Saturday, February 25, 2012

Waking up from the dream.

Transitioning to real life today. We slept in, as we didn't get back to our house until around 1am. We enjoyed our breakfast of what was left in the fridge and freezer (eggs, sausage, and pancakes), did our together Bible study, and then started on our jobs: Alex did his school stuff and is working on the Sunday school lesson for tomorrow, and I have just completed our meal plan and grocery list for the day.

Our wonderful pastor has blessed us with some venison meat and some healthy ground beef, and for that we are incredibly grateful. This helps us tremendously with eating healthier meats, and staying within our food budget. After checking our bank account today, we definitely  need to stay within our budget. Vacation was fun, but we didn't have a set budget, and spent more than we should have. Next time we go on vacation we plan to have a planned budget ahead of time for everything.

Also, I can say with certainty that I weigh more now than I ever have in my whole life. When in Disney, I bought my first ever size large shirt. Actually, I bought three of them. It was a relief to wear a shirt that actually fit. While packing for the trip, I pretty much packed any shorts that still fit. I'm still not sure what to think about it. I know that I need to start eating healthier, but I don't think I've been making the worst decisions up to this point. I don't want "losing weight" to be my obsession, as this has been something I've struggled with in the past. 

So for right now, we are avoiding dairy, for the most part, because we know that it makes us feel sick. Sugar also makes us feel pretty bad, so we're not going to eat much. However, when I tell myself I can't have sugar, I end up eating lots of something else. What I am doing is buying plenty of fruit, so that we can have it instead of the processed desserts. We're still going to eat rice, bread, and noodles, but I'm going to  make sure that we also have plenty of vegetables with what we eat. Time will tell if we will ever find something that consistently works well.

Place where dreams come true

My wonderful husband and I went on another trip to Disney this past week. It was a little less spur of the moment than our last one, as it was planned about a week in advance, instead a couple of days.

We had an absolute blast. We ate whatever and whenever we wanted, rode rides, saw shows, walked and walked all over the park, and enjoyed the impressive fireworks shows. It was completely stress-free and relaxing. 

I'm going to make two posts. Our resolutions and plans are kind of a "wake-up call" of sorts, and I don't wants them to be in the same post about our terrific vacation.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine :)

Yesterday I made steak with mushrooms and onions, broccoli, boxed rice for Valentines. I also made red velvet cupcakes with chocolate frosting and a cherry on top.
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Monday, February 13, 2012

The Bible and Food

Another food post. I started reading Genesis for my personal Bible study time. I was taking notes on what I was reading, and so I'm going to turn some of those notes into this blog:

Genesis 1: 28-30: “God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you, for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth—everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.”

A couple of things I get from this:

  • God said to be fruitful and multiply.
  • God gave man stewardship of the earth.
    • Does that mean to avoid mass amounts of plastic waste? How far are we as Christians supposed to take this command in terms of “green living”? (topic to be discussed at a later date?)
  • God gave “every seed-bearing plant...and every tree whose fruit contains seed....[as] food for you...everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food.
    • It says every  living did lions only eat plants? Did that mean that Adam and Eve only ate plants? Does that mean that God’s original plan was for people to only eat plants? Did He mean for us to grow massive amounts of them like grains or orchards?

I did a little research, and in Genesis 9: 3-4 it says “Every living creature will be food for you; as I gave the green plants, I have given you everything. However, you must not eat meat with its lifeblood in it.”

The commentary on the passage says that after the flood, the earth may not have been as nutritious as before, so God integrated eating animal meat. However, humans should still not eat animals with blood in it. For me, that at least means that I should be rinsing out my meat to make sure there isn’t blood still in it.

Then, I read another commentary stating that God further defines food laws in Leviticus. I knew this, but I didn’t think about it so much in the context of both creation and the flood. So now I’ll go to Google about what specifications the Law said and perhaps why:
I’m just going to link to this article :

The author talks his way through both the Old and New Testament. It’s interesting enough.

Here’s another interesting article, and it is pretty easy to understand:,20

Next I also wondered about Daniel. I’ve always heard that he didn’t eat the meat because it was offered to idols. Still, I want to look up the verses.
Here is a commentary on Food with Daniel included:

It basically says that we would live healthier lives if we followed the guidelines of the Bible.

I do not believe that we must follow any of the laws for Salvation. I wholeheartedly believe that Salvation is by grace alone through faith, and that it is God at work, not us.

However, I do think that if a good idea will help us serve God better, than it may be worth studying further. Like food, for example. If I’m going to feel sick eating things that God has said will make me feel sick, then maybe I should look at what He says to eat to feel better.

I came across a powerpoint:
I wish I could have actually heard the presentation. It seems really interesting.

Also, I received an email from Heavently Homemakers while writing this, which was also on healthy eating. I Like it because it puts a lot of life into perspective in terms of healthy eating.

I like this quote I found from another source

Nothing you put in your mouth can establish or destroy your relationship with Yahweh. Only the condition of your heart—your love, faith, and trust in Him—has any bearing on this relationship.” Found from this place:

This is a REALLY long article. I haven’t finished it. I plan to, but it’s Monday and that means it’s cleaning up from the weekend day. I LOVE BEING A FULL TIME HOUSE WIFE! It means I can go to sleep on Sunday night not stressing about a messy house because I can clean it the next day. All day. Which is what I’m going to go do now. I’ll read the rest of the article when I don’t have to worry about tripping over the piles of dishes and dirty clothes.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thoughts on Magic

I grew up on fairy tales/Disney/Cinderella stuff, and so when I read Harry Potter, I converted it in my mind to an older fairy tale. I think that's how I started thinking about the Twilight movies too. When I first read the article, it reminded me to two things: First, that it was a lot like how Alex talked about growing up and not being allowed to watch anything with magic in it. I thought it was kind of extreme, but I'm not so passionate about the movies that it was a big enough deal for me to passionately argue about it. I learned through these conversations that I am emotionally attached to some movies because of my childhood memories.

Second, it reminded me of when my brother and I used to play with pogs and watch the Pokemon and Digimon shows, and my friends' parents said that they were demon shows and integrated eastern religion. I'm not saying they were wrong, but again I thought it was rather extreme for a cartoon TV show.

I saw these both as extreme, because my parents were extreme in my mind, compared to many of my friends. My dad screened everything we watched for most of my childhood, and explained why he let us watch what we did. He explained the themes in some of the movies and shows, and even pointed out the Biblical truths in some of them. The reason why I stopped reading Harry Potter was because my mom told me that there are better things to read out there. Not that the books were absolutely terrible, but that there are so many better things to read.

This is true.

I realize that we are in spiritual warfare, and I should be reading and watching things that will make me more like my Savior, rather than closer to the enemy. While reading “Crazy Love” I read a section where a woman said “I’m just not sure this is what I want to be doing when Jesus comes back.” Putting it in that perspective, I’m not sure I want to be reading something that does not point towards Jesus when He comes back. But also, the Holy Spirit is with me now, guiding me. Realizing His ever-presence helps me think carefully about the media I chose.

There are much better, God glorifying things that I could be doing with the time He’s given me.