Fight Mama Fight

I had the privilege of attending the MOPS International Convention over the weekend.  3200 Mother Of PreSchoolers met to listen, learn, worship, and grow in God.  It was a very memorable experience.   I learned several things that I hope will make me a different mom going forward.  On our long ride home yesterday, we talked about how we were all changed, how we wanted our lives to look different and I thought about specific steps I would take upon arriving home.

Then I got home… and all my old ways returned. I found myself being overprotective to my active boys, controlling about schedules, disenchanted with diets, and so on.  I thought, “What a wimp I am!  I’ve crumbled within 2.5 hours of returning home.”  You see, I live with the constant thought that I am a terrible mom.  Deep inside me, that statement feels true more often that not.  I love and adore my kids with sincerity yet that doesn’t seem to translate into “good mom”.  I more often feel like a failure than a success.  Thanks be to God for changing my perspective this weekend.  As I poured our my heart to Him, confessing this nagging thought to Him, He reminded me ever so sweetly that I am not a terrible mom but an equipped mom.  He has equipped me through His Holy Spirit to be the mom of our specific children.  I am not equipped for anyone else’s kids but I am fully equipped through Him for ours.  As I confessed my feelings of failure to Him, He did not say, “Oh, you’re doing great. Keep up the hard work.”  And I am so grateful that He didn’t!  If He responded simply with encouraging words, the pressure to perform is right back on my shoulders, setting me up again for failure.  Instead, He reminded me that the burden is His, these children are His, and I am His.

So what do I do when the feelings of failure return?  Fight!  I will not allow these thoughts to take residence in my being.  My God is Truth.  He is alive.  He is my Equipper.  He is the Lover of me and my whole family. Fight, fight, fight to keep His Truth in the forefront of my mind!   His Holy Spirit lives inside me and inside those marked with His name.  There is nothing out of His realm of expertise, nothing too hard for Him, nothing that would surprise Him.   How amazing that I can rely on that!  No book, no PhD, no degree, no amount of money could offer that kind of wisdom. I am an equipped mom. I am a fighter.  Thank you Lord.

I’m starting to hear the Rocky theme song and I’m getting pumped.

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Thai Veggies with Grilled Lettuce

I love to cook, especially without a recipe. One of my favorite things is to have time but no plan. I love to just begin creating. I go back and forth between pantry, fridge, and freezer and find that inspiration ingredient. From there, the wheels start turning and soon I’m making some crazy dish (that can never again be replicated). Here is a recipe from one of those nights and my inspiration ingredient was edamame. What was the end result? Peanutty Thai Veggies with Grilled Lettuce – whalah!

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Ingredients:

2 Heads Romaine Lettuce

Shelled Edamame (fresh or frozen)

4 ears of corn (or frozen corn)

Mixed Peppers and Onions (frozen)

Fresh or Frozen Mixed Stir-Fry Veggies

Cilantro and chopped peanuts for Garnishing

For the Sauce:

1/2 can light coconut milk

1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter

2 T Lite Soy Sauce

1 T Rice Vinegar

1 t. ground ginger

Directions:

Sprinkle a little oil in a grill pan (or saute pan) over medium heat. Add heads of romaine, turning frequently to prevent burning. (Grilled lettuce is so delicious – hope you enjoy it!) Grill the corn in the same way if you are using fresh corn on the cob. Add all other veggies to a wok over medium-low heat. (To cut down on calories, I do not add oil here. I just add a little water and use it to saute.) In a blender, mix all the sauce ingredients. (If you like a little spice, some hot sauce, a curry powder, or red pepper would be a yummy addition.) To serve, plate with a head of the grilled lettuce, add veggies, pour a generous amount of sauce over the top, and garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro. So easy!

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Let me know if you try it and what you do to make it your own!

Hope you enjoy!