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Friday, September 23, 2011


Matthew 6: 25-34 teaches us about anxiety and how to disarm it. Verse 31 says, “Therefore, take no thought saying, ‘what shall we eat? Or, what shall we wear?”

Jesus was teaching about worry. In verse 25 He says don’t worry about anything in life because life is more than just food and clothing. But what about worry? Where does it come from? If you read the whole passage, it shows that worry comes from thoughts. We are born with an unregenerate nature, a sinful nature, so nothing good comes from evil. So if you worry, you are only being human. But Jesus tells us not to take any thought and say it, especially if it is something negative.

You see, thoughts can be taken or rejected. When you say what you think, you are taking that thought and giving it life or death. Proverbs 18: 20-21 says that a man will be satisfied by the speech of his mouth, satisfied with the product of his lips. It also warns that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” The Amplified Bible says in verse 20, “A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil.]” There are consequences to what a person speaks. So your mouth can either destroy you and the ones you speak against or they can bring life, restoration and forgiveness.

Death is something no one really wants to talk about. But there are different kinds of death; not just physical death. There are deaths to relationships when people argue instead of talking out a problem. Or those two talk about their problem to others in a negative way, such as complaining. There is death of dreams. Someone can have a dream of being a doctor but bury that dream through discouragement, lack of funds, hopelessness. Jesus told a fig tree, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.” And at once the fig tree withered.” (Matthew 21:19) His disciples were amazed that it died so quickly.

Death is a consequence of Adam’s sin and this is universal. There is a physical death and a spiritual death, which is eternal. “For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.” (Matthew 12: 37) There is a theory called quantum physics that says if you speak to the atoms so much, they will manifest what you are saying. I once heard of a woman who kept saying she was losing her mind. She died of Alzheimer’s disease. I also heard of a woman “who kept saying ‘If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” And she did. Jesus told her that her faith had made her well. Do you see the power the tongue or speech has?

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BEEBEE1936 10/1/2011 1:02AM

    Nice thought, speech can harm or help. A kind word at the right time can work wonders. We should try to say kind words to people every day. It makes them feel good and you feel good. Proverbs 25:11 says, "As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it".

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ELISADENK 9/25/2011 5:36PM


I like the, "Take NO Thought...."

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

I have increased my exercise to EVERYDAY at least 30 minutes, sometimes more. I have started being very vigilant with the calories tracking. So why is my scale still lying to me?

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SHELLYBELLE56 7/5/2011 5:03PM

    love the picture

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NYARAMULA 6/23/2011 11:29PM

    I know exactly how you feel. It's been like that with me for a while. I guess I we should just keep doing what we are doing because it makes us feel great. have a blessed day!

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DESERTFLAME 6/23/2011 8:04PM

    How discouraging! That has happened to me in the past...but if you keep on going it has to shift - I liked some of the other comments about fluctuations and different measures of progress. I cut out diet sodas for a while and that helped. Then I got used to not drinking them and don't want them except maybe once every few months.

I am still laughing at the picture and will definitely be keeping it in mind the days I have frustrating weigh ins emoticon

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SKYWATCHERRS 6/23/2011 4:02PM

    Unfortunately the weight doesn't start sliding off the scale immediately. It takes a while for the changes that have to happen INSIDE you to translate to changes on the OUTSIDE of you.

Plus, your scale weight is easily manipulated by factors that have nothing to do with your body fat. Your scale weight can fluctuate 3-7lbs per day/per week from stuff that has nothing to do with body fat. Here's what I mean: intense exercise, especially strength training - this makes the scale go up due to water and blood shifting within the muscle. It's normal and it's not a fat gain.

constipation/irregular bowel movements - even your body waste has a weight because everything inside you is affected by gravity.

normal fluid and hormone shifts - your body has bioryhthms related to menstruation, sleep/wake cycles, etc. Your hormones and body fluids will shift in response to these rhythms, and that can make the scale go up. Not a fat gain.

Eating fiber, drinking water - because everything is affected by gravity, these two heavy elements will have great weight inside you as well. Fiber can also cause bloating. Not fat gain.

Too much stress/too little sleep – can make things stop because your body perceives crisis. When the body perceives crisis, it secretes more cortisol which tells the body not to burn fat, but to store it.

eating too much sodium, eating processed and packaged foods - causes water retention leading to a gain on the scale. Not fat.

Any change to diet or exercise program - makes the scale go up as your body tries to work out these changes. Not fat gain.

Remember that to gain one pound of fat - ONE POUND - you'd have to eat 3500 calories ABOVE your weight maintenance calorie level. Meaning, if you maintain your present weight at 2000 calories a day, you'd have to eat 5500 calories to gain just ONE POUND of body fat.

Get your body fat percentage measured and track your measurements. If these go down, you are losing body fat no matter what the scale says. Ultimately the scale measures nothing more than the pull of gravity on your body at that moment in time. It cannot tell you how much body fat you have, how much lean mass you have, how fast you can run, how much weight you can lift, or how you look in your new jeans. The scale is really just a number. What matters is how much body fat you have, not what the scale says.

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SUZIEQS65 6/23/2011 4:02PM

    Hang in there cause the scale is not the only measure! See is your clothes fit different.

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HENABELLE 6/23/2011 3:55PM

    love that pix!

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CSDAYS 6/23/2011 3:48PM

    Fluxuation, a word, I do not like is what my husband would say. Your body is just holding for awhile.


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The LORD is True to His Word

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Every morning for the past ... I don't know how long, but a long time, I had recited Psalm 91 every morning on my way out the door. Part of it says, "He will honor me." I'm here to tell you it's true.

As some of you know I graduate next Sunday with a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Christian Counseling. What I found out last week was that the president of the school asked the dean of Christian Counseling if she thought I would be willing to speak about 5 minutes at the graduation! She volunteered me to speak at my graduation. I got all knotted up inside, but then remembered Psalm 91 and that part where it says He will honor me.

I just couldn't turn that down~! Got my speech written and I'm ready to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MERIENDA 6/22/2011 12:57PM

  Congratulations Brenda--What an honor. I am so proud and happy for you.:-)

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KATYBUG48 6/21/2011 7:56PM

  God Bless and Congrats

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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.

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IAMPREACHER 6/14/2011 9:11AM

    VTMAID, as I was writting this, I was eating that very thing~!

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VTMAID 6/14/2011 9:09AM

    I love Chobani also! Especially the pineapple one. Add one tablespoon of mini chocolate chips and it tastes like a yummy dessert!

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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.

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DIETSAFARI 6/11/2011 4:20AM

    Love it!

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HENABELLE 6/10/2011 9:45PM

    It'll take some getting use to

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NANCYRUBIO 6/10/2011 9:22PM

    How smart of you. What will your next name be, Start thinking.

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LIL-VIXEN 6/10/2011 9:18PM

    Way to go. I love your page also. I will be ready when Jesus does come back.

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RORYLYONS 6/10/2011 9:08PM

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