Live Abundantly

Today’s verse:  Isaiah 58: 10-11  “And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday. And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones, and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”    

When life is hard and you are struggling,  instead of complaining that life is unfair, realize that life is abundant.  Abundant with blessings and we should be grateful for what we have.  Below is one of my favorite quotes (author unknown):

It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than to
complain about what is not given.  One or the other becomes a habit of life.

Whether is it something simple like sticking to a diet, or trying to beat an addiction to drugs, or quitting smoking, realize that if you step back at look honestly at the situation, you are the only one in your way. This may sound harsh, but it is a fact. No one can help you but yourself.  You have to want it.  You have to want to eat healthy to lose weight.  You have to really want to give up smoking. You have to want to not be lost in a drug haze.  You have to face life.  We have to see the good in life – we have to count our blessings and live abundantly.  So how do we do this?

  1. Start your days right:  Rise early and get out of the bed right away
  2. Meditate or pray every morning- be thankful for your blessings
  3. Exercise – it really does help in so many ways
  4. Set rules and follow them
  5. Have realistic expectations and you won’t be disappointed
  6. Question your cravings- do you really need that cigarette / cupcake / pill? 
  7. Know your pitfalls / triggers and steer clear
  8. Keep a journal  – write down harmful effects of your addiction, how it hurts you, how it hurts others, how much it costs.  Write down your`
  9. Celebrate accomplishments big or small
  10. Establish relationships with others and share your life with others.

At the end of the day, perhaps this last one is the best way to know that we have an abundant life.  When we have enough of God’s blessings to share them with others (and do it) that is truly the meaning of abundant life. Abundant life is what we have received as a gift from God (blessings, peace, love, mercy, joy).  Abundant blessings to all!

Healthy Menu Idea for Today

It’s grilling season!   Below are a couple of delicious dishes to make on the grill that are quick and easy and don’t require any fuss in the kitchen 🙂

Quick Chicken Kabobs

Cube 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs in a mixture of 3 Tbsp. each olive oil and soy sauce (low sodium).  Thread onto soaked wooden skewers (be sure to soak skewers well to prevent burning, or use metal skewers).  Alternate chicken cubes with cubed pineapple chunks and green onions, cut into 1 inch pieces.  Grill on medium high basting with apple cider vinegar for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (165 degrees F), turning over once.   Serve with brown rice cooked with 1/4 sliced red pepper.

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes

On each of 4 foil sheets, arrange 1 thinly sliced medium red potato, overlapping slightly.  Add a pinch of salt and top with one large skinless, boneless chicken thigh.  Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. melted butter, season with salt and pepper.  Top with lemon slices and 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary.  Fold foil around food and tightly crimp the edges so steam and juices can’t escape.  Place the packets on the grill and cook approximately 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through.   ***Use extreme care opening foil packets as extremely hot steam will escape.***   (Can also be done inside in a 425 degree oven, if desired).


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