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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

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

Fi’s ‘War Room’ Review… spoiler alert… IT’S AWESOME !!

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After 6wks of waiting(Yes, I truly purchased my tickets that long ago)… Aug 29 finally rolled around and our group of 14 were off to see ‘War Room’.  I’m still under the weather a tad so that made the outing not quite as exciting as I would have liked, but I could have been half dead… I was not going to miss this movie!!

I will admit that I went with very high expectation, as I have loved the Kendrick brothers movies for years.  We have their triple play of Flywheel, Facing the Giants and Fireproof, as well as Courageous, on DVD and watch them regularly as a family.  They are just fantastic wholesome movies with great messages to ponder, no matter how many time you watch them.  So, going along to War Room with this high standard in mind, I was not surprised, but also very pleased to come away thinking that God had once again used these two men to produce a 1st class message.

The atmosphere within the cinemas was fantastic from the moment you walked in.  The crowd was clearly expectant for the message they were about to sit under.  The ages varied.. even within our own group, we had a Nanna, 2 Dads, 4 Mums, 3 kids and 2 young adults.  and so… we settled in with our movie snacks and prepared to just soak in all that God had for us in the next 2hrs.

Now, I LOVE Priscilla Shirer.. I have for a few years now.  I love her heart for the Word of God, I love her style of teaching … I love that she is REAL !!  I love that her teaching challengers me and encouragers me to get into the scriptures.  So, with this respect for Priscilla already in play, I was keen to see how she portrayed the character of Elizabeth Jordan in War Room.  Let’s just say she did not disappoint.  Seriously, you would never know she hadn’t formerly acted before, but I guess her public speaking for many years would have certainly given her the confidence to take on such a role.

War Room certainly is one of those movies where you really did know all that is was going to be about prior to going… well, that’s if you’re a crazy researcher like I am.  I knew it was predominantly about spiritual warfare.  Fighting the REAL enemy in our situations.  Getting ourselves, and our plans out of the way so that we leave God the room to fight for us, in the way that HE knows is best.  We all know that can be hard at times, to hand it all over and say ‘Lord, it’s yours, do what you want with it, I can’t do it on my own strength.’

The humility it requires is also huge.  There’s a particular scene in the movie where Elizabeth has received a txt from a friend saying that she’s just seen Tony (Elizabeth’s husband) at a restaurant with another woman.   Her reaction shows her to be tortured by this information..  feelings of hurt, frustration, disbelief, fear, anger would surely have been present.  The humility it takes to get in your War Room and hand over that situation to The Lord. .. to fight for your marriage, for your husband, for your family.  Believe me, I’ve been right there… as in basically right there…  I’ve known that my DH was in a tempting situation and that his heart was not right with The Lord, and it wasn’t right with me either.  I remember my first thoughts were to make phonecalls, to somehow interfere with the situation to prevent anything bad happening…. to use whatever power I had to intervene.  But Praise God, I had reached a point in my walk with The Lord where I knew my fighting had to be done in my War Room..  I had to hand it over to God and leave HIM in control.

I had to learn to pray for my DH, even when I felt hurt, angry, unloved and unappreciated.  It’s amazing what God can do with these situations.  Years back, when I was first learning these skills, I used to wonder ‘will I have to always do this, will it get easier?’ etc etc, but God has done amazing work within my DH.  Is he 100% walking with The Lord?  No.  but I have had no reason to feel insecure, question his actions when it comes to the respect of our relationship, or feel unloved for quite a long time now.

So, while I still need to be in my War Room and fight for my husband on a daily basis, it’s not over those topics that tear at my heart and cause hurt and insecurity.  I’m fighting for him because I know that who he is today is just one of the stages along the road to becoming the man that God created him to be.  I no longer whine and gripe about what he isn’t, or ask God why he chose a non-believer for me 21yrs ago, but pray into his POTENTIAL.  He has done nothing but flourish under this prayer method.

I can see that many women may not warm to the movie storyline… the submissive role as a wife that Elizabeth took on when she handed it all over to God.  I think a lot of that stems from the misunderstanding that many people have of being a submissive wife.  I proudly tell people I am a submissive wife….  sometimes just to get the reaction out of them so that I then have the opportunity to clarify it for them.  & once again, I’m submitting to the man God created my DH to be, not so much to the man he is right now.  I make it a daily choice to always see him through that lens… God’s lens… rather than society’s lens, who would probably label him with all sorts of unpleasantness.

Candace Cameron Bure’s book ‘Balancing it all’ opened up lots of debate about being a submissive wife.  I think Candace did a fantastic job in many many interviews when asked about this topic.  Feel free to YouTube search some of those.

Back to the movie…. the music was also fantastic… so good in fact that I bought the soundtrack on PlayStore on the way home.  :0)

The atmosphere that I spoke of when we first walked into the cinema only increased throughout the showing.  There’s something pretty downright cool about hearing an ‘Amen’ or a ‘Hallelujah’ called out in the middle of a cinema.  Add to that rounds of applause throughout the movie, but particularly at the close of the final scene.

Heading out into the foyer of the cinemas, we were met by the HUGE and I mean HUGE crowd heading into the next War Room session.  We knew so many people waiting to go in, from our church family, the young adults group, old neighbours, friends from way back…  it was just so encouraging after having seen the fantastic movie, to then come out and see so many that mean so much to us going along to see it too.

As part of our movie going plans, we had offered to others to go out for dinner with us after the movie.  I thought it would be the type of movie you’d want to chat about after.  While most had to get home to their families, one family who we actually haven’t seen for years took us up on the offer.  It was  great time of fellowship, blessed conversation and yummy food.  (I had pesto chicken on a bed of mashed potato, served with Brocolini and a creamy pesto sauce…  not exactly the healthiest meal ever… but it was to die for… and heck, it’s Saturday night… that’s splurge night.)

And so now it’s Sunday, the memories of the movie are still fresh, I’d go again in a heartbeat, but what’s been going around my head today is that I don’t want it to simply speak to people (me included) and us all SAY that this is how we need to live and fight our battles, but not actually put it into effect.  One of the first things Ms Clara talks about in the movie is putting a strategy in place.  Soldiers don’t just head out and wing it.  They study the enemy, examine their tactics and preferred weapons, and then plan accordingly.

This makes me think of Sun Tzu and his quote ;

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

It also reminds me of the other thing we need to know.. the Word of God… sharper than a two edged sword.  Our best weapon in any battle… and that leads me into what I LOVE to talk about… Bible Study.  I LOVE to do them, LOVE to tell people about them, LOVE to recommend them to others, LOVE to research them… well, you get the idea.  It’s fine and dandy to have scripture up in your prayer close/War Room walls as Ms Clara does and as Elizabeth did in the movie (& I do too), but it’s also invaluable to KNOW your bible so well that you can pull on a scripture when needed, no matter where you are.

Personally, I find Bible Study the best way to do this, so below I’ll fill you in on the following which describes my Bible Study plan… and yes, it’s a Priscilla Shirer plan, so I’m taking no credit for it, but I’m more than happy to lap up God’s Word using her methods.  I know you will be blessed by it also.

5 Ps of bible study

Position yourself to hear from God (War Room/Prayer Closet)

I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. Habakkuk 2;1

Pour over the passage and paraphrase the major principals.  Mediate on them.  Put yourself in the scenario .  

Pull out the spiritual principals within that scripture.  Is there a command or a promise that you are ignoring?  Is there a character trait or attribute of God that he is trying to show you?

Pose the question.  Turn the spiritual principals back on yourself.  Am I heeding these commands or claiming these promises.

Plan obedience and pin down a date to obey. Strategise how you are going to obey.

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Remember, The Bible is ALIVE .. it’s not just black print on a white page.  The Holy Spirit causes it to jump off the page and speak right into our own situations.   Let’s You & I dive into it today and every day.   Let’s get strategising.

Blessings xox

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