Jesus Is My Confidante: Podcast

The first episode of Simply Free is here!!!

I’m so blessed and excited to be sharing this with you all! I’ve poured my heart and soul into this project and hope and pray that someone out there is blessed from it too.

As I’ve stated just about everywhere else, if you have any topics or questions you would like me to answer, feel free to leave it in the comments below.

Now go live like you’re loved (because you are)!

 

*update

Ok, so I’m finally feeling inspired to start another project (or two or three…) and I am so excited! I can’t wait to share all my new content with you guys!

I’ve been thinking over exactly what I want to do and create and have come up with these ideas:

*Podcast It. is. time. I’ve been wanting to start a vlog channel, but that’s so much more detailed and time-consuming so for the moment, I’m going to aim for podcasts. My thoughts for it right now are just conversational style, updates on my oh-so-interesting life 😉 and whatever encouraging things the Lord has been teaching me. I’m also double majoring in counseling so there’s bound to be some bits of advice thrown in there somewhere. It’s a grand jumble of ideas right now, but I’ll smooth things out as I go along. If you have any questions or topic ideas that you would like me to cover, fantastic! Send them my way 🙂

*Book (and more audio content!) For those of you who don’t know, I’m also a literary fiction writer in my free time, but I long to leave my 9-5 and go completely freelance. I have so many projects whirling around in my mind and there just aren’t enough hours in the day it seems. If you’re interested my author site is here. There are a few blog posts and writing excerpts and that’s also where the new book will be posted. Each week, I’ll record the audio for the portion I’m releasing and at the end of the series, the typewritten version with be available for download. (There’s also a possibility of getting a limited edition hard copy with illustrations done by yours truly. And a giveaway–Etsy prints anyone?)

All that being said, I will be quite busy these upcoming weeks so be on the lookout for those podcasts here and more information about the book itself on my other site over there.

God bless, everybody! Much love!

#simplyplants

I’ve been struggling with this for a long time. Well, maybe struggling isn’t the word…debating? It was always just a little twinge in my heart that I didn’t want to open up and discover. I wanted to continue on in my ignorance. And if I know anything, I know that’s not right. That’s not God’s way. We are to search thing out to see if they are true. () We are to pay attention to our convictions, no matter how “little and insignificant” they seem. It’s the little things that plant the seeds that root the much bigger issues. So this past week, I finally started looking at the facts again and coming to my own conclusion. (Which I pray and hope is Spirit-led. I believe that’s why I’m here today…)

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Luke 16:10

Veganism.

No, I’m not crazy. I’m not a wacko or a hippie, tree hugging, eco-sensitive flower child. Yet. (I jest! But do I? Yes, I do.)

I will admit to being a little bit of a free spirit. And I’m drawn to a lot of things that were popularized by hippies in the 60s, but I also see their flaws. I see the gaps in their worldview. Because they, like everyone else, needed– needs Jesus.

On an earth that has traveled to the moon
I still see so much wrong
And I don’t need to look far
Times are coming when you won’t have any food
And I know for sure that your money won’t get you very far

Oh, oh the world needs Jesus
~Malcolm & Alwyn, The World Needs Jesus

But, to get back on topic:

Plants vs Meat

Actually, it’s not even really that…And that’s exactly what I’ve been coming to terms with. It’s not “plants vs meat”, it’s a matter of ethics. Humanity vs Cruelty. I have no problems with eating eggs that came from properly cared for chickens or eating meat that was slaughtered in a caring and humane way. It’s the factories that I’m against. The mass-produced, the hormone bloated, disease-ridden factory farmed animal products. The callousness that is prevalent. The abuse that is recorded. It is not godly. It is not God-glorifying. And I cannot consciously be a part of supporting that any longer.

I don’t feel like getting all scientific and technical today, but there is plenty of information out there for you to do your own research to test and see if what I’m saying is true. Studies have proven that our bodies can run even more efficiently on a vegan diet and we all know how many health problems the United States is overwhelmed with right now simply because of diet. So not only will this be beneficial for my mind and my conscience’s sake, it will be good for my body too.

Now let’s tackle some questions:

We’re not under the law anymore. We’re free to eat whatever we choose. Isn’t that what Peter’s vision was all about? So why make such a fuss?

-If you know anything about me or have even read the name my blog, you should know I am all about freedom in Christ! However, not only is that not what the passage (Acts 10:9-16) is about, the Word never contradicts itself. And in Proverbs 12:10 it explicitly states, “Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.” There’s also the story of Balaam and the donkey in Numbers 22 and verses in Ecclesiastes 3:9+Exodus23:5+Deuteronomy 25:4 and more. We know our Heavenly Father cares for the wellbeing of His creation, man and beast, and we should too. We should be good stewards of the creation He has left in our care. Again, it is not sinful to eat meat. It is sinful (unrighteous) to flippantly disregard life, whether animal or human.

What about protein?!?!?!

-This is the first thing anyone ever asks me. Why is everyone so concerned? Again, statistics have proven that not only do we reach our protein “goal” on a daily basis as American Meat-eaters, we exceed it. That being said, there are plenty of protein-rich plant-based foods out there just waiting to be enjoyed. And I’m fairly certain everyone would agree that most of us don’t eat enough vegetables. We should be more concerned about the vitamin deficiencies we’re prone to, not protein deficiency.

*On a side note, there are so many generally vegetarian/vegan cultures out there that don’t have a choice economically to indulge in meats or culturally desire to. And most of those people groups are much healthier and live much longer than we do, with our high cholesterol+sedentary lifestyles.

If you have any other questions popping up in your mind, feel free to leave them down below! I’d love to talk this out with anyone willing to care and share. ♥