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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Brain 25

Proverbs 25
"Whoever has no rule over his own spirit
Is like a city broken down, without walls."
verse 28

"Lifetime Effect of One Moment~
"In one moment, by the hasty, passionate, careless tongue, may be wrought evil that a whole lifetime's repentance cannot undo. Oh, the hearts that are broken, the friends estranged, the lives wrecked, by the harsh, hasty words of those who might have brought help and healing." Ed 236,237

Psalms 25

Monday, July 24, 2017

Brain 24

Proverbs 24

"Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him,
And He turn away His wrath from him."
verses 17-18

Enemies Need the Bread of Life~ "The whole earthly life of Jesus was a manifestation of this principle. It was to bring the bread of life to His enemies that our Saviour left His home in heaven. Though calumny and persecution were heaped upon Him from the cradle to the grave, they called forth from Him only the expression of forgiving love." MB 71

Psalms 24

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Black Dots and Black Spots

My devotional for today was too good not to share. I hope it blesses you as it did me. :O)
Giving thanks always for all things unto God

No matter what the source of the evil, if you are in God and surrounded by Him as by an atmosphere, all evil has to pass through Him before it comes to you. Therefore you can thank God for everything that comes, not for the sin of it, but for what God will bring out of it and through it. May God make our lives thanksgiving and perpetual praise, then He will make everything a blessing.
We once saw a man draw some black dots. We looked and could make nothing of them but an irregular assemblage of black dots. Then he drew a few lines, put in a few rests, then a clef at the beginning, and we saw these black dots were musical notes. On sounding them we were singing,

"Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below."
There are many black dots and black spots in our lives, and we cannot understand why they are there or why God permitted them to come. But if we let God come into our lives, and adjust the dots in the proper way, and draw the lines He wants, and separate this from that, and put in the rests at the proper places; out of the black dots and spots in our lives He will make a glorious harmony.
Let us not hinder Him in this glorious work!
--C. H. P.

Would we know that the major chords were sweet,
If there were no minor key?
Would the painter's work be fair to our eyes,
Without shade on land or sea?
Would we know the meaning of happiness,
Would we feel that the day was bright,
If we'd never known what it was to grieve,
Nor gazed on the dark of night?

Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.
--C. H. Spurgeon

When the musician presses the black keys on the great organ, the music is as sweet as when he touches the white ones, but to get the capacity of the instrument he must touch them all.

Brain 23

Proverbs 23

Psalms 23

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Brain 22

Proverbs 22
"He who loves purity of heart
And has grace on his lips,
The kind will be his friend."
verse 11

Character Development~ "It is not by arbitrary law or rule that the graces of character are developed. It is by dwelling in the atmosphere of the pure, the noble, the true. And wherever there is purity of heart and nobleness of character, it will be revealed in purity and nobleness of action and of speech." Ed 237

Psalms 22

Friday, July 21, 2017

Brain 21

Proverbs 21
"The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
 How much more when he brings it with wicked intent!"
 verse 27

Refusing Gods' Grace~ "It is not because He is unwilling to forgive that He turns from the transgressor; it is because the sinner refuses to make use of the abundant provisions of grace, that God is unable to deliver from sin." PK 323

Psalms 21

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beware of the Diet Fads.....It's been going on for years....

The idea for this post came from a conversation with my Mother in law.

She was talking about her need to lose weight. SO she began to tell me about a diet Dr that she and her sister went to about 28 years ago. I will share what she told me - NOT to encourage anyone to do these things BUT to show how ridiculous it is and how it could never be a long term way of life. Unless you continue to go to him and get the pills he was selling - which I guess was truly the point of what He was doing- setting himself up for long term patients....

They were limited to 800 calories a day. He suggested they have "150 calories for breakfast and for lunch and then 500 calories for supper - to get them through the night."

So she began to tell me what she would eat. And it was sad because it seemed that because she was limited in calories - she hardly included any fruits or vegetable to her menu.

I don't think that I have heard of any Dr ever suggesting a person go SO low in calories. But I guess it helped him - because since his patients would be hungry then he could prescribe them appetite suppressants.

I have to add something here - I really don't think it is a good idea to watch your calories - because I think that when people watch their calories - they seem to bypass healthy things like fruit and veggies - not wanting to "waste" their calories. But truthfully fruit and veggies don't make you fat. The truth is "fat" is what makes you fat. Now don't go crazy and do without fat - because we need fat - but by choosing the healthy fats- we give our bodies the things it needs. In the book that I read that opened my eyes to the importance of watching your fat intakes suggested that women keep their fat grams between 20- 40 grams a day. And for men- 30-60 grams. In my experience when you take your fat intake too low - your immune system is not able to work as well. Anyway - there are my two cents.

So the diet dr had them go on super low calorie diets- and then would prescribe meds for them. It was not something anyone could do for long term - it was a quick fix - an expensive quick fix. Losing weight does not need to cost a lot of money. Please do not fall for all the hype of the newest diets- that involve you spending lots of money on their special supplements. Spend your money on a variety of fruits and vegetables and whole grains and beans. That is where your money needs to go - on good food that God intended us to eat.

You can lose weight without using crazy low calorie diets. You can lose weight without buying expensive diet aids. Please don't fall for the crazy diet fads. Choose the lifestyle strategies that can lead to better health as well as weight loss. Many of the fad diets- don't lead to health - in fact, when followed long term lead to health issues.