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Free Your Mind

I have been on anti-depressants since the year 2000.  I was told that it would be a life-long issue with me since it runs in my family.  I bought into that mindset.  Until recently.

I have been trying to turn my life around physically by going organic and eating more healthy, natural food and taking natural supplements.  In the short 5 months that I’ve been doing this, I have seen an amazing change in myself physically and mentally.

I didn’t start any of this without a lot of prayer.  I wanted the Lord’s blessing on this and I’ve asked for His wisdom, daily, along the way.

I’ve been doing a lot of research, especially about how to get off Cymbalta.  The internet sites I went to scared me to death.  The withdrawal symptoms people experienced were horrible.  I continued to pray about my deep desire to go off anti-depressants.

I realized that my mind had to be healed before I could attempt this.  Heal your body naturally and your mind will follow.

I did get some good tips on how to come off this medicine that had long since lost its usefulness, although I was not ready before now.

Each day, I am removing 10 more beads from the capsule I am taking and I am praying that in 40 days, I will be free.  I am 4 days in and Praise God! No side effects.

The supplements that I have been taking are:  ALA, Omega 3 (Krill Oil), L-Lysine, Probiotics, Chlorella, Spirulina, Organic Whole Food Vitamins, Flaxseed Oil, Magnesium, 7-Keto (Dhea).  Chlorella was to detox my system from all of the toxins in it.  I’ve learned through research that the gut has to be healthy for the brain to be healthy.  It’s a solid connection.

My verse that I am claiming during this is Galations 5:1  “It is for freedom that Christ set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

With God’s help, I am ready to free my mind.

Desperation

What would you do if you were desperate?  Have you ever been desperate?

I know I have been desperate for money and I have made foolish decisions based on that desperation.  Being in a financial pinch can cause you to do radical things. Why do you think pawn shops and Title pawns have been so successful?  People need money and they don’t care about the consequences of super inflated fees and interest where they end up paying back 3 times what they borrowed.

I read the news this weekend about a man who robbed a bank and got caught.  Sad part of it was that he was a former client of mine.  The clerk he robbed knew him and asked him, “Are you sure you want to do this?”  His response, “I have to.”

So sad.

Sometimes, things come at you so fast that you can’t control it.  But you can control your reaction. We shouldn’t react.  We should respond.  The best way to respond is to pray for wisdom and knowledge and help from the Lord immediately. If you wait and listen, He will guide you in the right direction.

Family

Yesterday, we got together with my side of the family as a “reunion” of sorts to commemorate one year since my Daddy passed away and to support my Mom.

The last time we got together like this was in February, 2011, when he died.

We went through a very painful week together at Hospice and we formed some bonds that will always remain.

Yesterday was a joyous ocassion. Daddy is in heaven.  We celebrated with a spread of food that was amazing.  We enjoyed sharing supplement tips, organic food and dieting ideas.  The men sat in the living room and the ocassional pieces that I caught from their conversation involved hunting or politics. Yawn. lol

The women, on the other hand, were having a blast.  My Aunt Pam is famous for her pranks and relished retelling the story of some poor victim who never suspected a thing.  Her daughter, Julie, was in the thick of it with her.  The men got curious because we were laughing so hard, they wanted in on our conversation.  Even after telling the event twice, I was still overflowing with laughter.  You know why?  Because it was so “unconventional.”  It was a fart prank she played on a massage guy at the mall with a can of flarp she got at the Dollar store.   We were telling stories about farting that were hysterical.  We let our “hair” down and had a blast.

I love it when you can be yourself with family and not put up pretenses.

My sister had just come back from a missions trip to the Philipines so I got to see pictures and videos she took while there.  The cultural differences were amazing.  The people were open, welcoming and very attentive.  Even having to stand at assemblies, the children at school were focused.  If that were in America, the kids would be complaining, whispering and distracted.

Another thing that amazed me was that we could go over to another country and share the gospel at schools without issue.  Over half the kids in each assembly raised their hands to accept Christ as their Savior.  Here in America, they are pushing God out of schools. Sad, sad, sad.

I really, really enjoyed spending the day with my family yesterday.  I almost didn’t want to leave.  Some days I wish I didn’t live an hour away from my Mom but every time I have to go into Savannah, I thank God that I don’t live there anymore.  I love living out in the “country.”

My Aunt Lynn gave my Mom a GPS, so maybe she’ll come visit me sometime.  🙂

Thinkers Wanted

Think back in time and try to remember the hype that was pushed down our throats via advertising about what was “good for you” or what wasn’t good for you. Remember the jingle, “the incredible, edible egg?”  Oh, and don’t forget “milk, it does a body good.”

All this is supposedly in the name of promoting your good health but in actuality, it is just an advertisement to get you to buy a certain product. Yet, most Americans fall for it because it is so ingrained in us and we are programmed to accept it as reality.

Every year or so, there is a new fad diet pill.  Remember a couple of years back, there was this supposed doctor who was pushing a diet pill?  It was on TV every time you turned around.  Then all of a sudden, Poof!  It’s gone. My guess?  Somebody had an adverse reaction and sued the company.

There is NO magic diet pill. Period.

Last night on the news, I saw the FDA pushing a new diet pill through, despite the issues that it presents because it “might be a good thing.”  Hello???  Then YOU take it, Mr. FDA, and get back with us on the side effects, if you live through it. 

Don’t believe every gimmick that comes along.  Do some research on the subject and, for crying out loud, think before you act.

Dr Oz was on TV yesterday promoting some carb brownie that you were to eat twice daily to lose your butt fat.  I got so mad, I turned off the TV.  I am a protein type. My body is a high oxidizer.  If I eat carb brownies, twice a day, I would gain back the 75 lbs I just lost PLUS some.  I finally decided, after yesterday, to quit watching him.  He seems to do nothing but push products.  He doesn’t really teach anybody how to get healthy.

OK. I am off my soapbox now.  Thinkers wanted.

 

Journaling

I am constantly doing research on how to heal my body naturally.  I check up on supplements and I certainly don’t take one person’s word for it.  I look for more than one source, a reliable one.

I have muscle tenderness in my hips and seems like nothing I am doing is working.  I am continuing the massaging, tens unit and heat therapy but it is still aggravated.  I, of course, began to research that as well.

I may be self-diagnosing here, but I am thinking Fibromyalgia.  I was reading a site on that and so many things I have been to the doctor for (or not been) are listed there. Muscle tenderness, depression, some of my skin hurts to touch (blood pressure cuffs are killer), diarrhea and constipation on and off all my life and on and on I could go.

I was checking into milk allergies when I found this one site that was touting natural cures for symptoms.  One of the thing was stay away from caffeine. Period.  Caffeine causes inflammation.  Well, that’s good to know.  I don’t drink coffee and I quit drinking diet soft drinks and teas back in September, 2011.  BUT, what did I forget about?  Chocolate.

I have been eating 1/2 a square to 1 square of Newman’s Own organic super dark chocolate bar nightly because chocolate is supposed to be so wonderful for you.  According to this site, I will feel better in days if I stop eating it.

OK…here we go. Theory going to the test….again.   🙂

Mondays

Mondays are usually hectic, frantic and sometimes frazzled. Why is that?

Get this…a local store in our area got burglarized twice this morning (yes….twice before 9am…by the same person). Strange way to start the day. 

My weekend was laid back and uneventful. 

I am testing a new theory now.  I noticed my hip muscles were hurting again last week and the only thing different I did was eat some mayonnaise with salmon patties. It’s gotta be dairy. So I ate some meatloaf (made it with Ground Flax…very good!) Saturday night.  Sunday, my hips were hurting.  No big deal.

I am going to eat what I want (that’s allowable for my body type) and try physical therapy.  I am using a tens unit on my hip muscles and then I hand-massage them. The muscles underneath the skin feel bruised to touch. I have done nothing to injure them.  So, I am also using a hand-roller to “massage” them as well.  Then I put a heating pad on them for a few minutes. 

Sunday afternoon, my hips didn’t hurt. I hope that if I continue doing this, I’ll work out whatever it is that’s in there aggravating the muscle. I’ve tried everything else, including chlorella to remove toxins.

Maybe one of the supplements I am taking will help alleviate symptoms of my Thygeson’s SPK. My left eye is inflamed and is driving me bonkers.  I do have some steroid drops that will help eventually but I really would rather not use them.  I want this disease to go away completely, not just go in remission.

Sorry for my mumblings today. I am just waiting on 5pm right now.  🙂

Nothing is Evil…

Nothing is evil in and of itself, it depends on how it is used.

I was listening to Focus on the Family on the radio this morning on the way to work.  The discussion was on pornography and how many young adults are caught up in it.  They stated that it is not just a man thing anymore that women are also into internet porn, too.

It brings to mind a dear friend of mine who states that Facebook is evil.  For her, yes, it takes her back to a life she no longer wants to live.  For me, it’s no problem. I don’t get into the drama.  I post and play games.  I love Facebook.

Computers are a great source for research and sharing.  But, if used in the wrong manner, it can be an evil tool.  It does not mean that computers, by and of themselves, are evil.

All things created by God were given to us for pleasure.  We, as fallen humans, have taken what is good and turned it into evil by way of sin.

God created man, gave him the knowledge and wisdom to build things and create things with his hands.  So, if a man builds a house that is used to hide abuse, is the house evil?  Of course not.  The man chose the path he went down.  He chose evil instead of love.

My friend and I both know each other well. We know each others weaknesses and we are OK.  She can’t do Facebook.  That’s OK for her.  She knows her limits.  She likes sappy love songs from the 80’s.  I can’t do it.  I can’t read romance novels either. You know why?  It makes me discontent with my life and marriage.  That’s not OK for me.  Those books aren’t real life.  I have to stay in reality.  I am better off and Hallmark Man is better off, believe me.

Those of us who have accepted Christ as Savior, have His Spirit in us and we know by discernment and conviction how to behave.

The question is, are you listening?

 

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