Posts made in October 2011

My Top 10 Jewels (not Rules) for Healthy Eating

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

Since launching my website, the number one question I receive is about FOOD. Women want to know what I eat and what they should eat in their quest for a healthy, fit, and toned body. We females care deeply about food. We spend a great deal of time buying it, preparing it, talking about it, growing it, socializing around it, reading about it, gazing lovingly at it, denying ourselves of it, and, alas, indulging in it. Oh, how we enjoy the sensuous qualities and comfort of food!

But we also get mad at it because it can make our stomach, head, or heart feel bad, and we sometimes hate ourselves for eating it. So we say “tomorrow will be a new day”…this will be our LAST bad day of eating (after just a couple more bites), and we’ll start a new diet tomorrow! And so we continue to ride the roller coaster of emotional eating. Up and down, around and ‘round it goes…but that can stop, girls! If you’d like to get off the out-of-control ride and onto some level ground, you’re in the right place. And I’m glad you’re here.

There is much more to say than can be contained in one blog post, but at least we’ll get the ball rolling with “My Top 10 Jewels (not Rules) for Healthy Eating.” They are jewels because I wholeheartedly believe there is a crown which awaits those of us who love God and persevere the tests and trials of this life (see James 1:12). Until we receive this crown of beauty, splendor, and glory, may we live our lives in such a way that we sparkle for the One who made us.  Taking care of the body God gave us by feeding it wholesome spiritual and physical food is a way we honor Him (see 1 Corinthians 6:20). 

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The Flames Will Not Set You Ablaze

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 in Faith | 0 comments

Since getting on Facebook my prayer life has changed. My eyes and heart have been opened to the suffering of some I may not have otherwise known. God is now hearing my pleas for five precious souls in dire need of the Great Physician’s healing. Two are twin 13-month-old babies, two are grown men, and one is one week old and weighs just over one pound—yes, you read that correctly…one pound. Five different cherished lives, five different refining fires, but one Great God in whom these families trust. The needs can seem overwhelming to me yet I know my God “tends his flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young” (Isaiah 40:11).

From personal experience, I believe our Gentle Shepherd has blessings in store for these five individuals/families which they will know only through the trials they currently endure. Just as silver and gold are refined and purified with fire, Scripture tells us we, too, are tested so that our faith—”of greater worth than gold…may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Peter 1:7). If our goal as Christians is to glorify God with our lives, we can be thankful in the fiery furnace—so often it is here our self-sufficiency no longer exists, giving way for God, the All-Sufficient One, to be revealed.

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