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Royalty, Wife, Mummy, friend, teacher, student & fitness blogger

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September 2015

I will be still and know You are God

Good afternoon blogger peeps !!! Once again… it’s raining in Brisvegas, which is so great.. and we even got a decent storm with it.  I just love how God works in every situation though, as I have had ‘Still’ by Hillsong in my head all day.. so when it was storming just now, lightening, thunder, flash flooding…. those words came alive in front of me.

When the Oceans rise and thunders roar, I will soar with You above the storm.  Father, You are king over the flood.  I will be still & know you are God.

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I have a list of great scriptures to share with you this afternoon which are of great help to me.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  Psalm 56:3

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:1-2

So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me? Hebrews 13:6

Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice. Psalm 55:17

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18

For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, Proverbs 8:35

In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. Psalm 120:1

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  Jeremiah 29:11-12

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” Romans 14:11

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  Mark 13:31

I love the ‘Still’ lyrics and the fact that I’ve had them running through my head all day.  The ‘stillness’ is so important as it is VERY easy to get busy in your own mind with what ‘should’ be happening, or for the ‘why’ questions to start… and then have plenty of my own answers ready… but it’s HIS answers I need, it’s HIS promises I need to cling to, it’s HIS love that I need to soak in at these times even more than usual.

All I can say is how blessed are we to have God’s word to draw on and help us in EVERY situation.  There is not a single struggle, or blessing for that matter, that we can’t find instruction on in His Word.

Ok peeps…  Have a great evening

Blessings  xox

My Super Bella helps me eat clean… all the way to flat & toned abs !!

Hiya all…  It’s kinda cold and rainy here in Brisvegas tonight … so a perfect time to whip up a delicious meal of Spinach & Mushroom Risotto (made vegan style with the butter substituted with Avo, and the cheese with milled cashews).  Seems kinda funny making a Vegan meal when we’re eating it with fish.. but hey, the effort is there.  ha ha.

We’ve actually been having Risotto withdrawals since my Super Bella decided to die and it was 3wks until the replacement arrived this week.  I also finally managed to do the firmware update on it which is a real plus.  As far as I know it basically means it’ll stop beeping at me when cooking is done, and also will reduce the display time of the warning symbol when you take the lid off to 5sec instead of constant.  It was kinda annoying when you took the lid off as you’d lost your recipe screen due to this warning screen coming up.  Yes, I get the idea that there is a blade in there and it’s not a good idea for me to stick my hand in… thanks.

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I’m really enjoying finding healthy but yummy ways to change our family eating style.  DH & the boys like to put their nose in the air if I even hint at it being a ‘healthier’ version, so I’ve stopped telling them what I substitute the unhealthy elements for… it’s just easier that way.  They eat healthier food without even knowing it.  :0)  Hopefully they’ll thank me later.

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I’m actually quite surprised how much healthy food I’ve been able to dish up without complaints.  Broccoli, zucchini, spinach, cauli & carrot are all very regular parts of our meals and they get eaten without a fuss… woot woot.. Mummy WIN !!

These meals along with my sit-ups and weight training are getting me closer and closer to my goal of a fit healthy body that will keep me running for years…  (even though looking at current world events and compare it what we read in the book of Revelation, we may not be here much longer.. but hey.. that’s for another blog.)

Hope you have all had a great weekend and are looking forward to the week ahead.  2nd week of school hols for us… so we really need to tackle that job list that has barely been started.

Blessings  xox

Having an educated opinion goes a long long way.

So, as my 17 (nearly 18) year old niece is a vegetarian recently changed to Vegan, I decided to do some serious research into the subject after she expressed disappointment and frustration at the response she gets from people on this topic.  Now, I’ll admit, my initial response was similar to many…  “What, you can seriously go without eating a perfectly cooked steak, or a delicious chicken breast?”  I love my meat and enjoy cooking with nice meat.

I didn’t want to just give her the same response that many do, without it being an educated opinion… so this is what prompted the research journey.

I must admit, I do stick to those two main meats listed above.. chicken & steak.  The are really the only ‘healthy’ ones that i like to eat.  I’m not a big fan of fish and only really eat it very rarely as I do acknowledge that it’s good for me.  I do have some sort of mince dish once a fortnight or so, but I’d prefer to stay away form it, as well as sausages, as you just can’t always be sure exactly what’s in them.  So, what I’m saying is that I don’t eat a huge range of meat.  My eyesight has always made it difficult to cut up anything with a bone in it, so I’ve stayed away from chops, t-bone etc.

During a conversation with Miss 17 this week, she questioned my biblical standpoint on the topic of meat eating, as I must admit I’d fallen back to those verses about dominion over animals when talking to her at other times etc.  Also, the one thing I’ve clung to is the ‘God gave us meat to eat’ argument.  Something prompted me to look into that and verify that I was in fact speaking correctly.  My research tells me that I WASN’T !!  (Whoopsie)

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Gene:29-30 … And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 

Let’s also look at Genesis 2:9 ..And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.  and vs 16 – And the Lord God commanded the man (Adam), saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden (God’s first form of food for us was in fact grown from the ground….. maybe significant, maybe not, but an interesting point nonetheless.)

In vs 18 God decided that Adam should not be alone and that He would make him a helper, so the animals which God had created out of the dust back in Gen 1:20, were paraded past Adam, and he named each one.  A suitable helper had not been found, so it was then that God created Eve.  I think it’s very interesting that animals were first seen as Adam’s HELPER,  there is no mention or even hint at them created for his food.

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In Chapter 3 vs 18, after the fall has occurred, God speaks of Adam eating the plants of the field, and bread.. but still no mention of eating meat.  (& so the plot thickens… who else is starting to think the Vegetarians maybe aren’t the crazy ones??)

However, in vs 20 & 21 of Chapter 3, it says this…  the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.  And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.   So, where did these ‘skins’ come from?  Several commentaries look at whether this was skin from an animal, which of course would have had to die in order for him to have the skin, or did God simply create the skin Himself?

In Genesis 4:4, the first specific mention of killing an animal occurs….Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions.  

When we get to Gen 8 vs 20…  the flood waters have subsided and Noah comes out of the ark and offers a sacrifice to The Lord and He finds the aroma ‘pleasing’.  Now, would this indicate that God was ok with the sacrifice of animals?   It had been made clear prior to this that a sacrifice was made of an innocent animal, to atone for our sins… all being a prelude to the ultimate innocent, Jesus, who would make the ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross… taking the penalty for our sin.  A commentary I read on this verse and others relating to it suggests that it wasn’t the aroma of animal blood and burnt flesh that God found appealing, but the repentant attitude of Noah which prompted him to do the sacrifice in the first place.  (Remembering we are fallen man.)

Gen 9:1-4 gets rather interesting… *remembering that man’s diet to this point has been only vegetarian…  And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

This paragraph from the same commentary mentioned above suggest this of Gen 9: 1-4…

This whole passage is a concession from God and does not express the will of God. God recognizes the evilness of the human heart and is allowing humankind to live in a state of being that is less than His desire or ideal.

The same commentary goes on to say…

However, upon the ark there was once again no death, and apparent obedience to the Lord. But following the Flood, when there was supposed to be another Edenic way of peaceful living and obedience to God, Noah and his family sacrificed innocent animals, because they supposedly recognized themselves as not pure, and needed to repent. This brings about the mixed feelings of God, as expressed in Genesis 8:21.

Apparently, it is easier to kill an innocent animal than it is to be obedient to the Lord our God. Or, perhaps there is more to this corrupted state of being. Are humans expressing their dominance and power over the animals by killing and eating those who are weaker than themselves (The sin of the boastful pride of life)? Are humans expressing their sins of the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes (1 John 2:16), by eating the flesh that had been denied them as poor people who looked upon the eating of flesh as a status symbol? I believe the answer to both questions is, “Yes!”

I particularly liked this following paragraph as it relates back to Gen 2:18 where animals were to be helpers.

For nearly a year, the animals upon the ark had lived in close confinement with Noah and his human family. It must have been as though these animals were also part of Noah’s family. The killing of the innocent animals for the sacrifice was a betrayal of the pre-existing peaceful state, and brought fear and terror to the heart and soul of every animal upon the ark. This is the key point that God emphasizes and expands upon in Genesis 9:2. Not only had the humans lost their perfect state of being with God, but now they had lost the companionship and fellowship of most of the animal kingdom.

God, knowing the evilness of the human heart, further grants the concession of eating the animals, for He acknowledges that the humans are not ready to repent of their evil nature.

Once again, a topic that requires some time with God to process.  I can’t honestly say that I’ll be changing to a vegetarian lifestyle tomorrow , but I can definitely tell you that my opinion on it has done a 180 from where I was a few days back.

It’s knowledge awesome !!!  I’ve chosen in this blog to look at this biblical side of the topic, but there is actually a complete other side to it also in regards to agricultural farming and the harm it causes to the environment.  I’m still researching that angle, so will fill you all in once I feel more equipped to do so.

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Blessings xox

Being in good company

I’m gonna be honest. .  I’m struggling tonight. 
I want to be walking the right path.. I NEED to be walking the right path as I have little eyes watching me and little ears listening to me.  (and some big eyes & ears too)
However these very encouraging facts don’t make the path any easier.  The bumps are still there,  the ‘stones’ are still thrown, the misconceptions of me by others are still there. 
I solidly believe that I not only witness to my children through things that I say,  but possibly even more so by things that I DON’T.  When I’m abused by a family member and I don’t respond in like tone or with harsh words.  When I’m treated like a ‘goodie-two-shoes’ but choose to stay silent and not ‘defend myself’.
When I’m outright verbally attacked,  but refuse to take the bait and retaliate. .. they see that.   & you know what else they see… the frustration on the person’s face when I won’t lower myself to their level. 
Isn’t it interesting (& frustrating) that we can KNOW that God’s opinion is the only one that matters and yet the darts fired by others still hurt.  I often wish that I was impervious to these comments etc but I also know that I am taught a lesson through everything single dig at me,  every single comment made. .. and every single not-so-subtle insult on Facebook. 
I actually started this blog last night but the fact that I stopped part way through turned out to be a blessing in itself as I actually needed to be reminded of my own words when dealing with someone today.  
Praise The Lord it was actually a really great day today spent at the beach with Miss 14 & niece 17 (well great day except for the sunburnt back of the legs. .. what on earth).  Lots of time to think and talk to Jesus while the girls were out paddle boarding.  Something about being at the beach (I think it’s actually in any natural setting) that gets me closer to God.

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I am constantly blown away of late with the relevance of each mornings devotion and how it has been speaking directly into current situations & struggles. If you don’t do a morning devotion,  I’d really encourage you to as it is just the BEST way to start the day. 
So, getting back to my title. .. with all that I’ve been dealing with in days of late… I am comforted knowing that Jesus was hated,  he was ridiculed,  he was treated as a fool… so when I feel treated like this. . I know I’m in good company. 
Blessings peeps xox

Eat clean.. train dirty… trust God

Eat clean… train dirty… Trust God !! So… after an up & down kinda day. . I’ve decided this is going to be this season’s hashtag.
I have had 2 opportunities in recent days to be pretty naughty with my clean eating plan. .. and I am so happy to say that on both occasions,  I was able to either stick with my clean eating. . Or in the one instance I didn’t,  it was such a minor ‘slip up’ that I didn’t even feel the need to beat myself up over it.
I am actually really pleased with my resolution on this.  I just know that I know that God is providing me with the strength and perseverance I’m asking for,  as I normally wouldn’t be able to resist these ‘treats’. As I said on a previous blog entry. . My bodies likes & dislikes are changing.
I’m also loving having my 17yr niece to bounce ideas off. She is a vegetarian recently having gone completely vegan, so she is full of fab healthy ideas.  She seriously makes the best healthy snacks… that you wouldn’t even think are healthy.

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(Ps.. She didn’t actually make THESE exact ones. . But hers do look just as yummy)
I’m also experimenting with my new Nutri-infusion which has been amazing !! I am really so happy with it. . It actually DOES do everything they say it does, which can be rare for things bought off the tv.  A friend  and I did a shop at the local fruit & veg market yest,  so I’m well & truly stocked up for some yummy nutritious goodness in smoothy form.

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This actually was my daughter’s first smoothy attempt, but I used her pic seeing as my smoothy had spinach in it so therfore wasn’t this pretty colour.

I read some interesting information last night about drinking berry based drinks with your food as it assists with digestion due to the acidic content.
Here’s some healthy info for you all on this and other healthy gut foods. …

What is the key to good gut health? The answer is bacteria, millions of which inhabit the digestive tract breaking down food, helping to propel food through the digestive tract and providing protection against harmful invading organisms.

Foods that are high in fibre, rich in nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, or that contain live probiotics, will encourage the growth of health-promoting bacteria colonies and support overall equilibrium balance in the digestive tract. Eating foods that are overly refined, processed or low in fibre will meanwhile place additional strain on the digestive system, potentially disrupting the important balance of health-promoting bacteria.

Berries are an excellent food for digestive health. They provide a good source of fibre, antioxidants, and polyphenols, which can selectively favour beneficial colonies of bacteria in the digestive tract.

Recent research on polyphenols has shown they interact with beneficial species of bacteria (similar to pre-biotics, which “feed” the good bacteria). The interactions encourage healthy bacteria growth. All types of berries, whether fresh or frozen, contain polyphenols.

Seaweed & chia seeds, as well as cruciferous vegetables (kale, cabbage, broccoli and silverbeet, to name just a few) are excellent foods for gut health; they provide various phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, as well as a good source of fibre. Phytonutrients can benefit the gut by increasing the balance of good bacteria and also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

The fibre content of cruciferous vegetables is particularly important as it can help move food through the digestive tract. The fibre in leafy greens in particular also promotes the growth of good bacteria. Pre-biotics are food sources for healthy bacteria; without them the healthy bacteria (probiotics) are unable to grow. Hence, the growth of beneficial colonies of bacteria is largely depending on the intake of both probiotic and pre-biotic foods.
Yoghurt is also fantastic but it should always taste sour, not sweet. The sourness is a reflection of the lactic-acid bacteria that have developed during the fermentation process in the milk.

Regular consumption of yoghurt can positively influence the balance of microflora in the gut, creating more of the “good guys”, such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium probiotics. These types of probiotics can help manufacture B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamins A and K, which are great for overall health as well as playing a role in a well-functioning digestive tract. They also help boost the immune system and inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

Sadly (coz I don’t really like it) oily fish – such as salmon, sardines and mackerel are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA, and DOHA. These fatty acids can play a vital role in healthy bowel function. They can work to lubricate the digestive tract and keep digestion flowing smoothly. They can also help to reduce inflammation and strengthen the intestinal lining, which can help to protect against gastrointestinal diseases.

& lastly in my disgestion lesson for tonight (lol)… Ginger is a traditional spice, revered throughout Asia for its ability to relieve gas and reduce abdominal bloating. In herbal medicine, it is considered to be an “intestinal spasmolytic” – in other words, a substance that can relax and sooth the digestive tract.

The active component of fresh ginger, known as gingerol contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which can alleviate symptoms associated with gastrointestinal discomfort.

Aren’t you all glad I’ve educated in this fascinating topic?  Well, if it doesn’t interest you,  try to get interested coz I can tell you that my body is a whole lot happier on a clean eating diet.
It does seem ‘un-fun’ at times,  but that usually only happens when your 1. Using boring ingredients,  or 2. Not thinking outside the box.
When it comes down to it,  it’s really all quite interesting and worth educating yourself on.
Ok peeps… that’s enough from me for tonight.
Blessings xox

Character Trait training – Hospitality vs. Loneliness !!

Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual refreshment with those God brings into our lives.

Hebrews 13 : 2   Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

This one seems like an easy one right?  It seems pretty self explanatory as well as a very easy thing to do.  I guess not everyone loves to entertain and be hospitable, but I LOVE it.  I like nothing more than throwing a party, or having people over.  If anything, delving into this particular Character trait has re-energised me to organise more opportunities to be hospitable.

I know the word ‘shelter’ doesn’t need to mean literal shelter, as in a home.. it can be almost like a sanctuary.  We can be a sanctuary for people to come to when in need of emotional support.  In order to be that sanctuary for others, I believe we need to personify the fruits for the Spirit.

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As always though, I did go further with my research on the topic and here’s just one commentary that I found.

The following commentary is from Gills’s exposition of the entire bible

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers,…. By whom are meant, not unconverted men, who are strangers to God and Christ, and the covenants of promise; nor saints, who are as pilgrims and strangers in this world; but such as are of another country, and are unknown; and even though wicked men, they are not excluded; though such as are obliged to quit their own country for righteousness sake are chiefly designed; all strangers in distress are meant, and hospitality is to be exercised towards them; which lies negatively in doing nothing to distress them, and positively in providing food, raiment, lodging, &c. for them, and in comforting, counselling, and directing them in all matters in which they may stand in need thereof: and that this is a duty, appears from the light of nature, and practices of the Heathens, Acts 28:2, from the express law of God, Deuteronomy 10:19 and many others made in favour of strangers, binding on the Jews; from the sundry exhortations to it in the New Testament, Romans 12:13 and from the exhortation here not to forget it; and from the great regard which Christ will show to such as mind it, and his disregard to others at the last day: the persons who are to exercise it are not only the ministers of the Gospel, who should be given to hospitality; but all the saints, even the meaner sort are not exempted, but should use it according to their ability; though it is chiefly binding on those that are rich. And this should not be forgot, but pursued and followed after; it should be frequently performed; men should be given, and used to it; it should be done without grudging, and in a friendly and loving manner:
for thereby some have entertained angels unawares; as Abraham, Genesis 18:1, he knew them not to be angels at first; they appeared as men, and he treated them as such; but they were angels, yea, one of them was Jehovah himself; and hereby he received many favours, Genesis 18:10, and Lot, Genesis 19:1 who knew not that they were angels he took into his house; but they were, and he was delivered by them from the burning of Sodom; yea, some have unawares, this way, entertained Christ himself, Luke 24:15 and indeed, entertaining of his members is entertaining him, Matthew 25:38. It is an observation of a Jewish writer (r) upon the first of these instances;

“from hence we learn (says he) how great is the strength (or virtue) of the reception of travellers (or hospitality), as the Rabbins of blessed memory say, greater is , “hospitality”, than the reception of the face of the Shechinah.”

And this is said to be one of the six things which a man enjoys the fruit of in this world, and for which there remains a reward in the world to come (s).

(r) R. Abraham Seba in Tzeror Hammor, fol. 18, 4. (s) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 127. 1.

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An interesting reading to say the very least.  I’ll leave you to ponder this as I will during this coming week.

Blessings Peeps !!!  xox

Respecting the temple…. the continuing story :0)

Hi all…  Well, I’m just finishing up week 3 of my new healthy lifestyle.  So, how am I going?

Seeing I didn’t own a working set of scales when I started,  I can’t actually say what I have actually lost kg-wise, but I would guesstimate about 3kg.  However, what I’m learning is that it’s not all about the number on the scales.  My body is going through a process of changing it’s likes and dislikes too.  I do remember this from last time, but it does seem to be happening quicker this time, which can only be a good thing !!

Not that I have a known diary intolerance, but I have noticed over the years that if I had a milk drink out (more often than not it would be a skinny iced mocha… my ‘coffee’ of choice) for morning tea after having had a bowl of cereal & milk in the morning, my tummy wouldn’t like it so much.  So, with this in mind, I decided to cut down on my dairy intake (mostly milk).  All that’s been required to do this  is changing my cereal breakfast into a cup of green tea (so gross it’s not even funny) and a couple of cooked eggs with some avocado.  If I’m out of avocado, then I have a banana or kiwi fruit with my eggs.  The green tea is for assisting the weight loss, but the cutting down on the milk was more for added comfort in my tummy.  I do add a little honey to my green tea which does make it bearable.  I also just purchased some green tea with peppermint and while it doesn’t particularly had anything flavour wise, it does seem to be more refreshing.

I found this decrease of dairy to have been a very good decision when DH and I went out for a quick ‘coffee date’ this week and I decided to ‘treat’ myself to a skinny iced mocha.  Well, I didn’t even get a quarter way through it and couldn’t drink anymore.  I just couldn’t take in any more milk, as well as the overall sweetness of the drink.  My body has clearly changed in how much it likes sweet things.  How cool, right !!!

My excerises of choice have been sit-ups (I’m now doing 80 per day and upping it by ten each week), skipping, weights, walking and leg lifts (to get a nice butt..LOL).  I do have a x-trainer and a rower but actually haven’t got to using them as yet as it requires me finding a good half hour to get in there and get on them.  I do really enjoy using them though, so I’ll just need to improve my time management.

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Having ‘coffee’ out was a little boring in the first two weeks as I’d sit there with nothing while the person I was with might have a big ‘ole slice of mud cake or something equally scrumptious, but I seem to be getting quite ok with it all.  I take my water bottle along and just think of all the money I’m saving.  LOL.  Also, what I’ve found to be a great idea is instead of going out for ‘coffee’ where the food choices aren’t that healthy at all….  Going out for an actual meal is far better, as there are usually semi-healthy options available  For example, I went out for lunch today and ordered a chicken, spinach & quinoa salad.  It was soooooo yummy and coming in at only 2449kjs… not too bad for lunch.  I did plan to have water with it, but actually forgot to get any.. whoops.  My sister let me have half a glass of her diet coke, so all was good in the world of good eating/drinking.

Speaking of water intake though… I have hugely upped my water intake on a daily basis.  I try to achieve 3lts, but realistically I’m only getting in 2ltrs per day.  I was drinking one can of coke zero per day, but have now gotten it down to one can per week, if that.  Not a bad achievement me thinks.

I’m also being a lot more disciplined with my vitamin intake, making sure I take my women’s multivitamin each day, as well as fish oil (to assist in me continuing to be a super clever homeschool Mum.. ha ha), as well as Olive Leaf Extract.  My vitamin & minerals would also be increased since I began this journey simply because of the wide rang of fruit & veg I’m taking onboard.

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I’m also wanting to start having a detox drink prior to going to bed which is supposed to be super fab at combatting tummy fat.  Normally I’m not a fan of these detox drinks but seeing as this one only has a cucumber, grated ginger, half a lemon, some parsley and 1/3 cup of water, it seems pretty good to me.  Nothing weird in that lot.  My sit-ups are certainly helping with this problem area of mine, but anything to help along the way would be great.

The sit-ups issue has been a surprise to me as it started out as a little challenge to myself as I find sit-ups so hard to do.  Well, it’s a gross understatement to say that I underestimated my own ability.  My original plan was to start at 20 per day and increase it by 10 each week, with the long term plan that by summer, I’d be doing 170 sits per day (sounds crazy right). Surprisingly I’ve been able to up that number quicker than I was anticipating, with my daily rate at the already stated above amount of 80 per day.   When I first worked out I’d be doing that kind of number per day by summer, I was like… yeah right.. like that’s gonna happen.. LOL… but now that I’m pumping out 80 per day, I can easily see myself achieving those big numbers.

I am constantly reminded the I’m only doing so well on my journey because I’m being carried by the grace of God.  I am surprised over and over when I can so easily have my water over a fancy drink, or eat nothing when others enjoy something super yummy.  Or when I can pump out those last 20 sit-ups late at night when it was so hard even walking up the stairs to get to my room to do them.   When I am weak, HE is strong !!!!!!  Not just physical strength when I’m tired, but emotional strength when it comes to self-control over right choices.

On the tiredness issue, man I’ve been feeling it.  There were a couple of days this week where I actually didn’t like being in my own skin I felt so tired and achy.  But I was once again blown away by the strength God gave me in those times to still stick to my exercise plan.  It is beyond comforting going forward to know that He is there for me ALL THE TIME!!

OK… so there’s my update for now.  I’ll keep you posted along the journey….  which will be a long process seeing as it won’t end until I get rid of this frustrating earthly body and gain my new heavenly body… the way the world is going, it seems like maybe it could be sooner rather than later, by hey… that’s another blog entirely. :0)

Blessings Peeps  xox

Taking a biblical stance and sticking to it :0)

So, before I delve in, I want to make it clear that this is an ongoing journey for me… and will be until the day Christ returns or calls me home.  I strive to live by and stand by biblical principals in all facets of life, but I’m human and sometimes I let my human-ness get in the way.  That’s when I need to draw near to The Lord, repent and get back on track.

So, what is on my heart today?  The LGBT community and what our attitude as Christ followers needs to be.  Now, don’t get me wrong…  I don’t know that I’m 100% correct on where I’m choosing to go with this, but it’s how I feel lead by The Lord to go forward, so I’m going to share it with you all.

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Now, I wholeheartedly believe that we, as Christ followers, are called to love everyone in the LGBT community, as well as they’re supporters.  That is our job.. to show God’s love to our neighbours.  We are also called to save the lost… well, actually, technically, we are called to obedience… the Holy Spirit does the saving.  

These are some of the scriptures that I’ll be looking at.  I’m using all KJV references as that’s the closest to original text, unless you are fluent in Greek or Latin (which I’m not).

Leviticus 18:22, Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 20:13,  If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 1:26-28,  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Now, before anyone tells me I have taken verses out of biblical or historical context, I haven’t.  I have read the surrounding scriptures also as well as taken into consideration the historical and cultural context.  The Leviticus passages are GOD speaking directly to Moses, no translation over thousands of years as people love to claim of other scripture references about this topic.  I also realise that some of the references speak to temple prostitutes and worship of the fertility gods.  I still believe God issues the same guidelines for all of us.  

I’m not simply taking a stand on homosexuality, but also the other references in these passages…  of nakedness with close family members, people using mediums etc, worshipping other Gods, laying with your husband during menstruation,  cursing your Father or Mother, Adultery, laying with animals.. and more.  I’m not saying I get this all right, but I can’t stand by one thing in the scriptures and not stand by another.  That screams Hypocrite.  It also can be a very slippery slope to try and justify one thing when there are a whole pile of other things on the list too.   For example, if one were to argue that homosexuals are not in sin when they act on their sexual desires, are they also saying that idolatry is ok, are they saying that adultery is ok.. or thieves, drunks or swindlers?

I don’t have to simply try and put myself in the place of family members of those that identify as one of LGBT…. I actually AM in that position.  (I have never even tried to put myself in the place of the actual people who identify as these as I really believe we cannot understand their standpoint at all.. we can imagine, but I don’t think we can ever truly understand their feelings, struggles, pains etc etc.).  If one of my children for example were to come to us in years to come and say that they were gay, I would certainly hope that I would have no trouble in the slightest continuing to love them AS THEY WERE…  but that doesn’t mean I would accept their choice.  The definition of acceptance is ‘the process or fact of being received as adequate, valid or suitable.’  These words scream ‘settling’ to me.  I don’t want a suitable parter for my daughter, I want THE partner that God had put aside for her all along.  I certainly don’t want adequate… that just screams ‘this one will do’.  Um, NO…  I want the BEST partners for my children.   So, what I’m saying is… I would love them as I always have, I would love their partner if there was to be one.. but you bet your butt I’d be praying every waking hour for them to be freed from that bondage.  I would be fighting for them in the spiritual realm.  I would hand them over to God because I KNOW HE is one only one who can heal them.

The family member I spoke of above identifies as Transgender.  To clarify, this family member is not a believer, so I cannot even begin to expect them to uphold Godly standards.  That would be beyond unrealistic.  We can only continue to pray for them and to extend a loving hand to them in the hope that we will be the best Godly example that we can be and that if a time comes where they feel convicted of their sin, then they have someone they can go to straight away, with no fear of ridicule or judgement.    As far as acceptance goes.. and man, isn’t that word thrown around a lot lately…  I will accept the person, but I WILL NOT accept the sin…. I love them far too much for that.   We are never defined by our sin, so therefore I won’t treat them according to their sin.  They are God’s purchased possession, created in His image, and deserve to be treated as such.

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Blessings xox

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