When Life Happens and Expectations Fail

To say we were super excited to fly to Phoenix, Arizona to celebrate our grandson’s first birthday is a huge understatement.  Although my plans were to spend as much time with him his first year, it had been 9 months since our last visit.  I’m proud of myself for keeping my inner brat from throwing a colossal tantrum, that could be seen by everyone.  I pretty much kept it to myself…mostly.

I didn’t want anything ruining our trip.  So staying away from homeschool group, youth group, and church functions, and children get togethers the week before our trip seemed like a reasonable way to prevent our children from getting sick.  Scott and I already had the (HORRIBLE) upper respiratory virus the month before but managed not to pass it along to the kids.  Normally, that would have thrilled me but the nagging feeling that the illness would probably come right about the time of our vacation worried me ~ so we didn’t take any chances.

I also did my duty to make sure I had everything in place to ensure smooth sailing for the security checkpoint at the airport with all of our son’s Type 1 Diabetes supplies.  Doctor’s note (check), all his supplies in one place (check), personal “TSA Cares” security guard to help us through (check).  Everything went smoothly and the TSA security guards assigned to help us were wonderful and got us through security not only smoothly but quickly. (They cut us in line ~ WOW!)

The 2-1/2  hour plane ride was amazingly fast compared to our usual 21-hour drive one way, so we were thrilled to finally get to Phoenix to spend some much needed time with our Arizona family.  Despite the fact that not only are we always careful about making sure our youngest has his diabetes supplies with him at all times, and we carried everything with us on the plane ~ we managed to lose a very expensive medical device that tracks his blood sugar every 5 minutes (Dexcom Receiver), while we were on the airplane.  Didn’t even realize it until we got to my in-law’s house.  (We checked with the airline and airport several times but they haven’t located it yet.)  Then my husband, our two boys, our 22-year old daughter, and our grandson all got really sick starting the first day and going from there, which pretty much ruined most of our vacation.  Thankfully, everyone was better by the time we celebrated Orion’s first birthday at the end of our trip and we had a good visit with family, so it ended well.  And we didn’t lose anything on our flight home ~ HA!

Was I disappointed that our trip didn’t go as planned after I was looking forward to it for so long?  (And went out of my way to make sure no one picked up a bug right before our trip.) YES!  Did I have a good attitude throughout the difficulty?  NO!  In fact, I was extremely aggravated and wanted so much to get mad and complain.  The problem was that I couldn’t figure out who to get mad at and who to complain to.  So I turned to God!  (After I pouted and threw a pity-party first, of course!)

After realizing that God is the one in control and there was nothing I could do,  I was able to turn my disappointment and frustrations over to Him.  And guess what?  It helped!  Our trip turned around and we had a great time.

It kind of reminded me of life.  We have plans and we have expectations.  Although we enjoy the Lord’s blessings in life, things don’t always go as we would like them to go.  Rather than going with the flow and letting life happen, let’s look for opportunities to make a difference, regardless of our assumptions on how things should be.

The biggest lesson for me in the situation was that I was able to turn my attitude around and give it to the Lord.  Once I took the focus off myself and my “ruined” vacation ~ I was able to enjoy my family.

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40: 28-31


Health and Wellness Tip

Toxins.  It doesn’t sound like something we want to have in our bodies, does it?  There are things that we eat and drink everyday that create toxins that cause stress on liver.  Carbonated and caffeinated drinks, high sugar and processed foods, processed meat and cheese, alcohol, blah, blah, blah.  We’ve heard it all before.  There are a lot of habits in our society that is completely “normal” but extremely toxic.  Most people feel like it’s fine in moderation but what is moderation?  And is it really fine?  Having something once a month will produce toxins but it won’t overload and stress out the liver… unless the liver is already stressed ~ which is most likely the case for a lot of people.  Our diets, eating out, medications, our environment, and more can create toxins and stress on our bodies and cause a lot of symptoms and weight problems.  Most are used to it and don’t realize there is a problem ~ until it’s too late.

Plexus is good at flushing out the toxins and building up the immune system.  It balances the blood sugar, helps with inflammation, balances the gut and more.  Plexus is a tool that has helped thousands of people get their life back on track, get healthy, and lose weight.  It gets to the root of the problem to heal and balance the body, so it’s not a quick fix or a temporary one.  But with consistency and patience ~ it works!  That’s my Plexus plug for the day!  These products have made a huge impact on my health and the health of my family.  I’m here to help others anyway that I can.


Thank you so much for reading my blog.  I pray that you and your family are healthy and doing well.  Please let me know your thoughts and let me know if you have anything you want me to pray for.  Contact me at JaimeeKeith@yahoo.com

Please subscribe to my blog and share it with others.

Blessings ~ Enjoy your weekend!  

 


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Homeschooling with Confidence

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2014

Here we are saying happy new year again.  It always amazes me how time flies.  The days seem long but the years sure go fast!

Read my blog from last year about:  ~ 4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life ~

It’s also hard to believe that this month marks our 19th year of homeschooling.  When did we grow up?  In thinking back on our years of homeschooling there are a couple of things that have stood out to me in our adventure~

~ one is that I have lacked confidence when I shouldn’t have,

~ two is that our children have not only done well, but they have thrived despite my lack of confidence.

So how can we homeschool (or do anything for that matter) with boldness and assurance especially when we feel so inadequate?

The short answer:

~ B Y   F A I T H ~

Every successful person who has accomplished amazing things have all started at the beginning with nothing.  They all took that first step of faith and then another step after that and after that, until they reached their goals no matter how far-reaching they seemed at the starting point.

FAITH ~ is the confidence in what we hope for and the assurance of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1)

Trust in the Lord’s leading of your family in this venture and move forward faithfully.  It belongs to the Lord.  He will do the work so look to Him for the strength and confidence that you will need.

1.  Be Faithful

When God lays it on your heart to do something, move forward by faith, even when fear and doubt creep in.  Lean into the Lord for His strength and remain faithful even when it’s hard always remembering to keep Christ at the center of everything.  Never neglect your relationship with Him.

~ Pray for your homeschool, your children, your family, your growth

~ Spend time in God’s Word and growing closer to the Lord

~ This seems obvious but I’m going to throw it out there anyway.  Do school every day.  When they’re young, a little bit goes a long way and when they’re older, they can do more on their own.

~ Take care of your needs.  Do something you enjoy.  Spend time everyday in personal growth.  Learn ~ Grow ~ Lead!

2.  Be a learner

~ Learn how to be an amazing parent

~ Learn to develop yourself personally for growth to be a better person

~ Learn how to do school with your children

~ Learn about the subjects your children are studying and learn along with them

~ Learn how to love learning

~ Learn something new everyday

~ Read all that you can about homeschooling, education, leadership, organization etc.

3.  Be brave

Sometimes you have to put on a brave face and do things even when you’re scared.  That’s how being a mom is period.  Doing it afraid!  Other times it’s what we think people are thinking of us that makes things tough.  We will never measure up to other people’s expectations.  You can’t allow what people think of you to affect you.

4.  Be bold

Be confident in what you do.  You are a great mom and an awesome teacher.  You have great potential to influence your children and your family.  BE BOLD!  

~ Pray bold prayers

~ Pray impossible things for your homeschool, your children, and your family

~ Pray big

~ Bold prayers honor God

~ God honors bold prayers

5.  Be consistent

~ Be consistent in your daily goals

~ Set aside blocks of time for your activities

~ Make a daily checklist

~ Be disciplined in your actions

~ There is no shame in starting slow or small

6.  Be humble

~ Be open

~ Be teachable

~ Connect with God

Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.  James 4:10

~ Discover your motives

~ Be unselfish

~ Be others focused ~ READ “The Number One Way to Eliminate Burnout”

~ Instill value and confidence in everyone you touch

Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind, regard one another as more important than yourselves.  Philippians 2:3

We can have confidence in our homeschooling, our parenting, our marriage and in life.  We have the Holy Spirit working in us and leading us.  Let’s step out by faith and start HOMESCHOOLING WITH CONFIDENCE!


Health and Wellness Tip

When you’re not feeling well and not on top of your game, it can hinder your motivation and your progress.  Our food, our environment and the lifestyle that is so popular today can damage our health in unimaginable ways.  It happens so slowly and for so long that we don’t even notice how poor our health has become.

 

~ Brain fog

~ Lack of energy

~ Irritability

~ Chronic pain

~ Fatigue

~ Memory problems

~ Anxiety

And there are hundreds more symptoms that can prevent us from being our best.  This has a great negative side affect on our lives and our family.  Especially if our family is feeling the same way!

It’s essential to take a closer look at what we’re eating and the supplements we’re taking to make sure we’re getting all the necessary nutrients to achieve optimal health.

The Lord has answered my prayers and cries for help.  He brought me to a company that specializes in gut health, blood sugar balance, detoxification, safe and healthy weight loss, and inflammation.  I’m spreading the word about how Plexus has been a life-changing experience for our family.  I want to help educate others on the importance on nutrition and balance in the body.  Health and wellness doesn’t happen by accident.  We have to be intentional with our diet and exercise and even with taking the right vitamins and supplements so we can live our best lives for the glory of God.

Be well and may God bless you!

 


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B L E S S I N G S


My other articles:

Let’s Go to Church

The Number One Way to Eliminate Burnout

The Cause of Destruction

HaPpY Thanksgiving

Why We Need a Savior and How to Teach This to Your Children

Brave and Strong

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

Money Madness

Healthy Happy #MomLife

Be A Risk Taker

Teens:

7 Ways To Make Great Teens 

Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

Cleaning & Organizing:

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

6 Tips To Quick Cleaning ~ Kitchen Style

Family:

The Number One Way to Eliminate Burnout

The Cause of Destruction

Why We Need a Savior and How to Teach This to Your Children

Brave and Strong

Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today!

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

YouTube Videos:

My Plexus story about my health

My Plexus Update

7 Tips For Building a Relationship With Your Teens

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

Let’s Go to Church

HaPpY Thanksgiving

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

WAKE UP!! 5 Ways to Make a Difference

I Will Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving In My Heart

3 Ways People Play the Blame Game

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Money Madness

~ Creating a Homeschool Schedule ~

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Hooray For 3-Minute Pizza

Salsa Recipe

 

Let’s Go to Church

I know so many people who were abused and mistreated in the church which left them completely devastated.  I know children whose spiritual lives were sabotaged by leaders or other people in the church.  It happens.  I’ve seen it.  It has happened to our own family.

I have no words to even begin to describe how incredibly horrible this is!  People who never set foot in a church again and some have even turned their backs on God after a “leader” or someone in a church has hurt them so terribly.  There are sometimes wolves in sheep’s clothing in the church and we need keep watch not only for our own sakes but also for our children and grandchildren too.

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 

Romans 16:17-18

If you suspect this is going on in your church, or something seems off, don’t ignore it.  Seek help!  It’s important!  The worst thing to do, however, is to stop going to church or to turn your back on the Lord.  That’s exactly what satan wants us to do and he’ll use the church to do just that if we let him.  Don’t let him!  Get counseling, seek advice, talk to someone that you trust.  Do whatever it takes to get help and healing.  It’s not your fault.  It’s not God’s fault.  It’s the consequence of sin and a fallen world.

Here are a few things that we personally look for when seeking a church:

1. Sound Doctrine

This is the most obvious common sense.  We make sure the church is a bible believing church with bible beliefs and doctrine.  We go through their doctrinal statement and statement of faith.  This should be 100% biblically based on not politically correct.  Everyone has their personal preference on certain issues but it should never go against God’s word.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  Colossians 3:16

2.  Servant’s Heart

The pastors, elders and leaders of the church should have a servant’s heart.  They should love the Lord, love people, and love their families.  If they are moody, manipulative, give people the cold shoulder, act grumpy towards the people in the church on a regular basis, then we won’t be back.  When church leaders view this as a job and not a ministry ~ it shows.  People can tell.

Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.  1 Corinthians 10:24

I’m not saying that leaders in the church need to be perfect all the time and not share their feelings or frustrations.  In fact, I feel that pastors and leaders should be encouraged, prayed for, and loved on every single day.  I’m talking about the leaders who don’t like people, play favorites, and push people out the door with their attitude.

Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

Titus 1:7-9

3.  Sin is Not Ignored

When sin is allowed in the church and not addressed, it ruins lives and ruins the church.  If there is sexual sin, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse being allowed in the church, and the leaders are making excuses or sweeping it under the rug ~ RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!

 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-13

4.  LOVE

We look for a church where love is demonstrated on a regular basis.  When people in the church love each other, love their leaders and congregation, love new people, love non-christians, love their community, love people in other cultures ~ basically love outside themselves, it makes for a strong church and individual growth.  That’s not to say that they don’t love themselves because I truly believe that is really important.  But their focus is on meeting the needs and loving on everyone around them.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  1 John 4:7

Read my blog about this very thing:

“The Number One Way to Eliminate Burnout”

5.  Encouragement

God wants us to go to church for US!  It’s a time in the week, set apart where we focus on God with other believers to study God’s Word together, worship God together, and have communion to remember Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection.  It’s for us to get encouragement and courage.  To lay the stress and pressure of the world at the feet of Jesus so we can focus on Him to renew our strength.  If someone in the church is sabotaging this for us ~ it needs to be addressed.

~ Pray for wisdom

~ Talk to the person who is doing the hurting

~ Be firm but kind

~ Talk to a leader, pastor or counselor with the person to work things out

~ Forgive

~ Move forward

~ Prayerfully figure out if there needs to be more steps taken.  Obviously, every situation will need to be handled differently depending on the situation and severity.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24-25


If there is past hurt in your heart from the church, please know that this is not from the Lord.  There are good churches out there.  Healing, love, freedom, and forgiveness is yours to take!  God is loving and powerful and will heal and lead you.  Journal your feelings, pray continually for healing, seek help, get encouragement.  Please let me know how I can pray for you and how I can help.  Our family has been there.  You are NEVER ALONE!


Health and Wellness Tip

Last week I shared our story of how I discovered that brain health and balance begins in the gut.  I also shared how we’ve been diligent to take high quality probiotics, yeast killers, digestive enzymes and papaya tablets daily for years.  So why wasn’t this healing our gut and brain?  I’m so glad you asked!

We were missing something HUGE!  We found a probiotic that has an enzyme that will breakdown the protective shield that will hide the yeast. Plexus has a special blend of probiotics that targets yeast overgrowth, gut balance, digestive health and brain health.  AND it works!!

Plexus TriPlex are three products that work together, to focus on the major things that cause health and weight problems in todays society.  Blood sugar balance (not just for diabetics!), gut health, inflammation and detox.

I’ve seen amazing results in not only myself and my family, but also in thousands of others.  I’m so thankful!

I hit some sort of “I’ve HAD IT!!” attitude last summer.  I read 4 books on brain health, for crying out loud!  Who does that?  Someone who’s fed up with doing everything they know possible with diet, exercise, supplements and treatments and their entire family is still having major health issues ~  and someone who is bound and determined to get to the bottom of this health crisis.

Lots of prayer ~ lots of research ~ and lots of trying everything under the sun!

God answered my prayers ~ and in a funny way too!  His sense of humor made me laugh and cry at the same time.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  Mark 11:24

If you’re struggling with health or weight issues.  Pray and ask the Lord for wisdom.  Then read my blog!


Please subscribe so you won’t miss an article!  Let me know what you think and share this with others!  Have a wonderful week.  JaimeeKeith@yahoo.com

 

B L E S S I N G S


My other articles:

The Number One Way to Eliminate Burnout

The Cause of Destruction

HaPpY Thanksgiving

Why We Need a Savior and How to Teach This to Your Children

Brave and Strong

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

Money Madness

Healthy Happy #MomLife

Be A Risk Taker

Teens:

7 Ways To Make Great Teens 

Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

Cleaning & Organizing:

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

6 Tips To Quick Cleaning ~ Kitchen Style

Family:

The Number One Way to Eliminate Burnout

The Cause of Destruction

Why We Need a Savior and How to Teach This to Your Children

Brave and Strong

Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today!

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

YouTube Videos:

My Plexus story about my health

My Plexus Update

7 Tips For Building a Relationship With Your Teens

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

HaPpY Thanksgiving

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

WAKE UP!! 5 Ways to Make a Difference

I Will Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving In My Heart

3 Ways People Play the Blame Game

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Money Madness

~ Creating a Homeschool Schedule ~

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Hooray For 3-Minute Pizza

Salsa Recipe

 

 

 

The Number One Way to Eliminate Burnout

We hit the ground running each morning!

We work tirelessly everyday taking care of the needs of our family!

Laundry is forever a chore that is never finished!

Mealtime again?  Why does everyone have to eat all the time?

Bills need to be paid!

Junk needs to be tossed!

Email!

Work!

There is not enough time in the day to get it all done!

So how can we avoid burnout when life can be hectic and threatens to take us out?

There is one answer.

One key component that will prevent any of us from:

~ getting burned out

~ getting frustrated

~ throwing in the towel


BEING OTHERS FOCUSED!


“Intentionally adding value to others today will bring you fulfillment everyday.”  John Maxwell

When we intentionally add value into other people’s lives ~ we are fulfilled!

 Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  Romans 12:10

All of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit.  1 Peter 3:8

Be intentional to seek ways to add value to everyone, not just those closest to us.  It helps us not to see others as obstacles that must be conquered.

It not only prevents us from crashing and burning, it also blesses others and honors God!


HEALTH AND WELLNESS TIPS

You’ve probably heard by now that gut health is very important.

Having a healthy gut and digestive system is tied to energy production, immune system health, and also brain health.

Serotonin is responsible for regulating our mood, our appetite and sleep.  Having a relaxed and positive feeling is the result of just the right amount of serotonin in our brain.

Did you know that 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut and 10% is produced in the brain?  If our gut is out of balance ~ it affects our brain!

That’s a double whammy!

Personally ~ we have been careful to treat our children’s significant digestive issues.  Finding out that their food allergies, and autoimmune disorders, Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac’s disease, are all gut imbalance issues made me diligent with adding probiotics, yeast killers, digestive enzymes and papaya tablets to our supplement routine.  But most of their symptoms are brain related.  Since I thought we were treating their gut issues affectively, I read 4 brain imbalance books last summer, written by doctors and psychologists, to help me with other symptoms we were dealing with.  I found that their brain problems were actually gut problems!  ADHD, ADD, ODD, sleep problems, behavior problems, memory problems, difficulty in school, difficulty talking, moodiness, hormone imbalance etc. are all reasons why I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to ease some of these symptoms.  I found the answer:

GUT HEALTH!


Thank you so much for reading my blog!  I’d love to hear your thoughts and your story.  You can email me at JaimeeKeith@yahoo.com or JaimeeKeithBlog@yahoo.com.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy your weekend!

Many Blessings!


My other articles:

The Cause of Destruction

HaPpY Thanksgiving

Why We Need a Savior and How to Teach This to Your Children

Brave and Strong

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

Money Madness

Healthy Happy #MomLife

Be A Risk Taker

Teens:

7 Ways To Make Great Teens 

Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

Cleaning & Organizing:

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

6 Tips To Quick Cleaning ~ Kitchen Style

Family:

The Cause of Destruction

Why We Need a Savior and How to Teach This to Your Children

Brave and Strong

Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today!

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

YouTube Videos:

My Plexus story about my health

My Plexus Update

7 Tips For Building a Relationship With Your Teens

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

HaPpY Thanksgiving

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

WAKE UP!! 5 Ways to Make a Difference

I Will Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving In My Heart

3 Ways People Play the Blame Game

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Money Madness

~ Creating a Homeschool Schedule ~

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Hooray For 3-Minute Pizza

Salsa Recipe

 

 

The Cause of Destruction

A foolish son is destruction to his father, and the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.  Proverbs 19:13

I think it is interesting that a foolish son and a contentious wife are both mentioned in this verse as detrimental to the husband.  A mother has a great impact on her children and her husband and sometimes I think we forget.  By being intentional every day and pouring God’s love into our family, it allows God to work in our hearts as well as the hearts of our husband and children.

It’s not about controlling the people around us, as tempting as it can be sometimes, it’s about looking to the Lord, loving our family, and building relationships.

It’s OK of we fail.  It’s OK if our children and spouse fails.  We’re all going to fall down.  It’s important our family has our love, support and encouragement when things go south.  We should be a safe place when the people we love the most have a bad day or act stupid.  Nagging and being contentious should be thrown out with yesterdays trash whether it’s toward our husband or our children.  If my words offend you, don’t mind me, I’m just talking to myself!

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.  If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.  If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Without love we are contributing to the destruction of our family.  Our children will be foolish and our husbands will be bitter.  And without God in our lives, we can not love.

Seek the Lord.  Ask Him for wisdom.  Pray for encouragement and for answers.  God will make a way for you to be the very best for your family.

 


Health and Wellness Tip

Many of us know that antibiotics kill the good bacteria in our gut.  But not too many people know that without the good bacteria, fungus will grow stronger and line the colon, prevent the nutrients from our food from being absorbed and will take our immune system hostage! YUCK!

This in turn causes so many diseases and health and weight issues so common today.  Gut balance is the root system of our health.  We all need healing in our digestive system and everyone needs a good probiotic!

~ Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables

~ Add chopped veggies to all of your meals, like sauces, soups, beans etc.

~ Drink plenty of water.  Set an alarm every hour if you have to *AHEM*

~ Plexus products have hands down made a huge impact on my health.  It’s not a magic pill, but a tool for those serious about getting healthy, staying healthy or losing weight.

Plant-based, powerful, potent, effective, safe!

 


HaPpY DECEMBER EVERYONE!  I hope you have a fantastic weekend.  Please subscribe to my blog and tell me what you think ~ JaimeeKeith@yahoo.com

ALL FOR HIS GLORY


My other articles:

HaPpY Thanksgiving

Why We Need a Savior and How to Teach This to Your Children

Brave and Strong

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

Money Madness

Healthy Happy #MomLife

Be A Risk Taker

Teens:

7 Ways To Make Great Teens 

Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

Cleaning & Organizing:

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

6 Tips To Quick Cleaning ~ Kitchen Style

Family:

Why We Need a Savior and How to Teach This to Your Children

Brave and Strong

Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today!

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

YouTube Videos:

My Plexus story about my health

My Plexus Update

7 Tips For Building a Relationship With Your Teens

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

HaPpY Thanksgiving

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

WAKE UP!! 5 Ways to Make a Difference

I Will Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving In My Heart

3 Ways People Play the Blame Game

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Money Madness

~ Creating a Homeschool Schedule ~

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Hooray For 3-Minute Pizza

Salsa Recipe

 

 

Why We Need a Savior and How to Teach This to Your Children

I think the title is a great intro.  There is not too much more I can say about it.  We need a Savior and we need to teach this to our children.  Period.  Keep reading!

We need a Savior because:

1. God Loves Us

He loves us and desires to have a relationship with us.  That’s why He sent His Son to pay for our sin by dying on the cross ~ so we can have fellowship with HIM!  He created us for HIS glory!  How awesome is that?

Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glorywhom I formed and made.  Isaiah 3:6-7

Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in  to him and eat with him, and he with Me.  Revelation 3:20

2. Adam and Eve sinned

God created our amazing world and created Adam and Eve to take care of it.  Not only to take care of the earth and animals but also to be fruitful and multiply.  However, the first thing they did was disobey God by eating the fruit from the tree that was forbidden.

The woman saw that the tree’s fruit was good to eat and pleasing to look at. She also saw that it would make a person wise.  So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her.  And he ate it.  Genesis 3:6

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.  Romans 5:12

This means that…

3. We are born sinners

Because Adam and Eve sinned, we are all therefore born sinners.  Which means we are born separated from God.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 2:23

We are all born spiritually separated from God.  We can not have fellowship with Him or eternal life because of our sin.

4.  Death

Because we are born sinners, we will all die.  No one lives forever and no one can have life after death because of the sin that separates us.

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:23

 

5.  God said we need a Savior

All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.  Romans 3:12

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe with your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:9


So how do we teach this to our children?  Reading the bible to your children regularly and teaching them the foundation of the bible is essential.  We must also teach them about salvation and why we need a Savior.

Anyone can teach their children these truths, even if they are new christians or maybe they don’t feel like they can communicate this correctly.  Read and learn along with them.  God is the One who is doing the work in their hearts.  All we do is guide, encourage and love them.  God will do the rest!

We have taught all of our children their need of a Savior but we never pushed them to believe or to be baptized.  All five of our kids came to us on their own expressing their decision and they all were baptized when God laid it on their hearts to do so.

This is not all or nothing.  We don’t need to cram this down their throats nor should we give up completely by not saying anything at all.  Show them little bits of Jesus every day through love, prayer and personal examples.

Here are some ideas for teaching God’s word and preparing them for salvation.

~ Ask the Lord to open doors for discussion daily

~ Read the bible to them starting at birth

~ Help them memorize scripture

~ Pray with them and for them

~ Teach them how to pray

~ Read the bible chronologically starting with Genesis

~ Egermeier’s Bible Story Book is a good tool along with the notes in the Life Application Bible

~ Share the gospel with them

~ Set a good example for them

~ Attend church with your children

~ Teach them the importance of reading the bible and praying daily

~ LOVE THEM!!!!


Health and Wellness Tip 

**This is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.  This is my opinion based on my experience and personal research.

Blood sugar balance ~

Often when we think of blood sugar imbalance we think of those with Type 1, Type 2, pre-diabetes, or hypoglycemia.  But did you know that everyone needs to have a balanced blood sugar and sometimes people can have blood sugar problems without even knowing it?

Below are symptoms associated with blood sugar imbalance:

~ Excessive hunger and cravings

~ Mood swings

~ Weight problems

~ Infertility

~ Anxiety and depression

~ Poor concentration and brain fog

~ Fat storage around the middle

~ Addiction to caffeine

~ Insomnia and daytime drowsiness

I found something wonderful that has helped my family balance blood sugar which eliminated a ton of our symptoms.  It’s a great tool that is also balancing our gut and decreasing inflammation.


Thank you so much for reading my blog! It has been 1 year since I started this blog.  I hope my articles have been as much of a blessing and encouragement for you to read as it has been for me to write.  When I first started, I had ideas for about 5 articles but wasn’t sure what I would write after that.  I thought I’d go for it and see what happens.  It was overwhelming to think about writing an article every single week.  I wasn’t really sure what my specific niche would be but I figured that as long as the Lord was leading me to write, I’d write.  I kind of thought it would mostly be about homeschooling tips, but it turned into an inspirational, encouragement blog for moms and families.

I have learned so much through writing and I am so grateful for all of the people who have read my blog and reached out to me.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  You are a blessing!


Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already and share this with someone today.  Also: Please write me and share your thoughts.  I’d love to hear from you!  JaimeeKeith@yahoo.com

ONE LAST THING:  November is Diabetes Awareness Month and our youngest has Type 1 Diabetes.  Please read our journey in my blog:

“The Diagnoses ~ Forever Changed”

Have a wonderful and blessed THANKSGIVING!


My other articles:

Brave and Strong

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

Money Madness

Healthy Happy #MomLife

Be A Risk Taker

Teens:

7 Ways To Make Great Teens 

Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

Cleaning & Organizing:

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

6 Tips To Quick Cleaning ~ Kitchen Style

Family:

Brave and Strong

Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today!

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

YouTube Videos:

My Plexus story about my health

My Plexus Update

7 Tips For Building a Relationship With Your Teens

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

WAKE UP!! 5 Ways to Make a Difference

I Will Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving In My Heart

3 Ways People Play the Blame Game

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Money Madness

~ Creating a Homeschool Schedule ~

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Hooray For 3-Minute Pizza

Salsa Recipe

 

 

Brave and Strong

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day by honoring our Veterans for their bravery, sacrifice and service ~ I wanted to point out ways we as moms can love and serve our family.

Moms are brave and strong and make sacrifices every day for the needs of their families.

Mothers are important!

The wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.  Proverbs 14:1

Here are some practical ways to love and serve our family:

Take care of yourself

~ Be strong spiritually by spending time in God’s word and praying everyday

~ Get plenty of rest

~ Take one day off to have fun

~ Be healthy

Take care of your family

~ Be available to them  

~ Pay attention to their needs

~ Love them

~ Spend time with them

~ Feed them healthy meals

~ Be intentional in showing each child (and grandchild) that they are special and loved

~ Show your husband love and respect

~ Make love to your husband

Take care of your house 

~ Cook

~ Clean

~ Laundry

~ Declutter

~ DELEGATE!!!!!!  (Sorry for yelling! HA!)


Health and Wellness Tip

It’s cold outside!  At least it is in Missouri.  Not sure about my Phoenix friends ~ It’s probably still 90 degrees YIKES.  But as the weather cools off we need to remember to drink plenty of water.

Water is very important because:

~ Flushes out toxins

~ Cleanses the kidneys and liver

~ Helps with weight loss

~ Helps with healing during flu season

~ Curbs hunger

~ Helps the body function properly (digestion, absorption, circulation, body temperature etc.)

~ Energizes muscles

~ Prevents dehydration (HMMM…REALLY?)

~ Helps skin look good

~ Prevents constipation

Don’t forget to drink your water this winter!


Thank you so much for reading my blog.  Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already and share this with someone today.  Also: Please write me and share your thoughts.  I’d love to hear from you!  JaimeeKeith@yahoo.com

ONE LAST THING:  November is Diabetes Awareness Month and our youngest has Type 1 Diabetes.  Please read our journey in my blog:

“The Diagnoses ~ Forever Changed”

 

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!


My other articles:

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

Money Madness

Healthy Happy #MomLife

Be A Risk Taker

Satisfaction ~ Contentment ~ Blessings

Teens:

7 Ways To Make Great Teens 

Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

Five Lies Concerning Teens

7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

Cleaning & Organizing:

Accomplish More With Less Insanity

6 Tips To Quick Cleaning ~ Kitchen Style

Family:

Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today!

The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

Walking With Excellence

DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms  (4 Reminders)

YouTube Videos:

My Plexus story about my health

My Plexus Update

7 Tips For Building a Relationship With Your Teens

Jaimee’s Blog Video (Mom Vlog)

Mimi Speaks (Encouragement video)

Calling All Overworked and Under-appreciated Moms (Video)

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Live Loved

Dearly Devoted 

The Power of His Resurrection

Spiritual & Inspirational:

Amazing Value and Worth

Battling Rejection With Boldness

A Healthy Fruit-Bearing Life

So Long Fear ~ Hello Trust!

WAKE UP!! 5 Ways to Make a Difference

I Will Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving In My Heart

3 Ways People Play the Blame Game

Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2)

How To Be A Perfect Mom

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Money Madness

~ Creating a Homeschool Schedule ~

Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully 

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Hooray For 3-Minute Pizza

Salsa Recipe