Nov 242015
 

I never expected to be writing about self-confidence, but you know what? I feel confident in myself. That says a lot coming from where I have and the only things that have really changed in my life are my faith, and the added blessing of Plexus products. You see, a little over a year ago I didn’t expect to even survive to see the New Year. I was sick all of the time and sleeping close 20+ hours a day and always felt exhausted.

I was broken down physically from infections and kidney stones, UTI’s, pneumonia that just kept coming and of course my PTSD.

Flashback to when I was 17. I was a new mom and met a lovely and loving Mennonite family. They were always gracious and so sweet and I really enjoyed getting to know them and getting to know God as seen through their eyes. I was in an extremely abusive relationship which you can read about in some of my other posts and most of that abuse was justified through biblical teachings. So, this family was in a lot of ways, a ray of hope. I had no clue what purpose they would serve in my life but I knew it was going to be awesome.

Then at 19 I had my son and one of their daughters was training to be a midwife and I was having a homebirth so we asked her if she would like to join in. I thought maybe that was what this friendship was leading to, helping her get her education so she could follow what God had placed on her heart and help mama’s.

Then, last year when I was 29, a full ten years after I had really had more than much Facebook interaction with these old friends (and of course the grocery store!) and I was feeling really sick the oldest daughter, Shelly, began to post about her own health and the struggles she had been having. She was quickly becoming the granola mom who was coming up with insane sounding recipes with two hundred steps and I wondered how she was doing it all with 3 littles and one on the way. I didn’t know she wasn’t feeling well most days either. I didn’t know that she was doing all of this “crazy” cooking in an effort to feel better and the research she was doing was for her own health.

Then, she started to post about Plexus products which she had begun to take while pregnant. She was talking about less pain, good sleep, her worst pregnancy quickly becoming her BEST pregnancy and so much other good stuff. I wanted to order but figured there was really no hope for my health. She couldn’t have felt as bad as I did, no one could.

Then, I saw her mom post that she had started using the products and I knew that these were male led households based on the Biblical teachings and I watched and kept reading testimonies of more and more family members starting to use and LOVE Plexus. I realized that they wouldn’t be buying products that their hubby’s didn’t think had an impact on their health. So, I finally placed and order and gave it a try.

The very first week I was no longer sleeping all day every day. I wasn’t exhausted. My pain levels were lower. My anxiety better. My IBS (which I didn’t even really know could be helped) was GONE and in general I was feeling great. I didn’t believe that the products were working though. I figured it had to be some sort of mental fluke of mind over matter.

A year later though I have lost over 30lbs, I am still feeling well, my IBS is still controlled. I haven’t had any chest/lung infections, I haven’t had any UTI’s or kidney stones. My hair and nails are growing super –fast and my skin feels and looks better than it ever has. No more tangles because there isn’t any more breakage, at least not like there used to be!

As a result my confidence has boosted. I feel healthy and I know that my health is why God placed these lovely people into my life over a decade ago. I wouldn’t have ever tried Plexus products had I heard it from someone else, but their faith gave me hope and it just felt right.

Being so much healthier means I am not feeling like I need to change. I am glad to go out without makeup. I wear my hair in a ponytail. I no longer feel like I have to dye it. I can eat whatever I want without it making me sick. I can drive my kids to Youth group and to school trips and take care of 2 dogs, my aquarium and my bird.

My back is sore. I have degenerative disc disease. When I wake up in the morning I am normally very stiff and sore. Pain often wakes me up in the morning. Yet I faithfully get up and drink my pink drink and within about 20 minutes my pain levels and stiffness are gone for a large portion of the day. Meaning, I don’t have to put so much poison into my body to keep the pain from disc disease and arthritis away. A pink drink called Plexus Slim has given me my life back –literally and I am completely amazed by how God orchestrated it ALL!

I am confident that I will stay healthy and continue to see results. I am confident in being me. I am confident that God had a plan, and continues to have a plan for me every single day.

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Oct 292015
 

I have never seen the ocean or the sea. I have never wanted to. Though, I am a huge advocate for stopping the hunting and killing of the fish and corals that live in our oceans. I must’ve been born right where I was supposed to be, smack in the middle of Canada, surrounded by lakes, literally, and just as far from one coast as I am to the next.

I grew up on the lakes, in boats, camping, swimming and I have never eaten or caught a fish. People are always amazed by that little fact about me, but even as a child I wanted to be a part of nature, and not take from it. I have a fish tank in my room, I have had a fish tank all of my life, well except for about 6 years while I was transitioning out of the abuse and into my own life. I would have had one then too, except my house was old and crooked and a fish tank wouldn’t have been level.

The sound of the water falling from the filters would drive some nuts, they ground me though. I am the first one to jump into the lake each spring and a few years ago even did it with ice still floating and my dad hollering at me as I floated on my back “you are turning blue and I am NOT coming in to get you!” Fitting that I am a Pisces? I know this astrological sign definitely represents my personality pretty well.


{Sea Shepherd stopping a Japanese ‘research’ vessel from hunting whales}

I have tried over the years to ignore those types of things though because really, who comes up with all of that? And my horoscope says I should have fallen into money like a million times in life…. Money where are you?

Seriously though, I think my love for the sea came when I visited Marine Land when I was 14. I was splashed by sea lions, kissed an orca and even petted his tongue, and I knew in that moment that this animal was looking at me from a 30 foot pool and wishing it could be with its family travelling the world over and over and over some more. Its cries could be heard for what felt like miles and I wondered then as I do now if it was calling home.


{A whale being processed by the Japanese after being pulled up the slipway to be sold as food. No research documents have been released}

I have wanted to join the often hated group Sea Shepherd and go to the Antarctic on a mission, a mission to stop the illegal poaching of whales in a whale sanctuary, where the rest of the world simply won’t step in and stop it. Yeah, I could do that. I could be happy with seeing the sea and all of its glory in a conflict to protect it from those who threaten to kill it.

In 2010, 113% more tuna were KILLED and sold for foods than permits were issued…ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN PERCENT. That doesn’t include the small fishing boats who are fishing for survival –the hobbyist. This is the commercial fisheries who pay a fine. So while I have no desire to become a mermaid anytime soon, I have a passion for the ocean and the things in it. God told us we have dominion over all the fish of the sea and all the creepy things that creep. Dominion doesn’t mean extinction. We were charged to take care of it. Not kill it.

Oct 242015
 

BECAUSE I am a Christian I understand exactly what this author means. BECAUSE I am a Christian I put loving others first and BECAUSE I am a Christian I don’t love people “only if they fit into a small box” I live in Love because Jesus commanded us as His followers “Love one another as I have loved you, also that you love one another”.

Jesus reached out to the sinners, He broke bread with them, shared wine with them, healed the sick that society had cast aside, befriended the prostitute and forgave the thief. Jesus didn’t come and hang out with those who were righteous, he came down to teach us to live in the glory of His love forever.



It took me years to be “openly Christian” because I didn’t want to lose my friends who have killed, done drugs, are gay, took the name of God in vain. I became openly Christian because I wanted to extend an olive branch, to teach those about the amazing things we can experience if we only live in God’s LOVE and that LOVE is for every one of his creatures because God? He didn’t make any mistakes!

If you look at someone’s life and you don’t accept them then that is Satan whispering in your ear that you are better, that that person deserves you to pass judgement on them, because God?? God said “Judge not lest ye be judged” It isn’t up to you or me or a celebrity to decide who is right in God’s eyes. We are commanded, simply to love.

And, if you or anyone else want to sit there feeling righteous while full of contempt and hate, based on one biblical line written before Jesus ever walked the earth then you need to follow every commandment that is laid out in the Bible for us, all 613 of them, because I would bet money that that celebrity you are listening to, or the old lady at church, has eaten the meat of animals with cloven hooves, had shellfish or milk with pork. And chances are, you have too. And since God says no sin is bigger than the next one then they all need to be considered in the same fashion.

If you can toss love aside to express disgust and hate for the way someone lives than you need to ask yourself, “If God is the Father of Love and creates no mistakes, why am I so angry?”


Oct 222015
 

It’s been just over a year since I started taking Plexus products. A friend who I knew a decade ago and was living at home with her family started talking about these awesome products and how they were helping her through her “worst pregnancy ever” and how it became her “best pregnancy” once she started drinking a “pink drink” each day. While I was excited for her and the results she was seeing, a better pregnancy, improved IBS, no more pain, better sleep, more energy during the day, less naps, and so much more, I simply thought that it wouldn’t work for me, because nothing before had.

After her pregnancy, which was her 4th baby she was excited to share that she was able to continue to nurse her baby without having to supplement unlike all of her previous pregnancies and she was only ten pounds from her pre-pregnancy weight.

Then, I saw that her sister who is a Midwife, and who assisted in delivering my son, was using these products too, and then her mom and even her children! My interest was more than peaked. I was at a point where I literally felt like I wouldn’t live to see the new year and I was only 29 years old. So when I saw that this Mennonite family was spending the money on these products, sharing such intimate results with others and getting help with problems I had I figured I had nothing to lose by trying them.

So nearing the end of September of 2014 I placed my first Plexus order. My friend said if I ordered the pink drink AKA the Plexus Slim and the BioCleanse for gut health she would send me a free bottle of Probio5 from her own stash.

I received the products ordered from Plexus first and began taking them and called myself the “Plexus skeptic”. After all, year and YEARS of testing, medications, therapy, exercise… and the list goes on, with nothing helping me I really didn’t expect a plant based product line to do me any good. I felt beyond repair.

On September 26th I started taking the products. Here is what I said

Day 1 – The Plexus Skeptic
I placed my order earlier this month from Shelly’s plexus page and even with seeing all the results and testimonials I have my doubts that this will help me. However, I thought I should keep a little diary just in case it works.

I started the Slim and the BioCleanse today and was expecting my body to go full on angry with IBS symptoms and heart burn or some nasty taste in my mouth. It’s been several hours since I took it and I have had no tummy issues whatsoever which really shocked me because my system seems to hate everything these days.

The “pink drink” tastes like cherry coolaid and maybe a bit of fruit punch. It was much tastier than I had expected because Plexus doesn’t have a flavor written on this product. I definitely can see myself drinking this every day!

The Bio Cleanse also surprised me. While I have only had one dose I can’t advocate for any of these products working or not but again this hasn’t upset my stomach either. Normally with any type of capsule the plastic/chemical smell makes me nauseous when I open the bottle. I was expecting there to be that strong odor and I stuck my nose right in the bottle and it smelled like AIR. I even had my mom smell it to be sure I didn’t have a broken nose or something. So I was able to take them without gagging from smell or taste.

So far so good.

The next day I wrote

Day 2 – The Plexus Skeptic

Yesterday I drank all the water recommended. Considering I am not a water drinker that alone is a huge change. Drank the Slim again this morning when I woke up and took the BioCleanse.

Was fully expecting to be sick because I once again have a migraine but I can happily say that I have not had any tummy troubles like I do to pretty much everything else. Weighed myself yesterday and then today (I weigh myself every day, its torture) and I was surprised to see that I was down 1.6 lbs. Not sure if that is Plexus or normal fluctuation. We will see.

So far I am happy!

Oh, and not sure if this was a Plexus thing or just a weird day but last night when I normally snack I didn’t crave anything salty and I went for the chocolate covered almonds, which I only had 3 of and my night craving was gone.

After that I was no longer a skeptic. In the first week I lost weight and inches, my IBS was GONE, I could eat and drink dairy, I was sleeping, my cravings were gone, my snacking was gone, I was awake and I had energy during the day. I felt good for the first time in years.

By Christmas of 2014 I was done with 6 valium a day and off of one anti-depressant, for the first time since 2007. Since then I have lost over 30lbs and kept it off, I have earned money on products I ordered, my mom has been taking the products because she was amazed by the difference in ME, my pain levels are much more easily controlled even with an RA and Degenerative Disc disease diagnosis, I haven’t had a single flu or infection and sooo much more!

The best part though? I feel alive again. I went years feeling like I was merely co-existing in a world in which I didn’t belong. There were MANY times I begged God to take me home, I cried out to Him asking why I was still here. I don’t feel like that anymore. Every day is a new challenge and a new adventure.

I am excited to see how Plexus continues to work in me over the next year and I would love to talk to you more about it! Women who have had infertility from PCOS and other issues have become pregnant with Plexus and carried healthy full term babies, men have got on board and us Plexus people have a slogan saying “Real men don’t wear pink, they DRINK it”.

So many people are free of heart meds, cholesterol meds, thyroid meds, no longer suffering from lyme disease and its symptoms, having less flare ups in autoimmune diseases or complete remission.

It truly is AMAZING how something natural and plant based can heal us from the inside in such profound ways! Want to do your own research for your own symptoms? Google your issue + leaky gut and be amazed by how even mental illness is being affected by poor gut health!

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Oct 212015
 

Today Jen from Faith Mustard Seed and a group from her church hopped on a plane to go over to Cambodia for 10 days. She sent out a document to all of us and asked us to fill out a time to pray for them each day. Pray that they are doing well, staying safe, and of course reaching many with the gospel! If you could take time each day and just say a quick prayer for all missionaries that would be wonderful!

I watched War Room the other day. At first I thought “this doesn’t apply to me because I am not married” then as I continued to watch I found myself saying “Amen” and “Hallelujah” and before I knew it I was looking around trying to figure out where I could set up my own war room!! A place for me to kick Satan out of my life and for me to invite God and scripture and all that is good IN.

Last night I journaled like I do in one way or another most days, but after the first paragraph my journaling turned into a prayer and not a prayer that I would normally write, not one that started with “Heavenly Father…” no… instead my prayer was flowing from me and likely only made sense to God!

Father please enter this home and cast Satan out. Remove the negativity that comes and replace it with Your unconditional love. Stand guard over my parents and children and protect them from pain and death!

I cast you out Satan. I cast you out of my thoughts. I refuse to allow you to plant your evil seeds of doubt! Jesus Christ fills me! The Holy Spirit surrounds me and God the Father casts you down into the pits of hell from which you came!

Jesus, You are my Protector. My Father. The One who loves. Your Spirit bright and True. My Saviour.

I chose to follow You each and every day of my life Jesus! Thank You for breathing the Holy Spirit into me every moment of every day!

~Amen

Oct 182015
 

We are always promised new life as Christians yet it seems like we spend just as much time attending funerals as we do attending church and one has to wonder why does God choose to take away?

I have come to look at this world as a holding cell of sorts and death being our rescue from this often scary and sad place. Morbid right?

I have met so many Christians who believe we are in the end of days because of all that is going on in the world, in government, politics, war… I wonder to myself when I hear this how many times in history Christians must’ve prepared for the very same reasons.

Preparation though doesn’t mean canning a ton of food and having cases of water stacked up just in case. Preparation is a heart issue, a God issue. If you were to meet our Lord and Father right now would He let you in? If you aren’t sure then it is time to look deep and make some changes. While I am not God and honestly don’t know if I hit the mark, I certainly believe that I do because my heart is in the right place, I do my best to be obedient to Him and to listen for Him to speak to me. It is rarely easy.


New life springs up though even in the craziest of places. So does death. This week, I went to check if my very healthy looking aloe plant needed watered and it fell apart in my hand rotten. What I was seeing –nice plump leaves filled with healing goodness had a rotting base with some sort of bug causing it to literally fall apart all over with just one touch. Life is that fragile and what looks good doesn’t always have good roots and this is why the Bible talks to us so much about where we sow our seeds so that they will take root and grow!

Then there is this plant. Forgotten about ALL summer red from sunburn and dehydration. Found about a month ago and given a drink with little hope. I nearly tossed it instead of watering it but I figured one drink wouldn’t hurt. It perked right up and as you can see has put out new shiny green leaves along with flower buds galore! Why? Because it’s roots and soil were good enough to keep the plant strong.


Outward appearances clearly aren’t what they appear to be. Most days, I look more like the ratty Christmas cactus withered, dusty, old –yet my roots are firmly placed on the Rock of God and my fertilizer is the Word.

Next time you look at the shiny lady who seems to have it all together, pray for her because her roots may be rotten and riddled with bugs just like that Aloe plant.

Praying you all have had a happy weekend.

Tomorrow the Hello Mornings Challenge begins in the book of Mark. I will be joining in on Twitter using the hashtag #HMCCT so if you see me tweeting feel free to ask questions, join in and tweet back!!

Oct 132015
 

Today was more of the same old, hanging out online, checking emails, reading, chatting with my mom, waiting for the clouds to clear and the sun to poke through –which it did, and for a change –waiting for the telephone/internet guy to come sometime after 8am. He showed up around 3pm and was here about an hour. He is pretty confident everything is fixed and going to work well now but only time will tell and he said he would follow up in a few days.

Have you ever had to wait for someone all day like that? I must’ve checked the time every ten minutes feeling like hours had passed without him arrival. Feelings of being forgotten about or missed ran through my head and then I would look and it was only noon. Time stood still.

I am a stay at home mom and my kids are in school so really the day should have been pretty basic and like any other but that added intrusion of the wait really wore me out and wore on my nerves. I had to dig deep and be patient, after tweeting the company for being slow, which I did {hopefully} rectify when I tweeted them thanking them for their service and for the thorough job that their technician did.

As Christians though, aren’t we always in a time of wait or of counting? Waiting for the second coming and wondering at every turn if this is it, if the signs we are seeing are in fact Biblical. Waiting as we count down the days to Christmas through Advent, then to Easter through Lent and so on. When you add in back to school, weekends, schools out, holidays, and other things we are always waiting, always counting and planning and never truly mastering patience because if we were practicing the virtue of patience we wouldn’t need to do the counting or have an emotional response to whatever is coming next, we would humbly live each day the way we live every day and simply trust in God’s timing rather than in that of our clocks and calendars. We would probably even realize we are enjoying things a whole lot more.

Yet, even as that stay at home mom it is impossible to toss the clock and live by feel alone because the world is a scheduled place and we have to plan for what comes even though we know that God always provides.

His provision and my laziness can often go hand in hand, I can easily say that I don’t need a garden or to go to the store for food because God will provide, and while it is doubtful we would starve to death God IS providing for us by giving us the ability to grow food and the money to pick up groceries and even if we don’t have the money He has given us social services that will help us get through the thick of it.

The ant and the grasshopper has always been a wonderful parable, both secular and biblically speaking. The grasshopper is out and plays all the time and then finds comes winter that there is no food stores and the ant worked all summer –hard, and has an abundance.

I don’t want to be either. I want to be a beautiful hybrid of the two. I want to work when I need to and enjoy life at the same time. I don’t want all work and no play or all play and no work. God created me to be a balanced being and when I lean too far one way it topples everything else over.

Do you relate to the ant or the grasshopper? Are you always in a phase of waiting? Some days it feels like I am an airplane set in a holding pattern, waiting… just waiting.

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