Over-Thinking About Appearances

So, I’ve been over-thinking about appearances lately (bet you never guessed from the title lol). I think I have this one down. Let me go through my thinking…

Our bodies do four things. 1. Tell people how to recognize us (security and identification). 2. Convey the genes of parents and lineage (security and heritage). 3. Tell us about the obedience level in the area of health. 4. Test us. Let me elaborate.

1. We need to know friend from foe. If people’s appearance changed like a chameleon, we would not find them again. Also, we are familiar with a person because they look or smile a certain way. So, identification. Familiarity means security.

2. Carrying on the family lineage is something that has always been important to the Lord who made us. We all are ultimately decendents from Adam and Eve, made directly by God. Many twists and turns in that genetic line got us to where we are and in family lineages. Life perpetuates life and we look how we do to support that process. Family means security.

3. People who obey God’s Word, as I have somewhat recently realized myself as I started on this health quest, are healthy (unless the next reason is occurring, that is). Obedience dictates we not be gluttons of food, alcohol, intoxicants, sex, anger, money, or anything. We are told not to be addicts of anything. We are to live healthy lives in moderation of everything. In fact, prayer is the only command to do continuously. So, we can be prayer addicts but every other addiction is disobedience. So good health as a whole can tell you obedience is being taken seriously and poor health tells you there is an imbalance, some disobedience. Of course, that is not true if it is number 4.

4. How you look can be a test. Poor health can be a test to see if you are humble before God or blame Him. You could be tested by ugliness of some feature the world favors in this fleeting moment to decide whether to praise God for who you are or whine about what you want to change. You could be tested by a scar or blemishes or skin ailment or cancer to have faith in God’s ability to heal or faithfulness to support you or not. These tests are blessings from God to let you know He loves you enough to improve you internally which will last forever.

And now you see how my brain works, so scary. And my conclusion is that although there are four main reasons people look the way they do, there is one trump card people have no matter what we look like. Life is short and then our looks die and we inside that shell are released to eternity either with God or with the alternative, called hell, away from God. And as long as you are saved by Jesus Christ, your inner beauty, God’s glory, is secure for the rest of this life and all of eternity. So, the beauty we should strive for has nothing to do with looks, but character, salvation and moral integrity. That is lasting beauty!❤

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So Shocker, I am a Coach Again

In this health quest, I determined to say yes when they again needed a coach for 2nd and 3rd grade homeschool PE. There was a need and I decided to step in but requested a co-coach that can fill in if we need to be elsewhere. And it was granted… Perfect!

And after coaching my very big class, I am not tired but revitalized. I love coaching. And the sheer energy and excitement of these kids is energetic and helping them be healthier and learn different sports just makes my day.

And we start every day with prayer, so they are getting the “God made us to be healthy” connection. And that is one of my favorite new thoughts.

God made us to be healthy. Health is a choice. We were not made to be a lump, to be waited on, to do nothing but be entertained. All that is garbage. We were made to be healthy, to serve, to help, to love on people. And my kids remind me of that and so become the teachers. Beautiful!❤

Finally, Encouragement

So now I have lost 33 of my goal of 50 pounds (it is amazing how I did not feel so overweight at the time except for my low energy). But even not at my goal weight, still 17 pounds left, 33 is a lot of weight. It is 3 sizes down. And all in a short amount of time, three months. And did you know that one person of many I see every week noticed at church and said “Looks like you’re losing weight.” And yesterday, a friend I hadn’t seen in a while gave me all kinds of encouragement. She was not a Christian, though I am praying for her and am working on that.

Thr point is, when did encouragement fall by a Christian’s wayside? Are we not in a body of Christ to edify Christ and encourage and strengthen each other? Why do we not do our jobs?

So, I started this encouragement agenda for myself. I would keep encouraging and do so even more openly. Not flattery, hate that, but a strengthening truth when it is due or needed. I will be the first around me to encourage believers. Maybe it will catch on and someone will get it and get out of their own selfishness. The church is not “What have you done for me lately?” The church should say, “What can I do for Jesus and encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ.” The real church loves people to Jesus and loves each other, including encouragement.❤

Delicious Paleo Breakfast for 3 Days

1 big stalk brocolli florets, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped or sliced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 egg

1 can salt-free chicken

1 avacado, chopped and core removed

1 carrot, peeled and sliced

1 Roma tomato, chopped

1 c. Mushrooms

Seasoning to taste preference- I used red pepper, black pepper, Himalayan sea salt, drizzle of agave nectar, paprika, parsley flakes, sage

Start with skillet with water a drizzle olive oil. Add onions then in this order as you chop: garlic, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, seasoning, egg, chicken and avacado. Mix and serve. It is delicious and makes enough for 3 days. Yummy. Enjoy!❤

The Perfect and Simple Paleo Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash was definitively in the garden of Eden, God’s very great treat to us. It is full of flavor and brimming with health and just perfection. And here is how to cook it.

350° F. oven

Cut the butternut squash in half longways (the hardest part) with a huge really sharp knife or machete if you have one. (Great visual there)

Place the halves face up in a 9″x9″ pan.

Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and strings from the squash halves and discard (or dry to try planting).

Use sharp knife to poke some holes in the flesh of the squash, not going through the skin.

Fill the pan with water up to half the height of the squash.

Drizzle agave nectar and sprinkle as desired with Himalayan sea salt and black pepper.

Cover the pan with foil or lid.

Bake about an hour or until fork goes into a soft squash.

Scoop out the squash from the skin and serve. I get about 3 heavenly servings to use from a medium sized squash.

Enjoy your treat from God!😄❤

Paleo Chocolate and Flax Cookies- Kid Approved

So, I had a sweet tooth finally. I believe it is a hormonal thing, but nonetheless after losing 30 pounds, I thought I would try to make cookies. And since there was a shocking lack of chocolate in any Paleo recipe, I created my own. And my daughter (not Paleo) loved the heart ones, so these are kid approved, and they hit the spot for me so I am happy. And my very picky husband liked them also. Wow.

1 1/2 c. flax seeds, ground finely

1 c. pecans, ground

1 c. organic coconut palm sugar

2 t. vanilla

1/2 c. dark chocolate cocoa powder

1/2 c. olive oil

2 eggs

1 banana, mashed

1/8 c. agave nectar

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. Himalayan sea salt

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Mix all ingredients above.

Olive oil spray muffin cups tin. Place 1-2 T. in each cup. Bake 16 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!😄❤

Why Weight Loss Numbers Matter to Me

So, I have lost 30 pounds since I started this inspired quest to be healthy. God was my motivation as I was blatantly living recklessly and with gluttony, as big a sin as any sin. I wanted to obey my dear Lord God in every area of my life. Not only that, but on top of it, I was unable to do everything He asked me too, not having enough energy or stamina and in pain when I forced it.

Thr numbers matter because to me, they motivate. When I see them go down, I know progress is being made. I know I am obeying God and that success is echoed by looser fitting clothing and greater energy and no pain. And today I was asked to play the piano for chapel services in assisted living facilities and that is something I can do bow and take my kids. How beautiful.

People say the numbers don’t matter. To me they do. I have to have that encouragement that I am doing the right thing. I get it very few other places. Most people I see regularly have not said one word- I am not sure if they are convicted and avoid the topic or they think if they compliment they would be misconstrued as flirting or perhaps 30 pounds is no big deal of a difference, but it doesn’t matter. I am not losing for them and just find it a curiosity, but the numbers encourage me. When I started in June and had 50 pounds to lose, that number was a bit daunting, even to me who rises to a challenge, but having 30 pounds gone in just 2 1/2 months the healthy way, I am more than half way there and it feels good that I am obeying. And I am healthy and strong doing it.

So, there is why the numbers matter to me. Other people have different stories and numbers are bad guys for good reasons and I get that completely and respect you for where you are on your journey. This is just my opinion and reasoning, in case anyone wanted to know. God bless you!❤