You are what you eat. I’m sure you’ve heard that said before. But, what does it really mean?
What does it mean to be what you eat? Does it mean if you eat a tall and skinny french fry you too will be tall and skinny? I’m pretty sure that’s NOT what it means. Have you ever noticed that when you feel sad you eat sad food? What’s sad food? Food that lacks the nutrients to fuel your body.
The other day as I enjoyed my pepper salad (that’s what I call it – various colour peppers, onion, cucumber, feta and greek dressing) I was suddenly aware of what I was eating. I was eating food that is filled with Vitamin C. Vitamin C powers up your immune system. Peppers are also a good source of vitamin E. Vitamin E plays a key role in keeping our skin looking youthful. Onions, maybe they are an acquired taste, but did you know that onions also have vitamin C and they can assist in regulating blood sugar and eating them raw lowers the production of bad cholesterol? I could go on and on and tell you the health benefits of every food in that salad, but I won’t.
But I will tell you that I want to be what I eat! I want to have nice skin. I want to have a powerful immune system (this momma of 3 has no time to be sick!) I want energy! Eating food that is high in sugars, filled with fillers and / or is processed won’t help me become the kind of person I just described to you.
The next time you grab a bite to eat, think about what your eating. Do you want to be filled with empty calories that add nothing to your life? Or do you want to be filled with food that brings life to your life?
You can do this!
All too often we live by a perceived idea of who or what we should be. Maybe those ideas come from our spouse, co-workers, friends, even childhood memories.
But, what if we lived by the truth of who we are?? Imagine men and women who are capable of fulfilling purposes and seeing goals and God given dreams become reality. Imagine!!
Start living it. Live the way God intended. Live like you know the truth. The truth that you are loved. The truth that your mistakes don’t define you. The truth that God’s plans for you and your family are good. The truth that you are precious and important. The truth that whatever’s going on right now God can take care of it. You’ve got this! God’s got this! Know it! Live it!
Father and son sat side by side.
“She’s really great.” said the son. “I know” the father replied. They sat there in silence thinking about her. The father finally spoke words “She has so many gift and talents. It’s a shame she doesn’t use them. She’s beautiful.” The son nodded in agreement. He continued “She doesn’t know about us yet does she?” “Not yet. I knocked to introduce my self, but no answer” said the son. “Sorry son, she’s too caught up in her own thing right now. IF she doesn’t get in too deep, she’ll come around” “I think she’d be great in our family. Just think about what good she can do!! A world changer!” “like I said, If she doesn’t get in too deep, she’ll come around. She has free will you know.”
“Dad! Dad! She’s stuck! it’s like she’s stuck in mud! she can’t get out! Help her!” That’s exactly what it was, She was stuck. She felt like seaweed was wrapped around her ankles and she was drowning. She couldn’t come up for air. The chains were on so tight. Each link was held by lies, defeat, fear and anger.
“Go and knock again. Explain to her who you are. Tell her what you did for her. You’re a gentlemen.”
As the young lady cried out, the son approached with caution. A gentlemen. In a sweet and gentle voice he explained that her freedom had been bought and that she didn’t need to stay where she was. He showed her what freedom looked like in his family. “My father would like to adopt you into our family.” With a broken heart, she cried. The Father came, joined the son and held his new daughter. She cried and cried and cried. An unknown peace came over her. She tried to smile but fear of the unknown held her back. Father and son alike comforted her. Her heart began to heal and her pain turned into joy.
If you’ve taken any time to read up on leadership, you know that keeping your vision in front of you is critical to meeting your goals. Surrounding yourself with people and things who will encourage you is highly beneficial.
In a season of waiting, seeing light at the end of the tunnel can sometimes be difficult, even out right discouraging.
That’s why I decided to do two things that are simple yet, will keep me going. This first picture is my cover picture on my Facebook page.
If you’ve read any of my previous post, you know that taking baby steps is kinda my motto. I ventured on to Esty.com and found someone who makes personalized phone cases. It was a great experience. I dealt with Jason Newport from CreativeLaughs. Here’s the finished product I’m patiently waiting to arrive.
Remember, it doesn’t take much, just some creativity. Don’t give up!! Your dreams are worth chasing.
Why give up? What benefit does it have? Where does it take you?
We give up when we’re tired and weak. But did you know that God’s word says to not give up because AT THE RIGHT TIME we will reap?? Did you also know God wants your weakness?? This is what Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-31
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
The benefits of giving up? There aren’t any!!! Not a single one! Just because giving up may be acceptable for some people, know that it’s not beneficial. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Beneficial means: conducive to personal or social well-being. Giving up does not fall into that category.
Oh, the places you will go if you give up….. Nowhere. Giving up leaves you right back where you started. You leave no good example for your children to follow and leave no legacy behind for them to look at.
Will you want to give up? Yes. Is it worth it? No.
I encourage you, keep dreaming, keep moving. keep your dream and vision ahead of you. Remember why you started. Remember you’re worth it. God’s plans for you are too big, too wonderful and well, just too amazing for you for you to pass them up.
“Being fit and healthy isn’t a destination, it’s a lifestyle.”
Those were my husband’s words as we talked about the changes I planned on making. His words rung in my mind days following our conversation. They still do. You see I’ve never been one watch what I eat or exercise. Once upon a time I enjoyed running, but lets be real, it didn’t last long. When people would talk to me about health and nutrition I would let it go in one ear and out the other.
That comment was a game changer for me. I began to think more about what being healthy means. More importantly, what does being healthy look like to me? When I finally sat down to jot down what I think being healthy means, I was surprised that my list was only 2 items long.
1) Eat fruits and or vegetables at every meal
2) Exercise daily
Sounds easy enough doesn’t it?!
For someone who would be content eating a bag of Smartfood for dinner (Before getting married – I would regularly do that), eating fruits or vegetables at every meal isn’t very appealing.
Knowing this would be a challenge, I got my journal and sat in silence. I knew if I waited God would come through and give me direction. He did. He encouraged me to be me. After showing me how He sees me, the words “make a covenant with your eyes.” were spoken to my heart. Without thinking too much about it, my pen met my paper and these words hit the page.-
I vow to eat food with purpose. To enjoy treats and walk in Grace on bad days. I vow to thank God for giving people creative minds when I want food that I don’t need. I will enjoy desserts. I will educate myself and my family. I will do my best.
A few years ago I learned the importance of living beyond my feelings. Will that make this life style change easy, No. But I know it’s value. This journey won’t be easy or perfect, but i’m excited to see how it changes me.
Double edged Sword
Dressed in white He stands between and my accuser.
“Don’t worry, I’ve got this” He whispers
He draws His sword.
It’s sharper then any double edged sword.
My enemy trembles as light shines in,
he becomes weaker –
he’s unable to attack.
My Defender rises as
Mercy meets judgment
Light meets darkness
Love meets hate
Righteousness meets sin
Life meets death.
No longer weighed down
No longer unloved or unwanted
No longer alone
Though thoughts and actions are of the disapproving kind
there is an unfailing, never ending love that loves deeper and stronger
He loves with a double edged sword