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Labels- Do’s and Don’ts

What a fabulous and powerfully written post by Eat, Move, Improve by Anthony DiMarino! How often do we believe the labels placed upon us? How foolish to believe the lies and whispers of the devil telling us we are junk. God made us and God never makes junk!

Enjoy reading this motivating post and take it to heart:

EAT, MOVE, IMPROVE

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Labels- we seen them everywhere.  We label people.  We label products.  We label foods.  Depending on the label we give something, it will change the meaning and the perspective we take.

For example, we label people.  We generalize.  We label rich people as “greedy,” “grimy,” or “despicable”.  We label overweight individuals as “lazy”, “losers”, or “undisciplined”.  These labels we use create how we interact within the world.  If you see the people I outlined above in this way, would you interact with them?  Probably not.

What if we turned this concept inward to ourselves.  If we see ourselves as “lazy”, “uncommitted”, “no good”, or “weak”, how do you think we would act?  Like losers, I’m sure.  So, why give yourself labels like that?  Consider changing the way you see things. Change the way you see others and yourself.  Choose constructive thoughts, words, and actions when viewing other people, yourself, and products.  Choose products and people that will benefit you in your mental, physical, emotional, behavioral, and…

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The Best Present Ever

the-christ-child-birth“He it is who remembered us in our lowly circumstances, for his gracious love is everlasting—” (Psalm 136:23)

When I was a child we didn’t have a lot of material items. We lived in a dilapidated old farm house with no indoor plumbing. Until our father installed a bathroom and plumbing, we had to use a pump to draw water and use the outhouse. But choosing to remember the good, it did have a charming pot belly stove in the dining room and a fireplace in the living room.

One day, just before Christmas, the fireplace caught fire and we lost most if not all our presents that year. We were grateful our home didn’t burn to the ground but what did survive smelled like smoke.

One night as we were returning home, there was a note attached to our front door. It told us to walk around to the side of our house and lift up the storm door. There, lo and behold, we found it filled with gifts of warm clothes, quilts, food, stuffed animals and other toys! I can’t remember who gave us those gifts but decades later, it was the memory of finding those precious gifts that meant the most to me.

At that time, we could have sent the presents back, but did we? No, wouldn’t we be fools to do so? So we embraced those gifts as a true love offering from someone who cared and wanted to brighten up our holiday, allowing us to forget the sorrow of our past.

I am not poor anymore and have accumulated much over my lifetime. But sometimes I wonder how many materialistic items do I need in life? In the year 2000, after deciding to become fulltime RV’ers, we sold almost everything we owned. I looked over all those items and thought, it’s just stuff. (Basically the only items we kept were memories in a 5×7 storage unit.)

How much “stuff” do you need? Most items will fade or be given away and all this eventually will turn to dust. But memories should last forever. That memory warmed my soul and turned a tragedy into a kindness I never forgot.

This Christmas Season I urge you to enjoy all the true Joy which God wants us to possess. But please don’t get so caught up in the frivolity of the gift-giving and “who got what” that we forget the True Meaning of the Season.

“”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)

God gave us the best present of all; one which will never fade away. He gave His Only Son that we may believe and accept God’s Gift of Eternal Life. But not all will accept and believe. Some will be foolish, rejecting a very special gift which is far greater than any we received after our chimney fire. I look forward to an eternity thanking God for the Best Gift of All! Accept God’s Precious Gift today and experience True Joy.

Pulling Those Pesky Spiritual Weeds!

In my last post I expounded upon how easily sin can spread like flowering weeds throughout our lives. Pretty to look at but deadly to Spiritual growth. We’re aware that sin is destructive and shouldn’t flower in a Christ-filled life but how do we rid ourselves of them?pulling weeds

We must recognize that sin’s unhealthy habits drag us down, destroying our Christian testimony. I hate to admit when I was younger, someone asked me once, “If you’re a Christian why do you do such bad things in your life?”  I had no answer except a flippant, “Well Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” I don’t know why God is so patient with me but I’m grateful!

“When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.”  (1 Corinthians 13:11)  NLT

When it comes to sin we can’t be kind, even allowing a little bit of it to grow in our Spiritual garden.  This means going along with injustice, being peer pressured or overlooking sin in our friends lives. “Bad company corrupts good character.”  (1 Corinthians 15:33) Yes it’s true that sometimes we can win others by displaying good Christian character amidst challenging social situations. But more times then not, those “weeds” overpower us and we fall into sin rather than allow our testimony to thrive. Scripture urges us to flee youthful lusts, (2 Timothy 2:22) not dabble in it.

It’s similar to obtaining a healthier lifestyle. Every sin has consequences. If you always consume fattening, chemically laden foods you’ll risk diabetes, strokes, heart disease and cancers. Risk? Do you feel “lucky?” I’d prefer not play Russian Roulette with my life but rather trust God to keep me healthy because I want to honor that vibrant life gift He has given me.

Until one gets strong enough to withstand the temptation of donuts and sugary carbs, we shouldn’t go into a donut shop! Or attend a Buffet if you’re a curious person and consume a little of everything the tables offer. Nine times out of ten we will fall to the “Feast of The Eyes!”

“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.” (1 John 2:16) NLT

So we need to overcome the weeds in our Spiritual garden by first recognizing that they are even there. And how do we do that?  Well, how do we feel after we’ve done something totally against our godly beliefs? Pretty bad right? If not, maybe we better question if we really are God’s child for apathy is the opposite of love. If we love someone we truly want to please them, not cause them pain.

What about toxic relationships? Following a raucous, sinful crowd is being like a sheep who plunges to his death because he followed the leader over a cliff. Sheep are dumb animals! You shouldn’t be! As painful as it is to say goodbye to a close but unrepentant friend, if they are dragging you into a pit, for your own safety, let go and fervently pray for them.

And the best advice: don’t allow temptation to grow in the first place! If you prevent pesky weeds from growing, you won’t have to pull them later. Use the best Spiritual Weed Killer there is: Scripture! Cultivate appropriate Bible verses deep inside your mind and soul and it will absolutely act as weed preventer!

 

 

 

 

Our Temple is Only as Strong as Its Foundation!

I was privileged to accompany a friend on a house hunting trip recently. It felt like House Hunters, my favorite show! As we viewed different houses however, I saw a correlation between homes and spirituality.

Several homes had absolutely wonderful curb appeal. The photos which looked gorgeous on the internet were nothing like the home we viewed!  It was obvious that there was much renovation to be done! 1960s carpets, old appliances, there would be walls to tear down and it smelled badly. Mmmm, how typical to someone who looks so stunning on the outside but as soon as they open their mouth, unkind behavior or foul language comes spewing out. Just like that house, those people need a renovation! They need God’s Word which cleanses the soul and restructures lives into True Beauty.thJY50XUAM

One lovely home, which she thought via the internet, would be “the one,” had several massive cracks in the basement walls. Foundations are tricky things, it could be the prettiest home on the block, but if it falls apart, it’s not so great.

A Christian’s testimony is only as good as its foundation as well! Someone might look like ‘the one,’ but if she/he is not grounded in the Word of God, massive cracks can appear in the lives of those Christians. It is never wise to build your marriage, personal friendship or business relationship on a cracked foundation. Rather stand solidly on the Word of God!

One home’s owner had just entered an assisted living facility. The house was on a quiet, secluded lot with lovely trees surrounding the property. Looked promising, but upon walking up the driveway, it was obvious that the home needed a new garage door and roof. It was even sadder on the inside. The house hadn’t been updated since 1955, the year it was built.  Linoleum floors and an indoor shuffleboard court, graced the premises.  An original pink built-in oven and other 1950 appliances  covered the kitchen. (When I saw the horror on my friends face, I jokingly suggested that the stove could be sold on eBay, but . . . somehow that didn’t entice her.)

Some Christians are like that. They get stuck in the past and never grow in grace. After the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the late 1940s, new translations validated and reflected the Word of God as accurately as possible. Searching and reading other translations is fine as long as they are grounded in Truth.

th8N5LFIVGThe last home we viewed had nothing special about the exterior. In fact she had no interest in seeing it at first. But since the realtor had to leave a card, we shrugged and reluctantly went inside. Well built, this home was exactly what she had wanted from the start. In a  lovely setting, it sported updated features like plush carpet and renovated bathrooms. It turned out to be the perfect home after all!

Are we biased when we view others? Do we welcome only those who are attractive or wealthy? Or do we see each visitor as a potential brother and sister in Christ?  Once we welcomed a passing drifter to our Sunday School. What a surprise to discover that he knew more about the Bible than most of us! This certainly pleased God more than his appearance!

Therefore let your godly temple become a New Creation, strongly built upon a Firm Foundation.

However, God’s solid foundation still stands. It has this inscription on it: “The Lord knows those who belong to him,” and “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.” (2 Timothy 2:19)

 

 

 

“How Long . . . How Long Oh Lord, Will You Remain Patient With Us?

This post is a revision of a blog I wrote after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.  Sadly, with so many school shootings occurring over the past several weeks, I feel it bears repeating.

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It is my unshakeable belief that we have a Sovereign God who knows all that is going to happen to us, as professed in Psalm 139. However, after yet another school tragedy, I heard the question, “Where was God?”  My faith remains unshaken. But as His creation, He instilled in people a free will to choose either good or evil, so we must remain diligent and strong in our faith, because temptations and evil surround us daily. thWTAB6VGJ

God created Adam perfectly but Adam chose his own way. Still God loved him.  God rescued his Chosen People from slavery, they chose to do evil. Still God loved them.  God loved us so much He offered his only Son as a sacrifice for this sinful world. Yet many still choose evil.  When tragedy strikes, they shake their fist at God and demand, “How could YOU allow this to happen?”

My friends, WE are allowing this to happen by our silence. Just like the frog in the frying pan who simmers, oblivious to his surroundings until he’s  destroyed, we stand by and watch as the world changes.

When I attended grade school, religious education was taught each Tuesday afternoon. But religious studies were soon taken out of school. Then the Bible was banned and the Ten Commandments weren’t allowed to be displayed. Finally God Himself, was thrown out of our schools.  A large void remained.

Children searched for new role models. Who did they think would come knocking on the door to fill the gap??? Of course . . .  Satan did!

What good can possibly come from this tragedy? If nothing else, I hope parents realize that today is the day of salvation.  It’s never too early to speak to your children about Christ’s eternal life for indeed our days aren’t guaranteed.

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

Acceptance of salvation is the only thing that matters in our life span.  How many times have you heard of parents believing that their child can make up his own mind in the far-off future, because “I certainly don’t want to force my values on my children. They can choose for themselves after they’ve seen all the possibilities.”  May I ask, “If not you, who will?”  Do you want Madonna, Justin Bieber or Lindsay Lohan’s values instilled in your child’s mind???  Their value system is based on Judges 21:25  “. . . and everyone did what was right in their own eyes.”

Turn on the television and you’ll see countless graphic, violent crime shows, raunchy sit-coms and celebrity reality shows. Then throw in today’s bloodthirsty movies and video games and it’s a petri dish of deteriorating, insensitive values.

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”

God is beckoning us back! But we’ve pushed Him out of our schools in the name of “political correctness.” School tragedies should be a wake-up call for our country to change. Sin is the root of our problem and we’re simply placing a band-aid over it.

“Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.”  (Isaiah 1:16)

We can’t expect God to wink at our sin. His heart grieves as He witnesses our downfall.  Start changing from within!

What Is Worth Fighting For?

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

Veterans Day flagToday is Veterans Day. As a former military wife, I can personally appreciate the sacrifice our veterans have endured for our freedom today. We should honor it greatly and never forget how much entire families have endured so others could live in safety and comfort.

I’ve noticed that being a member of the military and a member of God’s Army are very similar:

A great soldier is required to live by a Code of Conduct.  How one lives a life on and off the field of battle is indicative of one’s character. Whether a soldier is a new recruit, enlisted or military officer, each one is expected to live up to higher standards.

As Christians it is necessary for us to do the same. We can’t claim to be a dedicated soldier in God’s army one minute and then destroy our testimony by practicing worldly pleasures the next. We need to conduct ourselves as one who has a higher calling. “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

It requires great personal discipline to put on a military uniform. Christians too, are told to put on the whole armor of God. Christians aren’t perfect anymore than soldiers are. However as military personnel are required to strive for excellence, Christians are to do likewise.

I am continually astounded to hear of Medal of Honor recipients who, with no regard for their own safety, bravely go back into battle to save fellow soldiers. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 5:13 

Those few who survive are very modest about their accomplishments and never consider themselves a hero. The odds are that sometime throughout history, someone was saved by that act of bravery who hadn’t deserved it as much as the one who died in the hero’s place.

How extremely Christ-like. We’ve all had a nemesis who simply rubbed us the wrong way. In our humanity we’ve thought, Someday that person will get what he deserves. And yet Christ died for that person as well. “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.” Romans 5:6,7. 

We are continually in combat, even in a free country. Remember the terrible days of the Vietnam War, when our military came home after completing their duty only to be spat upon and disrespected?

Today all over the world, Christians are beginning to experience that same mentality. Sadly it’s not only in foreign countries but also on college campuses, high schools and middle schools. Children can’t wear a cross, pray or carry a Bible without being taunted by classmates or professors for their beliefs. 1 Corinthians 6:13 exhorts us “Remain alert. Keep standing firm in your faith. Keep on being courageous and strong.”

A dedicated soldier follows the orders of his Commander and so should we. 2 Timothy 2:4 “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

We are in a war today. We fight against the powers of Satan and his worldly pleasures. Ephesians 6:12.  Who will you serve? Who is your Commanding Officer?  Stand Fast with Christ, remaining focused on your Ultimate Victory: Eternal Life!

I’m Humbled to Receive Two Awards

I am very honored to receive another award from one of my most loving and encouraging readers, Christine. She produces the creative blog:   www.oursoulspurpose.com  inspiring others to express gratitude, forgiveness and unconditional love in their daily lives. What a versatile writer she is!  I am so grateful to the “blogosphere” for the opportunity to gather so many friends from all around the world into my life!

I can’t wait to pass this on to several deserving blogging friends who have touched my heart this past year. I’ve chosen 10 below and would have chosen more but I saw some of them had already won these already! Please nominate 3-10 special bloggers who you think would like it.

Sunshine Award – Isn’t this a pretty award?  It’s going to look so great on my “mantel”!sunshine-award[1]

To accept the Sunshine Award, please do the following:

1. Display the Award on your Blog.

2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.

3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award- ‘who positively and creatively inspire others’ in the blogosphere.

4. Link your awardees in the post and notify them that they are being awarded with a comment.

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The only ‘rule’ for the Inner Peace Award is that you write a short piece on why you are accepting it. Here’s mine:

“Although  I grew up in an extremely violent, tumultuous home, somehow I knew, even as a child, that Jesus was with me and kept me safe for a purpose. As a child, the Lord even then, provided a safe inner peace called hope. Looking back in hindsight, I know all the experiences in my life made me a stronger, more independent person and I praise God for them because it allows me to reach out to others today.

“Inner peace” is bestowed by Christ. Joy is a choice and how dare someone try to take that away from me! Perhaps that is why I am drawn to those who have an inner peace within themselves despite the personal storms in their own life.  I choose to smile and I chose nominees who do the same.”

Then write 10 interesting things about you. Here’s mine:

  1. The best thing about Arizona is that I can wear flowing sundresses or comfortable jeans nine months of the year!
  2. I’ve loved living in another country and with America progressing the way it is, has made it very tempting to do so again.
  3. But then I’d miss my daughter, son and five grandchildren too much.
  4. As a farm girl, had unusual pets, including a raccoon and a pet skunk.
  5. Besides writing, reading and traveling are my passions.
  6. I enjoy cooking and creating new recipes so much, we hardly ever eat out.
  7. My greatest weakness? I’m sometimes impulsive – but I’m working on that.
  8. My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.
  9. I almost drowned in a boating accident when I was four  and a half years old, which makes me terrified of being under water.
  10. I walk twice each day with my two dogs, a Lhasa Apso and a golden Cocker Spaniel which works out to be about 2-4 miles each day. They nag me more than any human ever can!

So here’s my nominations and I am truly honored to pass these two awards on.  I chose each nominee thoughtfully because every one has either overcome adversity or have inspirational testimonies, showing us how to truly sustain sunshine daily in our souls:

1.  www.storyland4.wordpress.com

2.  www.futureflyingsaucers.wordpress.com

3.  www.homemakingwithheart.com

4.  www.thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com

5.  www.honkifyourevegan.com

6.  www.freedomborn.wordpress.com

7.  www.ibeatovca.wordpress.com

8.  www.manfonhealth.wordpress.com

9.  http://isingbecauseimfree.wordpress.com/

10.  www.saminaiqbal27.wordpress.com/

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,” Philippians 1:3

Craving Chocolate isn’t a Personality Flaw

As  my “New Year, New You” class began one morning, I placed a single Dove Dark Chocolate piece in front of each attendee. I never said anything, just watched.

Dove ChocolateWell, it didn’t take long. Some opened it and ate immediately. Another placed it in her pocketbook. One man gave it to his wife. Most kept it in front of them, awaiting instruction.

Then I asked the question, “Why did you act as you did?”  Almost all of them shrugged subconsciously. Then someone broke the ice. “Well, I thought you were going to take it away from me, so I ate it before you could!” Laughter ensued, opening up the discussion. “Well, I know my wife loves these, so I gave it to her.” I was waiting for you to tell us what to do.” “I’m saving it for after lunch.” “I thought it was a test and I didn’t want to give in.”

“Well,”  I explained, “I suppose in a way it was a test but probably not in the way you expected. It wasn’t a test of willpower, it was a test of reaction. How we act around food tells us a great deal about ourselves. I was curious to observe how you would react to a seemingly ‘bad’ food. Decision-making and how peer pressure influences you. Until someone knows why they eat the way they do, they’ll never change our habits and reactions around food.”

So what would you do?

If you’d eat the candy right away,  you’re likely an independent thinker, sometimes rebellious, a ‘show me why that’s important’ type of personality.  You’re saying, “If it makes sense I’ll follow your direction, but if it doesn’t, forget it, I’m doing my own thing!”  These are the type of patients who need common sense instruction. Like what does this mean to me in dog years? This personality is trained like a great race horse. As they learn, let them take control of the reins.  They accept responsibility for their actions but need to understand diet truths.

  Timothy 1:7 states, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

Those who waited for instruction, indicated they were strict ‘rules and regulations’ types. They follow instructions but won’t show initiative unless they know their actions are approved. They don’t want to look foolish or make mistakes. They are people pleasers but expect perfection from themselves. These tend to lean on a counselor as a crutch. If they begin to get too close to their  goal, they’ll gain weight, afraid to break the bond and be on their own.  They need confidence and belief in themselves.      

2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to show yourselves approved by God . . .”

The husband who gave away his candy to his wife, thought his actions were kind. In actuality, he became a saboteur.  His wife, a people pleaser, couldn’t hurt his feelings, so she ate it, sabotaging her efforts. This couple, I would urge to be each other’s support system for good not evil. Giving in or enabling another’s bad habits is never a good thing. Strive to build each other by being a support partner.

Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Be aware of how you act around food, pressing on toward the goal of becoming your own New Creation, pleasing God in all things.

Crack Your Shell To Be Useful

I’ve loved walnuts since I was a child. Those beautiful trees grew close to our farmhouse and I remember my brother and I gathering the nuts that fell to the ground and carrying them in to the kitchen. Our mother would ask us to crack the shell to remove the walnut meat inside. Then she would create wonderful recipes through the results of our hard work; coffee cakes, breads, even home-made ice cream.

Recently I failed terribly at something I wanted to do gloriously for the Lord. I prayed and studied that as a substitute teacher, God would be glorified through what I taught! I prayed all week and the Holy Spirit seemed to give me powerful illustrations to connect to that week’s Biblical text. Sadly, life stepped in, I lost my confidence (which rarely happens) and I failed miserably when I tried to convey the spiritual truths God gave me. It was just what Satan discouraged personwanted. I could almost hear him taunting, whispering in my ear, “Did you really think you could be as good as the regular teacher? She’s amazing!” The devil won that round because I became discouraged.

As I sat dejected, I began to think of those early spiritual leaders in the Bible who also became discouraged: Abraham, Moses, Job, Elijah, Peter, Paul . . . my goodness – did I think I was stronger than they were? Not even close! I began to praise God for my failure, for without it, I might have become complacent and prideful.  Those biblical figures didn’t wallow in self-pity but drew themselves up and did what was right for their LORD! No excuses, they confessed their insecurities and lack of faith and went on!

Hebrews 12: 11-13, “ No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”

Remember the walnut? It is only after it’s been broken that it can it be useful. To simply remain in its shell would be purposeless. No bountiful recipe could be reaped. Occasionally God must break our human shell so the Holy Spirit can fill us, thus becoming a sweet Christian recipe. I felt useless and needed the meat of the Word to mend my broken spirit.    imagesCAIJ3M75

It’s ironic that walnuts are sometimes called the “King of Nuts.” They are valueable for health in many ways, but two ways are especially useful:  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory heart properties and for strengthening bone health.

Yes my sad, heavy heart needed restoring. It wasn’t long before the Word of God with its own anti-inflammatory properties, strengthened me. Asking for forgiveness, He raised me up with His gentle arms setting me on the right path once again. His powerful Words restored and strengthened my weary bones, giving me the determination to learn from my mistakes. I shook my fist in the devil’s face, prayed and searched for the good things this learning experience brought me.

I now praised God for failure! If you are also attempting to overcome obstacles, don’t give up at the first sign of adversity – don’t give the devil a foothold, eating away at your faith. Remember the shell must be broken before the results of goodness can be found!

John 16: 33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

How It All Began: Happy Birthday

Dear Fellow Bloggers and Followers: Today is my birthday! No, not my real birthday, I try to keep that a secret because age to me has always been an attitude, not a number and I feel younger than the date on the calendar!!!

In celebration, I wanted to re-post my very first blog. Looking back on it, it’s been a humbling experience before the Lord and I praise Him for all the wonderful friendships I have accumulated from all over the world this past year. Many have become like family – which actually you are because you are my brothers and sisters in Christ! Thank you for your friendship, I praise God each time I remember you. Therefore I hope you’ll enjoy reading how this all began:

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So you are probably wondering, why did I create this website, New Creations Ministries? Glad you asked!

Many years ago, as I was relating the basic requirements for losing weight to a new patient; consume smaller portions, slow down, exercise and drink water, she sat back in her chair looked at me and stated discouragingly, “Oh Ellie, I know all that already!”

Well, I didn’t doubt it. The average patient who came to see me had attempted at least six weight loss plans before coming into my office. With so much media coverage today from morning news shows to talk and cable health programs, magazines and infomercials, everyone seems to be an expert in the field. Most people know what is required to lose weight but they fail to follow through.

So it got me to thinking; if patients know “all that” already, then why aren’t they following it? Immediately a Bible verse popped into my head:

“You believe in God? Good! Even the demons believe that -and shudder.” James 2:19

The demons also had all this “head” knowledge and no “heart” knowledge and it failed to change their actions as well.

As I meditated on that verse, I thought how very much like those who say they ‘know’ Christ but do nothing with it. Knowing and doing are two different things! It is a matter of doing something with the knowledge of Christ’s gift of salvation, personally accepting it and evoking a changed behavior, that glorifies the Lord. For many know, but do nothing to practice their faith, anymore than they have all this health knowledge and do anything to become healthy. Just like salvation, change must come from within!

My objective through this blog is to educate and motivate readers to present their bodies as living sacrifices before the Lord, as it states in Romans 12:1,2:

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

So stay tuned and learn practical applications and how all this nutritional “gooblety gook” physiology pertains to you in “dog years”. I’ll be here to offer practical ways to change your behaviors to glorify your personal Temple of the Holy Spirit in a way to honor God.

Postscript 8/23/13: Now with God’s wisdom and with humor, I humbly offer “Life’s Too Short To Eat Bad Cheese . . . “ reaching out to Christian groups through a practical, encouraging and motivating mind, body and spirit, 3-part seminar based on 2 Corinthians 5:17.   I’d so appreciate your prayers that God be glorified through this project. Blessings my friends,