonah to decide today, what he would like his headline to say.  Because once he decides how his story will be titled, he can trust in God to help him write the chapters.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

 Are you the editor of your story?

Take back the pen.

Write your own your headline.

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