Changing my mindset

Sometimes, we need to change the way we think because if we keep on doing and thinking the same way, how is anything supposed to ever change?

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ‭‭[Romans‬ ‭8:37-39‬]:

In the past, I have allowed myself to get into a bitter mindset when it came to my infertility journey. I tried, I lost, I tried again, I lost another, I tried yet again, I lost yet again. You see the cycle was not becoming something I enjoyed enduring. I got the distant “I’m sorry’s” and the “Again?” and the best one, “You really shouldn’t try again”. And I would get that into my head and wonder, ‘should I really never try again?’ ‘Why do all these other people get more than one baby?’ However, that’s a dangerous place to be living in the land of why’s and what if’s and how come’s. That land is no mans land and sometimes its hard to return from that destination.

And as horrid of a place that was to be, I kept finding myself creeping there in the depths of my heart after each loss. Each time, I pulled myself out because I didn’t want to be there feeling that way. I like being optimistic and life full of rainbows and happiness but I admit there have been times, when the rainbows felt like they were never coming and the happiness was just a façade for the world.

Once I returned from that ugly trip for good, I decided enough was enough and I would give myself time to sort out my feelings. I would be happy when someone was pregnant and expecting and I would truly get excited to share in their successes and joys and not ever return to that fretful place in my heart ever again. Because hope is a magical thing that leads us to the land of rainbows and glass half full kind of outlook on life. Hope gives us back what was taken away when we were in despair.

So because our hope is set on what is yet to be seen, we patiently keep on waiting for its fulfilment. Rom 8:25   Richard Rohr writes, “IF YOU ARE NOT trained in how to hold anxiety, how to live with ambiguity, how to entrust and wait—you will run—or more likely you will “explain.” Not necessarily a true explanation, but any explanation is better than scary liminal space. Anything to flee from this terrible “cloud of unknowing.”  CLICK THE IMAGE TO KEEP READING:

With true joy, my heart began to heal from all the things I had been through. I returned home and went on an amazing vacation to my favorite happy place, Disney World, which always just puts me in a good mood. I came back from that trip with a renewed sense of hope and faith in my Creator. It is far too easy to book a one way ticket to No Mans Land and have bitterness and ugly build up in your heart. I made a conscious effort to never go there again.

I started searching for verses and talking to the Lord each morning and the more I talk to Him, the more I talked and listened, the more I heard. Something changed in my heart and I started not only just talking with Him, but I found myself having meaningful prayers with God like never before. Its vulnerable telling others about things that trouble us but I felt a sense of need to share my stories with the world in this way. I have been a believer since I was a little girl, baptized since I was a teenager and have always tried hard to study and learn as much as I can, but for the first time in my life, I feel a yearning and a sense of peace talking with God and I am glad I found this place of contentment.

During one of my studies, I have been reading and writing out Romans 8. There are so many treasures tucked inside these verses that I have read before yet never truly “heard”.

This week, if you have a difficult conversation coming up, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with his power. If you have a lot to do or if there's something that makes you anxious or stressed, pray, "Holy Spirit, fill me with your power." #UnstoppableGod: See the Bible tells us that we are not set aside. God is with us all the time. He has not forgotten or will never forget us, especially when we are in need. But this verse, Romans 8:26, goes a step further to tell us that not only is God never going to leave me or you but the holy Spirit PLEADS for us and PRAYS for us when we don’t know what to pray. I always would sit back and look at others when they were praying and say, “Wow, Lord,  THEY SURE KNOW HOW TO PRAY”. But all the while, when I couldn’t the right words, The Holy Spirit was finding the words for me and praying them for me in a way that words cannot express.

I will take it even one step further… a few verses down in this same chapter…. it tells us that Not only is God for us, not only is the Holy Spirit pleading for us, but Christ sitting at Gods right hand is praying for us as well. Jesus Christ is taking the time to PRAY FOR YOU and for ME. Take a moment and think about that.

Romans 8:28 God works all things for good:

God has not forgotten me. God has set me apart for a reason. Gods reasoning is far better than my own. And Romans 8:28 tells us that we should KNOW that ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love Him. You see, I may have lost babies and pregnancies but all the while, God is working something magical and It is not my time yet.

Maybe its your time right now. Maybe its your best friends time. Maybe just maybe my time is coming very soon, but I know that no matter when or if it may come, God has a plan and a purpose for me and for your life that we cannot see right now.

As I write this morning, Hurricane Matthew is approaching the Bahamas. He is a big one. But my God is bigger. Matthew is strong, yet my God is stronger. Matthew is unpredictable yet my God knows all. I pray for the families that have lost their loved ones in this massive storm. I pray for the islands and the land and the earth that Matthew will affect over the next few days. I pray he continues to weaken and to pick up speed and go out to sea where he would not be a bother to any lives. In all this we pray, in Jesus name, Amen.

Scripture memorization:

Peace be with you. Peace be with my Bahamaland as we get hit with this storm. And as I travel the uncharted waters of my infertility journey, I pray that these verses will comfort you in whatever deep waters you are facing in  your life too.

 

 

 

 

 

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Waiting…

Waiting; described in Merriam Webster dictionary as

  •  to stay in a place until an expected event happens, until someone arrives, until it is your turn to do something, etc.
  •  to not do something until something else happens

  •  to remain in a state in which you expect or hope that something will happen soon

 

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James 5:7 tells us, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain”.

Is it just me or does everyone find it hard in the time of waiting?

I really love how one of the definitions was to not do something while we wait for something to happen. When I think of not doing something, I think of being still and perfectly at peace doing nothing, not a lazy type of nothing just a serene type of nothing. But it also is difficult to just sit around all full of peace and serenity while we want things to be happening. Right?

Then we think of what James writes in the Bible, ‘waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain’. We are to think like a farmer waiting for the precious fruit that he has worked over. My Dad is a farmer and I watch him with grace tend to his trees as if they are his children with patience and love. I think it is why he grows so many different amazing things. His trees never for an instant doubt that he is going to water them or not prune them when they get too bushy.

Jesus is said to be our gardener and our farmer. Sometimes we are in the grove of our lives just waiting to be watered and pruned as the weeds grow up around us. However, if we do not practice patience, we may wither just as the tree would if not tended to properly.

Sometimes in these seasons of waiting, we look around and we let envy creep into our hearts and we need to weed that out right away or it can choke us like a weed chokes a vine in the garden. Envy can fester inside our hearts and just look ugly.

I don’t know about you, but I know I do not want an ugly heart filled with envy and weeds growing up around me choking the joy and life out of my body.

There has been much on my heart lately in this time of wait. I have to embrace this time and spend more time with God watering me with his words and filling me with his presence so that the time passes without worry and envy.

There is a time for everything and God is good ALL THE TIME.

Are you in a time of waiting as well?

Are you looking at others lives and thinking, Why not me? or Why me? Let us weed our hearts today to make sure that we are truly living a life of joy and peace in our time of wait.

God already has a plan for you and for me and it is in these moments, he wants us to turn to Him and to rest in the assured faith that He is with us.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible says,

“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven

Ecclesiastes 3:1

This may be my season of waiting.

I embrace it and give it all to God.

Silent Prayers

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Six years ago, at this very moment, I was sitting in a hospital bed mightily uncomfortable. At 38 weeks 5 days, I remember the nerves radiating throughout my entire body as I had been in labour for quite some time already. Things weren’t working quite as they should and we had to wait till morning to see the doctor. Every moment that went by, I whispered silent prayers for my body to hold out and start to work properly. I thanked the Lord that my baby was still bouncing around in there and just not wanting to come out yet. Little did I know, it would be many hours longer and into the next morning when the doctor came to check me, only to tell me that I was not dilated even a centimeter. I felt defeated and discouraged that I was not going to have the picturesque textbook birth that I had dreamed of with my doula by my side and my husband on the other with the smell of coconut breeze burning on the candle by my bedside. However, the prayers that God answered came at 1:38 p.m. on August 15th, 2008 when amidst the harshness and frigid temperatures of the operating room, I first heard my baby cry.

 

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When I looked into those beautiful blue eyes for the first time, those silent prayers that I had been praying, God had answered in the most magical way.

The bond that a mother shares with her child cannot even be described; having them grow inside of us is a true miracle from God and I think he wanted a mother to have her baby and feel that love so that we can truly understand the love that he has for us.

Over the past six years, I have watched that beautiful newborn grow and mature into the most amazing little boy. He is charismatic and full of life and just is a barrel of curiosity and love. His compassion for the world and all those who live inside it teaches me every day and reminds me to take a deep breathe and stop living in a rushed manner. He does things his way and I love that he seems to be a born leader except not in a bossy way, in a strong and confident way that I can just tell he wont get taken advantage of in his life.

He loves to tell jokes… His favorite one right now is:

Knock Knock,

Who’s there?

Orange.

Orange who?

Orange you glad to _____________________.

sometimes he fills that in with give me a kiss, get me a drink please, give me a hug, get me ready for bed etc… And then he always ends it with “Get it?” HAHA

I love the things he comes up with and I seriously sometimes wonder if he has been around before because let me tell you, they crack me up. However, being a teacher, I have found that this age is filled with testing the limits and seeing what they like best because the world is just at their fingertips. He is heading into first grade in two weeks and I get to be his teacher. I am blessed to have gotten the past three years as his mommy and teacher and so incredibly blessed that I get to teach him this year as well. I get to watch him grow in leaps and bounds this school year as he heads for new adventures, new challenges, and new friends.

I love him more and more every day and I never think it could be possible to love him more until the next day arrives and I have surpassed my expectations and the love has just exceeded and continues to grow.

So tomorrow, I will not be writing or online because I will be spending the day with my beautiful, vibrant, amazing little boy, Wyatt; but for now, I will enjoy every moment that we have left of my little five year old, because this moment, this day, this night, this mark of time will never come again and when I look back on this day, I will remember having the most fabulous day with him preparing for his sixth birthday party; Curious George Extravaganza at the beach.

Happy Birthday my love.

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So before I close this out tonight, I will say another silent prayer to the Lord and thank Him for every day that He has blessed me with over the past six years and for sending me such an amazing little boy to raise and nurture and love.

Free “a prayer for my children” printable! This prayer is based on Colossians 1:9-11 and is a beautiful prayer of blessing and empowerment for your children.

Blessings to you,

God is Here

-- C.S. Lewis

As life has been so busy lately, I sit here and just think back to try and remember just a few weeks ago before the hustle

and bustle of getting my new job, before I started decorating my new classroom, before when all I had were hopes that I was clinging on to, and it is so hard to remember.

Isn’t that something how at one moment in our life we can be in the midst of the greatest chaos every and yet not remember the times of stillness. When these moments

of chaos grips us in our life, we need to remember this quote from C.S. Lewis;

Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.

When my days have been numbered, I want to be remembered for others seeing the Lord through my life.

I want the Lords goodness and mercy to shine through me each day from my life and into those who surround me.

Some days I can feel it and some days I feel like I am far off from this goal; However, no matter if I am close today or not, as long as I am striving toward my goal, I am doing great.

No matter what you are going through today, just remember that the Lord is with you, YES YOU, He is with you right now.

Sometimes we want to question ourselves and ask why things happen or why we go through things and sometimes things don’t go as we had planned.

Today, I had planned to take a new friend and her kids down south on our Island for the afternoon. She got an unexpected call, and had to take her mommy to the doctor. Sometimes our plans get thwarted and that is OKAY.

God has your best interest

We don’t know what God saves us from.

But God knows.

God knows us and our life plans and he will not put us through unnecessary harm. Sometimes we make choices and those choices lead us down roads where we learn a life lesson, but sometimes our choices lead us to a better place even if the beginning part of the journey is tough on our hearts.

So when the going gets rough, and you feel like you keep getting a door shut in your face, don’t quit. God has your back, and he wont ever let us down.

Its like sometimes when you are paddling out in the ocean, and you repeatedly get knocked down by waves, You push and fight your way to get to surface so that you can get OUT of the water. When your life is heading for big waves and you are getting knocked down over and over again, KEEP FIGHTING back and you will get back up. Sure, your feet my hurt from the rocks or your head may pound from all the salt water, but in the end, You managed to get back up and walk to shore!

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So don’t worry. Whatever it is you may be going through today, God is with you! God is good! God is listening! Go to Him right now and thank Him for the blessings you have around you and sleep well knowing that you are not alone. We all have days when we are treading water, but there will come a moment when this too shall pass.

Be brave.

Be strong.

Be filled with Gods courage and love, because he will shelter you beneath his arms like the wings of a mother dove.

Blessings to You,

 

 

 

Time Flies…

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Where does the time go?

I cannot believe it was April 27th when I last wrote on my blog. 

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The last few weeks have just been so busy but filled with wonderful things. In May, we were busy with my 85 year old Aunt who travelled all the way from the Aussie-awesome land down under.

Here are some cute critters from Australia:

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She is so awesome and I cannot believe she is still such a world class traveler.

After she left, I was wiped right out but we had finished my little ones schooling for Kindergarten. Hello First Grade…. He had his placement test for a little school on the island that will suit his transition into the world of Elementary school. He passed it with flying colors… I was Super PROUD.

We started summer routine of reading, little printables that I found to keep him occupied, and lots of fun in the sun.

I also started Chalean Extreme in May. Completed my Burn Phase with losing five lbs and 22 inches overall. I also completed fifty miles for May! 🙂 which I Was extremely proud of!

The past few weeks, since I took over the Sunday School teaching at my church, I have been teaching the kids about the ten plagues leading up to Moses crossing the Red Sea which will be week after next. The children have loved it.. and been so receptive to my Clip Chart Behavior System. I have not literally had to use it hardly at all … other than to move them up of course. From the youngest 2 year old to the oldest who is almost 10 … I have been loving getting teaching practice.

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Right now, we are all sick. (PRAYERS MUCH APPRECIATED) Not that I Was having a “bad” morning, but I definitely had to just pull every gumption out of me to get out of bed and do my duty to those gorgeous kids. I kept my distance, and praise the Lord because I did not have to cough or blow my nose ONCE during Sunday School. I taught and the Lord gave me the strength…

It’s just a little summer cold, but they make you feel icky nonetheless.

So lots of fluids for us and some rest and relaxation.

Since I am resting so much,

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Feel free to leave a comment below or email me personally if there is anything I Can pray for you or someone you know!

Changed & Transformed

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We do not have to wait until the end of our journey to see what we have learned. Learning is a process that happens over time which is why people usually say elderly people are so wise. They did not wake up one day and magically grow wise… it happened a little every day over the course of their life.

This past week, we had a guest speaker come to our church. I had been studying the portion in Wendy Blights beautiful book, Living so That, about John 17. I had never read that quite as in depth as during this study. I had never realized it was the longest recorded prayer between Jesus and Our Father in Heaven. When spoken, it only lasts a few minutes tops, but how intimate and beautiful those few moments between them were. We cannot even fathom some of what is said, we can just imagine what we think it could mean for us.

I went to church for a special night of service, and much to my surprise, God was working on the little details as usual… the title of our sermon that night was,

wait for it…

 

drum roll please…

 

THAT THEY…

Yes which means we read some of our very, SO THAT, verses…

My heart started racing, screaming out inside, “HEY, I JUST READ THAT !!!!!”

It was like the Lord was placing his hand on my shoulder saying, My child, LISTEN….

Then when he told us that the passage we would be digging into was John 17… I just knew that God really wanted me to pay attention.

Isn’t it funny how sometimes you can be thinking of a song and it comes on the radio? I don’t think that its chance, I think that the Lord sometimes knows YOU NEED something and answers our silent prayers. Even if we did not go for the whole, “Please Gimme, Get Me, Me Me Me.”

Sometimes, it is the words left unsaid, are the words God hears the loudest.

I have been in moments in my life, where I have been shaken, and something or someone immediately comes to my rescue.

Thank You Lord for answering my prayer.

I have been in moments of pure joy, when I am so excited that you think the excitement could burst if someone poked a pin at it. God has sent people in my life to rejoice with me.

Thank You Lord for answering my prayer.

I have had a lot of pain through my miscarriages, but God has given me the most amazing little boy to hug every day and teach about the Lord. And maybe just maybe, one day my knowledge of what I have gone through, may help just ONE person.

Thank You Lord for answering my prayer.

So sometimes, trials come so that we may grow in our faith with God, and truly test the waters of our faith to make sure we are not going to throw in the towel and be like, “Pshhhh, God is sending these things to me, so he must not love me.”

WRONG

Quite the opposite my friend, God is testing you sometimes to prove how much he DOES love you and I. Sometimes we make a choice, and it may be the wrong one. God has not taken our free will away. The Spirit guides us to make the right choice but they do not make it for us. So sometimes we end up living through a consequence of our own foolish actions. However, even when we make that foolish choice or even just a not so good one, God does not forsake us. He promises to never leave nor forsake us. And all of us who are weary shall come to Him, and you know what he promises us?

To give us REST.

How comforting. So fear not, my friends, God is with us on this journey… He is in the drivers seat ready and rearing to take us on the ride of our lives… He does not promise there will not be bumps on the road. He does not promise that there will not be mountains to climb, or valleys to endure. He does not promise there will be sunshine the entire way, there could be a few storms on the rise. However, He does promise us that he will be there, the entire time with us.

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Lets Bridge the Gap

April.. The month my beautiful daughter Sarah was born... My Bear she will forever be my bear bear...Even though she has become a beautiful women! I love her and miss her tremendously!!!!

Perseverance bridges the gap between the trial and the blessing of becoming mature and complete, not lacking anything” (page 126) – Lysa Terkuerst.

What exactly does it mean to persevere?

PERSEVERE (verb) = To persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles or discouragement; continue steadfastly.

I really loved this definition, thank you pinterest. LOL

do you see the second part of that definition?

We are to “MAINTAIN A PURPOSE” despite what life is throwing at us; or the devil, No matter the obstacle.

We are to continue steadfastly on our route or journey.

Over the past 11 weeks of Made to Crave and the Action Plan, I have seriously had ups and downs, endured a pregnancy loss, had great weigh ins and some not so great. However, the difference this time is that I have stuck through no matter what came my way and even if I had a rough week, I did not let it derail my progress. We are always going to have a little time in our life when we cannot focus due to things in our lives, but if we try to keep our focus on God and what truly matters and all the little successes, then I think we can persevere and maintain our true purpose.

No matter what fiery arrows are thrown towards us, we need to put our shield up and let God battle those arrows.

(Hebrews 12:1) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

I can tell you that if I did not have God in my life, or my faith was not as strong as it is, and my will to continue craving God more than anything in my life was not there, I could not have gotten through anything that has come my way. But because I do have Him in my life, and My faith is continually growing and getting stronger every day, I can face anything.

Sometimes our bridge is shaky,

The Tibetan Bridge -- I don't know if I'd be brave enough to do this walk, but it certainly would be interesting and adventuresome.

sometimes our bridge has shelter,

Pretty covered bridge leading to a beautiful country scene

Sometimes we feel like we will never see the end of our bridge,

The Causeway - The longest (continuous) bridge in the world. Louisiana

Sometimes we feel like we are stuck between a rock and a hard place,

The Bridge of Immortals, China

But no matter what our circumstances, Our God has built us a strong foundation

to walk across, and THAT bridge can not be shaken, crumbled, knocked over, or broken.

From the Ming Dynasty built "Rainbow Bridge", one of the most beautiful bridge in the world.

Foundation of Christ: Laying the foundation, building the house, and what we should do with it.

*I found the images on Pinterest and do not take any credit for any of the images posted today. Blessings !!!!! What beautiful photos!!! thank You to the true photographers or creators.

 

Revealing a greater thirst…

Wow, its been an entire month almost since I have had the chance to let out my heart on here. March has been a tiring, busy and life-altering month for us.

In the beginning of this year, my husband and I decided that we would brave the world one more time and try for baby number two. If you didn’t know, we had lost thirteen prior to this round, and we talked and talked about it and decided together that we were brave enough to try one last time. We knew we would either end up in the delivery room or with yet another loss. This was a tough decision because we had decided a few times before we were done, but there was a nagging feeling in my heart that said we weren’t.

So there we were, stuck between faith and fear unsure of what the future held for our hearts.

The time came to test, and before I had never really gotten very strong tests, because by the time I found out, usually I was already started the process of losing the pregnancy. I saw the most beautiful dark lines… and in my heart there was hope flickering as bright as the sun.

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It was the most beautiful sight ever.

I had envisioned in that moment what our baby would look like, what we would name him or her, what colors we would do the nursery, how excited Wyatt would be to be a big brother and all your hopes and dreams for the new baby just flows in as strong as ever when you know you are carrying a beautiful baby in your belly.

A few days later, all of those dreams and hopes came crashing down as we found out we had lost our last baby. I know to a lot of people, being early would be considered a blessing compared to losing them later on. But to a person who had tried and succeeded to get pregnant 14 other times, only having one baby come out of them, those two beautiful pink lines were the most magical feeling in the world. I cried and cried until my tears were all gone. I felt as if I could not cry one more tear because I had sobbed them out so much. I was not just grieving the loss of this… but making sure my heart had the time to grieve the finality of it all.

As I sat there crying, my five year old came up and rubbed my cheek and asked, “Mommy, why are you so sad?” I told him, “Mommy had hoped for something, but I see now that it cannot happen.”

He smiled at me, wiped my tears away, and said, “Mommy, don’t be sad, I know you were hoping for a baby, and God told me to tell you that we are going to be alright and be a happy family of three.”

Needless to say, the chills ran up my spine, and I felt Gods loving awestruck arms around me hugging me and filling my heart with peace and an odd calm sensation rushed through my entire body and soul.

I found this a few days later, and I wanted to share it with all of you as well as have a special place for it here on my blog:

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This touched my heart so much and maybe it will help one of you, someone who is sitting reading this, hurting the same hurt and feeling the same pain that I have felt. I hope that God blesses you with the child that you hope so much for … and that if it is not in the plan that you can find some peace about it … and turn to other options if that is your choice!

God must have needed an angel army and I was blessed to be chosen to carry them for even a short time… for those few weeks to trust God and fill my heart with so much love for all of my babies in Heaven. Just imagine, the first sight they got to see was the eyes of Jesus, and that brings me more comfort than anything here on Earth could ever bring me.

Without the trials that we endure in this life, we would never turn to the Lord as much as we should. God never brings doom to our lives, quite the opposite, he brings light to my life. Who am I to question the things that happen in my life? Perhaps, God has a greater purpose for me and my future may hold a different blueprint than what I envisioned. My blessings come in so many forms and every tear I have cried has proven that God lives in my heart and even when my heart is aching for what I have lost, Jesus has shown me what I have gained.

Look at my most amazing accomplishment:

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He makes me laugh more in every day than I could ever imagine. He loves to learn and to read just like his mommy. His love makes me feel more blessed than I could ever be and this little boy was given to me from God to raise in His image to  be an amazing man. What an important job God has given me…

My love for children and teaching will impact someone… and when I go to teach, or through my Sunday school class, If I can impact ONE child’s life and help them to realize how unique and special their abilities and personalities are, then that is what its all about.

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Made for Holiness

Ephesians 4:24 says our new self is “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Do you believe it is possible to live a holy life before God?

In the verses leading up to Ephesians 4:24, it tells us:

Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, 

which is CORRUPTED by lust and deception.

In order to be renewed in our new life with Christ, we have to get rid of the old ways. This is pretty similar to our new way of eating that we have been working on in this Bible Study. In January, I changed my lifestyle to clean eating.

Has it been easy?

No, not all the time.

Have I been perfect?

No, but striving to eat cleaner every day.

However, in order to see real results, I have to change the perspective in my mind. I have to throw out the ideas I had engrained in my mind about food as well as throw out the food in my house that is not beneficial to my body.

That verse is so powerful because lust can be for food and deception can be emotional eating or eating behind closed doors thinking it will never show but we fail to realize one thing:

This is when we deceive only ourselves, because we failed to ask ourselves if the food was permissible or beneficial?

Do you know the few times over the past six weeks that I have eaten, even in small portions, something off of my plan that I have gotten sick feeling?

It made me realize, even in small portions, some foods are not worth it. Some foods that we lust for do not help our bodies. I know its ok to plan a treat here and there, but sooner or later if you get sick whenever you “treat” yourself, you learn that its not really a treat.

At this point, a treat feels not like a piece of cake, but a delicious smoothie made with frozen yogurt.

Not a piece of fried chicken, but a piece of my husbands yummy bbq grilled chicken.

You see, after the times I have felt sick whether it be a headache that I normally do not get, or a pain in my tummy, that I usually do not get, It brings the perspective back where it needs to be.

I need to be #Courageous and just give up the idea of food that I had in order to really succumb to Gods righteousness.

After I have thrown these things off, then and only then will my soul, mind and body be ready for whatever God has planned for me.

He tells us in many places that he has plans for us, for you, and for me!

“…you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

By sloughing off the old skin of the snake, we can be receptive to Gods holiness and true righteousness. But if we keep the old skin on, the devil uses us for his plans not Gods. I for one do not want to be lusting after food or deceiving my temple that God has lent to me. I want to use this life for good and for holy things to help show others the way to Christ.

Lets band together and shed the skins of the snake, and put on our armor of God so that we can truly wear the belt of truth, and the breastplate of righteousness with glory and honor in Jesus name.

Blessings to you my friends,

 

#Beneficial

Beneficial; Do you want to know the definition?

Definition of beneficial (adj)

ben·e·fi·cial
 [ bènnə físh’l ]
  1. having good effect: producing a good or advantageous effect
  2. profitable: entitling somebody to or entitled to profits or property

I have always loved looking in the thesaurus. Sometimes you can find an extravagant word to replace a small one that sounds ho-hum.

Some synonyms for beneficial are:

adj                     advantageous

I really love WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED lol… seems fitting with Made to Crave.

On the other hand, some opposites to beneficial are:

BAD

Harmful

WORTHLESS

USELESS

They are some pretty tough words.
When I used to think of food, I definitely did not think of my food as useless, harmful, worthless or bad. I was thinking tasty, feels good in the moment, comforts me from this pain, and gives me heartburn five minutes afterwards lol. At that point, I would shrug the heartburn off and say oh well, musta been something I ate. HELLO AMY! Must have been everything you put in your mouth today.

It is quite the wonder I did not have more symptoms but I bet my body took a licking but just kept on ticking barely.

I am a Pinterest-aholic. I really love that when I am feeling down, I can type in “Inspiration” and within seconds, I have a lot of inspiring things to read and it just uplifts my mood. Mind you, I do limit my time on there, because lets face it, scrolling through interesting pins can take a long time. So I put a limit and tell myself in ten minutes, I am going to turn it off, and I guarantee myself that I will feel better; and you know what? IT WORKS. I definitely feel amazing afterwards.

I typed Beneficial Foods in the pinterest search tonight… when I was doing research for my post… Here are some of the top things I loved:

Beneficial food
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Health Benefits of having colours in your diet-- trueactivist-- very helpful list of beneficial foods
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Eat For Energy, Not For Comfort! Preparing To Workout – 6 Foods To Eat Before Hitting The Gym
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Then I searched Beneficial Exercise, and here are some of the top pins:

I'd like to argue against it because it makes exercising look too easy and beneficial....but it is too easy and beneficial not to do. Darnit :)
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Benefits of Regular Exercise  www.UrbanStudioNashville.com

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/321725967100384781/

Okay, there are a lot of benefits to healthy food and exercise. The inspiration just is out there for us for FREE. Yet, sometimes it takes a slap in the face to see it. I know for me, until Made to Crave I just looked at things the wrong way. My perspective was way off, and I needed a wake up call. After the holidays, I had gained almost 8 pounds of my weight I had worked from August to December to lose… and really I was not working THAT hard. I am happy to report since switching to clean eating and healthy workouts in January… I have gotten rid of that all 🙂 just in like five-six weeks! My mind is in the game.

Everytime I create a meal, I ask myself that important question from earlier in the study;

Is this permissible or beneficial to my body? Yes I may have calories for it, Yes I may think it will taste good for a moment, but if it is not beneficial to my body and going to give me nutrients, then I really should not put it in my body.

I want to let you in on a little secret, although I am not too shy about telling people, We are trying to have baby #2… and some of you may know I have had many losses. But God is not finished with me yet, and I feel in my heart, that I can have another baby. However, I do not want to put bad food in my body … I want my body to be a holy temple to house my baby… When I was pregnant with my first baby, I dropped sugar for 7 months… but I should have dropped it forever. There is nothing I need that sugar gives me. I can surely do without the bloat, extra weight and the constant sugar highs and lows. So switching clean was not just for me, but for my future baby and I will keep you guys posted as I eat clean to create the perfect baby environment.

Lamentations 3:24
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The Lord is my portion. I love that they say in this verse it is renewed every day, so I do not have to worry about my portion or your portion running out, because God is our portion every day.

I Took a little journey further into Lamentations the other morning when we started this week. The very next verse is SO powerful… check this out:

The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that “I can” both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Okay, guys… the soul that seeketh Him. Hey all you Made to Crave ladies… Isnt that what we are trying to do? Learn to live a life that craves God more than food. We are made for more, we are made to SEEK GOD… and when we do… God is good to us. We can hope and quietly wait in reverence and patience for the salvation of OUR LORD.

What a promise!

Don’t you just love when God tells you to push a little further and dig a little deeper? I have found so many wonderful verses in the trenches of my life; but I also have loved the Lord on the mountaintops of my faith. Whether we are on a high or on a dog down low, we need to remember that the Lord is our portion and his grace is sufficient enough for us.

God's Grace...More at http://beliefpics.christianpost.com/
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Have a Blessing Filled Week!