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Grounded in Jesus

By Julie Esta’


   In early 2020, we all became aware of what trauma was. Together, we experienced an event thrown at us that we didn’t ask for. This caused fear, guilt, grief, and turmoil in our country and personal lives. Suddenly, life appeared out of control and we couldn’t “snap out of it” or “fix it.” We had no idea how long it would last or what the outcome would be.

   The only answer to trauma is to be rooted and grounded in Jesus, trusting, and asking Him for wisdom and guidance through each step. Accepting that some days are good and others you can’t catch your breath. Receiving God’s grace, knowing that you will sin, but He loves you anyway. Allowing others to handle issues differently. Trusting your Father will guide you into His perfect place of safety, peace, and wisdom. He will guide you on the path He has for you. God says that in our weakness, He is made strong. All we must do is trust Him and surrender our mind, will and emotions to Him daily. When words fail 

us, just say, “Jesus I trust you.”

   Lastly, let’s extend to others what He has extended to us: grace, comfort, love and understanding.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole •16 oz chicken breast, raw boneless skinless

•8 oz reduced-fat Mexican shredded cheese

•14 oz zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/16″ 

•14 oz diced tomatoes

•8 oz green chilies

•4 tsp garlic

•2 tsp chili powder

•2 tsp ground cumin

•1 tsp dried oregano

•3.25 oz reduced-fat sour cream

•2 tsp Purely Cajun Seasoning

Preheat oven 425°F. Season chicken with 1 tsp Purely Cajun, pan-fry chicken until done, shred. In a food processor, puree tomatoes, chilies, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, 

1 tsp Purely Cajun. In a bowl, mix chicken and 1 ½ c puree. Spray 9X13 pan with cooking spray. Spread ½ c puree in pan. Layer half of zucchini. Sprinkle half chicken and ½ cup cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Bake until golden. Serve with sour cream. 

4 servings: Per serving 1 Protein, 3 vegetables, 3 condiments 

Julie Esta’ is a Certified Health Coach and owner of Purely Cajun Seasoning. She has witnessed many believers grow in their spiritual walk as they implement lifestyle changes to improve their eating habits and physical health.


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