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2018 For the Glory of GOD! Choose Joy!

I had some challenges in 2017.  I am sure most of us had some to various degrees.  One of mine slowed me down to the point of almost stopping all progress in my life.  Many of my plans for 2017 were derailed.  The few things I did manage to complete were more difficult than in the past.

In the midst of my personal challenges, the LORD continued to bless us!

We gained two new grandchildren in 2017, which gives us a total of 5.  They are every one precious and oh, so different!

Our Young Living team continued to grow in spite of my own challenges.  We were privileged to go to Australia with Young Living and it was an amazing trip!

I have been pondering how to stay on track with my goals for 2018 and the LORD brought the verses to my mind about doing things for His glory.

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. ”  1 Corinthians 6:20

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  Colossians 3:17

I am committed to doing only activities, eating food and drink and speaking words that bring glory to the LORD in 2018.  Sometimes this is hard as I stand alone, meaning I take my own food and eat differently than everyone else.  Even when I am with my health and wellness friends, I am still different because I cannot compromise for an event or a party and still stay on track.

I cannot keep a clear conscience and “take a break” from glorifying God with all I say, eat, drink and do.

I took a quiz on Facebook to determine “my word” for 2018 and it was JOY! A few days ago, as we took down our Christmas decorations, I brought out some of my decorations that had been put away and one of them is a plaque that says CHOOSE Joy!  What a reminder!  It IS a choice!

The Scripture says that if we know to do good and don’t do it, it is sin!  (James 4:17).  I know what to do to be right with the LORD, to feel good, and to accomplish my goals.  I don’t need to make resolutions.  I have studied health, wellness from a physical and spiritual point of view.  I already know what I need to do.   I just need to DO what I know is right.

So for 2018, I won’t make NEW resolutions.  I already read my Bible, take care of my health by eating well and having good personal habits.  I will stay the course and I will be intentional about choosing Joy when staying the course is hard,  inconvenient, or awkward.

WHY do I keep on no matter what?  For the GLORY of GOD, I will stay the course and choose Joy while I do it!

May God give you a peace that passes understanding and Joy in your heart no matter what your circumstance!

Happy New Year!

 

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8th CHRISTmas of Freedom

How different life is now than it was for most of my adult life!

This is the 8th CHLadonna before afterRISTmas since I kicked sugar and wheat addiction to the curb!

It is 2723 days from since I last ate sugar.  That is 7 years, 5 months, 13 days.  

This is our 8th Holiday season with sugar free, wheat free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.  We didn’t skip desserts.  We have made them even better!

By Thanksgiving, 2010, I had lost weight, inches and mostly inflammation.  By God’s grace, I have maintained this for 8 holiday seasons.  I will not feel sick after our meals.  I will not gain weight from the holidays.

I will not limit my quantity of food.  I will eat until satisfied.  The difference in now and holidays before 2010, is that now I eat ALL I want and feel great because the quality of our food has vastly improved!

This season our food is grain and sugar free, full of good fats and is better than ever!

How did it all happen?  By being intentional and CHOOSING health and wellness!

There are lots of good recipes on this blog!

Be blessed this CHRISTmas!

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1461 Days of Freedom

Today, Friday, July 11, completes1, 461 days or four years since I QUIT SUGAR!  Tomorrow, Saturday, July 12,  will be day one of year five!

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderfully abundant my life is without sugar!  I don’t feel deprived.  I feel FREE from addiction!  That is why I named my blog “Out of My Bondage”.  I used to think constantly about what sugary food item I would eat next.  I don’t even think about food every moment of every day any more, no less sweet foods! My mind and body were so affected by my bad food choices that I was truly in bondage.

The past four years have been busy.  While traveling, I have worked to convert family favorites to sugar free versions.  There were some obvious flops along the way, but for the most part, my family is very happy with the victories.  They love our ice cream, chocolate cake, banana muffins and waffles.    They love our regular meals which are healthier than before because they are all made homemade with no processed food in them..  (Typical meat and veggies, just not marinated or sauced with the bad stuff we used to use.)

This has been a journey.  It began in 2010 because I felt rotten and people were sick and dying all around me.  I felt compelled to give the sugar free/grain free life a chance.  I had done it before several times, but this time, I decided I was quitting sugar permanently.  The LORD gave me a strong conviction that I could no longer put sugar into my body, which is the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

I quit grains for a season and then, began to add them back in.  I could tell I didn’t feel as good when I ate grains, especially wheat.  They came in and out of my diet until I read the book WHEAT BELLY by Dr. William Davis and then, I made the decision to QUIT WHEAT like I had QUIT SUGAR!  Later I read GRAIN BRAIN by Dr. David Perlmutter and then, I truly began to understand the reasons behind my years of misery.

I HAD a “wheat belly” and a “grain brain”.  At one point in my life, I was overweight and it was mostly my belly and I had brain fog to the point that friends offered me resources to overcome Alzheimer’s!  There were times I literally thought I was losing my mind because I could not think straight and my memory was so bad.

When I got off sugar and grains, my weight fell off and the fog lifted.  My thinking has gotten progressively clearer over the past four years!  It has been amazing to me to be able to remember things again.   I redid a class in March, 2014 that I had originally taken in February, 2011.  What a difference feeding my body and brain healthy foods for three years made for me.  I thought I was well in 2011 when I first took the class until I took it again in 2014 and realized how much more I was getting from it in 2014.  (And I was catering food for the class in 2014, so I was even multi-tasking!)

I have made multiple discoveries about my own physical and mental health and I have been able to look back and I now understand some of the health issues that my children had as babies and children, too.  Now that I understand the side effects of sugar, wheat and grains, I am so thankful for the chance to live life without them.  My only regret is that I did not understand all this sooner and that I did not raise my children with healthier choices.  I wish I could have saved them the pain of being addicted to sugar and grains.

I have a few friends who have taken this journey with me.  It has been an adventure!  It has been fun to share recipes and find ways to satisfy our families’ sweet tooth with our new sugar free/grain free treats.  I am thankful to the LORD for each of you who have supported and encouraged me along the way.  I pray each of you experience total freedom from the food addiction that has held us for so many years.

I meet people all the time who are suffering with problems that can be reduced or even eliminated if they would QUIT sugar and grains.  Many fear they will never enjoy food again.  Many are so attached to their “comfort” foods that they cannot even imagine how they could “live” without bread or sugar.  Many are thrilled to find my blog and have a place to start eating clean and healthy.

I want to go on record that getting off sugar and wheat and greatly limiting all grains has changed my life for the BETTER!  It was worth the struggles of withdrawal.  It was worth the effort to convert family favorites.  It is even worth the inconvenience of having to take my own food to special events.

And just so you know, I feel better than I have in 20 years!  I am no longer faced with daily decisions about what I will eat.  I made a once and for all choice that I will eat healthy!  That choice has given my body the building blocks it needed to have energy, vitality, and I feel better than I did 20 years ago.

What made the difference this time over all the other times that I changed my eating habits?  #1 is the LORD giving me the precious gift of conviction that this body is HIS Temple and I needed to treat it that way.  #2 is the LORD giving me the creativity to convert recipes to healthier versions.  I am so thankful for learning about Birch Xylitol, SweetLeaf Stevia, Coconut Flour, Almond Flour and other alternatives.

I thank the LORD for His gifts of conviction.  These have enabled me to serve Him now more fully than I did when I was younger.   To God be the glory!

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Day 888

Today is Day 888 since I quit eating sugar.  I have an amazing sense of freedom now that I am no longer controlled by sugar and sugar laden foods.  My niece began her sugar free journey last week and today is Day 7 for her.  She suggested that I should have a big celebration when I reach Day 1000!  Not sure how to celebrate.

When I was eating the SAD (Sad American Diet) I always celebrated with SUGAR filled desserts and drinks.  So I am pondering the possibilities of how to celebrate without sugar.  How different my life is now than it was back then!

I am no longer controlled by sugar, but actually, I am no longer controlled by any food.  Real food tastes better than I ever remember it tasting.  I praise God for the gift of conviction that He gave me to make these changes.

I am excited as I prepare for the new year.  I gladly anticipate what the LORD will do in my life in 2013.  Stay tuned.  I know I don’t post often, but I will do my best to keep you up on how God is working next year.

There is excitement and anticipation in the air for 2013 already!

God bless you,

Ladonna

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Day 520!!!!!!

Today is Day 520!!!!! I am praising God for the strength and creativity with which HE has blessed me for this journey!

By God’s grace and the encouragement of friends, I have been totally off sugar and processed foods for 1 year, 155 days or 520 days!!!

I will not look back with longing toward the old ways, like the children of Israel longed for Egypt.   I will not “return” like the dog to his vomit or the hog to his wallow.  I will not let my tongue, which was addicted to sugar and processed foods, rule my life and harm my body.  (1 Tablespoon of sugar suppresses the immune system up to 90% for up to 2 hours!)

For too many years, I served the LORD in my soul and spirit, but my body was too frail to get up and go.  Pain controlled me and limited my activities.  I can go now and God has opened many doors of ministry.  I am obeying His call and walking through those doors in the Name of the LORD Jesus Christ. I will continue to press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.

My goal for 2012 is to be stronger and healthier for the glory of the LORD Jesus Christ, that I may serve Him with BODY, soul and spirit.

And FYI – I love the way I eat now.  I do NOT feel deprived.  I do NOT long for the bad foods I see others eat.  I enjoy the good foods I eat without fear or worry about what it will do to my health.  God gave us real food.  Man processed it and perverted it.  Just as God changed my heart when He saved me, He has changed my tastebuds and given me new joy in the foods I eat.  I am so thankful that He opened my eyes to His Truth about health and food.  I am thankful that I CAN enjoy treats and food without damaging this body, which is the Temple of the Holy Spirit!

There are many helps on this blog, but if you want to contact me for more help, please do so at covenantmom@gmail.com

God bless you!

Ladonna

 

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Temple Maintenance

In May, 2010, the LORD convicted me that since my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, I have a responsibility to care for it and not to feed it bad foods, especially sugar and foods that have high glycemic levels and convert to sugar in the blood stream.  While hunting for answers to an illness of a friend today, I read this in the book, A MORE EXCELLENT WAY, by Henry W. Wright, page 352.

“This ministry believes in temple maintenance.  We believe in good nutrition and we believe this in moderation (temperance).  You cannot expect to walk in health if you do not drink enough water and eat the proper mix of food.

What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.                     1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Our body belongs to the Lord and we have a responsibility to give them proper rest, exercise and good nutrition,  You cannot expect to walk in health if you don’t drink enough water and eat foods to nourish the body. . . . . . . Many people have the idea that if they eat by faith and trust in God, then they can eat anything they want with no regard to nutrition.  Foolish, presumptuous faith negates the wisdom of God in good eating and will not promote health of the body.”

I don’t necessarily agree with Dr. Wright’s nutrition plan, but I am convinced that he has hit the nail on the head.  Since the LORD showed me the truth of this over a year ago, I can no longer eat wrong foods willfully and knowingly.  It is a sin to deliberately put bad fuel into the LORD’s temple!

Viewing bad foods as a sin has freed me from the conflict and temptation of eating them!  Thank you, Jesus for your gift of conviction and for opening my eyes to the TRUTH in this area of food.  My master is no longer food, but the LORD God and for His glory, I do eat and drink, wisely!

Tonight, we have a church social and I used to go to those and try to be moderate while eating bad foods.  I was fooling myself, because ANY sugar at all is bad for me and I knew it!  I believe we need to be moderate, even with good foods, but some things have to be totally stopped.  Would we say we can sin as long as we are moderate?  I think not!

Now, since I am publicly off sugar and openly counting my days, I am held accountable and so eating anything not on my eating plan at a church dinner is not an option for me.  To do so would be a sin for me and a bad witness to those who are there.  I am now free NOT to eat those things that used to hold me captive!

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