2 Faced

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After a three day cloudy, gloomy, rainy, wet and cold weather spell in the middle of Winter, the sun came out during my drive to pick up my children from school.  I could feel the golden warmth transcending through my wind shield. A brilliant idea popped into my head on this very chill cool January day. I would try to fake Summer! I blasted my heater as if to let myself become over heated,  pretty much how one feels on any hot Summer day here in Texas! As the heat blasted through my air vents I couldn’t help notice the chill I couldn’t seem to shake. You know the feeling when you have been outside for a while and you can’t seem to warm up? My hands turned the freezing hard steering wheel, and I couldn’t help but notice the chilly air reflecting off my driver seat window touching my exposed skin. Even though I tried. I could not fake Summer!

It lead me to thinking….

You can’t fake Summer on a cold windy Winter’s day like you can’t fake feelings!

2 faces I am not!

Being two faced means you are not coming to terms that it is okay to be hurt by someone’s actions and words. You are not being true to yourself or the person you are faking out. You walk around with a big smile on your face and pretend to like someone who has caused nothing but trouble and heartache in your life, and the lives of others you love. You are fake and a phony. You think that by pretending to play nice it is going to make things all better. You think it is going to make the anger from being hurt, violated, or rejected go away. It doesn’t. It festers up, the monster grows elephantine inside your heart.

I have prayed for my enemies. I have forgiven over and over and over again. But still I am left with the same feelings I thought I took care of years ago.

What I realize today are these truths.

When I am weak, HE is Strong and HIS grace is sufficient for me.        2 Corinthians 12:9 (Even if my weakness comes back time and time again.)

HE hears my cry for help, and delivers me out of my trouble. Psalm 34:17

HE understands how I feel. Hebrews 4:15

He will vindicate me, fight for me. Romans 12:19

I am loved, accepted, and forgiven. John 3:16

I am taking my “feelings” to God today. I am being honest with HIM expressing my hurts, my disappointments, my feelings, my hopes, my desires.. as I ask for forgiveness of my sins and ask him to be my rock, my strength, and to love like he does.

No more faking my feelings by forgiving others because I feel it is my “Christian duty,” and feeling resentful to God for it later when I don’t feel better,  but surrendering it all to HIM!

Until the peace HE promises comes, and I believe it will come, I will continue to not fake my emotions and I will continue to not be a Woman of 2 faces.

I will let Go and Let God transform my heart for me by His power, by His Grace, by His Love.

I can do all things through Christ who gives me Strength and so can you!

Do you ever struggle with 2 faces?

Be you, Be true!

Leigh Leigh

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Super Easy Double Meaty Delicious Beef Stew Recipe

 

 

 

double meaty beef stew

Like most men, my Husband is always craving something hearty and meaty for Dinner. We are a family of 6 and on the constant go for most of the school year due to football and basketball games so I rely on my crockpot to help satisfy my families tummies A LOT! This Double Meaty Beef Stew  is slow cooked all day long in the crockpot, which makes meal time prep a swift breeze! So let’s get right to it shall we?

Instead of regular stew meat you pick up at your local grocery store look for thinly sliced Carne Picada Extra Thin. It is over there by the stew meat. I found it at WAL-MART. To make this recipe double meaty we are going to add hamburger meat as well.
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Super Easy Double Meaty Delicious Beef Stew Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cans corn (white and yellow mix)

2 cans green beans

2 cans diced tomatoes

2 cans carrots

1 big can stewed tomatoes

1 tbsp. coconut oil

2 Beef Stew packets ( I like the Great Value packet the best)

2.5 lbs. of Carne Picada Extra thin (lightly floured and browned in skillet do not drain)

1 lb. ground beef ( browned in skillet-do not drain grease)

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Directions:

Heat coconut oil in your skillet on Med-High Heat. Lightly flour the Carne Picada Extra thin meat and brown in skillet. Set aside, do not drain.

Brown ground beef in separate skillet. Do not drain.

Empty all your canned veggies, stewed tomatoes, and potatoes into your crockpot.

Empty Beef Stew season packets into crockpot.

Empty your Carne Picada and your ground beef into crockpot.

Now take a look and see if your stew level is lower then the fill line of the crockpot. If it is, add water until you get it to the top!

Slow cook on High in crockpot for 5-6 Hours.

Empty in big bowls and enjoy!

We love to eat our Double Meaty Beef Stew with some yummy sweet cornbread!
In the South we love our TEA and our Cornbread SWEET! 🙂
sweet cornbread
I use the Jiffy Cornbread Mix!
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I follow the directions on the box  for my cornbread, but to make it sweet I add a half cup of sugar into the mix. I have to use two boxes because of my family size so I end up adding a full cup of sugar to the cornbread mix before I bake it as the box instructs!

How do you make your Beef Stew? What are some tips or tricks you have learned to make it more hearty? Have you ever tried sweet cornbread?

Photo credits of beef stew and jiffy cornbread  to Walmart.com
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Leigh Leigh