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“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” ~Muhammad Ali
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will he heareth us. And if we know that he heareth us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14 & 1 John 5:15 (King James Bible)
Things we Desire: happiness, good health, prosperity, success
When we closely examine God’s Purpose for our lives, we find that he wants us to be happy, successful and prosperous, and to be in the best of health: those are his blessings with purpose for us. He doesn’t receive glory and honor for his greatness by seeing his people suffer. He has given us many things to use to obtain our desires. He has provided us with talents and educational tools to become successful and prosperous.
Muhammad Ali, who I very much admire for his confidence, has given us some words of wisdom to follow is quoted, “To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”
Talent and Education: When it comes to competing with the best and brightest in whatever your talent or educational skill is, you have to have the confidence within yourself, that you are able to “Bring it!” I used this term because this is basically, what the writer in this Biblical statement is saying, when he used the term “Take his portion,”
“Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power, to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God Ecclesiastes 5:19
God’s Purpose for our Life: Prosperity, good health, success, and happiness
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2
“There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.” Ecclesiastes 2:24
Riches and Wealth: God has given us talents and educational tools, to obtain riches and wealth. We can take our portion of the good things in life that we are endowed by our inalienable rights from God, if we have the confidence it takes within ourselves, to compete and to succeed, by being willing to fight for them.
___ Ellen J. Barrier
It is best to get into physical fitness, long before a holiday. Some will wait until a few days after the holiday, to jog or try and lift a few weights. This is not a wise thing to do. It can cause the body to reject the pressure that is being put upon it, and resist. Why?
The heart, muscles, and joints, are not in the proper condition. And neither is the mental status, of such an individual. It’s like getting in a vehicle and immediately, placing your foot on the gas pedal and pressing it to the floor. You will lose control and hurt yourself or someone else.
Those who don’t take proper care of their health, causes damage to their body, which results in very poor health. When sickness occurs, those who need family assistance, causes others to spend time caring for them. That often results in sacrificing time from a job or other important activities, in their lives, that they are forced to neglect. And if the sick person, doesn’t have enough medical coverage, or none, others will have to pay for their medical expenses.
Eating the proper foods, drinking lots of water, fruit juices, and exercising on a regular basic throughout the year, is the best way to accomplish physical fitness, before the holidays.
__ Ellen J. Barrier
Photo credit: Ed Yourdon on flickr
July 06, 2012 Weak job report came out:
84,000 jobs reportedly were added in June. Many are disappointed.
“Very seldom will a person give up on himself. He continues to have hope because he knows he has the potential for change … Yet people are very quick to give up on friends, and especially on their spouses, to declare them hopeless, and to either walk away or do nothing more than resign themselves to a bad situation”.
Hugh Prather (Life Quotes Lib)
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Psalm 42:5 (K.J.V)
Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. Psalm 42:8 (K.J.V)
Hope is the strength that everyone needs to persevere in the face of unpleasant news. It is a waste of time and energy to focus on unpleasant news, when one can best help themselves and others by thinking of ways to deal with an unpleasant situation, in a positive manner.
In regards to the economy, we have to work together and help each other. Blaming someone else for the slow growth of the economy, won’t help it to grow. There are too many other reasons for the cause of the economy to be weak; some of them are beyond our human ability to understand.
When each of us look within ourselves as having the ability to change things, and is willing to work with others to bring about positive changes, we are a powerful force. With God on our side, nothing can stop our success.
__Ellen J. Barrier
Recipe by: Ellen J. Barrier
3 boxes of vanilla Jell-O Pudding Mix
3 bananas chopped (small round circles)
1 box of vanilla wafer cookies
1 container of cool whip topping
Milk (measure according to instruction on box)
1. Prepare pudding mix according to directions on the box.
2. Place a cup of vanilla wafers in the bottom of a bowl and cover with pudding.
* Continue following step # 2:
(cookies/pudding until all of the pudding and most of cookies are used).
3. Place the bananas and remaining cookies on top of last layer.
4. Add whip topping and serve
Note: Pudding will be easier to pour while warm.
“My kids are starting to notice I’m a little different from the other dads. “Why don’t you have a straight job like everyone else?” they asked me the other day.
I told them this story:
In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, “Look at me…I’m tall, and I’m straight, and I’m handsome. Look at you…you’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.” And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, “Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.” So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.”__ Tom Waits
(From the Bible)
WHY boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? The goodness of God endureth continually. Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Thou loveth evil more than good; and lying more than righteousness. Selah. Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy thee forever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
Psalm 52:1-5 (King David)
The Foolish, Pride, Self-righteous, and Vain People, Status with God
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed this with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
God’s Righteous Judgment:
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
St. Luke 18:9-14 (King James Bible)
“And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.”
_ Tom Waits
Although the author of this quote was criticized, and poked fun at for being different, as was the publican in the parable that Jesus gave, the two men were achievers. We find that being different can work for the individual who are comfortable with themselves, and most importantly work hard to achieve greatness. In the case of the publican, who prayed to God for help, many others do the same.
To be and achiever in the face of criticism, one has to stay focused on their goal. Failure comes when negative thoughts are allowed to enter into the mind. Avoiding negative influences while working on a goal, is the best approach to take, in order to become an achiever.
I have been confronted with criticism many times, and told, I couldn’t reach my goals. My message to those who criticized me was, and remains, I will never give up!
Some people view my work as strange. Like the author of the quote, I am growing stronger and stranger every day. I am humble, and prayerful to God daily for his mercy to me.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Scriptures: King James Bible
Having a few valuable tips from those who have been successful in managing their weight can be very helpful in helping others to maintain their weight loss. Listed below are a few tips I hope will be of some help to those who want to manage their weight successfully.
Drink plenty of water
The body needs water to keep our cells and body systems running efficiently. Most importantly, water is needed to maintain the body’s blood volume, which is necessary for regulating body temperature and delivering nutrients and oxygen to the rest of the body. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, which occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry on normal functions. A mild case of dehydration can drain the body of energy and make you feel sluggish.
Fruits and Vegetables
You should eat at least 2 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables every day. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need a minimum of 4 servings of fruit and 6 servings of vegetables.
Eat Small Meals
Eating 4 to 5 meals or snacks daily will help you control your appetite and manage your weight.
Protein and Calorie Intake
Taking protein with every meal will help maintain muscle mass while burning fat. It has been estimated that we need about 0.75 grams of protein per pound/kilogram of body weight. Find your own protein requirement, then first, find out your weight in pounds/kilograms and multiply that figure by 0.75. Most people will find they regularly consume more than they require, which is why so many people gain weight in the first place.
A useful guideline for lowering your calorie intake is to reduce your calories by at least 500, but not more than 1000 below your maintenance level. For people with only a small amount of weight to lose, 1000 calories will be too much strain on their body. As a guide to minimum calorie intake, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that calorie levels never drop below 1200 calories per day for women or 1800 calories per day for men. Even these calorie levels are quite low.
An alternative way of calculating a safe minimum calorie-intake level is by reference to your body weight or current body weight. Reducing calories by 15-20% below your daily calorie maintenance needs is a useful start. You may increase this depending on your weight loss goals.
Keeping healthy food in your house for meals and snacks will help you achieve your goal. You’ll be less likely to cheat on your diet while reaching your goal, and success will come quicker.
__ Ellen J. Barrier
The Quilt Holes
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.
Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.
But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.
My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me and nodded for me to rise.
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn’t had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life.
I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, ‘Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.
Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.’
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!
God determines who walks into your life…it’s up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay and who you refuse to let go.’
I need this back. If you’ll do this for me, I’ll do it for you. When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need.
Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the following small prayer for the person who sent you this.
Father, bless all my family and friends in whatever it is that you know they may need this day! And may their life be full of your peace, prosperity and power as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with you. Amen.
If you send this on to five other people, including the one who sent it to you. Within hours you caused a multitude of people to pray for other people. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life. I chose more than five…you can too!
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