Monthly archive for May 2014

Energize Your Body, Empower Your Mind, Ignite Your Heart!

Energize Your Body, Empower Your Mind, Ignite Your Heart!

We call our gathering in Houston, Texas, every July the Summit for a reason.  The dictionary’s definition of summit is: “of the point, the peak, the topmost level attainable, a conference of highest-level.” The Summit is a mountaintop experience. It’s a long way up the mountain, but “oh what awaits us” is worth the trip! God may have reasons for wanting us to get away to a mountaintop. Throughout the old and new testament, God has revealed much to those who were willing to go the distance up the mountain. In Matthew 17:1-8, Jesus took three of his closest disciples up to the summit—to the mountaintop.  He stole them away for a day. Sometimes we need to steal away so God can show us new things away from distractions and the everyday cares of life.  There are simple truths from these verses in Matthew 17 that we can certainly apply to our Summit. What can you

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Supersimple Switches that Trick You Into Eating Healthier

Supersimple Switches that Trick You Into Eating Healthier

Switch the Order.  When dining out, be the first one to order. You’ll be less likely to change your mind after hearing what others are having.  Switch Sides.  A recent study showed that if you eat with your non-dominant hand, you can reduce what you eat by 30% because it breaks up that automatic hand-to-mouth flow. If you have trouble slowing down, put your utensil in your other hand. It’s inconvenient, it’s awkward, and you cannot go fast. Switch Your Shakers.  Fill your salt shaker with pepper and your pepper shaker with salt. Since salt shakers have more holes, this supersimple switch will help to slash your sodium intake.  Switch Your Speed.  A Japanese study found that faster eaters gained an average of 4.2 pounds over 8 years, while slower eaters gained only 1.5 pounds. Switch Your Latte to a Tea.  Research shows L-theanine, an amino acid in tea, reduces feelings of stress and increases

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Tips for Perfectly Grilled Chicken

Perfectly grilled chicken with crisp, browned skin and juicy, succulent meat is relatively simple if you learn to manipulate the heat. First, establish two temperature zones: Set one side of a gas grill to medium-high and the other to low or build a fire on one side of a charcoal grill. (Make sure your grate is clean and oiled to prevent sticking.) Then, start the chicken skin-side up on the low or no-heat side and cover the grill. After a few minutes when the chicken fat starts to render, flip the meat skin-side down. Point the breasts’ thicker ends toward the hot side to help them cook evenly. Last, cover and grill for about 25 minutes. When the meat is done (165° at the thickest part of the breast), crisp the skin on the hot side for a minute or two, moving it as needed to avoid flare-ups.   Note–Wait until the last

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Food Label Words That Sound Healthy…But Are They?

Food Label Words That Sound Healthy...But Are They?

Food labels can be designed to make you think the product is healthy.  Surveys have shown that the majority of Americans say they think these labels are helpful in making healthy food choices.  Some claims are defined by the Food and Drug Administration, but manufacturers are always coming up with new ones that aren’t regulated, even if you happen to know what those definitions are.  Here are a few that can be misleading: Natural What it sounds like it means: It’s not processed. What it really means:  It might not contain added colors, artificial flavors or synthetic substances. The FDA hasn’t been able to agree on a definition for “natural” labels. What you should do:  See how long the ingredients list is. The fewer the ingredients, the less processed the food generally is. Lightly Sweetened What it sounds like it means:  It has very little sugar. What it really means:  It could still have

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Love Back At You

Love Back At You

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.   1  John  3 : 2 3   Several years ago, my husband and I were going through a very emotional time of grieving and change. My 49 year-old sister-in-law was dying from brain cancer. Our college-age sons both made major decisions that same summer. Ben, our youngest, was going to be married that August, and our oldest son moved out of state. This move was one that brought us to a place of testing and trusting God. Nate’s move was prompted by an admission that he was homosexual. We were devastated, yet clearly knew that God calls us to love unconditionally. By His grace, we have been able to maintain a relationship without compromising God’s truth. I have been blessed to attend the annual First Place 4 Health

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