Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss #4

Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss #4

Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss #4

This is the last message in the wilderness series.  The last two weeks have been challenging, rewarding and amazing.  My step son passed away quite unexpectedly in his sleep.  I missed his funeral and life celebration because I had already made arrangements to spend time with a very precious relative whose life has drastically changed because of a physical challenge.  I was hit with a dose of double mourning.  I mourned the passing of my step son and the loss of parts of the person my beloved relative used to be.  I was also struck with the realization that my most recent wilderness experience due to the death of my husband one year ago was coming to a close.  Long-time friends sent messages lamenting that I was once again thrown into an experience of loss!   I am so grateful for my loving friends.  But, this experience new experience of loss is profoundly different because I am different. 

When we enter wilderness experiences, rather than go into the flow of self-pity the greatest blessing is to intentionally do two things.  First, remember who God is and who you are to Him.  Second, draw closer and closer to Him with the intention of gaining wisdom and blessings from the journey. 

Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss #3

Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss #3

Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss #3

My research tells me that there was truly a physical place called “the valley of the shadow of death.”  It was a steep, winding road through which shepherds had to take their sheep while risking attack by thieves, animals and was also a perilous physical track.  This is an apt description of a wilderness experience. 

Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss #2

Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss #2

Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss #2

I wrote a book, titled “Be Not Anxious” in 2011. It was based on this scripture. It is all about the emotions of Love and Fear, how they create different behaviors in us and ways to conquer the spirit of fear. If we remember that Jesus’ Bible was the Old Testament, we then understand that in this passage He was expanding and expounding on Ps 23:1. What I learned during the past year was simply that “the peace that passeth all understanding” (Phil 4:7) was what I craved more than any material things or anything that money could buy.

How to be Disciplined with Health While Incorporating Balance

How to be Disciplined with Health While Incorporating Balance

The very word ‘discipline’ evokes images of rigid strictness -- but the fact remains that we all must be disciplined when it comes to caring for our health. Discipline can still exist with balance, and finding that sweet spot is a unique journey for each of us. So, how does one manage to learn to be disciplined with their health while bringing in that fun to balance it out throughout all areas of life? These simple tricks can be all it takes to add that discipline and balance harmoniously in your life.

Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss

Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss

Wilderness Journeys…What we can do in the face of loss

I created the Navigating the Wilderness Course in 2016 after writing and publishing the book The Journey.  At the time, I had been a widow for 16 years.  Shortly after writing the book, the Lord sent an incredible man named Walter into my life who I married within 6 months of meeting him!  Little did either of us ever suspect that On September 1, 2018, he would suddenly drop dead of a massive heart attack and stroke.  He was not yet 60 years old. 

Sustainable Kitchen Practices to Up-Cycle Your Foods

Sustainable	Kitchen	Practices to	Up-Cycle Your Foods

According to SaveTheFood.com, 40% of the food in America is wasted. If you've ever opened your fridge to find you forgot to use up the rest of those leftovers or that the produce you popped in there earlier this week went bad, just know that you're not alone. This isn't meant to guilt you -- we've all done this before (repeatedly!) and today, I'll share some suggestions on coming together on this common ground to up-cycle foods.

Gluten-Free Grains to Put on Your Table

Gluten-Free Grains to Put on Your Table

Want to go gluten-free? There are surely tons of choices out there for you to put on your dinner table. Even if you don't have a gluten sensitivity, eating gluten-free is beneficial for your health and is a positive habit to adapt. For those that can't have gluten though, it's even more important to know what you can still eat without causing a major upset.

Bulk Freeze for Faster, Healthier, Tastier Meals!

Bulk Freeze for Faster, Healthier, Tastier Meals!

Are you using your freezer to its full potential? If not, now is the perfect time to start. Frozen foods seem to have a bad reputation because they tend to evoke images of unhealthy, high-sodium microwaveable meals, but let’s shatter that image by delving into how you can use your freezer for bulk freezing as a way to get healthier and tastier meals super-fast!