Growing up I was told that I needed to make something of myself. That hard work was the only way to move ahead, nothing is given freely. Fun is had, only when it is earned after years of hard work.
So I put aside silly pipe dreams and focused on logical, realistic, safe paths. Mainly in administration, nothing too risky, nor rewarding. But then something amazing happened, after years of pushing myself to be organizational and administrative, I realized that I was robbing myself of the joy and freedom of being myself.
I’d always thought that creativity was just a hobby; something you get to do every once in a while if you’ve finished all of your “adult” responsibilities… you know, work, cleaning house, all that jazz. I guess it’s the whole theory of not eating your dessert until you’ve finished dinner.
Imagine this with me. You are sitting in front of God Himself, He knows everything about you, every flaw and blemish, every struggle and mistake. As you look up into His eyes you see a beaming father staring back at you, proud and filled with love for the child in front of Him!
Can you picture it? “You are perfect.”He says, “You are perfect to me!” He continues to speak those words over you as sit at His feet taking it all in.
Nothing else matters.
Every harsh word you’ve ever heard, every bit of shame or pain you’ve ever experienced melts away in His presence and you BELIEVE what He says about you because HE is perfect and HE is your creator! In His acceptance there is newness and life and ease of spirit. In Him there is freedom! This is the power of God!
This is where I’ve found freedom to live into who I am, instead of trying to force myself to be what others might want me to be. This is where I’ve allowed myself to dream and hope and rest.
Learning how to live into my creative side has been a wonderful journey. God has allowed me to experience new levels of freedom and is teaching me how to actually love myself. As a woman who has struggled with insecurities and self-hatred this has been huge!
Creativity comes in many forms. I am spending time in my natural creative gifts of crafting, drawing and cooking. I LOVE to cook but honestly, most of the time I’m so exhausted from the day that I put as little effort as possible into our meals. I rarely have time to experiment with foods and enjoy the process, but the other day I was inspired by the idea of stuffed zucchini and was determined to create my own version! It turned out so well that I thought I’d share the recipe with you. I hope you enjoy!
Chicken Bacon Stuffed Zucchini
1 lb Ground Chicken 3 Slices Uncooked Bacon 4 oz Cream Cheese 4 Medium to Large Zucchini Parmesan Cheese 2 tbsp Parsley Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut bacon into small cubed pieces and add bacon to a hot pan. (You wont need butter or cooking spray to coat the pan since the bacon will provide all the oil you need!)
Once the bacon has begun to brown, turn your stove down to medium heat and add the ground chicken.
While the chicken is cooking wash the zucchini and cut them in half. Spoon out the middle parts of the zucchini, giving yourself space to add the stuffing.
Rough chop the middle pieces that you just scooped out of the zucchini and add to the pan
Once the chicken is cooked through, add the cream cheese and parsley
Once everything is combined and cream cheese is melted spoon your filling into each hallowed out zucchini half.
Sprinkle parmesan cheese onto the top of each piece of stuffed zucchini.