Showing posts with label #success. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #success. Show all posts

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.

 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

6 New Tips for Weight Loss

For those of us, trying to keep down our weight or lose weight, I wanted to give a few extra tips. Little changes add up to big life turns.


1. Just a few bites or a little dab of something might trigger a binge. 
Looks promising for success
a. Make a list of your trigger foods and beware.
b.A good friend of mine struggles most with potato chips.
c.One doughnut to me is like one drink to an alcoholic.

 

2. Plan ahead for potluck dinners or barbecues.
a.Bring a dish that will help you.
b.Take a chair or stand away from the food spread.
c.Put the emphasis on visiting.
d.Don't go there hungry.

 

3. Watch out for deceptive packaging.
a.Low fat means more sugar, and sugar free could mean more fat.
b.Read the label. If sugar or fat is in the first three ingredients, stay away.
c. Low calorie or low fat doesn't mean you can eat an extra big portion.
d. Danger terms: trans fat, saturated fat, corn syrup, high in carbohydrates, any word ending in ose, ie sucrose.
e. Sometimes, a small portion of the real thing is better for you than the "diet" food.

4. Time with Jesus should be like your vitamin of the day.
a. Read God's Word.
b. Pray
c. Meditate
d Read excerpt from inspirational material on weight such as Divine Dining: 365 Guidelines to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
 

5. Insomnia can cause weight gain. Make sure you get adequate rest and relaxation.
 
6. Scales aren't the only indicator of success or failure. There are many others.
a. your energy level
b. medical test numbers, such as decreased blood sugar or blood pressure
c. your increased stamina for exercise
d. the way clothes fit
 
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill
 
I pray these six tips help your weight loss efforts this summer.
 

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.
 
 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Failure or Success?

I prepare the feast

With heavy heart.

Faults bog me down

Fear sets me apart.

 

I stir the foods, but

Something’s not right.

My hands shake

As I take a bite.

 

I taste bitterness for sure.

What’s that ingredient?

Submission to God makes

Repentence expedient.

 

I bow before the heavenly throne

Knowing I’m unworthy.

On my own, I fall short

Cling to food that’s earthly.

 

I’ve worked for You,

I plead with God.

Did I misread your command

Wanting Your applause?



No, my child He explains.

You don’t know my thoughts

They’re higher than yours

So don’t be distraught.

 

Dessert will come later.

I view the whole meal.

Stay in the kitchen

Pray for the yield.

 

How say you, you’ve failed

When the dinner’s not ready.

The yeast is still rising

Now hold fast and steady.

 

At banquet time

I’ll sound the alert.

We’ll gather round the table

In me, you’ll have worth.
                      Divine Dining
                  by Janet K. Brown



This is God's view.

How do you measure failure or success?