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2011, Making Better Choices!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

We know that using a Low Glysemic Index Chart to plan our meals is a better choice in healthy eating. But what about portions? Here is a simple rule we can follow: When we serve the food on our plate and we look at it from a top view, what should we see?
1. 60% of the plate is filled with Veggies and fruit; 40% is filled with either protein or starch, but not both. This portion is GOOD! OR!
2. 70% of the plate is filled with veggies and fruit; 30% is filled with either protein or starch, but not both. This portion is BETTER! OR!
3. 80% of the plate is filled with veggies and fruit; 20% is filled with either protein or strach, but not both. This portion is BEST!

What do YOU think? What choice will you make? God Bless, Vic.

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PLAYBLUES22 1/1/2011 1:58PM

    Sweetie, you will do very well emoticon

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GMFAY33 1/1/2011 10:46AM

    My plan is to start with the 60 to 70%. It should not be too difficult for me for lunch and supper. I 'm not sure what I will be eating for breakfast though.
(Recent blood work showed my blood proteins to be a bit low --- and I do like my grains. Physician thought that I was going low protein to lose weight. Not true.
( Decisions, decisions, decisions)

Fay from PA emoticon
And I know ice cream is none of the above foods allowed. emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/1/2011 10:32AM

    Better choices is definately something I plan to do in the New Year. Happy New Year to you and yours!!!

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GROEDER 1/1/2011 10:06AM

    Sounds pretty good, Vic. I have read, though, that we need a small amount of the "good" fats. I don't seem to have any trouble getting some fat in my diet!! HAHA
I really like the 80% veggies and fruit. I have been trying new ones lately and have found some I really like.
Thanks for the blog and my best to you.

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SCHECK5 1/1/2011 9:29AM

    I'm so with you on the better choices!!! Best of Luck!!

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A Saturday Morning Hymn and Message!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR SPARKPEOPLE! Let's show our gratitude by PRAISING GOD who has given us today, a new day, a new year, in which to make better choices. Amen!

HYMN TITLE: Instruments of Your Peace

Lord, make us instruments of Your peace, Where there is hatred let Your love increase, Lord make us instruments of Your peace, Walls of pride and prejudice shall cease, When we are Your instruments of peace.

1. Where there is hatred we will sow His love, Where there is injury we will never judge, Where there is striving we will speak His peace, To the people crying for release, We will be His instruments of peace.


2. Where there is blindness we will pray for sight, Where there is darkness we will shine His light, Where there is sadness we will bear their grief, To the millions crying for release, We will be His instruments of peace.


"Father, whatever this new year may bring, help us to remember day by day as we strive to serve others and share the Gospel of our Lord with them, that we are being renewed daily, each step of the way by our Loving Lord. We thank You and praise You in Jesus' name, Amen!"

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let's make it a GOOD ONE! In His Love, Vic.

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ABETTERSOUL 1/1/2011 10:55AM

    Amen brother.

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GROEDER 1/1/2011 10:10AM

    Great message in the hymn. I really appreciate reading your blogs. They always help me stay focused on what God wants to do with me.

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EDITOR 1/1/2011 9:24AM

    We make it a good one by knowing the Good One. I love your posts. God bless us this New Year as we bless Him!

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A Friday Morning Prayer and Message!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year Spark Members! In the closing hours of 2010, I want to thank each of youwho have responded and commented to the prayers, messages, and hymns. Happy New Year and give God all the glory!

PRAYER: Loving Father, Gracious God, whose love is poured out on us daily, along with your grace and your mercy. Thank You for being our God, for caring for us, for watching over us, for providing our needs, for protecting us daily, but most of all we thank You for Jesus Christ, Your Son our Lord and Savior, who made all these things possible for us. Jesus is our Most Famous Person of All Times. He is the One who is our Champion and Hero, for the day is coming when all knees shall bow and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord of All. We wait and welcome His Second Coming with tremendous joy, even as we wait for the coming of the New Year. May others come to know Him personally for who He was, who He is, and who he will be, our Redeemer, Savior and King. This we pray and ask in the name of Jesus our Savior and Master, Amen!"

MESSAGE: How Shall We Prepare For The War That Takes Place Daily in our Life?
1. Eph 6:10-20 - Teaches us to prepare for this war by putting on the whole Armor of God.
a. In order to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (vs 10), put on the WHOLE ARMOR of GOD (vs 11). Why?
1. So we may able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil (vs 11).
2. So we can wrestle, not against flesh and blood (humanity), but against principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness in this world, and against spirital wickessness in high places (vs 12).
3. So we may be able to withstand the evil day (vs 13).
b. What is the whole Armor of God?
1. Vs 14 - Girt your loins with God's truth.
2. Vs 14 - Wear the breastplate of God's righteouness.
3. Vs 15 - Shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of God's peace.
4. Vs 16 - Take the shield of Faith in God, which is able to quench all the firy darts of the wicked.
5. Vs 17 - Take the Helmet of God's salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
6. Vs 18 - Pray always and watch with perseverance and supplication for All the saints, and for me that I may open my mouth bodily and make known the mystery of the Gospel (vs 19). Why?
7. Vs 20 - Because I am an Ambassador and Soldier of Christ.
2. What do you think? Are you a soldier of Christ? Have you prepared yourself totally to war against all evil? To not wear the Whole Armor of God is to make ourself vulnerable to evil forces? Will you be able to stand and withstand evil in the coming year? Or will you be a causulty of war?

May God's love, grace, mercy and whole armor be our daily quest, now and forever more! In His Love, Vic.

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NELLIEC 12/31/2010 3:16PM

    I remember that when my kids were young they wanted some play armor to put on the Armor of God. Well, nowadays they do have that. But the real thing is so much better!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 12/31/2010 1:28PM

    Thank you for your blogs. They are always thought provoking and helpful!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/31/2010 11:22AM

    Thank you for posting this. My your New Year be truly Blessed

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GROEDER 12/31/2010 10:32AM

    Thank you for all your prayers, messages, and support!!!!
Have a wonderful New Year and may God bless you in every way.

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A Thursday Morning Prayer and Message!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Gooooooooooood Morning Team Members! We are another day closer to the New Year! Let's give God all the glory and praise!

Prayer: "Eternal Father, Forgiving God, It's one thing to know your love, and another thing to live in your love. Teach us to live in your love daily as we wait for the mercy of our Lord to bring us to eternal life. Help us to live in your care by choice. We live in this temporary world of our own making, tempted daily by our culture to sin, but you challenge us to live and abide in your love and kingdom, and reap the reward of eternal life when Jesus returns. Father, forgive us when we fear and worry. Help us to live in the shadow of your wings and in the refuge of your love. Lead! O King Eternal, and we will follow you! This we pray and ask in the name of Jesus our Savior and Friend, Amen!"

Message: What other dangers are there?
1. James 4:1-10 - Let us wrestle with God in prayer, rather than war against one another.
a. We lust and have not (vs2).
b. We kill and desire and contain not (vs2).
c. We fight and war and receive not...Why?...because we do not ask God (vs 2).
d. We ask and receive not...Why?...because we ask amiss (vs 3).
e. He who is a friend of the world is an enemy of God. The opposite is also true: He who is a friend of God is an enemy of the world (vs 4).
f. We are at war daily with our soul hanging in the balance. What shall we do?
1. Submit ourself therefore to God (vs 7).
2. Resist the devil and all evil (vs 7).
3. Draw nigh unto God (vs 8).
4. Cleans our hands (physical things) and purify our hearts (Spiritual things) (vs 8).
5. Humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift us up (vs 10).
2. What else do we need to do? To Be Continued Tomorrow!

May the love of God be poured out into our hearts and life as we live daily in His Love. Happy New Year! Vic.

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SUMMERSMILES1 12/31/2010 1:57AM

    Thank you for the devotion. We must remember God in all things. emoticon

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NELLIEC 12/30/2010 2:44PM

    Ah, good devotion!

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PHYL220 12/30/2010 9:46AM

    Amen. emoticon

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Do You Know What A Glysemic Index Food Chart Is?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's an important tool for making better choices in healthy living. God Bless Everyone, Vic.

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MJRVIC2000 12/30/2010 1:44PM

    You have said it well, but people can use these charts to plan healthier meals, lose weight, satisfy hunger, and have more enegy. It has worked for me for over 3 years. Thanks for your imput and comments. God Bless, Vic.

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BIGMELITTLEME 12/30/2010 12:08PM

    The glycemic index, glycaemic index, or GI is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream have a high GI; carbohydrates that break down more slowly, releasing glucose more gradually into the bloodstream, have a low GI. The concept was developed by Dr. David J. Jenkins and colleagues[1] in 19801981 at the University of Toronto in their research to find out which foods were best for people with diabetes.

Here is a large glycemic Index chart


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