hooting wisdom for healthy living

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

2 Corinthians 9:10

And God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopherwood: make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch." Genesis 6: 13-14

Picking yourself back up

I distinctly remember flipping head over toes and landing face down in a pile of snow, just under the ski lift that was filled with jolly weekenders and locals excited to play in the fresh snow. You have some choices at that maybe cry, get angry, go hide..or laugh at yourself and get up. One of my life philosophies is "I'd rather look silly trying something new than look very well put together and be bored".

Sometimes the "health world" is full of perfectionistic thinking. It keeps us overwhelmed and from doing anything because the task seems too large and complicated. When I received the list of foods to eliminate from my kids' diet, I just lived in "overwhelmed", for about a year. We went through another winter sick, isolated, and weak; until finally, I couldn't ignore the changes that needed to be made. I asked God where to start- He said...One thing. Just work on changing your lifestyle one thing at a time. First we learned how to cook without eggs, then we worked on taking out wheat, finally we worked on taking out dairy. This was quite a process, and there was a whole lot of dying to self along the way. Now we're working on no sugar, I've noticed I'm actually calm and laid back without sugar- which I didn't even know was possible! Sometimes I'm really disciplined...other times I just want to eat whatever everyone else eats and I'm not so great at it.

We're not going to do this perfectly, but we're stepping into the role of "sower" and trusting that God will provide the seeds. Seeds of forgiveness, restoration, provision, and healing. We're going to wish the situation was different, but we're still going to swing the hammer and pound nails. We read these stories about the prophets and their great faith, but I wonder what it was like to walk up the mountain with your son- to look down at your feet while you are hiking. I wonder what it was like to look at creation and that son of yours with that clearness you get in your eyes when you are holding back tears. Is this working out your faith with fear and trembling? Taking steps in the natural world and believing for God to meet us somewhere on our mountain- Mt Moriah. Each step is wild, exciting, nerve-wracking, surreal, exhausting, and maybe even harrowing..

We might not have the seeds in our hands yet. We don't get the how....We'd like to be graceful and never fall...But at least we are stepping up to swing the hammer, to pound the nails, to throw seeds, to put our hands to the plow and see what happens.

Today I was praying about what to write and this is what God told me...sometimes we have to just get up, chuckle, and move on. Thank God it's really not about us. We're moving on. Sure, it would be great if we could not make mistakes in front of the peanut gallery. That moment when you're deciding what to do- that's where we are told "Trust Child- I'll supply".

Jaime Stiansen

I am an independent health coach encouraging those around me on their journey toward healing.