Old Hat, New Hat

“I think I’ll go get a new hat,” she said one day. “One that fits just right, is pretty, colorful, and everyone will just adore it!”

So, she set out in search of the perfect hat.

At the first store she found a purple one with bright yellow feathers. It made her feel like royalty. She wore it around the store for a few minutes, but it didn’t feel quite right. It didn’t feel like her. So, she moved on.

The next place drew her to try on a creme colored derby hat with a beautiful red ribbon around it. This one made her feel fun. But again, something didn’t feel right. And again, she moved on.

She thought for sure she would find one at her favorite hat store just another block down. She walked excitedly toward it.

When out of the blue, she ran into an old, dear friend. They chit-chatted a bit about family, life, the weather, and the upcoming bazaar at church. Her friend asked what she was doing in town today.

“I’m hunting a new hat,” she said. “One that fits just right, is pretty, colorful, and everyone will just adore it.”

“Oh,” said her friend somewhat confused. “You mean like the one you have on?”

“What? This old thing? I’ve had it for decades!”

“Well,” her friend said, “I think it suits you perfectly. It fits just right, is pretty, colorful, and everyone adores it!”

“Hmmm,” she thought. You just might be right.

How often do we feel like we are in a rut and decide we want something new, or want to change who we are, or change what we look like? And we might “try on” all sorts of new things: this diet or that diet, trendy clothes, a new job,or even a new town. When in fact, who we are in our core to begin with is what feels comfortable. It’s being true to ourselves and not conforming to the ways of the world. Not believing the lies that we’re not enough. Not believing the media that we have to look this way or act this way to be cool or be the best friend.

So often we try to run and hide from who we are. Because it’s scary to face the deep down. The hurts. The what if’s. The I wish I wouldnt’s. Know this:

God created you perfectly! Just as you are! No piece or part of you was a mistake.

And when we go and try to change that we’re telling God he made a mistake.

Sigh.

How many times have I been guilty of this very thing?!?! (too many)

So, how can we honor who God made us?

By believing we are enough. Just as we are. We are loved. We are cherished. And more than we could ever imagine. Believe.

Just Breathe

So, I’ve had a pretty emotional few days and wondered what in the world I was going to write about today because I’m still in an emotional roller coaster. I decided to just write what was on my mind:

Sometimes life sucks.

Something unexpected happens and pulls the rug out from under your feet. Or something not so pleasant happens that you know is going to happen and it still sucks.

So what are we to do?!?!

My advice is to just breathe.

Breathe in the breath of God.

In Genesis 2:7 it says,

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

Without God’s breath this man would not have come alive. AND, it is the same today. Every single being comes to life with the breath of God.

Have you ever heard a baby take its first breath and cry? Guess what?!?! God did that! He breathed His breath into that little, precious miracle.

In addition, every single breath we take we are filling ourselves with the breath of God. Imagine that resurrection power entering our nostrils, traveling to the lungs, entering the blood stream, and what that power is capable of. 🤔

Johnny Diaz sings a song called, Just Breathe, that is such a good reminder for me.

Last week I posted a video on my Facebook page about anxiety. And in that video I discuss one way of breathing to help calm anxiety. And sometimes we could use to focus on the breath to just make it through the day- whether we have anxiety or not.

From a health perspective, breathing can calm the central nervous system allowing us to process the emotions instead of storing them inside our bodies as toxins. (I love talking about emotions and our bodies by the way! Perhaps a blog post topic for the future.) The less toxic we are the better our bodies function and the better we think and feel.

Yes, breathing can help with all that. Wowie! So, today, in the midst of the emotional struggle I’m going to focus on breathing. Breathing in the breath of God.

What life events or struggles have you had that pulled the rug out from under you? Comment below so we can support, encourage, and pray for one another.

10 Benefits of Detoxing

Maybe you’re thinking, “What is all this talk about detoxing?  And why in the world would I even consider it?”

Well, detoxing is actually an amazing experience that can leave you feeling lighter, tighter, and soooo amazing.  Here’s 10 benefits you can experience in less than 14 days:

10. Reducing or eliminating auto-immune symptoms.  

Do you struggle with an auto-immune disease that your doctors can’t seem to get a grip on?  Have they suggested a detox?  If not, this is a great one to try because it’s gentle on the body and very effective.  If you have auto-immune symptoms you are likely very toxic.  So, a detox would be amazing for your organs and digestion!

9. Losing weight and inches

We will be taking out all sugars and caffeine out of our diet for 14 days (you can do this!  I’m here to help!).  See, fat doesn’t cause us to be fat.  Sugar causes us to be fat.  Taking sugar out of the diet – even for just a short time – can help us shed pounds, inches, and feel lighter.

8. Reducing headaches and joint pain

Sometimes a build-up of toxins can cause pain and headaches.  Our bodies are designed to process and eliminate toxins.  However, when we overload our body with toxins it can’t process them quick enough.  So, the body stores the toxins to deal with later in our joints, muscles, and organs.  As you can imagine this causes pain and decreased efficiency of our body.

7. Reduce or eliminate heartburn

Belching, feeling gassy, or having heartburn after meals is often a sign of digestive upset.  Taking some time to detox will help your digestion work better creating less gas and bubbles in your tummy.

6.  Think clearer

Ever feel like your brain is foggy and you can’t remember anything?  Actually detoxing your digestive system can eliminate this fogginess and help you think clearer.

5. Take control of sinus and allergy symptoms

Certain foods can cause inflammation in our bodies and sometimes even cause sensitivities or allergic reactions.  We’ll be taking out the most common food allergens to reduce these symptoms and allow you to test and see if your body has any adverse reactions or sensitivities to any food.  In addition, we’ll be filling our bodies with nutrient-dense foods, like fruits and veggies, to reinvigorate the gut.

4. Eliminate food cravings

Our bodies desire balance.  When we eat too much of one kind of food it will begin to crave it or crave the opposite of it.  For example, if we eat too much salty food our bodies will crave sweet food to balance it out.  Then when we eat sweet food our bodies ride the blood sugar roller coaster – sugar high to sugar low.  Then we crave more sugar.  It’s tricky to balance it out.  This cleanse will help you eliminate those cravings and help create more balance in your diet.

3. Double your energy

Ever get that foggy headed, super sleepy feeling around 2, 3, 4:00? Sometimes the food we eat actually causes us to lose energy and get sleepy.  Our bodies are telling us to take a nap (and most of the time we can’t lay down in the office for a snooze). So, taking control of our food intake can give us an abundance of energy.

2. Reduce or even eliminate anxiety and mood swings

Sometimes, negative emotions can be increased simply by the food we eat.  Eliminating common trouble foods will help you reduce or eliminate anxiety helping you take control of your emotions.  Who doesn’t want less anxiety!?!?

1. Feel amazing

You will be amazed at how good you will feel on this cleanse.  If there are ANY symptoms, emotions, pain, or moods you want to get rid of – then detoxing is on your to-do list!  During a cleanse, we give our digestive tract a vacation from the stress of hard to process foods.  I’ve had clients tell me they felt the best they had in years after detoxing!  Why wait to feel better?!?!

 

If you’re interested in learning more about detoxing or about the specific 14 Day Reset Cleanse I offer let me know!  Let’s help you feel better today!