Wednesday, February 28, 2018

He’s Building Beautiful Buildings

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone.  IN HIM the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord, and IN HIM you too are BEING BUILT together to become a dwelling in which God Himself lives by His Spirit.” —Ephesians 2:19-22

This morning as I was lingering over these verses and reading through my Jon Courson commentary.   My heart was overwhelmed and intrigued with idea that through Christ I am immediately a new person, but my entire life will be spent being built into become a dwelling place for God.  There is beauty in the building process.  There is grace in understanding that my house won’t be fully done until I take my last breath.

My memory verse last week was Ephesians 3:20:  “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is AT WORK within us.”  

Today’s scriptures continue this same message...In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord, and In Him you too are BEING BUILT together to become a dwelling in which God Himself lives by His Spirit

At Work + Being Built = IN PROCESS

My life is a construction site where He is AT WORK building me into His masterpiece. I am in process.  I have not arrived.  I am being refined and sculpted through Holy Bootcamps that get me to HIM.  His strength and majesty shines in my weaknesses.

He is chiseling, reshaping, and molding me to become His beautiful building.  

The building process is long, it’s a lifetime project because I have resistant clay and brick called sin.  But praise the Lord, He never tires!  He is steadfast to stay the course until my house is exactly as He designed and deemed it to be before I ever took my first breath! 

“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” — 1 Peter 2:5

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” — 1 Peter 2:6

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Whole30-Reintroduction-HE EQUIPS

For those who did not catch my update this week on FB.  Scott and I completed 30 DAYS of being 100% complaint on Whole30.  

  • Scott lost SIXTEEN POUNDS!!!
  • I lost FIFTEEN!!!

God revealed himself as my mighty warrior through every single step.  Especially, when I had to travel out of town for three days and stay in a hotel.  I did not have control of my food or how it was prepared.  

The Lord actually moved on our caterers heart to prepare meals for me that allowed me to stay compliant and to live in LIFE and PEACE!  I didn’t ask even have to ask.  This precious Jesus-loving woman heard I was doing Whole30 and then was moved by the Lord to prepare my meats and veggies separately.  

She will never know how much God used her during that trip to make Himself known.  He is gracious and good and FULL OF MERCY!


“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along th3e path of EVERLASTING life!” — Psalm 139:23-24

God is busy and at work in my life, in my heart, AND especially in my weaknesses.  I truly believe that doing Whole30 felt easier than allowing foods back in.  I found for me, that in a fast it’s easier because I don’t have to think about what I’m doing as much.  I can’t have (fill in the blank) and so it’s not even on my radar.  

This week I’ve begun the reintroduction phase.  I have been allowing certain foods back in to test them and to see how my body reacts.  This is truly one of the biggest reasons we do Whole30.  It’s a way to discover if we have food sensitivities.  Some people can have dairy and others cannot.  Some can have grains and gluten and this would be foolish for others.  

How Whole30 reintroduces foods is that you try one group (Without mixing it up with anything else) on one day and then go back to Whole30 strictly for two days and then introduce the next food (by itself) and then go back to Whole30.  

You are supposed to take note of how you feel right away and then also the next day.  Here is what I’ve discovered:

I did fine immediately with shredded cheese 

“All things are permissable, but not all things are profitable”
—I Corinthians 10:23

I did NOT do well with butter.  For lunch I had chicken and green beans and added a couple of pats of real butter to cook it.  I had an immediate (within 15 mins) reaction to butter.  I will save you the details, but trust me on this😳😉🤭  It was SO obvious.  

For dinner I made a Trim Healthy Mama “S” meal. Which means it was grain, gluten, and sugar free.  But packed with dairy!  It looked so good and I thought there was no better way to test my reaction😊😉😘. 

It used 1 C of heavy cream and 1 C of Parmesan cheese.  I was so nervous, but WOO HOO it was awesome and I had NO immediate reaction.


I noticed the next day I had just a smidge of congestion.  Prior to beginning Whole30 I had struggled with sinus issues horribly for a couple of years.  I had been on prednisone packs ELEVEN TIMES because of the inflammation and swelling.  It was one of my biggest improvements on Whole30.  

So...when I tell you it was just a smidge, it was enough to cause me to caution dairy back into my life on a regular basis.  As a matter of fact, that MORE than the tummy issues caused me to be cautious with dairy.  

On a positive note, dairy did not appear to cause any inflammation in my joints.  



Truthfully, I’m still figuring it out myself.  But here is what I do know for sure:

  • I will continue to eat most Whole30
  • My caveats will be allowing Splenda, Erthrytol, and Xyitol back into my diet. (My body does fine with these natural sweeteners)
  • I will continue the reintroduction phase this week with trying out grains and take note
  • Long term I think I will stay pretty close to Whole30 except on weekends.  
  • On weekends I will continue to eat sugar free, but make recipes from Trim Healthy Mama that might allow dairy or possibly good grains.
  • I will continually pray and evaluate
  • This is a journey and I love that I don’t have to have all the answers.  I just have to know the ONE who does!

“Seek me with all your heart and you will find me”
—Jeremiah 29:13

Monday, January 29, 2018

Grace Wins!


"And so my judgment is that we should NOT MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR THE GENTILES WHO ARE TURNING TO GOD.”  Acts 15:19

  • Acts is all about the building of the first church since Christ had been taken to heaven.  Jewish believers were trying to mix law into grace and Paul would have none of it!  
  • GRACE WINS!  (Not grace by the worlds definition that there is no consequence for sin, but grace that we cannot change ourselves or make ourselves’s HIM IN US)
  • The gospel is simple and powerful.

My Sheep—That’s US❤️

New memory verse!  

I love that we are his sheep❤️

  • He knows us
  • We follow HIM
  • HE gives us Eternal Life
  • We will never perish
  • We cannot be snatched away

Loving this world or the one to come?

“Do not love this world nor the things if offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.  These are not from the Father, but are from this world.  And this world is fading away, along with everything taht people crave.  But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
—1 John 2:15-17

According to I John 2:15-17 the worlds way of doing things squeezes out the love I have for the Father. It pushes me to want my own way, to want everything for myself, to want to appear important, to want to gratify the flesh.  

This mindset leaves us isolated and alone. 

God‘s way is to do everything for an audience of ONE...HIM❤️  Scripture says that there is a constant battle for my heart. One way gives me temporary satisfaction, but long term leads to death. The other way leads to LIFE and PEACE!  That way is everlasting❤️

#truthfromlastweekssermoninjonah There is a real enemy that will sell you a ticket to go anywhere you want. It will take you further than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay.

There Is A Battle Taking Place For Your SOUL!

There is a very real battle taking place for your soul.  Are you stuck in a situation, a sin, a stronghold...and you feel like there is NO HOPE?  Don't believe that lie!  Greater is HE that is in us than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4) 

"FOR OUR STRUGGLE IS NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD,  but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore PUT ON the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to STAND YOUR GROUND, and after you have done everything, to stand." EPHESIANS 6:12-13

Praying Scripture Is POWERFUL!

My words are temporary and fueled by my human heart.  God's Word is ETERNAL and fueled by the Holy Spirit. 

"As was Paul’s custom, he went to the synagogue service, and for three Sabbaths in a row HE USED SCRIPtURE TO REASON WITH PEOPLE." -- Acts 17:2

"ALL SCRIPTURE is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It CORRECTS US when we are wrong and TEACHES US to do what is right." II Timothy 3:16

"For THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE AND POWERFUL. It is SHARPER THAN THE SHARPEST TWO-EDGED SWORD, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. IT EXPOSES our innermost thoughts and desires. "  Hebrews 4:12-13A