Saturday, October 29, 2016

Communication

Here is a book that was a beginning to those needing Overeaters Anonymous that ministers to man. This Courage of Change helps us all and can be purchased through Hazelden Publishing. Here's a couple quotes that I must use to help me cope overeating through God's direction.


This book helps me as a food addict.

 

“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 out to be a receive set primarily concerned with catching the messages from on high.”

        Courage to Change compiled by Bill Pittman and Dick B.

 

 

 
From my word, one I’ve used in my devotion book 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 to survive and follow healthy eating by God's direction.


Reading my daily devotion helps.

 

 


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

                                Clare Boothe Luce

 
Freedom comes through Christ

“A man is about as happy as he wants to be.”
 
                                Abraham Lincoln
 
 
 
That happiness comes from letting go and letting God. Praise His Name.

 

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.

 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I Am Powerless

I work at eating well,  similar to the goals I've followed for twenty years. At that time, I lost one hundred pounds and maintained the loss. Nevertheless, I've failed many times this last month. As usual, I use God's twelve step program.
Time and time again, I face days of eating out several meals in a row, though I believe I've got days to cook at home, I find time out of town when I eat in restaurants, and when I stay at home, my craving for sweets turns me into eating candy corn or a box full of Fiber One bars.

I'm powerless.  God is full of power and brings victory.

Never give up.
Always read my twelve steps.
Pray.
Rely on the Lord.
Though occasionally, I rise four to five pounds above my goal, but as God works in my life, I again drift down to goal weight. I'm a food addict. God is my strength.

I think again of the first three steps where I trust in God.

Honesty. 1. I admit I am powerless over food and that my life has become unmanageable.

Hope 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity.

Action 3. Made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understand Him.

Thank you, Lord, for continuous power over food addiction.

On Oct. 29, I will be the speaker for the district meeting in Wichita Falls, TX for TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly). Lord, speak wisdom through me that day.

In December, 2016, Pen-L Publishing will be releasing Divine Dining Workbook. My upcoming book will compliment my first book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
 
The workbook will provide fourteen classes to begin a class to share problems with others to overcome compulsive overeating and lose weight. If you prefer to work at home by yourself, the new workbook will allow you to follow God's guidance at home.


Thank you, God, for confidence over my food addiction or compulsive overeating. Use me to maintain victory and touch other lives.

I am powerless. God is full of power.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Romance & A Giveaway from Jean C. Gordon

I wish to introduce you to Christian author, Jean C. Gordon. I'm excited to have met her. Read this information about her new book. Sounds fascinating. What a unique presentation! Scroll to the bottom to enter to win Mending the Motorcross Champion book.


Mending the Motocross Champion was a long-time coming. I originally started writing it in the mid-2000s as a secular romance, and then about five years ago rewrote it as an inspirational romance.

 

You might think that it was inspired by me or my husband being a motocross fan. Actually, the idea for the book came from a discussion a former coworker and I had about marriage. The books original title was Everlasting Vows. The person I was talking with had only been married a short time, and shared with me that she didn’t want to make what she called compromises in her marriage. I saw the compromises she didn’t want to consider as the give-and-take needed for any successful long-term relationship.

 

That got me thinking about the sanctity of marriage vows. Since I read a fair number of cowboy romances, I considered the rodeo circuit as a situation that could try a young marriage. I also love reunion stories, so I wanted to put that spin on it. I felt rodeo would have required a western setting. So, I looked at other possibilities that could be set in Upstate New York and discovered motocross. There are two small local tracks nearby and Unadilla, an AMA Pro Motocross Facility, is only a couple of hours away. I had such fun with this story that I’m planning a whole series. A related sweet romance novella, Holiday Escape will be released next month.

 

As one book reviewer said, Mending the Motocross Champion isn’t heavy on sport details. I was more interested in the people of the motocross circuit. So much of my research was reading blogs written by motocross racers and their spouses and significant others and following them on social media. I found former supercross champion Jeremy McGrath’s autobiography Wide Open invaluable for insight. I also discovered Team Faith, a non-profit multi-faceted Outreach Ministry that impacts people who are enthusiastic about action sports. It uses professional athletes to reach our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I learned about “pit pastors” who minister to Christians and others on the circuit.

 

Mending the Motocross Champion description:

Physical therapist Dana VanAlstyne’s dreams of a family were lost in the dust of a motocross racecourse. Although she’s filled her life with her work and church activities, it hasn’t filled the empty space inside her. Nor has it eased the heartache of being abandoned by a man who wasn’t ready for a wife and children. Now her dream is to open her own private practice. All she needs is the capital to make that happen.

Anton, “Mac,” Macachek may be the top professional motocross racer in the country but he still has one race that matters more to him: winning a championship at Unadilla Raceway and showing the hometown folks the bad boy did amount to something. But when a horrific accident sidelines those plans, he makes a deal with the woman he once loved with all his heart. A woman who abandoned him. If Dana will get him back in racing shape, he’ll fund her new practice. Then an even more dangerous risk is revealed. If Mac races again, he could die.

Does Dana have enough faith to risk her heart again? She loved Mac once, but feared he loved motocross racing more than he loved her. If she helps him mend his broken body, will it also mend her broken heart? Or will it all be lost again in the dust and danger of a motocross racetrack?

 

TEAM MACACHEK: Meet the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.


 

For Amazon Bestselling inspirational and sweet romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on.
She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native small-town Upstate New York, where she sets her books.

They share a 175-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.

 

Connect with Jean on Facebook, as @JeanCGordon on Twitter, or on JeanCGordon.com

 Post a comment below. Don't forget to leave your e-mail URL. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered into Jean C. Gordon's contest that runs until the end of October. On November 1, I will post the winner. The author offers a print book to anyone who lives in the United States or an e-book to anyone in the world.

I find motorcross racing something new I wish to learn about. What is it about this book that strikes your interest? Tell us in your comment below.
 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

My 3 Questions about Church Buildings

See on the left how to read daily posts on our blessed group devotion blog, Putting on the New. God blesses me, allowing me to be a part of this blog. Many wonderful Christian authors write devotions each day of the month. Mine shows up on the second of each month, so watch now November 2 for the next one.

I wrote this post a couple months ago on the Putting on the New blog. It brought lots of reads and several comments. I decided to do a report of it on my blog today. What's your thoughts?


Question 1: Is the church relevant to this day in time?
My home church
Heritage Church, Wichita Falls, TX.


Many younger Christians don’t see the need to pay tithes, pool their funds, or keep a church going and growing. Most older Christians see this opinion as an outrage. God’s Word directs our steps. The Bible relates to every age allowed by God to exist. Let’s study and meditate on what is proper and needful for twenty-first century Christianity.


(See immediately left here for the URL link for Putting on the New blog of devotions.)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
                                                                    Acts 2: 42-47

Let’s break down these verses.


In the early church, we see they gathered together frequently, obviously feeling that the support, teaching, and joint prayers and praises were important to their walk with Christ.



Question 2: Is meeting together in a church building important in 2016?


An old country church
Where did the early church meet?
 
The above verses tell us they met in the temple courts. There were no churches, only synagogues. They used the outer court of the place where they had worshiped God all their lives.


When the church spread away from Jerusalem, did they still meet in synagogues?


Sometimes, yes. Synagogues-

At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.
Acts 14:1

Homes –

You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
Acts 20:20

Community event buildings-


But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
Acts 19:9


So, is it important to have a church building in 2016?



Question 3: Should we all give money to our church to fund the group where we worship?


They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. (See the top Scripture)


And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Mark 12: 41-44

Jesus put His blessing on those who gave to the church.


That’s my three questions. The controversy continues. On what side do you fall? How do you answer the three questions about the modern-day church.

Again, I encourage you to click on Putting on the New to the left and read the devotion for today and the previous week. Comment. Share online. What do you think about this post?


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, October 8, 2016

Tangible Reminders of Victory

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
                                                      Philippians 4:4 NIV            



Tangible reminders of God's power shows proof of the need for rejoicing.  Remembering our victories sets our hearts to beating, and rids our minds of defeatism.

I began losing weight God's way in 1993. To lose ninety-five pounds took me nearly three years. Maintaining weight loss is difficult. Year by year, month by month, day by day, facts validate what was accomplished.

I bought a pair of red shorts. They were several sizes
too
My favorite red shorts
small. I loved them. They had pockets and were tailored, but long on my leg. (I won't wear short shorts)
 I lost several sizes and first wore the red shorts to Six Flags in Arlington, Texas. I was ecstatic.

I continue to wear them occasionally though now they're rather faded. Every time I put them on, I slip my fingers in my loose waistline, and give praise to the Lord for His help to reach that size.


My size 201/2 on me now





My husband's business functions required new evening wear once a year. I began with one outfit size 24 1/2. I lost two dress sizes, gave my original dress to a friend's daughter, and bought a size 20 1/2. Every year or two, I purchased a smaller evening dress to wear to realtor banquets or church Valentine dinners. I keep the largest to remind me of when I was heavy. All the others I gave away.



Tangible reminders of victory are invaluable to keep us rejoicing, praising God, and keeping our thoughts on target. I have several pictures of when I weighed 250 lbs. I carry one in my wallet. I have a 11 by 14 family picture on my wall that reinforces God's power in my life.

I have a coin that says "One day at a time." It's encouraging.

What do you keep that reminds you of victory with Jesus?