Food and Worship

I’m sure many of y’all have noticed the title of my blog, Faith and Fitness, and you may be wondering why that’s the title since I primarily post about food and nutrition. I’ve been asked a couple of times and would love to clarify.
Worship + Reverence ::
rev·er·ence
ˈrev(ə)rəns/
“A feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe and the outward manifestation of this feeling.”
Worshiping God, then, is an outward display of awe and respect directed to the Lord.
so whether you eat or drink 1 corinthians 10:31
 To me, food is an art, and art is a form of worship. As a believer it is important to turn everyday activities into opportunities to worship God. Art is a form of communication, it isn’t just something that looks pretty. I’m sure if you talked to any form of artist: musician, painter, sculptor, chef, photographer, etc. they will tell you, if they’re a believer, that what they created wasn’t done by them but rather through them by the Holy Spirit. God is present during the process and in the outcome. When I am hit with inspiration, it’s not my own idea but God communicating with me.

The Lord blessed me with a passion for food as an art form. This includes food styling, food photography, creating recipes, baking, blogging, etc. How you use the gifts and passions The Lord has given you is how you can show reverence towards him. I choose to create mostly healthy food to promote a healthy lifestyle and instill knowledge in others. Creating recipes, writing posts, taking pictures, and everything else that goes into my blog also releases anxiety for me and puts me at peace. When you feel at peace that is the Holy Spirit. While my blog may appear as simply a food blog to some people, it’s much more to me.

Food and fellowship go hand in hand. Not always, but many social events include food. It brings people together and helps us grow in our relationships. Think of how many meaningful conversations have occurred while food was present. I’m not saying food is the sole reason, or that there aren’t other ways to build relationshpis, but everyone enjoys a nice meal or homemade dessert. After all, food is kind of necessary to live!

Lastly, since the blogging process has so many stages, it forces me to appreciate small things. When you’re thinking about what pictures to capture, you begin finding beauty in little things. I know that sounds extremely cliche, but it’s true. How often do you stop and admire things around you? I don’t claim to be a photographer, but I do enjoy taking pictures. It’s becoming one of my passions and it’s a hobby of mine. Because I am taking so many pictures, I tend to think in snapshots. I mentally capture images of things I see that are beautiful to me. Normally I wouldn’t have taken the time to appreciate them, but God has created so much around us we often forget how much thought he put into every detail.

I hope this post helped you better understand the reason for my blog title. No, I don’t write many posts strictly about my faith, but I do know that God is present throughout the process of each and every one.

Below are some pictures I captured a while back. They are very hodgepodge, but just some things that caught my eye. I hope you enjoy them.

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A Blog Make-Over

Hey friends! It’s been months since I’ve been able to post on here and that makes me incredibly sad! I have been interning for some great people and had to devote my time to them. It’s okay though because working with Holley, Callie, and KC Projects has definitely been time well spent.

As I return to writing, I kind of want to take this blog in a new direction. As in.. not only posting about food and fitness. I realize that’s misleading since it’s in the title, BUT it gets repetitive and those aren’t the only things I’m passionate about. I’d love to transform this into a more “lifestyle” blog, or even just touching more and more on the faith aspect. So here goes nothing.. my first motivational-esque post. (yikes)

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– C O M P L I M E N T S –

Have you ever noticed as women our typical go-to compliments deal with outward appearance about 99% of the time? Don’t worry, I’m guilty of this, too. Natural instinct tells me to compliment someones physical features, clothes, make-up, hair, etc.. aka things that don’t really matter. I mean sure it’s great to hear you’re having a nice hair day, but wouldn’t you rather be appreciated for something more meaningful?

Yesterday at my internship I received one of the best compliments from a co-worker. She turned to me and commented how she was jealous about how passionate I am about my dreams and goals after college. I’m sure she didn’t think twice about what she was saying, but it really made my day. Acknowledging someones passions rather than appearance is ten times more thoughtful.

 1 Samual 16:7

I have a nine year old little sister, and she is absolutely beautiful inside and out, but my goal is to focus on letting her know I appreciate her spirit, intelligence, positivity, and kindness more than her perfectly curly hair and bright smile. She has way more going for her than just her looks. After all, her wild sprit is what makes her smile so bright anyways, so really that outward beauty is just a reflection of her inward beauty.

Next time you offer up a compliment, try to really think about what you’re encouraging. Is it placing emphasis on earthly things, or is it empowering someone and placing value where it counts? No one needs to believe the only thing they have to offer the world is their level of attractiveness, because I can guarantee you that is absolutely not true.

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“Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:4

xx elizabeth

A Friendly Reminder… :)

{Pay more attention to your Creator than your critics}

Stop and ask yourself: “Am I trying to be healthy, or am I trying to be skinny..?”

There is a major difference between wanting to be skinny and wanting to be healthy. Before you start a diet or claim you want to change your lifestyle, first check your motives behind it all.

There is  a l w a y s  going to be someone skinnier, prettier, funnier, smarter, and just all around better than you. Thats just the way life goes. At least that’s how it goes when you are constantly comparing yourself to your peers — your critics.

I love my body and want to treat it right because it is a gift from God.

I don’t eat and exercise the way I do to look nicer than the people around me. I do it because a healthy lifestyle gives me more energy and mental clarity to work hard at every day life and serve Him more fully.

Your body is connected to Christ. Do not starve and overwork it. L O V E the gift you were given! Our body is truly the temple of Christ and we need to cherish, nourish and protect it!