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Saturday, May 28, 2016

An Easy Summertime Meal

In North Texas, it's been hot this week. We're wetter than usual. Praise God! But, when the days reach the upper 80s and lower 90s and the humidity is high with the constant threat of thunderstorms, it's uncomfortable.

With summertime comes the need to keep the oven off if at all possible. We grill outside some, but I'm always looking for meals that cool me, don't heat the house, and that tastes good.

Salads are the perfect answer, but my husband detests salad of any kind except this one. Thank you, Jesus. Charles loves this meal almost as much as I do, and it meets the criteria.

1. Cools me to eat it
2. Doesn't heat the house much
3. Tastes wonderful
and of course,
4. My husband will eat it.
also for a recovering compulsive overeater like myself,
5. It's light and healthy.


Taco Salad
 
 
1 pound ground 93% lean white turkey
My dinner last night
Cooking oil spray
1 packet McCormick mild taco seasoning
3/4 cup water
shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes
4-5 jalapeno pepper slices
1 oz. Tostadas multi-grain chips
2 T. shredded 2% pepper jack cheese
2 T. light sour cream
salsa to taste
 
 
Spray a skillet with cooking spray.
Chop up the meat into the skillet and cook until browned.
Stir in seasoning packet and water.
Cook over low heat for 10 minutes to blend flavors.
 
Set out all the other ingredients on the table.
Each person should have a big, open bowl instead of a plate.
Now, each is free to add all or some of the ingredients as they desire.
 
Serves 4
 
If you follow the Weight Watcher plan, this recipe is 11 pointsplus.
 
Changes you can make:
McCormick has a regular and a mild seasoning packet.
 
Why McCormick? It doesn't have to be, but it was the only one I found that listed sugar as the 10th ingredient. Some have it 2nd. Read the label.
 
Lucerne, and other cheese makers, offer Mexican blend cheese, or you might find and prefer a fat free cheese to lower points.
 
Why Tostados multi-grain chips?
I like them. They're only 3 pointsplus for an ounce. If you find others tortilla chips that are comparable, super.
 
If you prefer, lean ground beef can be substituted for turkey.
 
 
Well, this is my easy, healthy, summertime meal. What's yours?



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How Can God Help With Weight Loss?

Many Christians fight weight. In fact, those in the congregations of protestant churches fail at weight watching more than the general public. Our pews are full of overweight people.

Why? Have we forgotten?

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For with God nothing shall be impossible.    Luke 1:37

I can do all things with Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

But, what does that look like? How can God help with weight loss?


1. God has the power  to cause you to lose weight..

A compulsive overeater like myself is powerless over certain foods. I can't leave them alone. I can't fix things in my life. What a relief to roll the responsibility on the Lord's strong shoulders!

The moment we admit we can't do it is the moment we gain God's power. The lack of overeating relates exactly to our spiritual condition.

My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness  II Corinthians 12:9


For years, I prayed, "Lord, take away the compulsion to overeat, take away my cravings, take away my yearning for sweets." It never happened. Why?

After praying that prayer, I went about doing it my way, starting a new diet, joining a new club, finding the latest fad and relying on my will power to lose weight.

God showed me I was doing it backwards. Instead, put God on the throne. Bow to what He wants.  Give up your strong willpower that's causing you to fail.

Read God's Word, pray, and meditate daily. That's the source of positive power.

For an extra tip for getting in exercise to help with weight loss, go to http://www.janetkbrown.com/2016/02/the-best-tool-for-writing-exercising.html




2. God gives the desire for you to lose weight.

When our desires runs contrary to what God wants for us, God can rekindle the want-to. In Mark 9, a man brought his demon-possessed son to be healed. This seemed like an impossible situation. Even the disciples could not help them. Only Jesus. The father said to Jesus, "I believe. Help Thou my unbelief."

Have you ever prayed for desire? for more belief? for greater trust. Even the faith to be saved comes as a gift from God. Jesus said that even a small amount (the size of a mustard seed) allows us to move a mountain.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God   Ephesians 2:8

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
                                                                                  Matthew 17:20


A mustard-size portion of faith can move a mountain of weight

It took me two and a half years to lose ninety-five pounds. Later, I lost another five.  I prayed like Jesus prayed.

Not my will, but Thine be done. Luke 22:42


For more information on why we succumb to overeating, go to http://www.janetkbrown.com/2016/01/12-reasons-we-succumb-to-overeating.html



3. God gives the wisdom for us to lose weight.


When I was losing weight, God ordered my steps. He provided insight into how to handle difficult eating situations. We eat out 2-3 times a week, more when we're out of town. God taught me the value of sharing a meal, bringing half home, or ordering an appetizer instead of an entrée.

For more information on dining out while you lose weight, check out http://www.janetkbrown.com/2015/11/10-tips-for-dining-out-during-weight.html


I tried new vegetables and prayed to find ways to eat them. God would guide me to a book, an encouraging word, or a recipe that helped.


Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”                                                                 Corrie ten Boom

God made your body. He will direct you to the answer day by day.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
                                                              Proverbs 3:5-6



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Today I live an active life. I'm healthier than I was twenty years ago. With God, there is hope. I'm living proof.









Contact me if I can give you any other ideas or helps. God has done so much for me. I long to give back.

Only through God. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

James Callan, Slavery in 2016, and A Giveaway

Once before, I introduced you to my fellow author, James Callan. I've recommended his books before. Now I'm delighted to tell you about a new release for him called A Silver Medallion. James, tell us about it.

 


Could You Walk Away?

On numerous occasions I have been asked why I wrote A Silver Medallion.  A few years ago, I read a brief story in the L.A. Times about a woman held a virtual slave. She was not held by chains, but by threats to harm her family left behind in a foreign country.  I found this a difficult concept.  Slavery? In the U.S.? In the twenty-first century?

I put the idea aside, but it kept popping back up in my mind.  So, I did a little research and to my dismay, I learned that this was not an isolated case.  It was rampant in the U.S. but most went unreported to authorities because of fear that harm would come to those left behind.

Every time I pushed this thought aside, it returned. Finally, I decided I had to write a book about it. I would not write a documentary.  It would be a fiction story. That was as close to the subject as I could force myself.

Bright, unadventuresome Crystal Moore discovers a young mother, Lucita, who is a virtual slave in Dallas, held by threats her two young girls will be killed if she escapes or even tells anybody of her situation. Crystal goes to the house where Lucita is held and while trying to get Lucita to talk to her, encounters the man enslaving Lucita.  The conversation with the man is brief and non-threatening, but Crystal leaves the place terrified.

She attempts to put this out of her mind. But she identifies with the two girls. Crystal's parents were killed when she was only seven. Now, she is plagued with nightmares about the children and after awhile, she sees three girls held captive and recognizes one of the three is herself. When she cannot forget it, she tries to find various ways to resolve the situation. None are acceptable. If she can get Lucita away, or the police rescue her, the children would be killed.

If becomes clear to Crystal that the only way to free Lucita is to rescue the two young girls first. Only when the girls are free and safe will Lucita dare to escape.

This means going into the jungles of Mexico and spirit the girls away from a ruthless drug lord. While Crystal knows this is not a smart thing to do, her heart will not let her turn away and she embarks on a dangerous mission to help a woman she has met only once and to rescue two young girls she has never met.

As I could not ignore the story in the newspaper about the virtual slave, Crystal could not ignore the plight of Lucita and her children.

A Silver Medallion will release in early June. But, since Janet has been gracious and allowed me to tell you why I wrote this, I will send the first chapter to any of her readers who sends an e-mail address to jamesrcallan@gmail.com with "First chapter" in the subject line.



A Silver Medallion - A Crystal Moore Suspense

James R. Callan

 
In 2015, young, naive Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas -- a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes.

To Crystal, it's clear. The children must be rescued first, or the mother will never escape.

Crystal will need the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free -- and Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas and one in Mexico. who will want her dead.
 

 
James R. Callan had a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA.  He left the technology field to pursue his real love, writing.  He has had four non-fiction books published, but his passion is mystery and suspense novels. 
His eleventh book is scheduled to be published in 2016.

 

 

Be sure to take advantage of James' offer and be one of the first to read a chapter in his new book. Thank you, James, for giving us this great opportunity. The book sounds fascinating.
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Let Go

To “let go” is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.
 



These last few days, my baby daughter has gone through a terrible trial. I long to step in and take care of the boo-boos like I did when she was six, but I can’t. As an adult, she makes her own choices. Her wounds run deep and difficult. Her mother can’t take away the pain. Despite a love that runs more deeply than any human love, I am powerless.

 

Letting go means the outcome isn’t in my hands.

 

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

 

God is omniscient and omnipresent. He has all power. What He says, He will bring it to pass. We can trust Him.

 

Many of us claim trust in God but in some areas of our life, it’s hard. Here’s a few of the hardest:

  

1.     Our children: Mommas hold on to their babies as if God can’t be trusted to take care of them. Our heavenly Father can be with our babies wherever they go, even if we don’t know where they are.

 

To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept.

 

2.     Our marriages: A marriage takes two, but what happens when one of you doesn’t want it to work? If this happens, call 911.

 

 Psalm 91: 1, I mean.

 

  1. Illness: We turn to doctors when we get sick, but they have limits. I visited a friend today that has been told by the doctors that there is nothing more they can do. This man is powerless. His wife is unable to make him well. But, God . . .

 

  1. Addictions: When I weighed two hundred fifty pounds and struggled with a low self esteem, I wanted to quit eating, but I was powerless. It took an emotional healing by the Lord. It took Him taking control, and me “letting go.”


To “let go” is to not regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.

 

Without faith, it is impossible to please God, but even our smidgen of faith comes from the Lord. What about the prayer given by the father who asked Jesus to heal his child?

 

And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

                                           Mark 9:24

 

Last weekend, after my daughter’s panicked call, I battled my feelings. I wanted to drive down there and do something. I wanted to pick her up and protect her. I wanted to solve the problem. Instead, I hit my knees. “Lord, I trust You. Take over. Give me peace and help me “let go.”

 

Dennis the Menace once showed a carton with the little guy kneeling by his bed, his cowboy hat askew, his hands up in the air. “Lord, I’m here to turn myself in.”

 

That was me last weekend.

 

Have you had times like that?

 

To “let go” is to fear less, and love more.

 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

                                     2 Timothy 1:7

 

Let go, and let God.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Introducing Elder Care Guide by Joan Y. Edwards

Today I wish to promote a book by Author, Joan Y. Edwards that I think is needed by lots of my viewers. It's called Joan's Elder Care Guide Today is release day.


Joan's Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y.
Edwards

AVAILABLE ONLINE TODAY!

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SYNOPSIS

Joan's Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive< /em> gives you, the caregiver,
ways to meet your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs and those of your elder to
promote healing, well-being, and survival. Based on the author's research and fourteen years of
experience caring for her mother, this book provides many resources to find the right place for your
elder to live, explains ways to improve communication to help find solutions to problems, and gives
organization ideas for medical, financial, insurance, and legal documents.
It offers ways for a caregiver
to get time away from caregiving responsibilities and contains information substitute caregivers must
have to keep their elders safe. Along with all this, the book explains the signs of the end of life, ways to
celebrate an elder's life, and gives duties of an executor of an estate. It also
includes ten useful charts to
assist in assessing and recording an elder's needs and capabilities.

What People Are Saying:

"There are several charts in the appendix for the reader to utilize by filling
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making it a truly useful, everyday tool for everything from organizational
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shelf to collect dust."
"It provides links to online
applications and phone numbers, ideas and resources as a starting place to brainstorm easy, meaningful
ways to assist you in maintaining your elder’s health and your own...
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"This book is a no-frills, very well-researc hed self-help guide on how to help. The language is simple, saying what Joan wants to say and no more...What is particularly impressive is the logical, step by step way Joan analyzes each problem, so that without talking down to the reader, she presents a guide even a kid could understand and follow...I have worked both as a psychotherapist and as a nurse in nursing homes. My wife cared for her mother for many years, with me on the sidelines. From this personal experience, I can recommend Joan’s Elder Care Guide as accurate, helpful and even inspiring."

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    Thanks for giving us this information, Joan. Though I haven't as yet read the book, it does sound like a valuable resource

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What's Your Favorite Healthy Recipe?

Foodies search for new recipes like an archeologist digs for history. All my adult years, I suffered from food addiction, gaining and losing weight with each season, until I reached two hundred fifty pounds and cried out to God in desperation.

The Lord healed me emotionally. My weight went down, and I learned to maintain the hundred pound loss. How? A total change of mindset.

For a food addict to maintain a loss, we must
1. change the way we look at food
2. change the way we look at ourselves
3. change the way we look at God.

During the last twenty healthy-eating years, I learned to make many new recipes that add spice to my eating.

If you're a food addict or a compulsive overeater, I wrote two books that might help.

1. a women's fiction: Worth Her Weight
2. a devotion book: Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.


 
The recipe below might’ve been one enjoyed by the heroine of Worth Her Weight my inspirational women’s fiction. Lacey faces a food addiction that only God can heal. A good friend brings her a casserole, a salad, and a dessert, hoping it’s something Lacey might eat and stay healthy with during a traumatic time in her life. The reader will find those recipes at the end of the book.
 

Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

 
Black-Eyed Pea Mixture:

 

1 lb. 93% lean ground beef

Onion to taste

Green pepper to taste

2 16 oz. cans black-eyed peas, drained

1 10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes

1 t. salt

1 t. sugar

½ t. pepper

¼ t. garlic powder

 

Brown ground beef in skillet.

Drain.

Stir in onion & green pepper, cook until tender

Add remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes

 

 

Cornbread:

 

3 / 4 c corn meal

2 heaping T. flour

1 / 2 t. salt

1t. sugar

1 t. baking powder

1/8 t soda

Mix dry ingredients

Add 1 T. canola oil

 

Put 1 egg in 1 cup measuring cup & then fill the rest of the way with buttermilk

 

Fold milk/egg mixture into dry ingredients.

Use oil spray for pan before adding mixture.

Cook at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

Slice into 8 pieces.

 

Pour one-sixth of black-eyed pea mixture over 1 piece of cornbread.

 

This gives you 6 servings of black-eyed pea casserole.

 

 For further help, watch for the soon release of Divine Dining Weight Controllers Workbook. Not only will this book give fourteen classes with questions to answer, memory work to do, and a suggested eating plan, but it gives extra recipes at the end for the bored food addict.

 

Now it's your turn. What's your favorite healthy recipe? Leave it in the comments section below.
 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Visit from Author, Paula Mowery

Christian author, Paula Mowery, visits Writing with God's Hope blog today. I was blessed to interview her. I know you'll enjoy getting acquainted with this lady, as have I.

Tell us something about yourself, especially about your writing journey

 Writing for me is a calling from God. I know this because I pulled a “Gideon fleece moment” with the Lord several years ago. I didn’t want to just think I was supposed to be published or only want it badly for my own selfish reasons. I wanted to be sure that God was really calling me to write stories bearing Biblical truths. So when I submitted an article to a national magazine and it was accepted, I knew I was on the way to my answer. Then I sent my first book submission to a publisher. I remember saying, “Lord, is this is where this needs to be published, let the story touch someone there.” Do you know that I received an email from the acquiring editor that read, This story really touched me. I cried, thanked God for the affirmation, and haven’t stopped since.
 

Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing?  And how did you press through this?


Oh my, doesn’t everyone speak of giving up about once a week, if not more than that? I’ve whined that I just don’t have enough time to write or market. I’ve moaned that surely all those other books were a fluke. But I always turn around and realize there are still messages to relate through my stories. There are still people to touch with Jesus Christ and encourage in their faith. The enemy knows how to pull me down and discourage me, but God always seems to teach me something new in His Word or a reader contacts me to tell me how much a story meant to her personally.   

 
What gave you the idea for this latest book?


The Crux of Honor story grew first out of a call for submissions from my publisher, Prism Book Group. The editor-in-chief wanted to create a series of books using the different phrases from First Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter. My phrase ended up being, love does not dishonor. I recalled the time I lived in Southern Maryland near an Amish community. I started asking questions like: What if a daughter dishonored her parents? Suppose the family has Amish ties – would this worsen the dishonor? What if a family secret creates a large cavern between the mother and the daughter? Could the daughter still learn the unconditional love of God, even though it isn’t modeled by her mother?

From that, The Crux of Honor was born.
 
How do you feel this book will encourage readers, or did you have something in mind like this when you wrote it?


 I certainly hope that readers will turn that last page still remembering that God always holds out forgiveness and unconditional love. 


 How did you find your publisher?


Prism Book Group published Brave New Century, an anthology I had a story included in. One of the other authors of that book found Prism and we all agreed to submit the book there.

Soon after working with our editor, I submitted another book and had it contracted and published.

Connecting with Prism was such a God-thing. Through some interesting turn of events and divine urging, I became an acquiring editor with Prism and am still doing that today.  


If you were a song, what would it be?


Flawless by Mercy Me comes to mind. If you have never seen the video for this song, you must look it up on YouTube. I’ve always qualified myself to others by saying how surprised I am that God would use a plain hillbilly girl from East Tennessee like me. This song says it all – “He made you flawless.”

 Oh, I love that one too.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?


When I’m not writing, you’ll usually find me editing writing, or teaching writing. I do enjoy spending time with my hubby and daughter. It doesn’t really matter what we do. We can just go out to eat or shopping or walking around the neighborhood. This is especially times I enjoy since we are a ministry family (my husband is a pastor, daughter a children’s minister, and I interpret for deaf members).  


Now tell us about your book.


Chelsea is rejected by her mother. She can’t understand why her mother hates her so, even if she has messed up. Why can’t she love her like Kevin’s mother always showed love to him and to her.

Kevin has had his heart broken by Chelsea before, but he has returned to town to set up his medical practice and can’t resist her.

This book has secrets which are finally found out. It involves a second chance at love. It most importantly shows the unconditional love of God no matter what we’ve done. He holds out forgiveness and love. The only thing is: Can Chelsea truly accept the love offered to her?      

  

Chelsea Wilson’s life is a constant reminder of what living dishonorably looks like. At every turn she continues to prove her mother’s shunning must be deserved.

Dr. Kevin Alley returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice. After running into Chelsea, he knows his love for her is still strong.

Chelsea is ousted from her small rented room when her mother bursts in, proclaiming Chelsea’s pregnancy.

Kevin takes Chelsea in, giving her space to live on the upper level of his house.

When Chelsea’s baby displays life-threatening symptoms, Chelsea must face her mother. Secrets unfold about Chelsea’s parents. Can Chelsea and Kevin uncover the secrets linked to Amish heritage in time to save the baby? Can the two find love together despite their history?




  Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements.  
Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013 her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015. Her other titles include a Christian romantic suspense called For Our Good, a Christmas romance called Love Again, and a romance inspired from the Love Chapter called The Crux of Honor.
 
Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blogs, Full Flavored Living and Putting on the New. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.
Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and also on the faculty for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.
 
Learn more about Paula at her blog as well as find other links to connect with her at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com.
 
I loved learning about you, Paula. Wow, are you ever busy. Wore me out reading about all that you do. I was blessed to "meet" you online as a fellow author of devotions on the group blog, Putting on the New. Thank you so much for your visit today. I am honored. This book sounds like it's right up my alley. Can't wait to get a copy.