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Fulfilling Your Destiny

A friend of mine is struggling with finding the perfect job. Something that they don't hate waking up to every morning, and would actually give them a sense of purpose. My advice to her was to look at her gifts and try and do something that would fall somewhere along those lines. I think what most of us struggle with when it comes to work, is finding something that motivates us beyond it's monetary reward. This holds true particularly for someone who can't keep a job, or changes jobs very frequently. God has given every human two things, besides the immeasurable other gifts, talents and purpose. As humans if we can tune our minds into God's radar and think about what gifting or talents He has given us, then we would understand how to fulfill our purpose.

I think that when you do what you are called to do, God honors that and increases you in that area. Now that doesn't mean you won't ever be met with challenges, but it sets you up for greater success in overco…

Walking in Your Destiny

I've often wondered why I am here, and being a believer in Jesus Christ, it is more imperative to know and try your best to fulfill the destiny you were created for. I have always believed to some degree that once a person fulfills their destiny that they are called home. This theory is no respecter of persons, with children and even newborn babies fulfilling their reason for being created. This is also one of the reasons I am so against abortion, that these un-born babies never get the opportunity to fulfill their destiny. It was a painful journey even for me, to come to this realization; after losing my first born child to a genetic disorder I was unaware I had. She was a full term still born, but her life and death forever changed me and it was through losing her that I came to truly know Christ as my savior and His Holy Spirit as my Comforter. Often we try to decipher why God has placed us here and what we are to do to please Him. I hope that what I'm about to share gives…

Reflection....an honest view of myself

I'm learning...painfully slowly sometimes, what lessons God wants for me to learn. Sometimes as people go through the different scenarios and situations in life, the common practice is to find fault or flaws either in someone else or in the circumstances themselves. It is easier to blame your hardships on outside influences rather then owning up to the things that you may have attributed to the situation. In speaking with a beautiful friend of mine this morning, I realized I had some owning up to do. It's wonderful to have great friends to speak with, and I would encourage you not to isolate yourself from friends if you are going through some significant time or hardship in your life. Iron sharpens iron and we must not only lift each other up, but also be truthful with one another. In my conversation with my dear friend, we were discussing how we both would like to be in a different place financially, and how God has given us talents and gifts to help us be that Proverbs 31 wi…

Stir Fry Anyone???

One of the easiest go to meals in my house is Chinese food. I know, I know, most people see making homemade Chinese as intimidating and difficult; but honestly when you have a shellfish allergy you pretty much have no choice. My options were to learn to make it myself or give up one of my favorite cuisines. Taking the Chinese food away from a New Yorker is like taking away chocolate. It won't kill you, but it definitely won't make you happy. So when I realized I could no longer eat commercially prepared Chinese food I set out to learn how to make it myself. That being said, there are a few fundamentals you need to know about Chinese food. The first thing is don't be afraid of the ingredients. The basic flavors in Chinese cuisine is ginger, garlic, green onion, sugar and vinegar. marinating meats in any combination of these things is going to give you some pretty tasty results. The second thing is if you don't have a fish allergy, don't be afraid to try something ne…

I need my carbs....at least the good ones!

This morning's breakfast consisted of a small whole wheat bagel with greek yogurt, apples and a drizzle of local honey. In my perspective it seems to be a good start at the very least, but truth be told I really need to cut out most carbohydrates. The only problem with that is, I really don't want to set myself up for failure so early in the game. I honestly think that carbs are important for your health, but choosing the right carbs and eating them in moderation is the key. Studies have shown that eating a diet that omits carbs altogether, is harder to maintain in the long term, and also creates substantial rebound weight gain once carbs are re-introduced. The most effective way to lose weight is to omit refined carbs and sugars, add healthy carbs and grains such as quinoa, teff, and other whole grains; and eat them in moderation. A low-glycemic diet is really what I'm aiming for in hopes that I can still eat some of the foods I love; while making better choices and losin…

And So it Begins

Yesterday I went to the doctor to follow up on an annual exam and was struck with the news that I'm pre-diabetic. It seems like these days everyone is either diabetic, pre-diabetic, or overweight for that matter. Honestly, this diagnosis caught me completely off guard. I never thought of myself as really overweight, and for the most part I eat a very healthy diet. My size 12 body seemed perfectly comfortable to me with the exception of my mommy muffin top, the result of my emergency C-section. I felt completely at home in this body, resembling most of the moms I associate with, occasionally squeezing out a workout between gymnastics and karate lessons for the kids. Apparently my get in where it fits in attitude about working out isn't working out so well. So I'm giving myself 3 months to shed some pounds and turn this diagnosis around, before having to be put on medication. Pray with me as I embark on this journey to getting healthier, as I will need God's grace to …

Mother's Day

It never ceases to amaze me at how God's love for us becomes evident through other people. We go through life with walls up, not letting anyone in, afraid of getting hurt; and eventually that mentality closes us off to the possibility of beautiful friendships and relationships. Sometimes we must step outside of our comfort zone and become vulnerable in order for God to move and show up in our lives, confirming that we are not alone.
   Yesterday was Mother's Day; a touchy day when thinking about my own mom, but an otherwise beautiful day when dealing with my children and understanding how blessed I am to be a mom myself. We recently moved to a new place and didn't really know anyone, but we were invited to share  Mother's Day with a woman from my church and her family. Not knowing what to expect we went, looking forward to the fellowship and some time out of the house. It was funny because I'm that mom that feeds her kids before going somewhere so they don'…

Worry About Nothing. Pray About Everything.

I woke up this morning feeling just a little off and as I prayed, as I normally try to do if I'm the first one up, I found myself not being able to make my request; but instead thanked God for all He has done; even those things I'm still waiting to come to fruition. We often look at our lives and think about how we wish things could be better. More money, less stress, better health, a more loving or supportive spouse. Honestly, these are the burdens everyone carries no matter how rich they may be or what their social status is. I came to the reality this morning that nothing ever changes simply by worrying or complaining.  Worrying won't make bills disappear, worrying won't make you feel better physically or emotionally, worrying won't make people treat you the way you want to be treated. What does work is prayer. Prayer has moved many mountains in my life, and looking back I'm so grateful to God at how He answered my prayers. Some prayers were answered immedia…

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Welcome to my blog! I want to thank you for visiting and I hope that over the course of time you will find my pages full of encouragement, laughter, recipes, homeschooling advice, awesome crafts, and the general messiness of life. I personally am head over heels in love with Jesus Christ, so you'll get my perspective on the messiness of Christian life as well. Yes, every one's life can be a little messy at times; but I believe that it's the messiest moments that are the most meaningful. I look forward to journeying with you and hope you will visit often.

Blessings and love,
Reyna