Calm Control

“Extreme Self-Care is all about extraordinary mothering. A good mother knows what helps a child feel whole in every way. She develops a finely tuned sensor that lets her know what her children need; and using a loving, discerning eye, does her best to meet these needs.” Cheryl Richardson

Most people gravitate to one or two types of dealing with chaotic hours, days, or seasons. They are either overly active and don’t stop or they have a hard time doing much of anything because it just feels too stressful.

Like most of what makes all of me, I tend to land on either of these or right in the middle. I’m learning to find a balance when that is the last thing I feel.

If I am moving too much, I will CHOOSE to create a slowing or stopping point. If I am cleaning, I will give myself a time to work as hard as I need to work and when the timer goes off, I stop.This is good because when I push it too far, irritation will set in and I will have to FIGHT off negativity.

Lately, I have been going outside and sitting in the back yard. The chickens will eventually find their way to the area and my little dog walks nearby until she gets bored and comes to find a comfy spot close by.

Another serene thing I do is stop and read the Bible and jot down notes, prayers and verses. I have been adding in reading books and this is productive as well as restful because I have …quite a few… books taking over our home.

To stir up some movement and get me off the couch or keyboard, I get up and clean something (yes, my tasks seem to run together!), bake/cook, or walk outside. The fresh air, sunshine, and nature all around settles me and wakes me up all at once.

What kind of calm control do you gravitate to?
How do you rise up to keep moving and/or slow the pace and settle your senses?

Nutrition from My Kitchen

The fresh juice was amazing. I drink it throughout the day and try to get 8 ounces every hour or so. This one was organic carrots, sweet potatoes, grapefruit and orange. 🧡💛

I am back to bread making every two days or so. Another sourdough starter or more may be building up soon!

May this little, glimpse from my kitchen bless you today.

“Coffee, brewing fresh in the pot, lifts and warms my heart. I love to bend over a bubbling pot of soup or gaze out the window while quietly bringing order to my countertops.” By: The Spirit of Loveliness by Emilie Barnes

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My Rock and My Salvation

Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.

My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation;

He is my defense;

I shall not be moved .

In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God. Also, to you, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render to each one according to his work. Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8, 11-12

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Break Through Betrayal

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

The devil doesn’t have red horns and I don’t believe he wears a cape. He is a murderer and has been from day one but we don’t always see him this way.

He can be operating in a person, present in a place, or hiding in a thing. There is nothing to fear because no matter how he shows up, he only has the power we give him. Fear only hides in the shadows if the light we are called to live by is pushed into a closet or shoved behind a shadow.

If your eyes have been blinded and you are believing ANYTHING he, the evil one says, read on. If you know or strongly suspect that you are letting this dark force hold hands with your life, please pay attention.

This is an enemy of your soul.
This is a destruction in your life.

Not one area will be spared if you close your eyes and heart and allow him to manipulate you. Manipulation is a form of witchcraft. This may sound drastic but if you ever see for yourself the war torn path when darkness tries to cover the light, you will surely understand.

The person, place, or thing satan ( I don’t capitalize this on purpose) is working through … does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him (or her). When this person lies, he speaks out of his own character for he is a liar.

What happens when you believe the father of lies in any form?

You lose. You are robbed of something amazing and you open up the doors of your life to allow destruction. Your spouse, children, pets, home, career, and more will hopefully have prayer warriors praying for and over them.

Others miss out on the gift God has called on you to give. People you were given a message to deliver, don’t get the message. They fall for false teachings unless God gets someone else to them … someone supposed to be you.

The list of endless of suffering that shows up night and day in one way or another. The hardest hit may simply be the absence of peace in your heart, mind, body and spirit.

There is a remedy! You do not and should not stay another day in a place where you are accepting any way other than The Way and THE Truth and The Life.

These verses in Psalm 91 offer a better way. There is a way of blessings that break through betrayal. This is my prayer for you.

14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness–trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

What Shall We Do Then?

There is a terrifying virus moving from country to country, state to state and person to person. The news frightens, informs, reports and warns everywhere we turn.

Stores are running out of food staples and basic necessities.

What shall we do then?

When the shelves get restocked, maybe we can buy enough to get by for 2-3 weeks instead of buying enough to fill a bedroom.

Finding balance during this uncertain time is important. We can stock up on enough food to feed us/our family and still leave a box, can, or carton for others. Thankfully for us, people are racing past the produce section with incredible speed.

People owe rent, bill payments and loans are past due.

What shall we do?

Take nothing for now or allow money amounts to be lowered and/or deferred until a wise plan can be created.

Businesses are closing far and wide and people are home without pay or in decreased amounts. How will we live on little or less?

And what shall we do?

According to the Bible, we are called to be content with our wages. This means for now. Storms may be like a raging war hitting our world but they are temporary. This won’t last forever. While it does, may we seek God first and all these things will be taken care of. Read Matthew 6:25-34.

So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?”

He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”

Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher what shall we do?”

And He said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”

Likewise, the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?”

So He said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages. “

Luke 3:10-14