On day 6 of the lockdown here in Spain I started a gratitude series on social media. I would like to share it here, too, as some of you are not on social media. I will post eight days or so at a time until day 50. All of these gratitude posts are from during the strictest quarantine measures in Spain over March and April 2020. At the end of each post I will include some links to favorite recipes I have made recently.
Day 22: I love hearing the bells every day, throughout the day. I think of the other people all around who hear them too. Do you have bells where you live? Listen with me to these bells and think of what you are grateful for.
Day 23: I am thankful for my voice. I have been singing all my life, and have grown in confidence over the years. It’s not perfect, but it works! I especially love to use my voice to praise God and sing truth. As I battle fear about the future, I can sing God’s promises based on Psalm 32:7 “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
Day 25: I am thankful for the birds. I listen to them on my terrace in the morning while it is still dark. They have so much to say. I especially like the call of this one bird you can hear in the video. It’s mournful repetition is somehow comforting to me. Later in the day, the pigeons and doves roost in a tree that is easily visible from our terrace while we eat lunch. I like to think they are joining us. Throughout the day, the pigeons peck up food left by a neighbor on the sidewalk. Sometimes, a black cat with a red collar sneaks up and scares them. It’s always entertaining.
Day 28: I am thankful that faith is more than just a feeling. This is the day we celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead. He did it to overcome sin and darkness and to provide a way for us to know God. This isn’t myth, make-believe, or legend. Take a look at Justin’s post (and previous posts) for irrefutable evidence that the tomb was empty. C.S. Lewis said: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
Some recipes to share with you:
Seed Crackers I have made these a couple of times. I love that they are high in healthy, grain free and low in carbs. I eat grains and carbs, but sometimes it’s hard not to not overdo it, you know? These are a great option to pair with cheese, pesto, or zurrapa de lomo.
Herb Compound Butter I have also been adding thick slabs of this butter on top of my seed crackers or sourdough bread, as well as cooking eggs in it. Don’t be afraid of healthy fat (olive oil, butter, animal fat, avocado, nuts and seeds). Fat is not the enemy. If you keep carbs and sugars low, protein normal, and healthy fat normal to high, you will likely feel energetic and steady. But, of course, listen to your body. I have found that a small breakfast of healthy fats, a big lunch of vegetables, protein, and some fat, and a small dinner of some carbs with vegetables and fats has me feeling good.