Grow Everyday

What are you doing to grow yourself today? Anything you do to grow in one area, helps the growth in all.

1. Start with your devotions – read Proverbs (ch. 2o for the 20th day), pick a Psalm, read a chapter in I John (any of the those are good). You get the idea.Folded Praying Hands on the Bible

2. Eat healthy, protein-filled meals, and add a LOT of raw vegetables and fruits.

3. DRINK WATER! I have this app on my phone – you may think that’s silly, but I like accountability. It helps determine how much water I should drink for the type of day of having (lots of activity, heat and humidity), then it imagehelps me to keep track of it by alerting me at the top of the hour.

4. Build your “business,” whatever that is for you. I know teachers/educators, medical professionals, engineers, accountants, pastors and others in ministry, and so many more.
a. read
b. study
c. find those who are “above” you, and ask for counsel, advice, input, etc.
d. go and duplicate that, and then do it all over again.

There’s probably a LOT more that could be added.

Tell me … how are you growing today?! ūüôā

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A Little Oft Thought Fruit

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This past Sunday in our Sunday School Class, we talked about the Fruit of the Spirit. ¬†We discussed how that we often think of fruit in our lives as the number of souls we have “led to the Lord” by … Continue reading

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New Comprehension … It Happens Every Year!!

I have been sitting here staring at my iPad for quite a while trying to decide what to write. ¬†It’s two days before Christmas, and I so desperately wish to encourage, edify, and share God’s love with all those around me, including those who are strangers, whether they are reading this or not.

For me, God’s Word is the single MOST comforting entity in my life, far above those of my favorite people like my hubby, children, and parents/family. ¬†Knowing I am loved unconditionally by the only One who truly can love me that way is absolutely overwhelming to my heart and mind. ¬†He knows what I’ve done and said, and especially what I’ve thought, and I am so glad that He doesn’t love me based on my own merits. ¬†Just as Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (emphasis mine)

I have always loved Christmas, and I know as a child, it started out with presents and sitting on Santa’s lap (yes, I did that). ¬†As I grew older and focused more on Jesus coming to earth, Christmas then became thinking and talking about a baby being born in a manger.

Now, as I’ve asked God to become more real to me, I realize that Christmas is something new each year. ¬†Being forgetful people, much like how the season change as they do, I see that the simplicity of the gospel is made new each time. ¬†However, the magnitude of Jesus Christ becoming the God-Man when He came to earth, I know I will never comprehend in my finiteness. ¬†That’s impossible for any of us to fully grasp. ¬†I can get a small glimpse, like Moses saw the back of God as God passed by the rock where Moses was hid, but that is all. It’s kind of like trying to see all of the Grand Canyon at once or climbing Mt. Everest in a day. ¬†It just can’t be done, and not for lack of effort.Grand Canyon

As human beings, I think we really have to come to realize that there will be times when we just won’t be able to understand how God did/does something or even why He does, but that’s where faith comes in and His Grace is extended. ¬†He is so good to reveal to us in His Time (Eccl. 3:11) those things that we need to know, withholding ¬†those things we don’t, and loving us enough ¬†help us with those two areas even when we are too hard-headed and stubborn to know the difference.

I’m still looking for God’s message to me this Christmas. ¬†It’s not that it isn’t there, but it’s just that I’ve not seen it just yet. ¬†I know God will reveal it to me in His Time, and I pray I will accept it as it is meant to be, and then share it with others as I come in contact with them.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. ¬†Be ready to see the message God has for you this year. ¬†Maybe you’ve already received that message. ¬†If so, please share it with me and those reading this post.

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Let’s Be Busy…God *will* put us to work.

Jesus and Joseph CarpentryThis past Sunday, our Sunday school teacher reminded me of something very important:  when God called someone to do His Will, they were already busy working.  So many great examples…

  • Moses ‚Äď shepherd
  • Gideon ‚Äď threshing wheat
  • Elisha ‚Äď plowing his father‚Äôs field
  • David ‚Äď shepherd
  • Peter ‚Äď fishing
  • Matthew ‚Äď tax collector

I know there are many more, but those are the ones that immediately come to mind.

What are you busy doing?  Are you a Stay-at-Home-Mom (SAHM)?  Are you flipping hamburgers?  Are you cleaning bathrooms and taking out the trash to help pay for your college tuition? Lady Washing Dishes

Whatever you are doing right now is preparing you for something down the road, but you must be busy.  God does not call lazy people, and there are many verses in Scriptures that warn us against laziness.

We need to be busy.¬† Our mission field is all around us, fields ‚Äúwhite already unto harvest.‚ÄĚ (Jn. 4:35)

Right now my passion is natural health and wellness.  I have so many avenues that are opened up in peoples’ lives because our personal health is such a big part of us.  We all live in our own bodies, and so it is something that affects us everyday.  We have to rely on God ultimately, but He has given us so many choices to help us in our journeys.

So be busy.¬† If you say, ‚ÄúI‚Äôm just so tired‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt feel good, and it‚Äôs really hard to do anything when I feel this way,‚ÄĚ then please, contact me.¬† I‚Äôm putting my website info on this post, and I really hope you will check it out.¬† Please email any questions you have for me, and I *will* get back to you.

God wants to use you to further His Kingdom.  Let’s be busy about our Father’s work.

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God *does* give us more than we can handle, but He *never* leaves us alone.

Folded Praying Hands on the BibleDeuteronomy 31:8, my life verse, says, “And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee: ¬†fear not, neither be dismayed.” ¬†The Lord gave this verse to me before I left for college in 1994, and each time I am unsure about a situation in life, I recall it, knowing that He was (is) there before me wherever He’s told me to go.

We have probably all heard someone say at one time or another, “God never gives us more than we can handle.” ¬†I’m sorry, but I disagree. ¬†I think it would be better said, ¬†“God never give us more than we can handle…by ourselves.”

Noah's ArkNoah was asked to build a boat, and he was given instructions that *had* to be obeyed:

  • Dimensions – 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, & 30 cubits high
  • A certain kind of wood – gopher
  • Covering with pitch (used to waterproof)
  • A door in the side – that God Himself would close
  • Two of every kind of animal (male and female)

Noah and his family were saved inside the ark because of their obedience to God’s instructions.

Here are several more examples that I would encourage you to read on your own.  I have included the Scripture references so you can find them more easily:

  1. Moses and Israelites crossing the Red Sea (Ex. 14:11-29)
  2. David defeating the giant, Goliath (I Samuel 17)
  3. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3)
  4. Daniel in the lion’s den (Dan. 6, specifically 16-28, highlight verse 21-22)
  5. Peter walking on the water (Matt. 14:28-33)
  6. Jesus on the cross (Matt. 27; Mk. 15; Lk 23; Jn. 19)
  7. Paul escaping death so many times (2 Cor. 11:23-28)

It’s quite a list, I know, and yet it may seem short. ¬†I ask you, though, have you ever been in those perils? ¬†Have you ever had to really suffer for your faith? ¬†Have you ever had to be in a foreign country as a young person with no parental guidance or leadership, look an angry despot in the eye and say,The Fiery Furnace

O Nebuchadnezzar, we¬†are¬†not careful to answer thee in this matter. ¬†If it be¬†so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver¬†us¬†out of thine hand, O king. ¬†But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” ¬†(Dan. 3:16-18)

That takes great faith!  That cannot be done on your own.

Life is overwhelming at times, and God is so good to give us the help we need in whatever capacity He deems best for us, and sometimes He takes everything and everyone away so He ALONE is the only One on whom we can lean.

I know some are thinking about the verse, I Cor. 10:13 – “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God¬†is¬†faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear¬†it.”

“See,” you say. ¬†“There it is – ‘no temptation taken you but such as is common to man’ and’not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able.’ ¬† See, there it is!”

I know, but what about the other phrases Р(1)  God is faithful,  (2) will with the temptation also make a way to escape, and (3) that ye may be able to bear it.

I ask you again, do you think that the perils of the people¬†I listed before could be done alone? ¬†They are common to us in that someone has experienced them before (you know, there’s nothing new under the sun).

Remember Phil. 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”The Cross on a Hill

It’s never about us or what we’re going through in this life. ¬†It’s about Him, his strength, his faithfulness, and his love.

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We Remember…Because Freedom Isn’t Free

American Flag with Bald EagleHappy Memorial Day!! ¬†God Bless America! ¬†Not much more needs to be said on a day like this! ¬†It’s a time of silent reverie.

Thank a Veteran. ¬†He or she has friends they’ve lost. ¬†Thank a family member, especially if they’ve lost a loved one in war.

Enjoy time with family, but remember those who are missing someone who can’t come to the cookout this time because they gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Stop and thank God for ALL of your blessings.  NothingMarine Saluting at Cemetery we have do we deserve.  It all had to be paid for by someone.

Finally, remember that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and mine.  He gave all, as well. Always REMEMBER!!

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The “ember” months are my FAVORITE, but I need to be prepared

Fall Foliage with Bench and ShedHave you ever thought about the last four months of the year and how they are spelled? ¬†Three of them end with the same five letters: ¬†“ember,” and OctoBER is pretty close. ¬†I think of the embers of a fire in the fireplace or a bonfire in the back yard to roast hot dogs, marshmallows (to make s’mores, of course), and to smell the delightful wood burning smell and hear the crackle of the logs.

Well, another part of these months that also can stretch into the “uary” months is the inevitable cold and flu (or both) that many will battle. ¬†Some will feel its toll much more than others, but there are so many precautions and defenses we can use to help guard against them.

Will using these keep you from or your family from getting anything?  No, nothing is foolproof.  However, ignoring all or most of them may be unwise.

I will be linking some of my articles from http://www.nursesnetwork.com which were written over the last year.  Should you have any questions about the information, please feel free to ask.  If you prefer to ask privately, please message me through Facebook.

Another source I would like to reference is from a friend’s blog. ¬†Two of my “go-to” are my honey and lemon cough/cold syrup and garlic presses. ¬†The honey and lemon recipe found here is so helpful and laid out so well that I decided to use it rather than write it all out in this post.Honey Color Wheel

I’m adding the link to the garlic press because of the pictures that are included. ¬†I’m a visual person/learner, and by the same chance any of my readers may also be, well…pictures.

Just to give a little taste of the next several posts, which may be into November, since October is a crazy month (and I really wanted to get this post up a month ago), I’m simply going to list the main ideas and tips for overall good health. ¬†From there I hope to tackle the different issues in depth and give as many helps and resources as possible.

1. ¬†Eat right! ¬†Sure, okay, that could run the gamut of discussion. ¬†Let’s simplify – lots of veggies and fruits. ¬†Sure add in the proteins and good fats, but stay away from sugars, processed foods, and even red meat and dairy at certain points, if necessary.

2. ¬†Drink WATER! ¬†Yes, water. ¬†Check here for a long list of reading. ¬†ūüôā

3.  Exercise Рthis is another that could be another whole post, but I would simply say, walk for 20-30 minutes four or five times a week.

4. ¬†Sleep – do your best to be in bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. ¬†Lacking sleep, trying to “catch up” on sleep, or having an erratic sleeping pattern inhibits your immune system and lowers your body’s ability to fight “sickness.”

5. ¬†Take a good daily multi (here’s mine) and Vitamin C.

6. ¬†Remember the “community” tips – wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, stay away from sick people or from well people if you’re sick, and oh, wash your hands. ¬†ūüôā

7. ¬†Check out these posts for further information. ¬†In the “search” box you can look up information about echinacea, garlic, turmeric, ginger, honey, and many other incredible cold and flu fighters.

Roasted Marshmellow

Here’s to hoping you enjoy your “ember” months. ¬†I plan to enjoy mine…and stay healthy while doing it.

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