This is not at all the post I had planned for today! My original plan was to begin sharing my 2 part testimony, but God had other plans for what he wanted me to share with you today. But I am looking forward to sharing my testimony with you hopefully very soon!
But today, I want to talk to you about your passions, plus I will be sharing something that is very near and dear to my heart, something that has been a long time in the works and also some pretty cool things that are happening behind the scenes here at The Kitchen Revival. I am pouring my heart out here because I am just so passionate about this brand new project and also about some really cool things that are happening.
What Is Your Passion
But first I must ask you a question? Have you stopped and truly thought about the passions of your heart? Our God is a passionate God! He passionately loves some things, but he also passionately hates other things. As your relationship with Him deepens, He will give you a passion for something that He deeply cares about so that you can be a spokesperson for Him in this world.
This passion could be about a problem, a purpose, a principle, or perhaps even a certain group of people. Whatever it is, you’ll feel called to speak up and do what you can to make a difference.
God uses passionate people to further His kingdom. He digs deep into our hearts to find those passions of our hearts. He then provides opportunities for His children so that we can use those passions to honor Him
God gives each of us different passions so that everything that He wants done in the world will get done. Of course, you should never expect everyone to be passionate about your passion! Instead, we must listen to, value, and respect each other’s life message or mission.
It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you. (Galatians 4:18)
In Luke 4:43 , Jesus was very passionate and also had a clear idea of His purpose in life.
But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” (Luke 4:43)
Passion is what gave Christ the strength to endure unbearable pain and suffering.
Another great example is Paul and his ministry to the gentiles. He was so passionate about his ministry that he was ready to give up anything, put up with persecution just to win as many people as possible to Christ.
All throughout the Bible, we see Godly people who were passionate and had a purpose and were motivated to keep moving forward despite any hardships.
So what is your passion? What are you currently doing to pursue that passion? What is that one thing that is deeply rooted in your being that makes you dream and keeps you awake at night? God roots these passions deep down in all of our hearts. Perhaps you are ignoring that nudge because of fear or doubt.
Have you ever stopped to consider how your passion can help someone, perhaps even a lot of someones? Can you imagine making a difference in the lives of others? What kind of impact would that have on your own life?
Since I asked you about your passions, now it is time for me to share with you my one true passion and how it ties in with a new project of mine.
From a young age (7 years old to be exact), I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Most of my Elementary school teachers were inspiring to me, which is why I wanted to become one because I wanted to inspire and help others. All of my friends and family knew what I wanted to be. My parents even bought me used textbooks, desks, etc. so I could play school with my friends (or by myself) so I could further cultivate that passion inside of me. But as I grew into a teenager and young adult I thought that this passion of mine was just merely a dream that would never happen because I did not go to college, get a teaching degree, and find a job as an Elementary school teacher. But God has taught me over the years that you don’t need a fancy degree from a college to teach and/or inspire others. God had different plans for me, plans that are far better than I could ever imagine. To this day I still believe that God is and has called me to be a teacher, but in a different way. In fact, each week I teach/lead a group of 3rd through 5th grade girls at my church’s Missionette/Girls Club program. Watching and being a part of these girls lives and watching them grow into Godly young women brings such joy into my heart!
There are other ways too that God has been calling me to teach and inspire others. Which leads me to my brand new project that is very near and dear to my heart!
My New Project
My dream has always been to write a cookbook, but I didn’t want it to be just a cookbook, I wanted it to be so much more than that! So, over the past couple of years I have been waiting and dreaming until I had a better vision for it. This summer, in the midst of my anxiety journey, God gave me a full blown vision for what my first book needs to be about. I would love to give you all the details here, but I am currently only in the planning stages of writing it. I know for sure that I will be self publishing this book and it will be a cookbook + devotional + Christian yoga exercises, and best of all I already have a name decided on for the book! My desire is for my first book to be an e-book/kindle book and also a printed version. This book will guide you to enrich your life physically, spiritually, and emotionally, plus there will be Gluten Free (sometimes even Paleo options) recipes, daily inspiration, and simple Christian yoga exercises just for beginners. I am truly hoping that this book will be ready for release by summer of 2017.
This won’t be the only book that I plan to write! God has given me a calling and deep passion to write books, bible studies, and possibly even teach cooking classes so that I can teach others about eating and living healthy God’s way. God is surely using me, this blog, and my future books as a ministry vessel.
As excited as I am about writing this book, there are also all sorts of feelings and emotions going through me. Feelings of fear, doubt, and perhaps even a little bit of anxiety. So if you could just please pray for me during this project? When I do officially get started, I might even share some little behind the scenes tidbits of the book either on the blog or on Facebook. Your prayer support and even perhaps positive encouragement will help me big time!
Behind the Scenes of The Kitchen Revival
There has been a lot going on behind the scenes of The Kitchen Revival this week, which is why this is the only post I have shared this week, because I felt that I needed to just focus on behind the scenes stuff. I was hoping that I would be able to share all of the behind the scenes stuff with you today, but for sanity purposes and also to keep my readers from being overwhelmed, I recently decided that I won’t be sharing it all at once. But I can tell you that there are some PRETTY AWESOME things that are happening and there is much more to come!
The first thing you might have noticed is that The Kitchen Revival has a brand new logo! Do ya like it? I created it myself! As much as I liked the old logo (which you might remember had a tree, which signified growth), it always bothered me that some people just might not get the meaning behind the tree, so I decided that it was just time to design something a little more simple and straightforward that others will get/understand, that fits perfectly with my message. By the end of designing my logo, I realized that my new logo looks very much similar to my original logo from when I first started blogging. This new logo reflects me, my personality, and the blog better than the old logo.
Global Flavor Experience even got a brand new look (new and improved page + logo). But that is not all that is going on there. Starting in November, Tastetrotting Across The Globe will be more than just about trying out different food/recipes from different countries, it will also be more faith + missions focused! This is something that God has been stirring in me. So what country will we be tasting our way through in November? We will be tasting our way through Colombia. I even reached out to a Colombian missionary just to get a missionaries stance on the country, and that is how God is expecting me to approach Tastetrotting Across The Globe here on out.
As stated above, there is even more great stuff happening here. While I am not ready to release any information as of yet, I plan to release more information very soon. So please stop back, because you don’t want to miss it!