Now that the winter frost has finally melted away, and the colors of a livened earth have now emerged, we may feel compelled to think more of our need for cleansing homes, yards, and particularly – our often neglected health. While reorganizing our houses and weeding the gardens have significance – how much more value should be placed on improving our uniquely special bodies and minds? The recent celebration of Christ’s resurrection demonstrated the hope that many undesired aspects of life – including physical issues and negative habits – can be thoroughly washed away when we gain a ‘fresh as springtime’ perspective.
If you are feeling fatigued from cold weather weight gain or circumstantial depression, be encouraged that rejuvenation is truly possible. First, recognize that the most basic remedy for replenishing our diminished physical energy is to improve our diet habits by choosing foods that are natural and nutritious. Many believe this means eating virtually all raw vegetables and low fats. Truthfully some vegetables really should be cooked to enhance their digestion and health benefits. Additionally, including good fat sources is actually more essential than whole grains in the diet. (Find more details under “Body Balance”.) Purposing to eat better will assist you in getting rebalanced with your body – inevitably leading to more mental clarity as well. This will ultimately foster a greater ability to focus on seeking God’s guidance and making wise decisions in daily routines and trials. Then a renewed motivation becomes an impetus to accomplishing more than we ever did before.
There is certainly no benefit to allowing by-gone stresses to hinder our determination for success this year. We must understand the importance of finding confidence in ourselves through trust in the Lord’s strength to help us overcome our burdens. He created us to be healthy and productive souls in this world – free of gloom and illness. May we exercise the free will our Creator granted us to eat well and live the abundant existence that He intended. In so doing, we will be enabled to become less absorbed in our own concerns and more productive in addressing the needs of others – all for the glory of the One who makes it all possible!
Timeless Truth: “Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” ~William Shakespeare
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HEARTBREAKS are all too common in this earthly realm. None of us will ever be immune from the potential for experiencing human betrayal or the physical loss of someone we adored. Only one LOVE bond truly lasts forever, from the author of the ultimate kind – our very own CREATOR! His alone is always present, whether or not we feel or acknowledge it. AGAPE (Greek) is the unconditional love that will not change even when we refuse to receive it – or think we don’t deserve it. This affection is yours simply by being a person – made in the image of the everlasting GOD! What a priceless BLESSING to savor, as such a burden lifts from us in realizing that even if loved ones in this world completely abandon us – intentionally or not – HE is actually INCAPABLE of doing so. People everywhere need to know that they are cherished this way! Why not sincerely resolve to deliberately share such a golden truth throughout this year, taking time to smile and show concern for store clerks, passersby, as well as neighbors left and right? We can especially reach out to those we know who are hurting from having lost someone close to them. Regardless of our own tendency to doubt His faithfulness, we must seek courage from the LORD, maybe even send a message, card, or gift to an estranged family member or old acquaintance – indicating that we sincerely want to demonstrate the awesome LOVE of God to them. There is no higher calling on earth – though simple as these small deeds may seem. Such gestures can sow a great seed of PEACE and HOPE in the heart of someone who may need that very thing on a particularly stressful day. You or I could be an instrument for mending deep emotional wounds in hurting souls. Their ANXIETIES, and amazingly ours, in the process – will dramatically fade. Let us PRAY for the strength and self-healing we ourselves need – then proceed onward as the Almighty directs us to shine forth His magnificent light and eternal, unconditional LOVE!
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LINK to LOVE: http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/nothing-can-separate-us-from-the-love-of-christ
Remarkably, another busy year has hastily blown by us all! What remains of it reflectively graces our memory banks and the family photo collection. Without a doubt, certainly in the western world, the blessings from our Creator have far outnumbered the troubles. However many or few, deliberate or intentional – any mistakes we made can assuredly be forgiven and forgotten. Best of all, they can be greatly minimized or prevented along the path of the new calendar that lies ahead. If only we will purpose to acknowledge them – gaining significant insight from their valuable lessons. Have we yet learned, for instance, that pardoning past wrongs, loving the unkind, selflessly serving others, replacing worry with prayerful action, and caring well for our bodies are all hallmarks of true happiness in this realm?
The Savior of our souls, whose advent was just celebrated by Christians worldwide, is more than able to transform the fumbling failures of yesteryear into golden opportunities that draw us closer to full dependence on Him. God’s amazing grace and mercy underscore His desire for us to gain humility from our regrets in order to equip us for advising others for prevention of their anguish in making similar wrong choices. Our part is simply to confess the mistakes and ask Him to turn it all around for His glory – something that has always been His specialty. The sin-riddled life of King David in the Scriptures is a great example of such a redemption. His secret was continual confession and restoration in his relationship with God. Whatever the misdeed, we can never underestimate the patience of the King of Kings.
Truly, on many occasions, the shortfalls in life seem completely beyond our control, Company shut-downs with subsequent lay-offs, grief over family and friends, and numerous other difficult circumstances can hinder our hopefulness. Even so, the familiar Bible stories of Joseph, Job and most notably – Jesus Christ – can so appropriately remind us of how the Almighty rewards steadfast trust in His ability to see His people through seasons of horrific injustice and pain. Each of these severely tested souls refused to discount God’s sovereignty in their lives. Each of them is the epitome of an overcomer – most exemplified, of course in our death-conquering Savior Jesus. The same loving Lord of all such historical figures is able to work any upcoming difficult circumstance together for our good and to help us demonstrate faithful perseverance through even the darkest of trials yet unseen in the future.
Yes, each and every one of us can experience the wondrous presence of God, an absolutely ‘divine’ encounter, in this new year that is nearly underway. The key to a supernatural relationship with Him is in determining to prayerfully seek His guidance each day – as well as to continuously give thanks for our lessons learned and for His many life provisions. Understanding this magnificent truth will bring the ultimate peace and endurance we need to face any trial that could possibly arise in the months ahead. The self-confidence He bestows will enable every availing individual to make wise choices for this fleeting physical, mental, and spiritual existence. The deep love of God will further equip us to improve the lives of those throughout the earth who are hurting and feeling forgotten. May the ‘Keeper of all Time’ be our compass as we navigate this life journey through the hills and valleys of 2017, allowing His joy and unshakable strength to empower us in each daily endeavor!
Conquering Quote: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
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Tis the season to be jolly – but with all the hustle and bustle – it too often seems anything but pleasant. Are we celebrating the birthday of Jesus Christ or all the retail extravaganza that our culture advances along with it? Many of us note that the latter seems more so with each season that comes around. How much more wondrous it would become if everyone would sincerely focus on the spectacular meaning of this holiday – as well as how, in the midst of it all, to improve life for people less prosperous. Ultimately, we can choose to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas by providing tangibles that help others become physically and spiritually healthier.
The possibilities are vast! There are a number of newly published books, for instance, which reveal natural prevention and remedies of illness – rather than mere prescription drug treatments of symptoms. We can assemble gift baskets of mini devotionals, whole food vitamins, probiotics, protein bars, essential oils, and flavorful green or herbal teas. Ever thought of giving homemade healthy goodies – attaching recipes with options for nutritious variations? Time constraints can be easily overcome with the quick purchase of a luscious fruit and nut basket – or a gift card to a health product store. Including with these a printed item of Christian encouragement and guidance is certainly most essential. Our Creator is so blessed when we promote wise life habits with our family and friends because we assist them in becoming more productive and fulfilled in their lives.
Even more pleasing to the Lord is the superior notion of sending generous Christmas offerings to feed, clothe, and house those worldwide who are living in conditions far less healthful than ours. Even a small financial gift will do much more than you could ever imagine in an impoverished nation. Of course, placing orders of Bibles and tracts in the native languages of the many precious souls awaiting a word of hope is the most special idea of all. There are wonderful organizations such as Operation Blessing, Orphan’s Promise, Gospel for Asia, and many others which maximize and wisely distribute the funds entrusted to them.
So as we all dodge or navigate the predictable shopping splurges during the holidays, let us be very certain that each present we give this year – whether local or foreign – includes an opportunity for the recipient to improve the body, mind and relationship with God Almighty. In doing so, we are assured that these healing gifts from the heart will hold not only temporal, but an eternal value that is a matchless treasure!
Christmas Quote: “Do not let God’s presence be over shadowed by Christmas presents. God wants to give you a gift of peace, but unwrapping the gift means letting Him take control.” (God is in the Small Stuff at Christmas)
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