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Forethinking Healthy

Everytime I need to make a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I need to plan to make bread about 3 hours before that, or have store bought bread out of the freezer to thaw.

Advanced thinking before acting.

That is what ANY healthy person requires.

You must make a scheduled effort to work out. You must CARVE that time out of your day, or force it to be immovable – or it’s too easy to push that time aside, and fill it with other “things”…

That’s all they are you know… minutes of time, which compile into your 24 hour day.

God gives us each the same. Some of us have different challenges on how we use that time – and some of us … well, we set ourselves up for failure.

I once heard that an American’s GREATEST fear, is inconvenience. We don’t want to have to work too hard for something because it might be… difficult, painful, frustrating, time-consuming or expensive.

Is that true of you?

Maybe not?

I didn’t think that was me.

I work hard…

I make sure I workout…plan ahead – I try to be focused.

I was planning healthy meals… had my grocery list to “forethink” what to buy and what I needed to meal plan so we were never out of stock.

I had MY system, and all was going great…

But then, God threw a wrench in that…

It was much easier to cook and plan to feed our army of 10 before we went gluten-free. It’s a fact that it is easier to stock up on foods with preservatives, and not have to be concerned with them spoiling in just a few days. My plans did continue… the time frame just shrunk… and I had to sharpen my skills again.

It’s GOOD when God throws us curve balls in life…. because they cause us to adapt and change, hopefully MORE to His likeness!

Just like in a workout – when we get uncomfortable, that’s when change is going to happen. I’m not talking about ripping through reps and hurting yourself… I’m talking about controlled, focused … advanced THINKING before acting with the purpose to help OTHERS or yourself – for God’s glory.

If it helps you to draw a picture… then do that! Chart out where you need to plan to be more intentional.

Workouts? (What type? Time to try something new to spice things up?)

Workout Time? (What does that look like for the week? Which days, and how long?)

Meals? (summer meals can be simple, but having fresh produce on hand is key! Don’t forget snacks on the go!)

and most importantly..

Time with God. (above and beyond our need for food and exercise, should be our time with God…) What is He speaking into your life today?

What are your PLANS to be healthy for Him this week?

“She is like the merchant ships,

Bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still dark;

She provides food for her family

And portions for her servant girls.”

(Proverbs 31:14-15)



We Broke Up…

Here it is! The first, of hopefully many, sandwich bread loaves! The kids ate it up and said it was super soft and yummy! (But not too soft, spreadable things didn’t make it crumble!)

It was a sad day.

Well, not really… I was prepared for it, but he wasn’t.

It was my Schwann’s man.

I had planned to call him before he came over… but I never seemed to get that done.  The next thing you know, he’s in my neighborhood and at my door – ready to take my order.

“I am so sorry, we aren’t going to be buying your food anymore, we have celiac disease,” I said.

“WOW.  What IS that?” he questioned.

“Basically we can’t have wheat, or gluten, things connected to that,” I simplified the answer so he wouldn’t be more overwhelmed than he already appeared to be.

“Oh wow…. that’s like, in EVERYTHING!” he stated.

“Yeah….,” I said.

“So, that’s like a WHOLE lifestyle change then.” he processed more information out loud.  “That REALLY stinks.”

“There are worse things,” I said.

There was a long silence… as if he was in denial that it was over.  He even tried to see if I would bend the “rules”… not quite understanding the magnitude of the disease.

“Some of my diabetic customers still order ice cream though, even though they shouldn’t,” he said, as if to encourage me to be unfaithful to my diet.

“Yeah… it’s not really something you can knowingly cheat on, and feel well.  It destroys your body, and I can’t function,” I proclaimed.

“Wow… okay.  Well, I guess this is good-bye?” he said.

“Best wishes with your future and sales!” I said.

With a hand shake and a head shake, he was off.

I felt badly dumping him like that.  It never feels good to dump people, when they don’t see it coming – especially, and when they’re as nice as my Schwann’s man was.

But alas, it had to be done.

Back to my clean start….

** {I realize we could probably have some ice creams from them, but I ate a life-time supply while pregnant with my 5th child.  We’ll leave it at that.}

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and  death shall be no more,  neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Revelations 21:4

I Will Never…

LEARN to stop saying I’ll never…apparently!!

When I was 19 I swore I never wanted to have children.  I hated men.  I think I just hated the world at that point… broken-hearted, angry, and lost for the future I thought I had planned… immaturity… whatever it was, I said it.

God heard me.

NO doubt in my mind He was going to break me of all selfishness and self-willed spouting…

Did I learn?


I continued on saying, “I will never…” and every TIME it’s come back to bite me.

I’ll never drive a mini-van.

I’ll never home school… (those people are WEIRD you know?  What about socialization!?!)

I’ll NEVER drive a BIG van, it’s like a school bus… (does our vehicle REALLY define us?  How shallow of me!)

I will NEVER bake bread. (isn’t that some home schooling rite of passage?  We wear jumpers and bake bread.  I won’t say it – but I don’t own a jumper.)

Here it is. My bread making machine. *Gulp* The first loaf is in the maker… I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Here I am… making bread… eating crow, and laughing at God.

Oh Lord – what a sense of humor you have.  I am SO very wrong, and your ways are far greater than I ever imagine.

In my small hopes of my future, I am SO thankful you laid a greater plan… and love me more than anyone could.

With 8 children, with homeschooling, with providing us a vehicle to be together safely, as our family has grown (and I have grown in maturity), and YES… with the possibility to make bread my children can eat and be healthy.  We eat a lot less bread, and I personally don’t eat it at all… but I’m glad I know exactly what is IN this bread (we do love Udi’s bread though).

Thank you Lord – for loving me, and listening to ways I need broken.

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 12:28-29

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