The Mystery Blogger Award

 

So when I got a notification about this blog, I didn’t think little old I would be nominated. But shout out to this cool sister at JusTalkBlogs (and please do check out her amazing blog!) for nominating me. I have the urge to give a speech, but I won’t go there lol.

And of course thanks to Okoto Enigma for being so creative and fun! Check out her blog as well.

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Rules

  1. Post the award logo/image on your blog.
  2.  List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  9. Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Fun Facts on Me

  1. I am the youngest and only girl of four.
  2. I enjoy singing along when my fiancee plays his instruments.
  3. I collect journals for brain dumps/ideas, prayer entries and bullet journel/bujo because they’re pretty and full of empty space that can become almost anything!

Questions  Answered

  1. If your life was a book, what would this chapter be called? “Happy, Go Lucky” cause I wasn’t always a smiler, especially not in New York. Sadly, no one has time to crack a smile. Nowadays I catch myself smiling naturally and smiling to myself lol.
  2. What is your motivation/inspiration? My motivation is my fiancee! We share our goals with each other and hold each other accountable. I can’t let myself down and neither do I want to let him down. 
  3. What’s the best book or movie you’ve read/seen? Recently, I’ve been hooked on War Room (save it and watch it!) because it’s a great lesson on the importance of prayer in one’s life and how much the enemy is really seeking to kill, steal and destroy. Heads up, the cries are so fake!  
  4. What’s the best thing you learned from 2016? The best thing I learned about myself in 2016 was how negative my mindset was and still is. I learned that I cannot  be surprised about my sometimes crazy thoughts but rather be active in positive thinking and becoming better, hence my blog’s name! 
  5. What is one song that you’re embarrassed to admit you like? Oh my lol. I am greatly into Hakuna Matata from the Lion King. I mean it means no worries (sings) for the rest of your dayssss! It’s our problem free philosophyyy, Hakuna Matata! 

I nominate…

Tribal Tots (I know you tagged me already lol)

bloggingsunsets

Absolutely Olivia

P.s. It’s Peri

My Israelite Journey

Life Gets Better

Young Wife Happy Life

The Peaceful Wife

Thoughts of Cin

JusTalkblogs

Questions for my Nominees! (if you already nominated me and I tagged you again, answer in the comments below):

  1. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  2. What is the best complement you can give yourself right now?
  3. What is one goal you’re focused on this year?
  4. Whats your go to hobby?
  5. If you another pair of arms, what would they be used for? (weird)

My Favorite Post Thus Far: 

Intentional (most recent too!)

This was so fun to do!

 

Shalom,

Rachel Nadine

 

Intentional.

My childhood was something like this: wake up, go to school, go to church, play sports, dance, sing, repeat. Of course, there were days were I did things I enjoyed like blogging, vlogging, learning to sew, hang out etc. But for the most part I did a lot of  tasks under the mindset of “you’re just suppose to” rather than the “let’s get it!”mindset. So if you asked me what did I do in the last five ( or even ten) years of my life, today I’d say I existed. I met my requirement in every place but I was never really…Intentional. Because average was okay, I made the cut. But who’s really happy making the cut? I know I really wasn’t.

Now, here is where I can insert my sob story on how I grew up which is why I wasn’t intentional, but I won’t throw my valuable energy there, because I just don’t want to and it won’t benefit you or even myself.

One day, I got tired of doing the daily do’s and had to ask myself realistic questions because I was not happy being average. What do you want Rachel? Are you happy? Are you successful? How much do you care about your success? What do you even define as success?  I saw others succeed and wanted the same. Not their story exactly, but success in how it was properly defined for me. I began asking them questions, no matter how silly I felt, and answering my own questions for what they were.

Hearing the answers did hurt. But that “hurt” brought forth change. Some days better than others. But little by little, a new flower was sprouting! A happy intentional one.


In being intentional, I am able to understand what my goals are clearly and do things with meaning. For example, I no longer go to work because I have to (granted, I really do have to). But I make the most of work. If I am going to work, I am going to be the best at what I do. I want to be the best hugger/lover. I want to be the best sister, daughter, wife, friend, you NAME it.

And all of those best exist in outdoing myself. In outdoing myself, I have strategies on what I do to track my life and my success and slip ups (which will bring forth success). I longer want to be average. I have NO desire in doing so. I find joy in being intentional. Whatever I take part in, I put high expectation within myself to strive and do it with the greatest intent ever.

Are you striving? Are you happy with where you at? Don’t be average. Imagine how great you could be if only you did things with meaning?

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Shalom,

Rachel Nadine

Uses of Bentonite Clay

Some time ago, two sisters shared with me the amazing use of Bentonite Clay for the internal body. After hearing their testimony with bentonite clay I went ahead and ordered 5 lbs of sodium bentonite clay (here’s where I purchased it).  I would like to share what bentonite clay is, what is does and what it can be used for. Being a daughter of the King, I am big on using what He has made to heal, cleanse and bless us. Nature itself.

Bentonite Clay is used to pull heavy metals, toxins, pesticides, parasites etc. It plays as a “magnet” filtering through whatever it is placed on collecting all of the above stated. Bentonite clay can be used for the following:

  • Face Mask : pulling impurities from the face
  • Toothpaste: whitens teeth
  • Hair Mask: restores shine in hair
  • Bath: detox the body
  • Deodorant: pulls impurities from the armpit
  • Burns
  • Bug bites
  • Drink with water: detox internal organs

Drink clay? Ohh yeah! Drinking clay daily detoxes and cleanses the organs from their impurities. (Hint: don’t drink it for the taste, drink it for your health and cause you love you!) Drinking clay is also an awesome route to clearing the skin from scars and acne. While the organs are being cleansed and remember, our skin is our BIGGEST organ).

HOW I STORE MY CLAY

As mentioned earlier, bentonite clay plays as a magnet. Let me say this, it does not discrimminate and pulls at everything. So for example, if you take a spoon of bentonite clay with a metal spoon, it will pull from the metal and BOOM– just like that you’re clay can be contaminated and filled with metal. That is why I store my clay either in the bag it came in, or in the glass mason jar below with a paper towel as a lid. I also use a plastic/wood tablespoon .to measure how much I want to use. I am not educated in any other way you can store it, but if you do know of any other way, please feel free to teach me! I’d love to learn more.

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Overall, I think everyone should have at least a bottle of clay in their homes for any emergency uses. You just never know! Bentonite clay has and is helping my body out in so many ways. You just can’t go wrong with it.

Peace and blessings!

Rachel Nadine

The Problem with Emotions

I’d say I spent my whole life being emotionally led. If someone hurt me, I had a bad day and if someone did good to me, it was a glorious day. The problem was I allowed others to control my life and I sinned every day not trusting my Father in heaven to direct my path. I allowed man to direct my path and to turn my eyes away from The Father.


Sister, are you emotionally led? Do you allow people to hand you over your emotions? Or do you rebuke it?  Do you do the most silliest thing while you’re in your feelings?

WARNING: We were created with emotions. Their functions are to help us communicate and motivate action. However we must not let them control us because they can be (1) deceptive and (2) straight up wrong.

Should we act on every emotion?

Are emotion facts?

No. Some emotions can be sinful thoughts which lead to sinful actions. (E.g.: jealous thoughts to hateful actions)

To be emotionally-led is to lack self control. So let’s check what scripture says about self-control.
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭25:28‬)

That doesn’t sound like a safe city or a civilized place/person. When I think of a city with no walls, I visualize a city with no government, unorganized, and disastrous. A unorganized person with no authority (from the Father) is very concerning and dangerous.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-24‬)

Challenge:

Spend tomorrow, this weekend, next week (however long) processing your emotions and understanding how it got there and then analyze the reason why it’s there. Then ask, is it right? Is it healthy? Does it move me to love others? And does it inspire me to enter into the kingdom?

As I do this more often I realize, I struggle with some emotions that I never knew existed within me. I’ve recognized how wicked I’ve allowed my heart to become. But I’m using this time now to become better. I encourage you to take the time to bring that emotion(s) to the Father through Jesus Christ and ask:
Father, how did (emotion) get here? Forgive me for allowing (emotion) to live here. It is not my master, You are. Help me to forgive myself and the person that allowed (emotion) to get there. I just want to have Your fruits so that I can take on Your Spirit and not my flesh. So please, help me fight this emotion until Your return. In Jesus name, amen.

Sister, checking out emotions seems tiny  especially since we are more emotional than men. You might think we are met to be this way. But remember, Christ calls us to be sound-minded. How can we be sound-minded if we’re not talking to our brother because he told us our work appears lazy? Especially if he’s telling the truth. Don’t let your emotions keep you from making it into the Kingdom.

“Deliver us from evil Lord.” (Matthew 6: 13)

Jeremiah 17:9, Mark 7:21-23