What to do with your lemon chicken piccata

I’m a Pinterest fan. And I’ve got a board called Yum! It’s filled with recipes I want to try. It makes my life easier–I use it for grocery shopping, meal planning, random drooling.

But there’s one picture on there that has irked me. The Lemon Chicken Piccata.

It looks delish. Truly. But every time I get ready to make it for some reason I decide to do something else.

And it’s time for me to say, “That Lemon Chicken Piccata looks fabulous but it’s not for me.”

What’s your version of Lemon Chicken Piccata? You know, the thing you think you should do because everyone else thinks it’s wonderful or practical or whatever? But every time you try to really go and do it there’s a part of you that hesitates?

Yeah, that thing.

Well, let’s deal with it. Right now.

It’s okay for you to delete that from your life {or your Pinterest board}.

Many, many things are going to catch your eye and capture your mind in this lifetime. But only a few are what you’re really called to pursue.

One of the keys to fulfilling your purpose in this world is to know when something is a great idea but it’s simply not for you.

You have permission.

To say no.

To walk away.

To save it for another day.

And you know what? Your Lemon Chicken Piccata is going to be someone else’s favorite dinner {here’s the recipe in case that’s you}. It’s not going to waste–it’s going to someone it’s just right for instead.

I made Cilantro Chicken Pesto Tacos in place of that recipe.

Yes and amen and pass the goodness down the table.

Because that’s how we’re meant to live.


p.s. Like Pinterest too? Then you will LOVE Pin-terpretation.


  1. Nancy says

    ya! – thanks again Holley… this is very smart what you’re saying. (You are :) & I esp. love the 4th from last para. – “and you know what?” part. I like to be creative and not waste things. I think this lemon chicken recipe is meant for me since I’ve been making Katie Couric’s lemon chicken recipe from a mag. for quite awhile and want to try something new. Will likely make that again too, but love the addition of capers etc to this one…


  2. karyn says

    Your lemon chicken looks delicious. I love tacos though. When ever I go to the States I stop by Taco Bell before I go home. Right off the plane. Yummy. Tacos are yummy. Yes, we have to know what’s right for us and what’s not. Or it goes horribly wrong.

  3. Sylvia says

    You can’t make it because there are capers in there and they look like peas! LOL
    If you leave them out it would be a wonderful dish!

  4. says

    Thanks for this reminder, Holley. It speaks directly into something I’ve been struggling to let go; something I love (in theory) and am good at, but for the last few years, every time I try to actually do it, I come up against energy and time limitations and it feels like a stress rather than a joy. I’ve been trying to make it happen for several years now and it hasn’t . . . guess it’s time to accept that what was a great fit in the past just isn’t at this stage in my life. I’m called to different things, and in order to say “yes” to them, I have to say “no” to other things.

    • Spencer Daniel says

      Definitely I agree with you. I have just no to a great job that I’ve had for over 15 years.

      I now can say yes to some other opportunities that are presenting themselves to me.

      It is a bit scary, But I am keeping my eyes on the Lord and I just saw a some new verses about guidance.

      Psalm 25

      A Plea for Deliverance and Forgiveness

      A Psalm of David.

      25 To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
      2 O my God, I trust in You;
      Let me not be ashamed;
      Let not my enemies triumph over me.
      3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed;
      Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

      4 Show me Your ways, O Lord;
      Teach me Your paths.
      5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
      For You are the God of my salvation;
      On You I wait all the day.

      The whole Psalm is a total blessing
      New King James Version (NKJV)
      The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

  5. Barbara Foster says

    The timeliness of your emails is uncanny. Thank you for being real and direct. It is much appreciated…


  6. Lydia says

    My “Lemon Chicken Peccata” is scrapbooking. I deleted this “hobby” from my life about 7 years ago. I had a collection of well-intended materials that were haunting me on a regular basis. I just came home one day and announced to my husband that I had come to terms with the notion that it wasn’t my thing, it was taking up space in my brain and in my guilt, and it needed to go. He cheered me on as I gave away and sold my materials and let it go. I have a miniscule amount leftover that I use in schooling and some projects – but otherwise, I haven’t missed it – not even a little bit. So long lemon chicken – hello gumbo.

  7. says

    Hi Holley,
    I absolutely enjoyed this. I’m an inspirational writer/author and mother of four. Needless to say, my evenings are filled with helping with homework, making dinner and other motherly duties. So to make things easier, my husband bought the frozen version of the Lemon Chicken Piccata Might I say…..it was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!
    The kids loved it and it only took 11 minutes to make. This dish made them smile, and that’s really all that matters.
    You are a blessing!

  8. says

    Dear Holly I have many adays that I want to make something that I love but as you said it is not for me so I have to say think you Lord for what I can eat. And I have learned to enjoy the recipes that I do come up with is something you would enjoy.

  9. Dawn says

    I have so many “Chicken piccatas’ in my life, but am trying to learn to be selective, put them down, and NOT pick up guilt in their place. Great reminder!

      • Spencer Daniel says

        I’ve just left a job I had for 15 years.

        Guilt about not always doing the best job imaginable

        but praise for the good that God did through me.

        The past is past.

        Isaiah 43:18-19

        18 “Do not remember the former things,
        Nor consider the things of old.
        19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
        Now it shall spring forth;
        Shall you not know it?
        I will even make a road in the wilderness
        And rivers in the desert

        New King James Version (NKJV)
        The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

  10. says

    Gardening…all day shopping…cleaning excessively…volunteering for everything…I know how to “Just Say No!”

    So I can have time to minister and WRITE!!!!

    • Spencer Daniel says

      I try to do everything too.

      I need to stop and think

      and let God talk to me about what He really would like me to do.

      What works for me is to lie down for a short while,

      shut off everything and listen to the Holy Spirit.


      You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

      8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
      I will guide you with My eye.

      9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
      Which have no understanding,
      Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
      Else they will not come near you.

      10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;

      But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.

      11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
      And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

      New King James Version (NKJV)
      The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

  11. says

    Excellent food for thought…didn’t even mean to do that, but I guess it works! We have to be so careful not to want something just because it looks good. There are so many things vying for our attention. And yet we really have to choose to do a few things well. The things that God has chosen for us. I can get caught up in what others are doing and think I need to do the same. Thanks for reminding me of this little trap.

    • Caryl says


      Thanks for the insight except that mine is about men. I am a single 51 year old that has never been married and have no children. I just want so much to have someone to journey the rest of my life with but the men that have come into my life have just not been the right ones and in some instances I don’t want to let go of the relationship even though when I ask the Lord I know that He is saying move on. Please tell me that all of you that have found the love of your life have had to wade through ones that just were not right befor you found him. Please don’t say just stop looking and you will find him.

      Thanks for listening.

      • Spencer Daniel says

        I’m the other way.

        I am a man and have never been married.

        Many possibilities–

        but to have a marriage you have to have two to agree.

        I think God wanted me single

        so I could be doing what I am now doing

        which I would not be doing if I was married.

  12. Lily says

    Thank you so much, Holley! I read this right in the moment of being beaten-up by my personal form of lemon chicken piccata! (And it wasn’t at all about food!) I am so going to let it go! Ah… relief floods my whole being!
    Lily, WA, USA

  13. Nancy says

    I love your insight. This one really caught my eye because I have tried many recipes on Pinterest and have not had any sucess with any of them. None of them look like they are suppose look in the pictures. Especially the ones from personal websites.

  14. Teresa says

    :) Yes, so timely! Thanks from Stockholm, Sweden Holley! I KNEW I was supposed to just let go……..one less burden to carry! Blessings for a wonderful day!

  15. Gloria J. Nofsinger says

    I am a new subscriber and your messages speak to my heart. I first heard you on Midday Connection. When I read this one, I saw myself so clearly. I am realizing that some of the things I used to do have become stressful. You are helping me let go of the idea that I need to do things my family and friends are gifted in. (Let them have the limelight:) I now try to ask God for my daily “marching orders” and the wisdom to use my time and energy for the things He wired me to do.

  16. MaryJane Haller says

    I am a “fixer” so have a tendency to think I can change the world and do it all, and discovered I cannot. So, I finally took my daughter-in-laws advice and started, “just saying NO to the sign up sheet.” Now I ask GOD what HIS purpose is for my life and follow HIS direction. My volunteer work at church and with young people is making a difference and I am enjoying life more.

    • Spencer Daniel says

      Thank you MaryJane,

      I really like what you said, “I am a “fixer” so have a tendency to think I can change the world and do it all, and discovered I cannot.”

      I need to follow your very good example.

      I also like what you said, “Now I ask GOD what HIS purpose is for my life and follow HIS direction.”

      Thank you so much!!!!

  17. says

    maybe if we did try that lemon chicken, we’d find we were lemon chicken piccata’s biggest fan! You never know what secret talents or secret loves are lying latent until you try them. (But I’m sure you could put it off and try something else for a bit, too…)

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  19. says

    I recently canceled my Google+ account for this very reason! I still struggle with knowing if certain things are not for me or if I am just “stuck.”

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