Self Care is Biblical

Today’s guest blogger is Michelle Hartgraves from Faith, Coffee and Miles.  She is amazing wife, mother and fitness enthusiast with a heart for God.  I am grateful for her contribution to FaithFueled Moms and her valued input on how we must take care of ourselves.  Check out her thoughts: 

Imagine what happens when you neglect to give your home the necessary attention it needs,  soon it would be in total disarray, dishes piling up, mountains of laundry needing to be done, etc. Now think about what happens to your physical home (your body, your temple) when it is neglected or your attention is elsewhere; frustration, impatience, weight gain, health problems, spiritual emptiness, and depression are all factors that come into play.

Strengthening our bodies to nurture ourselves physica...

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Controlling the Wave

Disclosure: I was given free product and small compensation in exchange for a blog review. Although, I have received free product that does not effect my opinion. If I hated it I would tell you. My Full Disclosure Policy

I am in love!  As you already know I am a big fan of functional exercise training. It just makes sense to me for people to build up their body for their future self.  Functional exercise training does just that it helps you function better.  I aspire to be a Senior Fitness Trainer and Instructor. I am studying for my Certification in Functional Training and plan on using it daily to train my Senior clients.

Usually, it requires stability as well, I have discovered a welcome addition to your training...

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Gluten Free Chicken Parmesean

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Gluten-Free made easy

When I first went gluten free I thought, “this is going to be a chore.” Things are not going to taste good and I am going to miss a lot of my favorite meals.  I proved myself so wrong over the last few months. Now, I didn’t go gluten free because that is the cool thing to do lately. I went gluten free because I honestly was tired of my stomach hating me after every meal.  I have a wheat allergy that I have known about since I was 16 but could have cared less. I like all things whole wheat and everything has it in it. It felt like a losing battle. The digestive pains, literal pains that I had including: bloating, lethargy, headaches,sinus issues, and post nasal drip one day just made me go to the doctor...

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Detox and Devotion Day 21-Support

Day 21

 “Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.” Ezra 10:4

We’ve made it! We are here! 21 days Sugar-Free and we survived there were mood swings, cravings, bad feelings and now we have achieved victory. You may have also been on a Spiritual journey the last 21 days, either your faith has become greater, you have learned to give God even the insignificant things.

Walking through the 21 days prayerfully I think not only helped me with my sugar cravings, but it leads me to seek and crave God more each day. I didn’t realize it until I was in a study for almost 2 hours the other day which I haven’t done in months. I’ve been too busy for God. I’ve let life get in the way, and I think I used sugar to ease my stress instead of turning to God.

At...

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Devotion and Detox Day 20- Living Sacrifice

Day 20

Do you have your “hallelujah” verse, that verse that jumps off the page and smacks you in the face? The verse that every time you look at it God speaks something different but equally important to you? I like to think out of all the verses in the Bible there are a few that are little love notes from our Father. They all mean something different to someone. Well Romans 12:1 is a verse that stands out to me and gave me the call to show others to honor their temple.


Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, given God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1


A few things popped off the pages when I read this verse...

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4 Ways Praying for My Deployed Husband Helps Our Marriage

I want to introduce Elaine Sinott a devouted women of God, mother and wife.  We met through Social Media and after reading her blog Military Wife After God I knew that she needed to share on FaithFueled Mom!  February will be our Family First February month and Elaine is a great example of just that. Our military families make such a sacrifice for our freedom. I am so grateful for their services and the support of their family!

I recently learned through the Unveiled Wife’s devotionals Wife After God: Drawing Closer to God & Your Husband and 31 Prayers for My Husband: Seeing God Move in His Heart the extreme importance in praying for your husband...

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Devotion and Detox Day 18- Blessed

Day 18

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

When you are going through something hard, it’s not easy to see that this trials will result in a blessing. I find that as people we like to set goals and then work our way to achieving. We have our sights set on the end results but resent the hard work it takes to get to the end. When you feel like this is when we need to hold on to God’s promises. That He is always conspiring for our good and there is a blessing at the end of the journey.

Sometimes there are even blessings along the way. Regardless, the last almost 21 days have been hard work physically, emotionally and especially spiritually...

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Devotion and Detox Day 17- Renewed

Day 17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 15:17

So many people are looking for a fresh start. I was one of those people. I ran as far as the world would take me and then when I didn’t think I could do things on my own for one more second Jesus stepped in and made my path straight. When I was dead and without Christ that very thought that gives it to God, and it will be all right was easier said than done.

Those who have accepted and walked in Christ will tell you there are fresh starts. You can become a new person by Seeking God in all that you do first, Trusting in Him and being grateful no matter the outcome.
You will be renewed...

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Pecan Chai Date Bars

Pecan Date Bar

Today is National Pie Day and I have a great recipe for a yummy, healthier version of pecan pie.  Once you’ve had this you won’t miss that sweet confection. When I went gluten/wheat free a few months ago I felt like I was going to miss out on all the goodness that gluten provides.  I had tried a few store bought cookies and items and was very disappointed with the lack of moisture, weird after taste and all together lack of flavor.  Like everything now I had to go gluten/wheat free and start making things from scratch. If you have read previous “Mealtime Monday’s” you know that I am always experimenting. This time I wanted to use up the last of the Medjool dates that I had.  I recently started baking with Medjool dates and they are a great sweet alternative to refined white sugar...

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Devotion and Detox Day 15- Freedom

Day 15

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

Bondage is something that we are Christians are not meant to experience. Jesus came here, walked with us and died for our freedom. He sacrificed His life so that we may be free to inherit His kingdom. We continually tie ourselves us creating our self made bondage.

So, many things tie us down, guilt, greed, envy, desire, temptation, and self-worth just to name a few. Our worldly desires to have everything or to do things that we know are better keeps us trapped in our self-made bondage. Or coveting what others have or giving into things that tempt us or our flesh-like desires keeps us trapped.

We were meant to be free, not trapped...

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