What Are You Stressing About?

I couldn’t get a picture to copy on my blog last night for over fifteen minutes, so my blog posted at 12:02 a.m. sans picture. My husband couldn’t get Netflix to work for him so he tidied up instead. I made my sounds of frustration and then pressed the publish button.

Life goes on. Do you stress over big things, little things, many things? Stress is good for us in small amounts to motivate us to get moving. In large amounts over protracted periods of time, stress endangers our health.

I went to a couple of appointments with my youngest daughter today as she prepares for her “big day” in January. She got a little stressed over some of the things we ended up talking about. After that, I read the last few chapters of Daniel in the Bible which are visions he had of the end times on the planet. He also encountered angelic beings and possibly Jesus if I understand it correctly. They explained the visions and/or dreams that he had.
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There’s nothing like reading about conquering kings and subterfuge and possibly the anti-Christ offering abominable things on the altar in Jerusalem to change my frame of mind. I tried to decipher if these things are about to happen now. Wish I understood it better.

Any concerns about ordering supplies for the wedding or getting dresses altered in time went right out the window.

What are you stressing about?

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People Need People

I remember hearing a Barbara Streisand song with the words, “People who need people, they’re the luckiest people in the world.”
She sang so beautifully. I agreed with the lyrics.

I’ve been getting some comments and likes on my site, so I’ve been visiting the blogs of those that communicated with me. There are some incredibly interesting people in the world. The interests vary as much as the individuality of their faces and their names.

One person said he wished God didn’t give him free choice since he was incapable of making the right decision.

I’m married to a pastor so I picked his brain over that comment. This is what I got thinking as I stewed over the idea of this young man’s decision.

One thing my husband preaches is that Genesis tells the true story of Creation. When people interpret the Bible according to their desires and don’t check it out according to legitimate sources, false interpretations take over. The science of evolution doesn’t add up and that’s why Darwin recanted the theory before he died.

If people believe God created them, they would know that they are not a highly evolved animal. That way, they may realize they can make choices in an intelligent manner and that is why God gave them free choice to follow him or not. If I were God, and the whole world can thank God that I am not God, as imperfect as I am, I would want my creations, my children to love me. I wouldn’t want a bunch of robots that showed enthusiasm because they were programmed to do so. I would want people to love me because they saw something lovable about me.

The Scripture says in the (KJV), Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

If Scripture is true, mankind was created for God’s pleasure. People need people
because Jesus said we have an enemy that seeks to destroy us. The devil doesn’t want us to know we are God’s kids and/or he doesn’t want us to know that we have power to resist his schemes through Jesus Christ.

A college professor I knew laughed at the idea that the devil may be real. That suits his purposes perfectly. God is good, yet awful things happen all the time. People make awful choices sometimes on their own, but many make horrendous choices under the influence of the evil one. Just look at Charles Manson’s eyes sometime, even through a television camera lens, his eyes hold an unholy light.

People need people to remind them of good things and help them if they think they’ll try something that is self-destructive. We need each other.

Healthy Eating

My husband and I started eating according to the Hallelujah Acres diet over five years ago. We felt better, we lost weight easily and our blood work  numbers improved at the doctors’ office.

Now it’s hit or miss for us because it takes lots of time to prepare raw foods and we got tired of it. We eat at potluck dinners and restaurants that don’t serve many raw foods at all.

The book I mentioned yesterday by Dr. Krstevski, GOD’S HEALING SECRETS suggested eating raw food as well, for health benefits.

Hallelujah Acres founder, George Malkmus said that if you can’t eat the healthier way exactly, do your best and exercise is key. So when I started, I decided to adopt 25 per cent of the diet and remain at a 75 per cent level of normal American eating. Now I’m at maybe 50 per cent.

Dr. McDougall has a diet based on plants, but he doesn’t emphasize raw veggies. My husband decided that would work better for him. Cooked foods give some comfort, and that’s why Hallelujah Acres recommends a smaller percentage of the daily intake be cooked.

The problem I’ve noticed is that in the Fall/Winter season when Thanksgiving comes around and then the Christmas season hits, all the rich foods show up as gifts or as meals on the day of the holiday. I’ve been getting sick every year from the influx of foods I don’t normally indulge in. I think once I start eating the sweets, they trigger a “more, more” response.

Too much sugar lowers the immune system and then I get sick. Four years ago, I almost died from getting sick and being given too strong an antibiotic which threw me into C-Diff: too much of an unhealthy intestinal bacteria growing like crazy because the antibiotic killed the good “flora.”

God is good and I dreamt about some evil celluloid creature lacking any color whatsoever and I realized he was trying to kill me. So I spoke a Scripture about evil intentions will ricochet back onto the evil doer and the innocent will be okay. I knew then that I would be healed.

So by then, after an eleven day series of mix-ups with the doctors not returning my calls, etc. I finally got into the doctor’s office and they gave me an antibiotic that counteracted the C-Diff. My husband had to support me to walk into the doctor’s office and I thought, what a difference less than two weeks made in my health. When I first arrived I had a sinus infection and some other minor infection. I walked in with strength and purpose. I even told this new physician’s assistant that I ate pretty healthy, she may need to lessen the dosage. She was trying to do such a good job, I heard her muttering about how many milligrams to give me. I don’t think she heard a word I said.

So, God wasn’t finished with me yet. Now, I take as few medications as possible. I only go to the doctor if God hasn’t answered my prayers for healing. I always ask for wisdom so I don’t wait too long. 🙂

I’m grateful for doctors. A hospital full of doctors and nurses and technicians and sanitary workers helped keep my youngest son alive as a newborn, but my husband and I and many others prayed like never before.

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The hospital could help sustain his life, but they couldn’t heal him. A virus ate ninety per cent of his liver. God alone is our healer. He allows medications and treatments to work.

One year I had sinus infections from November until February. I was younger then, on a typical American diet of mostly cooked food, meat and dairy. As soon as the antibiotic ended, I was sick again. Finally, in February I cried out to God. He healed me and I didn’t get another sinus infection for many, many months.

I hope these posts are helpful to you.

Healing Available Today?

Our church holds a healing service once per month for anyone that wants to ask God to heal them. Sometimes we stand at the altar and ask for prayer for someone else, we accept the anointing oil on our forehead and the hand of an elder in the church is laid on our head during the prayer of faith as if we were the one receiving.

Why did we start these services that aren’t packing out the church? Because we believe God answers prayer. We believe that God still heals today. Someone asked us to. We like asking God to heal people because we care about people and we quote the Bible: “You are the God that heals” as we pray.

God knows, but there’s something powerful about praying the Scriptures. There’s a verse that says “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God:” Romans 10:17.

 

Dr. Slobodan Krstevski, Ph.D. wrote GOD’S HEALING SECRETS, published by WORD ALIVE PRESS, copyright 2010. On page 50, Dr. Krstevski said, “When we take the word of healing and we believe it and confess it (just like we did with the word of salvation), we will be healed.”

He explains that he’s not a believer in “name it and claim it,” but we do need faith.

Jesus healed less people in His home town because of their unbelief, we’re told in Matthew 13:58. He was too familiar to them.

My husband preaches a segment of Scripture, reminds people that it’s up to God whether He wants to heal or not, depending on His purposes and then he prays with faith, because so many Scriptures make it clear that God wants us healthy. God loves us more than we can possibly comprehend and it’s an unconditional love if we choose Him.

If we take our free will and curse Him, and treat others in horrendous ways, then He gets mad. We are made in His image and likeness it says in Genesis 1:26, 27 (KJV). So we understand if someone treats our loved ones in an abominable way, that we’ll get mad. Like Father, like sons and daughters.

He asks us to forgive others, as He forgives us in Matthew 6:12.

I’ve heard stories of people being healed physically after they finally forgave someone they held a grudge against.

If you are sick, I pray you’ll be healthy according to God’s wishes for your life.

He wants everyone to repent and avoid perishing in the afterlife, according to 2 Peter 3:9, (KJV): “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

That’s His utmost concern if I understand the Word of God correctly. He watches out for all, but as earthly parents have more love for their own offspring, I believe God feels the same way. Everyone came into being by God the Creator according to Genesis 1, but John 1:12 (CEV) says, ” Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God.”

Do you believe God heals today? Would you enter a church for a healing service if you were sick? I hope you are well and these are theoretical questions for you.

Hope Available

A group I attend studied two books that dealt with hope over many months in 2015. One by Max Lucado called, You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times, published and copyrighted by Thomas Nelson in 2013. A really great book.

The second one by a Western New York author, Sandra Fox, entitled Lord Renew My Hope, copyright 2007, published by xulon press. I started it before I moved one time and when I searched my book shelf, there it was – incomplete. I decided to finish it and realized the other ladies would be blessed. When I asked them if they were interested, they said, “Yes!”

A few needed encouragement at the time. That’s the blessing of friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. Our real families are not always near by to listen or to give words of wisdom when we’re in a conundrum.

So we ordered the second book on hope and read of some struggles and answers to prayer. We discussed the admonition to hold on, and to paraphrase one of the author’s ideas: Find promises in the Word!

“Just try to do the next right thing,” a great guy, David McLaughlin of Rochester, NY used to say. Dave McLaughlin.jpg

He went to be with Jesus before us. We enjoyed him when he came to church and to other activities.  He usually brought bananas to share and a positive attitude. He also made us laugh and beat us at a business game we played – he told us he did the same kind of thing in real life in his past. Smart! 🙂

Like David discovered when his cancer showed up, we find hope is required in this life.

I love the book of Hebrews. It was Paul’s letter to the converts from Israel. Hebrews 11:1, (KJV) says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

If you have faith, whatever you’re hoping for will seem so real you can rest in the fact that it’s on its way.

If we have hope, we’ll aim for a goal, we’ll pray, we’ll take action. However, in Proverbs 13:12 (KJV), we learn that “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

If people face constant discouragement, they may feel like life will never change and they may want to give up. That is a lie from the pit of hell, really. In our group, one lady was feeling low and another person said, “I understand. I felt that way last year. I came through and I learned a few things along the way. Let me tell you about it. By the way, I pray for you every day.”

The lady who felt low is noticeably improved! We need each other, we need God, we need hope. We need the Bible. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (KJV)

Our mindset can change the course of our lives. Philippians 3:20 (CEV) says: “But we are citizens of heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from there. Our Lord Jesus Christ
Php 3:21 has power over everything, and he will make these poor bodies of ours like his own glorious body.”

If you need hope, I pray you’ll find someone to help you in a healthy way. We all need encouragement once in a while on this planet. Every one of us.

In the book of James, one of the verses in  chapter one says we don’t have because we don’t ask God. Then there are conditions He outlines as reasons for His negative response to our prayers as well.

The Bible is filled with wisdom. If you haven’t read it, that may be your first step towards hope. When I’m lacking hope, I need to get my Bible out. Maybe I’ve been neglecting reading the Word, starving my spirit and feeding my flesh. That makes me grumpy, I know from experience.

I pray you have the hope that God gives abundantly. Enjoy the rest of 2015.

 

Home Safely

We had a great opportunity to visit family for Christmas in another area of New York State. We held our plans loosely because one never knows what a day will bring. After a great Christmas and day after we made our way home. But this is not our home.

In two cases, this is not my home. My home belongs to the church that my husband pastors at. It feels like home, but once he retires, on we’ll go to another dwelling place.

Also, there is a great Christian song that talks about going to the Father’s house that’s fun to listen to: “Big House” by Audio Adrenaline.

Another song I tried to find is kind of a rock and roll song that talks about this world not being home, meaning the planet earth.

I searched for Scriptures to back up this idea that’s not really mine.

1Peter 1:17 (CEV): “You say that God is your Father, but God doesn’t have favorites! He judges all people by what they do. So you must honor God while you live as strangers here on earth.
1Peter 1:18 You were rescued from the useless way of life that you learned from your ancestors. But you know that you were not rescued by such things as silver or gold that don’t last forever.
1Peter 1:19 You were rescued by the precious blood of Christ, that spotless and innocent lamb.
1Peter 1:20 Christ was chosen even before the world was created, but because of you, he did not come until these last days.
1Peter 1:21 And when he did come, it was to lead you to have faith in God, who raised him from death and honored him in a glorious way. That’s why you have put your faith and hope in God.”

Jesus said in

(John 14:1-3),
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going away to prepare a place for you?
And if I am going away to prepare a place for you, I will come back again and welcome you into my presence, so that you may be where I am.” (ISV)

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So, I figure God wants us to enjoy our life here on earth, but not to get too attached to it. My paraphrase of Philippians 4:4, 6-8; one of Paul’s epistles. 🙂

 

 

 

 

God directs Our Path

I went to church the other night to a Bible study that Craig teaches even though I wasn’t feeling 100%. There’s another lady that attends and she’s about our age. I thought she might feel uncomfortable being alone with Craig since the other Bible study on the Holy Spirit was canceled because of Christmas being around the corner.

I thank God that Craig is trustworthy and that our church tries to have more people around so there’s no person alone with another.

After we arrived early, the phone rang and this lady called to let us know her transportation fell through, so she wouldn’t be able to attend class. I thought, Isn’t that just like God? Solomon says in Proverbs 3:6 “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” 

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I wish I acknowledged God in all my ways, my life would be different, better than it is now. It’s hard for a human to constantly acknowledge God, especially if they don’t remind themselves. Maybe sticky notes all over the house would help. 🙂 But then, what about rebellion? Would that raise its ugly head? Ah, what a mess rebelling against God’s ways makes.

I’m so grateful that Jesus came to earth from the heavenly realm. He promises so many things in the Bible that I’ve found to be true. Speaking of Him coming to earth: Merry Christmas!

If you find God orchestrating your steps to work things out for your good, there’s another reason to give Him thanks.

What’s Most Important to You?

When I start my day I tend to do one small thing and then another small thing which leads to one more. I look at the clock and it may be an hour or two later. Even though I use a planner, sometimes these small important or sometimes not so important things became a main springboard into my day.

Two days in a row, our loud doorbell rang and I jumped. I looked around the house to see what it looked like. I am not a visual person unless the doorbell rings and then my eyes become lasers. Thankfully I didn’t have to cringe with embarrassment, but whenever you choose one thing, another will suffer. When I spoke one on one with prolific author, Cec Murphey, at Montrose Christian Writers Conference, he asked me, “What are you willing to give up in order to spend more time writing?”

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Cec wrote twelve hours a day, he told the class I attended. That’s not even possible in my life since I’m the main cook, cleaner, and host more than one Bible study. I like spending time with people. At last year’s conference, one instructor asked how many of us were extroverts. I was the only person in the room with my hand up.

In the early 1990’s, I went to my first writers conference in Rochester, NY with Marlene Bagnull as the presenter. She , too, mentioned being an extrovert. So, I guess there are some out there. It was hard on her not seeing people when she was immersed in her work, she told us.

I love being outdoors and NYS is having a very unusual winter with lots of warm days. I’m mostly inside or running from the car to another place inside and barely noticing. So, one thing else I’ve given up is being aware of the great outdoors and taking advantage of this warm spell. We had a warm winter about four years ago, people prayed for no snow. I laughed at them. I shouldn’t have. The NYS apple crop suffered terribly. I’m praying the weather will right itself. I really like apples. I’m sure our local farmers like a great harvest.

Sometimes I wonder if God allows aberrations in weather so people will look up. I don’t see my housework results as well until the doorbell rings. Maybe others don’t think of God unless He gets their attention through the balmy winter in the Northeast United States. A relative told me once that she tended to ignore God unless she was in a crisis. I told her that’s a hard way to live. She’d be better off paying attention to God regularly so He didn’t have to wake her up.  

How do you start your day? Do you putter like I do until your schedule or the time grabs your attention? Or are you on automatic pilot with wonderful ingrained habits? I love how unique everyone is.