38 In Glimpses

God My Healer // Glimpses Link Up

Last weekend my husband and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary in Santa Cruz, CA. The weather was perfect on Sunday as we played at the boardwalk, strolled downtown Santa Cruz and caught a showing of Wonder Woman. Unfortunately, we were fogged in on Monday so we were unable to get a glimpse of the eclipse and we had to settle for experiencing it through the lenses of others as we watched it unfold via social media. I was disappointed, but it was more important to spend time with my love and reconnect. We did just that. The only photos I took were of food. I guess I was too busy looking into my love’s eyes to remember to use my camera.

This past week I’ve really been struggling physically. Fibromyalgia pain is in full force, and I am experiencing severe pain in my left heal which I believe is due to the food I’ve been eating. Several weeks ago I was on a weight loss plan where I removed all processed sugars from my diet and most of my pain went away. I’ve fallen back into old habits and it’s really taking a toll on my body, so much so that walking is very hard. It hurts so bad.

I know that God can heal me in an instant, but I do believe He wants to teach me to be disciplined in the area of healthy eating. I wanted to keep up the plan I was doing but purchasing the food was very expensive for my budget and I couldn’t justify it. I know what I need to do, but I just don’t do it. Sound familiar?

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want,
but I do the very thing I hate. (Romans 7:15)

I’m praying for wisdom in this area and creative ways to grocery shop for the healthy foods I need. It’s not that my family eats junk all the time, but we do not eat “whole” and I cannot afford to buy for them and for me. And right now I don’t have the energy to convert everyone in the house to what I need. Money never seems to go far enough.

Back to God healing me in an instant. Yes, I believe He can, but I believe He won’t. I believe He wants me to walk in the way of health, to be good to my body, to not live in pain. Perhaps He will surprise me and heal me. He’s done it before. But I believe the healing will come as I learn to be a good steward of my body.

I believe the healing will come as I learn to be a good steward of my body. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

I welcome your ideas on how to eat healthy on a budget.

I am also praying in a mentor, someone who can come alongside of me, check in with me from time to time, ask me the hard questions because ladies, I need accountability, in all areas of my life. I believe there is someone out there that God would use in this area. Ultimately, I rely on God, but it would be really nice to have someone to talk to about this from time to time.

God is my healer and I’m trusting Him to show me the way.

God is my healer and I'm trusting Him to show me the way. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

Before I go, will you please remember Texas in your prayers as they are struggling with all that is happening with Hurricane Harvey. I’m praying for God to calm the storms and that no more lives are lost.

Thank you for being here. I appreciate you allowing me to process life out loud.

And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.

Glimpses #591-600

591. Beautiful sunflowers that grace the table.
592. Back to school shopping and lunch with my daughter.
593. Taking a year off from homeschooling.
594. Morning snuggles with the grandsons.
595. A vendor bringing lunch for the office.
596. The awe and wonder of the Eclipse.
597. God’s beauty on display.
598. A backyard BBQ on a warm summer night.
599. Root Beer popsicles.
600. Jehova Rophe – God my healer.

The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!

It is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
1. Grab the button to place in your post, or simply link back here.
2. Link up with the post permalink, and not just your blog url.
3. Visit and encourage others who link up. We need each other!
4. Share about the link up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find each other’s posts.



 

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Lesley
    August 28, 2017 at 12:23 am

    I think it’s true that, while God could just heal us instantly, he often wants us to play our part too. Praying for wisdom over eating and that God sends you the right mentor to walk alongside you and support you.

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      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks so much Lesley!

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    Diana
    August 28, 2017 at 4:02 am

    First of all, Happy Anniversary Barbie! Isn’t it amazing to see God’s faithfulness in our marriages and the countless blessings and healings He has given us?

    Now, cutting down sugar is something that I have been trying to do myself as well without much success.
    I will be praying for you to find an amazing accountability partner soon and for your pains to be bearable

    Glad to link with you today 🙂

    Much Blessings

    Diana

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you Diana. This road is not easy but I’m hopeful.

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    Sarah Geringer
    August 28, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Hi Barbie. I have a healthy eating idea for you. Homemade soup is a cheap and easy way to eat healthy. I buy a rotisserie chicken for about $5 and shred the meat. Usually I can get 2-3 meals from the meat itself. Then I make my own chicken stock (soup base) with the carcass. You can google recipes for that. I get about 6 quarts of stock from one carcass, and I skim the fat off and freeze it. I use the homemade stock to make veggie soup with bags of frozen veggies and lima beans ($1 each), barley, a can of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and Italian seasoning. I can eat lunch all week from one pot of the healthy soup. It helps my weight stay stable. Hope that idea helps you!

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      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks for the great idea Sarah!

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    Patricia Krank
    August 28, 2017 at 5:47 am

    I’m glad to hear you had a nice getaway with your hubs but sorry to hear you’re feeling poorly. I agree that God wants us to do our part by eating healthy and exercising and also understand how hard that can be with the cost of food. I’m praying both for God’s healing and provision for you Barbie. Heel pain? Is it worse in the morning when you get out of bed? I’m not trying to play doctor here, and I normally dislike when someone posts a complaint and everyone jumps in with solutions, but I can’t help but wonder it it isn’t plantar fasciitis? I’ve had this before and I know it can be helped with various stretching exercises. Mine took time but has resolved fully.
    Anyhoo, thank you for the party and have a great week.
    Patti

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      I use to think it was Plantar Fasciitis, but it do go away when I was eating whole and healthy, so I’m not sure? It hurts worse when I first get up, in the morning, or after sitting for a while. Praying for God’s wisdom.

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    Michele Morin
    August 28, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I love Sarah’s idea above!
    I also struggle with healthy eating and getting exercise, and I really do see that struggle as part of my sanctification process. God is in the business of healing us through our decisions to make healthy choices — and through our failures. I really don’t like that, but then, I remind myself that He is a wise Father.

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      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      We learn so much from our failures, don’t we? Yes, He’s a very wise Father indeed.

  • Reply
    Liz
    August 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Hello,
    In response to your desire for accountability, have you heard of Women’s Walk With Christ? http://www.womenswalkwithchrist.org. I have participated with them for 10+ years and found a wonderful place of safe healing from wounds, sisterhood with amazing authentic Christian sisters and accountability that is focused on Christ. I’d HIGHLY recommend it for any woman who wants healing from her past wounds and a deeper relationship with Christ and real relationships with Godly women.

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      Liz
      August 28, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Also, scholarships are available. Finances should not be a reason to hold back. 🙂

      • Reply
        Barbie
        August 30, 2017 at 9:31 pm

        Scholarships are always a good thing!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks for sharing the Link Liz. There doesn’t appear to be anything available in my area – SF Bay Area, California.

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        Liz
        September 5, 2017 at 10:46 am

        Shoot! But the group is growing so it’s possible they’ll be in your area at some point. I pray you find the accountability you need.

  • Reply
    Bev @ Walking Well With God
    August 28, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Barbie,
    I am praying for you. It is so hard to make a lifestyle change when it comes to eating. I am fortunate that it’s not just my husband and me and he is going along with the healthy eating habits I am having to follow and is so sweet to forego having icecream in the house (a definite weakness of mine). Having had 4 surgeries, I look at it as I don’t have a choice but to try to keep the weight off because it is so bad for my joints (and my whole body for that matter). Having been 2 months non weight bearing, though, I have put weight back on and it’s so discouraging. For me, I NEED the healthy eating/exercise combination. I have found healthy eating to be less expensive in some ways because you aren’t paying for all that pre-made processed food. It just takes the time commitment to make it. Not easy…..hang in there though….if you fall off the horse, get back up in the saddle. Your body will thank you for it.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Time and motivation are what I need most. Thanks for your prayers and support Bev! I trust you are still making progress in your healing?

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    bluecbottonmemory
    August 28, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Happy Anniversary! It’s so hard to eat healthy during a celebration time. My husband and I yoyo on the healthy-eating bandwagon! I’ve found only eating a light salad after 4 makes a huge difference for me – and cutting out carbs. Carbs are not my friend! Praying for you – for strength and perseverance in this journey!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    June
    August 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Getting everyone in the household on board with whole foods is a challenge. Not to mention the time it takes to prepare whole foods, and the cost! Personally, I think it’s a crime that whole foods cost more than processed foods!?!?!? Only in America, lol! I’m in a similar situation having to be gluten free and avoid other foods that aggravate my condition. When you’re already physically weary it’s difficult to find the energy to fight the food battle. When you’re already feeling bad it is easier to just say, “Forget it!” and dive into the comfort food! I will be praying that you will make wise decisions regarding your health and have the will to eat what is good for your body. Blessings on your week, dear one.

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      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      That’s exactly where I am June. I’m weary and worn out and have no energy to make the healthy choices. I really need breakthrough in this area. Thank you for your prayers!

  • Reply
    Susan Shipe
    August 28, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Just keep trying to do the next right thing for your body and your health. Glad you got away. xo

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      One step at a time for sure. Thanks Susan!

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    Jennifer
    August 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Barbie –

    Glad you had a nice weekend with your hubbie! But sorry you are not feeling great. Although I do not have a chronic condition, I share your confidence that God is a healer and He can (and has for me) heal completely at any time. However, I also believe ( and agree with you) that He often uses our bodies (and its weaknesses) to teach us and mold us and draw us closer to HIm. I think accountability is a wonderful idea. It’s something I struggle with (being authentic, etc) but I know the times that I have allowed someone to walk alongside me….these times have been richly blessed.

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you Jennifer. I know He will bring that someone along in due time. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply
    Victor S E Moubarak
    August 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Happy Wedding Anniversary. I am praying for you and your family.

    God bless.

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you Victor!

  • Reply
    Debbie Putman
    August 29, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Barbie, you are so right. Often doing what is best takes so much effort it doesn’t seem we can maintain it. And then, after a bit, we see the negative consequences. I pray God blesses you with what you need to stay on the whole and healthy diet that works for you.

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      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks Debbie!

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    Lisa notes
    August 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I’m glad you had a wonderful time with your husband. I’m leaving in a few days with a getaway for our 25th anniversary. Healthy eating is so hard. 🙁 Praying that you are able to stick to a plan and that your body will reward you for it.

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      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Happy anniversary! Where are you going? I pray you have a wonderful time!

      • Reply
        Lisa notes
        August 31, 2017 at 9:18 am

        Thanks, Barbie. We are going to Maine!

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    BettieG
    August 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Barbie,
    I’m so happy that you were able to have such a sweet getaway with your husband. That in itself is a huge stress-buster, and a help for the Fibro. I join you in the struggles there, and will keep you in my prayers! I have gone gluten and dairy free, and try to cut out most all processed sugars, and I know how hard and boring it can feel! In the beginning I missed the comfort of it more than the actual food itself! Shows how much I have been a stress eater!! I am just so thankful that God is here to help us when we are so weak!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 30, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks BettieG. I so wish I felt strong enough emotionally to make the healthy choices. It’s so hard right now.

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        BettieG
        August 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm

        Barbie, I am praying today for you! Even one step means so much, when we are so weary, doesn’t it? Since I have had to go back on a daily dose of prednisone, I can see my weight gradually inching up, as it does make me eat more. So, even healthy food in too big of portions isn’t good when my activities have had to be slowed. May the Lord help us in our choices,even when it’s only one at a time. And may He be our strength when we have none on our own! xoxo

        • Reply
          Barbie
          September 1, 2017 at 6:30 am

          Thank you!

  • Reply
    Lux G.
    September 2, 2017 at 12:15 am

    God is my healer. I declare it with faith.

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 3, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      AMEN!

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