Grace & A Chocolate Strawberry-Banana Nutty Smoothie Thang

GOOOOD MORNING!

Happy THURSDAY to ya.

Last night I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond for more Keurig coffee for the house and accidentally left with this purchase:

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Takes me back to 2006 in the best way. There’s just something about listening to Sexy Back on a vinyl.

Something that has been on my mind lately is the word “grace”.

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Grace is a gift- not because we earned it or deserve it (1);  it is made strong through our weakness (2), and it replaces shame with purpose. It will restore, strengthen, and establish us (3).

I am notoriously hard on myself. If I don’t accomplish all my goals for the day, I somehow manage to make the time to beat myself up. Resultantly, I am a little harder on the people who mean the most to me as well (hate admitting that). But as I was driving the other day I began to think, “WHY am I so tough on myself? What does that accomplish? Have some grace for yourself, Stacey.” So I’m working on self-shaming a little less, and realizing that God’s purpose for my life is made strong through my own downfalls, which is good because I am a hot damn mess most days. When I’m weak, He is strong. And thankfully, there’s plenty of room for opportunity in my life for God to shine His grace on through.

I’m working on loving people better, too. Does that sound weird? It’s true. People are tough. TOUGH to love, and tough to understand. I’m working on trying to understand them less and love them more, regardless of what comes out of their mouth. This is gonna be hard for me…I don’t like mean people. They’re gross. But I’ve been reading “Love Does” by Bob Goff (amazeballs), and it’s exactly how I see Jesus. JUST LOVE PEOPLE. Stop policing people with the Bible. Stop ostracizing groups that you fear. Stop using religion to justify treating people groups poorly. Stop trying to convict people. Stop hating the gays. Stop. STOPIT. Just love people. LOVE. Simply.

Love is never stationary. In the end love doesn’t keep thinking about it or planning for it. Simply put: Love does. 
SEE? Read the book.

So grace and love, please come to me.

Ernest Hemingway said, “Courage is grace under pressure”. I like that.
Disclaimer: Only read Ernest Hemingway when required to in college.

Okay. Ready for a smoothie? I got ‘chu.

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Chocolate Strawberry-Banana Nutty Smoothie

-1 C almond/coconut milk mix
-1 scoop Vega chocolate sport protein
-3/4 banana
-Handfull of strawberries
-2 tbsp peanut buttah
-1 C ice

BLEND!

Top with remaining banana (sliced), two chopped strawberries, a pinch of chia seeds, a pinch of sliced almonds, and a leeetle pinch of shredded coconut.

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This thing is PACKED with healthy fats and protein. Eat with a spoon and it’ll feel like a whole meal instead of a snack. This was today’s breakfast. Not pictured: coffee.

On the running calendar for today: 4 miles tempo…and it is gawgeous outside.

Hope your day is a good one!

-Stacey

(1) Eph 2:8-9 
(2) 2 Cor 12:9
(3) 1 Peter 5:10
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