Getting What We Deserve…

Getting What We DeserveEver feel like you just don’t get what you deserve? Striving day in and day out, we work extremely hard. We scrimp, save, coupon, lose sleep, work our fingers to the bone. No matter what we do we just can’t seem to get ahead. We want what we think we deserve. Society trains us to believe we are owed something in return for our hard work. The world has even trained some of us that we deserve rewards just for showing up or even just existing.

I’ll be honest with you and tell you what I think I deserve–absolutely nothing if benefit. Forsaken, tortured, spat upon, beaten, whipped, nailed and hung on a cross and crucified for my sins–that’s what I deserve. Over my lifetime, I’ve made decisions and spoken words that were contrary to the truth of God’s Word. I’ve made many mistakes and committed more sins against God than I can count. We all have.

Guess what? By the grace of God, I haven’t gotten what I know in my heart that I deserve.  Jesus paid the debt I owed.  My Lord didn’t deserve them yet endured all of those things for a wretch like me and for you.  My God didn’t deserve to give up His Son for my sake.  I don’t deserve to have the gift of life, my amazing husband, my four precious children which I call my “blessings”, health, material possessions, and freedom. Yet my Father has blessed me with all of these things.

Instead of sulking that we don’t have what someone else has, rather than pouting about not getting things we think we deserve, instead of sacrificing our souls and the souls of others to get what we want, let’s be thankful for what do have.  Let’s seek the face of God, accept His Son, live for Him, accept His Word and obey it, and allow Him to change our hearts and daily mold us into His likeness, and TRUST HIM.  Let’s accept His salvation so rich and free. Let’s share this salvation with our children, families, friends, and even strangers.

I know someone else who doesn’t get what they deserve either: God. He deserves to be loved, appreciated, worshipped and adored for what He has done for us.  He deserves to hear our prayers of thankfulness, not our entitled whining and complaining. He doesn’t deserve to be compromised in any way and deserves for us to stand up for Him at all costs.

Now, I know we can never do anything to earn our way to Him.  But shouldn’t knowing what He has done for us make us want to live a life of gratitude rather than whining?  Doesn’t it make us love Him so much that we will gladly give our very lives for Him?

Do you know how very many completely destitute people there are in this world? There are so very many I’ve known and heard of that are living in their gratitude and their joy instead of wallowing in their lack. It’s time for we pick ourselves up and see our abundant blessings. Let’s dwell in our gratitude and joy this Thanksgiving season.

Thanksgiving the Trim Healthy Mama Way

cheesecake2Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love the colors, scents, and most of all the food.  I have always had a traditional Thanksgiving with all the trimmings.  This time last year I was feeling kinda down because I wanted the traditional menu but I was one year into my Trim Healthy Mama journey.  Trim Healthy Mama is NOT a diet.  It is a lifestyle, a journey to health.  I was feeling great and was having no symptoms of my SVT or hormonal imbalance.  I didn’t want to regress.  I knew if I ate those scrumptious (but unhealthy) Thanksgiving foods, I would spend my holidays battling illness and fatigue.  However, my taste buds really wanted the traditional menu and my sweet grandmama’s recipes. 

I prayed about it, and God was so faithful to show me some alternatives that tasted just as just as good.  I want to encourage you–you don’t have to cheat on Thanksgiving.  Unhealthy food is not a “treat” for your body.  When we succumb to this temptation, we are actually doing our bodies a great disservice.  You don’t have to give in to temptation, because there are other options.  Today I am sharing with you my menu for a traditional Thanksgiving the Trim Healthy Mama Way.

Turkey – This is our favorite turkey recipe from Food Network:  Good Eats Turkey, but you could really use any simple roasted turkey recipe with seasoning and aromatics.  Beware of turkey glazes, pre-marinated or glazed turkeys. You have no idea what is in the ingredients.

Dressing – Make this paleo cornbread muffin recipe from Empowered Sustenance: Paleo Cornbread, cool cornbread and then crumble or chop in chopper.  Then follow the recipe below to make delicious THM dressing.

  • 6 cups crumbled paleo cornbread
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ounces melted butter
  • 1 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 cups finely chopped celery
  • 2-3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tbsp dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients together.  Bake in greased rectangular baking dish for 30 minutes.

Sweet “Potato” Casserole – If you want to lose weight even on Thanksgiving, try this recipe that tastes JUST like sweet potatoes without crossing over your fuels of fat and carbs.  However, if you don’t mind crossing over (which inhibits weight loss but is still on plan).  you could use any sweet potato casserole recipe just omit any ingredients with sugar like marshmallows, brown sugar, etc.  Sub sweet blend instead.

1 Cauliflower head, steamed and pureed in blender
1 c. Pumpkin Puree
1 tsp. Sweet Blend
1/3 c. melted butter
1/3 c. egg white
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 c coconut milk
3/4 tsp. Maple or caramel extract
Couple pinches of  salt
 
Topping:
1 c. chopped pecans
Puree Cauliflower.  Mix in pumpkin and all other ingredients. Bake in greased pan on 350 for 30 min.  Mix all ingredients for topping in a small bowl.  Sprinkle topping over top of casserole.  Bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.
 

Macafoni and Cheese

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 16 oz bag cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg

Steam cauliflower.  Using a food processor, gently pulse cauliflower to make it a little smaller, about the size of macaroni noodles.  On stove or in microwave melt butter, cream and 1 cup of cheese.  Mix well and add remaining ingredients.  Bake in greased baking pan on 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cranberry Sauce – This is an amazingly delicious recipe for cranberry sauce:  Laundry Moms Cranberry Red Sauce.

You must have more than one dessert! So here are a few of my favorites:

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake topped with Ganache

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Shake

Italian Cream Cake

THM Pumpkin Cheesecake

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!