Healthy Habits

 

I read Jeremiah 1:4, “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
Jer 1:5 ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’” (NKJV)

It strikes me that God has a purpose for every one of us, and for those who call Him Lord and Savior, He says in 1Corinthians 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
1Cor. 6:20 “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (NKJV)

The previous verses talk about sin and in this case, are saying people in Christ should not be sexually immoral.

In Proverbs 23:15, (NKJV), King Solomon says, “My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice—indeed, I myself;
Pro 23:16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak right things.
Pro 23:17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day;
Pro 23:18 For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.
Pro 23:19 Hear, my son, and be wise; And guide your heart in the way.
Pro 23:20 Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
Pro 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.”

I know these verses and in my mind, I want to eat healthy and stop eating when I’m full. I also think about exercising regularly, it’s a good thing.

I have developed some good habits: when craving sweets, I’ll grab a fruit instead of dessert. I park the car far from the store when feasible; when grocery shopping, avoid the sweets aisle or if it’s not possible, avert glance away from the cookies, etc.; walk the stairs instead of using the elevator; eat less fatty foods, substitute lean choices and choose spices for added flavor.

I’ve been spending more time preparing healthier foods lately, but I keep missing organized exercise classes our town offers for free.

Since the food preparation has improved, I may be ready to begin the exercising within the next couple of days.

My brain acknowledges the truth of the Scripture that this body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and therefore it is not my own. It hasn’t made it to my heart, even after all these years of following Jesus and knowing that He bought me with the price of His sacrificial death.

I accepted His free gift of salvation and told Him I wanted to belong to Him.

My doctor doesn’t tell me I need to lose weight, I’m just aware of the stealthy creeping in of eating unhealthily and the numbers on the scale going up.

So, I’ve been cutting back and making wiser choices but it’s not always easy.

Oven-baked root vegetables tasted good to me tonight. My husband thought they were too sweet and with a tiny amount of spice the taste of vegetables predominated. We’re experimenting with new recipes lately. Winter weather hit our region; it was a pleasure to set the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit for over an hour.

Are you considering your health? Do you sneak in exercise or resist potato chips in a way that can be copied for good health? I’d like to hear from you.

May God bless you!

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Are We All Connected?

Sunday was my day to play guitar and worship the Lord at morning service, at a nursing home church meeting at 2:00 p.m., and again at night for the gathering of the saints.

One of our pastors has a great grandchild two years old. She has grandchildren in their teens and one who just turned twenty or twenty-one. When she came into our building in the evening, she told us about the shooting in East Texas at a small church. We cried for the victims and their families and for the man wielding the weapon who is no longer alive.

I had chosen a song about the goodness of the Father. God is good even when evil spouts its ugliness unexpectedly.

We sang, “I’ll Fly Away,” written by Albert Brumley in 1929 and recorded by Johnny Cash in 2003 according to this YouTube link to the song sung by Johnny Cash: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Ash+June+Carter+%26+Johnny+Cash+I%27ll+Fly+Away&&view=detail&mid=3ADF54C81EE47C9FC9E73ADF54C81EE47C9FC9E7&rvsmid=BFA57F1FFF1EF618A692BFA57F1FFF1EF618A692&FORM=VDRVRV. That was near the end of our song service and I think it brought comfort.

I spoke to the crowd about God knowing all and having a plan for our lives. He alone can turn a tragedy into something good, but it may take years for the good to manifest or months. Right now, it causes tears and questions and anger and all the different steps that people go through when they’re grieving.

So, we prayed for the families of everyone involved.

Our hearts are heavy. One of the ladies at our church got into such a slump she had to grab hold of her emotions this morning and force herself outside of the house. So, she came to our church and started working the garden and pulling weeds. She got to express her emotions to my husband and then later to me.

It wasn’t part of my agenda to stop and listen, I had an appointment elsewhere. I don’t know how to say to someone, “Not now,” when it’s of that magnitude.

I listened and then texted the person I was about to see that I got detained. They didn’t get the message and greeted me with an exasperated tone, “I was just about to call you!”
The minute I explained, they softened and they felt bad for the folks in Texas as well.

We humans have a capacity for compassion and the ability to “walk in another’s moccasins,” if we so choose. I used to hear a quote my parents told me was wisdom from the American Indian nations about not really knowing someone until you’ve walked in their moccasins.

I think anyone who has lost a loved one, and especially as a result of violence, will be able to empathize with the people in that small Texas town. “Holy Spirit, Comforter, please be with all mourning the lost lives of the people, especially for the deceased members’ families and for their friends and acquaintances. We need your help to cope and to heal and to forgive. I ask in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.”

God of All Comfort is the heading in this section of the New King James Version of the Bible:
2Corinthians 1:3  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
2Co 1:4  who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

In my opinion, we share a connection with people all over the world. May God bless us all.

 

 

Millie Keith

 

 

 

Probably a month or more ago, I read the first book in the Life of Faith: Millie Keith Series, copyright 2001 entitled, Millie’s Unsettled Season. Kerston R. Hamilton updated them and added more Scripture to the originals which were written by Martha Finley in 1876, just 11 years after the Civil War ended in America.

Millie is thirteen years old in the second book, Millie’s Courageous Days which is also copyrighted in 2001, and is published by Mission City Press, Inc., Franklin, TN.

There’s a marriage in the book which prompts Millie to ask her father how one knows that they are in love. He tells her to let him think on it overnight and to pray for wisdom for such an important question.

The next day he talks about 1 Corinthians 13. On page 91 her dad says, “Being in love, the kind of love that will last a lifetime, starts right here, in 1 Corinthians 13:4. ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.’ If your feelings and your actions cannot stand up to these verses, then how could you be in love?”

In the book, one question led to another because as the heroine points out, these verses tell all Christians what love looks like. I’ve heard these Scriptures repeated at many marriages over the years. They are a target worth aiming for, and as we try to hit the mark we can’t help but reach a number of those worthwhile actions and attitudes. Some attributes I’ve struggled with and now, I can honestly say, I don’t have a problem with them by the grace of God. Others are still a work in progress.

I hope you are well this fine time of the year.

May God bless you!

Know Thyself, Know Others

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Our church hosts an organizing class once a week and today we only had an hour to meet, so I brought my computer and we watched Sandra Felton on YouTube, a minute or two for each episode.

The attendee took notes on the ideas that were new to her. I showed her one chapter from the e-book from our library which is still downloaded on my computer: Organizing Your Day: Time Management Techniques That Will Work for You. It’s published by Revell, Grand Rapids, MI. The e-book written by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims, was created in 2011 and copyrighted in 2009. Then the lady jotted down the information so she could get it for herself. I don’t know if she’ll have to wait for me to finish it or if they have more than one copy.

Occasionally, I end up wanting to own a library book and purchase it. One advantage of an e-book, it doesn’t take up shelf space.

My granddaughter in her twenties prefers a paper book over an e-book. I don’t know if that’s the norm for people in her age group or not.

I’ve been reading the book of Isaiah and should have finished it by now, but I didn’t mark my place, so I re-read some of the chapters in the 50’s section. I felt as if I hadn’t read them before and seemed to glean more the second time. The Old Testament gives us examples of people’s lives and God’s interactions with them. I feel as if I know God better after reading His reactions to the Israeli’s and the other cultures.

In addition, while on vacation lately, I tried to listen to my family along with my talking to them because as they experience life, it’s interesting to hear their ideas and to get to know them better, as well.

When I gather with the ladies for our organizing class and we share our struggles and our triumphs, not only do we enrich each other’s lives, but we get to know ourselves better. We try to figure out why we do things the way we do. I said a few times, as we listened to Sandra Felton, the Organizer Lady, “she understands.”

She tends to offer encouraging comments like, “I used to be unorganized but I’ve learned organizing strategies that allowed me to change. You can change, too.”

She may have said that disorganized people tend to have a lot of interests and they are creative and intelligent. She might have said they are extremely intelligent, borderline geniuses-oh, that might have been my imagination.

Lead on, Organizer Lady, Sandra Felton and her co-writer, Marsha Sims.

I appreciate their vulnerability as they share their stories and their compassion for like-minded people struggling with disorganization. After my husband read part of my copy of her book, The Messies Manual, published back in 1983, it helped him understand me better, which helped our marriage.

Thank You, Jesus.

I noticed online that there’s a new version of The Messies Manual out now.

May God bless you.

Prophesies for Now and the Future

Sundays tire me out sometimes, even though worshiping God and praying with other believers refreshes my spirit.

This afternoon, it caught up with me so I took a short nap and then I heard a sound alerting me to a message on the phone.

A friend wanted me to watch a YouTube video of Jonathan Cahn, warning America of 10-31-17, but the online site said it’s not available. So, I got on “Prophetic Warning to America 13 Oct, 2017 – Jonathan Cahn – The Apostasy of America [Friday 13th].”

Then my friend directed me to Kim Clement’s prophesies beginning in 2014 and they continued, one after another.

We, in America dedicated our country to God when the Puritan’s came to the eastern shore. When I was a child in the 1960’s, I literally saw values shifting as people acted out with drugs, less sexual restraints, rebellion towards adults and against authorities.

Now, I pray for revival in America because as an adult I am concerned for the next generations and for the welfare of this country.

Years ago, I prayed for God to send missionaries to us with accents because American’s love foreign accents and He answered my prayer. I’m praying for revival because when I read the Old Testament I see that when Israel turned from God, He sent judgments to get their attention so they wouldn’t end up depraved and eventually separated from Him for all of eternity.

America is choosing other gods, atheism, etc. and we are being punished by God. God’s word says if My people who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. That’s found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, (NKJV).

The Israelites worshiped Baal and put thousands of children through the fire. Americans have worshiped self and killed over 60 million babies. God forgive us!

 

 

Organize Your Day

I ordered an e-book from our library when I couldn’t get there, so I looked for one of my favorite topics – getting organized.

Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims wrote a book called Organize Your Day: Time Management Techniques That Will Work for You, published by Revell Books, Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted in 2009.

Organizing your day by Sandra Felton(photo from https://www.christianbook.com/organizing-management-techniques-that-will-work/sandra-felton/9780800733155/pd/733155?product_redirect=1&Ntt=733155&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP )

What I love about their books is their motto about taking “small” consistent steps to effect real change.

I tend to think that starting four habits when I want to make one alteration multiplies the results. Surely, more is better than less, but then reality sinks in. “I can’t do this!”

In this book, Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims give four styles of organizing charts. One that caught my attention was for a man with such a broad range of interests that he wrote sixteen things he wanted to do.

Of every two items, the man chose the most important and soon the list was down to eight. Once again-the most important whittled down to four.

It forces the planner to think-now it’s down to two. Final choice, what is the most significant thing to the individual? The man felt relief, one thing I can focus on until it’s done.

This morning as I read in the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, published by Thomas Nelson Nashville, TN; Dallas, TX; Mexico City, in Mexico; and Rio De Janeiro, in Brazil; and copyrighted in 2011, there was a devotional page which I thought was from Sarah Young’s book, Jesus Calling.

Jesus Calling, was copyrighted in 2004 and published by HarperCollins Christian Publishers, Nashville, TN.

On page 1037 in the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, there’s an entry entitled “Protection” and it’s got a reference: “(From Jesus Lives by Sarah Young)” on the bottom of the page.

She reminds us that Jesus is with us in the good times and the bad times. When we’re struggling during times of affliction, He’s even closer than usual.

So, He hears our cries over a lack of control over clutter or gluttony or road rage or whatever tendencies which cause our hearts to hurt. The Scriptures the Bible gives at the bottom of this devotional are “Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 12:2, Psalm 23:4, and Psalm 18:35.”

Jesus is our protector if we ask Him to take control over our lives completely. He helps us to release the tight grip on our lives in a manner that we can deal with, if we really mean it. He’s not a mean task master in the sky. He’s a loving Father, beyond what any earthly dad could ever mirror with their behavior.

I hope you are well. May God bless you and protect you, lead you and guide you if you want Him to.

 

A Day Like No Other

I wrote a blog for today a couple of days ago. I recently wrote about Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims book, Organize Your Day: Time Management Techniques That Will Work for You, published by Revell Books, Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted in 2009. The problem is, when I went to write this one I realized that I never posted the “Organize Your Day” blog.

My husband and I recently returned from a vacation and while he watched football, I pulled out my computer and wrote a blog post. My son is an IT guy, so I texted him and asked if he ever used the internet at a public place on his private computer and he said, “No.”

He’s probably got more security safeguards on his than I do on mine, so I saved the blog. Out of sight, out of mind, as the old cliché goes.

I plan to post the article about the book tomorrow, but for tonight I just want to say, I decided to take Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims up on the idea to keep a running tally of how I use my time for a week in half hour increments, and it is eye opening.

I knew I was going to rest after a full two weeks of being gone because we kept irregular hours and I caught a cold, plus I got up early to prepare for Bible study this morning. I wanted to join my husband as he entered his office today because his secretary called me while we were away to ask for his favorite paint color. They wanted to freshen his office for him and re-decorate a bit. I was sworn to secrecy. I wanted to see his reaction because even though he’s low key, I knew he’d appreciate the effort they went to and he’d surely like an office in his favorite color.

He kidded one of the board members, “I need sunglasses in there now.”

The previous pastor chose a darker wallpaper with lots of trees on it. They chose a color just a bit darker than a pastel.

So, we celebrated our return with a lunch date at a new restaurant in town and then his secretary called to tell us that when our church had a number of police around it today, as we studied God’s Word oblivious to our surroundings, they were making plans to re-capture an escaped convict. Apparently, he’d been seen in the vicinity of our building. She asked how long our doors had been unlocked and was there any chance he could be hiding somewhere inside. I told her we would have heard him. She wasn’t so sure. We had talked, read out loud, laughed, reminisced, and then prayed. I told her all the places I’d been, looking for supplies and even for a can of paint in a storage room out of the way, before and after the study.

The next time I called her after taking a moment to consider, I thought maybe she should leave if she felt nervous. When she didn’t answer, I thought, Ah, she’s gone, good.

I texted her about leaving and she texted back: “I’m at the dentist and I won’t return until tonight’s Bible study.”

I went home to have some time with God and to do light housekeeping since I chose to rest. Occasionally, I called my husband to see if there was any news. “None that I know of,” he responded.

I’m praying the convict gets returned behind bars. It makes me wonder how he happened to escape and to hope he’s not a violent offender. I’ve been praying he’ll get saved if he’s not already, and that he won’t hurt anyone. I love the fact that God stays with us, no matter what we go through. It occurs to me that if I’m that curious, I could search the news to see if there’s any change in the situation.

I hope you had a nice day, one in which you didn’t hear of escaped convicts possibly hiding right nearby. I expect to share a little about our vacation, but I never know what a day will bring.

God bless you!

God’s Gift of Friendship

In early October, my husband and I drove south to PA to visit friends.

We got to see hills dotted with green trees and some foliage in the orange and yellow range. The further we went, the higher the hills until we came to small mountains.

Our friends moved closer to their children and grandchildren, leaving some loved ones behind. I knew I missed them, but when we exchanged hugs and then later, deep discussions, I thanked God for the opportunity to visit.

Sometimes, I expect things to stay the same. When their daughter decided to move, I felt strongly that she would meet someone and get married. Sure enough, it happened and their wedding date is set. What I did not anticipate was our friends moving a few months after she left.

It took me a while to get past acquaintanceship to becoming more open with her. To visit in their home, eat meals together and lodge under their roof deepened the relationship.

Even after finding out God wants us to know Him and love Him and speak to Him, I discovered over the years a deepening relationship as I took steps towards Him.

I attended a large church in Upstate, NY and a visiting Christian worker with the main preacher invited us to come forward if we wanted prayer for more of God’s gifts as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12.

I went forward but admittedly, I was afraid. The helper asked if I thought God would give me a gift I couldn’t handle. I said, “No.”

“Do you want to continue with your request?”

I said yes and so she prayed a powerful prayer. God answered by giving me a small gift to go along with my few years as a born-again Christian.

People move away. Some decide to stop being a friend. It hurts.

Jesus promised to never leave us nor forsake us.

How blessed we are.

 

A Favorite Chapter

Colossians 3:1-2

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NASB‬‬http://bible.com/100/col.3.1.nasb

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭NASB‬

This  chapter goes on to talk about family relationships, behavior, and work ethics.

 

I like to ponder what the opening verses mean. I always thought it said we were seated in heavenly places and that got me wondering. Now that I began to write about these verses, it says Christ is seated above, at the right hand of God. Now it makes sense to me.
My husband began a class on Wednesday nights, for beginners in the faith to go through the fundamentals of our beliefs based on the Bible. He offered the class for those who’d been believers in Jesus for many years as well. He comes home on Wednesday nights all revved up because of the participation and enthusiasm of the attendees.

 

I told him if he chooses to teach on how to study the Bible, I’d like to join them at that time. He went through Kay Arthur’s book: How to Study Your Bible: Discover the Life-Changing Approach to God’s Word some years ago. The book is published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR and copyrighted in 2013.

https://www.christianbook.com/study-bible-discover-changing-approach-word/kay-arthur/9780736953436/pd/953436?event=ESRCQ

 
My husband pulls out colored pencils to highlight sections within different categories. Well, I can’t really explain it, I just watched him do it. He may teach on that, he said, but he thinks he gave his copy away. ‘We’ll have to order books after we see if people are interested.”

 
Sounds good to me.

 
I haven’t blogged since last Monday I think. Not yesterday, but eight days ago!

 

Unbelievable. I started to blog six days ago and got involved with family, so I put it off. Then I began to blog on my computer and it acted up. So, I started on my phone and it got late, so I put it off. Then last night I determined to blog and I got hit with nausea which caused me to slow down big time.

 
I told my husband of my dilemma. “You need to start earlier in your day.”
So, here I am before noon typing away instead of writing before midnight. Praise God. And my guy thinks I don’t listen to him. I wonder why he thinks that. 😊

May God bless you!

 

 

 

Peace

 

 

 

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Isa 26:3  You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

The Mountain of the Lord

Isa 2:1  The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

Isa 2:2  Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.

Isa 2:3  Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Isa 2:4  He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.

Isa 2:5  O house of Jacob, come and let us walk In the light of the LORD.

This is a prophecy concerning the end times here and again in Micah:

The Mountain of the Lord

Mic 4:1  Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it.

Mic 4:2  Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Mic 4:3  He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.

Mic 4:4  But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.

Mic 4:5  For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God Forever and ever.

The Lord Shall Rescue Zion

Mic 4:6  “In that day,” says the LORD, “I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast And those whom I have afflicted;

Mic 4:7  I will make the lame a remnant, And the outcast a strong nation; So the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on, even forever.

Mic 4:8  And you, O tower of the flock, The stronghold of the daughter of Zion, To you shall it come, Even the former dominion shall come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”

I’m reading in the book of Isaiah, sixty-six chapters, as there are sixty-six books in the Bible. I’ve heard it said that if a person reads Isaiah, they will read a synopsis of the entire Bible.

In Isaiah 53, the Messiah is described and Jesus fits that description. How I needed a savior when I was young. Now that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, how I need the Holy Spirit to comfort me in the middle of the sorrows that come upon me and all of mankind when evil has its way.

So, I pray for those close to me and for those that I may never know, when I hear tragedies in America and around the world. The only way to avoid being cast into despair is to cast my cares upon God Who cares for me, as directed in 1 Peter 5:7. Not only does He comfort me, but He comforts whomever calls upon His name.

He promises that those who call upon the name of Jesus will be saved, in Act_2:21, (NKJV),  AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS THAT WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.’

Having Jesus love you and call you His very own imparts peace, and fills the longing of the heart that searches for more.

I hope that you are well. May God bless you!