Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Get Ready to Live Your Best Year Yet

I finished my first 30 day challenge at the end of December 2013 – 30 days of planks!   It was less about doing the actual plank as it was to challenge myself to a deeper discipline – to become the change I have been praying to see in my life.  I took action and that action produced a much stronger me – both physically and spiritually.  
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In September of 2013 I began to get very sick, lost over 12 pounds and could barely function.  I was napping every day for hours.  Which I never do.  In October, I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease.  Most believe you can only heal or go into remission from traditional medicine and that you must follow everything they say to even begin to see a change in your adrenals and thyroid.  I’m here to tell you that is not the case (if you are willing to make the necessary changes and work at making your health a top priority in your life – along with LOTS of prayer).   I took it upon myself to become educated on why I developed Grave’s in the first place, what is available both traditionally and alternatively.   Traditional medicine promised serious side effects and a life time of needing medicine.  Alternative methods (naturally) offered me hope and control of taking back my health one choice at a time.  Which began with another complete diet over-haul (Paleo 100% – here is my favorite Paleo cookbook) and to begin a new supplement regimen.  I used several essential oils daily three times a day over my thyroid and adrenals and within weeks saw drastic changes in my health. I continued drinking my favorite protein shake to ensure I was getting enough of the proper nutrients each day, along with keeping my calorie intake up.  My homeopath began to work with me on using a very specific remedy that is known to help heal hyperthyroid issues (please find a knowledgeable homeopath to work with and do NOT try to self diagnose).  If you want to learn more about specific remedies for many health challenges you can click here.  I see my chiropractor weekly to keep my body aligned which plays a huge role in our over-all health and the healing of the body.   Then in late November when I was back to my original weight, I got the green light to begin my first 30 day challenge to get my strength back and to renew my faith in God who was with me every step of the way.  I know that my prayers were answered because I could see changes in my life as I trusted in God more with every detail of my life.  It wasn’t anything I was doing or that my prayers were grand or special – it was simply my eyes were off of me and onto God where they belonged anyway.  And because of that, I changed.  He remained the same as He always was and will be, faithful to those who put their hope and trust in Him. 

I am currently two weeks into my second 30 day challenge of doing yoga, planks, rebounding, and praying/journaling each day.

Which leads me to why I want to invite all of you onto my life journey with Him – taking each day as a challenge from God to become more like Him through our thoughts, choices, and how we treat the gift of life from this moment forward.  

Starting on February 1st I will be hosting 30 Day Challenges each month to encourage you toward healthy living all year long.  No need for a New Year’s resolution when you are willing to resolve that today and every day forward I am going to be the change in this world I desire to see!

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Our first challenge will be 30 days of inspiring thoughts to encourage healthy thinking patterns to release us from the past, which will enable us to be set set free to become who we all desire to be – our greatest selves!    Our thoughts affect every area of our lives and we must be in control of them in order to live right here, right now, in this very moment with JOY, PEACE, HOPE, and LOVE!
Which leads me to this quote and why it is wrong, so very, very, very wrong.

Be happy.

Just because something makes you happy, does NOT mean it is the right thing to do or the right time to do it.   No matter what anyone tells you – seeking happiness will NEVER fill you up for longer than the moment of happiness you reach.
 
Happiness is NOT sustainable in and of itself.  
Depending on others and things you do to make you happy is not sustainable or good advice.  It means if others aren’t willing to make you happy or don’t desire the same things you do – your happiness hinges on their choices.  Not very wise. 

Same with finding happiness in acquiring something you want vs... need.   Because soon you will tire of that thing, it will get lost, broken, or old.  Then you will not find happiness in it. 



JOY however, is sustainable.  
Because JOY comes from an everlasting source.  Which you can’t produce on your own.  No matter where you look or how hard you try.   It doesn’t come from you or anyone or anything.
 
ALL happiness comes from God, so if I can keep my eyes locked on Him and stop looking to the world for joy, only then I will be content!

The joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10   ~"Joy is a celebration of the heart that comes from the depth of my soul.  It is the knowledge that my heavenly Father loves me and will always take care of me."~

BUT true and lasting happiness COMES ONLY FROM GOD: "The Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. THEREFORE WITH JOY shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation," Isaiah 12:2,3.
BUT true and lasting happiness COMES ONLY FROM GOD: "The Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.  THEREFORE WITH JOY shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation," Isaiah 12:2-3

True joy comes from following the Lord and not submitting to our personal desires


Seek JOY my friends for it is set on solid ground!   It is NOT fleeting and nothing can steal it from you – but you yourself when you seek things of this world before things of eternal value.
PSALM 40 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair,out of the mud and the mire.He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.Many will see what he has done and be amazed.They will put their trust in the Lord Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord,who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols.O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.Your plans for us are too numerous to list.You have no equal.If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings.Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand-you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: I take joy in doing your will, my God,for your instructions are written on my heart.” I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O Lord, well know. I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness. Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles surround me-too many to count!My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out.They outnumber the hairs on my head.I have lost all courage. Please, Lord, rescue me!Come quickly, Lord, and help me.May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame.May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. Let them be horrified by their shame,for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you.May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!” As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.You are my helper and my savior.    O my God, do not delay. If you enjoyed this message please visit 1st Fruits Ministries LLC FACEBOOK HOME PAGE and click LIKE for daily inspiration (click on the link)  https://m.facebook.com/1stFruitsMinistriesLLC For more info go to www.1stfruitsministriesllc.com
Breathe this truth in and let it give you a deep sense of JOY as you allow it to become your very next breath.
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For the next two weeks, I will be praying the following prayer from the deepest part of my heart in preparation for our very first 30 day challenge together.  

My Joy-Filled Life: How Do I Teach With So Many Kids? - {Surrender my day to HIM} (and links to other bloggers whose strength comes from the Lord)

I hope you are willing to join me and link arms encouraging each other to live the healthiest year yet!

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