Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spiritual Journeys: A Personal Relationship with God

Spiritual Journeys seeks to illuminate the way for those who are out there searching for a deeper connection and for those who have lost their way. Spiritual Journeys and every post on Feasting on the Divine welcomes conversation. Use the comment sections to join in. Need a little more privacy? Email me.

Today's post is an interview with Dr. Lyn Cheevers! She shares her story with an honesty in which we all can relate. My hope is that her words bless you and motivate you to follow her one key piece of advice which she shares in her interview.

Tell us a little about who you are:
I am a child of God. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I grew up in rural southwest Georgia. I am the mother of two sons- Stephen 20 and Anthony 12. I am the daughter of Hilton and Virginia Cheevers. I am a sister. I am a friend and lover of humanity.

I hold a Doctor of Education in adult education and have worked as a educator in the field of adult education for about 18 years in different capacities with different titles. I'm currently employed by the Department of Defense as a training administrator.  Teaching is one of my spiritual gifts and I often use that gift within the body of Christ while facilitating workshops, Sunday school, and new members’ classes.

What and when was your first glimpse of a spiritual awakening?
My first glimpse of a spiritual awakening was when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I had a dream about a group of people walking on a path toward a destination. At some point the group was pursued by what seemed to be a lion. The group reached a fork in the road. One part of the group went in one direction with the remainder going in the other direction.

I shared the dream with my mother. She thought it was significant and mentioned it during Bible Study at church one evening. I stood in front of the church to share the dream. God was awakening the gift of the prophetic seer. The dream that I had was foretelling a Church split which occurred several years later.

I've had many dreams over the years. I journal them and pray for illumination and inspiration to pray effectively according to the will of God in light of the revelation.

What is the importance of your spiritual life?
My spiritual life is essential to every aspect of life. I believe wisdom is required to successfully navigate through life and that all wisdom begins with a reverential fear of God. Therefore in order for me to be successful in life I must reverently fear God by worshipping and serving Him.

     What was the most difficult part of your journey? What was the most inspiring?
The most difficult part of my spiritual journey was finding God for myself. I grew up in a home of believers and attended church regularly as a child; however, I did not develop a personal relationship with God through Christ until later in life. During that time when I was in search of my own relationship with God, I traveled some pretty dark paths. There was a void in the seat of my soul. I'm thankful that my soul is now anchored in God through Christ.

The most inspiring part of the journey is coming to the realization that God knows my name, that my image is tattooed on the palm of His hand. And that He sees me, hears me, and answers my prayers according to His purposes.

   As much as you are comfortable, share some things that have strengthen your faith.
My faith is always strengthened when God brings me through challenging times. There was a time as a divorced, single mother I was unemployed for nine months.  God met all of my needs according to His riches in glory. He provided food, shelter and clothing for me and my children. These are things that many take for granted until you find yourself in need. We ate a lot of pasta and rice but God saw us through. I know God personally as Jehovah Jireh.

I know God personally as Jehovah Rapha. In 2011 I was very ill. I had a respiratory infection, bronchitis, and a small amount of fluid in my lungs. During the illness I heard about a seemingly healthy, 30- something year-old dying of walking pneumonia.

I received my healing when I was asked a very provocative question by my mother. As a retired nurse, she didn't ask me about the types of antibiotics I had taken.  She didn't ask me about how much fluids I was drinking or what I was taking to reduce the high fever. She asked me simply "how is your prayer life"? I knew immediately that this was spiritual warfare and mom was reminding me to fight using one of the best offensive and defensive tools we have- prayer.  She and others were praying for me, but this fight required my participation as well.  The enemy wanted to take me out. But God said no. I began to pray according to Psalm 91 daily, several times a day at appointed times. The Word was the prescription which healed me. 

I know God personally as Jehovah Shalom. I've worked in a very chaotic environment for the past two years. God has given me peace in the midst of the storm.

  If you could give one piece of advice to others on their spiritual journey, what would that be?
Advice that I give to others on their spiritual journey is seek an intimate, personal relationship with God early in life.

Thank you, Dr. Lyn!

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.  Proverbs 16:24 

Monday, October 13, 2014


I have the uncanny ability to call my Mom at the exact moment she is about to eat or is actually eating.  As she's gotten older, my Mom has decided to thank of it as sweet or endearing instead of frustrating. Many times I was met with "Girl, can you just smell it when I start cooking?!"

Well, the other Sunday was no different.  I called and she was having dinner. So jokingly, I said, "Mom maybe it's related to my actual birth day.What were you doing when I came into the world?"
She laughed and said, "Eating!"

"You were born on the 3rd Sunday in August.  It was the last day of revival, and you know back then the women brought boxes of food for dinner at the church.  I can remember like it was yesterday.  I was sitting on a bench, under a tree, eating collard greens, cornbread, ham and potato salad trying to ignore my labor pains...because the food was so good," she told me through bursts of laughter. Her pauses heavy with reflection.

I said, "Well, Mom that explains it! My love for cooking, nature and my lifelong desire to feel connected spiritually."

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Shrimp Po'Boys

Welcome to Tasty Tuesday~ featuring recipes I've tried and loved. Let's feast!

Created by Photovisi

Before you say you don't eat mayo on seafood, try the Angry Mayo in this Michael Chiarello recipe. Tweet: Before you say you don't eat mayo on seafood, try the Angry Mayo in this Michael Chiarello recipe. I found this old favorite in my recipe collection. For some reason, I attributed it to Guy Fieri whenever I raved about it. I guess it was the "Angry Mayo"--sounds so Guy, doesn't it? I know...foodie stereotypes. *hehehe*

Orange zest, basil, chili pepper, lemon juice, gray salt--that's just the ingredients for the ill-tempered condiment! This recipe is flavor galore! Oh, there's a light crispy crunch to the shrimp thanks to Wondra (a very fine flour). You will love it. I've even had the mayo on catfish and tilapia, but I added a touch of spicy brown mustard.

Remember make the recipe your own and find ingredient substitutes, if needed. For example, Women's Health recommends several alternatives for flour on their website.

Whatever you choose, feast on this delicious sandwich and let me know what you think.

Bon appetit! 

Be blessed~*

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wonder How LeBron Would Answer...

I saw the following question on a Facebook ad. Powerful, insightful and I invite you to spend some time contemplating the I did:

Question found on Dream Builder Program ad~created by Photovisi
Do you know who you are at your core? If you're not sure, because we're all at this crossroad at some point in our lives, see Ephesians 1:3-6.

Be blessed

Friday, September 26, 2014

Foodie Friday: Broussard's Cajun Cuisine

Part of Feasting on the Divine is enjoying delicious food! You know those dishes where the first bite takes you to a happy place and sometimes even cry a little on the inside? Oh you don't? Okay maybe it's just me!

Once a month, I'll share a new dining delight. I hear you saying, "Well, what about fitness, Trinka?" I know. I know. However, it would basically be sacrilegious for a Georgia girl NOT to indulge in great food. As Blanche would say, "it would be simply unsouthern." (true fans will know her). Besides if fitness is a lifestyle, you shouldn't deprive yourself. Enjoy it and exercise even more to burn it off! Soooo, in a way, it's like motivation. Yeah, motivation...

Okay so where did I feast this month? My niece Chelsea (over on Contemporary Teal #plug) suggested it for lunch one day. Her mother and I drove over to Cape Giradeau, Missouri to visit her, and we ended up at Broussard's Cajun Cuisine!

A cozy restaurant with lots of character, Broussard's is over 25 years old. Right away I love two things about this Cape Giradeau charm: 1). It's not part of a chain. 2) Behind the building is the Mighty Mississippi River!

We were greeted with smiles and sat in the bar area while we waited for our table. Looking around you could see people from all walks of life--families, couples, young and old. And the smell? Intoxicating! I was so ready to eat. Thankfully, our wait was less than 10 minutes. Even though the "joint was jumping," our server was pleasant, courteous and knowledgeable of the menu. (It's just a quirk of mine when a server has no clue about the menu.) She even gave me tips on how to eat crawfish, but I wasn't feeling brave enough to order them that day.

Our lunch selections were:
Cajun 3-Way Sampler--pic Courtesy of Broussard's

Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins
Shrimp Creole
Fried Catfish-pic courtesy of Broussard's

Annnnnd there may have been some Shrimp Etouffee on the table. Annnnd there may be a reason why I had to "borrow" pics from Broussard's to show you what the entrees looked like. Annnd we'll just leave it at that! The food was wonderful!! We even had leftovers to enjoy later.

This Georgia girl is thankful the Broussards had the vision to bring the art of southern cuisine to the Midwest. Kudos to the owners that have upheld the legacy and spirit of the restaurant!  I will definitely visit again soon! It's worth the 2-hour drive. Plus my niece is there! Sorry about that honey! You're worth the 2-hour drive. *hehehe*  

Check out their website!