Thursday, April 9, 2015

Taking My Thoughts Captive

Sometimes I have trouble controlling my thoughts. 

Honestly, there are times my thoughts control me. 

Someone does something that irritates me and my mind will replay the event over and over, each time it grows just a little bit. Each time I add another negative thought about that person, something else they have done in the past that irritated me. Or maybe I think I know what they were thinking when they did that "thing" that irritated me to start with.

Wrong. 

It is all so wrong. I am wrong.

First of all, other people and things should not irritate me.

According to 1 Corinthians 13:5, love is not irritable. I am called to love, therefore, I am not to be irritable.

Second, I am not to bring up things of the past. Love does not keep a record of wrongs.

God has been speaking to me about this sin in my life and given me verses to help me. Obviously 1 Corinthians 13 is one of them, but here is another:

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4:8

I've been studying this verse hard lately and trying my best to practice it. Instead of allowing my thoughts to go to the negative, I will think of something positive about the situation or the person. I will think of something I know to be true instead of just what I think is true. 

Memorizing and recalling this verse has helped me stop and think about situations instead of just reacting to them. It has helped me be more positive instead of critical and negative. 

It has helped me take my thoughts captive.

The other verse Jesus has laid upon my heart is 1 Peter 4:8, "love covers a multitude of sins."  This verse is huge. 

I think I'll save my thoughts on this for another day, but just ponder that verse for a moment.

Love covers a multitude of sins.

Really, honestly, the cure to almost every problem we have is

love!

Blessings,

Rashel

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

My First 5K

Saturday I ran my first 5k - and I LOVED it!!

My daughter and my cousin (that's my daughter's age) ran (read that jogged and walked) with me and we had a great time. 

I had only trained a few weeks so I was not prepared to run the entire race, but I  really didn't care. We had two goals- finish and have fun. We accomplished both of those goals, praise the Lord! However, my running partners did wish that I would have run a little more, okay, a lot more. We had decided we would all stay together because it was our first race, it was in a decent size town and there were over 700 people there and I was not okay with them taking off on their own. Despite my slowing them down, they chatted the entire race and had a great time.

We are ready to sign up for our next one and this time some of my boys and my other cousin want to run with us - how awesome is that?!

My daughter and I after the race.

Everyone that finished got a medal which made it even better for our first race! 

Yes, I am totally addicted. I even bought a used treadmill yesterday so I could continue running in bad weather - I am definitely a fair weather runner. 

I am going to post about our runs and my training here on my blog, for a journal for myself and maybe it will encourage someone else to get moving.

I decided for now to follow the couch to 5k program because it has an app for my phone which makes it super simple. Today I completed week 3 day 1.

I am not an expert runner, ha ha obviously, and I am not a medical expert so please don't take anything I say as expert advice, I'm only sharing my walk - I mean run ;)

I pray each of you has a blessed day.

Rashel

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

THM Honesty Time and Advice

My advice to anyone starting, or restarting, Trim Healthy Mama is to not give up. I know it can be hard and sometimes you wonder if it is worth it. It is! Your health is worth the effort.

I'm going to be completely honest with you - I've been off plan for a few months now. I made excuses why I couldn't do it, even posted about why I wasn't doing it but to be totally honest, I was just being lazy. I didn't exercise self control or will power. Then it was just easier to justify why I was off plan with excuses, which I did believe at the time - but I was wrong.

Yeah, my family did start eating junk but that was my fault, not THM's. I got lazy and slacked when it came to fixing them healthy food. It was just easier to let them buy the junk.

Yes when I fix off plan baked goods or meals, it takes a lot of self control not to eat them or at least not to eat TOO MUCH of them. But I SHOULD use self control in all things. It is a fruit of the Spirit that I must use and train at all times.

I could go on with all my excuses, but that is all they are, excuses. And boy did I sell myself on them for awhile. I know that Trim Healthy Mama is the best way for me to eat. I feel so much better when I stay on plan- more energy, no headaches and just overall feeling good. Yes, it takes self discipline to stay on plan, but it does for any healthy eating plan and that is a character trait we should all strive to strenghten in our lives.

I wish that I wouldn't have wasted those months eating off plan, my body has more healing to do now, but I will just learn from it and move on.

I started back on plan last week, consistently and do you know what? When I am committed to the plan, I actually enjoy it! I enjoy finding new healthy recipes. I enjoy knowing that what I am eating is nourishing my body instead of poisoning it. It is totally a mind thing with me. When I am committed and excited about it, it is fun and doable, but when I let negative thoughts about it come into my mind, it becomes drudgery. When I start allowing negative thoughts in, then I start finding excuses not to do it.

The bible tells me to think on the good things, the praise worthy things, the true things - THM is good for my health in so many ways. That is the good, praise worthy truth! I will think on that and I will continue to enjoy my journey.

I also recommend finding an accountability buddy, it helps so much! If you don't have someone you can count on, join Two Grand. There are so many THMers on there that will gladly help you.  My username is RashelTHM, look me up, I'll help you!

I pray that at least one person has been encouraged by my honesty in my struggles. May you be blessed and strengthened in your journey.

Rashel


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lay down your burden and just love

It is far too easy to become burdened by rules and expectations; to become heavy hearted by thinking of all the tasks you must fulfill each day. As moms we are too easily snared in the trap of living up to an imaginary set of standards that we will never achieve.

 Life is not about rules and standards. 

Life is about love.

God's greatest commandments were only to love. To love HIM first and then to love others.

We must let go of trying to be the perfect mom with the perfect house.

Only GOD is perfect.

I love a clean home, but I am to love my children more.

I love checking things off my to do list, but I am to love my husband more.

My time is the most valuable gift I possess, I must consider what I am spending it on and why.

Yes, as moms and wives we have responsibilities but they must not choke out our love. They must not consume us, our thoughts and our time.

Today, I choose to love. 

Today, I choose to invest my gift (my time) in my family.

I will play, I will laugh, I will love. 

And I will not except the guilt Satan tries to lay upon me.

I do not believe at the end of life I would regret spending more time playing and laughing with my children- 

I do believe I would regret not.

Much love my sisters,
Rashel