- Put all ingredients into a bowl with a cover and soak over night, in the fridge.
- Next morning mix thoroughly. If its to solid for your taste add a 1 tbls of hemp milk at a time, until it is the consistence that you desire.
Can imperfect devotion be complete?
This question came up in my reading of Hosea 1-2 :1. and in the study notes that followed. The author mentioned, “Complete Devotion.” At first glance, to me, this concept seems very heavy. After I had taken a second and really thought about it, I saw this concept in a different light.
What if God is laying down all of His expectations and trusting us to use them to create and personalize the path He has planned out for us to find. In other words a bigger picture kind of view. To, in a way, know where we are going, as much as a human brain can comprehend at least.
This is were I fall in love with my Lord even more. If that is even possible. I believe that He knows His expectations feel tremendously high, and sometimes even unattainable, for us to live out. Yet He believes in us and knows we are capable of one day meeting them. Not only that, but He is more than willing to help us, everyday, get closer and closer to meeting them.
Knowing this and living this out, for me sometimes gets tricky. All of this gets “burdensome” on those days when I get side tracked or misread DEVOTION for PERFECTION. Which sometimes, if I am being honest, leads into depression. After which, I just get stuck. Can you relate?
Today’s Bible reading, is a great reminder that all God is really asking for, is our imperfect devotion. If He wanted perfect devotion, He wouldn’t have sent Jesus to die for our sins.
I don’t know about you, but I have imperfect nailed! This I can handle. For those who don’t know me yet, I am completely, head over heals, devoted to my Lord and God.
After I took the time to really stop and pause today. Complete devotion looked a lot more doable, when I looked at it through the eyes of Complete “Imperfect” Devotion. So my answer to the original question, would be a huge yes! I believe that if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, have the right heart intention, and do our best- imperfectly, in everything we do, every day. I would call that complete.
Does complete, imperfect devotion seem easier to wrap your brain around now?
Please understand there is no wrong answer.
If you want to answer but would like to do so with a little more privacy, join me in the discussion in my closed, judgement free, Facebook group. Free to join and everyone is welcomed.
To Supplement or Not?
I was first introduced to, “wellness” by a supplement company. I learned a lot, but I was taking tons of supplements. More than any one person really needs.
I kept having this nagging feeling, “why am I taking so many supplements and not food?” What is food for if I NEED all of these supplements? Long story short, I started to listen to that nagging feeling and began to do my own homework.
Supplements are used for a variety of reasons. For example, some Vegans may have a harder time meeting the recommended Vitamin B12 from food, so this would be an area for supplements, if recommend by a health professional. Athletes are another area where supplementation is a hot topic. Specifically, with protein shakes, these things scare the pants off of me. Why? Supplements, including protein shakes, are not regulated and can be unsafe. This book goes on to say that not even dietitians can accurately know what to do with some of these supplements because of the undisclosed ingredients. Yikes!
Where do I start?
- Always talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist.
- I encourage you to do your own homework as well, here is a great place to start. They have a very short video and a bunch of information. Including, you guessed it, a list.
- Find a local dietitian or nutritionist.
- Invest in yourself and be an active participant in your health and well-being. (A Certified Health Coach can help you put all of the above,and more, together.
Learn from my mistakes
I have spent HOURS checking labels of supplements over the years and it was time-consuming and expensive. It would have been a lot easier and faster, going to the store, buying high quality whole food, not to mention cheaper and then preparing it myself.
“There is no strong evidence for health-related benefits of consuming dietary supplements for individuals eating a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or nonfat dairy and lean protein.” Brittany Nikolich, RDN, CD
What you put in your mouth matters.
Food or supplement. Labels are vital. Don’t get me wrong, reading labels is worth the time. I recommend, reading the labels and getting familiar with the ingredients that you are putting into your mouth, especially on a daily basis. Yes, even that long, folded up piece of paper that you get with your medicine, or at the very least research the ingredients online. You might be surprised what you find. (I know I was shocked!) Ask questions. Know what you are putting into your body. That way you will not be fooled by marketing and misleading information.
For more information on this topic check out Consumer Labs,they go way more in-depth.
What this all looks like lived out.
I personally follow a healthy combination of, way more whole foods and only the supplements that my doctor and I agreed on. The vitamins and minerals that I don’t get enough of from food or ones that my individual body needs more of, for whatever reason that is.
Which means :
- I have had my labs done, to get a base line.
- Talked to my doctor.
- Looked over my own results.
- Did my own research on how I felt and my symptoms.
I would love to hear from you on this topic. Share in the comments below.
If you have not seen my “How to Read and Understand Food Labels” presentation, it will be coming on here shortly. Otherwise ask in the comments below and I will find away to get it to you sooner. (website learning curve)
My heart is so full of thanks today. I have a lot of people to thank, so what better way than to share this moment with the whole world.
This whole post is one gigantic THANK YOU and a HUG!!!!
When I started this journey with God to health and wellness, I heard about this amazing blender.
Called the Vitamix.
At the time, I could not, in good conscious buy a new blender, when the one I had worked just fine. Especially not one that expensive.
My wonderful brother, on the other hand, after making fun of me for wanting a blender that was that pricey, bought one for himself. So I used his for awhile. (Almost broke it a couple of times! Oops, good thing the Vitamix is built tough.)
Driving 45 mins to use a blender, is not the most cost effect idea either but I saw my family too, not just the blender. hehehe
With a family and a house, stuff always comes up that takes higher priority than a shiny, new, amazing blender.
This year, I don’t know if God blessed me with more customers or if I just spent less overall. But when it came to the end of December, I had an extra $100 in cash. I sat there and thought, WOW! Nothing came to mind, that I wanted, or needed. It occurred to me that I had money from other Christmas gifts too. To make it even sweeter, I noticed I was still busy come January. (Notoriously dead at the salon). All that to say this, God was providing for something but I was not seeing what that was for just yet.
Fast forward to this past Friday afternoon, I was trying to make a smoothie. Like any other day. Sadly, our trusty bullet, which was very very old,(like I want to say 10+ years old) was leaking from the crack in the base of the blade. It had been cracked for some time but not leaking to this extreme.
Oh, I also forgot to mention, all the cups we had were barely working.
So we were down to one broken cup and a cracked blade.
It was getting bad.
It took 10 min or more to blend up one 8oz smoothie. That was it!
Time to retire the bullet and pick out a new blender.
Yes, I wanted the Vitamix, but it is so expensive and the sale they always have at Costco was in November, right after black Friday. It’s January, so there was no way it would still be on sale.
So I jumped on Costco’s website to see if any other blender was on sale. January, I guess, everyone thinks more about getting healthy, so ALL blenders (most) were on sale.
Even the VITAMIX!
The sale had two days to go, so I had to decide, to get a cheaper blender, or if it was time to get the blender I had wanted.
I got all my cash together, every last cent. Christmas money and the first few days of working. I was $39.99 short.
So I wrote out the balance with a check!
HUGE THANKS to my parents, between Christmas and my dad’s haircut (uncle too), my extremely generous customers giving a little extra love in Christmas tips. Today I got to buy my brand new, red Vitamix! Still on sale.
Thank you all. I appreciate each and every one of you. From the bottom of my heart.
After I brought it home, I just sat in the kitchen and was taken a back how blessed I am.
This was a personal victory too, in so many ways. I almost decided to save this blessing for new tires on my husbands car or that “thing” that always comes up. Like I always do. Not today. The money was a blessing. I decided not to live in a place of lack. Instead, I chose to live in a place of abundance. God will provide for those things at that time. We needed a new blender. God provided the opportunity and the money to pay for it in CASH.(plus a tiny amount in check form )
Thank you to all who read this post. For being a witness to my life.
What is one way today that you can live in a place of abundance? Please comment below, I would love to be a witness to your life too! Or post it in my newly made Facebook group!!! Join Today!
Top photo credit to the wonderful people over at Pixabay.com . Without your website I would be lost. I am really in an extraordinarily thankful mood today.
Why on earth am I saying Happy Thanksgiving?
Yes, I know it’s February.
February 14th to be exact.
It started with my sweet Vanessa’s excitement over Valentine’s day at school. So excited in fact she couldn’t remember what it was called. At some point, I believe she said something to the effect of “Happy Thanksgiving.” In the hopes of helping her remember what it was called, I explained to her that Valentines began with the same letter as her name. V like Vanessa. So we continued talking and again she said, “Mom, at Thanksgiving tomorrow, at school…..”The next part was priceless. She shook her sweet little face and said, ” No, that’s not it.”
It got me thinking.
I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s day. I personally think it’s a Hallmark holiday. In other words, it’s only around for card companies, flower shops, and candy stores. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just not for me. Being allergic to flowers, and believe it or not, chocolate is not a huge deal for me. There is not much left for me to get out of Valentine’s day.
So when my sweet Vanessa said ” Thanksgiving,” instead of Valentine’s day, it got me thinking. I guess I got caught up in the hype and I lost the point of the day in the first place. I have been focusing on things to be thankful for, so why not use “Valentines day,” as a reminder of thanks and gratefulness instead of an over hyped expectation. That is the whole heart intention of Valentine’s day in the first place, Right? Thinking about it through the lenses of thanksgiving has helped me to see that it is a much-needed reminder to be thankful for the people you love, so why not call it
So this is what my sweet husband got me for “Happy Thanksgiving”
I know I am weird, but this does not make me sick. This is a treat for me.
So I encourage all of you out there. To reclaim these “festivals,” as your own. In other words, you have permission to make the world’s celebrations whatever you want them to be for you and your family.
Thank you for being a witness to our first ever Nikson Family “Happy Thanksgiving”!
Ps. Pray for Vanessa. I think she might be feeling that we are making fun of her. I told her she had such a great idea that Daddy and I decided to change the name of the day for our family because Daddy and I liked her idea better. She was not amused.
Side-note: She now remembers every time to call it Valentine’s day.
Please comment below your “out of the box” holiday name or tradition your family celebrates.
Greetings, to all my fabulously fantastic followers! I just want to share a quick snack tip with you.
I was at the gym trying to figure out a quick and easy snack to eat post-workout. Do you do that too? I hope I am not the only one that thinks like this. See I struggle with getting to the gym early enough to have my favorite protein smoothie after. But alas, today that did not happen. I never knew this before my journey to health and optimal living, but it’s beneficial to eat protein after a workout. So the last time I had my smoothie this late I couldn’t sleep. There is no stimulant in it or anything, but it did give me a lot of energy.
So it hit me.
Dates with raw honey.
A friend of mine had a version of this at a dinner party. I think hers tasted like cheesecake, but that’s just me.
Dates and honey are not a protein. Right? Right, but hemp hearts are.
- Cut lengthwise to get the pits out of about 3 or 4 dates depending on size.
- Next, drizzle enough honey to fill the dates where the pits had been.
- Last take about 1 tbls of Hemp Hearts and sprinkle that on top.
Shelley's original recipe called for goat cheese first then the honey and a nut of choice to top it off.
Most of the time I just eat the dates with honey, if I am in a pinch.
Shopping note: I get my dates from Costco.
Please note this recipe contains affilate links. Click on this link for more details on that.
I am going to tattle on myself. If you look at the date from the first twoish post and then this one, you will see that there is quite a difference in dates.
This was NOT as easy as I had thought, but here goes. I thought about this every day since I last posted. See, I believe I “Thank God” all day for the things that I see. I didn’t want to sit down every day to just write. ” I am grateful for God”. Which I am, but that is not the point to this challenge. The point is to intentionally see the good, mundane or extraordinary in the everyday.
Well, today is my birthday. 35 years to be exact. (When I actually wrote this, sorry it was in October)
So here is what I am thankful for today:
God cares about the mundane details of my life. So much so that, this morning my parents called me and sang Happy Birthday to me! I can not remember the last time I heard them both sing that to me at the same time. Seriously I can not remember.
I am Grateful for my husband praying for my parents to do something special for me on my birthday.
I am Grateful that my husband did not use negative words today to describe what he was not going to do.
(sorry if this makes no sense, its kind of a long, boring and confusing )
I am Thankful that my daughter got me exactly what I asked for.
A card, she made, hugs and kisses. Oh yes, I can’t forget she sang Happy Birthday to me twice.
I am Grateful for the time I got to spend with my son, at a local restaurant today. Even though it did not go as planned. I got to spend time with him.
Lastly, I am Grateful for a God, who cares so much about me that He and only He could change my heart about going to a gym. So much so that I joined one, today, on my birthday. God has painted such a picture for me that “gym” does not fit it. It’s not a gym to me, it’s a place to relax and destress. Both of which does not make sense when I think of a gym. I think of sweat, tears, pain and work. That is not what I feel when I walk in there. ( I will keep you posted on that).
Update: I left this just the way I wrote it almost three-ish months ago because I want everyone to see and know that, you don’t have to be perfect with this. I want to encourage you to start something new! If you get side tracked and it comes back on your radar, try it again!
My goal now is to make this a daily habit forever.
Today I read Psalm 50:5 and Psalm 50:14. Verse 14 closed the door on stopping after 21 days. I will stop posting them on here unless they are relevant, but personally I will continue this forever in my notebook. Those two verses, the fact that I am writing this to you and I have this as an assignment for school all tells me, crystal clear, this is something I want to do, to glorify God.
What about you? How is it coming? Are you enjoying spectating?
Let me know that you are out there.
I would love a Hi!
As I sat, during my prayer time, I thanked God for my health. It occurred to me, I thank Him for that almost every day now. Maybe even more than once a day. I was so sick, for such a long time. (Check out my about me page for more details on what that looked like. )
So I wanted to share this with the world.
Thank you, Lord, for my health. You and you alone gave me a priceless gift. I will be forever grateful. So I have devoted my life to sharing what I have learned and continue to learn from you daily Lord, to help others in their journey to health and wellness, because of that gift.
John 10:10 is one of my favorite verses. ” Jesus came, for us to have life in abundance.” I hold this verse dear to my heart. I was not living life in abundance. I could barely live. I want to live the life Jesus died for me to have. Hehehe, I was going to type ” So every day now I live life to the full ” as other translations say, but as I sit here typing this to you, I laugh. I laugh because now I think I am overcompensating for the past. I try to put too much into a single day. That’s not healthy or helping me either. Errr ! :-p So I guess the moral of this story is to live life in abundance, off balance, on purpose. 🙂
I am grateful that I have healthy children.
I am grateful that I have food in my refrigerator. Even if it is more lettuce than “fun food”. It is still food and that’s more than some people have.
P.s Don’t get me wrong lettuce, veggies and greens are very good for everyone. Including me. I am just not a fan of eating them. Just being honest.
There are countless studies on the benefits of gratitude and thankfulness in regards to health and well-being. I wanted to share with you some information I have learned on my Journey to becoming a Certified Health Coach.
Here goes, we were assigned to watch this video for part of a lesson.
My takeaways are :
- Being positive in the present moment.
- Happiness advantage ( a better formula)
- One of the benefits of a positive outlook is Dopamine(happy hormone) is released. *
- He lists off 5 ways to increase Happiness or practice it daily.
- Gratitude was one of the items listed.
I have seen this countless times as of late and its time that I stepped up to this challenge. So here was the challenge. To write down 3 new things each day that you are thankful/grateful for, for 21 days.
From what was mentioned in the video this is to help train your brain to scan the world for the good things instead of the bad. The bad are so easy to see but awful to deal with and live out.
So today’s three are :
1. I am Grateful for friendships that remind me that I am enough just the way I am.
2. I am Grateful that I have a job(s) that I can love on people. Treating people the way I want to be treated is not always an easy job, but if done with the right heart and intentions. It’s a great feeling and everyone wins. (I think it makes God smile too!)
3. I am Grateful that God loves me no matter what. That He sees who I will become and not for what my past looks like.
So take this journey with me! You can participate too! Post your 3 below in the comments, journal yours in a notebook or spectate on mine and others. Either way is fine with me. Hope you join us in one way or another. I am so excited to see what God has for me/us on this trip.
*Dopamine fascinates me. If you want to know more about it I have included some additional links for you to check out.
Origin of Prayer
As for the exact origins, no one really knows. Written works that go back over 5000 years make mention of prayer in some context.1 There is evidence that prayer could have gone back even farther . Some well-known people that have been recorded as praying are Jesus, Socrates, Cato. Just to name a few. If I dare guess, I would have to say that the three people previously mentioned all “prayed” differently.
Defined and Explained
Now that you have read the universal definition of prayer. I would like you to consider redefining prayer. From my research and personal experience, prayer is different for everyone, as it should be. Prayer for me is a conversation with God. It’s a special time and place where I can give thanks, express hurt, ask for forgiveness, cry, be overjoyed, get my anger out or just sit in the Mighty presence of God.
What does prayer look like? This video portrays what I have been told and shown prayer to look like. Honestly, growing up with that being what prayer “was”, stressed me out. Don’t get me wrong. That is not a bad way to pray. It’s just not for me all of the time. This picture is what prayer looks like to me now.
This space gives me peace. You might be asking, why two chairs? Well, that’s my chair for Jesus. Here is a wonderful story as to why I have chosen to include the extra chair. I add this to my topic of Prayer because I feel that the story can be a tool to help redefine prayer for someone else. This resource is yet another option for finding new tools to make prayer your own.
A chair is not the only place to meet with and talk to God. Prayer can be in your car, you know when you would rather say some not so nice things to your fellow driver. That stressful moment is a great reminder to pray for that person, regardless feelings. In that example, I pray that they arrive home safely, that they are protected and that everyone they come in contact with is safe as well. In doing that, it calms me down and I believe even relieves some of the stress response I was originally having. I have even found that the bathroom is also a place that prayer can and does happen. For example, while brushing your teeth. Prayer can happen everywhere and anywhere you stop, refocus and take a breath.
This article is another perspective on how prayer can be redefined. Once we take “prayer” out of its box. We get to make it our own, and use prayer as God created it to be. As a tool in our toolbox. More on that below.
How do I start?
Here is a short video on things to consider when creating a prayer space. As I mentioned in the video a devotional can be a huge help when you are first starting out. I just started this one today (they add a little variety to an existing prayer routine as well.) I mention that particular devotional because it goes more in depth about the P.R.A.I.S.E 2 way to pray. There are a variety of ways to pray. This is only one. (please keep in mind this is from a biblical perspective. I include it as a jumping off point.)
(P= Praise ) This can be with music. I thank God. Reading over a gratitude journal.
(R=Repentance) I ask God for forgiveness. It can even be a time that you forgive yourself or others.
(A= Acknowledgment) I acknowledge God as the Lord of my life. It could be a part of your prayer were you examine areas that you need to take a step back.
(I=Intercession) Lifting others up. (Praying for other people, like in my car example above.)
(S= Supplication for Self ) Here is your turn. I let it all out.
(E= Equipping) Another way to say preparing. I ask for God to show me what He wants me to get done that day and the ability to do the tasks.
Some people might prefer pre-written prayers that can be found in a prayer book. Others might find meditating on scripture/quotes works for them as a form of prayer. I do find reading the Bible in a quiet setting, like my prayer space a great way to recenter my thoughts on a bigger picture.
Prayer and its Connection To Stress
So what does all of this talk about prayer have to do with stress? Besides my example above. I think this short movie trailer sums up how prayer can be a new tool in regards to stress.
(Please pay attention to the feelings you feel as you watch the video.) Do you feel the tension when they talk about money? The feelings you get when you think about moving? Marriage alone causes A LOT of stress. Did you notice the different feelings you had when they talked about or showed them praying? Life is stressful. God did not create us to handle all this stress alone. Prayer is an outlet to do what we can do and give the rest to God. As shown in the trailer money, moving, relationships, jobs etc. can all cause stress. Having a “prayer strategy” can be another way to Transform Stress.
Other noteworthy benefits found here had to do with MRI brain mapping studies. They showed that the people that prayed regularly had thicker brain cortex’s than others that did not.
I would love to hear your “Prayer Strategy”! Please comment with what you do.
2 Beth Moore, Whispers of Hope