Thursday, December 31, 2020

Envision

  If you are like me, the past twelve months have revealed so much - about people, about ideologies and about systems. Needless to say, it has been an eye opening experience - revealing many disheartening things that have wreaked havoc on our intellect and on our spirit man. As a result, many of us have over-indulged in comforting foods that have caused unwelcomed weight gain and created imbalances in our physical bodies. It is time for us all to do some end of the year self-care. Why? Self-care is a form of self-edification. When we are edified, we can edify others in return. So, I challenge you to set aside some time to assess the state of your wellness. How are you mentally? How are you physically? How are you spiritually?

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your
whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

As you begin to focus on self-care, begin to ENVISION. Envision as it relates to your wellness. According to Google, to envision is to imagine as a future possibility. As it relates to your wellness, what do you desire - by the end of the first quarter in 2021? By the end of the second quarter in 2021? By the end of the third quarter in 2021? By the end of the year in 2021? BE REALISTIC. Setting goals today prepares you for success in the future. That is why it is so important to envision.

Do you want to be emotionally better than you are right now - minus overwhelming anxiety and debilitating depression?
Do you want to peacefully distance yourself from draining people and relationships that leave you depleted as opposed to uplifted?
Do you want to shed the excess pounds that you’ve gained since the pandemic?
Do you want to learn more about God’s way of doing things?
Do you want a closer relationship with the Most High God?
Do you want to change your diet in order to reduce inflammation and to be able to manage pain without being dependent upon prescription medication?

The list could go on and on, but I think you get the point. What do you desire? ENVISION it! I invite you to envision with me. I am setting goals for myself that I will re-evaluate at the end of the first quarter in 2021. An expected end starts with a plan. Write the vision. Make it plain!

The Lord gave me this answer: “Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in
coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not
be delayed.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 (Good News Translation)

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Choice is Yours!

      You've been keeping company and in the presence of snakes for years. You were once comfortable in their presence because you were totally unaware of their existence. Why? Because they were covered. Now that the lights are on - that which was once hidden is now revealed!

    The snakes have NOT changed. They are the same vibrant color that they have always been. They have the same poisonous venom that they have always had. But, because they have been exposed - you, NOW, have to respond to them differently.

  • What will you do?
  • Will you allow them to remain in your presence, or will you exterminate them?
  • Will you continue to keep company with them, or will you separate yourself from them?
  • Will you wait on them to attack, or will you protect yourself from their potentially lethal assault with their poisonous venom? The choice is yours!
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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Monday, July 20, 2020

Meatless Monday: Vegan Breakfast

    I have discovered a real breakfast winner!  Seasoned black beans and meatless grounds with toast and fresh strawberries make a very satiating protein-packed meal.  And, it was quite easy to prepare. 


  1. Drain and rinse a can of black beans.  Season them in a bowl and set to the side.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of oil to a pan and heat on medium high.  (I used avocado oil.)
  3. Add meatless grounds to the pan.  Season and brown the meatless grounds.  
  4. Then, add the black beans to the grounds.  Mix together and allow to cook to your liking!  As it cooks, cover with a lid to maintain moisture.
  5. To complete this meal, I made toast and sliced a few strawberries.

Enjoy!


These are the meatless grounds that I used.quorn healthy vegetarian mince

Monday, July 13, 2020

Meatless Monday (UN-Chicken Salad Sandwich)

   To make this delicious UN-Chicken Salad,

  1. Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas.  
  2. Using a food processor, a potato masher or a fork, slightly break the chickpeas into smaller pieces - leaving some whole.  If you are using a food processor, do NOT process until smooth.  Processing until smooth will give you the consistency for hummus.
  3. Add the same seasonings that you would add to chicken salad.  Season to taste.  
  4. Add mayo and/or mustard, chopped celery and bell pepper.  
  5. Remember, season according to your liking!
   I have used toasted and (UN)toasted wheat bread to make sandwiches.  This can also be eaten with crackers.




Friday, June 26, 2020


When your heart is brimming with heaviness, 
and there is no one to talk to - 
what do you do?

Monday, June 15, 2020

The Raging Storms Of Life

     At this very moment, many of us are facing stormy, turbulent situations in our lives. The raging storms of life seem to be getting the best of us.  You, like many of us, may even (at times) feel as if you are a lonely, lost boat drifting in turbulent waters.

  • Are the ferocious waves of life pounding, without mercy, against you?
  • Are the forces of pain and despair forcing you further away from the shores of safety?
  • Does it appear that you have no obvious guidance - you're just going with the flow?
  • Do the clashes of thunder grip you with the fear of loss and defeat even though you have been told to "fear NOT". (Isaiah 41:10)
  • Does the darkness of the prevailing clouds seem to overshadow the light of God's everlasting WORD?

      As bleak as the situation may seem, there is safety and there is sunshine behind the dark cloud. We may not see it.  As a matter of fact, sunshine may be no where in sight.  Although this storm is difficult and it appears to have no end,

  • The God whom we serve will speak peace at the appointed time. (Isaiah 60:22)
  •  He will navigate us to safety.
  • And, HE will anchor us in still waters!

       Until HE does, we must keep our faith in the WORD and understand that this, too, shall pass. How do we know this?

Romans 8:28 reminds us that,
For we know that all things (this is all encompassing) work together for the
good of those who love God and to those who are the called according to His purpose.