This passage was in my morning reading….

And Peter followed at a distance.  The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there.  A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was one of Jesus’ followers!”
But Peter denied it. “Woman,” he said, “I don’t even know him!”
 After a while someone else looked at him and said, “You must be one of them!”,
“No, man, I’m not!” Peter retorted.
About an hour later someone else insisted, “This must be one of them, because he is a Galilean, too.”
 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.

While I’m the first to admit that denying Jesus is a big deal, I want to think about this another way.

Remember, he had just recently declared that Jesus was more than a teacher and much more than a friend, he was indeed the Messiah.  (Matthew 16:16)

When questioned, he’s not just denying the man known as Jesus. He’s not denying the carpenter he took fishing. Or the guy that he had dinner with last night. He’s denying the truth that was revealed to him by God.

Now you might be thinking that you would never deny truth of Jesus Christ as boldly as Peter did. But what about those little truths that God has whispered into your spirit?

Jesus said that, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 

What if you're so busy denying the truth that it can't set you free? 

Since this is a blog about aligning spirit, soul/mind, and body. Then I’ve got to ask you these questions….

  • What do you know that you should be doing to take care of yourself but you’re not?
  • Are you holding a grudge?
  • Is there some stinking thinking that you need to change?
  • Are you eating things that you know are harmful to your health and self-esteem?
  • Do you find excuses to get out of daily exercise?
  • Is there someone you need to forgive?

 

 

 

Ten Hour Days…..

Ten Hour Days…..

Since moving to PCB, Hank has started two new businesses.  He does home inspections. He also does home repairs, renovations, and painting.

I love to paint. And I’m willing to work for the baby clothes that I’m going to buy anyway. That makes me his one and only employee.

(When I start to get frustrated with Hank for telling to go get this or bring me that, I keep reminding myself that “I am created to be his help-meet and that I love helping him.”)

I love being busy and I’m grateful that God is providing for us with these jobs. But I hate that I have so little time for meal preparation. I’m not willing to eat most fast food. I hate spending money eating out at places that serve real food. And, at the end of a ten hour day, I just want to go home.

So what’s a girl to do?

Twice a week I prepare a breakfast casserole which gives me extra time in the morning to put dinner in the crock pot. (You should try this breakfast frittata!) I also use that time to make one great big salad so that I divide it up each day for lunch.

maxresdefaultNow I gotta admit that we have found ourselves eating at fast food restaurants. Hank loves Chick-fil-a and, being in the south, there is one just down the street from the house we are working in. So when we go there, I get the  #SuperfoodSideSalad with kale and broccolini and grilled chicken tenders. On Friday, I picked up a chopped salad from Subway.180s

One day, we had a super treat by stopping by the Seabeeze BBQ food truck and picked up chicken, ribs, and two sides to share.We had this for lunch and then later that evening I ate some of the meat with a side of spaghetti squash that I had made by using the delayed timer on my oven.

This week I also want to try to get some meals together for the pressure cooker so that all I have to do when we get on is turn on the stove.

It’s important to me that Hank and I are eating foods that nourish our bodies. Especially when we are super busy and little bit stressed.

What about you? How do you prepare good meals for your family when you have very little time?

 

 

Buying time….

I told you yesterday that I have to wait THIRTY minutes before I can have my morning cup of coffee. Usually, I lay in bed and wait for those long minutes to pass. Sometimes I get up, count down the minutes, and sit with Hank while he drinks his coffee.

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Hank and I like to drink our first cup of coffee with Joyce Meyer.

I’ve always enjoyed her practical approach to Christianity and have credited her ministry to most of my inner healing. After Hannah got osony-walkman-cassette-player-350n the big yellow school bus, I’d stuff my Walkman along with an extra tape into my athletic neoprene purple fanny pack and go on my morning run. (Yes. I am that old!)

I still love her practical approach. And every morning, she still challenges me to heal, grow, and do my best to enjoy the life that God has given me!

But I’m rambling. Today she was talking about living life on purpose and not wasting time. She went on to say that at 73 years old, she works out with weights three times a week and walks five miles a day. (I’m impressed!) She said that others might see that as a waste of time but she sees it as buying time!

Buying time!

The National Cancer Institute  once wrote,

“Regular exercise extended the lives in every group that we examined in our study—normal weight, overweight, or obese.”

Buying time to live. Buying time to give. Buying time to grow old without feeling old. Buying time to be with  children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Would you see exercising differently if you thought of it as buying time instead of losing or wasting time? Would you find a way to incorporate some form of exercise in your life if you thought it might give you a few more days, weeks, or years with your family?

According to the National Cancer Institute you could actually buy as much as 4.5 years by incorporating regular exercise into your life!

 

Oh my! How we’ve grown!!!

wsizes-web-history-150-newI told you  that I would share my thoughts on the Time article. And here they are……

I don’t know why the Time article focused on size 8 when….

“The average American woman now wears between a size 16 and a size 18, according to new research from Washington State University.” Tim Gunn

It’s time that we decide to take care of ourselves regardless of what size the tear-a-way label in your pants tells you that you are.

If you hate the way you feel or look then do something about it.

If you know that you are not living your best life because of how much you weigh then do something about it.

If you are not taking care of your body by feeding it nutritious food and getting some exercise then do something about it.

I can’t tell you how many women who have told me that they’ll lose weight when they get sick with diabetes or high blood pressure. Or they’ll start eating better when they can afford it. Or they’ll start exercising when they can find the time. (Really? If you are going to have to lose the weight after being diagnosed with a life-altering disease then why not do it now and prevent it altogether?)

This is the problem with procrastinating. If you don’t do something about it now then you will get bigger and bigger and eventually sicker and sicker. And the industry will attempt to ease the pain of gaining weight by changing the sizing labels all over again.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

I agree with my friend, Cathy, who said that we should love ourselves no matter what our weight. But you know what? Loving yourself also means taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Loving yourself means that you give yourself the best life possible and live this one life that God has given us to the fullest with as little regret as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cost of living well…..

grocerybill4Hannah and I were talking the other day about  how much it costs to buy high quality and nutritious food.

As we were talking, I thought about the high costs of those things  that we so willing pay for such as our homes, cars, and cell phones.  Not only are we willing to pay for these things, I rarely hear anyone complain about how much they are spending each month on them.

So I decided to google these things and to find out just how much the average American may be paying…..

 According to the article on CNBC.com “New car, new reality: Auto loan borrowing hits fresh highs”

  • Average auto loan: $30,032 — the first time the amount borrowed to buy a new vehicle has topped $30,000.
  • Average monthly payment: $503 — the first time the average auto payment has gone over the $500 mark.
  • Average term for an auto loan: 68 months — this is the longest average term ever seen by Experian.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the national average for a home loan is $222,261 with a $1,061 average monthly payment for a 30-year mortgage at 4 percent, according to LendingTree.

The iPhone 7 will cost between $649.00 to $769.00. If you pay for it with your monthly bill you’ll be paying somewhere between $32.00 and $38.00.  Don’t forget that you still have to  pay your monthly bill that includes all those dang-blasted charges and taxes. For most of us we are probably spending at least $100 a month for our phones.

So, using these figures we are spending about $1600 a month for our home, car, and phone. (For simplicity sake, I am not even going to talk about insurance, repairs, and the various other costs we might incur while we are paying for them.)

And you know what? Most of us will buy and sell our home several times before we find our forever home. Many will buy a new car before this one is paid off. And even more of us will get a new phone within the next few years. May I gently remind you that when all that other stuff is gone that you will definitely have this body until the day you die?

Are you worth the cost of feeding yourself well? Is the health and well-being of your family worth more than a car payment? When it comes right down to it, what are your priorities?

Paleo, Primal or Creation?

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As most of you know, I am always reading about various diets and fitness routines. Lately, I’ve been reading about the Primal Diet which seems to be the Paleo Diet’s first cousin.

Anyway, as I’m reading Mark’s blog I can’t help but think that the Paleo Diet and the Primal Diet are really what I call the Creation or Genesis Diet.  I don’t know if you remember but several months ago, I mentioned that God is a good parent and like any good parent, he prepared for his children before he created them.

If you have been wondering what is the best way to feed your body, you will find it in the first chapter of Genesis.  I’ll even highlight exactly what you need to be eating in bold print!

 11 So God said, “Let the earth sprout [tender] vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit according to (limited to, consistent with) their kind, whose seed is in them upon the earth”; and it was so. 12 The earth sprouted and abundantly produced vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, according to their kind; and God saw that it was good and He affirmed and sustained it. 

20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm and abundantly produce living creatures, and let birds soar above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.21 God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind; and God saw that it was good and He affirmed and sustained it. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to (limited to, consistent with) their kind: livestock, crawling things, and wild animals of the earth according to their kinds”; and it was so [because He had spoken them into creation]. 25 So God made the wild animals of the earth according to their kind, and the cattle according to their kind, and everything that creeps and crawls on the earth according to its kind; and God saw that it was good (pleasing, useful) and He affirmed and sustained it.

020742b5a6a292a140841b988f29f284And that’s exactly how I think we should be eating…..

  • Fruits and veggies – and God saw that it was good and He affirmed and sustained it. 
  • Fish and fowl – and God saw that it was good and He affirmed and sustained it.
  • Livestock & Wild Animals – and God saw that it was good and He affirmed and sustained it.

So whether you want to call it the Creation Diet or the Paleo Diet or the Primal Diet, it’s pretty much the perfect diet for us! I’m just sayin’…….

Something to think about: during this election I keep hearing people say that the Supreme Court is at stake because the next president may choose two or more justices during his time in office. But I’ve never heard anyone say that they pray for the court or it’s justices.

And last but not least, I got to spend a week with my precious grandbabies. Oh my! Liberty is more fun than a barrel of rowdy monkeys and Raelynn is so sweet and cuddly. I’m blessed beyond measure.

 

My new boot….

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I finally went to see the orthopedist about the pain and swelling that I’ve been having in my Achilles’ tendon.  Apparently, I have a bone spur that is rubbing against the tendon causing tendonitis. (Forgive me if I’m not being technical enough here.)

We are hoping that six weeks in a boot plus physical therapy will bring healing and allow me full use of the foot again. (I’m even wishing that I’ll be able to run again……..)

If this doesn’t work, then we will have to consider surgery followed by six weeks in the boot and physical therapy.

I ask that you pray for my healing along with some patience with being slightly incapacitated.

Once I go to my first physical therapy appointment on Monday, I will be able to determine what all I will be allowed to do while wearing the boot.

I know that I can do upper body, core,  and I’m thinking that I’ll be able to use the leg machines at the gym (glute kickbacks, extensions, and curls). I’m hoping that I can continue with yoga. And I’m praying that I will be allowed to get on the rowing machine for some cardio.

Whatever I can or can’t do will not determine my happiness because I know that I can go to the beach, quilt, sew, write, and read.

I’m really, really praying that all will go well and I’ll be out of this boot and be good as new before my new granddaughter arrives in April!