Christine Duncan

Precepts & Life Preservers

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It’s Been A While… And a Book Review, Too.

I know, I know. It’s been a minute.

The last time you heard from me, I was figuring out what recovery from Lyme was going to look like. And what I might even do with the blog and the writing once recovery was done.

Let’s just say, God knew exactly what He was doing when He asked me to enter into His season of waiting and rest. Because it turns out that the process would feel more like a battle than a healing for the last year and a half.

Not only that but in the shift of priorities, self-care, and physical recovery, I could feel the pull of starting fresh, being given a new lease, and as lovely as that seemed, it also felt like pressure.

Once the waiting was over, who was I even going to be? And what would He have me do?

Turns out, before revealing any plans, He’d prompt me to take this time to start making some personal changes, and teach me how to heal in many ways.

One of those ways was how I was to start looking at food. Food as a tool, not an escape. Food as connection, not isolation. Food as a blessing, instead of a badge of shame or defeat.

And that, my friends, is where my first book review in FOREVER AND A DAY comes in.

With perfect timing, just as I’m feeling overwhelmed at changing my food regime, a sweet friend places a book in my hands and asks me to maybe say a few words about it if its message and author resonate with me at all.

Friends, on almost every page was the guidance, truth, council, and testimony for the kind of relationship we all need to have with food, with ourselves, and with the Good Father.

The book is The Living Diet: A Christian Journey to Joyful Eating, the author is Martha Tatarnic, priest and pastor, wife and mom, and a home-gown Canadian. But most importantly, as you turn each page and underline yet another paragraph, you come to understand she really is adept at communicating “why Jesus chose food to build community and reveal the love of God.”

In a world that loves to profit off of being at war with our bodies, Tatarnic’s message boils down to our intention towards ourselves and food, how poorly we use it, worship it, think about it, abuse it, and waste it.
And then gives us the good news, that there are simple yet powerful ways to stop obsessing and to start utilizing all the ways God has created for us to enjoy our relationship with food.

As I read each chapter, I started to get a much different picture of what food could represent, and how God has designed us to experience freedom in regards to it. And joy. Peace. Community too.

I turned the last page knowing I had been armed with an attitude shift, a healthier perspective, and small but practical approaches to being more intentional about how food belongs in relationship between God, others, and myself.

Armed, I tell you. Equipped. So encouraged.

I know this message will really resonate with many of you. This beautiful book feeds the soul as well as the belly, and I can’t recommend it enough.

I will list all the necessary links below if you’re interested in knowing more, and I send a big thank you to Martha for bravely putting her journey into words for the rest of us. If you’ve had a similar experience with this book, be sure to let her know right here on FB!

Book Website

Expect ~ Five Minute Friday

#FiveMinuteFriday - Expect!

Yay! It’s another #FiveMinuteFriday and I’m so glad to see you here! The #fmf is when we write for only five minutes freely based on a prompt, but when 5 minutes is up, we stop. If you’d like to know more, please visit the linkup and website HERE.

{And…. go!}

I think it’s uncanny that here we are smack dab in the middle of 2017 and our #FiveMinuteFriday prompt is the word ‘Expect’.

I chuckled hard and gave a sigh.

*Expect* was my One Word for 2017 and I feel a nudge to give an account of just what God was implying when I had felt the Spirit press this word into my heart six months ago.

I’ll be honest and say right now that I had a very instant, surface, and selfish view of this word. It felt loaded with possibility, blessing, fun surprises, even arrival.

But here we are in June and He has busted open my definition of what to expect from my yearly theme, the nice little tidy box I had encased in it, and then stomped that box to smithereens so I could never put it back, even if I wanted to.

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The Life We Find Ourselves In

I’m so blessed to be able to start a new week here on the blog with words from our good friend Abby Breuklander. Abby has words of so much hope and restoration, and as I read her words for myself, I nearly wept. It’s my joy to share them with you, and as you read, I pray her journey into restoration will inspire and bless! Thanks, Abby, for spilling your heart out in words once again, so that we can reap the same joy. 

When We Find Ourselves in the Hard Seasons of Life We Have This Promise

“And I will restore to you the years the locust hath eaten.”   Joel 2:25

It just amazes me that something as small and innocent looking as a grasshopper could be so devastatingly destructive. But if you have a swarm of these little guys, look out!  Devastation as far as the eye can see. I can almost imagine what the Israelites were thinking, everything gone just like that. Life as you knew it over in the blink of an eye.

Isn’t that how life goes for us sometimes? One moment the sun is shining and the next you’re picking yourself up of the ground after the twister. Numbly staring around trying to piece together what just happened.

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