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small encouragement

17 Dec

I went to breakfast with my sister Danielle yesterday morning. We don’t get together nearly enough and it was so fun. We always laugh way too loud- I actually found myself wishing that the music in the restaurant was louder so that our laughs didn’t seem SO loud.

But in the middle of our laughing and conversation, I was yet again reminded of God’s faithfulness. We had been talking about life and churches and God and other stuff- not even realizing that our waiter had been listening to our entire conversation. Well, it wasn’t hard to hear us. We were talking and laughing LOUD.

He stopped at our table and asked if we needed anything. We said no and then he said,

“What church do you go to?”

Both of us just stared at him for a second, completely caught off guard. I think we had been laughing about something so completely random, so we were thrown a little by his blunt question. Plus, I didn’t know what to say. We are in-between churches right now and aren’t really going to any one church at the moment. I quickly was trying to think about how to explain why we are in-between churches without taking up his entire day.

I gave him the short of the long story, and he told us that he had just planted a church in Gilbert 5 weeks ago. He said that he knew Jason because he had led at Highlands church a couple times and we chatted about a few other things. He left pretty quickly, probably to check on his other tables and we thought that was the end of the conversation.

Right before we left, he stopped by the table again. He said that he just felt the need to remind me that God has us in His grip and that He’s going to provide for us. Without knowing our full situation, he just spoke these words of wisdom over us that reminded me, once again, that God is in control and the He is faithful. He’s even faithful to provide words of encouragement and truth at the moment when I least expect it.

But he is so right.

This has been a tough season. A season of pain, fear, anger, relief, some doubt, and also joy. And it’s been rough. And while we are facing a world of change in the upcoming months, God never fails to use others to intervene to remind me that I AM in His grip. He has not forgotten me. And He will not forsake me, even if others have.

Be encouraged today. He will never leave.


banana bread

27 Jun

banana-bread-ck-1654705-lFor my entire life, my mom has always made this banana bread. It doesn’t look special or have any crazy ingredients.

It’s simple. It’s easy. It reminds me of being a kid.

Ever since I’ve been married, I’ve made this banana bread. Jason loves it. I buy bananas that I allow to brown slightly, specifically for this recipe.

There’s nothing better than eating this for breakfast with some fruit and a glass of milk.

Today I gave Cruz a bite. He made a face, of course. Little does he know that mommy is going to make this for as long as I’m alive.

It’s my favorite. Here it is in case you want it…


1/3 c. milk

1 c. sugar

2 Tbsp shortening

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 1/2 c. flour

2 bananas (I use bananas that are very ripe and slightly brown)

1 tsp baking soda


1. Grease loaf pan & pre-heat oven to 350˚

2. Cream all ingredients together in mixing bowl

3. Transfer into loaf pan once mixed

4. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. I always stick a knife into the center- if it comes out clean, it’s done!

…perfect with milk…