Posts made in March 2012

Cultivating a Life of Prayer

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 in Faith | 0 comments

Recently I was amazed when God answered a prayer I had uttered just the night before.  To set the stage, for quite some time the number of my Facebook Friends had been hovering around 660.  I had silently been dreading that number becoming “the number of the beast” in Revelation 13… maybe not a big deal to others, but I didn’t want that number and all it represents on my Facebook page.  So upon returning home from several days away, when I checked emails and Facebook before going to bed, you can imagine my relative shock when I saw “the number.”  Immediately I wondered whom I could ask to be my “friend,” (merely to change the last of three numerals!) but it was late, I was tired, and instead I asked God if He would please “handle the situation” for me–words I find myself using more and more often in my prayers.

The next morning I admit I had completely forgotten about both the number and my prayer request when I opened my Facebook page to post a Scripture my mind had been singing all the way home from the gym.  (Interestingly, that song was “I lift my eyes up to the hills–where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord….” from Psalm 121, sung by Casting Crowns.)  This time I was shocked to see a new number–an okay, wonderful number!  In the midst of my amazement that God had answered my prayer literally overnight, I learned someone had “accepted my friend request.”  BUT PLEASE HEAR ME:  I did not recognize this person’s name or face, nor do I remember ever “requesting friendship.”  I am totally serious!  I laughed out loud at the miraculous power of my God… it’s as if He went into my Facebook account, made a friend request, and had that person accept–all while I was sleeping.  With a smile on my face and beaming even more from my heart, I thanked God for caring… and for acting on my behalf.

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March’s Food-of-the-Month: Spinach!

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

In the spirit of celebrating all things GREEN this coming Saturday, it is my pleasure to place on our monthly food pedestal one of my absolute favorite “addictions:”  spinach!  Hopefully you already know and love this gorgeous green which “has more demonstrated health benefits than almost any other food” (SuperFoods Rx, Steven Pratt, M.D., and Kathy Matthews).  But if spinach is anything less than a DAILY part of your diet, please stick around and let me try to convince you to increase your affection and consumption.

Remember Popeye?  It was supposedly the iron which made the Sailor Man become a powerhouse after eating a can of spinach.  Back then, “nutritionists were working with an 8-pack of crayons; today we’re looking at the 250-pack.  Based on what we know and are learning daily about micronutrients, we understand it’s the synergy of the wide range of all the nutrients and phytonutrients in green leafies that make them superstars” (Pratt/Matthews).  Along with two other of my personal favorites–salmon and blueberries–spinach is right up at the pinnacle of all-star foods.

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A Happy Worm in the Garden of CURE

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 in Faith | 0 comments

To fully appreciate this story you should know that for many years–maybe decades–I have been intrigued by a certain phrase in the Bible.  One word in particular I have found rather amusing except that it doesn’t seem to be written with any intentional humor.  Instead, it is part of a beautifully personal passage, spoken directly from God:  “‘Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob… for I myself will help you,‘ declares the Lord, your Redeemer….” (Isaiah 41:14).  “O worm?!”  How interesting, I’ve thought numerous times, that in saying such kind and comforting words to Jacob, God calls him a WORM!  Not exactly a creature to which we typically attach great value, right?  My mind reverts to 9th grade biology… I can almost smell the formaldehyde in which hundreds of dead worms were packed, waiting to be dissected.  (My nose is scrunching!)

But believing every word in the Bible is there for a reason, and knowing from Scripture that we “children” have exceedingly great value to our heavenly Father, I’ve silently maintained there HAS to be a reason God chose the word “worm” (see 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 John 3:1).  He could have said “humble,” “lowly,” “parasitical,” etc., but He didn’t.  He said “worm.”  Personalizing Scripture as I always do, I’ve wondered what meaning this characterization has for me?  “‘Don’t be afraid, O worm Laurie… I myself will help you,‘ declares the Lord, your Redeemer.”  Of course I LOVE that God HIMSELF helps and redeems me, but I’ve continually felt there must be more to being a “worm.”  Well, guess what?!  Recently God opened my eyes in a brand new way, and, finally, I saw the “light”… or shall I say “the soil?”

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