Greetings!  Welcome to my blog, Becoming Holy and Whole.  I’d like to introduce myself and give you a bit of background.  My name is Christine and I’m a wife and mom who is coming to the end of our eleven years of homeschooling.  I’ve been praying (and trying to listen patiently, but I’m not good at the patiently part) about what God wants me to do in the next stage of life.  So far though, the sense I’ve gotten is “wait”.  I’ve struggled with this because I’m the type of person that feels like I need to be ‘doing’ to be of value (not good, I know, but I’ll get to that later in this introduction).  But God has been teaching me many lessons over these last several months as I anticipate what my immediate future holds.

Over the years, God has grown me through many struggles.  I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and ulcerative colitis.  The mental health aspect has actually probably been the most challenging of all my health issues.  These disorders have manifested themselves in many, many ways and have been going on since childhood.  I’ve been on medication for years (which I believe to be a gift from God).  I’m only just now learning, by God’s grace, how to deal with some of these challenges aside from the medication, and I truly feel that understanding how God intends us to live this life in our thought process and what we put into, and do with our bodies (diet and exercise) can be a huge step to healing.    It truly has been a long road but I’m seeing some progress in many aspects.  All glory to God!

This blog is intended to be an outlet that will hopefully help some others on their spiritual and health journeys.  I’ll be addressing life’s struggles as they come up or, sometimes, things that I have struggled with in the past that God is teaching me specific lessons about.  These would include things about my identity in Christ (I’m a daughter of the great High King Jesus), how to live out that identity (I can live in freedom instead of the bondage of the lies that Satan throws at me daily), and I can make choices each day that help my spiritual and physical well being (quiet time, diet, exercise, etc.).

I loosely follow (at the moment) the Trim Healthy Mama plan.  I hope in the future, as I figure out more and more about it and what my go-to recipes are, I’ll be able to incorporate more and more of these methods and recipes into my every day living.  And I’d like to take you along on my journey.  (See my post about THM here)

I also do a short strength training workout most weekday mornings (which I very much dislike but know is good for me and I like the results, even in only about 10 minutes a day) and try to walk….a lot!  Taking walks is one of my hubby and I’s favorite things to do together.  We talk, hash out our day, laugh, connect AND get exercise.

I tell you all this to let you in on my daily life and coping mechanisms as I continue to try to learn what God is trying to teach me.  I’m not trying to sell you on anything (as far as workout methods and eating plans) but I will be coming at it from the point of views I state above.  See it as ideas on things you might try.

So, if you ever feel unloved, unwanted, too much and at the same time too little, not good enough, to far gone to be saved by Jesus, lonely, unhealthy, depressed, anxious, obsessive, a pain in the rear to those around you, and insert-whatever-other-lies-are-in-your-brain-here, then this place is for you!  Join me and others who are already along for the ride.

Feel free to request to be a part of our already growing Facebook group called by the same name (Becoming Holy and Whole) and also follow me on Instagram, also by the same name.  In the Facebook group, we do health challenges, product spotlights, recipe spotlights, encourage each other and hold each other accountable.  On Instagram, you can see when new blog posts are going up, quick posts or stories on what I’m eating and why (you can also see that here sometimes) and more.

Feel free to check out the posts already here on the blog.  It’s still in it’s infancy but I hope to see where God takes this.  I just want to help others who may be struggling with many things that many women tend to struggle with.  I don’t claim to be an expert, just a God-Girl trying to live a life of worship.  Will you walk along with me?  Please follow in the sidebar at right and lets take a walk!