I have so many posts backed up ready to share, however, I wanted to take some time to share with you a little bit of what’s been going on in my life.
I love this picture! Yummy fresh sardines! So nourishing, so tasty! Well, that post will be for another day.
I’m currently at DMACC. My class ended early and I need to stay until 9pm to lock down the building. What a perfect time to share with you my heart and where I’m currently at in my spiritual health.
I attended a wonderful women’s retreat this past weekend where I had the opportunity to spend some time with woman who are living for God. Now, they’re not all perfect. In fact, none of us are. We had a great opportunity to share what God is currently doing in our lives, our struggles and our victories.
For me, the biggest struggle in my life (which seems to never end) is my time and how I spend it. I’m a wife, mother, organic gardener, urban homesteader, web/graphic designer, web instructor, sister and friend. As you can tell, I’m a busy person and often that means neglecting God and his priorities that he has set before me. Being a wife and mother!
Is anyone else in the same boat??
Right before attending this retreat, I was considering a class to teach people how to source and cook Real Food. I was super excited and quite honestly knew it wasn’t what God wanted me to do. However, I wanted to do it anyways. How fun, right? Meeting new people, interacting, teaching, why not?!
Well, I just don’t have the time! That’s why, lol!!
God totally burned me. I enjoy social media and meeting new people online, however, I know I need to slow down!! I can’t compromise my time with my husband and children. Now that Nehemiah is getting older, I’ve been working on preschool lessons with him. He’s taking off and I know God wants me to put 100% into my kids. I’m currently praying about homeschooling and all which that entails.
Do any of you homeschool? Any resources to recommend? Directions?? Any help is way appreciated!
At the retreat I also had the opportunity to speak to woman about food. One thing I realized and was a little saddened by, is that when people see me or speak to me, the first thought that comes to their mind is food. As much as I love to teach people what I’ve learned over the years, I want to take this time to let people know that my life is NOT all about food and eating local, organic, and the such.
I want to apologize to all of my readers also, if by reading my blog that you have felt inadequate. If I have made you to feel that you are not doing all that you can to nourish your family by buying organic, and local and making everything from scratch, I deeply apologize!
First and foremost, our relationship with Jesus Christ is what is truly important. Eating local, organic and cooking everything from scratch does NOT secure us a seat next to our Father. Also, only our God knows the number of our days!! Please remember this. Their is NOTHING you can do that will keep you alive on this planet one extra day than what God has already planned!
With that said, I am NOT perfect. Who is?! Let me tell you, I’m a working mama. When I pull 12 hour days working on Monday’s and Wednesday’s, the last place I want to be is in my kitchen. Praise the Lord for freezer meal groups, however, when I don’t have a freezer meal, you had better believe I feel guilt free on ordering a Pizza Hut pizza! Yeah, I can make a darn good pizza from scratch but when I’m exhausted, the last thing my family needs is a grumpy mom and wife!
If I were to feel like I NEEDED to make a pizza for the sake of my families health, I would then be carrying a burden. A burden I was NEVER meant to carry! I would be chained to making something. What freedom is in that? It’s when I give these pressures to the Lord and ask him to bless my family and food that I then experience peace and live in Christ, not in my own actions.
Now, I’m not saying to order away and live your life in processed food, but to not LIVE for REAL FOOD. It can become an idol and something we think about so often that it replaces our one and only true and Living God!
I have an entire post coming up on Nourishing Traditions and The Makers Diet. One thing to think about… Is this a new diet fad? I enjoy NT and how it’s teaching so many americans how to stop eating processed foods and how to make a lifestyle change in making real food traditionally. Lord knows, many americans need this information. However, there are many inaccuracies in both books and although great resources they should never be held as complete truth and one should never live their lives for any book written by man.
I’m really excited as local Iowa moms and myself are going to be creating a new website focusing on community. Focusing on how we can love our neighbor as God has commanded us to help each other. A key component that is not stressed enough and has been lost over the years. Not just in food, but in life. Each one of us will be able to contribute and keep each other grounded in Christ. Living it local, living it in community, living it in Christ! Really, it’s going to be exciting as we teach other!! If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Until then, relax… surrender… take comfort in HIM!