Time For A Check Up; Six Months Down And Six Months To Go

by Yvonne Chase on June 26, 2017

Six Months To Go
Happy end of the first half of the year week to you. 2017 is almost over. Six months down and six months to go. Time is waiting for no one. Soon we’ll be saying Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. So, how have the first six months of the year been for you? Have you done a check up?

Walk In Safely To The Other Side
I’ve been in a deep place of gratitude lately; thanking God for every little thing in my big life. One thing I thank him for daily is bringing me back home safely. The first thing I say when I return home is thank you, Jesus, for bringing me back home safely. We live in a crazy world. Speeding cars on the sidewalk in Times Square at the top of the afternoon, random slashings on the NYC subway, and in our world overall, suicide bombers, and terrorism are our reality. It’s a great day when I’ve made it back to my front door, put my key in the lock and walk in safely to the other side.  

Perform At My Best
There’s been lots of transition and change in my life over the past six months. One major change was the decision to end my relationship. I’ll say a more about it in a full blog post. Stay tuned. I’m grateful I didn’t end a marriage. Another major change was transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. I’ve been on a journey of clean eating for quite some time. As I listen to my body, I make the necessary changes to feel great and perform at my best.

We No Longer Want It
I stopped eating red meat a long time ago then I stopped eating chicken and I also removed dairy and processed foods/junk from my meals over time. I continued to eat plant-based meals while still eating fish and eggs. One day I decided to get rid of fish and eggs. What I noticed is once we remove something from our palate, it changes. We no longer want it. Now that I’m eating a 100% plant-based diet, I feel great and my body doesn’t miss anything I removed.

Creating In The Kitchen
The best part of this food journey is all the fun I’m having creating all kinds of vegan goodness in the kitchen. I’m in my happy place when I’m creating in the kitchen. My vegan bread pudding topped with a non-dairy coconut sorbet and creamy mac and cheese are amazingly delicious. For me, it’s about taking care of my temple not the label of vegan. I’m not some high-strung animal rights activist. This is simply about health and letting my food be my medicine. 

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On The Road Back To 100%
May shook me and took me to an even deeper place of gratitude. I had an accident that could’ve broken me into pieces or left me for dead. Thankfully, I walked away unscathed with minor soreness in my knees. With the help of a great physical therapist, I am on the road back to 100%. Yesterday when I went to church after being away for a while, my usher friend wanted to know why she hadn’t seen me. When I told her all of the gory details, she turned me around, looked me up and down then said, “OMG, you look great. God is good!” Yes, he is!

Live Out His Plan For My Life
Self-awareness, specifically, knowing who I am in God and how he put me together happened in June when my colleague gave me a fascinating personality assessment profile that totally nailed who I am. It’s Bible based and rooted in Psalm 139:13 which says, “He knit me together in my mother’s womb.” That knitting together goes way beyond the physical. He knit together my personality, temperament, emotions, how I respond, speak and express myself. When God knit me together, he equipped me with everything I need to live out his plan for my life. 

Knowing Who I Am In God
The results of the personality profile showed me to be a Sanguine which means I am enthusiastic, active, and social. People are my thing. Yes, they are.I thrive when I’m around people. I do. People energize me. They really do! I have a deep love of people. Affection is something I need and it is also something I love to give. I am highly independent and strong willed. So much more about how God knit me together was revealed in this assessment. The overall point of it is knowing who I am in God and more importantly leaning on him, not people, to meet my deepest needs.

Most Important Check Up
Looks like my pastor and I are both in check up mode. Yesterday’s sermon was about our most important check-up; a spiritual check up. The title of his message was,How Are We Doing?How are we doing in our walk with God? Are we churchgoers or true born again Christians? Are we really in the faith? 

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What Comes Out Of Our Mouths
Just as the doctor administers a series of tests to see how we’re doing physically, there is one test we can administer to see how we’re doing spiritually. Our spiritual condition can be known by what comes out of our mouths. Matthew 12:33-36 was referenced:

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.

Our Tongue Is The Best Indicator
Whatever is in our hearts comes out of our mouths. If we want to know how we’re doing spiritually in our walk with God, our tongue is the best indicator. James 3:5-8 says:

Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Impure Speech Reflects An Impure Heart
There are no two ways about it. Impure speech reflects an impure heart for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. So, what are you full of? What’s coming out of you? 

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Something to think about…

What say you? How have the first six months of 2017 been for you? How are you doing spiritually?

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Lisa notes June 26, 2017

You’ve accomplished quite a bit in the first six months of this year. Congrats on going vegan. I have a couple of nieces who have done very well with a vegan diet for years. Thankful you walked away from your accident unscathed!

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Donna Reidland June 26, 2017

That’s quite a 1/2 year! I can’t wait to hear about the second 1/2.

I’m so glad to hear you weren’t seriously injured in your accident and your feeling so well.

By the way, that sanguine personality oozes right out of your blog!

Blessings to you, sweet sister!
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Yvonne Chase June 27, 2017

@Donna,

I love you!

It’s been a great first half. God continues to pour out his favor on my life to over flowing. My mind is blown by his immense and unconditional love for me.
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Julie June 27, 2017

This is the second post I read today about the tongue. God must be telling me something 🙂
I’m glad you’re on the mend. I’m gluten-free and it’s hard to find things to eat sometimes…I can’t imagine the struggle with vegan. Your food pictures look amazing though!
Visiting from #LMM
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Yvonne Chase June 27, 2017

@Julie,

God has a funny way of getting our attention, doesn’t he? (Smiles)

There’s so much inspiration online for me these days as I’m on this vegan journey. There’s really no struggle because it was a transition versus a hard stop.

Plus I love to cook so I’m literally always throwing stuff together and it comes out amazing. My blender is my best friend in the kitchen.

All the best to you on your gluten-free journey…
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Marva | SunSparkleShine June 29, 2017

You go, girl! That was quite a half year with so much to be grateful for. I’m about to do my 6-month check in too and you reminded me to lace it with gratitude — being thankful changes our perspective about everything and helps us to see things through God’s eyes. Here’s to another 6 months of blessings!

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Yvonne Chase June 29, 2017

@Marva,

My heart is filled with nothing but gratitude. For me, gratitude keeps everything in perspective and definitely helps me see things through Gods eyes.
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Lisa Appelo June 29, 2017

Yvonne, ummm….those spelt pancakes look awesome! I used to make so many homemade goodies with spelt and other homemade grains but haven’t had the time since I became a single mom. Yours is the second encouragement to pick up that healthy baking for my family again! Happy to connect with you from #TellHisStory.
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Roseann Hampton June 30, 2017

It’s always good to do a self check occasionally! Health wise I’m good at staying on track because I get sick when I don’t. Spiritually I feel there is always work to do! Thanks for sharing at The Bloggers Pit Stop!

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Yvonne Chase July 1, 2017

@Roseanne,

I agree with you, spiritually, there definitely is always work to do. We will be working out our salvation with fear and trembling until the end.
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Brandi Raae June 30, 2017

I’m like you – I love thanking God for those “little” things that can be taken for granted so easily. I can’t tell you how often I’m thankful for safety now that I have a child driving!

I’m also having to make diet changes due to some health issues. I absolutely love quinoa and couscous. My hubby bought a nutribullet and I’m in love!!! I actually WANT a smoothie for breakfast every morning.

The last post I read was about how our words reflect what’s in our hearts, too. The tongue is hard to tame for sure. Thanks for the reminder of the importance of what comes out of our mouths. Glad you shared with us this past week at the #LMMLinkup!
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Yvonne Chase July 1, 2017

@Brandi,

Thanking God for those little things that can so easily be taken for granted keeps me in a place of joy. It really puts life in its proper perspective.

I just whipped up a delicious smoothie in my blender. It’s the most used appliance in my kitchen. Smoothies every day all day for me.

The tongue is a small member yet it’s a beast to tame. What’s been working for me lately is staying away from the Devil’s workers. He has a lot of people on his payroll who are highly skilled at creating scenarios that could possibly tick me off. The less we talk, the more we tame the tongue.
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Crystal July 6, 2017

Thanking God and having an intentional heart of gratitude is so important to me also! It makes all the difference. Great post!

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