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East to West – God Knows Best

Another great recommendation from my (mother of a celiac son) friend, Kori. These are often more expensive – but these product are WORTH it. Light, soft, moisture… full of great flavor with ZERO main allergens in the mixes. Fantastic product! 1,2,3 GLUTEN FREE!

You know the Scripture in Psalm 103, that says God loves us as much as from the east to the west He removes our transgressions far away from us?  Well this week, in our sermon – the pastor shared a visual lesson with a globe how you can go east – all the way around the globe, and you never stop going east.  Same thing with the west.  You can continue going all the way around, and you’re still going west.  Had God said, “I love you north to south”, that wouldn’t have meant the same thing (obviously)… as if you go north to the top – and go around the north pole to continue north, suddenly you’re going south towards the south pole…

You get the picture?

God said that … because before WE ” discovered” the world was round… HE knew it was round.

He meant what He said.  There is no end to His love for us.

I often marvel at how God simply shows us what to do, if we listen to Him.

I mean, truly listen.

The point is… that God is talking to us, directing us – are we listening to HEAR HIM SPEAK?  Do we trust in what He says?

God is powerful, way beyond our ways, and how our simple minds process.  Do we trust in that?

There are few things I’ve been fanatical about in my life…  but when something strikes a chord with me – just ask my friends, or siblings – WATCH OUT.  I have a hard time shutting up about something I believe in – that God fills me with confidence about.  I call that God-confidence, not self-confidence.  If channeled right – this can be a great thing – but it’s been known to drive a few people I love crazy now and then too.  {Being aware of that is part of my therapy}

Daily I ask God to give me eyes and hears to bring this topic up to others I see struggling, who could potentially have issues with gluten… and it’s been amazing how much He has allowed me to learn from others, and how He continues to put people in my life who were struggling with some type of health issue/ behavioral issues/auto immune disorder – ALL related to gluten.

Today, I got a great article from a good friend who is suspecting lots of symptoms related to gluten sensitivity.  Her husband is actually a grain specialist at a university – so he was definitely interested in researching this for their family – of whom a majority showed GS signs.

I cried with JOY tonight as they shared some more articles/studies he discovered in his research.  Articles of recent studies done or discussed just this year… about the time all of my 30 year struggles were coming to a peak.  {I have made it downloadable for you, just click on the link – and enjoy!  Another GREAT article for you to take to your doctor, who might be doubting that gluten issues are highly possibly reality for you.

God is so awesome.  He really is.  I marvel at His greatness, and I’m THANKFUL for His provision in this journey.  Thank you for reading – and for helping to educate others too!  May God continue to use us all to help one another be HEALTHY FOR HIM!

“…as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

Psalm 103:12

Sapone et al 2012_spectrum of gluten related disorders (1)
 
Summary:
“It is now becoming apparent that reactions to gluten are
not limited to CD, rather we now appreciate the existence
of a spectrum of gluten-related disorders. The
high frequency and wide range of adverse reactions to
gluten raise the question as to why this dietary protein
is toxic for so many individuals in the world. One possible
explanation is that the selection of wheat varieties
with higher gluten content has been a continuous process
during the last 10,000 years, with changes dictated
more by technological rather than nutritional reasons.
Wheat varieties grown for thousands of years and
mostly used for human nutrition up to the Middle Ages,
such as Triticum monococcum and T. dicoccum, contain
less quantities of the highly toxic 33-mer gluten peptide
[65]. Apparently the human organism is still largely vulnerable
to the toxic effects of this protein complex, particularly
due to a lack of adequate adaptation of the
gastrointestinal and immunological responses.
Additionally, gluten is one of the most abundant and
diffusely spread dietary components for most populations,
particularly those of European origin. In Europe,
the mean consumption of gluten is 10 g to 20 g per day,
with segments of the general population consuming as
much as 50 g of daily gluten or more [66,67] All individuals,
even those with a low degree of risk, are therefore
susceptible to some form of gluten reaction during their
life span. Therefore, it is not surprising that during the
past 50 years we have witnessed an ‘epidemic’ of CD
[68,69] and the surging of new gluten-related disorders,
including the most recently described GS [44,62]. This
review provides some rationale to explain these epidemiological
phenomena and expands our current knowledge
to gain more insights into gluten-related disorders.”
 
 

Tabata, Tabata, TABATA

See my good reason for skipping my formal workout yesterday? More on this little “project” later…

TAB-ATA

Say THAT really fast in row!

So I just finished a mean Tabata workout and WHEW!  That was fun!

If you’re like me and have no idea what Tabata is…

It was founded by a man with the last name Tabata, from Japan.  (Hence the name)  Basically, he conducted tests on two groups of athletes; comparing moderate high intensity training with high intensity interval training.  Through this, he discovered that the athletes training in high intensity interval training improved their aerobic systems as well as their anaerobic system.  The athletes who only did the moderate high intensity training only improved their aerobic system and had little to no increase in their anaerobic system.

So what it is – is 4 sets of some type of cardio interval – 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest.  So for the one Bob Harper had me do… it was 4 minutes of push-ups, then 4 minutes of walking (alternating) lunges, 4 minutes of sit ups, and 4 minutes of air squats. (OUCH!)

Ok, so I’m thinking… how hard can THIS be?  You get a rest? Since you’re doing 8 reps of each for 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off…  very quickly, you feel pain.

The goal is to keep track of your TOTAL NUMBER OF REPS.  (Think Cross-Fit Training)  So you keep counting from the first push-up, and add onto that number when you move onto the next interval.  So if you’re at 51 push ups total, when you get to the walking lunges – you start at 52.

So my total number was 399.  (I know, I was frustrated too… but I’m being honest – SO CLOSE to that even number, but it was my first time!!)  The advanced person in the workout did 477.  Wowza.  Your goal is to keep a journal and each time you do the workout – increase your number!

Fill me in if you’ve tried this – and what types of exercises you’ve done.  If you Google it, as with anything… you’re bound to come up with lots of ideas.  The difficult thing (without a workout partner or trainer, or video) is obviously the timing, and counting.  For me, it was hard enough trying to workout, count and listen to Bob… with the clean up circus going on around me!

But ta-dah… I sort of skipped my time with Bob yesterday (see reason above)…  but I feel great today!  Have an excellent day!

“Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”

Luke 8:18

My New Home

The grocery store.  It’s a necessary evil isn’t it?

I naturally spent quite a bit of time at the store.  With 10 mouths to feed, I was there at least three times a week.

I kept supplies on hand to make our usual menu, and stocked up on fruits, veggies, bread, milk, cheese and eggs.

Beautiful fruit!

Lately it seems, I go to the store almost daily… and usually I go to three different stores on any given trip!  Mostly for produce and label reading.

I’ve learned a lot in a short amount of time, but I still have LOTS to learn.

Soon it won’t be like this – but the past two weeks have been a bit of a blur.

Watching for gluten-free labels and having to read ingredients on every product I pick up is pretty time-consuming, and then trying to remember *I* still can’t have lactose or milk protein (casein) in anything either is quite confusing in my brain fog state.  It’s almost impossible to go WITH multiple children.

I really wish that people could just put (in english) what is in the product… so I didn’t feel like I needed a chemistry degree to figure it out.

I think the word “gluten” on my Google app should be a button I push, as I’m often searching, “contains gluten?”  Why can’t my smart phone just KNOW I’m going to ask about gluten content?

You see quickly why it’s much easier to just eat whole foods.  For me, that’s simple… most products make me sick.   For the kids?   I hope their food intolerance stops here… but for the most part, they’ve been fantastic about the changes.

We got signed up with our local food co-op and got some great foods.   We are now “members” in our local co-op grocery store.  We bought somethings online at iherb.com and vitacost.com as well.  We bought some bulk things from amazon.com – and hopefully soon – we’ll be restocked, and I can exhale a bit.

When I realized I needed to start planning food for our vacation as well, I went into overdrive!  The no brainer items suddenly became a bit more complex.

My husband suggested maybe we just cancel the vacation, the task of feeding everyone – and finding some safe restaurants seemed too daunting, and he could tell I was wearing low from being sick, and struggling to eat much lately.

BUT – cancel vacation???

I can’t do that.  I knew I had to figure out a plan to make it work.  I prayed God would fill me up and allow me to see what we needed to do to keep us healthy while traveling.

Things won’t wander too far from how we already do things, the main thing is making sure we have the right snacks available!  We’ve had floor picnics in our hotel for a few years now.  We spread out a tablecloth, and the kids think it’s a blast!  I can go to the grocery store and get fruits, veggies and some supplies to make sandwiches easily, and it’s often WAY cheaper than eating out!

One of my favorite snacks! Carrots and gluten free peanut butter!

{Personally, it’s a lot less stressful than going to a restaurant at the end of a long, nap-less day.}  Now that we’d be going in as a large “picky” group, wanting specifics – I doubt we’ll eat out very much at all, and that’s just fine with us!

We do have some options for when we’re tired of sandwiches, and I’m so thankful for the restaurants who offer gluten-free menu options – especially for the kids!  Back to baking – I have a lot of food to make!

Oh, and if you’re wondering if I’m still working out.  YES.  I am…  and I’m thankful that part of my life has been consistent!  Also, thank you for putting up with my typos and grammar errors, it’s been quite humbling to me.  It’s always easy to being an editor to other people’s writing.  I stink at editing my own and the brain fog only made that worse.

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” 

John 16:33

Reflecting Patience

My 2-year-old seems to think it’s exciting to go to the bathroom any time she’s not getting enough attention.  If she’s sitting in the van too long, or at church… she deems this a prime opportunity to see if we can call her bluff.

Since we know she stays dry during nap, and can hold it ALL NIGHT LONG…  we obviously know, most of the time, she really DOESN’T need to go.

But, we usually take her anyway.

She has us trained well.

Usually when my children go to the bathroom, I just end up taking a turn also…  since we’re already in there and everything…

My daughter did the thing all of my children have done.  Just as I’m finished and putting myself back together… the child reaches for the bathroom stall door in effort to be a “big helper”.

Nothing sends a panic surge more quickly, than thinking I might be standing there… exposed… while my darling child greets whoever is standing beyond the door, with her deep dimple smile.

No!

Wait!

Not yet!!  I’m not done yet…

“Don’t touch that door!  Get back here!” I snap.

She whips around (hand still on the door).

“Now?” she inquires.

“No, not YET…” I persist.

“Ok…” she says.  (hand still on the door).

Hoping I didn’t tuck my tunic into my leggings, we proceed out the door to wash our hands…

Goodness.

Whoever said that being a mother is glamorous is clearly – correct.

That said, I shouldn’t be surprised that my children are impatient.  God has been working on MY PATIENCE lessons for years now.

While I know He has made great strides in conforming me to His likeness, I still often get frustrated in the whole waiting process.

I just want to know, so I can move on… I just want to make it better… I just want to solve it.  I wish it were better, or fixed, or healed.  NOW.

No matter what I’m waiting on, it’s important for me to remember God has a plan – even in my waiting.  It’s for a reason.

Lord, help me find the blessings – even in the waiting.  Thank you for an opportunity to learn patience so I can reflect that to my children and those around me.  Thank you for the time to focus on what you’d have me learn, through each lesson you have for me.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”

 – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

TODDLER TIP:

Over the years I’ve learned ways to help my smaller children adapt to a “big” potty without toting a potty seat wherever we go.

I simply sit on the back of the toilet seat, and they sit in front of me – so it longer seems so big.  They feel safe, and are able to relax and go without the terrifying thought of “falling in” and the potty swallowing them up!

This stage ends as quickly as it starts, but it has been a big help when we’re traveling – as they transition to being strong enough to hold themselves up! 🙂

The Long Way Home…

Have you heard Steven Curtis’ latest release?  It’s super encouraging if you haven’t… and worth a listen.

Steven Curtis Chapman – Long Way Home (Slideshow with Lyrics) from emimusic on GodTube.

You can’t help but imagine the heart and soul he put into the song, just with the life experience he has had the past few years after his precious daughter was tragically killed.  It’s a good reminder of the battles we will continue to have on earth.

Bottom line – walking with Christ isn’t a promise of the easy life.

We’re going to make mistakes, and God is going to be there to see us through!

That’s the peace, and the promise and the GREAT news that we are reminded of this week and we celebrate one of my favorite times of the year.

Glory to God, that Jesus is no longer on the cross!  As we ponder lamb selection day this Sunday, let us be extra thankful for the selection of the perfect lamb, who takes away the sins of the world!

So even if the whole world says you’re going the WRONG way… you can just tell them you’re taking the LONG way. 🙂 

Sometimes the long way, is the best way.

“All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.  They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.  They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.  I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them.  I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you,  but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’  Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things.  But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;  and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”  John 16:1-10

I Didn’t Die… Yet.

You should be the very first to know…

I actually DRANK some calories…  and I didn’t die.

You know how I feel about this.  Drinks with calories … are for people on the go.

I’m not on the go enough to drink calories.  I like to EAT too much.

Coffee, water and tea… all plain.  That’s just me.

I don’t juice, I don’t smoothie… I just don’t.

[Not to mention… the color of food on those veggie-drinks… bleck!]

I have a real issue with textures of foods, and foods that I eat – NEED to be apetitizing.   Do you think my stomach struggles, over the years, have anything to do with those issues?

No, huh-uh.

I decided I needed to figure out a way to get some more calories and nutrition in fast – that is plant-based vs. processed.

I chose to TRY…

A version of the “Green Monster Spinach Smoothie” by Iowa Girl Eats.

I can handle this…. I think.  I like spinach.  I like peanut butter. I like bananas…

OH wait!  I don’t like soy milk or greek yogurt… 

I’m desperate, I can revise this and scale it back – it’s worth a shot.

I mix it all up in the blender, and choke it down.

Definitely NEEDS ice.  (My banana wasn’t frozen and this {in my opinion} needed to be COLD!)

So I try it the next day…  colder.  With ice.

Mmmmmmmmmm much better.  My son agrees.

It does the trick, and my stomach didn’t hurt after I ate it.  Success!

Today I tried another recipe from Spark People.  (similar to = Weight Watchers) I would definitely change it up, and NOT put water in it.  I prefer it thicker, vs a water-juice type of drink.

That Silk stuff is a lot less disgusting than I thought! It has some great calcium, and no carbs! Only 35 calories per serving! (plus it's not super sweet like soy!)

Spinach Smoothie

2 cups fresh spinach

1/2  cup of light soy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)

3 whole frozen strawberries

1/4 cup blueberries

1 clementine (aren’t they SO cute!?)

1/2 banana

1/2 cup of water (if I make this again, this is not going in – ice instead!)

144.6 Calories

1.7 g Fat

31.1 Carbs

5.2 Protein

My goal, is to search out a few good options to try now and then – when I simply don’t feel like eating but NEED calories, and need to feel full without processed junk.  There are LOTS of high calorie, high carb smoothie/juice recipes out there.  BE SELECTIVE.  Adding in some types of yogurt, and often times – lots of fruit – can add up the calories SUPER fast.

Know what you’re putting in.

Watch to make sure the SERVING SIZE for what you’re making… so you’re not eating for TWO!

Personally I tried to look for something that was “around” 150 calories with carbs around 30.

I had this and some low-sodium, oven-roasted chicken slices wrapped in some lettuce.  Not a bad choice at all, and 3 hours later – I’m NOT hungry.

I did learn that one of the benefits of “eating” your spinach this way is it goes directly into your system within 15 minutes, vs when you chew it up – it’s tough to chew, and a lot of fiber for your body to break down also… (meaning, you’re not able to absorb all of the great vitamins it has to offer!)  So if you like spinach, and I DO… then give it a whirl.  We just have a regular blender, and it worked great to mix it all up!

“Now these were more noble minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness,

examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.”  Acts 17:11

Getting a Clue?

Now and then, it seems like some restaurants are getting a clue…  perhaps they’re actually listening to some of what is being said.

I know I hear more people paying attention to what they’re ordering, or being utterly shocked at how many calories are in (what they THOUGHT) was a “healthy salad”…

But oh my… we still have a LONG way to go to continue being educated.  We certainly can’t let the restaurants do the math, and assume they have our best interests at heart.  No, we have to consider what their objective is – for us to buy whatever it is they sell.  It’s not ultimately for us to be healthy.

But I’ll give them credit where it’s due, they’re at least TRYING.

One of our kid’s favorite places to eat when we’re traveling (and if they’re in the area), is Culver’s.  “Home of the Butterburgers”….  You can imagine how this sits with me.  I used to LOVE their Wisconsin patty melts.  (When I ate rye bread, slathered in butter… swiss cheese all melty and stuff.)  Some days I even ordered a “double”… 616 calories and 35 g. carbs.  Ouch on the calories especially.  Now I just get a double butter burger with lettuce and mustard only – and eat it (without the bun of course).  Sometimes I have a salad with it – no cheese, croutons or dressing of course…  it fits the bill for A LOT fewer calories and carbs.  Not the best choice – but much better for me.

I was a little surprised that with their “Mindful Choices” options, they failed to offer something less of a 4″ white-bread bun!  That’s 160 calories RIGHT THERE of no nutrition… Remember: Think! WHY am I eating this?  What’s the point?

Culver's "Mindful Choices" selections

Online Culver’s even has a “Nutritional Meal Builder” to give you the 4-1-1 on what you’re going to stuff on in, and pray it processes.  They also have an allergen “grid” for their products.  Very nice.  I think while their product offering is mostly of the “fast food” sort – they are trying to make better options available for their customers.  That’s more that I can say for a lot of other companies!  Just be more aware of what you’re eating.  Don’t just 500 calories is what YOU should be eating at a meal just because that is their smallest offering.  Most people need LESS than that.

“Share in suffering as  a good soldier of Christ Jesus.   No soldier  gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”  2 Timothy 2:3-4

 

My Favorite Kettlebell Workouts

(Top left and around)Bob's Workout, Sculpted Body, Cardio Shred, and Shred it with Weights are just a few of my favorite kettlebell specific workouts.

Of course most kettlebells come with some type of tutorial DVD, to get you introduced to some of the key moves, and instructions on how to do things. One could REALLY hurt themselves if they do not hold the bell correctly or if they swing it into their body, lacking control.

While I’ve never launched my kettlebell through a wall, I can see how that could happen. I have accidentally swung that puppy into the side of my leg before – and trust me, it hurts!

There are plenty of kettlebell workouts on the market, and honestly you can use your kettlebell in workouts that don’t even suggest a kettlebell. Especially squats with weights, sit ups with weights, jumping lunges or clean and presses.

Once you become comfortable with the moves that it works best with – you’ll discover you can challenge yourself and your muscles in new ways just by adding in the kettlebell.

When I first got my kettlebell, I used it with Shred it with Weights (Jillian Michaels), and doing level 2 – I could burn about 320 calories in about 30 minutes. Not bad!

Later, I read some of the reviews about her kettlebell moves – which seemed to indicate they’re not “beginner” moves, and one could hurt themselves starting there. After learning more about this type of workout, I would agree. I started with a 7 lb kettlebell, as mentioned before, so it wasn’t AS dangerous, but I think it would have been safer starting with one of Bob Harper’s Inside out “kettlebell specific” workouts, and focusing in on that 10lb kettlebell size.

Bob’s Cardio Shred workout is faster paced, and I’d say I like it more than the sculpted body. Both are good about introducing you to the specific moves before picking up the pace. I would also recommend his plain “CARDIO REV” Inside Out workout (not pictured) – which you can definitely use a kettlebell with. I actually prefer it to just a free weight in that workout.

Lastly, “Bob’s Workout” DVD also has a series with stepping up kettle bells – with at least 3 weights. This can be done with a heavier set of free weights also, but it’s nice to have those additional muscle challenges that the kettlebell exercises provide.

So fill me in, do you have kettlebells – sound too strange to you? Thinking about trying them? I can’t say enough good things about them – definitely worth the investment (your inner thighs will thank you).

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…”

1 Cor. 6:19

Oatmeal Goodness

I really loathe change.  Don’t you?

When I know something works for me, I like to stick with it…  If it’s not broken, why try to fix it, RIGHT?

Well, sometimes even when we don’t change, our body makes choices without our consent.  I think it’s called…AGING.

For women, this is often dramatic with hormone levels – having babies, nursing, cycles…  lots of things can throw off our systems.

Often times I find myself going back to some core Scriptures of how I have been created with a purpose – by Him, and for Him.  It helps me embrace “unasked for” change.

I love Quaker brand (and boy haven’t THEY had a boost with the latest health craze, and their products!  Go Quaker! – Sorry, the marketer in me!)  For months I enjoyed these chocolate granola bars for 90-100 calories each.  Then they made a change, and about 2 months ago – I could no longer get them.  I guess they weren’t as popular with everyone else.

(*I even tried to order online – I was desperate!  No dice.)  So I switched to something new… it wasn’t AS good, but it was ok.  Then it seemed my body was rejecting something in them.  Chocolate chips.  Boo!  So I’ve had to get rid of them altogether for now.

Since I love oatmeal, I’ve found this great substitue that doesn’t contain lactose…  and if I’m around home, and don’t have an apple – this is a tasty option and filling!  (2pts for those of you who watch those!)

Yum! We get this at Target, but have found it at HyVee and Dillons/Kroger too.

What unasked for changes have you encountered, and how did you handle them?  Read today’s Scripture and be filled up.  Sounds like SOMEONE had a plan all along, whether we knew about the changes or not!  May God greatly bless your efforts and your weekend!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Eph. 2:10

Faith Like Children

PART ONE OF TWO.

My daughter is reading Kisses from Katie, a book about a young woman whose call from God, turned her life in a completely different direction than her parents had planned.  This single, 18 year-old girl left the what most would consider a perfect life in America – to follow Jesus Christ and obey His call for her life…  At now 22 years of age, this single young woman has adopted 11 children, and lives in Uganda.  Undeniably a call from God.

If you haven’t read this, here’s your warning – it’s amazingly powerful and beyond touching.  Faith in action – it’s a beautiful love story.  I have only gotten to read a few tidbits that my daughter brings to me, but each one deeply touches my heart because of her obedience and the message of Christ’s love.

This week, my husband was just getting on the kids about “playing with trash” outside to create a “home” in the garage and on our patio – using various boxes, cartons and packages we had thrown away.  The main issue was them blowing away, but obviously … that they were previously IN the trash.

Then today, I read a journal entry from Katie, where she shared about her children doing something very similar and it spoke right to my heart… and I thought how easily we forget what it’s like to be a child… this is their world, their fun and play.  What a blessing they find such wonderfulness in the simple things.  Yes, even in the things we toss away, and consider trash…  Faith like a child?  There is a reason God makes things so simple, even a child can get it.  Yet, as adults – we continue to complicate things…

Katie’s Journal –

“My goofy, trash-loving children are constant reminders of God.  They look at things that I see as used, broken, and dirty and they see treasure.  Can you imagine?  God looks at everyone broken, old, dirty, probably not a whole lot more exciting than an old toilet paper roll, and sees treasure.  Something He loves dearly, something He would die for.  Wow.

Thank you God for my trash-loving treasure-seeking children.  Thank you for so much laughter in the midst of a difficult week.  Thank You that when I feel old and used-up and broken and no more exciting than a cardboard box, You whisper that You love and value me, and that in Your eyes, I am shiny and new.” 

Beautiful words…  and so true.  Shouldn’t we see our “wrecked” bodies as God does?  Valued, loved and treasured?  IF we’re good enough to die for, shouldn’t we treat our bodies as such?

“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”  Mark 10:15-16

 

 

 

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