PLOW NEW GROUND FOR YOURSELVES

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Hosea 10:12 says “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and bring righteousness up on you.”

The expression “break up your fallow ground means, “Do not sow your seed among thorns”, break off all you’re evil habits; clear your hearts of weeds, in order that they may be prepared for the seed of righteousness.”

So I guess the question is,do we have any seeds among thorns in our life? Or do we have any bad habits? Are there weeds popping up in our lives or in our hearts? Each one of these points us in the direction to seek the Lord. When we break up fallow ground we bring our hearts and minds to Him so we can receive the healing power of the Word of God into our lives and circumstances. In this day and age our hearts can get so matted down and heavy, they can become hardened and dry that’s when we know we need to break up the fallow ground.

 

To break up fallow ground in our hearts and minds, we must begin to look inward and examine our hearts. We need to understand exactly where we are. This requires work on our part. We need to take a good hard look at our lives, our habits, the things that we’ve allowed to sneak in. Are we complaining too much? Do we gossip? Not spending time with the Lord regularly? Do we have some kind of addiction or bad habit?

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In first Peter 1:13 it says “So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift coming when Jesus arrives.” That means we have a part to do. We have to dig in, roll our sleeves up, put our mind in gear, and do our part. Then we will be ready to receive everything He has for us. I think so often we want God to fix everything that is wrong in our lives when sometimes some of the things are our doing and we need to do our part to fix it. He’s not a genie in a bottle, and He’s NOT going to do what we can do. Sometimes we think were waiting on the Lord, when in actuality He is waiting on us. So dig in precious one, roll your sleeves up, get your mind in gear and get busy plowing your fallow ground because God is waiting to pour out blessings on your life.

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Love,
Nicole❤️

Hosea 10:12 says “plow new ground for yourself, plant righteousness, and reap the blessings that your devotion to me will produce. It is time for you to turn to me, your Lord, and I will come and pour out blessings upon you.”

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ARE YOU LIVING TO EAT OR EATING TO LIVE?

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First off I believe we need to change our view of food. Food can definitely be an addiction and hard to overcome especially when we look to the world for an image that says I’m acceptable. You were created in the image if God and  He has made us all different and your version of healthy may look different than someone else’s. Our bodies are different and we need to embrace that. Your size 6, 8, 10, 14, or whatever it is WILL BE DIFFERENT than someone else because of our body size and shape. All that God wants is for “YOU TO BE YOU” and for you to embrace where you’re at as He takes you on your journey of health and restoration. If you are not your best YOU, you cannot fulfill your purpose and your purpose is NOT TO BE SOMEONE ELSE OR LOOK LIKE THEM! Being healthy as we’ve talked about isn’t just losing weight its abt feeling healthy, strong, and looking YOUR best.

We need to have the mindset of “eating to live” and NOT “living to eat” Food is meant to nourish and heal our bodies but when we are “living to eat” we can be out of control and we are basically eating and drinking whatever we want without thinking about the consequence of what the impact might be. For instance, eating too much sugar or drinking too much soda, what does it do to your body and immune system? I love sugar and sodas just like the next person but it’s so bad for our bodies. It’s extremely addictive, even to the point where its compared to a cocaine addiction. Our bodies get a rush, a fix if you will when we consume it, leaving us wanting more and more. So what exactly does sugar do? Well the obvious, it packs on the pounds making us gain weight. It also makes you more hungry. For example when you’re hungry you decide to eat a doughnut, chips, cookies instead of something nutritious, well your body is still screaming at you saying “Hey I need something nutritious to keep going, You feed me junk!” It’s still craving the vitamins and nutrition that it needs, but you’ve fed it empty calories, and it’s not satisfied and now you need MORE! Sugar also suppresses your immune system, it also upsets the mineral activity in your body. Example to much sugar depletes your magnesium level which can cause you to not sleep well, cause muscle cramps, etc. Sugar also causes anxiety, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, as well as causes us to be irritable. And the list goes on and on and on.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 10:23 NIV says “Everything is permissible–but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible–but not everything is constructive.”

We are all permitted to eat what we want, Jesus’s death on the cross released us from the old law. But does that mean EVERYTHING is beneficial? Or profitable? Of course not! We need wisdom and guidance, and to pay attention to our bodies. Our bodies are the temple so we need to honor it and take of it.

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I believe we have to go through a retraining process for our minds and hearts. And before you ask……YES ITS PAINFULL! But in His word we are called to crucify our flesh so we won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. It is hard but wouldn’t you rather have the pain of CHANGING into something good or the pain of STAYING THE SAME, going around the SAME stupid mountain over and over again! It’s pain either way. Wouldn’t you rather press through to the other side to a life of VICTORY? It’s important as we walk this new journey, this new lifestyle that we are gentle with ourselves especially when we make mistakes. This is a process, NOT something that just happens overnight. Be patient and take it one day at time.

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One thing that helps is the acronym H.A.L.T. So ask yourself “Am I Hungry? Am I Angry? Am I Lonely? Am I Tired? All 4 of these are physical and emotional conditions and we MUST keep them in check. I think it’s about getting to know ourselves and our bodies on a deeper level and then letting God work through that and bring healing to our body, hearts, and minds. So asking ourselves these questions and one more “Is this going to be beneficial to my body or hurt it?” It really brings a different perspective and opens up our hearts and mind to think about what we’re doing and if it will benefit us or hurt us. So the last and final question we should ask ourselves is “Are we living to eat or eating to live?”

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Disclaimer- I am not a doctor, or nutritionist just someone who has had quite a health journey and learned A LOT along the way, and even failed some but I keep pressing on to the prize He has set before me. As always before starting anything new, visit your doctor and make sure its ok for you. Somethings to consider if your still having trouble losing weight, having your hormones checked, thyroid levels, adrenals, and pituitary, etc.

Praying for you always precious ones!

Love,

Nicole 🙂

Habits that change your life.

imageOne of the things  we talked abt durning class on Wednesday is implementing one simple change starting this week. It’s all the little changes that add up to big ones and healthy living. They say it takes 30 days to create a habit. So while some ppl can do several changes at a time and do fine, others can’t and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. So what does that look like? Well you might not drink any water at all right now, they say you should drink half your body weight of water every day. Well that might seem overwhelming, so start by drinking 2 cups and just increase over time. Or you might eat a lot of fast food and processes food, so you might start by cutting back to a certain day where you eat out. Or you might not exercise at all just start 15 mins 3 -4 times a week, it might not sound like a lot but what your doing is being consistent and hey at least you’ve started and your heading in the right direction and that’s what matters, right? Don’t be so hard on yourself, we are all different. What we are looking for is lasting changes not temporary changes. So what if it takes you 6 months to a year to change 4-6 healthy habits……WOW! Look what you have accomplished. You are NOT where you were. Consistency is the name of the game. Never give up! When you fall off the wagon, extend grace to yourself and keep moving forward. You are not a failure because you failed at something, only when you don’t keep going forward. Every time you fail you are getting closer to succeeding and overcoming. Like the song says “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.” No shame, no guilt…..JUST GRACE!image

His Word say “Put off the old you and put on the new you!!” You were created in God’s image. God calls you beautiful, holy and righteous (not that you do everything right but it means you are in RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD)

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Embrace where your at and if you need to analyze what went wrong and make a plan to avoid those mistakes again. YOU CAN DO THIS!! I believe in you and God does too! He calls YOU OVERCOMER precious one!! Keep moving forward❤️

Ephesians 4:22-24 To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Song “Moving Forward by Israel Houghton

“I’m not going back, I’m moving ahead
Here to declare to You my past is over in You
All things are made new, surrendered my life to Christ
I’m moving, moving forward”

New beginnings

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I am so excited to be on this health journey with you. It has been one of ups and downs for me healthwise but WOW have I learned A LOT and grown!! Healthy living is more than just what you weigh, I think it’s a combination of things. But in today’s society its focused on what we look like and what we weigh, just watch tv for a bit and you’ll see and if your not secure in who you are in Christ you might even feel bad abt yourself or feel not good enough. If you are getting your validation by the world, what you see in the mirror or what you have or don’t have, I can promise you, you will continue to be broken and unfulfilled. Only God can truly heal you and give you meaning and LIFE ABUNDANT. While growing up I had a very misguided view of how I should look and be which carried over into adulthood. I was EXTREMELY INSECURE! I was always small growing up and then when I began having children, I also started having health issues, and so began my journey. This was really difficult becus at the time I was getting my worth in what I looked like and it didn’t match what I saw or had in mind.  It truly had gotten so bad (and this is embarrassing to say but unfortunately true) that would avoid going to certain places and I couldn’t even watch tv without comparing myself to what I saw. I began to hate myself, I felt as if I never measured up. I seriously would have to leave the room because I would get angry and cry…..NOW THATS SAD! I don’t know if anyone can relate to that or not but that’s just how bad I felt abt myself. But I learned that God loves me and created you and me and He didn’t make a mistake or any junk. He calls you (me) beautiful, chosen and holy. You have purpose!! And it’s more than what you see in the mirror or what you weigh. A healthy life IS eating good and exercising, our body is the temple and must be taken care of but a healthy life is also renewing our mind and getting in agreement with God’s word. It’s amazing to me at my SMALLEST I hated myself and I was soooo unhappy. Today I’m not where I wanna be but I’m happy, joyful and enjoying the journey. Might sound funny but I like myself and I don’t hate myself anymore, that’s HUGE! That’s God!! What a mighty work He has done and doing in me and He can do the same thing in you. We just have to be open and willing to let Him in the dark places and bring healing everywhere we hurt. That feeling you get when you walk into a room and don’t feel good enough, LIES LIES LIES from the enemy!! You ARE special, you are unique, there is only one YOU and YOU have a purpose and destiny that ONLY YOU can fill. Precious one, you are worth far more than rubies!! You are God’s masterpiece and today is the day for NEW BEGINNINGS!!!

Isaiah 43:18-19New Living Translation (NLT)

18 “But forget all that—
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
19 For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.