Strength

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Typically, when we hear the term ‘strength‘ we associate it with physical abilities and attributes.   However, over the years after going through different experiences some good and others rather challenging,  I’ve learnt that strength is so much more than just a physical thing.

What do I mean?

Well, during my difficult moments it was my strength of mind, spirit and family that helped me overcome those not so sunny days.   Let me explain.

  • Strength of mind – this is when we know who we are and no longer allow self-doubt or negative people to have control over our thoughts and emotions. 

 

  • Strength of spirit – this is where our faith and our beliefs come in.   It is in times of adversity that this strength once nurtured and developed can help bring us through those tough periods in our lives.   Without it, we are like sheep among wolves.

 

  • Strength of family – this strength is often overlooked.  The love, support and encouragement of family is so important in our lives.  They usually rally around us in our time of need.  They usually stand by us through the good and the bad times.  Those of us who don’t have families like that may still be blessed with a few individuals in our lives that we have formed very close and strong bonds with who over the years have become your family.  This is just as significant.

These three aspects of my life have made such a difference in the outcome of various events in my life that I will forever be grateful.  So, am I strong? YES, in every area of my life that matters most to ME.

Am I going to have challenging moments in my life from time to time? Yes!  Why? Being strong in those areas does not mean we won’t have issues or challenges.  Those strengths just mean we would be better able to cope with the obstacles than individuals who have not developed those areas yet.

We use food and exercise to strengthen our bodies but how do we go about strengthening our mind and spirit?

Some things we can do to strengthen those areas include:

  1. Through prayer.
  2. Reading and trying to understand the scripture.  I understand that this can be a bit challenging as we would not always understand everything we read but I believe if we trust and ask God to open our minds and hearts to what he needs us to see and be he would point the way.
  3. Paying attention to what we put in and what we allow those around us to contribute.
  4. Be mindful of the people we surround ourselves with as negative energy breathes negativity.
  5. Take control of our thoughts.
  6. Facing our truths whatever they maybe and choosing to understand, learn and move forward.
  7. Practice forgiveness.  Not just for those persons who have wronged us but ourselves. We are often very tough on ourselves.
  8. Practice self-love.  I believe that even with our imperfections we are still worth love and appreciation.

I’m merely sharing my experience. I can only tell you what has helped me.  Strength is God’s gift to each of us.  Are you prepared and willing to tap into yours?

Thanks for stopping by.  Make today and this weekend a great one.

The struggle within

 

Daily Prompt: Detonate

It is building up more and more each day

Those unspoken words you refuse to say

Hoping silence would make those feelings go away

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The pain is more than you can bear

But you sit there refusing to share

Your heart is so dear

You’re afraid it would tear

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Don’t be controlled by your fear

There are still people out there who care

Denial will only help your spiral

As the pressure builds, it will slowly spill

Into your life causing strife

Even forcing you to question your life

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Whatever is consuming you inside

You can no longer run from or hide

Because like a grenade you will detonate

Leaving your surroundings desolate

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You can prevent this

This explosion or possible implosion

By healing the corrosion

The corrosion of the mind, body and spirit

You know the one you’re struggling with

It’s time to stand up and face it

Because running you will never shake it.

 

Thank you for stopping by.

 

Health and Wellness Fridays – Honey

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Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!!    Today, we are going to be looking at honey and some of the amazing benefits we can get from it.

My grandfather now deceased was a beekeeper. I remember how he would have to put on his white bee-suit and smoke out the bee hives to extract the honey.  I was very young then and had no idea how valuable his craft was. I never really liked the taste of honey. As an adult, I now see the value of something I had taken for granted as a child growing up.

Honey has been around since the ancient times and was seen as a precious commodity.  It was used not only as a natural sweetener but for medicinal and religious purposes as well.

What is honey? 

The simplest way to describe it,  honey  is a sweet product that is made by bees using the nectar of flowers.  Honey is rich in various vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

According to the National Honey Board , “Honey color ranges from nearly colorless to dark brown, and its flavor varies from delectably mild to distinctively bold, depending on where the honey bees buzzed. As a general rule, light-colored honey is milder in taste and dark-colored honey is stronger.”

Some uses and benefits of honey

Let’s take a look at some of the uses and benefits of using honey.   Please note that raw or pure honey is recommended when treating any of the undermentioned.

General Health  Benefits:

  • Helps prevent cancer and heart disease
  • Reduces cough and throat irritation
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
  • Boost your immune system
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Helps soothe acid reflux
  • Help boost your energy
  • Helps with cholesterol
  • Good memory booster
  • Treat yeast infections
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Promotes a better sleep
  • Helps with allergies
  • Treat herpes

 

Skin and Hair Benefits:

  • Promotes a healthy scalp
  • Heals wounds and burns
  • Helps fight acne
  • Moisturizer
  • Treat eczema
  • Shampoo and condition hair

Best type of honey to use

Raw or unprocessed honey is the best type to use because commercial honey is often heavily processed and may even be chemically refined.  Commercial honey is usually golden in colour and has a syrup-like appearance.   Additionally, you should note that once raw honey is excessively heated and processed,  the health benefits are largely depleted.  All honey is therefore not created equal so be sure to ask questions and read what you are buying.

How to use honey

Although honey is full of benefits, it is also high in fructose and must be used in moderation therefore less is best especially when consuming it.

Important – Possible Side Effects

Now I could not leave you without mentioning some possible side effects of consuming too much honey.   Some side effects can include: weight gain, cavities, nausea, weakness, vomiting, dizziness, and sweating.

Children under 12 months MUST NOT be given honey because it is a potential source for the bacteria that causes botulism.  Raw honey is however, safe for older children and adults.

If you are allergic to pollen or have any other bee-related allergies, it is recommended that you do not consume raw honey.

How I use it

  • I like to mix 1 teaspoon honey in warm water with cinnamon and the juice from 1/2 a lemon.  Drink on an empty stomach once per day. This aids in my detox and weight management.
  • I sometimes mix it with some lime or lemon juice if I have a sore throat.
  • I use 1 teaspoon of honey mixed with sugar and a few drops of lemon juice as an exfoliator on my skin once or twice per week. Rubbing the mixture in circular motion on my face and neck and I leave it for about 10 minutes before I wash it off.
  • I also like to add it to my Bar-B-Que sauce replacing brown sugar.

There are tons of recipes and combinations for using honey based on your objectives and goals.  So do your research and get yourself a bottle today.