This post was going to be solely about pumpkin soup. No story to go with it. Just how rich and creamy it is, how healthy etc, etc, and therefore it would have been a little boring! Boring but safe. I have been holding back on my stories lately because being a private person and sharing my thoughts with the world doesn’t come naturally or without some hesitation. For example, I am not a big fan of Facebook for this very reason. Right now thinking about sharing my thoughts on FB from day to day makes me cringe a little. I always felt people have to earn the right to know our thoughts and what’s in our head. That it’s more of a privilege for those that we trust. But then came the restlessness about this topic and the importance of opening up and sharing in the hopes it will help those that need to hear it.
I have recently become fascinated with the power of words and thoughts and the role they play in our happiness and in the strength of our relationships. I realized a long time ago the power of words and wrote a post about it. Click here to read it. The old proverb “The tongue has the power of life and death” is not just an old, out dated saying, but an eight word guide for our lives. Without rehashing too much of my old post, in a nutshell it talks about how our words can bring healing, diffuse arguments, and cause us to fall in love. On the flip side of that they also cause people to lose their jobs, get divorces, friendships end over words, and some suffer from low self-esteem because of words spoken over them and about them. That’s how much power they hold!
But what about our thoughts?
Our words are solely a product of our thoughts. When I started thinking about the power of our words, I quickly realized that we can never change what comes out of our mouth until we change our thoughts (But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart Matthew 15:18). To quote Charles Stanley “our minds are the control tower of our life, and that unseen thoughts produce visible consequences”. If you are always thinking about how unworthy you are, or are always having angry thoughts, you can see why your life may not be where you want it. So if what we think about controls us, and what we think determines how we live, how can we change? I think changing our thinking is one of the hardest things to do since it’s a habit thats engrained in us. The bible says to “set your mind and keep it set”. I have made it a habit to wake up and lay in bed for a minute or two each morning just thinking about what I’m grateful for. If I don’t, all of the things that are not right, or not settled will fight to make their way to the forefront of my mind. We all get too tempted to think about what we “feel” (which we all know changes from minute to minute) instead of what we know.
When a friend of mine called me depressed last week, I asked them what they were thinking about. After listening for a few minutes, it was obvious their thoughts were dragging them down. I told them about a little ritual I have nowadays (it’s almost like a game). I know that with every negative thought that comes my way I have one of two choices. Either hold onto that thought knowing it will change my mood and attitude (for the worst), not to mention steal my peace. Or, I can stand against those thoughts and be happy. I found this how to put on the Armor of God blog piece helpful. It can give you something tangible to think about when fighting off unwanted thoughts. If any of you find that your thoughts are controlling you, instead of you controlling your thoughts, give it a try, what do you have to lose except some unwanted thoughts that are holding you back!
Now onto some pumpkin soup! It takes less than 10 minutes to throw together and if it’s cold where you are (still waiting for that chilly weather here in Florida) then it’s the perfect healthy comfort food.
- 2 16 oz cans organic pumpkin (nothing added)
- 32 oz chicken both broth or chicken stock
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbs grass fed butter
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- ¼ onion chopped
- 2 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp thyme
- 2 bay leaves (remove before serving)
- dash cumin
- dash cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- ¼ cup namaste flour (or any gluten, wheat free flour)
- salted sunflower seeds for topping (optional)
- In a large frying pan melt butter then add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil. Chop the garlic and onion in a food processor then sauté in butter and 1 -2 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir occasionally. Once garlic and onion are translucent place in a crock pot. Add other ingredients and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
- Remove bay leaves and sprinkle salted sunflower seeds on top before serving.