Food Since The Garden

Food has been part of humanity since the Garden of Eden.  Even back then we struggled with food.  Have you ever thought about that?   I’ve struggled with food my entire life. I was a very thin child, but I was a very unhealthy eater even back then. Once my metabolism slowed down in adulthood and pregnancies happened, I never stopped “growing” so to speak.

Fruits and vegetables look amazing and colorful. I love the appearance of them.  But I dislike the taste.  Whether it’s the texture or bitterness, I cannot say what I dislike more about them, but they’ve been a struggle for me since the beginning of my lifetime.

I’ve read how our bodies were made by God for foods that are Garden of Eden approved. 😛  There is a Daniel Fast that speaks of Daniel eating only fresh foods and not those richly processed for the King. There is a Paleo diet that reaches back to only those foods that can be found naturally. I even have a program on my Facebook that I follow called “Fully Raw” and this woman is the picture of brightness, health, and perfect skin and muscle tone.  I want what these plans have to offer. But I cannot want it bad enough to actually switch over even a meal or two to such eating.

It’s a struggle. And it’s been around since the Garden. So I think all I can do is pray, pray, pray.  Drink lots of water. And submit myself to “suffering” through trying to find a way to eat healthier without sacrificing every ounce of happiness I have.

Have a blessed Sunday!  In an emergency, remember to dial 9:11  (That’s in Psalms, y’all.)  “Sing praises to the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.”  —  No matter what your circumstance, whether struggling with food, illness, or finances, sing praises and know that the Lord’s got this. He’s on his throne. Trust in Him. Lean on His strength. 🙂

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Dropped

When reading fiction novels, does anyone else feel like the books always end rapidly? Too quickly? It’s not that I think that the books aren’t long enough.  I just feel like I spend 29 chapters out of a 30 chapter book building up the story, learning about the characters, establishing the conflict, and then ONE chapter just wraps it all up and the book is over. Done. Finished. I read 250 pages of building up to the climax and get to the whole point of the story, to take 10 pages to completely resolve everything. /sigh  I don’t know what I’m expecting. I mean, books HAVE to end (unless they’re series).  I just feel “dropped” at the end.

I’ve had several books that I just wanted to write the authors letters and ask how the characters are doing today.

Comment below with some good fiction novels that caused you to fall inlove with the characters, want to be their friend, desire to know them long after you’ve come to the end of the book. 🙂

Know Those Scriptures!

Welcome to the New Year!  Today I wanted to share with you what one of my many goals are for getting into the Word. Remember yesterday I spoke about praying God’s word?  Another element is to memorize the Scriptures so that no matter where you are or what you’re doing, these Words will come to mind when you need them!

Hebrews 4:12 tells us “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (NIV)

I signed up today with Beth Moore’s Siesta Scripture Memory Team to challenge myself to “know” my scriptures!  I want to IMG_0514have them in my mind at ~all~ times so the enemy can’t take them away. Your Bible, Google, apps, whatever you’re using to get the Word, can be taken from you, but not your mind. Did you know there are countries where it is illegal and forbidden to even HAVE the Word? That they meet in secret and if caught it means death??  Praise God you’re in this country where it is still allowed to have a Bible in your home or to go to a church of your choosing.  It may not always be that way, but you are blessed beyond measure to have that freedom for the moment!!

If you’d like to participate along with all the others who have signed up, just take a little trip over to http://blog.lproof.org/ and read the instructions and get started with me TODAY! 😀

IMG_0515I have my little spiral started!  I hope you’ll come along on this journey with me, if not with Beth Moore’s group, with whatever group YOU feel comfortable with. Even if it’s just you, alone, cracking open that Bible and praying for God to lead you to whatever scripture He feels you need at that moment. I’m always here for you if you need a scripture to begin with or want to find something in the Bible specific to a need of yours!  I’d feel blessed if I could pray for you, too! Leave me comments and I’ll respond.

From Darkness Into Light

IMG_0509I realize I am one of very few who do not celebrate the “New Year”. Many left their jobs early excited to run home and dress for their parties. Some are hosting in their homes and drawing near to their families to welcome 2015. I was hugged by coworkers who exclaimed “Happy New Year!”  But me?  I mumbled some inaudible “yeah you, too” and I just continued to work. Head lowered and fitfully typing away, I continued to finish up work at a company I dislike and dread going home to the same old routine.

It is a bitterness of years past that keeps me from enjoying this evening or seeing this as a happy occasion. Societies and individuals will not change because the clock moves forward. In fact, the Bible tells of us only falling further and further into darkness, violence, and destruction. Why celebrate the world’s moving ever closer to its end?

I have been in prayer about my attitude and about my lack of care about the turning of the calendar pages, and I have been convicted and shown reasons why the Lord wishes there to be no hesitation in embracing every second we have been gifted by His grace and mercy.

But how do I overcome my depression?  Why should I find the light when I’m so tired and convinced there is no hope?  Because God has gifted me with another hour here. Because I am still breathing, I can still be the light in the world I find so desperately lacking in so many ways. John 1:5 says “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” That word (understood) in Greek means to realize, grasp, or find out. I think until our Lord returns I should shine understanding and truth into the darkness. I should use my time wisely not only to draw closer to my Lord, but to also share with others my desire for greater understanding, peace, and love.

My eyes are red with exhaustion and defeat. But, I am fervently praying for my God to fill me with HIS spirit and HIS energy. I am asking in Jesus name for joy. Not “happiness” but a deeply rooted “JOY” to fill my heart and feed me so that I can be of use to Him. To help those who may be suffering more than I am. To SHINE BRIGHT.

Praise God for His continued patience with His dear child who only wants to know Him all the more in 2015. I resolve to:

1. Count my BLESSINGS!  What better way to attack the Devil, and depression, and evil than to be BLESSED and KNOW IT!

2. READ MY BIBLE!  Look out, wicked one. I am armed!

3. Drink more water and appreciate better the “temple” the Lord has given me.

4. Attend church whether “feeling it” or not! I will be gathered together with like-minded brothers and sisters! Strength in numbers. Power!  “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

5. PRAY SCRIPTURES!  My friend, Nicole, has enlightened me to praying scriptures and praises and I am going to embrace that! I will keep a journal and keep notes about the year’s prayers, answers, and praises.

I know you read this and wonder, what else??  You see that I’m spiritual and there is nothing wrong with being religious or spiritual, but…. do I have anything else to resolve? Goals that don’t involve my Bible? The answer is no. The world has enough lukewarm Christians.

I am His and He is mine. And yours! All you have to do is ask. BE THE LIGHT IN 2015!

Welcome 2015 ~ One Moment At A Time

I wanted to write about a verse that touched my heart. It was clear I needed to listen close, to understand, and to share this with all the readers that find themselves here.

Whatever emotions you’re facing (joy or sorrow) when looking forward into yet another year, you and I should strive to be IN THE MOMENT. For some, it is exciting and so many plans have been set, goals are made and faith is strong that 2015 is THE year for them. They wait with high expectation. For others, the new year means more drifting and wading through moment after moment of misery and pain, waking up to live the same nightmare that consumed all light and joy this year.

We are not promised another second or an extra breath on this planet. No one knows their last Christmas or birthday. When it is our time (whether young or old), our time has come. You cannot change the inevitable death that awaits us all until Jesus returns for His children. Being afraid of our mortality seems to direct senseless energy that could be re-directed toward a positive impact on ourselves and those we see all around us.

Fill your mind with what is here and now. The past is unchangeable and living there is of no use. Stop worrying about the future, too. Stop fearing what’s in front of you. You’re not promised a tomorrow.  Look at TODAY. THIS MOMENT. NOW. Live in it. Embrace it. Use it to the fullest. Many even while I type this will breathe their last from old age or disease, but you… you’re still here and can make a difference. You can take action to change your course, to improve your circumstance, even if it’s just for today. Be kind. Be aware of others. Connect with those around you. Serve. Pray. Time is precious and you’re the only YOU who will ever live on this Earth. One of a kind. Special beyond measure. Take care of your heart. Bless your soul. You’re only here for a moment. Make it count.

James 4:14 says… “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow, What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

It’s true that our lives seem so short and but a mist in time. What will you do with the time you have? Please don’t waste it on anger, sadness, and withholding forgiveness. Be in the moment. Live in the now. As Matthew says, let tomorrow worry about itself. (Matthew 6:34… “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Musings From Reading An Article on Church Marriages

All I can say is God knows my prayers for finding a husband, and he knows I’ve been single for years while following the mentality of “Waiting on the Lord”… Um, what can churches DO?  Pair up them singles!  😛  Facilitate counseling and nudging potential matches toward each other. There should be Singles classes that are designed to prayerfully bond like-minded singles together and move them onward to Married classes. If there are singles among the church congregation whom wish to be single and have no desire for marriage, then they can have their Ladies groups or Mens groups and tailor their studies and events towards those needs. Am I crazy? Too idealistic?  Are semi-arranged marriages so barbaric?  I perhaps have been single too long and have lost touch with reality. But in so many ways, I’d love for the church to hand me a prayerfully chosen mate to share life with.  

Random thoughts began from seeing this article and went from there:

http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-trends/3-ways-churches-can-bridge-the-marriage-divide.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fbpage&utm_campaign=cwupdate

Free My Gypsy Soul

I feel very stagnate and caught in a boring cycle. I’ve pretty much not moved forward for 9+ years. My mother would call this event a miracle as I’ve embraced LIFE and have become a responsible human being who takes care of herself and her family.  I, on the other hand, am having a very difficult time with my gypsy soul that wants to experience less city and routine and more living and connecting and feeling. I feel very trapped and weighed down by the endless “have-to”‘s.  I understand we ALL have to work, and deal with stresses, and care for children we’ve created, and all the responsibilities that come with civilized humanity, but…  I have not moved, I have not dated or had any relationships other than with my children, and I have not served humanity or myself in any capacity. This must change.  

How does one keep from panicking that their last moments on earth were spent doing the mundane in the hopes that one day…. some day..  you’d finally reach the paradise at the end of the toil?  I’ve had so many people that I know pass away recently. A man to a brain tumor, a beautiful woman to cancer, another incredible lady to intestinal blockage… all so young.  Just the other day I read a Facebook post regarding a 12 year old boy died.  TWELVE!  He didn’t even get to START this life before he was taken from the world.  No dates, weddings, sex, children, growing old, contributing… just… gone.  Forever.  

I may need medication for depression at this stage in my life, but I do truly wish to find methods and practical ways to lessen the feeling that every day I’m blessed with is filled with panic, depression, fear, and routine.  Someone mentioned the term psychosomatic and felt I needed to find creative outlets, meditations, art, reading/writing, or anything to distract my mind from the anxiety that breeds there.  What else could you add to help a woman escape madness, embrace life, and make a small difference in the universe for the blink of time I’m given here.  Comments are welcome.