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Roughed Up But Steadily Growing

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I feel beaten up and battered, not physically, emotionally.  I’ve felt this way for many months.  This place of isolation, where I don’t like very much, and I hurt a lot.  My tears are quick to come and so is my anger and frustration.  I feel selfish, unloved and unlovable.  How did this happen?  When did I start down this path?  I have a wonderful husband, two beautiful daughters, parents that love me and encourage me.  Our finances are stable.  There is not one of us suffering from illness or injury.  What is MY problem?

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”
(John 10:10, NIV)

There is a REAL enemy who wants to steal my joy; steal my peace; kill me in my place of authority and influence.  Every day his plan is to kill me either physically or emotionally.  He doesn’t care which way I go.  He just wants me gone.

I help him.

I give in to my impatience.  Every time my husband comes home late, or doesn’t answer the phone when I call, or forgets to tell me he loves me, or doesn’t tell me I look pretty, or, or, or, or…

I give in to my frustration.  Every time I have to pick up my kids clothes, or clean their bathroom, or teach the same thing over again, or tell them not to bicker, or talk back, or, or, or, or…

I give in to my selfishness.  Every time I JUST WANT IT MY WAY!

I give in to my anger.  Every time spewing hateful words from my mouth that do anything but hurt the ones I love the most.

The Apostle Paul reminds us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  (Ephesains 6:12, NIV)  They are sneaky!  They will take any and all authority I am willing to give up.  Every time.

BUT, I have authority through Jesus Christ.  Authority means that I have the power to determine, control or command.  I have the right to silence the enemy.  I have the final decision in spiritual conflict with the enemy.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

My flesh is what cries out for me to give into frustration, impatience, selfishness and anger.  My soul cries out for the heart of my heavenly father who is the complete opposite of these things.  My father who loves me completely despite my ugliness and frailty.  I am broken.  But He is my redeemer, my helper, my friend.  For Him I will once again say as the Psalmist said so perfectly in Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

I will once again turn from looking inward and chose to look upward.  I will intentionally chose to fight in this season.  I’m fighting for my life and the life of my family.  Yes, it’s been a season of sitting in my misery, feeling sorry for myself.  Yes, I have been roughed up and I’ve given into impulse, and I will again.  But today I put on my armor and I KNOW who wins!!

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The Company I Keep

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Growing up my mom often confronted me with a truth I didn’t always want to hear.  She would tell me to be careful of the friends I kept because I would become like them.  As a teen (a very head-strong teen) I was absolutely confident she was wrong.  I remember being so angry because “I knew better!”

I’m sorry Mom.  You were so right!

Thankfully as an older, and hopefully wiser daughter and mother, I can understand this simple yet profound truth.  I recently read a wonderful book based on the life and sermons of Smith Wigglesworth.  The author, P.J. Madden sums it up this way.

“If you want to fly with the eagles, don’t run with the chickens.”

So true.  But there still an even brighter truth.  Yes, I love being know as my husbands wife, my children’s mother.  I love being known by the friends I keep close to me.  But the truth is, my greatest hope is that I would be known by my relationship and love for my Savior.  For everything else will fade, but Him.


The Company I Keep

Let me be known by the company I keep
By the One who determines each day that I greet
From the moment I wake ’til He rocks me to sleep
Let me be known by the company I keep!

Let me be known by the company I keep
When the valleys are low and the mountains are steep
By the One who holds fast when swift waters are deep
Let me be known by the company I keep!

Let me be known by the company I keep
By the One who implores me to sit at His feet
And quickens my soul to discern what is deep
Let me be known by the company I keep!

Let me be known by the company I keep
Eclipsed by Your presence that I may decrease
‘Til all You have chosen this traveler to meet
No longer see me but the Company I keep.
(From Things Pondered, by Beth Moore)

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And the Winner Is…

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Dorothy Abdelaziz!!

Congratulations!!  This just goes to show, the more times you enter the better your chances to win!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our give away and a very, special thank you to Lila at Central Coast Lavender for giving us this great oil!

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National Wear Your Apron Day!

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Did you know the day after Mother’s Day is National Wear Your Apron Day?  Well it is and this is the trouble I got into today…


Whipped this little number up in a few hours.  It would have gone faster but the pattern I was following was for a half apron.  I prefer an apron with a “bib” after all, I’m much more likely to splatter my shirt than I am to get something on my pants.  So I made my own pattern for the bib portion of the apron and that took me a bit longer.  It was a lot of fun and really rather easy!


The girls are wearing beautiful handmade aprons from a girlfriend of mine.  She did such an amazing job embellishing each apron and then personalizing each one with the girls names and a scripture.  They wear their aprons so proudly!

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Solar Energy

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$0.98!!!   Our most recent electric bill!

$0.02   The amount we had to over pay because our bank won’t let us pay an online bill for less than a $1.00!

We had a solar system installed about four months ago.  I think the whole process took about six months when you factor in the initial site reviews and surveys.  We opted for a leased system which means we don’t own the system outright.  This worked for us because we didn’t want to lay out tens of the thousands for the purchase and it would take too long to recover.  With the lease program there was no up front cost.  (You read that correctly, we didn’t pay a dime!)  The system was installed, inspected and approved.  The company we chose now maintains the system for the next twenty years.

We have a solar payment and on the months we don’t completely offset our electricity, we will also get an electricity bill.  We determined the monthly outlay for two payments (one to solar, and one to electricity) would, on average, reduce our energy payment by $60 per month.  We generally average $200 per month in electricity.  Our goal is to really reduce our electricity outlay to zero, having the solar completely offset it.  It may not be possible every month especially when things start to heat up hear in Southern California, but we’ll see.  I figure we’re one giant step ahead of where we were six months ago!

I’ll keep you posted.

Oh, by the way, if you are interested in solar, I would highly recommend Solar City!


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Impromtu Fun!

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Super Dad

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Sometimes I just find myself extra thankful for the man I married so long ago.

The family protector.

The trip planner and weather man.

The encourager.

Fearless Dad.



Yesterday as we were cross country skiing, the girls and their dad we’re ahead of me.  As I looked toward them I saw dad with one of the girls backpacks on.  The backpack in rainbow colors with a cupcake ID tag.  I have to admit I chuckled because not every man would be willing to wear that backpack.  But you see he did it for us.  We needed to bring water along on our adventure and of course the snack.  We both have great adventure backpacks but we had left them at home.  The only backpack available was this most colorful one in which we had brought the girls homeschool work.  As we started the day I wore the backpack, but eventually my neck really started hurting from the extra weight.  I made a passing comment about my neck hurting and the next thing I knew the backpack was transferred from my shoulders to his.

I am so thankful I am married to this wonderful man!  I am thankful the girls get to experience on a daily basis the love of their father and his protection.  I am thankful God gave me someone who is way more selfless than I am.  It makes me confess my short comings and want to be more like him and in the end be more like Jesus.

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Yesterday I had the privilege of teaching the young girls at our homeschool group.  We have been working through Jackie and Dede Kendall’s book, Lady in Waiting for Little Girls.  This entire book has been beautiful!  Its purpose is to draw our daughters into a closer relationship with the Lord within the frame work of the mother daughter relationship.  Oh the joy I’ve had teaching these subjects on obedience, diligence, faith, virtue, devotion, security, contentment, and patience!  But yesterday something special happened as we sat around the table talking about devotion and security.  The lesson jumped out of the book into everyday life and touched my heart with a truth I never saw coming.

I asked the girls what it means to be devoted to God.  One of them said, “Spending time with him.”  True.

So I asked the girls if they had been diligent in setting aside time every day to spend reading God’s love letter to us, the Bible.  As you can imagine I got a mixed response.  But I loved their honesty.  One spent 15 minutes a day being devoted, others said no, and still others said things like “I wanted to, but I forgot.”  My mom’s heart kicked in at about that point and I asked the girls if they brush their teeth every day?  Boy, I got some strange looks then!  But again they were honest.  Most everyone brushes their teeth everyday and most twice a day.  That’s good!  As mom’s we’re responsible for training our children to brush and floss their teeth every day.  As mom’s we would never dream of allowing our children to go days without brushing their teeth!  Seriously, after a few days of neglecting their teeth we start to reap the consequences.

Imagine, your daughter or son climbing onto your lap for snuggles or coming in close for a bed time hug and kiss and what do you get but a face full of fowl smelling breath!  Suppose you didn’t take notice and over time your precious child begins to complain about a tooth hurting, but you just dole out some children’s pain killer.  It will be fine.  Time continues to pass and now the child is in real pain as the little cavity has grown into an infection that has spread into the nerves and tissue around the tooth.  Do you continue to leave it untreated or do you take care of it?  I don’t know any parent who would leave their child in pain like this!

Here is the correlation, every day, twice a day, I remind my daughters to brush, floss and use a mouth wash.  I talk to them about the importance of taking care of their teeth, because after the permanent ones come in, well, they’re permanent.  We want to keep them healthy!  And yet, I have to confess, I don’t remind my daughters to read the Bible every day.  Now I homeschool so God’s word is woven into the context of our studies and time together, but I honestly don’t push them to spend time in the Bible daily.  What am I thinking?!?  I’m having them take care of their teeth, but not their heart?  To keep my daughters safe in this world, I have to ensure they know how to be devoted, otherwise, as soon as they leave my nest they have no foundation, but can easily be mislead into the world!

If we’re not filling our hearts and minds with what the word says then you can bet the world is filling our hearts and minds with darkness.  That’s what happens to a heart left without devotion.  Slowly, so that we don’t notice it’s happening our heart gets filled up with things like depression, unforgiveness, anger, frustration, and bitterness.  Those little bits and pieces we should have been flossing out and brushing away have grown into an infection that is spreading throughout our body.

Come on mommies, we have to nurture our children’s hearts of devotion the same way we nurture their habit of taking care of their teeth!!  Daily!  Then, once their hearts are completely devoted to their Savior they will live secure.  Secure in the knowledge of a loving heavenly Father who’s plans for them are good.
Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you,” announces the Lord.  “I want you to enjoy success.  I do not plan to harm you.  I will give you hope for the years to come.”

Who’s promises are steadfast! 
Psalm 37:3-7
“Trust in the Lord and do good, dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of you heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”

From this day forward, I am committed to encouraging my daughter’s hearts of devotion.  Just as I remind them to brush their teeth, I will remind them to spend time daily reading God’s love letter to them!  Won’t you join me?

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Big Changes On the Horizon!

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It’s a New Year and with the New Year come exciting developments for iFit Gourmet!

We recently discovered the name, iFit Gourmet, was confusingly similar to that of another company and brand.  How many of you know it’s NOT a good idea to be “confusingly similar” to anything!  We have worked hard to develop a unique product and blog.  We don’t want all that hard work to go down the drain!

God wants His ideas to be set apart for His purposes.  Let me explain.  The Lord does not want those He loves and who love Him to look like or do what the world is doing.  This is confusing.  The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…”  The Bible also tells us in Mathew 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth.  But suppose the salt loses its saltiness.  How can it be made salty again?  It will be thrown out.  People will walk all over it.  You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill can’t be hidden.  Also, people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead, they put it on its stand.  Then it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine in front of others.  Then they will see the good things you do.  And they will praise your Father who is in heaven.”

My hearts desire, for our products and this website is that they will be a light shining on a hill for all to see that my Father in heaven will be glorified!  This won’t happen if we are too similar to other products and companies.

The biggest and best development for 2011, we are changing our name!  Effective immediately, we are releasing the iFit Gourmet name.  The new name?  Drum roll please… Annyssa.

The bad news…  There really isn’t any.  There’s just a lot of work to do!!  In the coming weeks we will transition this site to our new domain name,  I will keep you informed all along the way about our progress!  2011 will be an exciting year!  A year of transition to the new and better!!

In Christ,

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That’s right a hot dog.  I don’t know if I should admit that I actually enjoy a good hot dog, but nonetheless there it is… I like a good hot dog.  There is no better time to eat a hot dog than at a baseball game.  The problem is finding out what is in the hot dog.  99 percent of the hot dogs out there probably shouldn’t be eaten, and I won’t be partaking, thank you very much! Read More→

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