Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fasting is a Form of Worship


40 Day Sugar Fast
Day 3
Matthew 2

"We live our lives consuming all the wrong things in an effort to find ourselves satisfied, my friends. But here at the start of this fast I want to encourage you with this: Only God. Only God can fill the holes you try to fill with food, money, friends, love, social media, trips to target, alcohol, or anything else."


Fasting is a form of worship.  Filling a hole in our lives.  


OH WOW!!!!  The devotional reading has this in it today.  How do these ladies know me and where I am.  They don't, but God does.  I started my wellness journey in order to get healthy.  But in hindsight and  all honesty, it started as a way to fill a missing hole in my life. I just didn't know it at the time.  


When I first began exercising,  I created a play list of songs to help keep the pace and tempo of the movement.  It also helped keep my mind from saying how much longer.  It is funny how over time, it became a moment of worship with me.  Who would have thought that 30 minutes on an elliptical could become a time of worship.  I know I have said this statement before, but it got me thinking.  Anyplace, doing anything can be a moment of worship.  But I regress.  Over the course of the year, I noticed that I wanted to be at the gym more and more.  Now part of it was I began to enjoy what I was doing and the results I was getting.  But now I see, that a major part of it was getting excited about worshiping my Lord and Savior.  Exercise and sweating (yuck) that I originally hated touched by presence of Jesus can became an amazing place to camp at and a place I truly wanted to be.  Worship can be anywhere.  Anyplace, doing anything can be a moment of worship if you invite Jesus to join you.  

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Sweet Jesus

Day 2, Matthew 1
40 Day Sugar Fast

"Feasting on the sweetness of Jesus......"

This spoke to me in so many ways.  Many times I look at Jesus as Savior, King, Peace, Rescuer, .....  But sweet.  

My favorite sweet treat has always been Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory.  The moment it is brought to the table, I first just look at it - a sight of beauty.  Then I slowly put the first bite in my mouth - cheesecake and whipped topping.  I let it sit in my mouth for a moment and just savor the texture, creaminess, perfect blend of ingredients, hard chocolate chunks in the creaminess and the most wonderful, perfect sweetness.  I just let it melt in my mouth and savor the moment.  Then my shoulders drop, I take a big deep breath, I sigh and I just am in in awe of the perfect sweetness.  I am relaxed and all the worlds problems go away for a moment.  

And to think that Jesus is so much more than this.  
May I always savor the sweetness of Jesus.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

What Do You Run To


Day 1

Today in my 40 day sugar fast Bible study, we were asked, "Besides food what else do you run to instead of God?"

See food has always been the answer to that question.  I ate stress, I ate frustration, I ate anger, I ate joy, I ate excitement.  This past year, I gave up sugar.  It was hard at first, but became easier as the months went on.  

I found exercise as a way to help deal with stress.  In fact, I found exercise as a way to draw me closer to God.  I have an amazing upbeat praise list that I listen to in all my cardio and workouts when I am with no one else.  One of the other trainers at the gym even commented that I am so focused and happy (always smiling) when I workout on the elliptical.  I am deep in praising God at that time.   The hardest part is not belting out the songs, but I am belting them out in my heart.

So back to the question.  I really felt God tug on my heart saying technology - TV and Phone. It is the place I go to after work to escape the day.  After teaching kindergarten all day and working out after school.  I am tired and I have "issues" from work that need to be worked out.  All I want to do it sit and do nothing.  Praying for God to direct my path on this one.  

THEN.......

"Be still and know that I am God" popped in my head.  I looked it up and read all of Psalms 46.  WOW!!!  Not sure where this is headed - but I defiantly am listening right now.


God is our refuge and strength,

    an ever-present help in trouble.
 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
 
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
 
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
 
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,

    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
 
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
 
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.
 Psalms 46, NIV


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Keto Strawberry Pie



We tried this pie one time and knew it would be a family favorite. In fact, this may be my favorite Keto Dessert EVER!!!  The best part, it is easy to make and with ingredients I always have on hand.  
One thing to be aware of, you need time for the crust to cool and time for the pie to set in the freezer or refrigerator.  I was so excited, I could not wait.  So we ate it without setting and it was still amazing.  
DIFFICULTY - easy peasy lemon squeezy
TREAT - 6 carbs per slice, save it for special occasion
TRIGGER - so good you could eat the whole thing
WORTH IT - totally worth the carbs and calories
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Keto Strawberry Pie


Easy and Delicious.
Source: kaseytrenum.com
Course: Desserts
Yield: 8
Serves:
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp Swerve granulated
  • 8 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 12 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup strawberries chopped
  • 23 cup Swerve confectioners
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions
  1. For the Crust:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crush pecans finely.
  3. Add butter and Swerve granular to crushed pecans and mix thoroughly. I added the ingredients to my mini processor and pulsed until all of the ingredients were combined.
  4. Grease a pie pan then add crust mixture.
  5. Grease the back of a spoon and use it to carefully smooth the pecan mixture in the bottom of the pie pan and up the sides.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool.
  7. For the Filling:
  8. In a large bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks.
  9. In a separate bowl, add one cup chopped strawberries, softened cream cheese, Swerve Confectioners, and vanilla then beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and the strawberries begin to break down turning the filling pink.
  10. Add the heavy whipping cream to the strawberry mixture and beat again until smooth.
  11. Pour filling mixture into pecan crust and freeze for 1 to 2 hours before serving so that it sets up. (You may store pie in fridge and pop in the freezer for about an hour or two before serving.)
Amount Per Serving (8)
  • Calories: 377
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Carbohydrate: 5 g
  • Fat: 38 g
  • Cholesterol: 99 mg
  • Sodium: 133 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g
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Friday, January 4, 2019

40 Day Sugar Fast

Beginning January 8, I will be doing a 40 day sugar fast.  Now I have been sugar free for over a year.  That does not mean I don't think about sugary treats often. I just choose not to eat them.  Being Keto helps with the cravings, but satan likes to throw smells in my face that make me temp me or think about it.  

I recently ran across a FB post about this 40 day Sugar fast.  Click here if you want to learn more about it.  I am excited to continue my sugar free journey, but even more excited to add a spiritual component to it.  It has daily devotions that I will read, reflect on.  It also has a FB community page, that shares ideas.  The hardest part of being sugar free is not candy bars - it's hidden sugars.  They put sugar in everything - because it is EXTREMELY addictive.  

I can't wait to see where God takes me with this 40 day sugar free fast - feasting on Him instead..  

Now The Hard Part Begins

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. - John Dewey

I told Jordan Wednesday that now the hard part begins.  I broke my mental weight barrier.  Now I have to keep it off and keep moving forward toward my ultimate goal.  Just breaking it is not enough.  It must now keep it off.  I think January, may be harder than December - MENTALLY!!!!!!!  

The good news the world is with me now - no Christmas, no birthday and the whole world is on a diet.  Also, with Jordan changing my macros a bit, I have to be very aware of what I am eating.  It is easy to think you know it all and become complacent.  Not now.  I have to think about everything I eat and that may be a really good thing.  

Onward and upward (or downward :) )

KETO/ LOW CARB RECIPIES

I miss sharing and reviewing recipes I find.  Many have asked me to share some of my keto or low carb recipes.  This past year, I went strict keto.  One of the best decisions of my life.  But 2018 was a year of learning - not that 2019 is not. Going from low fat, high protein, high carb to low carb, moderate protein, high fat was a major mind shift.   It took me a while to figure it out.  Now I am ready to start sharing recipes I have found and share things I am learning along the way.

Check back on this page for recipes I loved and hated.