Sunday, September 21, 2014

Spiritual Journeys: Learn, Live & Sow Honor

Today launches a new monthly feature--Spiritual Journeys. Through various methods (videos, book reviews, personal writings, articles, interviews, etc.), we will explore the path to faith. We will share knowledge and wisdom gained through life experience to encourage others.

Spiritual Journeys seeks to illuminate the way for those who are out there searching and for those who have lost their way. Your input is crucial. Spiritual Journeys and every post on Feasting on the Divine is open for a two-way conversation. Use the comment sections to join in. Need a little more privacy? Email me.


Welcome to our guest: Author, Mentor, Speaker and Teacher Zari Banks! Zari is the author of over 10 books, teacher of numerous spiritual growth courses and the editor or assistant publisher of more than 15 other books. She loves to learn, and she has a heart for children and single parents.


Please relax and enjoy today's teaching on Honor:


Scripture References: 1 Samuel 2 & Mark 12




Thank you, Zari!











Monday, September 15, 2014

Inspiration from T. D. Jakes

In June, I posted the following on my Facebook page:


We are conditioned to think the "promised" or "abundant" life referenced in God's Word is about monetary gain.  Although financial security is a part of that life, it is so much more!

The promised abundant life I'm enjoying and nurturing each day (to the best of my ability) involves peace of mind, good health for my family, friends and myself. My life is filled with laughter, fellowship with lovers of God, the blessing to share love and time by serving others. I rejoice because I can go to bed and wake up knowing all my needs are met! You see I've HAD a Paul-season! *wink* (Philipians 4:12 AMP)

The promised and abundant life is available to EVERYONE and God's promises are shared in His Word!  It may take us a while to discover them as I share in After the Sixth: Notes from a Spiritual Journey, but when we're ready, they are there for us to learn, embrace and see them manifest in our lives!

So what is the "work" you ask? It may be different for you. My work includes/included healing soul wounds (deep work there), forgiving, studying God's word, seeking God through prayer/worship/meditation for His guidance and instructions for my life. I took some spiritual growth courses that have changed my life! And on that one day of rest? It's not really rest.  Spend time praising your Father! Thanking Him!

Now these are just the thoughts and opinions of one person. This is how I feast on God's divine Word. Again, your experience may be different, but I do pray you HAVE an experience and taste and see that the Lord is good!! 

*check out Cycle of Blessing

Monday, September 8, 2014

Getting Out of the Gym: Workout Alternatives

Today is cardio day! I'm headed to the gym shortly. Actually, it is a beautiful day outside, and I could walk around the neighborhood but to the gym it is!

This leads to today's topic--workout alternatives. Honestly, with the fall temps moving in, I will strive to do more outdoor activities. However, what are some other workouts I can incorporate?

Yes, the #fitlife journey is fun and makes me feel great. Now I'm looking for some new ways to stay active. Zumba is on my list. Enjoyed it in the past!


I've recently started thinking about yoga. (Now that I know it's not just for skinny people. just being honest about my past ignorance. lol)


Your help is much appreciated. What are you doing to stay fit? I welcome your suggestions on some new alternatives. Thank you! Oh and any yoga fans with suggestions for beginners?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Latin Burgers

Welcome to the first installment of Tasty Tuesday! I'll showcase a recipe I've tried and loved. Let's feast!

Latin Burgers with Caramelized Onion and Jalapeno Relish and Red Pepper Mayonnaise 


Courtesy of the Cooking Channel ~ Click here for recipe.
A small party in your mouth! Es muy delicisio! Rachel Ray taught me to view recipes as foundations. You can substitute ground chicken or turkey. I've tried both. Onion rolls and portabello mushroom caps instead of hamburger buns. Experiment and let me know what you think. Oh! Try the mayo on sandwiches! Also, the relish is a great topping for other dishes. 






Monday, September 1, 2014

Book Review: Rethinking Green Smoothies

If you would have asked me a few months ago to drink a green smoothie, the answer would have been no. Really? Who can get pass the color?

Fast forward  to July and I'm introduced to JJ Smith, the name behind the New York Times Best Seller 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. My coworker tells me how great she feels and her weight loss has jump started. Over on the Facebook page, there are even more testimonies and pictures attributed to the Green Smoothie cleanse.
Courtesy of JJSmithOnline
Ms. Smith believes "the first step in losing weight is detoxification" which is the premise of the book, and the main reason why I decided to try it. Here are other claims stated on her website:

The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse will help you:

      • Lose 10-15 pounds in 10 days
      • Get rid of stubborn body fat, including belly fat
      • Drop pounds and inches fast, without grueling workouts
      • Learn to live a healthier lifestyle of detoxing and healthy eating
      • Help your body naturally crave healthy foods so you never have to diet again
      • Receive over 100 green smoothie recipes for various health conditions and goals

So what do I have to say about all these claims and hundreds of people singing its praises? They were right! Wow! My energy levels went through the roof--not a jittery high or anything but natural energy. I'm a Ben & Jerry's fanatic but I haven't craved sugar since ending the cleanse approximately one week ago. My endurance during my workouts is awesome. Okay I've shared this pic everywhere. Lol I was doing 1-3 miles before the cleanse. Look at the display now:
Yep! That's 6.01 miles.
The book contains the specific recipes and shopping list for the 10-day plan and then tons of education to help you foster a healthy lifestyle. You'll really enjoy the smoothie recipes for health conditions and goals. No, I didn't lose into the double digits, and it wasn't my goal either. I feel invigorated and have a new perspective on healthy eating!

Get the book! Try it and come to your own conclusion.