Debut Book - The Experiment - Is Out

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Well, it's out!  My first ever "book".  I responded to a challenge last November to write a book in a month.  And the book was born by the end of December.  Then months of edits, beta readers, and help!  It's finally out!  

I've always wanted to write, but I thought I would write non-fiction.  And...I still may one day.  I would love to write Bible studies, but who am I to do that?  At any rate, I was challenged to write a novel.  It's short and sweet; what one might call a "cozy mystery".  

My characters are all FICTION and there are absolutely NO representations of people I know except the Storm family. (They might represent my family, with some imagination.) 

As you probably know, I started a blog a few years ago with a focus on living life on purpose.  So my goal in writing everything is to offer hope by sharing the gospel. What I feel my purpose is as a believer.  In this book, I hope you can see how God pursues us.  Something most believers can attest to.

The cover gives me away.  There will be more to come for Harper.  Plans are now for at least three books in this series.  Who know's maybe the second one will be out close to Christmas.

Let all that you do be done in love.
— 1 Corinthians 16:14

Eating to Live - Plant-based Diet

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Those close to me know that the end of the year in 2017 I had two allergic reactions.  One sent me to the emergency room and left me with Epipens.  The other should have, but I took a lot of Benadryl and waited it out.  Then, I went to an allergist that same day.

I have to admit, it was a scary ordeal.  The worst part was NOT knowing the cause of the reactions.  Being in the healthcare field, I knew that there was a good chance I would never know the cause. That's horrible because most reactions get increasingly worse with each episode when it's caused by the same allergen.

Well, after a couple of weeks my allergist called me back.  He had gotten the results from the Mayo Clinic Lab.  It was positive/confirmed that I am allergic to a protein (alpha-gal) in red meat. I went through a gamut of emotions with the first being so thankful that was all. 

Then I thought about our diet; it was based mostly on red meat.  So needless to say, I converted to only chicken and fish.  I tried some turkey, but I've never been a fan of turkey.

As I've slowly been trying to eat much differently, I have been reading and watching some videos on whole food plant based eating.  It is quite fascinating and makes sense. 

I believe scripture is clear that we can eat meat.  However, in our modern day of processed foods, preservatives, and rapid growth hormones, eating whole foods and plant-based is certainly "food" for thought.

Oh, and the red meat protein allergy (this late in life) most likely came from a tick bite. Go figure.  I love being outside, but most often this occurs to hunters according to my allergist.

We certainly need to be cognizant of insecticides with fruits and vegetables so wash well.  

I would love your thoughts on the whole food plant-based lifestyle! So drop a comment below.

Genesis 1:29 ESV
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Genesis 9:3 ESV
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

Plot Twist

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As you probably know, I am in the midst of having a book published.  We are in the editing stage at the moment.  This is my first book so I am learning quite a lot as you can imagine.  This particular project started out as a challenge so I just wrote every day.  I did not outline and plan the story; I just let things twist and turn as I was writing.

As I compare this style of writing with life, I see many correlations.  One of which is that whether we plan everything or not in life, life often turns in ways we don’t expect.  When that happens now, I think, “Plot twist!”

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

The Bible tells us that while we plan our way, the Lord directs our steps.  I don’t know about you, but that brings me comfort!

I know that when I am living in obedience to my Heavenly Father and something out of the blue happens or life turns in a way I wasn’t expecting, I can rest in the fact that I know Jesus is establishing my steps, even when the journey is hard.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, I don’t always handle change well and certainly not difficult changes.  But I do realize that God is in control and if I will rest in Him and His plan, I'll get through the change.  More often than not, I don’t just get through the change; I come out better on the other side of the change!

Have you experienced some “plot twists” lately?  If you haven’t, hold on.  They're most likely headed your way!

Going forward, as you shout, “Plot twist!” remember that our Lord, Jesus, is in control.  And even when we're surprised by some twist and turn in life, He is never taken by surprise.

So, as you “plan your ways”, don’t etch them in stone because the “Lord is establishing your steps”, even when it is different from your plans.


 

 

 

Change...

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2018 has brought changes to my family.  I'm sure it has to yours, too.

This year my husband and I purchased new property in a another state with plans to move in a year or so, my daughter got married and my son has moved more than 18 hours away. These are pretty major events...to me, at least.

I find myself in a new season, if you will, of life.  Sometimes our life seasons morph into the next with little notice and other times the season changes are dramatic.  Change is definitely a constant in life, though. 

Just the other day I attended a wake for a dear friend.  While we grieved the loss (from this life) of a precious woman who had lived a long and fruitful life, we were surrounded by young families with infants.  It reminded me that life goes on.  Jesus is in control.  Our time here is short.

The Bible says that life is like a vapor.  We are here one minute and in eternity the next.  Trusting that you and I are believers in Jesus and our eternity is secure in heaven, my mind wanders on thoughts of a life "well done."  I read once that we will not be judged on what we did for Christ, but on what He called us to do that we did or didn't do.

That's a provocative thought.  I have come to understand that life is not about me, but about Christ.  I know that I am called to good works as a believer.  I also know that I have run headlong doing things I thought were "godly" and then realized that those things were of my making and not of His leading.

Henry Blackaby says to see where God is at work and join Him there.  That certainly seems like a great approach to life because God is always at work.  This is my Father's world and He is actively involved in the details of it.

What changes are you experiencing?  What are these changes motivating you to do?  My prayer is that we posture ourselves for obedience to the fresh calling of Jesus Christ as we move from one life season to the next.

Blessings!

Wendy


Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

— Colossians 4:5-6 ESV