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Gluten/Grains & Pain Relief

As I’m a little eclectic in my interests, today I thought I’d comment on one of my passions God has really highlighted lately.  Namely, my HEALTH & WELLNESS!  I have been struggling with gas, bloating, stomach pain, fatigue, joint inflammation, and headaches on and off for the past 25 years.  And praying to find some answers and relief.

I first learned about low blood sugar when I told a friend that I always felt dizzy in the morning, right after I ate breakfast.  My friend encouraged me to get a glucose tolerance test, but to ask the doctor to test me longer than the three hour mark.  They did, and at 4 hours my blood sugar plummeted.  So, began the journey of NOT eating sugary foods for breakfast, but rather protein, whole grains, and vegetables or fruit.  This made a difference, but then another problem arose.

My next change in eating/drinking habits began with heart racing, migraine headaches, insomnia, and fibrositic breast disease.  Caffeine consumption was brought into the light as related to these symptoms, so I began to monitor what I drank (coffee, tea, sodas), or what I ate, mainly chocolate.  And of course added more filters water.  Sometimes I still overdo it with caffeine, but now I feel the affects immediately because I have become so sensitive to it.  A little goes a long way for me, and I pay for it if I’m not careful.

I love cheese, sour cream, yogurt, real cream, ice cream, but YES, you guessed it – I have dairy intolerance too.  So basically I can’t have much, unless it’s raw or fermented, which is more cost effective to make myself rather than buy.  And this diagnosis also led me to a Naturopath, Chiropractor, and an Herbalist which began to show me how compromised my gut (intestinal tract) was.  I learned that our G.I. tract actually has a brain, and if we can heal the gut, we heal the whole body.

Then I had a period in the last five years with hip, foot, and heel pain on my right side, and numbness on the same side that was exasperated, but persistent, for years.  At this time I really increased my research into diet, exercise, meditation, stress reduction, sleep, etc.  Gluten is definitely a culprit in muscle and joint pain, as well as magnesium deficiency.  So, as best as I can, I try to avoid gluten filled food, which is often hidden in sauces and a filler in many items.  And I am also working on increasing magnesium in my diet with supplements, Epsom salt bath soaks, as well as spray on topical aids.

I think I’m finally starting to pull all the pieces together to balance my spirit, soul, and body wellness.  Do I struggle, binge, and act like a slug sometimes?  YES!  Will I quit and give into medical diagnosis labels, exist rather than live, and die before my time.  NO WAY!

My God created the human body to heal itself, and IF we as His vessels help ourselves by learning what our triune self needs, we are co-partnering with The Creator to keep our WHOLE being healthy, and honoring Him in with the life and gifts He gave us, to be around a while and share that fruit with others.  Bible Scripture on Healing the Body

Below is a link to Lewis Howes School of Greatness by Integrity Network.  There is a FREE iTunes audio teaching (and many others) about gluten, grains, and pain.  Some things I knew, but NOW I’m really motivated to change my diet and relieve the chronic inflammation I struggle with.  I hope this resource helps you too.

Listen to this FREE iTunes audio teaching by Dr. Peter Osborne and The Truth About Gluten and Your Health to learn secrets for PAIN RELIEF.

 

Written by Kathleen Wichterman – http://www.treesright.com

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Persevering

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“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”  (James 1:12 NIV)

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”       (Proverbs 16:9 NKJV)

Persevering

Well, that’s what I’ve been doing lately.  Persevering!  Yep, waiting and hoping, praying and believing for answers to my prayers.  And “yes,” I have faith that God is up to something good.  I’M READY TO GO HOME!

You see, I’ve been living in Missouri for the past five years.  I grew up in Minnesota, and love the change of seasons there, but Missouri is mainly humid, which has been hard to get used to.   I also prefer the pine trees, lakes, and streams of Minnesota, but Missouri’s trees are very different, and very few natural lakes.  However, when God prompts you to get out of your comfort zone, you obey Him if you love Him; which I do!

We have had the privledge of working with transitional young adults in the college community of IHOPU (International House of Prayer); working, ministering, and living with them at our rental houses in Kansas City.  Although, it’s been grueling at times to work 24/7 on house remodel projects, gutting out moldy 2 x 4s, scraping wallpaper and, sheet rocking, painting, landscaping and more.

My husband, Jim, and I also interned for a year at a working farm learning heirloom gardening, building staff housing, training as facilitators for healing ministry, and working with trauma and sex trafficking victims.  All these things will be useful for our return to Minnesota.

We are now in the midst of selling our rentals and beginning a new chapter of our life together.  Our dream is to minister to the Ojibwa in the northern part of Minnesota.  We visited the area this past spring and found a wonderful church, Harvest Church of God, that has been working in the Native community for the past ten years.  It feels like a family to us already, and we look forward to ministering there with them.

I just have to continue to persevere a bit more, trusting God’s timing in ALL areas.  I love the quote in the photo above, and the scriptures that compliment it.  So often these sentiments have kept me going through difficult situations.

I pray you persevere to the blessings your heavenly Father has for your future.

Faith and Marriage Ministries » Prayers For Marriage Restoration – Women

As I contend and war for the restoration of my marriage, in all areas, I must realize I am in an all out battle for our souls.  

 I must be battle ready, daily, through prayer, repentance, worship, study in the word, and a review of the heavenly armor of God (Eph. 6).  

 I wear this armor continuously, even when I sleep, but I must renew my mind (consecrate my imagination) in the power of God as I wear each piece.  I must daily ask if I have given the enemy a foothold (a kink in my armor), allowing him access to torment and weaken my resolve.  

 When I remind myself of the armor I wear, I am also reminding myself that “Jesus who is in me is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4: 4 NKJV). And, I must remember that each piece of the armor is an attribute and a name of God that I choose to wear.  

I call on the power of God, in His armor, to stand against the assault of the wicked one, and I march forth, as an anointed soldier, fighting the good fight, victorious to the end! (See my earlier blog post describing what my personal armor looks like.)

I found the ministry link below as I was praying for my marriage in the early morning hours of my day.  The scripture and prayers that follow will encourage and uplift you as you fight for the marriage God intended you both to have.  

May you find support and resolve as you continue to persevere for what is good and right in God’s sight.

You can also read more prayers, and sign up for ongoing prayer support with the ministry attached.  Just follow the links at the bottom of the prayer. 

Blessings, and honor, and favor to you,

– A Fellow Warrior Contending in Faith,

Kathleen

http://www.faithandmarriageministries.org/marriage-restoration-prayers/prayers-for-marriage-restoration-women/

Why PINK?

Pink is a girl color, right! Well, what if you are a girl, but you DONT LIKE PINK? 

As a little girl, my mother dressed me in shades of pink; in frilly, lacy dresses. I Guess I didn’t mind, then. So when did the change take place?

I think I evolved into pants and sneakers, or Tomboy attire, when we moved about an hour out of the main city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

We were moving “up north” to Big Lake, having just purchased 85 acres of land for a campground and lodge – Tracy’s Lodge and Lakeside Camping.  That was 1971, and I was 10 years old.

I am the oldest of five: four girls, about two years apart, and then my brother, twelve years younger than me. 

My parents, and those of us kids who could help, were very busy clearing land for campsites. Pants seemed more practical for us girls at that time, because we were always getting dirty. And, when I wasn’t working, I was climbing trees, playing with wild animals, fishing, and all sorts of non-traditional “girl” activities.

But there was another reason I stopped liking dresses, and PINK. 

I didn’t realize it until 30 years later, but the realization changed my life forever. 

If you want to hear more, go to my BOOK page and buy my book, or scroll down to the bottom for a link to my Facebook Group site, “Darkness and Lighr – The Little Girl in Pink” (A Journey from Fear to Faith).

I am currently working on a companion Bible Study & Devotional that will take you, in depth, through each illustration of the book. Please pray for me as I complete it.  

Thank you!

Kathleen