My intention with this blog is not to talk every single day about being joyful and in the kitchen; however, my hope is that I convey a joyful life (most of the time…I’m only human, you know!) and how that affects my relationships with my family and friends, and my relationship with food.

For so long I had a love-hate relationship with food:  loving it, eating too much, and then hating myself afterwards.  It’s been a long road to get to the point that I’m at today, where I appreciate food but try to love myself more.  There are two verses in the Bible that have helped me (along with the healing power of God, and the love of my family and friends):

Romans 12:12  “Be JOYFUL in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”

Psalm 45:1  “The king is enthralled with your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.”

These two verses taught me two things:  to be joyful in life and that I am beautiful.  No matter what I think, I AM beautiful.  I wanted for so long to just be happy with myself, and honestly it’s something I still have to work on day in and day out.  But I am JOYFUL in the hope that one day I will understand my beauty and what God’s will is for my life.

If you are not a believer, I still think that these two verses are pertinent to your life.  We all need to have the joy of hope in our hearts, and be thankful for the blessings we do have.  We all need to be patient when things are hard, and we all need to know that we are beautiful.  I’d love to answer any questions you might have about my faith and how I draw any hope or strength from it.



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