Super Easy Broccoli Salad

I don’t normally share recipes, but my husband thought this was clever and wanted me to post it. I think he is biased, and I really doubt I am the first person to think of this.

I have been on a broccoli salad kick lately. It tastes good and it can be low carb friendly, depending on the ingredients. I ate two different broccoli salads at two different restaurants recently. This was before the restaurants had to be take-out or drive-thru only, due to COVID-19.

Speaking of which, this might be a good time to try new things. Since many of the food items we are used to buying are out of stock, you might be forced to try something new. But who knows, maybe you will like it and find a new favorite. And trying new recipes might also help entertain you and your family.

(For more tips on how to survive COVID-19, read my Christians Read blog post here: Clinging to God in the Pandemic.)

Anyway, since I have been on this broccoli salad kick, I wanted to make one at home. Fortunately the produce section in my grocery store still has plenty of food because fruits and vegetables are not good for hoarding.

Two Ingredients Only:

  • Fresh Broccoli
  • Marie’s Original Coleslaw Dressing (I don’t know if this is available to my friends in other countries. If not, hopefully you can find something similar?)

The dressing comes in two different sizes. I initially used the small jar with one bundle of broccoli. In my grocery store, one bundle of broccoli was about 3 stalks. Later I bought the larger jar and used two bundles of broccoli.

Directions:

  • Wash the broccoli
  • Chop the tops into bite-size pieces
  • Put the broccoli and dressing in a large bowl, and mix well

That’s it! Super easy and delicious. If you want to be adventurous, you can throw in other ingredients, such as raisins, cranberries, chopped almonds, carrot, cheese, etc. Otherwise, this is yummy as is. Enjoy!

The Whole Heart Challenge – Chapter 7

Today we are discussing chapter 7 of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. Trusting God can be a blatant issue for some. Yet it can be more of a subtle issue for others, and we might not realize that we have a problem in this area. I think there are two key points that can help us to trust God more. Often times our lack of trust comes from the pain we have dealt with in life. So we have to remember that the enemy is the one who brought suffering into this world, not God. And another big key to trusting God is that we have to fully accept and embrace His love. God is love and He loves us beyond measure. When we realize just how much our Father loves us, trusting Him comes easier. If we keep our focus on Jesus, this helps us grow our trust in the Lord. God loved us THAT much to send His Son to die for us. Even after man fell and sinned in the Garden of Eden, God made a way to save us. There is no greater love than that. So how can we not trust Him when we see how much He loves us?

Share in the comments: Was there something from this chapter of the book that resonated with you?

Don’t forget to listen to today’s song!! This song quickly became a favorite for me. I need tissues when I listen to this song. My favorite line: “You’re the one who runs in my direction when the whole world walks away.” I hope you love this song as much as I do! The God Who Stays by Matthew West

(If you want to join the Whole Heart Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the month to discuss each of the nine chapters in the book.)

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The Whole Heart Challenge – Chapter 6

Today we are discussing chapter 6 of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. In chapter six of this book, we focus on working for the Kingdom of God. There are three things that I try remind myself when it comes to working for the Kingdom of God.

1 – Love. When we walk in love, everything else falls into place. We will innately do the right thing, seek to uplift other people, and let God work through us. When we walk in love, working for the Kingdom of God becomes second nature, and the light of Jesus will shine in all that we do. Jesus commanded us to love. So let’s endeavor to make love a lasting habit in our lives.

2 – Honor. God should be our number one priority in life. We should seek to honor Him in all of our words and actions. If we keep that in mind, working for the kingdom of God will come easily to us. People will look at us and see how good the Lord is.

3 – This one is similar to number two. It helps me to remember that “it’s not about me.” It’s all about Him. Keeping this perspective helps us to always put our best foot forward and live a life of integrity, while spreading the light and love of Jesus to those around us.

Share in the comments: Was there something from this chapter of the book that resonated with you?

Don’t forget to check out today’s song: Give Me Your Eyes by Brandon Heath

(If you want to join the Whole Heart Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the month to discuss each of the nine chapters in the book.)

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The Whole Heart Challenge – Chapter 5

Today we are discussing chapter 5 of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We all long for something. Many of us have a deep well inside of us that we never seem to be able to fill. Deep down we can’t seem to find true contentment. We try to fill ourselves up with different things. We feel empty, so we distract ourselves with momentary excitement. In our society today, it is worse than ever. I am sad when I think about this and how people are easily swayed. They think that their phone, social media, video games, shopping, and many other things will bring them happiness. But the only way we will ever find true fulfillment is with Jesus. He is the only one who can quench our thirst. He is the only one who can fill that void inside. When we take time to just sit in His presence with no distractions, nothing but Him, we will get to taste that Living Water that He talks about. Our souls will be refreshed and rejuvenated.

Share in the comments: Was there something from this chapter of the book that resonated with you?

Don’t forget to listen to today’s song. It is such a happy song! What a Friend by Matt Maher

(If you want to join the Whole Heart Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the month to discuss each of the nine chapters in the book.)

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Sharing a Post – “Pray with Me about the Coronavirus”

I am sharing an excellent post with a heartfelt prayer, from the Peaceful Wife blog. This is very much needed right now. Please take a few moments to pray this prayer. This is a time when we should all unite together. And most of all, we should turn to God, instead of allowing fear to consume us. Blessings to you all…

This is the perfect time to join together in prayer to the sovereign Lord of the universe who loves us all.

Pray with Me about the Coronavirus

The Whole Heart Challenge – Chapter 4

Today we are discussing chapter 4 of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. In this chapter we touch on seeking the Lord. In a way, this entire book is about seeking the Lord. It might sound obvious to some, but I think in reality seeking the Lord is something we forget to do. Life gets in the way, and we just try to get through each day. We have to be intentional about seeking God first in our lives. When I began to seek the Lord with all my heart, mind, and soul it changed my life. When we intentionally seek God, our eyes will be opened and we will see Him everywhere. We will realize just how much He cares and how He is in our everyday lives. In turn, this also draws us closer to Him. It is an awesome feeling to know the Lord is by your side all day and every day. Seeking God is not something I ever intend to give up. Seeking the Lord is a lifelong journey. And the amazing thing is that we will never run out of things to learn about God. And He will never stop molding us to be more like Jesus.

Share in the comments: Was there something from this chapter of the book that resonated with you?

Don’t forget to check out today’s song: First by Lauren Daigle

(If you want to join the Whole Heart Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the month to discuss each of the nine chapters in the book.)

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The Whole Heart Challenge – Chapter 3

Today we are discussing chapter 3 of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. In chapter 3 we talk about prayer. Some people are amazing prayer warriors and consistently meet the Lord in prayer. But there are many people who hesitate when it comes to prayer. At times we might feel as though we are bothering God, because our troubles seem trivial in comparison to larger problems others are facing. But one important thing to remember is that God cares. God cares about you, and God cares about the things you are going through. He will never turn you away when you meet Him in prayer.

I like to keep a list of people and issues to pray about. This helps me to pray for them often and not forget something or someone. I have found that spending time with God first thing in the morning is the best way to start the day. But I also talk to the Lord all throughout the day. I also often pray when I am in bed and trying to sleep. This helps me to end my day with the Lord and gives me contentment as I drift off to sleep. And I also like to pray while I am driving, since I have a long commute. Try to find different times and methods that work best for you. God will always be there, ready to listen!

Share in the comments: Was there something from this chapter of the book that resonated with you?

Don’t forget to check out today’s song: Broken Prayers by Riley Clemmons

(If you want to join the Whole Heart Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the month to discuss each of the nine chapters in the book.)

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Today’s Song

It’s me again! I originally had the wrong link for today’s song! I have now corrected it on my website. But if you read your post via email and not the website, your email will still have the wrong link. So here is the corrected link! Sorry about that!

Word of God Speak by MercyMe

The Whole Heart Challenge – Chapter 2

Today we are discussing chapter 2 of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. In this chapter we see the importance of reading our Bibles every day. There are a lot of things we can do in our daily lives to draw closer to the Lord. But I believe in my own life, this one habit has helped me grow the most. I love opening my Bible and seeing what God wants to show me each morning. In my book I wrote about a time when I was on vacation and had skipped reading my Bible for a few days. Well, something similar happened again recently. Due to my busy schedule, I was not reading my Bible every morning. You’d think I would’ve known better! My days felt messy and I lost my sense of peace. So I vowed to not let that happen again. Reading the Bible each morning really does connect us to the Lord, it helps us face our day, and it brings us some much needed serenity. God longs to spend time with us and will happily meet us as we sit down with His Word in front of us.

Share in the comments: Was there something from this chapter of the book that resonated with you?

Don’t forget to check out today’s song: Word of God Speak by MercyMe

(If you want to join the Whole Heart Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the month to discuss each of the nine chapters in the book.)

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The Whole Heart Challenge – Chapter 1

I am so excited to be hosting the Whole Heart Challenge! I hope you are excited too! I decided to hold the challenge this month because it falls during Lent. If you want to join the Whole Heart Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the month to discuss each of the nine chapters in the book.

Today we are discussing chapter 1. One of the things that we touched on in this chapter of the book was the story of the prodigal son, which is found in Luke 15:11-32. I really love this parable because it illustrates just how much our heavenly Father loves us. When we walk on this earth, we will have doubts, pain, regrets, heartache, and difficulties. All of these things tend to consume us as we walk through them. As a result, they take our eyes off of our Father because we are too focused on our worries. And in turn, we might forget just how much the Lord loves us. As time goes on, we might let life get in the way of our relationship with Him. But when we read this story in the Bible, it reminds us of God’s unfailing love. And hopefully it will help draw us closer to Him. Whatever you are facing today, remember that God loves you beyond measure. And He will help you with any battle you might be up against. Just turn towards Him and He will be there.

Share in the comments: Was there something from this chapter of the book that resonated with you?

Here is today’s song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Whole Heart by Brandon Heath.

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