Our oven and stove have been out of commission for a week now. The old protectant coating on the "element" of our electric oven caught fire last week (due to the oven's old age- not my baking skills...just had to throw that in!) when I was preheating it for a batch of double chocolate chip brownies and a giant spark/firework-like display resulted in some dramatic sirens, a big red truck, 6 firefighters through our front door, (some background singing of nelly's hot in here), and an oversized bowl of brownie batter that had to be eaten with a spoon while watching this whole thing play out. (dang it)
Y'all. Not having an oven has been the hardest thing! If you've read my "about me" I cook and bake all. the. time. probably obsessively. (oops) It's therapy and fun and results in some delicious meals occasionally! Since the oven/stove tragedy, I don't think I've ever had so many meals out. (thank you Mellow Mushroom & Chick-fil-a & Barberitos. y'all are the real VIPs)
But without an oven, I've realized I have so much more time to do other things! No more planning what to cook, no more cooking, and no more kitchen to tidy. Instead, I've been able to fly through some incredible books that have set my HEART ON FIRE and I think you should add them to your summer reading list as well!
First up: Wild and Free: A Hope-filled Anthem for the Woman who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough
Usually, I'm a morning time quiet time person. There's nothing better than the sunrise, front porch, and a cup of warm coffee....
...but I've had a lot of additional free time to read in the afternoons now too! And Wild and Free has been so good for my heart both mornings and afternoons, YOU MAY WANT TO ADD IT TO YOUR AMAZON CART RIGHT NOW!
Last year, I was in a meeting with my work team and I specifically remember saying... I just feel like too much and not enough and I feel pulled in all directions because of it. I'm pretty sure I shed some tears in my car on the way home that day because insecurities are real and set us back from living in freedom. When I first heard about Wild and Free, I Prime-shipped it so it could arrive at my front door asap. The enemy comes to steal and kill and destroy. and so often, I feel controlled by these feelings. But the enemy has been defeated! and Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan highlight so many truths in Wild and Free that kick this control to the curb!
^^BOOM. So good.
Sometimes I feel so set back by my insecurities and lack of freedom- thinking about what other people will think of me, not beginning a project because it won't be good enough, fears in not succeeding or knowing what steps to take. fears, insecurities, worries, anxiety. These limitations have put us in a box and have resulted in us putting God in a box. But He can do immeasurably more!! and He has created us to do good works because of His son that died on the cross for us! Ultimate freedom.
"Our life in Jesus means we're made righteous and have no need for shame or fear of sin."
God's freedom allows us to be Wild and Free because His perfect love for us casts out all fear!
"Contained, terrified living is not the kind of life Christ died for me to live."
A few weeks ago, I read about a great way to memorize scripture so that I can take it with me and remember truth when I feel the insecurities and lies creeping in.
This verse has been on my hand and heart and with me for the past few days and has reminded me daily to fight the good fight and live in freedom.
So friends, grab this book. Write down a verse. and remind yourself to live in freedom because YOU have been won by perfect love. Happy, happy Monday!
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