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The plan was set. A nice, week long, family vacation. A "glamping" trip designed by camping expert; Poppa (a.k.a: My dad).
With some unexpected hindrances the departure of our 6 hour drive (sans potty breaks) occurred way after we'd hoped to leave. But by 3 pm we were on our way! Dad called and let me know he wouldn't be able to be at the site when we arrive, but gave very specific and detailed directions on where to go. And so we felt prepared for what was in store.
There was some pressure because a road closure was scheduled along our route- but we made it through no problem, despite the hourly potty stops... buuut minutes after our clear passage, David said "We'll need to stop for gas soon". As the last word left his lips we heard the puttering engine. Dave promptly pulled over. With the large load we were hauling- and the boat attached- apparently the gas sensor had been affected... So, here we were just outside of a canyon, no town in site, on the side of the road... without gas.
Hope was not lost as David didn't skip a beat. He promptly grabbed the empty water bottle at my feet and said we had plenty of gas in the boat. And so, I handed the boys screens as I popped out of the car to watch (and even help) as my husband siphon gas from the boat into the water bottle and then it into the gas tank.
After about 8 trips with the liter water bottle we were on our way into the next town to grab some dinner (and fill the gas tank) before venturing to the campsite. And of course, just as you may have guessed, everything closes by 9pm in this little town. Luckily we had about a 30 minutes window though before the gas station closed up!
Which meant lunchables and bottled smoothies were on the menu for my kiddos. It was fine- this was exciting because it was not something I'd normally purchase for them. My spirits were still pretty good as my resiliency and optimism leaned into the adventure!
Yet as darkness enveloped the night and Dave messed with the GPS, we missed the turn to the dirt road leading to camp- things started tensing slightly.
The plan had been to have Dave boat over to the camp site across the reservoir and then I would drive the length around and meet him there...
At this point thought, I was not interested in back roading to the campsite on the opposite side of the lake without David and so Dave unhooked the boat and off we went to find the campsite.
My dad's detailed directions had us overly reacive so we ended up taking an early sharp, left hand turn into some trees ,and past a creepy half opened gate... Thankfully we figured it out when we saw the bath was completely barred with downed trees and were able to reverse out. But I'm telling you I had both hand on my face exclaiming to Dave "No David, don't!" more then once on this little 5 minute detour.
You guys. by the time we'd drove the long miles round the reservoir and down an even steeper dirtier pot hole and boulder ridden road finding the site it was midnight. And we still needed to unload some things and go back to get our bedding from the where it was stored in the boat!
Eventually we got the boys set in the tent that was already up on site, but we concluded that it'd be inappropriate to bust out the loud air pump for our air mattress at 1 am, so we took the back seats out of the SUV, I slept, well- rested there, at a katywompus angle, and Dave slept in the drivers seat.
Lucky for me, Aunt Flo, had decided to show up that day. So I was up several times awkwardly climbing out of the car into the black wilderness venturing to the portable toilet we'd set in the middle of the site throughout the early morning hours.
When daylight came Dave surveyed the land and visited a tree while I again popped a squat, this time without the dark covering. While light is helpful... it also leaves one quite exposed in such a situation.
Then the sound of a large animal filled the still morning air, he turned quickly and our wide eyes connected. "Is it an Elk?! Maybe a Moose!?" I anxiously wondered allowed from my vulnerable spot, pants down on the pot. Dave moved to the shoreline to look around.
He laughed and hollerd at me... "Cows."
I then stepped over, what we could now confidently say, was a cow pie to join him at the muddy shoreline... and sure enough cows were headed our way. We glanced at at one another baffled, wondering what to do next.
The boys started stirring and clamoring, so we decided to go find some cell service to touch base with Poppa.
Before heading the 10 miles back to the main road we stopped by the boat launch. The dock wasn't even in the water! The water levels were so low that chances of getting the car stuck in the mud in the midst off loading the boat would be high... there was no way we'd be able to launch the boat on this body of water.
So, while naming something as adventurous can make all the difference to lessen stressful situations, lack of sleep can be dangerous upon teetering hormones, disappointments and bickering boys, and a chronic illness. I was definitely being stretched as my attitude met the circumstances of the moment. We ventured to town to find a cell signal and a good cup of coffee.
And while we were unable to reach Poppa's cell- we were able to locate a very cute and clean little cafe that provided this very weary woman (ME!) with the most delightful coconut milk latte with honey that she may have ever had.
I knew this find was a sweet gift from the Lord as my tired mind and body let the warmth of the creamy caffinated beverage fill my mouth with delight.
I'll spare the details of the day as we drove to find other spots and broke the news to Poppa, broke camp and then set up elsewhere, about an hour away, with what may be just a temporary set up. It too wasn't the best- but it hit a few of the critical criteria.
It wasn't until two days later, halfway into the trip we decided that this was indeed the site we would stay at since allll the other options were filled. (Ya- we spent a good time looking at other options...) It was lakeside where we could squeeze our family and the boat would be able to be beached near us.
And I have to just spend a few words here to declare how fabulous my dad is. He had great plans to bless us with a relaxing time, went out of his way to really make something special... and his hopes were dashed and his investments seemed futile. Yet he met the circumstance with a hug and happy heart. Ready to improvise. There's so much more to share about this- but that's another story for another day.
That afternoon we established the campsite a bit more a wind storm hit. You guys, I decided that I just couldn't.
I climbed into the small tent and onto our air mattress to rest but wasn't able to sleep as the sounds of the vinyl tent was whipped about. Since there was a little cell service so I reached out to my dearest girlfriends expressing my misery, requesting prayer for a better attitude. Then promptly googled to see if there were any Air B&B, VRBO or hotel rooms available. No luck.
And so I laid there purposing to be present. And I listened. I allowed my body to put its full weight on the down comforter covering the air mattress. The boys laughter tickled my ears and the deep tones of David and my Dad harmonized on the whistling of the wind. My adopted 17 year old sister was participating and supervising the boys play as I allowed the warmth of the air inside the tent to encompass me. My Dad and Husband's voices were filled with optimism as they applied themselves to the work of establishing camp.
And well, sweet feelings overcame me with the confident knowledge that they, both my husband and Dad, loved that I was resting. They had no expectations or resentment towards me as they did the work at hand. A peaceful gratitude ministered to my weary body in those moments and I celebrated how deeply blessed I am.
Throughout the trip I petitioned the Lord- asking Him to reveal Himself to me. The challenge I had with my attitude, the misery I experienced in the disappointment of dashed expectations... Throughout it all and in the aftermath, I have just been eager to hear how from the Lord. I'm so hoping to mature through that week long experience.
I've since scrubbed off most of the dirt that consumed my family and belongings and have made it a point to sit and write it all down, reflecting on our family vacation. This is just a few stories from the one week within the year of 2020 and the life of our family, and I sense that it represents the year in more ways than one. The year 2020 is more than halfway over and it seems as though a cow has showed up in the campsite of our earthly timeline. Right?!
We started off the year with high hopes- it's a new decade! Fresh and new things are afoot!
Ah, yes. Fresh cow pies and new experiences for sure! Dashed hopes and expectations. When dad said "This will be better than a spa experience" and you ended up roughing it in the most dusty and dirty spot. When discomfort and conflict rose to climax and there was NO Vacancy anywhere- no place to escape too.
We were forced to improvise. We've been forced to compromise. We've done things we just didn't want to do. And we've made it. We've made it this far. We've seen fabulous views of the moon and sunrise. We've listened to trees rustle in our own backyard, we've stood back up after a teary meltdowns as the conflict of family surrounded us in our quarantine homes... and we're almost through summer.
God has been faithful with the latte moments in the midst of exhaustion and grief. He's been faithful to provide love from people around us. Friend, I encourage you to take a beat and surrender to the gratitude that is available for you right now.
Listen, we don't know what the future holds. But we know WHO holds the future. Will the mask requirement turn into a vaccine requirement? Will the right to bare arms and freedom of speech go away? Will fear about our neighbors and community members continue to rein in most areas of the world? Or, will the "old normal" be restored? Is Jesus coming soon, or is this an echo of the Y2K scare?
Well, the truth is: Our God is good. Jesus wins the day. We have no need to fear. Our future is secure and we have complete control over HOW we choose to respond. Let's surrender to the experience of gratitude and joy in the midst of the discomfort and pain. We will remember this year and we have filled our year with great stories.
Adventure is afoot! Take the time you need to build up a healthy resiliency! May our God work out His power in the portal of our weaknesses. And... just be careful, think critically, creatively, and lean into the Lords leading, cause you never know when a cow may wander into camp and drop a cow pie or two!
I hit play on today's soul training video and was taken aback at how absolutely applicable it was to this very day.
I wrote this late last year and recorded it in February before 2020 got all cray- cray.
After leaning into todays lesson- I just knew I needed to invite anyone else who'd like to join..
Every Monday in Soul Training we do a "Warm Up" lesson to learn about the context of our weekly theme verse.
This week we're in Acts 1. Sure hope this blesses you today!
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Here are a few questions to further the conversation with the Lord
1) What is something you are waiting for God to do? Can you rest assured that he
will do those things in His time and will equip you with what you can do in the
2) Examine what going to Jerusalem, Judea, Sameria, and the uttermost parts of the
world looks like in your sphere of influence?
3) Is there an area in your life that you are gazing up to heaven expecting God to do
something when he has told you what you need to be doing?
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It's 6:30 am and I need to go on my morning walk before the boys start stirring and the activates of the day try to overtake me. So despite my achy muscles and the heaviness of my fatigued body I put on some shoes and pull on a coat, gloves and beanie.
The moment I step outside, I'm greeted with fresh, chilly, INVIGORATING air that prompts joy to grip at me as the dawn of the new day revives my whole being!
Moving at a brisk pace I head to the street to view some blue sky peeking through a bit of fog and cloud as the damp air fills my lungs and nostrils with the most delightful smell. The green of the trees look extra deep and my feet move swiftly on the pavement wet with the rain that had fallen during the night.
I'm in awe at the strength in my stride and the sureness in my step. Amazed at the competence my body holds, I praise God for His creation. Both my body and the phenomenal beauty of the world I'm walking through.
During a season not so long ago, my walks had felt impossible and were so difficult as I dragged my body through the process. God's faithfulness amazes me and the reward for my perseverance has paid off- just as God had promised!
In the midst of those glorious moments I notice a big ol earth worm in the middle of the street and think about how much my boys would enjoy that. And then I notice another one... and another.... and suddenly find, that what looks like pine needles scattered across the pavement of the road, are actually worms.
Don't get me wrong. I think worms are great... for dirt and little boys. But I don't like them... per say. I would prefer to not be close to worms...
And then my powerful stride abruptly turns hesitant. My line of sight falls to the ground as I start examining my every step and notice the details of the worms amongst my feet. This creates a bit of nausea. I almost gag for a second.
The creatures are all different sizes, varying in plumpness. Certain parts of the path are more littered than others.
I start to think how odd this experience is and turn to my companion, Jesus, to see if there is anything He has to say about this.
Something I heard the day before pops into my thoughts: "It's impossible to live in fear and have a brave life."
These little worms are nothing compared to my powerful stride and hefty shoes. And yet, when my gaze drops to notice, analyze and contemplate them, my capability shrinks. The effectiveness of my steps are completely hindered- that powerful gait that compels my expedition- drastically dwindles.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
I wonder, as we navigate our unique destinies, the adventurous path of our lives, how often we drop our gaze to notice the grimy ground that we walk over. Instead of lifting our eyes to the glorious heavens we walk under.
Keep your head up friend. As you gladly rejoice in your journey you won't even notice the ground you're conquering. YOU are SO capable!
"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."
Colossians 3:16, NIV
See the video of me telling this story with less eloquence here: https://youtu.be/3H5OcRQM8XY
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Do you ever wish you had just a bit more energy to get through your days? Just wanting a little more pep in your step? I mean God said in Isaiah 58 that those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength! That they will soar on wings like eagles; that they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint!
You may be thinking: "I'm hoping in you Lord and I'm ready for that soaring!" Now I know that God wants to do this for us- and guess what? There is an easy way to get in line with his will for us to not grow faint.
I've gone on this massive heath/ healing journey over the last few years, and there are some things I've implemented that have improved my energy level A TON. I thought I'd let you in on one of the things that's super easy but made a huge impact on upping my energy levels.
You guessed it, Hydration.
NOW, I know, I KNOW! There's a ton of hype out there about drinking water! BUT listen, there's more to hydrating than just "Drinking Water." Even with all this hype studies have shown that 75% OF AMERICANS ARE WALKING AROUND DEHYDRATED! And what's even more disturbing is discovering that even just a 5% drop in water levels in the body can cause a twenty-five to thirty percent loss in energy. THAT IS HUGE.
Did you see that?! %25-%30 loss in energy. And 75% of us in America are walking around like that...
Here is what happens when you get hydrated:
Your energy levels level out
You have Better "elimination"
You get Deeper Sleep
You have more Mental Clarity
You get Improved Skin & Whiter eyes
Your blood pressure normalizes
You get Less aches & pains
AND Decreased inflammation with less swelling.
Are you convinced yet? Ready to commit? OK- let me give you all the deets, cause there are some things you need to know if you want your water to actually hydrate you. These are important aspects to your water drinking life:
**quantity **quality **when **what it's in
Best Time to Hydrate
FIRST THING in the morning is when you need to get a big dose of water in you!
If you don't get A LITER of water in you first thing when you wake up your body will be working in a deficit and you'll be playing catch-up the rest of the day. You've got to flush out the toxins that have accumulated all night.
Quantity of Water you NEED
In addition to your liter first thing in the morning you're going to need to drink half your body weight in ounces. AT LEAST.
You're going to want to be drinking purified water with minerals!
Purified water is necessary, cause without that you'll be drinking polluted water with chlorine and chemicals in it. But, here's the kicker, the purification process strips all the minerals out, making the water acidic which strips minerals from your body putting you at a deficit! SO introducing minerals back into that purified water before drinking it is important! I do this by simply adding some pink Himalayan salt. Hopefully we will get a reverse osmosis purification system one day! (Links to what you may need are below!)
What to drink FROM
After all that work to get your water to hydrate you, it'd be a shame to have toxins leech into it from you plastic water bottle! There are a ton of options other than plastic out there. In my research about plastic, my favorite summary came from non-toxic revolution. (https://www.nontoxicrevolution.org/blog/7-types-of-plastic)
"Honestly, you should really stay away from plastics, but that can be difficult in such a plastic heavy society. If you are going to use them, you need to remember which are less hazardous. To summarize, plastics in categories #2, #4 and #5 are generally considered safe. Be weary of putting them in the microwave, even if they are labeled “microwave-safe”. Plastics #1, #3, #6 and #7 should be used with varying to extreme caution, especially around food or drink. Of these, plastic #1 isn’t too terrible, but needs to be stored in cool environments and should not be reused. " **NonToxicRevolution.com
Staying hydrated for Eternity
Now that you've got all the tips for staying physically hydrated I HAVE to mention the best tip of all. Get that Holy Spirit water from Jesus! (Shoot me a message if you want some more details about this Holy Spirit water!)
In John 4:14 Jesus says: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
I hope this encourages you and equips you today! Go forth in energy and hydrations friends!
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Guess what? You have what you need to be victorious in life!
What? it doesn’t feel that way? No of course not, because we live in a broken world and we have a lot to overcome in life. And honestly, how would one be victorious without having endured a battle?
The battles in this life are real. But the truth is: we have a God who conquered the world and all that’s in it. And He makes that victory available to us! SO we don’t fight our battles for victory, we fight FROM a place of victory.
Actually, God is calling you to live from this place. I’m sure you’ve heard Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future..”
PURSUE the Victorious life
God has this plan for you- plans to prosper you. But they will not come into fruition unless you choose to pursue them.
The Lord has given us free will. If you want to stay sitting in an apathetic defeated place- He will let you! Our Savior does not force Himself upon us. He stands at the door and knocks! He’s not a God that barges in.
Romans 8 declares that we are more than conquerors through Him who saves us. I just want to challenge you with a question today. Do you behave and make your choices throughout the day believing that you are more than a conqueror?
You are a Royal Warrior.
Things change when God gets ahold of our surrendered hearts. As a result of asking God to be the Lord of our life, we enter into a relationship with the trinity. This relationship gives us a new identity as a royal warrior.
We become royalty with this relationship with the Trininty. We become a royal daughter, God adopts us in as his child. Ephesians 1:5
He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will!
We get a brother through Christ Jesus. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:29
And we get a PERFECT husband. (Hallelujah!) One who can love our soul in all the ways we need it- Isaiah 62:5; As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.
These relationships reveal that we have a regal authority. Because we are co-heir to the throne. Our ultimate Father is King of all eternity. And we are a royal bride.
We have been given this position and we get to determine what we are going to do with it.
God has called us to share in the sufferings of the cross. He tells us to have a perspective that is different than that of the world we live in. We are called to renew our minds. Charged to think on things that will have us walking in the victory that he’s given us.
Envision the Royal Warrior that you are!
Envision the Royal Warrior you are! Have this be a focus- have an image of her in your mind as you pursue her. Make choices from this place of regal strength given by the power of the Holy Spirit through Christ Jesus. Fix your eyes on the prize of fully living as her for the glory of the eternal kingdom!
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
We are called to fight the good fight! There is a Spiritual war raging all around us and our daily choices have an impact on it!
If we want to experience victory in our lives we’ve got to choose it. We’ve got to practice and train in the Truth that God has given us.
Matthew 7:24-27 ; “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Participate in the divine nature!
I love 2 Peter 1! Here God tells us what we have available and how to access it. This is verse 3 & 4 in the NIV
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
In addition, I want quote verses 5-11 in the Message interpretation:
5-9 So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.
10-11 So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, his choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Therefore ladies, I just want to encourage you today, to tap into what’s available to you!
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Another version says to “KEEP asking, KEEP seeking, KEEP knocking.”
We must trust the hard work is a Godly thing. That perseverance and determination is part of the victorious life. Fighting is part of the victorious life. Including the fight for joy or rest!
Listen, we are called to fight for Christ, not our to-do list. The goal that matters is obedience to live a Christ like life- not to reach a daily or yearly goal. Our goal is the heavenly prize! Amen?
Make a Commitment!
I’m going to ask you to make a commitment to yourself to live in victory. To pursue the victorious life!
And listen, I want you to follow through! Because, when we don’t follow through trust is broken. We can’t trust ourselves and insecurity gets a foothold.
You can do this!
Training in the Word of God is the way to believe and walk in this victory girls! Now there are a ton of ways you can train in the word of God.
I offer a few different ways of training on my website. Subscribing for $10 a month will give you access to each one. http://www.christinejaynes.com
AND, I’m doing a Victortorious living Bootcamp next week, January 27-31 2020, which is totally free. It’s LIVE lessons Monday through Friday at 10 am in the Victorious Living Bootcamp. If you aren’t on FB you can access all the lessons and worksheets on my website. https://christinejaynes.com/victorious-living-boot-camp/
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Are you letting life happen- or are you purposeful in your days? Living with intention is the way to get from where we are to where we want to be!
I've taken some of my favorite thoughts about setting goals and paired them with Scripture- because, it was all in Scripture first, and we want to line up everything we do with the Truth! I've put together a lesson with 5 elements to work through as you set intent for the year ahead- or really anytime you want to start setting goals and accomplishing something.
These Five R's will help structure time as you set out to live intentionally.
Reflect, Realize, Respond, Responsibility and Rejoice!
The video lesson is about 15 minutes long and I encourage you to pause it and work through each step on some notepaper, or the linked worksheet as we go along. You can also, of course, listen now and do the worksheet whenever you can get a moment of quite! This exercise will prove most fruitful if you are able to open up the Bible and spend a few moments in the Scriptures we go over. https://docs.google.com/document/d/12f58zsk3d9k-NjwAtOwG6MnwBMvM5p0SzAdEhtUrFSY/edit?usp=sharing
So now grab a pen, hit play and let's get to it!
God Bless & God Speed! If God is with you, you cannot fail!
Apply Scriptures Daily!
Is one of your intentions this year to be in the Scriptures more? Learning about God and actually LIVING out what you're learning?! I've got you! I'd love to come along side you and help you on your journey. I can train you in the Truth! Get training a few different ways (Soul Training online discipleship, or the Crown & Sword e*course) by becoming a Train in Truth member! https://christinejaynes.com/training-membership/
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If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it. Proverbs 25:16
It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory. A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:27-28
Anyone else eat a little too much over Christmas?!
It's still Holiday time and the celebrating isn't quite over. The counters are covered with gingerbread houses and cookies still. The baked goodies that were gifted are still sitting round calling out to be enjoyed. Right? Anyone else? Perhaps that sugar dragon was awakened over Christmas week- or heck, since Thanksgiving, and the puffy face along with the slight bloat has gotten to be somewhat normal...
Hey, I got you! How about going into the new year feeling less bloated and puffy? How about indulging in chocolate- that actually isn't bad for you!? I'm gonna hook you up with 3 of my indulgences this year that have been so fabulous, not just for the body, but also the taste buds!
These chocolate "truffles" are made with just 4 ingredients and took me a whole 15 minute. Coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and cacao! The rich chocolate taste will have you satisfied after just one... and a half or so. You'll want to make sure you have pure maple syrup... I ran out midway through my 3rd tablespoon and reached for my brothers "natural table syrup"- which turned out to not be maple syrup at all and changed the whole consistency of the mixture...
This recipe I is from "Peaches & Prayer" which is a site I found while on Pinterest a while back. Jenna sends out some great emails and I've enjoyed a lot of her freebies. Here is the link to print out this chocolate recipe: ---------------------> https://peachesandprayer.com/wprm_print/1446
Then I was super thankful to find some fun molds that my mom in law had in our hall closet! You can use just a cookie sheet and break/cut the pieces apart, but it was fun to feel like I was indulging in fancy chocolates... (here's a link for a similar mold: https://amzn.to/352Y9jA )
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Ok- I've tried making chia pudding several times throughout the last few years and have been fairly unsuccessful... SO I was excited when I attempted it this last time and I rocked it! Chia seeds, water, Cacao and maple Syrup was all that was needed. (This recipe is also great for improving digestion...) I split up the recipe into 2 little jars which was the perfect serving size for a little sweet snack during the day. This was yet another link I discovered on Pinterest. It's from the conscious eater and this link will take you to the printout of the recipe: https://theconscientiouseater.com/wp-json/mv-create/v1/creations/216/print?epik=dj0yJnU9OEtUYVR0QUcwWm83aC1fVVlQQXY2dEt2a1V0b01VMjMmbj1heGd6cU1nWXdQeW95Q2YyMzMwR25RJm09MyZ0PUFBQUFBRjM2M1NN
I'll include links to get what you need at the bottom of the post!
Chocolate Chip Cookies!
You guys- these totally hit the spot. Being gluten and sugar free can create issues when you're just craving a good chocolate chip cookie... But this one solved that issue and completely satisfied! I got hooked up with the recipe when I was in the Truth to Table tribe and Rochelle added it to one of the monthly wrap ups for the members. (Link to Truth to table: http://www.truthtotable.com ) I made a few changes to mine but here's the recipe:
Rochellita's Casa Cookies
PREP TIME: 10 min COOK TIME: 8-14 min
3/4 cup nut butter (I use home made cashew!)
1/2 cup of organic coconut sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp of sea salt + a little to sprinkle on top
1 cup of Chocolate chips (enjoy life or lilly's brand)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Stir together the nut butter and the following 4 ingredients. Once your batter is mixed together, stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Line 2 bakeing sheets with parchment paper and drop rounded tbs size cookies onto the sheet.
4. Flatten each cookie out slightly with the bottom of a spoon.
5. Sprinkle a tiny bit of sea salt on top of the cookies.
6. Bake for 8-13 minutes or until cookie edges are golden brown. (I like mine a little crunchy so I leave them in the full 13, or maybe 15 min)
7. Let cookies cool and enjoy!
Friends! Nutritional Toxins are a real thing! Wanna find out more? Here is a podcast where I discuss physical Toxins with nutritionist Laura Davis: https://christinejaynes.com/2019/07/physical-toxins/
Also check out Laura's Blog about the danger of sugar: https://www.madintuition.com/blog/don-t-wake-the-sugar-dragon
"Dieting changes the way you look. Fasting changes the way you see." - Lisa Bevere
The holidays are a time of celebration, a time of feasting! When Jesus was approached by critics who wondered why his followers didn't fast, but enjoyed all the foods, His response was "there no need to fast when the one you are celebrating is with you!" (Christine's paraphrase) So we feast at Christmas, rightly so, for we celebrate a God who came to be with us!
YET, As the new year sets in, and the holiday celebrations come to a close, the time comes to get clear on our intentions for the future. We don't just "get" to where we want to be- we need to be intentional and set our sights on the goal. If you don't know where you're aiming you'll miss the mark!
Many Christ followers set out in January to fast for the year ahead. It's a way to see the Lord and gain clarity for His will, to hear His voice more. The discipline of fasting helps us to know that He is, actually, really, truly, all we need.
There are so many references in the Word about fasting! And exploring the Scriptures it's clear to see that fasting is effective, it's a way to petition the Lord with action!
Some of my favorite references are in Acts when Paul and Barnabus spend time praying and fasting as they choose leaders for the churches they start. Another great example is Esther asking her people to fast and pray as she petitions the king on their behalf. And then of course the time Daniel fasted and prayed and as a result- received a visit from an angel!
As Christ followers, our aim should always be the will of Jesus. And as the church, there are some general things that we should always be aiming for! Living righteously, being responsible, sharing the gospel, advancing the kingdom. But we we're all made so differently, in order to participate in this eternal design of God in a unique way. So, gaining clarity on what particular thing (s) the Lord would call us to in the coming year is a fantastic reason to fast in January.
Petitioning for our family, our nation, the church as a whole and the salvation of the world is another great reason to commit to fasting. Somehow, in the midst of a fast, our prayers have a bit more power within the Spiritual realm. For example, in Mark 9:29, Jesus states the reason a certain demon would not be cast out for the disciples. He said "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting." (New King James Version)
There is a wrong way to fast
Now, as we contemplate whether to fast or not, we have to consider that there are many wrong ways to fast. God calls us to have pure motives in order for our fasts to be effective. Isaiah 58:3-8 lays out the kind of fasting the Lord prefers.
‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
My January 2020 Fast
This January I'm committing to doing a Metabolism Reset/ Liver cleanse. Yes, it's a specific diet. And while I am praying that it will equip my body to be stronger in 2020, I'm going to be asking God to change the way I see. Not the way I look.
I truly believe that the health of our body is directly linked to the health of our Spirit and soul! When our body functions well, we see well! When we have a well functioning gut & thyroid, balanced hormones, level serotonin & cortisol levels equaling less anxiety, depression, fatigue, and brain fog, we are so much more equipped to discern God's will! You can hear all about that in my this episode of the Unpacked podacast: https://christinejaynes.com/2019/02/lets-get-physical/
Is fasting something that you do routinely? What drives you to do so? Would you like to join me on my fast? Message me if you're interested!
Here are some links that you might find helpful! If you're interested in joining me in the Reset you'll need to do some prep! Get all those veggies and have that pea protein on hand! I can share with you all the info you need, or you can get the book in order to have that resource in front of you.
Order the Metabolism Reset Book:
To do the Reset you can order Dr. C's protein shake or make your own. There are recipe's in the book, or I'm happy to share some with you! It can be much more affordable to make your own, but it's not quite as tasty... I'm including a link to his shake on amazon! Some people have mentioned they like the one from Dr. C's site more (so that link is below as well!).
Get it from Dr. C's site here: https://shop.drchristianson.com/collections/daily-essentials/products/adrenal-reset-shake-french-vanilla
Here's a fantastic little piece from Lisa Bevere on dieting vs. fasting: https://messengerinternational.org/blog/news/dieting-vs-fasting-part-1/
More info coming your way!
Early next week I'll post more about the prep I'm doing for the month of January!
***LOOK OUT FOR A TEACHING I'LL RELEASE SOON ALL ABOUT HOW TO TAP INTO BOTH SCRIPTRUE & SCIENCE TO SET YOUR INTENTIONS AND HIT THE MARK!***
The other day I witnessed one of my boys get so annoyed at his brother (who happened to be behind him) that he whipped around and hurled at that pesky brother, the toy weapon that happened to be in his hand.
Yes, we have toy weapons. When you live in a home with 4 boys- you have toy weapons... and if you don't have them, the boys will make weapons out of whatever they get their hands on... true story.
Thankfully the offensive plastic object hit the wall and not his brothers face... but it was a bit appalling to witness. Naturally, this said boy (whom will remain unnamed) got in trouble for handling his frustrations in this way.
This particular boy tends to dwell on the injustice of his consequences whenever he receives any. He tends to lash out, get argumentative, and not be receptive. I was able to sit down and speak with him about how he handled himself inappropriately and ward off any blow ups- but he was angry.
I went on tending to my chores, letting him process and do what he needed to do. And then I heard music and noticed that he had turned the TV on (during no tv hours).
As I mentally checked in with what I was hearing I discovered that he had turned on spotify and was playing worship. It was one of my favorite bands... the one I tend to put on when I need some change of mindset, when I want to start rejoicing and get out of a funk. (Rend Collective! Get it with this link---> The Art Of Celebration)
This is the moment I felt moved to share with you in a post. I was in awe. I was so proud. Proud of him for making a choice to reset his mood and thinking. I was proud of myself for showing him how its done. I'm doing something right.
It's hard as a parent, as we help our children figure out how do deal with ther flesh, all the while trying to discern how to deal with our own.... They are watching us. How we handle ourselves matters!
I want to share this victory to give you hope! This was such a wonderous moment where I saw some fruit of all the efforts I put forth in this life to follow hard after Jesus in obedience. Especially in front of my kids. There are seasons where we don't get to see the fruit, seasons where we obey dispite the lack of produce... Momma, don't stop sowing. He is faithful and we will REAP what we SOW! So, keep sowing the good seed! Trust the process of Gods faithfulness.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but the seeds that you plant. There will not always be a harvest to reap- we only reap in certain seasons... but planting, when it comes to planting seeds, in our own hearts or in those around us, we can be confident that we've obeyed and they will produce.
The seed is the Word of God Luke 8:11b
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:11 (NLT)
I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them. Isaiah 55:11 (MSG)