“But he answered and said, “it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone”
That’s right, you guessed it! We are cutting out carbs! Personally, besides reducing my intake of sweets, cutting carbs has got to be theee hardest challenge thus far. Carbs are my best friend, when I’m hungry and need a snack, carbs are always there to comfort me. This week, I wanted to turn up the challenge a notch because I feel like we’ve been taking it easy for a while and probably not seeing much of a change in our weight. We have 6 weeks left, let’s go hard or GO HOME.
There are carbs in just about everything we eat (besides meat protein), yogurt, fruit and even eggs. Not all carbs are created equal. In our attempt to develop healthier lifestyles, we should stay away from anything that says “enriched” or “bleached”. These foods are a big no-no. Eating too much of these types of carbs may lead to weight gain and that dreaded, stubborn belly fat.
Did you know that a low carb diet aids in flattening your tummy? Yes, it’s true!!
Try increasing your intake of fruits, veggies and drinking plenty of water and you’ll notice a difference.
MB- Moxie Bexie
Pause, rest, repeat
Today, much of our lifestyles and livelihoods seem to be technology driven. Without my smartphone or tablet, I would probably forget, more often that not, where I am supposed to be and who I am supposed to be meeting with, never mind the route I need to take to get there. We even have hands free devices so that we can continue our constant communication on the go. But one lesson we have all learned at some point or another, is that all of our devices eventually need to be recharged, restarted, or in the most aggravating of cases, “restored to its original settings”.
You know the point that I’m talking about – there are too many applications open on your smartphone so it begins to drain the battery life, or the response time is much slower; or the laptop that begins to beep at you and flash threatening messages…
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When I saw this, I knew I had to repost it. I want to remind YOU today that your dreams are still possible. Let go of the past mistakes, hurt, failure and disappointments and use them as stepping stones! Stop making excuses and blaming people for your set backs! As long as you have breath today, you have an opportunity to create a beautiful future. Keep moving forward
MB- Moxie Bexie
As I write the final chapter of my “blessing of brokenness” series, I pray that parts 1 and 2 were a blessing and edifying to you. I hope this simple post will touch hearts and be a constant reminder that the difficulty that God allows in our lives isn’t meant to destroy us but bring us closer and make us better.
Walter and Tramaine Hawkins sang a beautiful duet called “The Potters House” A verse of their song is:
“In case you have fallen by the wayside of life; dreams and visions shattered, You’re all broken inside. You don’t have to stay in the shape that you’re in; the potter wants to put you back together again, oh, the potter wants to put you back together again.”
The song is about 20 years old and yet the lyrics are still very relevant today. After the storms of life have beaten you down and have torn apart the very thing that you once held dear to your heart, what do you do?
I’ve heard the saying, “the one that God will use mightily He will cause to hurt deeply”
Don’t stress about the brokenness of your life, gather the shattered pieces and place it into the hands of the potter. He can create something beautiful with our broken pieces. This reminds me of the process of gold. To the untrained eye a person would toss a pile of black rocks, but to a gold miner they know exactly what they are holding. In order for those “rocks” to become gold, they must go through a vigorous process.
Don’t give up during the process! It may be painful, it will be uncomfortable, but be faithful and remain in the hands of the potter. Take a moment and praise God because in the end you will be more beautiful than when you went in.
“You who are broken, stop by the potter’s house.
You who need mending, stop by the potter’s house;
give Him the fragments of your broken life,
my friend, the potter wants to put you back together again,
oh, the potter wants to put you back together again “
Leave everything in His capable hands.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)