Showing posts with label #healthy living. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #healthy living. 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, February 24, 2016

The Best Tool for Writing & Exercising

     A writer, as well as other careers, plasters our bottoms in the chair and our hands on the keyboard. (BICHOK is a shortcut reminder for writers.) It's a lonely, sedentary existence, but how else might our words mount up on the page?

     Recently, I found that my most useful tool for time management while I write is a simple kitchen timer.


     Allow only thirty minutes to check social media before going to writing; set the timer to alert you.
     Promise an hour of writing before checking social media; set the timer for an hour and write away.


     The timer turned out to be my best tool for time management. I can get two pages finished by turning off the world, setting the timer for the half hour before my husband comes in for lunch, and write. I love it.
    



 
     If you're a frequent follower of Writing with God's Hope blog, you know I'm a recovering food addict. Twenty years ago, I lost a hundred pounds and have maintained it to this day. I teach classes and workshops on permanent weight loss, and post here about hints that help me, in the hope it helps others. Well, guess what?

     The same tool that increases my writing and manages my promotion time, also helps my weight maintenance. Keeping down our weight is a combination of eating less calories and expending more calories in our activities.

     My kitchen/writing timer above helps my activity level on a heavy writing day.

     1. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     2. Write with abandon. Keep your head in the story.
     3. When it goes off, get up and do eight jumping jacks.
     4. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     5. Write away. Think of nothing else but your story.
     6. When the timer dings, get up, do five frontward kicks, five backward kicks, and five sideways kicks on each leg.
     7. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     8. Plot, edit, whatever your writing needs.
     9. When you hear the ding, get up and do eight squats.
     10. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     11. Repeat the cycle again.

     You can't imagine how much activity and writing you will accomplish in a five hour afternoon.

     That's my newest tip. Do you have any for me?