I am all He says I am…

 

I recently entered a pretty significant battle. Now, it could’ve been the fact that I had three r o u g h nights of sleep (sleeping in a toddler bed while my son sprawled out on my side of the queen bed- a long and kinda funny story…maybe another post) but I found myself on a Tuesday not too long ago, in a bind. Continue reading

The Circle Maker

Circle Maker Book This book written by Mark Batterson was a fantastic one. The main theme of the book is to pray and not give up. He opens with the legend of Honi, the Circle Maker, 1st Century, BC. There had been a drought in the land and Honi drew a circle around himself in the dust and told God that he would not leave that circle until He would send rain. The story goes that after some time, it began to drizzle, yet Honi stayed inside his drawn circle. He would not be satisfied until it poured rain and the land was refreshed. God honored his persistence and granted his request. The land flourished.

Now, some can jump off the deep end and say that there’s a hint of voodoo to it (drawing a circle around a million dollar Lotto ticket is not the idea here)  but I take it for what his point is: Pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17).  Be consistent in your prayer life with the LoRd. It’s like one of my favorite stories in the Bible, the persistent widow found in Luke 18. It’s so easy to ask for the LoRd for something and quickly move on within a week if He hasn’t answered the request. God is looking for a people to seek after Him. He also says in His Word, “We have not because we ask not.”  What a great reminder to continue to seek His face daily for the things He has in store for us!

In January of last year, I had the opportunity to lead a Bible study on this book with my friend Kristi. It was a packed-out class and over the 6 week study, we had many people share their stories of things they started praying for and how God was answering their prayers. It was a real faith booster. Many stated at the beginning that they easily give up on praying because they figure God hasn’t answered it yet, so “moving on.” It was amazing to see the transformation and eagerness of the women to seek the LoRd daily and wait for Him to grant the desires of their hearts.

I’d definitely encourage you to read this book! May it encourage you as you seek His face.

 

A day at the zoo…

A friend of mine recently invited us for an adventure at the zoo. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been there- apparently, they have passes and kids under 2 get in free… Did you hear me? I said FREE. That junk can cost up to $15/head. I’m in! Two of my neighbors invited me to go the same day so it was a party indeed- 4 mamas + 4 toddlers. They have a kiddie pool and this picture just about sums it up… Continue reading

Git in Ma’ Belly!

“Sickness is the vengeance of nature for the violation of her laws.”
Charles Simmons

What a day and age we live in now! I heard it said that the average person today takes in more toxins (air pollution, food, toxic insult on the body) than our great grandparents did in their entire lifetime! And even our fruits and veggies don’t contain as many nutrients as they did 50 years ago due to soil health and the crazy way our food is grown.

So let’s talk about food.

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”
Hippocrates

Food should be healing and energizing. When you want to take a nap after eating a meal, something isn’t right!

Do you have allergies/skin issues? Trouble sleeping? Anxiety? Depression? Headaches? Fatigue?

Jonathan and I went totally paleo when I was 5 months pregnant with our firstborn. Cold turkey. Yeah, I thought I was going to die- we threw out everything and had no idea how to start a new diet. Note to self: preparation is the key to success. Then we noticed how great we felt, rested we slept and how queasy “cheat” food made us feel.

Now, I am not saying one diet is better than another. With the “Caveman” Paleo diet- there’s LOTS of meat and protein involved. That can be a little much on your heart and kidneys.

But the idea is:

Lean Meats Fruits & Veggies Nuts Water

So no sugar, no breads, no pastas, refined, processed anything… It’s very difficult (especially going out for social gatherings) but you feel great once your body gets used to being clean.

One of my favorite places to eat is a totally raw eatery. I love the food, feel AWESOME long after the meal is over and take home the menu to study and duplicate it later.

The idea of RAW is consuming food completely uncooked- maintaining its nutrients and enzymes that are destroyed by heat. You can heat food- but not more than 115* in the oven- so it can literally take hours to produce a meal.

Fruits Veggies Nuts Soaked/Dehydrated combos.

I really enjoy Raw desserts. I can eat them all day long. If you’d like to learn the basics of raw, I’d recommend Going Raw by Judita Wignall. There’s plenty of resources out there, just hit up your local library.

There’s tons of different “diets” out there. I think as long as you eat food as close to the original form as possible, drink lots of water and reduce your toxic load, you will feel the difference. Everything in moderation. Like the saying goes, you are what you eat. I heard it said once that every time you eat you are voting. Voting for the types of food you want- supply and demand for the grocers but also for yourself. You can choose to move towards better health or away from it with every bite.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says,”You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

I pray you would take the time to honor Him who has given us life and enjoy the benefits of excellent health!

In His Grip,

Amy

Christine Caine

I had my face melted off in early January. Trudging towards the end of my first, quite miserable trimester, I had been swimming in a sea of discontentment with a lot of things and frustrated with people- People who have failed me, that have disregarded myself or my husband, blah, blah, blah.

But then something happened that moved me towards repentance. Fresh vision. A new perspective. Even as Christians, we all need a good dose of repentance sometimes.  It says in the Word,

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…”

Ah, yes, times of refreshing… And that is a promise indeed!

This message by Christine Caine, founder of the A21 Campaign, struck a chord with me. I was reminded again that it’s not about me, my “rights”,  who owes me what, or anything of that nature- that just feeding into my own selfishness. I am called to serve others and leave the rest up to the LoRd. He alone will be my Defender. It’s the small decisions and actions I make today that will have a profound difference in my future.

Check out this session at the World Mandate Conference in 2013 entitled Anointing to the Appointing by Christine Caine. I pray this video will strike a chord in your heart and move you closer to all that He’s called you to.

 

In His Grip,

Amy