Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Are You Ready?

The remainder of the verse in the photo states, "And they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him." Wail? Why would people wail at His coming? Maybe because they weren't ready because they believed a lie.
Do you know that Jesus loves you and died for your sins, so that you can be forgiven and on your way to heaven? Many people believe this, but they also believe that no matter how they live they are fine-and-dandy without ever having a change of heart through repentance and surrender to God. Below are just a few of the many verses on repentance, some-of-which are even directed at God’s people…the church.
Jesus said, "There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent" (Luke 24:47 NLT). Speaking to the crowd, he also said, "You will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God" (Luke 13:3). Jesus repeats this again in verse 5. "I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.”
“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17), and “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matthew 9:13).
John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (Mark 1:4).
Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel,” (Mark 1:15).
And they went out, and preached that men should repent (Mark 6:12).
Jesus said, “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.” (Luke 15:10).
Peter said, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38).
John the Baptist said, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out (Acts 3:19).
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).
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 (2 Peter 3:9).
Revelation 2:5 (to the church) Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Revelation 2:16 (to the church) Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Revelation 2:21 (church) And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
Revelation 2:22 (church) Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
Revelation 3:3 (church) Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Revelation 3:19 (church) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood.
Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries (drugs), nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
Revelation 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
End time events are being fulfilled daily. Are you ready? You can be. Give your life to Jesus Christ, He gave His life for you. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” (Romans 10:13).

Monday, June 29, 2015

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I'm Hungry! provides the what, why, and how-to of nutrition and weight loss by defining the problems, offering solutions, and then presenting guidelines to carry them through. 

I'm Bored! offers hundreds of  suggestions and links to fun and educational activities, questions to ask, jobs to perform, and services to volunteer, all-of-which develop the intellect, confidence, and feelings of fulfillment. These activities may also deter the hand-to-mouth eating habit that often accompanies boredom.

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Carol McCormick is a certified personal trainer and a certified health coach through the American Council on Exercise, one of the top fitness organizations in the world. I'M HUNGRY! I'M BORED! was born out of her great concern for children and adults who struggle with weight-related personal and social issues. Overweight children are falling prey to a host of “adult” diseases, and many are taunted, teased, and bullied because of their appearance. Adults are not immune to this discrimination, as they are also “sized-up” when searching for a date or seeking a career. These painful emotions often cause both children and adults, not only to feel sad or upset, but also inferior and insecure. As these physical, emotional, and social problems intensify, feelings of unhappiness may also increase.

Habits instilled in your children now often follow them into their future. In helping them, you will be helping yourself, because what works for them will work for you too, if you need a nudge in this direction. I’M HUNGRY! I’M BORED! provides the blueprints needed to lay a strong foundation and create new behaviors that lead to better health, a leaner physique, and a happier life! 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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"Fresh dialogue, realistic characters, a powerful message. McCormick does a great job creating her characters and portraying the struggles they endure," The Romance Readers Connection. 

How does a man pick up the pieces when his world crashes around him? Misplaced priorities shattered his marriage. Problems almost crushed him. Love motivated him to mend the damage, once he found all the pieces. 

After only a few months of marriage, Lorraine left Dylan on a wintry night after he'd spent one too many nights out with the guys. Unable to cope with the loss, Dylan escapes the painful feelings by drinking them away. This decision costs him a year-and-a-half of his life after he stops in a little mountain town and ends up in the local jail. When he's released, he returns home in search of a job to get his life—and his wife back. 

The Missing Piece is not only a love story about a man who loves a woman, but is also a love story about a merciful God who loves mankind, even when he falls. The novel is an emotionally-charged journey of hope and redemption with a touch of spunk, a hint of humor, and a few twists along the way. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Are Your Words Like Fire or Honey?

There once was a woman who gossiped about her neighbor, but later found out that rumor wasn’t true. Feeling ashamed, she sought the advice of a wise old man and asked him how she could repair the defamed person’s reputation. The sage instructed her to fill a bag with feathers and then put one on each person’s doorstep who heard the slanderous story. The woman did as she was told and then returned to present the empty sack. The elderly man then lifted his head and with a tear in his eye, he said, “Now go back to each doorstep and collect the feathers.” The woman ran out the door and down the street, but as she hurried to gather the feathers, she’d found that they had all blown away.

Words are like feathers caught in the breeze. They can never be retrieved.

Social media is a modern day doorstep. What is said on places like Facebook quickly goes viral and spreads like wildfire, even if the post isn’t true. Reputations are defamed and lives are changed when lies are shared without foresight. The tongue is a fire that can ruin a life (James 3:6), but without wood the fire goes out (Proverbs 26:20).

Words cannot be unsaid, but they can be forgiven (1 John 1:9). The following verses may be an encouragement and motivation to tame the tongue:

He that refrains his lips is wise (Proverbs 10:19).

He that has knowledge spares his words (Proverbs 17:27).

He who guards his mouth preserves his life (Proverbs 13:3).

He who covers a transgression seeks love; but he who repeats a matter separates very friends (Proverbs 17:9).

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

Pleasant words are like honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones (Proverbs 16:24). 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Monday, April 20, 2015

What You Say is What You Get!

The tongue is the most powerful member of your body. Not your glutes, not your quads, shoulders, back or biceps. The words that roll off your tongue are so potent that they have the power to move mountains and change lives for good or for bad.  Words will determine the course of a life just as a bit in a horse’s mouth will determine the direction its body will turn (James 3:3).

The Bible states that what we say is what we get. We speak what we believe, many times to our demise when we are snared by the words of our mouths (Proverbs 6:2). We say things like, “Nothing ever goes right for me,” or “I don't believe that will work” and then wonder why our lives are a mess, or we’re not empowered when we pray.

Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). If we’re feeding our minds and hearts negative information, our lives will take a negative turn, because what enters our eyes and ears determines what we think and believe, and eventually shows up in our lives by way of our words and actions. (Read more in Guard Your Heart.) 

Jesus said that we will have what we say, and that we can move mountains and change lives by believing, praying, and speaking our desires. He said that if a person “shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass: he shall have whatsoever he says” (Mark 11:22-24).

Most of us have had a lopsided view of this promise, believing that only the good things we say will come to pass. Yet this verse does not differentiate between good and bad. It doesn't say that whatever you believe and say that is good will come to you. It says you shall have WHATEVER, that means whatever you believe and say, whether good or bad.  

People tend to believe that if they use negative words, they will get positive results, which rarely ever happens. Some believe that by criticizing a person it will motivate him or her to do better. They say things like, “You’re fat, dumb, lazy or sloppy” in hopes of prodding the person to lose weight, study harder, get a job, or clean up his act. The critic doesn't seem to understand that the motivation to rise and better another person does not come through negative words of condemnation, but through positive words of praise.

Therefore, criticism keeps the recipient stuck in his situation, fulfilling the conditions that Jesus set forth,“You shall have whatsoever you say.” Tell your co-worker, spouse, or child that he  or she is stupid or a loser and they will not disappoint you. They will live out your low expectation of them, unless they have enough inner-fortitude to rise up and prove you wrong. On the flip-side, if you tell them that they did a good job they will be encouraged to do even better.

On judgment day, we shall give account for every idle word that we have spoken and be justified or condemned by them (Matthew 12:36). This life review may be like an echo, as our words bounce back to us to have a positive or negative effect on our lives. Words have the power to create or destroy. Therefore, our desire and prayer should be, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lordmy strength, and my redeemer" (Psalm 19:14). 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Guard Your Heart

Suppose Jane is using a camera phone to video Sally preparing a meal. Sally slices onions, peppers, and mushrooms then puts them in a wok and stirs the vegetables. If you stopped recording right there and played the video back, you would see the exact same images that went into the phone, Sally preparing and cooking a meal. The video doesn’t show Sally dusting furniture, making a bed, or taking a walk. The device captured and copied what it “saw” and “heard” and projected it onto the screen.

The camera lens and the audio receiver are similar to our eyes and ears. The images and sounds we see and hear are caught and then sent to the recording device in our minds. Trivial thoughts are soon forgotten, but remarkable or repetitive thoughts are embedded in our hearts where they eventually come out of our mouths and show up on the screens of our lives.

Children are most impressionable to what they see and hear, because their innocent minds lack a strong gatekeeper at this young age. But we as adults can control what we see and hear by being vigilant to what we allow to enter our eyes and ears. Having this knowledge is key to controlling our emotions and even our destinies.

Everything we do begins with a thought or command and then the body responds either positively or negatively to this input. Many images and words have an immediate effect on how the body reacts: An embarrassing comment causes a shy person to blush. Viewing or reading porn creates a feeling of misguided arousal. An enlistee in boot camp snaps to attention at the sergeant’s command. Seeing and helping the needy creates feelings of fulfillment and joy. All of these responses come forth unbidden after the thoughts entered the mind.

Thoughts are like seeds that grow into flowers, fruit, or weeds. They follow the same natural and spiritual laws of sowing and reaping. What goes into our minds via our senses, especially by way of our eyes and ears, is what will grow and show up in our lives. If we plant corn we will always, always get corn, not tomatoes. Sally’s stir-fry video will never show up as an image of her riding a horse. The sights and sounds planted in our minds will eventually project in our lives. As a man thinks, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).

The best way to eliminate negative and detrimental thinking is to renew our minds and fill our hearts with faith ( Romans 12:2, Romans 10:17).

Guard your heart for out of it spring forth the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Can You be a Godly Influence in a Godless Society?

Two of the most well-known Bible stories are Joseph and his “coat of many colors” and Daniel in the lion’s den. Ironically, though over 1,000 years separate these men, they have many things in common that we can learn from today.
Both men were uprooted from their homes and planted in foreign lands when they were teenagers. Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery and he ended up living in Egypt (Genesis 37:28). Daniel was taken captive by the Babylonians and he ended up living in Babylon (Daniel 1:1).
Both men were faithful to God and obeyed Him without reservation even while living amid heathen people (Daniel 5:11, Genesis 39:6-12 / Daniel 1:8, Daniel 6:10).

Both men were unjustly accused and thrown into a prison (Genesis 39:20 / Daniel 6:16), yet because of their sterling faith in God, the chief guard exalted Joseph in prison and the king fasted for Daniel’s safety while he was in the lion's den. (Genesis 39:22 / Daniel 6:18).

Both men were forced to live in cultures that were contrary to their beliefs, yet they lived their lives without compromising their convictions.

Both men respected their leaders and did not resort to complaining, judging, name-calling, or revolting amid the culture filled with sorcerers, magicians, and idolaters.

And as a result, because of their unflinching faith and devotion to God, they both became men of influence.
God used Joseph to save a country from starvation (Genesis 41:35-36) and God used Daniel in the conversion of two kings (Daniel 4:37, Daniel 6:25-26).

Both men ascended to great heights and became powerful men in the political arena, influencing and bettering the lives of the people (Genesis 41:40-41, Daniel 2:48, Daniel 6:2-3). They served among the ungodly while living out their unshakable faith.
In the New Testament, Jesus is the perfect balance and example of godly influence and living. He loved and mingled with sinners and yet preached repentance and acceptance of Him in order to enter His Heavenly Kingdom (Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3). Fear will keep us in our comfort zone. Faith and firm footing on the Solid Rock of His Word will give us the courage to stand for Christ, love and serve other people, and become a positive influence in society.

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Walking Dead

I’ve never watched the series, but I’ve heard what it’s about.

Are they real? If so, where are they? Who are they? It may surprise you to hear that the walking dead still roam the world today. I don’t mean bath salts eating people that act like zombies, but those who are walking around spiritually dead. The Bible is clear that there are two distinct groups in our vast universe. Those who are spiritually alive and those who are not. There is no in-between.

Jesus died but He came back to life so we could also be “quickened” or made alive too, not just after we die, but right here and now while physically present on earth (Romans 8:11, Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:13).*

The Bible says that those who are spiritually dead are those who willfully live in sin without God (Luke 15:24, Romans 6:13, 1 Peter 4:6). It also says that we are made alive when we turn from sin and willingly open the door to our heart and invite Jesus Christ to come inside (Acts 5:32, Revelation 3:20). The power and lights are then turned on as we share the same Spirit that He possesses! (Ephesians 2:18).

Not all people in the church possess this precious gift. Many have lost their first love for God or never really had it (Revelation 3:1). Many received the Holy Spirit after they had believed (Acts 8:15-17, Acts 19:2). During this resurrection Sunday you may want to take your spiritual pulse. If there is no sign of power or life, I would encourage you to open your heart and receive God’s son (Romans 10:13) in the form of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13).

We all need a Spiritual awakening! CPR for the soul! Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26). 

Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday. 

*Hover over the Bible references to read the verses. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Great Exchange

Attaining anything of value places demands upon a person

Becoming a musician, doctor, or teacher (or any other artist or expert) requires time, effort, money, and training. Forming a diamond also takes time and tons of pressure, but it is these very sacrifices and stresses that make the professions and gems so precious.

Both the person learning the new behaviors and the coal changing to diamonds, willingly (or naturally) make an exchange. They allow the sacrifices and surrender to the pressures to become someone or something more valuable. 

Musicians, doctors, and teachers sacrifice their time, money, and social life to study for their careers in order to improve the lives of others. Yet as admirable as these accomplishments are, there is One who gave His all in the greatest exchange that ever took place. This momentous event occurred during Passover when an innocent man died on a criminal’s cross, all because He loved us and wanted to spend eternity with us (Romans 5:8). 

Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, willingly suffered, died, and rose again for our sins, so you and I can be righteous in God’s eyes and live eternally (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Bible says that when this exchange is made, we not only experience forgiveness, peace, blessings, and heaven, but when we teach others the way of righteousness, we will also shine like the stars of heaven forever (Daniel 12:3).

My awful sins for His light and righteousness. Best exchange ever!  

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Merry-go-round…and round…and round

Merry-go-rounds have a lot of movement and a measure of fun. They also have an appearance of progress, but they never really go anywhere. The highs and lows are enjoyable, but many times the ups-and-downs are like lives entangled in sin or addiction.

When riding the carousel of compulsion, the good times are great and we don’t want to lose them, but the bad aftermaths bring remorse and we don’t want to repeat them. But we do. And the vicious cycle continues because we both love and hate what we eat or drink or do in excess even when the substance or behavior is killing us.

I know how it feels. I’ve been there before. Loving the party, but hating the clean-up that followed. My carousel life spun in the same circles year after year, after year, appearing to progress with its highs and lows, but really going nowhere at all, until I finally learned how to step out of the crazy cycle.

It was when the horses were down (when my life was at a very low-point) that I began to seek and speak to God, asking Him to help me step off the merry-go-round. I begin listening to His Still Small Voice (1 Kings 19:12) and obeying what I heard and read in his Word.

There’s always a pause when the horses are down and that’s the time to quiet your mind and listen to His gentle voice beckoning you to Him (Isaiah 30:21). Carousel living provides no lasting satisfaction. On the contrary, Jesus promises freedom (John 8:31-32) and abundant life to those who follow him (John 10:10). 

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Time is Always Now

What would you do if you had one day to live? If you knew without a doubt that you would not be here 24 hours from now, what do you wish you’d have done with your life? A man on his deathbed isn't concerned with his trophies or trinkets just as a woman doesn’t care about her teacup collection, because none of these things really matter in the end. When all the accumulations of life are set aside, most of those on the brink of eternity discover that God and people are what truly matter, and having this knowledge is key to improving your life now, if you understand it and act upon it.

Again, if your life was going to end tomorrow, what matters most when you look back? Whatever it is, this is your golden moment to begin straightening out the wayward places and living a life without regrets. When you keep this eternal perspective in mind, priorities often fall into place. 

The Bible tells us that life is like a vapor that vanishes away (James 4:14). Jesus also said, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). To adjust your circumstances pray for guidance and then act upon your “death-bed” discoveries to make the needed changes.

The time is always now.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Become as Little Children

Do you ever wish you were a kid again with all the carefree ease in living? I do, and as I’m learning more about how to live that way, I’ve also learned that staying fit doesn’t have to be adult drudgery. It can be fun and exciting like little children running and jumping and playing all day. 

Years ago, kids spent hours outside entertaining themselves with jump-ropes and balls and skates. They chased each other around the park and tumbled in the grass. They hiked and biked and hula-hooped, and because of these activities, they were rarely over-weight. 

I did most of these things as a young girl, but in my late teens and early 20s, I traded these innocent activities for the kicks of cigarettes, alcohol, and junk food. I eventually outgrew all of my clothes, three times in the course of two years, and became so lazy that I drove my car a half-block to the store.

It was during this time that I made a conscious decision to get into shape. I began reading all that I could about nutrition and exercise, and then started jumping rope five days a week. Over time, I added more activities to my routine and soon discovered that these exercises not only curbed my appetite and helped me lose weight, but they also increased my energy level and confidence. These changes also gave me the desire to improve my life in other areas too. 

It’s not necessary to join a gym to get into shape. Take a walk or bike outside for free, or for the price of a three-month fitness club membership, buy a couple of exercise DVDs and a few pieces of equipment instead: a bar weight, a weighted ball or kettle-bell, resistance bands, a stepper, or a jump-rope will help vary your workout at home. Whittle your middle by doing 30 minutes of hula-hooping. This fun exercise is equivalent to walking 3.5 mph on a treadmill for that same amount of time, plus it firms the abs. When you enjoy what you do, you will do it longer with greater enthusiasm and intensity. There are also phone apps that will log your eating habits and track your exercise progress to make your experience more measurable. 

Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4). If we live with childlike humility and simplicity, it will not only prepare us for eternity, but it will also help us live a more fulfilling life, with less stress and more joy, here on earth right now.

If you would like more healthy tips and ideas, you can find them in I'm Hungry! I'm Bored! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired?

It seems as though a lot of people are sick lately. I have a few tips that will help reduce the discomfort. Many illnesses come about when the lining of the nose and throat dry out. When heat is cranked up, like it has been lately, the air lacks humidity, the orifices dry out, and germs enter in. The way to help prevent and heal colds is to set a pan of water or a wet bath towel (hung over a plastic coat hanger) near the source of heat. (You will see how quickly the water evaporates or the towel dries when the heat is on.) Drink plenty of clear fluids to keep mucus thin and to ease chest congestion and sinus pressure. Drink a cup of tea with a little lemon and honey or add a mentholated cough drop to it, and then breathe in the steam while you sip it. Add garlic to soups and other foods. Louis Pasteur proved that garlic has healing properties because it kills germs. For more healthy tips like these, check out I'm Hungry! I'm Bored!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Your Sphere of Influence

There once was a woman who interviewed people and asked if they knew the definitions of ignorance and apathy. One man replied, “I don’t know and I don’t care” then quickly hurried on his way. It is this type of attitude that leads to failure because it depicts a closed and uncaring mind and heart.

It is in seeking to better our sphere of influence that we attain success in life. It’s not heaping up treasure that brings satisfaction. It’s in giving that we receive, no matter what it is we are giving away. Doing a good deed for someone else not only helps them, but it also makes us feel better too. On the same token, helping someone else to learn also helps us become more knowledgeable too. Romans 2:21 says, “You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?” When the Bible says, “Give and it shall be given unto you” (Luke 6:38) it’s not just referring to money or possessions. Whatever you give whether good or bad is going to come back to you, so be careful what you send out on your boomerang.

Therefore, if you want to be more successful then teach someone else what you want to become more adept at. If you want people to respect you more then treat all people with respect. If you want more love in your life then begin showing kindness to others. In doing so you are gaining more knowledge and creating more love and discovering what truly matters. Jesus owned nothing while he lived here on earth yet his influence spread far and wide. You don’t need a boatload of money to make a difference in this world. You merely need to stand up for what you believe, in a respectful way, and then live it every day. It’s then that you will grow stronger and others will be influenced by your example and will love and respect you more in the process.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Escape Hatch

Most people have an escape hatch that they use to flee from pressure or to find pleasure when
the burdens of life get too heavy. Hatches are holes torn into our souls that lead to excessive behaviors, which when done over time contribute to negative outcomes in this life and the next.

Escapes are labeled with various signs that promise enjoyment or excitement, a bag of cookies, a bottle of booze, a few puffs of a drug that often end in regret and bondage. Many justify their excessive behaviors by saying they deserve the vice as a break from the stresses of life. Others are seeking to fill the hole in their soul and oftentimes don’t even know it. The Bible speaks of people caring more about adorning their homes and seeking pleasure, rather than caring about the things of God. He then compares these behaviors to putting money into a bag with holes that result in a meaningless life (Haggai 1:4-6).

The Holy Spirit is the Helper who can restore the torn and seal the soul holes to make a person complete in Him. The Bible never tells us to worry or to carry our own burdens. On the contrary we are commanded, “Do not be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:6), and to “Cast (literally throw or hurl) your anxiety on Him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Jesus also calls those who are weighed down with burdens to come to him for rest (Matthew 11:28-30). This doesn't mean we're to sit idly-by doing nothing when work needs to be done, but oftentimes we are the ones who make life more difficult because of our preconceived expectations of what it should look like and then grow our possessions accordingly. The paradox to this is that when we take things in and consume, we often feel empty and unhappy, but when we produce and give things out to help other people, it is then that we become joyful and fulfilled.

Be sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise to be filled with power and to live a life fulfilled (Ephesians 1:13). 

Friday, February 6, 2015

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Aim for the Ten Yard Line

The majority of people who attain success in any field have a plan of action. 

A football player’s goal is to make a touchdown. Even though in the process of getting from the fifty-yard line to the end zone, he encounters falls, blocks, and setbacks, he keeps pressing toward his goal. The time, effort, and frustration are daunting, and because of this the players alleviate the pressure of this seemingly impossible task by aiming for one ten-yard line at a time, while still keeping the end zone in sight. Rare is the runner that sprints the length of the field in one mad-dash.

Losing weight is a lot like making a touchdown. People know the goal (the ideal number on their scale), but they often don’t know the route to reach it, or they give up in frustration after setbacks. The way to reach the goal is by taking small steps in the right direction toward good health. Aim to lose two pounds in one week rather than vaguely saying, “I want to lose thirty pounds.” Two pounds a week is specific and doable, if you make small changes. 

I used to make up and recite mantras when I struggled with weight related issues. They helped me begin my steps to success. One of them was: “If I don’t do it now, it won’t get done. It will never get any easier than where I am right now. I will always have to go through this difficult place to get where I want to go."

Steady progress in the right direction will help you reach your goal. Discover ways to lose weight and win the game in I'm Hungry! I'm Bored!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What's Weighing You Down?

Excess weight is the only compulsion a person wears for all to see. You can walk through a crowd and pass people who are obsessed with alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping, working or playing, and never know upon first glance that they are carrying hidden addictions too.

Overeating is the only behavior that people can see upon first glance in the eventual form of weight gain. This is the only fixation where the person not only struggles inside, but wears and bears the burden outside. Yet, if we could see within their souls, we would see the emotional weights they also carry. 

Over-indulgence causes problems in other areas of life too, and therefore keeps people from living life to their fullest potential. In all of these cases the cure is the Word. Jesus said, “If you continue in my Word…Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth will make you free.”  Free from whatever has its hooks in you and is limiting your life every day (John 8:31-36). For additional information and ideas on losing weight and gaining health, check out, I'mHungry! I'm Bored!