Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I am not much of a Halloween person, but I do enjoy holidays and the holiday spirit of each individual holiday. It is hard not to jump straight to Christmas Thanksgiving. But today I WILL relish the scary, spooky spirits of Halloween!  

So tonight I think I will make some pumpkin soup for dinner, green salad with pumkpin seeds, as the pumpkin spice candle burns, while my new favorite dessert (see below) bakes in the oven. Considering the lack of baking skills I have, does it count if I put on an aporn for a baker costume?

 How is that for Halloween spirit? :)

Mini pumpkin pies! After a lot of searching on blogs and recipe websites, I came up with the perfect little treat!
1/2 C fat-free cream cheese
1/2 C egg whites
1/2 C pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 pre-rolled pie crust
Makes 24 mini pies!

(Christmas music may or may not be playing on my Pandora station)


However, it is Halloween and I do like my play on words here.

 During this season of carving pumpkins, I am reminded to ask myself "am I carving enough time out for God?" I will admit that latley my quiet times have not been as productive as I want them to be. It could be because I am in between devotions right now and for me having that guidance is really important for me or the fact I am allowing myself a little extra sleep because I have been putting in long hours at work. Excuses? Yes they are.  

I have been reminded lately the importance of carving out that time for Him. In our fast-paced society we rarely get to sit in a quiet place. Televisions (ESPN lately) blare. Computers sound out webcasts,  Pandora, Spotify, itunes crank out music at times when we could be seeking solace.

 Our emotional lives are much the same. When we do not allow time to rest and regroup from the stresses of life, we allow cracks in our spirit that make us emotionally and spiritually fragile. We keep going at rapid speeds, rarely slowing down long enough to be refreshed and live in the Peace that Gods wants for us.

"Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'"
Mark 6:31

This highlights the fact that even Jesus Himself found it important to get away for a while; to slow down and cease activity. He urged His disciples to get to a quiet place. In doing so they would find rest. Being alone and quiet would help keep them whole.

So, as the hussle and bussle of the holiday season begins (tomorrow!), and as I get busier with work, athletic events, holiday family/friend get togethers, Pinterest project attempts, baking attempts, I am reminded to take the time to sit in a quiet place and seek Gods peace.

Whether it is in the mornings, at work, during lunch, or before bed, I need to carve out that time to fully relax, refresh and slow down.


With that, here is a preview of what I plan on blogging about all next month :)

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