Fast Food Advice

Acts of service.
Challenge for today: Do something good for yourself, like take a walk, run, or do a half hour yoga class. Maybe even a dance lesson!

Then, do something for someone else. Treat someone to a movie or pick flowers for someone who needs a reminder that they are cherished.

How have you reached out lately?
Stop being too busy. Its always a choice how we spend our time. So, choose love and kindness.

Excess Socks

I want more intentional sacrifice in my life. I want to work on my character.
Romans 5:3-5
“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”

Working on our character brings us closer to our Lord, because we are aligning our will with His, we are becoming more like Him.

I’m focusing on excess material possessions.
Our surroundings tell us to buy this and buy that and eventually we have a mountain of excess. How does that effect our character? It pretty much makes us idolize quantity and quality rather than being thankful for a few things and giving to those who don’t have anything.
My dad told me once,
“No matter how small or big of a house you have,
you’ll always fill it with more than you need.”

Mi Amor and I have been married 6 months (yesterday!) and we ALREADY have too much stuff. We live simply, but we still have so much that we don’t need in our lives.
How about we fix that…
I love spring cleaning, it means warm weather is right around the corner, the scent of rain is in the air as well as the hope of fresh starts, like the backboard for New Years Day.

{I have a ‘pre-spring cleaning’ challenge for you}

If you have a library close or happen to know someone who has this book, or if you yourself have this book, read it again.
MORE OR LESS
by
Jeff Shinabarger

 

It all started with one idea: What would happen if we created a culture in which we gave away whatever was more than enough for us? How would our habits change if we shed the excess of money, clutter, and food in our lives? In More or Less, readers will learn how to draw a line of “enough” in their consumer choices, how to see generosity as a chance to experience freedom in a greedy world, and how to make small changes now that will help others forever. As Shinabarger reminds them, defining “enough” is more than a responsibility—it is an opportunity to give hope.

How would your character change if you suffered through some cleaning with me?
Pick an area of your home, whether it be:
~Kitchen~Living Room~Linen Closet~Basement~Attic~Bedroom~Grandpa Jo’s sock drawer~
Wherever there is an OBVIOUS excess or OBSESSION.
Go through it all, lay out stuff, dust while you’re there in the corner and make a pile of what you’re going to rid yourself of.

Instead of just ‘putting it in a cardboard box and letting it sit in the trunk of your car until you roll by Goodwill and toss it into Billy’s arms before you go to Wendy’s’, think about this differently:
We’re working on character here, how is that going to challenge you, except for the choice to spend time cleaning rather than in front of Netflix?
If you have excess mixing bowls and baskets and containers, use them as as base for a present to someone.
Give away packages.
Do it mysteriously if you’d like.
Listen to the needs of those around you.

  • Fill that silver mixing bowl with the unopened bottle of nail polish, shampoo and conditioner, and make your own little bath salts.
  • Take those extra coffee mugs and put a bag of homemade hot cocoa and a card in it.
  • You know that closet? Take your tshirts and cut squares to make a quilt. If you have enough blankets, give one away with an extra winter hat and scarf—seek out someone in a public place that is homeless. If you’re traveling by car, have a thermos of soup that you made from that excess cupboard food.

All I’m really getting at is

BE INTENTIONAL WITH WHO YOU ARE
AND
WHO YOUR CHARACTER REFLECTS

Romans 12:1 & 2
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I want to know God’s will for my life, the deeper direct will other than the Great Commission. I figure, besides praying for it, I should start working on my character to become like Him, then I’ll be ready for His direction.

{Join me in this challenge and this sacrifice}
What I’m going to do: go through my closet and eliminate half—this is what I feel God asking of me.

Kefir Day 2

Day two of drinking Nurten! What a change of life I’m expecting… I can only pray God uses this tangy drink to heal me in His time. 

I know I’ve improved internally and on my hands because of the anti-candida diet. I can tell you that my legs have seen NO improvement whatsoever, but in all reality, my hands are a much bigger factor in my life. I thank God that I can still walk to work, although its getting tougher as my legs deal with cold temperatures and socks and rubbing of shoes.
Here are pictures so that I can go back and thank God for the healing He will do one day. I want visual proof of this journey.

itchy every night, burning and stinging throughout the day, and irritated by anything rubbed on it.

itchy every night, burning and stinging throughout the day, and irritated by anything rubbed on it.

left hand has redness, cuts and inflammation.

left hand has redness, cuts and inflammation.

right hand has no cuts only inflammation and redness

right hand has no cuts only inflammation and redness

 

I’m currently soaking my feet in lemongrass and cypress oils in hot water. After my walk home today, my legs were burning and annoyed.
I was less fatigued today, which is GREAT since for the last, hmmm, two weeks? I’ve been incredibly tired at work and not even wanting to stand on certain days. I am not sure if this surge of energy was thanks to Nurten or not, but some people say that one day is all it takes to see a difference.
Well, day 2, here we are, I drank it straight today and it was great. I decided that since yesterday I put in 2/3 of a cup of milk, that it poured a lot slower today. SO, I tried 1 cup of milk for tomorrow. We shall see what the consistency does for me then.

Once again I make my self vulnerable and translucent for all of you readers, hoping that through my most personal and embarrassing time you may see God’s hand through Jesus and how the Holy Spirit is leading and healing me.

Push yourself

Challenge: this week find someone who is hurting; hunt for an opportunity to be an instrument of God’s kindness.

Under the work load and the stress of life, take time to give someone a reason to see that there are true followers of our Lord.

Taking on the Challenge

Okey dokey, so it’s been six days  since my last post…arg.

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Saturday night my parents come in the door as Chelsea and I begin making a late supper for the two of us.
They ask, “Sarah, did you feed Chester?” (our dog)
I reply, “No, when I’m in charge, he never gets fed; I always forget”
My dad responds, “How would you feel if you went 24 hours without food?”
Competitively, “Bring it on”, I say.
I was not to eat food from Sunday morning when I woke, till Monday morning when I woke.
On Sunday afternoon, my dad asks, “Have you eaten anything?”
“Nope.”
“Good 🙂 I realized though, that if Chester ate Friday night, missed food Saturday night, then ate on Sunday night, he would be missing food for 48 hours.”
“Alright, Dad, I’ll go 48 hours. 😛 “

SO yesterday we all realized that I don’t have to wait till Tuesday morning, cause the last time I ate was Saturday night at 8…which means TONIGHT at 8 o’clock I can eat food again!!!
My stomach was fine yesterday; it only growled while I was in church. Today was the same thing; it hardly growled…so weird…

In order to still receive nutrients I was allowed to swallow vitamins and mix up a nutrition breakfast drink (which I had for supper last night and breakfast this morning).

I have gone to the bathroom so many times each day it’s crazy. pahahaha. I have consumed multiple glasses of water, milk, lemonade, peach tea, orange juice, lemon juice, and an Arizona Mango Tea that Chelsea bought me. 🙂

This is just how competitive I am…I will go far lengths to complete a challenge given me…
The Next Question Is:

What will I eat tonight at 8 o’clock?
=] ……..ice cream……..=]


Busy Busy Busy

Psalm 46:10a

“Be still, and know that I am God..”

Check that out…seriously, God wants me ‘be still’? Is He out of His mind? I have a social life to keep up with, school to deal with, chores, parents, the list goes on…but do we really have an excuse? Why can’t we take five minutes out of our everyday lives and be still? Are we incapable of clearing our schedules for our Creator?

Time…everything has to do with time in our lives. I have an eight o’clock appointment, work, school, soccer, music, etc. We base our lives on time. I commend you if you can go one day without ever looking at a clock!!!

Our busy schedules and rambling minds keep us from reconnecting with the Big Guy. I have had this problem many times in my life. I would rather read a Ted Dekker book than read my Bible, would rather play my guitars: Cooper and Kai, than stop and pray, would prefer to spend a morning sleeping in and not talking to God about how thankful I am for giving me that day…my list continues.

It was a chore for me to read my Bible everyday. I am competitive so I gave myself the challenge of reading my Bible at least five minutes everyday. I continued for two weeks, and you know what? by the third week, I jumped into bed at night excited to see what God was going to show me next. I realized that I was talking to God, but not focusing on Him…kind of like what us teens do with our parents sometimes…

So, just taking time before my beauty sleep to reconnect with God and spending a moment ‘being still’  helped my entire life. Seriously, I’m not joking with you. I noticed that my life turned towards Christ more often in more situations. I would end up praying for patience when a woman was in line talking to the cashier when I was in a hurry, rather than tapping my foot and exclaiming my rushed circumstance to the pair. I became more outspoken with my love for Jesus Christ.

It truly is amazing what two weeks can do to a person, if your focus is in the right place.

You up for the two-week “Be Still” challenge?

Read your Bible everyday for at least five minutes. But, pray that God would set your heart in the right place and to show you where your life needs changing, before you begin reading.

I would love to know how this affects your life 🙂