A Story for Right Now~

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A Story for Right Now~

I’ve been waiting for a long time. My life has been on hold or better yet, on Pause. I have not just sat back and done nothing during this time. God changed me from the inside out. I’ve said it over and over again that I am not the same person I was before. I am a new creation and I feel it.
My story is like many others and yet it’s so different. It’s layered as with most people, the story is usually a lot more than people realize. Sharing your story can be scary. You are putting yourself out there and you don’t know how it will be received. People always have an opinion about how you did this or that while having no real idea what you went through. They have an idea based on what you have allowed for them to see or hear.¬†But they don’t know the full story¬†of why or how you got to where you are in your life.
That’s me. I want to share my full story.¬†To be that vulnerable and open to other’s opinions that¬†have no idea what it’s like to have been in my shoes and journey, causes¬†me to pause.¬†I skirted around it as much as I could and, I haven’t been in a position to be so forthcoming. Not yet. So that has made it difficult to share. I talk a lot about what I have learned and the growth of my faith from a point of near zero. There is much to teach and pass on. But to share my whole story is still not the time. It started off as quite a challenge to come up with topics to write about or do a video, but over time it got easier. The Lord has shown me the lesson in some areas that I can share and help others. That’s why in my post they may come off as somewhat harsh, it’s because it’s no joke.¬†I want to help others fix their life before it gets as bad as mine did. Don’t wallow in mistakes or bad, selfish and negative¬†attitudes.

I wrote a book about some of my lessons and I followed it with a workbook. It’s¬†to help people work out their issues through simple, thought-provoking questions. There’s nothing hard in any of it so it’s easy to dive in and be honest with yourself. The more honest you are, ¬†with the help of the Holy Spirit.¬†the better and faster the change in you will be.
Our lives are not in black and white, neither¬†is our story. It changes, shifts and¬†twists throughout our life. ¬†My story of change is a perfect example.¬†I didn’t know the layers and depths until I had been on the journey for some time.

I can talk about:

Fear, abandonment, selfishness,  stubbornness, daddy issues, age, fashion, skin care, makeup, weight gain and weight loss. I can talk about family, marriage, divorce, standing for marriage, giving up, low self-esteem, self-care, faith, Jesus, the fruits of the Holy Spirit, coaching, teaching, and the list continues.

So in these topics, I work. I do my best to give what I have of myself if it will help others. I’m not where I want to be, yet. Some days are harder than others but I keep going. It’s not for me, it’s for others.
I know when we go through life challenges and we make it through, it’s not for us to keep to our self. It’s for us to give away to help others in need. Otherwise, I’d keep all the details to myself. I’ve had many people help me through my stuff. Whether from their books, listening to their story or a few who I have had the pleasure of talking to in person. It all helps. ¬†I know I have a lot more to say and share through video or blog and in a teaching, classroom environment, or on stage. I am giving it as it comes. I am following the Lord’s lead as I bring these stories and topics to light.
We need to be shaken out of the rut we have created. We think we are not doing anything to cause our own misery or unhappiness and blame others. We look outside our self when she should look within.
It’s not the same for everyone, but it is for more than you think. I know. So that is the place I am coming from. God is good. It took me a long time to know him like I do and I think I can help others. I do. It’s what I’m here for, what I’m called to do. And I have come to realize everything I have gone through has led me to here, right now.

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Something Good For My Gut

 

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Something Good For My Gut

In the process of getting myself together, this new year and all, I decided to start drinking bone broth. Have you heard of it? I hadn’t. It was new to me, but I came across this article when looking for natural ways to heal my stomach pain. I didn’t want to be stuck taking pills the rest of my life so I started looking around. I asked a good friend of mine about what to do since she has had stomach issues herself in the past. I knew she could direct me in the right direction. I was right.
She told me about inflammation and what causes that. I have a history of eating poorly from years ago and it caught up with me. I don’t know about you but when I was younger I could eat whatever I wanted. ¬†There were¬†not any consequences, or so I thought. Over the last 10 years, my poor eating habits have shown the consequences of my choices. The research and knowledge weren’t as available as it is now.¬†But, now that it is, I am reading everything I can to heal myself.
One of the many things I had to change was letting go of coffee. Man! That was hard. It took three days to get rid of the caffeine headache withdrawal. But, as much as I love coffee, it was doing serious damage to my joints. My back was always hurting and I never could figure out why.
But the thing that¬†seemed to make a significant difference was bone broth. I had already stopped eating dairy, sugar, and gluten. I never thought I’d be a person who had to have such a strict way of eating, but as it turned out, it’s exactly what I had to do.
I researched bone broth. I found out it is great for more than just digestion.¬†It’s also great for¬†treating leaky gut syndrome,¬†overcome food intolerance and allergies, boost your¬†immune system, reduce cellulite and the big winner for me is-Improved joint health!
Yes. I found out that I had arthritis. As I mentioned earlier, I had joint pain and coffee made my pain worse and the bone broth would help my joints. I tried some from the local grocery store, which was fine, but I needed a lot. It would be costly to keep going that route. So, I looked up how to make it. It wasn’t hard, just several steps in the process. It takes about 24 hours to make chicken bone broth and 48 hours for beef. I have to say, it turned out good. It’s not something you’d say, oh yum! No. But considering what it is and what it’s for, I was pleased. And, it tasted like the pre-made only fresher. I made enough for 4 days and had back up I put in mason jars, which is recommended.
It has helped my stomach. My gut feels better and digestion has improved. I’m waiting for all the other benefits to kick in. It takes time but since I have to drink it on the regular, I figure I’ll see them soon. The first benefit after a few days was a flatter tummy. I love that! Especially since it’s my birthday in a few days and I’m going out. Yay! Next, I hope to see a difference in my skin. Overall I am happy with this new gem.
If you want more information on gut health and all the benefits of bone broth, I recommend articles by Dr. Axe. He has a lot of information on YouTube, and plenty of other resources on his website.              www.draxe.com

 
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