What I’ve Been Reading- The Wired Soul

The Wired Soul has to be one of my favorite review texts from the past couple of months. It made me think very critically about the time I spend engaging in social media and how often I use my phone and computer. I changed a number of my habits– some were minor (like putting my phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode during certain portions of my day and others were more significant.  In fact, we’ve instituted a nightly reading habit where my husband and I read for at least an hour (Yes, think back to the D.E.A.R. program some of us participated in during grade school ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Not digital books– physical, hard copy books.  Crazy right?  ๐Ÿ˜€ It makes our evenings SO PEACEFUL. We’re still sharpening the habit, but I thoroughly look forward to it and I don’t miss watching TV. 

Working on a blog and “building a brand” can cause a person to become entirely TOO CONNECTED.  I know we all set our own boundaries, but for me, it started to become too much.  I needed time away from Facebook, Instagram, etc to just enjoy those that I can physically interact with.  One-on-one meetings and outings are SO IMPORTANT to me.  I miss being in a city with my closest friends and family, but I am enjoying making new acquaintances and I’m believing God for even greater connections in 2017!

Here’s a bit more about the book from the publisher.  You can also find it on Amazon

The Wired Soul by Tricia McCary Rhodes

If you had time to slow down, youโ€™d notice: Youโ€™re more easily distracted lately. You forget the details of your life more often than you used to. You get easily agitated and have trouble resting, even though youโ€™re more tired than you remember ever being. Even your spiritual life is not immune: You struggle to pray, to read the Scriptures, to be still and know that God is God. 

Welcome to now. Our technology has greatly improved much of our lives, but in the process our brains are being rewired on a daily basis, and our capacity to be centered in our souls, in our lives, is at risk. 

Brain scientists are aware of this unprecedented change, but the solutions arenโ€™t found in science: Theyโ€™re found in the ancient practices of the faith. Tricia McCary Rhodes reintroduces us to the classic disciplines of Scripture reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation, not just as technologies to aid our faith but as tools to keep us focused and mindful in an increasingly disorienting digital age.

Book Review: HONESTLY

This book is just what the title implies…

Honestly speaks on so many realities of our walk with Christ.

It’s messy, ย it’s challenging, we fall short, but our love for Jesus is GENUINE and REAL.

That’s part of the heart of this blog. ย I truly want people to understand that people of faith are just like regular people. ย Or maybe that’s just my testimony. People always tell me that I “have it all together” and I’m so good at this or that. ย But I can be honest and say that I still struggle and I don’t always get everything right. ย Sometimes my temper and strong-will can get the best of me. ย Honestly. It’s true. ย And I have to pray and spend time with God to allow Him to work on those less than pleasant parts of my nature. ย I have not yet arrived, but I press.

Here’s more about the book from the Publisher:

Your life is messy, hard, and uncertain right nowโ€”and if it isnโ€™t, it hasย been or it will be. Messiness is the human condition. Part of the messiness is the unpredictability of life, not the unrelenting evil of life. And Jesus shows up inside all of that, because He experienced every aspect of what itโ€™s like to be human: joy, physical pain, family arguments, frustration, existential trauma, and more. If Jesus is a real person, we should expect to meet Him in all of life. And only through the Good News and love of Jesus can we learn how to thrive in the midst of our mess.

Daniel Fusco, a pastor and jazz musician, riffs on the major themes of the book of Ephesians to help each of us find God in the midst of our mess.



I Need a Little Bit of Coffee….


…And a WHOLE lot of JESUS!

Seriously. ย I received this cup from Consumer Associates to review and it could not have come at a better time. ย I’ll tell you a little bit more about the cup later on in this post– First things first– UPDATES!!!!

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A NEW Thing! Fix-It With Fran is on YouTube!

I’m in a season of firsts and I’m FULLY OPEN to where God is leading me.

Earlier this week, I did what I thought I’d NEVER do and entered the world of YouTube product reviews.

When God wants you to do a new thing, you have to move with it!

Here’s the link if you want to check it out!ย  It’s a basic video, but it is a start–

There’s nowhere to go but up from here! ๐Ÿ˜„

Where is God leading you today?ย  Don’t be afraid to take the leap!

Isaiah 43:18-19 New Living Translation

โ€œBut forget all thatโ€”
ย ย ย ย it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
ย ย ย ย See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
ย ย ย ย I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Morningstar Blackbean Crumbles Recipe on FixitWithFran.com

Meatless Monday: MorningStar Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles

I had two back to back meetings scheduled for this evening, so I knew I needed to plan ahead. I came home at 4:30pm and used these MorningStar Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles to make tacos for the Husboo. He loved them and EVEN had seconds. My final evaluation is always completed by asking if he would have that meal again. With NO hesitation he said, “YES!” Another #meatlessMondayย win!

Product review: The crumbles are a new MorningStar product and I highly recommend them. They are preseasoned and the cook time was only 8 minutes. I had taco seasoning on standby just in case the flavors weren’t to my liking, but I didn’t add a thing.

I served the tacos using Old El Paso’s new Tortilla Bowls and added Sargento 4 Cheese Mexican Blend and Wholly Guacamole’s spicy pico and guacamole dip. A quick, 30 minute meal.

I also purchased the Grillers Recipe Crumbles, so I’ll review those at some point in the future. Until then, “Go fix something!” ๐Ÿ™‚