Lesson #15: Have GODFIDENCE 

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I was having a discussion with my sister yesterday that inspired me to write this post. I thought I made the term GODFIDENCE up, until I looked it up a few minutes ago. Anyway, I hope I can help inspire you to stay encouraged and have faith in God even when things are challenging in your life.
Often we are guilty of saying we trust God, but we actually don’t. Yesterday, I found myself worrying and stressing about a personal matter. I was filled with anxiety. Then I thought to myself, have GODFIDENCE. Confidence that God is working on my behalf. Whatever problems I have, God already has the solution.
According to tagdef.com, GODFIDENCE is “A feeling or consciousness of God’s powers or reliance on God’s promises; also the faith or belief that God will act in a right , proper or effective way.”
I really had to ask myself, do I trust that God will fulfill his promise to be there for me in my time of need? Do I really believe that the answers to all my prayers were on their way? By all the worrying I was doing, you would think that I didn’t. 
So I had to think, when has God failed me? The answer: NEVER. He hasn’t come when I wanted him to, but he’s always come right on time. Every problem that I’ve had, God has solved. When I look back on my life and think about everything I’ve been through, I know it was nothing but God that carried me through. I wouldn’t have made it this far without him. 
So I challenge you to really take an honest look at your life. Look back at all the instances where God has come through right in the knick of time. Think about the current problems you are facing; do you have GODFIDENCE or not? 
I don’t know what you are going through, but I know that with God you will get through it.
Be encouraged! Have GODFIDENCE!
Love Always,
Tanika Monique 
Always & Forever

Forever & Always

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Mashed Plantains

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If you have really ripe plantains and don’t know what to do with them, then this sweet recipe is just what you need. One day I baked some plantains (recipe coming soon) and I had some really ripe ones that were too mushy to bake. Since I didn’t want them to go bad, I decided to create this recipe.


The mixture of plantains, coconut, and pineapple is so delicious, it will have you wishing you were on a tropical island.

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Black Beans and Hash Browns

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For the past two weeks this has been my favorite breakfast.  We eat this almost everyday.  It’s very filling and the good thing about this dish, is that you can add different toppings everyday to switch things up.  I’m going to share with you the recipe for the very first day I made this dish.  Without further ado, here are the ingredients you will need:

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Lesson #14: You Look Better When You Smile

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“Smile though your heart is aching,

Smile even though it’s breaking”

Charlie Chaplin

I love the song Smile by Charlie Chaplin.  My favorite version of the song is when Janelle Monae covered the song.  You can be having the worst day of your life, but smiling can help you improve your mood and make you look better. It may not change the circumstances that you are going through, but it can give you a glimmer of hope that things will be alright.

 

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Tropical Chia Smoothie

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I hope everyone’s 2016 is off to a great start.  One of my goals this year is to eat more healthy homemade meals.  So today. I decided to make a smoothie for breakfast.  I had a watermelon in my refrigerator that I needed to use.  So I came up with this smoothie recipe.  This made enough for me and my sister to drink.  Here is the recipe:

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Lesson #13: Fear = Fuel

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Today is our 28th birthday.  I thought it would be befitting to publish this post as  I enter a new year in my life.  This year I have been challenging myself to do things that I have been afraid to do. Through my journey I have learned so much and want to share my lessons with you.  A big takeaway that I have is that the things you fear can fuel you to change your life for the better.  Doing things I fear have allowed me to see build my self-confidence and let go of previous limiting beliefs.

Several of my fears I worked towards overcoming since the beginning of 2015.  And I admit, I’m a little afraid to share those fears with you, but I have decided to do so in the hopes that I can help someone.

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Raw Vegan Raspberry Jam

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A few weeks ago, we had a staff ice cream social. Since I don’t eat dairy, I decided to bring carob chia seed pudding for myself and a raspberry jam to share with everyone else. I was pleasantly surprised with how much my coworkers (who are not vegan) loved my jam. This inspired me to share this recipe with you.

I made an entire jar of the jam before coming to work and by the end of the social the jar was half empty! 

  
So if my non-vegan co-workers loved this jam, I’m sure you will too. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 12 ounces of fresh raspberries
  • 3-5 pitted Medjool dates 
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 TBS of chia seeds

Directions: 

  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender
  2. Blend until well combined
  3. Stir in TBS chia seeds
  4. Put in glass jar
  5. Let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours for the chia seeds to expand

I was able to make this jam last a week. There are so many ways you can enjoy this delectable jam. I personally have topped my chia seed pudding with it and ate “banana tacos with it” (put a banana in a romaine leaf and top with almond butter and jam).
Let me know if you try this recipe and how you serve it. If you love raspberries as much as I do, check out my raspberry sage salad dressing.

As always, be happy. Be healthy. Be the best version of you possible.

Love always,
Tanika Monique
Always & Forever

Forever & Always