Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What My Faith Has Taught Me

I’ve decided to take part in a monthly series called Writeous Reflections which is hosted by Yulunda of Y I’m Writeous and Bijee of The Reflections of a Good Woman. Each month we’ll reflect on a different prompt provided by these dynamic women and gifted bloggers!



Dear Trinka:

I thought I’d reach back and share a few things with you. First of all, you’re adorable! That smile and those chubby cheeks—you are a doll! In later years, I really needed your fun-loving spirit to remind me of the beauty of life. Alas, I could not connect with you. I’m sure the moments of darkness and turmoil forced you into a hiding place. I don’t blame you at all! 

Trinka, I do want to thank you though. Thank you for holding on—for being strong when you didn’t know what strength was. You were always reaching out to others to help, help, help. Always trying to understand which lead to your career in counseling, I’m sure.  However, truth be told, you were seeking to understand yourself by looking at others. I know that now. Spoiler alert: It didn’t work! But it does get better! 

Getting back to the reason why I’m writing to you today. Your little heart is going to bubble with joy when I tell you what faith has taught me. It’s a wonderful word! Hold on! You don’t have to run to a dictionary. I remember your insatiable curiosity for words and reading. At Sylvester Elementary, you probably visited the huge dictionary in the library every day. The one with its own special stand? Anyway, faith, according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, is defined as strong belief in the existence of God. The Bible says faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. It’s in Hebrews 11.


Faith, oh Trinka… It’s going to save you! Faith makes you free. Free from worry and most importantly for you, free from self-reliance. You will not be able to do it all on your own. Please please keep that in mind. Faith has taught me our power, identity, joy, peace and strength are found in God. Oh, I want to warn you about a particular part of your journey where you will lose your confidence. It will be damaged for years, but when you get the opportunity to learn about and increase your faith, Trinka grab onto it for life! Faith is going to restore you--mind, body, and soul. Your confidence will be connected to God, and He’s going to use so many ways—girl, I mean a hundred umpteen million ways—to show you His love for you. It’s so good!! 

Faith delivers you from past hurt, and your little world will finally make sense, Trinka.  It’s why I’m finally able to connect to you and tell you everything you’ve faced and will encounter is so worth it! It’s faith-building material and with it, you’re going to have an awesome life with God!!

Love you! Smooches!




Saturday, December 6, 2014

Goodreads Book Review: I call it a Bible companion!

Read the Word, Speak the WordRead the Word, Speak the Word by Zari Banks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read the Word! Speak the Word! Read the Word! Speak the Word! Studying this devotional will change your life! Zari Banks is one of my favorite authors! Again, she shares a God-breathed collection of scriptures and personal wisdom to usher you into a a new level of intimacy and knowledge of God's word! She loves God! She shares how God works in her life, and it's evident that she has a heart for her readers! She even offers a prayer for her readers to receive greater!!

If you haven't read the Bible or feeling a little intimidated by it, this book is a good companion to teach you and lead you into studying God's word! LOVE it!

View all my reviews


Thursday, December 4, 2014

It's Thursday! Be Thankful!

As you start your day, be encouraged and comforted by the fact that every moment you are in God's hands!




Shout hallelujah!




Be blessed!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Spiritual Journeys: The Beauty of Trials

Spiritual Journeys seeks to illuminate the way for those who are searching for a deeper connection and for those who have lost their way. Spiritual Journeys and every post on Feasting on the Divine welcomes conversation. Use the comment section to share your thoughts and feedback. Need a little more privacy? Email me.


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You're going to be truly blessed by Author G. E. Johnson's interview! She reminds us that trials will come and sometimes in multiples. She offers testimony and godly wisdom to inspire us to stay on our spiritual path. 

~sharing our stories to give others a voice~
Tell us a little about who you are: I am the author of bible commentary “Discovering The Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23” and I am the Founder of Book Promotions International, a company focused on assisting authors with marketing their work.

What and when was your first glimpse of a spiritual awakening? I have been exposed to God and church since I was born, but I believe my first personal glimpse was around 6 years old when I accepted Jesus as my personal savior. I was sitting in church next to my mother and when my Pastor asked for anyone who wanted to accept Christ to come to the altar, I got up and walked up by myself. Even though my father was a minister, I was free to accept Christ on my own.

What is the importance of your spiritual life? My spiritual life is my entire life. I believe that everything I do, whether in business, family, education, etc., inevitably serves a God-given purpose. We are given gifts to use in our day-to-day living that should bring glory to God when we use them according to His purposes.

What was the most difficult part of your journey? What was the most inspiring? I believe I am on the most difficult part of my journey so far in my life. I have been hit with every test imaginable since the early part of the year including my mother having to have major surgery, having to uproot my daughter without another steady home to go to, loss of old friendships while simultaneously being judged and falsely persecuted by strangers. Despite how it sounds, this has been the year that I have been most inspired. From the loss, the pain, and the persecution has emerged a purity of purpose and intent tried by the gospel fire of Jesus Christ himself.

As much as you are comfortable, share some things that have strengthen your faith.  Trials have strengthened my faith. The Word of God has strengthened my faith. Believing for the promises of God to manifest in my life has strengthened my faith.

If you could give one piece of advice to others on their spiritual journey, what would that be? Believe God. Believe that His Word is truth and that you can stand on it no matter what. Hold fast to what God has spoken to you even when no one else can hear it or has heard it. The winds will blow, the rain will fall. STAND if you can. If not, lie down but do not leave your path. When a spot of calm comes again, get up and move forward again. Crawl if you have to, but do not give up. God is always with you. He never leaves you and He will fight for you and with you. 

Thank you, Ms. Johnson!



To connect with Ms. Johnson, please visit her on Facebook and Twitter. 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Love is Spelled L-O-V-E not H-U-R-T!

How did love become a pliable concept--everyone operating based on his or her own meaning--even within the same relationship? Why do some feel enduring hurt after hurt is normal with love? It's not! *definitely a topic for another day*

I'm believing God for my husband, and from what I've read, it's not in God's character to send us a spouse or partner who takes away from our lives. If anyone has any thoughts/feedback, please jump in.

No relationship is perfect, I know. However, when I consult the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, there's a description of love which I'm decreeing and declaring over my life and my future God-sent man of excellence! 

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4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]...

1 Corinthians 13:4-8Amplified Bible (AMP)

You have a right to the love described in these scriptures! It's our gift from God for He is love!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekend Inspiration: Elizabeth Gilbert From Oprah's the Life You Want Tour

"Family Is the Greatest Spiritual Teacher" 





Hope the message blessed you! Have a beautiful Sunday! 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spiritual Journeys: A Personal Relationship with God


Spiritual Journeys seeks to illuminate the way for those who are out there searching for a deeper connection and for those who have lost their way. Spiritual Journeys and every post on Feasting on the Divine welcomes conversation. Use the comment section to join in. Need a little more privacy? Email me.


Today's post is an interview with Dr. Lyn Cheevers! She shares her story with an honesty in which we all can relate. My hope is that her words bless you and motivate you to follow her one key piece of advice which she shares in her interview.

Tell us a little about who you are:
I am a child of God. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I grew up in rural southwest Georgia. I am the mother of two sons- Stephen 20 and Anthony 12. I am the daughter of Hilton and Virginia Cheevers. I am a sister. I am a friend and lover of humanity.

I hold a Doctor of Education in adult education and have worked as a educator in the field of adult education for about 18 years in different capacities with different titles. I'm currently employed by the Department of Defense as a training administrator.  Teaching is one of my spiritual gifts and I often use that gift within the body of Christ while facilitating workshops, Sunday school, and new members’ classes.

What and when was your first glimpse of a spiritual awakening?
My first glimpse of a spiritual awakening was when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I had a dream about a group of people walking on a path toward a destination. At some point the group was pursued by what seemed to be a lion. The group reached a fork in the road. One part of the group went in one direction with the remainder going in the other direction.

I shared the dream with my mother. She thought it was significant and mentioned it during Bible Study at church one evening. I stood in front of the church to share the dream. God was awakening the gift of the prophetic seer. The dream that I had was foretelling a Church split which occurred several years later.

I've had many dreams over the years. I journal them and pray for illumination and inspiration to pray effectively according to the will of God in light of the revelation.

What is the importance of your spiritual life?
My spiritual life is essential to every aspect of life. I believe wisdom is required to successfully navigate through life and that all wisdom begins with a reverential fear of God. Therefore in order for me to be successful in life I must reverently fear God by worshipping and serving Him.

     What was the most difficult part of your journey? What was the most inspiring?
The most difficult part of my spiritual journey was finding God for myself. I grew up in a home of believers and attended church regularly as a child; however, I did not develop a personal relationship with God through Christ until later in life. During that time when I was in search of my own relationship with God, I traveled some pretty dark paths. There was a void in the seat of my soul. I'm thankful that my soul is now anchored in God through Christ.

The most inspiring part of the journey is coming to the realization that God knows my name, that my image is tattooed on the palm of His hand. And that He sees me, hears me, and answers my prayers according to His purposes.

   As much as you are comfortable, share some things that have strengthen your faith.
My faith is always strengthened when God brings me through challenging times. There was a time as a divorced, single mother I was unemployed for nine months.  God met all of my needs according to His riches in glory. He provided food, shelter and clothing for me and my children. These are things that many take for granted until you find yourself in need. We ate a lot of pasta and rice but God saw us through. I know God personally as Jehovah Jireh.

I know God personally as Jehovah Rapha. In 2011 I was very ill. I had a respiratory infection, bronchitis, and a small amount of fluid in my lungs. During the illness I heard about a seemingly healthy, 30- something year-old dying of walking pneumonia.

I received my healing when I was asked a very provocative question by my mother. As a retired nurse, she didn't ask me about the types of antibiotics I had taken.  She didn't ask me about how much fluids I was drinking or what I was taking to reduce the high fever. She asked me simply "how is your prayer life"? I knew immediately that this was spiritual warfare and mom was reminding me to fight using one of the best offensive and defensive tools we have- prayer.  She and others were praying for me, but this fight required my participation as well.  The enemy wanted to take me out. But God said no. I began to pray according to Psalm 91 daily, several times a day at appointed times. The Word was the prescription which healed me. 

I know God personally as Jehovah Shalom. I've worked in a very chaotic environment for the past two years. God has given me peace in the midst of the storm.

  If you could give one piece of advice to others on their spiritual journey, what would that be?
Advice that I give to others on their spiritual journey is seek an intimate, personal relationship with God early in life.


Thank you, Dr. Lyn!


Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.  Proverbs 16:24 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Birthdays


I have the uncanny ability to call my Mom at the exact moment she is about to eat or is actually eating.  As she's gotten older, my Mom has decided to thank of it as sweet or endearing instead of frustrating. Many times I was met with "Girl, can you just smell it when I start cooking?!"

Well, the other Sunday was no different.  I called and she was having dinner. So jokingly, I said, "Mom maybe it's related to my actual birth day.What were you doing when I came into the world?"
She laughed and said, "Eating!"

"You were born on the 3rd Sunday in August.  It was the last day of revival, and you know back then the women brought boxes of food for dinner at the church.  I can remember like it was yesterday.  I was sitting on a bench, under a tree, eating collard greens, cornbread, ham and potato salad trying to ignore my labor pains...because the food was so good," she told me through bursts of laughter. Her pauses heavy with reflection.

I said, "Well, Mom that explains it! My love for cooking, nature and my lifelong desire to feel connected spiritually."

Tweet: Do you know the story of the day you were born? Ask and see if hints of who you are today are revealed. #birthday http://ctt.ec/ze359+ Do you know the story of the day you were born? Ask and see if hints of who you are today are revealed.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Shrimp Po'Boys

Welcome to Tasty Tuesday~ featuring recipes I've tried and loved. Let's feast!

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Before you say you don't eat mayo on seafood, try the Angry Mayo in this Michael Chiarello recipe. Tweet: Before you say you don't eat mayo on seafood, try the Angry Mayo in this Michael Chiarello recipe. http://ctt.ec/ef6kN+ I found this old favorite in my recipe collection. For some reason, I attributed it to Guy Fieri whenever I raved about it. I guess it was the "Angry Mayo"--sounds so Guy, doesn't it? I know...foodie stereotypes. *hehehe*

Orange zest, basil, chili pepper, lemon juice, gray salt--that's just the ingredients for the ill-tempered condiment! This recipe is flavor galore! Oh, there's a light crispy crunch to the shrimp thanks to Wondra (a very fine flour). You will love it. I've even had the mayo on catfish and tilapia, but I added a touch of spicy brown mustard.

Remember make the recipe your own and find ingredient substitutes, if needed. For example, Women's Health recommends several alternatives for flour on their website.

Whatever you choose, feast on this delicious sandwich and let me know what you think.

Bon appetit! 

Be blessed~*


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wonder How LeBron Would Answer...

I saw the following question on a Facebook ad. Powerful, insightful and I invite you to spend some time contemplating the answer...as I did:

Question found on Dream Builder Program ad~created by Photovisi
Do you know who you are at your core? If you're not sure, because we're all at this crossroad at some point in our lives, see Ephesians 1:3-6.

Be blessed

Friday, September 26, 2014

Foodie Friday: Broussard's Cajun Cuisine

Part of Feasting on the Divine is enjoying delicious food! You know those dishes where the first bite takes you to a happy place and sometimes even cry a little on the inside? Oh you don't? Okay maybe it's just me!

Once a month, I'll share a new dining delight. I hear you saying, "Well, what about fitness, Trinka?" I know. I know. However, it would basically be sacrilegious for a Georgia girl NOT to indulge in great food. As Blanche would say, "it would be simply unsouthern." (true fans will know her). Besides if fitness is a lifestyle, you shouldn't deprive yourself. Enjoy it and exercise even more to burn it off! Soooo, in a way, it's like motivation. Yeah, motivation...

Okay so where did I feast this month? My niece Chelsea (over on Contemporary Teal #plug) suggested it for lunch one day. Her mother and I drove over to Cape Giradeau, Missouri to visit her, and we decided to dine at Broussard's Cajun Cuisine!


A cozy restaurant with lots of character, Broussard's is over 25 years old. Right away I love two things about this Cape Giradeau charm: 1). It's not part of a chain. 2) Behind the building is the Mighty Mississippi River!

We were greeted with smiles and sat in the bar area while we waited for our table. Looking around you could see people from all walks of life--families, couples, young and old. And the smell? Intoxicating! I was so ready to eat. Thankfully, our wait was less than 10 minutes. Even though the "joint was jumping," our server was pleasant, courteous and knowledgeable of the menu. (It's just a quirk of mine when a server has no clue about the menu.) She even gave me tips on how to eat crawfish, but I wasn't feeling brave enough to order them that day.



Our lunch selections were:
Cajun 3-Way Sampler--pic Courtesy of Broussard's

Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins
Shrimp Creole
Fried Catfish-pic courtesy of Broussard's

Annnnnd there may have been some Shrimp Etouffee on the table. Annnnd there may be a reason why I had to "borrow" pics from Broussard's to show you what the entrees looked like. Annnd we'll just leave it at that! The food was wonderful!! We even had leftovers to enjoy later.

This Georgia girl is thankful the Broussards had the vision to bring the art of southern cuisine to the Midwest. Kudos to the owners that have upheld the legacy and spirit of the restaurant!  I will definitely visit again soon! It's worth the 2-hour drive. Plus my niece is there! Sorry about that honey! You're worth the 2-hour drive. *hehehe*  

Check out their website!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blessings for Obedience: Deuteronomy

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The following verses are always great motivation for me. Reminders of God's goodness and love. No, I wasn't always obedient, and I'm not perfect now.  However, these days I make a greater effort to follow and live by my Father's guidance.

In case you need a reminder today (or if this is brand new for you), please meditate on the following verses and pray for Holy Spirit to give you understanding. Obedience has its rewards and your heavenly Father is waiting to bless you!

28 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them. (Deuteronomy 28: 1-12 NIV)

Be blessed!

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.
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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.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Journey to a Fit Life


Today, I want to share with you a small write-up I did for my gym's newsletter.  

Hi! My name is Trinka Polite, and I joined Anytime Fitness not to lose weight or to start a diet. My goal? I needed a healthy lifestyle change! I have a family history of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.  Seeing the damage it could cause, I made a decision to chart a different course for my life and seriously address my health issues. I started on my own by learning about nutrition and checking out workout DVDs from the library. Visits to my doctor revealed slight decreases in my "numbers," but it wasn't significant enough. My goal is to eliminate reliance on prescription medication.

It took prayer to find the motivation and determination to join a gym, but I finally called Anytime Fitness and Ruth answered. As we were talking, the call actually disconnected.  I thought just as I conjured up the will to call, this happens. Seconds later, Ruth's bubbly and motivating voice is back on the line saying, "Now where were we?" Her calling back confirmed this was the place to be!

That was over 3 months ago!  My doctor has been able to alter my meds, because I have now embraced a healthy lifestyle-not a diet and not obsessing over weight (even though I have many pounds to lose). My blood pressure is in the normal range now and other readings have dropped by half! I have more energy and the positive results definitely spill over into every area of my life-less stress at work, better focus, etc.  Plus, being a member of gym with 24-hour access allows for late night workouts to help me de-stress and unwind.

When you read those tips about just 15-30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week makes a difference, it's true!! I have my workout time scheduled on my calendar like any other appointment. I love it and it's fun!  I'm so grateful to Ruth, Lori and the Anytime Fitness staff for being supportive, patient and caring!  My life has changed!
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Share your fit life stories.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Expiration Date

People say 40 is a significant turning point in life.  It may be but I had several "significant turning points" BEFORE I turned 40. How about you?

However, if you want a "marker" to evaluate and take stock, forty is good. I guess.  I've been anticipating this day since my 39th birthday. Forty years is a lot of life. What have I accomplished? What have I tolerated? What do I still want and need to do? What do I need to do differently? Well, I've answered the previous questions (and a few others).

And now I'll be fervently moving forward...unapologetically! Certain behaviors, distracting activities, "dead" connections, etc--all expired yesterday! It's a new day!



What are your thoughts on the big 4-0 and how did you celebrate turning 40? By the way, whatcha think of the new blog design?


Sunday, June 1, 2014

How Blogging Helped Change My Life


That's why I can say yeah--I think I'm happy now! ~ from my first blog post  16 Oct 2011

And the next few years went a little something like this:
Yeah! I THINK I’m….happy.
Yeah? I think I’m happy?
Yeah! I THINK I’m happy.
Yeah! I think I’m happy! Yeah! …Happy!

LOL!  It’s been an insightful and, at times, surprising exploration of happiness. Some of you have joined in and helped others and me with your thoughts and stories. Many thanks to you and to everyone for being here!

This blog has been a testament to self-exploration—it’s good for the soul. It’s been proof as to why we need to ask ourselves the uncomfortable and probing questions about how we live and view our lives.  No one’s going to do it for you. 

Well, I’ve asked, contemplated, laughed, cried, wondered, and came to a realization. 




Happiness is being in relationship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Happiness is enjoying the bountiful blessings of this earth that our Heavenly Father has created for us. Happiness, for me, now includes enjoying a more fit life, cooking and finding new and interesting ingredients to sample!  After all, God did say that:  

“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. ~Gen 1:28-31

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Ok guys, get ready to feast!  Oh, as always, I want your input!  What are some topics you’d like to discuss related to faith, food and fitness? Comment below! Email (politejourney@gmail.com) or Facebook me! But please let me know!  :-)



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~ Nourish Your Body & Soul~
~ faith, food & fitness ~

Be blessed~*



Sunday, February 2, 2014

As Long As I Live...



I love the Lord, because He hath heard 
my voice and supplications.
Because He hath inclined His ear unto me, 
therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.
Psalm 116:1-2




Friday, January 31, 2014

1 Down! 11 More to Go!



Time to check in! How are you progressing on your New Year’s resolutions so far? It’s 30 days later. What have you accomplished? How do you ensure you stay committed to your resolutions/goals?

I realized that I need visual reminders. I have my overall life goals, and I pray every day to stay in God’s will and plan for me. Plus, I'm tried something different this year—developing a monthly plan. Each month I’m going to develop smaller objectives that will lead to the successful manifestation of my bigger goals. I also have a book of the month to complete that will enrich my spiritual, personal and professional development.

Wow! What a difference! I’m more excited, inspired, engaged, and feeling accomplished. I really didn’t set any resolutions. Just promised myself to keep making healthy and positive choices while seeking God’s guidance in all that I do. 

So how am I doing so far? According to my doctor's visit a couple of weeks ago, I'm still dropping pounds and inches thankfully.  I've working on some professional development courses, and I'm completing my study of My Money Grows on Trees by Zari Banks

Sound off!  How is 2014 going for you?


Saturday, January 25, 2014

My My! You're Looking Good!


Believe it or not, yesterday was National Compliment Someone Day. According to what I’ve read, the idea is to say something nice about at least 5 people. You can find more information here 

A compliment is a simple way to bring a bit of happy to someone else. However, when you lift someone’s spirit, you’re enriching your spirit as well. Who knows? You may be the one positive voice that makes a difference in a friend's, family member's, coworker's or stranger's day!  



Why should it be a one-day event? Let's uplift and encourage purposely the whole weekend! Don’t stop at 5!  

Feel free to share your experience. I’ll be sure to post about my “compliment spree” as well. 

*Update* 
It was a great weekend and a wonderful week of spreading encouragement! You really do feel little warm fuzzies as you see a smile spread across someone's face or witness a spark of confidence. 

When I was in grad school, I remember hearing a quote--"Be the person you wish you knew as a child." These words helped change my perspective and influenced the type of counselor I wanted to be--one who encouraged and empowered people to reach their full potential. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Food Nirvana


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“I get way too much happiness from good food." ~ Elizabeth Olsen

Lizzie Olsen, you’re preaching to the choir. Friends, from my pictures, you can see that obviously I had plenty of moments where I was downright ecstatic about food! LOL Laughing now, but please know I’ve learned my lesson. 

I still get way too much happiness from good food. I’m a foodie. Yes, I know some people have an aversion to that term, but it’s redefined my experience with food. I’m constantly exploring different cooking styles, how to use fresh herbs and diverse ingredients in food prep. Who knew delicious chicken didn’t have to swim in hot grease? Matter of fact, I very rarely fry anything (can’t think of the last time…hmm). And ground turkey in tacos? Yum! 

Was someone thinking kitchen gadgets? Glad you thought of it! Confess. You know gadgets make cooking fun. What’s your favorite? I love my garlic press, handheld grater, and kitchen shears. My next purchase may be a butcher's block table. 

The moral of the story: In the past, I got way too much happiness from what I thought was good food, and I still indulge from time to time. I’m a W-I-P. Today, I get way too much happiness from eating good-for-me food and discovering new and healthy ways to expand my palette.



Would love to hear from my other foodies and gadget lovers out there!  Share your story about how you've changed your "relationship" with food.

Friday, January 10, 2014

When I Grow Up...


It’s amazing how our dreams change as we grow older. Of course, life experiences shape them. Our exposure to our immediate environment, social outlets, and personal values inform our dreams and fluctuate over time. For most of us, in our youth, our circle of influence was small—family, church, school, and community.

My parents were avid readers. Therefore, I realized early that books opened the door to a reality outside my circle. And yes I visited it quite often! Loved libraries and I still do! So, my dreams included being the first female football coach, driving a semi, and becoming an archaeologist, a doctor, or engineer. I know my family is LOL about the football coach dream! A touchdown and a field goal are the only two things I’m sure about in football. LOL *side note* I still wouldn’t mind going on an archaeological dig one day. 




But my oh my, how the world has changed! Now, children’s circle of influence includes access to the WORLD.  Thanks to social media and the rampant popularity of reality TV, fortunately and sometimes unfortunately, today's youth realize many opportunities are available. Even happiness has a brand new meaning. It’s now a  main factor in career decisions--such a paradigm shift from how people in my Mother's and grandparents' generations made career choices.

Well I "googled" and "binged" and came across these articles about children’s career dreams. You may find them quite interesting:

What Children REALLY Want To Be When They Grow Up

Studies Show That Children Just Want to Be Famous


Parents, what do your children want to be when they grow up? Did their choices surprise you? 

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I’m Trinka Polite! Georgia native! Aunt Extraordinaire (at least I think so)! Lover of divinely delicious food! Servant of God and I gratefully accept my calling as counselor, poet, and speaker. My mission? 

As a counselor, it is to empower you to access your full potential and live more authentically!

As a poet, it is to share words to inspire love, deliverance from hurtful situations and encourage a renewed relationship with God.

As a speaker, it is to provide a dynamic experience which will actively engage you and your group in learning and growing.

My professional background includes over 14 years as a Career Counselor providing education planning and career guidance.  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and National Board Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Psychology.  My publications include After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey and Pain is Fertile Ground—poetry collections focused on spiritual awakening and growth.

On a more personal note, the southern lady that I am loves to cook (have you seen my Pinterest board?) and have fun with my family!  Are there any two things that bring more joy to a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl raised in the south)? Lol 

I hope we stay connected because new ventures are on the way to enlighten your mind and to partner with you to chart a course for your success!  

Peace & Blessings!

Trinka


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