THE PROMISE AND THE PROCESS

Are you currently waiting on a promise to manifest? Does the process seem to be taking forever? Have you taken your eyes off God? Today, I have some encouragement for you! A friend of mine shared a video with me of her sweet baby going after a toy. As I have often said, God speaks to me in what appears to be the mundane. In this short clip, I saw my relationship with God and the process I must go through to get the promises He has made me.

In the video, the mom had the toy in her hand. She didn’t just hand it over to the baby. There was a process he had to go through to get it. Necessary things such as hand eye coordination and his gross motor skills were being developed in the process. The mom didn’t just stick the toy at the opposite end of the room and walk away either. She held the toy in her hand, while encouraging her son to keep coming. She didn’t do the moving for him, but she provided direction. When he followed the voice of his mom, he was able to get to the promise.

This video encouraged me to keep focused on the promise and to listen to His voice. He is there to direct me and if I remain focused on Him, I will get the promise. I hope this video blesses you as much as it blessed me!

Anika

Pause To Pray And Then Proceed

My hair loss had taken a turn for the worse and I was in was in need of something—fast. The beautician told me it was medical glue and the hairpiece would look natural. The price was ridiculous but she began to ramble off a list of names of celebrities whose stylists used said “medical” glue to get them picture ready. I was desperate and gullible—a bad combination. After the consultation, I went home and asked begged my husband to let me get it. On credit that is, because we did not have that amount of cash lying around. Not once did I consider praying about it. As far as I was concerned, it was clear that this was a godsend.

Seeing my panic and desperation, my husband agreed to let me put this SUPER EXPENSIVE hairpiece on credit. Within a few weeks, the medical glue began to produce unmedical results. I broke out with sores on my scalp because of an allergic reaction to the glue and had to have the hairpiece removed. She offered no refund. I was left with a head full of sores and a very expensive lesson on the detriment of not pausing to pray before proceeding.

Admittedly, I have jumped headfirst into many decisions that seemed like a good idea. I am learning and, by the grace of God, I don’t want to continue to make the same mistakes. I find it dizzying going around the same mountain. This week, another test came. I learned of an opportunity to grow in my gift as a writer. The program is legitimate. I read article after article and watched numerous videos of testimonials on the success of the program. I wanted in! The class had a large price tag attached to it, and rightfully so, it is an EXCELLENT class. We are actively trying to get out of debt and be good stewards of our finances, so putting this class on a credit card was not an option.

I mentioned the opportunity to my husband and, this time around, we paused and prayed before proceeding. I inquired via email about scholarships and different payment plans; all requests were denied. On one hand, I was disappointed because I really wanted to take the class. On the other, I was also encouraged (I participated in the teacher’s free webinar which was excellent) because I knew that I had made the right decision and passed the test.

This principle of pausing to pray before we proceed with making decisions is echoed in Proverbs 3:5-6. This passage tells us that we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart, and not to lean on our own understanding. We are to acknowledge God in all that we do and allow Him to direct our path. Too many times we don’t stop to consult God before making decisions and inevitably we end up bumping our heads.

What major decisions are before you? No matter how good the opportunity may look, I encourage you to pause to pray. Allow the Lord to direct your path, and once He responds, then you can proceed in faith! Are you quick to make decisions without first consulting the Lord? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Bacon, Egg, and Shrimp Salad

I know a friend who chose the salad over the bag of chips.  An hour later, she was hungry and reached for the same bag of chips she avoided earlier.  So much for eating healthy.  Are you familiar with this scenario?  Salads are nutritious and can be filling if we combine them with good fats and protein.

This bacon, egg, and shrimp salad is not only nutritious but it is very satisfying and filling.

The six cute faces you see below, gobble this thing down and always ask for seconds.

Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/FavortalePhotography/

Click on this video to see a demonstration of how it is made.  It really is a very simple salad.  Below are the ingredients.  If you decide to try it, come back and let me know how you liked it.

Bacon, Egg & Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:

Romaine lettuce

Baby Kale

Shredded cabbage

Celery

Avocado

Mushroom

Red bell pepper

Cooked shrimp

Cooked crumbled bacon

Chopped hard-boiled eggs

Directions

Wash and chop and combine all the veggies except for the bell pepper and mushroom

Saute bell pepper and mushroom in cooking fat of choice for 10 minutes

Once the bell pepper and mushroom is cooked, combine it with the other vegetables.

Top vegetables with bacon, eggs, and shrimp

Drizzle with salad dressing of choice

Enjoy!

All Is Well Because God Is Good!

As of late, when asked how I am doing, my response is, “all is well because God is good!”

Yes, I agree, life can be tough, and problems are real.

Sicknesses happen

Relationships fail

Bills need to get paid

Hearts get broken

Rejection hurts

BUT GOD IS STILL GOD, AND HE IS GOOD SO ALL IS WELL!

This statement is not a dismissal or denial of the difficulties that life brings.  Instead, it is a choice to magnify God over my difficulties and to remind myself that all things will work together for my good.  Why is it so easy for us to focus on the negative things around us while dismissing the overwhelming evidence of God’s goodness that is constantly before us?  This morning, I opened my bedroom blinds and was in awe of the beautiful sunset that greeted me.  I had to pause and take it all in.  What I saw confirmed Psalm 19, “the heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display his craftsmanship.”

We have a choice.  We can begin our day focusing on our problems and the business that awaits us, or we can pause to acknowledge the goodness of God.  You don’t have to look very far to see it, creation testifies of His goodness. I see and acknowledge it, so I will continue to say and live in the reality that, “all is well because God is good!”  What declaration rooted in truth are you making today?

Be Blessed

Anika

My Intermittent Fasting Results

I have experimented with intermittent fasting over the years but never really stuck with it.  However, for the last year or so, I have been more consistent, and I am pleased with the results. It has been a work in progress.  I started off with having an 8-hour eating window and eliminated snacks in between meals.  After a few months, I narrowed my eating window done to 6 hours-eating only two meals with no snacks between.  Eliminating snacks was a huge game changer, this video explains why. I then took the plunge to do one meal a day (OMAD) for the entire month of January. My plans were to return to two meals a day at the end of the month, but I was so thrilled with the results that I decided to keep going.  There are still some days where I eat two meals, but I do OMAD 95 percent of the time.

The results have been amazing.  I have increased energy and mental clarity and have gone down a dress size.  I explain more about my results in this video.  One of the most pronounced observations I have made from doing OMAD is that my sugar addiction is GONE.  I also noticed that some other symptoms such as bloating and swelling in my joints have significantly decreased.  It is also freeing to not be consumed with what I am going to eat or even use food as a pacifier throughout the day. It was difficult in the beginning, but my body has adjusted.  The irony of it all is that eating one meal a day has given me more energy than when I ate three.  The key is to eat the proper foods during your eating window.  You can click on my YOUTUBE  recipe playlist to get some ideas of what I have been eating.

I would love to take you along on this journey with me and it is my hope to be an encouragement to you as well.  Keep watch for more updates and even new recipes and meal ideas.  Are you familiar with intermittent fasting, have you tried it, what has been your experience?  Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Be Blessed

Anika

 

Keep Coming


The Father invites us to come and pray about our past pain until we are healed. There is not a limit on our counseling sessions with Him. We know we are healed when we can see with clarity how God allowed that pain to work together for our good. One of the best “goods” that come from bringing our pain to God is the intimacy that is developed between us. I’ve seen God in a way that I have never seen Him before because of deep wounds that I kept bringing to Him.

The desperation that comes from wanting to be healed has a way of breaking down false pretense and formalities in prayers. I have experienced characteristics of God that were veiled because of legalism. When I am vulnerable with Him in prayer about my pain, I suddenly realize that He is not a distant God who is always looking for me to get it right. Instead I come to know Him as a loving Father who wants to guide me with His truth. I no longer see Him as this God who is pointing His finger telling me to get over it and toughen up. Instead I see Him as a compassionate and patient father who extends His grace and helps me to walk the path to maturity.

I also know that I have been healed when thanksgiving and praise flows from my lips instead of venom. The praise doesn’t come from a place of naivety. Instead it comes from a deeper revelation of the goodness and sovereignty of God and His ability to redeem our pain when we come to Him. It is in the coming that we see how God used what the enemy intended to harm us with, as a launching pad for where He, God, wanted to take us. When we are healed we look back on our painful experiences, not wishing they would happen again, but thanking God for His ability to bring beauty from pain.
Keep coming to drink from the healing well
Keep coming to drop the weight at His feet
Keep coming
Because it is in the coming
That healing takes Place

Isaiah 61:3 (NLT)
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.
Romans 8:28 (NLT)
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.