Healthy Living

 

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If you read my blog, follow me on Pinterest and/or Instagram, or know me in person, you’ll know that I’m a health nut. (I’m Dawn from The Baby Sitters Club! I’ve even lived in California!) I am probably the biggest health nut in my immediate family. (I specified for you, Aunt Sandra. You excel us all. 😂) My mom and sister frequently wonder out loud how I can possibly say no to sugar-filled, gluten constructed (gluten is what holds stuff together — it literally comes from the word for glue!) treats. I’m not going to say it’s easy, ’cause it’s not. This week we’ve had Eegees, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream, and scones in the house. (I just want to let everyone know this is not the norm for our family. We aren’t sugar monsters. 😆) The temptation is crazy. I had one serving of Eegees and ice cream last weekend, and then we were out a lot and I ate a ton of sugar. So I decided not to eat sugar this week, and I did pretty good! The sugar that I did eat was in ketchup and barbecue sauce from Trader Joes and a nibble each from a doughnut and a scone. Oh, and I ate ONE chocolate chip. Not one chocolate chip cookie, one chocolate chip. The pull to the dark side was too strong. BECAUSE CHOCOLATE.

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Okay, back to my amazed family. When people started complementing me on my strength of will, it sort of surprised me. I thought everyone was like that. But I guess not. My reasoning is, if I can have a better, healthier, happier life by refraining from a few things, it’s worth it to me. Plus I imagine that maybe I’ll be eating bread in heaven that won’t have unpleasant side effects. Maybe.

But cutting out gluten and eating low amounts of sugar is not my only way of living healthily!
I eat organic and/or non-GMO foods.
I use Young Living essential oils every day. For cooking, cleaning, healing, sickness prevention, and body care. I actually got my own Starter Kit for my birthday, which is still amazing!
I use herbs too, not as much now that we have essential oils, but over many years back they have been our go-to for sickness and ailments. And I still love using them and the salves we make with them, and browsing the beautiful Bulk Herb store website (https://www.bulkherbstore.com). I’m eyeing some delicious looking tropical infused black tea at the moment (https://www.bulkherbstore.com/tropical-black-tea-1-2-lb).
I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan. Trim Healthy Mama is something we started a little over three years ago, and it’s amazing. I’m in a bit of a rut right now, but I’m hoping to get back on board completely soon!
I only use natural deodorant and try to only use natural body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. My mom makes deodorant and hair pomade (which is pretty much just for guys, but I use teensy bits every so often), so that makes it even better since we know where the ingredients come from.

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So that’s a sum-up of how I, and my entire family, try to lead healthful lives! What are some things that you guys do to stay healthy? I know at least one of you is into YL essential oils, herbs, and THM (hi Halee!). Leave a comment! I love hearing from you guys!

Quote Tag, Part 3

This is a day late guys! Yesterday I was bike riding, meal making, dog walking, church attending, and then theater going. Between then I ate, showered, and passed out on a recliner for a few minutes. Oh, and made rice crispy treats. 😄 Today I took a train to Santa Fe, so I couldn’t write once again.

“Get to the quote thing already, Abbie!” Alright, alright. Here I go.

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This is my absolute favorite hymn, and maybe my favorite Christian song ever. It reminds me to keep my focus on being like Jesus, and to keep Him as the true director of my life. As an older kid I’ve started to pay attention to the songs we sing as praise to God, and to sing them with passion instead of just sort of mumbling the words I had memorized to the tune that I’d grown to like. Not that I’ve ever been reluctant to sing in church, I’ve always loved to. But to really think about what I was doing and about the words I was saying was something I didn’t do as often as I should’ve when I was younger.

Alrighty! My last tag nominations are

  1. Abbie from https://abbieemusicblog.com (I think Nina already tagged you, but consider yourself double tagged. 😆)
  2. Mary from https://maryburroughstribe.com
  3. and Bailey from https://theharadchronicles.wordpress.com

This blog tag was a lot of fun! I would love to be tagged some more in the future. (Hint hint, nudge nudge.)

Quote Tag, Part 2

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Is this quote not one of the most gorgeous, uplifting things you’ve ever read? It’s so simple, but it’s so true!!! The actual quote goes like this:

“For a while they [Frodo and Sam] stood there, like men on the edge of a sleep where nightmare lurks, holding it off, though they know that they can only come to morning through the shadows.” (The Two Towers, Book IV, Chapter II by J. R. R. Tolkien)

It reminds me of a verse in Psalms, when David says:

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalms 30:5 (NKJV) 

I sometimes wonder why I enjoy reading about Frodo, Sam, and Gollum’s journey to Mount Doom so much. I mean, when you think about all the adventures the rest of the Fellowship and the other characters are having, Frodo and Sam parts could feel dull at times. But I’ve realized the more spiritual side of what Frodo was going through. Having to constantly remind himself of what he was doing and who he was doing it for, persevering through weakness, depression, and weariness, and convincing himself that he had to keep going no matter what, sounds a lot like what we as Christians seem to do every day. And I can’t not mention Sam’s complete devotion and servitude to Frodo, and his humble and encouraging attitude. If only I could be more like Samwise Gamgee!

I’m tagging

  1. Shelby from https://mixedwhimsy.blogspot.com
  2. Julia from https://fangirlsrising.wordpress.com
  3. and the ladies from https://worthmorethangoldsite.wordpress.com

 

 

 

Quote Tag

Nina (http://ponderousthoughtsairiefeelings.blogspot.com) tagged me to do a quote challenge! Eeek, it made me feel so special! Thanks so much Nina, you’re a dear!

I think I know exactly 9 bloggers, but two of those are Nina and Maggie (http://homewardtraveling.blogspot.com : she nominated Nina). Sorry if I nominate someone who already has been! Also don’t feel obligated to do the tag, or if you’re one of my readers and a blogger and I didn’t nominate you (sorry!) feel free to do it anyway.

So, here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Nominate 3 new bloggers every day
  3. Post a new quote every day for three consecutive days

There are so many quotes that I love, most of them from the Bible. I decided not to do scripture quotes for this challenge, because there are just too many to choose from.

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Ok, there were too many amazing C. S. Lewis quotes to choose from too. How could I possibly choose one? This quote in particular just carries such hope for me. Knowing that one day all of my yearnings will be satisfied in Heaven is just too amazing and mind blowing of a thought. Already God gives me great purpose in life and true joy, love, and peace, something that people search for outside of Him and never find in authentic, incorruptible form.  But, back to the author of this quote, C. S. Lewis was the one who really began my longing for Heaven. Reading The Last Battle, when “they” all get to Aslans Country and eat fruit so amazing that it was indescribable, start running at top speed and don’t get tired, and then they swim up a waterfall, just made me just begin to comprehend how wonderful real Heaven will be compared with what a human writer imagined a fictional heaven to be.

So there’s my first quote! I’m tagging

  1. Halee from https://bookscoffeeandkitkats.wordpress.com
  2. Susanna from https://livingthesavoirslove.wordpress.com
  3. and Phoebe from http://thestorybookjournal.blogspot.com

Spiritually Thirsty

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Have you ever accidentally dehydrated yourself? I’m going to answer my own question and say, “Oh boy have I!” So many times in a day I’ve thought, Wow, I should really get some water. But I don’t stop what I’m doing and drink some. Hours (or even an entire day) go by, and I wonder why I feel tired and just ick. Then I remember that I never got any water! Why on earth did I do that?!? I wonder. I know I need water to live, and yet I have to convince myself to drink some. Our water tastes good! I can add ice if I feel like it, or tasty essential oils. I have my own water bottle and even a spot for it on the kitchen counter (if you have a big family or even just way too many cups out at a time, a special spot on the counter for each person is really helpful!). Yet I opt to be dehydrated and unhealthy.

This is a lot like my time with God. I have a beautiful study Bible that sits next to my bed which is not read hardly enough. I have a God who loves me more deeply and passionately than any other being has or ever could, who wants to be my best friend and desires to have a relationship with me. He’s always ready and available to talk to me. And yet I have pushed Him aside and pursued things that will not grow me, and things that do not encourage my relationship with God. I am left dry and lonely and feeling sick.

A few weeks back I had a dry season like this. Instead of talking with God and spending time in His Word, I chose to spend quiet times doing invaluable and unprofitable things. All the while with a nudging in my heart to spend time with God. “I’ll do it later,” I told myself. “Later” wouldn’t happen, and I found myself over a week behind in my Bible reading plan and depressed about everything, from loneliness to my dog going blind. God felt distant. I cried out to Him with tears, mourning a sickness in my relationship with my best Friend. “Why can’t I feel you, God?” I asked. I truly realized how important communication with God is in my life. Had He severed the ties between us? No, but I had chosen to ignore them out of utterly sinful and selfish laziness. I was spirituality dehydrated, and it’s not something that I ever want to be again. In John chapter 4, we are told about an encounter between a Samaritan woman and Jesus. Jesus tells the woman:

“… Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14 NKJV) 

In John chapter 7, Jesus says:

“If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38 NKJV) 

In Revelation chapter 21 God says:

“I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.” (Revelation 21:6 NKJV) 

I confessed my sin to my Heavenly Father, asking for Him to heal me and to draw me close to Him and allow me to grow in Him by overflowing me with truly life-giving water. I made a decision to pursue God whole heartedly and excitedly, not making my time with Him a tedious chore to check off my list of to-dos, but more like what I would think of as getting to know a husband or potential husband better and better (I’m praying that I’ll actually know what that’s like someday!), but on a much greater scale. I’ve failed already, and I know I’ll fail again, but I’m praying that I’ll never make myself spiritually dehydrated again.

Have you ever been “spiritually dehydrated”? Did it change the way you communicate with God? Leave a comment, I love hearing from my readers!