If You Say Go + Sweet Potato Sausage Casserole

Since being on Home Assignment the past few months, I’ve heard comments like, “Oh, I’m so glad you went because I just couldn’t!” Several times people have disclosed their fears of being called to something difficult. They’re grateful to support us, happy they don’t have to leave comfort, family, and friends!

While I recognize their hesitations and anxiety felt with moving overseas, I’m also baffled that they could even speak such words out loud. Don’t we serve a God that likes to shake things up and put us in circumstances that force us to rely solely on Him? I sure never imagined ending up in Asia after having such a huge heart for African countries and marrying a man with a degree in Spanish, ready to move to Latin America!

God has bigger plans.

After our Home Assignment, we’ll return to the same city we’ve lived in for 3.5 years, but with a different organization and explore different avenues towards the same end goal. It’s a renewed “Go” for us. Most things won’t look the same: housing, teammates, co-workers, leadership, fundraising, language requirements, schooling for the kids, and of course, jobs. We’re stepping into this new chapter with a confidence that the Lord is leading it fully.

Yet the hesitations, worries, and fears still linger.

What if we clash with our new teammates? How will I ever learn enough language to speak within the context of my new job every day? Are we going to be able to raise enough funds to stay since there are more expenses now? What if our host country won’t let us back in…what will we do then?!

These are legit concerns for my little mind to worry over. But when I get stuck in a cycle of trying to figure out solutions that I can’t possibly solve, I’m reminded that He can. In fact, He loves to! He adores it when I lay those at His feet, sit back, and watch in awe how He’ll handle all of them. Often times, in much grander fashion than I could come up with!

In times of stress and anxiety, I’m often brought back to God’s presence through His word or song. This song, “If You Say Go” has been on my play list for years. Here is the gist:

If You say “go” we will go
If You say “wait” we will wait
If You say “step out on the water”
And they say it can’t be done
We’ll fix our eyes on You and we will come

Your ways are higher than our ways
And the plans that You have laid
Are good and true
If You call us to the fire
You will not withdraw Your hand
We’ll gaze into the flames and look for You” –Rita Springer

I can’t deny the fact that if God calls me to do something, He has an amazing reason for it. It’s almost always guaranteed to be a difficult, refining, faith-building road, but I’d much rather be on that road in His will than on the “easier” one, not doing what He asked me to do.

What kind of “go” calling are you hearing from God these days? What is your initial reaction to such callings—hesitation or jump all-in?

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Recently my daughter celebrated her 4th birthday. Cue all the tears because she’s my baby! Anyway, she suggested breakfast for her birthday dinner. Not wanting to have only syrup-y items followed directly by chocolate cake, I decided to make a breakfast casserole to offset all of our sugar highs. Y’all, I don’t love breakfast casseroles because there are so.many.eggs, but THIS one is killer! The roasted veggies and the sausage give it great texture and flavor. If you’re like us and have brunch for Christmas morning, try this one! Everyone will be pleased!

(Bonus: If you’re paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, or dairy-free, this is very adaptable to all of those!)

Roasting veggies make me happy. Did anyone make the roasted veggie recipe from last month? How was it?

While in America, I cheat and buy the pre-minced garlic. Livin’ it up over here!

12 eggs seems like a lot, but I promise this casserole isn’t too eggy!

My toddler helper is great at whisking. I love that she loves helping out in the kitchen!

I’m also not taking for granted not having to wash dirt chunks off my spinach/kale.

Had no idea she liked greens so much until she started shoving handfuls into her mouth.

Ahhh, roasted perfection! Make sure you get some char on some of them–my favorite part!

Ready for the egg/milk dousing.

I promise the greens will cook down so well your family won’t even notice them.

You see all those chunks of texture in there?! The potatoes, peppers, and sausage make me forget I’m eating so many eggs.

A great protein and veggie-filled breakfast that I like to make ahead and eat throughout the week.

Serves: 12

Ready in: 45 minutes

Slightly adapted from: Chew Out Loud

  • 4 TB olive oil
  • 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced red (or orange, yellow) bell peppers
  • 1 lb ground breakfast sausage
  • 2 cups kale or spinach leaves, chopped
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (regular, almond, coconut, etc. all work fine)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish and set aside.
  2. On a large baking sheet, combine sweet potatoes and peppers with a few dashes of olive oil, salt, and ground black pepper; toss to coat well. Bake in a single, even layer for 20 minutes until soft.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a few splashes of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, then add garlic and stir 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Transfer mixture to prepared 9×13 baking dish.
  4. In the same skillet over medium high heat, cook and break apart sausage with spatula until cooked through. Drain and add to baking dish with veggie mixture. Add roasted sweet potatoes, chopped spinach/kale, salt, and pepper to the mixture in baking dish. Gently toss to combine all ingredients well.
  5. In a bowl, gently whisk together the eggs and 1/2 cup of milk until well combined. Pour evenly over the sausage/potato mixture in baking dish. Bake uncovered about 25-30 minutes or just until eggs are set in center.

*This recipe is very adaptable to what you have! Change out the sweet potatoes for regular, and add any veggies that sound yummy. I love roasted veggies, so I would suggest roasting them! If you don’t have access to breakfast sausage, it’s super simple to make. You may already have the spices to create it! Here’s a simple recipe for it here. You can also make this the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning!

Photo by William Hope on Unsplash

6 Comments

  1. Karen Carlson December 17, 2018

    Just because we go doesn’t mean we don’t struggle with fears and hesitations. We’re coming onto our 33rd year and 13th move. It doesn’t always get easier just because we’ve been doing this for awhile. The key is obedience while working through or getting help with emotions and difficulties. Thanks for the recipe. Saved for Christmas morning!

  2. Ashley Felder December 17, 2018

    Amen, sister! Obedience…getting help…yes! Glad you have a recipe for Christmas! Come back and tell us how you liked it. 🙂

  3. Violeta Alvarado December 17, 2018

    Thank you for sharing, Ashley! We are making a transition similar to yours: new city, new team,new job,new everything. I too am surprised at the many times people say the same thing to us. Why do we fear the uncomfortableness of some of the things God invites us to do? They always draw us closer to him and deepen our faith. I’m sad when people live in fear of being asked to do something “scary” and give out of fear because they are missing out on some wonderful adventures and blessings. I’m not really as brave as people think I am, just trying to be obedient and not miss any adventure God has for us, even while in the process I’m terrified and and at times really anxious and wondering what in the world possessed us to such craziness! Thank you speaking my heart. Blessings to you all as you make this next transition.

    1. Ashley Felder December 18, 2018

      It’s such a mixed bag of mixed feelings, right? We’re bold in this calling in our life, but maybe not in another area. Always room for refining! Blessings right back at ya during your transition!

    2. MG December 19, 2018

      Though my “go” has been different…. essentially a terrifying pregnancy (symptomatic placenta previa with multiple hospital stays) and then a terrifying NICU stay for baby girl with undeveloped lungs (she’s doing better PTL) coming after a scary summer with 2 earthquakes in a high rise apartment. I totally understand when you say, ” I’m not really as brave as people think I am, just trying to be obedient and not miss any adventure God has for us, even while in the process I’m terrified and and at times really anxious and wondering what in the world possessed us to such craziness”
      Right there with ya girl. Really I think in this extreme abroad life our options are limited to terror or trusting the Lord. It’s not a courage thing at all! When we trust Him, He is our Comforter and Peace through the terror.

      1. Ashley Felder December 19, 2018

        Terror or trust the Lord…YES! Perfect way to put it! While on furlough, I keep reading more and more terrifying articles of our country of service. So far, I’m still choosing to trust to return, but terror creeps in often!

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