Take that step

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I am sure all of us have heard or have even said the phrases “take a step at a time”, “Keep climbing step by step”, ” just a few more steps and you are there” and many more…

From the moment we start walking as babies our life journey is one of many steps. When we are young we really don’t have any fear and we want to make new steps. As we grow older, our hearts are filled with fear and sometimes we stay stuck in places becoming unhappy and drained because we are too afraid to take that next step.

Sometimes we become so comfortable where we are or how our life is that when we need to make the decision to take a new step we prefer not to.

I was in a place like that too. After many years of job searching I finally got a job. I was excited, I felt useful again. I could help with some expenses in the home. All was well. My mood had changed and I was just so happy. About a month ago, I could see things were not going well with my position. I was not doing as well as I was in the beginning. I kept trying to do better but it wasn’t working out. I didn’t want to be without a job again. Especially how things are here in my country with the crisis.

It was a Thursday and I was alone in the office. We had some technical issues and I couldn’t get any work done. I took my coffee and went out on the balcony. As I was thinking about the situation, I felt like I heard a gentle voice telling me to write an email to my managers explaining to them that I really am not the person suitable for the position. This is the conversation that immediately followed between my me and the gentle voice .

  • Me: “If I do this, I could be without a job tomorrow or next week”
  • The gentle voice: ” Do you Trust me?” (Trust was my word for 2015)
  • Me: ” Of course I do, but…”
  • The gentle voice” Do you trust me to take that step of faith” 
  • Me: ” I do but I just got the job a few months ago and now I could be without one again for quite some time and….”
  • The Gentle voice: ” If you trust me then you should know I want what is best for you. I have told you I know the plans I have for you. Write the email and send it. Take that leap of faith and trust me.”

Believe me it took me nearly 30 minutes to hit the send button once I had written the email.

To make a long story short, I did send it and the next day my contract with the company was over.

I was deeply saddened to have lost my job, but there was such a sense of peace over me, which is indescribable.

I did take that step of faith. I still do not know where this will lead me, or what is ahead of me. I know one thing though, my God will never leave me, nor forsake me. He is always there for me. He has always provided for my needs and will continue to take care of me and my family. He fills me with peace. His JOY ( which is my word for 2016) is my strength. Although everything seems uncertain and unclear, I know one thing ” I can and will trust Him in all things, for He knows what is best for me and my family”

Life is a journey with many risks. Many characters of the bible took steps of faith. These steps were steps of obedience. You see Trust and Obedience are intertwined. To obey means to trust, and when you trust you obey. God has control over all things and will accomplish good for us.

Are you at a place where you feel stuck? Are you too afraid to take that next step in your life, your job, your relationships? Do you Trust Him?

He truly knows what is best for us. Fix your eyes on Him. Seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him.

” When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. ”  Psalm 56:3

Blessings and love to all!!

Natasha

Linking up with ” Unite”, “Testimony Tuesday” ” Tell Me A Story”, ” Intentional Tuesday”, “Sharing His Beauty”,  Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesday

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Whole wheat, oatmeal, PB, chocolate chip cookies- Μπισκότα με αλεύρι Ολικής, Βρώμη, Φυστικοβούτυρο και Σταγόνες Σοκολάτας

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I love baking. I love the aroma of cookies that just come out of the oven. This recipe is simple and healthy. Trust me you can’t stop at one cookie….

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter ( I use natural one)
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

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Method

Beat butter, peanut butter and sugar for 3 minutes with a mixer. Add the egg, vanilla and continue mixing. Add all the other ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.

Place parchment paper on an oven tray and drop spoonfuls of the batter.

Bake in a preheated oven 375F or 175C oven for about 10-12 minutes.

Good Luck and Enjoy!!!

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Λατρεύω να ψήνω.Λατρεύω το άρωμα από τα φρεσκοψημένα μπισκότα που μόλις βγαίνουν από το φούρνο. Η συνταγή αυτή είναι απλή και αρκετή υγιεινή. Πιστέψτε με δεν μπορείτε να σταματήσετε στο ένα…

Υλικά

1/2 φλυτζάνι βούτυρο σε θερμοκρασία δωματίου

1/2 φλυτζάνι φυστικοβούτυρο

3/4 φλυτζανιού μαύρη ζάχαρη

1 αυγό

1 κ.γ υγρή Βανίλια

1/4 κ.γ αλάτι

1/2 κ.γ Μπέικιν Πάουντερ

1/2 κ.γ Μαγειρική Σόδα

1 φλυτζάνι νιφάδες βρωμης

3/4 φλυτζανιού Αλεύρι Ολικής Αλέσεως

1/2 φλυτζάνι σταγόνες σοκολάτας

Εκτέλεση

Χτυπάμε για 3 λεπτά περιπου με μίξερ το βούτυρο, φυστικοβούτυρο και τη ζάχαρη. Προσθέτουμε το αυγό, και την βανίλια και συνεχίζουμε να χτυπάμε για λίγο. Προσθέτουμε τα υπόλοιπα υλικά και τα ανακατεύουμε καλά με ξύλινη κουτάλα.

Στρώνουμε αντικολλητικό χαρτί σε λαμαρίνα φούρνου και ρίχνουμε κουταλιές από το μίγμα. Ψήνουμε σε προθερμασμένο φούρνο στους 175 βαθμούς για 10-12 λεπτά.

Καλή σας Επιτυχία και Απόλαυση!!!

 

Missing you Mama!

I was only twenty and just 4 months married when my mama passed away. She was everything to me.

We just celebrated Easter here in Greece last Sunday and now this Sunday we will be celebrating Mother’s Day. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her, or think of her. Special days though are the hardest.

She was a wonderful person and mother. She went through a lot in her life but she taught me to be the person I am and she also taught me to love my Lord and turn to Him.

I have been blessed with a gift of beautiful voice, my mama though had an angelic voice when she sang. She had a beautiful smile, a kind and generous heart. She was always forgiving and showing love. She was a great cook and home maker. She worked hard and provided for her family in many ways.

I miss her singing, her smile, her stories and jokes. I miss seeing her snuggle on her sofa and fall asleep while watching TV. I even miss our arguments and disagreements.

I do know though that she is happy with the Lord and she is at peace doing the one thing she loved singing.

I am looking forward to that day when I shall see her again!

Happy Mother’s Day Mama! I am so grateful you were my mama and I will always love you and cherish each moment we spent together.

A Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers all over the world!!! Be blessed!!!

Joining Faith-Filled Fridays., Spiritual Sundays.

Five Minute Friday- “Miss”

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It is Friday and after nearly two years of being absent from this community I am joining Kate Motaung and many others for Five Minute Friday. We are given a One Word Prompt and we write for Five minutes not worrying about grammar, editing or punctuation. Come join us and be blessed!

This Weeks Word “Miss”

Go!

It has been nearly two years since I last participated in this. I was kind of nervous whether to join again or not.

Once I saw the word for this week, I thought that I would write about Mother’s Day and my mother who has passed away for 23 years and how much I miss her.

But then, I changed my mind and thought I will write about how much I miss writing and being part of a community of wonderful people who share this love I have for writing/blogging.

I was about to give up ans close down my blog but the Lord put it in my heart again to start writing, even if it is not on a daily basis.

I miss sharing my thoughts, my joys, my fears, my anxieties, worries, pain and blessings with all of you. I miss reading and being blessed by your posts, words of love and encouragement.

This post may be small and I may be starting off again with baby steps, but I know that this truly gives me “Joy”which is my word for 2016.

Keep writing everyone, even when you feel that no one is reading or listening. God is and surely some one will fall upon your post and be blessed by it.

Stop.

Love and blessings to all!!!

Natasha

Starting to write again…

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Two years ago , I had decided to close this blog down and start a new one on blogger. I did start the new one but never got to closing this one down. Each time I tried to do so, something would happen, the system would freeze, the actions I would try would not work, so I would just leave it.

Honestly I had totally forgotten that it was still activated as a blog. I did open a new one, but never really got back to writing. I felt that I had no inspiration and that really whether I wrote or not it didn’t matter…

A few days ago, I was reminded by someone about writing… They asked me if I still have a blog. I told them I have one that I write about my weight loss story, but the other blogs I had, I closed down. They told me it was a shame and that they do miss my posts. It touched me and I thought it is okay I don’t need to open another blog, I don’t really need to write.

Last night in my personal prayer time, I felt that I needed to start writing again. Of course I thought it was just my mind playing games with me. As I was getting ready later on to shut down my laptop, I had my FB page open and saw a post of one of my recipes concerning a sweet I had made many years ago. I opened that link and saw that they had posted where the recipe from. To my surprise, my blog was still there, just waiting for me to jump on board and start off a new journey together.

So as of today, I will be writing again. Maybe not on a daily basis, but I will…

Thank you all for your comments and messages while I was absent from here for the past 2 years. Your words brought encouragement and tears. I am forever grateful to all of you.

Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed Friday!

Natasha

What Love is This- A Blessed Easter….

I would like to wish all of you a Blessed Happy Easter!

Θα ήθελα να σας ευχηθώ Καλή Ανάσταση και Καλό και ευλογημένο Πάσχα!!!

No greater love than His love! He is truly all I need! He is SUFFICIENT (my word for 2014) for me!

You never change, you are the God you say you are;
When I’m afraid you calm and still my beating heart.
You stay the same, when hope is just a distant thought,
You take my pain, and you lead me to the cross

What love is this, that you gave your life for me
And made a way for me to know you
And I confess you’re always enough for me you’re all I need

I look to you, I see the scars upon your hands.
And hold the truth, that when I can’t you always can.
I’m standing here, beneath the shadow of the cross.
I’m overwhelmed that I keep finding open arms.

What love is this that you gave your life for me
And made a way for me to know you
And I confess, you’re always enough for me
You’re all I need

Jesus in your suffering you were reaching your thought of me
Jesus in your suffering you were reaching your thought of me

What love is this, that you gave your life for me
And made a way for me to know you
And I confess, you’re always enough for me
You’re all I need

What love is this, that you gave your life for me
And made a way for me to know you
And I confess, you’re always enough for me
Always enough for me
Always enough for me

Καμία αγάπη σαν την δική Του! Εκείνος μου αρκεί!

ΕΙΣΑΙ Ο ΘΕΟΣΕΙΣΑΙ ΑΝΑΛΛΟΙΩΤΟΣ

ΤΟΥΣ ΦΟΒΟΥΣ ΤΗΣ

ΚΑΡΔΙΑΣ ΜΟΥ ΗΡΕΜΕΙΣ

ΜΕΝΕΙΣ ΚΟΝΤΑ

ΟΤΑΝ Η ΕΛΠΙΔΑ ΕΙΝ’ΑΜΥΔΡΗ

ΚΑΙ Μ’ΟΔΗΓΕΙΣ

ΣΤΟ ΔΡΟΜΟ ΤΟΥ ΣΤΑΥΡΟΥ

 

ΜΑ ΤΙ ΑΓΑΠΗ ΕΙΝ’ ΑΥΤΗ

ΠΟΥ ΤΗ ΖΩΗ ΣΟΥ ΕΔΩΣΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΕΜΕ

ΚΑΙ Μ’ΟΔΗΓΕΙΣ ΚΟΝΤΑ ΣΕ ΣΕΝΑ

ΚΙ ΟΜΟΛΟΓΩ

ΠΩΣ ΧΡΕΙΑΖΟΜΑΙ ΜΟΝΑΧΑ ΕΣΕ

ΕΣΥ ΜΟΥ ΑΡΚΕΙΣ

 

ΚΟΙΤΑΖΩ ΤΙΣ ΠΛΗΓΕΣ ΣΤΑ ΧΕΡΙΑ ΣΟΥ ΙΗΣΟΥ

ΚΑΙ ΞΕΡΩ ΠΩΣ

ΟΛΑ ΤΑ ΜΠΟΡΕΙΣ ΕΣΥ

ΣΤΕΚΟΜΑΙ ΕΔΩ

ΣΤΟΥ ΣΤΑΥΡΟΥ ΣΟΥ ΤΗ ΣΚΙΑ

ΜΕ ΘΑΥΜΑΣΜΟ

ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΠΕΛΩΡΙΑ ΑΓΚΑΛΗ ΣΟΥ

 

ΜΑ ΤΙ ΑΓΑΠΗ ΕΙΝ’ ΑΥΤΗ

ΠΟΥ ΤΗ ΖΩΗ ΣΟΥ ΕΔΩΣΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΕΜΕ

ΚΑΙ Μ’ΟΔΗΓΕΙΣ ΚΟΝΤΑ ΣΕ ΣΕΝΑ

ΚΙ ΟΜΟΛΟΓΩ

ΠΩΣ ΧΡΕΙΑΖΟΜΑΙ ΜΟΝΑΧΑ ΕΣΕ

ΕΣΥ ΜΟΥ ΑΡΚΕΙΣ

 

ΙΗΣΟΥ ΜΟΥ ΜΕ ΣΚΕΦΤΟΣΟΥΝ

ΟΤΑΝ ΥΠΕΦΕΡΕΣ

ΣΤΟ ΣΤΑΥΡΟ

ΙΗΣΟΥ ΜΟΥ ΜΕ ΣΚΕΦΤΟΣΟΥΝ

ΟΤΑΝ ΥΠΕΦΕΡΕΣ

ΣΤΟ ΣΤΑΥΡΟ

 

ΜΑ ΤΙ ΑΓΑΠΗ ΕΙΝ’ ΑΥΤΗ

ΠΟΥ ΤΗ ΖΩΗ ΣΟΥ ΕΔΩΣΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΕΜΕ

ΚΑΙ Μ’ΟΔΗΓΕΙΣ ΚΟΝΤΑ ΣΕ ΣΕΝΑ

ΚΙ ΟΜΟΛΟΓΩ

ΠΩΣ ΧΡΕΙΑΖΟΜΑΙ ΜΟΝΑΧΑ ΕΣΕ

ΕΣΥ ΜΟΥ ΑΡΚΕΙΣ

 

ΜΑ ΤΙ ΑΓΑΠΗ ΕΙΝ’ ΑΥΤΗ

ΠΟΥ ΤΗ ΖΩΗ ΣΟΥ ΕΔΩΣΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΕΜΕ

ΚΑΙ Μ’ΟΔΗΓΕΙΣ ΚΟΝΤΑ ΣΕ ΣΕΝΑ

ΚΙ ΟΜΟΛΟΓΩ

ΠΩΣ ΧΡΕΙΑΖΟΜΑΙ ΜΟΝΑΧΑ ΕΣΕ

ΕΣΥ ΜΟΥ ΑΡΚΕΙΣ

 

ΕΣΥ ΜΟΝΑΧΑ ΜΟΥ ΑΡΚΕΙΣ

Spring is Here!

1964794_431693703643195_709684747_nSpring is here! It is my one of my favorite seasons of the year. It is so beautiful. It is a season were everything comes to life. A season of new beginnings and new opportunities.

We also celebrate one of the most wonderful times of the year- Easter- the Resurrection. It is the celebration of life- that which was once dead is now alive. Where is your sting oh death?

Jesus says in His word “ I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25

In nature spring comes once a year and last for 3 months. In our life though spring in our soul can come at any season.

In spring we women like to spring clean our homes and prepare them for the summer. We thoroughly clean, dust, sweep, and mop all rooms of our home, we clear out our closets and wardrobes, we clean our balconies, gardens, etc. We change curtains and decorations filling our homes with color, light, and a sense of freshness.

As we start doing all this in our homes, maybe we should also think about doing it in our lives too.

Let us begin by cleansing our hearts. As we draw near to Him let us ask Him to search our heart and clean it. We can’t clean our heart on our own.

 
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10 

 

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Hebrews 10:22

Then let us clean our mouth. We try to take so much care of our teeth which is important. How much more than should we take care of our mouth. As our hearts are being cleaned, our words should also be clean. I don’t mean just bad language, but also the negative, pessimistic words and thoughts that go against the Word of God and our faith. By this I mean we should also stop murmuring and complaining and start giving praise and thanks to our Lord.

 
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.  Luke 6:45 

 


Do everything without complaining or arguing…  Philippians 2:14 

Following this we should remove all the garbage we have in our minds and renew them by feeding our mind and soul with His Word instead of the garbage that we are bombarded with in this world. This is a great struggle for many of us but as we grow more in love with Him and feed on His word our minds will also change.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 

 


We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:5 

 

As we clean out the closets and wardrobes let us also clean our hearts from any hidden sin, unforgiveness and bitterness. All these will destroy our life, our peace and even our health. Ask Him to reveal the areas of hidden sin, unforgiveness and bitterness.

 
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”—and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:3-5 

 


Therefore … let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress…  Hebrews 12:1 


Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32 

Just like we open up our windows and let the fresh air and sunshine come in homes do the same with the windows and door of your heart. Open them up and allow Him – the Son to come in, and shine in every part of your life. Spend time with Him and experience day to day, moment to moment refreshing in your spirit.

 
God … is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  1 Corinthians 1:9 


For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.  Psalm 56:13 

Finally enjoy all things. Smile, be filled with joy and be grateful for all!
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.  Psalm 28:7

 
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”  Psalm 126:2

Wishing everyone a Happy and Blessed Spring!!!!

Love to all,

Natasha

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