Showing posts with label #God's word. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #God's word. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Peace for Survival

How do we cope, follow healthy eating, and survive through God's peace? Break down verses listed from

Philippians 4: 6-8

 

 

First part of verse 6:  Don’t be anxious about anything.

 

Many have a hang-up called worry. It steals our peace, stresses us beyond belief, and keeps us from serving God to our fullest.

 

An anonymous saying: Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.


Stop worrying. Listen to God's Word.

 

2nd part of verse 6: Pray about everything.

 

One of the worst things we do is compartmentalize our lives. We divide it up such as family, activities, hobbies, jobs or responsibilities. We keep areas separate.



 
 
Is God primary to all pieces of the pie?
“It’s not even good enough to regard God as the biggest piece of the pie. If we see Him that way, we’ll still leave Him out of the rest of our lives. The‘piecrust’ of God’s love, power, and truth is the foundation for everything we do.”
                                      Extravagant  by Bryan Jarrett


We shouldn’t ask God to ride along in the front seat of our life. We should request that he drive.

 
 


3rd part of verse 6  Be thankful, but make our requests known to God.

 

“Our part is to ask, to seek, to knock. His part is to answer, to come, to open."
                    

 

“Religion today is largely the imitation of an example, when it ought to be the hearing of a Voice. And so the interior life of Christians has become a dynamo, busy with plans and philanthropies and activity, when it's out to be a receiver set primarily concerned with catching the messages from on high.”
                            Courage to Change, compiled by Bill Pittman and Dick B.
 

 

We should be like a radio that picks up God’s direction for every part of our life. Our biggest job is to keep open the lines of communication.

 

 


Verse 7: The peace of God wilt guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.


 

Asking for help is the first step to a healthy Christian life.

God loves giving to us that “peace that passes all understanding.”

 
“Happiness consists of a solid faith, good health, and a bad memory.”
                                                                           Clare Boothe Luce
 

Resentments are sneaky little demons. We think we have forgotten some minor slight or injury until the person or situation comes up again, and we realize it’s still there like a cancer eating away at our walk with the Lord. We have three choices: keep brooding, avoid the person or activity, or give those feelings up to God.


“A man is about as happy as he wants to be.”
                                Abraham Lincoln

That happiness comes from letting go and letting God.



 

Verse 8  Meditate on, or think about good things.

 

An attitude of gratitude is God’s best weapon against compulsions, hang-ups, or flaws.

 

Gratitude; self-condemnation can’t reside in the same mind. Jesus told us, we can’t serve Him and the devil also. Neither can we sincerely thank God for His bounty and faithfulness and be all wrapped up in how rough it is carrying our load.

 
Read these verses. God sends peace for survival.

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

12 Steps of God's Hope

Without hope, we can’t make it through life. Addictions and compulsions bring ruin and destruction to many lives. God ordained a life-giving philosophy, utilizing twelve steps, to save those addicted ones who lost hope.


 

In 1935, the group became known as Alcoholics Anonymous. Since then, these twelve steps have been found to help with any addiction or compulsion, not just alcoholism. Groups sprang up titled Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, and many others.

 

The guide book, Alcoholics Anonymous, for the twelve step programs is called “the big book” by adherents to the ideas. The big book teaches us to admit our powerlessness in what afflicts us and realize that it takes a higher power to heal the problem.

 

Quotes from the big book:


The fact is that most alcoholics, (drug addicts, overeaters, etc) for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink.                                 Page 24


The alcoholic (drug addict, overeater, etc) at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.                    

                                      Page 43

 

Does this sound familiar? It should. Here are quotes from the Bible.

 

  I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
                                      Romans 7:15 NIV

 

 

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
                           II Corinthians 12:9 NIV

 


I set out to write compelling stories about people in the grasp of addictions who find their only hope is God, using the twelve steps.

 

Wharton Rock is small fictional North Texas town.

 

Since Sept. 1, Worth Forgiving, the second in the Wharton Rock series is available for purchase at:

 
http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.html
 

 
https://www.amazon.com/Worth-Forgiving-Janet-K-Brown/dp/1683130391/
 



The first book in the series, Worth Her Weight, deals with food addiction and low self-esteem.

 
 
 
 
 
How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?
 
 
 
Both my women's fiction demonstrate the twelve steps of God's hope.
 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Do you Have Broken Walls?

  And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy, too; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
Your sons will rebuild the long-deserted ruins of your cities; you will be known as the ‘People Who Rebuild their Walls and Cities’.

                 Isaiah 58: 11, 12 Life Recovery Bible

 
 
 Though Isaiah prophesied judgment on Judah because of their wickedness, his words brought a message of hope. The people of Judah were living in sin and denial. They were God’s chosen people. Nothing could destroy them, but God sent prophets that would confront them with truth. An enemy would destroy Jerusalem and take the people captive because of their unfaithfulness to the Almighty God. After all the miracles, Judah turned its back on God.

 
Do you have a broken wall? Does your life need to be rebuilt?
 

Are we Christians not like the people of Judah? God extends us grace. Christ died for our salvation. The Bible assures us nothing can separate us from God, so we feel invincible.

 

Then, sneaky sins creep into our life; a bit of resentment, a smattering of anger, a tad of envy, a small disobedience. We think it’s not big enough to worry about. We keep going to church and confessing Christ. All is well until someone hits us between the eyes with the truth. We've walked away from His mercy, refused His sacrifice, and denied His unfailing love. The walls of our life are broken.

 
 
God’s prophecy did come to pass. The Israelites were taken into exile by the Babylonians. Despite their situation, Isaiah preached hope to future generations of exiled Jews.

 

Are you facing truth today?

Are you caught up in addiction?

Has denial hit you with depression?

 

Facing your sin isn’t a bad thing anymore than going to a doctor if you're sick is wrong. Doctor Jesus holds out hope for our situation. He promises to rebuild our broken walls, to repair the breaches of sanity, and to restore our long-deserted intimacy with a holy God.

 



My Wharton Rock series deals with addictions.

Worth Her Weight - food addiction


How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?

 






Worth Forgiving - drug addiction and ex-con prejudice



Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning. Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?



Do you have any broken walls? Addictions, compulsions, or hang-ups?

Your life can be filled with well-watered gardens.

With God, there is always hope.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Two Tips for Beginning Weight Loss

Ready to begin a weight loss journey?

You don't need a new diet.
You don't need a new exercise.
You don't even need a support group, though they do help a lot.

Two things are imperative.

1. Clean out your kitchen of trigger foods and restock with healthy options.

Add fruits, veggies, low fat dairy, and lean protein.


Clean out trigger foods. This was mine. Twenty-three years ago, I would pick up a dozen cream-filled donuts and eat them all by myself.

I lost 100 pounds and have kept it off for twenty years. I haven't bought a donut in probably sixteen years.

 
 
2. Clean out your mind of defeatist self-talk and fill it with God's presence.
 
Led by God
 
 
 
Rid yourself of negative thinking and talking.
Learn a new habit.
Form a new pattern.
Understand you're a child of God.
 
I used to say I'm fat and will never lose weight. With talk like that, I didn't.
 
 
 
Then, don't just clean out the bad stuff, but fill your mind and heart with good stuff. The more we struggle, the more we should read God's Word, pray, and meditate to listen to God's guidance.
 

That's my two tips for beginning weight loss. What's yours?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Christian Writer's Goal

 We will accomplish little unless we set goals. At the beginning of the year, the beginning of a month, the beginning of a week, all are great goal setting times. Today, we will focus on goals for writing, but the same criteria works whatever you do.

 
Success requires goal setting
A shot will be way off target unless we know where to aim. If a sailor shoots a torpedo at the enemy but doesn’t set coordinates, the weapon might return to start. We can’t measure our progress if we don’t know which way we’re to travel.


A goal motivates us,
guides us,
and inspires accomplishment.

 
What is the criteria for a God-ordained goal?

Isn't that what Christian writers should be aiming for? 

 

 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.

                               Psalm 127:2

 

 

After the Israelis return from captivity in Babylon, Nehemiah set out to build a wall around Jerusalem. Enemies jeered and vandalized. Nehemiah set guards over the work even while they built. Working to follow God’s instructions, the Israelis built the wall to God’s glory despite all opposition.
 
 
A wide receiver is the goal of the quaterback

 

 
Writers face rejection, loneliness, deadlines, and balancing family, promotion, and writing. No one said it would be easy. We need a goal. But, if we're Christians, not just any goal; a God-ordained goal.

 

 

To please God with our writing, we should ask these questions.

 

Is what I write pleasing to God?

Do I spend enough time or too much time on writing?

Do my written or spoken words lift others up?

Do I do or say anything that offends?

 

 

Apply these same principles to any activity or career? Remember, if God doesn’t build the house, we labor in vain. If we work just for money or fame, without bringing glory for the Lord, it won’t last.

 

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. 

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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Super Heroes

Who is your favorite super hero?

Superman or Supergirl?

Batman?
Spider Man?
Wonder Woman?
Hercules?

We love tales of someone who can do the impossible and make bad stuff go away.

The Bible overflows with stories of the impossible. It tells of miracles and wonders we can only imagine. The hero of the Bible is God, and the best part of this hero is He's not fiction.


Bible stories present us with believable examples. Why is it we like super heroes? Is it not because we like the ordinary people in the story that have trials and troubles they can't control. They fight with all their might. They're good people, but they're human and can't defeat the bad guy. Along comes supergirl or Hercules and does what the ordinary person can't do.

God's Word offers stories of regular people as our examples. We identify with them.


Joseph 

 He was a young boy despised by his brothers and sold into slavery.
 Yeah, he was a bit arrogant as a teenager, but that's part of why we like him. Didn't we also act badly at times? He didn't deserve his fate; slavery, prison, disappointment. But, what could he do? He needed a super hero.

God gave him the supernatural power of knowing someone's dreams and what they meant? That power enabled him to overcome his handicaps. The story ended well.


Moses


Raised as Egyptian royalty, but told that he belonged to a race of slaves, he killed a man hurting his people. He did a bad thing, but our humanity screams that his heart was right. He empathized with his people even though he had great privilege. He ran for his life and waited forty years in the desert. God called him to return to Egypt and set his people free. He was only one man; a man who stuttered and had a temper, not unlike some of us. To complete his fate, he needed a super hero.

God blessed his life with miracle after miracle. With these super powerful experiences, Moses became a great man.


Rahab


Now, most of us aren't prostitutes, but my daddy always told me not to judge a person until we had walked in their shoes. Rahab had a family to provide for. In her time, few options were provided for women. If you weren't under the protection of your husband or father, there was only one profession, so Rahab became a prostitute. Her city was powerful and intended to stamp out the threat, but Rahab believed that the Israelite God would give them the victory. She made a decision based on her faith in the Israelite God. Soldiers from Jericho searched every house, while Rahab hid Israelite spies and helped them escape. She needed a super hero.

God blinded the soldiers to Rahab's hiding place. He spared the spies, gave the Israelites the win over Jericho, and protected Rahab when the attack came.


Jochabed


There was nothing special about this woman. She was just a mother who loved her newborn son more than anything. She was wise and took steps to save him from the surety of death. When she lay him in a mini-boat and cast the boat into the river, she prayed and hoped. She needed supernatural intervention.

God was that super power. He floated the baby's bed under a bridge where a princess lounged. He dropped compassion into the woman's heart, and she adopted the baby. God even intervened to allow Jochabed to nurse her own son.


This is four examples from the Old Testament. The New Testament tells Super Hero stories of Paul, Peter, and John. Ordinary people like us blessed by the entrance of a Super Hero.

I like the fiction ones, but I like the real one best. To think that I have that power at my disposal when I face a problem I can't control, Wow! that's amazing.

Do you need a super hero today? A real one?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How to prepare for Divine Dining Weight Control

Are you ready to begin losing weight the Divine Dining way?



 
Of course, my first suggestion is to purchase the book Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. The weight controlling program follows the same principles, and reading a devotion of this type each day strengthens, encourages, and improves your mindset.


Here's the link for purchase if you don't own a copy.
http://pen-l.com/DivineDining.html




Here's the 4S motto for Divine Dining Weight Controllers.

Strive toward a decision to follow Christ in all things.

Stretch toward God’s excellence, not man’s approval.

Surrender to God’s will, not ours.

Succeed in keeping communication lines open with God for healthier living.
 
 
 
Prepare to fight weight on three levels: physically, mentally, and spiritually.
 
 
 
Here are three guides to preparing for the practical, physical side of weight loss:
 
 
1.     Plan your meals with God’s guidance day by day.
 
Visualize possible changes in your day and how you’ll handle them. Be constantly in prayer.
 
 
2.     Purchase foods that work for your lifestyle.
 
What must you keep around to stay on target?
    With me, I must have fruits & low-fat yogurt.
 
3.     Decide on some activity, and do it five times a week.
 
Remember, activity doesn't have to be calisthenics. It might be, but it might be sweeping and mopping the house or even moving the yard.
 
What works for you?
 
 
 
If you've committed to beginning a Divine Dining Weight Controlling regimen, leave me a comment or e-mail me at Janet.hope@att.net
 
I would love to hear of your progress. God bless you. Thanks for reading my blog posts.
 
 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

What Does Food Do For You? How Do You Replace It?

When you take away the food, you can be thrown into depression or
chaos unless you fill that void with something else, As
a Christian, that voice is best filled with the Lord.


Whenever you falter, turn to God's Word. Pray, meditate, keep
a prayer journal. According to Jesus, the main command of God is to "love Him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all
your strength."

 
The second command is "love your neighbor as yourself." So, I would suggest, when cravings hit (as they surely will), call a friend, visit an elderly or disabled person, write a letter or communicate encouragement online. When we turn the focus on others, we learn that it's not all about me.
 
Though we start a weight loss program with drawing close to God, we must also hit the problem on mental and physical fronts.

Excess or fattening foods give us something, or else we wouldn’t turn to them. Examine your life. What does food do for you?
 
Comfort?
Stress relief?
Cessation of boredom?
Celebration?
 
To start:
 
1. If you haven’t already, decide on a food plan that works for you, one that provides a balanced, healthy way of eating and includes food you like and goes along with your lifestyle. If you can't eat that way forever with minor changes, you won't stay with it.
 
2. Purchase foods that work for your plan.
 
What must you keep around to stay on target?
    With me, I must have fruits and low-fat yogurt.
 
3. Decide on some activity.
 
Walking, running, gym, DVDs at home, dancing, water aerobics, swimming? What do you like?

 
     How can you incorporate your daily chores into exercise?
 
Suggestions
    Sit with small children & do toe touches or kicks?
    Go up and down steps at work every day?
    Break up sitting with 10-15 minutes of stretching or jogging in place?
     Housework
     Mowing lawn
     Knee bends while on telephone
 
Common sense tells us less in, more moving, equals weight loss, so on a practical level, we must do a combination of these two things.
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Any questions or suggestions?