Creamy Power Smoothie

This is my go-to nowadays. It packs everything I need to get me going in the morning and is a great lunch replacement too. So creamy. So good.

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I used to get a smoothie similar to this for $9 from my favorite local juice bar every once in a blue moon was $9 for a smoothie. But, I loved it because it’s the perfect on-the-go meal replacement.  So I decided to remake it with some moderation and it costs me about $3 per smoothie. Here it is!

2 tbsp ground flax
1 scoop protein (like this)
1 tbsp cacao powder (like this)
1.5 cups vanilla almond milk*
1 big handful of spinach
1 frozen banana
6 frozen strawberries

Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend until completely smooth.

*You can sub regular almond milk here but I would add a bit of honey to add a little sweetness that you miss from the vanilla.

I started buying fruit in bulk when it was on sale and freezing it so I just keep a crazy supply of frozen bananas in strawberries in the freezer now. Also, you can stock up on the protein, flax, and cacao powder and it’ll last forever – I’ll only have to stock up on those things once every couple of months. Now, I just need to get in the habit of making almond milk! I’ve yet to try it.


Freedom In Serving Christ

I am not exaggerating when I say that every single second from the moment I wake up, to the time a lay my head on the pillow is planned out. Between Rise and my 9-5, I’m pulling 60-70 hour work weeks. We’re still putting the house together, our summer schedule into the fall is already packed full. My days are flying by and mid-week I’m running on E.

Our small group is going through 1 Corinthians right now and last night we read chapter 4 and I was convicted about how I was stewarding my time and bigger than that, how I am stewarding the mysteries of the Gospel.

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God. 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Here’s the definition of servant: a devoted and helpful follower or supporter, a person who performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant.

Am I a servant of Christ? Well, no. I’m a servant to a lot of things: my time, my to-do list, my job, my phone, perfection, success. But on a day-to-day basis am I a servant of Christ? No. I’m not. 

It’s going to take a lot to pry me away from my trusty to-do lists, but there’s a heart change that happens when you go through your days with the greater purpose, a servant to our Heavenly Father. We begin using failure to glorify the Lord. Seeing a difficult client as an opportunity to love a brother/sister. We see ourselves in the mirror as He sees us, daughters of a King.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Our small group was challenged with the task to be silent for just one minute per day. Just be still. Don’t ask The Lord for anything, let Him speak to you. We’re so hellbent on hearing from Him (or not hearing from Him) on rushed requests we send up in prayer but when is the last time we just were still and allowed the Spirit to dominate that space? It’s been a while for me.

What do the things that I am a servant to produce? Stress. Exhaustion. Disappointment.
What if I were to be obedient in my call to being a servant of Christ? Freedom. Pure Freedom.

I’d challenge you, sisters, to just be still even if only for 60 seconds out of your 86400 second day. Invite the spirit into that space and be obedient in our call. We have a greater call than what waits at the completion of our to-do list.