Adventure Time

Adventure Time

Hello. 
I have been so busy with life and falling back in love with food (I once reacted to) that I haven’t taken time to write about these new (and tasty) adventures!
Let us begin with my first job after being sick…


Yep, my first job was away from home! Crazy person here. 
I worked up at Hume Lake (right before they evacuated due to the fire) and made new memories to replace the old ones of when I tried to work when I was sick. Whew! That was a mouthful. If that wasn’t a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is! Hmmm…maybe it wasn’t…meh.
 
Anyways, I was making milkshakes (while doing my happy dance) and enjoying this fun experience in the “Snack Shop.” Then nighttime came and that’s when the memories came on stronger than sweaty socks on a hot summer’s day…God told me to whip out my Sword (Bible) and fight the enemy’s lies with His truths (by speaking them aloud), but I felt weak, vulnerable, and decided just to try and ignore it. Thankfully my sister and bro-in-law came to the rescue and let me stay those nights with them. They were such a comfort as I finally stood my ground when the enemy tried every tactic to make me believe his lies…or even creating the want to believe those lies. The battle became smaller and the enemy’s words weaker when I brought truth and the Sword out in the open (should’ve done that earlier!).


Here I am at my sister’s place after the first night.
 
Above is a picture of the smoke (taken in July) from the rough fire.


I never dreamed that I would have another chance to work at Hume but…it happened! Smoke and all, it was a new memory that I have passed while climbing the cliff of life. 
P.s.
I will hold the “milkshake memories” in my heart forever…


“Milkshake Stain Memories”
Stay tuned for a new post on why we need praying people in our lives…we have friends in this present day spiritual battle…stay tuned…
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Green Memories

Green Memories

 As I walked around the yard, I looked around and saw many “green memories.” Plants and trees that have been with my family through the years…trees that were planted as small saplings and grew into beautiful giants that towered over us, danced in the wind, and warned us of the changing seasons…and oh the flowers! The little buds that smell the sweetest in their first blooms…even the bees dance with glee of the fruitful pollen that awaited them. 
 In the winter, when everything dies back and turns into a desolate sort of beauty…I begin to wonder at the intricacy of the bare branches…and ponder why some branches are destined to break, while others stay firmly attached to the thick trunk. I asked God, “Why, do You spend time planning out every detail of each leaf and flower even though You know it will die and fall off in the end?”
God answered, “Because I enjoy its beauty while it is yet still living…no matter how short every leaf, branch, and flower’s time on earth is.”


Here are several “green memories” that I would like to share with you…




Oh, the good old silver maple. 🙂 I remember this tree being outside as long as my child memory can extend… Every spring I would sit near its trunk and watch the lady bugs come and lay their tiny yellow eggs all over it…they even squeezed out their eggs on my tire swing that was once upon one of the maple’s branches (I didn’t use my tire swing until the lady bugs hatched).




The trumpet flower, and oh boy, does it live up to its name! This flower can make a loud trumpet-like sound when you pinch its base together between your lips and blow (be careful to check for bees before sticking in your mouth!). 😉 This noisy orange bloom was once climbing on our gazebo, but now is hidden on our side yard, peeking out at us when we walk further outback. These flowers make me think of my dad and how he taught my sis and I how to annoy our neighbors with its sound.




This purple beauty is newer to our yard and grows like a weed! Its flowers do not last long but don’t worry, just as soon as the old ones drop off, there are new splashes of purple to take its place. I think of my grandma ‘Nita, since she gave us these plants (she has the greenest thumb I ever knew of).




The orange tree leaf. 🙂 These ancient trees surprisingly have given us some oranges every year. I think of my sis and how we would put the orange peel between our teeth and lips to make it look like we had orange teeth. 😉 I think every kid did this when they were young…hehe (I still do it).




The ivy…this green memory makes me think of our pug mix and how she would run through it when she was a puppy…Tula (yes, my sis named her pug after Tula from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), after going through the ivy like the chubby torpedo she is, would charge at my sis and I while we were sun bathing. Haha Good memories.




Mint…I will always think of my mother when I catch a whiff of this herb. 🙂 She loves mint anything…and there has always been mint right by our old silver maple.




This plant is special because it is called “Dusty Miller.” When my mom and I saw the name of this plant, we knew we had to get it. My brother’s name is Dusty; we bought this plant in memory of him.





And lastly…one of our Chinese pistachios that is already turning color! These trees that encase our pool, are always the first to tell us that there is hope for cooler weather, warm fall colors, and hot tea…

Hmmmm…I hope you enjoyed sharing your time with my green memories. 🙂 What plant/tree/shrub memories of your own are you thinking of now?
This Girl is Back!

This Girl is Back!

Hi all! I’ve been quiet about my life recently, because there has been a big turn in my health journey…

Deep down I knew that God could be my Healer, but there was something in the way…an area in my life where I didn’t let God in…I read and reread every verse of the Bible on healing; feeling that good health was always out of my reach. I was focused on the struggle instead of the miracle…instead of God. I read every book I could find of people who have experienced God’s miracles (Heaven is for RealWaking up in HeavenIf God Wants Me Well…A More Excellent Way to Be in HealthMysterious Ways Magazine). The thirst for these stories was unquenchable…but what I really wanted was what these stories contained…the God that they spoke of…the Jesus that visited me in my dream (see here for post of my dream).

One day, I had enough of the struggle and was ready for the walk of faith. I was home alone, I fasted and prayed as God revealed areas that I had closed off to Him in my life. I confessed, asked His forgiveness, and then He led me to take the Lord’s supper. With simple unleavened bread and a small glass of wine, I consumed it. Later on, symptoms of past food reactions began to show as the fear of reaction tempted me…but I took this thought captive and told the enemy that he had no more hold on me. The evil one came at me with fear a few times but I used my sword (the Bible).

Enemy: You will have a reaction…look at how sick you’ve gotten just from eating a carrot not too long ago.
Me: I used to have no reactions until fear came into my life. Until my body was physically weak after dental surgery, you came at me with fear and stress. You had me under the bondage of fear…but I am in bondage no longer. You wish to steal, kill, and destroy; God hopes for me to live life and live it abundantly (see John 10:10). He hopes for me to be in health (see 3 John 1:2).

After the enemy failed at that persuasiveness, he went berserk and tried all my different doors. He tried the doors of past weaknesses/struggles/temptations…and as I continued to stand with the Word of God under my hand, I felt him weakening. Soon, he left completely and I had peace and great amounts of joy.

“Neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:27
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
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copy-cropped-image2-e13948193316851.jpgJust like my original picture (above) on “On the Cliff of Life,” I was trying to hold onto all that I imagined life was supposed to be like with everything being under my control. I was torn in two…wanting the life I thought was the yearning of my heart but also craving the greatness of God (which I found out was my true heart’s desire). I knew but didn’t fully grasp the meaning the darkness held of the unknown and the faith or why I drew it (near the bottom of the cliff)…but as I let go and fell into the faith-filled darkness (faith is blind…see Heb. 11:1)…I began to truly grasp God’s meaning for my life (truly amazing!)…and also Satan’s wish for my life (everything that is opposing Christ and all His blessings). Now, instead of hanging off the edge of the cliff…I let go, fell into God’s capable/loving hands and am now climbing the cliff of life. Below is a pic of the drawing of my new journey I am on…

  

As the cloud disguises the top of the cliff, I am the same in not knowing every detail of my future here on earth…but I know who holds my future and walks before me in every tomorrow. As I climb, I hope in Him. There will be battles with the enemy ahead but I know the war is already one.

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matt. 6:34   See also Hebrews 2:14,15

I no longer have reactions to any foods, no more chronic fatigue (have SO much energy), no more brain fog, no more symptoms of MCS and am continuing to walk out of fear…learning to walk in-step with my Daddy in heaven (God).

What do I eat now? I still prefer grass-fed/pasture-raised meats (just tastes SO good), I eat a mostly organic diet (not because of fear of pesticides but due to my own preference), I eat carrots and nuts (things that used to give me horrible reactions!!! Not anymore! Whoop whoop 😃), and am eating everything with chocolate (okay, maybe not the chocolate-covered crickets or scorpions…I’m not THAT in love with chocolate to eat critters in it).

Stay tuned for an update of what I am doing with this new freedom…some exciting things! 😊


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I hold a medical license. I am just a person who is seeking God and continuing to find Him. If you are ill and are curious about God and His miracles, I reccomend spending time with God, His Word, and a notebook. “Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it will be opened unto you.” Matt. 7:7  If you want encouragement and more help along your health journey, I recommend Beinhealth.com and one of their great books, “A New Song for Marcia.”  

Turn Your Anxious Eyes Upon Jesus

Turn Your Anxious Eyes Upon Jesus

Are you anxious today? I don’t know about you, but my mind felt
like it was being played “tether ball” with (bouncing from one anxious thought to another). I tried to ignore it, but I remembered that God has given us the Sword of the Spirit-which is the Word of God to use. So instead of being like one clam that keeps its mouth shut, I am sticking my tongue out like the other clam that gets places! So, BLEH! (That’s the sound of my tongue being stuck out)

Hey, if you’re anxious about the future…there’s a verse for that. Matt. 6:34, Jer. 29:11
If you’re anxious about your past…there’s a verse for that. 2 Corinth. 5:17
If you’re anxious about food…there’s a verse for that. Matt. 6:25, 26
If you’re anxious about dying…there’s a verse for that. John 3:16
If you’re anxious about what you’re going to wear…there’s a verse for that. Matt. 6:28-30
If you’re anxious about being loved…there’s a verse for that. Romans 5:8
If you’re anxious about financial circumstances…there’s a verse for that. Philip. 4:19
If you’re anxious about physical appearance…there’s a verse for that. 1 Sam. 16:7, Psalm 139:14

If you’re anxious about anything…check with the Word, write down those verses, carry them with you, and memorize them. Use your Sword. Speak its words aloud. It will bring comfort to you and stop Satan in his tracks. Ephesians 6:17, Heb. 4:12, 2 Tim. 3:16-17

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

Remember, just like sparring, Satan may try to hit you a couple of times with different areas of anxiousness. Just keep your Sword up and ready. Resist the temptation to give into those thoughts and the devil will flee from you.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

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Disclaimer: I am not a certified counselor. I am just speaking from my own experience and in what God is leading me to write as I walk with Him. I recommend diving into the Word and ask God to guide you as you seek Him and the truth. If you feel like you need extra support, please contact a pastor or a Christian counselor to help you along your journey in life.

When in doubt…

When in doubt…

  

Something I had to remind myself of…I was tempted to eat out every time I saw a gluten free/organic restaurant while on vacation. I kept thinking back to when I wasn’t sick…when I didn’t have numerous food allergies…when I was able to eat at these kinds of restaurants…memories of coming to this area and eating.

I made puppy-dog-eyes at every menu posted outside. I seriously thought I was “over” the seductive eateries…but this vacation brought back fond memories of eating out around here.

Thank God for my mom who was very supportive of me during this time; I have no idea what I would’ve done without her. 😊 

I am going to post what foods I took with me on my vacation while on the Nutritional Balancing Program (in the near future)…stay tuned!

What do you pack on a trip with your food allergies/special diet?