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Hmmmm… what a blessing and an honor to be back this week to, Lord willing, give some hope to those of you out there that need a little boost =)

Now, when I left off last time… things had hit an all time low. I had just switched from seeing a chiropractor to seeing a physical therapist (as per my doctor). As my body what adjusting, severe pain set in and I ended up in bed for three days… one of the days, I had actually attempted to head to church, but had to return home due to the pain. Thankfully, the following eve I was able to get in to see the Physical therapist on an emergency visit. She showed me some self adjustment techniques and exercises and sent me on my way with clear instructions to take it easy. So, determined to heal up… that’s what I did! I spent days reading and nurturing myself and preparing mentally for classes to start!

Then, the 12th rolled around… the day I’d been anticipating, yet fearing for some time. Classes were beginning and I was off to face recovery and dive into the semester with a full class schedule.The day prior, I’d actually been able to get to church and enjoy purple book and the service. There, I allowed the Spirit of God to fill me up and prepare me for the coming week… and, the 12th… a success!!! The following day, the day after that, and the one after that… successes in baby steps. While it’s felt like a bit of a pressure-cooker between going to EOPS appointments, classes, trying to get homework done in the library until my book funds come in, pushing through the chaos of toddler tantrums and family drama to get what I can done while I’m at home…. I’m SO grateful for every moment of it! The learning process is something that I find quite addicting =)In the long run, I know it will produce good fruit!  Now, being that this season has begun, this sight is under construction =) I mentioned before that I will be reducing my posts to once every other week or possibly even just once a month. Hopefully, this way I’ll have  more of a chance to allow the Holy Spirit to inspire my words. In closing I will say…. I’m thankful for everyone who has helped me on my journey so far… Jesus Chris (my Savior!) Hilltop Community Church in Richmond, Rock Harbor Christian Fellowship, Grace Lutheran, Waypointe Church, my mom, family, God family, friends, Dr. Runco (who I had to stop going to due to lack of ability to get out to Concord and Doctor’s instructions), my Physical therapist (who is unnamed for the time being), and everyone who has ever encouraged me along the way… even just a a smile or a friendly handshake or hug can make a world of difference in someone’s life. I’m believing for amazing things. 2015 is the year of entering the promises… I FULLY believe that! Now, I’ll leave you all today with a list of BRAIN FOODS! GOD BLESS!!!!

~BRAIN FOODS~ Hyperlinks will lead you to various sites with more in-depth info

1.) Oatmeal and brown rice: both carry vitamin E and good carbohydrates to help keep your brain wheels turning and improve retention of information received at school, work, ect.

2.) Blueberries: according to research at Trufts University, consumption MAY help in improving or delaying short term memory loss.

3) Omega 3 fatty acids: these are contained in things like fish (salmon, sardines, cod, flounder), flaxseed, walnuts, even various sorts of squash (butternut), carry small amounts as well.

4.) Nuts: (especially walnuts) carry protein, vitamin E, and many other nutrients to keep you alert and focused!

5.) Veggies: things like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, ect carry antioxidants (ie: vitamin C) and carotenoids that protect the brain!

6.) Eggs: Rich in b vitamins, omega 3, and protein, and other essential nutrients that help aid the communication between brain cells.definitely one of my favorite power foods!

7.) Curry

8.) Avocados: Very high in monounsaturated fats that help stimulate the blood flow to your brain =)

9.)WATER WATER WATER!!!: While it’s not a food, I can’t stress this enough! people who study a lot rely waaay to much on caffeen and don’t realize that we need half our body weight in oz of water every day plus one glass of water per cup of coffee (or tea) consumed (due to the antioxidant content).

I hope all these things have or will be of use to you! Remember… we don’t know what tomorrow holds, so embrace today as if it were your last! GOD BLESS!!!

Press on!

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Not much to say again this week. I found myself doing the “walking shuffle” and praying to God I’ll be able to walk properly again soon, Buuut in the midst of it, I want to encourage you all! Check out the link below! God bless!

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Maaannnn what a crazy week it’s been! So much has happened, between a chiropractic appointment to having to switch to a physical therapist (as per my doctor and the lack of transportation to get to the chiro), getting ready to start classes, dealing with little guy and his tendency to throw tantrums the moment my mom attention is on anything but him (screaming fits early am off and on through the day he can be such a good boy… but… ughhh), and I ended up in bed and in pain for the better part of 3 days. My physical therapist took me in for an emergency appointment and helped me get back on track. All I can say is… with the crashing waves all around me…. I have to keep my eyes fixed on the only one Who can change any circumstance. Meanwhile, there’s always blessings in the storm! My neighbor has an extra cell phone line on her family plan soooo…. I now have access to a phone, plus she’s given me a laptop so I can apply for work, get school work done and…. connect to the outside world!

As far as physical therapy goes… I owe it to myself to try every avenue. While there are needs (ie: a podiatrist, orthotics, ect) I have to continue to trust that God knows what He’s doing. No, I don’t understand why I’ve had to endure the level of trauma and trial that I have, but I’ve said it time and time again… Romans 8:28… this will work out for my good. For now, I’ve completely surrendered every step from this point on. I’m in all honesty, just thankful that I woke up this morning and could get out of bed without pain for the first time in about a week.

In closing, I will say this… hold on to Christ! No matter what is happening around you, love God, show love to others, and TAKE CARE OF YOU because if you don’t take care of yourself…. well

No recipe this week… sorry ya’ll! God bless and have a wonderful week!

New Year… New Adventures…. Let’s Do This 2015

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(photo from Pastorkdjames.wordpress.com)

Well ya’ll… Here it is! 2014 is coming to an end and… 2015 is now rising, bringing hope of a fresh start to nearly everyone in the USA! Let the resolutions begin right? Well, for me…. all I can say is that I hold onto hope. You see, while I still am seeking out employment, and have been constantly battling this “irritation” in my body that has brought me to a point of surrendering my racing dreams, I continue to hold fast to what God has promised! His word states that He will provide my needs (Phil 4:19), heal my body (1Peter 2:24) and direct my paths (Isaiah 58:11)! Not only that, but he promises that all things will work out for good for those who love Him and are called according to His great purpose (Romans 8:28 I’ve stated time and time again). It’s amazing! I mean, here I am… staring at a situation where I’ve gotten X-rays, MRI, seen my chiropractor… all have said there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to run other than some tight muscle groups which SHOULD be able to be stretched out. So, I try and try and try again… I ran last week, only to have my body tighten up, ran in Berkeley today, only to have it tighten AGAIN, causing me to gimp my way through Berkeley Bowl. I prayed, fasted… cried out to God… now, as it has gotten harder and harder for me to get a ride to my chiropractor, I found myself having to seek out other methods of relief that are in a more reachable area and are covered by medi-cal (this way I’m not having to trouble Runco who deserves a new car for the help he’s given me). I feel at times like the woman with the issue of blood, however I know that God will bring my healing in His time and His way. Meanwhile, I start classes soon, am working on a new ministry project, am seeking out employment that will allow me to work two/ eight hour days a week so I can try to move forward, going to counseling to get my mind cleared and priorities straight, little guy and daily struggles at home,new things with my troubled loved one, and the talks of relocating ONCE MORE have come up! With so much in the air, my head recently went into a spin! All I know now is that if God called me to it, He will bring me through it. As far as my resolutions? Well, my PRAYER is this…. I’m praying that the Lord will help restore my family,  get through school with excellent grades, get my body back to normal functioning  walking/ running properly, help me find some independence (ie: my own phone, car, apartment, ect). and help me build this dream that I’ve had on the back burner for far tooo long! In other words… it’s my year of GROWING UP! All these things seem scary to me, however… I just feel that 2015 is truly the beginning of seeing those things come to pass in my life. How long will it take?  Well, only God knows! All I know it that I will PRESS ON! Ya’ll have an amazing and BLESSED New Year!  Know that whatever you may be leaving behind in 2014, God is making a new thing in 2015. Hold onto the promises, and visions He has given you, stay focused on Him and He will make a way! I now leave you with sparkling caramel apple cider floats!

SPARKLING CARMEL APPLE CIDER FLOATS

*Ingredients*

-1 bottle Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider

-1 container of blue bunny or sunny select non fat frozen vanilla yogurt

-hershey’s non fat caramel drizzle (use as much or as little as you like)

*Directions*

get 2 16oz glasses, pour 8 oz of sparkling cider in each, scoop 1-2 ice cream scoop fulls of yogurt in each, top with caramel and ENJOY!