Tuesday, June 14, 2011
FIBER. For all those who suffer with constipation: add fiber to your diet. Yea, you've heard this so many times it's incredible. And personal. Come on, who wants to admit to anyone else that you have a need to "go" but no going is going on?
I have had this problem off and on for years, but after my stomach surgery, I found it increased. Since no one really likes to talk about these things in the "open", you'll know now that I am different! I guess that's because I am here to help make a difference~!
Anyway, I have found Greek yogurt to be so much healthier than the regular yogurt on the shelf. It's not as sweet and it has much more protein. Chobani is my choice of treats. I've tried several brands, but Chobani is tops on my list and it's the only one on my list. That has nothing to do with fiber...so far.
Like those little crunchy things they add to make it more appealing? Well, don't go for the granola fat; go for adding fiber. I'm glad you asked, "how?" Grape Nuts. Remember when we used to laugh at old people for getting their fiber and Grape Nuts jokes? Well, I found out by getting older that it really isn't a joke!!! This is real life I'm talking about.
I add about 1/4 to a small 1/3 cup of Grape Nuts to my Chobani yogurt. I have a complete meal of protein and fiber. And Grape Nuts aren't stones like the jokes say. They are really good mixed in to make the crunch you want.
Try it--you may just find you like it~! When the "going" gets rough, get "going" with Grape Nuts~! Now you can laugh. Now go try it.
Friday, June 10, 2011
I thought it would be a good idea to stop calling myself "Sleeper". I had another sleep study a few weeks ago and because I've lost weight (69 pounds so far), I no longer have sleep apnea~! So I changed my name to be more appropriate.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
I know it's been a while since I've been here. I've been really hard at work to finish my Doctorate Degree so I could graduate this month. I did it~! It wasn't easy, but I feel so good about myself right now. I made a dream come true.
When I was a teenager I wanted to go to college to become a psychiatrist. I was made fun of and told there was no money for college. Like most people, I buried my dream and went on and did other things, like got married, had kids, got divorced, remarried...same ole same ole. Life became meaningless to me. Just get up go to work, go home make dinner, go to bed and do it all again the next day. Weekends clean the house. etc etc.
Then in 1995 I was sitting in a chair reading a Joyce Myer book and I stopped and just said, "You know, God, I've been going to college for 4 years part time and still don't know what I want to do. I feel like I'd like to go to Bible School, but don't know if I should finish college first or what. What do you want me to do? I never knew God would actually talk to you. No one ever told me that. But a week later, I was sitting in the same chair, reading the same book, when all of a sudden, I stopped to think about what I had just read. I leaned forward and was about to say something to God when all of a sudden I heard His voice say, "Learn of Me." I flopped back into the chair at the same time and felt God's presence and heard His voice at the same time. I will never forget that voice. Perfect tone, perfect peace, just an awesome, beautiful voice. My response was, "Well I can't learn of you at college, so I'll go to Bible school." That was the beginning. I washed toilets and mopped floors to pay the tuition, but I was happy to do it.
When I graduated, I asked God what He wanted me to do now. I knew that was just the beginning. He lead me to a church where they were having graduation for their students. Ha! I knew right away what I was to do. So I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degree, then went on to a Master of Clinical Christian Counseling and finally my Doctorate degree. But I know this is only the beginning!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Passover in 2011 will start on Tuesday, the 19th of April and will continue for 7 days until Monday, the 25th of April. Passover is the time set aside for Jewish people to remember the great deliverance from Egypt's cruel slavery. They celebrate during this time a meal called the Seder. One of the highlights of this meal is the Matzah.
The New Model Seder
Matzah is unleavened bread, which means it has no yeast in it. It is first mentioned in Genesis 19: 3 when the angels visited Sodom to deliver Lot and his family. They prepared unleavened bread. This signifies how God delivers. The angels were sent to deliver Lot and his family. Lot did not seem to know about their visit and quickly prepared a meal for them, using no yeast to hasten the preparation of the bread.
The Israelites were commanded to eat “unleavened bread and with bitter herbs” at the Passover in Exodus 12: 8, 15-20. They were instructed to eat this for seven days. They left Egypt in such a hurry; they didn’t have time to wait for the bread to rise. Moses reminded the people in Exodus 13: 6-8 and again in 23:15. There is a recipe for it in Exodus 29: 2. (Basically, they are made from wheat flour, oil and salt.) It was given with offerings. No blood was sacrificed with leaven. There was to be no leftovers for morning.
The Passover Feast (Lev. 23: 4, 5) is a memorial and brings into view redemption, upon which all blessings rest. Exodus 12: 13 expresses the meaning of Passover: “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Passover was the time when God ordered the Israelites to apply blood to the doorways of their houses to protect them from the death angel, which passed through and killed all the firstborn. This was the 10th plague. A lamb was killed and eaten that evening. Lev. 12: 3 says “a lamb”; verse 4 refers to it as “the lamb” and vs. 5 specifies it is “your lamb”, thus it becomes a personal offering. Exodus 12: 46 also instructed the Israelites not to break any of the lamb’s bones. This becomes very significant later. The blood of the lamb was a token or a sign.
“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” The next day, they were literally thrown out of Egypt.
“Once we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt until Almighty God rescued us. If God had not brought our ancestors out of Egypt, all of us might still be slaves.” (The New Model Seder, pg. 8)
The Bible is a historical record, future prophecies, and also a book rich in spiritual meanings and spiritual applications. Symbols are richly entwined throughout the Bible’s experience with God. Through the Bible we can know and commune with Jehovah, the Great I AM, the all-sufficient One who reveals Himself. How this is made possible? It is through Messiah.
Passover was instituted by God to remind the Jewish people for all time that a lamb had died so that they might live. The Passover is still celebrated—the Seder involves several elements that point specifically to Messiah:
1. Elijah is invited to come in and announce the coming of the Messiah. John the Baptist was a type of Elijah. Isaiah 40: 3 says, “The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God”. Also Malachi 3: 1, “Behold I send my messenger and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD whom ye seek shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant…” Matthew wrote, “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. This is the one spoken of by Isaiah saying “a voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the LORD, make His paths straight.”
Luke also wrote, “and he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just: to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Deut. 18: 18 also confirms this, “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.” Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, all Jewish people, lived to see the prophets words fulfilled.
Since the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70, Israel and the Jewish people can no longer offer the required sacrifice as commanded in Leviticus. A substitutionary death was essential to redemption. God provided a better sacrifice; a New Covenant. The lamb that was slaughtered at the first Passover became the Lamb of God, thus doing away for the need of animal sacrifices. Caiaphas was High Priest the year Jesus was crucified.
2. During the Seder, a Matzah is broken. Half of it is wrapped in a linen napkin and hidden. There are three Matzah placed within the white bag having 3 compartments (called a Matzah tosh). These are shown to all and the broken piece is called the Afikomen. This is a prophetic picture of Messiah being seen by all and being physically broken, wrapped in linen at His death and “hidden” in a tomb. The hidden piece is found by the children at the end of the Seder. This clearly signifies that Messiah will suffer death, be placed or “hidden” in a tomb, but will be resurrected. John the Baptist, who was the voice crying in the wilderness, also proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”
3. During the Last Supper The Passover Seder), before Jesus was crucified on the cross, He took the Matzah, “…and as they were eating, Jesus took the bread, blessed and broke it and gave it to the disciples and said, “This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Then He took the wine, which is also a part of the Seder meal, and said, “This cup is the New Covenant in my blood, which is shed for you.” God always required blood as part of a sacrifice. Moses sprinkled blood of the offerings on the altar, representing the blood of the Lamb who was yet to come. The Afikomen ritual during the Seder speaks of the coming Messiah, who would give His life for the sins of the world, paying the sacrifice once and for all. The Greek word “aphikomenos” is the only Greek word in the Passover Seder. The form of the word refers to the completion of an action, without reference to length of action and comes from the Greek verb “ikneomai.” It means “I came.” The children ask, “Why is this night different?” The testimony of the Afikomen echoes back in reply, “He came,” for it was on Passover that the true Passover Lamb was crucified, buried, and on the third day rose again to provide the greater redemption and deliverance from sin. It is only in Him that the Passover message finds the full meaning. Scripture has recorded it both in the Old and New Testament; history echoes it.
4. At the Last Supper (which was the Jewish Passover Seder) when Jesus took the bread and broke it, He would have taken the middle one of the three pieces of Matzah, the piece that stood for the priest or mediator between God and the people. He would break it just as His body would be broken and beaten beyond human recognition (See Isaiah 52: 13-15). He would be wrapped in linen for burial, hidden in a tomb, brought back as He would be resurrected. The Matzah is given to everyone at the Seder. As Jesus did this at the Last Supper (Passover), He was aware of what He was telling His disciples. Incidentally, His disciples were Jewish, too.
5. If you look closely at the Matzah, you see it is thin, cracker-like bread with rows of tiny holes. The Matzah is striped and pierced and has browned air bubbles. Consider Isaiah 53. Isaiah saw
Messiah’s life long before He was even born and questioned us: “Who is going to believe what I am saying? Who is going to believe the message of salvation, the good news given by the prophets?” God has revealed His plan of salvation, His power to save, heal and deliver through the sacrifice of His only Son:
Isaiah 53: The Suffering Servant
1 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground ; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? 9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. 10 But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. 11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors. (New American Standard Translation)
The tiny piercings on the Matzah = Jesus was pierced with a sword while on the cross to ensure His death. The tiny piercings are arranged in rows or stripes = with His stripes we are healed. He was beaten by the Roman soldiers until He was almost dead. The whips they used had pieces of bone or metal on the tips so that it dug into the flesh. Roman soldiers were barbaric and brutal. The lightly browned raised areas on the Matzah = resemble bruises. He was bruised for our iniquities. Physical beatings are outward signs of physical pain. Bruises are caused by blood to an injury below the skin. Many times we are bruised, our inner life can become bruised or broken.
All the signs that the Jewish people have looked for over the centuries are there, in the very ritual of Passover they celebrate every year! Afikomen, “I came.” It has been said that many Jewish people still look for a sign from God concerning the long awaited Messiah. In Isaiah 7: 14 it says, “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel, God with us.” Isaiah goes on to show us in chapter 9: 6, For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder (was given all power), and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end…”
Jesus told Pilate at His trial that His kingdom was not of this world (John 18: 36).
Gabriel was sent from God to tell Mary she was blessed and the “You will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son and call His name Yeshua. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of David and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” When Mary questioned him about how in the world this was going to come about because she had not been with a man, Gabriel told her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the Holy thing born of you will be called the Son of God.” May could have said, “No Way!” but instead, she told him, “Let it be to me according to your word.”
It was also told in Luke 2: 34. Simeon was a devoted Jew and was in the temple when Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem to dedicate Yeshua. “When the parents brought the child Jesus to do for him what was custom of the Law required, Simeon took Him in his arms and praised God, and then he told Mary and Joseph, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul, too.” Simeon was indicating that Jesus would suffer deep anguish, the first reference in Luke’s gospel to Christ’s sufferings and death.
This confirms Isaiah’s question, “Who is going to believe this?” Yeshua performed many signs and wonders and miracles by healing the sick, delivering the demon possessed and raising the dead. I can’t help wondering, what more would it take for someone to see, to help someone understand, to help someone hear His voice. Afikomen, “I came.”
Passover = The blood of atonement, the blood of the Lamb applied to the door of your heart
Unleavened bread = Sinlessness in the sacrifice, the perfect Lamb of God
Broken/Hidden Matzah = The brokenness of Messiah, His death and resurrection
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