Pecan Chai Date Bars

Pecan Date Bar

Today is National Pie Day and I have a great recipe for a yummy, healthier version of pecan pie.  Once you’ve had this you won’t miss that sweet confection. When I went gluten/wheat free a few months ago I felt like I was going to miss out on all the goodness that gluten provides.  I had tried a few store bought cookies and items and was very disappointed with the lack of moisture, weird after taste and all together lack of flavor.  Like everything now I had to go gluten/wheat free and start making things from scratch. If you have read previous “Mealtime Monday’s” you know that I am always experimenting. This time I wanted to use up the last of the Medjool dates that I had.  I recently started baking with Medjool dates and they are a great sweet alternative to refined white sugar...

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Devotion and Detox Day 15- Freedom

Day 15

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

Bondage is something that we are Christians are not meant to experience. Jesus came here, walked with us and died for our freedom. He sacrificed His life so that we may be free to inherit His kingdom. We continually tie ourselves us creating our self made bondage.

So, many things tie us down, guilt, greed, envy, desire, temptation, and self-worth just to name a few. Our worldly desires to have everything or to do things that we know are better keeps us trapped in our self-made bondage. Or coveting what others have or giving into things that tempt us or our flesh-like desires keeps us trapped.

We were meant to be free, not trapped...

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Devotion and Detox Day 13- Deliverance

Day 13

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:13

So, I am pre-warning you if you have a hold on temptation and self-control the next three days will not be for you. We are going to be looking at temptation from several angles. As you know, I am a Fitness enthusiast, and I love to lift weights. It’s my alternative to therapy. When I lift or design a workout program for myself or clients, I like to work each muscle from every angle. Why just focus on the front when you have a side and back to it. I decorate my Christmas tree the same all sides are covered. That is how I pray too. It’s just the Type An organizer in me, but I like to cover it ALL.

When it comes to temptation, I don’t think that one size fits all...

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Through the Seasons

You know when you reflect back for know inexplicable reason, and you realize what you been through and what you’ve been through are who you are now. In class the other day we were asked if ten years from now do you think that you are going to have the same belief system and values or are you pretty much going to remain the same. Only of two of us said, “No” the majority of the class said, “Yes, the would have the same beliefs and values.” I was one of the two who said, “No,” I know that I will value and believe some of the same things in 10 years, but I don’t think I could be the same. You get older, wiser, have more to value or a better definition of what it is and then I thought back to who I was ten years ago...

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Detox and Devotion Day 12- Strength

Day 12

 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

I find that it is Godcidental that this prayer fell on a Friday.  The weekend is when we tend to let down our guard and gives ourselves more grace followed by guilt. If you have been abstaining from sugar for the last 12 days this weekend is not the time to reverse all the healing and cleansing your body has been going through.

Philippians 4:13 is a well-known verse that can be applicable in so many different circumstances.  It can be used for emotions, obstacles, grief, self-control, literally for physical strength.  It applies to each person’s situation different too.

What strong or strength means and how you do them with Christ?   Sometimes it’s easier to think of the negative, which isn’t always suggeste...

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Devotion and Detox Day 11- Jesus Saves

Day 11

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17

Prayer: Lord, Help me to remember Jesus will save me from my sins.

We know this! Please don’t tell me that you didn’t know that we have a Savior in our God. One who sent His ONLY Son to earth, let Him walk this earth as both 100% man and 100% God and experience all that this world has to offer. It didn’t take Jesus long to open our eyes and make us realize that this world is not our home.

Jesus died on the Christ so that we may be delivered from our sins. Jesus went through so much trouble, sacrifice just for our redemption...

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Devotion and Detox Day 10- Empathy

Day 3

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16

Prayer: Lord, Help me to remember Jesus empathizes with our temptations.

We all know that Jesus walked this earth, was tempted and claimed victory over temptation. Then so that we would have redemption for our sins. Jesus knows what we’re going through; He wants to meet us where we are and walk with us through anything. Even through our detoxing from sugar...

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Devotion and Detox Day 9- Test

Prayer: Lord, help me to grow from this test of faith. 

Day 9

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3

Remember when you were in school and your teacher told you, “you have a test?” The anxiety, the panic that all that you had worked on, reviewed, and practiced through homework, assignments, and in-class reviews would disappear leaving you clueless and alone to take this test. Now that I am back in school it’s a biweekly reality.

Then test day comes, you sit down, say a little prayer and open the page and ta-da. You know what to do; you know what is expected of you, you have been duly prepared to take the test this entire time...

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Devotion and Detox Day 8- Say “No”

Day 8- Say “No”

“It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” Titus 2:12

Intentionally praying my way through this detox got me through this weekend.  Typically, the weekend is when I give up on self-control and give in to temptation. I hope you’re finding ease with temptation at this point in the detox.  I am praying that the daily devotion has given you the ability to say “no” to ungodliness.  Not just for the harmful things that don’t build and support your body but also for other aspects of your life where you are being tempted to do things that are not righteous or of God.  I find that when we are strengthening ourselves in one area, it can be hard to have strength in all areas...

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Devotion and Detox Day 6- Call on Him

and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me Psalm 50:15

Day 6

Too often I hear or women not completing their goals because they just couldn’t do it anymore. When I ask if they prayed their way through often, it’s an afterthought. I too have to try to go it alone especially in times of trouble.

My very first class in college was Intro to Communication. I was the last class of an amazing professor who retired that year. I learned so much valuable information from Professor Spicer. After all of these years, one thing has stuck with me. Professor Spicer told us in class that when people are stressed or frightened, they tend to revert to their original language...

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