Monthly archive for August 2015

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

My mind began wandering after asking the Lord for a lesson to communicate in this article.  As I waited, my eyes focused on the little heart-shaped clock my husband gave me last year for Christmas. It was setting on the table next to the place where I have my devotions each morning.  I usually check the time on my phone, but for some reason the clock caught my eye this morning.  I noticed the secondhand moving and suddenly, as if by some miracle, my ears were unplugged enabling me to hear the ticking of the clock’s hand moving from one second to another.  Funny how I never heard that ticking sound before!  Then I peered at my recent memory verse: I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts.  I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give

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Ask the Dietitian – Eating Enough?

Question:  One of the members in my class is not eating all the food on the Live It Plan.  Is this okay? Answer:  Not eating all of the food on the plan can affect metabolism, especially if the person has made it a long-term habit to eat less than 1000 calories.  God has made our bodies so that they “adjust” to a famine-type situation, lowering the calories we need to function when food is scarce. Therefore, the person has trained their body to get better “gas mileage”, so to speak!  There are a couple of results from this.  Some body processes are hindered/slowed-down so all of our organs are not supplied with nutrients as well as they would be otherwise.  Also, if they aren’t eating the full 1300-1400 calories with the correct amounts from each food group, they are more than likely not getting enough nutrients in the food they ARE eating

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Easy Swaps for Portion Control

Easy Swaps for Portion Control

Portions have grown over the last couple of decades. Not surprisingly, our weight has followed right along with it. Portion size is a major contributor to weight problems, whether you eat out or at home. Restaurants serve huge plates of food, consisting of several servings per person, making it easy to go way past the recommended amount per meal. It’s not much better when you eat at home.  Some estimates say that portion sizes in the past 20 years have increased in restaurants and in homes by 50%.  Did you know that a typical dinner plate holds three servings of spaghetti, not just one?  If you fill your plate, you are likely eating much more than you need and more than you bargained for. Portion size is something you can change without getting rid of your favorite foods. All it takes is a few simple swaps to control how much

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What a Difference

What a Difference

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. E P H E S I A N S   6:1 8 I have started a prayer journal many times with the best of intentions only to give up after a few days. I wanted to have an effective prayer life, but it never seemed to work for me. It really bothered me, because the people I admired the most were faithful in journaling. Carole Lewis often talks about how she has kept a prayer journal for years. When she is writing a book, she often looks back into her journals to be sure that her memory is correct about some incident or person she is writing about. One day, we were talking, and I expressed my frustration to her about my

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Week of Prayer

Week of Prayer

There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.  John Wooden “Oh ye of little faith!”(Matthew 16:8) I feel like I hear the Lord chuckle that over me every day. It’s been over eighteen months since I became the national director of First Place 4 Health, and there have been days I was tempted to worry. I can hear my mother-in-law (Lou Heath) say, “Why pray when you can worry?”  Looking back over the year at what has been accomplished, I am convinced that the success can be attributed to our first Week of Prayer last September. We are again asking that you join us in six days of focused prayer for this ministry. Matthew 18:19 says, Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything

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The Perfect Anxiety Prescription

The Perfect Anxiety Prescription

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 I type medical reports for a living and I’m saddened by the number of reports I type daily in which the patient is struggling with severe anxiety. It has become an epidemic, affecting people of all ages. I certainly understand feeling anxious. I would often find myself struggling with anxious thoughts and was called a “worry wart” by others. If there was nothing to worry about, I would find something to worry about! I used to even feel anxious every time I decided to eat healthy and lose weight. I would obsess about how long it would be before I fell off track again and went right back to my old habits. I worried about failing before I even got started. Yet, the more I studied the Bible

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