The Best Compliment

Welcome  A few weeks ago I was having a conversation about my blog and website with some of my husband’s family.  They asked how things were going with my new adventure.  I spoke of how much I enjoyed what I am doing and how important it is to me, but traffic was slow and there was no revenue being made.  Then I received one of the best compliments possible, words that were both encouraging and inspiring.  I’m going to share the brief story about that conversation with you.  Note–I may receive a small compensation from affiliate links found on this blog post.  For further information, please see my terms and disclosure page.

Food For Thought  In this conversation, my brother-in-law said, “Keep doing what you’re doing.  You are so passionate about what you do and it shows in your writing…”  I’m not sharing this statement as a pat on the back to myself or make myself seem better at what I’m doing that I am, but to place emphasis on a single word used in his statement.  The word “passionate” was the ultimate compliment to me in that context.  Yes, it would be nice if I had a bigger audience and even a trickle of income from my blog, but the heart of the matter is not in the statistics.  The message I wish to communicate above all else is being passionate about my faith and daily walks, including the peaks and valleys, with Jesus.  I share some humorous anecdotes from my marriage, heart-warming stories of parenting my 10-year-old daughter, and recipes running the gambit from healthy to hearty and everything in between.  But in telling these tales, if I can communicate my genuine passion for what I’m doing, and WHOM I’m doing it for, then I have faith that everything else will fall into place.  This has never been more true than this week, as I’m going to have to face some decisions in the near future about the longevity of this blog and my purpose behind it.

When I blog about certain words or vocabulary, like “passionate” in this case, I like to look up the definitions and clarify their meanings.  The word passionate means to show strong feelings or beliefs.  That sounds right…I want to communicate strongly what I feel and believe about my faith.  Words that are considered similar to passionate include: ardent, fervent, heartfelt, eager, excited, spirited, and energetic.  I believe Christians are called to be eager and excited to share the good news of the Gospel.  So, at least for the time being, I will continue to passionately write to share my beliefs.  Oh, and thanks for the compliment!

Today’s Scripture  There are verses in scripture when the word “passion” is not used in such pleasant context.  Sometimes our “passions” are equated to our sins and worldly living.  We are also familiar with the phrase “passion of the Christ” in regards to the crucifixion story of Jesus.  That is because the term “passion” is from the Latin root word “patior” meaning “to suffer.”  This is not the type of passion I am talking about today.  I’m talking about passion in the sense of being bold for the Lord, as in eager and excited.  I think God wants us to be BOLD in our Christian lives, living and believing passionately IN HIM.  So rather than sharing verses about being passionate, I’m sharing verses about being bold today.

Proverbs 28:1  “The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

2 Corinthians 3:10-12  “For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.  And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!  Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”

Philemon 8  “Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold…”

We are also warned in Revelation not to be lukewarm, but to choose cold or hot, and in my mind being bold or passionate is NOT being lukewarm.

Revelation 3:14-16  “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.  I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Today’s Recipe  Being a mere two weeks out from Thanksgiving, I think I can safely say we are heading straight into holiday dinner mode!  I love how my family and my husband’s family each have some strong traditions in regard to our holiday meals, when and where they’re served, and the types of food we know we’ll encounter.  On my side of the family, we are usually blessed with a large fruit salad as one of our holiday side dishes.  As long as I can remember my mom has included an Ambrosia-type dish at our Thanksgiving table.  My recipe today is a gentle nod to that tradition, with a little passion mixed in…passion fruit juice, that is.  So here is my recipe for Ambrosia Fruit Salad with Mango-Passion-Lime “dressing.”  Traditional Ambrosia contains oranges and coconut, but I consider the coconut optional in this recipe.

Ambrosia Fruit Salad with Mango-Passion Lime Dressing

  • 1 15-oz can sliced peaches
  • 1 15-oz can sliced pears
  • 1 15-oz can mandarin oranges
  • 1 20-oz can pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups red seedless grapes, stemmed and washed
  • 2 cups green seedless grapes, stemmed and washed
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 1/2 cup Mango Passion Fruit juice blend
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • 2 TBS poppy seeds (optional)

Using a colander, drain and rinse the canned fruits.  Place in trifle bowl or other pretty serving vessel.  Add grapes, halved or whole, to the bowl.  Zest the lime and add to the bowl.  Juice the lime and add the juice blend and honey, whisking slightly.  Pour over fruits.  Add coconut and poppy seeds, if using.  Stir fruit and juices together.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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