Scripture of the Day: Psalm 27 (NIV)

Psalm 27

Of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted
    above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
    I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;
    you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
    God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
    lead me in a straight path
    because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
    for false witnesses rise up against me,
    spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 27:2 Or slander

Simple Suppers – Heavenly Chalupa Creations and Spending Time With My Peeps

Bohemian Christian Chelle:

In honor of my mom’s 68th birthday and the chalupa-feast dinner we had for her, here’s a blast from the past post from 2011. Enjoy and God bless!

Originally posted on Christ-following Minimalist:

Chalupas…

Easy

Yummy

Taco meat goodness

“nuff said

Chalupas, people! Yum! Yum! Yum!

Ingredients:

  • Ready made tostada shells (I used the baked ones and–oddly–they were fabulous.)
  • Taco Meat (ground meat with taco seasoning. Just follow the directions on the spice packet, and you are good to go.)
  • Refried beans (Make your own or buy them in a can–Seriously. Black beans would have been amazing on this!)
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese of your choice
  • Chives, onions, black olives, salsa, cilantro, or anything else you’d like to savor on your chalupa.

Simple Suppers come from the idea that we like great food, simple recipes, and little prep time. This is one of my favorite Simple Suppers. With chalupa shell in hand, I was an artist with a little round canvas smearing and building and concocting combinations. Plus, my mom and hubby were there creating, too. Family bonding. I loved it! Create chalupa combinations and bring…

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The Shorter We Pray, the BIGGER We Make Him

Enjoy this wonderful sermon by Joseph Prince — a powerful teacher of God’s word.

Simple Snacks – Caramel Banana Pumpkin Seed Bites

About as easy to make as it is to say. LOL

They are delicious and totally worth the work.

First, gather your ingredients…

  1. Bananas
  2. Caramel syrup
  3. Pumpkin seeds (mine are roasted and salted for an unintentional salted caramel experience.)

Bananas, pumpkin seeds and caramel make for a yummy snack.

Next, I chopped the seeds and sliced the banana.

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I coated the outside of each slice with caramel, then I rolled them like little wheels in the chopped pumpkin seeds. Be prepared for a hot mess. Not literally, but you know…

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Voila! Deliciousness! You can tell the ones I tried really hard on and the ones when I just wanted to eat them. LOL I did one with whole seeds, but I like the look better of the chopped.

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I hope you enjoyed this little Simple Snack. Super yum and good for ya!

God bless!

~Chelle

Survivalist ≠ Prepper ≠ Paranoid

As you may know, I’m on a new adventure. Click here to learn all about it.

I’ve been thinking about the differences — to me — of Survivalist and Prepper.

I am a survivalist and a naturalist. More of a homesteader, maybe. I’m choosing to rewild myself and become closer to God, His creation, and the self-sustaining activities and lifestyle that our modern world has left behind. This is for me. Maybe not for you. But, keep reading.

I would not call myself a prepper. There is nothing wrong with being a prepper, but I do not feel I am one. I’m not stockpiling for a day when the world’s economic system collapses. I don’t have food stored up for five years, and I certainly don’t have enough ammo hidden to blow up the moon. But, you know, if God yields my heart to start the process, don’t think I won’t!

I’ve met a lot of people who find my passions and wannabe lifestyle exhausting and weird. I’ve met even more people who think prepping (or being prepared) is ridiculous and paranoid.

Being a prepper does not necessarily mean you are paranoid like going to church every Sunday doesn’t necessarily mean you are a Christian. (That’s right. I said it.)

I am all for being prepared. My family and I have a “bug out” bag we keep on hand when we travel. We’ve lived in Texas long enough to know that rest stops can be few and far between, and bad weather happens in an instant. If you’d like to know what we have in our bag, let me know. I’ll post it.

I’m all for trusting God. And, God gets us prepared. He will always tell you what you need to know. Just look at the bible. I am a survivalist. I want to know how to make fire, get water, what wild edibles are in fact edible and how to make shelter for me and my family. I’m doing this for my spirit, to make me whole. To be complete the way God intended me to be.

I’m so loving this new journey! Do you love what you are doing right now? What area is God showing you to yield to Him? It’s easy! Just do it!

God bless! Stay tuned for my next Survival Babe™ post. I’ll be discussing how to water-proof matches and if it really works!

~Chelle

 

 

 

Have you ever been in a place where you just didn’t know what might happen next?

A lot of people want a lot of things.

Today, we went to a new church. Today also felt like the beginning of a new journey.

It was nice to be in a new place and feel loved. I know several people there. Not intimately — I don’t even know their last names –but, I know them enough to want to develop a closer relationship with them, which is nice.

Have you ever been in a place where you just didn’t know what might happen next?

With a job?

With a relationship?

With your life?

That’s where I am now. I’ve never been in this place before. Not committed to a church or a job. It’s exhilarating! I can be who God wants me to be!

Praise JESUS!

This morning when I woke up, God gave me Matthew 6:33-

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NIV)

He knows what we need. And, today our dear friend who is the new pastor at the church we attended spoke about what a covenant is.

A binding contract.

A promise.

In the bible, a covenant always comes with an exchange. Blood or a sacrifice primarily. In every piece of God’s word, God shows you the exchange.

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

The exchange: And, ALL these things will be given to you as well. God’s Word is full of promises and exchanges, and God always promises blessings and prosperity for those who are obedient to Him. God is even painfully honest in Deuteronomy 28 and lays out the blessing He gives for obedience and the curses received for disobedience. God’s Word is truth — no matter how you look at it. His Word is true.

God provides everything we need when we need it. And, when you surrender your heart to Him, He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). Surrender to Him today and watch His powerful Word unfold. A lot of people want a lot of things. And, God provides.

Do Not Worry (Matthew 6:25-34)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Introducing…

I must admit, I was pretty hesitant to post this.

You see, I have a fascination with something that not many people know about. I’m actually a somewhat private person so I don’t share my passions all that often. But there is one thing that I adore and am obsessed with — well, besides Jesus!

I am a wannabe Survival Babe™

That’s right! I want to do all the Cody Lundin Aboriginal Survival Courses. I want to make fire with sticks. I want to see how much I really need to carry in a backpack to survive on my own. I am a wannabe Survival Babe™. And, I’m a minimalist/naturalist so you’ll have my spin on that, too.

So, as I committed last October 3rd to get rid of one thing per day for 365 days, starting today I commit to learning everything I can about survival techniques and share them with you over the next 365 days. A new season has begun!

In one year, I will no longer be a wannabe! That is my goal! I am so excited to share this new journey with you.

If you’re curious about what I did last year, here’s the original post.

Be blessed! And, keep focusing on what truly matters to you.

~Chelle

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