If Life Was a Movie

If Life Was a Movie

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I know that I have uttered the phrase. Most likely, you have said it too.

If my life was a movie…

  • The prince on his white horse would come rescue me from the tower.
  • I would tap my heels together and return to Kansas.
  • We would whistle a tune to pass the time.
  • (Insert the plot of any movie here.)
  • And, of course, we would all live happily ever after.

There are quizzes and songs with these sentiments because we believe that

in Hollywood, things always end up like they should,

and we wish that our lives could have the same tidy resolution.

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So let’s imagine for a moment that the entirety of history was one long movie.

Every human who has ever lived is an actor in this blockbuster, making the excessive cast a motley mix of professionals and amateurs. It is a situation comedy, if you will, and the Director always has the final say.

Take a moment to imagine. Who has the lead? Who are the supporting actors? What is the plot? Who is the protagonist? The antagonist? What is your role?

Do you have your answers? Good. Here is what I think:

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Simple Joy Saturday #14

Simple Joy Saturday #14

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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December 2 – 8

1. Jared & Katie’s Pop Quiz

I am not very good at keeping up with Hollywood happenings, but every morning at 7:20, I listen to Katie, a radio DJ, answer 5 questions about pop culture.  It sort of keeps me in the loop.

2. Sow flurries during my Friday morning drive

When I was about two miles from work, I noticed light flecks of snow falling to my windshield.  Throughout the day, the flurries became large flakes (after a period of freezing rain) that covered the ground (and gave me reason to leave work 2.5 hours early).  This picture was taken around 4:15 yesterday afternoon.

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3. Monk + Scrabble

Since I came home early, I had time for a few episodes of my favorite television show (which we now watch on DVD because it doesn’t actually come on TV) and games of Scrabble with my mom.

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What is your favorite way to spend a cold, snowy night?

 

Cranberry-Banana Gingerbread (with Blind Spot Nutbutters)

Cranberry-Banana Gingerbread (with Blind Spot Nutbutters)

December is national fruitcake month.

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Depending completely on your personal opinion, my childhood was either blessed or deprived.  Why? Because, to my knowledge, I never tasted fruitcake.

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This fact doesn’t disappoint me.  Cursory research says that fruitcake was originally created to last for a full 365 days.  A baked good that lasts more than a month is a little freaky.  What do they put in that stuff?

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So here is my version of a fruitcake with bananas, cranberries, oatmeal, and (of course) nut butter.  I figure that any loaf with fruit in it can be called “fruitcake,” right?

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Unlike real fruitcake, this bread will only last for about a week in the fridge (if you manage not to eat the whole loaf at once).

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Makes 1 loaf, about 10 slices

Ingredients

  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1.2 oz (about 3.5 tablespoons) Gingerbread Cookie Blended Nut Butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped

Direction

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 8X4 inch bread pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a blender, combine bananas, egg, oatmeal, nut butter, and baking soda.  Blend until smooth.
  • Stir in spices.
  • Fold in chopped cranberries.
  • Pour into greased baking pan. Top with sliced bananas, if desired.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Slice and top with anything you would like! Butter, jam, more nutbutter, etc.
  • Eat and enjoy!
Simple Joy Saturday #13

Simple Joy Saturday #13

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

November 25 – December 1

1. Un-seasonal weather

63 degrees Fahrenheit on December 1?! Sign me up!

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What I’ve Learned About Living in Community

What I’ve Learned About Living in Community

I originally penned this post back in August when my spirit was high off the joy of camp life. The words fermented in my drafts folder, forgotten, until yesterday. For my current stage of life, I am back living with my parents, which, as a 22-year-old, proposes a relational confusion (am I child or an adult?). As I read the words that I wrote just months ago, the Holy Spirit comforted me. God’s will is that I will be sanctified wherever I am, and I am called to minister to whomever is near me. So for now, I am being sanctified and ministering in my hometown. And when I move to my next dwelling, I will be sanctified there. I hope this post encourages you like it encouraged me.

The last three years of college spoiled me a little.  After freshman year, I never had a roommate.  Although my dorm rooms always had two closets, two dressers, two desks, and two beds, I was the only person living in the room.  It was nice.

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Simple Joy Saturday #12

Simple Joy Saturday #12

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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November 28-24

1. My parents celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary last weekend.  I am very thankful that these self-described “partners in excellence” are my Mom and Dad.

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This photo was taken two years ago in Connecticut.

2. We repainted Brother’s old room.

Brother moved to Connecticut two years ago, but we hadn’t done much to his childhood bedroom since then.  Yesterday, Mom and I spent hours moving the furniture, cleaning, and painting.  We feel accomplished, and the room looks great.

3. Coffee flavored Greek yogurt.

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I am obsessed with this stuff.  It is a seasonal flavor at Aldi, so I basically buy as many containers as will fit in my fridge at one time.  You seriously need to get to Aldi ASAP. Why are you still reading?  GO!!

Now I want to know…what seasonal foods do you stockpile?

“For this is the will of God…”

“For this is the will of God…”

Most of us have thought it before, “I just wish I  knew God’s will.”  Our underlying assumption is that God has a specific desire, and we have to discover it.  If we just pray enough, beg enough, and search enough, we will discover the esoteric plan that God has devised.

Simply put, our assumption is wrong.

I have touched on this topic before in theseposts, but today, I have a specific passage in mind:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

God does have a specific desire for His children, but it is not a hidden plan for which we must search.  He wants us to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances.”

For me, those three tasks are easier said than done.  Although Joye is my middle name, I don’t rejoice when I face a difficult decision.  Instead, I selfishly take matters into my own hands (rather than pray).  I should sing thanks, but I murmur complaints to the Lord instead.  And as I wrestle with the decision, I beg the Lord to show me His will.

In those moments, I deserve a slap.  Open your eyes, Kat!  You are simultaneously begging for God’s will and ignoring it!

*Sigh*

Now, in hindsight, I wonder if prayer, rejoicing, and thanksgiving would help me with those decisions.  You know, a moment to refocus before I take control and enter “problem-solving mode.”

My prayer is that as God sanctifies me, I will learn to do His will.

Rejoice

        Pray

             Give thanks

                      For this is the will of God.