Showing posts with label devotions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label devotions. Show all posts

Saturday, September 27, 2014

On My Blind Side

I glance at my car's rear view mirror. The lane next to me appears clear. I swerve only to hear the honk of a car and the screech of its brakes. I jerk the wheel to straighten. My head turns. A black truck's front bumper is even with my back one, perfectly placed on my blind side. I escaped an accident.

My husband wasn't so lucky. About two years ago, he exited a freeway. As he neared the end, he looked behind him. A hundred feet away, a red light held back cars. No one was headed toward him. He stepped on the accelerator to cross the access road to a station. The light turned. A driver pounced on the gas. The car hit the back side of my husband's truck. Again, it got lost on his blind side.


I find that, as a Christian, I resist the outright sins like stealing and blasphemy. But, what about those on my blind side?

Sneaky sins catch up in much the same manner as an accelerating car barreling toward my rear bumper. God gives us insight onto some of those sneaky sins.

     And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Luke: 21:34

Quote from Divine Dining:

    I understand drunkenness.
    Cares of this life can catch any of us. If activities, even good ones, keep us from worshipping and spending time with God, that thing becomes a snare.
     Jesus aims the word surfeiting to people like me. Surfeiting means overindulging, gorging, stuffing even to the point that the word is used for discomfort or nausea. We try to apply this only to people who are overweight, but this applies to everyone at times.

Lord, keep watch on my blind side. Don't let sneaky sins like drunkenness, surfeiting, and cares of this life catch me in a wreck, one that has eternal consequences.

What about you? Have you ever had something sneak up on your blind side, spiritually, or physically?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

#FREE Devotions this month

Is it time for you to lose weight?

Here's the steps to take:


1. Make decision
 
2. Pray

3. God shows you the strategy to fulfill the decision

4. When you flounder, reinforce your decision to God.

5. God provides the strength to take the next step.


Proverbs 16: 9

   A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

 

Time is going to pass whether you lose weight or not. Isn’t it wonderful if, as it passes, the pointer on the scale is going in the right direction?

          This is a quote from a Weight Watcher leader.

 
This month only, Pen-L Publishing is offering a free devotion a day from my book Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Don't miss this opportunity even if you only thought about wishing you could lose weight God's way. There is no obligation. All you have to do is click on    


and download  30 free devotions.
 
 I pray they speak to you.
 
 
Sept. 2 Bonnie Lanthripe will be blogging about Divine Dining at http://bonnielanthripe.wordpress.com/

Sept. 7 Winona Cross will be blogging about Divine Dining
 http://winonacross.blogspot.com/
 
Another day in Sept. Lee Carver will be blogging about Divine Dining
 
If anyone sees any of these blogs and e-mails me @ Janet.hope@att.net
and tell me you did see one of them, I will automatically put you in a drawing for a free copy.

I'll be watching this next week for your e-mail, or you can comment here.

HAVE A WONDERFUL LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

My 10 Best Tips for Losing Weight

In October, many of us run a mad dash to lose weight before the holiday season. Even ones that try to maintain their weight loss are thinking of ways to keep down the pounds before holiday temptations seduce us to indulge.

Time to think of ways to help. Here's my best 10 tips:

1. First Things First
      Give your body what it needs, give to God your worship and devotion.
      Often we put food on the throne of our lives. No one can lose weight this way.
      Through God comes power.

2.Write
       Stress, loneliness, boredom, depression; these are things that drive us to overeat.
       Get in the habit of writing out your problems every day. In this way, you release them to God and no longer need worry.

3. Be Colorful
        My husband compliments me on my colorful plates. Vegetables and fruits add orange, red, yellow, green, and purple to your meals. Strive for 5-6 servings of vegetables and fruits every day.

4. Tip the Milk
        (Fat-free, of course) Have 2 servings of dairy a day. Stick with low fat yogurt, cheese, milk. Studies prove we lose better with dairy on our menu.

5. Move It, or Lose It
        Activity is important. Weight loss comes from eating less calories than we use up daily. If we use more calories, guess what, we get to eat more. Leave it to a recovering compulsive overeater to utilize that. If you have leg pain, strengthen your upper body with exercise. If you're overweight and out of shape, take short, slow walks to begin. Do something if at all possible.

     Extra benefits to activity are to lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, relieve depression, increase metabolism, and get our minds off our loneliness.

6. Divine Dining
      Okay, I'm prejudiced since I wrote the devotion book Divine Dining, but long before I wrote this book, I read and still read excerpts from inspirational books that keep my mind on the goal of eating unto Christ. 

    “For wherever I am, though far away at the ends of the earth, I will cry to you for help. When my heart is faint and overwhelmed, lead me to the mighty, towering Rock of safety.” Psalm 61:2 Life Recovery Bible
 
     Overeating slows our productivity and causes sluggishness and a bad attitude. Our salvation comes not from extra snacks or scrumptious desserts. In devouring these things, we put them in the place of God, but only the one true God can satisfy the weakness of our heart or restore the joy of our lives.
             from Divine Dining, October 26 devotion
 
7. Get Help
     Find a support group to encourage you. Whether you go to Weight Watchers, a TOPS group, Overeaters Anonymous, or a Christian weight loss group, the support of others who walk where you walk keeps you encouraged, your determination bolstered.
 
8. New Use for the Frying Skillet
      Refuse to fry meat or veggies. Instead, spray that pan with no-fat cooking spray, put on a lid, and steam those veggies, or stir-fry them with meat. Cook that fish with healthy, good-tasting olive oil.
 
9. Really? Do I have to use Calories on Oil?
      Health studies show healthy oils like canola, olive, safflower benefits our health with Vitamin E and fatty acids. The thing I like about them is simple. When I eat two teaspoons of oil a day, I don't get hungry.
 
10.Delete the Sugar, Decrease the Salt
      I'm a sweetaholic. I do best leaving sugar out altogether, but it lies hidden in pasta sauces and prepared foods. Watch the labels. God expects us to be responsible for what we put in our body. It is the temple of God.
 
Well, there's my top 10. Do you have others? Leave a comment, and let us know. We all need help here.
 
 
 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Ask the True Expert

We can't always trust our GPS. The helpful instrument is only as good as the information entered and the updates added. Sometimes, that can be wrong.

When my husband and I headed off for our trip to Yellowstone, our first stop to spend the night was Raton, New Meixco. A friend recommended a small RV park there by the name of Summerlan. We entered the address into our GPS and followed the directions. We came into the town on Highway 87. The sweet, feminine voice of our GPS advised us to turn right in one quarter mile. After that distance, the right turn entered Highway 25.
      Our guide told us to take that first exit and go over the interstate highway.
      "Ah, I said, it must be on the other side of the interstate."
      But, on the other side was other businesses, and no RVs. We again reached Highway 87 at the corner of the McDonalds Restaurant. Then, we spotted the sign that gave the street name: Cedar St., the street address of Summerlan RV Park.
     Our GPS guide remained silent.
    "I'm taking it," my husband said. After all, there was no street on the other side of 87 and the GPS had told us to turn right.
     So, we turned.
    We drove...and drove...and drove, but found nothing but residential.
    "The numbers are getting smaller," my husband said. "We're lost."
    When all else fails, call the source, so I dialed the number for Summerlan RV Park. A nice lady understood exactly what happened. She tried to explain it, but her directions were contrary to our
GPS.
     "I'll stay on the line," she said with a sensitive, thoughtful voice. Her words guided us to the other side of Highway 87, the other side of Highway 25 and to the left.
     There before us spread a small, but welcoming sight, Summerlan RV Park. Though it was raining, that sweet lady met us with an umbrella and helped my husband inside to sign the papers and get our RV space for the night. She may not have had the tech knowledge wrapped up in a GPS, but she owed the park and knew all about it.


A friend's backyard which makes a wonderful place to talk with God.


Sometimes, it's like that in life. Burdened down with depression or turmoil, we seek help and follow advice from so-called experts. We read books on the topic, we listen to speeches, we counsel with ones who supposedly have the answers. When all else fails, we read our Bible or pray. The true expert (God) created us and knows all about us. His answers, His advise, His directions will always be correct.

This is not to say that psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, preachers, teachers, or authors who are expert in their field don't have a place or a need. Our GPS has been our guide in several cities in the past. Without it, traversing unknown area would've been difficult. My point is that to be sure the help we receive is right, we must go to the source.

To the point above, I add this footnote. I'm one of those so-called expert authors. My book Divine Dining: 365 Devotions for Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness gives advice for losing weight God's way. My own weight loss journey makes me an "expert." However, if you suffer from compulsive overeating, seek out the Bible and talk with God to be sure of getting wisdom for your unique lifestyle.


Are you faced with a problem today that you might need to ask guidance from the true expert?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sovereignty

The Kingdom of God is not a democracy.

I am God and there is no other.
I am God, and there is none like Me.
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.
My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
                                                                     Isaiah 46: 9-10

America is a republic. We have no king. We run the country with democratic ruling. We vote on laws, we protest ones we don't like, we elect those that have the say over our lives.

In the Kingdom of God, He is King.  What He says will happen regardless of the way we believe it should be. If you don't think this, then you have yet to be knocked down by trauma. All it takes is one time. Sickness or disability strikes you. A child or grandchild dies. A tornado rips away your house and all your belongings. Then we realize, we only have two choices; to accept God as sovereign and trust Him to mean us good, or to fight and rebel which will end in our ultimate defeat.

Our resolve should be to trust in the one who was before time begun and who has the final say. We can't understand the Mind of God. It's far above our human comprehension. We can't see the future or the repercussions of our decisions, but God can. He leads with the end result in His plan.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
                                                                     Isaiah 55:9

A few years ago,  one of Kathy Macias' online devotions explained a Dennis the Menace cartoon that she had read. I shall never forget the picture it reveals. The little guy is kneeling beside his bed, cowboy hat askew, and plastic gun still holstered around his waist as he folds his hands in supplication, and says, "I'm here to turn myself in."

If you're going through struggles today, remember the posture we must take; head bowed, all fight gone, submitted to our Sovereign God.

(Just a note: 2 of my favorites are highlighted today; one of my favorite books in the Bible, Isaiah, and one of my favorite authors, Kathy Macias.)

The time when I had to bow to God in submission and realize it was all in His hands was when we lost our 8-day-old granddaughter. All I could do was fall on my face before God.

Have any of you felt the arm of God's sovereignty in your life?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

WATER


Water is the earth's new gold.

This last week floods swept into San Antonio, Texas with ten inches of rain in a short span of time. Last night, tornadoes and floods once again tormented Oklahoma City and the surrounding area. These storms brought devastation and loss of life, I pray for the situation still in progress.

Yet, a part of me longs for a tiny bit of their weather problems, not the tornadoes, but perhaps the floods. Wichita Falls, Texas (near the Oklahoma border in central Texas) watches storms build to our west and slide along to our north without a drop of rain to spare for our area. Our land remains parched and dry.

City government tells us that unless we get rain, we have enough water to last to the end of 2014. We conserve all we can. Beautiful green grass and the scent of flowers on the breeze must be sacrificed so we can continue to drink water and take baths. Hot winds stir up wildfires because trees and shrubs are brown and brittle.

I'm reminded of the importance of water to our planet, not too much that would overwhelm our homes, our family, but just enough to provide for our needs.

This is the challenge of our century. Surely if we can travel to the moon and conquer visiting with family and friends on the great web from anywhere in the world, we can figure out how to solve our need for water. We discuss how essential our system of interstate highways is. Do we not also need a system of interstate pipes with valves that can be shut or open to divert water from a flooded area to a parched zone? Come on smart people, think.

(The picture above comes from the Cascade River State Park in Minnesota)

As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? Psalm 42: 1-2

I can't think of our need for physical water without remembering our requirement for spiritual water. Does your heart pant for the living water that only God can give as much as it thirsts for rain to soak the dry ground in drought. Drought from God's presence leaves us cranky and ready to explode into fiery anger just as drought from the rain exposes trees to the chance of wildfire.

Are you living with floods or drought? Spirtually, or physically, or both? Both answers come from our Heavenly Father. I cry along with the signs in most yards of our city as we "pray for rain."