Posts made in January 2012

January’s Food-of-the-Month: OATS!

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

In my quest to delve into the glory of God this year, I am reminded that according to Scripture, we are no less than God’s sacred temple!  “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  We may have a long way to go in the myriad of spiritual and physical ways we honor God with our body, but we can be encouraged in our desire to treat it with the utmost respect and care.  For me, and I know for many of you, part of that equation is a lifestyle of consistent exercise and healthy eating.

In that light, every month this year I’d like to introduce a “Food-of-the-Month” to help nourish our body–and probably our heart, mind, and soul, too.  You may have heard of “Super Foods” or “Power Foods” which nutrition experts encourage us to eat because of their extremely healthful benefits.  I, too, think it wise to focus on foods we should eat and how to creatively weave them into our diet instead of obsessing about those we should not.  We will explore why, how, and even when we should eat my Foods-of-the-Month, and I will always provide some of my favorite ways of preparing them.  (FYI, all 12 foods are staples in my diet… most I eat every single day!)  If there is biblical meaning or I’m inspired with spiritual application, you can be sure I’ll share the tasty tidbits.  More than anything, I am excited to research, learn, and be nourished with you!

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2012: Into God’s ___ Let Us Delve!

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 in Faith | 0 comments

After Christmas and before New Year’s Eve, I pondered what I truly desire in 2012—for me personally and for my website to encourage and edify YOU. I was inspired with a phrase that required me to fill in a blank:  “2012…into God’s ______ let us delve!” I liked the rhyme and the idea of digging, reaching, searching intently for something in God’s very being, but what one thing would that be?! His heart, I wondered? No, I also desperately need God’s mind. His joy? No, I just as much desire God’s peace. I needed a word to encompass it ALL—the very soul of God if there is such a thing. I asked God for the word. A couple days later He answered my prayer, and I have been so excited since!

2012: Into God’s Glory Let Us Delve! His GLORY. Perhaps you need a moment to let that word soak into your heart, mind, body, and soul…to contemplate what it reeeally means. I certainly did and continue to. As I’ve researched the “glory” of God in Scripture, I’m left with many images of light, even more of mystery, and of those pointing to Jesus Christ. Based on what the Bible says, I don’t think we can fully know/see/understand the glory of God this side of heaven, or until we see Jesus face to face (Exodus 33:18-20, Isaiah 40:5, Luke 2:9, John 2:11, Hebrews 1:3, and Revelation 21:23). But that’s the very reason I believe “glory” is the perfect word for the blank…the perfect soil into which we may dig to find treasures uniquely reserved for each and every one of us. As we delve into His light, seek the heart of the mystery, reach for Jesus Himself, it only makes sense we will find the most fulfilling purposes and pleasures for our life. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). In one of my favorite passages in all of Scripture—where God speaks of our preciousness to Him and His faithfulness to us—we are told God created us for His glory (see Isaiah 43:1-7).

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A Doctor’s Prescription for “Rest and Love”…for Us!

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 in Faith | 2 comments

Laurie GeiszI had just gotten home from the gym and was drinking my protein shake in the kitchen when I heard a faint cry. It wasn’t abnormal to hear my dogs voice their desire to emerge from their crates once I arrived home, but something about this cry was different. I went over to let my three darlings out, and when I opened Pebbles’ little door I was shocked to find her unable to use her hind legs and, even worse, panting profusely. I knew she needed care from a doctor immediately.

At just after 7 a.m., I was thankful God provided a veterinarian whose office was open…and less than five minutes away. After a blur of questions, my daughter and I were told Pebbles’ panting was an expression of the extreme pain she was experiencing…her heart rate was 180 when it should have been 110. The sudden onset of paralysis was most likely a neurological problem to which she was predisposed, being half-dachshund. The doctor gave us several options for Pebbles’ care—his most recommended being surgery in Denver, about an hour and a half away. This doctor (not our own but very knowledgeable) stressed Pebbles’ condition was probably time sensitive, i.e. the longer we waited to act on her behalf, the greater chance my three-year-old, otherwise healthy Pebbles would have of permanently losing use of her hind legs. The doctor left the room, kindly giving me time to think. I told my daughter Chelsey I needed to pray.

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