My Experimental Experience

My experience with Jen Haymaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess 

I know why Jen Hatmaker included the word experimental in her book title, it is definitely is an experiment. There is a hypothesis and an outcome or in my case, do this and see what comes out!  The premise of the book is to get rid of excess in every area of your life to live meaningful and purposeful lives for Christ.

allthingsgoodandwise

The first chapter begins with food. She chose 7 foods to eat for the entire month.  I chose 7 foods as well.

Here are my seven:

Chicken

whole wheat breads

potatoes

apples

avocados

eggs

leafy greens

I allowed all leafy greens as one , and all potatoes to count as one.

What I have learned so far:

Food had a huge place in my life. It has been placed where it needs to be because of this journey.

I find myself thinking and praying for those in the world who only have one kind of food to eat, like rice or porridge.  A no frills menu is what huge percentage of the world’s population eat on a daily basis. “I can do this” I tell myself, when I have to eat another piece of dry bread or dry chicken breast.

Cooking food is a hobby.

Eating food is for nourishment.

I miss cheese.

I am bored in the kitchen and the grocery store.

I haven’t jumped over the dining room table to grab my child’s cheese-its.

I can function and survive on very little and still feel satisfied.

If the sweet potato was the only food left to eat on this planet, I would be seeing Jesus faster than you can say Sweet Potato Fries.

I am more determined than I thought.

My body is fed but my taste buds miss the excitement.

The other day I vented to my husband and then again to my friend Sherrie, I feel better now.  I know they both thought I would be throwing in the towel today but surprisingly, I am not. I have learned to hate and appreciate the foods I have chosen. But I will press on…for today. :)

Allthingsgoodandwise

This might be a repeat post but I loved it that much. Everyone should read this book and do their own personalized version of 7. You will learn so much about yourself. Some of the other chapters deal with money, media, waste and so much more. Please run out and get a copy of this book and begin your own self-discovery journey.

Modern Day Faith and Miracles

16 years ago I found my self in the doctor’s office with news that my chances of having another child were slim to none. The infertility doctor had recommended a permanent solution…a hysterectomy. I had already lost a tube due to a tubal pregnancy and I also suffered with endometriosis. The endometriosis came time after time. It was a crazy cycle of laparoscopic clean out, pregnancy, miscarriage, and back to surgery. I needed a miracle because what my infertility doctor recommended was inevitably the next step.

Allthingsgoodandwise, Modern Day Faith and Miracles

As I sat in her office I felt compelled to put off the surgery because I had just undergone a D & C from my last miscarriage.  I was tired and needed to just live my life away from doctor visits and any medical procedures. It was a strong urge and now I can see that it was part of a much larger plan that I now call a miracle.  

Had a gone through with her timeline and recommendation, the miracle that is walking around today would have never been. Sometimes we don’t understand why we have strong urges to choose something over something else, but I now am convinced that it is a prompting of a supernatural force that pushes to a greater purpose.

Miracles happen everyday, they slip in our lives sometime in a subtle way. At times we just think of them as small decisions or preferences. But I am here to tell you that every decision counts for something. Things just don’t happen in a vacuum. It is all part a grandeur plan.

Less than six months after that doctor visit, I was pregnant with a thriving healthy baby. Don’t discount your instinct, if it is not life threatening, go with your gut.

Modern Day miracles happen when you don’t expect them.

Now, because of this and other miracles in my life, my faith has been strengthened. I trust a mighty creator who knows ME. Who leads me and prompts me in ways that are seldom known to man. I share this faith with others who are in the depths of despair. I have been there, but now I am out and sharing this great news with others.

Infertility, allthingsgoodandwise, Modern day Faith and Miracles

This morning I shared my faith with the lady who brings me my sweet tea at Sonic because infertility is a rough road. And my miracle is 14 and is a testimony for all to see.

Whatever you are facing, know that faith can pull you through those tough times. Modern day miracles happen when we are busy making small decisions in life.

Share one of your Modern Day miracles or faith below in the comment section.

 

Boyville Mom: Words that multiply

Just so you know, I will be blogging on being a mom, #boyvillemom, of one very dear boy. My son keeps me striving to be a better person,  to live out my faith and one who makes me laugh every day.

allthingsgoodandwise, Boyville mom

DIALOGUE

Everyday we dialogue with each other, with ourselves and some of us dialogue with our wonderful creator. These dialogues sometimes use words. When words come out of my mouth, I sometimes cringe afterwards. I try hard everyday to speak words that encourage, speak life, and that build people up. However, that doesn’t always happen in my world. Words come out of my mouth that should be shoved right back into my mouth like when newlyweds shove cake into each other’s mouths. Frankly, I sometimes speak harsh words with a certain tone that I am not proud of.

Here is my parenting pep talk to myself concerning words that will live on and bless the hearer.

There is nothing more affirming to a child than to hear their parents brag about how great they are, to another adult. I know you may feel uncomfortable tooting your own horn, but get over it! Because, the results far out weighs the uneasy feelings you may have when you complement your offspring in public. I don’t mean this to be a daily occurrence, unmerited or long-winded stories, just a praise about how you see your son. Let people know very humbly but matter of factually. “Sharon, did I tell you that my son won the 4×400 race the other day? He is such a good runner.”  or “Last week Adam received the perfect attendance award, he loves school and gets himself up every day.” These are words that will multiply in the life of your child. If you do this, chances are that they in turn will learn to complement their children in the future. How do you feel when someone compliments you to someone else?

Words that Multiply will:

Help your child flourish

Give them a sense of security

Affirms their accomplishments

Shows them how much you love them

Spurn them on to greater things

Instills a sense of purpose

Gives them the warms fuzzys

Shows them that you care

We live in a harsh world filled with disappointments. Your words may be the only positive words they hear that day. When they move on and out you want them to be confident in who they are and their talents.

allthingsgoodandwise, Boyville Mom

Your words may be that small voice in their heads when the world hits them head on. Will those words speak good or speak defeat?

Your words will multiply, choose them well.

Summer Living

Have fun this week. Leave work at work this week and enjoy the summer. 

Smell the roses and enjoy. 

Feel alive and free. 
   
   

Who’s at the bottom of your PLATFORM?

“I want to build a platform where I can… ”  Seems like everyone these days, can fill in this blank. I hear this everyday in coffee shops, in meetings, and a lot online. We all want to be noticed for what we do, for what we say and for what we have to offer. But are we ALL building huge stages to stand on? Is it our greatest desire to fill the bottom of our platform with people who will listen to us and buy what we are selling?

Allthingsgoodandwise, brentwoodlifecoach, corine

What about those who don’t have a platform or a voice? No one wants to sign up to be a stepping stool for someone else’s grand stage entrance or performance. And what will the outcome be if everyone has their own stage? Who will be at the bottom of these platforms? Our desire to build something great will come at a cost. We will have hundreds of people who are just a number and a follower.

Great leaders lead from the bottom up. 

And why don’t we hear about the same insatiable desire to feed the homeless or walk with those who need our kindness? Are we spending time with those who cannot contribute to our climb to the top? Are we loving and pouring into the lives of those who cannot retweet your latest verbiage or repost your deepest contemplations?

If you have a PLATFORM, are you working at it for the greater good, or are you truly self-promoting for your great good?

Check your motivations here:

Are you taking care of your tribe/people/followers/fans? Are you giving them something that they need or want?

Are you truly seeing those people who hand you a business card or are you just imputing a name into a system? Are you stopping to really get to know that person?

Are you giving of yourself to those who cannot give back or make you feel better about what yourself?

Are you feeding the homeless? Are you taking care of neighbors? Widows? Orphans? The unlovely? Are you spending time with that one guy/girl in your community that no one wants to spend time with?

This shift, I think, takes time to digest and put into action. So If you have anything to offer please leave a comment below. Make a difference in your world today. Step down from the platform and meet those who are left at the bottom. Offer to buy someone a cup of coffee today, someone who cannot help you in any way, someone who cannot promote you. Spend time listening to someone who won’t be taking your picture and posting it on IG or Twitter. It will just be time spent with someone who needs to be heard.

Take a walk around the bottom of that Platform today.