Monday, July 24, 2017

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Change His Name!

One of my favorite stories in scripture is found in I Samuel 3:1-10.  It is the story of the young boy, Samuel.

Samuel was the only child of a woman named Hannah. She had been barren for a very long time. She earnestly prayed and fasted begging God to please give her a male child; if God would do that for her, she promised to return him to the service of God, for as long as he lived.

God was gracious to Hannah and gave her a son. She named him Samuel, which means “Asked of the Lord.” Now Samuel was serving in the temple of the Lord helping the High Priest and his sons, who were very wicked.

When you read the story, you’ll find that Samuel was a very obedient child. Whenever the High Priest, Eli called him, Samuel would immediately run to his side, to find out what Eli wanted of him.

I have been very impressed with my youngest daughter’s only child, Ticklish (not his real name). Because we live so far from each other, I don’t get the opportunity to interact with him, like most grandmothers. It is sad but true. However, since I have been here with them on an extended visit, I have been amazed at just how obedient this young man really is; I’m ready to change his name.

In order to really appreciate this, you must understand that my daughter and her husband divorced, when Ticklish was around two or three. She has remained single and virtually raised him alone. He is now 17! Yes, 17 and he actually listens to his mother and comes when he is called.

In this day and age that is absolutely remarkable, which is why it has made my blog! I am so very proud of him, again! I am also proud of the wonderful job his mother has done, through the help of God; because she will be the first one to say that, “If it had not been for the grace of God…”, he would be like so many others that I don’t have to describe.

Consequently, the blessing of heritage has continued once again and all that I am doing is praising God! I’ve learned to do that quite a bit.

Take care; please read the story about Samuel and I’ll chat with you again, next Monday; until then, let’s keep on praising, praising Him, who alone is worthy to be praised.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Proud to Be Proud

When you think of ‘pride’ from a Christian perspective, it is usually frowned upon by other Christians. Why? Because they all realize that it was pride that caused the fall of Lucifer, from heaven. We can read about that in Isaiah 14:12-20 CEB.

However, that is not the pride of which I speak. There is no one, to whom I  wish to compare myself; nor is there anyone whose place I wish to usurp. The pride to which I am referring is the pride of a grandmother, whose grandchild has reached a desirable position in life – he’s a licensed driver! If any of you share my position, you can readily identify with me.  

I distinctly remember how I experienced a similar pride, when his mother and both of her siblings reached this station and began to chauffer me around. It was thrilling! It was also frightening, unnerving and at times downright chilling, as they each would whiz along the highways, with no sense of trepidation whatsoever, at the hundreds of cars that shared their space.

Now, here I am, visiting with my youngest daughter, as my grandchild does the honor of driving both of us around. Now admittedly, he too, drives too fast, has little or no respect for “stop” signs and darts in and out of traffic. However, my heart still bubbles with pride, at his achievement; that is, when it comes down from my throat and resumes its place of normality, in my chest, once we have reached our destination.

I have learned that the more things change, the more they stay the same. He is only doing what his mother did before him and what her mother did before her. Wow! Payback can be intimidating – yet, I’m still humbly proud of him and proud to be proud.

Take care until next week.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Changing Guards

Good day faithful and not so faithful reader. I trust that you will take the necessary precautions, to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Please be advised that beginning this week, Ginger’s blog will post only one day a week, instead of three. Because of challenges, beyond my ability to handle, this decision has been made. Therefore, I would like to start a new deal.

Consequently, the next post that I shall make will be July 10, 2017. Should some of the challenges now facing me are resolved, I shall inform you and resume my three post a week schedule. However, in the meantime, take it easy and enjoy the attached video, for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stay in This Lane

In keeping with the last post regarding the frontal lobe use – “Who’s The Boss?” Allow me to share a true story to illustrate ‘feelings’ opposed to ‘reason, intellect, judgment and will.’

Quite often I am asked to take different people to the airport, in another town, about 40 miles from where I live. I don’t particularly enjoy taking the expressway, because there is one section, about a mile long that supports about five or six different exchanges, which exit from both sides of the expressway and can be pretty confusing at times.

Well, after having gone that way many times, I figured out that there is one lane that runs the entire length of the expressway, which allows a driver, if he/she stays in that one particular lane, to take them the entire way pass all of the exchanges, directly to the airport.

One day, while accompanying a friend of mine to the airport, I decided to point out this fact to him. He was equally uncomfortable with this particular stretch (having gone the wrong way on two occasions when driving this route).

When I said to him, “If you stay in this lane, it will take you directly there”, I could sense that he was uncomfortable with the idea. The lane appeared to take you to first one and then another exit, but actually would pass by it.

Now, he had a choice; would he allow his feelings of anxiety, to get the better part of him? Or would he allow his reason and judgment, to keep him in this lane and prove my point? It was a hard five minutes for him, to be taken right past all of those “near exits” by exercising his frontal lobe, however, he suppressed those feelings from the rear lobe of his brain and made a successful trip there.

I am learning that if we will just take charge of our feelings for a short time and reign them into control, we will leave ourselves open to the exercise of the ‘will’ and will thereby be successful in each endeavor. Until next time, “stay in this lane” of reasoning and reach your goals.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Who's The Boss?

In the last several posts, we have covered the eight laws of health. Although I did not follow the order of the NEWSTART program (i.e. nutrition, exercise, water, sunshine, temperance, fresh air, rest and trust in God), we did cover all eight of them.

Although many of you may already be acquainted with this information, in part; how many of them are you truly implementing?

In summary to the “Big Eight”, it is extremely important to allow the frontal lobe of your brain, which constitutes about one-third of the brain, to govern your choices. In this part of the brain is housed your reasoning, intellect, judgment and will.

In the back lobe is housed your feelings; too many people allow the back part of their brain to control their actions. However, feelings are not to be trusted; they will trick you repeatedly.

Therefore, allow the ‘will’ in your frontal lobe to be the boss, over the feelings in your back lobe. If you do, you will suppress all of the negative reasons designed to keep you from fulfilling the Big Eight and thus will enjoy a far healthier lifestyle.

I know that the struggle can be fierce sometime; I struggle with regular exercise, however, like today, if I just make up my mind to do it; trust in God to give me the strength and desire to get started, usually I will feel so much better afterwards, until I questioned why I hesitated.

We might talk about the frontal lobe more, at a later date. Please keep on looking and reading. Until next time – Bye!

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Staff of Life

I referenced the book, Wheat Belly, by Dr. William Davis, MD, Cardiologist; now I would like to share with you excerpts from his book, whereby he calls “wheat” an opiate. Enjoy!

Modern wheat is an opiate.
And, of course, I don’t mean that wheat is an opiate in the sense that you like it so much that you feel you are addicted. Wheat is truly addictive.

Wheat is addictive in the sense that it comes to dominate thoughts and behaviors. Wheat is addictive in the sense that, if you don’t have any for several hours, you start to get nervous, foggy, tremulous, and start desperately seeking out another “hit” of crackers, bagels, or bread, even if it’s the few stale 3-month old crackers at the bottom of the box. Wheat is addictive in the sense that there is a distinct withdrawal syndrome characterized by overwhelming fatigue, mental “fog,” inability to exercise, even depression that lasts several days, occasionally several weeks. Wheat is addictive in the sense that the withdrawal process can be provoked by administering an opiate-blocking drug such as naloxone or naltrexone.

But the “high” of wheat is not like the high of heroine, morphine, or OxyContin. This opiate, while it binds to the opiate receptors of the brain, doesn’t make us high. It makes us hungry.

This is the effect exerted by gliadin, the protein in wheat that was inadvertently altered by geneticists in the 1970s during efforts to increase yield. Just a few shifts in amino acids and gliadin in modern high-yield, semi-dwarf wheat became a potent appetite stimulant.

Wheat stimulates appetite. Wheat stimulates calorie consumption: 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year, for every man, woman, and child. (440 calories per person per day is the average.) We experience this, sense the weight gain that is coming and we push our plate away, settle for smaller portions, increase exercise more and more . . . yet continue to gain, and gain, and gain. Ask your friends and neighbors who try to include more “healthy whole grains” in their diet. They exercise, eat a “well-balanced diet” . . . yet gained 10, 20, 30, 70 pounds over the past several years. Accuse your friends of drinking too much Coca Cola by the liter bottle, or being gluttonous at the all-you-can-eat buffet and you will likely receive a black eye. Many of these people are actually trying quite hard to control impulse, appetite, portion control, and weight, but are losing the battle with this appetite-stimulating opiate in wheat.

Ignorance of the gliadin effect of wheat is responsible for the idiocy that emits from the mouths of gastroenterologists like Dr. Peter Green of Columbia University who declares:

“We tell people we don’t think a gluten-free diet is a very healthy diet . . . Gluten-free substitutes for food with gluten have added fat and sugar. Celiac patients often gain weight and their cholesterol levels go up. The bulk of the world is eating wheat. The bulk of people who are eating this are doing perfectly well unless they have celiac disease.”

In the simple minded thinking of the gastroenterology and celiac world, if you don’t have celiac disease, you should eat all the wheat you want . . . and never mind about the appetite-stimulating effects of gliadin, not to mention the intestinal disruption and leakiness generated by wheat lectins, or the high blood sugars and insulin of the amylopectin A of wheat, or the new allergies being generated by the new alpha amylases of modern wheat.”

This is just a taste of what the good doctor has to say about wheat. It has impacted my life; I pray that it will do the same for you. Please, do the research for yourself. I’m in the process.