My Old Girl

Ningxia Red & Slique Essence

I NEVER thought I would want to drink Ningxia Red every day. I mean, I was not interested in trying this stuff when I bought my starter kit. Not in the least.
Little by little though I have come to love this stuff. I joined a challenge to drink Ningxia Red every day in July. I skipped one day a couple of weeks ago while I was waiting on my new bottles to get here. A couple of mornings ago life was a bit chaotic & I walked out the door without drinking it. I regretted it all day. My mind was way more scattered. More so than usual. And I was much more tired than I have the rest of the month when I drank it in the morning.
I almost could not believe the difference the consistency in drinking it has made.
I’ve also found a new best friend. I add a drop of Slique Essence blend to my Ningxia. Why is it my new best friend?
Well let me tell you. I have the biggest sweet tooth. I am a southern girl who likes her sweets & carbs. Unbelievably my cravings have greatly diminished, and when I do eat something sweet I find myself not even wanting it & unable to eat as much of it. Seriously. For example, I LOVE chocolate covered peanuts. Like I could eat an entire bag at one sitting love. I bought some at Target & when I opened the bag I could only eat about 8 of the peanuts. And we’re not talking clusters, but single peanuts. Seriously blowing my mind. More info on NingXiaRed. More info on Slique Essence.

Don’t Waste Good

Optimism seems very rare these days. I catch negativity seeping from my own words as well. The media, social and otherwise, bombard us with stories that seem void of hope.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. – Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Why do we focus on our flaws instead of  the good ways God has made us? Why do we forget to consider the gifts and talents He has given us?

God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. – 1 Timothy 1:7 (Message)

Humility is of utmost importance. Letting our egos swell is not lovely, but if we are to grow in our gifts and the purpose a God has for us we must see the gifts and abilities He has given us as good things. The enemy would love nothing better than for our minds to be so focused on our flaws and how we’ve messed up that we never realize our purpose.

Using the gifts God has given us with confidence and love is fulfilling His plan for each of us, and we cannot do that if we continually focus on the negative we can find in ourselves or in others.

We will always be able to find something negative about ourselves. Always. We are imperfect humans. Focusing not only on the good He does for us, but also the good gifts and abilities He gives us can encourage others if we do so with humility knowing that only because of His grace do we have the gifts He gives.

Gibb’s Rule #5 – Don’t waste good.

When we weigh our spirits down with the flaws and imperfections, not only of ourselves, but of others, we are wasting the good. We are wasting the good gifts He has blessed us and others with to fulfill the purpose only He can give us.

How can you not waste the good He gives?

Four Cups – A Giveaway

What if God has had a plan for your life since the very beginning? Not just the beginning of your life, but from the foundations of faith itself? In Four Cups, pastor and New York Times best-selling author Chris Hodges shares an astonishing truth: The key to your spiritual fulfillment is found in four promises that God first spoke to His people in the Old Testament, and that are still at the core of his heart and his plans for you today. God wants to rescue you; to deliver you from whatever holds you back; for you to live out His plan for your life; and for you to be part of a family that is making a difference. Steeped in Jewish history and tradition, yet breathing the transforming hope of Christ on every page, Four Cups will help you move forward on your spiritual journey. You’ll understand the four stages of faith, believe the promises of God for your life . . . and discover what it means to be truly fulfilled.

I’m giving away one copy of Four Cups today. I am a bit biased since Chris Hodges is my church’s senior pastor, but it’s definitely a book worth reading. Four Cups refers to the four cups from the Jewish Seder connecting the four cups of Passover to four important aspects of Christianity: freedom, deliverance, purpose, and fulfillment.

To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment below. Open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway winner will be chosen Wednesday, July 30th.

I was not provided a copy of this book to review or giveaway.

Don’t Believe the Lies

“What makes you think you can do this?”

“You will never be good enough to succeed at this.”

“She is so much better at this.”

We all hear those voices that plant doubt. Some of the voices come from those who are just being funny or sarcastic. Some may even come from those love us. Most, though, come from the enemy, planted in our minds to keep us from living out the purpose God has given us. No matter where the voices come from they are used by the enemy.

And it is incredibly easy to believe those voices. They may be whispers, but they are loud.

“The voices that whisper to us are telling lies. They have to whisper because they have no confidence.” - Stephen Brewster

Why do those voices have no confidence?

They are not Elohim. Those voices are not the voice of the Creator. They are not spoken from the Voice who calls even the stars by name.

“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” Psalms 147:4

They are not Yahweh Yireh. They are not the voice of the One who cares for even the flowers in the fields. They are not the voice of our provider.

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?” – Matthew 6:28-30

They are not the voice of Yahweh Ropha. They are not the voice of the One who heals.

‘For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds,’ declares the LORD, - Jeremiah 30:17a

I’m learning (well at least most of the time) to stop those voices that pepper my thoughts with lies. It takes time to train your mind to recognize the lies of the enemy when they begin. But when you train your mind to recognize the lies, those voices will retreat. When the enemy sends a voice telling you that you are not good enough, push it back with truth. Take captive those thoughts that seek to destroy your confidence in the One who made you.

Your Creator will not give you words of despair. He will only give you words of life. He will only give words that lead you to the purpose for which He has created you.

What lies are you struggling not to believe?