Hope

But in your hearts revere Christ as LORD. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15.

As people tackle the everyday in quarantine and possibly have more time to think about life than they may have ever had before they may tend to think of deep things like; the meaning of life, death, and purpose. People have been understandably anxious about the unknown and fearful of the possibilities. Even though many are at home with their families and have more downtime and quality time than they’re used to they may still feel discontented and uneasy.

We have all felt that way and no one knows the outcome, but I have learned to give control to God more than ever during this time, for the simple fact that it is out of my control. The Lord says, cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you, 1 Peter 5:7.

The situation at hand may be a surprise to us, but it is not a surprise to the Lord. Thank God that He is still in control and in His timing it will come to an end and His will will be accomplished. Some people think God caused all of this and it is a sticky conversation, but I am here to tell you that He knows all and will sometimes allow things to happen, but he doesn’t necessarily cause things to happen. He can, however, stop any situation He wants to if and when it accomplishes His will.

You see this world is bigger than us and sometimes things happen that are terrible and we can’t understand why ‘God would allow these evil things to happen,’ but you forget we were created in His image at the creation of the world and He loves us. We chose to be disobedient, causing the world the be in sin. Since that time we have had many chances and was even sent a savior by God almighty, to make us righteous again to be in fellowship with Him. Sin separates us from God, but the blood of Jesus put us back in communion with Him. The sooner we understand our true purpose and the nature of God’s amazing grace and love for us, the sooner we can be in fellowship with Him again and understand His purpose for our lives. When we understand our purpose, there is such peace it doesn’t matter what’s going on around us, inside we will continue to have his supernatural peace. Does that mean we won’t be stressed or feel grief, no, it means instead of going through it alone, we can lean on Him during difficult knowing with confidence He will help us to endure life’s challenges.

Jesus has come to be our peace and our hope. When we rely on Him, he gives us that peace that transcends understanding. He is our constant hope in our time of trouble. If you need prayer or would like to find out more about about how to walk with Jesus in this crisis and in life please email or message me. I am here for you and I will pray with you. Keep calm and carry on. Blessings to you and your family during this time.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek, Hebrews 6:19-20. 

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Taking Care During the Coronavirus

Hi everyone!

It’s been years since I’ve been on my blog and it’s very overdue. This time is as good a time than any to connect with the WordPress community and the public about what’s going on and how we can better handle ourselves in these uncertain times. I would like to begin by saying for those who have been affected by this virus and have lost family members or friends my heart goes out to you. May God grant you peace during this time. Then, for the rest of us,  I would like to say please use wisdom and obey the guidance of the healthcare system to take whatever precautions needed to protect yourself, your families, and others. Here are some things you can do right away to stay safe:

1. Stay home unless you are in distress or need to get gas or get food, unless absolutely necessary!
2. Stay 6 feet away from others even loved ones that are at high risk of exposure.
3. Wash your hands multiple times a day and avoid touching your face.
4. If you are in healthcare please shower as soon as you get home and keep all soiled uniforms in a separate laundry basket until washed.

5. Get updates from trusted websites ie. Cdc.gov and World Health Organization.

6. Pray for this pandemic, for peace, for healing, for wisdom for Gods people to be an example during this time of uncertainty.

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I hope this has been some guidance for someone with questions. I urge everyone to take this time and think on what’s important in life, enjoy family, keep in touch with friends and loved ones, and most importantly, if you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ do it now there is no time like the present. Remember everyday is a gift and trust in Gods will and purpose He is still in control.
Philippians 4:6-7 says don’t be anxious about anything but in everything with prayer and supplication and with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God and the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus amen.

 

 

Happy August!

So sorry that I haven’t written in a while..no excuse, just life! Soo my latest focus has been on two things in life rather, three actually. Number 1, read something in the word every morning. Even though my new lifestyle change has been consuming I have to remember God comes first no matter what and that can be hard with the business of life sometimes. Number 2, ridding my life of clutter and things I don’t need. How do you know if you can rid yourself of something? If you haven’t used it or worn in the last year you don’t need it and can live without it. It’s amazing how free it makes you feel when you get down to the things you actually do need and want in life and not all the extras you don’t. I can actually see my closet floor!! Number 3, learn a new recipe every week and use it for my new life of veganism. This has been such an adventure, but it has been worth it. No more bloating, no more acid reflux, more energy. In addition to this change I have quit drinking caffeine which has also helped with all the symptoms above! What a great thing to no be dependent on my next ‘coffee fix’ for my joy. After a couple days of feeling tired I can honestly say I have kicked the habit of coffee and it feels great! Guess I’ll need to change my blog name..;-)

Please note: Interested in any of these lifestyle changes? Search youtube for help, what a great resource this has been for me, whether it be listening to others advice of quitting caffeine or new vegan recipes it has been a God-send! ps here’s a great idea for black beans, my staple:) God bless you all and stay healthy!http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/black-beans-2624169

But seek first God‘s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

 

Project 333!

Along with cleaning my arteries with my new vegan lifestyle I’ve decided to clean out my closet and room of all and any junk I don’t used on a regular basis a.k.a minimalism. I’ve been reading the book, “More for Less,” and I am motivated! A portion of the book I really liked was about a lady that wanted to de-stress her life and started a project called Project 333 which includes cleaning out her wardrobe and only wearing 33 items including shoes for 3 months. This excludes workout, sleepwear and underwear. I’m motivated to do this and ready to clean out my life!

The Vegan Venture!

Hey there! If you have been reading my blogs at all you’ll catch on that I love living and living healthy:) This means, mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Recently I had the opportunity to serve as camp nurse at Lake Aurora Christian Camp (as I have for the past 6 years) and was talking to the other nurse who had been faithfully following a vegan diet for a short while after viewing a documentary called, ‘What the Health.’ This video can be found on YouTube and Netflix by the way. It was quite eye opening in the fact that (at the risk of spilling the beans before you watch it) meat is not only bad for your cholesterol, and causes a multitude of diseases we have at an epidemic proportion in the Unites States, but all the companies used as a resource to improve these diseases are actually being endorsed by ‘big meat and dairy’ companies themselves. And the government is of course all up in the mess! Long story short I’m now a practicing vegan and am loving it. Now I just have to get used to cooking and prepping my foods to help ease the transition. Since completely switching over my gastric reflux symptoms have almost completely disappeared and my abdominal bloating has greatly diminished as well! Of course one major symptom of meat and dairy processing is inflammation (which is why we have so much colon cancer and other cancers in this country, do research it’s there). Any Vegans that have helpful hints please comment I need all the help I can get! I’ll post great recipe pics in the weeks coming up:) God bless and stay healthy!

PS Other great resources are; ‘Forks over Knives,’ documentary and the book called, ‘The China Study.’ By all means comment after watching any of these videos I would love to hear your thoughts!

Newly Vegan? Check out these great ideas to start!

Here’s a list of my favorite plant-based everyday prepared food products. These are the brands you will find in my fridge, freezer and pantry. I truly believe today’s plant-based products taste better than ever! Although processed foods should comprise the smallest percentage of our diets, they can still be included in a balanced plant-based lifestyle, and can […]

via Eat This, Not That: Top Ten Everyday Vegan Food Swaps — Melanie daPonte, Vegan Personal Chef

Love the Lemon!

I don’t know about you, but I drink several cups of coffee a day and although it does help with energy at times and tastes great, it contains caffeine, which is not so great for the body. When a person drinks caffeine, that person should drink twice the water to replace that drink. Water flushes out the system and hydrates amongst its many, many benefits. Many people do not like the taste (or lack there of) of water by itself so they tend to avoid drinking or don’t drink enough on a daily basis. If that’s you try putting a lemon slice or orange or even mint leaves in your water to give it flavor. Since I may not always have these things on hand I will add 1-2 drops of lemon, orange, or grapefruit, even peppermint essential oil to my water to spruce it up! This not only makes it tastes better, it adds many more benefits to that glass of water for your body! Here are some of the benefits of drinking lemon water throughout the day:

  1. Aids in digestion and detoxification
  2. Your body receives Vitamin C
  3. Replenishes skin and helps with body healing
  4. Helps shed weight
  5. Boosts energy and mood

https://draxe.com/benefits-of-lemon-water/

If you would like information on essential oils please put a comment with your email and I will get back to you. I use doTERRA essential oils, but there are many brands out there. Not all brands are pure and suitable for intake. BE ADVISED. Keep drinking and stay healthy!water

 

Stretching sans Spiritualty

As you all know (if you have been reading my blog posts this month), I have been feeling very convicted (conflicted) about participating in the Yoga practice as I have been on and off for years. This is because, unlike as portrayed in the Western culture, it is not just physical exercise and stretching.’ After many hours of research by both Christians, prior yogis, and even Hindu gurus, it is in fact a spiritual practice.  Even when not intended as such, yoga focuses on body, mind, and spirit. It is not intended to be separate but as one. That is why it is called a practice. Yoga actually means union. When participating in this practice you are not just agreeing to be one with the universe, but one with the spiritual gods that is at its core. The poses are actually used when bringing the person into the right mind consciousness as an act of worship to millions of Hindu gods. So you can see my dilemma when seeing this side of things. In Eastern religion this is normal, but since infiltrating the western society, people have used what they believe is harmless to encompass their whole being. Since I am a professing Christian, I cannot in good conscious facilitate this type of spiritual activity in my home. I wanted to make sure that not only does my family become aware of this, but that I pass on this information to everyone who will listen. Consider yourself enlightened:)

Even though I loved doing Yoga because my body felt great, I cannot condone this practice because it goes against everything my God stands for. This being said I have been looking into other alternatives that would benefit my body in the same way sans the spiritualty. I think I have found it! It’s called Pilates and it was started in the 20th century, so it is not an ancient practice, but a modern form of body strengthening and flexibility. It looks wonderful. I will keep you all posted on the status of this form of exercise. I love to run, but I do need to keep my body flexible and strong to prevent injuries both outside and on the job. I am so excited to get started! Stay tuned..

Mark 4:9 And Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

A Change of Pace for this RN

So this RN has been a bedside nurse for many years, 13 years to be exact. Though it has truly been one of the greatest blessings of my life I hope to explore other loves including writing! Not only have I started a new blog last month to share what I have learned in this life (in all areas of life), but I have decided to write articles for a nursing journal which I am thrilled to do!! For a while this has been of interest to me, but until recently I was unsure as to what topic to share and discuss. If any of you have been writing for a while and especially if you are a nurse that does writing of any kind I invite suggestions. Unspoken rules? Ideas? Thanks ahead of time:))