Monday Morning Commentary

This weekend we continued our series, The Power of Same, that is based on John 15.  We are reading through this chapter as a church every day, and some of us are memorizing it.  It has been such a great start to the new year.  I hope you have been joining us!  This weekend the message was called, “The secret of sustainable success.”

My husband taught us that the secret is that your success is only as sustainable as its source.  If the source of my success is my strength, my skill, my popularity, it will only last until the source runs out.   But if my source is Jesus, the true vine, my success can be sustainable.

He taught us that our lives must have 3 constants…

  1. Constant Calling- my circumstances may change but the calling remains
  2. Constant Character- who I am when no one else is looking
  3. Constant Council- who surrounds me to encourage me and stand with me
We also learned that Jesus is the constant.  He never asks me to maintain my love for Him, He simply asks me to remain in His love for me.
This has been such a powerful series.  I hope you will take the time to listen to this message.  It will really encourage you. You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast. And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

Monday Morning Commentary

We continued our series, The Power of Same, this week.  The message was called, The Problem is the Pattern.  It was one of the most helpful messages for the new year that I have ever heard.

In this message, my husband pushed the point, Resolve cannot change what routine created.  In other words, the faith to step out is worthless without the faithfulness to stick it out.

He showed us that the majority of our problems lead back to a bad pattern we have developed.  We interpret our decisions as our destiny when really it is a product of our patterns.  For instance, I may say that I am not a morning person.  And while there may be some truth to that, I make my mornings even worse because of my night time patterns of staying up to late and not preparing for the following day.  My heart cannot overpower my habits.

Thank goodness that Jesus broke the code.  Because of Jesus, I can change my pattern whether it is a pattern of sin or just a pattern of poor choices.  If this is resonating with you, you really must listen to the message.  There was so much scripture in the message that I am leaving out.

You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast. And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

Tasty Veggies… Brussels Sprouts

Since it is January I thought I might do a series of recipe posts on vegetables.  I was having a conversation with my friend the other day and we were discussing how we get our kids to eat veggies.  I personally don’t love vegetables.  Especially green ones.  So I try really hard to make them tasty for myself.  The result is my kids usually eat them too.

There are two main ways I like to cook veggies: sautéed and microwaved.  Today I am going to talk your through sautéing Brussels sprouts.  Yes, I spelled that right, the B is capital.  Brussels Sprouts are in the cabbage family.  They are rich in vitamin C and vitamin K.  They also have great amounts of vitamin B6, folic acid and dietary fiber.  Some people think they have cancer fighting properties as well.

I asked Elijah the other day what foods did he like that I cook.  One of the things he said was Brussels sprouts.  I am not gonna lie, I was proud.

Here’s what you will need…

One package of fresh Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of chicken broth
1/4 cup cooking wine (optional)
4-5 strips of bacon (I use precooked)
a few cloves of garlic

Cook time is about 25 minutes



So when I am sautéing veggies, I always start with olive oil, bacon and a few cloves of pressed garlic.  I like to buy the precooked bacon at Costco so I just chop up a few pieces and toss them in the pan.






While your oil/garlic/bacon mixture is warming up, take your Brussels sprouts and cut them in to 4ths.  This is key.  They absorb more flavor and are easier to eat when they are small.






Toss your sprouts into the pan add about 1/2 a cup of chicken broth and 1/4 cup of white cooking wine.  If you don’t have the wine just use all broth.






Add a few pinches of salt, stir and put the lid on the pan.  Let them simmer for about 10 minutes.






After the 10 minutes, remove the lid and continue to cook over med-high heat for about 10-15 more minutes.  You want the sprouts to brown and caramelize.  My husband likes them crispy, just on the brink of burnt.



If you are feeling super creative, it is also really yummy to chop one bunch of asparagus and add them in the last 10-15 minutes.  You can also do the same with artichoke hearts (cut in half).

And I have to give a shout out to my mom.  She is the one who taught me how to cook veggies like this.  Here is a link to her green beans with basically the same ingredients (wine, garlic and bacon).

Next week, broccoli and asparagus in the microwave.


Monday Morning Commentary

Yesterday we kicked off the new year with our series, the Power of Same.  It is the perfect series for the beginning of the year.  This series is based out of John 15 and the idea that sameness is really what we need more of in our lives.  The title of this week’s message was called, More of the Same.

While, of course, there are patterns of sameness in our lives that are not good.  Stagnancy and stubbornness can often cause us to get in a rut.  But my husband taught about sacred sameness.  The sameness that causes us to develop patterns and routines that have lasting rewards.  Like being married to the same person for 50 years.  Or developing healthy eating habits and patterns of exercise.

My husband told us, If we resist the monotonous we will miss the miracle.  We must learn to repeat the right things until the routine is the reward.  The process that everyone resists creates the product everyone wants.

As a church, we are taking the first 15 minutes of the month of January to read John 15.  We also have a website with an eating plan and workout plan for you to participate in.  The site is currently undergoing some issues but should be up and running soon but go ahead and sign up now to join  I hope you will join us!

This is going to be such a great series!  You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast. And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Also, if you missed my husband’s New Year’s Eve message, it was so powerful.  It was called, Find Your Flow.  You can watch it here.

Have a great Monday!