100 Naturals Thyroid Rite (Advanced Thyroid Support)

As part of our daily lifestyle, my husband and I are so much involved in knowing and ingesting supplements that are formulated naturally that boosts our own health.  So when I received an email from 100Naturals marketing officer and asking if I was interested to do a product review for some of their products including 100 Naturals Thyroid Rite (Advanced Thyroid Support), which is now available in Amazon with a sale price of $35.00 plus free shipping of course I immediately agreed with my husband knowledge.  

Thyroid Rite

When we received the complimentary product, the first question I asked was, If Thyroid Rite, is also advisable to take by a person who doesn’t have any thyroid abnormalities?”

Which was verified immediately by 100Naturals personnel. Her responds to my inquiry was,

“Yes. The supplement can be taken by a person without any thyroid abnormality because it is an all-natural product it should not have any side effects. The supplement may improve the general health wellness.”

Same answered as what my husband told me.

In the research I made, Thyroid Rite was formulated with numerous herb powder like Schizandra, Ashwagandha Root, Bladderwrack, Cayenne Pepper, and kelp. Sounds unfamiliar?

What are the health benefits of these herbs?
Of course, aside of what the product labels says we also made personal research about the ingredients added to the supplement. The first herb powder that we looked to was the Schizandra.

Schizandra according to WebMed, is a plant. The fruit is used as food and also to make medicine. It is used as an “adaptogen” for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance.

What is Adaptogen herbs?

Adaptogen herbs is one of the most important groups of herbs to take into the 21st century. Adaptogens not only increase the resistance to the adverse effects of long-term stress yet the majority are also a tonic, immune-stimulating and increase general sense of well-being. A multitude of other actions also exist for individual adaptogenic herbs. (Cited: http://www.womenlivingnaturally.com)

Why are they called Adaptogens?
The reason for naming these herbs “Adaptogens” resulted from the scientific discovery, which proved their effectiveness in helping the human body to “adapt” or to “adjust” to strains and changes of daily living. By adapting to changes in the environment, mankind has survived. Scientific studies have shown that both humans and other organisms that are able to adapt best survive longer. In fact, these herbs have managed to survive harsh environments for centuries due to their unique composition of biologically active substances. (Source: http://www.adaptogens.org)

I know these are all healthy and overwhelming, we are just talking about Schizandra but do you know that this plant/herb classified as adaptogens are considered entirely safe, plus it increase the body’s non-specific resistance by providing valuable support to the human body in coping with the pressures placed on a wide range of its functions by both the internal and external environments; and, also this plant normalizes the functions of the bodily system and these are all according to Dr. Israel Brekhman. A highly decorated and internationally renowned scientist from the former Soviet Union.

The next on our list is the Ashwagandha root which is also known for having an adaptogenic benefits.

According to the Tillotson Institute, the root is used to strengthen the immune system, support the adrenal glands and nourish the thyroid glands. It also increases energy while also strengthening the nervous system. (Source: http://www.livestrong.com)

The medical researchers have been studying Ashwagandha for years with great interest and have completed more than 200 studies on the healing benefits of this botanical. Some key examples of the healing effects of Ashwagandha are: Protects the immune system, helps combat the effects of stress, improves learning, memory, and reaction time, reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness, helps reduce brain-cell degeneration, stabilizes blood sugar, helps lower cholesterol, offers anti-inflammatory benefits, contains anti-malarial properties and enhances sexual potency for both men and women. (See more at http://www.chopra.com)

The other herb powder in which this supplement was formulated is Bladderwrack. According to http://www.herbwisdom.com this herb is a form of kelp (seaweed or algae belonging to the order Laminariales) that has been used medicinally for centuries. The main use of the herb has been for the stimulation of the thyroid gland as a treatment for obesity and cellulite. The high iodine content of the herb stimulates thyroid function which boosts metabolism. Only, careful considerations are needed to practice before taking any supplements formulated with Bladderwrack for it has side effects.

Bladderwrack Side Effects
Iodine can help only for the type of hypothyroidism caused by iodine deficiency. If your iodine levels are not low, taking extra amounts of iodine may lead to hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Please, also understand that levels of iodine can vary widely among bladderwrack products. Bladderwrack extract preparations may worsen acne and decrease iron absorption. Finally, Bladderwrack like other sea plants, can concentrate toxic heavy metals such as arsenic from the surrounding sea water. One case of kidney failure was reported, because the bladderwrack product used contained a high heavy metal content. Some people use seaweeds as food. In general, the side effects of bladderwrack are mild or even unnoticeable at recommended dosages. (Read more: http://www.zhion.com)

My husband took Thyroid Rite for 10 days, two capsules a day as suggested. He said that while he was on it, his energy level was noticeably raised. But he immediately stopped, when we noticed a bruise in his biceps of unknown cause. Since he doesn’t have any thyroid problems, we just decided to keep this in our supplement cabinet. On my part, I am still breast feeding and my gutt told me that I don’t need it so its okay.

What about the Cayenne Pepper?
I grew up in a country ( Philippines) that is easy to grow and abundance of Cayenne Pepper. This kind of pepper is hot and very much spicy. But history showed that it has been used for a variety of ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever and diphtheria. (Source: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com)

Aside of these powerful adaptigenics herbs, Thyroid Rite also contains Five Essential Minerals: Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese and Molybdenum.

Besides of knowing our periodical table, we also need to know what are these minerals do to our bodies.

Magnesium: is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in your body. It provides energy, helps keep your cells healthy and strong and enables your cells to communicate with one another and enhance optimal functioning. Magnesium also helps regulate blood pressure, keeps your bones strong and prevents insulin resistance and migraine headaches.
While Zinc is critical for keeping your immune system strong. It fights infection, making you less likely to catch a cold or flu…(read more at http://www.self.com)

The other trace elements like copper, molybdenum, selenium and manganese are equally important in keeping our bodies healthy and functioning well. Copper prevents damage to cells due to its antioxidant action, and as a component of many enzymes it helps in production of energy from carbohydrates, protein and fat. While selenium is necessary for normal functioning of insulin, a hormone that maintains blood sugar levels. Manganese not only helps in the formation of enzymes, but is also necessary for their activation. It works as an antioxidant, helps develop bones and heals wounds by increasing collagen production. While molybdenum helps activate some enzymes and enables normal cell function.
As we always told to our clients, enjoy the goodness of nature with the tastes of life! Only everything in moderation.

 

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Green Coffee Bean Extract by Schwartz Bioresearch


My husband and I used the Green Coffee Bean Extract  (GCBE) for almost two (2) weeks with the purpose of cleansing our body and to boost our digestion.  We received a bottle of this product which was good for a month supply and contained 60 Veggie Capsules of this product  from SchwartzBioresearch as a complimentary item in exchange of unbiased testimonials from “Reviews with Lady”.  


Schwartz Bioresearch is a leading brand in 100% natural, pharmaceutical grade dietary supplements.  Right now, GCBE is offered at Amazon with a Sale price of $21.95 per bottle. 

Before our testimony, I would like to dissect all the health benefit GCBE offered.  First let me tell you the history of GCBE.  GCBE was extracted from Green Coffee Bean.

Green Coffee Beans are coffee beans that have not yet been roasted. The roasting process of coffee beans reduces amounts of the chemical Chlorogenic Acid. Therefore, green coffee beans have a higher level of Chlorogenic Acid compared to regular, roasted coffee beans. Chlorogenic Acid in green coffee is thought to have health benefits for heart disease, diabetes, weight loss, and others.  (Cited: http://www.webmd.com)

Health Diaries wrote, “Green coffee bean extract is taken from coffee beans that have not been roasted. The primary active compound of the extract is Chlorogenic acid. Roasting coffee beans greatly reduces the amount of Chlorogenic acid obtained from the coffee.”

Clearly, this extract came from a not have been roasted household-common source of morning drink which is the Green Coffee Bean.  Now what is this Chlorogenic Acid that have demonstrated many health benefits in scientific studies and has been said higher in percentage in Green Coffee Bean compared to a roasted coffee bean.

 

 

Chlorogenic Acid Define

According to wisegeek.org, “Chlorogenic Acid is a natural compound found in a wide array of plants. This polyphenol is an important intermediary compound in plant metabolism, and also has a broad range of antimicrobial properties. It is a phytochemical and antioxidant found in high concentrations in coffee, and it has been shown to be a tumor inhibitor. This chemical has also been found to inhibit the release of glucose into the blood and appears to help people lose weight.” 

Wow!  That is a jam-pack list of health benefits.   Aside that it offers an antimicrobial properties, it is also a phytochemical and an antioxidant.  Meaning it offers protection to someone’s body cells from the damaging effects of oxidation once ingested.  Can you believe that?

 

 

So how does GCBE aids in weight loss?

“Besides being a powerful antioxidant, recent studies have shown that chlorogenic acid helps to boost metabolism and increase the amount of weight loss in overweight individuals. The way that it works is Chlorogenic Acid suppresses an enzyme in the liver which slows down the release of glucose into the blood stream. Glucose is a substance that is normally converted into usable energy to keep the body functioning. When the body lacks a sufficient amount of glucose in the bloodstream, it begins to convert stored adipose fat into usable energy rather than glucose. The process of converting stored fat to energy naturally increases the body’s metabolism, thereby speeding up the fat burning process and increasing the amount of weight that can be lost.”  (Source:  http://greencoffeeextracts.com/chlorogenic-acid

According to a study published in March 2006 in “BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” daily supplementation of an extract prepared from green coffee beans reduced body fat and body weight in mice, as well as fat composition in the liver. The effect was similar in mice supplemented with isolated chlorogenic acids and caffeine, which suggests that these are the compounds responsible for the effect. Chlorogenic acids found in green coffee can be digested and absorbed by humans, which implies a similar availability as the extract.  (Cited: http://www.livestrong.com/article/296215-what-are-the-benefits-of-green-coffee/)

In response to the growing evidence of the value of chlorogenic acid, green coffee bean extracts, standardized to 50% chlorogenic acid, have been produced and sold has health products.  (http://www.itmonline.org/arts/chlorogenic.htm


Going Back to Our Story

 

My husband and I decided trying this Green Coffee Bean Extract and added it to our daily diet since, we are a brewed coffee lover and two we promote the goodness of nature with the tastes of life in our own family-small business called Herblend Teas Holistic Health & Wellness.  During the time we were ingesting this capsule, the first thing we noticed after several hours of taking it…the number of times we locked ourselves (of course individually) in the comfort room increased almost 3 times a day.   And one thing I can tell you all, right after the nature call I felt so relieved and my tummy was lighter than before and far from feeling “bloated” which for me was good.  

Photo Credit: Schwartz Bioresearch

Though, one thing I need to reiterate here please follow the suggested use which is take only 1 (one) veggie capsule twice a day.  Though I only took 1 (one) veggie capsule a day.   And, I had plenty of waters.  You don’t want to be dehydrated while using this product.  Another thing for best results take it 30 minutes before meal.  Mine, I was not good in timing so I had it sometimes 15 minutes before meal or after meal.  

 

Additional fact, I am breast feeding until now (we have an 11 months old beautiful-sweet baby girl).  So I recommend this to mom’s who wanted to boost their metabolism, but as I always said it depends upon your conviction.  I stopped taking this product when we noticed that our daughter’s dirty diaper changed increased.  

 

Reviews with Lady” would like to give special thanks to the following:
Tomoson which connected us to Schwartz Bioresearch.  


Disclaimer: As applies to every review, all reports will be unbiased. We do not accept bribes and will give an honest, thorough overview of what consumers can expect from your company. All articles and reviews published by Reviews with Lady was not written to attack anyone specifically people involved in the business but to offer a perspective and opinion to edify, give awareness and a suggestion for the improvement of the products and existing services. Reviews with Lady deserves the right to modify and make alterations to the published reviews as supported by factual and Reviews with Lady’s team experiences.  

 

 

Discover the Secret to Blast Fat! Speed Jump Rope Review

Discover the Secret to Blasting Fat!
SET NEW PRs WITH THE FAST SPEED CABLE JUMP ROPE

Check Out The Benefits Of This Revolutionary Jump Rope Below!

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– Short intense Jump Rope circuits are an effective way to burn both during and POST WORKOUT
– Just 10 mins of jump roping can provide the same calorie burn as 30 mins of slow cardio
– Perfect for beginners, WOD’s, Cross Fitness Training, Boxing, MMA Training and Much More!
Are you an athlete? Are you a boxer? Or does your fitness program involve some endurance training?
For an athlete, it’s always about improving; doing better than the last time. That is why you always need have the following core objectives of exercise in mind;
• Improving your cardiovascular health by encouraging more heart activity
• Optimizing physical as well as mental endurance, both for athletes and non-athletes
• Keeping your weight in check; keeping in shape while steering clear of weight problems.
Using a jump rope is one of the most effective ways of exercise, both for serious athletes and regular work-out enthusiasts.
Perfect for busy people that want to be more fit, beginner enthusiasts, WOD’s, Cross Fitness Training, Boxing, MMA Training and Much More! !
With ball bearings are meant to increase the number of revolutions per minute, this is the ideal rope if you need to achieve double and triple unders, as well as best PRs in your workout.The Jump Rope comes with refreshingly new features, including:• Unlike other ropes which have cheap plastic ball bearings, this has 4 high-grade metal ball bearings, which promote faster turning of the rope and longer durability.
• The rope is also very light, making it easy for beginners to use
• The cable is 10ft long, and adjustable to be used by people of different heights
• With the rope, you also get a free nylon bag to carry it in.
This comes with a limited lifetime manufacturer guarantee.

Here is the proof that this works:


 

 

Body Merry, “Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream Review”

I received Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream as a complimentary gift from Body Merry.  

 

Body Merry Cellulite Defense Cream

Product Description 

 

Combat cellulite with our unique Caffeine + Retinol + Seaweed formula. This gel-cream has a strong caffeine content with the optimum level of retinol (0.4%), as recommended by experts. For good measure, we’ve also added potent natural and organic ingredients such as algae extract, kelp, coconut oil, japanese green tea leaf extract and cayenne. Like all our products, it is free from harsh chemicals such as parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

The gel-cream consistency is designed to spread over large areas and it absorbs quickly into your skin. The cream is infused with a refreshing 100% natural ‘mint – green tea – lime’ fragrance, that barely leaves a trace once fully absorbed.

In a nutshell, Body Merry’s Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream is your ticket to visibly reducing the appearance of unwanted bumps and lumps and getting skin that feels and looks tighter, smoother and younger!

Product Experience


The first time I used and applied this to my skin, I experienced a slight and quick burning sensation all over the skin area I applied it specifically my face.  Yes I tried using the cream to my face and after a minute, the burning sensation I felt in the surface of my skin was replaced with refreshing effect that made my skin and even the muscles under it relaxed.  I also used this in the area in which unwanted bumps and lumps were present and that was my stretch mark.  Looking in my stretch mark now, I can say that it became more tighter and the darkened spots were lightened of course with the help of  Body merry Stretch Marks Cream – For Prevention and Reduction of Old and New Stretch Marks & Scars


Also, we used this cream for massage.  At first my husband doesn’t like the burning sensation when I first applied it to him as a massage cream but he started liking it when he felt that his skin became refreshed and relax.

The only thing about this cream, be sure not to apply this in your eyes or the skin surrounding your eyes for you will not like the burning sensation that may irritate your eyes.

So far so good, we love this cream and we recommend that you will get it for your entire family used.

“Reviews with Lady” would like to give special thanks to the following:
Tomoson which connected us to 
Body Merry

Disclaimer:  As applies to every review, all reports will be unbiased.  We do not accept bribes and will give an honest, thorough overview of what consumers can expect from your company. All articles and reviews published by Reviews with Lady was not written to attack anyone specifically people involved in the business but to offer a perspective and opinion to edify, give awareness and a suggestion for the improvement of the products and existing services.  Reviews with Lady deserves the right to modify and make alterations to the published reviews as supported by factual and Reviews with Lady’s team experiences.

 

Summit Nutritions, 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate Review

My husband and I are both love to drink protein shake so when Summit Nutrition’s offered a product review in exchange of a free samples of “Pure Whey Protein Isolate” “Reviews with Lady” joined in.

Summit Nutrition’s is a manufacturer of the premium quality natural dietary supplements.  

 

Photo Credit: Summit Nutrition’s

The kind of complimentary Whey Protein that was shipped to us were Lactose Free, Non-GMO, and Certified Kosher. This kind of protein powder is No Cholesterol, No Lactose, No Whey Concentrate, No Dextrose, No Maltodextrin, No Ion Exchange Whey and No Fat, No Sugar, and Low in Sodium. One more thing,  it is Free from Fillers or Excipients, Free from banned substances, and No hidden ingredients.


It is naturally flavored. Our free samples were naturally flavored Alpine Vanilla.  But you can get yours at Amazon.  Curretly, its sale price is $7.99 ($4.00 / Pound) & FREE Shipping for pack of three (3)


One thing that I love about this Pure Whey Protein, it is easy to make. Just mixed it with any of your favorite beverage drink and Voila, shake for a matter of 25-30 seconds and its ready to drink. I mixed mine with whole milk, at first it tasted like our daughter’s formula milk but the more I drink it the more I was liking the taste plus it boost my energy level.


Tip: Make sure to shake it well once mixed with your favorite beverage drink to prevent the occurrence of lumps. Happy drinking.

 

“Reviews with Lady” would like to give special thanks to the following:
Tomoson which connected us to  Summit Nutrition’s.

  

Disclaimer:
 As applies to every review, all reports will be unbiased. We do not accept bribes and will give an honest, thorough overview of what consumers can expect from your company. All articles and reviews published by Reviews with Lady was not written to attack anyone specifically people involved in the business but to offer a perspective and opinion to edify, give awareness and a suggestion for the improvement of the products and existing services. Reviews with Lady deserves the right to modify and make alterations to the published reviews as supported by factual and Reviews with Lady’s team experiences.  

Sun’n’Fun Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen for Kids

Re-published:

Our daughter, even my husband and I are enjoying our KIDS Sun’n’Fun Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 from Sweetsation Therapy.

Abigail, having fun outdoor with Sun’n’Fun

We received this sunscreen as a complimentary product for review and is currently being sold online at Amazon.com

Whenever we need to enjoy the beauty of the environment and doing some outdoor activities, all we need to do is to squeeze our Kids Sun’n’Fun sunscreen with SPF 30, apply it generously to our skin and Voila, no worries from damaging effect of the long and short ultraviolet rays from the sun.

In fact, our daughter always love to carry the colorfully designed tube with her and you can’t just take it away from her.  Mind you , she will cry.  She loves it.

I’m ready to go now with my Sun’n’Fun Kids Sunscreen

Another good thing about this KIDS Sun’n’Fun Suncreen, it was formulated specially for the Kiddos.  It is Light and non-greasy, it moisturize well, plus with hydrating benefits for the skin, and it is also soothing for kids delicate skin.

It is not just a baby sun screen, it’s a state of the art skin care pampering treatment – with sun screen. Water resistant. It’s been designed with delicate and sensitive baby’s skin in mind and addresses not only protection from the harmful UVA and UVB sun rays but also helps to care for dry skin and eczema while hydrating and soothing. PABA-Free, chemical-free mineral based (NON-NANO) hydrating and moisturizing Sunblock SPF30+ provides high UV protection for your baby. Organic Marshmallow, Grapeseed and Raspberry rich with vitamin C and antioxidants fights skin damage and cellular oxidation ( that are causes of aging. Yes, aging starts the day we are born), caused by excessive free radical activity. It also contains excellent anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea, thought to be 200 times more powerful than vitamin E for neutralizing free radicals and has a protective role to play here as well. Kelp and Cucumber contain abundant non-essential and essential amino acids and are highly moisturizing, soothing and hydrating. Rosehip oil, rich in Omega-3,6 and 9 Fatty Acids, Vitamins C, E, and Lycopene promotes healing and nourishing, leaving skin glowing and healthy looking. Tamanu oil contributes to the formula with it’s strong anti-inflammatory properties and helps with dry skin and eczema. Combination of Cocoa and a hint of Vanilla create that yummy chocolate scent, that’s achieved naturally, as well as have moisturizing and healing properties. 

This product was created for babies but grown-up friends can use it too.  It’s highly addictive.

Baby Wash, A Parallel Story

Our only daughter Abigail suddenly became afraid of having a bath which was unlikely of her.   From being excited in soaking her feet into the water just by herself during bath time, she turned to being fearful even if I accompanied her.   And this attitude of her made me evaluate where she was coming from.

Abigail being playful


Back then…
We are aware that some of the baby products that are readily available in the market are formulated with irritating chemicals that might harm our daughter’s delicate skin so even before she was born, her Daddy (Joshua) and I ordered through online an organic and non-toxic baby wash just for her use.  These products were naturally grown and produced in  the Philippines then shipped in the USA.

When she started using the products that we specially got for her,  we didn’t notice any problems while she was on it and we were happy about the results because our baby was happy too.   But when she was run-out of supply of her organic baby wash, we started using the non-organic baby wash we received for her during the baby shower.   On our mind,  it was not practical to waste all those things.  Besides, it will take us a matter of 3 days or more for us to receive her organic baby wash.   We also justified our reasoning with the mentality of saving some dollars, plus the thinking that it was just for temporary use overcame our convictions.   We thought all will be good.  But the temporary thing became a practice, it became a habit and later on became part of our nature.   Every time we went outside, we made sure we shopped the same baby wash for her.  The one that was cheaper, the one that wasn’t organic, the one that was easy to get with, and the one that has harmful chemicals.

One day, when I was giving her a bath I confidently applied the non-organic baby wash all over her head (since she was using it for a while without irritating her eyes) but to my dismayed, it suddenly irritates her eyes, and made her cry.   Her eyes down to her cheek were so red.   From then on, it was hard for me to give her a bath.

I became concerned about our daughter’s attitude and that led me to mentioned it to Joshua.   It wasn’t a big issue but if it will remain unresolved, it will lead us facing an unhappy baby bath time which of course we can’t prolong any longer.    The pattern needs to break.

A Parallel Story

Repeating the same pattern in dealing with life circumstances

Let me put into words that I love our families (both sides).  But if the immediate families’ words is adding pressure to the decision of the husband and wife and  it is affecting the foundation of what you believe in together, without setting a boundary, in the long run it might cause the marriage to compromise.

But on the other hand,  in our family, we believe that God is using every circumstances for an individual or a family to grow, to be matured, and to transformed the  characters to what is pleasing to Him.   So whether good or bad circumstances, our main motivation is to always be prayerful, and thankful.

When Joshua and I got married, we started living in a small room and being with the immediate family.  I will say I was comfortable being with him living in a small room, but what I wasn’t used to was living together with the immediate family.  Before I got married, I was renting my own space, living independently by myself without anybody minding my own business, unless I’d asked for a solicited advice.

So imagine the scenario in which we got used with.  That time, it wasn’t easy for us to apply major  decisions whenever we wanted to.   We need to consider all the variables.  And because of that, we became fearful in facing what life was outside the box or the comfort zone we were in.   We both know that it was for our betterment to have our own place and independently manage our own family.  But the circumstances we were in haunted us with the  thought of,  “what if  “we can’t pay the bills?”  

The desire of moving out and having our own place were enormous, but the courage in doing it was not whole.   It was there, but wasn’t firm.  It was easily shaken by words of worries.   To the point that we just kept on praying that God will provide a place for us to move, planning, and allocating money, but it just stopped there as in period.   Instead of us focusing on what God can do for us, if we responded in faith, what happened was we focused on the circumstances we were in, and it overcame us, and we just settled with it and were thankful for what we had.   It doesn’t make sense right?  It doesn’t align with the word of God in James 2:17 which says, Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

In our minds, it was just a temporary thing, it wasn’t yet the right time.  Againthe temporary thing became a practice, it became a habit and later on became part of our nature.   The thing was we started compromising by not immediately responding in faith and applying God’s design and principle for marriage that was the leave and cleave principle.  And knowing God, His words never change.  His words are constant and direct.   Genesis 2:24 NASB For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

Warren Buffet said, ” chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”   And this was true in us.  In fact what had happened was, we lived by sight and not by faith.   We became used with what was easy to grabbed.

 
But what God was teaching us while we were in that circumstances?   

On my part, God knows that I was thankful to Him that we were living with a family that was there for us 24/7 to help us with our immediate needs but at the same time I became unhappy that I wasn’t able to experience the freedom of being married and living independently.  I started to become bitter, doubtful of the future, and restless.  I started comparing my capacity in making decisions when I was single versus when I got married.   There was no peace.   I even questioned my husband’s ability in executing firm decisions for our family, which was totally wrong and disrespectful of me.   But in the midst of those circumstances, we didn’t adapt the “under the rug”  way of facing marital issues.   In fact through those circumstances, God made us more united.  How?

  • We learned that we can’t face issues together and with a proud hearts-but only with a humble hearts and with God.   This means apologizing with each other and presenting to God all of our concerns through praying.  In doing this we acknowledge that God is Sovereign and powerful enough.  That He is in control of our marital concerns including having our own place.    
         Isaiah 55:9 (NLT)
For
just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher
than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts
.

 

  •  We learned to be thankful for who God is and for what he is doing in our family and what He is going to do.   Yes sometimes it doesn’t make sense, but one thing is for sure: Joshua and I both knew that He knows what He was doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT)
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
  • We learned to appreciate the kindness and concerns of our immediate family for us.   Why because we believe that God loves us so much that it was His way of protecting us, and of showing how He loves us.
John 3:16 (NLT)
“For
God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
  • We learned that there were so much to changed in our characters mostly on my part.  Through that I learned that I was human and still human (Haha).  That I had a tendency to be ugly whenever my faith was being stretched.  Whenever God wanted me to wait, I had a capacity to be impatient and because of that He showed to me that there was more to improve about myself and to repent.  He used those circumstances for us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds in Christ Jesus.  Why did God allow those circumstances? Simply because God is Holy.
1 Peter 1:16 (NLT)
For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

I am thankful to God that my husband never gave up on me.  He remained patient to my impatience.   He didn’t surrendered when I was getting tired of lifting our marriage flag. His responds to all of my reactions was a foreshadowing of God’s love for me being an impatient wife.

Breaking unhealthy pattern 

  • Admit that change is needed
  • You’re not in control but you are in charge.  We acknowledge that we are responsible for our family but we are not in control of the circumstances.
  • Be thankful, stop grumbling
  • Appreciate People.  Through them God reminded us that He love us.
  • Apply the learning.    Stop reacting.  Respond in God’s principle.

 

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NLT)

22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Today, we are happy renting an apartment by ourselves and managing our own family.   Plus Abigail is not afraid of having a bath, she has a new baby wash.