Saturday, May 21, 2016

All the single ladies...

I have been thinking about the need to post this for such a long time. There have been so many times when the Lord has pointed me to this scripture and I have seen the evidence of disobeying this command in my life first hand and makes me want to beg and plead with all you single gals to PLEASE. GUARD. YOUR. HEART!!!!
I would like to preface this by saying that the intended audience for this post is single, Christian ladies - not women who are already married. To you married ladies, just know I'm rowing that boat with you and I know how you feel. I am in an unequally yoked marriage but I am by no means trying to imply that I don't love my husband because I do - very, very much, but the pain of watching someone you love go through life trying to fill a Christ sized hole in their life with the world is awful. Knowing the eternity they face if they continue on this path is even worse.
The Word of God instructs husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the Church and gave himself for her. Ladies he can only do this if he has a relationship with the Lord to begin with.
The Word also says for wives to submit to husbands as unto the Lord. Now I want to set something straight right away. Biblical submission IS NOT the same thing as worldly submission!!! I can't stress that point strongly enough. Biblical submission DOES NOT mean that you are bowed down to your husband. It DOES NOT mean you are weak and voiceless. It DOES NOT mean that you are a door mat and that you let your man run all over you. Ask Bryan Honto if I let him run all over submission means to lift up or support. Think of Tammy Wynette singing Stand By Your Man. We are also commanded to respect our husbands...even when they don't act in a respectable manner. Girls, this is harder than you can imagine if a man's first love isn't the Lord.
So what's a girl to do you ask? Make sure the Lord is your first love. A wise friend of mine told me back in high school "Never date someone you wouldn't marry. You never know who you might fall in love with." I am now sharing this extremely valuable pearl of wisdom with you.
If you are living your life for the Lord, he will give you the patience and peace you need to enjoy singledom. I am going to be so bold as to say that you can look at this time in your life as a time of preparation. You obviously need to know what to look for in a man so I'm going to do the grunt work for you and give you a list of scriptures for you to look up and study.
The first thing I want you to do is memorize 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7. This is the guideline for love. By inserting our names where the word love is, we are able to keep ourselves in check but you also need to be able to put your potential gentleman's name in there too. If you are dating a man who's name wont fit most of those, move along sister. It may hurt for now but I promise you that it's better to get it over with now instead of spending years in misery.
Here's some more scriptures for you girls to look at so you can know what to look for in your future gentleman:
Colossians 3:19
1 Timothy 5:8
1 Peter 3:7
Genesis 3:16
Ephesians 5:22-33
As you get into these scriptures you will see why I am stressing so hard that any potential man in your life needs to be chasing Jesus with everything in him. Ladies, I urge to live your life in such a way to that any man that wants to holler at you will have to go through Jesus to get to you. Did I do this? NOOOOOOOO I sure didn't and that is exactly why I urge you to do so.
Make him chase Jesus to get to you and remember you are a princess after all. I mean your Father IS the King of Kings so straighten that crown and be still and wait on your prince.
Love Always,

Monday, May 16, 2016

Things I Love: Briarwood Safari Park

Y'all I have to tell you about this little gem hiding right here in the Lowland area. It's called Briarwood Safari Park. I have driven by a sign for this place almost every morning for a year now and had never really given it much though but Saturday morning I was out going to yard sales and happened upon it. Little did I know the treat I was in for!!!

The first thing I would like to do is dispel the rumor that there is only one person feeding these animals and that they are poorly treated. That is a whopper of a lie!!! I hope the person that said that reads this because I'm calling them out on that lie.

The first thing you will notice when you arrive at the park is the gorgeous scenery. This place is so pretty!!! When you visit, pack a cooler with lunch because I promise you will want to take advantage of one of the many picnic areas at the ranch.

The next thing you will notice is the extremely friendly staff. These people are not only friendly to their guests, they LOVE those animals!!! I was there for hours watching and observing, planning on writing this. The love and care this staff has for these animals is so evident in the way they interact with them and talk to them that I don't know how anyone could say other wise.

Yaulanda and Cherie
George and Cowboy Steve

George Nease
                                       George and Yaulanda hard at work!!!                                          

J.R., Cowboy Steve and Teresa

These are the staff members that would let me take their picture lol.

I was also privileged enough to meet the Bonnet Belles of Blountville, a Kingsport chapter of the Red Hat Society, and let me just tell you, these ladies know something about F-U-N!!! I had an absolute blast with these women. I hope to become a Red Hat someday. They say I'm a Red Hat in training lol. Bless them, they're wonderful!!! 

The wonderful Bonnet Belles of Blountville
The park is actually a 120+ acre wildlife habitat and most of the animals are very free range. You will see what I mean when I post the pictures. The few animals that are caged are caged for their own safety and protection. The ride through the park takes about an hour and is so much fun!!! The animals walk right up to the wagon or your car and eat right from your hand. If you are a germaphobe, you should probably just observe because you will get licked lol. 

Do you even selfie??

These critters eat goooood!!!

"Hey ladies...Can I catch a ride?"

Chillin' out max and relaxin' all cool ( name that song)

I wasn't even kidding about the animals being very free range

This pond is especially for the Water Buffalo

This guy is literally 1 in a million

These critters love Ms. Nancy

I feel a kinship with the Buffalo. Well, I look like it anyway lol.

I had this guy eating out of the palm of my hand (pun intended)

Well y'all, I hope you enjoy these pictures even though my photography game is far from being on point. This place is so amazing. It takes petting zoos to a WHOLE. NEW LEVEL!!! If you live in the East Tennessee area, I can not stress to you enough just how worth your time and money this place is. I'm going post more pictures on Facebook in an album for those who want to see them. Here is a link to the website if you would like more information. 

Remember that you are beautiful, Jesus loves you and He loves the animals too!!!

Love Always,

P.S. J.R. has allowed me to offer my readers a free bucket of food but you have to present this coupon. Just click on it and print!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Gallon Water Challenge

So I've decided to take the gallon water challenge. I am also doing 20 wall push-ups every time I go to the bathroom !!! My arms are going to be bangin' soon lol.
Anyway, if you look at the markers on my jug you see the challenge is actually simple. I also find that a little flavoring makes it go down easier. Right now I'm using Great Value Tropical drink enhancer in pineapple, coconut and lime. Yum!!!!
Why do I need this much water you ask? To flush the toxins from your body!!! This is especially important if you are trying to lose weight. Did you know that toxins make fat cells grow? When you diet, your fat cells detoxify and therefore shrink. If the toxins aren't flushed from the body, rebounding occurs meaning the toxins are reabsorbed by the fat cells. Talk about an exercise in futility!!! Yo that ain't the kind of exercise you want in your life.
So do yourself a favor and drink up!!! You can dooo eeeet (channelling Rob Schneider in the Water Boy here).
Have a good day and remember you're beautiful. Yeah you. I'm talking to you. You reading this: you're beautiful. And God loves you a whole lot!!!
Love Always,

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Clean and healthy fritatta

Y'all this is the jam!!! This fritatta is clean and delicious. Here's the recipe.
1 can petite diced tomatoes drained.
11 white mushrooms sliced ( I actually just break mine up in the skillet).
1 can leaf spinach drained
1 medium yellow onion diced
1 tablespoon coconut oil
12 egg whites
1 tsp vinegar
Before you begin, preheat your oven on broil.
In a cast iron skillet, sautee onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach in a tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat. While your veggies are sauteeing, separate your egg whites from the yolks, add salt and a tsp of vinegar (optional) and whisk. Pour the egg whites over the veggies in the skillet and cook over medium until only the very top layer is still liquid (about 5 minutes).
Remove from eye and place on the top rack of your oven under the broil for 4 - 5 minutes depending on your oven. It should be fluffy and golden.
Let cool and slice into 6 wedges. 101 calories per serving.
I hope you enjoy this quick and healthy breakfast as much as I do!!!
Love Always,