Try right click.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Train to Reign part 2

Last week I posted part 1 of this blog post. Mostly about other women and how I became inspired each time I met one. They all seemed to share the same secret in managing to "get it done" specially with larger families. I wanted to know what it was.

My children were born 17 months apart. I was just really getting the baby thing down, my son was 9 months old. I was finally getting close to my pre-baby weight, finally regaining some of my energy.
 I was finally managing to get out of the house with him and all the stuff (diaper bag, diapers, burp cloth, extra clothes because you knew you better always have a back up. etc.  I was finally managing to shop with a baby in tow. ) We had moved away from all our family when I was 5 months pregnant. I had no help, no baby sitters, etc. The only extra time I had was when my husband came home. (Now I am very blessed that my husband is not a very demanding fellow.) If I say we are having grilled cheese for supper he is fine with it. He doesn't expect even a 3 course meal every night.

Then I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. We were doing the natural family planning thing to try to wait at least a couple more years. It was either my miscalculation of dates, or God decided to interrupt our plan with his. (Either way, I am so glad now that it worked out this way.) I actually love having them close together now.  But don't get me wrong those first 5 years were a lot of work.

Once my daughter was born I had a 17 month old son, and an infant. The only down time I really had was nap time. On the rare occasion that they might actually be asleep at the same time. I remember thinking my goal is to just sit down for a few minutes.

(When we brought little Lexi home.)

One thing I new is I better start somewhere.  As soon as my son was old enough to go into a toddler bed, I taught him to pull up the covers when he got out of it in the morning, and after naps. I taught him to make his bed. I wasn't going to do it for the next 5 years and then teach him. It was his bed, his responsibility. He still makes his bed to this day. I also taught him after he played, he had to clean up his toys and put them away. I taught him where to put his dirty clothes. I taught him to bring his plate to the sink, I taught him to do small chores that he could do to help around the house.

(Early morning)

It took continued reinforcement to do this. It didn't happen overnight. He didn't do it well, either. I had to stop and show him how to do it. It took time out of my day to train him. To show him how to pull up the covers, and how to pick stuff up and put it away.  I knew that taking that time out then would leverage my time later. It would have been far faster and easier to just make the bed myself, it would have been faster and easier to just pick up the 20 toys and put them up, but, I would have taught him that mommy is his maid. He would have learned he was not responsible for his own stuff, actions.


Don't worry Lexi, just look at me! You will be neat too, when you are 3!

So as they grew, I kept adding in things they could do. I wasn't trying to make my kids slaves or servants, but allowed them the privilege to be part of a family. Each one having a function and a role.
It taught them responsibility and also to become stewards over their own self and their things.

I know that raising 2 is much easier than 3 or more. I see women now with 3 under the age of 5 and think wow, they have a lot on their hands. It is hard, no one said it is easy. Taking the time to train now, will leverage your time later.

Me and the kids at the pumpkin patch. Fall 2002.
Peyton was 2 and Lexi was almost a year old.
At Dr. Presley's office, for an annual exam. He delivered both of the kids.
I had no baby sitter, so a nurse watched the in the hall during my check up.

(A little blurry, it is a picture of a picture. We didn't have a digital camera back then.)
Summer 2003

My advice is to begin to train your children as soon as possible. My children are now 12 and 13. You would be amazed at how much they help around the house. My house work has become less, and I can focus more on their homeschooling, and even get a little crocheting and scrapbooking done.   Train, Train, Train and you will Reign, Reign, Reign.

Gary teaching Peyton how to pressure wash.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Chaos Control

I just wanted to share an easy tip on organizing all those bills, receipts etc. I know at my house, bills come in fast. All those Walmart and other store receipts end up in my wallet and overflowing in my purse. Then I can't seem to shuffle through and find them. So I bought one of these to help organize the chaos.  You can get them at Dollar General for $2.00.
The inside has pockets for every month. So when you go try to compare last month's water bill with this months. You can easily find it. You can also list all the expenses. (I never do that though, since I am lucky that I just get to spend and don't have to keep the budget.) Yeah! Less stress!
I also have another one I bought so that I can keep other items at hand. I used to do this in a file cabinet but it is already full. And this I can easily keep in a kitchen drawer. I use it for other things I want to keep track of.
 I changed the headings on the pockets and use it for other things -receipts I might need to keep long term. Electronic items-TV, camera, Ipad, etc. I have one for Home repairs, auto repairs, warranty info on items we buy, landscaping, clothing purchases, sporting goods, etc. (Happy to say I spent no money this year on sporting goods.) I am sure those receipts are all in my husbands possession somewhere.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Serving just takes a willing heart.

Wednesday our church posted an email asking for volunteers to come wash dishes on Thursday morning. We just built on a new fellowship hall and industrial sized kitchen and all the dishes had been in storage etc. Lexi and I went-we had about 10 or more other ladies there helping. This was one of those times when it was easy to volunteer, all we had to have was a willing heart to serve. No special talents needed.



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Train, Train, Train and you shall Reign, Reign, Reign!

I remember reading and hearing this even before my son was born. I also had this modeled before me with a family in our church in Texas. The family had 9 children. I remember looking in bewilderment. How in the world did this mom manage her home, her children, her life?  When you came to her house, it was clean, it was orderly, she made home made bread, she had chickens, and goats that needed tending, and milking and eggs to be gathered, they had their own crops that needed to be planted, and harvested, and food to put up and prepare. They cut their own firewood.  Her children all sat in church during long sermons. There was no nursery or children's church at the time except for infants on occasion if there were more than 1.  Her youngest was 2, she was pregnant all the time, her oldest was 13 or 14.  They didn't own a dish washer, their clothes were hung out on a line in back of the house, and guess what else, she even homeschooled all her children. She didn't have family that lived close to her to help her out. How did she do it?
Well, one day I asked her about it. She said if you will train your children, you will reign as queen. Or you can try to do it all yourself. (But you never will be able to.)  Now don't take this wrong, the queen looks over the affairs of her house, and she also WORKS, and she DELEGATES, she MANAGES her home. She begins teaching her children at a very young age that they also have certain responsibilities.  No manager does all the work themselves. (The proverbs 31 woman, that we all say we cannot live up to is resourceful.) She doesn't try to do it all.  But, She seems to do it all, because it is all under her command. Go read this passage yourself. The proverbs 31 woman had servants. (She had help. ) Well now most of us today don't have servants or hired help. So we have to be more resourceful.

One thing I learned early in my business career was to identify my weaknesses and try to make adjustments for them. It might be surrounding myself with people that had those strengths. Nevertheless I had to find a way to accommodate for them. If I couldn't hire someone to help me, then I had to make a system that would work for me, one that would allow me to manage my home. Some women today do this by carefully scheduling their children's feeding and sleeping times. That is a one great strategy. In the past I utilized resources from the FlyLady. While I never did adopt her whole system, I did find great success in some of her ideas, especially the 15 minute zone cleaning at times, and the quick de-clutter.

When we moved to Middle Tennessee I met another family. They had 5 children.  She was a little more modern, no farm animals, she had modern conveniences; dishwasher, dryer, she bought her bread, milk and vegetables from a store. She had a church with a nursery and children's church. She had family around, she had moms support groups around and she took advantage of them. She learned from other moms, and helped teach and encourage other moms. She traded off babysitting for time alone, or time to run to the store, she learned to network.  She also homeschooled her children. She utilized homeschool groups, and co-ops to help her in this endeavor. She knew she didn't know it all, have it all. She was however, resourceful in getting the things she needed in order to get what she needed done.

When we moved to East Tennessee, we met a family at a local church we were visiting, they also have 9 children. They invited us to dinner. (I am sure her family seldom gets invited to dinner, I wouldn't even know where to start to feed a crowd like that.) Nevertheless adding 4 more to her dinner plans were no big deal to her.  We got to their house, it was clean, it was inviting, it smelled great, there was a piano and musical instruments that it was obvious their children knew how to play, their children were well behaved and polite and they were happy.   I saw a woman who had learned to manage her home. She was not overworked and frustrated, She was/is a beautiful woman, who cares for her own health as well. She planned a meal for her family of 11 and our family of 4 and even made dessert too!  (Something I rarely do, but it was common at their house,) She didn't look like she was neglected. She has been purposeful in her attempts to run her home and train her children.  One of the things they mentioned was that after child number 3 they really had to get a handle on having the kids obey. They worked on obedience training. You might handle 2 kids bickering or being disobedient,  but when 3 unruly kids get into the picture you better start doing something fast to get it corrected. You have to diligently work to make things go smoothly. You have to shape attitudes. I left encouraged, not discouraged. I didn't think "well she can do it because she now has older kids to help her and mine are still so young,) Instead I left thinking if she can manage 9- then I can manage 2! 

So my encouragement today is to begin to see your self in a different light. You are not the maid, the cook, the chauffer, etc, You are the queen of a castle (no matter how big or small). It is your job to bring these things under your command, you are the manager, start managing, the sooner the better. You cannot do it overnight. You have to begin where you are and start taking small steps. Taking a lot of small steps will add up over the course of a week, month, year.

1. Assess were you are now.
2. What is the biggest problem you face? Your house, misbehaving children, meal planning, trying to get the shopping done, no time to yourself?, you just want to take a shower?  (Every mom can relate to this. We have all faced these issues.) We found ways to work around these things and to change them.
3. Pray and ask God to show you how to better manage these areas.  Seek Godly counsel from other women at church.
4. I'm A list person. Make a list of what you want to tackle/change. Then list things that would help you. Gather resources to help you.
5. Share these things with your husband -ask for his help.  My husband was good about watching the kids when he got home so I could get dinner ready. Some days we ate left overs, some days I used the crockpot, some days we got pizza. (My sanity was worth it!)
6.  Get in moms support group or start one. A MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) group was a great encourager for me as a young mom. Even though we only had a meeting once a month, it was a time of refreshment, meeting other moms that had the same challenges as I did, most of the time more challenges than I had. We had a small group, then a large group meeting, usually with a fun craft of activity that encouraged bonding.  The children were taken care of for 1-2 hours during this time for a very low fee of around $5.00. Well worth it! I also got involved in a MOMS club. Just an attempt to meet other moms and network, fellowship, and have play dates.

7. Adjust your expectations-prioritize.  I remember asking my husband one time, "How do you stop, how can you just sit back and relax? I can't stop till everything is done or I can't sleep" He said that is the problem-but I realize that no matter how much I do, there will still be things left undone and I will work on those tomorrow." He said if I had to finish everything at work today-I would never leave. So I learned to prioritize for the day. Tomorrow I start a new list. With the most important items at the top.

8. Keep in mind this is just a season. This too shall pass. Whatever you are going through today, things will change. (Enjoy the season you are in, you will miss it later.) While it was hard when the kids were so little, now that they are older, they can take care of themselves more now. As I delegate responsibility it frees me up to do other things.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bible Study-Discerning the Voice of God

Today was the last session of our Women's Bible Study. I have to say I have really enjoyed these last 7 weeks. They have been insightful and challenging.  This is the one we just finished.

This was actually my first experience with a Priscilla Shirer bible study and I can't wait to do our next one. I wish I could say that now that I have went through this study I feel competent and think I have mastered this subject. Instead, this is something that comes as we build a relationship with Christ. Some of the things I have learned in this study is that we need to come expecting to hear from God. Another thing that was brought up in session 6 was that we have a hard time hearing from God when we have our own personal agenda and also if we are unwilling to truly surrender to God. I  have to admit there are so many times I think I am surrendered, but then realize there are many things in the comfort of my life that I hold on to. God is okay with us having things, as long as things don't have us. So I seek to become more pliable in the hands of the father.

Just a few things about this study in case you are considering it. It is 6 sessions that are about 30 minutes each as far as the video goes. The 7th session is a follow up. wrap it up type study. (only 5 minutes.)  The homework is really short. 15 minutes or less is all that is required. This was one of the rare studies though-that I really went into every day looking forward to learning more. It never seemed burdensome as some other studies have left me feeling burdened and guilty about not being able to complete the work. (I know that isn't God's desire.)  Learning to quiet myself to listen. Pressing in to try to discover more about God, about his will in me and through me and for me. Our next study begins in January and this is the one we have chosen. I can't wait!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Texas Scenery

During Thanksgiving we have been visiting friends and family. I took some time to grab some great pictures to remember the scenery.


The Alcoa Plant in Rockdale Texas. At night it looks like a giant ship lit up with lights.


Barbed Wire Sunset


Beautiful Doe



On Alert



Blackjack Ranch Entrance


Feeding Time



Country pondtexaspond







Wednesday, November 13, 2013

52 Week Food Exchage-Small Steps

I read something earlier this year. The article stated that by making small changes every week you can really do things to benefit you and your family. The article mentioned to replace one unhealthy food with a healthier version each week. At the end of 52 weeks you will have made 52 better choices toward your health. So I began to make small changes.

Then I joined Genesis Pure, and began to Cleanse, Balance and Build my body. Cleansing to eradicate toxins, Balancing my body's ph, hormones, etc. and building my body up with better nutrients that give my body what it needs to begin to heal from the damage over the years-that I have done to it from poor nutritional habits. Building it to perform better, and so I can feel better each day, having more energy, and vitality.

So here are the changes I have made over the past few weeks.
I stopped buying foods with HFCS. I eradicated these products from our home. I have to admit that there was whining in the house, when the Sweet Baby Rays hit the trash can. (Maybe they will come out with a non-HFCS version.)

(My trash can, 1/2 full bottle of Sweet Baby Rays, 2/3 full bottle of Heinze 57 and full bottle of Hunts no preservative Ketchup.)
I won't be a sheep...I will make a change!
Another change I have made....No more corn products unless they are organic. So we have changed chips, and frozen corn. I buy in bulk from Azure Standard and get 5 pound bags now. I also changed to stone ground organic corn tortillas-but no one in the family likes them so I guess we will be eating a lot less taco in the future as well.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Celebrating Veterans-Every Generation in our family!

Today we celebrate Veterans Day. Every generation as far back as I can remember has had a member in the military. Both from my mother and father's side. Thanks to my mom, who generously gave me these photos years ago, when I began a vintage family scrapbook. They are a little hard to see, because I took a picture of the actual picture from my scrapbook.
With some friends from my graduating class at AIT. (Ft. Gordon Ga.) 1985
Me, getting ready for a normal day on the job. (I was 19).
My mother's brother, Dennis. Served in the Navy.
Her other brother Allan, also served but I don't have any pictures of him.
My grandparents with my Aunt Ann and Uncle Wayne-he was stationed in the Phillippines.
He is the one in uniform. Their 2 daughters Diane and Debbie (My cousins).
My Grandfather-My mothers' father. Dead center in the photo. He served in Vietnam and in Panama.
Same group of guys-This was in 1944.
My mother's grandmother. (Her father's mother.) Served in the air force.
She is the one without the purse and heels.
My father, and his father and his father all served in the Army as well. I regret that I don't have any pictures. I will have to see what I can do about that!  I remember my father telling me that he was an MP and he served in France. He also disarmed bombs. Scary job there!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Stickability-Your WHY Establishes Your HOW.

This weekend I heard the term "stickability".  The Urban Dictionary defines it as: The ability to stick to a particulally hard job, trade or another type of thing. Also see: persevere, sticktoittiveness, rough it out.

Many people experience success in areas of life, where others fail. The main difference? Stickability. Anything worth having is worth working for. Whether it is marriage, raising children, a job, a relationship, or another passion. Those that succeed are those that decide ahead of time-that quitting is not an option. See, when I got married, I decided that divorce would not be an option. Thankfully, my husband has the same conviction. When you are in relationship with another person-it takes both people deciding to stick with it.

Most people quit way too early in an endeavor. Anything worth having is worth working for and pursuing. It is worth the effort it takes to grow and learn. When I first began homeschooling, I didn't know what I was doing. I didn't have a 12 year plan laid out.  I knew I had a passion to do it. I knew I had been called to do it. I didn't necessarily feel equipped to do it. So the first step was to decide that I would do it. Once I made the decision the path became clearer. The first thing my husband and I did, was to establish our WHY... Why did we want to homeschool? So we listed those reasons. And when it got tough, I went back to my WHY. When days came that I wanted to quit, I went back to my WHY....Then it was no longer about the why. (I knew why. It had been made clear.) So then it was no longer about why-but instead it was about HOW.  How am I going to homeschool? What resources am I going to use? Who am I going to learn from, etc.?

I have been working out the how for 8 years now. As my son is an 8th grader and my daughter is a 6th grader. You know how I did it? I decided I would learn about homeschooling, I would become teachable. I wouldn't pretend I knew it all. I would become a student myself. I would learn from others who went before me. I would unite with other like minded families who also sought to homeschool their children, etc. Each semester I would pray about a plan. I would ask God for a vision. I would pray about the curriculum to use, and I would do a lot of research on the curriculum. I went to conventions and conferences. I didn't always make the best choices, there were times I ordered a curriculum and saw it wasn't a good fit. (Even after hours of looking it over.) There were times I had to abandon my daily schedule and routine. I had to learn to become flexible. My HOW is the process of the WHY! 

It is like this in any endeavor. When you get married, when you have kids, when you join a church, or get a job, you have first decide: WHY. Why am I marrying this person? Why am I choosing to homeschool my children, Why would I work here, why am I getting involved in this church or take on an extra job? Why am I pursuing this?  Then it just becomes about the how. I know why I am doing it. Now I just need to work out the how. So I learn as I go- It is  OJT-(On the job training). I learn how to be married while I am married, I learn how to be a mom, by messing it up at times, and brushing myself off and starting again. I learn as I go with a new business.

I read an article in our local paper about Thomas Edison. It wasn't his IQ, or his charisma that made him who he was. It was his "stickability". He failed in many inventions, but he started again. He  learned from his failures, he improved and then he had success. He was one of the most successful men ever to have lived. He must have also experienced much failure, the difference was that he kept on going, when others quit. (Those are the ones we never heard about, because they gave up.)

What I see is that people quit on the why, long before they even start on the process of how. The difference is stickability.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Your Health -Worth The Investment

Years ago, my husband and I began to make dietary changes. We began to use supplements to help our bodies get the nutrients it needs and is not able to get through our American Diet. This past March I got involved with a new company that is radically changing lives across America. I am so inspired by the founder of this company, Dr. Lindsay Duncan.

This past weekend I went to my 2nd large event in Dallas Texas. It was the 2nd time I had the privilege to hear him speak. I can tell you it was life changing. He knows more about the human body and what it needs than any other person in the world. He spoke about toxins in the air, in the soil and in our foods.  He shared his heart on how the typical American diet is killing us, causing cancer, and other illness. He talked about not having to get sick.

The average American spends more on their car payment per month than they do on taking care of their health. The car will be old in ten years and we will need a new one. We only get one body-and we cannot get a new one. How we treat this one matters. What we chose to do each day, what we chose to eat, if we chose to be physically active etc. all matter. We can pay the price today, by investing in better quality foods, in supplements, and in a good strategy or we better start saving our money so we can pay for our impending future illness. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

God's Goodness to Me

During my devotional this morning, it said to make a list of the good things God has done for you in the past. Remembering God's past acts of goodness in our lives is a great way to build our faith. It shows us when and how he came through for us in the past. Most of these things are journaled somewhere on paper. But I thought I would share a few things here. I hope it encourages you in whatever season you might find yourself in.

God's goodness in guiding me to himself-first and foremost at the age of 26. This is where I accepted his forgiveness, and decided to begin surrendering my will and life to him.
God opened the doors of opportunity for me with a great company and a great job.
God planted me in a great church with friends, and a great pastor.
God led me to resign from that company in 1995 and go onto the mission field. There he opened my heart to others and to a much bigger picture. (Wow, it's not all about me.)
God led me to my husband in 1996.
He opened the doors of opportunity for us with a part time business. (Over the course of the next few years we would earn over a quarter of a million dollars part time.)
In late 1999 he led us from Central Texas to move to Nashville, Tn.
In April of 2000 I gave birth to a beautiful boy.  Peyton (After being told I would probably never have children.)
God led us to buy a great home in the Nashville area, and provided for us there.
He gave us a great church there.
In 2001, he blessed us with a beautiful baby girl. (Lexi.)
In 2005 he led us to move to Beautiful East Tennessee, here He saw fit to increase us. We retired a lot of debt. We doubled the square footage of our home, my husband was blessed greatly with his new job, and I was fortunate to be able to stay at home and be the wife and homeschool mom I always wanted to be.)
He led us to a great church, and a great homeschool community.
This year he opened a second door of opportunity for us. It has been great so far. I know God is doing great things in and through our lives. Living lives of passion and purpose, helping others to attain a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, better health and also better finances.

I am blessed indeed.

I have to say that in the midst of all this goodness, there were trying times. There were sad times, there were bad days. But God came through and walked with us through each and ever situation and today I am stronger because of it.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Plan B-Trifle

Sometimes the best made plans go wrong. That is what happened to me on Friday. Once a month we have a ladies craft fellowship. We all bring a dish or dessert to share. Well I had found this fabulous recipe I was so excited to try.
When I went to take the cake out. I used a knife to loosen the edges around the outside, and forgot about the inside. (It had been a while since I had used a bundt pan.)
So the result of the flip was a broken cake and half of it was still stuck in the pan.
Needless to say, I was pretty bummed out. But a thought occurred to me....I had made trifles before-so I could just use the cake and add some pudding and whipped cream. So I rummaged through my pantry for something that might go with Butter pecan. I found some Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding Mix and decided that would be the filling.
So I added 2, 4 oz. packets of the Pumpkin Spice pudding mix and 3 cups of almond milk. (Since the kids drink our whole milk-and I didn't want to use up their milk for the next morning.) Then I added 2 cups of whipped cream to the mixture. I layered cake crumbs, pudding mixture, cake crumbs, pudding mixture, cake crumbs and then just plain whipped cream as a topper. (Since I was out of the pudding.) I badly wanted to add heath toffee bits to the top-but I was out. So I used cinnamon chips instead.
Everyone said "it was great", even non trifle likers, liked this version. So Plan B didn't turn out so bad. But I still missed out on Plan A. I have to say that what was in my mind was a nice dessert, and not quite so sweet. While this trifle was yummy, it was very sweet, and I couldn't really eat much of it at all. (I must be losing my sweet tooth, so maybe that is a good thing.)
It really got me to thinking though about God and his plans for us. His plan is Plan A-it is always the best plan. It is the plan that we walk in His light, with His guidance, in obedience. It is his best for us. But so often, we turn to our own way, walking in darkness, choosing our way and not God's way, and we don't seek Him as we should. God is a good God and full of grace. When we cry out-he will return to us-and get us back on the right path. But we have to realize that while God will restore us-we still missed out on a part of the path of plan A. Think of the children in the wilderness. God had a great plan. A plan to free them and take them to the promised land. (He even told them that.) Right after they left Egypt they began to revert to their old non-believing ways. They decided to turn to plan B. (Mumbling, groaning, complaining and unbelief.) God had a straight way planned for them -Plan A. But they chose Plan B. Plan B led them in circles in the wilderness for many years. In the end it turned out okay for the next generation-they finally got to their destination. (But some missed out all together.)
The trifle above is a trifle matter in life. So the cake didn't make, it. I took what I had and I worked with it, and made something else out of it, and it was enjoyed. God can do the same thing with our lives. So, today if your life is topsy turvy-maybe you have allowed yourself to drift from God's plan A, and you find yourself on plan B, cry out to God for mercy, and clarity-and ask him to re-establish your footsteps. We don't have to miss out on the great things God has for us!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cell Water, Alkaline Water-Balancing the Body

Cell water is another great product from Genesis Pure.  From my understanding of what this product does...It hydrates and oxygenates your body at a cellular level. It has minerals and when you add a few drops to your water it allows those minerals to get into your body and into your cells.  Now I actually take this product in conjunction with the Alkaline water.
Alkaline water helps your body ph levels balance easier. A normal healthy body will try to keep your ph within certain parameters. An unhealthy body will be overly acidic. In order for your body to balance your body -minerals will be taken from various parts of the body to keep your ph balanced. I really didn't understand all this. So I went on youtube to find a video to explain the whole concept of it to me. Here is what I can say about this product, and what it has done for me. (Now there are some disagreements about whether taking products to help alkalize the body or if eating a more alkaline diet is better.) But here is what I will tell you, the most healthy people I know tend to eat more alkaline diets, and use alkaline water. So I decided to give it a try. Here is what I noticed when I combined the cell water and Ph water. I use the cell water once a day. First I fill my water bottle with filtered fridge water, then I spritz about 4 times into the cup since it holds about 20 oz. I add 2/3 a dropper full of the cell water to my bottle once a day. I feel more hydrated throughout the day. I also feel more energized-just overall -not like a burst of energy or anything.
My husband takes the cell water religiously every day and he no longer wakes up with muscle cramps in his legs in the middle of the night. He fishes a lot, and when he fishes he tries to remain hydrated, he is also on his feet all day. So when he would get home and go to bed he would often wake up with bad Charlie horses in his calves. I had researched many times trying to find something that would work to help him. I heard bananas would help, so he would come home and eat a banana, he also tried adding potassium supplements, but neither worked for him. One time in desperation he actually tried apple cider vinegar straight up. (Don't do that at home.) Poor guy-He said it burned his throat and he still had the cramps. But once he began the cell water-those cramps became a thing of the past. He knows for sure it was the cell water-because one night he came in and forgot to take it and had the cramps again. So now he NEVER forgets to take it. Just one dropper full of the cell water with the alkaline water. He uses the alkaline water throughout the day, and I usually do too, but he adds in the cell water just once a day. Great products for great LIFE CHANGING results. I am so glad that he found this product, and now sleeps through the night cramp free!
Disclaimer-I am not a nutritionist, or a doctor, just sharing what these products have done for us. For more information on Ph in the body you can visit.
PH and Cancer -This Dr. actually received a Nobel Prize for his research on cancer prevention.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

God Speaks in Many Ways

In my first post "Discerning the Voice of God." I listed some ways God speaks to us. As I have continued studying on this topic I have found other ways that God speaks to us.

I mentioned past changes/circumstance in my last post. Another example I came across was in Egypt. God spoke to the Pharoah-through Moses. Moses was his mouthpiece. But the Pharoah would not listen. So God used circumstances to get Pharoahs attention. So many times, circumstances are used to gain our attention-so we will draw near to him-so He can speak to us.

God speaks through Prayer and fasting- We see examples in scripture where God spoke to people while they were in a state of prayer and fasting. Praying and fasting-sets our flesh down, and many times it helps us hear more clearly. Here we see an example in scripture-In fact the ministry of Paul started after a period of fasting and praying.  “While they were worshipping and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set a part for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them, So after they fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off,”  (Acts 13:2-3). 

God speaks through Nature and His Creation-
The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice[b] goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

Now even though we realize this isn't literal-The heavens speak in revelation-we cannot literally hear the Heavens above speak to us. But nonetheless-God can speak to our minds through revelation-and it doesn't have to be audible. There are many times that God has shown me something. Maybe I looked at something a certain way-and then God gave me a new revelation in how to see something. Or I was able to see his hand in the matter. This happens a lot when I look back at a situation I can see clearly how God moved. But when I am looking forward I have to walk in faith and trust God.

God speaks through Music. This is probably a big one for me too. Lyrics, often speak to me. It is probably because when I hear something over and over the words get into my spirit. As I sing along, and listen then words get in my soul, and I meditate on them. God speaks to me through movies, through songs, and through his word.

God speaks through his word. 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
As I have meditated on God's word in the past, he has revealed things to me about himself, and about my life.

God speaks through other believers.
Listening to parents-elder Christians-Proverbs 1:8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

Psalm 73:30 The godly offer good counsel; they know what is right from wrong. 31 They fill their hearts with God's law, so they will never slip from his path.

Listening to our pastors and the teaching of the word. So many times I go to church, and hear the pastor speak and God uses that to show me things. I remember being very staunch about something I believed and one day in service as the pastor preached, I had a paradigm shift. That which I previously believe-suddenly changed. I left that day-with a changed mind on that subject.  It is wild how 10 people can walk out of the same service but all hear something different, special and unique from that same message. Why, because we are all so unique and we are all different parts of the body, and we have different functions.

I really have to say, that the more I study this, the more excited I have become. I think so many times I think God isn't speaking to me, but when you look at all the ways he does speak to us, just because we aren't hearing an audible word-or maybe even the quiet whisper in our inner spirits daily, God can and will speak to us-if we approach Him in expectation. Expect God to speak to you today, I know I am! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Liquid Cleanse

Genesis Pure Liquid Cleanse. This is another product in our Core system, as part of the philosophy of Genesis Pure-Cleanse, Balance, Build. Over 40,000 clinical hours. This product has been tested on people in a clinic and has proven results. This product helps to eradicate toxins from the body. You can watch a more informative video here.  With the toxic lifestyles we live today, we need this product to help our bodies eliminate toxins!

I also have to mention that my husband got great results with this product. He previously always had problems with his stomach making loud sounds before or after lunch. Since he began this product he no longer has that. A much quieter and happier digestive system.

Goyin -For Daily Balance

In my last post about Genesis Pure, I talked about the Daily Build and the benefits. So you can read that here if you missed it. It is part of the Core system.  I also previously talked about our journey with Genesis Pure and how the products and opportunity have really changed our lives, I can honestly say that I believe that many times God wants to really pour out something special on people, but maybe they really aren't open to how God might show up. So we have to learn to be like the clay-pliable in God's hands and ready when he comes with an answer to prayer that seems different to us.  Thank God we were open to this opportunity and how God brought it to us.  I can tell you that I wasn't actually looking for nutritional products-when I found GP.  I had been praying for an opportunity-I really expected to come in a different way-getting involved in a business with nutritional products never entered my mind.

God has a way of showing up unexpectedly in unforeseen ways. After seeing the presentation- I knew it was an answer to many prayers I had been praying.

The Goyin is the 2nd product in our Core system. Part of the Philosophy of the Cleanse, Balance Build. Which sets GP apart from other companies.

Goyin is a unique formulation of fruits and it come from ancient Chinese Medicine. Go means "Abundant" and Yin means "health".
GoYin contains a proprietary blend of 20 warm and cool superfruits, herbs and other fruits each of which have numerous benefits on their own. In combination, the GoYin formula is unmatched in its ability to induce systemic whole-body balance, which translates into optimal physical and mental function. GoYin addresses all areas of a problem, not just a specific aspect of a disease, as it brings the body into balance, thus allowing the body to heal itself and function at its peak levels, just as nature intended.
Key Benefits
Supports healthy energy
Enhances mood
Provides antioxidant power
Supports a balanced body
Increases vigor
Reduces tension, depression, and fatigue
Here is a great video to find out more about it.