You Never Know Who You’ll Run Into On Twitter.

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This is what the dear Patsy Clairmont wrote in my notebook at Women Of Faith. How I came into the fortunate circumstance to get this beautiful note from such a remarkable lady is something only God could orchestrate.

In the Summer of 2013, my daddy went home to be with Jesus and so began a pretty rough road in my Journey. I also ended an almost 5 year on and off again relationship…tough things to go through all at once. I was not in a good space, to say the least and it would get worse as 2013 came to an end and 2014 began. But that is another story for another time…

I have a Twitter account – I am not an overly active user, but I do post things like my workouts, IG posts, and I’ve got it linked to my Facebook to where somethings I post are also shared with my fellow Tweeters. I’ve never really had any interactions with other Tweeters.

One day in August of 2013, I got a Tweet from Leslie Clairmont…I had never met another person with my name before, so I thought it was rather neat and I decided to respond! We continued back and forth just chit chatting. He asked me if I had heard of Patsy Clairmont, his wife. I had not…he said she was a Christian author. I thought that was awesome, but it didn’t ring a bell! Our conversation ended on that note and I went about my day. I didn’t really think anything more about it until a few days later I heard a commercial on the radio talking about the Women of Faith Conference that was coming to Dallas and they made mention of the key note speakers that would be involved. Guess who’s name I heard…yep – Patsy Clairmont!! This prompted a Google search and there she was…her bio mentioned she was married to Les (Leslie) Clairmont!! As soon as I could, I Tweeted my new friend Les and told him I heard his wife mentioned on the radio for the Women of Faith Conference and he confirmed! Then something amazing happened – he and Patsy blessed me with a ticket to go to the conference. They had know idea the shape I was in and how much I needed to be in a place of encouragement and love. I was so empowered and enveloped in God’s love that weekend. I don’t think I ever stopped crying…all the emotion locked up inside my heart came flooding out. It felt good to just be in God’s Presence.

(Pssst…The seats were AH-mazing, I even got to sit next to Kari Jobe!)

Patsy shared the following during her time with us at the conference and I want to share it with you

YOU are MORE than you know and God is SO MUCH MORE than you know. God has something for you BUT it is time to do something risky and stop believing the lies of Satan. God is your qualifier and if you let him, He will make Himself known in fresh, new ways! YOU have value and worth in Christ Jesus!! –

After she spoke, I went to get in line to meet her and told her how I came to get my ticket and she knew who I was and was so tickled at the whole thing – it was so neat to be able to thank her for the impact she and her family had made on me. I love it when God shows up!

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#DARE to be MORE than you know!

(There’s THAT word again)

Thanks for reading,

Leslie

What’s The Word?

DARE /der/

verb: to have the courage to do something; to have the audacity, gumption, to venture, to be brave.

DARE is the word and it’s my word for 2016. I don’t do a New Year’s Resolution…I feel like I never really think them out, there’s not really a plan to get there and it is just setting myself up for failure.  Instead, I ask God for a specific word to define and direct my year and then I let His Grace shape and change me. It’s a JOURNEY, not a DESTINATION.

I will DARE to shine light wherever I go – “Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philippians 2:15. I will DARE to fall madly in love with Jesus. I will DARE to be intentional. I will DARE to grab hold of my inheritance – “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9.

I will DARE stand for my destiny, my dream, my purpose, my hopes – Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I chose you for a special work…” I will DARE to use my gift – as John Alcala said during his message at my church on Sunday “Suck it up and use your gift.”  I will DARE to love who God created me to be and stop comparing myself to others – Psalm 139:13-14 “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. I will DARE

I will DARE to not let my past and the mistakes in it keep me from my destiny – Ephesians 1:11 “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.”

I WILL DARE to run wild, live free, and love strong and because of The Good News of The Gospel this is possible. Grace nudges me to please God –  I don’t have to “try” to behave or be good and that leaves me free to just enjoy God.

What will you DARE to do in 2016?

I will DARE to ______________!

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Oh Sweet Potato Of Mine

Here it is - the potato's SUPER cousin.
Here it is – the potato’s SUPER cousin.

Not TECHNICALLY a potato since they are part of a different family of plants, but the sweet potato is related to potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are actually the super heroes of all potatoes, but you have to leave off all the sugar and marshmallows. I bet all the other potatoes are jealous of their cousin. Rightfully so, they have a few things they can brag about.

For example:

They are highly nutritional. One cup provides 65% of the daily minimum vitamin C our bodies need. Sweet potatoes boast high levels of calcium, folate, potassium, and beta carotene. And you know about beta carotene, right? BC is an antioxidant that when it get into our bodies make Vitamin A. Like it turns one serving into 700% of the US RDA for Vitamin A. They are so nutritionally rich, they are rated the most nutritious vegetable…we’re talking #1

and…

they sport a low glycemic index – which most potatoes don’t. This means it won’t spike your blood sugar levels.

also..

Sweet Potatoes are good for your skin. This is were Vitamin A and beta carotene come into play again. Did you know all of those fancy skin creams folks use are derived from Vitamin A? A sweet potato costs on average $.50 – $1.50 per pound. Since I’m not excellent at math…I’ll let you do it.

finally…

Sweet Potatoes are DELICIOUS! I eat them a lot for breakfast – I’ll have a baked sweet potato, an egg (however you like ’em), and some fruit (my favorites are honeydew, strawberries or pineapple).

Here’s something I came up with recently – I little spin how I normally incorporate the #1 vegetable into my morning routine.

I took some sweet potato tots and smashed down in the waffle iron. I spread some goat cheese on the sweet potato “waffle” and added some bacon and super greens (like baby kale and spinach).

This is way to much deliciousness for one picture.
This is way to much deliciousness for one picture.

And then, the crowing jewel…a fried egg done over-easy and carefully placed on top of this sweet little concoction. Of course, you can cook your egg just the way you like it – that’s just how I like mine. Add a couple of sprigs of fresh parsley for your daily dose of detox (that’s a whole other blog) and you’re mouth ain’t gunna know what hit it!

You’re welcome, enjoy!!

Hello world!

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Gyp•sy /’Jipsē/ Soul /Sōl/

Someone who possesses a gypsy soul is a person who is always in need of change and/or adventure. A gypsy soul seeks the next best thing in any life situation. They can be very passionate and inspired by different ideas, attitudes, and experiences. Their sense of identity isn’t always sure of what they want out of life, but they are determined to find it.

This is my journey to finding “it” – thanks for taking this trip with me.

P.S.

Because a gypsy soul is always needing just ONE more project… I’m looking for a little retro caravan like the one in the picture – a fixer-upper. One who’s little soul can be brought back to life.

So, if you know of one, I’d sure love to hear about it.

Leslie