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Trust in the Lord

There are moments in my life when I realize just how young I am, and I learn the importance of weighing things against the test of time. This moment in my life is one of them.

I could list many things that I have held onto as definite, that turned out to be not so defined or long-lasting. Just to name a few, early high school I thought I was going to be a film score composer, freshman year of college I thought I’d for sure teach English in Japan, this time last year I thought I would be with my (now ex) boyfriend forever, and this past May I thought I would be following the Paleo diet for the rest of my life. Each time I make these resolutions, I mock my previous self as knowing nothing, and that I know so much better now.

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Blessed

I am so so blessed. And I can only turn around and praise Yahweh. I did not do anything to deserve everything He gives me.

 

I am so blessed that my Christian campus ministry, InterVarsity, only has eight returning students in my dorm. To put that in context, we normally have fifteen to twenty students. So what’s so great about eight? We have eight passionate and dedicated students. I would rather have eight zealous students than twenty lukewarm students any day. Can you imagine how much YHWH can do with eight passionate students? It’s incredible. I am so excited.

 

I am so blessed that the health foods store is only a half-hour walk or fifteen-minute bus ride away. That is closer than the nearest Walmart or Target! (Which is a half-hour to forty minute bus ride). And it’s a big store! They have everything I like to buy in stores and online, as well as fresh produce. So fancy stuff I was planning on buying on Amazon? Hello to no shipping. I am so blessed to have all of my health needs so close at hand.

 

I am so blessed by the WordPress Messianic/Hebrew Roots blogging community. Not only is there so much to learn, but each writer has a slightly different perspective and interpretation. It helps to keep me grounded and (hopefully) unbiased to one particular view. Further, I happen to read entries on a topic just when I need it. For example, two entries by James about the relationship between Jews and non-Jews, and the importance of being Gentile! Tomorrow I’ll go to my first Shabbat with the Jewish organization on campus, and it was nice to have a reminder of my place in relation to the Jews I’ll be interacting with.

 

And that’s why Yeshua reminds us not to worry. I was so worried about my time at school, as much as I tried not to be. And now I see that there really was no reason to be worried. He’s got me covered. He will never let me go.

I am so blessed. The Father is so wonderful. He blesses us all so abundantly.

 

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A Few of my Favorite Things

I love cooking. And I miss cooking so much. I don’t really have free reign over my host family’s kitchen here, so when I do get to cook I get all giggly and excited. I’m even having fantasies about all the cooking I want to do this summer. What kind of cooking do I want to do?

Well, as I mentioned in my first post I plan on eating a paleo diet. The paleo diet is based on the idea that in the Paleolithic era before agriculture, humans at mostly meat and vegetables, and lots of vegetables. For someone who can’t eat wheat and other gluten foods, this sounds really exciting. There are so many health benefits, and I’ve already been growing suspicious of processed foods and GM foods for a while, so eating 100% natural is something I’m more than ready to do.

Being gluten sensitive has alerted me to other silly things we do to our bodies, so I have other plans for switching over to a natural lifestyle. One such thing is no-poo, AKA no shampoo. There are many chemicals in shampoo (like SLS) that strip your hair of it’s natural oils. I’ve hardly been shampooing my hair for the past 9 months, and my hair has gone from wavy/frizzy to curly! And the shampoo I do use is a natural shampoo, but apparently there’s a wonderful baking soda method. That could be so cheap! All you need is baking soda and water, which is 2 dollars of baking soda that will last a long time because you’re only using one tablespoon every wash. (You then use vinegar-water as conditioner, an acid to counter the basic qualities of baking soda.)

But wait, if I want to cut the chemicals out of hair products, what about skin products? Skin is the largest organ we have, and if I keep using chemical-loaded soaps, lotions, and sun block, how is that any good? It’s not! After doing some research, I found that natural oils like coconut can effectively be used instead of sunblock or even instead of lotion. I’ve also found an excellent recipe for tallow lotion bars. And toothpaste too! Just today I found another excellent recipe for coconut oil-baking soda toothpaste.

Basically, I’m turning into the natural, health-conscious kind of person that annoys my dad. From the outside, it seems really unnecessary and inconvenient. But it is really unnecessary to live a healthier lifestyle that makes your body work better and happier? Is it really inconvenient to live a lifestyle that doesn’t follow the status quo?

Yahweh said to Moses on Mt. Sinai, “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you will pay careful attention to what I say and keep my covenant, then you will be my own treasure from among all the peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you will be a kingdom of cohanim for me, a nation set apart.” And if you look at the set of principles He gave to the Israelites, it outlines a healthier lifestyle than they had before. The meats he told them to avoid, the health procedures, sexual activities, it was for their health.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not suddenly taking on a different lifestyle because I want to be a nonconformist for Jesus. Rather, God has been putting these things on my heart, about taking care of my body and living naturally. Which means that my gluten insensitivity was a blessing, not a curse, because it will force me to lead a healthier lifestyle. And so, I take encouragement from God’s message to the Israelites. As an adopted Israelite, I too am set-apart, and it gives me great joy. So when people ask me why I’m making the life choices that I am, I will simply say, “Because Yahweh loves me and wants me to take care of the body He has blessed me with.”

What about you? Is your body just a burden? Or is it a blessing? I’d love to hear your thoughts.