In a society where quick fixes and instant gratification are the norm, we must remember God designed most things to be a process. Jesus often used the analogy of farming to share His message. Nothing speaks to process like a farming analogy.
Three months ago, I shared about starting supplements in a desperate attempt to get well. I had read tremendous testimonies from people who were seeing results - and fast! After sixty days of taking them - just in time for the money back guarantee - I quit. I wasn't noticing improvements, and I had actually developed a side effect from detox that left me so uncomfortable, I was unwilling to continue.
Three weeks later, as I was crying for the fourth day in a row, my super-skeptical hubby stifled a yawn and asked me a simple question:
"Weren't we both feeling better on Plexus??"
I thought back over the past weeks. We had both stepped up the coffee consumption again, and were dragging when we got out of bed in the morning. My back and feet ached terribly by the end of the day, and perhaps worse of all was the feeling of overwhelm that had returned. Taking care of six little people while feeling cruddy was just plain hard.
I messaged my sweet (and very patient!) friend and explained why I had discontinued using the supplements, and explained my detox symptoms and hesitations. My hubby and I talked and prayed and decided to try again. Only this time, I was going to acknowledge with my actions that this was not a magic pill or quick fix --- it was a support to my body. A way to equip my body to do that which God created it to do!
the changes i needed to make.
Today is my 23rd day back on Plexus, and this time, I am noticing the improvements! Along with taking the supplements, I have done the following:
farm analogies and embracing calling.
Last Friday, we drove through rolling farm hills. There's something special about these places where the earth smells of life and the sky stretches above the fields. This might just be my favorite place to be.
And while I have thought about homesteading for quite some time now - about how lovely it would be to grow and raise our own food - the reality is, I don't keep plants alive and I'm not particularly outdoorsy. Learning to homestead would take a significant time investment (and the miraculous-for-me acceptance of bugs and manure as a way of life!).
I'm investing my time in other ways right now - in the people and things God's entrusted to my care. So, with freedom and grace, I embrace the calling God's placed on my life for this season - to passionately pursue faith, family, adoption, and training up a tribe of little people to follow hard after Jesus. It is tedious work - much like tending fields. But the harvest is far more beautiful than I can imagine!
My journey to wellness really isn't separate from this calling. Rather, it's an opportunity to honor God with everything He's given me - mind, body, soul, and spirit! And while it may seem I have focused on the body part, it is all connected. I am able to keep up with my kiddos and connect with them through out the day. I wake early to spend time with Jesus, and stay up to spend time with my hubby (without falling asleep on the couch!) We are going on family adventures, and momma is back to embracing life and joy and moments.
Plexus hasn't saved me. But I truly believe Jesus, my Savior, led me to it! So, with that in mind, I will continue to utilize it as a tool to equip my body to do what God created it to do - so that I can walk out the steps He ordered before the foundation of the world was laid.
just the beginning.
Despite being part two in this little series, this is just the beginning of my journey to wellness. My plan is to focus one post a month on this journey by sharing some of our favorite family-friendly healthy recipes, manageable ways to focus on everyday wellness, and posts on homemade items we use to eliminate toxins from our home! (Something we began doing when our oldest child was born!) My hope is that I can share some of what we are experiencing to encourage and inspire others to move forward to wellness - mind, body, soul, and spirit!
Where are you on your journey to wellness? Would you like to know more about Plexus? What health concerns are you working through?
Here you will find the musings of a homeschooling, work from home, adoptive Momma of 6! Adventures in faith, family, adoption, and training up a tribe of little people to follow hard after Jesus are spilled into these posts --- most often written with a cup of coffee in hand. I hope you'll stick around a while and find something - more likely SOMEONE! - that brings you hope!
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