Monday, March 31, 2014

The Guide to Intermittent Fasting

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I'm sure you have all heard that in order to maximize your fat-burning and muscle building potential you must eat six small, healthy meals consistently throughout the day. This is great and has worked for me in the past. However, this time around I am having the hardest time shaking off the last five pounds. Heck, it's always the LAST FIVE POUNDS that I need to lose. I can never seem to get myself back into the shape I was in about four years ago when I weighed about 118 pounds. Of course I don't desire to be that skinny again; it is more like I want to be that size with muscle. 

So this week I have decided to try a different approach to my health routine. My husband is a big fan of the Hodge Twins (they have great workout and eating advice, however if you are sensitive to vulgarity, you probably won't want to watch them) and told me that they practice intermittent fasting. He recommended I try it out.

At first it sounded weird and almost ritualistic, kinda like something I would think a hardcore yogi practiced. I mean, the only fasting I have ever known of came from religious practices. And fasting??? You mean, starving myself to lose weight? Isn't that against the rules? I don't think I could not eat, let alone until I reach my goal weight.Yet, intrigued, I started researching a bit on my own to see what it was all about.

Apparently, intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern, so you actually aren't starving yourself (whew!). You still eat the normal amount of food that will get your body into a caloric deficit (whatever amount of food you must eat in order to lose weight), but the only difference is you eat all your meals within a 6-8 hour window and are done eating until that same window the next day, which will equal to about a 16-18 hour fast

What is it about intermittent fasting that will get me better, faster results, you ask? Well, from my research and what the Hodge Twins suggested, the results of intermittent fasting are due to the fact that during the "fasted" state, your body will have nowhere to pull energy from except your fat stores. Normally, when you consume a meal, your body pulls energy from the quickest, easiest outlet it can which will be from the food you just ate. However, when you are "fasting," your body can only pull from your fat.

Sounds pretty good, right? It gets better!

Intermittent fasting helps the production of muscles. The body produces insulin with every meal you consume. Intermittent fasting teaches the body to use the insulin produced more efficiently, thus resulting in weight loss and muscles (ooo la la!).

IF is not a rapid weight loss diet, but more of a way to train your body to use the food you consume more effectively. Weight loss and muscle creation is a result of that. As far as I have read, those who have followed this eating pattern for years have loved it, noticed an increase in energy, weight loss and muscle creation, and it has in no way affected their long-term health for the negative.
To be completely honest, it sounds like a wonderful idea to me. I always struggled with trying to fit 6 small meals into my day. My work schedule is not one that has a consistent break/lunch period, so trying to fit my 4-5 meals in before dinner is sometimes not possible or it's rushed. 

I like the idea that I can eat my meals within a certain time-frame and not have to worry the rest of the day about what I am going to eat. For me, I would start out with breakfast from 4:30-5:00am and end with my last meal about noon-1:00pm. Skipping dinner would be a benefit to me as I tend to over-eat during that meal due to the fact that I didn't eat my other 5 meals during the day like I was supposed to. I also didn't like that I would eat dinner just before I went to bed (bleh!).

My plan is to eat a BIG breakfast and a good sized lunch that should hold me over until bedtime. My aim is to eat about 1400 calories a day within an 8 hour window. 

Wish me the best! 

Here are some helpful articles about intermittent fasting:


What are your thoughts about intermittent fasting? Have you ever tried it? Let me know!

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!


The Holy Hippie

Since I was in elementary school, I always felt I belonged in a different decade in time. I became obsessed with every era but my own. I suppose it could've been the influence of my parents in my youth, listening to old rock 'n' roll bands from the 1950s onward, or perhaps the lyrics from songs of old Hawai'i, or maybe even watching shows like the Brady Bunch, the Monkees, and the Partridge Family that did me in. Maybe it was even listening to my parents talk about the things they missed about their younger years. No matter what it was, I couldn't help but think I belonged there too.

One era, however, became my idealization as a child- the '70s. From the bellbottom jeans, to the flowy, long hair, the flowery patterns, the best music, the love of nature, but mostly- free love. 

In my naivety as a child, I couldn't help but think, Hey, loving people is awesome! As true as that thought was, I realized later that most of these "Flower Children" were on LSD and other hallucinogens and were often rejecting any disciplines from establishments.

Yet, even after learning about all that madness, I still felt sort of drawn to it...

In my recent years, I have directed my focus on being healthier and trying to spend more of my time doing things that I enjoyed; things that made life worth living. For me, that involved being outdoors and staying active, not just because I was trying to stay fit, but because my heart enjoyed it. Life in the sun is a passion of mine. Health and fitness just goes along with it. 

I noticed, after some time, that I was just drawn to a certain lifestyle; one that required nothing but my spirit and the sun; a life outdoors and away from it all. It was a life that I wanted to live forever

I think other people caught on. Friends, family members, even people I barely knew would tell me I was such a "hippie." I would just look at them and laugh because I didn't think of myself that way at all! I thought I was just being myself.

After a while, after hearing it so often, I took a step back and really examined myself. Was I? Is that what being a hippie is to people? Just because I eat healthy, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors? I even went as far as looking up the definition and this is what I found:

hip·pie
noun
a person, especially of the late 1960s, who rejected established institutions and values and sought spontaneity, direct personal relations expressing love, and expanded consciousness, often expressed externally in the wearing of casual, folksy clothing and of beads, headbands, used garments, etc.

While I could agree with most of the definition, I couldn't relate to the whole rebellion thing. I mean, that wasn't me...or was it?

Recently, I have been on the journey to loving myself more and finding enlightenment with God. I found I can do that with yoga. As new age as that sounds, it really is a great practice for me and has brought me more in tune with the Holy Spirit than I can even begin to express. It is amazing the peace one can find in just simply being still, silent, and aware of the Spirit's presence in the moment. 

Then suddenly, it came to me one day during yoga class.

Yoga was one way I was able to make myself holy. Now, before you get turned off to the idea, listen to this: 


ho·ly

  
adjective, ho·li·er, ho·li·est.
1. specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated: 
 holy ground.
2. dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religiona holy man.
3. saintly; godly; pious; devout: a holy life.
4. having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
5. entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred: a holy relic.

The word holy is used to describe something or someone. It isn't to say that I am "holier than thou," or that I am perfect, or that I am spotless. It doesn't even mean I am trying to be religious. It just means something or someone that is dedicated to the services of God; a devoted follower open to the will of the Spirit of God.

Romans 12:1 says this:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship.

Then it occurred to me- Why can't I be both? The Spirit says I can. 

Well, Nicole, what about the hippie rebellion? My answer to you is anyone who follows Jesus is in automatic rebellion and opposition with the establishments and values of this world, whether they like it or not. The only way to rise above it is to humble ourselves before the Lord, exalt His Spirit within us, and love freely all people and all things within our sphere of influence. 

For this cause, I can proudly call myself The Holy Hippie. It is who I am and who I aspire to be daily. After all, I am a free spirit.

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!


Love Always,


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Reincarnated...Literally

Don't let the title fool you. As most of you know, I am a Christ-follower, aka a Christian, so I believe in all things Bible. I know that when we die, our souls have but two options: heaven or hell.

However...

What do we make of our lifeless bodies? Where do those go? In the ground of course! But is that the best we can do? Not very creative...

Well, this post has got me thinking that we might as well make use of our lifeless outer-shell and bring forth new "life" for the next generation.


As grim, morbid, and maybe even silly as this sounds, nothing sounds better to me than being able to enrich the lives of others even in our, ahem, "absence." According to the article, our bodies can basically be turned into recycled goods!

The article lists a number of different things you can do with your body, aside from the traditional burial or cremation. You can become a tree! Or stardust! Or even a diamond!!! Truly remarkable!

This is not only an eco-friendly way to "save the planet," it is also a very creative way for loved ones to remember your legacy by. Imagine looking up into space and finally being able to say, "I know you're looking down on me from Heaven,"...literally

Would you mind being recycled? What are your thoughts? Let me know!

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!

Tone It Up's Announcement!

Ahhh! I was so excited to see Tone It Up's newest announcement: The Tone It Up Retreat! It is their very first retreat ever and it takes place this September 25th-28th and is a weekend full of health, cocktails, and, of course, toning up ;). What's more is each Tone It Up member will receive a load of goodies like new Asics running shoes, Tone It Up memorabilia, Perfect Fit products and more! There will also be live performances and awesome activities like yoga, SUP lessons, hikes, and BOOTYCALLS (early morning workout routines) with Karena and Katrina themselves!


For me and other Tone It Up members, this would be the trip of a lifetime. Sadly, it's nearly $2000 to go, not including airfare for people that live kinda far...or on an island, like me. The husband says if we can stay 100% on track with our budget before then (meaning we pay off our debt like we had originally scheduled for end of summer/early fall of this year), I can go. I'll take that as a challenge and an incentive! Plus it gives me a chance to work my patootie off before then.

Even if I don't get to go, I can't wait to see what crazy things K&K cooked up for the other TIU girls!

Anyone else check out the retreat and feel the same way?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fab-ulous?

After joining the gym and participating in the yoga classes offered, I realized that I needed some yoga gear. Looking around at women during downward-dog (sounds sensual, but I assure you, it isn't...well, it wasn't meant to be, it's actually a great upper-back stretch. Benefits of this pose can be found here), I noticed so many cute yoga clothes from the well-known fitness brand, Lululemon.

Of course, with our income, this brand is a little pricey. Determined to purchase some cute sports bras and tanks, I stumbled upon the site for Fabletics, a brand co-founded by Kate Hudson.

Seeing as how I am such a fan of hers, I decided to order a few products. What was great was that the site offered 50% off of my first order! Can't get better than that. Here are just a few things I ordered:

What I love is that the material is comfortable and light. It's perfect for women that want to buy nice workout clothes on a budget. If you join their VIP membership you have access to the similar discounts off of all of your purchases. The only thing is if you don't make any purchases by the 10th of every month, you will be automatically charged $49 that can be applied to your next purchase. One way to avoid being charged this crazy $49 amount is to choose "Skip Month" before the 10th. Tricky if you don't log onto their site every month, but I guess that's perfect for sites that offer their materials at such low costs.

All in all, I honestly think Fabletics is just ok. Although I like the cost for comfortable material, the time it takes them to ship to Hawaii is pretty long. I also think shopping at Forever 21 is a better deal. I just figured I'd try something different. I also don't like the fact that I have to "Skip Month" every month so I don't get charged $50 that I might not even have.

Needless to say, I am no longer a VIP member, although it was fun while it lasted.

Anyone else have experiences with Fabletics? Anyone know of other sites that offer cheap, quality brand workout clothes? Let me know in the comments!

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Break-Fast

Meal-prepping is one of the most important steps to ensure you reach your goal weight, keep track of your meals, practice portion control, and stay motivated throughout the week. I recommend designating one day out of every week to be your meal prep day. It doesn't take all day, maybe an hour or so as long as you have a meal plan for the week.

Sunday is meal-prep day for me and Tim. It is the one day where he and I don't have much to do aside from church or maybe the occasional beach/hike excursion. 

Usually my breakfasts consist of different overnight oat recipes (my favorites come from  Mason Creations, an e-book from one of my favorite blogs by Sammy B.) or some Tone It Up pancakes made with Perfect Fit Protein from the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan.

However, if I am pressed for time and didn't meal-prep like I was supposed to, this is what my go-to, quick-fix breakfast looks like:
  1. Pefect Fit Chocolate Superfood Smoothie
  2. Toast (Pictured is Rudi's gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread)
  3. Fruit 
The great thing about this breakfast is that it usually keeps me full until just before lunchtime. 



Speaking of which, lunch is usually a sandwich made with Ezekiel bread (my favorites are made with some kind of nut-butter) or left-overs from the night before, some fruit and a helping of veggies. 

Dinners are sometimes not as easy to plan, though I'm working on it. I cooked up some Herbed Coated Salmon from the Love Your Body edition of the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan. I added a side of brown rice and some mixed baby greens to the dish. Easy to do and husband approved! 


Meal-prepping should be easy and fun and meals almost never have to be complicated to be healthy. Stick with what you know how to do, but substitute some things for the healthier versions of them. It's not hard. It shouldn't be! 


That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Groupies

My sister, Hannah (second from the right), invited all of her friends to Inspire Mililani tonight for their youth group event. I am soooo proud of her and how far she's come. I'm just as happy that my brother, Ian (not pictured), went with them too. 

If anyone knew Hannah and Ian just a few months prior to now, you would know that this isn't the kind of thing that they would do. They haven't been involved in anything church related since our dad passed away 6 years ago (wow, it's been that long?!). Before we even said a word, both kids boldly stated that they didn't want to join any youth or Sunday school groups at church.

Now, they're both trying it out together and inviting their friends to join them. My mom, Tim, and I couldn't be happier. We're just praying that the Holy Spirit anoints their weekly gatherings and that they continue in vigor and enthusiasm.

Seeing them and hearing their laughter only brought me and Tim back to the days of our youth as well; back when we hadn't a care in the world, never thought of the future, and lived like we were invincible. We were just a couple of kids living in the moment.

I think that's what we let go of when we get older. We let go of our youthfulness and replace it with responsibility. Of course it's not a bad thing, but I think we walk too much in the lines and forget what it's like to live outside of them.

There was a quote I saw recently that said, "When was the last time you tried something for the first time?" It was something I really took to heart because that fire inside me wants to risk being seen, heard, and felt, but the logical side of me says it's too dangerous, risky, and bold.

I'm not saying that God wants us to be wreckless, but I do believe that He desires us to live life in the moment. We get so caught up planning and making a living that we forget about the life we have right now. I believe we need to live life with a passion wild enough to set us free from the monotony of life.

What do you guys think? When was the last time you tried something for the first time? What are your God-given passions and abilities? What would you like to try? Ever been involved in church activities when you were younger? What did you think of them? Write to me!


That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!


Simon's Cat

I realize that I may be a few years late, but I absolutely love these "Simon's Cat" videos! Call me the "Crazy Cat Lady," but I don't care. I have a 10 year old black cat named Shadow and I wouldn't trade her for the world!
My little Shadow Cat.

To be honest, cats are just hilarious, furry creatures. They're finicky, frisky, sassy, and lazy. Plus they kill all the bugs! That's what I love about my Shadow Cat. 

I love all animals though. Dogs, lizards, snakes, hamsters, chickens, you name it! Is it just me, or is it that when you say you like cats, people assume you don't like dogs or that you're not a "dog person"? Quite frankly, I consider myself to be an all around animal lover, but for some odd reason, people assume that because I only have a cat that I'm only into cats. I'm not. My husband and I just don't have enough money for a dog right now.

What do you guys think? Has anyone ever assumed you were one way or the other?

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!



Be Transformed

I am the product of two island parents. What does that mean? It means looks don't matter, long hair don't care, and food is to be eaten...always

Someone refusing to eat because they're on a diet was considered rude and was almost unheard of around our family gatherings. If you finished your first helping of meat and starches, you were encouraged to eat another...and another.

My family was struggling financially practically all my young life, so I was raised on cheap family favorite past-times: spam and rice, spam and eggs, hot dogs and rice, and hamburger helper. If we went out to eat it consisted of McDonalds, Jack in the Box, or some other form of fast food.

About a year after I graduated from high school, my dad passed away from hypertension. He was 43 years old. 

Our entire family was devastated. I honestly had no idea what I was supposed to do as the eldest of my siblings and as the new helper to my mom. The only thing I could think of was to quit college and go to work. That's what I did. I went straight to a full-time job and tried taking care of my own things so my mom only had to worry about the kids.

The thought never occurred to me that the reason my dad died so young could have been because of his health, or rather lack thereof. I didn't even think of it for myself. Once I started working, I started eating out a lot more. A lot more

In 2009 I weighed in at 143 pounds, the heaviest I have ever been in my life. I remember thinking, Wow, I weigh almost as much as my boyfriend, who weighed about 155 pounds at the time. I was also sharing clothes with my mom. No young girl I knew would have thought to share clothes with her mom, but there I was doing exactly that because the clothes I had fit uncomfortably. Needless to say, I was a bit embarrassed.

I knew I needed a change, but I didn't even know where to start. I started running on my lunch breaks and tried eating "healthy" TV dinners like Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine. I never drank water, still ate out, and still enjoyed some drinking on the weekends. My naivety led me to believe that I was actually eating right. 

At the end of that year, my mom decided she wanted to move back to Hawaii to be with her side of the family. Still not really knowing what my new role was in my family, I felt led to follow them in the move, even though it meant leaving my longtime boyfriend, Tim, behind. 

It truly was one of the saddest moments in my life after my dad passed away. I really had no idea what God was planning on doing with us when we got to Hawaii, but I was convinced it was our chance to start fresh. So that's what I did. I started over.

During the first year of our move, I reawakened a passion I never knew I had-a passion for nature and the outdoors. With the help of my uncle, I was playing volleyball about 5 nights a week, hiking at least twice a month, and exploring the depths of the Hawaiian seas. I lost 22lbs in that year alone! 

However, my eating habits stayed the same, if not, worsened. Although I was skinny and active, my diet reflected that of an obese male. Plate lunches, chicken katsu with extra sauce, Zippy's, pizza, McDonald's, L&L's, and the list goes on...

When Tim and I finally got married in 2011, my activity level went down...I mean waaaayyy down. I wasn't playing volleyball (more on that later) anymore, rarely hiked, and I was too nervous to bring Tim near the ocean for fear that his overconfidence would overpower his common sense (sorry, Babe). Within just six months of us being married, I went from 118 pounds to 130 pounds. Yikes! I had no desire to even step into my "teeny kinis" (pronounced keenees) anymore, let alone enjoy life with my husband all because I hated how I felt all around.

One day, my cousin, Nalani, sent me a link to a site called Tone It Up and said it looked like a page I would enjoy. I checked them out and sure enough, I did.

Karena and Katrina were the embodiment of the passion I once had prior to being married. They were cute, quirky, fun, sexy, and healthy. Most of all, they were free; free to be crazy, free to be happy, and free to be themselves and that is exactly what I desired for myself.

I started doing their Youtube workouts daily before work and eating better, I mean really eating better. The simple recipes they shared on their site showed me just how easy eating right could be. And the most important thing that I learned from them is that good health isn't about dieting; it's about lifestyle. It's not  just about what you'll look like in the end, but what you'll feel like on the inside. When it becomes a part of who you are, your body will change for the better as a result.

I learned that overall health and daily activity is what keeps you feeling and moving like you're young again; that truly loving yourself is taking care of yourself so that you can be around to take care of others. The choices I make today are affecting my future.

About a year after following them around the internet, I finally purchased their nutrition plan. Since then, I have been able to keep off the weight, however, I bounced back just recently after my husband and I got our first place. Of course, I was a little disappointed with myself, but not too much because I know what I can expect from myself.

It's hard work, but I am committed to my health and the health of my family which I know will determine our future, God willing we make it that far. 

If my dad were still around today, I would have wanted to share this with him. I know that our family's poor eating habits were a major contributing factor to his early death, which is exactly the reason why it stops here. As long as I am alive, I want my life to reflect hope, health, and inner-beauty so that others may be encouraged and so that we may all be able to live long, happy, and healthy lives.

Anyone else have transformation stories? Share it with me in the comments!

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!


Destiny's Children

On August 28th, 2011 I married my best friend.


We weren't always best friends, however.

We met in high school chemistry class (God has a sense of humor) and we, at the time, couldn't be more different. From my previous post I mentioned that I was the "God Girl" in high school. Tim was the "bad boy." I was into reading my Bible, reading books, and doing church activities. Tim was into drugs, weed mostly (where do you stand on the drugs vs weed debate?), drinking, and girls. Yeah, I'd say we were worlds apart.

Of course, being somewhat different from the other kids at school, I didn't have a whole lot of friends. I often spent time with one of my good friends from church or alone reading, just trying to stay hidden from my peers. Tim, in all of his boldness of course, had to point me out. 

I remember sitting in class one day, just minding my own business as usual, when along came Tim to the front of the class where my desk was and he propped up a seat right next to me. I always had a feeling he liked me, but the feelings were never mutual (Tim likes to think otherwise). Anyway, he sees me reading my Bible and asks, "Whatchu reading?" My response with intended sarcasm: "A book."

And so our friendship began. But Tim refused to keep it that way.

Summertime of 2005 he attempted to kiss me, but to no avail. That was where it all ended...or so we thought.

When the next school year rolled around, Tim got transferred to a continuation school not far from MIlpitas High. He and I hadn't spoke since that awkward moment in time. Suddenly, one autumn night, I got a call from him. I was nervous to answer, but figured I'd break the awkwardness and be a friend.

HIs call, surprisingly, wasn't to hit on me again or even to say sorry for the incident. It was to see if my family and I would be willing to take him to church.

"You wanna go to church?" I asked him, almost falling over.
"Yeah," he responded nonchalantly.

I was surprised and almost reluctant. He was one of the last people I would have imagined wanting to go to church. Up until that year, I've invited many people to church, boys and girls, and so many turned me down. But that Sunday, it happened. We picked him up and we took him.to church.Tim was the first guy in high school that followed through with my offer.

After a few days, I was expecting his interest to either die down or become focused on me. In fact, I think everyone was. Surprisingly, it didn't. He kept going and he kept...growing. He started falling in love, not with me, but with Jesus and me and my parents could see it.

Some months later, Tim accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and we couldn't have been happier for him. Months after that, he and I started dating. Five years later he and I decided to finally tie the knot.

There were a lot of things that have gone on in between, but those stories will come later. I guess what we can gather from this is some people were just destined for each other.

Anyone else have a crazy love story like ours? Share it with me in the comments!

That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!


Religion vs Relationship


This is often the most controversial misconception of Christianity, which is why, when asked, I don't always refer to myself as "Christian," and if I do, it's with some half-hearted emphasis and an iffy sounding "Yeeeah..." Most of the time I like to say that I have a relationship with Christ.

Other people have their opinions on the matter. Here's mine:

You have probably heard that religion and relationship are what sets Christianity apart and I believe they do. For the sake of being labled, Christianity is categorized as a religion. That makes sense. However, when you actually become a "Christian," you are giving yourself away to a lifestyle of faith, also known as a relationship with Jesus Christ.

For instance, someone can read the Bible, recite every verse, sing every song, and pray until they are blue in the face in hopes that they will go to heaven or to a "better place" in the next life. This is the norm for most religions, yet at times Christianity can be included as well. .

However, that's what would make Christianity exactly that- a religion.

Christian or not, the difference is love.

When you are in a loving relationship with someone, you do things because you love them, not because you have to. That is the bottom line- LOVE. If it's not love, it's a burden.

What I mean is that someone can go to church, do "good" things, and know all the answers, but if it doesn't change the essence of your being, it's a religion.

Religion becomes a chore because there is no love involved. People grow tired of trying to do good all the time and that's because we're only humans, not God. And we're not good, we're humans. 

When marriages fail, you hear it all the time, "We fell out of love." That is an indicator that there was no relationship. There may have been in the beginning, but because they failed to keep the love alive, it became a burden.

The relationship you get into with Jesus Christ is one that should change you from the inside out. If it doesn't, then what have you made it? 

My question to all who are wondering where they stand with God is this: How far do you want to take your faith? As far as only religion will take it? Or to an all-in, genuine relationship? Do you want to live life because you have to or because you want to? Do you want to be set free from trying or be a slave to failure?

Because Jesus died on the cross for ALL sins, which He did because He loved us, not because He had to, He gave us freedom. No matter what we do, He will love us. And if we love Him in return, only good can produce from our efforts. It's this constant love-love relationship that makes change possible for each individual. But you will never know change until you've fallen into a love relationship with Christ. 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 
John 3:16

If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Jesus is the only person that makes life worth living. I have the experience as proof.

What do you guys think about religion vs relationship? Share in the comments below!


That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!