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Negative Body Talk

We’ve all engaged in it. We’ve all heard it. Aren’t you sick of it yet??? 

Negative body talk can be addictive. One day you aren’t happy about your arms, the next it’s your stomach, it never ends. Then you talk to your BFF about it and she starts pointing out aspects of herself she isn’t happy with. And the cycle continues. Guys do this as well, not just girls, it just may sound a little different. He wants body parts to be bigger, she wants them smaller. Blah Blah Blah. Why do we join in this social demoralization of ourselves? Is it a way to feel a bond between friends based on unhappiness? What kind of bond or relationship benefits from unhappiness?

I choose to disengage from this kind of talk. I want to support and encourage my friends, not aid in their negative body image by adding to my own. I realize my body isn’t perfect and it never will be so why waste time and energy staring in a mirror and dwelling on an extra bump here or there. I can make that time and energy more worth while by setting and accomplishing realistic performance goals in the gym, the studio, or on the playing field. Theres nothing wrong with wanting to tone up or lose inches but by only seeing the negative in yourself, you don’t allow for the positives to show through and you are furthering someone else’s negative thoughts as well.

Won’t you join me in loving our bodies and bolstering our positive outlooks against all the negative unreachable images created by our media? Build yourself and your friends up! Keep reaching for the stars while realizing you are already shining right where you are! Change the outlooks in your circle of influence and set a positive wave into effect!

If you can’t seem to disengage these thoughts, then its time to dig deeper. What are you really unhappy with? Why is your body the scapegoat for the dissatisfied feelings? What steps can you take to start loving your body? Try a manicure/pedicure, wearing a cute outfit, getting a cute haircut, etc. Once you are able to identify the real problem which is most likely not your actual body, then you need to address it! Take steps to rectify your unhappiness, don’t just keep shoving it aside. Make a game plan to improving your situation, and if you need to, enlist some help. Theres no need to continue life with a negative mindset.

What are your experiences with negative body talk? To you join in with friends, pointing out what your dissatisfied with? How do you think things would change if instead you pointed out things you love about yourself instead of things you hate? 

How to change the meat industry: Buy More Meat

Many, many people have viewed this telling video clip showcasing the mass production meat industry as well as a walk on role about general over-consumption. But the answer to this horrific treatment of animals is not to stop eating meat. Vegetarians and vegans have been waging a war against the mass meat industry for years with no real advances to be seen. According to the Vegetarian Resource Group’s poll, about 5% of the US population states they do not eat meat of any kind, livestock, poultry, or seafood. Think about the multi-billion dollar corporations who govern the mass meat industry. 5% is a tiny blip of their radar, and obviously not enough to make a dent in sales or change their ways. And these same vegetarians have the convenience of processed soy meat-replacement products(who are also owned by major corporations, who do just as much damage to the environment from growing and processing soybeans, let’s not even go down that path) on the shelves in most stores, so it’s really not a huge inconvenience to them to not eat meat.

Who are the people actually making a difference in this industry? Small to mid-size farms and the people who buy from them. If 5% of the US population took it’s dollars and spent them with these smaller farms who are practicing ethical ways of raising and treating animals, that would boost ethical businesses exponentially. It is rough being a small business and fighting for market share against huge companies who have turned what should be a beautiful and respectful transaction between animal and man into a machine and systems show of efficiency and profits over all else. Instead of viewing a video like the one above and thinking, I should stop eating meat, start thinking about sourcing your meat from the right people. Be prepared. It takes time. It takes effort. It takes sacrifices, either more money or less meat. It is hard. But if you want the animals to have the right feed, good living conditions, environment friendly practices, and still pay your farmer a living wage, it’s going to cost more. And it’s going to be harder to find. And thus in lays the problem.

I think becoming a vegetarian or vegan, because of these unethical practices, is just an easy way out. There are thousands of products on major grocery chain shelves that vegetarians can eat without feeling bad about animals(even Oreos are vegetarian!). It is much harder to make the time and effort to find an ethical source of meat, eggs, and dairy if you so choose, and budget for it properly than it is to walk into the same grocery chains selling the unethical meat and buy veggie burgers instead. Now here me out! I fully understand that many people eat vegetarian or vegan for health benefits or because they truly don’t believe in killing other animals for food, no matter how they are raised. I’m not knocking those people, but I am tired of seeing clips like this being used as scare tactics away from meat in general. Let’s have a less heated, more thoughtful conversation about this entire issue. 

Let’s even look back in recent history for an example of how this works. People started becoming educated on the negative effects of rbST when given to dairy cows to boost milk production. Some people stopped drinking milk altogether and switched to something like soymilk. The soymilk drinkers boosted the non-dairy drink industry, which yes has benefits for those who are truly lactose or casein intolerant or allergic, but did nothing to actually change the rbST riddled dairy industry. Others started buying organic milk and rbST free milk. This showed people still wanted real milk, and were willing to pay more for it without the rbST. This shift alone brought the largest retail chain in the US, Wal-Mart, to demand it’s dairy providers stop using rbST. And once a corporation with as much influence and power as Wal-Mart makes a change, most others will follow. This is the key. We must show large meat producers that we want meat! We want it raised humanely, fed properly, and in a sustainable fashion so it doesn’t harm the earth. And we are willing to pay more for it!! It’s a sad fact but if you want to talk to major corporations, you have to talk their language and that is cold, hard cash. I don’t think these corporations will ever completely change their ways either, but that’s not the goal. The goal is to get them moving in the right direction. Not everyone can afford or source ethical meats, so making changes, however big or small, in the mass production industry is at least a start. Those of us who do have the finances and resources to make different choices, need to change to get the ball rolling for these small and mid-sized farms as well as the stores and cooperatives selling their products to grow their reach and production to become more accessible for all.

Now, imagine if every meat eater in the US stopped buying from the major chains, and started buying it from smaller, more local farms. Now THAT would cause some alarm. For many, this is impossible to fully do, but even changing to buy half of your meat ethically and half from a more conventional source can make a difference. OR change the cuts of meat you buy to make buying all of your meat from local sources more affordable! Let’s stop with the ground hamburger or boneless, skinless chicken breasts already! Eat nose to tail, literally, and you can afford to buy from the right sources. Tongue and Heart are delicious and act like stew meat, so simmer it all day or grind it up and mix it in with your burgers. I put liver in pretty much any kind of liquid or sauce, and it goes unnoticed but packs a huge nutritional punch. Eat the dark meat, use the bones for broth and stocks, learn what to do to not waste a single piece of that animal. Now that’s ethical eating!

Focus on knowing your farmer or finding a smaller local store who has done that research for you. There are more and more small grocery stores or cooperative stores who have higher standards for what goes on their shelves. You’ll pay more for the work of vetting each and every source to make sure it meets the stores qualifications, but you’ll also be making a much bigger difference in the lives of those small businesses and producers who are doing things right: ethical, sustainable, and profitable.  After all, we want these small farmers to make a profit so they can stay in business and continue providing products the right way. We don’t want to see them posting, “Going Out Of Business” signs, and leaving us with one less option other than the mass meat industry. I hope and pray that this is the message people take away from the Samsara video clip, not to just stop eating meat, that does nothing to solve the problem.

Nutrition Advice- Who Should We Believe?

I was having an interesting discussion with my husband yesterday about personal responsibility vs government regulation on the issue of advertising to children and food choices families make. His platform- it’s the first amendment, freedom of speech and all, so companies can advertise to who they want as much as they want. Parents need to responsible for what they buy and should just tell their children that certain things are bad for them.

Oh yeah, I had a field day.

We ended up in a loop of sorts with me explaining that not everyone knows or understand why certain additives or chemicals in our food system are unsafe, nor do they understand that the corn industry can basically pay a scientist enough to run a bogus study and skew the results to show that HFCS is perceived the same as table sugar in our bodies. His endless defense was “people should educate themselves, research that stuff, and figure it all out. You did it, and apparently there was enough commotion to cause them to change the name HFCS to corn sugar, so something is working.” Yes he’s very eloquent, and I love him.

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So my question is, who should the everyday people of America turn to when attempting to answer the question “What Should I Eat?”

Your first reaction might be the government, since they are the group with the citizens’ best interest at heart, supposedly. However, with all the lobbying of Congress by Big Ag, you get recommendations tainted by money and business, such as the MyPlate diagram. Harvard scientists disagree so strongly that they created their own version, Healthy Plate. It also slows down or destroys campaigns and initiatives to improve our food system and policies, such as the voluntary guidelines for advertising to children that sparked our debate in the first place. In my opinion, government = Big Ag & large food corporations, all of which are definitely not out to protect our health.

Ok, so the next person you may look to for nutrition advice is your doctor right? Well most doctors get 1-2 nutrition classes in their post-baccalaureate program which usually isn’t enough to see through the smokescreen of the government regulations and recommendations. So you will most likely receive a hand out for the new MyPlate diagram and be sent on your way.

Children get confused as well when MyPlate is promoted but then schools are allowed to serve pizza as a vegetable. This policy has been allowed to continue when Congress blocked the USDA from improving it’s regulations due to pressure from ConAgra and Schwan, despite the Obamas’ push for better school lunches.

So now I come to the professionals who just a year ago I would have touted as the key people to look towards, Registered Dietitians and the American Dietetic Association. However after seeing the sponsorships behind the ADA, I’ve come to question some of their recommendations. For example promoting diet soda over regular as an effective weight loss solution.

So who does that leave us???

I’d have to agree with Michael Pollan, that we should look to our grandmothers, or possibly our great grandmothers. The people who used real raw ingredients to create beautiful nourishing food. The ingredients they used were usually seasonal and fresh since they didn’t have farms in Central America growing their foods year round, and preservation methods were limited. They did not have to worry about chemicals and pesticides in their food and water supply since such things were not widely used until after World War II. They appreciated the art of creating a meal with love and patience. They used traditions passed down through the generations because these traditions kept people alive and healthy, and were obviously delicious if they’d stuck around so long. They did not need modern day science to tell them these traditions and food combinations were good, they relied on the food and flavor to do that. He has said that our ancestors did not need to know that olive oil enhanced the bioavailibilty of nutrients available in tomatoes and dark leafy greens; they just knew it was a delectable combination. These generations also had to work harder for their food and therefore savored it more than we do today in our fast-paced convenience food culture. So get back to the basics of from-scratch cooking, and discover the beauty behind transforming raw ingredients into a beautiful meal.

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The more technology advances, the more we discover how complex food is. But does it have to be? Do we always have to know why something is good? Can’t we just accept that real foods will never be able to be replicated in nutritional value by chemicals from a factory engineered to trick our mind and body into thinking what it is eating is real? Shouldn’t we just resolve to eat a variety of real foods within reason and season?

What can we learn about parenting from Disney’s Frozen?

FrozenParentingGraphicAs I watch Frozen with my daughter for the 1,363,498th time, I always think about all the lessons, major and minor that are taught. Yes, there’s the “Let It Go” movement, of being our true selves and being vulnerable, or else we face ice-olation ( haha, I tried ). And the lesson of not rushing into love. But one that I find especially compelling is the relationship between the two. While Elsa isn’t Anna’s mother, after their parents die, she is closer to a mentor/parent relationship with Anna than anyone else. Since Elsa doesn’t reveal her true self to Anna, she isn’t open to her love and relationship. This causes Anna to feel so empty and alone, that she fixates on finding her one true love in one night. We all look down on Anna for being desperate and naive, but really the problem is rooted in Elsa’s withdrawal.

As parents, we may be afraid to share our past or our true selves, passions, struggles, emotions, and all with our children, but it’s not protecting them. Children are much more aware and smart than adults give them credit for. In keeping our children cut off from our true selves, we also cut their true selves off from us. Without having an authentic, vulnerable relationship with our children, we can’t reach them to teach, guide, and counsel them through life. Even though we might not have physical barriers like the four walls of Elsa’s room protecting us, the damage of concealing and not letting our past and emotions show is just the same.

The Bond of Peace | Part 2

This is the second half of a devotional I taught at my church’s Mother-Daughter Banquet last month, the first half can be found here. 

The first half shows us that our need for God is of the utmost importance within our mother daughter relationships and urges us to live out the traits of lowliness, meekness, longsuffering, and forbearance. It is also a call to look towards our specific God given vocations as purpose for striving towards healthier relationships and supporting one another in our races for Him. The next half will outline a few of the specific commands given to children and parents in the Bible.

We will start with the passage Ephesians 6:1-4

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 

As I pointed out in the first post, both commands to children and parents point back to the Lord. He is the ultimate balance and guidance for our relationships. The two commands given to children are to obey and honor their parents. There is only one condition attached to this and it is not “-if what they say is easy” “-if what they say works for you” “-if what they say doesn’t intrude on what you want”. No the only condition is that you obey them “in the Lord”. Sadly there are abusive parents out there and if you are in need of help to get out of that situation then seek it immediately, but for most parent-child relationships this is not the case. I’m not saying all parents are perfect, or right all of the time. They most definitely are not, but if what they have told you to do doesn’t go against the Bible or God’s true will for your life, then we are commanded to obey. This may seem like a great tool for parents to use to get their way, but it is not, more about that in a bit.

The second command we are given actually doesn’t have any condition attached to it. Honor can be another word for respect. We are commanded to respect our parents, no matter what. Respect does not mean we have to love them, does not mean we have to obey them, but it does mean we have to acknowledge those relationships, the weight of parenthood, and treat them at the very least, as well as you would any other human being. Unfortunately, many times since children are most comfortable being exactly who they are, emotions fully unleashed, with their parents, that disrespect and attitude permeate their interactions. This goes completely against what God  has commanded us to do. Even when our parents are wrong, or are upsetting us, or their rules are “totally uncool”, we still must speak and act respectfully towards them. Realize that they are flawed humans, just as you are, and are just trying their best. No one wants criticisms shouted back at them when they make a mistake, and no one will compromise or even listen to a different side of the story if it is laced with rude remarks and a closed mindedness. This is when we must step back and remember to not think of ourselves as better than anyone else, to purpose in our hearts and minds that we want to have good communication and honesty with one another, and remember that just as God is working on your parents in that moment, He is also working on your longsuffering and patience as well. God actually gives  us a promise that if we follow this command, our souls will be well and our days long on the earth. The Holy Spirit inside of us will feel unsettled, we will bear emotional scars and baggage, and we won’t be able to enjoy our day to day life if we are constantly butting heads and disrespecting our parents. Many of us bear the scars of our upbringing not because our parents weren’t perfect and damaged our psyches, but because we are unable to honor their effort and forgive that very fact.

Even though most of this passage is speaking to children, the commands are fairly simple. These are the commands given for us to follow in relationship to our earthly parents, however the entire Bible is showing us how to live as children of God and that is where our focus should be. The simplicity of these commands fits the maturity and capabilities of their intended audience. The nuanced and complicated command here is to the parents. The weight and responsibility of bringing up a child in a way that both honors God and prepares them for their own walk is unfathomable to a child until they experience it themselves. But hopefully this gives a little more insight to them and direction to parents.

We all know of funny warning labels we’ve seen on products right?

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Well, they are there for a reason. Someone, somewhere, didn’t realize the obvious and hence the warning label was warranted. I think this applies to Eph 6:4 as well. God wouldn’t warn us as parents to not provoke our children to wrath if it weren’t bound to happen. Also in Colossians 3:21 we are warned not to provoke our children to anger or else they will be discouraged. I think a huge step in the right direction when parenting is to acknowledge this will happen. We have to stop acting like we are perfect, like we know what we are doing in every situation, like we have it all together all of the time. We don’t! No one does! It doesn’t mean we stop striving for the best we can give, but it does mean we have to admit when we are wrong. I think it would be a healthy move to discuss with our children ahead of time that we will make mistakes, and tell them that if they truly feel angered, wronged, or discouraged to come to us so we can discuss it. And then we have to be willing to listen to their feelings. I know it’s quicker and easier to lay down the law, no questions asked, and expect them to comply but we’re not dictators and we’re not God. We have to show what truly living with God’s grace and mercy looks like, and give our children a living example of how to right our wrongs and how to live out the traits of lowliness, meekness, longsuffering, and forbearance.

I feel many times we mess up when we are at our weakest, the end of our earthly limit to the hardships of life, adulthood, parenthood, and everything in between. We must learn to live out these principals and show children what it’s like to lean on God in our weakness. It’s worth it to point out that this command also has no conditions attached. God is telling us to not provoke our children to wrath or discouragement, period. Not only when they are following the rules, only when they are achieving the desired results in school or extracurricular activities, only when they are respectful to you. No, we are to live in God’s strength no matter our children’s reactions to us and life in general. This can be incredibly hard but if we expect it of our children, we must expect it of ourselves as well. We are not living this way based on the people around us and their reactions, we are living this way for God.

So how should we be parenting our children? God answers that in the latter half of verse 4, “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Quick definitions here-

Nuture- used as a noun here, not a verb, so the meaning is the care and attention given to someone or something as it develops; the sum of the environmental factors influencing the behavior and traits expressed by an organism

Admonition- a gentle or friendly reproof, a counsel or warning against fault or oversight

So, we must bring our children up in an environment of the Lord with gentle counsel from the Lord when they are going astray. Just as we are commanded in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” The word train here is rooted to the word catechise which means “To instruct by asking questions, receiving answers, and offering explanations and corrections.” So it’s not what we may think of training as some harsh process like basic training or physical training, but instead a communication process sort of like the Socratic method. This allows the child and parent to work together in reasoning and teasing out the right, Biblical answer, instead of a direct order of right or wrong with the child not understanding why. While yes, there are certain times that children need to just accept right and wrong, as they get older and move out from under the parental protection, they will need to know the reasons backing up what they were taught. If they are not, then they will easily depart from the ways of the Lord because they are not connected to it. I’ve seen this happen so many times, and lived it in my own life as well.

This is not to say children shouldn’t be punished, far from it,  both Proverbs 13:24 and 19:18 acknowledge that there is a time and place for punishment and reproof. However, I feel there is not enough calm communication and explanation included with the punishment.

The nurture and admonition in our passage references back to Abraham and the commands that were given to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, Genesis 18:19. From there, there are three specific instances referenced, Deuteronomy 4:9-10, Deuteronomy 6:6-7, and Joshua 24:15. I’ll talk more about these in the next post. I wasn’t expecting a Part 3, but this is already long, and I don’t want to rush it. Many blessings my friends!

The Bond of Peace

I gave a devotional a few weeks back at my church’s Mother-Daughter Banquet which was my first time really sharing something that God had placed on my heart for a long time. The title comes from the passage that first spoke to me when praying about this event and that is Ephesians 4:1-6

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

Now, I knew this wasn’t a passage specifically about mothers and daughters but more about Christians in general getting along with one another and working together despite our human flaws. But as I reflected on what a mother daughter dynamic tends to be, especially in the teen years, a bond of peace seemed like a beacon of hope. That is what I want with my daughter some day, and that is what I needed when I was a teen. I started to wonder, why is it that as little children we all love our moms, then as teens we tend to lash out, rebel, push away, and then once we’ve grown, matured, possibly had kids of our own, find our way back to loving and appreciating our moms. I know every relationship is different, and I was very nervous to share my thoughts because I didn’t have a great relationship with my mom as a teen but it is improving. And I know I held back some thoughts or illustrations during my talk 1) because it was already pretty long and covering a lot and 2) because it’s hard to find a balance of how much to share about my life/my perspective while respecting my mom as well. After much prayer, studying, more prayer, worry, nervousness, more prayer, and a deep breath, I laid it out there. Here is the beginning…

First, a few definitions from our passage because I can be a word nerd and like knowing not just the general idea behind a word but the nuanced meaning behind why God decided it had to be that particular word and not another similar one.

Vocation- A summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action.

Lowliness- the absence of any feelings of being better than others

Meekness- a quiet and gentle nature, not wanting to fight or argue. Enduring injury with patience and without resentment

Forbearance- a refraining from the enforcement that is due; A calm patience especially under provocation

Peace- a state in which there is no war or fighting; a harmony in personal relations

The first idea that struck me in this passage was the request that we walk worthy of the vocation God is calling us too. Vocation does not necessarily mean our careers or where we are employed. Being a mother is a vocation. If God has given you a child through pregnancy or adoption then He has called you to be the mommy to that child. So daughters must understand when our parents, moms in particular, are guiding us and setting limits that it is because God has called them to train us up in His ways. But as mothers, we also have to remember that God is calling our daughters to their own vocation and we do not know what that is. I know as parents, we all want to see our children be successful, but unfortunately too many of us define success by earthly standards. We want our children to go to college, get fancy degrees, have “respectable” careers that fit our ideals, but that’s not necessarily what God wants for them. I know many mothers and daughters who have struggled because where the daughter is feeling lead is not what the mother had in mind. I love that peace is defined as harmony in personal relations. Harmony is not two people playing the same note, it is two people playing complimentary notes to one another. One is melody, the lead, and the other is harmony, the support.

I think one of the hardest aspects of parenting is discerning when it is our place to be the lead and when we need to switch to harmony in our children’s lives and let God become their lead. As parents, control over our children’s lives is something we lose a little more of each day, and it’s a test in our faith in God because it was never about us. Our children were given to us by the Lord for a short while and we must do our best to guide and lead them with our own walks and teachings, but at some point we must let the arrow go. And as daughters, we must know the importance of following, learning, and trusting in God before we can step out on our own. We must realize the privilege it is to be alive, and to be serving our Lord, and seek out His Will and vocation for our lives not what mainstream media and society says is success. It is so hard to be a child or teen and be different than the world, set apart, and called for a divine purpose. God has given you parents for this reason, a direct line of support, advice, and leadership in meandering through the minefield of adolescence but it is our human nature to fight that and push it away.

Both mother and daughter must not think they are better than one another, must purpose in their hearts that they do not want to fight, and must be patient through it all without resentment. I know that’s tough but it is necessary, for both parties. I think the hardest part is to continue without resentment. Holding grudges and anger inside of us truly eats away at our souls. We must learn to see each other through God’s eyes and forgive as God forgives. We are all parts of the body of Christ and we must work together for His glory. In our physical bodies, our major muscles are set up so that there are always opposing forces, one push muscle, one pull muscle. The only way to move is for one to yield to another, to allow the action the working muscle is trying to accomplish to take place. It’s hard to see which member in the mother daughter relationship should be doing the yielding or should be doing the work, but God gives us the answer to this.

When we look for passages in the Bible associated with parents and children many times Colossians 3:20-21 and Ephesians 6:1-4 come to mind. In Ephesians, both commands to children and to parents end with a direction back to the Lord. God is our balance, our counselor when there is a struggle. He is the one both mothers and daughters should be turning to in order to find that bond of peace. If both are believers then God in them wants to be at peace with the other. The anger, resentment, rebellion, and hate are not from Him, they are of the devil, placed there to hinder the bond between sisters in Christ, to hold both of them back in their race for the Lord. We can’t allow this to happen. I urge both moms and daughters to look past the outside evidence and emotion and see that deep down there is love there for one another. That each others actions are rooted in love and any misunderstanding or clashing of opinions is not meant to cause harm but to do good.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” God perfectly designed a child for the parents. Not only do the parents have life experiences and wisdom that God knew that child would specifically need guidance with but also God designed that child to challenge the parent, their faith, and their character. We wonder why our children know just how to push our buttons or drive us crazy. God created them that way to show us where we still need work to be more like Him. Because guess what? We challenge God, we fight, we rebel, we push against His Will, we run away, we yell and scream and cry and wonder why us? We can be the moodiest of teenagers in our walk with the Lord at times… and sometimes, it takes a teenager or toddler to point that out to us in a very visceral way. But God still loves us. Just as we must still love our children. Not just the “I love you because you’re my child” love but the I love you because I see your struggle, your pain, your abilities, your opinions, and I see you fighting with the Lord and His Will and learning the hard way, and I’ve been there too. It’s usually at the times that we are most pushing away help and love either from a mother or from God that we are most hurt, confused, upset, and in need of that exact love. God is strong and gracious enough to take the punches, forgive, and still love and fight for us, are we as moms able to be like that for our own children?  And daughters can we trust that the limits set by our mothers, their wishes, and the experiences we have with them are all overseen by God and will ultimately shape us into who God wants us to be? Neither mother or daughter can do this alone, which is why we still need God living and breathing into our lives everyday.

So what exactly does God specifically command to children and parents? That will be part two, coming soon! I know I included it in the lesson that day but I felt like it was too much for one post, and probably too much for that one lesson, but I trust God worked through my mess of a talk anyways. Many blessings, my friends!

Poptarts & Kombucha

Just a quick post today! I recently made Paleo Pop-tarts and they were awesome!!! Check out the recipe over at A Girl Worth Saving. Also, I randomly found guava at the grocery store and when the light was pretty got sucked into taking pictures of it with one of my fave flavors of kombucha, Guava Goddess. I’m a sucker for pretty light and food…

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