Why I’m Rethinking Everything

Why I’m Rethinking Everything

My heart weighs heavy. This. This is what I want my kids to know: Power of The Meek I want them to know God’s power. I want them to know how much He loves and how much He wants to use us to help others. Have I done my job as a homeschool mom if they have learned reading, writing and arithmetic, but haven’t learned of God’s love? How to love others? How to love Him above all else? But how can I teach them something I don’t truly know myself? Do I love Him above all else? Do I show His love to others? To my kids? Didn’t I just snap at them for interrupting me as I’m concentrating on writing this? Thank God for grace, mercy and forgiveness. Thank you for second chances. For third. For ten million and twenty-third. Guide us. LEAD us. Take us on your journey.   These thoughts brought to you by the stirrings in my heart from reading Kristen Welch’s Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer...
To Wheat or Not to Wheat? That is the… Privilege?

To Wheat or Not to Wheat? That is the… Privilege?

The last couple months have been a blur of trials and titles. Wheat-free, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free. It all started with this post. I’ve scoured blogs, articles, medical resources and Pinterest for information, recipes and the truth about the foods we eat. But I’m shocked with what God showed me… So what is the truth? There are tons of articles claiming one side of the story, and just as many articles refuting them. There are people who blog passionately on both ends of the spectrum, and many who meet in the middle and tend to be a bit more balanced. But who’s right? In the end, I can only go by the testimonies of people I know who have shared with me about their families. Like the kind-hearted lady whose whole family has been able to go off of all kinds of medications for different maladies by going wheat-free and grain-free. Or my new friend who shared how her husband’s blood pressure and cholesterol has dropped to normal levels after only two months of removing wheat from his diet. They still eat fatty foods like bacon and butter, yet his own father continues to struggle with the same issues despite being on all kinds of medications and eating ‘low fat’, but still eating wheat. And then of course, there’s one of the most wonderful women I know, who has dropped her insulin from 60 mg a day to just 20 mg because removing wheat and sugar has made all the difference in her diabetes. I have no doubt that going wheat-free and gluten-free can definitely make a HUGE difference to...
Wheat Free? Not Me! Here’s Why…

Wheat Free? Not Me! Here’s Why…

Two, very-long weeks after we started, our family’s wheat-free experiment has come to an end. The goal was to increase our quality of life – to be healthier, more alert and fit. So yes, those things might have occurred. But at what cost? Call me a quitter. Call me a failure. But I have my reasons… We don’t have to – None of us are Celiacs. Although I can’t deny that wheat does affect our bodies in other ways, there is no physically violent reaction to it that forces us to stay away from it. I don’t like being in the kitchen for most of my day – Going wheat-free requires an awful lot of work. I don’t mind cooking, but I don’t love it enough to do it four hours a day. Yes, there are great recipes to be found but each requires a lot of preparation. I not only had to cook a full-on supper every night (no easy nights like pancakes) but I also had to cook at lunch time every day too. There is no plopping a loaf of bread on the table and having the kids make their own sandwich. Lunches had to be prepared meat, salads and other sides. We like to eat out – One thing about being a minimalist means finding a few things you really enjoy and focussing on them. Our family really enjoys eating out – not at fancy sit-down restaurants, but at take-out places where you bring your food down to the river and enjoy the scenery while you laugh and eat and enjoy each other. Sure, there...
How To Achieve Balance In Your Life

How To Achieve Balance In Your Life

We all know when our lives are out of balance. We can feel it in our bones and see it in our stress levels. This past month, I’ve let myself get out of balance again. I can be on the ball with the homeschooling schedule, but  be behind on my office work.  I can have days where I get lots of work done, but then my daughter feels neglected. I can remember to eat healthy and exercise, but… okay, I haven’t remembered to eat healthy and exercise lately. Sigh. It happens to all of us. So what can we do about it? How do we get in balance? Here are some tips: Define what needs to balance -Remember that we are not just physical beings. We have a spiritual side, an emotional side, and an intellectual side. Remember to include all these areas when trying to balance. For me, a balanced life includes time with God, time with my family and friends, homeschooling, office work, writing, housekeeping, eating healthy and exercising. Take some time right now to make a list of your own priorities. Take a second look at your list – How long is it? You can’t balance 30 apples on a scale that is meant to hold 20. Don’t be afraid to cut some things out. Minimalism runs deeper than just getting rid of your things. Bring it to God – This could easily be the first point. Commit your lives to Him and let Him lead you. He will show you what needs to be balanced and what needs to go. Start Your Mornings Right –...
Why Netflix Is Costing You More Than You Think

Why Netflix Is Costing You More Than You Think

Gone are the days of $5 movie rentals. With Netflix, you can get unlimited access to a number of movies each month for just under $10. What a deal! What a steal! Or is it? Netflix may be costing you a lot more than you think. A few months ago, I was trying to find a certain foreign show on the internet only to discover it was not viewable from my country. Then I remembered Netflix. Sure enough, they had the show. Since our family has never signed up for it, we could get a trial month for free. Perfect! I could watch the show I wanted and then cancel. Except Netflix doesn’t want you to cancel. They are banking on the fact that you won’t cancel once you sample their wares (isn’t that what drug dealers do?) and they are usually right. But they didn’t get me. A couple days after I watched my show, I browsed through the other offerings Netflix has. The reality donned on me. I no longer have to go to a video rental store – the video rental store is right in my house! And therein lies the problem. Here is what I discovered about Netflix, and why it costs more than you think: It’s Too Accessible – There are all kinds of movies I would never rent from a video store, and now I’ve invited them all into my home.  There are genres and topics that go against my faith… and if I sign up for Netflix, I’m paying to have them delivered directly to me (whether I watch them or not)....