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What I READ on My Christian Walk

Sunday, March 02, 2014

As study the Bible I learn more and more about what He wants for His body. We are the housing for His spirit. We must continually nurture our mind and body with spiritually blessed foods and information to educate our minds from the Bible and information on nutrition. Many people go down the path to failure as they do not feed their minds with proper knowledge. The other thing is they do not listen, as many do not listen to the word of the Master.

Most concern in the New Testament( the new covenant): control of our physical appetites. Those being gluttony, lust, covetousness(wanting others possessions and wealth), unrighteousness; hatred/anger, and gossip. These appetites should not control us let we become arrogant. Deuteronomy 21:20; Proverbs 23:2, 2 Peter 1:5-7; 2 Timothy 3:19; 2 Corinthians 10:5
We for our purposes will talk about gluttony. Gluttony is taking things to excess. It could be food, shows, game play, telephone use, IPod and computer dependency; need for shoes, pocketbooks, records, DVD's, etc. Anything we indulge in to excess. For the purpose of weight loss, we must focus on eating too much.

Remember: also to declare yourself proud of being overweight, and you should like me the way that I am, isn't anything but the devil securing his hold on your life.

A friend of mine who needs to lose weight and is a Christian, posted on her wall for the start of the weekend already failing in quest to lose weight, because she bought fried chicken, potato salad, and cheesecake. As with anything on our quest to eat better and to attain better health, I proposed to her to peel off skin before eating. limit potato salad to 1/2 cup. I also suggested to her to half whatever her portion of cheesecake would be and enjoy.
I know and you know that the Lord says what ever we pray over before we eat, will be safe for our bodies, even GMO, meat, organic, etc. or not.

He told us in His word that in the end of times people would tell us what was good and bad for us. As Christians in their presence we should eat what they serve and not offend them. In our homes we can eat what we want. He expects us to honor His temple our body. Being overweight and sending ourselves into a crippled, wheelchair state is not what he wishes for His children. The devil know how to temple. Do not let the devil win his battle with you by depriving yourself of things you enjoy, but exercise portion control.

Do not be angry or feel hatred at those who "can eat whatever they want and not add a pound". Do not be envious of the celebrities who look perfect. They may be photo shopped for beauty. Do not lower yourselves to gossip about the appearance of others thin or thick.

Love you brothers and sisters and pray each day for the wisdom to help them on their way to better health. Our number one goal should be to get healthy.

  
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1CRAZYDOG 3/2/2014 8:23PM

  Very well thought out blog. It is sad that there is so much temptation put in front of our children (let alone us as adults, but we should know better!) Our children often do not see healthy habits modeled, and it just begins to spiral into every aspect of life.

Thank you for this reminder.

HUGS

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GENRE009 3/2/2014 2:43PM

    Very informative blog! You talked about a lot of good info. many people although are Christians, don't have an intimate relationship with God. they have a poor self image, and don't realize the amount of comfort that reading God's message brings. Or they feel unloved, yet God's door is always opened 24/7 to them. They don't realize how much God did for their salvation. How amazing a god to leave us with a survival kit, of his words to guide us thru life's stress & pain, and have a part of him in our body. So close as to always strengthen our walk when we fall. The holy spirit teaches lessons to purify our walk, even if we fight with blown our egos & resist. We may harm ourselves, yet eventually give up our control, become humble, to a mighty God who is very merciful. In order for someone to clean their house, the home that the holy spirit resides in, they must come to the conclusion that they have an intimate relationship with God & love themselves. Many need to be washed, and then brake the chains that bind them. Great blog! eva emoticon

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FLYER99 3/2/2014 1:37PM

    Oh boy, I needed to read this! I liked what you said about our appetites and this not meaning just appetite for food. Our bodies are the vessel that God uses on this earth to contain His Holy Spirit and we are to take care of them.

When we see and buy a large bag of potato chips, it is not God's pleasure to see us do that. This is satan's urgings. We must resist temptation. It is not easy to do. I know that in my own life. BUT, I do try and pray every day for God's help.

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Have a most blessed SonDay!

Bob.

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I AM TIRED OF HEARING THAT I HAVE WILL POWER

Sunday, February 16, 2014


I SPENT THE FIRST 43 YEARS OF MY LIFE BEMOANING MY LIFE SITUATION AND BLAMING OTHERS. IT WAS NOT THEIR FAULT THAT I WAS MORBIDLY OBESE. I WAS THE ONE THAT ATE FOR COMFORT. I ATE FOR COMFORT BECAUSE I WAS TOO LAZY OR TOO UNMOTIVATED TO CHANGE. CHANGING A LIFETIME OF BAD HABITS DOES NOT HAPPEN OVER NIGHT. IT HAPPENS THROUGH A HEART AND HEAD CHANGE OF YOUR OWN MAKING. IT DOES NOT TAKE WILL POWER. IT TAKES CHANGE POWER. THE WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILTY FOR YOUR ACTIONS. IT TAKES PLANNING AND PREPARING AHEAD. IT TAKES PORTION CONTROL. IT TAKES THE ABILITY TO REALLY SEE YOU, WHAT YOU WANT AND THEN DEVISING A PLAN TO GET THERE. OH YES, THAT IS WORK. NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING THAT IS WORTH HAVING IS NOT WORTH WORKING FOR.

MY MOTIVATION FOR LOSING WEIGHT WAS TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY MY LIFE AND GRANDCHILDREN. MY ONLY CHILD WAS KILLED IN A CAR WRECK ON HIS WAY TO WORK 2 AND 1/2 YEARS AGO, SO NO GRANDCHILDREN. I AM 64 NOW SO THERE WILL BE NO MORE CHILDREN. I WILL HAVE TO ENJOY THE GRANDCHILDREN OF FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. SO THE ONLY REMAINING REASON TO GET THIN IS TO ENJOY THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH MY SOULMATE AND HUSBAND. I NOW HAVE ANOTHER REASON THAT IS GROWING MORE EACH DAY SINCE MY ANGEL ON EARTH WENT TO HEAVEN. IT IS TO WORK FOR THE LORD ABOVE AS HE HAS GRANTED ME SUCH GRACE SINCE MY SON DIED. HE HAS GIVEN ME THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER FOR OTHERS WHO ARE ILL OR IN STRESS. I AM PRAYING FOR A GUIDE TO A CHURCH HOME.

I AM READING A BOOK CALLED THE DIET ALTERNATIVE, BY DIANE HAMPTON. IT IS BASED ON CHRISTIAN PRINCIPES AND I RECOMMEND IT TO ALL FOR THE STRENGTH OF HIS WORD ON YOUR JOURNEY. YOU NEED IT AS THE SIN OF GLUTTONY IS ONE THE DEVIL LOVES TO IMPOSE ON THE BODY, SO THAT IT WILL BE TOO DISEASED AND TO TIRED FOR THE LORD'S WORK.
Thought for the Day:
We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale

Scripture to Ponder:
Psalm 16:8--I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

  
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GOLFGMA 2/17/2014 9:56AM

    So glad you are feeling God's strength on your journey. I read a devotional this morning that I think you would like. If you want to check it out it speaks of having strength to say no to temptations.

girlfriendsingod.com

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1CRAZYDOG 2/16/2014 11:04AM

  (((((HUGS)))) Oh how life can take twists and turns that surely we would not change. But you're so right. Once we get to the point where we are open to grace, embrace it, make it a part of who we are then we can move on. It's so hard! Not that it's in ANY way the same as losing a cherished child, but I lost my brother 32 yrs. ago . . . on his birthday. It is not ever something you get over, but with His grace, we get through it.

This is just a wonderful blog. Thank you and know you're thought of.



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IMAVISION 2/16/2014 10:54AM

    My heart goes out to you in the loss of your cherished son.

I, too, have the calling of prayer warrior --- it is a privilege to go before the throne of our Creator God petitioning on behalf of others.

You hit the proverbial "nail on the head" with your sharing in your first paragraph.

emoticon for the heads up about the book. I shall check with our local library to see if they have it. I like to check there first before investing in books for our home library.

May our Abba Father continue to bless you with His plan for your remaining days on planet Earth!

Ima

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To my friend Jo,

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I got your goodie, and thank you and how apropos. Life is like a roadmap.
So many twists and turns, shortcuts that end up getting us lost and if we are lucky
they may help find hidden treasures
When I look at a road map I see big roads hat gets somewhere in a hurry They are straight but we get to see little except a highway unless we turn off for gas or food.
Sometimes we have to get off the main road to visit others. Sometimes we have to get off to visit special places. We get off those roads due to need for repairs.
So when we veer of the roads we are learning things about others and ourselves. We find hidden treasures of strength and knowledge buried within in us as we research ways to bypass our errors.
When my son died 2 years ago, I learn that every day in life is a gift and not to be taken for granted. veered off that road for a while too but have been in a maintenance mode for 2 years. I will start Monday riding down that road to better health again. I have filled my mind with further dietary knowledge. I have continued to measure and log in. I know that I have to have contact with others to succeed.
I now only visit about 5 groups, because more than that overwhelms me.
You are right when you say life gets in our way. You are right when you say we use it as an excuse. It is hard to crawl out of those holes of darkness when you do not realize you are there.
I am glad that you see where you are and that a roadmap that you carefully construct to go around your obstacles needs to be created. My road map may be different than your, but nevertheless we need to create a carefully designed path.
The worst thing in life that you can lose is your sense of self. Learn to like you again.
Remember get up, get dressed and get moving.

  
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IMAVISION 2/16/2014 11:01AM

    What truths you shared here!

God bless!

Ima

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JOLOVESRUM 1/24/2014 8:04PM

    You are a treasure, I am glad to be back and gladder (new word for the dictionary?) that you my friend are still here.
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GOLFGMA 1/12/2014 8:46AM

    In this road of life we find lots of unexpected twists and turns but we are able to keep following and eventually will get to our destination. With each curve our skills are better to make the next curve easier and we know that we have no way to go other than follow the road and see what is around the one coming up. Wishing you peace and comfort on your journey. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/11/2014 4:41PM

  I don't know so much that life gets in the way as it is more important to be engaged with family and friends and life as a priority and not skipping Sparking but prioritizing when. Good call.

HUGS

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GODSCHILDAMYB 1/11/2014 12:31PM

    Sometimes, it feels good to take a small turnoff. Taking one to long though can cause problems in the long run. It is good to just stand and let the breeze through the hair and then move on.

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Mirror Deception

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A few years ago I saw a movie called, "The Mirror has Two Faces." Lauren Bacall was the actress who iterated the meaning of this by saying, "I thought I had time. It got away from me. I feel as though I am young inside but I know I cannot do what I once did. I now know that I settled in life. "

I agree with the concept that many of us settle in life for less that what we are worth. We are deceived by others into believing that we are not worthy. We do not look as good as they do. We do not fit into the crowd that goes with the position that we want. We do not wear our clothes as well. We fall in love and listen to mates who sometimes do not hold our best interests in their hearts. These mates want us under their control. By belittling us, we think that cannot do better. We become mentally abused and fall into a pattern of despair. NO ONE can give or take away your feeling of self worth if you do not let them.

I remember searching for approval in my career from my superiors and peers, but I realize now that a little of this is politically driven. If you are good, then others want to keep you down for fear that you will get ahead of them or because you do not belong to their social club. I was told once that I was from a culturally deprived home. Whatever that means! I never felt deprived.

We do not feel worthy because we set unrealistic goals and unreasonable time tables on achieving them. We need to break goals down into workable steps. If we do this we can reach and achieve the ultimate goal.

Mirrors are deceiving tools to use. When I look in the mirror all I ever see is that 456 pound woman I once was. I NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE SEEN THIN WHEN I WAS THIN. I did see some pictures a while back of a thin woman in her early 30's that I know was me. Did I see her before, NOPE> see mirrors lie, because our self perception takes much longer to correct than the problem.

When losing weight we need to use measurable tools for achievement. Use scales to measure food amounts or measuring cups. We need to look at visual cues in how are clothes fit>are they loose or tight. We need to be more observant of how people are reacting to us. We to need to feel increased ease in putting on and tying our shoes. Is easier to get in out of the car. Make a list of things that are hard physically for you to do now. As you lose weight check off what is easier to do.

Mirrors lie to us when we try on new clothes to, because years of bad body image are not self correcting just because clothes are more fashionable. We need to dress our bodies with clothes that fit and with colors that make our skin glow. Take your most trusted friend shopping with you. Watch your husband's reaction when other men start to notice you.
Remember: Some men will be intimidated as you look better, because they have not taken care of themselves or they may become fearful of you becoming a stronger individual. Just assure your mate that you are doing this so that you and he can enjoy many more years together and show him by things you do that this is true.

The only mirror that you should trust is the one in your inner being that says you are healthier and more able.

  
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KERRYG155 11/25/2013 5:53PM

    That's a great blog and so true. When I did finally get my weight down to my and my doctors' goal and actually saw a mirror I was wondering who that person was. It didn't take long to put 10 lbs on after that. I got that back off but later put 50 back with arthritic knees which then became artificial knees. Still fighting to get back to that goal.

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FLORIDAGHOST 11/25/2013 2:30PM

    Love this blog. Thanks for sharing it with me. emoticon emoticon

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GOLFGMA 11/25/2013 1:42PM

    Great blog and so true. emoticon

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LUVDBYHIM 11/25/2013 12:30PM

    What a meaningful blog! It gave me something to ponder upon. emoticon

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GODSCHILDAMYB 11/25/2013 8:21AM

    Awesome perception!

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SINGINGLADY47 11/25/2013 12:25AM

    emoticon emoticon This is an excellent blog. It is so true and so relevant in so may ways. Thank you so much in helping us to know how we should see ourselves and how we should gauge our success. There are many aspects to losing weight and I am afraid that many times, the only thing we see is what the scale says and not the other changes that are going on along with the weight loss. Thank you again. You have been an encouragement and inspiration today. Judi emoticon emoticon

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HANNAHSGRAMMIE 11/24/2013 9:22PM

    This is a wonderful, thought-provoking blog. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/24/2013 8:43PM

  The only mirror that you should trust is the one in your inner being that says you are healthier and more able. -- That sums it up for me!

Awesome blog. Thank you.

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LACEYKYLE 11/24/2013 8:26PM

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Your SP is beautiful! Very creative!!

Love you,
Dari

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Evidence of Things not seen

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Just MY Perspective: Several years ago, in a previous marriage, and suffering from severe clinical depression, I found my self at over 400 lbs. My mom was still alive. I had a beautiful son and had started a new job.

I was aware subconsciously that my marriage was shaky. I need to lose weight. I did not have money to seek the professional help that I needed. I sought solace and comfort in the words of our Savior.

I knew then we had to have personal relationship with the Savior before we could comprehend His teachings as He wanted us to. We have to have this relationship so that the egotistical part of man can step aside and grow from His teachings.

As I was reading for comfort, I prayed in earnest for help from him in my situation. I knew that my journey to better health would be a long and arduous one. I was reading in Hebrews and came to Hebrews 11:1:

Faith is the substance of thing hoped for and evidence not seen.
It yelled out at me. I have answered this prayer. I knew not how this could be.

That day at work I saw a wonderful lady, Ann, a former Public Health Nurse who I had worked with and now retired. She came to visit someone. She had lost an enormous amount of weight from a program that she had been on. I congratulated her. That was the night the scripture spoke to me. I knew as I read it that the Lord had the answer and I was assured of his comfort and help.

The next day as I sat in my office, the phone rang. It was Ann. She told me that she would pay for me to join the program and I could pay her back as I could. (which I did).

The program was a success.

The biggest success was the solidification of faith and trust in God.
He is always there. Let him in.

  
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IGNITEME101 11/13/2013 8:13PM

    That gave me chills!!! So glad that we have a Savior who answers prayer!

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LUVDBYHIM 11/13/2013 5:28PM

    Amen! He is definately always there! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/13/2013 5:24PM

  What a testament to the power of faith! Needed this inspiration for sure! Thank you!

((((HUGS)))))

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HEISTHEANSWER 11/13/2013 4:40PM

    I truly love this blog. It was such an inspiration.

Your sister in Christ,
Lois

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