Monday, December 31, 2018

Ransomed & Rescued...






This morning I woke up and for the first time since my grandma was fully healed and went home to be with the Lord on 10/26 I felt moved to begin digging through some of her important papers and even glanced at her bible.  Within 15 minutes my heart hurt so much with longing to see her, to talk with her, to touch her hand.

Isaiah 43:1-3 (Personalized)

But now, Mary, listen to the Lord (not your feelings)  the One who formed you says, do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. (I paid a great price for you) I have called you by name; you are mine.  When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.  When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown.  When you walk through fire of oppression (misery/hardship) you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.  For I am the Holy one of Israel, your Savior!

Thank you Lord for your Word and for your Holy Spirit.  Thank you that my hope is not in the temporary, but the Eternal.  Thank you that though I cannot see her face, or touch her hand, or hear her voice...I will one day, and in your presence she and I will fall to our knees and bow in worship before you.  Thank you for giving her to me for the first 50 years of my life. Thank you for RANSOMING & RESCUING ME this morning❤️

Sunday, September 16, 2018

UNFADING BEAUTY—Walk Your Talk, Peter Study❤️


Rather, it [beauty} should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet Spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
—1 Peter 3:4


As I watch my beloved grandmother slow down my heart is drawn to this verse in ways that might not have been as significant a few years ago.  Her human life is fading, but her eternal life is looming.  It puts into perspective so many things.  I think of all the incredible accomplishments my grandmother has had...putting herself through college in her 40’s, going back and getting her masters in her 50’s, dancing with Dean Martin in her 20’s.  But it is the things that cannot be measured with human eyes that mean the most.  She was my constant encourager and believed in me when I didn’t see what she did.  She was my loyal friend that always made time to sit and listen to anything I needed to say.  Even in her weakened state she shows her love through her smiles, hugs, and kisses.  


My human heart grieves as I consider a world without her in it.  But my Spirit rejoices when I think that she is about to be made whole again. In this late and last season of life I am drawn, not to what she did, but the unfading beauty of who she is❤️







Monday, September 10, 2018

Choosing The Imperishable Things!


Week One Memory Verse


What a powerful night we had launching our first evening of our Fall S&L Series...Walk Your Talk!  We are super excited to read through the books of 1 & 2 Peter.  My heart is eager to get my hands dirty this morning digging into the Word and I pray yours is too!

Such an amazing time of Worship❤️

Salmon, Chicken, & shrimp, Oh my!  Thank you to Faith Covenant for a yummy dinner❤️

And through your FAITH, God is protecting you by His Power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.—1 Peter 1:5

Faith is the confidence of what we hope for and the assurance of what we do not see.—Hebrews 11:1


Look at that line...and look at those conversations taking place and friendships being formed



For Prophecy never had it’s origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 
—2 Peter 1:21



❤️TIME TO MEET OUR PRECIOUS S&L LEAD GROUPS❤️

Cindy & Camille’s S&L Lead Group

Melanie & Michelle’s S&L Lead Group

Mary & Erika’s S&L Lead Group

Gail’s S&L Lead Group

Holliday & Laurel’s S&L Lead Group

Lynn & JoEtta’s S&L Lead Group



We ended our first evening with Living Hope.  It was such a God moment because the Lord placed that song on Christa’s heart and we never made the connection that it comes directly from our day one reading assignment from Peter...

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In HIS great mercy He has given us new birth into a LIVING HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
—1 Peter 1:3




Saturday, September 8, 2018

Behave With The END In Mind....Walk Your Talk Peter Study Week THREE❤️


You Are A Temporary Resident

This place is not your home.  You are a temporary resident.  When situations come along that wreck your peace, that feel unfair or unjust, hang onto  ME.  Be still and “I” WILL FIGHT FOR YOU.  Patiently endure Holy Bootcamps through my power that lives within you and I will do a miracle and change the way you THINK, the way you ACT, and the way you BEHAVE!  (In that order)


I warn you as TEMPORARY RESIDENTS—Keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your souls. — 1 Peter 2:11

How do I not get caught up in the crazy going on in the world around me?

1-ENTRUST MYSELF TO HIM:  He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. —1 Peter 2:23

2-STAY STILL:  The Lord will fight for you, YOU ONLY NEED BE STILL.— Exodus 14:14

3-PATIENTLY ENDURE:  God is pleased when, conscious of His will, He patiently endured unfair treatment.  1 Peter 2:19


For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways.  As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than than your thoughts.—Isaiah 55:8-9



BEHAVE WITH THE END IN MIND, Mary😊❤️


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Giving Birth To SINCERE LOVE—Walk Your Talk Peter Study Week TWO❤️



THIS WEEKS WRAP-UP:  

“So now you MUST SHOW SINCERE LOVE to one another as brothers and sisters—Love each other deeply with all your heart.”  1 Peter 1:22

OBSERVATION:  Sincere love is born through time spent with Jesus, Holy Bootcamps, and Obedience. 


Each morning as I sit at the feet of Jesus HE begins to do something supernatural in my heart and mind.  He knits together holiness through HIS Word, just like He knits together a baby and it’s entire being during pregnancy.  

As Christ speaks to me (through HIS Word) I gain direction, but I can’t stop there, I must walk through the labor process and all that entails in Holy Bootcamps to gain understanding. This understanding then leads to Eternal Transformation.


The whole purpose of Holy Bootcamps (aka: labor) are to get the mind ready to give birth to the FRUIT of transformation.



Bootcamps are where I get to imperfectly practice these transformed ideas and thoughts that come from being in HIS Word.  

My hope is in Christ and HIS power to give birth to fully formed fruit that displays HIS GLORY!  

When I try to walk through Bootcamps in my own strength I fail and fall.  I am hopelessly lost apart from Him and His Word.  



PERSONALIZATION:  Right now I am in labor.  I know that God is at work and He is knitting together the beautiful fruit of sincere love through caring for my grandmother in a very difficult season.  My grandmother is one of the most precious gifts to my heart.  She spent her whole life pouring into me, loving me, and being my biggest cheerleader.  


Dementia has come in fast and hard and it has taken the fullness of who she has always been away.  It must be so scary when she wakes and forgets where she’s at, or who we are, or why she’s in an ALF.  In her confused state she can lash out.  When she can’t remember she can accuse.  In some ways I feel like labor has been swift because she’s going down so quickly, but on the other side I feel like I’ve been in labor forever. 


I’m asking the Lord to show me HOW TO WALK OUT SINCERE LOVE, AUTHENTICALLY...Not because of law...but because of LOVE!  God loves me and my grandmother.  He has not forsaken or forgotten us in this hard season.  He is walking with her even in her confusion.  He is walking with me even when I forget to remember and become exasperated or discouraged. 


The goal on the other side of this labor is total FREEDOM.  What a gift to love others not based on what they do but who HE is!






Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Power And Importance Of Feeding Our Faith—Walk Our Talk Peter Study Week ONE❤️


OBSERVATION:

And through your FAITH, God is protecting you by His power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.   So be truly glad.  There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.  These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.  So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 
 1 Peter 1:5-7 


PERSONALIZATION:

This week we found out that my mom has lung cancer.  It was a shock to us.  I’m thankful that I can rest in the fact that it was NOT a shock to God and that I can trust Him no matter how hard or difficult the situation might be.  HE IS FAITHFUL!  As I read through 1 Peter 1:5-7 here are some things God showed me this week:



1-Through my faith God is protecting me.

Q: What is faith?
A: Faith is the confidence of what I hope for and the assurance of what I DO NOT see. Heb 11:1
Q: How do I acquire faith?
A: Faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the Word. Romans 10:17

2-God is protecting me (and you)

Q:  How does God protect us?
A:  By HIS POWER (It has nothing to do with us). 1 Peter 1:3
“Not by might, nor by power, but by HIS Spirit” Zech 4:20

3-There is wonderful Joy Ahead

Q: How can we know that there is wonderful Joy ahead?
A: Because we focus not on what is seen (This life) and instead focus on what is not seen with human eyes. (Eternal Life) 2 Corinthians 4:18

4-You must endure trials for a little while. 1 Peter 1:4

Q:  Why do we have to walk through trials?
A:  These trials will show you that your faith is genuine 1 Peter 1:4

I have to constantly remember that this world is not my home.  This earth is temporary...just the blink of an eye.  Trials remind me to keep my focus on my real life...ETERNITY.  If I have asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life, and I believe what His Word says, I can rest in the promise of what’s to come and find JOY in even the hard things that must be endured for a little while here on earth.  



So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 








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!






RE-INTRODUCTION WEEK


“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.



LONG TERM OBSERVATIONS?

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.  


SO, WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?  WHAT HAVE I LEARNED?   

WHAT’S NEXT? 

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!


SAVED BY GRACE AND NOT BY WORKS🌺

"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 holy...it’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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Whole30 Week Four—He REDEEMS❤️


Above all else, guard your heart, For everything you do flows from it! — Proverbs 4:23


FOUR MORE DAYS!!!!  FOUR MORE DAYS!!!!  FOUR MORE DAYS!!!!  As I type this blog post I have just completed day 26 of my 30 day fast from dairy, diet soda, legumes, sugar, and grains.  This journey has been one of the best experiences of my life.   No, I’m not kidding.  

I’ve been taught and I’ve known for years that obedience brings blessing.  But to walk in it is something to behold, something that cannot be described with words.  Sin builds a wall and separates us from God, but obedience knocks down walls and builds bridges. 

I find myself longing to go and spend time with the Lord ALL DAY LONG!  I’m more sensitive to the Holy Spirit to stop and pray as He leads.  I am anxious for my coffee and bible in the morning, in the afternoon, and even at night, (well no coffee at night😊)  and I have fallen in love with my memory verse pack in a new, fresh wind/fresh fire way.  

Please know it’s certainly not perfect.  I forget to remember.  But God always rewards obedience.  Not for any works I could ever do, but for FAITH.  It’s not Mary-led, (I do this and God owes me that) it’s Holy Spirit led.  

Obedience is simply the key that unlocks the secret rooms in my heart so that God can come in and do HIS Work.  

As I choose to fast from those things that pull my heart away from God HE has been so faithful to pull my heart TO HIM.  


I realize that I have been having an affair on God with food.  I am guilty of running to this temporary lover when I need a quick emotional fix.  But, God wants me to run TO HIM.    


Food is a worthless idol

I love this verse.  It tells us not only to turn FROM, but that we have to turn TO the living God!


Food is not bad, it’s the LOVE (idol) OF food


The unhealthy love of Food is a worthless idol that only gives temporary satisfaction.  Maybe food is not your idol.  Others run to their own idols...busyness, alcohol, books, smoking,  pornography, television, etc.., 


The problem with turning to those things that make us feel better right away is that they are temporary and lead to bondage rather than FREEDOM.  

I saw a tv show this week where a woman died of anorexia.  She refused to eat even as she took her last breath....satan loves to fascinate, to go in for the kill, and then he assassinates.


What God is showing me, as I walk in Acts 14:15 and turn TO THE LIVING GOD, is that God’s way of doing things seems harder at first, but it leads to a LIFETIME of FREEDOM.  


I cannot just focus on turning AWAY, but I have to purposely turn TO!  I am choosing to turn TO HIM.  He has moved me to pray scripture because my words are not nearly as powerful as HIS Word.  I am running TO HIM in relational worship.  I am running TO HIM as I store up scripture in my heart through memorizing it. 

I surely have not arrived...I type this IN FAITH with HOPE!




Let’s talk about the practical experience of changing your lifestyle

I began water aerobics this week and the elderly women totally kicked my butt. (I’m just sayin’)



Blood Pressure Progress

I don’t want to brag or anything but check out that blood pressure.😉🤗🎉🤭😂  As a former nurse I’ve been watching it creep higher and higher and higher.  My head knows that this leads to heart attack and stroke and has caused me to pause. It was a delight to see these numbers.  My blood pressure on day one was 144/89. To GOD be the glory in all that HE is doing....”Out of the darkness and into His marvelous light”!





I am so blessed to have a husband who loves me and takes care of me.  He has been enjoying cooking while in his year off since retiring.  This was seared chicken thighs and tomatoes made in our cast iron skillet.  It was incredible.






These French fries are actually butternut squash.  I bought them already cut from Trader Joe’s and fried them up in coconut oil.  They were YUMMY!




Eating out has become less scary.  We took a trip to Ruby Tuesday’s this week and had the best lunch.  We had a salad made of lettuce, onions, green peppers, cucumbers, and chopped up boiled egg with dry grilled chicken. (It is much better than it sounds). When you ask them not to add oils or seasoning they call it dry grill, but it is still tender and moist and seared.  I used olive oil and sea salt as my dressing.  Scott was a little wilder an added red wine vinegar😉




My challenge this week was getting sick.  I used to run to carb-laden foods to make me “feel” better.  Chicken and dumplin’s, mashed potatoes, chicken NOODLE soup.  Instead I made this yummy chicken vegetable soup and it was AMAZING.  I cooked chicken thighs with bones and skin to flavor the broth and added:  carrots, onion, radishes, celery, and a whole bag of fresh spinach.  I also sprinkled granulated garlic powder, red pepper flakes, Himalayan mineral salt, and black pepper.  It was perfect for a tender tummy.  


I cannot wait to share next weekend.  I will have finished the challenge and begun the reintroduction phase.  I think I have an idea of what this is going to look like, but I am trusting the Holy Spirit to lead me.  One thing I think I would like to do this year is to check in with weekly blog updates to archive and remember what God is doing/has done!


“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 realm.  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












Saturday, January 20, 2018

Whole30 Week Three-He Restores


HE RESTORES

“Come, let us return to the Lord.  He has torn us to pieces; now He will heal us.  He has injured us; now He will bandage our wounds.  In just a short time He will RESTORE us, so that we may live in His presence.  

—Hosea 6:1-2

I cannot believe that today is day 19?!?!  No Sugar, No Diet Soda, No Dairy, No Grains, No Legumes and my body LOVES IT!  This weeks update is going to be all about Non-Scale Victories!  Those are the things taking place that a number cannot define.  One of the things I love most about this journey is how much I am learning about what foods effect my body adversely and which ones give LIFE!  I see that my biggest problem with all my health issues has been INFLAMMATION. As I have given up those inflammation filled categories of foods I see restoration taking place.  HE RESTORES!

These are the questions floating through my head and my heart:

1-Do I need to stay away forever from dairy, diet soda, grains, sugar OR is it temporary while my body heals from having too many or too much?  Can I bring them back in smaller quantity without having an adverse reaction?

2-What does my eating look like after I complete the 10-day re-entry?

3-What am I learning about my flesh and my Spirit?  

I don’t have any answers.  I am just sitting int he presence of the ONE who knows me best and loves me MOST.




OBSERVATIONS 

1-JOINT PAIN:  My joints are SO MUCH BETTER!  I can bend, twist, sit on the ground and get up without it being a big deal.  I catch myself sitting on my couch Indian style and smiling.  Before beginning Whole30 my joints were so inflamed it hurt to sit long in certain positions.  

2-SINUSES:  I have had more sinus infections in the last two years than most people have in a lifetime.  I was on prednisone packs ELEVEN TIMES because my sinuses would completely swell shut and fill with congestion.  I live my life in fear that it will hit and I won’t be able to sleep.  When I can’t breath through my nose I end up sitting up all night in my recliner and falling asleep very poorly off and on.  However, since being on Whole30 I find my sinuses are doing GREAT!  I used to use breathright strips every night and now I never need them.  It’s only day 19 and so I hold this observation loosely because truly it would be a miracle if I don’t have an episode.  

3-EXERCISE:  I have not enjoyed exercising because I always end up having terrible joint pain.  I have fibromyalgia which effects my nerves around my joints.  Where a normal person would be sore and work through it, I become worse and need to then begin taking Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol to work through the flare up it causes.  My goal was not to add exercise at all during this 30 days.  I just wanted to focus on the huge food changes taking place.  But I feel so good I am finding a desire to move.  So my NSV (non-scale victory) is that I have a desire.  Next week I’ll let you know how exercise affects my fibro.  I told you last week that I went to a concert.  We had to climb stairs and stand and walk long distances and I felt GREAT the next day. 




Here are some of my favorite dinners and foods

Scott made a smoked chicken and it was so tender and melt-in-your mouth that we overate the quantity😳







Turkey burger grilled and crumbled over yummy Caulirice, with chopped onions and tomatoes and guacamole


Speaking of Guacamole...OH MY WORD!  I love this stuff from Aldi’s and it’s 100% compliant.


Check out the ingredients




My all time favorite snack...1/2 banana with sunflower seed butter, coffee with creamer.  



If you are looking for fast and easy these Chile Lime Chicken Burgers are pretty good.  They are raw so you need to set aside about 10 minutes to fry them up.  I still think Scott’s homemade hamburgers are better, but it’s convenient on those days that you need quick or easy.  



Seared Salmon dipped in 100% compliant Green Goddess Salad Dressing from Trader Joe’s. (I had a ton of veggies all day long, but not at this meal)




Scott made the rub from the Well Fed cookbook and it was SO GOOD!



I may or may not have a problem😳. I LOVE THIS STUFF!

This stuff is GREAT on eggs, guacamole, meat, you name it!





I have 11 more days to go to complete my goal! (Though I may stay on longer...I’m just not sure yet)

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  For HIS SAKE I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become ONE WITH HIM.” — PHIL 3:8