Going Yeast Free!

Hi ya, Kids! I posted on Facebook that I’d be going yeast free for the next two weeks & asked if you’d be interested in going along for the ride! You all said YEAH!, so here we go!

Why Go Yeast Free?

4 years ago I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Syndrome. I’ve talked about it a few times on the blog, but I try not to dwell on it. I am very lucky that I do not have a severe case & I function pretty normally & most of the time don’t even realize I have it. It is something that will be with me always, so I try to watch what I eat, go to bed at descent times & TRY to keep stress to a minimum. None of those things are easy, but when you are forced to do something, you don’t have much choice.

Symptoms of EBV are fatigue, brain fog, blurry eye sight, muscle aches & pains, joint pain, etc. Nothing fun, but like I said, I’m lucky that I don’t suffer greatly from most of these symptoms. Sometimes if you talk to me & I look perplexed & can’t find the words I’m looking for, it’s not because I’m a ditzy blonde, it’s because of the EBV. I can deal with the other symptoms pretty well. The one thing I am plagued with & annoys me to NO end is an itchy body rash. I have searched & searched online to see if this is a symptom of EBV. I found that it is, but it is a rare one, therefore, not much is written on how to deal with it. Leave it to me to have a rare symptom of a nasty disease. Oh well, such is my life. It has taken me all 4 years to narrow down where my rash is coming from. I literally JUST found the cause this week!

I have an over growth of yeast in my body.

This is very common in someone with EBV. It is also very common in most Americans. Causes of yeast over growth are:

1. Stress
2.   Use of broad spectrum antibiotics
3.   Hormonal imbalances
– Caused by birth control pills
– Caused by multiple pregnancies
– Caused by hormone therapy for a variety of symptoms
4.  Steroids which weaken several defense mechanisms of our immune system
5.   Frequent and chronic infections
6.  Extensive surgery
7.  Food allergy and malabsorption
8.  Deficiency of micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, anti-oxidants)
9.  Faulty nutrition, metabolic roller-coaster
10. Substance abuse

*info taken from http://www.majidali.com/yeast.htm

I had narrowed down my rash to happening only when I sweat. If I’m nervous & sweat a little, I break out. If I work out & sweat a lot, I break out. It didn’t matter how much I would sweat, the break out would be the same: forearms, thighs, the side of my knees & the back of my neck/shoulder blade area. I typed “skin rash from sweating” into my search engine & up popped Yeast Overgrowth. The yeast is clogging my skin, not allowing it to sweat & cool itself off, so I break out in a rash. A very nasty, itchy rash. Gross, right. Ya, I know.

I had known that limiting my yeast was something that would help me with my EBV, but I wasn’t committed enough to do a full detox to rid my body of it…if you remember I tried it a month ago & lost interest. I mean, come on…no sugar, WINE, grains or dairy. What’s left?? Not much.

But now that I know this is the cause of my rash, I am determined to see it the whole way through. The rash is THAT bad.

I told MKB what I had found out & that I was really going to do it this time & being the sweet guy that he is, he said he’d do it with me. 🙂 He’d like to get in better shape & this really is a great way to get started!

Alright, now you know my why. Tomorrow I will post my grocery list & menu plan for the first week. I’m so sad that I won’t get my nightly glass of red wine, but hopefully this will be the cure I’m looking for & after a while, I can reintroduce wine back into my diet. Please God, let me be able to reintroduce wine back into my diet. I just got a new wine glass. Her name is Big Betty & I love her very much. If you watch Cougar Town, you’d understand that last statement a bit better. cougar-town-big-carl

Until next time, kids!

A soon to be yeast free sjb

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Facebook Fast

Last week I started a technology fast. Between the blog & Facebook I feel I’ve been writing way too much about my personal life & not actually going out & living it! I’m still on my “fast”, but I wanted to pop in & share some discoveries I’ve made about Facebook while on this techno break.

Now, I did not quit Facebook cold turkey because this is a busy time of year for my slideshow business & I do most of my communication with clients through Facebook, but I did set up some rules to follow:

  • I could check it twice a day
  • I would not post anything on my wall
  • I could only go to my wall or my private messages, no browsing the newsfeed

I broke this last rule on Fri. when my daughter was sick & I wanted to keep up with the boys basketball team who were playing in the state tournaments. I felt that was a legit reason. And I didn’t abuse my little freedom.

But here were some things I discovered while limiting my time on Facebook:

Life without Facebook makes real life conversations more interesting! My conversations with MKB became more interesting this week because the news he had to share with me was NEW news! I didn’t have to sit through him telling me a story & then have to sheepishly say, “Ya, I saw that on Facebook.” & then watch him roll his eyes & huff because he detests Facebook.

Facebook is very commercial! On Friday when I was browsing for info on the games, I noticed a lot of my news feed is ads! Somewhere a long the way I must have “liked” every business & company in the world because I had to weed through a lot of ads before finding news on the boy’s games.

I didn’t miss it. I thought I’d go nuts not knowing that Sheila (my artificial friend) had cleaned her house, baked some cookies, coached the soccer team & then made a killer tater tot casserole for supper. Not knowing every minute of everyone’s day gave me more time to actually DO stuff in my own home that badly needed attention. Remember in my last post where I complained about the junk in my store-room. Well it is all gone, sent off to the consignment shop & my store-room is spic & span! Not to mention the rest of my house.

But I did miss some people. Certain people did come to mind through out the day. I connect with a lot of friends from my past on Facebook as well as some friends I’ve actually never met in person, but love them just the same. I missed them & knowing how they were. These people are not like annoying Sheila. These people post inspiring, funny & helpful info. They use Facebook for good, not evil. Not that bragging is evil. I just couldn’t find a better way to end that sentence.

I realized I was a Facebook bragger! So disgusted in myself, but I have posted things that are annoying, just like Sheila. When I return to Facebook full-time, I will NOT be using it as my personal brag board!

I am still on my little break, but I will probably allow myself to comment on other people’s posts. Especially on the ones where I can offer a prayer or a congratulations! Those are the things I love about Facebook & I don’t think I could do a clean break forever simply because of that. Connecting through technology is a really great thing, as long as you keep it real. I wonder how many posts on Facebook are made up or exaggerated just a little? Makes me think of that commercial with the girl who says “they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true.” If only THAT were true!

Alright, carry on kids! I’ve got more to share about things I’ve discovered while living without Facebook, blogs & email, but that’s all for today. Being on here is eating away at precious family time!

So til next time, kids…keep it real!

sjb

 

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Professional Organizer Hoarders Annonymous…Which Do I Need?

If anyone is looking to get me a gift, I am in serious need of a professional organizer! My house is one big cluttered up mess. Oh, to the naked eye, my house is neat & tidy, but on closer inspection you will find piles of papers that need a home, coats that need to be put on hangers, not on backs of chairs, shoes that need corralling, a pile of clothes that need to be boxed up & donated. The list goes on & on.

In our 1st house there was a place for everything & everything was in its place, mostly because it was so small. But since our move FOUR YEARS AGO, our new house has never felt settled to me. I have so much storage here that I think it overwhelmed me. I have just stuffed things into cupboards because I could, a luxury I didn’t have at our old home. But there is no rhyme or reason to where I have placed things.  I even have a few boxes of things that are not unpacked yet, just stored away because I didn’t want to deal with them.

I used to scoff at people like me. “How can you not unpack a moving box?” I’d say. “How can you live with a pile of papers & whatnot on your counter?” “Doesn’t that weeks worth of dust on that table bother you?” But not anymore! I’ve joined the ranks of overwhelmed moms who can’t keep up, so just let it go. But now I’m in a border line hoarders trap & need help to escape!!

I’ve mentioned that I follow numerous blogs & each one of them has a post or series on organizing your home. I’ve read them all, but that is as far as I’ve gotten. I even started an organizational challenge, but dropped out when it got to the hard rooms like my storage room.

I have plenty of good excuses. I am tired by the end of the day from work & don’t feel like cleaning up then. We have basketball tournaments every weekend, so I’m not home to clean up then. Naptime is my only break, so I don’t want to start an organization project then! I could go on, I’m good at making excuses. 😉 But it needs to stop! I need to get organized & I need to brainwash teach my children & husband to become better organizers too!

I am asking for help. What is your best organizational tip? How do you cut the clutter? How much can I pay you to come organize my house? 🙂

Sorry, no real helpful info in this post, but I’m hoping that since I have now admitted to being a sloppy house wife as of lately, it will catapult me into Spring Cleaning & Organizing gear! Hopefully.

Til next time, kids, send me your favorite organizing blogs or ideas you’ve found on Pinterest! I’d love to read them! (it puts off having to actually do it even longer, ha, ha!)

sjb

Lumps In Your Gravy? Try This!

There are some things I just can’t get right. My mother in law’s raspberry jello salad, crispy fried chicken, & gravy. But last night I conquered gravy!!

::the personal cheer squad in my head goes wild!::

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Photo courtesy of blog.bedbathandbeyond.com

My gravy always starts out too thin, so the recipes always tell you to add cornstarch. I add & add, but it never thickens up. Then it starts to lump up on me, even though I’ve mixed the cornstarch with a liquid before adding to the pan. By time I’m done, I’ve got a thin, lumped up, bland tasting gravy that no one wants to slather over their mashed tators. 😦

A while back, during my usual blog perusing, I read a tip that I stored away in my mental files of “try THIS next time!” I have no idea which blog it was I read this on because I follow so many, but I certainly would cite it if I remembered! Bloggers get real edgy about you not citing them. I’ve seen some pretty nasty comments left by people who feel they’ve been plagiarized. What is funny is most things that are on blogs all came from some other magazine or cookbook that came out 20 years ago, but hey, that info is THEIRS! Sorry, little pet peeve of mine that I had to have a mini rant on.

Anyway, back to the gravy! To thicken your gravy without turning it into a lumpy, tasteless goo, use POTATO FLAKES! Hush if this is not news to you! I think it’s brilliant! Last night I made Pioneer Woman’s Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes. As I started the gravy, it was going down a familiar road. Too thin to start, added cornstarch & it immediately lumped up on me. I fished out the cornstarch lumps & remembered POTATO FLAKES! I happened to have some on hand because I love mashed potatoes & always have some instant in the cupboard for when the mood hits me! These happened to be Loaded Baked Potato flavored. I hesitated a minute thinking the bacon flavor may throw off my gravy’s taste, but then thought, hey…I bet that would make it taste even better!

It took about a tablespoon of flakes to thicken up my gravy. It worked fast, & the taste? Oh, good gravy! It was fantastic. Best gravy I have ever made!! I dumped out the cornstarch from my Argo container, cleaned it out & filled it back up with the unused potato flakes (because it is a great little container), & labeled it POTATO FLAKES, then smiled. 🙂  I will no longer have cornstarch in my house. I have no use for it! I used to use it as a GREAT diaper rash paste, but I don’t have babies of my own anymore, so I didn’t hesitate one bit about tossing it out.

So that is my helpful hint of the day. Thin gravy? Add potato flakes! They thicken & flavor all at once! Brilliant!

Til next time, kids, don’t eat lumpy gravy anymore! You deserve better!

sjb

* A little bonus for you!

Cornstarch Diaper Rash Paste

Put some cornstarch in a small dish, I start out with 2 tablespoons & add more as I go along

Add enough water to turn the cornstarch into a glue consistency, kinda like my old gravy

“Paste” your baby’s bottom with the mixture, poor remaining paste into the diaper

Diaper rash will diminish with each application. Be careful when changing the next diaper because the cornstarch will have dried into powdery clumps. Messy! But boy does it work great!

If the diaper rash is really bad, make a cornstarch bath & let baby soak in it for 10 min. or so.

This works way better & faster than the name brand diaper creams! Cheaper too!

Valentine’s Day Massacre, Boyer Style

HELLO KIDS! I am back after a forced blogging vacation!! But as usual, I think God had a purpose for keeping me away from the blog, most notably the Love Dare. Read on & I’ll explain. Let’s see if I remember how to do this! 😉

Valentine’s Day 2013 was a real eye opener for me. I woke up with a grumpy mindset. I dislike Valentine’s Day because in years past it has been less than a romantic holiday for me & MKB. Once we got married, the romance of the holiday seemed to fly out the window. I remember one comment of “I show my love for you every day, who needs 1 special day?” Umm, ME!

So this year, despite my earlier post about the special dinner I had planned for MKB, I decided he wasn’t gettin’ nothin’. Not even a “Happy Valentine’s Day” wish, because I was certain he had done nothing for me. Yes, I threw everything I had learned through the Love Dare out the window & went with pure emotion. I’m a woman, it’s my prerogative.

Our youngest daughter had been sick with strep throat, so his first text of the day asked about her condition & then there was a small blurb at the end saying Happy V-Day. I ignored the “V-Day” comment, but let him know our daughter was doing well.

He sent me one more text during the day & I was short & snippy with my responses. He caught on, because he is smarter than Columbo, that I was upset & asked me why. I told him that I’ve seen women all over the nation getting flowers & messages of love from their husbands, thanks to Facebook, but I am married to a man who thinks Valentine’s Day is just another day, so that is what makes me crabby. His response…”this too shall pass.” I am not going to repeat what I texted back to him! It wasn’t nice.

The day moves on & dear MKB comes home from work 15 minutes later than usual. The girls come in the house first & my oldest tells me “Don’t talk to daddy, he’s in a bad mood because I had to stay after school to work on a project & I forgot to tell him.” I say I have NO problem not talking to daddy. Humph!

Normally I greet MKB with a friendly Hello & sometimes a kiss on the cheek, but that afternoon I didn’t move. He called for me, so I finally got up & went to see what he wanted. I walked around the corner & here he is with his arm full of 3 pink tipped roses, each representing my 3 Valentines. MKB, KKB & ANB. He said “The florist isn’t open at 4am, Dear.” He goes to work at 3:30 in the morning. Ya. I felt 2 inches tall. I dropped my crabby attitude & gave him a big hug & a kiss, along with a big apology. I gave him the itty bitty card I had thrown together for him (a kindergartner could’ve done a better job) & said “Sorry, I just didn’t expect anything & I wasn’t gonna be the only one that made an effort.” He told me he is a changed man now. Ya know what? I think he is!

Which brings me to this announcement. I am not going to finish out the Love Dare. For some reason that dare started to have a reverse effect on me. It was bringing about things that weren’t really issues for us. I had posted that I thought if the dare could do wonders for a marriage in trouble, it could really help to ignite a marriage in a rut. I was wrong. It just made trouble for us that wasn’t there before. So ya see, God kept me away from my blogging to help me realize I’ve already got a good thing going with MKB & that I should just focus on that & be happy! So I am.

I apologize to those of you that were enjoying the posts, but I gotta stop it for the sake of our happiness! 🙂 And we ARE happy. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Right!

Til next time, kids! I love ya all & have missed you very much!!

sjb

Love Dare Day 24, Love Vs. Lust

Ahh, Lust. What an evil, evil little thing. Whether it be for another person or a material object, lust is a worldly thing & seeks to destory all your spiritual ties.

When we lust after something, we are losing sight of what we already have in God. “This person or thing that seems to promise sheer satisfaction is more like a bottomless pit of unmet longings.”

Lust always breeds more lust. Think about that. What was the last thing you really, really wanted? A new car, a bigger house, a new husband, the latest tech gadget. Ok, you got what you wanted and it’s now been a month since you got your brand new “must have”. Do you still love it? Did it/he/she meet your every need and now make you feel complete? Yes? Great! Now let’s travel a little further down the road, let’s say a year. Is your new car still spotless and smell new or does it smell like any other ordinary car, have a few dings on the body and stains on the carpet? Did you take excellent care of that new house, cleaning it every day. Or are you complaining about having to clean such a big house? How’s that new mate? Perfection walking or the most annoying man on earth?

What we have to remember is all these “things” or a new mate are never going to complete us. “[Lust]breeds anger, numbs hearts, and destroys marriages. Rather than fullness, it leads to emptiness.”  A new mate or material thing will not fill that void we have. Only God can do that. You need to turn to him, ask him to fill you with his love and grant you his grace. THEN you will feel complete.

Are you tired of feeling empty? Then start focusing on God’s word. His promise of a fullfiled life through him. Focus on all the blessings God has already given you rather then all the things you think he has held back from you.

Then turn your focus back on your spouse!

Let your fountain be blessed and rejoice in the wife of your youth…Be exhilarated always with her love. For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress and embrace the bosom of a foreigner? For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He watches all his paths.

Proverbs 5:18-21

ie: the grass ain’t greener on the other side, kids! Stick with who you have and delight in them as you did when you first got together!

Here is another good one, and what has stood out to me the most through this whole book:

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 2:15.

Love Dare #24

Love vs. Lust

Today’s Dare:

End it now. Identify every object of lust in your life and remove it. Single out every lie you’ve swallowed in pursuing forbidden pleasure and reject it. Lust cannot be allowed to live in a back bedroom. It must be killed and destroyed. Today! Replace it with the sure promises of God and a heart filled with His perfect love.

I hope you all have a wonderful day and take the time to do the dare. By identifying and removing lust from your life, I think you will see improvements in all areas of your life!

Til next time, kids…

sjb

Love Dare, Day 23: Love Always Protects

It’s Friday!! Woo~Hoo! It’s also February 1st, which begins the busiest month for the Boyer family. We have 2 birthdays, Valentine’s Day, 12 basketball games & now both my girls have made it to districts in a free throw shooting competition. If they keep qualifying, we’ll be busy shooting free throws for the next few Sundays!

February has always been special to us. Not only do we celebrate Valentine’s Day, but it’s also MKB’s birthday month. He was almost a Valentine’s baby, born the evening of February 13th. In 2001, he got to celebrate turning 30 by becoming a father for the 2nd time. Our youngest was born on the 15th. So yes, we are very busy celebrating this month, especially the week of Valentine’s Day.

 Baby #2, ANBFeb. 15th, 2001

Baby #2, ANB
Feb. 15th, 2001

Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing these Love Dare challenges in hopes to re-ignite a fire into our marriage. I explained that we are happily married, but just kind of in a rut. I was hoping these challenges would liven things up a bit. And they had been working, up until I had to tell MKB about the Love Dare & realized he hadn’t even noticed a change in my demeanor. That kinda let the wind out of my sails, to say the least, & to be honest I gave up completely a little bit. I got mad, had hurt feelings, & started to feel bitter.

Thank goodness this weeks challenges were more about me & getting better acquainted with God. Dr. Chapman must have known that by day 20 the fun of the dares were turning into more of a chore! He was smart to take the emphasis off our spouses for a few days & put it on me instead. I needed it. I needed to refuel & get back into the spirit again.

Love Dare # 23

Love Always Protects

I wanted to pick back up today with Today’s Dare of removing anything that is hindering your relationship.

All marriages have enemies. They come in all different shapes & sizes:

Harmful influences, such as tv & the internet. In moderation they are great forms of entertainment. But if you are spending more time with Facebook than spending real face time with you husband, it becomes harmful. Guilty!!

Unhealthy relationships. Pick your friends wisely. Some people like to complain about their spouse & share their wisdom about how they make their spouse “pay” for treating them badly. Don’t listen to these people. They are miserable & some are even happy being that way! Strange, but true. If you listen to this stuff over time, you may start to feel the same way. You don’t really want to feel like that, do you? I know I don’t. I want to feel love for MKB, not contempt.

Shame. We talked about this a few posts back. You know stuff about your spouse. Stuff they don’t want other people to know. Keep that stuff to yourself. When you find yourself caught in a Man Hater’s Pow Wow, don’t participate. I know it’s hard to not chime in, but vow to be the wife that brags about her husband, not puts him down or shares his secrets. He’s your honey, be proud of him!

Parasites. These are generally addictions; gambling, drugs or pornography. The more time & money that is spent on these activities will drain you, or your spouse, emotionally, financially & physically. You need to rid your marriage of these parasites because a marriage can rarely make it when one of these addictions is present. Seek the help you need to get rid of these addictions.

So we are to be protectors. When we detect any of the above enemies in our marriage, we need to destroy it right away. Remove it completely! “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1. This is our role, ladies! Take it seriously!

Til next time, kids…

sjb

If you would like to try the Love Dare, you can purchase the book by Dr. Gary Chapman on Amazon.com or any retail book store.

Love Dare, Week 4: Getting To Know God Better

I wanted to drop a quick note on my progress this week. I am really cherishing this time with God. During my time blogging with Girlfriends Coffee Hour, the women there taught me a lot about how the Lord hears me & is with me at all times. Having that knowledge has brought me peace, joy, serenity & did I mention peace?

One of the dares this week is to start a personal devotion time with God & get to know him better. I already do that, every morning at 6:30 it is just me & Him. The house is quiet, my day has yet to get crazy. It is the perfect time to pray, be thankful & read the bible. Then at night I have a shorter quiet time with him. I give thanks again for prayers answered and I thank him for the prayers he is still working on for me, I tell him my prayer requests & I then go through the 23 Psalm. It is the most comforting, serene verse to me. No matter what, it always helps me to calm down and fall asleep peacefully. 23 psalm

I never really wanted to share about my private time with God because I guess I feared people would see me as a “Jesus Freak”. But last night as I was saying my prayers I thought, “So what? What is bad about that? People already know I’m a Christian, why can’t they know about how I spend my time with God?” So I decided today to write about it.

Maybe you are like I once was & just don’t know how to know God better. I didn’t know where to start, what to read, how much time to do it in? I can tell you, none of that matters. Start with reading the bible. Read one passage, read for 5 min. or an hour. Start with the Proverbs. There are 31 of them, so read 1 a day for a month. Or start from the beginning and go from Genesis all the way to Revelation. It doesn’t matter. Just get started. Soon you will get to know God yourself and that He is always with you, always listening and always trying to work out the things in your life for good.

How should you pray? There are no rules for that either. It is best, however, to always give thanks for God for all the blessings in your life. And you will find as you go on, there are many. Submit your requests to God, but you don’t need to repeat them over & over. Submit them, then after that have faith that those prayers will be answered. Thank him daily for continually working out those prayers for your good. You can end your prayer time the way I do, with a favorite verse, or you can just end it with Amen. Just don’t try to be hauty, dragging it out with big words, or repetition. Remember, he hears you the first time. 😉

All of these suggestions are just that, suggestions. They are ones I accumilated over the past few months & made them my own. There is no right or wrong way to pray. He just wants you to start. He craves a relationship with you!

So what does this have to do with the Love Dare? Why is Dr. Chapman making us take a week of our time to get closer to God? Because without the knowledge of the love God has for YOU, you will not be able to love your spouse with the true, deep, agape love God intended you to love with. I just now finally understand that! Enjoy your time with God this week. Accept his love for you in your heart. It is a beautiful, wonderful feeling.

Til next time, kids…

sjb

 

Be My Valentine! Marriage Challenge Week 2

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This week’s challenge is to find 10 different ways to tell or show your spouse you love them & really pour on the praise!

In one of my Love Dare posts, I wrote about how dissatisfied I am with the way MKB & I greet each other. I asked for some advice & got a lot of great ideas! I haven’t done any of your suggestions yet, (embarrassed!) but I promise I will do them this week!

One of the suggestions I got was to put Post-It notes in his lunch box, on his clothes or in the bathroom. I liked that idea! So that will be the 1st thing I do.  I will leave a note for him in a different place every day this week. Wish I could see his face when he finds them. 🙂

On the Women Living Well website, the source of this Valentine’s Day Marriage Challenge, Courtney sent her husband a photo montage that was so cute! You need to go over there & check it out: I Love You Photo Montage. I want to try & put something together like that for MKB & send it to him as one of our daily texts. Every morning his first question is, How R U & the girls? So maybe I can do something cute with the girls & send him our own photo montage. 🙂

These are just a few ideas that I am going to try. There are a lot of neat little things you can do to show your spouse you love them. Shake things up a bit & say it or show it in a way you’ve never done before! Variety is the spice of life! If you  need some ideas, Courtney offers a lot of them on her website, so be sure to visit her site & check them out!

Tis the season to love, so get lovin’! 😉

Til next time, kids…

sjb

Love Dare, Week 4

Hello Kids! I’m doing something different for this week’s love dare. This will be the only post I write on it for the whole week.

The reason being is I cheated & read ahead. By the sounds of the chapter titles, I wondered if this section was geared more towards diving deeper into a personal relationship with God, & I was right.

Although I have no problem sharing about my relationship with God, the next 5 dares aren’t really things I can physically do & report back to you with results. They are exercises in reading the bible more, praying more, trusting in God & strengthening my faith. All good things to do, & I will be doing them, but I am going to take a break in writing about my challenges this week so that the only focus I have is on what I am to do, not how I’m going to write about it.

I hope that makes sense to you all. Sorry if you feel jipped. To give you an idea of what I’ll be doing this week, here is the list of dares:

Day 20: Dare to take God at his word. Dare to trust Jesus Christ for salvation. Dare to pray.

Day 21:  Be intentional today about making a time to pray & read your bible.

Day 22: Be committed to love even if your spouse has lost most of their interest in receiving it.

Day 23: Remove anything that is hindering your relationship. Any addiction you may have that is stealing your affection from your spouse.

Day 24: Remove any lust from your heart & replace it with the sure promises of God & a heart filled with his perfect love.

Alrighty, I’ve got some faith strengthening to do! Everyone have a wonderful week!

Til next time, kids…

sjb

If you are interested in doing the Love Dare & strengthening your marriage, as well as your relationship with Christ, you may purchase The Love Dare by Dr. Gary Chapman at amazon.com or any retail book store.