Monthly archive for April 2014

Leading From High Places

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not grow weary; they shall walk and not faint.(Isaiah 40:31 KJV)  I am quoting this verse more and more as I embrace the challenges of leadership for FP4H.  I want to do more than talk about leading. I want to do more than write about leading. My desire is to lead this ministry by the power of the Holy Spirit.  I Corinthians 4:20 (HCSB) tells us: For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power.  God can use this ministry to build His kingdom if we continue to submit to His authority and do ministry His way – not my way. The Bible says that God is actually looking for this. For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He

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Supersimple Switches to Cut Calories

Supersimple Switches to Cut Calories

The most effective weight-loss strategy doesn’t require you to abandon the foods you love, just make a few supersimple switches.  Do that and you’ll trade diets and weight fluctuations for healthy eating patterns and a healthier you.  Who wouldn’t make that switch? Make your sandwich open-faced. (Save 100 calories.) Top 8 crackers with one cup of apple slices, instead of cheese. (Save 100 calories.) Choose a fresh spring roll instead of a fried egg roll. (Save 100 calories.) Eat chocolate sorbet instead of chocolate ice cream. (Save 140 calories per ½ cup.) Skip the crust on apple pie. (Save 100 calories.) Swap pepperoni on your pizza for veggies, such as fresh tomatoes and peppers. (Save 100 calories per two slices.) Use a 6-inch flour tortilla instead of a 10-inch on your next burrito. (Save 120 calories.) Eat a whole wheat English muffin at breakfast instead of a bagel. (Save 150

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No Sweat Calorie Burn

No Sweat Calorie Burn

Try these easy ways to burn calories without breaking a sweat.       Work in your garden for 25 minutes. (100 Calorie Burn) Shoot pool or play darts for 35 minutes. (100 Calorie Burn) Play fetch with your dog for 35 minutes. (100 Calorie Burn) Play a 35-minute round of putt-putt golf. (180 Calorie Burn) Jump rope for 10 minutes. (100 Calorie Burn) Walk for 20 minutes with a buddy. (100 Calorie Burn)

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View from the Top

View from the Top

For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.   Deuteronomy  20:4   Last summer, my husband and I spent a week at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, New Mexico. My husband is the hiker in the family, but I exercise four to five times a week, so I thought the four-mile mountain trail would be a breeze. The trail looked easy, but five minutes into the hike, I was huffing and puffing. I’d walk a few yards, rest, walk a few yards, then rest again . . . at that rate, it was turning into an all-day event! Maybe it was just the determination to make it, but before I knew it, we were at the top. What an awesome view! It was certainly worth all the huffing and puffing necessary to get there. There are going to be

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Healthy Eating 101 (Part III)

Healthy Eating 101 (Part III)

Basic tips for eating healthy! Raid Your Spice Rack Studies indicate that cinnamon may help regulate blood sugar, turmeric may help prevent Alzheimer’s, and oregano may possess cancer-preventive properties. Sprinkle cinnamon on your latte, curry powder on your sauteed veggies, and big handfuls of herbs on salads and in pasta sauces. Check out the Back of the Box The front of any food product is where marketers stick claims like “natural,” “low-fat,” and “no added sugar”—all of which con’t necessarily mean anything. The true test of the quality of the product is the ingredients list and the nutrition facts panel. Learn how to read those. Get in the Grains Make big batches of oatmeal, brown rice, and quinoa on the weekend and store them in the fridge.  When you need them for breakfast or side dishes during the week, just heat them up in the microwave and they’re ready to

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Healthy Eating 101 (Part I)

Healthy Eating 101 (Part I)

Basic tips for eating healthy! Pucker Up Lemon can be your secret weapon.  Squeeze lemon  juice or sprinkle the zest of a lemon over vegetables instead of using extra oil, butter, or salt. You can saute spinach with just a teaspoon of oil, and then add a little lemon juice for a lot of flavor without a lot of calories. Taste the Rainbow When you look at a plate, you should see lots of color.  There should be a full spectrum, since differently colored produce offers different antioxidants.” Embrace Your Hidden Vegetarian For the sake of your health and your waistline, vegetables should be the bulk of your meals, and there’s almost nobody out there who couldn’t benefit from eating more of them.  Instead of a huge slab of some animal protein and a little side of veggies, do a small piece of fish or meat on a plateful of vegetables.

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Healthy Eating 101 (Part II)

Healthy Eating 101 (Part II)

Basic tips for eating healthy! Turn off the Stove That’s right—shut down the heat a full three minutes before you think you should. Overcooking removes flavor and nutrients. The food will keep cooking for a while after you remove it from the stove or oven, so let it sit a few minutes before serving. Use Real Food Use organic sugar instead of sugar substitutes, fresh fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods.  If God made it, it has to be better for you. Think Before You Drink The average person consumes more than 400 calories a day from beverages and that includes about 10 teaspoons of added sugar from soft drinks. Swap out juice and soda for no-cal drinks like unsweetened tea and water, you could lose up to 40 pounds in a year. Stash a Snack If you’re carrying something that’s healthy and portion controlled, you can head off

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