I’ve come to realize that my favorite kinds of food tend to be cold, fresh, and bright. Smoothies, simple sandwiches, sushi…you catch my drift? Those foods make me happy. This corn salsa definitely fits in with those kinds of things, and I lovveee it. I even ate it for a snack last night, and I’m a sweet snack addict. What’s happening to me? This corn salsa is that good that it made me crave savory over sweet. Okay, so I might have had a couple ginger snap cookies, too, because like I said – ADDICT. But still. Keegan did such an awesome job with this recipe much like he does with ALL of the ones he comes up with. He’s a Jedi Master of cooking.
His cooking skills are an obvious blessing. Not just because I get to eat good food all the time, but because I let God know that I wanted my future husband to enjoy cooking. It was just a simple thing I desired. I enjoyed baking and cooking, and wanted to connect with someone else in that way. My expectations were totally exceeded because of his culinary school skills and knowledge of food. I told God I just wanted to have fun cooking sometimes with the guy who was out there for me, but He blessed me with so much more.
I had a simple desire, talked to God about it, and He gifted it to me bigger than I imagined. In comparison to His greatness, the fact that He enjoys blessing us really seems so small, but it is an aspect of Him that has always been very dear to my heart. Throughout the course of my life so far, there have been five specific and pretty huge desires I’ve had that He has given me. I prayed about these certain things many times and waited a good long while for each of them, too. When I finally got them, it was unmistakable that they were straight from God to me. I won’t get into all of them in this post, but I will talk about my favorite one.
It’s Keegan. You guessed it, I’m sure. Middle school and high school were very hard times for me. I had many memorable moments, but the not so great events definitely outnumbered the good ones. I felt so alone, outcasted, different, treated badly, lost, lonely, misunderstood, and isolated. Feeling like this caused me to deeply long for one single person to come into my life and never leave…to be what I was looking for, what I needed. I had a deep relationship with God during most of that time, I was super close to my mom, and loved my family dearly, but I was longing for someone who was made just for me. My heart ached for him, I felt him, and sometimes, I even pretended he was with me. I felt comfort in trusting that he would come one day. I knew God would give me this desire in my heart.
I’ve always been a dreamer. I think very deeply and detailed about things, and I talk to God about them. I told him that I really hoped my guy would have blue eyes. I adored the idea of waking up every morning and looking into a pair of bright, blue eyes. It’s my favorite color after all. I had a thing for beards, and I let God know that, too. I love going on bike rides, so that he would enjoy biking as well was added to the list. And then there was the backpack. I like camping and hiking, so it would only make sense that this guy would not be opposed to hauling backpacks around from time to time. I told my family of these little things I thought I would like to have in my ideal guy, and it became the joke that Alyssa wanted the “Four B’s”…Blue eyes, beard, a bike, and a backpack. Through all the dreaming and jokes, God heard me. He saw my heart, and knew just what to give me. He knew before I was even born. What a dream come true that we met during our time in a backpacking mission program, he had a beard and lovely blue eyes, and loved biking as well. And those are just the little extra things just for me, and I still got that on top of all the important things like him loving God, rising where I fall, knowing how to love me, and always being there for me. My love for Keegan is beyond great and he only intensifies my Love for Father.
God is in those details no matter how small. He is GOD and He is HUGE and LIMITLESS and POWER, but He is also right there beside you being your Friend and listening intently to you. He wants to bless us because He loves us. Don’t forget that. We have a tendency to feel so bad ourselves, like we don’t deserve anything and like God won’t give us anything. It’s not true. Never underestimate the power of prayer or toss aside the desires of you heart because you don’t feel good enough. He is there and He will gift you with them times ten. He only asks that we take delight in Him (Psalm 37:4).
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- 2 large ears of corn, corn cut from cob
- 2 scallions
- ¼ of a red pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- 1 roma tomato, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ c cilantro, chopped (10g)
- ½ c black beans
- 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- Prepare all ingredients and mix them together in a large bowl.
- Chill over night in an air tight container for beast results.
“Take DELIGHT in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.”