C O U R A G E O U S

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Truth be told, it’s taken me almost 6 years to sit down and actually write about this. I’ve mentioned it briefly in blogs & posts but never delved deep enough because if I did that It would mean I have to relive it and I guess I haven’t been ready for that until now.

My 16 year old self had no idea what was coming. It was 5:15 a.m on the 27th of December, 2012. I woke up to the most horrendous scream I’ve ever heard in my life.  At first I thought I was having a night mare, the words she was saying can’t be true. My body woke fully.  This was happening, this was my reality and I didn’t know what to do.

“HE’S DEAD, HE’S DEAD” she screamed. I jumped out of bed and immediately ran to my mum and held her, I didn’t know what to do or how to act. I cuddled her. It wasn’t long before she was calling the ambulance, our family and our friends.

I slowly walked back to my room and sat on the end of my bed with my back against the wall cuddling my knees tight, I screamed and I cried hysterically. My throat was burning and my body was shaking. What was happening? How did this happen? He can’t be dead! My thoughts were running wild. I became numb. My whole day was just a blur of people coming into my room, loving me, trying to help me, trying to find the right words to say but there was nothing or no one that could fix this. I remember hearing people carry him out in the body bag. It really sunk in, My dad was gone.

My dad had suffered from kidney stones for 16 years (My whole life). The doctors medicated him and because of the high dosage and ongoing consumption it unfortunately resulted in end stage liver disease. He died because his stomach ruptured. A few years previous to his death we almost lost him from the same thing, he was in intensive care and pulled through. We were blessed to get a few extra years, whether we knew it at the time or not.

My Father was dying long before he actually passed. Our Family doctor had told him but dad didn’t tell us. I don’t know if he didn’t fully comprehend what was being said to him or he just didn’t want to hurt us.

Watching someone you love with your whole being literally deteriorate before your eyes is the most heart breaking thing I have ever experienced. I literally watched his life get sucked from his body.

God warned me this was going to happen.  The night before my Father died I wasn’t going to say goodnight. I was about to walk into my room when I was stopped by a voice. So clearly I heard The Lord say: “Go and say goodnight, you don’t know when will be your last time”.

I gave my Dad a cuddle and a kiss, for the very last time here on this earth.

It broke my heart that what God told me the night before was true but I am forever thankful I got to say goodbye.

Romans 8:28 flooded my phone screen. It’s the one verse EVERYONE sent me when they found out.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”

Nothing was normal anymore. There were always so many people at my home. I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to think, I didn’t want to talk.

I remember for a solid month my beautiful forever friend Bridget would pick me up, we would go and get a bread roll or an ice cream because that’s about all I could stomach and she would take me to the beach. God blessed me with Bridget and she probably doesn’t even realise how much those small gestures meant. When my world was falling apart, she helped give me some normality. She took me to my happy place, where I was able to just be. I will be eternally thankful for her.

I remember my first day back after summer holidays after dad had passed. I walked into the school office with my mum and I had staff just stare at me with no idea what to say. It wasn’t in a sympathetic way either. It made me feel like something was wrong with me. Now that my Fathers dead you can’t hold a normal conversation with me? Teachers on the odd occasion would say things to me for crying, for feeling and for grieving. My grades were more important to them than my feelings. Assholes.

This was not healthy. I became anxious to grieve my dead father in public so I would try as best as I could to hold it all in throughout the day and everyday I would go home to sob and scream. My anxiety attacks came all the time. I didn’t really have control over them. I didn’t have control of myself. It took a few years to come out of heavy stages of grief but by the strength of God he pulled me through and only by his strength!!!

About 10 or more years ago my dad and I planted a camellia tree in our front yard. It had never bloomed when he was alive. I wrote this in 2015…

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“This morning I was praying to God and telling him how much I’ve been missing dad lately. I asked him to show me how dad is going and to tell him that I love him and miss him. I also asked that he would give me a sign that I guess in a way he told dad what I just prayed about. Tonight as I was walking out of my house I looked down to see the plant my dad and I had planted together. The only time this has bloomed was right after he passed away and tonight! I can’t even begin to stress how good our God is, he honestly cares for us so much that he would give me the peace of mind after something so small!”

Our special plant has also bloomed when I was leaving for America, when Gideon and I started dating, When we got engaged and It’s blooming now.

It’s bloomed in all different seasons for a short amount of time and as stupid as it sounds I honestly believe there is some connection that God is telling dad about my life, about where he is taking me and about my precious Gideon. I know dad would have loved Gideon.

For the last 5 years we have been holding on tightly to dad’s ashes. Overtime conversation came up about scattering them and every time I would shut it down quickly. “No, It’s not time.”

I couldn’t bare the thought of completely letting go. That was the last stage and I wasn’t ready.

Then, my beautiful mum fell in love and re-married. What an absolute blessing. Ian is incredible, I couldn’t have asked for a more loving and perfect step dad if I tried. God doesn’t miss a thing.

So, it was time. If not for me, for her.

26th of December 2017 – Our last goodbye. I’d love to sit and write about how beautiful it was to scatter his ashes with my family but I can’t because I couldn’t mentally or emotionally bring myself to do it. I spent the day weeping in my finance’s arms. I battled and battled!

“Would I regret this?”

“Would dad be angry?” 

“Am I too weak?”. 

The answer to all of the above is NO. Grief is a crazy thing and everyone does it differently. I couldn’t spread my dad’s ashes and I’m not ready to say my final goodbye, I don’t think I ever will be. My dad’s death shattered me in ways I can’t explain and my heart still breaks for him everyday.

I know everyone says it but I really did have THE BEST DAD EVER! He had the most beautiful heart for Jesus, he had the most adventurous spirit, he was so strong – Even when he was so sick he went above and beyond for us ALWAYS. He never complained, he was generous, he was kind and so loving. I am so proud to say that he was MY dad.

The only reason I have been able to get through the past 5 and half years without him is because of my sweet Saviour. It says in Psalm 68:5 That he is a Father to the Fatherless. I can’t tell you how true this verse is. Every time I needed a daddy cuddle, advice or love I literally felt my God wrap me in his arms, my heart would calm as he gave me comfort and he never, ever left me alone. “The Joy of the Lord is my strength” has never made more sense than in this season.

My God is so incredible. His promises reign true and I am who I am today because of him, because of his grace, his mercy and his everlasting love.

If you are facing grief, hurt, heartbreak or sadness please don’t be scared to turn to him. He wants you to fall into his arms and be completely overwhelmed with his perfect love. He is the only one that can turn the most broken situations for good. He can give you joy for mourning, He will lift your head, He will make a way when life seems hopeless! Trust him. My story is a testament to that.

Death is a part of life. I can sit here and ponder all the reasons why my dad should have lived longer or questioned why he got sick or think what if we found him earlier but at the end of the day it was his time. I am thankful to have spent 16 precious years with my beloved father, I am thankful that my dad is healed and finally out of pain, I am thankful that he is now in heaven living a full life, one that was robbed of him here on earth.

Isaiah 40:31 – But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Beth xx

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My Call To Nebraska.

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It’s been a wild week of emotions for me but I have been told by the Lord to write it down, declare it and wait on it because in the perfect time, it WILL happen.

I feel a stirring to share the journey to Nebraska thus far with you. A raw collection of words, emotions and expressions straight from the heart.

My Journey to Nebraska actually begun before I left to serve at camp Sonshine 14 months ago. I was at a point in my life where I was eager for more, I felt ready for an unexplainable new-ness. I had been doing Pre-school teaching for 3 years and my passion started to fade. I received a verse from God…

Genesis 12:1-3 – The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

At the time I thought it was a confirmation from God to quit my Job (and in a sense it was) but little did I know the full meaning of this verse was about to invade my heart and soul like never before.

Side Note: After receiving this particular verse I started seeing rainbows everywhere. 

In biblical terms Rainbows = Promise.

If you know me, you know that the ocean is my happy place, I adore warm weather and feel alive when I explore through trails that lead to waterfalls, surrounded beautiful by nature and coastline as far as the eye can see. This is what I know as home, this is my comfort.

I landed in Lincoln, Nebraska at 10:30pm on the 26th of may, 2017. It was humid, dark and I smelt skunks for the first time. I felt like a kid on Christmas, I couldn’t wait to see and experience the place where my sweet Saviour had called me to serve him. A state of flat land, cornfields and pretty lakes. I was far from Australia, everything was unfamiliar but something in my spirit just felt at ease, it felt right, I felt like I was truly home. It was one week into my time in Nebraska, a group of us had just attended a wedding. I was standing in the foyer at Lincoln Berean Church when Gideon started a conversation with me (we had met previous to this, God wasted no time with our love) “How are you liking Nebraska so far?” He asked. I replied “I love it but I’m conflicted. I want to live here because it feels like home to me.” The look on Gideon’s face was priceless, a land locked ocean lover couldn’t understand why I wanted to move there when I lived in Australia.

A verse that was spoken to me multiple times by the Lord when I was in Nebraska and still is today is:

Ephesians 3:20 – God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!

Skip forward a few months, Camp was done and Gideon and I travelled the West Coast of America (Best trip ever). Leaving Gideon at LAX broke my heart, to the point where it ached. I knew this wasn’t going to be our last goodbye. I also knew I was going to marry him. Again confusion filled my heart because I was ready to be back with my family and friends in Australia but I wanted to stay with my sweet Gideon.

I sat on a plane for 15 hours. I watched the sun rise over the Sydney Harbour Bridge out of my window. I raced through security straight into my mum’s arms. The sweetest embrace after 3 and a half months apart.

“Mum, I couldn’t live there”

She replied “You don’t need to think about that now beauty”

God now called me to wait, in this season of waiting God did a radical change in my heart. It had been months since I came back to Australia and Genesis 12:1-3 came up again. My Jaw dropped. You know those moments in your life when God has been speaking to you for so long but nothing he is saying makes sense then all of a sudden you get overwhelmed by a life changing epiphany? This was one of those moments. The Genesis verse was my call to Nebraska. Let me break it down for you… Leave your native country (Leave Australia), your relatives (My friends and family), and your father’s family (My Father’s name – Calverley. It’s time for me to become a Badeer), and go to the land that I will show you (Nebraska is all land) I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. (My calling and what I am meant to do in life is still coming and probably wont be revealed until I am over there). I called Gideon and we weighed up Pro’s and Con’s of each country, Nebraska won. Of course it did, that was God’s plan all along.

Despite this huge, exciting and incredible call I still felt defeated because things weren’t happening straight away. I couldn’t understand why God would tell me something so life changing and make me wait so long to receive it. (face palm)

I ask that you have an open mind with what I am about to tell you.

God spoke to me in ways I have never, ever experienced. I was driving to my casual job one day in my old Subaru. It was summer but it wasn’t super sunny. I had the windows down and the music up. I was turning out of a street when something flew through the window and hit me in the head. It dropped down the crack between my chair and the middle console. I thought it was a bug and started flailing my arms around like an absolute idiot. I drove a few hundred metres and came to a red light. I looked down, I saw a rainbow illuminate through the darkness. It wasn’t reflecting off anything and it shone bright but faint at the same time.

Excuse me? Did God just hit me in the head with a rainbow to remind me of the promises he has for me? The light turned green. I was shaking my head in dis-belief. I questioned God the whole way to work. “Did that just happen?” “Was that real?”. I pulled up to work, looked down the crack again and the rainbow was gone. I guess I was so stubborn and the only way God could get his promises into my head was to throw it at me, literally.

The Genesis verse came up again and so did the rainbows. I have never had God speak to me through pictures before.

I was at the gym, doing a quick workout before bible study. (Earlier that day I was tossing up if I should go or not because I didn’t know if I had enough time)

I was up to an inclined walk on the treadmill, minding my own business whilst listening to my music. I looked in front of me and in my gym there are large mirrors lined up on the wall. I looked specifically at the cracks. They were black. I looked down at my phone and looked up again. In one of the cracks I saw a rainbow illuminate through, it was moving. I looked to see if it was anything to do with the lighting in the room or reflection from the sun, it wasn’t. I looked again, all the cracks were moving with rainbows. I then saw through the cracks and on the other side of the mirror. It was like I was in another realm, another life. Because I was. It was my life. I saw my Promise Land, my woodland of calm on the other side of the mirrors. A land of rainbows, of promise, of new. I saw significance to each major thing I looked at. I raced out of that gym to go home and draw what I saw, what I felt and what I was experiencing. (I almost got hit by 3 cars on the way home, the enemy was ready to attack)

  • I saw a tree. “Stay rooted in Christ” He said to me. Each branch represented a different part of my life. The tree symbolised that I am still growing.
  • There were wooden stools that represented rest.
  • I saw a Deer. Psalm 42:1 – As the deer pants for the streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 Samuel 22:36 – He makes me as surefooted as a deer.
  • I saw a waterfall, streams of living water.
  • I saw a purple butterfly. Purple means: Royal, Nobel, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, peace an independence. This butterfly represents that I am ready to spread my wings and fly. (Quite literally all the way to Nebraska to be with my love)

I can’t explain what I felt when I got a glimpse into my promise land. I remember looking back into the mirrors from the promise land and all I saw was this dull grey and black colour. The words that came to my heart were: darkness = old. Fog, uncertainty, past hurts, sin and sadness.

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Excuse the messy writing and rough water colour. I had to try get down what I saw. Not completely accurate but it’s something. 

Since then I have been expereincing my Saviour in a new and beautiful way. He is teaching me how to be a God-honouring and fearing woman. He is teaching me about myself, about Gideon, about relationships, about marriage. The list goes on.

I got so excited about this beautiful promise spoken over me and shown to me that I always wonder when it’s going to come to pass.

I’m honest with my writing and this time shouldn’t be any different. Long distance really sucks. Gideon and I are very blessed to have the relationship we do and we are only surviving this because of God. Without him and his continual strength it would be 10 times harder than it already is. I’m not saying I’m not thankful. When I look back on our relationship we have experienced more than most couples and they actually get to do proper life together. I was so convinced we would have heard something about of visa by now. I was sure we were going to be able to spend our 1 year anniversary together. I was positive I wouldn’t be doing preschool teaching anymore. I was set on the fact that I would at least be starting to prepare to move by now. But maybe God is working. Maybe our visa is on it’s way, maybe I’ll get my interivew this month and be on a plane by next month… Who knows? God does and that’s all that really matters at this point.

It just goes to show that our plans and God’s plans are completely different. I trust him and I KNOW his timing is perfect.

For now, I am taking each day at a time. Clinging oh, so tightly to the beautiful promises God has revealed to me in this season of waiting. I’m thanking him for the beautiful growth he is doing in not only mine and Gideon’s hearts but in our loved ones too as I prepare to move countries. I’m thankful for the rest he gives me when I am overwhelmed. I’m thankful for the time Gideon and I have been able to spend together, I’m thankful I get to experience a love like God’s every single day because through absolutely everything, he is good.

Beth xx

Essential Oils.

Essential oils are one of my favourite things to talk about because I am so ridiculously passionate about them.

I jumped on the essential oil bandwagon last year when I was in America. I swear by them. I haven’t been on my essential oil journey for too long but I love what I’ve learnt so far. The idea of using natural products brings my soul rest like you wouldn’t believe. When I was 16 my father passed away. He suffered from Kidney stones from when I was a baby up until he died. Doctors continued to prescribe him western medications to simply mask underlying issues which then caused him to develop end stage liver disease. This instilled a fear in me that I struggle to shake sometimes when it comes to medication.

With that in mind, I am going to clarify something I needed to learn on this journey – Essential oils don’t heal you but rather aid your body in a natural and holistic way.

For me personally,  I have oils from DoTerra but I also have a large collection from my local health food store. Do your research but if an oil is 100% oil, then that’s exactly what you are going to get.

As a Christian I believe God has given us beautiful, natural resources to help us live. Essential oils included. I know for a fact DoTerra’s oils are sourced straight from where that specific plant or flower thrives from around the world.

I am going to give you a few beauty/life hacks in how I use my oils daily.

– Frankincense! Scent, Skin. WOW. This is an oil that is on the pricey side but for a good reason. Firstly this oil is biblical! Frankincense, along with gold and myrrh is what the three wise men gifted Jesus with.

Matthew 2:11 – On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

This is also INCREDIBLE for your skin. When I was in America I suffered with a bad sun blister on my lip. One of my beautiful camp directors suggested I use Frankincense oil on it 3 times a day and within a few days it had healed.

I have also suffered from hormonal acne and skin issues growing up. I get breakouts when It’s my monthly (to be expected) but something I have found that helps keep my skin clear and plump is putting a few drops of Frankincense oil with my face cleanser at night. I also put a few drops of rose hip oil with my moisturiser. The rose hip combats my acne scars. These combined leaves my skin feeling so clean, clear and full.

 – Cedar wood! Scent, skin, hair. I have only recently discovered this oil but I think it’s one of my most favourite ones. It smells AMAZING! I use cedar wood for my skin ocasionally but my favourite little beauty hack for this bad boy is to add a few drops along side a few drops of lavender oil in your shampoo. My hair has become so thick and it’s grown a little bit too since incorporating this into my routine.

– Peppermint/spearmint! Nausia, headaches. I feel like this little hack is something everyone knows about already but these oils are beautiful for settling your stomach. I unfortunately still suffer from travel sickness (I thought you grow out of that but apparently not. Haha) It works. I put a little bit behind my ears and a drop in the palm of my hand and press my thumb into it then on the roof of my mouth. Another way to use these oils is by rubbing a small amount on the temples of your head to gain relief from headaches. Sometimes peppermint is too intense for me so I have found a new love for spearmint!

– Clove oil! Toothaches. My beloved finance is so patient with me always harping on about what oils to use for specific situations. About a month ago he was suffering from the pain of wisdom teeth coming through. He got on the phone to tell me he had purchased some clove oil to help relieve the pain and it worked! This is a natural way to help little ones with teething.

– Tea tree oil! Infections. Known for it’s antibacterial properties is an amazing natural source to help fight infections, acne and even cold & flu. I like to add tea tree into my baths and also into my diffuser mixed with Lavender to leave a fresh scent. The amount of drops can vary depending how strong you want it to smell.

I could go on forever about the benefits of each essential oil. The things I have listed only scratch the surface of what each oil can do. I will definitely be posting more information on different oils and little beauty/life hacks I find along the way with them. Do your research and be aware that not all oils can be ingested. A large number of them are for topical use only for your body. (diffusing aside)

I 110% recommend you try essential oils. Always remember a little goes a long way, they are worth the investment. There is honestly an oil for everything and so many beautiful blends to explore. Please know that I am not an expert, I am learning every day and these are ways I have been using my oils!

Beth xx

8 ways to make your day happier.

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1. Start your day with Jesus.

As a Christian I have been trying to make it part of my daily routine to start my day with Jesus. That can take the form of reading the word, reading a devo, writing or praying. There is no right or wrong way to spend time with Jesus. He adores you and longs for relationship with you. I promise you will notice a difference in your whole attitude and mindset throughout the day if you start your day with him.

2. Write or speak out 3 things you are thankful for, daily! 

As humans I feel like it can be so easy for us to get caught up and focus on the negatives rather than the positives. I’m guilty of this. We are truly blessed, its time to start being thankful for it. I was convicted when I was doing my daily devo last week and one of the questions read : “Thank God for at least 10 things that you have that would be considered a luxury to many people”. Straight away I listed off 10 things within 10 seconds. We get so caught up in wanting more that we miss whats right in front of us. Shift your perspective and fill your day with thankfulness.

3. Minimise Technology.

We live in a generation that is unbelievably blessed with such advanced technology. I have recently started a book called Be Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado (Incredible book if you do/have suffered from anxiety) it explains how technogoly is actually a cause of anxiety. Take the news for example. How often do you ever hear of anything positive? It’s pretty rare. Now on the other hand, How often do you hear of a terrorist attack, a natural distaer, a murder, a suicide, a beating, a robery. This list goes on. Being an anxious person, for me hearing these things constanly fills my mind with “what if’s”. I hate to admit it, but it puts a spirit of fear deep in my soul. If you are someone that thrives off the news, by all means, be my guest but if you aren’t, open up your bible and read God’s truths.

Social media

As a woman, I will be honest. I can get caught up in the world of aimlessly scrolling which then turns into the world of comparison. I’m not saying social media is bad, I flipping love instagram. But always remember to be aware of who you follow and how much time you spend looking at your screen. Don’t allow it to dictate or determine your life. Give yourself social media fasts and embrace the beauty of the world.

4. Have a Bath.

I love this. Anyone that knows me well, knows that I am a sucker for a long, hot bath. There is something about it that just brings clarity to your mind and soul. Add essential oils + epsom salts, watch a bath bomb fizz or fill it with too many bubbles. Give yourself time to r e l a x.

5. Pray, ALWAYS.

Life can be overwhelming at the best of times. Always remeber there is someone who is eagerly waiting to hear from you. Whether it’s a thankful heart, a repentant heart, a sad heart or an excited heart – He is ready.

6. Eat well. 

You know your body and it’s dietary requirments but nothing beats eating clean, whole foods. Your body is precious, nourish it and feed it well. You will notice a difference in your mental and physical self.

7. Move.

I have grown such a love for exercise. I used to do it for all the wrong reasons, i’d force myself to do something I didn’t want to in order to be “skinny”. My healthy exercise routine started when Gideon went back home to the states, I honestly went back to the gym as a distraction from being away from him but in the process actually grew a passion for it. I exercise to feel good and to aid my body in strength. I don’t have a particular exercise routine as such. I do what I feel like on the day. Somedays it’s cardio, somedays it’s weights, somedays it’s stretching. My goal is to just move.

8. Encourage others.

This is easily one of my favourite things to do. I’ve learnt that it is much more fulfilling to give than to recieve. A simple, genuine expression of encouragement can go such a long way. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing someones face light up from pure joy when you recognise their strengths and use your words for good. Making others feel good will make you feel good. Try it!

Stay happy, always lovely’s!

Beth xx

Vegetarian Curry with Cauliflower rice.

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Yum, yum, YUM!!! This recipe came about because I was really craving curry one day at work but I wasn’t craving the sick feeling you get after it if you buy it take away. I went home, made a quick trip to the shops, gathered up healthy & natural ingredients, threw it all together and created something magical! If you want to add more spices, herbs, veggies or meat, feel free. This is a really good base for curry.

Ingredients.

  • Broccoli (This is my favourite vegetable so I added more than an average amount)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • 250g of cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 – 3/4 of a can of coconut milk

Seasonings.

  • 1 heaped teaspoon of curry mix
  • 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic paste
  • salt + pepper (season how you like)
  • Coriander (Don’t hold back on this herb because it’s flipping amazing. If you are American use cillantro)
  • Generous squeeze of lime

Method.

A clean, organised cooking space is a happy space (because it doesn’t stay that way for long, haha!)

I start by draining and rinsing my beans under cold water.

I then add them into a pan on a low heat. I give the beans time to warm up and cook until they start to become soft. I add my garlic paste and mix together.

While the beans are infusing in garlic, I cut my vegetables and steam them. Once prepared, I add them to the beans and garlic. bump up the heat and Mix well.

The next step is adding in the herbs, spices and coconut milk. Mix well and simmer.

(sometimes I will add water to this stage if the coconut milk isn’t enough)

While your curry is simmering, in another pan on a low setting, heat up your cauliflower rice. I always add a little bit of coconut oil into mine for moisture + flavour.

You are ready to plate up. I like to have my cauliflower rice as a base but you can mix it into the curry if you prefer. I then top the dish with more coriander, a squeeze of lime, salt & pepper.

Enjoy, lovely’s! xx

 

Health + Wellness

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1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.

I love when God places exciting new dreams on my heart to share with others. I am so happy to announce that I am going to be starting a section on my blog completely dedicated specifically on health and wellness.

I have really grown a passion and understanding in what it looks like to care for my body in a healthy and mostly natural way.

In order to flourish we need to take time to nourish. For me, health goes beyond just eating good foods and exercising. I have been on a long journey with practicing self-love and doing the right thing by my body; mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. I have had many turns along the way but those turns have led me to more extensive knowledge on all things health. A huge factor I missed on my health journey is knowing and being in tune with my body. I think once you nail that, it allows you to unlock a whole new side to your health and what your body is able to do and achieve. What I share with you are things that I practice and use daily to support MY health. I just want to create a space where I can give tips and advice in areas I have struggled but also grown in. Our God has given us endless natural resources on this earth to use to support our bodies and I believe that we should be utilising them as much as possible. If that encourages other women to try something new and live their life, known and loved by their Saviour then my goal has been achieved.

There are so many different factors that contribute to your health and your wellbeing. I am going to take you through a range of recipes, benefits of essential oils, skin care, super foods, beauty + health hacks as well as routines you can be incorporating into your day to support caring for yourself in the best way possible.

Get ready to flourish, lovely!

Beth xx

 

I will wait and in my waiting I will be glad. 

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Hosea 12:6 – Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually.

What is your heart attitude when God tells you to wait? I’m going to be real, mine isn’t pleasant. Patience isn’t a gift of mine, its something I have been really challenged to work on.

I feel like my life has been one big season of waiting, especially in these past few months. As many of you know Gideon and I have submitted all the paper work for our finance visa. God has called me back to live in Nebraska and settle down with the love of my life. An absolute blessing that I struggle to wrap my head around at times. This process can take up to 9 months, we are believing for a shorter time frame. But for now we wait.

Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

The closer I get to God and the more time I spend with him I understand now that there is preparation that needs to be done before I embark on the GREATEST adventure ever. I’m not going to lie, long distance sucks, ALOT. But God is taking us on a journey of trusting him in a way we both haven’t before.

I’ve recently had a radical heart realisation that in my waiting God is choosing me, pursuing me and loving me. In my waiting he wants to know me. I can’t tell you how much he is calling me to surrender, trust and give my all to him in this season. I feel like my heart is becoming so aligned with his plan and his will in the unknowns that it’s making it okay and bearable to conquer each day. My waiting isn’t wasted, my waiting is a blessing.

About a month ago I started a study by the daily grace co. called ‘walking the path of wisdom’. It’s a study on proverbs. I am learning to be a God-fearing woman of Christ and I flipping LOVE it.

The other night I opened up to the chapter of marriage. As the words danced across the page, shedding light into my heart I began to weep. In that moment, I felt honoured, so ridiculously honoured that God called me for such a time as this to be a wife to my sweet Gideon. I am learning what it looks like to be a proverbs 31 woman as well as the importance of the role of a wife and through that I am confronted and challenged in the most beautiful way possible.

How amazing that God is taking this precious time before I leave for America to prepare me to be the best version of myself in him for Gideon.

Proverbs 31:10 -11 Who can find a wife of noble character? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will not lack anything good.

I don’t know if you are facing a season of waiting but if you are, I challenge you to change your perspective and find the lesson God is trying to teach you. Ultimately, he knows best. He’s planned out your whole life and he has the power to turn your situation around, he is a way maker and a God of abounding grace. Let him invade your heart and rest in this beautiful promise Isaiah 60:22 – …At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen.

Beth xx

Here is a link to the daily grace co.

https://thedailygraceco.com