Friday, May 22, 2015

VICTORY_FOOD FRIDAYS

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This entire week has been focused on meals that are healthy in every possible way. We have not eaten pork, beef, fried foods, or junk food. I often feel much better when I eat this way, but it doesn't stop me from desiring my junk food. But I have the victory over my sweet tooth!


Here's today's Living Well Recipe taken from Allrecipes.com:


Ingredients

Original recipe makes 6 servings        
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 teaspoon garlic salt

ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

              
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
 
 
PREP
10 mins
  • COOK
    25 mins
  • READY IN
    35 mins
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    Directions

    1. Season both sides of chicken breasts with garlic salt and pepper.
    2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook seasoned chicken breasts until chicken is browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add onion; cook and stir until onion is browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
    3. Pour diced tomatoes and balsamic vinegar over chicken; season with basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).


    LIVE WELL!


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    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    PRAYER AS COMMUNICATION



    Prayer...that's what I'm thankful for. Today's a thankful Thursday and as I write this post, I think about all the blessings in my life. Those that I show great appreciation for and those that I take for granted. However, the majority of my blessings have come by way of prayer. Whether it was my prayers or someone praying for me, I have been immensely blessed in this life.

    Prayer is my way of communing with God. I recently spoke with a neighbor and had a discussion about some personal things. I told her to pray about it, and she said to me that she wasn't sure how to pray. I have often heard this from people when we discuss the topic of prayer. My response to her was the same one that my grandmother gave to me years ago. Talk to Him, as if you were talking to me.

    Prayer doesn't always have to be this elaborate affair with big vocabulary words filled with quotes from Scripture. Don't get me wrong, there is a time for that type of prayer as well. But if you can't do that, you shouldn't allow it to stop you from praying. Talk to Him throughout the day about what's on your heart. Open up and converse with Him the way you would a dear friend. Ask Him to show you what He desires you to pray for. Sometimes, those prayers have nothing to do with us, but someone or something else.


    Use prayer as an effective means to:

    1. Communicate with God about your thoughts.
    2. Know Him on a more intimate and personal level.
    3. Understand His will for your life.
    4. Share the desires of your heart.
    5. Express your love for Him.
    6. Gain clarity about situations.
    7. Obtain direction for your life.

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    WRITING MY DREAMS,



    CHELLE RAMSEY

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    BLURRING THE LINES OF FRIENDSHIP

    Today's another #writerwednesday, and I'm sharing an excerpt from BeJeweled: The Flight of an Angel. Life can become confusing when we're ending one relationship, and could quite possibly find ourselves on the brink of another.

    Angel and Alex have developed a close and comfortable friendship. She knows she can rely on him through the challenges she's going through. But could it be their friendship isn't what she thought it was?



    CHAPTER 23_BLURRED LINES

    Angel and Alex had been spending quite a bit of time together going to festivals, skating, bowling, kayaking, and sporting events. Sometimes TJ was with them and at other times they were alone. She had invited him over to meet her mother, a couple of times. Angel had pushed most of her friends back during her marriage to Black. Throughout their separation she had been lost and lonely. But Alex had proven to be an excellent friend. He listened to her and honestly cared about her feelings.

    “So what’s up with you, girl?”

    Alex was sitting with her on the large wraparound porch of her mother’s house. “Nothing much, I guess. What are you talking about?”

    “You told me your husband was coming to see your son tonight. How you feeling about all that? I mean you cool, you comfortable?” Alex’s concern was etched all over his face.

    “I guess as well as I can be. My mom will be here and her boyfriend, Richard, too. My sister, Camille and her husband are coming over for dinner and conveniently hanging around afterwards. I think we’ll be fine. I’m not worried about him trying anything crazy.”

    “Emotionally? Are you going to be okay in here?” Alex asked, placing his fist against his chest. Angel had developed a comfortable and relaxed friendship with Alex, one where she could trust him with her deepest feelings and secrets.

    “You know what? I really am. I have allowed my healing to begin and I’m stronger than I was several weeks ago. No matter what guilt trip that man lays on me, I’m well beyond that. I have let him slam my heart against the wall too many times, and forgiven him too many times. I can’t do it anymore. Matter of fact I don’t want to do it anymore. I mean, I’ll always have love for him, but I’m not in love with him no more, Alex. I lost all respect for him after what he took me through with Kianna. I don’t even harbor hate in my heart. It’s like I’ve learned to forgive him…you know what I’m saying?” Angel pulled her feet up into the rocker swing underneath her legs.

    “You sound like you got this together. What about TJ?”

    “Well I told him that his daddy was coming, so he’s been excited all day about that. Asking me and mom every 15 minutes when his daddy is coming.”

    “Yeah I noticed when I pulled up that he was at the door peeking out the screen.”

    Angel laughed because TJ had opened the door for Alex and when he came inside, TJ had announced ‘It’s just Alex, Mommy and Nana.’

    “He was excited to see you still today like he always is, but you know nothing trumps that daddy card.”

    “That’s a beautiful thing. Every kid needs that. I know when you first told me what happened, I was disappointed that he took you through that, but I felt bad at the same time.”

    “Why?”

    “Because he needs his dad in his life. And his dad needs him, too. He might not have changed during the marriage but now that you two are separated he’ll probably make the change for his son.”

    “Why do you think that is?” Angel asked.

    Alex shrugged, “Maybe he needed his freedom and didn’t know how to tell you that. I don’t know. That’s a conversation you two need to have when you are back on friendly terms. You know…none of that friendly fire stuff.”

    Angel laughed. “Yeah, there are some conversations we need to have. I’m not looking forward to them because I don’t know how he will act.”

    “Do those conversations include the topic of divorce?” Alex blushed looking down into his lap. “I’m sorry, am I being too nosy here?”

    Angel hit him playfully on his leg. “Boy, no. You know I can talk to you about anything. I’ve told you that a million times. But yes, I am going to ask him for a divorce tonight. That’s one thing I’m not changing my mind about. But after we have our conversation, I will be filing.”

    Angel had been staring off into space thinking about the upcoming conversation when she looked up and caught Alex staring at her. Once again he blushed and turned away. Angel reached out and touched his hand, which he snatched so fast that it startled her. “Are you okay, Alex?”
     
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    REFRESH YOUR SOUL

     
    Today's another therapeutic Tuesday. As a writer, I often have to take breaks to relieve the stress of daily living to encourage my creative flow. I use writing as an outlet to dump the stress and negativity that builds up, but sometimes the words won't come. And when that occurs I have to find other outlets, and one of my primary ones is listening to music.


    I hope that you take today to unwind from a hectic Monday, breathe as you get through Tuesday, and don't stress the rest of the week, but enjoy this moment in time.


    Enjoy the pictures below. But as you work, play, clean, meditate or whatever it is that you're doing today, listen to the music I've included at the bottom to allow your spirit and soul to be refreshed!

    https://stressreliefandrelaxation.wordpress.com
     

    http://www.hapkicombat.ru/page/5/

    
    http://shrutisuresh.com/science-of-relaxation/

    http://ewomensocial.com/what-the-art-of-relaxation-can-do-for-you/






    http://www.guidedimageryinc.com/playaway-devices/guided-meditation-for-sleep-relaxation-peace-playaway/



     



    LIVE RELAXED!
     
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    WRITING MY DREAMS,



    CHELLE RAMSEY

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    PRAYER_MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY MOMENT



    Everything I Needed
    Poet: , © 2012


    Everything I needed,
    I asked for in my prayers.
    My prayers were always answered,
    In many different pairs.

    I asked God for some courage,
    And he answered with a hum.
    He gave me some dangers,
    That I would overcome.

    I asked God for some strength,
    And he answered with a wrong.
    He gave me some difficulties,
    That would make me strong.

    I asked God for some patience,
    And he answered with a date.
    He gave me some situations,
    That I was forced to wait.

    I asked God for love,
    And he answered with throw.
    He gave me lots of people,
    That I could get to know.

    I received nothing that I wanted,
    Only that of which I need.
    My prayers have all been answered,
    With only a single plead.


    BE INSPIRED!

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