Declaration & Healthy Living for the Week

Declaration: I am valuable. (Luke 12:29)

So I’ve decided to change “Declaration & Exercise of the Week,” to “Declaration & Healthy Living of the Week.” The title is a bit longer; but it will continue to include declarations, as well as, exercise, recipes, humor and other things related to living a healthy lifestyle.

I tore two menisci in college; after tearing my ACL in high school. The doctor told me that I would have arthritis by the time that I was forty. Before I could even think about it, I boldly declared: “No I won’t!” Fast forward all of these years later, I’m beyond 40 and arthritis free. Praise YHWH! What I didn’t know at the time was that I would go on a journey of learning how to eat in a way that was best for my body. I became a vegetarian, progressed to vegan, and finally to raw-food vegan. During all of my pregnancies, I returned to meat (chicken and fish); and continued eating it until even after my last pregnancy. Since dropping the meat from my diet, I am feeling SO much better overall. My next thing that I’m going to tackle is my sugar cravings. It is SO bad for us. I knew it in my head; but I just ignored. I felt a tug in my heart that it was time to get back on track with my eating habits; so I’m yielding to obedience.

My husband and I were talking a couple days ago after he cleaned his home office. To give you a little background. He is an extremely neat and organized person; but for a while, his home office was disorganized. His other offices and car were still in immaculate condition; so I wondered why; but never said anything about it. He told me that the Holy Spirit revealed to him why this one place in his life was out of order. A deal that he was making fell through while he was in the home office; and it brought disordered thinking for him. God told him to clean it up; and so he did.

I got to thinking about the disordered places in my life. I could see that it was my diet. I’ve always been a disciplined person; but after my last baby; I started to feel a bit overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure how homeschool was going to workout. I didn’t know what the new morning and night time routines would look like. I didn’t know what my new sleep routine would be. I just had a lot of unknowns. By YHWH’s grace, we got into a new routine. Homeschool worked itself out. I adjusted to my new sleep routine.  However, when I did meal planning; I only did it for the way that my husband eats; and not the way that I ate. So without a plan, I was just eating what was there. I began noticing that I wasn’t feeling as well as I had always felt. So, it was time to make a change. I’m grateful to the Holy Spirit for loving me so much, to remind me of my value. Yeshua died for me to have excellent health. That’s a hefty price to pay; but it was well worth it to Him.

What’s an area of your life that the Father is nudging you to change or improve?  Below is a picture of one of my favorite simple salads. It’s made up of spinach, cucumber, tomato, avocado and raisins. Have an excellent rest of your week!

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Biblical Laws for a Successful 2020

As you reflect on this past year, or previous years even….are you satisfied with your life? Will 2020 be better than previous years; or the same old thing? What will make 2020 better than previous years? Are you living your purpose; if not, why? These are all questions I’ve asked myself and I encourage you to do the same. I’ve learned over the years that many of our life circumstances are a result of our innermost thoughts, the words that we speak; as well as our daily actions or in-actions. In other words, our habits. When I was twelve years old, I told my mom that she wouldn’t have to pay for my college education; because I was going to get either an academic or athletic scholarship. Five years later, that is exactly what happened.

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Why did this happen? Was it luck? Definitely not! It was biblical laws.

Job  22:28 states: “You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] will shine upon your ways. 

Proverbs 4:23 (GNT) says: Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. 

Luke 6:43 – 45 (MSG) states: “You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.

In my above mentioned story, I  utilized all of these laws. My innermost thoughts were that, I was a great student-athlete; which caused me to speak it out of my mouth. My actions also aligned with who I was and what I spoke. I practiced basketball every day; even after basketball practice with my team, on weekends; as well as when season was out. As a student, I did very my well in my classes. This process would not have worked out in my favor, had I thought and said one thing; but did another.

This process has happened time and time again throughout my life. Another example is when I was pregnant with my second child. I wanted a home-birth; but my husband wasn’t in agreement with the idea.  I didn’t try to persuade him. I felt in my heart that God would grant me the desire in my heart. All of my check ups were at the Midwife’s office; except for the last one. It was two weeks before my due date; and I was going to have my first appointment with my midwife at the hospital; to see the birth room. Low and behold, about 2 hours before my appointment, my baby boy came right on out at my sister’s house.  God is good and His principle’s work all the time!

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  (Moments before birthing my 2nd baby)       (My 2nd baby about 30 min. post-birth)

As you prepare to cross over into 2020, it is my prayer that your vision for your life will be made perfect! May your minds be transformed by renewal through the Word; and your speech and habits line up with the vision that is within you. As always, have an EXCELLENT week and I’ll see you around the blogosphere! Happy New Year!!

 

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