Beauty is not so much what you see, but what you dream.
~Old Proverb~

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.

My Gramma gets up every morning with a beautiful smile. Her sleepy eyes crinkle and she always greets us with the happiest heart! One of my goals is to be "predictably cheerful"..... we probably all have a friend or family member we can think of who tends in this direction. No matter how you find them, when you call them or at any time you see them, they are sweet and cheerful, even if things don't seem to be going their way. If you live with someone like this, one of the first things you see of them in the morning is their sparkling smile and the last thing at night is a cheerful goodnight, and a hug, that makes you feel special just because you know its genuine and full of love. Im not talking about a sort of fake sweetness or a forced happy face... it has to be hard somtimes, but the truely cheerful person gets that beautiful and contagious cheer from a heart that is thankful and peaceful. Just giving thanks for all the blessings that the Lord provides every day should be enough to put a contented smile on our face!
So clear away the blues or thoughts that bring you down, anything that shouldn't be on your mind anyway, and as my Mama always reminds me think on the lovely, pure, praiseworthy, etc... things that are mentioned in Philipians 4:8! The things that aren't of this earth but of above! And by all means count those blessings, and rejoice! Thank you're heavanly Father! What and abundant life He has given us! :D

Monday, April 19, 2010

Prayer Warriors!

~For the constant and effectual prayer of the righteous man availeth much~

Sometimes as a young woman in our culture ,it seems to me, to be completely overwhelming to see the world going on around me as it does. We hear on the news about the terrible decisions our government makes every day, we see articles, advertisements and pictures everywhere that openly boast our country's obsession with wealth, beauty, possessions and a myriad of other things that don't count for anything in God's eyes! It can all be so very frustrating and lately it had left me feeling helpless! What can we do to change things!
Tonight while I was reading a book by Debi Pearl (highly recommend this author by the way) an answer came to mind immediately! She was talking about being "prayer warriors". I confess I had never heard of being a prayer warrior before, but it sounded strong and exciting so I kept reading. As prayer warriors the Lord can use us to help others! We can be fighting for our families, for our leaders, for our country! We can be waging the war from our own homes by taking the time to beseech the Lord on their behalf! Probably we've often prayed for our families and close friends or the missionaries overseas, etc... and those are all WONDERFUL things! Continue doing so! But how about our leaders! We can start with the leaders in our own home...our fathers, brothers, husbands! They are often the ones to enter the world every day through the work force...they are the ones who leave their homes everyday to fight for their families! We should be actively and constantly praying for them to be strong and courageous warriors for the Lord as they fight through the evil they deal with every day! Recently it came to my mind, that my Dad goes to work five days a week from early morning until late afternoon and fights for us! He works hard to provide and take care of us and I can't remember him once ever complaining! He has seen his hard earned wages buy us clothes and food and home throughout the years and he smiles and hugs and says he loves us! What better testimony is there!
So what can I do? I can pray for him! I can pray every day, twice a day! As often as I can! It really is such a huge thing! Through our prayers for our leaders at home we are affecting all the people our leader runs into throughout the day! Lets pray for him to be a powerful soul winner for the Lord! Just by his godly actions and wise decisions he is testimony of God's grace and power! The Lord can use him mightily and we can help! I encourage you to find a place to go to daily, and spend time there praying! Pray for all those leaders you know! Lift them up to the Lord and pray that the Lord will use them, that they would have strength and be courageous for Him! The turnaround of a nation starts with the nations families. This is something we can do! Lets be warriors for our King!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Its perfectly stormy out tonight, but I snapped this picture right before It started to rain. It was sunny and black all at once and the Lord spread his rainbow out over the velvet of the leaden sky. It was perfectly beautiful!

Liz and I and our friend Amanda worked out in the yard today. It was warm and pleasant and we were able to accomplish a lot! I was so thankful and pleased! So were my parents. :D

The sunshine and warmish weather probably brings out the spring fever in all of us. Isn't it just the most wonderful thing to get out side! Liz mowed the lawns while Amanda and I were weeding. I wish I could have been quick enough with the camera to catch Lizzie waving a stick in front of her before mowing so as to " scare away all the spiders" :) I guess maybe we all tend to be creeped out by them a little, but she is so funny about her fear. :)

When I came inside as the afternoon wore down I decided to clean things up a bit and get out the fresh spring curtains and take down and wash all the winter ones. Mama usually likes it alot when we do this...kinda gives a new look to the whole living space. :D
Gramma watched me putting them up and told me stories about spring cleaning back in her day. She is such a darling, funny person sometimes! She talked about driving her family crazy with her cleaning habits and told me how her neighbors used to tease her about sweeping the house after they would leave. :D She laughed as she admitted to me that they weren't that far off! What a splendidly tidy housekeeper she must have been in her day! She still enjoys doing what she can... she does dishes and folds baskets of laundry every day. What a blessing!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Completely Thankful!

Yay its day three for my new commitment to eat better! Things have been going well, so far. I got through the weekend and as we all know that can be a huge challenge since we too often just let it all go as the busyness of weekend even so much as approaches. :) So I'm very thankful to the Lord that he helped me so abundantly! I was even able to turn down Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and vanilla ice cream, on Sunday afternoon! No boasting intended either! I'm just completely thankful for the Lord's help in keeping my commitments. It can be so hard sometimes!
This morning while I was looking up verses on contentment I found myself in Philippians 4:11-13
....for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:11-13

~ Contentment really does apply to all areas of our lives! Could it be that it even apply's to what we eat? I think that it really does! If Paul could be content to go hungry than surely I can be content to choose and eat the foods that are good for my body! Why, really that isn't a sacrifice at all compared to going hungry! Its a chance rather to practice self control and contentment...being satisfied :D

Contentment: Rest or quietness of the mind in the present condition; Satisfaction which holds the mind in peace, restraining complaint, opposition, or further desire, and often implying a moderate degree of happiness.
~ Websters Dictionary

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!

Sometimes I feel like being diligent is the hardest thing in the world! Ever since the age of about 10 I have been conscience of what I put in my mouth...whether or not its healthy, etc... I read a lot of books through high school about health and nutrition and was always eager to put it into practice. Lately however I seem to have become a little slack in this area... not being consistent at all.
So I've decided to start working on it again. I decided that for 2 months I will not eat these things:

Sour cream
Oils (with the exception of high quality flax and olive oil)
Milk ( unless its whole and raw )
Sweets (No white refined sugar or products made with them )
White Refined Flour or flour products ( includes pasta)

I have noticed such a change in how I feel after only having been off these things for a couple days. My stomach feels great! I had noticed that when I was eating a lot of pasteurized dairy products and refined flours and sugars that I was constantly feeling ill. My tummy felt uncomfortable and I often felt listless and irritable.
Here are the things that I have decided, after doing some research, that I would still enjoy :

All fruits and veggies fresh or frozen- canned items lose to many vitamins
Chicken /Beef/ and Fish
Beans and Rice
Oat and nut milks: our family has tried a delicious oat and hazelnut milk that is organic and very satisfying
Raw, organic milk
Organic Yogurt ( contains probiotics and live cultures) Sooo good for you!
Whole grain bread and pasta ( In moderation)

There are lots of other things that I probably haven't mentioned here, but my goal is to eat things as close to the way God created them as possible. Organic foods are a bit more expensive, but my parents have decided that they are worth it. They are so much more flavorful and good for you and your not putting all those nasty chemicals and gmo's into your body.