Take Away from reading “What Your Dreams Are Telling You” by: Cindy McGill

I recently finished reading “What Your Dreams Are Telling You” by Cindy McGill which is an excellent book on dreams. Personally I have always been fascinated by dreams and their meanings. I believe as the author in this book does that dreams can contain important messages from God. This is the first book I have read on the subject of dreams that was from a Christian perspective as apposed to a “new age” or “spiritual” point of view. I loved this book!


Overall “What Your Dreams Are Telling You” is a fantastic book that I would recommend to everyone. That’s why I’m putting it out there on the interwebs to share. It covers simple ways to “unlock solutions while you sleep” and interpret your dreams easily. I was amazed at every turn of the page. Literally I could not put this down and read it all the way through in one sitting. If you or someone you know is an active dreamer and would like some insight on how to start a dream journal and begin connecting with that inner most part of themselves I would get this book! 

Cindy McGill starts off by telling the reader about how she began interpretation and sharing stories from her life traveling around to help people with their dreams. In a very personal manner she speaks with a true passion for connecting people with God through the messages he gives all of us while we sleep. I felt as if while I was reading I was able to see this authors heart for people. 

She does include an easy to use index of symbols but her method is more then just all that. I’ve read many books and articles on dream interpretation where the author say this or that means one thing. But in reality there is layers with deeper meaning in everything. This book goes into great detail about how you can apply what you dream of to your waking life. 

After reading “What Your Dreams Are Telling You,” I felt inspired. I am looking forward to understanding God’s purpose for my life through drawing closer in dreams and also in prayer. If you are a friend of mine perhaps you can help me pray for my dreams. I need peace and understanding during this season. I am so glad I read this book. 

-Dominique Barrentine 

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Experimental Five Step Easy Chicken Breasts 


Let’s cook something up! 

Everyone loves chicken breasts. So when I found this five step recipe I had to try it. I love easy fast cooking for when we need food during busy times. This recipe starts out with… You guessed it! Boneless skinless chicken breasts; we have two, one for my hubby and one for myself to eat before church tonight. Of course there maybe be enough left Over for lunch too! 
First I’m gonna give you the steps, then explain the process, and by the end you will know how to make a simple, fast, roasted chicken breast.

Five Easy Steps

  1. Brine
  2. Brush
  3. Rub
  4. Roast
  5. Rest

Start by taking your chicken and putting it in salt water to soak for about 15 minutes or so; this is what it means to brine chicken. After it soaks rinse it off and pat it dry with a paper towel.

Next is step number two. Brush the chicken with melted butter. You can also use olive oil if you prefer or your favorite cooking oil. I just love the flavor of good old fashioned butter. 


I try to use Tillamook dairy products whenever possible because they have happy cows and don’t use hormones. Other good brands exist but for me as a woman who is very sensitive to hormone fluctuations it is an important factor. The better quality ingredients you use the more nutritious and deliscous your meal will be. 

After the chicken is coated in butter/oil rub your favorite seasonings into the chicken. I like to use a bit of each, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, basil, and thyme. Sometimes I add cayenne pepper for a little spice or curry powder for a more exotic flavor. Maybe I’ll use some paprika too which adds a good color. 

Step four is roasting the chicken which can either be done low and slow (350 for 30 minutes) or high and fast (450 for 15-18 minutes.) Often I choose low and slow but today I want to go fast and high for a quicker meal and a crispier crust. 

Finally once your chicken is good and cooked through you want to let it sit for 5-10 minutes to rest so it can soak up its juices. 

Then you are ready to enjoy this easy and delicious white meat chicken breast. You can pair it with whatever sides you like. Today I chose to make boiled potatoes and a classic Greek salad consisting of tomatoes, cucumbers, olive oil, salt, pepper, and basil. I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Feel free to leave a message in the comments section below. Thank you! 

 -Dominique 


Ps: this is my favorite salad ever ❤️

July Sixth Drift:: a poem by Dominique 

Drift 

A poem by Dominique 

Drifting into the space

between dreams and reality 

Opening up the mind

to unknown possibilities

Breaking the chains of slavery 

freeing yourself with love

We ask ourselves questions 

in the deep dark

Am I meant to live this way 

or 

should I surrender it all to you? 

I choose submission 

to the one true God. 

Amen

-Dominique Barrentine 

Abandon:: a poem by Dominique Barrentine 

Abandon:: 

a poem by:

Dominique Barrentine


Quietly I whisper my fears

To the Lord I give it all 

My burden is nothing

Innocently I cry with faith

Hopeful of the future 

My fear is nothing

Lonely I reach upwards

Inward I reach for the spirit

My reality is nothing

Honestly I try for love sake

Trying not to shake/break

My pain is nothing

Hopefully I teach love

Pouring into everyone 

My life is nothing


-Dominique Barrentine 

Californian Flowers Walking Dog in the Sunshine

Walking Oy in the sunshine is one of my new favorite things. I recently started trading artist cards so I needed to walk down to the mailbox. So I leashed up my little Chihuahua and we went for a nice walk. Just because it’s nearly 100 degrees outside we aren’t going to stop having fun. So we enjoyed a leisurely pace and saw some lovely Oleanders along the way. I have one happy little hot dog now! 
White, Red and Pink Oleander seems to be constantly blooming around here. It has always been one of my favorite flowers. I find the delicate beauty mixed with its toxic nature to be balanced well. Even when the lovely blooms fade these delicious (or not so) green foliage is pretty to look at year round. Just don’t let your kids or pets eat it and you should be fine! 

-Dominique Barrentine

Ps: if you like emotional stories about strong creative females check out the book, “White Oleander,” one of my all time favorites. 

Revelations and Revolutions:: A poem by: Dominique Barrentine

Revelations and Revolutions::

A poem

by: Dominique Barrentine

A child’s laugh breaks 
The silence that overwhelmed us now filling the empty spaces 
Between innocence and maturity perhaps something close to a tear 
Sliding down and breaking
In the quiet darkness our minds wander to distant places, people, things
Revolving around appearances without any concern for truth
Don’t let the innocent disappear broken into the night
Embrace the uncomfortableness of change without fear
Step boldly into the space

The distance is nothing

Compared to the truth
We make the simple things complicated 
We break ourselves instead of embracing those imperfections
Beauty lies in the cracks

Secretly we cry

Alone we die
Never giving ourselves the chance to fully blossom 
Hiding the wrinkles and pretending on the outside
Waking alone without knowing where we are going 
Giving up control seems impossible
Ancient habits controlling our every move
Pretending becomes a full time job and nothing seems right
Until we give up control we can never know the truth 
The only way…

The truth, the light eludes so many but is available to all who seek reality
Wake up and abandon the life of sleep walking 
Reach to the heavens with true weakness bearing this honest beauty for all to see devoid of fear
Know that you are loved