A NEW SEASON - LITERALLY & FIGURATIVELY.
Fall has FINALLY arrived in Nashville (Praise the Lord!) and I think the cool weather is here to stay! I love the season of fall. No wait... I LOVE the season of fall! I love the cooler weather, the fashion, the leaves and the way they change colors, the rich & savory foods (see my super easy pumpkin bread recipe below), the holidays... but most of all, I love the actual change of season. Something about transitioning from summer to fall always feels new and invigorating to me. And just as the leaves change from green to shades of gold and auburn, I'm currently experiencing a change. I'm presenting myself with lots of questions about my life: "When will we start our own family?", "Where is my career going?", "What are the most important relationships in my life and how do I nurture those?". With those questions comes fear. And resistance. And doubt. And excitement.
Every morning, I wake up before my husband. I spend about 30 minutes catching up with the latest news headlines and then I mute the TV. I make my coffee (w/ pumpkin spice creamer because, YESSSS!) and I sit down with my bible. Recently, I was reading in John 18. Jesus is in the garden praying when Judas betrays him by turning him over to the Chief Priest's officers. Simon Peter is angry about Judas' betrayal so he draws his sword and cuts off the ear of the Chief Priest's servant, Malchus. Jesus tells Peter, "Put your sword back in it's place! I must drink from the cup the Father has given me." (ERV) Basically, Jesus is saying, "This is way it has to be, this is why I'm here." Jesus knows what's about to happen. He knows he is going to be delivered to the guards and taken to the High Priest. He knows he's going to be presented before Pilate, sentenced to a crucifixion, beaten, mocked, and nailed to a cross. He knew exactly how it would unfold. He also knew that it would end in a beautiful resurrection. Jesus knows. He knows exactly what's going to happen. And although it ends in a story of selfless love and grace - the road to get there, is filled with ridicule and pain. Who would blame Jesus for being afraid and wanting to bail? My point is that although Jesus knew what was going to happen - he still chose to go boldly. Simply because God sent him to and told him to. How many times do we hear God telling us to make a move but instead, we clam up and turn the other way because the journey before us is filled with the unknown? Because, we're afraid? I know I do. Maybe you're feeling a change brewing within you too. I dare you to act on it. Maybe it's a career change. Maybe it's a new relationship. Maybe it's that little voice inside telling you - it's time to forgive someone. Maybe it's buying that house. Maybe it's packing up everything and moving somewhere new. Maybe it's starting a family. Maybe it's calling that friend you haven't talked to in a while. Whatever it is, whatever God is asking you to do - move. Go boldly. Drink from the cup. Because, there once was a road paved with persecution, travesty, betrayal, and affliction and it lead to love, mercy, and grace. Imagine what can unfold for you.
T H E E A S I E S T P U M P K I N B R E A D
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
1 box of regular (or gluten free) yellow cake mix
15oz can of pure pumpkin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x5in or 8x4in loaf pan with cooking spray or grease with butter. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except chocolate chips until well mixed. Add in chocolate chips. Spread mixture evenly into the loaf pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted inside comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely before slicing.
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