Monday, December 31, 2012

My One Word for 2013

To read about my 2012 "one word' click here.  This was an amazing year to LIVE.  I can't believe how it has impacted my life all year to realize when I get halted by something and start trying to figure out or stop living until something is figured out, and then realize, hey I need to live, keep moving, He is here and He will guide me and correct me and direct me, I need not fear.  I have experienced life much more full this year because of my one word.  So thankful for it.  It is something I will continue from now on, LIVE.   Thank you Lord for teaching me!  I am amazed and thankful.

This year I started praying and talking to God about what my One Word for 2013 will be, and the word heavy on my heart is TRUST.  I will be reading this devotional in 2013 that Abba led me to.  I am excited.  At first I thought I am nervous that Trust is my word for this year.  I had questions, God why do I need to trust you more, what is going to happen?  Fear set in and the enemy hurled lies over and over and over.  I say...I trust you Jesus.

The scripture that I feel goes with this that keeps coming to mind is this:

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take (or He will direct your path).

I also want to trust Him with my blog.  I used to journal daily, and write and write, and when I started working full time earlier this year, I stopped and it was more like a few times a week or maybe once a week.  I would read back into my journal the past year or two and saw how much I talked about me, and how much I was trying to figure things out.  So I feel like what I am going to start doing is to use my blog as a journal and share my heart as I feel led and also for accountability, and also I want to do something I have read about recently.  A praise journal, or a thankful journal.  And each day write all I am thankful for and all I can praise Him for, so I can continue to renew my mind and have my thoughts not focused on myself, but focused on God. 

What is your one word for 2013?  Have you thought about it?  Pray about it and see what comes up.  Here is the link to explain it a bit more:


More later...
Kim :)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Today's Thoughts

Good morning!  I wanted to drop in and chat about wanting to get healthy and how I have not taken care of myself a lot the last few years.  I don't think I realized the extent it was at, how much I really focused on what to do, but how much I was NOT doing, as far as eating what will nourish my body and also exercising.  I listened to a CD by Joyce Meyer a few weeks ago called The Importance of Taking Care of Yourself.

Part 1 & Part 2-so good to listen to if you are not on your list of people that you take care of (I wasn't and want to work on being on the top of that list)

So time to do some mind renewing in this area.  I am in denial and really don't want to think about the condition my body is in right now as I have neglected it for so long.  Then I think, well I am going to do something about it, and start thinking in that direction, and then lies start pouring in...

  • how do you think you will get anywhere considering how you have been the last several years
  • yeah right, do you really think you are going to be healthy again
  • do you really think you can do it
  • you shouldn't even try really hard at all because you won't succeed
Do any of these lies sound familiar to you???  Well they are so familiar to me.  I haven't even wanted to get my yearly check up because I know I won't and do not like the condition of my health and body right now.  But why am I going to keep putting it off.  I started reading Eden Diet again by Dr. Rita Hancock, and am again bringing God into this and want His help and guidance to return to my full health and natural weight.  

My one word for 2013, which I will share in another post, is trust.  I am going to work on trusting God in all things and let Him direct the paths, all the while what I really need to remember is that it will be uncomfortable and just because it is hard at first, does not mean that I am not succeeding and it does not mean nothing is going to work.  It means I am starting to fight a fight I haven't even engaged in for years.  

More later...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My Strengths, My Blog

So if I learned to blog about my strengths, what are the things I need to be sharing and letting FLOW from my heart into my writing?  What are things I get excited about, though many people around me would think I'm a major goofball for getting excited about them? (hehe!) 


  • I get excited about seeking God constantly and seeing what He does each day to direct me and guide me. How he intervenes in every situation and shines through, gives me favor, and makes things all work out.
  • I get excited about the perfect bite, creating a recipe that has the perfect bite.  Also helps to have the least amount of allergens in it as possible!
  • Wherever I am, being all there, blooming where I'm planted.  Seeing what God sees and not what I or other people would see in the littlest situations.  Loving others as I love myself.
So there we have it to start.  The heart of the blog, the life of the blog, hearts, hearts and more exciting hearts!

More later...

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Feeling numb especially in the area of eating.  I have exhausted it in my mind heart and soul.  I have sabotaged many well intended starts I have taken.  I have doubted ideas and inspiration.  I have sadly given up in my heart.  I suppose that is a good thing as that is when God changes you.  When you surrender and give it up.  I can't control anymore.

Thoughts. Random brain dump.  I can do this.  I don't have to have everything figured out.  I cannot focus outside of this very moment.  I have to stay in this moment.  And be all there.  Keep my focus on His face.  I asked Him to be my personal trainer.  He is very capable of doing that.  I have to allow Him in.  More.  More than ever.  And not run away or try and hide again.  Vulnerable.  Need more vulnerability.  It's okay if I feel something.  Really it is.  No need to numb anymore.

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Prayer.  Jesus I need help to be vulnerable.  To feel again.  To let you and others in.  To have discernment of when to let in and when to have boundaries.  I want to be the intuitive eater that You and my body so desires me to be.  I have all the knowledge.  But like I heard Joyce Meyer say a few weeks ago...we have so much more knowledge than our level of obedience.  I truly know this is true for me.  I have exhausted my mind in it all.  I need a fresh start now.  Right now I ask you to sweep me off my feet with Your love and to help me restart in filling up on You and not food or drink.  You are so much better than that and I know that is Truth. Jesus be my everything and even though things might not change right away and I may not see immediate results, please help me rely on You and keep taking steps of obedience when I don't feel like it or when it is hard and help me to see the clear path of personal training You have in store for me each moment of each day.  I.  Need.  You.  In Jesus Name, Amen


More later...Kim 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

His Hand Puppet

My prayer tonight is that I will be like His hand-puppet with Him leading and me resting in Him and so in love with Him.

Jesus calling today was perfect for me to hear.  This is what it said:

From "Jesus Calling by Sarah Young - November 19

"LEAVE OUTCOMES UP TO ME. Follow Me wherever I lead, without worrying about how it will all turn out. Think of your life as an adventure, with Me as your Guide and Companion. Live in the 'now,' concentrating on staying in step with Me. When our path leads to a cliff, be willing to climb it with My help. When we come to a resting place, take ti...
me to be refreshed in My Presence. Enjoy the rhythm of life lived closed to Me.

You already know the ultimate destination of your journey: your entrance into heaven. So keep your focus on the path just before you, leaving outcomes to Me."

"I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."
Psalm 27:13-14

"'In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.'"
Exodus 15:1
Seems to be the theme lately of what I am learning.  To walk by His Spirit, obey His Word, and then you think, how in the world will I be able to do those things...and your mind starts spinning?  Well then the answer can't do it.  He will do it for you.  He will give you the grace, strength and power to walk by His Spirit and obey His Word.  Thankful.

Where you go I'll go by Brian and Jenn Johnson is the song on my heart this week--heard for first time at church Sunday!
More later...Love to you!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Strengths & Weaknesses (Mine)

So I am reading this really good book that is the best so far that I have read about blogging.  It is called Blogger Behave.  One thing I have learned that stuck with me hard is this, to blog only 10% about your weaknesses and 90% about your strengths.  (I think that is what it said, or 20/80, but I believe the first is correct.) 

I think it is a good idea to really think about this and ponder it and search my heart so I can live more fully in the areas of my strengths and recognize the weaknesses that I can pray for help in and work slowly on them as well.

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What are my strengths.  What are my weaknesses.  I have taken several personality tests lately that reveal what my strengths and weaknesses are and I think I have much more to figure out as far as learning about myself and what those are, but I can share with you what I have learned so far. 

My strengths:
Practicing His Presence
Cooking and finding recipes that work around many allergens (though I have not tackled cooking for multitudes, I am really good at finding the best foods to fit.)
Submitting to authority
Serving-more small tasks than large ones
Tenderhearted (not always showing it though)

My Weaknesses:
People pleasing
Not speaking up for myself, confrontation
Being vulnerable without questioning what people are thinking
Perfectionism, trying to figure everything out and find out the "right" way and then not press on or move forward until I know what that is-time waster! (many areas of my life fit into this category including eating, housekeeping, working, etc--this needs to be worked on so I can press on!)
Giving advice-*working in this area past few years and been really good sometimes at listening and not speaking too quick, and following the prompting of the Holy Spirit in what to say as He leads.

I think you should pray and seek what yours are and learn more about yourself, join me in this fun journey.

More later...
Kim :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I Get it!

It finally clicked.  Something that has been bugging me for a long time.  Each time I set out to work on a certain area of my life, it gets hard.  When it gets hard and I focus on it, it seems like I start to think that it must not be right.  I must not be doing what God wants.  Then I will move on and try something else.  Reading something else.  Think of other areas or new goals.  I don't press through.  Because it is hard and I feel I am doing something wrong.  As I was running last night, in my 1 minute intervals, I felt like God was telling me something when I wanted to stop.  He said press through.  Then I also felt like He was teaching me that when you first start working on an area that is rusty and needs work, it will not be easy.  But you keep on doing it.  If it is what you are supposed to be doing.  The more you do it it will not seem as hard.  Defeat this battle in my mind now that it is too hard and I am doing something wrong. 

I am not doing anything wrong.  I am where God wants me. 

Time to break through these lies that I am doing something wrong.  Be still.  Slow down.  Work on what God has put right in front of me.  And live.
More later...
Kim :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


So I am on a journey of health.  A journey of priorities.  A journey of healing.  A journey of being set free.  Praying and seeking God's face each moment at a time.  I remember hearing at a Joyce Meyer conference a few years ago something that stuck with me and I was reminded of it earlier. 

Don't always try to seek God's hand.  If you seek God's face, God's hand will always be there.

So I am seeking His face and I know that His hand will always be there.  New goals.  New healthy goals.  Walking/jogging.  I have a goal to run a 5k by November 24th.  I am inspired anew by a new blog friend I met online yesterday here.  She is inspiring in her story and maybe she will inspire you too.  One pound at a time she wrote. 

I feel like I am going around the same mountain with this weight thing and maybe because I have had the wrong focus.  Perfection is one.  But another is that my focus keeps being the weight and trying to fix it.  How about looking at it from a different perspective.  How about looking at it like this.  Putting me in an order of my priorities instead of just letting me go by the wayside and doing what I can with me whenever I can squeeze in the time.  I am not at my full capacity in any area of my life.  Putting me and my health first will I know in turn enable me to be at full capacity in all areas of my life.  wow.  Perfectionism has to go. 

Few goals I am working on right now:
  1. Drink water more than any other drink and work on getting the sugar drinks back out of my daily diet.
  2. Walk/jog with my runkeeper app helping me keep track, 3-5 days a week.
  3. Do strength training at least 1 day a week, maybe 2.  Looking for a friend to do this along with me.
  4. Meal plan better.  Work on getting more foods I like, and God willing still being able to make the best foods I can for the rest of my family as well.
  5. Focus on God.  Focus on my health.  Not my weight.  That will be a reward for the first two focuses.
More later...

Kim :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Is it Me or am I Being Selfish?

I am having the thoughts about the name of my blog that I have.  My heart and yours.  I am thinking to myself, wow, I really have this blog to share with others hearts what God is showing my heart.  Why though do I feel right now that I don't have a whole lot of my heart I want to give.  I am a wife, mom of 3, taking care of our home management and working a full time job.  I have been feeling so much lately that I want to take care of me and stop making excuses.  So forgive me if I seem rude or selfish, I really feel I need to take care of myself and really make myself a priority.  I will be so much more helpful to all areas of my life if I do this.  Where do I start?  I have started walking/jogging the last week or so.  That is one step.  I have started SOAP method of Bible reading the past several days and this is so beneficial for my heart.  I also feel this walking/jogging will be so beneficial in my time with God.  In the quiet, praying, listening, talking to Him.  Enjoying Him.  Getting my energy back.  Releasing this last 40 pounds of weight that I put on for the last time.  The end.  Sharing what I have on my mind with you all right now.


 So that is all I wanted to do.  Tell you I feel selfish because I can't teach anything right now, I can't unless God does it through me.  In the meantime, there is some healing that needs to go on in my heart and life.  I will continue to share and maybe I will just write about what I am doing and see if God can touch hearts in that way.  Excited to stop the perfectionism and LIVE!
More later...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

SOAP-1 Corinthians 1


1 Corinthians 1

1 Cor 1:12 Some of you are saying, "I am a follower of Paul."  Others are saying, "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Peter," or "I follow only Christ."

This caught me as I was reading through.  One of the first things I thought was who do I say I follow.  And even more than that, who do I LIVE and ACT like I follow.  If someone was observing my life, would it be apparent that I follow Christ?

How can I apply this scripture to my life?  Don't be fake.  Be.  Honest.  Always.  This is scary for me because sometimes it is easier to stay comfortable and hidden and blend in with the crowd.  But I don't think that shining my light for Jesus or letting Him shine through me looks like hiding or blending in.  Authentic.  Joyful.  Let Him each morning and throughout the day be truly the only thing that matters and let Him carry me through and not worry what others are thinking and allow Him to help me to love and influence them for Him as He leads.  Yield.

Lord thank you for your Word.  Thank you that you have me in your powerful right hand and that you will never let me go.  Thank you that I don't have to be a people pleaser or a perfectionist.  I pray that you would help me and anyone who reads this to really know you.  To really be themselves.  To really be myself.  To not pretend like I am a certain way or a certain person, but to really show my weaknesses and let you work through them.  I know you are constantly working and I pray for the evidences of that, even if they are minute, be clear to me and shown to me so I can continue to be thankful and not get a grouchy attitude.  Give me courage and boldness to stand out for you when you say to.  Be my words.  Complete me and be my everything.  Help me to see things that I am keeping more than you.  Authentic.  It hurts, the natural me, but I know you are working it out for good.  Courage I pray for in Jesus Name, Amen :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Whole 30-Day 1

Whole 30 challenge day 1.  Started great with an awesome sirloin thin steak and fried egg with a few bites of watermelon.  I had water to drink.  The doubts came in though.  I had so many lies and thoughts about not being able to do this, already considering giving up, I don't want to be uncomfortable. 

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I prayed.  I felt led to do this.  I question it.  I continue seeking and praying and walking.  For lunch I almost went for the vending machine, peanut m&m's.  I didn't.  Instead ate steak, watermelon, pineapple and brocolli (not all combined mind you).  I wait.  I continue to wait.  I want to give up.  I will not in this moment.  I focus on this moment and stay in it.  I can't do this alone though so I pray.

More to you!
Kim :)

*note I eventually gave into the bag of MMs when my stomach started growling and all I had left at work to eat was brocolli.  I am not going to let this stop me.  I am starting right over.  I CAN do this!!  still day 1 but will end it day 30 at 2pm :)

8:25pm update--I am not doing this.  I got perfectionist attitudes, condemnation, and felt crazy.  Maybe another time if God leads, but for now it is working more on eating when hungry and eating what my body craves and continuing gluten free.  More later...

10/4/12 uptdate--He has shown me that there may be foods He wants me to eliminate from my eating, but that it won't ever be a rule or a diet or a law.  It will be Him leading and guiding me and in the same way it came about with the gluten, it will be that way with other foods-He will give me the perfect grace to do it, and He totally has with gluten free.  Amazing God <3 p="p">

Sunday, September 30, 2012

It's a New Day!

I am starting a challenge tomorrow, October 1st, as part of a refresher, and a time to cleanse my body.  I do not look at this as any kind of diet.  I look at this as a refreshing time for me to spend in all areas of my life, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I am back now from our best yet family vacation and have felt the past month or two nudged to do this, and so I am stepping out in faith.  It is only 30 days, and I feel my body will thank me for it.


So the month of October I will be in this journey.  I hope to share here how it is going and maybe some of you feel led to join me.  I am feeling this will also help me in eating for hunger only and not for other reasons. After this vacation I took I started to realize how little I actually take care of me, and so this is another reason to start this, to spend a little time and nurturing on me.

Be blessed today!

More later...
Kim :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Back to Eating Chat

The thing I am coming back to now to chat about is eating and food.  Not that I want it to be a huge focus, but right now that is the biggest area of my life that is being worked in...and will continue to be until I surrender it over and over and over again.  I have read through studies and books and more books and studies about eating for hunger and fullness, about eating God's way.  I have prayed and pondered to have my weight be released back to its natural size forever.  This is an ongoing battle in my mind.  Daily . I am sure you can relate.  Eat it, no don't eat it, let me just take control and fix this, let me find a plan or a diet or a program or a book.  I can take care of this. 

Well ultimately control is an illusion and that is what I keep decieving myself with, and even unconsciously at times.  I like to think that I am in control and have it all figured out on how to release all this extra weight, but the truth is that couldn't be FURTHER than the truth!

I mean really.  I became a Christian in 2003.  Before that I had one child and had learned to eat healthier more balanced food and exercise 3-5 days a week.  I would attempt diets, but they just didn't work, I couldn't last more than a day, maybe two.  Then...after becoming a Christian I feel God really put in front of my face Thin Within.  I didn't get it when I was reading it.  I was such a new Christian it all seemed like a foreign language to me.  Then not long after that the book Weighdown Workshop (which I do not recommend) was put in front of me and I read it in two days.  I then dropped all I knew about healthy eating and ate red velvet cake and cookies and McDonalds and released my last 15 pounds and was into a size 4 and 6.  I felt great.  Then I got pregnant.  I did not feel led to continue going towards Weighdown as it was not leading me to God, but there were some false teachings I was seeing associated with it.  Then Thin Within came back into my path.  That is where I started again.  I was back down to my natural weight, this time after my third pregnancy, and as I studied and pressed on...I started compromising little by little and then confused myself more and more trying to get back into control until 50 pounds were back on my body.  Then I grabbed for studies and books and plans.  But this time it was only about eating for hunger and stopping when full.  I would have nothing to do with a diet. 

Eden Diet.  Eden Diet Workbook.  Diet Alternative.  Thin Within workbook.  Thin Within book.  Thin Again book.  Truly Fed.  Charlotte Seims who originally lost with Weighdown and then stepped away but continued with the principles.  Heal.  Led a class in that.  The Lord's Table-Setting Captives Free.  The list goes on.  Why did I need all of that? 

I still feel that I am or was missing something.  Here I am down 14 pounds since December because I really stuck with eating only for hunger and stopping when satisfied.  Again started compromising.  Have a coca cola, have some sweet tea, doesn't matter if your hungry.  Go ahead and eat and think about it later.  Figure it out later.  and on and on. 

Now I have been put in the path with an accountability partner.  Who is walking out these same principles.  God is working.  Guess what.  I need to be still and listen.  God help me be still and listen and obey with Your help.   I know it's not what I am eating, but my heart.  I keep attempting to ignore that part.  I will be truly changed when I truly listen and do what He has been telling me to do. 

I pray something I said may minister to you.  If you are chasing after ways to eat or other things, and not looking to God and asking Him to take over, then it will not bring peace and will not meet the need we are looking for.  Look to Him.  Cry out to Him.

Listen (click "skip ad").  Hear what God says to your heart.  Share it with me if you feel led.

More later...but this will be the topic I feel led to talk about right now, so stay tuned.

Love to you,
Kim :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Away With the Schedules

I just don't do schedules well.  I try and try and usually never follow through.  Life happens.  I am back to blogging as I feel led and about what I feel led to do...although Monday will probably be my menus or food ideas.

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I will check in later this weekend with some heart lessons or things I feel led to share.  I hope you all have an awesome evening and love those that are around you!

More later...
Kim :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Week Break

I am taking a week off to spend time with family and reorganize this week. 

I wanted to share a few blogs I read that are on my heart lately and for you to visit:

Jesus and My Orange Juice and especially this post about praying for Him to discipline us. Kat always inspires me, to action. Angela is such a sweetheart and will warm your soul. Sara Mae is wonderful and she makes me want to love Jesus more.

I pray you have a great week.  I am working on a new site that is forming in my heart and looking forward to what God will make come of it. 

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Stick with it Saturday-July 21st

Sunday I was motivated by Angela's comment on my Stick with it Saturday post last week, so Sunday I jumped up and did 10 minutes of circuit training I learned from Chris Powell's book that I read this week.  It is setting a timer for 10 minutes then you do 3 pushups, 6 sit-ups (or crunches to work up to sit-ups) and 9 squats, over and over and over in that sequence for 10 minutes...warm up before and cool down after...then I went for a 20 minute bike ride with my littles.  I am thankful for that movement.

Scriptures are on my heart today wanting to really work in the area of disciplining my body.

Hebrews 12:1 

1 Corinthians 9:27

Monday-up and down stairs at work many times.  Probably 10-12 times.
Tuesday-stairs at work (not consistently but throughout the day), 2 sets of hoedowns (t-tapp exercise) and 50 reps of tricep wall pushups.  Going to check my nike app and see if I can find a fun workout for tomorrow morning-15 minute one.
Wednesday-Stairs at work off and on.
Thursday-Stairs at work
Friday-Stairs at work, and hoedowns (t-tapp)
Saturday, nada :)

More later...Love to you!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Heart Lesson Wednesday

Press on.
Renew your mind.
It's all about Jesus.
I don't have to figure it all out.
I can eat healthy foods and nourish my body and make it strong.
I don't have to wait on anything, but continue taking steps of faith and He will guide.
By the Power of Christ in Me.

I'll stand on your truth and I'll fight with Your strength--until YOU BRING THE VICTORY, it's the power of Christ in me.

Rely on Jesus constantly.
I am not in control.
I don't have to be in control.

Watch this and let Him speak to Your heart...

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Trying something new in menu planning this week.  I signed up for emeals after hearing about it 10,000 times on Dave Ramsey's shows.  I honestly was hesitant at first.  Then when I was doing my shopping I had a lot of complaints about it...I was a grouch.  I was mad that I had to try new things.  I was mad that I was spending so much on food and it was only for dinners--it didn't include lunches or breakfasts, and when you are budgeting for a family of 5 spending close to $100 per week for dinners made me cringe.  But I tried it...except one meal I didn't like I got everything for the rest of the week.  I got the Wal-Mart plan, gluten free meals.

I really am going to create a personable meal plan soon--where people can tell  you their favorite foods and least favorite and I will help them to create their own meals for their specific family.  Because the problem with all of these meal plans is that they may be great and to the liking of one person, but not everyone likes the same meals.  Ok I'm done...but God take this plan and bring it to fruition in my heart and life in Jesus Name Amen <3

  1. Layered Chicken Salad, grapes topped with honey vanilla greek yogurt. (made this tonight and it was delicious so I had no complaints here).
  2. Grilled pork chops with zucchini & peppers.
  3. Crispy Salmon with Spinach, sweet potato fries.
  4. Steak strips with pasta, Italian lettuce wedge.
  5. Taco Pie, drizzled salad.
  6. Pasta Salad with Chili Lime Shrimp.

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stick with it Saturday

Saturday was awesome.  3.2 mile bike ride with my daughter in tow.  We have a neat bike carrier that sits in front of me when I ride-will be using this much more often now!
Sunday was some arm exercises and ab exercises. 
Monday nada
Tuesday nada
Wednesday nada
Thursday 10 minute circuit workout by Chris Powell
Friday nada
Saturday-walk the block after the rain or bike ride (Ok so I never did end up doing this!)

That's all for now :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Heart Lesson in Discipline

Discipline.  That is the theme in my reading and heart lessons lately.  Discipline.  Then this morning as I was driving I was listening to the Bible, as I am going through Proverbs this month.  This really stuck out to me:

Proverbs 12:1 To learn, you must love discipline; it is stuped to hate correction.

So that struck me loud and clear!  I want to learn to learn to love discipline.  That is my prayer today.  Because when I have the discipline that is guided by the Holy Spirit in me, then I will have fruit in my life.  It will show.  When I shy away from discipline, which I believe is natural in the flesh, we stay stuck.  We stay comfortable.  We stay put.  There is no fruit and honestly, it is a miserable feeling.  Even though discipline is not comfortable or enjoyable while we are going through it...once we do get through it and get to the other side it seems gladness and joy comes after it.  There is a scripture about that...

Oh wow, just looking it up, that is IT!

Hebrews 12:11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening--it is painful!  But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. 

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That is my prayer today.  Though there has to be a prayer about fear, for me, included in this.  Because the thought of coming out of the comfort zone and asking to be disciplined or asking for help to love discipline, causes fear to rise up.  I don't think the flesh is ever going to be ready to step out and enjoy discipline.  If we do it though, and let the Holy Spirit empower us, we will not regret it.

Is there something the Lord is nudging YOU about in being disciplined?  Wanna share with me and others?  Leave a comment below...

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Porkchops with cheesy potatoes
roasted chicken drumsticks with sauteed red, orange and yellow peppers, onions and cabbage
Tacos with my own recipe for taco seasoning (love it!)
Breakfast for dinner
Bake potatoes in crockpot *never made last week
Salmon patties *(possibly, never made last week)

That's what I have this week. I'm finding that when I plan for crockpot meals I end up not preparing it and so we end up eating whatever is on hand when it's dinner time. Not fun. Need to work on this or change plans. This week the only crockpot meals I have planned are the ones that I did not make the past few weeks.

Look forward to reading some new recipes that are shared at Junkie

These pictures are the sautéed veggies with the chicken!

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Stick with it Saturday-

The goal here is to do a little bit at a time.  My mentality is that I have to do all or nothing.  I have to figure everything out.  What I keep hearing and being told over and over is one thing at a time, little steps at a time, they all add up.  I know that.  Why am I not living it.  It drives me crazy how I drive myself crazy.  So here we go.  I will take it one week at a time and work on exercising doing fun things I love and doing them at  least 3 days a week.  

This week I want to try and walk on the beach one day, I would like to walk my neighborhood in the evenings with my littles and also would like to do a workout or two of a DVD either T-Tapp or Windsor Pilates.  That is my goal for the coming week.  I will share July 14th how I did July 7-13th.  Then work on new goals for the next week.  Doing this I will start establishing fun, simple habits and routines and I know I will feel better because of it.  Back to my One Word for 2012--

Who is in, who wants to join me in making small goals each week to incorporate fun exercises??  Are you?   This is a new way of living, it is NOT a diet or a PLAN, because those are not living to me.

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Done with Diets Forever

I am done with diets forever.  This is me, Kim, saying so long.  I can't make anything a diet.  You see, even when I try and follow hunger/fullness, fasting a meal a day, listening to my body, eating certain foods, not eating certain foods, I make it all a law and majorly get confused and lose my focus.  I think maybe God will lead me to eat one way or another, but I have to listen.  I have to focus on Him.

What I heard Him say today was I have to stop trying to figure it out.  I can't find the answer unless I listen to Him.  I have this tendency to say wait a minute, let me figure this out before I move forward.  Well today He said I can't do that anymore.  Just do something.  No matter what it is.  You can make small decisions each and every day and minute that can be small seeds that will lead to a great harvest of health and strong and fit body.

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And the answer and the "way" IS NOT A DIET.

Thank you, good bye.

More later...Love to you,
Kim :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Weekly Fun at My Heart & Yours

Monday-Menu Plan Monday
Wednesday-Heart Lessons
Saturday-Stick with it Saturday

Monday I will work on my meal planning.  I am so excited to learn more about it!  I want to maximize all that I can in the kitchen and for my family.  One thing that I am really looking forward to is freezer meals and also more crock-pot meals.  Also trying new meals, ones that will be family favorites and nourish our bodies.  Soon I will also be offering the ability for me to help you with a customized meal plan for your family, especially if you have food allergy challenges.

Wednesday Heart Lessons.  This is where I will share what heart lesson God is giving me at that time and sharing my heart in that area, possibly setting some goals or working through what I am learning.

Stick with it Saturday.

Need I say more.  I want exercise to continue being a part of my life and I am excited to have my whole family be more active.  I must start--it just isn't going to happen.  This will be where I share my exercise goals for the week and work on life in this area of taking care of my body.

Learning what the purpose and motive of blogging and what my blog is about.  One thing comes to mind and that is reconciliation.  I hope that in all that I share I can help each reader be reconciled with the giver of Life, the one who helps me in every minute of my day, Jesus.  He loves me and you, reach out to Him each day.

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Joining in with for Menu Plan Monday!

  • Salmon patties in crock-pot with rice and veggies-these didn't get made last week.
  • Tacos with ground turkey and my own taco seasoning that I make, will share this soon
  • Breakfast for dinner-Bacon, eggs, shredded hashbrowns and strawberry smoothies
  • Pizza (this week I will make myself a Udi's gluten free 4 cheese pizza, these are really good)
  • Loaded baked potato bar-using crockin girls idea for cooking them this time-toppings added to the persons liking-shredded cheese, sour cream, salt & pepper, butter, green onions and bacon.
  • Leftovers or something easy and quick.

Working 5 days a week I am wanting to start a good list of crock-pot meals that my family loves.  Getting home and still having to make dinner puts us eating dinner later than I'd like.  I want to try and have 5 a week so that we can have dinner ready already when it is dinner time and we can enjoy!  If anyone can share with me their favorite crock-pot meals/recipes or share with me their favorite site to get them, I would love it!

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dave Ramsey is My New Friend

Dave Ramsey is my new friend.  I have been working 3 years on finances.  I wanted to learn.  A lot.  I would have done anything to be in a "learn all about finances and how to handle them school."  I wanted to learn to live within means without debt.  It is amazing that going through 4 years of college I never learned how to do that.  It would seem, just like parenting, that this is something we would learn.  I am amazed at how little we know about this.  How many people do you know that live fully off of cash?  No debt?  I am aspiring to be, and will be, one of those people.  I have had many resources the past few years on finances, but an awesome girl's help who is a great financial coach for Dave Ramsey's program, and Dave Ramsey himself, have topped the icing onto the cake.  I cannot wait for our family to call or be at the Dave Ramsey show to talk to him and get to yell...


What all have I learned?
What methods work best for me?
How did I figure out what methods worked best for me?

I want to share what I've learned in posts throughout the next few weeks as well as link to people who have inspired and encouraged me, including Money Saving Mom and Mary Hunt at Debt Proof Living.  It's been a long journey and its not close to over, but I know I have learned and I can see the fruits starting to happen. 

More later...Love to you,
Kim :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Joining in with menu plan Monday this week for the first time!  I am joining in with I'm an Organizing Junkie!  All of these meals are gluten free.  If they are not, I will say so in a note *next to it.  Some of these are also dairy and egg free.  I also don't assign my meals a certain day, but have enough foods in kitchen for all of the meals I am going to cook for the week.  If it's a work day or busy day, I try and plan it to be a crockpot or quick and easy meal.

  1. Breakfast for dinner-Hashbrowns shredded and cooked with onion and add cheese after done, scrambled eggs, bacon and strawberry smoothies.  I got a yummy smoothie recipe from  It is 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 1 cup of ice and 1 cup of milk and a few tablespoons of sugar/splenda to your liking--(I use Rice Milk), delish!
  2. Caribbean chicken with rice in Crockpot.  For this recipe, the marinade did have gluten, so I am using brown sugar and honey Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce which is gluten free and delicious!
  3. Ham-steak, bake beans, corn on cob and scalloped potatoes (Idahoan brand is gluten free)
  4. Pizza (Frozen Red Baron pizzas--I will not eat this nor will my son with multiple allergies--we will eat leftovers or cereal or something fun)
  5. Tacos
  6. Potato soup (crockin girls) trying for the first time.
  7. Salmon patties (crockin girls) trying for the first time.  For this though I am making a few adjustments--using ener-g egg replacer and using can salmon instead of Tuna.  I am also going to use gluten free cornmeal and some spices instead of breadcrumbs.
  8. Baby back ribs, Lloyds brand-gluten and soy free.  Eating with rice and a salad or green beans.
Looking forward to sharing my recipes/meal plan and to be inspired by others as well!

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Love Sleep?

If you love sleep, you will end in poverty.
Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat! (Proverbs 20:13 NLT)

As a door swings back and forth on its hinges,
so the lazy person turns over in bed. (Prov26.14.NLT)

For a while now, or maybe it's been lifelong, I have not been a morning person.  I am aiming to be a morning person, as I want to maximize my time during the day.  Morning is so awesome-the sun is rising, birds are singing and all in the house are sleeping.  I can take advantage of that time.  That is a goal.  These are some scriptures that helped me out and I actually put the Proverbs 26:14 scripture in the "name" of my alarm for the mornings.  So when the alarm goes off, that is what I see. 

Inspired to Action has helped me begin to see why mornings are important in the Hello Mornings challenges.  I want to press on and really be proactive now in this, I will share next week how it went this week in waking earlier and what changes I start to see happening.


(Photo credit:  Microsoft Clipart)

Are YOU a morning person?  Do you have any tips for me or anyone who isn't, but wants to be and who wants to start taking advantage of those sweet morning hours?  Please share...

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Yummy Dinner

For fathers day I read about a friend on Facebook, Charlotte Seims, cooking country fried steak strips. I knew it was a family fav of ours, but never made it this way and only attempted the whole steak one time. It was a big mess. So I immediately jumped on this recipe and got things together to make it myself. I used some all purpose gluten free flour with smoked paprika, salt and pepper sprinkled on it. Dipped the cut round steak in egg/milk mixture then dipped in flour mixture and cooked in a few tablespoons of canola oil. Then stirred up some package where gravy for some boys in the house. Served with a big salad and it was a HIT! I'll be making this again! Thanks Charlotte :)

More to you,

Monday, June 11, 2012

I was glutened!

Glutened is a term I've heard people mention when they are eating gluten free and they have accidentally eaten gluten.  I am now going to use it because 3 times it has happened to me since going gluten free first week of March.

It is a horrible stomach pain, undescribable and not like anything I've felt before, and it lasts 24 hours at the worst and then takes days to feel all the way better.  It also leads to trips to the bathroom and I have vomitted, along with major bloating and gas.  It is the worse feeling and I do not wish it on anyone.

I think the worst thing is that sometimes it is hard to determine what it is that caused it.  I believe the first time it was eating taco seasoning and taco shells, Old El Paso brand, which I read after the fact on their website that it is not in the "gluten free" list of their food items, ouch!  Then the second time I feel it was a Wal-Mart rotisserie chicken--which I have had a few times I believe, but this time I feel was the problem.  The third time was more minor and happened this past weekend.  I ate a gluten free meal from Cedarline-which I purchased at Publix, and it happened starting about an hour after eating that and continued all weekend.

Have any of you been "glutened" and if so what do you think was the cause of it? 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Where is my focus?

I am a perfectionist, no doubt.  I am a girl who wants it figured out, all of it.  My mind spins around daily trying to figure just about anything out, but I would have to say the thing I try and figure out the most is WHY AM I NOT SETTLED, WHAT IS IT THAT IS MISSING?

I feel a unsettling feeling in my heart usually.  I go round and round in my brain thinking, what is it?  What do I need to figure out to make this feeling go away??

Well, ya know what, I think I am realizing that there is nothing for me to figure out.  For heavens sake I need to let go of control and seek God.  I need to change my focus.  This is a huge refreshing revelation for me today.  It's not like I do not know that.  Walking with Jesus since 2003, almost 10 years, I do know that my focus is not to be on myself but on Him...on things of heaven.

Seek His will in all you do and He will direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:6 (NLT)

So really as I go through the day, and I really need to work on this daily, starting now, I need to constantly refocus on Jesus.

Heidi Bylsma has said a good tool in helping with this and she sets her timer to go off every hour and checks in with Jesus and asks Him if He is the focus and just refreshes her focus.  

None but Jesus.  He must be all in all and my total focus...when I do this and when anyone who has asked Him into their hearts does this, we will be renewed and that uneasy feeling that something is wrong will be soothed by Him, the ultimate comforter.

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Eliminate & Concentrate

Eliminate and concentrate.  This is a term I learned while reading through Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund over the past few years.

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Being satisfied.  When I am living my daily life and doing things that are not THE BEST for me, then I am stretched and not living as fully as I could be.  I do not want to live more living my life NOT at the best.  But I still sit, and wait...and don't act.  What am I afraid of?

What has to go?

If I eliminate the things in my heart and life that are not clearly THE BEST for me...what would those be...and then after I work on that...what is THE BEST for me and help me concentrate on those things more focused, that is my prayer.  In Jesus Name, Amen

More later...Love to you,
Kim :)


I have found some products from Udi's that are so so so good that I have to share them.  I went free first of March as a lifestyle change, as I have really seen that it is not beneficial for my body, at least from the knowledge that I have so far and how I feel when I introduce it back to my body, it's not for me anymore.  Since going gluten free a few things I missed out on were Pizza and bread-bread mostly to make a sandwich with.  Well no longer do I miss those things!

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I first found Udi's pizza crust in the frozen food department at a local heatlh food store.  I made myself a hawaiin pizza with it, adding bbq sauce, cheese, pineapple and ham.  It was so good and it did not taste like most gluten free bread type things (i.e. cardboard), it tasted very good and also had a good crisp to it!  Then I went looking for that at our Publix grocery store I found a 3-cheese Udi's certified organic pizza in the frozen food, but no pizza crust.  So I got it.  I LIKE.  So glad I found it!  

Then this past week I was walking in Publix by the frozen food and happened to see Udi's white sandwich bread!  I said ok, I will try it.  I also had gotten some Lloyd's BBQ chicken.  That week I ate a lot of open-faced bbq chicken sandwiches on that Udi's bread.  YUM!  That was actually better than the pizza crust or pizza.  

Anyways, maybe that will help someone looking for some Udi's products.  You can search on their site where they sell products in your area.  

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weight Loss Plan Anyone?

What is in a plan?  What makes one plan different from another when looking to release weight?

Do I have the plan for you!  It is over-your-head simple.  It can be challenging at times even though it is simple. Have you ever thought about how our bodies were created?  Think about this for a minute would you...when you see a baby eating and he has had enough, what does he do?


He turns his head away.  It isn't until little ones are old enough for us adults to reprogram them into eating for reasons other than hunger that they start to eat more.  I am learning to get back to that, eating for hunger alone.  Though I cannot do this myself, I've tried.  There is a reason we want food for other reasons than hunger.  It is to fulfill a hole in us that was only designed to be filled by God, who created us. 

I want Him to be my desire.  I surrendered my eating again today.  I am going to have to do this everyday.  So that He is in charge of it.  I gave up.  If you desire to release excess weight, well then releasing the excess food we put in our mouths is the answer.  Ask God for help or check out some of the resources on my side bar that have been helping me, #1 being His Word.

John 4:32-34 'But He said, "I have food to eat that you don't know about.  The disciples said to one another, "Could someone have brought Him something to eat?"  "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work," Jesus told them.'

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Gluten Free Meal Planning

I want to help you create meal plans for your family.  It is difficult when you have food allergies and you have to search many places, books, blogs and people for recipes that will fit your family and also not contain the foods that our family members are allergic to.  I want to help.  I want to help people create those plans.  I want to create a service where you can send me all of your family members favorite foods, and I can help you create a meal plan for each week, or perhaps a monthly meal plan rotating weekly recipes around.


I believe our families should eat well and not feel deprived.  I also believe it is very possible to do this even with one or multiple food allergies or sensitivities.  I will mostly work with the top 8 allergens which are:
  1. Milk
  2. Eggs
  3. Peanuts
  4. Tree nuts (such as walnuts, almonds, etc)
  5. Fish
  6. Shellfish
  7. Soy
  8. Wheat
My family personally has to work with 5 of these allergens.  Those would be:  Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and wheat.  Gluten free as well.  I do not deal with soy a whole lot, but I can help as much as I know how.

Look forward to sharing with you and helping you as God leads.  He has a plan for us and He will help meet our needs.  Send me a message on my facebook page!  In the near future I will have more organization on my blog to where you can see what I can offer you and how you can take advantage of it. 

More later...Love to you!

Kim :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Cleaning Schedule

If I take a look at my last two posts I see this.

I don't need a cleaning schedule I just need to DO IT.  :)

Anyways needless to say, I did not do my cleaning after I did the bathroom last Sunday.  Amazing how accomplished I felt after doing that that it made me feel good enough to not clean for over a week!  Ha!  So I did do laundry and dishes and pick up, but that is all.

The end.  I am not sure what else to say right now, but I did want to share that I am not perfect and am still trying to figure things out, or again, maybe shouldn't figure things out and just do it.  Maybe I don't need any sort of system, but find what works for me and do it without a big old system along with it.

That sounds good.

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Just Do It!

Do it.


I learned this from Proverbs 31 Ministries blog post somewhere along the way a few years ago.  It has stuck with me ever since.

Read it here and I pray you are blessed!

More later...Love to you!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Taco Salad!

Tonight was something I make often and it is easy to feed everyone in the family pretty easily.

I ground turkey and then add El Paso taco seasoning. That is the taco meat we use.
I heat up refried beans.
Jar of salsa (Pace)
Sour cream
Shredded cheese
Taco sauce
Romaine lettuce
Taco shells or tortilla chips or Fritos

Make your own taco or taco salad. Could also add tomatoes, olives, avocado


Iphone pictures so excuse the quality :)  One day they may look better

Cleaning Schedules & Me!

I love to read and look at cleaning schedules and all kinds of ways to keep the house clean, to organize, to have a schedule of how it all works, etc.  I have a hard time finding just the right schedule that works for me.  I jump around and have not yet found just the right one.

I have been toying with 2 ideas.
  1. Once a month cleaning.  
  2. Once a week cleaning, or Home Blessing Hour.  
I made my list all out for once a month cleaning.  All areas of each room that needed to be cleaned.  Then I made a simple list of things I would do daily such as laundry, picking up clutter, dishes, cooking, and swish and swipe the bathrooms, which is this:

The point of the Swish & Swipe is:
If you do a quick wipe-over of your bathrooms each day - Your bathrooms will never really get dirty. There will be no build-up, no toilet ring, and no hard water stains. You will have a sparkling clean bathroom every day without everreally cleaning it.

While your in the bathroom:
  • Use a little windex and quickly "swipe" the mirror, counter & sink.
  • Next, use a toilet brush with a little soap to "swish" the toilet bowl (one suggestion is to keep disinfecting bathroom cleaner in your toilet brush holder or even shampoo or slivers of old soap?!?) (caution ladies - don't mix cleaners)
  • Last, use a disinfecting wipe to "swipe" down the lid, seat and bowl rim of the toilet.

That would be what I would do.  I would have say the 1st of the month or 15th or whenever, and dedicate most of that day to a whole house scrub down.  Then daily throughout the rest of the month do the things necessarily daily.  On this site she also mentions once a month decluttering.  This is where she chooses a room a month to work on decluttering.  So I suppose one room per month would get an even deeper clean.  This is 12 rooms in a year.  Deep cleaned and decluttered.  I am really pondering this.

The weekly cleaning I would do probably on Friday's to prepare for the weekend and to be able to enjoy a clean home and relax all weekend.  Then daily have the regular things that need done daily like I said, laundry, picking up clutter or straightening up, dishes, cooking and swish and swipe.  When I do this it seems that the next week things don't look dirty so I don't have motivation to do it.  Maybe this instead of weekly could be done bi-weekly so that the dirt has time to come back at least a little.

In the weekly cleaning you have 1 hour, 6 chores, 10 minutes each chore.  You set a timer for 10 minutes, and GO!  You clean that one area as best as you can and when the timer goes off you are done.

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I want to share here how and what I do, in a sorts a way of accountability.  I want to track what works and maybe a few before and after pictures if I feel so led.  

So here I am.  I want to clean the house!  It's been spring break and it needs a refresher.  Yes, you would find me on the computer looking at ways to clean and organize intead of actually DOING it! 

So now I get up to "DO" something.  Reminding myself of my word for 2012, LIVE.  I want to live and not just sit and watch or read about things.

So which will it be................what will I experiment with first?  Hmmmm.....

Weekly cleaning.  This week I will do it Monday (and some Sunday to get a head start) and maybe again on Friday since we are getting over spring break and it may need an extra cleaning by the end of the week.  I will choose 6 chores that need to be done and take 10 minutes for each one.  Here they are for Monday's cleaning:
  1. Dusting furniture.
  2. Bathrooms swish and swipe and tub cleaning (spray with bleach lysol cleaner, set a few minutes and wipe down and rinse)
  3. Kids bedroom floors.
  4. Vacuum house. (must be done after bedroom floors are done)
  5. Entry way clean up inside front door and porch.
  6. Overall house pick-up (maybe do this first)
The end.  That is what I will do.  Off I go to live.  I am going to choose bathrooms right now and go from there.  Go LIVE!

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

p.s. I do have to add one thing.  In order for me to do all of this and actually have it work...I have to put Jesus first.  Two things He is teaching me.  One is Matthew 6:33 that in one version says seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all these things will be added unto you, but NLT version I read this morning says this:  he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.  (I love this version).  Number two, is Jesus says come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.  He is teaching me to give Him my burdens each day, each moment and ask Him for His yoke because He says it is easy.  This week when I have done that, amazing, in awe, of the fruits that come from it...there is nowhere else I want to be.  

**Note-Update 3/28/2012-Wednesday---I did the bathrooms Sunday and then Monday got carried away and no cleaning done.  So I will keep it on Friday and continue daily cleaning as needed until then.  I did clean 1 bedroom floor Monday evening so that does count too :) baby steps 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tonight's Dinner~BBQ Ribs!

Sadly forgot to take pictures of my pretty plate before eating, ha!  Sorry.  I will next time, but I still want to share what we had.  Again it was simple, as I am not in the mood for extravagant cooking this week, it's SPRING BREAK!

So I purchased Hormel brand, Lloyd's spare ribs, at Wal-Mart last trip to the store.  This is a new find we only recently found and have had only a few times.  I happened to see them and read the ingredients.  Pretty simple list, and they said "gluten free & soy free!"  So it was a winner.  We like them, they fall off the bone, and a friend has told me about them before and had good things to say.

Ribs was our main dish.  Our side dishes were this awesome quinua pasta, veggie curls.  I boiled them with some salt and a drizzle of olive oil until done.  Then melted some butter into them.  Smart Balance Light butter with flax is what we is gluten and dairy free.  Boiled some frozen corn on the cob.  The end.  

Delish meal was served.  It was super filling and satifsying.  Nutritious.  Sorry I didn't take a picture, the plate was so pretty :)

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gluten Free Journey Continues...

I will try now and continue with my story of gluten free that I started here.  All these questions that I was having about what foods are best for my body, I was told by a sweet sweet person, why not try eating how my son eats and take wheat out of my diet?  I thought okay I can do that.  I will try doing that for a month or so and see how it goes.  That was last April or May if I recall correctly.  I tried it for 4 days and things in my body started changing for the better.

I then had lies and questioning start creeping in and I started dabbling and having a little here and a little there.  I wasn't sure I should do it and seemed to think I needed more of a reason to do it before I gave it my all.  I had a friend who at that time was my accountability partner and prayer partner in eating and health, and she mentioned to me that I possibly had a gluten sensitivity and should consider it.  She was going through similar things.  I read about it in different places on the internet, blogs and books.  Over the past 11 months I have heard about gluten free here and there and everywhere it seems.  Crazy!  But hey you know what I am learning, "when God wants to get your attention He will be clear about it and follow you around with confirmations (until you get it)."  He is amazing like that.

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In November I had my annual physical and had mentioned to my doctor about gluten and she confirmed that yes, gluten can mess with your body in many ways.  She asked me how I felt eating gluten free and I told her that I did feel better and the symptoms that had changed and she said that I should continue with it.  She also said that it was evident if I felt better I should continue and that a testing wouldn't always be definite.

I then was told by a doctor at the end of 2011 to try gluten free for my son and I said I would try it with him.  We didn't do well with it and didn't try too hard.  Then at our recheck with this doctor she asked if we had tried gluten free, and we said, no....uh not really :(  I was then told again to try it.  She was not giving in and really wanted us to try it.  She explained about children who she saw try this during her schooling and without medical tests, but trying it and seeing changes in symptoms they had, for the better.  So we did.  (*note:  I am only sharing about myself here as it is about "my" heart I talk about on my blog and not my childrens.)  I stuck to it for 3-4 weeks very well.  I felt great results.  I released 12 pounds and lost so many cravings for food.  I was not bloated among other things.

Then, here comes the lies and questioning again.  But you have never been tested and told that you have it.  You have no confirmation for sure saying yes this is the results of your test and now you should eat this way.  I had a God, who may I say I am learning much better now a days, is THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.

God reminded me of this recently, and I can't even tell you how I came to find this scripture, but it came to me!

2 Chronicles 16:12
In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa developed a serious foot disease.  Yet even with the severity of his disease, he did not seek the Lord's help but turned only to his physician's.

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That is in a sense the way I was thinking.  I wanted a doctor and a test to tell me for absolutely positive sure that I had Celiac or that I had gluten intolerance BEFORE I committed to it.  I did not want to just trust what God was already confirming to me.  I had several people ask me lately, weren't my symptoms and the confirmations I kept getting enough to make me stop eating it and just move on and live?  My answer in my heart then was a resounding, no.  I wanted a test, proof.  (isn't that opposite of faith?)

So God allowed me to be tested last week.  I ordered a reputable test online that was a finger prick blood test to test for Celiac.  It was negative.  Now I had been off and on gluten for the past several months, several days to weeks without it and then I would eat it here and there.  So I am unsure if I had enough in my system to cause this test to be positive.

I knew this would happen!  I recognized that as soon as I ordered the test...I had the question, what if it is negative?  I thought well then I would want another test to tell me something.  I need something saying yes I need to eat gluten free.  Without wheat.

So...two nights ago God really spoke to my heart to have faith.  Kim have faith and trust.  I know what is best for your body.  You felt better, released weight and didn't eat as much or want to eat as much when you let it go.  So let it go!  Give it to ME.  I will help you!  So I did.  Two nights ago I let it go.  Starting yesterday I ate gluten free.  I will take it one day at a time, but right now I feel the answer is that I need to have faith in my God, my Great Physician, and believe Him when He makes something so clear to me I cannot miss it.  Gluten is not friendly with my body and I will thrive without it.

I am aiming to eat what is called whole foods.  I do not replace a lot of foods that have gluten with the gluten free version.  I simply want to mostly eliminate it, which in turn eliminates most processed foods.  Eating fruits and veggies, some nuts and seeds, and meats and then rice and potatoes and gluten free grains every once in a while.  

I look forward to sharing more of this journey as I walk it out in FAITH with my God.  I think, well if I listen to Him and obey, what do I have to lose?  But if I did NOT listen to Him, and ate whatever I wanted containing gluten, maybe I would suffer in ways that were not necessary.  I trust Him.  I will trust Him.  I trust You Lord.

Follow me on my journey as I walk it out and share more and more what I learn and what God shows me.

I am working on blogging at my gluten free blog for this area of my life.  Gluten Free Daughter

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Lets Be Real, Kim...

I think ok, when I am writing this blog it seems so positive and so all about God.  But lets be real, Kim.  Do you really feel this way and live this way?  I mean, seriously, how can it always be like that.

Well I question that sometimes.  I want to be honest, I do.  But then over and over I continue hearing the words in Scripture that I have read that says what to think about.  Over and over again it turns out that it is Jesus, God, His Holy Spirit, all about Him, that is where I am to park my life, everything I've got in me.  So as much as I want to question and not do that or think I am doing something wrong, I simply am not.  I am training myself to think about God so that He can transform me and my thoughts, renewing my mind to His.

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Jesus is my life.  I am learning to flesh this out and not be legalistic, but real, authentic and enjoy this journey as I learn to figure it all out, or maybe not figure out.

Hear this...

More later...Love to You!
Kim :)