Friday, June 16, 2017

I'm Good, Are You?

Hebrews 11:1 describes faith, as “…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Verse 3 states, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” So, get this, if God can form the world and everything in it, by his Word, out of things that we can’t see with the naked eye, yet they exist, then He must be really AWESOME, in the truest sense of the word. He sounds like someone you can truly trust.

But in verse 6, it says, “…without faith it is impossible to please Him (God).” Therefore, in order to experience the wonder of such a magnificent being, you will need to trust in Him. However, with power like that, it is pretty easy – for me anyway; He has never, ever failed or forsaken me. He is worthy to be praised and trusted.

Lastly, Paul makes a thoughtful and provoking statement in Romans 8:32: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” What Paul is saying is that God gave the world, the very best that heaven had to offer – His only unique Son, Jesus, to die on our behalf, while we hated him.

Now think about that! What on earth could you ever need in this life that God would not supply? He has already proven His marvelous love for you, by allowing His son to die on your behalf, which gives you the opportunity to escape the horrors of this life and to spend eternity with Him, in a place far too wonderful for me to describe in this short space. Therefore,” trust in the Lord with your whole heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

I just wish that I could have a one-on-one with each of you personally, so that I could tell you how great and loving the God that I serve is.  He is worthy to be praised and trusted. Therefore, I’m good; are you? There is so much that could I remember in my days of youth, quite often you might hear someone say, in the course of conversation, these words especially if there had been some disagreement and one party was seeking to make amends with the other – “I’m good, are you good?” if the other person replied in-kind then they could part as if nothing had happened. But if there was no positive reply to the question, they would part in anger or frustration.

However, I want to put a twist on this saying, as I introduce to you another of the items on the “Big Eight” list “Trust in God.”  I usually save it for last, but I’m in a worshipful mood, so I felt to share. Worry is blind and cannot see the future, but if you trust in God and seek His will, then whatever is troubling you can be dispelled.

be said to embellish your faith; and if for some reason you do not presently enjoy the wonders of a relationship with Jesus, then pay close attention, hopefully you will be tempted to consider starting one. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What's Good?

Today we shall talk about a subject that is grossly overlooked in today’s world. The item under discussion is “Temperance”.  One other highly used synonym for this word is “self-control”. However, I shall define it, for our purposes, as “refraining from all things that are bad for you, and using ‘moderately’ those things that are good for you.”

According to Dr. Barbara O’Neill, Naturopathic doctor there are certain things that should be avoided at all costs, when it comes to your health. A few of these are: sugar, hybridized wheat – (WHEAT BELLY – by William Davis, is said to be quite an ‘eye-opener’ on this subject); – caffeine, mercury (as in tooth fillings and fish), alcohol, tobacco, drugs including medications, MSG (monosodium glutamate), and chemicals (cleaning ones, toothpastes, etc.), although they are socially acceptable, they are all deadly, because they negatively impact your brain – all of them.  

Moderation should include: all good things, which include work, and play. Also included in the list of moderation are your rest/sleep hours. Again, Dr. O’Neill highly suggests that the best rest hours are 10 pm -3 am. She calls these your “power hours”. If you awaken at 3, “Just get up and plan your day”, she says, but by all means, have a good attitude about waking up. I would like to add, spend some time with God and soon you’ll go back to sleep and wake up refreshed.  

In closing, I would like to add that going to bed on an empty stomach will greatly enhance your rest and increase your energy level. Sleeping on a full stomach causes the body to work all night and that zaps your energy, as well.

I certainly hope that you are taking note of this good information; I have been as I’ve watched her DVDs. Take care of yourself, in the meantime and we’ll chat more in our next post. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

On Your Mark, Get Set

How many times have you awakened from an all-night sleep and was still tired? How many times have you struggled throughout the day, to just get through it, because you were so exhausted? Well, I just might have the answer to your problems – Exercise!

Exercise is the greatest energy booster, you could ever want and is among the “Big Eight”.  Gathering air into the lungs, causing the heart to beat faster and the blood to move more fluidly is the best thing a person can do for his/her cells.  Since the body is made up of millions of cells, when they engage in exercise, they thrive!

Of the various types of exercises there are on the planet, the very best type of exercise is “interval training exercise; this incorporates running, lifting weights or some other type of physical activity for a short period of time, then ceasing the activity for a recovery time, but doing this for a specified number of cycles.

According to Dr. Doug McGruff; you can “lower cholesterol, increase the metabolism, optimize cardiovascular health, improve flexibility, increase insulin sensitivity, shed fat, increase bone density and manage arthritis and chronic back pain. “  

He explains all of this in his book: Body by Science - where he incorporates a high intensity activity for 20 seconds, with a 60 second recovery time for six cycles, and promises that all of the above things can be accomplished in 12 minutes a week with consistency. Although, the better one for cardio vascular patients is 30 seconds IT, 90 second recovery for six cycles.

Beginners should “play around with the intervals” says Dr. Al Hugh, in his book: PACE.  However, he initially recommends a seven second IT, followed by 14 second recovery time for seven cycles.

If all of this sounds too good to be true, then prove it wrong by trying it for one week; you have nothing to lose but fat, high cholesterol, back pain, etc. Whatever you decide to do, may I suggest that you just “move it”. Any exercise, if it is no more than walking is better than none.

Until next time, on your mark, get set, get ready, now GO!