Friday, December 2, 2016

Communicate In Love

I created this graphic a couple of weeks ago and put it on my social media. I'm so struck by the tone of our collective voices in this country lately.

There has been so much hate, anger, fear, concern - and rightly so in most cases. But yelling and violence isn't the answer to hate, anger or fear; I think it just adds to it.

Paul - you know Paul. Paul was a persecutor of Christians, he held coats while others stoned Christians. He called himself zealous and approved of it all!

That Paul. He tells us to speak truth in love.


OK, so something that is truth to you may not be truth to me. I'm thinking social-issue or politics-wise. What I believe to be true about something like abortion, is going to be different than what another believes. And we both believe we are speaking truth. Yet, in the disagreement, why is there so much hatred flung at each other? Why is there never a civil conversation?

Why aren't we speaking in love?

Why aren't we listening (in love), instead of being so quick to point out why the other is wrong so we can make our point?

When we argue and hate, nobody's mind gets changed.

Disagree, but don't be disagreeable.

My husband and I have an acquaintance who is gay. We love him to pieces and he's always such a joy to be around. I saw the fear on his Facebook page after the election, and that's what really got me to thinking about the way we talk to people.

As someone who believes the way he lives his life is not God's best for him, how would it help him, or me, or we as a society, if we told him how horrible he is and condemned him? No! I feel motivated to have a conversation with him and find out what his fears are and what I, just one individual, can do to help him feel a little less fearful.

And honestly, I feel motivated to love on him more than we already do, because he's such a loving, great guy.

I know some are pretty devastated by the election results. But ask yourself what you can do to help bring a healing narrative to your corner of the world. Whether it's abortion, gay rights, racial issues or just plain fear, what can we do to help bring love?

What words can you say in love?

How can you bring peace or hope to the fearful ones around you?

I know this seems off the topic of health. But doesn't it help us tell a better story with our life if we take time to listen? To understand? To just love someone and speak love over them?

Let's allow God to do the judging. Jesus just requires us to love.

God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love - like Christ in everything. Paul, Ephesians 4:15 [MSG]

Friday, November 25, 2016

Be Real Health Journal: Christmas Discount

I saw someone on Facebook gleefully announce there are only 5 Fridays left before Christmas.

What? No, just stop it.

Really. Stop.

But it's true. Only 5.

So I wanted to connect with you and let you know about the special offer I have on my book right now. BeReal Health Journal: A Guide To Slowing Down for Better Health is only $11 from now through December 16. That's $5 off the cover price!

Just use the promo code HEALTHY17 at checkout.
Click here to order your copy, and get some for your friends and family as Christmas gifts. They're all going to want to get healthy after the holidays anyway, so why not get them started?

This would make a great devotional for you to do with a friend or in a group as we enter the new year.

But don't wait! This offer expires at 11:59 pm on Friday, December 16.

Click here to order Be Real Health Journal: A Guide To Slowing Down for Better Health, and use the promo code HEALTHY17.

Thank you for being a faithful friend and reader of my blog Be Real Health. You are a treasure and I couldn't do what I do without you!


Friday, November 18, 2016

Tropical Pumpkin

Tropics. Pumpkins.

No, it's not Opposite Day.

I promise, this is fabulous. OK, so the picture may not look so appetizing - I'm not much of a food photographer. But you will LOVE Tropical Pumpkin.

This was created because I had leftover pumpkin from my Pumpkin Chili, and because I can't have pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. You know, that whole no gluten, dairy or eggs thing.

So, ta-daa - Tropical Pumpkin. Let me know what you think!

Tropical Pumpkin
1-15 ounce can pumpkin (not pie mix)
1 large, ripe, mashed banana
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1 very generous tablespoon (4t) pure maple syrup
2 pinches of salt
2-3T hazelnuts (pecans or walnuts would be good, too)
Sprinkle the top with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves

Mix well.

Delicious at room temperature (as made) or cold (from the refrigerator). But warmed up = comfort food! My favorite.

This recipe is gluten-free, diary-free, egg-free, but definitely not flavor-free! I'd love to hear how you make it your own or what you serve it with!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Weekend Reads

Photo: Drew Coffman

It's been super busy at my house this week. My daughter and her husband were finally able to move into their new home, prayer meeting Monday night, election returns Tuesday night, leaders meeting Wednesday night, and here it is, Thursday afternoon, and I'm finally able to sit down to write.

Hurry up, inspiration, where are you?


Ever have weeks like that?

In my rush to write with limited time, I have no deep words or encouragement or inspiration for you. Ideas, but not time to develop them.

But I have friends who did, so I'm going to share some of their work this week.

I hope that's ok with you.

I've sharedPhilip's music with you before, and I still have codes left if you haven't gotten your free download from him. Let me know.

Philip just released his new Christmas album this week, Finding Sanctuary: Christmas. Oh. My. Goodness! LOVE! Naturally, it's beautiful, soothing piano music. Get your download here for only $8, or wait a couple of weeks for the CD for only $12. Both come with other bonuses.

"You might find yourself in a parking lot…risking conversation with strangers because you are desperate for help. And you might cry…not because they have the all the answers…but because they saw you. They heard you. They touched you. And they cared."

"In a culture which feeds selfishness it will take a collection of intentional choices each day to create a way of living where you are not sucked into the vacuum of an out of balance life."

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field." [Matthew 13:44] I'm buying dirt. With everything I've got. Because that's where the lasting treasure is.

"Our mission may not look like Esther’s, but it’s every bit as important. Keep seeking the face of God, keep persevering in the face of persecution, and keep serving to glorify Him."