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Samantha Regis


Welcome to a place of shared JOY <3 This is a blog of happy moments, God realizations, risky recipes and vibrant living through the power of CHRIST :)

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Behold: Love. I belong to the King of Love. #amen #higherthanthemountainsthatiface #neverendinglove
Dad's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies // "Will you still need me? Will you still feed me? When I'm.... SIXTY-FOUR!" #thebeatles have always played a significant role in my family's life, their melodies and harmonies filling many-a-summer's day or a hard day's night... This year, a super special #birthday occurred... And we did what all #elves do... #celebrate! In our own fun and simple ways
Pumpkin Protein Squares // imagine a cross between a chocolate chip blondie and a gooey pumpkin bar, that has been reimagined through the lens of a protein cookie bar.... And voila! You've pictured this craziness. :D #whatjusthappened happened in my kitchen. Lately I've been enjoying more of a "let's see what this can do", throw-this-and-that's-into-my-mixing-bowl style of kitchen-ary... And the results have been surprising to say the least! More results of this mishap-miracle making to come! :) // Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend a good 1 cup chopped #cauliflower, good 1/2 cup chopped/peeled #zucchini, and a good 1/2 cup #pumpkin (canned pure puree, not pie filling) in a blender until smooth. Add 1/2 cup #monkfruit, and 1/2 teaspoon each of #vanillaextract, #coconutvinegar (or apple cider vinegar works!), #cinnamon, and #instantcoffee... Blend until combined. Add 1/4 teaspoon #bakingpowder and 1/2 cup natural/unflavored #brownriceproteinpowder (or you could experiment with whatever #proteinpowder you like!) ... Once fully blended, stir in (by hand) 1/2 cup small diced/peeled #zucchini and 1/8 cup #lilyschocolatechips (or other #chocolatechips or #carob!)... line a 6" glass dish with #parchmentpaper and spread filling into dish; bake 1 hr 20 minutes... Now the trickiest part... Once out, cut into the 16 squares and let cool, then sit overnight in fridge... And be amazed at the crazy treat that transforms before your eyes! (I.e. not nearly as good out of oven as they are once they set!) #enjoy  #vegan #glutenfree #trickortreat #amazed #proteinbars #proteinsnacks #pumpkinalldaylong #healthybaking
#reputation happens through repetition and relationship. The lie we believe is that we have one reputation and need to protect it. But that's outside in not inside out thinking ... We are made spirit, soul, body. That is the order in which we are created, and through which we are meant to live. We have as many reputations as we have #relationships. To worry about that results in confusion and stress, as well as the pressure of our own faithfulness in every moment, and the opinions of others. That's ridiculous and exhausting. And we get lost in the midst, destroying our reputation, and losing our integrity. How does this happen? By not being rooted in our identity.  But if we stand from our #identity, living out into #integrity, our reputations will be a result of that, an autonomous process at this point, grounded in something far more stable than any of the other options. Our reputation with ourself needs to reflect our reality. Know Who your #source is (the #kingoflove? the  demons of #fear?), so your spirit can find identity. Then your reality births an integrity of the soul, and this will make reputations that aren't falling apart every time you reveal your imperfections.  Love never created anyone He didn't intend to use, to give greater purpose, to redeem. Allow Him to show you the Greatness, the power of redemption from darkness and fear. #iamwhoyousayiam #elevationchurch #amen #rahab #promisedland #whengodblowsyourmind #spirit #soul #body #fartherupfurtherin
Karma // I've heard many Bible-believers talk about it, at the very least, as though it's plain inconsistent with Truth.  But I've come to realize that language is powerful, and Satan is smart. And he will take beautiful and/or critical Truths (as I'd say are all outlined in the Bible) and slap other faces on them... And suddenly,  Christians are denying them, and non believers claim them without the power they would have if still attached to their Source.  The concept of karma is known through Hindi and Buddhist constructs, and is defined as "the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences". Now, I personally hold to the #perspective that only God will decide my fate, and also I am not perfect enough to ensure that my choices would keep me from utter destruction in a future existence. In fact, I know it wouldn't be enough because my standard for goodness is God, Whom I am not. And as for evildoing... "there but for the grace of God go I", as has been said by many more saintly persons than myself.  HOWEVER. I do know (and thus AGREE) where Bible says this: + "Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them." (Proverbs 26:27) And this: + "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." (Galatians 6:7) Aaaand this: + "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." (Matthew 6:14‭-‬15)  This is hardcore, folks! God's not playing! Karma as it is stated objectively may not be independently accurate, but it's a whole lot more in tune with how God's system of operations ACTUALLY goes down than many people give credit to. And when we (as believers) try so hard to forsake it just because the name changed and we don't "agree" with the places it claims to "originate", we need to open our eyes and
Genesis 40:8 " “We both had #dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not #interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.” " // We need God to be the interpreter of all things. Our circumstances are what they are, but they are not able to control their own outcome. That is a matter of our interpretation. God sees the past, present, and future... He knows all, and sees all... He knows our hearts intimately... If I interpret anything through my physical exprience alone, I will get it wrong every time... God must infuse His complete wisdom. Only then our souls will understand the Truth and our spirits able to maintain influence over reactions.  Categories in need of interpretation: D - desires R - rejection E - emotions A- advantage M - middle // D.... God will give me the #desires of my heart, so I can run with #passion... When I delight in Him. R.... There is no way we can filter the pain of #rejection without the Spirit. It will become #reaction if not taught how to #respond. E.... #emotions will show up in strange ways and ruin everything if not kept at bay. Intense fear may show up as anger. Depression may actually be a triggered pattern on a day of week or time of day. Ask God for interpretation of every single emotion...this is part of taking #everythoughtcaptive...so that as you can dissolve the root vs the sprout.  A.... You are given #advantages for a #purpose, so you need God to reveal these. But furthermore, your weaknesses are unredeemed strengths, your shame can become the conduit God would minister to others to if you would seek Him for the wisdom! M.... What are you in the #middle of? There are problems on one side and solutions on the other side. You alone may be given the position and #mindfulness to identify both. Whatever it is that you notice, whatever loose ends you see where you also see the way to tie them together... Those may answer why you are where you are at this
#roshhashanah, the New Year celebration of the Hebrew calendar, took place just a couple of weeks ago. We are now in year #5779!! #shanahtovah! (Good Year Greetings!) As the Jewish/Hebrew calendar works on lunar cycles, and began at the #newmoon, tonight's #fullmoon is significant. And not only for being the first of 5779... This September full moon is the #harvestmoon! Astronomically, this simply means it is closest to the autumnal equinox (i.e. #firstdayoffall). However, harvest is a major theme in the Scriptures... From the beginning ("While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease" #genesis) through the end ("And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” #revelation), the theme of harvest in relation to spiritual matters is All. Over. The. Place. The reality of our redemption in Christ is that we are also given a very serious and exciting task to plant seeds of Truth and tend to the grounds through Love and Prayer... that God may bring about a harvest of new spiritual life.  This year, 5779, (as Hebrew letters and numbers interchange and form symbolic meaning) has been called The Year to See the Snake in the Grass.  This is the year that the children of God who choose to see with His Vision will be able to call out the Liar, see the dead things trying to slither back into our lives, and the weeds attempting to choke the harvest.... And call them out in the Name of Jesus. It is the year to open our eyes and awaken from ignorance... To stop being blindsided on matters in front of our noses. It will require discipline, and hard work... faith, and willingness to be active in the harvest fields. But God will bless all those who come to serve Him, out of Love pouring from His heart, with new life revived in ourselves, fresh purpose, and a new
// Be who you are That's what you'll do When they all see the most sparkle from you  Be who you are When it's all done And the lights fade or the clouds block the sun  Be who you are  So that they'll hear From lips of honesty, choosing sincere  Be who you are That's when they'll know What beauty looks like, and how to just glow  Be who you are And this can be Your best day ever, and there find true peace // #youbeyou #originalpoetry #pressingin #tigger #oneofakind #standout
#grapesareforwinners // You guys. What is this nonsense happening with #flus and #allergies?! Personally I've almost totally lost my voice and working hard through herbal supplements, stress reduction, and prayer (#body, #mind, and #spirit attack on whatever sickness is attempting to enter me) to kick it to the curb before it takes a parking space in my members. However! I was speaking with a friend today who said their coworker suggested they chug purple #grapejuice because it is the magic answer to avoid sickness. I.e. as soon as you might be exposed to a flu/stomach bug person but before symptoms, you take a bunch of dark grape juice and #vóila! No sickness! Well, I found this #fascinating as I have literally been loving and practically needing #redgrapes every day for almost a week! So.... To the interwebs! CLAIM #1: Red grape juice adjusts stomach pH which prevents bad bugs. This showed more myth than fact, however it is proven that the more alkaline a person is, the less a virus can exist, as disease requires an acidic environment. #fruits and #vegetables as a rule are dominant in #alkaline properties. CLAIM #2: Red grapes juice will kill the stomach bug. Well! "A 1970s report suggests polyphenols in the skin of grapes could bind to viral proteins and reduce their infectivity." (Today's Parent). Turns out this is likely what is helping people fight the good fight AND win the race. #howcoolisthat #naturallycured #godhaseveryanswer #listentoyourbody
Peanut Butter Banana Fluff Pie // Hey hey hey, wha-do-ya say? I say this is pretty much amazing. It's a pie... A peanut butter pie... With a #highprotein profile.... And #nutrient packed.... And relatively #lowcalorie.... And #richflavor... And fluffy almost #moussey texture filling... And a #fudgey base layer... And pretty much #crazysimple to make.... Also #nobake... ?!? Yes, yes indeed. #nuffsaid // Step 1: Fudge Crust! Prepare a 6" springform pan by lining with wax paper. In a food processor, combine 3/4 cup dried #mulberries, 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) #cacaobeans (or nibs), 1/4 cup #water, 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon #lakanto #powderedmonkfruit, 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon #cinnamon, 1 1/2 teaspoons #trunut #peanutflour (could use #powderedpeanutbutter), 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened #cocoapowder... Press into bottom of prepared pan. Step 2: Mousse Filling! Puree 1 1/2 heaping cups peeled/chopped #zucchini with 1 teaspoon each #purevanillaextract, #lemonjuice, and #molasses. Add to a blender/food processor with 1/2 cup mashed #banana, 5 1/2 tablespoons #proteinpowder (I used #sunfood brand vanilla rice protein), 6 1/2 tablespoons tru-nut brand #peanutflour (or powdered pb), 9 tablespoons lakanto #powderedmonkfruit, 1/2 teaspoon each #cinnamon and #cocoa. Once blended into a filling, scoop/spread over crust. Step 3: Decorate! Add any toppings you'd like... I used 1 tablespoon #lilysbakingchips (stevia sweetened vegan chocolate chips), and a bit of cocoa and cinnamon.... Then Step 4: Be patient! Wait overnight... You can do it! I have faith in you;) Step 5: ENJOY!!!!! Particularly with Silk Vanilla Yogurt.... PERFECT sweet creamy topping for this
2 Corinthians 4:18 "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." // Look up. Look around. This is a covering. A passing vapor, over the timespace it has been preset to exist on... And these bodies? Only figures to house a soul and spirit. It is the spirit and spiritual warfare you must see.  Look! Do you see? The hearts...dead or alive. The souls... Communicating without and within, or only without because there is no answer from within. God help me see today the spiritual realities of the day, way above and over the physical manifestation. When any one uses any word or story... Help me see and hear what is being said and done in their unseen world. Use me as Your vessel of hope... Forgive me God for selfishness and distance. I am here for Your Kingdom. This is a battle! I must FIGHT FOR YOU! FIGHT FOR THESE, YOUR CREATIONS, YOUR CHILDREN.  #amen #fartherupfurtherin #iwillnotremainunchanged #timetorise #openyoureyes #seewithgodseyes #reality
The Ark Encounter, 2018 // BE WASHED IN THE WAVES OF GOD: Leap, with all force, to the glorious floods. Be washed away, drowned below all the above. Leave the winds and the rains falling from high. Come into depths beyond thunderous cries. Come into passion that surface can't know. Come into intimate, deep treasure troves. And when you give over and breathe in your last... His breath will fill up your lungs... strong and fast. Yes you will die... There is no way out. You, and your fear, and your worry and doubt. You and your ties to the sins from the world. You and your cries for your rights and controls. You, and all the parts blackened inside... There's no other way to get "you" back, alive. THANKS BE TO GOD and our Lord Jesus Christ... There, where He's taken you down,  you will RISE. Rise from the blackness once covering you. Rise from your pitch and your mud, cleansed and clean. Rise to the surface and blast toward the sky. Now a new creature, so pure in His eyes. Now with the knowledge of what's down below... Waiting and watching you rise and shine hope. Up from the grave, but safe in His grace. The depths are intense; a radical place. They kill and destroy in the crash of the floods... They birth a new creature... Bright , strong , free. // THIS IS A LIFE SIZED REPLICA OF THE ARK OF NOAH!! Have you been? No? Well to answer if you need to go, ask yourself: are you ready for one of the most life changing, faith building, spiritual journeys of your life? That's your answer. P.s. THERE WAS AN ACTUAL RAINBOW IN THE SKY WHEN WE LEFT! #istandamazed #arkencounter #rainbow #noahsark #rainbowpromise #somuchlearning #amazing
"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?" (#matthew624)// Nope. Nada. No. Very simple yet so profound. In fact, not only this, but you drain hours from your life.... Living life requires being present and having the capacity to give thought and attention to other things. It also requires a state of mind and being and spirit that can respond vs react, adding to the world vs sucking life away.  Worrying creates a world of ruminating that distracts all other thoughts and absorbs your ability to be present. It's been shown in studies that worriers have lessened immune systems and other things related to inflammation from a physical standpoint. How insane! So you're literally subtracting hours from your life by worrying.  The best contrast to worry? #trust! However...just like worry will take choice and effort to remove, trust, joy, and peace will take choice and effort to obtain.  We start life with trust but when we are let down, it is impossible to auto-rebuild trust unless there is a history of  goodness prior... Otherwise the road is not impossible but far from easy or natural. The same principle goes for trusting God.  It is easy when we remember the Goodness of God, even though very hard things happen... Even when we feel let down... To remember that He CAN and He WILL give you EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT. The trouble only comes when I forget I am not all knowing and I don't actually know what is all good and all perfect... When I think I do and God doesn't do that same thing, only then can I become let down by Him. It's a matter of expectations... In fact, what would happen if I EXPECTED that all along He has every detail worked out in His MERCY and GRACE? My reality would be forced to rely on TRUST... And I would learn to respond by faith verses fear. This world is hardwired to induce worry. Our natural human reactions are now conditioned to react with worry. (And we wonder why sickness and  depression is rising.... here's at least ONE
PROTEIN-PACKED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH - 2 WAYS / (also... CHOCOLATE CHIP CRUMBLE COOKIES) // Heyyyyyy there. Whatcha up to? *imagines your response* Oh, me? Oh, nothing. Just.... Being AMAZED by the what-the-heck-wow that's happening!!! Oh, you love cookie dough, too??? What a coincidence. COME SHARE THE GOODNESS. It's a magical situation. What happened was... On the way to create a #highprotein #supernutrientdense #vegan #healthy #lowercalorie #chocolatechipcookie (dream big, as they say, especially when people you know have goals and call on you and your magic recipe making powers...), these two recipes happened! When baked, they didn't have the right taste for official cookies and the texture became super crumbly ... (Side note: actually that was just fine when I used it a crumbly #icecream or #nicecream topper ;) ) HOWEVER. The #cookiedough ??? Both recipes were pretty much insanely delicious. You could absolutely make a half or whole recipe of either and have a one-bowl-wonder party, #nobake style. Absolutely. So, here's what's up:  Version 1: CHICKPEA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH... Mash 1 can #chickpeas with a pastry masher until all mushed with some texture; stir in 1/2 cup #lakanto #classic #monkfruit, 1/4 cup #coconutflour, 1 tablespoon #purevanillaextract, 1/2 tablespoon #applecidervinegar, 1/2 teaspoon #bakingsoda, and 2-4 tablespoons #lilyschocolatechips.... Version 2: WARRIOR CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH... Puree 2 1/2 cups peeled and chopped #zucchini, 2 teaspoons #vanillaextract, 1 teaspoon #applecidervinegar; separately, mix together 1/2 cup #sunwarrior #natural #brownriceproteinpowder, 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons #monkfruit classic, 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons #coconutflour, 1/2 teaspoon #bakingpowder, and 2-4 tablespoons #chocolatechips or #carob; then, mix wet into dry until combined... So much #yaaas. (Ps for crumble cookies: let either batter rest for 10 minutes, then spoon little blobs onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for 50
"Comparison's the thief of joy The thief of every smile" But is this so? This loud alarm? Come reason, just a while:  What happens when my thoughts compare Two brands of salsa jars? Assessment of the price and taste-- So CHOICE is acted on.  What happens when my mind compares Two paths set for the day? Reason, logic, management,  A PLAN now underway.  What happens when my heart compares  Two options for response? Empathy and wherewithall, I SPEAK with planned nuance.  What happens when I stop and stare  Upon the empty cross? The empty tomb reminds me, soon THIS world will fade and fall.  And when comparing Christ and me I see where I fall short But more than that, I feel the GRACE Which LOVE, for me, has bought.  When I compare others to me? The outcome varies from Dependence on reality Or on my own pre-thoughts  You see, the thing I've found above Is CHOICE becomes available And PLANS become reality And SPEAKing vs mindless spouts Become a thing that I can reach; And knowing THIS is not the end And GRACE is come to wash me clean And LOVE can take the upper hand When I compare... how JESUS sees!  But what of this tall tale we sing? "Comparison, the thief of joy"? No, my friends, but that's the lie Snuck tight, stuck on, a hidden ploy:  Covetousness will suck you dry; Covetousness is when I see  Not YOU when I look at your gifts But what I "lack" Not you, but ME.  The answer to this parasite? This fatal, silent, death disease? Contentment is the answer, friend! Contentment, that I have my needs!  To see you in the Light of God... Then I can PRAISE HIM for your gifts! To see me in the eyes of Him... Who showed me Love by Calvary!  How can I covet what you have  When I see that I hold the keys To everything the King would please To pour upon His child..... Me!  So, Comparison, we say: So sorry for using your name To vainly hide and thus deny Our petty little covet-game  Dear Jesus, help me to retrieve The skill you made: comparison So reason, wisdom, and my dreams
Intention of the Day: Know Thy Source // What is your Source? I.e. The place that you look to and focus on, for attention, for hope, for restoration? Here's the thing .. when we look to the body/goals, health, success in this world, substances, emotions, reactions/interactions, social status, material things, material worth.... Anything that is of this world... As a PRIMARY Source, we will literally be full of worry, and end up distracted, disappointed, and dependent every day. Even if these things fill spots in us, they will not satisfy. That constant drain causes anxiety... That constant awareness can cause nothing but worry. Matthew 6:25: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?" HOWEVER! If you choose every day to refocus your eyes... To choose the Source of Life... To choose Love Himself... To choose God.... Then and only then will you realize: you are listened to and seen (loved!). When Christ is your SOURCE OF LIFE, you will find attention by the only One who holds all Life and reality in the palm of His hand. You will find hope that never ever fades, only grows into eternity. You will find the empowerment to LIVE for real... Dependent on Christ, but filled with the power of God. Wow. #amen #halleluljah #elevationchurch #fartherupfurtherin #distraction #focus #disappointment #hope #dependence #empowerment
Prisoners of War... We see this symbol on flags and license plates, and as a nation are moved to a heart of great honor toward that person, respect, and extended grace... Not only toward the persons  who have experienced being a POW, but even the families who have suffered through the experience, and even perhaps still bear the burden of a missing or captive loved one. *The following statement is in no way discounting the unique and tragic circumstances of the above, but rather using that tangible reality to describe the non tangible* Did you know every human has been a prisoner of war? And every human is either currently captive, and/or finally set free.... We live in a physical world that is actually a layer over the spiritual world... True life/the energy of existence  is actually in the unseen, the untangible... Yet for a time, we walk this earthly journey, through shadows and by replicas of spiritual truths... of the eternal journey.  While in this world, we can sense the battle of the spiritual realm. Evil fights for victory, where sin entangles and strangles the soul, and captures the spirit into eternal bondage.  As a warrior for Christ, I know my struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spirits and energies and dark forces of evil. My weapons are not of the earth but of God. My goal is to tear down the strongholds that are keeping human spirits captive to sin, prisoners of lies, tangled in the overwhelming intoxication of poisonous tactics coming from the evil one.  Humans spirits are born into the enemy camp; the goal is to rescue these from bondage, into the Kingdom of Light... The Kingdom of God. But we can never forget that every person who is set free, while on this Earth, will carry the marks and pains of once being a prisoner, and will have haunting memories and PTSD-like symptoms that could knock them off their feet in a second. We need to have grace with one another. We need to view every human as a life worth saving, a life worth