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Today’s Word of Promise

Posted by Hallee on May 16, 2014 in apologetics, Christian Faith, holiness

actsEveryday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today I listened to John 18-Acts 2.

The part that stood out to me in that passage is this:

 

And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved. Acts 2:21

This was Peter preaching the word brought to Israel by the prophet Joel. What Peter was saying was that Jesus Christ was the Lord to whom Joel referred.

Whoever calls on the name of Jesus Christ – Yeshua – יֵשׁוּעַ , will be saved.

Saved from what? Saved from the righteous judgement of God in the wake of our human sinful ways. As it is said in John, “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Jesus, Yeshua, stands in for us so that we no longer fall short but rise up to Him.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.

Hallee


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Going Vegan: Let Your Medicine Be Your Food

Posted by Hallee on May 15, 2014 in Life
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Something not everyone knows about me is that I suffer from high blood pressure.

When I was pregnant with Scott, my blood pressure spiked.  That’s been about 8 years ago.  Even after pregnancy, it never really went back to normal.

Well, in the last school year, I’ve been writing full time. What that means is that I come in from taking children to school – hopefully also after walking 4 miles, and sit down and start working. I hire someone to do my lawn. I don’t have a garden. I hire someone to clean my house. I like cake.

All those things combined, I’ve gained WAY too much weight this school year.  Like — I can’t wear my wedding rings right now because they’re too small for me – that’s how much weight I’ve gained.  AND – before gaining the weight I’ve had on now, I’ve been upset at how much weight I’ve gained since Gregg has been home from Afghanistan.  If I were really honest with you, I’d admit that I’ve put on about 40 pounds in the last 2 years.

That’s a lot of weight for someone who was already unhappy with herself.

I also have a heart condition, and a bad heart valve. As they monitor my heart, they’ve told me it’s growing in size because of the high blood pressure. Obviously, I need to get it under control.

So, the other day, I had a BAD headache. Bad. I spent the day in bed. I also suffered the day with heart palpitations.  The next day, my blood pressure was 160/110.  That’s WAY.TOO.HIGH. I don’t know if the headache caused the blood pressure or if the blood pressure caused the headache.  Either way, that’s too high.

I am a big proponent of “let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.”  Rather than go on a pharmaceutical pill for the rest of my life, I’ve decided to attack this blood pressure thing with diet first and see what I am capable of controlling, Until this weight started going on, I’d done well to regulate it with lifestyle.  While I have a “good” diet – with whole foods and real foods – I also have an affinity for cake and anything sweet.  That combined with sitting on my hind end all day long in a stagnant profession has done nothing good for me.

vegan dietSo, I have officially launched a “plant based food only/no refined sugars at all” diet. In an effort to improve the state of my overall cardiovascular health.

No meat. No dairy. No processed food. No sugar. No cake.

I’m drinking water, black coffee, and green tea.

No more winter ice to prevent me from my daily 4-5 mile walk.

It’s radical. But, I enjoy that diet and I won’t have a problem sticking to it. The hardest part will be all of the travel I have coming up over the next few months. It’s not easy being strictly vegan while traveling.

If it doesn’t work, then I’ll take the pill. But I’d really rather not. I believe that with discipline, most chronic ailments can be tackled with diet and lifestyle.

I’m on day 5. I’ve lost, strangely, 6 pounds. My blood pressure, last night, was 135/90. While to some that may seem high, to me that’s a good “high normal.” Hopefully, as time goes on, I’ll see more progress.

Hallee


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Today’s Word of Promise

Posted by Hallee on May 14, 2014 in Biblical womanhood, Christian Faith, fellowship, hospitality, inspiration

johnEveryday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

I’ve been bombarded with a lack of time lately, and sitting down to write this blog post, as simple as it may seem to my mind while I’m out walking, has just not been happening.  So, I’ve finished the book of Luke, and the book of John, and have made it to the first two chapters of Acts.

I do have something to say about the Book of John, though.  If you haven’t seen The Gospel of John, then you’re really missing out. This production is really quite amazing. The man who played Jesus is, by training, a Shakespearean actor. This was intentional because they wanted someone who would preserve the verbatim text and not differentiate from the lines at all.  It’s a verbatim production of the entire book of John. Brilliantly done. It’s wonderful to see, in a good production that doesn’t try to present “gentle Jesus meek and mild”.

If you told me I could only keep one single book from the entire Bible, I would be torn between the gospel according to John, and the book of Acts. Honestly, I think John is my favorite book.

I could spend 365 days this year telling you all of the things that stand out to me on that book. But, today I’ll just pick one, and go onto Acts tomorrow from there.

So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

I think that Martha gets a bum rap from Christian women due to the whole “Mary and Martha” thing, when Martha was complaining to Christ that she was doing all the work while Mary was just sitting at Jesus’ feet, worshiping Him. Jesus never condemned Martha for working, nor did He condemn her for NOT joining her sister. After all, the work had to be done, the meal had to be prepared.

I’ve never been a fan of the embracing Mary revolution. I would be Martha. I would be preparing the meal and getting annoyed at my sister for not helping me. I would not be able to sit around while people were hungry if I had chores to do.  I’ve always fallen back on the fact that Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law and she got up and served them a meal!

So, I love this section of scripture. Because, to me it shows that Martha truly loved and believed in Christ – and He knew it. He knew her heart — even if she WAS the one who didn’t sit at His feet and worship him while there was work to be done. Her faith was strong, and she knew who He was.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.

Hallee


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A Carol for Kent is NOW AVAILABLE!!”

Posted by Hallee on May 13, 2014 in Writing

Announcing the release of Book 3 in the Song of Suspense Series:

A Carol for Kent

A Ruthless Serial Killer Seeks to End a Love Song Eight Years in the Making.


Assistant Commonwealth Attorney CAROL MABRY heads up an investigation into a string of stranglings in Virginia’s capital. The serial killer known as Richmond Red remorselessly snuffs out beautiful young women with violin strings before ritually enshrining their lovely lifeless bodies inside a pentagram of blood red candles.

Country music superstar BOBBY KENT makes an unscheduled return trip to his Virginia home for the first time in years. To his shock, he discovers that he and Carol have a young daughter, Lisa. His parents have kept Lisa hidden from him her entire life while simultaneously deceiving Carol about Bobby’s interest in fatherhood.

Angry and hurt over the deception, Carol and Bobby strive to cope with this newly discovered reality. They struggle to overcome harmful secrets and years of lies to decide whether they have a future. Neither of them realize how every waking moment they move closer to the serial killer who harbors an unnatural and deadly obsession.

With the beautiful Carol locked in Richmond Red’s sites, the clock is ticking down to her destruction. Will the two find love, or is their sonata striking a dangerous final chord?

You can get the ebook of A Carol for Kent at the following locations:
DeeperShopping Christian Books, Amazon, Lulu, Smashwords, Libiro,

It will be available on Barnes & Noble and Apple soon.

You can also find the book on Goodreads, Library Thing, and Shelfari.

I hope you LOVE this story! And, I pray that it blesses you in some way.

Hallee


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Moms’ Night Out

Posted by Hallee on May 10, 2014 in Life, Parenting

I’m a bit out of the bloggy mommy loop, so this is not a sponsored post. I didn’t get to go to a pre-release screening and get a blog post all ready to tell you how wonderful this movie was on opening weekend.

I just got a group of friends together, loaded my husband down with our kids and a couple others, and four of us went to see this movie.

It was BRILLIANT. It was FUNNY. It was PROFOUND.

Here is your mission this Mothers’ Day weekend:

Go see this movie.

You will NOT be sorry.

I know it’s hard to take 2 hours for you, just you, and do something for you – just you. I know. I know that this is a weekend for family and all of the work that comes with that. I know.

But, trust me when I say this – you want to see this movie. Give yourself that 2 hours. Scrape it together and go. You’ll be SO happy you did.

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Today’s Meltdown Brought to You By…

Posted by Hallee on May 2, 2014 in Autism, Parenting, Raising boys

…the fact that I chose this as one of those battles under the adage “know when to pick your battles.”

Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby.  Seeing how we live in Central Kentucky, this is not a small thing. The Kindergarteners in the boys’ school have decorated horse heads and are racing today. The First Graders are dressed up in “Sunday best” and will be spectators of the race while wearing their Derby Hats.

All week long, I’ve prepared Scott for the inevitable fact that he will wear a shirt and tie to school today.  All week long he’s informed me that he will NOT wear a shirt and tie to school today.

This morning, I allowed 15 extra minutes and got out the clothes from which I would allow him to choose and he melted down. Clothes went everywhere. Tears fell. Beds were kicked. Pillows thrown. Choices given.

Finally, compromise:

  • He could pick an outfit to pack in his backpack to change into after the race.
  • He could choose shorts or pants
  • He could choose the color of his shirt.
  • He could choose not to wear a tie, if that was what would make him feel better.

After more tears and wailing, he was finally dressed and eating breakfast. I told him I wanted a picture of him. He said, with tears streaming down his face, “But I’m not handsome without a tie!”

To which I replied, “Then put on a tie. Remember? Your choice.”

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Success. Because I chose this to be a battle I picked.

And Jeb, who has been BEGGING me all year long to let him wear his suit to school wore his suit with tennis shoes -because he’ll be running the race.

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Hallee


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Organization, Delegation & Knowing My Limits

Posted by Hallee on Apr 25, 2014 in Homemaking with Hallee, Housekeeping, Life

hallee bridgemanAs my life has gotten busier, I’ve had to really prioritize what to do, when to do it, and how to get it all done.

I cook dinner for my church Wednesday nights.  A couple of weeks ago, a working grandmother who is raising her grandchildren said to me, as she was eating homemade bread with her home cooked meal, and we were discussing my upcoming speech to our women’s group, “I don’t know how you do it all.”

I had an immediate knee-jerk thought of, “I don’t really do that much,” but the words never really made it past my lips. Because, I really have a lot on my plate. So, the answer to her, “I don’t really know how you do it all,” is simply this: organization, delegation, and understanding limits.

It’s been just over 2 years since I started publishing. As I type this, I finished my 8th fiction work today (yay!) and have also put out 3 cookbooks. I’ve opened the door to my public speaking this year, and am traveling two or three weeks a month through November. I have 3 children and a husband who, despite everything else, are a top priority to me.

When my schedule first started getting so busy, Gregg and I looked at our lifestyle and determined what we were willing to sacrifice and in what areas we would be willing to compromise. We would not compromise with food – our home would stay whole food, real food. We would not compromise with God – our home would stay Christ-centered, and church, service, and giving would remain a priority. Our family time/marriage time would not be compromised – date nights, family nights, meals together would remain a priority.

Homemaking: MomOnce we established our boundaries, it became easier to see what could be compromised. Here is how I’ve done it to date:

  1. I have housekeepers who come in and clean my house. I tried maintaining it, and discovered that I just let it go and let it go. I cannot explain to you the relief in coming home on Friday afternoons to a deep cleaned house.
  2. I take the ironing to a dry cleaners. I started doing this when my laundry pile was hours of work high, and Gregg faced a Monday morning with only wrinkled clothes as an option. I wash the clothes. I fold and put away all of the laundry except the clothes that need to be ironed – they get taken to a dry cleaners and get pressed. Once a week, I take a stack and exchange wrinkled for pressed.
  3. I have a lawn company come and mow my yard.
  4. I will not have a garden this year.
  5. My work day ceases at 3PM and there is no exception to that. I take Sundays off of the computer, and there are very few exceptions to that.
  6. We’ve hired a professional to give Hallee the Homemaker a facelift and help maintain a really amazing and functional blog (SO looking forward to unveiling that to you!)

This is what works for us. It’s crazy how little I dread laundry (which has never been my favorite chore) now that I don’t have to iron. Maybe my issue has been with ironing and not with laundry!

Sometimes, a part of me wonders why I’ve loaded my life down in this way. Where did the homeschooling homemaker go who is now writing books and public speaking? I know God had this planned for me, and for now I’m just doing His will and learning how to juggle my life around it. I’m loving it – it’s been an amazing journey. But it definitely took some changes in the way I think and the way I do things.

 

Hallee


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Today’s Word of Promise

Posted by Hallee on Apr 25, 2014 in Christian Faith, holiness, inspiration

lukeEveryday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today, I listened to Luke 6 through Luke 11.

The part that stood out to me today was Luke 8:12, as Jesus explained the Parable of the Sower:

Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Wayside is defined as the edge of the path.

What is the path? How can I, someone desperate to hear the word of God and obey the word of God, stay off of the wayside and remain on the path so that the word cannot be taken out of my heart?

I did some digging into verses about “paths” and came across these (among others):

So you may walk in the way of goodness,
And keep to the paths of righteousness. Proverbs 2:20

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  Psalm 16:11

Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.  Psalm 119:35

I think the path is following the commandments of God, of which Jesus mentioned often. And, when asked what the greatest of these commandments were, said:

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-39

I think that those are the wayside are not giving their “all” to God – their heart, soul and mind. I think they’re holding back, and it makes them susceptible to  “then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts.”

Today I’m examining my heart, soul, and mind, and I’m making sure I’m loving God with ALL of me so that His word can plant itself in me and take root, and not be trampled on or devoured.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.

Hallee


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Today’s Word of Promise

Posted by Hallee on Apr 22, 2014 in Christian Faith, inspiration

lukeEveryday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today, I listened to Mark 14 through Luke 5.

The part that stood out to me today came from the first chapter of Luke.

In Luke 1:13-17, the Angel Gabriel told Zacharias, who was married to Elizabeth and both were “advanced in years”, that she would have a son and his name would be called John (the Baptist). Zacharias said:

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”

And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.” Luke 1:18-20

Then, the same angel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bare a son and that his name will be Jesus. And Mary said:

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:34-37

So, Zacharias said, “How can I know this?” and he was punished by Gabriel for his lack of faith. And, Mary said, “How can this be?” and she was rewarded with an answer. What was the difference?

I think it was in intent, for God knows our hearts. I think Zacharias intent with his question was to say, “I’m old. My wife is old. What you say will happen cannot be. How can I know this?”

I think Mary’s intent with her question was, “I am a virgin. What do you need me to do to get pregnant, because clearly there are logistics involved. I believe you, I just need to know ‘how’.”

I think Mary had faith, and Gabriel knew it. I think Zacharias had no faith, and Gabriel knew it. So while their questions might have sounded the same, their hearts were opposite.

Which tells me, it’s okay to question logistics when God has given you a task – as long as you understand that the logistics have already been handled and you keep the faith that God knows of what He asks you.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.

Hallee


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Today’s Word of Promise

Posted by Hallee on Apr 19, 2014 in Biblical womanhood, Christian Faith, holiness

markEveryday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today, I listened to Mark 5 through Mark 13.

The part that stood out to me today came from Mark 5:25-34:

Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”

But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”

And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.

Crowds were thronging around Jesus – likely pressing against him, pushing him, touching him.

Throng is defined as: a multitude of people crowded or assembled together; crowd.

A single woman among the throng touched his garment, and he felt it.

What made her touch so different from all of the others around Him? What made Him feel her touch more than someone who might have pushed against Him in the crowd?

He said it to her, “Your faith has made you well.”

How much more faith did she possess than the multitude around Him, desperate for Him to heal them? So much more that when she touched His garment, He felt the power go out of Him.

Christ has said in Matthew 17:20, “for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Is my faith strong enough that Christ would feel me touch His robe among the multitude? Would that single touch, fought for against the throng, heal me? I pray that my faith is that steadfast. I pray that God will be pleased with my faith.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today..

Hallee


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