Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Working Towards a More Manageable Life...Step 3

Step 3
 
"Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."
 
I am so glad that we have the love letter from God - the Bible- that we are able to read so that we are able to know Him better and better as we study His Word.
 
 
28But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him a hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what you owe.
29And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.
30And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
Matthew 18:28-30
 
 
  21From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. 22Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
      24Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul
Matthew 16:21-26
 
8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9
 
 
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not lack.
2He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters.
3He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Psalm 23
 
1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
         Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
         My God, in whom I trust!”
3For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
         And from the deadly pestilence.
4He will cover you with His pinions,
         And under His wings you may seek refuge;
         His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
Psalm 91:1-4
 
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6
 
 
*Please remember that these lists verses is not a totally complete list - it is just a list of some basic verses that go with each step. There are many more gems in the Bible. If you have a reference Bible - you could look up these verses and then see what verses that the references refer you to - to do an even more in depth study. May God bless you as you study the Bible. :O)


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

An Epiphany...

Last week I had an epiphany.  Way back in 2011(I believe) a friend of mine shared with me about a health seminar coming up. Those of you that have been with me a long time will remember the seminar that I went to that we got to see the movie "Forks Over Knives" I learned a lot. I put into practice a lot of the information. During the next year - I took great care of myself by eating a mostly plant based diet along with exercise, in the process I lost about 50 pound.

Life got in the way - and a ton of stress came into my life- and I left the path towards better health. And I fell back into a not so healthy lifestyle. And after a while - I found out that I had cancer, which lead to me going through chemo.

As I was getting my healthy lunch together, a salad, cooked kale, corn on the cob and a piece of homemade flaxseed bread, I was thinking about how much I enjoy eating healthy and that this was something I wanted to do the rest of my life (I am not 100% healthy eating but I am making much better choices than I was for a while there). Anyway as I was thinking - It dawned on me that it was God's leading for me to go to that seminar back them and for me to work towards better health. I believe that the benefits of taking care of myself made a big difference. I really feel that God lead me to that seminar so I could get myself in much better shape and prepared to me and my body for what I was going to face. I believe that I would not have made it through chemo and all as well as I did - had I not spent that year working towards better health.

God was in control and is still in control. It is so comforting to look back and realize that God was leading and that He put all the pieces together that worked things out. And I know that right now - He is working. There are areas of my life that are causing me some frustrations and stress. Things I have been praying about for quite some time and I just don't seem to see an answer to. But He knows the end from the beginning and He is working things out. I can trust He is in control and surrender my life to Him and allow Him to guide and direct me.  It might take weeks, months or even years, but I believe I will see His hand at work in these areas of my life as well.

Anyway I just wanted to share this with you all  - so that maybe if you too are going through some stressful times that you will try to spend some time to see how God has lead in your life to this point and it will help prepare you to be watching for His hand in your life in the future. :O)

Monday, January 16, 2017

BEST WAY ....~E~

Today we continue our series with the "E" in Best Way.
 

Exercise

 
"In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and WALK!"
 Acts 3:6
 

 
Here's what happens when you exercise:
1. It increases circulation.
2. The heart rate increases to pump necessary oxygen to each muscle.
3. It increase the stroke volume, the amount of blood pumped with each heart rate.
4. It decreases the pulse rate, there by giving the heart more time to rest between beats.
5. It decreases one's risk of death in the even of a heart attack.
6. The lungs are expanded and thus strengthened to supply fresh oxygen to the entire system.
7.  Liver, kidney, and lungs will be strengthened to perform their work.
8. Exercise invigorates the mind.
9. Digestion is aided, and disease stomach is relieved and the bowels are strengthened for correct elimination.
10. Impurities are expelled from the system.
11. The skin expels impurities that otherwise would have to be expelled by the excretory organs, and the skin is given a healthy glow.
12. It increases weight loss.
13. You sleep better.
14. You are less affected by stress.
 


Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Problem With Static?

A Problem With Static?

 
The winter weather can play havoc with our skin and hair. This year I have really noticed the damage done to my hair and the frizziness that this weather causes.
 
I decided to ask my sister in law, who has had cosmetology training, and ask her the best things to do for the frizzies. She gave me several suggestions.
 
First of all, she said to use moisturizing conditioner.
 
Another suggestion she mentions was to spray my brushes with Static Cling - the spray for clothes. Lucky for me, I already had a bottle. I had never hear this idea before. Have you?
  The last suggestion is quite ingenious. She said to use a dryer sheet. To rub it on your hair. The great thing about this is you can keep one in your purse and carry it with you.
 
Another thing I have tried is using a Pantene product. I had been looking for a leave-in conditioner and this was the closest thing that I could find:
I think that it has helped.
 
 
I am hoping between these ideas that I can get my hair under control. It's basically just the longer layer in the back that is giving me the problems. I guess wearing coats and bring my hair out from under the coats may be causing the problem. I may try to wash the coat with fabric softener and dryer sheet and hopefully that can help as well.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Beloved Name of God......Lamb of God


Lamb of God

"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:29 KJV
 
  • Name of God the Son
  • The "Lamb of God" is referred to only twice. Both references are in the book of John.
  • Lambs were habitually sacrificed in burnt offerings. In genesis 22:8, Abraham says, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering" (NIV) For God Himself to make a sacrifice meant something world changing was about to happen.
  • When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to be baptized, he proclaimed Him as "the Lamb of God" and for shadowed His destiny as a sacrifice for all our sins.
What made Jesus different? Napoleon Bonaparte, war general and emperor of France, felt confident enough to venture and opinion.
 
"Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires," he wrote, "but on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him."
 
As God incarnate, Jesus was more powerful than any king, emperor, or war leader that ever lived. And how did He come into the world? As a sacrifice! As a lamb to be slain so the people HE loved would live forever. What emperor has ever give so much to his people or paid such a high price for his gift? In weakness there is strength and in His absolute vulnerability to the evil of this world, the Lamb of God had strength enough to save us all from its power. Forever.
 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Being Content..

Sharing a Streams in the Desert devotion today - hope it blesses you!
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I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content (Philippians 4:11).


Paul, denied of every comfort, wrote the above words in his dungeon.

A story is told of a king who went into his garden one morning, and found everything withered and dying. He asked the oak that stood near the gate what the trouble was. He found it was sick of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine. The pine was all out of heart because it could not bear grapes, like the vine. The vine was going to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and have as fine fruit as the peach tree. The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac.

And so on all through the garden. Coming to a heart's-ease, he found its bright face lifted as cheery as ever. "Well, heart's-ease, I'm glad, amidst all this discouragement, to find one brave little flower. You do not seem to be the least disheartened." "No, I am not of much account, but I thought that if you wanted an oak, or a pine, or a peach tree, or a lilac, you would have planted one; but as I knew you wanted a heart's-ease, I am determined to be the best little heart's-ease that I can."

Others may do a greater work,
But you have your part to do;
And no one in all God's heritage
Can do it so well as you.


They who are God's without reserve, are in every state content; for they will only what He wills, and desire to do for Him whatever He desires them to do; they strip themselves of everything, and in this nakedness find all things restored an hundredfold.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

More Help With Steps One and Two

 
 
So I am going to be sharing a little helpful information that will go nicely along with the Managing Your Life posts. This week we will do steps one and two to catch up.

Step One 



"What are some of the principles inherent in each step that we are encouraged to practice in all our affairs?"

"In step one we learned the principle of honesty as we admitted our personal powerlessness over food(or what ever) and the fact that without help we could not successfully manage our own lives. Now we want to continue being honest with ourselves in all our affairs. One way in which we practice honesty today is by admitting that we are still compulsive overeaters,(or what ever defect of character or addition that we are dealing with), that we still need daily help."

Step 2

"Step 2 we learned hope as we came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. This same hope will now need to underlie all our actions. Even in our loneliest hours, we can remind ourselves of the great truth that we are not alone; even in our weakest moments we will find the strength we need if we believe it is available to us and ask for it."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Working Towards a More Manageable Life....Step 2

Step 2
 
"Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."
 
Or how I like to say it:
 
Came to believe that God could restore us to sanity.
 

 
18“BEHOLD, MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN;
         MY BELOVED IN WHOM MY SOUL is WELL-PLEASED;
         I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM,
         AND HE SHALL PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES.
19“HE WILL NOT QUARREL, NOR CRY OUT;
         NOR WILL ANYONE HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS.
20“A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF,
         AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT,
         UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY.
21“AND IN HIS NAME THE GENTILES WILL HOPE.”
Matthew 12:18-21
 
 
23And Jesus said to him, “ ‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” 24Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”
Mark 9:23-24
 
10And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
11And, behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no way lift herself up.
12And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.
13And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
Luke 13:10-13
 
 
Just wanted to share a small little note about the word "loosed" from verse 12- "That is, "set free" in the sense of being freed to remain free." Isn't that a beautiful promise!?
 
When God lays His hands on you - you are healed- you are set free!
 
"It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
John 6:63
 
"Jesus' concerns are clearly about spiritual things. Success in this world is relatively unimportant in contrast to eternity.
"The words...life~ Jesus' word is what really matters, not miracles."
 
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believes on me should not abide in darkness.
John 12:46
"Light~ a metaphor for revelation"
 

I love You, O LORD, my strength.”
2The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
         My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
         My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
         And I am saved from my enemies.

Psalm 18:1-3
 
 
1I cry aloud to the Lord;
I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
2I pour out before him my complaint;
before him I tell my trouble.
3When my spirit grows faint within me,
it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
people have hidden a snare for me.
4Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
no one cares for my life.
5I cry to you, Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
6Listen to my cry,
for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
7Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of your goodness to me.
Psalm 142
 
"verse three~ Even in the situation of despair and depression David knows that he is in God's hands. This consciousness gave him new courage to trust in the LORD, the only refuge in his life."
 
*Italic information is either from my Andrew Study Bible notes or SDA Commentary.
 
 
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