Being a Glutton

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So now that I’ve proclaimed the simplicity of the gospel, I think it’s important that I also start sharing some of my own personal struggles. And although It’s embarrassing and shameful, I know that there is encouragement and power in our testimonies.

See I want ya’ll to know that I’m not just running my mouth on the internet. I am also working out my own salvation with fear and trembling. And so with all that being said, I’m going to start by confessing that I am a glutton.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)

A glutton is someone who eats excessively and voraciously (in an insatiable manner). To me, being gluttonous depends on what we eat, when we eat, how much we eat, why we eat and how we see food. So even though I am a vegetarian, my restrictions from eating meat (personal conviction) and dairy products (due to breastfeeding) has caused me to want to gormandize. I mean, I think about food ALL of the time. Whether I’m thinking about eating it, cooking it or buying it (I love grocery shopping!). And I have become extremely health conscious over the years which in addition to food has become a form of idol worship. 

Now, all of this has just been revealed to me. I never knew I had a problem until I couldn’t control myself (or change my eating habits) as I began to see and feel my health deteriorating. And you may be thinking, “How can a vegetarian be unhealthy?” but a vegetarian is just someone who doesn’t eat meat. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t scarfing down Doritos and Little Debbie cupcakes! But anyway, God, in His love and kindness has given me the grace, wisdom and strength to overcome this if I will swiftly repent. So even though I am just beginning my process, I want to share what has been helping me in case any of you are also struggling.

1. I began to acknowledge gluttony as the SIN that it is

Overeating is just as bad as smoking and drinking (and fornicating!). It’s a lust of the flesh which always leads to death and destruction. It’s idolatry. And it is an addiction. And it will ruin your health just like the other things I just mentioned.

2. I’m praying and fasting

We need to petition God for help because we can’t do what’s good or right in our own strength. Self control is a fruit of the Spirit. And remember, our weapons of warfare are not carnal.

3. I’m slowly eliminating unhealthy foods from my diet

I’ve started by first eliminating unnecessary foods from my menu. The way to do this is to decide what you actually like to eat (that is real and nutritious!) and eat those same things everyday. For instance, I really like lemons, pears, avocados, romaine hearts, tomatoes and red onions so I just eat that. And whenever I start craving other things I just remind myself that I have sin to deal with therefore I ain’t got time to be picky or fancy! And I know that eating the same (or simple things) seems boring in this day and age but quite frankly, as Christians, we shouldn’t be caught up in the hype of food blogs and eating extravagant meals all day, everyday anyway (and especially not if we’re having problems!).

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:31-33, NLT)

4. And in relation to the previous passage,  I take it one day at a time.

(continuing with Matthew Chapter 6, verse 34, NLT) “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

Another thing I struggle with is perfectionism. It all starts with being unrealistic or a little bit too ambitious. So focusing on one day (or even one meal!) at a time has really helped me not to get discouraged or overwhelmed.

So I hope that this post has been helpful. If anything, I hope that it reminds you to pray for me. God has blessed us with so much beautiful, textured, aromatic, delicious and nutritious real food. And there’s no doubt in my mind that He intended for it to be pleasurable. But the problem is, we’ve gone to far! We’re either eating any and everything or we’ve made real food and good health idols. So let’s repent and get it together.

With love, Brandi

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Since I’m still nursing my daughter, I usually just fast until dinner. But juicing is another great way to bring your flesh into subjection.

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Kale, Spinach, Celery, Cucumbers, Apples and Lemons

 

 

 

God is not “Dope”

 

So last week I talked a little bit about fearing God, and in addition to that post I just want to comment on some foolish quotes I’ve been seeing. Now we all know that God is good  (which is the adjective definition of “Dope”) but we need to be careful whenever we find ourselves in agreement with this world. This world is wicked and deceived so you can be sure that God isn’t flattered, let alone pleased.

When we allow ourselves to become enticed by the world’s cool version of God (and their false gospel!), we are on our way to being drawn back into darkness. God is not our homeboy! He is not what’s trending or or in style. God is HOLY, and He doesn’t change with (and isn’t represented by!) the culture. This mindset is disrespectful and carnal (obviously because the carnal mind is enmity against God! Romans 8:7).

So we really have to start fearing the Lord because our deceitful hearts and this world wants to make God and His son Jesus Christ out to be something that they are not. No matter how much the times have changed or what society “evolves” into, God is the same as He has always been and He will never change.

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?(Numbers 23:19, NLT)

(a couple more scriptures)

  • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, NLT)
  • A voice said, “Shout!” I asked, “What should I shout?” “Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field. The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8, NLT)

God is who HE says He is, And He likes (and He hates!) what He always said He did! We can not change Him. And the world can not change Him (or His standards!) in order to accommodate their sin and worldliness.  So instead of coming in agreement with trying to alter God and His Word, we need to start fighting through the sanctification process of being transformed by the renewing of our minds. We can not properly serve the Lord still thinking, doing or being like we were when we were in the world.

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. “(Romans 12:1-2, NLT)

Jesus Christ and his true followers (or children of God) do not fit into this world so don’t fall into that “coexist” or tolerance trap. Don’t be ashamed of holiness either and be prepared for the rejection that comes along with being fully surrendered. Seriously, pray and stand your ground, or be washed away in this great flood of deception. We’re in the end times!

With nothing but love, Brandi

♥♥ Sometimes we entertain the world’s foolishness because we are covetous. Meaning we still desire notoriety and to live a certain (worldly) lifestyle. But that is idolatry and it’s offensive to God. We have to be content with the truth (which is Jesus Christ) alone. 

Read this: (Malachi 3:13-18, NLT) “You have said terrible things about me,” says the Lord. “But you say, ‘What do you mean? What have we said against you?’ “You have said, ‘What’s the use of serving God? What have we gained by obeying his commands or by trying to show the Lord of Heaven’s Armies that we are sorry for our sins? From now on we will call the arrogant blessed. For those who do evil get rich, and those who dare God to punish them suffer no harm.’” Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name. “They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child. Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”

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Fearing God

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:7)

So there’s this common idea, or misconception (which is a view or an opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding) that suggests that we don’t have to be afraid of God. We’re being told (by people who obviously don’t fear God!) that fearing the Lord means just believing in Him or just “respecting” His position as God. But God is not the president or some big boss of your company. He is our heavenly Father. And what child (with any sense!) isn’t afraid of their parent’s wrath!?

See we’ve gotten this thing all backwards. We ARE to be afraid of God. What we aren’t to do is fear man. Man is who we should be merely “respecting”.

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)

See pastors who tell you not to be afraid of God are most likely the same pastors who don’t preach repentance or holiness. That’s the problem with these churches now. But how many of you know that truly fearing God is the only way that we will depart from evil and become acceptable to Him. Yes, we are drawn by His love and kindness but it is the FEAR of the Lord that keeps up abiding.

By mercy and lovingkindness and truth [not superficial ritual] wickedness is cleansed from the heart, And by the fear of the Lord one avoids evil. (Proverbs 16:6, AMP) 

If we want our relationship with the Lord to be more than shallow and sensual (or emotional)  then we better get serious about HIS terms and HIS standards. Being afraid of God will not hinder your relationship with Him. As a matter of fact, it will make it better than ever! Because this is when you will begin to experience true love for and intimacy with the Father.

 The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.” (Psalm 25:14, AMPC)

So I just wanted to briefly address this mindset, and more importantly, leave you with a few scriptures to get acquainted with. Let’s stop playing with God.

With nothing but love, Brandi

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Psalm 34:11-16, NET Come children! Listen to me! I will teach you what it means to fear  the LordDo you want to really live? Would you love to live a long, happy life? Then make sure you don’t speak evil words or use deceptive speech! Turn away from evil and do what is right! Strive for peace and promote it! The Lord pays attention to the godly
and hears their cry for help. But the Lord opposes evildoers
and wipes out all memory of them from the earth.”

Job 28:28  And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”

Matthew 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Philippians 2:12-13 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”  

Psalm 147:10-11 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.”

*Please note that we obey God because we love Him (and are in agreement with His perfect ways!). Enslaving, tormenting and condemning fear is not of the Father. Remember, we had a choice to either accept or reject the gospel!

John 14:21-24, NET The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.” “Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “what has happened that you are going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. The person who does not love me does not obey my words. And the word you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.” 

1 John 4:14-18, NLT And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.  Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”

The Mission of Motherhood Book review

As a mother, reading edifying books on motherhood is one of the ways that I refresh myself. So when Sally Clarkson (the author of this book) began to wrap up her message by explaining how a mother whose well is dry can not continue to give to others (well not without cratering!), I was beyond convinced that this book was (and is!) a treasure.

See Mrs. Clarkson has been more than a mentor to me.  She has served as THE mother of mothers in The Mission of Motherhood although she would probably disagree.

“I am not the perfect mother but my vision and understanding of God’s design and intentions gives me a standard of maturing to grow toward.” -Sally Clarkson, The Mission of Motherhood

I have never read a book on motherhood that was so blunt and unapologetic when addressing the Mother’s role in the home.  This book is filled with so much perspective and TRUTH, which is so supportive and encouraging to those of us trying to be godly mothers in this satanic world. The book is also filled with her (and her children’s) very own personal stories and testimonies. But not in a braggadocios way because I can not stand that! So trust me, their’s were fitting. The personal stories and analogies were very thought provoking and brought much clarity.

But anyway, as I was getting my thoughts together to share my review with you, I realized that I just could not say enough about this book! Seriously, it’s just that good! So if you’re longing for your home to be peaceful and life giving but you’re struggling with finding balance between building good relationships with you children and the day to day chores of homemaking, or if you’re just in need of some creative ideas and motivation to prepare your children’s hearts for the Lord, then this book is for you. In a world that perverts (and belittles!) the mother’s role (and responsibilities!) Sally gives much needed encouragement, assurance and VISION to us who are truly seeking the Lord in all things.

I remember she talked about motherhood being a partnership with God. Which is true. Not only have we been blessed to assist God in bringing human life into this world but we’ve been given the HONORABLE task of nurturing their little precious souls unto the Lord. NOTHING in the workplace can compete with that—truly impacting generations for the better and ushering people into the kingdom. So again, if you’re interested in being a good (godly) mom, please check out this book because this review doesn’t do it any justice!

Group hugs,
Brandi

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And I am not going to blame my messy hair on being a Mom! ( well at least not this time lol)

♥♥Ps. When looking through books that I might buy (or check out!), I always skim through the Table of Contents. This gives me a brief overview about what will actually be talked about. In case any of you are like me, I’ve taken the time to list the sections and chapter titles. I hope this further encourages you to check out the book out. Seriously, it will bless your life that much 🙂

The Mission of Motherhood (Touching your child’s heart for eternity)

Part 1: A Mother’s calling

  • 1. A Journey like no other (Discovering the mission of motherhood)
  • 2. Beautiful by design (Exploring the meaning of biblical motherhood)
  •  3. The Undivided heart (Committing our lives to God’s design)

Part 2: A Mother’s heart for her God

  • 4. The servant mother (Mothering with the heart of Jesus)
  • 5. The discipling mother (Reaching children’s heart for Christ)
  • 6. The teaching mother (Training children’s minds to think biblically)

Part 3: A Mother’s heart for her children

  • 7. Strong friend (Building loving relationships with our children)
  • 8. Gardener of souls (Cultivating and enriching our children’s lives)

Part 4: A Mother’s heart for her home

  • 9. Keeper of the domain (Embracing God’s call to homemaking)
  • 10. The creative mother (Opening windows to God’s artistry and greatness)
  • 11. The ministering mother (Bringing God’s purposes into our homes… and beyond)

Part 5: A mother’s heart for eternity

  • 12. The faithful mother (Finishing the journey with endurance and grace)

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DIY Spa Pedicure (and why I don’t go to the nail shops anymore)

I want to share with you guys how I do my own pedicures at home but first I want to briefly explain why I don’t go to the Asian places anymore. So I no longer go to the nail shops (or eat at most Chinese restaurants!) because these people (the owners of these establishments) are obviously worshiping false gods. And you may think that I’m being a little dramatic but why do think there are alters in these places?? Religion is really commercialized in the western world but people in different cultures are very serious about worshiping and paying homage to their ancestors and gods (aka demons). For some, it’s just common sense. But for many of us, things like this have to be brought to our attention. So I’m challenging you to examine yourselves. How is it that you (if you’re claiming to be of God!) are so comfortable amongst such profane things in these shops and with eating food sacrificed to idols? Just something to think about.

 

But anyway, my DIY Spa Pedicure! Now I’ve been giving myself pedicures for the past 2 years now and it is so easy and inexpensive. Here is a list of the things I recommend you have, as well as the steps to my little pedicure routine.

 

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1. A foot bath

Now I started off with one of those plastic dish tubs from the dollar store! Just recently, I worked my way to a real foot spa tub. So if you don’t have the budget to go all out, don’t worry about it (neither do I!). The plastic dish tub worked just fine. Honestly, the only reason I upgraded was because the water didn’t stay warm enough (or for too long).

2. A manicure set (or you can create your own by purchasing the items individually)

Just make sure that your set includes a nail clipper, emery boards, tweezers and a manicure (or cuticle) stick.

3. A pumice stone—this is a must! I got mine from big lots. I used to have a really good one from TJMaxx!

4. Some kind of foot soak. I just use a couple drops of Eucalyptus Essential oil

5. A moisturizer (preferably something creamy. If you’re interested, here’s the recipe to my DIY Lavender Body Butter that could also be used as a foot cream!)

and 6,7,8,9,10. Anything else you would like to personalize the experience. For instance, I like to light a pretty candle and add a handful of beautiful flower petals to my water. You could use flowers from your garden or buy them from the clearance section of your super market!

My routine

So first I RELAX, and soak my feet for about 10-15 mins. Then I cut my toenails and rub a little extra virgin olive oil into my cuticles (to soften them up). After soaking my feet for a few more minutes, I work on my cuticles then exfoliate the bottom of my feet with the pumice stone to my liking. Next, I file and shape my toe nails. I don’t wear any nail polish so this is the end where I would just pat my feet dry and apply something moisturizing. That’s it! And I always feel like a brand new woman.

So, I hope you consider all these things and let me know about some of your own natural beauty tips and/or routines!

With love, Brandi

♥♥In case you’re interested, I also blogged on..

Why I don’t wear make up and hair weaves

How I dress now after my encounter with Jesus

My Natural beauty tips for Christian women

How I care for my daughter’s natural hair

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Time for a trim! Which I do as often as she needs them.

My daughter Janelle is 8 years old, and she has some beautiful, long and healthy natural hair. But her hair hasn’t always been this long or this healthy because when I was in the world I didn’t know how to care for my own hair let alone hers! So anyway, I want to share what I’ve been doing just in case any of you are also on this healthy hair (and hair growth) journey.

1. I wash and deep condition her hair weekly

Every Sunday, I wash her hair and deep condition it with a hydrating hair mask. And after I’m done I dry it with an old maxi skirt (or t shirt). I do not use dry off towels, and I finger detangle her hair while I’m applying the deep conditioner.

2. Moisturizers and protective styling

Either every morning or every night before bed (depending on how her hair looks and feels) I apply a moisturizer and an oil to seal her hair. We both use the Mielle Organics Avocado hair milk as well as some regular avocado oil from the grocery store. This is a must! Because dry and frizzy hair is a recipe for breakage.

The next thing I do is also very important. I believe that protective styles and deep conditioning is what has done the most for her strands (meaning restoring them and retaining their length). So I keep her hair protected in loose buns, which she loves just as much as she enjoys wearing her hair down.

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3. I model godly femininity before her

Now ya’ll know me (if you follow my blog!), everything we do needs to be done to the glory of God. Raising godly daughters in this perverted and superficial world can be very challenging, especially when we have struggles and insecurities of our own. So I teach my daughter (from the bible and by being) that beauty as we know it is not of God (It’s seduction and deception!). I teach her that true femininity is about being modest (godly) and helpful (not hindering or competitive!). Now of course, she still wants to put on a floral dress and do something cute to her hair (we all do!) and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it doesn’t become an obsession or our identity is found in all of that. Also, I make sure that I’m kind to myself, and that I compliment other women and their unique features (like freckles etc.) in front of her. That way she can learn to embrace the diversity which in return (or subconsciously) will encourage her to love and to embrace herself.

So yeah, I hope that these things help you on your journey. May God bless you and all of your beautiful daughters 🙂

Much love, Brandi

♥♥By the way, here’s some more natural beauty tips for Christian women 

Vain belief vs Saving faith

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” (James 2:19. NLT)

So in a previous post I talked a little bit about false converts from the new age, and it inspired me to just address false converts in general. Because unfortunately, there are millions of people who think that they are “saved” (or in right standing with God) just because they believe in the God of the bible or in the idea of Jesus Christ. But I’m here to remind you that “believing” is not enough. We have to believe unto righteousness.

Romans 10:9 says that if we confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that Jesus  is Lord and was raised from the dead then we’ll be saved but your pastor left out the next and most important thing!

So let’s read it, starting at Romans 10:8 “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): (*verse 9:) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (*NOW VERSE 10:) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:8-10, *my own interjections)

You see, we have to believe UNTO righteousness. Like James said, all that Faith without works stuff is DEAD! And I’m not talking about our own self righteous works or efforts to try and appear godly to our own selves (or before men!). I’m talking about the POWER OF GOD that should be working in you to accomplish all that pleases Him.

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:12-13, NLT)

So if we’re denying God in our works (by the way we’re treating others and living out our lives), then we are either false converts or reprobate. And quite frankly, children of the devil.

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:16)

See salvation, and being a true believer doesn’t come from knowing of God (like the demons do!). It comes from hearing the truth and loving the truth (which is Jesus and his message or “gospel”) and loving the Father. And when we truly love God we obey Him and His commandments aren’t burdensome (1 John 5:3). We will begin to do what is good and right not because we’re forced to but because we’re in agreement with Him therefore He empowers us.

“And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” (Acts 5:32)

This is not only how we come to repentance but CONTINUE therein. When you truly have faith, you will no longer abide in this world or by it’s corrupted “beliefs” or value systems. After learning the ways of the Lord, you’ll become ashamed and remorseful behind how you have been living/sinning. And if you truly believe that Jesus died in order for us to overcome all of this, then you will believe to the point of abandoning  your life as you knew it to go on and wholeheartedly follow him.

So again, the result of faith is not going to hangout at some event called church on Sundays.  True, saving faith results in a (from the inside out) sanctification process. It’s being the butt of every joke. It’s losing all of your friends and family members because they’re offended by the TRUTH. So I hope you understand. Don’t be like those who have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. From such turn away.

With nothing but love, Brandi

♥♥By the way, I created a page where you can read along (or just watch and listen!) to the bible with me. If you’re interested, here’s the link 🙂

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

Bible reading: Galatians

Hey guys 🙂 I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! So this morning I read Galatians on the bible reading page of the blog and I also wanted to share the video on the home page because this letter is very informative. Today, people who aren’t even Jewish are going back and attempting to keep the law of Moses. If you aren’t careful, and deeply rooted in the Scriptures you could be blown away by this wind of the whole Hebrew roots movement (which is a false doctrine). So, if you’ve ever wondered (because I know I have!) what you should or shouldn’t be doing (or observing!) in Christ, join me because Galatians is a good place to start. Much love and prayers!

Your sister, Brandi

♥♥ Click here for more read along videos like this this one