Angry at God

by Rochelle Griffin on November 23, 2014 · 0 comments

FB post Angry at God

Angry at God

by Rochelle Griffin

You are looking at a post I put on Facebook this am. I’m a believer in being transparent. You won’t find me pretending to be perfect. Instead you’ll find me being entirely human, including the ugly faults that I possess. And lately I’ve been flat out angry at God. 

The past few weeks I’ve felt incredibly cheated, as though God answered a prayer and then said “My bad,” taking the answer away.

You see, we live rural. Well when you homeschool your only child and live rural, there is a degree of mommy guilt that hits you. While he gets many opportunities to socialize, it’s not the same as living in a neighborhood like what I grew up in. I remember loads of kids and we’d be riding our bikes every day around the subdivision. 

Here we are limited in neighbors, although we’ve had 2 on either side of us. Until a month ago, one of the houses had a boy my son’s age and they were fast friends for over a year. When we found out he was moving, I prayed for God to provide kids in either house. 

Honestly to goodness, the prayer was answered in less than 3 hours! My husband came in and said “There’s a family moving in next door with 5 kids, including 3 boys!” I was astounded and amazed at God’s provision. This family was great & friendly. We hit it off right away.

Well 2 weeks ago, we found out this family had to move due to family issues. The exact same day, we got a new set of renting neighbors in the other house. Unfortunately we quickly found out that these are not the most hospitable people. In fact, they’re downright mean and we are suspect involved in some unlawful activity.

So literally in ONE day, we went from the answered prayer of kids next door for our son to NO kids and unfriendly (I’m being kind) neighbors. 

WHAT?!?!? God, WHY?!??!

and I took this very hard and quite frankly, personal. I was angry.

So I went into “fix it” mode, talking non-stop with my husband about what we should do…should we move…should we try to force them to move…without us coming up with a plausible answer. Neither choice was a feasible immediate option. I felt like I was carrying the weight of the world. I felt like I was suffocating. I felt like I was imploding. I felt like my son would be scarred for life. 

Granted I so busy trying to control everything that I totally forgot to take it up with God. Actually I’m really not sure that I forgot…I think I was just too angry in the moment to talk to Him.

Until last night…

At church last night, I didn’t even feel like being there. Honestly I only went because my son wanted to go to his youth group service. But once the music started, I could feel myself holding back tears. I didn’t want to carry this burden by myself any longer. It was bigger than me, and I was being crushed.

So I yelled! I told God exactly what I thought. I poured out my frustration and I felt my connection with Him return.  

As I said in my post, the situation hasn’t changed yet, but I have faith that God has this under control. He knows what He’s doing.

Whatever situation you are dealing with, know that He has yours under control as well. Talk to him. Tell him how you’re feeling. You don’t need eloquent words. God’s ok if you yell at Him. He’s ok if you pour out all of your frustrations and say some unkind stuff.

Then we need to trust that He knows what He’s doing and that all things will work out for good.

Amen.

A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Coach Ro Headshot3 Angry at GodRochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse (with over 21 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure International company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.

She founded both GoFitCoach, Inc. & Your Best Life, Inc. with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of financial & physical ruin. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.

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Thanksgiving CAN be Healthy

by Rochelle Griffin on November 22, 2014 · 0 comments

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Thanksgiving CAN Be Healthy

by Rochelle Griffin

Thanksgiving is around the corner…next week in fact.  You are probably already planning out your special meal or that yummy dish you always make. You may also be slightly on edge thinking about the damage that will occur to your waistline that day. I want to help you put everything into perspective and keep you from feeling guilty for enjoying your meal. As you’ll see, the traditional foods that we choose are not inherently “bad” for us. It’s the preparation of them that is our downfall…and we have time right now to tweak our dinner.

Below is an article from Harvard Health Publication that I discovered a few years ago as I started my own health & fitness journey. It helped me realize that the traditional Thanksgiving dinner can actually be quite healthy.

Turkey. If you are looking for a lean cut of meat, turkey is hard to beat. A 3-ounce serving of skinless white meat contains 25 grams of protein, barely 3 grams of fat, and less than 1 gram of saturated fat. Dark meat has more saturated fat than white meat, and eating the skin adds a hefty wallop of these bad fats. Turkey is also a good source of arginine. As with other amino acids, the body uses this one to make new protein. Arginine is also the raw material for making nitric oxide, a substance that relaxes and opens arteries. Whether foods rich in arginine help keep arteries open has prompted both research and debate.

Cranberries. The fruit that provides the base of this traditional side dish deserves to move from holidays to everyday. Cranberries are packed with dozens of different antioxidants. On a standard test that measures the ability of food to neutralize unstable molecules that can damage DNA, proteins, cell membranes, and cellular machinery, the cranberry is near the top of the list. The natural mix of antioxidants found in cranberries and other foods is what matters, not the high doses of single ones found in supplements. If you make your own cranberry sauce from whole berries, you’ll get a tastier and less sugary sauce than you can get out of a can.

Sweet potatoes. These un-potatoes — they’re related to the morning glory, not the white potato — are an excellent source of vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. And sweet potatoes make a delicious dessert.

Pumpkin. Before this orange squash is made into pie, it’s just plain good for you. Pumpkin is low in fat, low in calories, and loaded with potassium, vitamin A, beta carotene, and vitamin C.

Pecans. Most nuts are great sources of heart-healthy fats. Pecans are no exception. Twenty pecan halves contain about 20 grams of unsaturated fat. Studies from around the globe show that people who routinely eat nuts are less likely to die of heart disease than those who don’t.

Although many of the foods that grace a Thanksgiving table are healthy on their own, they tend to lose their virtue by the company they keep. Brown sugar, butter, and marshmallows ease aside the goodness of sweet potatoes. The benefits of pumpkin and pecans are overwhelmed when these foods are baked into pies with cream, eggs, butter, and sugar. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re set on a traditional dinner, alternative recipes abound for healthier stuffing, vegetables, and desserts. You can also start your own traditions. After all, today’s Thanksgiving dinner bears little resemblance to the original feast.

If you have any healthy Thanksgiving dinner tips, please share them on my Facebook wall for others to see. We are all in this together.

A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Coach Ro Headshot3 Thanksgiving CAN be HealthyRochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse (with over 21 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure International company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.

She founded both GoFitCoach, Inc. & Your Best Life, Inc. with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of financial & physical ruin. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.

PS. If you found this post to be of any value to you, please COMMENT below!

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