“I Will Send Rain”

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California is in a drought; this not only physically but, even more so, spiritually.

In 1Kings God uses a drought as a form of judgement over Israel for turning away from Him and worshiping other gods. In chapter 18 He sends His prophet Elijah to the king saying, “Go and present yourself to Ahab and I will send rain on the land.” 

God did not want to cut the drought short because Israel repented but because He dearly loved His people, and through His sovereign compassion, desired to reveal Himself to His children in a fresh and profound way.

Elijah instructed the king to bring the people of Israel up on a mountain where Elijah challenged the prophets of the other gods saying, “call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire– he is God.” The prophets performed their various ceremonies to no avail, after which, Elijah said a simple prayer and fire came and consumed not only the sacrifice, but the wood it was on as well as a trench of water dug around the altar! The Israelites then fell face down and proclaimed “the Lord– He is God.”

I believe that God uses natural phenomenon (drought, earthquakes, hurricanes etc.) to get our attention. It’s unfortunate that we have drifted so far from Him that, that has to be the case, but it is also comforting to know that He would do such a thing  to say, ‘Hey remember Me? Come back!’

Today it rained. I know the drought is not yet over but it is my prayer (and the prayer of many) that with the bad conditions of land and weather, as well as unexpected blessings of relief, we will see and seek the Lord with new hearts. And that this land will be swept with the fire of revival!

If you would like to know a little more about Jesus feel free to check out my post here.

Product of the Month: C9 by Champion Impact Athletic Shoe

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So I have resolved to exercise and eat better, as I have many times and failed horribly, but this time I’m for reals haha.

I decided to start off right by getting some good work out shoes which also served as a motivational boost (I don’t know what it is about buying fitness clothes but it inspires me).

This is the first pair of running shoes that I’ve ever owned; and I LOVE them!

They are WAY light and made with ventilated fabric so your feet don’t get all sweaty, and their design helps with balance and also allows natural movement which makes them super comfy.

I got mine at Target for $29.99 which I think is an amazing price for these shoes.

P.S.

I’m currently starting this regimen I found on Pinterest that takes you from being a walker to a runner. If you’re interested you can find the regimen here.  If you wish to follow me on pinterest you can find me here!

So wish me luck as I try to create a healthy lifestyle; and if you’re on the same boat: I’m proud of you; good job, keep going!!!

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Friends Getting Married: Schumacher Wedding

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So this post is way late in coming but here it is!

I’m super excited to say that the makeup I did for my sweet friend’s wedding was credited on Ruffled (super awesome wedding blog)! See post here.

And of course I can’t help but share some more wonderful photos of that special day here on V&B.

Photos by the skilled Daniel Cruz

Florals by the talented Collette Budd of  Brier Rose Design

Hair by the lovely Brocale Griggs

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Jaime I was so blessed to be a part of your big day, it was beautiful. Praying many blessings for you and Mike!

Quick & Easy Chicken Florentine

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I always love a recipe that doesn’t call for slaving over the oven for hours for a decent home cooked meal. This quickly became my fave go-to meal for busy weeks due to the fact that I know I will save time without sacrificing taste (& not having to use a lot of pots and pans is nice too)!

serves 4

Preheat oven to 400

Italian Seasonings

1 cup breadcrumbs

8 slices uncooked chicken breast

2 tablespoons oil (I used olive)

8 slices of Swiss cheese

1 package frozen spinach

small jar of your fave spaghetti sauce

Place breadcrumbs in a resealable baggie and set aside.

Season your chicken and place in breadcrumb baggie in batches til meat is well and evenly coated.

Heat your oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown your chicken til nearly cooked through then remove from skillet.

Place chicken in a greased 11in x 7in x 2in baking dish.

Top each slice with desired amount of thawed spinach, a slice of cheese, and sauce.

Bake for 12-15 min. or until juices run clear.

Serve with some delicious angel hair pasta and garlic bread, and enjoy!