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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stepping Out In Faith

Hey - two posts in one day! That is something that I have not done in a long time. But I had a great idea about a post and I just had to share.
A couple to even several years ago, I found a great red and white sleeveless St. Johns Bay summer top. And it probably only cost me about $3.99. I loved it! I got plenty of wear out of it, until yesterday.....

It's a sad story really. I mean - I am wearing my favorite top. And the fact that I have lost about 10 pounds had made it fit me even better than before, made it even more sad when the unthinkable happened...

I was taking a bag of trash out the door and my storm door handle, maybe, grabbed the top and tore...probably a 5 inch section of the top.....

I was so sad. My sister suggested that I check Ebay out to see if I could find another one. Well I found 2 - one was a 3X like the one I was wearing, but it was black and white. Then I found a 2X one that was white and navy. I debated back and forth on should I get one? If so what size? And then I had a hard time with paying the amount of money they were asking - it was well over the 3.99 I had paid for my red and white one.

Well I ended up listening to a great program on the radio on my way home from a trip to town. And the man was speaking about weight loss and that if you believe you can - you can. And if you believe you can't - you won't. And well... I decided that I would step out in faith and order the 2X top and continue to work towards wearing it. It is brand new with tag and I am so excited that it is navy blue and white- Navy is one of my favorite colors to wear.  Here is a photo of it:
I also got a great idea about another blog post that I am hoping to get written up by next week called "The HOV Lane to Weight Loss" be sure to keep on eye out for that one it is sure to be good!

Take 10~ Ten Dynamic Golden Rules That Help You Live Longer, Feel Better, and Look Good...series...Introduction part 2

Take 10~ Ten Dynamic Golden Rules That Help You

 Live Longer, Feel Better, and Look Good

By Leo R. Van Dolson, Ph.D, M.P.H.
Introduction part 2

Feeling Good and Looking Good


The World Health Organization defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Obviously, this definition is incomplete as it leave out one significant dimension of life and health- the spiritual. These dimensions of life are so inter-related that what affects one affects all the others. The entire mind, body, and soul is involved when disease strikes. That means that health, too, involves all four dimensions of life. We cannot be complete and whole unless we are well physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. As you make these applications, you will discover that you not only feel better but look better, too.
Wilbur Wright arrived in France in 1908 intent on demonstrating the superiority of his flying machine over the experimental French models. Because the French were committed to defending their claim of priority in flight, there was quite a bit of hostility toward Wilbur. When a catapult shot him 30 feet into the air to begin his flight the large crowd of spectators at Le Mans gasped with surprise. They were used to seeing long and often unsuccessful takeoffs. When his flight machine dipped its wing, banking for a turn, the crowd panicked. they'd never seen an aircraft turning life that and thought Wilbur was going to crash. When he continued to gracefully circle the field, their fright turned into wild cheering. After he landed, they mobbed him, everyone trying to shake his hand at once. The Wright brothers clearly had come up with a superior airplane. Something better speaks for itself. BETTER is not something BITTER. Often people think that a good health habit involves that which doesn't taste good or doesn't feel good. But actually what's good for you will make you look good, feel good, and enjoy life more during the additional years you will gain.

The Laws of Life and Health

Because the Creator established the golden rules of life and health we are studying, our main source for understanding these laws is the Bible. At the end of each chapter we will append a Bible Study Guide that develops these laws and illustrates their application in the physical, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions of life.
Nearly a century before a  healthful lifestyle became a significant issue in the United States, a remarkable woman named Ellen White wrote and lectured extensively about health. She was so far ahead of her time that many current scholars in the field of nutrition and health marvel at the insights this relatively uneducated writer displayed. Even today, when there is so much controversy over particular areas of emphasis in health research. Ellen White's voluminous writing on these topics are recognized as being remarkably accurate. Her writing challenge the reader to become acquainted with the Biblical laws of health and to apply these principles on a daily basis. What did Ellen White consider constituted a law of life and health? A careful study of what she has written reveals that a natural law applies across the board--physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. Thus the law of activity (exercise) can readily be seen to apply to physical development, mental alertness, the development of social graces, and spiritual growth. Without exercising these powers regularly we lose some of our ability to function completely. Either we use these powers or we lose them.
We should not confuse the laws of life and health with their limited applications. For example, we need to drink an adequate amount of water daily and use it externally to keep clean and fresh. Nevertheless, proper use of water is an application of the laws of health rather than a natural law in and of itself. several of the laws can be seen to include applications of the use of water as a benefit to health.
We have identified ten basic laws of life and health in the Bible and in the writing of Ellen White. These dynamic golden rules that we will be studying include the following:
  1. Cause and Effect
  2. Rest and Restoration
  3. Activity and Growth
  4. Temperance and Self-control
  5. Order and Cleanliness
  6. Regularity and Balance
  7. Supply and Distribution
  8. Positive Living
  9. A Healthy Respect for God's Property
  10. Nothing Lives to Itself(Law of Life for the Universe)  
When the capitalized first letters are put together they form an acronym- the Creator's Plan for Health and Happiness.
Bible Study Guide
In order to get an overall view of the ten great principles of life and health that we will study in this book, we turn to the Scriptures to give us a clue as to what they are. In the first part of Romans Paul outlives the plan of salvation. In Romans 12:1-2 he begins to put the gospel into working clothes. A modern paraphrase helps us understand how interested God is in helping us get the most out of life. "Now that you understand how God's plan works...this is the next step I urge: Accept it. Dedicate yourselves to becoming living, breathing testimonials to His new holy way of life. This demonstration of making God number one in your life will not only please Him, it will make good sense to you too. Because it means that instead of letting the worlds around you shape your thinking, you are opening up your mind and becoming receptive to all the pure and beautiful and fulfilling things God wants you to experience." _ Richard A. Swaney, Out of Darkness, Light!, p. 49.
(The KJV of the Bible is used for these verses)

1. Cause and Effect:

Galatians 6:7, "Whatsoever a man____________________, that shall he also ____________________." 
Every time a seed is sown a harvest results, based on the kind of seed planted. This applies across the board, physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. This, and the other great principles of life and health, work for us or against us, depending on how we choose to relate to them.

2. Rest and Restoration:

Mark 6:31, "Come ye yourselves apart......, and ____________________ awhile."
Psalm 23:3 "He _________________________ my soul."
Here is a find prescription for the prevention and healing of physical, mental, social, and spiritual ills.

3. Activity and Growth:

2 John 8 "Look to yourselves, that we _____________ not those things which we have wrought, but that we ____________________ a full reward."
Matthew 25:29, " For unto every one that ______________ shall be given, and he shall have __________________ but from him that ________________________________ shall be taken away even that which he hath."
This Bible verse is found in the parable of the talents. Because the servant failed to use what he had been given it was taken away from him. These verses outline the great principle of life that we lose what we do not use. Activity is a law of life. Strength is acquired by effort. Development cannot take place without proper use of our physical, mental, social, or spiritual faculties.
4. Temperance and Self- control:
1 Corinthians 9:25,27, "Every man that striveth for the mastery is _______________________ in all things....I keep under my body and bring it into _____________________________________."
Much of illness is brought on by intemperate use of those things that even might be good in themselves.

5. Order and Cleanliness:

1 Corinthians 14:40. "Let all things be done decently and in _____________."
Isaiah 52:11. "Be ye ____________________."
Pollution of any kind is destructive, but cleanliness and order contribute to many phases of total health.

6. Regularity and Balance:

Genesis 8:22. "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and ________________, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and _______________ and night shall not _____________________."
Job 37:16. "Dost thou know the ________________________ of the clouds?"
Built-in mechanisms keep our internal and external environment in as steady a state as possible.

7. Supply and Distribution:

Philippians 4:19. "My God shall ______________ all your need."
Without adequate nourishment and proper distribution of the substances essential to life there could be no life. Our challenge is to husband our resources, using what has been provided equitably.

8. Positive Living:

Proverbs 17:22. "A merry heart doeth good like a ________________________; but a broken spirit ______________________ the bones."
Psalm 16:11. "Thou wilt shew me the path of _____________; in thy presence is fullness of _____________; at they right hand there are _________________________forevermore."
In every aspect of life, positive attitudes and corresponding actions help prevent and even heal disease.

9. Respect for God's Property:

Matthew 22:39. "Thou shalt love they neighbor as ________________________."
A sense of self-worth is basic to health. It motivates us to care for our bodies, gives us a sense of security, thus contributing to mental health, and enables us to love others.

10. Nothing Lives To Itself(Law of Live for the Universe):

Luke 6:38. "Give and it shall be ______________ unto you; Good _______________, pressed down, and shaken together, and ________________over."
The more we give, the better we live. To the verse "Cast they bread upon the waters" (Eccl. 11:1) once voice of experience added "it will come back to you buttered!"

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Beloved Names of God.... Potter


Beloved Names of God



But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay,
 and thou are potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Isaiah 64:8 KJV
  • Name of God the Father
  • The comparison between God as Creator and the potter as a creator is made several times in the Bible, but God is addressed as the "potter" only once.
  • Human potters make useful vessels from he clay of the earth. In creating Adam from the earth, God could be described as the first potter.
  • In a vision, Isaiah foresaw times of tribulations for Judah and Jerusalem. Seeing cities destroyed and the people enslaved, Isaiah tells God they deserved it, but also pleads with Him not to punish His people endlessly. 
Life is full of change. We try to resist it, but often the greatest, most positive changes come from the most traumatic events; events that, given the choice, we would probably avoid repeating.
In a similar way we can theorize that the clay on a potter's wheel would probably rather stay in the ground. Instead, it is dug out, processed, shipped, sold, soaked, beaten, stretched, and manipulated on its way to becoming something useful- or perhaps even a work of art.
In our own lives, what we perceive as punishment often isn't. Like clay, the Potter puts us on His wheel of life and forms us according to the true purpose for which we were created. It may be a messy, difficult process, but we can trust our Potter to build us up to our full potential.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Take 10~ Ten Dynamic Golden Rules That Help You LIve Longer, Feel Better, and Look Good.....series introduction part 1

Once again I have found a great book. One that I think many of you would benefit from so I have decided to do a series on this book. There is quite a bit of information in this book and I am hoping that it will be something that will help each and every one of us along this journey called life.

This week we will be looking at the Introduction to the book. I will be dividing it into two parts since it is so long. I have not decided for sure how I will do the chapters - I might divide them into to parts as well since they are lengthy as well.


Take 10~

Ten Dynamic Golden Rules That Help You

 Live Longer, Feel Better, and Look Good

by Leo R. Van Dolson, Ph.D, M.P.H.
How would you like to live longer, feel great, and look good? What's exciting is that you can-- you really can! It's not all that difficult either. All you have to do is to become acquainted with and put into practice the ten simple dynamic golden rules that we share with you in this book. Many of them you probably are aware of and practicing already, even if it's only to a limited extent. But if you're not following them, stop cheating yourself and begin to get the most out of life.
Not long ago the chemicals in the human body were estimated to have a total value of about 98 cents. Thanks to inflation, the same chemicals would sell now for about $10.00. Harold Morowitz, a professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, calculated some years ago what the value of the human body would be if constructed from supplies bought in the open market at that time. He came up with the astounding figure of $6,000,015.44 for a medium size human body. What made the difference? He included a number of exotic substances not included in the earlier estimates. One if bradykinin that sells for $12,000 a gram and a follicle-stimulating hormone that retails at $4.8 million on the open market. (See Eternity, Oct., 1980. p.19.) Would you like to be a multi-millionaire? You already are!
Our bodies are worth a lot more than we may have thought. The challenge is to get our body's worth-- to begin to appreciate and care for these wonderful and expensive bodies as something very precious.
One way to do this would be to make a heroic effort to learn all possible health rules. But there are so many health choices today that we are perplexed by constantly changing advice as scientist learn more about what's good for us. The easier way is to learn the basic principles that govern life and health and to use common sense in applying them as best we can to various circumstances. This book develops ten golden rules of life and health that are easy to remember and apply.
We live in an age when it is unpopular to discuss rules and standards. Somehow people think these rules inhibit their freedom rather than protect it. But there are rules to every game. There has to be, or we wouldn't have games! And there are rules --great principles designed for our good--in winning the game of life. There is but one purpose behind them all, that is to enable us, when we play the game straight, to achieve the highest development of our physical, mental, social, and spiritual potential. Yet too often we see these as rather senseless and arbitrary rules which are challenging to break. And if that's all there is to them it would be a rather exciting game to try to break them and see how much we could get by with. But the trouble with that philosophy is that it isn't just rules that we break, it's ourselves. And often we don't realize this until it's too late.
Consider the terrible cost involved in failing to pay attention to these golden rules. Some years ago I was shocked to lean of the unexpected death of a friend who had been my major professor during my doctoral studies. My dissertation was based on research in the field of health education. One area of particular interest was the field of motivation. This professor challenged me to develop a conceptual model that would help predict health-behavior change. We chose smoking cessation to illustrate the model. Although a chain smoker himself, the professor was keenly interested in this project. He made several suggestions that greatly strengthened the model. His enthusiasm emboldened me to ask him why it was that, while he seemed to understand so clearly the reason for stopping smoking, he continued to puff away on cigarettes.
"Oh, I enjoy smoking," he said.
I know it doesn't do me any good' in fact, it's detrimental to my health. But I really enjoy smoking and don't want to quit." That was the first of several conversations during which we earnestly discussed his smoking habit. Two years later I learned that he had died at the young age of 45 from lung cancer. What a terrible price to pay for clinging to a death- dealing habit just because he enjoyed
Health-destroying habits often seem enjoyable. We wouldn't be doing what we're doing unless we were getting some sort of satisfaction out of them. But who is being hurt? Mainly ourselves. A golden rule of life is not one that we can keep on breaking with impunity. The day of reckoning will come-- and along with it the realization that the person we've cheated the most is self.
But that's the negative side. Look at the bright promise on the other side. The rules for healthful living, when followed consistently, pay rich dividends indeed. Do you want to be able to d whatever you've chosen to do in life consistently well and with real efficiency? Do you desire greater strength and energy? Do you want to be happy and cheerful? Who wouldn't?
It is possible to be as vital and alive at 61 as at 16. We can enjoy each day to its fullest. We can arise each morning with renewed vigor and strength, bubbling over with enthusiasm and energy. This n not accomplished by he use of some magic potion, elixir, or will-of-the-wisp fountain of youth, but by carefully applying the simple basic principles that govern life and heath. Together we'll discover ten of them. Each discovery will become a magic key that will open a treasure chest full of the riches of life and enable us to get along better and enjoy life much more.
It's easy to settle quickly for less than the best in life. As long as we seem to get along all right we can't be bothered about the fact that we're missing so much that is available. Most of us expend more time and strength n taking care of our houses and cars than we do taking care of ourselves. If a few dollars can be saved by poring over a "do-it-yourself" manual for repairing our house or fixing our car we put a lot of time into it. But how much more worth while it is to spend our time to learn how to get more out of life itself.
The golden rules we are studying are not just simple mechanical rules like breathing deeply and getting enough rest--important as these are. They are broader principles that include the physical, mental, social and spiritual dimensions of life.

Living Longer

 Dr. Lester Breslow, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles at the time when he and those researchers working with him began a study of 7,000 adult residents of Alameda County, California in 1965. Their studies led to the conclusion that good health practices, rather than the initial health status of those they surveyed, were largely responsible for the fact that those who practiced good health habits lived significantly longer. The seven good health habits they discovered that made the difference were: never smoking, regular physical activity, moderate to no use of alcohol, 7-8 hours of sleep regularly, maintaining proper weight, eating breakfast, and not eating between meals. (See Lester Breslow and James E. Enstrom, "Persistence of Health Habits and Their Relationship to Mortality." Preventive Medicine, 9:469-483(1980).
At Loma Linda University School of Health Update Convention in March, 1981, Dr. Breslow presented a report on the then current status of the Alameda County studies. He learned that at every age level, from 20 to 70, those who followed all seven of the health habits had significantly longer life than did those who followed only six of them. Six were better than five, and so on down to zero. This was particularly true for males. Men who were 60 years of age and older and had followed all seven health practices had better health status than men of 30 who followed none to three of the health practices. Dr. Breslow stated that he did not believe his results at first, so he rechecked them until he was convinced that they were accurate. Mortality follow-up of the 7,000 people in the study showed that for males at age 45 who practiced none to three of these good health habits, life expectancy would be another 21.6 years. Men at age 45 who followed four or five of the good health practices could anticipate living 28 more years. But those who followed six to seven of the good health practices could expect to live another 33 years.
Dr. Breslow is not  just concerned about longevity. He's plugging for what he calls "optimal health"-- a healthy, happy way of life. One of the most interesting results of the Breslow studies is the demonstration that we need the entire health package, not just bits and pieces of it, if we are to enjoy total health. These multi-million dollar body machines of ours deserve to be treated with the greatest respect possible.
Modern researchers have come to understand that disease is not just one-dimensional. Most of us know that the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of life are so interrelated that what affects one part of us affects every other part. With this fact in mind, health scientist have become increasingly aware of the need to treat health problems through a wholistic approach rather than through a fragmented one. How we live-- including what we eat, how and where we work, what we wear, and many other large and small details of our daily lives-- is most important in keeping truly healthy.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Come to the Garden~ An Invitation to Serenity

Come to the Garden ~ An Invitation to Serenity
JoAnna O'Keefe



Poured myself out.

I'm drained, I'm dry;

I sense a discontent

I can't identify. soul is poured out within me;
days of affliction have taken hold of me.
Job 30:16
My strength has dried up
like sun-baked clay...
Psalms 22:15
How Love, O Lord!
Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
Psalms 13:1-2

Thursday, August 18, 2016

This Week Around Here....

Just wanted to check in and let you know that I am working on a new series. It is a long book - so it takes a whole lot of typing on my part- so I am hoping it is something that will bless you guys with better health. Here is a sneak peak at the book:

The name of the book is - Take 10~ Ten Dynamic Golden Rules That Help You Live Longer, Feel Better, and Look Good.

So this week we have had a bit cooler weather- that is a good thing since we are having to clean out our garage. We have been getting rain off and on the last few days and as of this morning - we had gotten about 2 inches. We are very thankful for the rain!

This week my husband has worked nights several days of the week- which messes with my schedule. And today is a bad traffic day for my husband - there was a fatality wreck and so he has been in traffic for 2 hours...ugh.
I have spent several hours typing up the first couple of posts in the above book- I will be starting it next week.
Oh one more thing - so I have read a couple of my favorite blogs but I have had a hard time leaving a comment- It asked me to post as ----and then options- and then won't let me post- so I am going to have to figure that out. I just don't understand why I have had such a hard time. Blogger used to be so easy to use and it seems like they made some changes and now things are challenging. Ugh....

Well I just wanted to check in and up date a bit of things going on around here. Hope you all are doing well.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Beloved Names of God..... Bridegroom


Beloved Names of God


Jesus answered, "How can the guest of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast."
Matthew 9:15 NIV
  • Name of God the Son
  • Jesus refers to Himself as, or is referred to as, the "bridegroom" fourteen times in the NIV.
  • The prophet Isaiah tells Israel that "as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you"(Isaiah 62:5NIV). Jesus is the fulfillment of this prophecy.
  • In Matthew 9:15, Jesus tells the Pharisees that He will not be bound by normal social expectations. He also predicts His own death and the time His disciples will have to cope without Him. 
Is there a love in this world as intense as that between a couple about to be married? It is thrilling, constant, full of anticipation, full of promise. What would a bridegroom not do for his bride?
In earthly marriages, sadly, the passion fades a little with time. We are, after all, only human. But notice in Matthew 9:15 that Jesus isn't referring to Himself as the husband yet. The time when He and His followers will be joined as one has yet to come. In the book of Revelation, John describes how Jesus will return in glory to claim His bride, the "true" church. Until then we are left to wait in fervent anticipation, cultivating our relationship with our most devoted, attentive suitor. And what can we look forward to after the great wedding feast He has planned for us? An eternal, intimate love that will truly last the test of time.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Come to the Garden~ And Invitation to Serenity

Come to the Garden~ An Invitation to Serenity
JoAnna O'Keefe



I feel fragmented

Like a broken pot of clay.

I've lost my focus;

I've lost my way.

Give me relief from my distress;
be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
Psalms 4:1
Out of the depths I cry to you,
Oh Lord;
O Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
Psalms 130:1-2
I am like a broken vessel.
Psalms 31:12