Hello hello! How’s Tuesday afternoon for y’all? Other than incredibly windy, mine’s going OK 🙂
Lunch today was a slice of leftover Mexican pizza:
I also had another of Mama Pea’s KIND bars, but didn’t take a picture…OOPS! Still just as yummy as this morning though 🙂
Today I was thinking about my old blog, The Joyful Kitchen, and wondering if I felt like that was still an applicable title. When I started that blog it was to create recipes, but not once did it cross my mind to use my blog as an online journal of sorts. It’s funny because I never realized how much I truly love writing until I started to do it every day again. Blogging has not only been a way for me to view what I eat and hold me accountable for that, it’s become a way of expressing my life, day in and day out, to all of you.
So where does the joy part come in? I think I best explained it in my “Why Joyful” section, but I’m going to copy and paste it for you here:
My intention with this blog is not to talk every single day about being joyful and in the kitchen; however, my hope is that I convey a joyful life (most of the time…I’m only human, you know!) and how that affects my relationships with my family and friends, and my relationship with food.
For so long I had a love-hate relationship with food: loving it, eating too much, and then hating myself afterwards. It’s been a long road to get to the point that I’m at today, where I appreciate food but try to love myself more. There are two verses in the Bible that have helped me (along with the healing power of God, and the love of my family and friends):
Romans 12:12 “Be JOYFUL in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”
Psalm 45:1 “The king is enthralled with your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.”
These two verses taught me two things: to be joyful in life and that I am beautiful. No matter what I think, I AM beautiful. I wanted for so long to just be happy with myself, and honestly it’s something I still have to work on day in and day out. But I am JOYFUL in the hope that one day I will understand my beauty and what God’s will is for my life.
If you are not a believer, I still think that these two verses are pertinent to your life. We all need to have the joy of hope in our hearts, and be thankful for the blessings we do have. We all need to be patient when things are hard, and we all need to know that we are beautiful. I’d love to answer any questions you might have about my faith and how I draw hope and strength from it.
What do you find joy in in your life? What things make you happy, hopeful, and grateful? What makes you feel beautiful? I find joy in listening to my husband sing in the mornings, my puppies getting excited to see me if I’m gone for 2 seconds, laughing with friends, seeing a text message from my sister, talking to my family, and I find the most joy in praising God. All of these things make me happy, hopeful, and grateful. And I feel beautiful when my husband kisses me, right after I work out, and in those moments when I truly and fully love myself for just being ME. 🙂