Monthly Archives: July 2014

Good Plans

“I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord.  “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you.  I will give you hope and a good future.  Then you will call my name.  You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will search for me.  And when you search for me with your heart, you will find me!”  Jeremiah 29:11-13

God has good plans for our lives.  For me.  For YOU, right now as you struggle.

I hope you are encouraged  to hear that.  I know we all have our struggles and our own cross to bear, but how comforting to know that God has our best interest at heart.  He wants us to have a good future.  He does not want to harm us…(sometimes the consequences of our choices harm us).  Through it all, He is here…when we seek Him with OUR HEART…we WILL FIND HIM.

Call His Name…You WILL FIND HIM, HE IS HERE.

Reference:  The Inspirational Bible (NCV) Jeremiah 29:11-13

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Show Me Your Way

I feel like I waste much of my time & many of my days.  Not on purpose.  I find myself only thinking of myself and not thinking of how God chooses to use me on this day.  I Just kinda go along on auto pilot, facing my day by throwing up a quick prayer now and then.  Can you relate?

What if I daily stopped to ask God to show me His way for each day?  He does promise to guide me continually.

If I spend time in His Word.  Reading it for myself, seeking earnestly what He says.  Digging in deep I have heard seasoned Bible readers say!

But of course, I want it easy.  Kind of like:

wanting my body to be skinnier, toner…without going to the gym…can’t I send someone else or send my body out to be fixed like I send my car to the body shop and it comes back all sleek & pretty…without doing any of the work?!

NOPE!  It doesn’t work that way…bummer…

Letting someone else always tell us what God is saying about our life  is sometimes like that.  We look to others to decipher what God is saying.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe we need to listen to Preacher’s, Pastor’s, Christian friends, music & books, etc. God speaks to us in MANY WAYS

However, God’s Word should be a daily place for us to go…to hear what He has for us first hand.  We can never have the relationship God wants with us if we don’t do the digging ourselves.

God’s Word is ALIVE and RIGHT ON TARGET… ALWAYS.  

The Bible is full of accounts of God using ordinary people, speaking to them clearly and He is THE SAME TODAY, TOMORROW and FOREVER.  We do not have to make it complicated.  God speaks to us simply, if we pray and read His Word for us and trust.

SO…It’s not really a bummer after all…It is hearing with our own ears, seeing with our own eyes all He has planned for us, HIS WAY…

DIG DEEP, It IS more work, but SO worth it!

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Be Still

Life is so busy. We live in a day and age where we are over stimulated. We are so used to all the noise and rushing around that it seems unnatural and almost uncomfortable to be silent… we rarely sit still long enough for anything…especially to listen to GOD’s voice.

Yet He tells us in Psalm 46:10a “Be still, and know that I am God”

I think that if we slow down and come before GOD, He will renew us.  He will show us the plan He has for our lives.  It is SAFE with Him.

Forget the hustle and bustle and PAUSE for a bit…and simply spend time with your Dad. Start with just 5 minutes and see how valuable this is to your day and your life!  I encourage you to try it!

Reference:  New International Version (NIV)

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Stop Worrying

Stop worrying.  Has anyone ever said that to you? I know I have been told that and have said it many times to people. Just how can we stop worrying?  There is so much going on in the world, in our lives and in our heads.  Does worrying about anything ever help?

Matthew 6:27 says, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” 

God is saying to us, “My Precious child, Stop worrying.  It does not help things.  Stop worrying  long enough to hear MY VOICE.  Hear what I have to say about your struggles.  Listen…I am speaking softly to you in the depth of your being”.

Our mind flutters back and forth in anxious confusion.  We are so caught up in our own thoughts that we miss His Thoughts, His Direction, His Advice, His Answer.

This hit me loud and clear…The Creator of the Universe is speaking to us!  Why don’t we listen?!  I don’t know about you, but most times I am too busy listening to the noise of the world or my own thoughts.  If only we would stop and quiet our minds.  We would hear His response.  He longs for us to be renewed in Him.

Romans 12:2 New International Version (NIV) tells us, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will”.

I have been making a conscious effort to sit quietly in His Presence.  If we can reprogram how we think…we will be able to know His Will.  That in turn gives us less time to worry.  A step in the right direction.

Reference:  New International Version (NIV)

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Seek My Face

Keeping My Eyes on Him

Keeping My Eyes on Him

Jesus urges me to “Seek His Face.”

Doing that takes our focus off of ourself and I find myself putting aside thoughts of everything else.

He is in all that there is and in all I am…all that we are.  His communion with us transcends both time and any of our circumstances.

I wish to open my heart and mind to receive all He has for me…blessings beyond what my finite mind can imagine.

When I am in close step with the Lord, I get a tiny foretaste of what awaits me in the life to come! I wish to be filled with you, Jesus.  More of You and less of me. More of Your ways and less of mine. More Trust, more Faith. Less anxiety.  Less Fear.

I know that Trusting what is unseen is difficult, but how oh so sweet it will be when we can finally gaze upon His Face…a full vision of Jesus awaits ALL BELIEVERS in Heaven!

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Coconut Oil & Weight Loss

Can Coconut oil be beneficial  in weight loss?

How can that be, if it is a saturated fat???

As a nutritional counselor & health coach, I have been researching that very question.

You may have heard that saturated fat is bad. In the 1970’s there was a strong propaganda campaign spread by “other oil” industries against coconut oil. Coconut oil was considered harmful for the human body because of its high saturated fat content…BUT in the last ten years or so… people began to question this thinking.

So why is it beneficial? Most of the fats we consume are long chain fatty acids that must be broken down before they can be absorbed. More work for the body, especially the pancreas which has to make and secrete enzymes to break foods down. Coconut oil is high in short and medium chain fatty acids, which are easily digested and sent right to the liver for energy production.

Because MCFAs are sent right to the liver for digestion, no bile or pancreatic enzymes are needed for digestion, making coconut oil a healthy food. Because it is sent directly to the liver, it gives the body an immediate source of energy…increasing the body’s metabolic rate aiding in healthy weight loss.

There are SO many ways to incorporate it into your life…stir fry, baking, etc.

However, this is my fav way…I add Wildtree’s organic coconut oil to my coffee. Just $9.00 for 13.5 ounces!  Check it out at www.mywildtree.com/myfatherswellness)

Coconut Oil is SO Creamy in my Coffee!

Coconut Oil is SO Creamy in my Coffee!

I just stir in a teaspoon or two or three and for an added treat…I give it a quick spin in my Magic Bullet! It helps it stay mixed. No need to add any creamer, it is already so creamy & frothy. For sweetness, I add a packet of natural Stevia, a natural herbal supplement made from the Stevia leaf, that is sweet.

I will be adding more benefits of Coconut Oil as I research further!

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