A Day of Fasting

With the recent events in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and most recently Dallas, it is an understatement to say our nation is hurting. I was really struggling to find hope in the midst of these horrific events, but I finally was brought some peace from Crossroads pastor, Chuck Mingo. He gave a wonderful message, and I really encourage you to watch the entire service at live.crossroads.net

At the end of the service, Chuck gave us three things to actually take action, one of them being having a day of fasting today and pray – really pray –  for our city and our country. When most people think of fasting, they think of giving up food. This is one form of fasting, but there are many. Chuck gave the example of giving up social media. This is a great idea, but because I recently did a social media hiatus, I wanted to do something different. So what am I fasting from today?

Makeup. I know that to many people, this would be a very silly thing to give up because they don’t ever wear makeup or only wear it on the rare occasion. The truth is, I love makeup. I think it’s a beautiful tool to help empower women, and it can even be a true form of art. Experimenting with new makeup and trends is fun for me! There’s nothing wrong with that. However, I also have to be honest about my need for makeup.

I’ll be the first to say that if I had really good skin, I know I wouldn’t wear makeup hardly as much. There are a lot of days when I don’t wear much makeup, but I always have at least a BB cream on my face to help cover redness and acne scarring that is being very persistent in not going away. I couldn’t tell you the last time I left my house with absolutely zero makeup on. Until today.

Today I am fasting from makeup, and while it has made me a liiiiiiitle uncomfortable, it’s also strangely empowering. I think God is using this day of fasting to not only help me focus on what’s really needed but to help me understand that I am WAY more than my face.

It’s a little ironic that I’m giving up something to do with physical appearance, and sadly, the tragic events of this week deal with just that – someone’s physical appearance.

To deepen this fasting, I have decided to post my completely makeup-less face on the internet. God is working on my heart to accept these flaws as they hopefully work themselves away. God is also working on my heart to really spend the time today to pray for our nation. We need His workings now more than ever, and I’ve learned that when it feels like there’s nothing else to do, we must pray.

So without further ado…

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This has been a very interesting day of fasting, but I think it’s taught me a lot. I would like to leave you with a few word from Chuck himself that I ask you think about throughout the day.

“Would our world change, if while they were busy hating us, we were busy loving them?”

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Love always,

Megan LouAnn

How I Went from Not Being Able to Peel a Banana to a Rather Decent Cook

Hi friends! Anyone who has known me for a decent amount of time knows that I used to be the worst. cook. ever. My friend from grade school and I used to loveeeeee to make a giant mess of the kitchen and cook up some of the worst cakes known to man (my favorite was the one with ‘Please’ spelled out on top in little cinnamon red hots because we wanted to have a sleepover – safe to say our cake didn’t wow the judges, er, parents). Eventually my mother basically banned me from the kitchen. As you can tell from the title, I was so horrible, I couldn’t even properly peel a banana. I just couldn’t do it without smashing the entire top, so I had my parents peel them for me up until about age 13. I’m telling y’all, it was bad.

So here I am quite a few years later at the ripe age of 21, and I’m proud to say that I feel I’ve surpassed several of my peers when it comes to skills in the kitchen. I’ve mastered your stereotypical mac n cheese, grilled cheese, cereal, banana peeling!!!!, etc. But somewhere along the lines about a year ago, I really gained an interest in cooking (ahem, thank you Food Network). Despite how much I don’t want to admit it, I was becoming an adult and figured it would be handy to learn to cook a few things.

The desire to learn was there, but how did I manage to go from worst cook ever to actually pretty good? Two things:

  1. Watching the Food Network (like a lot), and not just your fun shows like Cupcake Wars, but shows like The Pioneer Woman (my fav!!!) and Giada at Home. These shows can teach you a lot and give you a lot of cool ideas that really aren’t as hard as they look.
  2. Trial and error. This one is pretty self explanatory, but really guys, this didn’t come naturally. I really had to just dive in and learn from my mistakes.

Now, I need to say that by NO means do I think I’m a super duper chef, but I am proud of myself for learning how to cook full course meals that don’t go in the microwave. Below I’ll share a picture of one of my favorite recipes – sweet potato hash. SO GOOD.

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If you’d like for me to post some of my favorite recipes, let me know in the comments down below! Thanks for reading, and I’ll talk to you all soon 🙂

Love always,

Megan LouAnn

The Start of Something New

Close up of young plant sprouting from groundI really hope after reading that title that you have some serious HSM tunes stuck in your head!!! You’re welcome. 

Pretty much since as long as I can remember, I’ve had a brief wave of excitement before the new school year started, and before you start screaming, “NERDDDDDDDD”, let me finish. I don’t think that this anticipation comes from the love of school itself (although, yes, that may have a litttttle something to do with it). I attribute this specific wave of excitement to something I have titled ‘new beginnings’.

I love cracking open a brand new planner and filling it with important dates, fun activities, and yes, even tests. I love reading through a syllabus and looking forward to completing yet another class that puts me one step closer to my goal of becoming a physician assistant (or doctor — that’s still up in the air, whoops). And so today, as I get everything prepared for my very first nursing assistant class, I’m filled with that same excitement that fills me at the beginning of every semester. It’s time for a new beginning, and this one in particular will really catapult me forward in gaining essential experience for my future.

Working in a nursing home as a receptionist, gift store clerk, and activities aid has definitely given me plenty of experience as far as understanding the ins and outs of a long-term care facility, but I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge into the more medical, direct-contact side of things. Soon enough, I’ll have the knowledge and credentials to be a nurse aide! How exciting!!

So even if you’re not taking a new class, or moving to a new city, or starting a new job, there are plenty of small things that can be seen as ‘new beginnings’, and I encourage you to have excitement about these as they only help you in your growth as a person and will bring new people and new experiences to your life!

If you have a special ‘new beginning’ in your life, I’d love to hear about it in the comments down below!

Love always,

Megan LouAnn

*Image from mysolutions magazine*