Our Collagen Elixir Rated 9/10 by Elle!

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and accounts for about 1 third of its protein composition. It’s one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen is also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, cornea, and teeth! You can think of it as the “glue” that holds all these things together. In fact, the word comes from the Greek word “kolla” which means glue. And the French word for glue is “colle” so says my French Canadian born Husband!!

It consists of three twisting molecules that twist like a twisted rope. There are at least 16 types of collagen. Here are the four main types and their functions:

Type I: This type accounts for 90% of your body’s collagen and is made of densely packed fibers. It provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage, connective tissue and teeth.

Type II: This type is made of more loosely packed fibers and is found in elastic cartilage, which cushions joints.

Type III: This type supports the structure of muscles, organs and arteries.

Type IV: This type helps with filtration and is found in layers of your skin.

Many of us begin noticing a decrease in our collagen production around the age of 30 when our skin begins to lose elasticity, our joints begin to ache, and our digestion starts to suffer. That’s why collagen is quickly becoming one of the most popular supplements on the market.

Collagen – 3 Molecules twisted like a rope

One of the best ways to make sure you’re getting enough collagen in your diet is through a high-quality, clinically studied collagen peptide supplement. In fact, these have been found to help improve your health and well-being– better than diet alone. However, with so many collagen products currently available, it can be hard to distinguish which brands are effective… and which are just trying to take your money. I’ve found some options first hand that I love and so I wanted to share! Always sharing good things! Too many marketing schemes out there that you cannot trust that are in it just for the money!!

Loss of Collagen

Let’s also take a look at what damages your body’s collagen?

⁃ Aging (Your body repairs and builds collagen daily but as you age the process naturally slows down)

⁃ Sun Damage (UVAs penetrate deep layers and damages your natural collagen fibers). Wear sunscreen and cover up!

⁃ Environmental pollutants (which increases the oxidative stress)

To help mitigate these things and the impact to our bodies, we need to be consuming an antioxidant nutrient diet. So that includes many vitamins such as vitamins A , C, E and we need phytonutrients. Vitamin C is very important. People with vitamin C deficiency (called Scurvy) would have bleeding gums, loose teeth, etc. We all need a lot of vitamin C!

I was so diligent to make sure I was providing my body with amazing nutrition with our dense nutrition shakes (this means only 240 calories but with 24 grams protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, including trace minerals which our bodies are dying for ….and no longer available in our food chain, adequate fats, carbs, and just enough natural sugar to fuel our brains)!

However, I missed the boat on the collagen until recently when I sought out additional education. We need to keep educating ourselves and others!


I’ve recently added some great options into my regimen for increasing my collagen production. My most favorite and most powerful is the collagen elixer which is infused with a blend of marine collagen peptides and powerful botanicals.  Ingredients: Synchronised marine collagen (5g per serve), vitamin C, biotin, zinc, goji, aloe vera, acerola berry, chamomile.


Another is a post workout repair orange drink that can be used as a daily functional img_3409drink.  It contains 3 types of collagen peptides, tart cherry, turmeric, manesium, Vitamin C, and Potassium.  All the essentials PLUS!  These are the exact forms of collagen that our bodies can utilize optimally.  I love the addition of the tart cherry (we all have those relatives that swear the tart cherry helps them manage their arthritis) and I know how amazing turmeric and the other extra nutrients are for our overall health.


Then on days that I don’t work out, or I’m doing a cellular cleanse and giving my digestive system a break (so my body can do it’s own repair work as God intended), or I just want something delicious and warm, I very much enjoy our Bone Broth with Collagen Peptides. It comes in two flavors, Roasted Chicken with Herb and also Vegetable Flavor. I am hooked on the Chicken and Herb!


Our Bone Broth with collagen is not your every day homemade bone broth. It is naturally occurring protein with vitamins, minerals, gelatin, and collagen. Specifically it consists of Amino Acids (3 types of protein in Peptides form) plus 80 mg of Vitamin C. The peptides are rapidly absorbed and stimulates our own with collagen synthesis and production. You can enjoy this daily with 60 calories per serving.

Regarding homemade bone broth, which is economical when you have the opportunity to make it yourself. It will not have all these components and will not have the same impact on your own collagen production. What it will have are many unknowns! Such as not knowing its sourcing, and that it most likely will contain pesticides, herbicides, hormones etc. that come along with it. That is why I choose this option!

If you are considering a collagen supplement, I would highly recommend incorporating a blend of these amazing and tasty options into your regimen.   I am retired now but if I were still working away from home everyday, I would consider it a treat to have these in my desk to sip on mid afternoon each day. The Orange Repair is great blended with some ice or on the rocks. The bone broth just warms me up on a cold day or when I just need some pampering.  And the Elixir tastes so good and refreshing that I really want more every time I consume a bottle! 

I am so happy with my choices and my results and I know you will be too if you give them a try. Here are some of my progress photos. It’s the real deal!!

Collagen Elixir

Bone Broth With Collagen

Collagen Repair Orange Drink


Rustic Berry and Peach Galette

So good! This is very satisfying and allows me to enjoy season fresh fruits and yet I don’t feel like I’m over doing it with too many extra unnecessary calories.

This Rustic Berry Galette tastes best on the same day it is baked. It can be coveted with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Ingredients for 1 tart:


  • 2 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, sliced (not frozen)
  • 2 cups (about 300 grams) fresh strawberries, sliced (not frozen)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour 
    This photo shows how I fill (I also made and Apple Galette)
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed*
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) ice water, plus more as needed
  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash
  • additional sugar for sprinkling


  1. For the filling: Mix the peaches and strawberries together in a medium bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla, tossing well to coat the fruit. Set aside and allow the mixture to soak as you prepare the crust.
  2. For the crust: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl. Using a pastry cutter (or your hands), cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse, pea-sized crumbs. Add 1/4 cup of ice water, stirring with a fork until the flour is moistened. Add up to 2 more Tablespoons of ice water if the dough seems dry. Gently knead the dough a few times in the bowl until it all comes together. Shape the dough into a ball and flatten it into a thick disk, as pictured above. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. Trim the rim of the circle to make a clean cut if desired. Transfer dough to the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Spoon the fruit (not the juices) into the center of the dough, leaving a 2-3 inch border all around, as pictured above. Gently fold the edges of the dough over the fruit, overlapping the dough as necessary. Press gently to seal the edges. Pour most of the reserved juices over the fruit, leaving about 1-2 Tablespoons behind. Too much juice and the dough will become soggy.
  6. Brush the crust with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown, Remove from the oven and allow to slightly cool before serving.
  7. If you wish to drizzle with vanilla glaze, use the glaze recipe from here. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Make sure your butter is very cold. I like to chill it in the freezer for about 15 minutes ahead of time.

Have you ever had a tart like this before?

This rustic tart can also be called a galette.  Galettes are quite similar both in taste and presentation as pie.  Except they are easier!  That’s why I love to make them, especially in the summertime when juicy fruits like peaches and strawberries are in their prime. Another reason why I love to make galettes is because they aren’t as particular and delicate as pie; there is much more room for error. ;)

This recipe is basically a freeform crusty pie. Emphasis on crusty. The buttery, flaky crust was my favorite part!  It sort of tasted like a biscuit. A fruit-filled, juicy biscuit.

Peaches are in their prime right now.  I’ve been dying to go peach picking this summer out in Westminster MD, but haven’t found the time.  If you have a peach tree outside, consider me very jealous. I love them!  Rather than using only ripe peaches for my tart, I added some color to the filling. A super sweet strawberry contrast to the pretty peaches. Isn’t she just gorgeous?!

To make this recipe, you’re going to start with 2 ripe peaches and 2 cups of sliced strawberries.  Peel the peaches, mix them up with the strawberries, a bit of sugar and vanilla extract. Let that mixture soak for awhile as you prepare the crust.

The crust is made from flour, sugar, salt, cold butter, and ice cold water.  The temperature of the last two ingredients is imperative to your crust’s texture.  Chill your butter in the freezer for about 15 minutes and cut it into cubes. With a pastry blender (or your hands), mix the cold butter with the flour, sugar, and salt until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Crumbs the size of peas is what you’re going for.

Fill a large measuring cup with water and ice. Stir it around.  From that, measure 1/4 cup of water and add to the crust mixture. Stir lightly with a fork until the flour is moistened, then gently knead the dough in the bowl until it comes together.  Add 2 more Tablespoons of ice water if the dough seems too dry. I had to add the additional water this time, but sometimes I don’t need it.

Using your hands, shape the dough into a ball and then flatten it into a thick disc. Wrap it up in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. Feel free to cut off a bit around the edges to make the circle neat. Transfer the dough to a lined baking sheet.

Time to add the fruit. Using a slotted spoon, place the fruit on the center of the dough, leaving a 2 or 3 inch border all around.  The amount of border you leave will determine how much fruit is exposed in the center of the tart. I always go for a 2-3 inch border. Gently fold the edges of dough over the fruit, overlapping the dough as necessary.  Press gently to seal the edges.

Pour most (but not all) of the remaining fruit juice over the fruit in the center. Brush the edges of the crust with a beaten egg. Sprinkle with some sugar. There is always room for extra sugar! The peaches and strawberries will expel some of their juices in the baking process. The crust just soaks it all up, but doesn’t get too soggy in the process.

The tart takes only about 25-35 minutes in the oven.  Why the huge gap of time?  Well all ovens are different.  Sometimes I leave this crust in a bit longer so the crust browns a bit, other times I don’t.

It looks (and tastes!) like dessert pizza. ;)

Slice the rustic tart like you would slice a pie.  We enjoyed it warm and I added an easy vanilla glaze to each slice before serving.  Holy mackerel – the glaze took each bite to the next level!  You could also serve the tart with some melty vanilla ice cream. Dee-lish on a warm summer day.

The buttery crust, the juicy filling, the sweet glaze – there is so much to love about this dessert. I can’t believe I waited all summer to make it!  You could use blueberries or blackberries instead of strawberries or even slice up a pear and add cinnamon to the filling for a warm autumn treat.

Spicy Shrimp and Chorizo Pasta!

This is such an amazingly flavorful dish especially if you like to spice things up!  So quick, simple, and affordable.   I added a small side salad to round out the meal and also paired it with a Bordeaux white blend (Semillion and Sauvignon Blanc)



  • Pasta (angel hair, spaghetti, or linguine all will be great
  • 2 chorizo sausages – (I prefer Spanish sliced but Mexican groud will also be great)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lb raw shrimp (peeled and tails removed) Pink Argentine Shrimp is my favorite!
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed/grated)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp red chili flakes – optional
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh parsley – for garnish


  • Bring a large pan of water to a boil, then salt it generously.img_0053
  • Add the pasta and set a timer for 1 minutes less than the suggested cooking time. When draining the pasta reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid.
  • While the pasta is cooking, cut the chorizo into thick disks.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add the chorizo and fry for 5 minutes turning often until golden and crispy.
  • Remove the chorizo from the frying pan, keeping the oil behind.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minute, then add in the paprika (chili flakes if using) and crushed garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add a 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid and bring the sauce to a simmer.
  • Add the drained pasta and toss to coat the pasta well in the oily sauce.
  • Add more cooking liquid if needed.
  • Taste for seasoning and then serve garnished with parsley.
CALORIES: 680kcal | CARBOHYDRATES: 74g | PROTEIN: 40g | FAT: 22g | SATURATED FAT: 6g | CHOLESTEROL: 318mg | SODIUM: 1581mg | POTASSIUM: 311mg | FIBER: 3g | SUGAR: 2g | VITAMIN A: 415IU | VITAMIN C: 13.6mg | CALCIUM: 197mg | IRON: 4.4mg

Fighting for our democracy, our freedom

There is an elephant in the room and a lot of people are not willing to talk about it.  Worse yet, many others brush it off as a ‘conspiracy theory.

Really?  Are you kidding?  There was election fraud on a massive scale, and we owe it to ourselves and every other American citizen to talk about it and tell others! This is not a partisan issue, it is a civil liberty issue.

This video, which Social Media is either blocking or flagging as false, clearly shows how it occurred right in front of our nose during the primetime televised election coverage. 

Video link on Rumble.Com (6 min.)

This is only the tip of the iceberg.  I’ve personally listened to four States’ public hearings on election fraud, and the dozens of witnesses (who signed affidavits).  The fraud was widespread, and our election process was compromised.  We must fight for fair elections and our democracy.

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Mediterranean Baked Chicken with Basil Pesto, Feta, Olives

Prep Time: 10 mins. Cook Time: 35 mins. Total Time: 45 mins Calories: 636

Tender & flavorful Mediterranean baked chicken recipe cooked in a creamy basil pesto sauce with feta cheese and olives. An easy keto chicken recipe perfect for dinner.


  • 1tablespoon butterimg_8278
  • 1tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • 1teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and fresh ground pepperto taste
  • 1/4cup basil pesto
  • 2garlic cloves minced
  • 1cup half and half or evaporated milk you can also use heavy whipping cream
  • salt and fresh ground pepperto taste
  • 1cup cubed reduced sodium feta cheese
  • 1cup pitted olives, rinsed and dried to minimize sodium intake
  • fresh basilchopped, for garnish, optional



  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.img_8279
  2. Combine butter and olive oil in a cast iron skillet and melt over medium heat.
  3. Season chicken with dried basil, salt and pepper; add to hot oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine basil pesto, garlic, half and half, salt and pepper; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  5. Remove skillet from heat and add olives and cubed feta to the skillet.
  6. Pour the prepared pesto sauce over the chicken.
  7. Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and sauce is bubbly.
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.

We are still fighting for ‘Free Speech!

I thought I had heard that our social media applications were doing something to balance our American right to ‘free speech’.  However, this past week I had to accept that: “It is not so.”

After reading a New York Post article about some new information in the affairs that took place in Ukraine, I wanted to share it on FB.  Well, while I was typing, I got a notification from another news agency that FB was taking steps to ‘slow down’ the spread of that news article until it could be ‘fact checked’.  That seemed suspicious since so many other politically oriented articles had been circulating during this election.

Even more suspicious is that I never heard of any outcome of the ‘fact checking’ process. In other words, it was supressed, or should I say: “It was censored!”

The next day, my wife found FB posts of people complaining that a FB Group had been deleted because it didn’t meet policies.  It was about keeping California open.  There were over 70,000 group members.  I guess we’re not supposed to wish to get back to some normalcy in these crazy times.

That got me pretty upset but I just put the phone down for a while until now when I got notification that a post I made on January 1st, 2019 had been removed from FB.  I don’t even know what I posted that day! I’m not one to post anything that I would call unacceptable.  Maybe I posted that I was praying to God for a better new year?

That was it for me, I decided to take a pause from FB; I didn’t delete it yet, just temporarily disabled FB until I cool off and see what happens.  I mean, it seems that FB has gone in the wrong direction.  To add to the situation, I recently ran into an article from Fox News that is dated January 2019 (over 20 months ago) that highlights how FB really doesn’t believe in ‘free speech’ but is rather clearly working its way toward censorship.

You should read it, because I think it is wrong that our social media can do this and pretend they are supporting ‘free speech’.  Fox News Article On FB Censorship

BEA BOGO- All Natural Plant Based Ingredients!

Natural might be the last word that comes to mind when you look at typical energy drinks. Introducing  here or click to purchase.  No membership costs and no commitment to purchase again (but you will want too)!   BĒA™ Sparkling Energy Drink.

Check out all these fabulous ingredients then click on that link to purchase because with the BOGO, the price is only $2.50 per 12 ounce can and it is fabulous in taste and for your health!  Full money back guarantee and comes in two flavors.  

While most choices are loaded with added sugar, artificial ingredients, and excessive caffeine or other stimulants, BĒA is a different kind of energy drink.

Meet the Ingredients in BĒA 

The combination of naturally sourced caffeine and adaptogens in BĒA provide lasting energy, alertness, and focus anytime you need a boost. BĒA’s other nourishing ingredients offer support for well-being that you’ll want every day.

Here’s a deeper look at the ingredients that make BĒA unique.

Fruit and vegetable extract blend: This blend of plant-based nutrients starts with real fruits and vegetables: spinach, broccoli, carrot, sweet potato, orange, apple, strawberry, shiitake mushroom, and maitake mushroom. The naturally occurring vitamins in these foods are concentrated to deliver nutrition from fruits and vegetables.

Green tea leaf extract: This provides a natural source of caffeine along with polyphenol phytonutrients that boost metabolism, spark energy, and improve mental performance (1, 2).

Ashwagandha root powder: An ancient Ayurvedic herb, ashwagandha is an adaptogen shown to help the body adapt to the effects of physical and mental stress (3, 4).

Sea mineral concentrate: Prepared by concentrating the naturally occurring minerals in desalinated sea water, this ingredient improves flavor while providing trace minerals.

Raspberry ketone: As the primary aromatic component in red raspberries, raspberry ketone contributes to BĒA’s fruit flavor profile.

Erythritol: A naturally occurring sugar alcohol in fruits including grapes, peaches, and watermelon, erythritol has a sweet taste and has 94% fewer calories than sugar. It also has lower gastrointestinal side effects compared to other sugar alcohols.

Stevia leaf extract and monk fruit extract: These extracts of fruit from the monk tree and leaves from the stevia plant provide sweetness with fewer calories than sugar.

Tapioca fiber: Sourced from the root of the cassava plant, this digestion-resistant starch functions like fiber and helps create a more pleasant mouthfeel in BĒA .

Make BĒA Part of Your Day

BĒA is a refreshing sparkling energy drink for an anytime, anywhere pick-me-up.

In the morning: BĒA contains 125 milligrams of naturally sourced caffeine — about the same amount as one and a half cups of coffee contains — so it is a great addition to your morning routine on busier days.

In the afternoon: If you’re in an afternoon slump and feel unproductive, the caffeine in BĒA can help you fight fatigue and power through the day.

On a Cleanse Day: Providing 10 calories per serving, BĒA will help support you through your Cleanse Days and fight fatigue without impacting your weight loss goals.

BĒA is a clean energy alternative to support you throughout your day without all of the artificial ingredients and added sugar in typical energy drinks. Nourishing vitamins from fruits and vegetables and 10 calories per serving ensure that BĒA is a delicious, rejuvenating boost to your day and your Isagenix lifestyle.


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  2. Dietz C, Dekker M. Effect of Green Tea Phytochemicals on Mood and Cognition. Curr Pharm Des. 2017;23(19):2876-2905. doi: 10.2174/1381612823666170105151800.
  3. Choudhary D, Bhattacharyya S, Bose S. Efficacy and Safety of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal) Root Extract in Improving Memory and Cognitive Functions. J Diet Suppl. 2017 Nov 2;14(6):599-612. doi:10.1080/19390211.2017.1284970.
  4. Wankhede S, Langade D, Joshi K, et al. Examining the effect of Withania somnifera supplementation on muscle strength and recovery: a randomized controlled trial. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2015 Nov 25;12:43. doi:10.1186/s12970-015-0104-9.

What Game are You Playing?

First they played the telephone game – then they played the blame game. Just like what is happening right now in our world!

We can learn so much about the world today just by reading the first book in the Bible. “The Fall of Mankind”.

God tells Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or he will surely die. Satan then twists Gods words and tells Eve in an attempt to trick her. Eve then adds to what Satan said and they don’t know what is truth. They sin, we are out of right relationship with God, the world begins to deteriorate including the human body. And we need Jesus to resolve this.

First lesson: If you want the truth, you must get it directly from God’s word. Eve didn’t know the truth because she didn’t hear God’s word first hand and Satan is a liar and a thief. And he is alive and still at work today. The telephone game doesn’t work! Do not trust everyone else’s interpretations.

Second lesson: Pay attention and be on guard for how Satan works. Satan is deceitful and he is a liar. He first tempted Eve through her appetite, then with lust as she looked at how beautiful the fruit was, then followed with tempting her with pride of wisdom for selfish personal gain.

We’ve seen this approach of Satan’s also with Jesus. Satan tempted Jesus in the desert with his hunger for food, then he tempted him with emotional desire to influence God to save him from his upcoming suffering on the cross, and then again he tempted him with pride to rule the world without suffering on the cross. This would have foiled Gods plan for all humanity. Thank God that Jesus is perfect and defeated Satans tempting. Gods plan is perfect too, when we put our trust in him, what Jesus accomplished on that cross enables us to be in a right relationship with God once more – if we individually choose to repent of our sins and follow Jesus. That doesn’t mean that we won’t encounter Satan or sin, but the blood of Jesus covers all our sins – once and for all!

Next they played the blame game. Eve blamed Satan and Adam blamed Eve. I feel that this is what is going on in the world today. We are all drowning in a sea of lies and blaming everyone else for our current situations and circumstances. Right and Left. Satan twists the truth for some and then uses them to twist the truth to others using the same techniques as the Bible has already shown us.

Let’s stop the blame game and let’s stop arguing over what is truth and what is not!

Go the the Bible. The Holy Word of God to find God’s righteous truth. Our perception of truth doesn’t matter, you see — Gods standards are different than the worlds standards.

The Bible tell us that God raises Kings and brings Kings down. So let’s open up our Bibles, repent and seek forgiveness with a restored relationship with our creator God, pray for God’s wisdom through His word, and then go vote! And trust that God keeps His promises. He will sustain all his creation! Which includes the universe he created (the universe does not sustain itself nor does mother nature even exist!) and all life, mankind and women kind (as God specifically created both male and female), creatures, birds, everything that exists God created! God loves all His creation and we can trust that God will sustain it! Trust! Then relax, breathe, have peace, and watch in anticipation what God will do in keeping all his promises. God loves you and desires to be in relationship with you. Trust him and he will unveil your eyes to the truth and teach you in your daily walk with him!

Drowning in a World of Deceit!

I find it most unsettling as I gain visibility to the vast array of perceptions of reality, of what is truth, and just how far opposite the beliefs of my friends and family. Many are very firm in their convictions. Doesn’t this make you stop to think? What really is fueling this? How did we get here? How do we start working together instead of so much fighting, destruction, and killing?

I know that my friends and family have love in their hearts and the right intentions, yet such opposing beliefs. There is really only one choice regardless of all these positions: Light or darkness; Truth or deceit; Life or death.

Perhaps if we focus on Jesus and love as Jesus commanded. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind! This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbors as yourself.”

I ask God daily to show me the truth, remove any veil that is preventing me from seeing the truth. In the bible many times people behaved in ways and the bible says that they were veiled from the truth. Ask God to unveil the truth and make things clear. Pray for discernment. God hears our prayers. Even if you think you are RIGHT, ask God to show you. When we draw closer to the Lord, he draws nearer to us.

Remember that the bible tells us that even our hearts are deceitful and beyond cure, that they are desperately wicked. Think about that for a moment too.

If we all just act and speak in love to one another – we CAN change the world. Each one of us to take accountability for ourselves and trust that the Lord is the only one righteous and the only one to judge. Pray for the Lord’s will and healing for our leaders, our nation, and our world. Then feel the peace that will overflow – His peace – and watch in anticipation for what our God will do!

This photo represents that we are all drowning in a sea of deceit, darkness, evil, death, and destruction BUT we know the way to the light. Jesus says “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life”

Finding Purpose in the Psalms

Am I the only one that has gone through a large portion of my life and not realized the purpose in the provision of the psalms in the bible?  Of course I have one or two psalms that I learned as a child that are special to me.   For example, Psalm 23 which is so comforting and it is also one that I still have memorized to this day.   I silently review it in my head on nights when I just can not sleep, though those nights are few.

I found that when I would make an effort to dig into more chapters to see what God has for me there, I would open my bible to the psalms and I would just get stuck every time!  I sometimes would try to put myself into the particular psalm but I just didn’t fit and it didn’t resonate with me.  I needed to resolve this issue, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that.  No one has ever talked with me about the psalms…..perhaps no one has talked to you about the psalms either??

I decided to search the internet for opinions on how to delve into the psalms. I asked friends and colleagues.  I precisely remember one friend telling me that she wouldn’t know what to do without the psalms.  Yet when I reached out to her, I really didn’t get any useful advice to help me along.  I did learn that initially it is not optimal to try to put yourself in the position of the psalmist.  First, it is better to try to understand who wrote the psalm and why, what was going on in their world at the time, what particular event may have caused them to put their thoughts down.  Then I ordered a book from Nancy Guthrie called “The Wisdom of God – Seeing Jesus in the Psalms & Wisdom Books”  It was so helpful.  After just a few chapters, I had a feeling that I have been missing out of the benefit and purpose of the psalms all my life.  And then just today I felt like I wanted to, no I needed to, read a psalm.  It was just a feeling that I had that things all around me seem to be in a state of chaos.   All that is going on around us in the world.  Politically, Religiously, Economically, Socially, and so on.  

Let me share with you just a few things that I learned from my study that make the entire book make sense to me now. In a nutshell, God inspired men to write the entire bible. God provided Psalms to us from a man’s (human) perspective. This book is different than many books you will find in the Old Testament. A large portion of the psalms are written by King David and some also by King Solomon and then a few others. King Solomon ask one thing of God which was to have the wisdom of God, which he was provisioned. So we need to realize that we are reading some of the writings of the wisest man that ever lived and also a man after God’s own heart. All as inspired by God! That’s pretty powerful, I would say!

Now there are different types of psalms, some of praise, laments (complaints, confession, protests of innocence), thanksgiving, remembrance, songs of trust and royal kinship. When the psalmist is going through trials and tribulations, he writes out how he is feeling. There is no one that shows their honest feelings like the psalmists do. This can be an example to us, that we too can pour out our struggles and our deepest and honest emotions before God. But it doesn’t stop there, read on…

When we read the psalms, God’s Word can actually change our outlook, change our feelings. I believe that this is one of the purposes God had in giving us the psalms. As we read, they are impressed upon our minds as the psalmist negative thoughts and feelings always lead to positive thoughts and feelings. “Doubt leads to trust; anger toward God turns to admiration for God; sadness gives way to joy”.   And we know that God does intend to change the way we feel through his inspired word. God intends not only to instruct us but to change us through changing our feelings. The power of God’s word renews our hearts and our minds and our thoughts, when we get into his Word!  How amazing is that?!?

I discovered in my study that many of the psalms follow a certain pattern and are categorized as a “lament”.   They go somewhat like this pattern:

  1. Crying out and addressing God as the psalmist turns for help
  2. The Complaint expressed with human feelings and emotions
  3. Trusting in God to keep his promises to us to protect, to sustain, to love us, to draw near to us
  4. Request for God’s deliverance or reason for God to act
  5. Assurance that God will hear the request and deliver (this is based on faith from all that the psalmist already knows and has experienced of God)
  6. Praise in the confidence and hope that God does and will deliver

This pattern takes us from our own feelings of despair, to fully vetting our complaint, to trusting in God for help, then as we remember who our God is as the Creator and Sustainer of all things, all powerful, all knowing, and that he lavishes his love on us, then our hearts turn to praise, and hope, and worship, and thanksgiving!   We can learn from this example.  

Regardless of where you are in the spectrum of alignment or misalignment in the happenings of the world today, I think this psalm will help to change your feelings. That you will know that we can trust in God to hear us and deliver us!

Psalm 3 “A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!”
“Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.””
“But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.”
“I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.”
“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.”
“I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.”
“Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.”
“From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”

Then there are also psalms of trust and praise. This is what I was seeking today:

Psalm 37 “Of David.

Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;”
“for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.”
“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:”
“He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.”
“For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.”
“A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.”
“But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.”
“The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;”
“but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.”
“The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.”
“But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.”
“Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;”
“for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.”
“The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever.”
“In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.”
“But the wicked will perish: Though the LORD’s enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.”
“The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;”
“those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be destroyed.”
“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;”
“though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
“They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.”
“Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.”
“For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish.”
“The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.”
“The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.”
“The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.”
“The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death;”
“but the LORD will not leave them in the power of the wicked or let them be condemned when brought to trial.”
“Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.”
“I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,”
“but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.”
“Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.”
“But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future for the wicked.”
“The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.”
“The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.”

My goal is to start seeking the psalms whenever I feel that I need God to help me change the way I am feeling. I highly recommend reading the book I mentioned above from Nancy Guthrie. She provides so much more details and knowledge about Psalms.  I trust that with a little bit of understanding, you also will reach into God’s Word and into the Psalms for a renewal and refreshing reminder of who our God is and how much he loves you and wants to come along side you and sustain you.  God Bless You!