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Saturday, September 27, 2014
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
Here's the steps to take:
Sept. 7 Winona Cross will be blogging about Divine Dining
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HAVE A WONDERFUL LABOR DAY WEEKEND.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
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.
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.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
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
"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
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.
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 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."