“For the Love of God”

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And I’m so excited about it.

If you haven’t caught on from previous posts, let me share that this is not my first launch team. I discovered sometime about a year ago that I really love being a part of getting the word out about new books and sharing the excitement about an author whose message I think others need to know about. I’ve been able to this almost continuously ever since.

So I was definitely on board when I saw the opportunity to join Jenny’s team.

Now, to be honest. I haven’t finished the book yet. I could go into details. Instead let’s just say life has been a little difficult lately. I’ve read enough to be fully assured that standing behind this author was the right thing to do. Not only do I stand behind promoting her book, but also the Gods Girl Movement. Once I finish the book I’ll have more to share but for now I hope that reading a little about the book, about the movement, and hearing directly some of Jenny’s heart will encourage you to check it out whether it’s a message you may need to hear or a message that you will readily find worth sharing, just as I have.

ABOUT THE BOOK

For the Love of God: A Woman's Guide to Finding Faith and Getting Grace

“Being new is never easy especially when it comes to finding your faith. But you don’t need a big neon sign to point the way to God. Instead, you need a friend to tell it to you straight, equip you with information, and provide some much-needed encouragement along the way. Indeed, you need guidance from a woman who has already walked a mile in your shoes.

Jenny Lee Sulpizio invites you to silence those doubts, experience God’s grace, and breathe in the unconditional love you were always meant to know. It’s a guide for women unsure of their Creator, in search of answers, and interested in pursuing a genuine relationship with the Lord. Because this walk with God — this journey with Jesus? It’s about to change everything.

For the Love of God: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Faith and Getting Grace…

  • Provides an inviting look into the nuts and bolts of faith and what it means to call one’s self a Christian.
  • Encourages readers to come closer to God by offering spiritual insights and testimonies.
  • Dispels the myths and negativity surrounding Christianity in our culture today.
  • Equips readers with spiritual truths to some of the most pressing questions regarding one’s faith.
  • Unwraps the elements of faith and offers growth-provoking questions in eleven well-resourced chapters.

ABOUT THE #GODSGIRL MOVEMENT

“Each one of us knows someone who is in desperate need of the grace and freedom found in a real, growing relationship with Jesus. Someone who needs her fears recognized, her questions answered, and her disbelief turned on it’s head in light of the Truth. Is God bringing someone to mind right now? What about your neighbor from across the street, or that other tired mama in your yoga class? Could it be your tender-hearted daughter, or your crazy-fun-but-oh-so-broken mother? Maybe it’s the under-tipped barista you see every morning on your way to work, or the hairdresser who is in the middle of some dark circumstances.

…they are in need of the message found in this book…they are in need of a relationship with God.

Can I ask you to join me in this movement? Are you willing to stand in the gap and minister to those who have yet to truly discover God, or experience His grace? His forgiveness? His love? Together, we can impact this world for Him.”

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

What inspired you to write this book? Why did you want to reach out to new believers and/or those struggling in their walk with God?

“Plain and simple: I’ve been there.  In fact, I resisted a relationship with the Lord for so, so long. Despite His best efforts to get my attention. Despite the emptiness I felt and the longing I had. I understand those feelings of fear when it comes to walking with the Lord, the uncertainty one has when it comes to seeking their Creator, and I wanted to provide these women the encouragement they need as they seek God and what it means to be His daughter.”

This guide you’ve written for women is basically divided into two parts: introducing the key elements of faith, as well as what the Christian walk typically looks like. Can you discuss this a little bit more and what your intention was in structuring it this way?

“When I decided to head back to church, I didn’t have a clue about anything to do with having a relationship with Jesus. I wasn’t aware of the nuts and bolts of faith. I didn’t know which direction to take after walking through those church doors. I desperately needed someone or something to walk with me on this journey, to calm my fears, to see me through my struggles, and to answer some of the questions I was too scared to ask. This was the book I needed. These are the words I needed to hear…the reassurance I desired.”

Why do you think so many people struggle when it comes to the issue of discipling? Why is it so hard to talk about Jesus?

“Honestly, I struggle with this at at times and I’m not sure of all the reasons why. But here’s what I do know…we are called to disciple and make His Name known. We are absolutely commissioned by God to defend Christ, to share His gift of salvation, and to disciple to others in the faith. That is why we are here. In fact, this is our entire purpose on Earth…not to shine the light on ourselves or live this life for our desires and plans, but to live solely for Christ and to share the Gospel with those He places in our circles of influence.”

Wednesday Recipe: “Of Course, Best Cook Ever”

I missed out on sharing my “Tuesday tidbits”. Oops, what can I say life has been crazy busy. But, before I head down that rabbit trail, let’s just head in to this week’s substitution a “Wednesday Recipe”.

I actually have a few recipe’s to share with some quick helpful ideas I found, which brings us to the second part of the title. Do I think I’m the best cook ever? Hardly, but this was the reply from my daughter (age 4) a couple nights ago when she tried my newest soup/stew creation.

A couple of things to mention about my cooking are that I tend to tweak recipe’s a lot to work for our families needs, and, very often, I’ll just find creative ways to take whatever ingredients we have on hand and out comes “Sarah Surprise #….” Most of the time this turns out pretty well and at the very least I usually come out with a lesson learned.

We’ve been through a few of the usual bumps here and there getting our girls to eat what’s put in front of them. Most parents know that this isn’t always easy. But, mostly they’re pretty open to it now. In our house “Mac and Cheese” is “Veggie Mac and Cheese”, just to give it a name. There are never any actual noodles in it. That’s another thing about my cooking though, there’s almost always a lot of veggies involved whether it’s very obvious or sometimes a little more hidden.

So, Monday night I really wanted something simple but also needed to use up what was on hand in our fridge and a butternut squash that needed to be cooked up and used. And so was birthed “Sarah’s Sweet Barbecue Burger Soup”.

(Sorry this is a little bit of an nontraditional format and I forgot to snap a pic.)

In a good size soup pot, I browned 1 lb turkey burger. I had 93/7 on hand in the freezer (organic even) that I had bought when it was on sale. If you haven’t hear this tip before, or even if you have, let me share with you that buying up meat when it’s about a day before it’s sell by date, and usually a really good buy, and then freezing it for later, is a great way to save some money with your grocery bill.

While the meat was browning I added a good amount of garlic. Because it was 93/7 it wasn’t really necessary to drain it. So I continued to add various seasonings that you would use for a sweet barbecue sauce, except I only put in a 1/4 cup of brown sugar because the rest of the sweetness (and also the big thickening agent) came when I scooped out the baked butternut squash into the mix. I also threw in a few chopped tomatoes, about a cup of garbanzo beans, half a quart sized bag of corn, some Tastefully Simple Onion Onion, and one of my new favorite ingredients to sneak in- yeast flakes (for now you’re just gonna have to trust me, but I encourage you to Google it).

After about an hour simmering on low, served up in a bowl with a slice of American cheese, I had a healthy, easy meal with rave reviews.

Some recipe’s that I’ve tweaked recently:

I changed the process by decreasing the salt by about 2 Tbsp. and adding 2 Tbsp. Stevia during the boiling process. Then after draining I didn’t pat them dry. Instead, I went ahead and added my pumpkin pie spice and a little extra Stevia and mixed well. I didn’t drizzle with oil, but sprayed my cookie sheet with coconut oil spray, spread out the seeds and sprayed the layer with a little more coconut oil on top. After about 25 min in the oven I moved them to a brown paper bag, folded up the top, and put them back in the oven at 350 for about 5-10 min. This helped the crunchy factor so much more.

I’ve also tried this process using Kernel Season’s Milk Chocolate Caramel Seasoning instead of pumpkin pie spice (and no extra Stevia needed). They were so good and the research I’ve seen on pumpkin seeds is really favorable. But, like anything moderation is a really good word.

My variation this morning was I started with 4 bananas, 4 eggs, vanilla, cinnamon all in blender on high. I moved the mixture to my large Pampered Chef Batter Bowl (one of my favorites) and added a pint-sized bag of pureed zucchini, about 2 cups. Then I added 2 cups Heart Smart Bisquick and mixed it all real well. About 5 minutes per side in the skillet and they were done and awesome!