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Here are 2 truths to help you when fear creeps in and wants to stop you from achieving great things.
I am starting to see maybe a little bit in my own life what God has been up to these last couple of years. Revealing things in me that have been holding me back, lies I believed that prevented me from fully pursuing God’s plans and promises for me. I’m sensing God calling my family to trust him more.
We recently were afforded another opportunity to truly trust God.
This quote was something I hand lettered a couple of years ago. It resonated with me then because it’s true, but also because God always seems to work in my family this way - by calling us out of our comfort zone.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone is a scary thing to do. But I know from past experience, and from scripture, that when we do great things happen.
We talk a lot here about doing things afraid and chasing after our dreams. I was thinking this morning how part of that means that in order for us to do this, we need to pray that God opens up doors for us in our life to allow us opportunities.
So let’s remember that when God sends us open doors those doors may lead us right out of our comfort zone.
I remember almost fifteen years ago when I was wanting to leave my Human Resources administrative job to actually do something that I love to do and something that would allow me to make my own hours so I could be more involved in my husbands ministry. I felt God leading me to leave that job but at the time I wasn’t sure how exactly that would work out. He had placed an open door right in front of me in such a cool way though. The sister of our pastor was a faux finisher and I didn’t even know it. I didn’t even know her. But a friend of ours at our church told me to call her and I did.
Now, I was still nervous about not having a scheduled pay-check. Who wouldn’t be, right? I mean… bills. So I became a substitute teacher. This was perfect because I could take jobs when I didn’t have any painting jobs lined up. Only it wasn’t perfect, it was miserable. I hated it. Let’s just say I learned quickly that working with students in a school is not at all close to the same as working with students in ministry.
I really felt the Lord telling me I was supposed to solely do this painting thing which meant I was to solely rely on Him to bring me opportunities.
Can I just say y’all, I did quit subbing. And I’m not lying when I say the painting opportunities came. And not only that, but Jamie and I almost immediately became business partners.
Here’s the thing… as we pray for open doors from God, we need to pray for the strength and courage to walk through them knowing that fear will creep into our thoughts and as we are taken out of our comfort zones. But God knows that this is hard for us. He knows our human nature is for security, for practical solutions, for easy and comfortable.
God truly cares about you. About me. He wants to know what scares us and causes us to lose sleep at night. Pursing great things is not an easy thing to do. Not a lot of people will do it because it’s hard. But y’all, God calls us to do GREAT THINGS! He created us to bring Him glory. What better way to do that then by stepping out of our comfort zone, walking through those open doors despite our fears and into the scary unknown in pursuit of His plan for us.
This verse from Peter is a great one to write down on a notecard and keep in your pocket, on your mirror or the dashboard of your car. Wherever you spend most of your time or will see the most. It’s okay to be scared as we walk towards the unknown. The important thing is that we DO IT anyway. Do it scared. We can do this by giving all our worries and concerns over to Him. And remembering the promise in Philippians, that God will meet ALL (not some) our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
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It's one of those weeks around the Lewis house where we just have a lot going on.
I've really been busy with the Art side of my business and I have a huge sale going on tomorrow night over on my Facebook Page.
Jaime and I also have two different interior faux painting projects we are working on for clients. I've been driving out to work from her studio a lot this week and because of that just haven't really been able to put a lot of effort into cooking dinner.
I mean, not that I even can put that much effort into it, we do have 2 toddlers and 1 eight year old and all 3 have a limited menu that we have to choose from.
I recently jumped on the pressure cooker bandwagon ( thank you for converting me Jaime) and it is a life-saver for weeks like this. And there are so many recipes I can use it for that include my picky boy's.
I found this recipe by The Vanilla Tulip just a few weeks ago for Mexican Beans. Surely you know me enough by now that you are aware of my deep deep love for Mexican food. It's legit. These beans by The Vanilla Tulip are Ah- maze - ing! All of my boys ate them and loved them. And there was enough left-over for me to freeze. This is what we'll be having for dinner tomorrow night. I like to throw a bunch of cilantro on mine. So yum!
Another no fail easy go-to recipe on a week like this is macaroni and cheese. I like to make it from scratch verses the box or the microwave because True has a wheat and soy allergy. I can easily substitute gluten free elbow noodles in this recipe and you would never know.
Side note for my Gluten Free friends... I think I may have tried almost all the GF pasta's and I have found The One. In our house we use Ronzoni pasta only now. I get ours here. Even my two big guys don't even know that it's Gluten Free.
You can cut this recipe in half if you want just enough for one night or are eating it as a side but I like to make the whole amount so my little's can eat it for lunch during the rest of the week.
I have this pressure cooker, my affiliate link to buy one is here. They do make a smaller and larger size but I can tell you that as a family of five this size is perfect for me.
Are you in the Pressure Cooker fan club too? What are some of your go-to recipes?
These are just a couple of mine that are perfect for those busy nights. I have a ton more recipes saved on my Pinterest board that are just for pressure cooking.
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Happy Friday sweet friends!
Yesterday I shared that I had finally found the yummiest recipe for chicken tortilla soup on my Instagram Stories.
Mexican Food is my absolute favorite food. I could eat it every day.
Jaime and I are always on the hunt for the best chicken tortilla soup when we are working and need to eat out. We usually like to try a different restaurant to see how their soup rates or we will drive to our favorite location.
Now that my family is eating Gluten Free and I'm working on getting back into shape I've been searching for the perfect recipe to make it at home. While researching new Gluten-Free recipes online, I found this recipe on Stupid Easy Paleo.
I did a few things different, per Jaime's guidance (she's a natural cook - Me, not so much.) I boiled a whole chicken and used my own broth. I also wanted a larger quantity so that I could eat it for lunch through-out the week, so I used more broth and more flavoring. After combining all the ingredients and letting it simmer all day, I felt it needed more seasoning. I added more salt, cumin and cilantro.
Now, I hear some people HATE cilantro. I just don't see how that could possibly be true. If it's true for you, you would omit adding this, but I can't tell you how much better it is with cilantro. The more the merrier! I only tell you the truth.
Now onto toppings!
Toppings are just as important as the main soup ingredients when eating Chicken Tortilla Soup. I always top my soup with the following...
- pico de gillo
- sour cream
- cheese - shredded queso (unless you are doing Paleo than you won't want the dairy)
- tortilla chips
- and of course...more cilantro
So there you have it. My new favorite soup recipe. Go here for the full recipe. And then after you make this let me know what you think!
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Y'all, can I just tell you that I know I'm blessed.
I had such a fun time getting to know the other amazing women artists at the Dorothy Art Pop-Up this past weekend. We chatted about things we had in common and other artist's we like and admire. We talked about our families and just life in general. We shared our passions and it felt so good to be in a space with these girls who all love to paint and create!
It was a pretty awesome day and it just confirmed how much I love what I do and how much I love my city! Memphis is full of some amazing creatives.
Monday I did a Facebook Live video. I really just wanted to express to y'all how much I appreciate YOU! I shared my heart behind why I paint and how it helps me to be a better me. If you want to know more about that you can still watch the video.
Dreams & Feathers Series
10.27.16 at Noon!
Several weeks ago I saw a quote that really resonated with me and made me think hard about the message I want to pass onto my boys.
As their mom, I want so much to help my boys discover and really know the dreams that God places in their hearts. And because it's a God-given dream they can chase that dream with all that's in them. I want them to put aside what the world sometimes tells us and focus only on what God has put in their heart. That is their true calling and purpose! Dreams can be a reality.
This was the beginning of my Dreams & Feathers series. I first painted a larger piece, 24 x 36, and then went on to do several smaller sizes, thus the beginning of my first series was born. These will be available in the shop this Friday at noon.
So can I just say it again? I'm really blessed by the people that God has surrounded me with, both here beside me in my community and also in this online world of social media and the internet. Thank you for always supporting and being a positive force spurring me on!
Welcome & Hello!
Y'all, I'm so excited and a little nervous to be bringing you my brand new website, Melissa Lewis Art.
For almost fifteen years I've had the absolute privilege of working alongside my business partner and soul sister at Off The Wall Home. No worries, we are still going strong and painting around town. But we have finally both taken the time for ourselves in addition to that to really delve into our own personal art.
A couple of years ago, we began selling our hand lettered illustrations and gifts on Etsy and will continue to do so for now. But it became a bit blurry as we tried navigating our Instagram and Facebook OTWH pages as we shared our personal art. Therefore, we have made the exciting decision and commitment to share our work on our own social media accounts and websites.
I hope you will follow along with me on this new and exciting part of my journey.
I'm sure you've noticed that Instagram has become the first love of artist's! It's one of the best social media platform to interact with our friends and show our work and process. Be sure you follow my Instagram and Facebook account to follow my behind the scenes, inspirations, works in progress and the be the first to see any new work.
Thank you for all the love you have always shown me! Thank you for helping me to feel safe as I share something that represents a vulnerable piece of me! You are the best and I know how blessed I am to have you here.