Sugar and Sin

Growing up sugar was not allowed in our house…..it was not considered good for us….BUT my parents didn’t know the science of why it wasn’t good for us.  Instead it was just a huge NO-NO to think of if…eat it…etc….SOOOO my brother and I would sneak it.

This created a bad relationship with sugar…food….on top of it I witnessed my mom often “sneak eating”.  I thought of this when I read “MADE TO CRAVE” several years back. 

This has had me think even more about the GENERATIONAL HEALING.  I have purposed myself to make sure my daughter NEVER feels shamed or rewarded with food.  I don’t like that she LOVES sugar.  Especially with all I know and try to share with her….BUT I desire for her to never ever feel like she has to “closet eat”.  

I have come to realize that having grown up witnessing “sneaky” behavior…..and even feeling guilt for wanting something that was “forbidden”…..has created a “guilt” or even a “sneaky” feeling when I even eat VEGGIES when it’s not a “designated eating time!”……NOW THAT IS CRAZY!

I don’t usually feel that way…..but it has truly explained some of my past feelings….and I feel empowered to really work on this and to continue to grow in realizing how my healing for my physical health is truly connected to my spiritual health…..it all AMAZES ME…..and it is ALL SO AWESOME!

Those are my thought for today!

What is your relationship with food!?  Is there some nurturing that is not part of your nature but still needs to be “exercised” out of your system!?  Think….pray….reflect….journal about it!

Hugs and prayers always dear readers….family…friends….
~Kelly 🙂

Loving Warrior on Wednesday

I love being strong.  I love knowing I can lift a 50 pound bag of dog food and it not be a big deal.  I love knowing I can help my husband move our furniture out of our living room so he can install our new flooring.

I love all of that because it means I get to truly do for others!  For me being strong and physical isn’t about the cool ripped muscles I have developed.  I don’t love my muscles so I can show them off.   I love being strong because I am a person who likes to help out physically.  When we are at the church and there is a need for chairs and tables to be set up or taken down…..I love the opportunity to help.  I see a person at the store struggling with something….I know I can help.

We all have the warrior within us.  We just have to find him or her!  Some of us our warrior may be just like mine, but another person’s warrior might be honesty.   That is my daughter.  She is bluntly honest.  I realized at a very early age I needed to help her learn how and when honesty is appropriate and that it needs to be spoken with agape love.  Maybe your warrior is great with numbers so you are able to help others manage a budget.

Not only find your warrior….love your warrior with in…..but don’t question or doubt your warrior.

I was reflecting the other day on the difference of Peter and John…..two of Christ’s Apostles.   Peter was strong and forceful but he seemed to always need to reassure Christ of his love for him.  John on the other hand KNEW who he was in and for Christ.  He knew he was loved.  He didn’t let his insecurities and or humanity mucky up that love…that knowledge.  He said “he was the one the Lord loved.”   Now that can seem kind of self centered BUT IT’S NOT….because it freed him to be the WARRIOR for Christ he was made to be!  This doesn’t make Peter any less important….it just makes living life refreshing….unencumbered!

My daughter is John!  She is an amazing example of living her faith with no doubts of God’s LOVE….therefore it frees herself up to LOVE others just as they are….even if she doesn’t like them!

Have you found your WARRIOR within?  How do you LOVE others being the WARRIOR you were designed to be?  Share below!  Let’s create a nation….a world….of WARRIOR WOMEN….and MEN :)!!!

Hugs and prayers always,
~Kelly

BOOK OF THE DAY:  This book goes perfect with today’s topic.  There is an adult version of MADE TO CRAVE…..but this is the “for young women” version that was co-authored.  I have been reading this book off and on with my daughter over this last year.  What I absolutely love about this book is how it talks about anything that may distract us from God’s love.  The main author in the adult version focuses mostly on her struggle and craving of food…..but in this version it helps young ladies see how many things can distract us from CRAVING GOD…..it also helps young ladies understand the pitfalls of pre-teen and teen years and how to avoid many catastrophes and spiritual wounds when we keep our focus on GOD….and remember like John…we ARE THE BELOVED ONES!!

MOVEMENT OF THE DAY:  Did you ever wish you could be a ballerina!?  Well Barre exercises are fun, strengthening, and gives you a moment to feel just like that ballerina in SWAN LAKE!  It’s a lot tougher than you think and an amazing workout.  I have this video with short 10 minute workouts that help me feel elegant and amazing…..even if it is for only 10 minutes….lol!

Dynamic Daughters: Made to Crave

Genesis 25:29-34(NIV)

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31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-690E" data-link="(E)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-692F" data-link="(F)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-692G" data-link="(G)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew.<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-693H" data-link="(H)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.

“Made to Crave” is a fantastic book that speaks to the heart of a woman.  The author walks us through how we as women have specific struggles, going back to Eve!

What is especially awesome is…
 she co-wrote a teen version of this book.

I started reading this book with my dynamic daughter because I wanted her to know and feel empowered by being aware of how tricky the devil can be with creating “cravings” for other distractions to lure us away from Gods beautiful, perfect plan for us.

The  authors beautifully explain how our cravings for stuff, food, comparing, shopping, wrong kind of love can lead us to poor choices…choices that don’t put GOD first!

The bible story of Esau above is an excellent example of how we can get distracted for our immediate desire, want…and not keep our eye on the prize.  Where our  daughters are concerned the prize is them staying strong and keeping their virtue intact in a world full of constant contradictory messages of instant gratification!

Teach your daughter to have a game plan when faced with a situation that goes against her teachings, against her faith, against her virtue.  Teach her to write out her plans, rehearse them in her head, have an accountability friend, one just as committed to living a virtuous life as she is.  And empower her with amazing books that reference God’s word like this one, MADE TO CRAVE, in order to constantly strengthen her armor!

ARMOR YOUR DYNAMIC DAUGHTER WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE….TO FEED HER MIND, BODY, AND SOUL….TO BECOME THE WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMAN….SHE IS DESTINED TO BE!

Hugs, prayers, blessings…
~Kelly 🙂

Dynamic Daughters: Fuel

JOHN 15:12

“Love each other as I have loved you.”

I have learned to not fight with my dynamic daughter about food.

I refuse to have it come between us.  I don’t always like some of the choices she makes about her nutrition…BUT….here is a huge BUT…I want her to have a healthy relationship with food!

I don’t want her to view food as good versus bad, thus interpreting it as moral: good versus evil.  FOOD IS NOT MORAL.  It can nurture you, it can nourish you, it can be a cause of celebration….but it is not EVIL!!!

Too many young girls who are displeased with their bodies, their life, their emotions of a situation….use food as a control.  They figure I am going to eat this because I feel (fill in what ever emotion here: angry, sad, bored….)…..or they use food to punish themselves.

So to ensure food doesn’t become a battle ground at our home I make sure that I have things available always that are enjoyable to my budding beauty!

She really doesn’t like mixed dishes, where lots of things are mixed together…she is not into lots of different flavors combining….so I provide easy fun stuff that is still nutritious.

Like this plate for example it is full of great protein, fruit, a healthy starch, and nuts for fat…and some organic granola bits.  She will eat on something like this all day long!

What does this have to do with raising a dynamic daughter?

She is developing: hormonal, mentally, spiritually...

The more balanced her hormones are, the better she will be able to think out her decisions, and the clearer she will see the lies of the devil when he tries to convince her she is not worthy, she is not beautiful, she is not……

When she is caring for her body…she is caring for her mind….and caring for her spirit.

BUT…this all must be nurtured in her with love…..because if I don’t nurture it with love….and only drill the facts about nutrition and what it does to our bodies then she will be just as vulnerable to the controlling of food through excess or denial.  Thus food becomes the enemy…evil…AND IT IS NOT MORAL!!!

***Remember to check out the above links to continue to read and learn more on how to empower your warrior in the making!

ARMOR YOUR DYNAMIC DAUGHTER WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE….TO FEED HER MIND, BODY, AND SOUL….TO BECOME THE WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMAN….SHE IS DESTINED TO BE!

hugs, prayers, and lots of blessings,
~Kelly 😉

Fashion on Friday

I finished reading this fabulous book that has truly convicted me about fashion…attire…clothing for women…for girls…for even men and boys!

This is my conclusion:  I thought I knew and understood DRESSING WITH DIGNITY but this book convicted me to take it up a notch.

I discovered some amazing things about how the fashion industry has been influenced over the years.  I learned the true evil that is underlined with intent to strip us women from our dignity….our true femininity.  You may find my use of evil as strong but when I read things like:

“Religion does not fear the daggers point; but it can vanish under corruption.  Let us not grow tired of corruption; we may use a pretext, such as sport, hygiene, health resorts. It is necessary to corrupt, that our boys and girls practice nudism in dress.  To avoid too much reaction, one would have to progress in a methodical manner:  first undress up to the elbow; then up to the knees; then arms and legs completely uncovered; later, the upper part of the chest, the shoulders, etc. etc.”

This was taken from a Freemason publication!  I’m not lying! Colleen Hammond has it quoted and referenced in her book. 
When I read this in DRESSING WITH DIGNITY, by Colleen Hammond, it had me really thinking and reflecting on everything.  How so many things are entwined, related, connected….
Things we may not even think about….
And it further convicted me to continue to battle for my dynamic daughters virtue….her morality….
I will continue to build her armor.  I will continue to help and guide her toward Godly choices, even if it may feel like she is swimming against the stream.
God calls us to live in this world but to not be of this world.
I have so much I have been writing down about this topic recently that I look forward to sharing even more with you all over the next couple of months.

So as I head into holy week I will live this thought I posted on Facebook from a private group I am apart of called Fitness~Food~Faith:

“Unsettle ME!”
I love this simple prayer from day one of the Made to Crave devotional! 
This prayer is about more than food! It is about asking God to help you make changes in any and all areas of your life that need tweaking!
You know what is even greater?! 
The Joyce Meyer devotional: TRUSTING GOD….today’s specific bible reflection is:

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong, courageous, and firm,
Fear not nor be in terror before them,
for it is the Lord, you God who goes with you;
HE WILL NOT FAIL YOU OR FORSAKE YOU!!! (ok I took liberty with the bold  )
….but isn’t that perfect….when we are asking God to help us make changes…to help us be strong or bold….to do something that may be uncomfortable or even foreign to us…..HE is not saying we have to do it alone….HE IS SAYING TRUST HIM! HE IS THERE WITH US!
Let’s enter into Holy Week with boldness….with conviction….with change!
…change of heart,
…change of mind,
….change of spirit!

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Please share with me your thoughts!  I love to hear other points of views, insights, encouragement.

We are all in this big world together….as a tribe…as a family…and we need to help each other grow in our faith…whether it is growth in:
family…
fun…
fashion…
fitness…
food….
finances…
femininity…
frugality…
five minutes…

:)….

Okay so I enjoy using words that start with F….I can’t help it….FrickWrites is full of fun play on words!

Have a glorious day!

Blessings always,
~K 🙂

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