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Hi! We're Lance and Rebekah Gibson. We are newlyweds happily settled in the Lonestar state. We love lots of things including drive-in movies, game nights, anything involving the lake, and our Lord and Savior.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Baby Food

Whew. It's 6:00 in the morning, I just got home from the gym and I'm about to unload the dishwasher then jump in the shower before I head to school at 8:00. Lately, this is about the only time of the day I have to sit and not have to jump up in 5 minutes to move on to the next task. Between midterms, the busy fall schedule at work, and trying to keep our little home clean and functioning, there's not much time for leisure activities, aside from a brief reprieve in the early morning hours. But that's okay, because important things are being accomplished and I'm not dead just yet! :) 

I've realized something during this exceptionally busy time in life, something I should have realized before, but for whatever reason, it's something that really sunk in this time around. 

So here it is:
It is so important to take care of your spirit in these busy times. Seriously, take the time out of your ridiculously busy day to sit down with your Father and just breathe Him in. Take time to thank Him for waking you up in the morning and gifting you with another day to live the wonderful life He's given you and the fact that He has called you as His child.  I know, a very "duh" kind of thing to realize, but this time in life is the first time I've truly ever put this into practice. Maybe it's simply because I'm older/more mature, maybe it's because this is a much busier time in my life than I've ever experienced so far, or maybe it's just because I've done it wrong so many times before that I'm tired of the distance from the Lord when I truly need His strength. Whatever the reason, I am thankful for His grace and that He continue to teach us old lessons. 

Here's why I've personally found it so important this time around.
 - The enemy knows me well and knows where to attack me all.the.time. I struggle with defeating his temptation when i'm not busy and worn out mentally/physically, not to mention during the busy times! And if I am not taking the time out my day to focus on my relationship with the Lord and put Him above all the things I have to accomplish, my spirit will be so weak that it is almost certain that I will give in to the enemy's attacks somewhere. 

- My calling from the Lord, to make disciples and to share His love with everyone I meet, does NOT go away during the busy times of my life. I am called to this every single day that the Lord grants me breath. How can I be prepared for that if I are neglecting my own walk? I may miss His hand in a situation and miss an opportunity ordained for me by Him because I've put my spirit aside for the week to focus on work/school/etc. I could miss an opportunity to make an eternal difference in someone's life. 

So yes, somewhat of a "baby food" lesson spiritually speaking, but that's honestly something I've struggled with before. I'm thankful for the grace of the Lord and for the fact the He gives both love and grace abundantly and calls me His child even when I must disappoint Him. 

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Baked BBQ Chicken Calzones

I have to say, if it weren't for Pinterest, my husband and I may have starved by now. You see, I grew up as the little baker of my family. I tried out all kinds of yummy cookies, cupcakes, and other sweet concoctions (which is also why I was a CHUB in my early teenage years) but I NEVER cooked an actual meal. Apparently, you need actual nutrients to survive and be healthy, not just sugar. Who knew, right? 

Anyways, I was pretttyyyy nervous about cooking for my new husband after we got married. I knew I could manage laundry, keep our home clean, and whip up all the no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies he would want, but providing healthy, well-balanced meals for him every night? Oh.my.gosh. I imagined alllll sorts of things going awry with me responsible for dinner. Thus began my obsession with doing everything perfectly, but that's a long story for another day.

All that to say, I would like to thank PINTEREST for the glory that is the recipe section of their website. They have provided me with the links to numerous yummy and easy to fix dishes, like the one below! We ate this for dinner tonight and it was a definite HIT with my hubby. Then again, he loves bacon-anything, especially when BBQ sauce is involved. 

Enjoy! 





Barbecue Chicken Calzones Recipe:

Ingredients:
6 slices bacon
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
3 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1 bottle barbecue sauce (I like Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce)
1 can refrigerated biscuits
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons chopped, fresh cilantro
Directions:  
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan, blot with paper towels and crumble.  Add onion and shredded chicken to a pan with olive oil.  Saute over medium heat until onion is tender.  Stir in 1/2 cup   barbecue sauce and remove from heat.  Mix in crumbled bacon.
Flatten out biscuit dough on a greased cookie sheet.  Spread a teaspoon of barbecue sauce on each biscuit.  Divide the chicken mixture between the biscuits, spreading on only half of each biscuit and keeping 1/2 inch away from the edge.  Sprinkle cheese and cilantro over top of each biscuit.  Fold biscuits in half and press the edges together with a fork to seal.  Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown.