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Ready to Go, Willing to Stay

God has been so good to us! We’ve had a very busy few weeks couple of months, but even through some difficulties, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Lord has been teaching us so many things through church, teaching the names of God to our fourth grade Sunday School class with Dave & Rachel, various discussions and times of prayer, and personal study. I’ve been reading a really good book recently, called Turn Away Wrath by Rand Hummel. It’s a simple layout and easy to follow with practical illustrations with good use of scripture references to backup the key concepts.

Bryan’s job here is changing gears in a fast way and we’re not sure how much longer he’ll be with the company. So, we’re looking for a job for him, either here or wherever God has for us. We’ll see what the Lord does. Either way, we have to be ready. If he’s unable to find a job for a while, we have some reserves and no debt, but I’d like to keep our savings growing and I’m not sure we’d be able to remain status quo without his income contribution. So, we’re being flexible and getting ready for change (which can sometimes be a little scary).

We’ve been able to sell one of our cars. This was a great story: we actually sold it to a couple in our church who needed a second vehicle. We put it up on FB and the blog late on Friday night, got a call Saturday, and signed the car over on Sunday, with cash in our pockets. Praise the Lord! The hope is to sell the other one too and buy one vehicle, like a small SUV, wagon, or truck, that would be good for hauling stuff, if and when the need arises.

I also started a new side business selling JuicePlus+ (check out the JuicePlus page on this blog for more details). I’ve done a lot of research on it (and so have lots of medical journals and doctors). It’s a great product! I thought that the more I researched, the more I’d be disinterested and become more and more skeptical, but the opposite is true. I love that it’s made from whole foods (17 fruits, vegetables, and grains)! I love that it’s organic (tested twice to ensure there’s no pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.)! I love that it’s cheaper than a cup of coffee each day (about $1.39 per adult per day, and you can get a free children’s subscription with every adult’s)! And I love that it fits with my lifestyle (still wanting to be a personal trainer and stay-at-home mom some day in the future)! Oh, yeah, and I’m still training two PT clients (they’re so much fun!).

We’re also downsizing. We’re selling a bunch of excess furniture, accessories, etc. (Check out the For Sale! page on this blog.) And we spruced up the house with new carpet, fresh paint, and decluttering. The new carpet has made significant improvements; it was a TON of work though. We saved a bunch of money by tearing out the old carpet and removing the toilet so they could lay linoleum in the bathroom. And we moved the furniture ourselves for an additional savings. And the house is officially a wallpaper-free zone! If the next house we want to buy has wallpaper in  more than one room, I’m pretty sure it will be a deal breaker for me! Way too much time and effort to remove it!

We made a long weekend vacation to Colorado over Labor Day weekend to see friends and visit their church. Redeemer Bible is a church plant from our church here, Heritage Bible Church. Heritage does Shepherding Groups every other Wednesday night. It’s a chance to be involved in a small group and get to know each other in a more intimate and caring setting. We usually meet in homes and sip coffee or tea as we share what we’re learning and pray for one another. Over the last three years, God has moved in the hearts of about 75% of the small group we were involved in to move out of Greenville and help other churches. Some moved to Atlanta and Michigan, others are moving to Ohio, some are praying about other church plants in DC and NYC, and many have already moved to Brighton, Colorado. Our trip to Colorado was wonderful! We brought along some of our best friends, and really enjoyed ourselves. And who doesn’t love Colorado?! We spent a good long vacation there last October and helped the pastor and his family get settled into their new home. It’s our dream to be able to be out there.

So after all that, last night we met with our realtor and the house will be going on the market today! Again, we’ll see what God does. In the meantime, we are ready to go yet willing to stay.

One thing that’s unique with our situation is that we have an amazing realtor (Mark Hoagland of Keller Williams Realty) that I’ve known for years (back from my Ohio days) who now goes to the same church as we do. After he took pictures of the house, we sat down to a delicious dinner. We finished the evening with hot tea and signing documents. Check out the menu:

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 Sweet & Spicy Chicken (I used the sweet & spicy rub I’ve talked about so much and baked the chicken for 40 minutes in a 400F oven), Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Cauliflower (chopped up half a head of cauliflower, sprinkled it with 1 tsp. of minced garlic and 1/3 block of fresh parm and baked at 450F for 30 minutes), Fresh Salad (prepared by the realtor and his wife, it included fresh lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, sunflower seeds, and a balsamic vinagrette), and Whole Wheat Pitas (served with butter, fresh mint, feta cheese and sliced radishes).

The MLS# is 1211903 (click on the number for the listing and pictures of the house). In the meantime, we ask you to pray with us for direction and God’s timing. Thanks so much! Ready to go, willing to stay, and enjoying the journey along the way!

~Melissa

Celebrating 4,000 Blog Hits with a Special Post by Guest Author, Carissa Sipe Davis

Carissa is a dear friend, wife of a pastor (Todd Davis) in Brighton, Colorado, mother of 2, dental hygienist, and currently launching two business ventures! She’s an inspiration and a joy to be around, so I wanted her to share a little of what she’s been learning.

Meet the Author: Carissa Davis and her family (photo by Kelly Penwell)

“I have really appreciated Melissa’s blog a ton! The posts are so helpful and inspiring. Even the name rings true to so many of us because the journey to lean is truly that—a journey! It is a never-ending battle of self-denial! I might add to the title though. Just for the sake of argument, I’m not sure that Melissa’s journey is primarily a journey to leanness, but more, it’s a journey to health! It seems to me that although being skinny is definitely our motivation much of the time, the things that Melissa has posted on this blog are doing so much more than making her skinny; they are affecting her whole body. Her muscles are becoming stronger through the workout routines; her blood is flowing more easily throughout her body because her organs are working much more efficiently; she is able to think more clearly; she has more energy; and along with all that, she is getting skinny! Eating right and exercising is truly affecting her whole body for the better.

“The idea of total body health has been on my mind for a while now. If you look around, it is not hard to find people who have been diagnosed with things like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, or heart disease. Neither is it hard to find people who are ALWAYS sick, or even more commonly, whose kids are always sick. I often hear, “I have no energy.” Does this sound like you? It sounds like me. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease all run in my family! Who’s next: me or my kids or both????? Now please don’t get me wrong; I believe in a Sovereign God who ultimately is in charge of everything. I get that! But while the Bible is very clear on that point, it is also very clear that we need to live responsibly. 

“Experts agree: fruits and vegetables form a very important part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Almost every day, another piece of research or another news story heralds the risk-reducing power of our dietary choices, especially the health benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. The recommended amount of fruits and vegetables per day is 7-13 servings. Does anyone really do that? If you do, I applaud you!!! That’s awesome! Being totally honest though, on a good day I have only gotten four, maybe five servings. For those of us with kids, our responsibility is even greater because we need to be teaching our kids how to eat healthily and to love the things that are good for them instead of the fattening sugary stuff that is so easy to feed them. 

 “Since this job has proved very difficult for me I was elated to find out about Juice Plus (http://www.juiceplus.com/)!!!! Juice Plus is the convenient and inexpensive way to add more nutrition from fruits and vegetables to your diet every day. Just taking two Juice Plus Orchard Blend capsules and two Juice Plus Garden Blend capsules every day is all it takes! The Orchard Blend is made from seven different fruits (apple, orange, pineapple, cranberry, papaya, peach, and acerola cherry), and the Garden Blend is made from ten different vegetables and grains (carrot, parsley, beet, kale, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, tomato, oat bran, and brown rice bran). If you have kids, there are also chewable gummies that taste fabulous! My son Brode asks for his gummies because he loves them so much!

 “I know you may be skeptical. There are so many supplements being marketed out there. What proved the value of Juice Plus to me was the extensive clinical research that has been done on the product. Juice Plus is the most thoroughly researched brand name nutritional product on the market. Leading research Universities and hospitals have done the studies and even more research findings are about to come out in the next few months on things like the effect of Juice Plus on gum disease (an important one to me as a dental hygienist 🙂 ) and the effects of Juice Plus on pregnancy (Did you know that it has been proved that synthetic prenatal vitamins can actually make women sick? That’s so helpful during that first trimester right girls ;-). I do have a great article on that if anyone would like for me to send it to them, but that’s another whole discussion). Anyway, to see more of the research, go to http://www.juiceplus.com/.

 “It really is simple; we need to eat more fruits and vegetables. Period!!!! The personal testimonies are compelling: fruits and vegetables make you feel great, they make you and your family less sick, and they reduce the risk of disease for you and your family. If you need help getting your fruits and vegetables, try out an all natural, whole food based nutritional product like Juice Plus. If you have any questions, please visit their website, or if there are any questions that I can answer or articles I can send you, please feel free to contact me at carissalin1@gmail.com.

“Thanks Melissa for asking me to do this article. It is so easy to become passionate about something that is so simple but helps so much!!!!”