He is Good!

When we have conferences at church, a level of expectation of God’s presence is raised. Walking away from the conference this weekend, I’m blown away! I love how I can hear something that I’ve heard before, but God reveals more of the depth behind it than before. I can only be encouraged in knowing that because He has revealed more to me is because He wants to take me to a more intimate level with Him. Oh, how my heart yearns for that! I love to sit in His presence. I fail more often that I would like in spending that quiet time with Him, but I have a new fire that has been set deep in my heart that I wish to keep ablaze.

I’ve always heard that God comes first. I’ve always heard to not give the devil more attention than is needed. Here are a few things that I picked up from John Thomas this weekend at Vineyard:

  1. We were created to please Him. He doesn’t need us, He wants us. Just as we take pleasure in our children, He takes pleasure in us. We are to spend our time giving all glory and praise to Him. Worship Him. Give your full attention to Him. Then, out of the overflow of that, we receive our strength, joy, peace, etc. I heard a song today that had new meaning for me. It spoke of how the joy of the Lord is our strength. My interpretation of that before was if we made our joy of the Lord, then we would have His strength. Now I perceive it as when we bring joy to the Lord, then the overflow of that would be our strength. How amazing! I hope I am getting my thoughts out clearly. My fingers can’t seem to keep up!
  2. The devil wants attention; the best thing for us to do is to ignore him. I’ve always entered prayer with others or for myself by coming against what the enemy was doing. Which isn’t wrong, but I probably spent way too much time focused on that then speaking life and truth over the person and for thanking God for what He was doing. We have authority through Jesus and we need to use it BOLDLY and CONFIDENTLY. I plan on doing this from now on. John also stated that we tend to blame the enemy for things gone wrong when it’s just a consequence of our disobedience to God. OUCH!

I’ve learned much more and may share later as more comes to my memory. I do hope for those reading this that it makes sense. I pray that God reveals to you exactly what you need to hear to gain your confidence and strength. In this past year, through all of the trials, I am reminded that God is still good despite all of that. Here is what I felt led to write down during worship. Enjoy and remember…HE IS GOOD!

he-is-good

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New Year Resolution?

It may surprise you to know that I do not set New Year Resolutions. (Sarcasm inserted.) I am not one to follow the crowd. I’m usually the last to pick up on new fads. It took me forever to get into those gaucho pants, and by the time I did, they were out of fashion. That’s me in a nutshell.

So when it comes to the New Year and starting on the exercise/eating healthy kick, I usually pass. I began my eating healthy journey in last February. I’ve tracked my progress through my blogs to see if I noticed any major changes. As far as my aching body from the fibromyalgia, I didn’t really notice a difference. But for my tummy issues…HUGE difference! If I stay on the no gluten, low sugar diet, I feel great! No cramping issues, no flare-ups. Just smooth sailing. (I say low sugar instead of no sugar because c’mon…I like my sugar. I just limit it a bunch.)

Of course, during the holidays I cheated…and  I paid for it. I got so used to eating and not getting sick that when I was cheating and got sick because of it, it ruined my days. Before, I would almost plan my day according to when I could eat and stay near a bathroom (TMI, but this is truth). I was not ready to welcome that back into my life. Driving down the road only to turn around and go back home, missing my appointment, is not something that I missed. Back to eating like a hippie again. I’m meal planning again, which is a must for me! I shop only for the ingredients that I need. I use http://www.plantoeat.com to assist with that. It helps me download any recipe from any website without me having to type it all out. I can then drag and drop it into my calendar and from there it makes a shopping list. My kind of laziness…

This week is beginning with one of my favorite recipes…pumpkin almond bread. I eat it for breakfast or a snack. On top of the recipe, I also add cinnamon, raisins or craisins, crushed pineapples and then I top it with honey. Very yummy! I would love to hear what gluten-free/no sugar recipes that you have or what you are doing on your journey/New Year resolution.

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Pumpkin and Almond Bread

Healing Foods

Replace the butter with grapeseed oil to make dairy free. Add honey or agave if you want it a little bit sweeter.

Source: www.plantoeat.com

Course: Breads

Cuisine: European

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 4 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 12 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 14 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin, cooked and mashed
  • 12 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 Tbs organic orange rind, grated
  • 12 tsp ground ginger

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Line a 4×8″ loaf tin with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the almond flour with the baking soda and salt. In another bowl whisk the eggs with the butter and add the remaining ingredients. Combine the almond flour with the egg mixture. Pour the dough into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 1 hour, until the top of the loaf feels firm. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Store in the refrigerator.

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Tigger or Eeyore

2016 was a year of trials for myself and from what I hear, many other people as well. From sicknesses to deaths and everything in between, we were glad to see 2016 come to an end. Hoping and praying that 2017 will bring better things.

But really, in spite of all of those many things, the thing to ponder is our response to said things. Did we push through with a smile on our face? Was that smile fake or plastered on with a false sense of peace? Did we complain and grumble with an Eeyore mindset? “Oh, woe is me…”

As a Christian, many believe that I am supposed to always have a smile on my face, with the right scripture reference to stand on and have not one complaint pass my lips. Well, if that’s the case, I failed horribly. I did/do not always have the best attitude. My perspective can be a bit skewed at times. I may lose my junk over the simplest of things. While I am a Christian, I am still human. I strive to be, even in the slightest glimpse, a reflection of Jesus. The trick to that is to be a reflection of something, you really should be pointing toward that something for its image to be portrayed. To see yourself, you have to look in the mirror, and there you will see your reflection. If you don’t look for Jesus in the midst of the trials, you won’t “mirror” His image.

I wish I could say that I consistently kept my eyes on Him this past year. There were moments where all I could get out were breath prayers to which I uttered, “God, help.” But as everyone knows, when I am weak, He is strong2nd Corinthians 12:10. I didn’t veer too much off course. I continually sought after Him; just not with as much intensity as before…and it showed.

There was a season, and still a glimpse remains, where depression snuck its ugly head in. My spirit was/is dry. Thankfully, I have an awesome husband who sees the signs and fights for me when I just can’t anymore. When I thought I was handling everything just fine, my actions started to tell me otherwise. That’s when I know it’s time to do something about it. Crack open that Bible, blare the worship music…just get still before Him.
Why am I telling you all of this personal business? Because I want others to know that when things go wrong, and they will on this side of Heaven, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. You don’t have to fake it till you make it. You also don’t have to walk around with a black cloud over yourself either. Just take it one day at a time, one breath at a time if that’s where you are. Embrace the pain. Embrace the sorrow. Only through the tears will healing come. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be end up being like Tigger or than Eeyore.

Keep pressing on…pooh