Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Prayers for a grieving family

My prayers go to Nikki Boyd's family today and for many days to come, I will be praying for you all.
 Nikki died this morning from cancer, leaving behind two little children.

She was an incredible lady, and one of the funniest and happiest I have ever met. You always felt happy and came out smiling in her presence. Nikki is pictured on the right in pink.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Do not drink alcohol on a detox!

We had some people for dinner last night and I decided to put the detox on hold for "just one meal" and enjoy my evening with friends.
A big warning to all. Never do what I did, and drink alcohol. Its now 5 pm the next day and I still feel as if I have been hit by a truck. In fact I feel worse now than this morning.
I also ate a spicy meal and perhaps that wasn't the wisest thing to do. Today has been a complete waste of a day. I haven't done a stitch of work and have been in bed since 2pm, but with kids, unable to get some rest.

Bottom line...if your going to break a cleanse or detox, do it gently or you will just end up hurting your body and feeling really hung over.
Sent via Karen Lawrence
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Parasite Cleanse Day 3

I woke up very tired this morning and turned over and switched off my 6am alarm and promptly fell back asleep. I had cravings for Christmas cake with Marzipan last night. The parasites must be getting grumpy and are wanting sugar....buggers! The kids came into the room after 7 and so we were all late for pre-school today. My cat had also decided that the expensive lounge mat was a litter box and so i had the fun of cleaning cat poo before 8am.  The cat's new name is Poo cat!

Popped into "Rogers" to buy some fresh veg for the detox and the owner said, "You look terrible my dear. Are you alright". I know i hadn't put make up on this morning, and I am feeling a bit "odd", but yikes, to be told you look terrible, was a bit of a shock to the system. It has to be the cleanse ! So, we had a good old chat about parasite cleanses and as I was leaving she says, now you go get some rest my dear!

My spine is tingly today and the arch of my feet are very uncomfortable and quiet sore. Wonder what parasite likes my feet?  Die you buggers!
Last night I attended a moms evening at the preschool. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was such fun. We had load of laughter and Jordan's teacher showed us her scrap book collection. Oh my word. What preconceived ideas I had about scrap booking are all gone. Hers were truly AMAZING, amazing amazing! She makes hers from scratch with the most amazing idea's. What a talented lady. I don't think its something I would do, but I certainly will not be raising my eye brows every again when someone says scrap booking is their hobby!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The detox..Day 2

So, with the fast yesterday, I thought it would be appropriate to start the detox. As long as your mind is centered on the reason for the fast and not the detox i was happy to start then. Also, Monday is a good day to start.

I am on a parasite cleanse, and then depending on how that goes, may move onto a liver and kidney detox. The parasite cleanse is for 30 days at least, and that is what I am aiming for.
I am following the cleanse from Cape Town nutritionist, Sally Ann Creed's book, Let Food Be Your Medicine, and also from Mary Ann Shears, The Natural Way. Its intense but the only way to get rid of those pesky hosts that rob you of your health. Interestingly enough Sally Ann's candida diet ( a 3 month diet)is really similar and so that should benefit me greatly.
So,here are the No no's
No fruit ( hosts thrive on it and so does candida)
No yeast
No grains except brown rice if necessary
lots of fresh veg, avo's, raw if possible. Thats not hard to do. Nibble on  a raw carrot here and there and other "travel" veg, yum!
nuts and seeds ( yummy, i eat them daily anyway).
Meat eggs protein allowed
No alcohol. ( now that is going to be a challenge...we will see...may be a glass on a special occasion)
You will need: a good "live" probiotic, that is stored in the fridge;
Ester C..a decent vitamin C
a decent multi vitamin
an anti-fungal preparation for 3 months. I am using clove drops and para-90' an AIM product parasite cleanse ( see The Natural Way).
Lots of water.
Add to diet garlic, olive oil, cloves, pumpkin seeds, paw paw pips and pineapple ( the only fruit that i can see is allowed). Your diet must be HIGHLY nutritious.

This morning I awoke with a KILLER headache. Thats to be expected and I will make sure i drink loads of water today, which is hard as its cold and miserable outside. Maybe black rooibos tea will do?

Will keep you posted, but if your not keen on reading about parasites, then these next posts are not for you.

The call to be disciplined

Have you every felt that you are not grasping the magnitude of what God is telling you?

The Lord is currently teaching me things about my faith and walk and I sometimes feel that I am "way over my head". Like a school child being thrust into a university lecture.
This teacher-pupil relationship keeps coming up, from visions of Jesus and I in a school classes to the proverbs I have recently written down and look back upon.
The Lord keeps urging me to " Pay attention to what I teach you, apply your heart so that your trust may be in the Lord". Prov 221.17
Listen to advise and accept instruction and in the end you will be wise. Prov 19.20

My biggest challenge is that my faith is fear based and not trust based. This is such a huge revelation that the Lord has shown me and its going to take a lot of focus, discipline and applying of the heart to shift.
He is a gentle teacher, patient and kind, but i do feel an urgency about Him now. A call to wake up, do not be a sluggard, be a disciplined student. Get up earlier, read the word more, apply your mind, apply the scriptures.
Its time to move forward. I think this is a global call, for us Christians to rise up and take our faith seriously. I know for me it is!
What about you?

Monday, August 22, 2011


Today is Monday-Fast day.
Today I pray: Teach me ever day that my peace is to be found in You only. Jesus, be the source of my joy, my hope and my salvation.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Do I really trust God...really really?

Each Monday I have been fasting for my business and those in our small ladies group. Almost all of us own our businesses and in these economic times, its more important than ever to be praying over your work.

Fasting has been part of my life now for just over two months. Some mornings I sit and wonder exactly how I am going to pray and how to start the day properly focusing on God as this still doesnt come easy for me.

Fasting must center on God. It should draw us closer to God, where we will experience a deeper relationship
with Him. Like Anna, in Luke 2:37, we should be “worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.” This continual part is what I struggle with as I am a really busy  mom, and to be very honest, sometimes I only have a time for God. 
But this is what is required if we are to properly fast. Our eyes must be lifted from our circumstances and our prayers must be God centered before we focus on the reason for fasting. It is then that the Holy Spirit starts to move and work in our life.

Fasting reveals the things that control us. I find this very interesting how as we start focusing on God, he starts to focus on us.  You see, we tend to cover up what is inside us with food and other good things, but in fasting these things surface. If pride controls us, it will be revealed almost immediately. David said,
“I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting.” (Psalm 35:13) Anger, bitterness, jealousy, strife, fear - if
they are within us, they will surface during fasting. At first we will rationalize that our anger, for example, is due to our hunger. We will then discover that we are angry not because of hunger, but because the spirit of anger is within us.  
Over the weeks two major things have surfaced. Bitterness and fear. Its the fear that is the reason for this blog. I have become fear based and not faith based. I am filled with worry, anxiety and stress over work and over what I cannot control. What God is showing me is that I do not really trust him in this area. This revelation is one of the most important things I have ever been shown and I am sometimes a bit overwhelmed by the realization of how true it is. I need to express what I am feeling and putting it in writing, I feel is the best way to do this.
Last night I asked myself, do I really trust God with my future? If I look at the above, again the answer is no, as these are all linked. It goes hand in hand. Living in South Africa I am uncertain about my future. Everyday I hear what the government is doing, the policies its changing and introducing and how this is going to affect me. This uncertainty scares me. I cannot properly voice it as well for fear of this being used against my business as we rely on a government permit to operate.This is just one fear, but like a can of fishing earth worms, touch them and they all start wriggling.

And so, this revelation touches the very core of my being and so I ask myself how do I do it. How do I really trust God. I mean really really? 

1 Peter 5:7
Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

John 14:27
I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid.

Philippians 4:6-7
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ.

Psalms 34:17-19
Yes, the Lord hears the good man when he calls to Him for help, and saves him out of all his troubles. The Lord is close to those whose heart is breaking; He rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins. The good man does not escape all troubles - he has them, too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.

Isaiah 40:31
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.

John 14:1-3
Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in Me.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.

Psalms 112:6-8
Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God's constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid, but can calmly face his foes.