Waiting for dinner

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As a child I used to sit in the kitchen and watch my mother cook. She was meticulous; taking her time to ensure she followed the recipe while also adding her own flair. The spices seasoned the air and greatly increased my anticipation for what she was preparing. I would become so full of excitement and impatience that I literally would have hunger pains! (I’ve always been a bit dramatic)
This annoyed my mother and she would make me leave the kitchen until dinner was served, which only seemed to make the wait longer. I can laugh at it now but that used to make me so upset. After a few times of this I came to realize the awesome power of snacks!

For the past two months I have been feeling like that little girl waiting for dinner. Each day becoming more and more excited for the meal to be served. Two weeks ago I would have been on the road to Chicago, but I was delayed or better yet, I gained an extended stay…at least two or three more weeks. I was disappointed but I also knew it wasn’t time for me to leave.

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24

Take your eyes off the clock…
The disappointment disappeared quickly as I was reminded of a principle. With the extended stay, more has been added to my life surpassing even my highest expectations! I call it the Ephesians 3:20 blessing. Can you imagine what we miss out on when we’re anxious? I suppose that’s why we’re told to pursue peace. Patience can make the difference between good, better, and best. It takes courage to be patient. And with your courage you need to take action; feed your faith by devouring the Word until you see His promises come to pass. Similar to me snacking before dinner. Remember, God always wants to position you to receive the most favorable outcome. He will never leave you behind or move ahead of you.

Find joy in hope…
Hope sustains, prospers, comforts, and strengthens your heart. Hope enables you to overcome the challenges on the journey. The meal I’m waiting for hasn’t been served, but I’m feeding my hunger until the plate is on the table.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.”Psalm 24:8

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Detour

The route I took today was not the route I intended to take. I had the right to be frustrated; there were closed roads everywhere I turned and it was hot! Instead of getting frustrated, I kept it cool and eventually got on the right track which led me to a beautiful surprise.

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I love it when this happens!

Meet m. giron. He is the visual artist painting this beautiful mural of hops in front of Jake’s Cigars and Spirits. He started working on it last Friday and is expected to be finished sometime this week. Check in with me again to see the finished product.

In the meantime visit http://www.mikegiron.com to see more of his art. If you live in Omaha, do yourself a favor and visit the mural (6206 Maple Street) and other art he’s created around the city.

Candi
What’s your something beautiful?

Delicious Eggless Pancakes

I had a craving for pancakes this morning, so naturally I searched online for a quick recipe. My favorites are the ones that don’t require a long list of ingredients and require little prep time. vegetarian.lovetoknow.com came out on top today. This recipe yielded 5 medium sized fluffy pancakes and was absolutely delicious! Try it and let me know what you think.

What you’ll need:

1 cup of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup of soy milk or rice milk
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:

Put the sugar, baking powder and flour in a mixing bowl and stir.
Pour in the milk and oil, continuing to stir rapidly.
Put a griddle on the stove and set the burner to medium.
Spray the griddle with nonstick cooking spray or lightly coat with oil.
Pour the batter onto the griddle to form four-inch circles.
Flip the pancakes when the edges start to turn a golden brown.
Flip until both sides are golden brown.
Remove from the heat.

I made a few minor adjustments to the recipe:
-Used Vanilla Almond Milk
-Butter instead of vegetable oil
-Fried with Trader Joes coconut oil
-Added coconut flakes to the second batch
-Topped with Agave Nectar in place of syrup

The recipe was perfect! This was my first time frying anything with coconut oil and I loved it! Next time (maybe tomorrow) I plan to use a butter substitute and add fruit toppings!

I so love good food!

**The site also has a Whole Wheat Eggless recipe.**

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6 Word Stories

A fellow blogger, ouijella, recently posted a blog about 6 word stories. It’s a writing exercise she found on another blog, thewritespace.com
The goal is to create a short story using only six words. After reading hers, I was hooked and readily accepted the challenge to write my own. Please don’t take them too serious-they are based on random thoughts and oddities, conversations, the news, movies, etc. Feel free to comment and also leave your own short stories!
Follow this Fly mom: ouijella

Epiphany
She realized love was always hers.

Grandma
Loved… her legacy alive through me.

Repent
Stop…back to my original mindset.

Lovemaking
Our words…our touch…our bed.”

Jealously
I hate myself…Death by comparison.

Rihanna
Forgiveness doesn’t mean weak or victim.

Confidence
Accepting me for who I am.

Unfaithful
He loves me! He loves me??

Dance
LEAP! Time and heart stop. Mesmerized.

Born this way?
Born a girl, GaGa for girls.

Enough
Fist to face. Vows-Never again.

Midwest Brown Rice Stir Fry

The funnest times are when you open up your fridge and pull out whatever you can find.

After a few minutes of looking my sister and I came up with a meal that’s quick, easy, healthy, and delicious!!

You’ll need:
1cup brown rice (cooked)
1cup of Sweet corn (frozen or fresh)
5-6 sliced baby portobellos
Olive oil
Colby Jack cheese (shredded)
1 Roma Tomato

Sauté corn and portobellos for 3 minutes in olive oil. Mix in brown rice and cook for 3-5 minutes.

Plate up and top with cheese and sliced Roma tomato.

Option: add sour cream

And there you have it! Midwest Brown Rice Stir Fry

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Infused Water

I’ve been working on increasing my water intake by adding fruit to infuse my water. One of my favorite recipes is Citrus Infused Water.

You’ll need:

1/2 Orange
1/2 Lime
1/2 Lemon
1/2 Cucumber (Peeled)

Slice the fruit and toss into a 2 quart pitcher. Add water and let it sit for two hours. Pour over ice and enjoy!

You can add any fruit to create your own infused water.

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Fear of Flying

I looked up and saw the stream from the tail of the plane as it drew its mark on the sky. I wished to be on that plane. I wondered where it was going and how long was the ride? Exactly…how long is this ride?

At the end of the month I’ll be moving yet again, this time to Chicago. I’m excited about the move and thankful preparation leading up to it has been smooth. It’s a new beginning and I believe the arrival of the harvest God has been speaking of. Honestly, I’ll go wherever He says but I’m looking forward to hopefully staying a while. In the past 2 1/2 years, I will have moved to three cities and each time I’ve been challenged to face specific fears in order to restore me to my natural state of mind (Faith). I am proud to say I have courageously overcome them all.

When living by faith you might as well throw logic out the window. One thing I learned along my journey of discovering purpose and fulfilling destiny, is that success God’s way is unconventional. People will think you are crazy, incompetent, brainwashed…I’ve heard it all from various people, especially in the beginning. I knew negativity would come but what bothered me the most was who it was coming from. I quickly found out who knew the real Candi and who simply had an idea of who I am.

When you make the decision to live your dreams you find the naysayers are the main ones to discourage and place their fear on you. Not because they don’t believe you will succeed, but because it exposes and challenges their own fear/insecurities or regrets. No one wants to be reminded that they didn’t follow through. Instead they would rather remain comfortable.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin

I want all God intended for me to have and that meant acknowledging and detoxing unhealthy thoughts and beliefs, including my own negative/condemning voices. The gap between fear and faith, although not completely gone, is much smaller. I check myself for the smallest inkling of a negative thought or idea that I’m holding onto and I’m proud to say those words that once held me hostage, incapable of taking a step, are now like wisps of air–appearing and quickly retreating without a trace.

It’s never too late to adopt power thoughts and concepts. Renewing your mind can begin now. So, what do you want? God wants to know so that your internal compass (the Holy Spirit) can lead you to the most favorable outcome.

Take the wheel of your life and stop wondering where everyone else is going.

It’s time to fly!

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Beautiful Surprise

Omaha has beautiful treasures and surprises tucked away that are in the open but yet too often missed or overlooked, especially in North Omaha. I experienced great beauty on this day.

Keep your eyes and perspective open to discover beauty in unexpected places.

What have you discovered lately?

#Miss Intentional

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Turkeys in the Summer and Strong Back Tea

It’s 57 degrees right now and I’m sitting on my deck with a mug of Strong Back Tea and my journal. The wind is gently blowing through the trees, birds are singing and I can hear the trickle of water in my neighbors yard; probably from the hose. Mornings like this are a treat for me; not too hot not too cold, a preview for Autumn weather. Other than Summer, Autumn is my favorite season. I’ve often read that it is the time to harvest what you’ve planted in the Spring and watered and weeded in the Summer. Two months ago I saw turkeys on two occasions; one by himself and the next time a field of them were by the interstate in the city. Turkeys in summer and near the interstate….interesting. Of course I inquired of God and He said the turkeys were there to let me know my time of abundance, harvest, and blessings were coming. So if harvest is coming, I must have been planting- what did I plant this year?

Eight months ago I received the instruction to move back to Omaha; I cried for two weeks. Yes, I had a grand pity party and I was the only one invited. I spent 13 years of my life anticipating the day I could leave the city and then was told to go back; the news was disheartening but I knew it was for the best. During my time here I invested in the development of self; taking in what made me better and weeding out what hindered. I intentionally valued the moments and opportunities all with the expectation that I would NOT stay long. I knew this was a time for pruning, stretching, and action and what I received in this season shifted my paradigm and closed the gap tighter between fear and faith. God challenged one of my greatest fears in order to take me to my original state of mind, Faith. Of course I had fun too! I gained ideas and insight, toned up, went from skinny mini zero to a curvy 1/2 frame, traveled, tried new foods, learned to salsa and rumba authentically, made new friends, laughed, cried, danced with musicians, scatted to the blues, served often, encouraged daily, prayed, received correction, tried, succeeded, started a book, started a business, helped launch a ministry and was ordained as a Pastor. Okay, that was definitely a mouthful and doesn’t even begin to express all that I’ve experienced. I guess I shared it to remind myself that I can enjoy life in any season wherever I am. I wasn’t looking forward to Omaha but my time here was essential for the next step in my journey. While He was preparing me God purposely did things to make my heart smile. This month I’m transitioning to Chicago. I went to visit last week and He started wooing me on my first day there; it was wonderful! I don’t leave for another two weeks, but I’m confident, prepared and looking forward to the new adventure as well as 57 degrees, journaling on the stoop and the warmth of my Strong Back Tea.

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“Just Write.”

I finally made the made the decision to start a blog. The words “Just Write” have been gently repeated to me for the past two weeks. Initially, I thought about the movie; “Just Wright.” Surely, the answer to my question is not found in the movie (not that it was impossible). But, I knew what God was telling me. I asked Him, what was the next step in making my dreams a reality? I’m currently in the process of co-authoring a book as well as starting an academy for youth. The tasks set before me were hanging over my head. I felt so overwhelmed that I chose not to even deal with it. I buried myself in music, helping other people, and simply ignoring anything that had to do with taking action. When I start ignoring responsibility and focus, I realize what I’m actually doing is refusing to acknowledge an insecurity or fear. Running from responsibility is a red flag for me! How do I know–a few years ago I completed the Gallup Strengths Finders Quiz; my results were “Belief, Responsibility, Focus, Empathy, and Relater.” Responsibility is my second highest strength. I love being responsible for something and proving to myself that I can do it. It’s easy to be responsible in helping someone else create their dreams, but with my own dreams, oh boy…I actually believed (for a moment) that I couldn’t create something that would positively influence the world for generations to come.

“Just Write”, so simple yet so difficult for me to start, but I did it. I found a new journal I purchased last year and on 7.8.2012 I wrote my first journal entry. The goal is to write something every day, even if it’s only a paragraph. It took a few days to build the momentum, but now I’m in the groove. I look forward to getting up in the morning to start my day. Before I go out and do anything, I sit down and “Just Write”. I’ve received new revelation, insight, and application on how to apply the Word to my life, ways to improve in areas where I’ve struggled, and get this, the next steps in making my dreams a reality. When we ask God a question, I feel like we miss the answer because we’re always expecting something deep. Yes, God’s mind is expansive but His goal is not to trick us or make it impossible to understand Him. My favorite scripture (and first one I memorized) is Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” That scripture alone let me know that God always wants to prosper me and His plan is for me to win in every area of my life. Since He knows the expected end, then He also knows the plan and steps I need to take in order to get there. So what do I need to do, continue on with verses 12-14 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” My favorite part about that passage is that He will listen to me when I call on Him. Having someone to listen to you while you share your thoughts; complete or incomplete, is extremely helpful. When we seek Him, we are acknowledging that He has the answer. It instantly puts you in a position of submission and obedience to His will. You’re telling God, I recognize and accept what you have already established and I trust you to give me insight on how to do this. Pay attention to the ways God is speaking to your heart. What He has to say and how He relays it to us is unique to each person.

It turns out “Just Write” was Justˆthe Right answer to my question.

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