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, November 30, 2016

Kale

Kale


Many people talk about how bad kale is and how it's so hard to fix it and it taste good. Well I lucked out. I bought a large pound bag of kale from HEB and on the back it had a recipe for Healthy Kale. So that is what I tried. And guess what? I loved it! I loved it so much I do this about one a week. I make the following recipe and I eat on it for several days that week---till it is gone.

The great thing is that Kale is VERY good for you and a wonderful addition to anyone's diet. If you have not given Kale a chance before - I hope you will now. And even if you have tried it before - give it another chance- this recipe really is good.

Healthy Kale


1 3/4 c. chicken broth (I use McKay's Chicken Seasoning)
1 1/2 c. water
3 T. EVOO - that is Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper (I don't always use this much - maybe half this)

1/2 tsp. sugar
1 - 1 pound package of Kale

Add the first 5 ingredients into a large pot and bring to a boil. Then add the sugar and kale. Cover pot with lid and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes or until desired tenderness.

Drain excess water and serve hot.

Trust me - this is very good! I love it! Just one more way to bring more health to your life. :O)

I noticed what looks like a great recipe from Mother Earth Living for Onion and Kale Pizza.
I am hoping to try this soon! If you have tried it please let me know what you thought of it! :O)

Monday, November 28, 2016

My New Favorite Bread Recipe

Flaxseed Bread

 
2 T. active dry yeast
1 T. honey
 
3 1/4 c. warm water
1 T. sea salt
1 c. flaxseeds, ground
1 c. gluten flour
6 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. turbinado sugar
1/4 c. canola oil
 
Soften yeast and honey in warm water. Ground flaxseeds in the blender. Combine whole-wheat flour, gluten flour, gluten flour, ground flaxseeds, sea salt, and turbinado sugar in a large bowl. When yeast mixture rises, add oil. Stir in dry mixture. Knead until smooth about 10 minutes. Divide into 2 portions. Shape each into loaves. Let rise until double. Bake at 350* for 35 minutes. Delicious!
 
Ok - so I do a little bit different with this recipe. At this time I do not have any turbinado sugar - so I use brown sugar. And actually I usually only use 1/4 of a cup of brown sugar. The recipe in the book says that you will divide this dough into 3-4 loaves - well I changed that to 2 because if you divided it into 3-4 they would be little loaves- you choose what you want to do. This is really the best bread that I have tasted! I love the fact that it is high in omega-3 and in fiber!

 
This is the cookbook that this recipe came from. I have typed out the original recipe at the top - and in my writing have told of changes that I have made. I hope you will try this and will enjoy it as much as I have! :O)
 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Come to the Garden....series

 

Come to the Garden

An Invitation to Serenity

by JoAnna O'Keefe
 
 
 

Lord, I feel fragmented
Like a broken pot of clay.
I've lost my focus;
I've lost my way.
 
I've poured myself out.
I'm drained. I'm dry;
I sense a discontent
I can't identify.
I feel rootless
 
Like rolling tumbleweed,
Moving, moving, moving,
Dizzy, from the speed.
 
I feel like quitting.
I feel self-doubt.
I'm tired, Lord.
I'm worn out.
 
How can I integrate
My scattered thoughts,
My dreams?
How can I find balance,
Freedom from extremes?
 
How can I slow down?
How can I release?
There are so many pressures.
How can I find peace?
 
Quiet, quiet, quiet,
my child, be still.
Listen to your feelings.
Discipline your will.
 
Come to the Garden,
The secret place we share.
My essence is in the Garden;
Come to Me in Prayer.
 
Transcend worldly cares.
Seek the Kingdom first.
Peace lies within;
It is for Me you thirst.
 
Accept your limitations;
Embrace humility.
Here lies the path to wisdom
And to maturity.

Come to the Garden,
The soul's sweet bouquet.
The flowers of tomorrow
Are in the seeds of today.
 
Together we will weed.
Together we will sow.
Together we will water.
Together, you will grow.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Some Progress in My Sewing Room

Today I wanted to show you a little of what I am getting done in my sewing room lately. For many, many months I had these blocks sitting up on my design board. I just could not get the lay out right. I would change one thing and then another. Then I would just let it be and look at it ever so often trying to figure out what I needed to do. Well last week I decided to just move forward. I had tried many different combinations and if I had not found something that I thought would work the best then maybe I just needed to move forward...so I did. And I got the sashing sewn on and the blocks together.
 
 Here is the fabric that I have chosen for my border. I had picked out an even prettier border- but when I realized I would not only have to buy a lot more fabric, but I would also have many cut up roosters - I had to go pick out different fabric and this is what I found. I think it will be very nice.
I still need to get the border cut into strips and sew them together and then onto the quilt. And then I will have another quilt ready to quilt.
 
I do have a quilt that I have ready to quilt. I even bought the backing fabric. I have it cut out and will be ironing it and the quilt top and then putting them together to get ready to quilt. I am hoping to have some time next week.  We will see.
 
 I have a Christmas project that I would love to try out and hoping that I am able to do a good job because I think it is a great idea. I will share with you all if I am able to get to this project.
 
Hope you all are having a great day! :O)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

So last week I went to see my oncologist for my six month check up. I finally got my blood results back. I was a bit shocked and disappointed to see that my CA125 number had risen. It was only by a little over two points- but it is the rising of that number that is not good. I put a call into my oncology nurse and got a call back today saying that yes it had risen but I was till in the normal range so not to worry about it. I kind of knew that, but it is just not something you want to see. I had thought with me making better choices and all that the number could have come down even more than it did last time. Apparently the number does fluctuates some so it is normal. I just have to prepare myself before each visit not to panic or stress out if it has went up a bit.

I think I have already shared this but just in case I did not - I was happy to find out that I weighed in one pound less than the first visit that I had with the oncologist. Yay!! I still have a ways to go to get to my goal of losing 50 by 50 but I am almost to the halfway point. Praising God for that for sure! It is a real struggle for me to lose weight.
Although the scales have not moved a whole lot this month - I have had improvements in the way of how clothes fit that has helped encourage me along the path of weight loss.

So this cute top is one example of that. I bought it the end of October at a Goodwill Midnight Maddness sale. I paid $2.50 for this cute top. It was a bit too snug to wear. Well I wore it Sunday and loved it!!
These cute bling jeans are another item that I was able to wear on Sunday. My mother bought these cute jeans for me for my birthday last year- well they had been a bit snug and I thought that I would be able to lose weight and wear them last winter- I was not. It was very disappointed. Well when I got them out Saturday night and tried them one - they fit!!! Yay!
 
So although I haven't seen a major lose on the scales - I am making strides in the right direction still - by the clothes I can now wear. It is nice to get these small reminders that I am making progress. And I can't wait till I can come back on here and tell you about things fitting me that used to not fit. :O)
 
Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving - This year my birthday will fall on Thanksgiving - not my favorite thing but I deal with it anyway.
I am looking forward to Friday because the Goodwill's in our area are having a 1/2 price sale on Black Friday - and my sister and I are planning to go shopping. It is fun to shop for the new wardrobe that I am working towards getting into. I have already found a few really cute pieces.
 
Like these:


 
Ok - I better close. Have a great rest of the week! :O)
 
 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Strength to Bear Whatever

 The Fruit of the Spirit ~ It's What You Are That Counts
by Richard W. Offill



"The joy that God's people experience throughout the centuries didn't make the pain or the suffering and hardship go away. But because joy is the result of faith and hope, it gave them strength to bear whatever happened to them."

Monday, November 21, 2016

Benefits of....Connection With God

Our final installment in this series - certainly not the least important of the list.
 

Connection With God

Prescribed dose:

"Evening,  and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud; and he shall hear my voice."
 Psalms 55:17. God desires to have a moment by moment connection with us.
 

Additional recommendations:


"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. IN all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6. God is the author of all life, the Creator of every living thing. He understands all the intricate details and functions of his creation. (Revelation 4:11) We are creatures created by God with limitations and inabilities. There are times in life when we find ourselves perplexed, troubled or distressed and we are unable to solve our own difficulties. We need God's help. and He willingly pours His grace out upon us.
 
We also need God for personal growth, for healing, both physical and emotion, and for wisdom and direction. We connect to God through prayer, meditation, the study of His word, and through fellowship with His people. Connecting with God is more than a mere act or performance, and goes beyond "doing" all the spiritual disciplines or trying to be "good." Connecting with God is about a relationship that develops through multiple experiences with God over time. Being good is a result of this relationship, not a requirement for it. God becomes "real" to us as we experience Him in daily practical life. He is no longer a distant impersonal God, but a close friend who knows every detail about us and yet still loves us unconditionally. We become transformed by His love and we radiate with His presence.
 

Benefits:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety.
  • Physical wellbeing.
  • Mental stamina and endurance.
  • Direction and guidance for difficult situations.
  • Spiritual growth.
    Comfort in loss, sorrow and bereavement.
    Unconditional love and acceptance.
  • Truth in God's word which provides structure for daily living.
  • Grace which is God's unmerited favor towards us.
  • Forgiveness.

Possible side effects:

 
 
In an attempt to connect with God, one may miss the mark all together and develop a "form of godliness," that denies or hinders the true power of God working in the life. (2 Timothy 3:5). True godliness is reduced or exchanged for a lifeless performance that excludes real character growth. Symptoms include: spiritual pride, self- righteousness, judge mentalism, critical of others, backbiting, gossip, intolerance for human mistakes or frailty, the disease of perfectionism, adhering to principles without real growth in the life, double living; saying one thing and doing another, hiding deep secret sins in order to appear righteousness in the eyes of people and the list goes on.
 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Special Light

 The Fruit of the Spirit ~ It's What You Are That Counts
by Richard W. Offill

"Like all the other fruit of the Spirit, joy shines best in the worst of times. I was in a jewelry store buying a new battery for my watch, and I couldn't help but notice the beautiful diamonds and other precious stones on display. What accentuated their beauty and sparkle was the special light that was shining directly on them, in contrast to the darkened background."

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Come to the Garden...series

 
 

Together

 

we will weed.

Together we will sow.

Together we will water.

Together, you will grow.

 

These things I have spoken to you,
that my joy may be in your,
and that your joy may be full.
John 15:11
 
Remain in me, and I will remain in you.
No branch can bear fruit by itself;
it must remain in the vine. Neither
can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
John 15:4
 
If you remain in me
and my words remain in you,
ask whatever you wish,
and it will be given to you.
John 15:7
 
 


Friday, November 18, 2016

"If I had have known I was gonna live this long....."

So yesterday was my mother in laws birthday. We went over to visit her and take her gifts to her. When we were fixing to leave she said to me, "If I had have known I was gonna live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." I responded by saying, "Yeah, that is why I have been making lifestyle changes lately- to take better care of myself." The expression on her face gave away the words she would speak next, "No, I don't think I would have done anything differently."
I was so surprised. I guess she realized that she could make some changes now and did not want to make any more changes. I have to give her credit - she did quit smoking and she quit drinking coffee. She still drinks diet coke - but she does at least drink water now some. So she has made a few changes.

Her statement really made me think. It encouraged me along my journey to a healthier me. We really do need to be taking better care of ourselves. We can not abuse ourselves by living life how ever our flesh wants to and expect to have good health. Of course, even those who have made good choices end up getting sicknesses and disease. But I am meaning over all. We really need to be wise and make good decisions. And those decisions are not just for today - but are for our future health. It encouraged me along the path.

Today was the 3rd anniversary since my hysterectomy. My pathology report has tomorrow's date on them- even though I did not find out until Dec 3rd. Today I have spent a little time thinking about what I had been thinking 3 years ago. How my big concerns were how I would deal with the side effects of a hysterectomy and being put into instant menopause. I had read the list of symptoms to expect and I was not at all looking forward to any of that stuff. Just weeks later I would realize how minor those things were considering I was then facing losing my hair altogether- no longer would my concern being that my hair would thin - although it is thinner now then it was before - and my hair is finer but Praise the Lord I have hair!!!

I went to my oncologist on Wednesday. I had hoped to get my lab results and be able to do a complete update about my appointment - but for now I can say that the Dr said everything looked/felt good. And that she did not see any problems. I always am more relieved once I see the blood work results. So hopefully I will get the results Monday or Tuesday.

So one more quick up date - this week I have been wearing my summer attire - it has been warm - like upper 70's and then mid to upper 80's. But a cold front blew in this morning and it has been in the 60's today. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining. We are expecting to go into the 30's tonight nd tomorrow night. We have winterized things around here - just in case we get a freeze. Since we live away from the big city - we very well could see a free on Saturday night. The highs are just going to be in the 50's or 60's. It looks like fall has finally arrived!! I am thankful. This is really my favorite time of year. Where I can open up windows if I get hot or close them if I get cold.

I hope you all are doing well. Take care and stay warm. :O)

Benefits of ...Nutrition


Nutrition

 

Prescribed dose:

Adequate nutrition needs to be taken in through food daily.
 

Additional recommendations:

 
Nutrients are chemical substances found in food that have a specific function in the body like, protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins minerals, fiber, and water. Malnutrition can occur if the body doesn't get an adequate daily intake of these necessary nutrients. Nutrition should be obtained from fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Animal products are not required for good nutrition to be obtainable. Fruit and vegetables alone may not contain enough nutrition due to depleted soil, and nutritional supplementation may be necessary, but supplements must never take the place of food.
 
When asleep the body is in a fasting state and breakfast is the first meat of the day that breaks this fast, as the work "breakfast" itself implies. The breakfast meal should be hearty and well balanced to provide the body with sufficient fuel to function efficiently during the day. Breakfast should never be skipped.
 
Eating two meals a day is better than eating three, but if a third meal is needed, make it a light small meal of fruit and grain eaten several hours before bedtime, so that the food will be completely digested before you go to bed. Avoid overeating, eat at regular times, eat balanced meals, and always eat slowly and in a relaxed unhurried state. Chew your food thoroughly and mix it with saliva, this is the first phase of digestion. "drink your solids and chew your liquids," is a good rule to remember for good digestion, this simply means that a solid food should be chewed to a liquid state before swallowing and a liquid food should be mixed with saliva before swallowing. 5-6 hours should elapse between meals for complete digestion of food. Ray foods eaten along digest within 2-3 hours. Don't eat in between meals, no snacking on crackers, nuts, chips, or cookies; this also includes gum, candy and juice. Water is excluded and can be taken in between meals throughout the day. Always remember, "You are what you eat."
 

Benefits:

  • Sufficient energy production.
  • Cells properly nourished.
  • Mental stamina.
  • All body systems able to function properly.
  • Body heals and fights infection better.
  • Healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Possible side effects:

 
Over indulgence of that which is good. Too much of even good food can be harmful to the body.
 


Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Petals Unfold Together

 The Fruit of the Spirit ~ It's What You Are That Counts
by Richard W. Offill
 

"A potato chip commercial famous in the past challenged, "I bet you can't eat just one." So it is with the fruit of the Spirit. A person can't have just one. It will help us to think of these spiritual qualities as petals on a flower. Although the blooming of the flowers is a process, the petals unfold together. We may not come to maturity in these qualities all at once, but they will develop in tandem with each other." Pg.14

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It's THAT Time Again

So I will be postponing the next post about Benefits of...Nutrition till Friday. I have my appointment with my oncologist on this morning and can not wait to have it behind me. It has been a bit of a stressful week for me. Reminding me of my need to depend on Jesus Christ.

Yesterday morning we had our little Wallie fixed. We have an appointment to get our girl kittens fixed the first week of December but since we had to wait a while to get them fixed - we figured it would be smarter to get our little boy kitten fixed. He did very well. And I am glad he has been taken care of.

Anyway please be praying for me - for strength and for peace. It seems that every time that this appointment comes around I am reminded of the fact that I had cancer and a lot of those memories come through. It is getting easier between the appointment's to forget about it and put it out of my mind. Thanks so much for the prayers. :O)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Two Challenges of the Spiritual Life

 
 The Fruit of the Spirit ~ It's What You Are That Counts
by Richard W. Offill

 
"Like any garden, the spiritual life has two challenges. One is to fight the weeds, and the other is to nurture the fruit. We nurture the fruit of the Spirit through our devotional life. That's what keeps the fruit of the Spirit alive and well. Through prayer, we communicate with God, and through His Word, He communicates with us. Without the devotional life, the fruit of the Spirit becomes stunted, and then the cares of this life may simply choke it out."

Monday, November 14, 2016

Benefits of...Self Control

So sorry this post is late - I had to take my MIL to get a few tests run today and so I did not have enough time to get this posted before I went. Yesterday I spent several hours out in my yard getting it mowed and cleaned up. It was a beautiful day and I knew that I had quite a bit going on this week - including a visit with my oncologist.

 

Self-Control

Prescribed Dose:
Be temperate in all things at all times.
 
Additional recommendations:
Learn to say "no" to the bad and set limits on unrealistic ideals and desires. Balance out your life between work and play, etc. Excess in eating, drinking, working, study, play etc. is never healthy. Say "no" to the bad and be temperate in the "good."
 
Benefits:
  • Develops self-control.
  • Balanced life.
  • More time and focus for what is important.
  • Ability to avoid harmful foods, drink and life style habits that do not promote health.
  • Ability to say "no" to anything harmful.
Possible side effects:
Stress or tension in the attempt to become disciplined, regimented, and organized. You can become obsessive- compulsive about "doing the right thing," or tend to become addicted to rigidness and structure, which can lesson your quality of life. Always avoid extremes, too far to the right or left is never healthy. Balance is the key.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Come to the Garden ....series

 
 

Come

to the Garden,

The soul's sweet bouquet.

The flowers of tomorrow

Are in the seeds of today.

Don't be anxious about tomorrow.
....Live one day at a time.
Matthew 6:34
 
Consider the lilies, how they grow;
they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you,
even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12:27


Friday, November 11, 2016

Benefits of....Rest

 

Rest

Prescribed dose:

A healthy adult requires at least 8 hours of sleep. Children, the elderly, and those who are ill need more sleep.
 

Additional recommendations:

Sleep is necessary for growth, healing and repair. The body is like a clock and requires regular sleep hours. Sleep with a window cracked in your bedroom to provide fresh circulation of air throughout the room as you sleep. Don't sleep with food on your stomach. Get to bed early because deep sleep happens from 9pm - midnight. The hours of sleep gained before midnight are worth double of the hours after midnight. Wear comfortable clothing when sleeping. Relax your mind and put away disturbing thoughts before attempting to fall asleep. Operating a car when tired is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.
 

Benefits:

  • Refreshes and restores exhausted energy.
  • Body repairs itself when you are asleep.
  • Mental clarity and alertness.
  • Better daytime performance.
  • Stronger immune system. The body makes antibodies when you are asleep.
  • Better able to resist colds and flu
  • Sleep helps the body fight infection.
  • Makes your skin healthy and look fresh.
  • Sleep helps us conserve energy.
  • Cheerful disposition.

Possible side effects:

The body needs a balance of rest and activity. Too much sleep would not be productive.
 
 
 



Thursday, November 10, 2016

"I know you too!"

"One of these days soon the heavens will open and we will see Jesus coming at the right hand of God. He will be surrounded by millions of angels among whom will be the one that has followed you from your earliest moments. As you look into the face of Jesus, won't it be wonderful to be able to say, "I know you!" ... but greater yet will be the thrill as He looks into your eyes and response, "I know you too!"
And this will only be possible if we have set aside time everyday for our relationship with Him. Make your time with Him a priority- you won't be sorry.

Just finished reading "Hard to be Lost" by Morris Venden.

I am so sorry if I have already posted this quote- but it is so good- it is worth posting even if I have already posted it. :O)

Strategies from Hello Healthy



So I got this excellent book and have started reading it.

It's called:
Hello Healthy ~ Strategies to reach your full health and wellness potential  
by Dr. Wes Youngberg


Here is just one tidbit from this book that I wanted to share with you all today:

"Ultimately, vitamin D unlocks the code, the template that is inside your DNA library, containing the instructions on how to destroy that very virus, that very bacteria, that very cancer, that is within your body. So if you want to enable your body to optimize it's fight against disease, one of the most important, but also most neglected, strategies is to take advantage of all the benefits that sunlight and vitamin D bring to health."
Pg. 71 of "Hello Healthy"

Above is a link to a YouTube showing of a program that Dr Youngberg has put on about detoxing your body. You might be surprised at how easy it can be to detox your body.
You will hear of the top 5 things to do to detox your body.
 You will find out what foods are the kings of food and also a very interesting fact about legumes and what they can do for your body.

 Also if you want to hear more from Dr Wes Youngberg- just search for him on youtube. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Benefits of...Water

 

Water

Prescribed Dose:

A healthy adult should drink 8-10 glasses of pure soft water daily. Bathe daily to remove impurities from the skin.

Additional recommendations:

The body is 70% water, and all organs and bodily functions require water to properly function. Water should be taken throughout the day and not all at one time. Drink plenty of water during hot seasons to avoid dehydration. Avoid alcohol drinks, soft drinks, coffee, tea (with caffeine), sugar based drinks, etc. Herbal teas and 100% fruit or vegetable juices are fine in moderation, but are never to replace water. Drinking cold beverages with meals temporarily hinders digestion of food.
 

Benefits:

  • Water is a cleansing agent that cleanses internally and externally.
  • Regulates body temperature.
  • Aids in weight loss.
  • Increasing water consumption lessens the work load of the kidneys.
  • Relieves bowel constipation.
  • Assist in digestion.
  • A warm bath sooths the nerves and relaxes the muscles.
  • All moving body parts are lubricated with water.
  • Purifies the blood. 


Possible Side Effects:

Drinking too much water at one time can make the stomach too full causing discomfort.

Benefits of....Exercise

Exercise

Prescribed dose:

A healthy adult should have 20-30 minutes of aerobic activity 3 or more times per week. Plus muscle strengthening and stretching at least twice a week.
 

Additional recommendations:

The human body was made to move. Exercise increases physical endurance, and mental well-being. Exercise also stimulates the production of endorphins, and enkephalins, hormones that give you a "feel good' high.
 
Vigorous exercise on a regular basis prevents the body from deteriorating. Outdoor exercise in the sun and fresh air is best. Walking is a wonderful form of exercise that involves the whole body; it increases blood circulation, thus increasing oxygen and nutrient delivery to muscles, organs and cells. Walking promotes healthy heart and lung function, controls blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and can burn up to 100 calories per mile. Choose an exercise that is safe, fun and within your ability to achieve.
 
If you have any previous health conditions, please consult your physician before starting any exercise regimen.
 

Benefits:

  • Better digestion.
  • Strengthens muscles.
  • Increases bone density.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Burns excess fat.
  • Maintain ideal body weight.
  • Increases blood circulation.
  • Expels impurities via sweating through the skin.
  • Mental clarity and cognitive function.
  • Internal organs perform their work more efficiently.
  • Balance and agility.
  • Improves bowel eliminations.
  • Reduces risk of developing diabetes.
  • Lowers high blood pressure. 
 

Possible side effects:

Physical exhaustion from over- exercising loss of electrolytes due to excessive sweating, possible injury if you are not careful.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Benefits....of Sunlight

Sunlight

Prescribed dose:
Get out into the sunshine everyday for at least 20-30 minutes. Open curtains and blinds to let sunlight into your home.
 
Additional recommendations:
You need the sun's ultraviolet light for health, but be sensible when exposing yourself to the sun. The sun is hottest at noon, avoid going out into the sun when it's too hot. Lower your dietary fat intake.
 
Benefits:
  • Source of energy.
  • Ultraviolet rays convert cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D, a vitamin necessary for strong bones and teeth.
  • Ultraviolet rays are antiseptic and destroy bacteria and viruses, yeast, molds, and dust mites.
  • Lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and fat levels in the blood.
  • Stimulates red and white blood cell production.
  • Calming and relaxing to the nervous system.
  • Wounds and many skin diseases are benefited by exposure to sunlight.
  • Relieves depression.
Possible side effects:
Overexposure to sunlight can cause sunburn, peeling skin, dry patches, redness, scaliness, and stroke. Also a diet high in fat puts one at risk for developing skin cancer when exposed to excess sunlight.
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Next we will be going over benefits of exercise. See you then. :O)  

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Come to the Garden....series


Accept

 
your limitations;
 
Embrace Humility.
 
Here lies the path to wisdom
 
And to maturity.
 
 
The tree is known by its fruit.
Matthew 12:33
 
My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9
 
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Matthew 23:12
 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Benefits.... of Fresh Air

(the following list of benefits from fresh air come from this informative cookbook)

Fresh Air

Prescribed dose:
Breath deeply of fresh outdoor air several times daily. Keep window opened in your home to keep a fresh current of air circulating through the house, wide open in summer, cracked in winter.  (We try to open the house when we can but its certainly not all the time - not here in Texas)
 
 Additional recommendations:
Avoid breathing in car exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, chemical cleaning sprays, rotting trash, city smog, or any polluted air. I you live in the city, get air in the morning hours when the smog has settled and the air quality is a little better. Maintain good posture for good breathing and don't wear tight restrictive clothing for the same reason.
 
Benefits:
  • Purifies the blood.
  • Soothes the nerves.
  • Electrifies the entire system.
  • Stimulates the appetite and aids in digestion.
  • Induces sound sleep.
  • Causes the blood to circulate.
  • Provides negatively charges oxygen molecules.
  • Energizes the body and relaxes the mind.
  • Helps wounds and cuts to heal.
Possible side effects:
Lightheadedness, dizziness, or hyperventilation may occur if air is forced in and out of the lungs too quickly.
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 Come back - next time the benefits for Sunlight~ there are many and you might be surprised about some of them.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Health

 

Health

They say that health
Is our greatest wealth.
So easy to lose,
If abused or misused. 
 
It slips away,
Maybe to stay,
Today it's here,
Tomorrow it's there.
 
You sign and cry,
Don't want to die,
You sowed in vain,
Now you reap the pain.
The careless years,
Now see the tears
HEALTH! You cry,
But it passes you by.

Oh wretched you,
What can you do.
To regain the wealth,
You spent on self?
 
To chase the ache,
What will it take?
Follow God's laws,
And stick to them all.
 
Duty calls.
To those who fall.
Healing will come,
When well done.
Make haste my friend,
Your sickness end,
On wings of health,
Your truest wealth.
 
by Jurea L. Dawson

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Living a Truly Balanced Life....series....Sunlight

We have come to our last installment of this series.
I hope it bless you. :O)
 

Sunlight


Finally, if we make one of the simple remedies - the study of His Word, prayer, Christian service in reaching out towards others, and receiving the fruits of the Spirit- Jesus, the Son of righteousness, is going to be central in our focus. Malachi 4:2, speaking of Jesus and sunlight, says, "Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings." We all know the good that sunlight can do. Many of us try to make it to the beach or to the mountains at least once a ear to take in a little sun. At least we should. The doctors recommend it. The suntan lotion people love it. And we know the healing element of the sunshine. The sunshine that expels the darkness and melts the dew and the mist, and takes away the fog. Sunshine- that's what we think of when we think of Jesus.

"The Sun of righteousness." Why? Because His righteousness in glorious like the blazing sun. And His righteousness surrounds the earth with an atmosphere of grace that each one can choose to receive or not. I'm thankful for the "true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9). I'm thankful that Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." I'm thankful that we can see Jesus through all of these remedies.

What great name but the name of Jesus can help men to live in peace? Oh, that our world could discover that. What great name but the name of Jesus helps men die in peace? Millions of persons have passed into the valley of the shadow of death with the name of Jesus on their parched lips, and for them the valley has been transformed with light and glory, and the shadows have fled away, as the "Sun of righteousness" has lighted up their last moments with resplendent color. Jesus is the supreme figure of the ages and is growing more mighty every day. Kings, potentates, and crowns are failing rapidly. Great names, one after the other, go out and are soon forgotten. But the name of Jesus is ever increasing in might and glory. Jesus, how wonderful and how precious is the name. He is the Prince of peace, the mighty God, and the coming King. When we think of Him who was born in a stable and died upon the cross, who divides the centuries in two, and about whose name all history revolves, who lifted empires off their hinges and tinged the stream of time with His own blood, and at the same time binds up the brokenhearted and speaks peace to the troubled breast, may we not exclaim, "All hail the power of Jesus' name! Let angels prostrate fall. Bring forth the royal diadem, and crowns Him Lord of all."
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Ok - so you may think that I may be done talking about the Eight Health Laws to better health - but you would be wrong. As I was looking through some of my cookbooks looking for healthy new recipes I came across a cookbook that actual talks about each health law along with a good list of benefits that you get when you follow that health law. I just could not pass up sharing this information with you all so it can benefit you as well. Come back on Friday when I start out with the many benefits of fresh air. See you then! :O)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Problem Solving

So last week we looked at how to set up an Action Plan. This week we are going to talk a little about how to Problem Solve with our Action Plans. Some time we end up having problems with the action plans that we put in place. We have to be willing to modify the plan if needed. This list of problem solving ideas are some of the ways to help with modifying your problems.

1. Identify the problem

2. List Ideas

3. Select one

4. Assess the results

5. Substitute another idea

6. Utilize other resources

7. Accept that the problem may not be solvable now.

A good example of how someone modified their action plan. A man had set up his action plan to dig at least 3 feet in his well. He was doing this to make sure that he was getting exercise. Well something came up and he was not able to get it dug, but he ended up cutting a tree down and splitting it into logs- so in the end he ended up getting his exercise after all. It may not have been the actual plan he had put in place but he modified it and it worked for him.

I have had to modify my plan. I had set up my schedule to exercise at 7:30 with Jennifer Webster on her Rise Up program. Well since I have hurt my knee/leg I have had to modify what I do- and now I am doing my rehab exercises and some chair exercises. I did not totally let go of trying to get exercise in - I have just modified it to work for me right now.

I have an appointment set up with an orthopedic Dr on Thursday am. Pray that we are able to get to the bottom of what is going on so that I can know what I can and cannot do. And if something needs to be done about it that I can do it this year - since I have meant our deductible this  year and it won't cost us an arm and a leg - maybe an arm - or maybe a leg- but not both! lol :O)