A Journey Toward Optimal Health

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In my quiet time this morning I was contemplating what our responsibility is towards others in what we say, do, and write about.  As writers we can choose to write about anything and everything under the sun. But how many of us truly look at the possible ramifications of what it is we choose to write about? We can choose to write about meaningless thoughts that come to mind. We can write about destruction, we can put someone or some group down, exposing thoughts or feelings we might have toward them. We can choose to write about current events or gossip. We can write books to assist people in empowering themselves, or we can choose to write about positive, inspiring things that fill people with hope and life.

So what are the ramifications of the written word? Or for that matter of words in general?

Have you ever been in a situation where someone lied about something you did or blamed you for something you did not do? What about in a situation where someone said something to you that caused you to doubt yourself? Have you read a scary novel and experienced fear afterward? Or for that matter read about an earthquake or war? Have you ever had someone sincerely compliment you or help you do something that gave you a sense that they really cared for you? How does it make you feel to read about someone with impossible circumstances overcoming all odds?

So, do we have a responsibility for what we say? On paper or out of our mouths? I think we do. Personally, I want to be one of those people who feed others good, life-giving words. I want to be responsible for positive change in a person’s life. I’m more concerned with helping people out of the hole they are stuck in than with being popular, because let me tell you, you will have a bigger audience with putting the destruction and gossip out there. But what kind of audience to you really want to draw?

I believe that to walk in truly healthy lives we need to consider how we are treating others, and how that affects their health as well as creating a well-rounded health in our own lives. Yes, we all have our own free will. We all have freedom of speech, but that does not negate our responsibility to be good stewards of those words. One day we will all answer for what we do or do not do. I choose life. What about you?

A really wonderful book that helped me understand the importance of honoring others is  Culture of Honor: Sustaining a Supernatural Environment

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For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

Matthew 12:37

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 18:21

Culture of Honor: Sustaining a Supernatural Environment

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WARNING!!!!! This is not your ordinary book on Money. This book is not for those looking to posses with Greed. It is for those who truly want to prosper in every area of your life. There is a supernatural anointing on this book!  I read it twice and both time is gave me chills! The revelation of true Kingdom Worship as it related to money is all over these pages.

It teaches the difference between the Poverty spirit and the worship of money or the spirit of Mammon and how to prosper and avoid both!

It is unique! Completely different from anything else I’ve ever read. Truly a gift from God!

I hope it blesses you as much as it has me!

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So many things in today’s world are based upon a philosophy  that hides, covers up or places a “band-aid”  on a problem.

Look at how many people are on medication today to treat “Symptoms” they are having. And then the medications give them side effects that they need more medication to treat the symptoms of the  side  effects. Ultimately this kind of behavior leads to death.

What about behavior issues and addictions? Society has chosen to give labels and place the blame on past hurts. And this has resulted in what? Broken people. Completely broken, chewed up, depressed people who feel no worth at all. They are given the band-aid of a label. Then told it’s okay to blame someone else. Then they are told they can’t be held responsible for their own actions. They never get to a place of feeling like they are worth anything because now they carry a label. They are never allowed take ownership of their own lives or accountability for their own actions.  So they believe the lie that they are worthless.

Where does it stop? Answer… at the root!

The ONLY way to stop this insanity is to start confronting the truth that everything we do, say, think, eat and believe has consequences either good or bad. And until we start making changes from the root, confronting the problem face on and getting rid of the excuses… well, there is no future of hope.

I had someone say to me once that I should just begin to accept people for who they are instead of always expecting them to change. I thought about that for a long time and then I realized that if we don’t offer change, we don’t offer hope!

People are suffering out there. BUT THERE IS HOPE. HOPE that absolutely requires change. I’m not ashamed to offer that, because I am able to see where it will take people. Unconditional love does not mean watching from the sidelines as someone destroys themselves.  In fact, there is NO love in that at all. That is like knowing someone is going to walk off a cliff and refusing to warn them about the ledge. Instead we need to set the example and lead people with an example of uncompromising integrity that steers them away from that ledge

When you better your life and get to the root of things, you get set free. Admitting to the things you did wrong and setting and example for others to do the same is an example of integrity. Sometimes it’s a lonely path to start on. But with time you will find other eagles to fly with. Then somewhere down the line people start to see the truth and make the necessary changes in their lives. Eventually looking back with thanksgiving toward you for that initial example.

Deep down, I think all people are born knowing the truth about what it is that is causing the problems. I just wish there were more people shining light on the answers. Maybe then it wouldn’t be so hard to make changes.

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So…
How do you get peanut butter off of the roof of your mouth?

You put it on your finger

How do you get peanut butter off of you finger?

You put it on the bottom of your shoe

How do you get peanut butter off of your shoe?

You put it on your finger

How do you get peanut butter off of your finger?

You put it on the roof of your mouth!

This may be just a silly little thing we tell our children to gross them out, but there is something about it that reminds me of people who just refuse to get out of the rut that they are in. It’s so hard to watch people you love struggle with things that you know the answer to and they just refuse to hear you. Isn’t this like doing things over and over again the same way and expecting different results? And isn’t that the definition of insanity? Don’t they see with each cycle the peanut butter gets more and more disgusting and less and less attractive to those watching it happen?

There is a saying that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. All we can do is be that fountain of water and hope they wash the peanut butter off of their hands and take a drink before we get to sick of watching to stick around anymore!

Then again… maybe that’s what they are waiting for… hmm. Ponderous. Mmmmm peanut butter…

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This is an article I wrote 4 or 5 years ago that I believe still applies today. I think we could use all the help we can get in this economy!

For the 4 years my boys were in high school I had to find some way to feed them and all of their friends who came over almost daily. Well, I learned some very valuable lessons that I would like to share with you. Not many people know all the secrets of coupon clipping but those of us that do….well let me just say that my grocery bill was $25.00- $35.00 a week, I gave away 9-10 bags of groceries to needy people and had 1/2 the basement and a 14 ft. cubic freezer completely stocked at all time! This took about 8-10 hours a week and after calculating everything was actually saving anywhere from $400-$600 per month. This is no lie. You can ask my husband and my kids! The other advantage to this is that you can try foods you normally would not buy .OK let me tell you how….

1. Don’t clip all the coupons you get in the paper. This is way to time-consuming.

2. Buy 8-10 Sunday papers. That’s why rule number one is nearly impossible.

3. Keep the sale items store ad that usually comes out mid-week  from any store that double or triples coupons on a regular basis with no limit to those coupons. You may keep more than one store ad for your area.

4. When you get your papers on Sunday stack all your coupon ads (there are usually 2 different pieces) like with like.

5. Look through your ad very carefully and take note of any buy one get one free or items that are on a really good sale. Next look through your coupons and collect any that match.

6. Clip all of the matching coupons. Don’t throw away the rest of your coupons for that week. You will keep all coupons until expiration.

7. Always buy the smallest item that the coupon allows and use all your coupons. Get as many as you have coupons for. I know this is opposite of what you are thinking but trust me. You will see why in a minute.

8. If the store is out of an item that is on sale GET A RAIN CHECK!

9. After you do this for a couple of weeks it will become an 8-10 hour job. You will have stacks of coupons to go through. I recommend that you just look through one of each different booklet and cut those out first and then go back and only choose the booklets that you cut things out for the remainder of the coupons.

10. Bring your husband one time. He is not going to trust you at first and he needs to see this with his own eyes! I took my husband one time and we had 2 carts full of stuff and he was absolutely in panic because we were on a very tight budget. When we checked out with a $47.00 bill, he never doubted me again! Another time I brought my sister. She needed to pick up some items so I went with her and brought some coupons I had already clipped. I let her check out first with her bag and it totaled more than $40.00, for 1 bag! My purchase filled 8 full size grocery bags and I walked out of there paying just over $11.00. Even the checker was shocked. You should have seen my sister’s face! It was great!

OK here is how it works. Manufacturer coupons are not the same as store sales, therefore you are allowed to use one coupon per item. That means if it is buy one get one free you can use 2 coupons. So for example…..(this is an actual example that really happened to me)

The sale ad reads  Frank’s Red Hot Sauce buy one get one free. The price on the item is $1.34. You get one at that pice and one for free. Say you have 2 coupons. You can use 1 coupon for the buy one and one coupon for the get one free! Now say the coupon is worth .40 cents. You’re at a store where that doubles. So on your first item you pay $1.34 – .80 cents. That leaves you with a balance of .54 cents, but wait, you still have another coupon for the get one free! That applies another .80 cents into the calculation. So .80 cents – .54 cents leaves you with them paying you .26 cents to take these items off of their hands! That’s right folks, you have a .26 cent credit! So if you have 8 papers worth of coupons then you can buy 8 products which leaves you a credit on your grocery bill of $1.04. Now can you imagine what happens when you have 20-30 different types of items per shopping all of which you can buy 8 of and stock up? For about 2-4 shopping trips your bill will be a little higher than normal. This is normal because not everything you need for groceries goes on sale all at once and you still have to buy what you need. But around the second month of doing this you will see a significant reduction in your grocery bill. When you are 4-5 months into it, your bill will drop to about 1/4-1/3 of what it was normally. Now this plan does not work for everybody. Keep in mind that most coupons are for pricey packaged and junk food or snacks. So in order to keep your family healthy, please buy some produce once in a while. But if you have a bunch of small kids and or teenagers you need to feed, by all means go for it!

Another example. I received a coupon (actually 10 coupons) for Swifter mop starter kit. The coupon was for $10.00 off. Normally these ran about $20.00 ea. One of the store ads had a special sale on this item for $9.99 ea. I bought ten of them and had to buy an additional item so that they could pay me my .10 cents. They won’t give you cash for coupons, but they will apply it to the rest of your bill.

Well, I hope this is a blessing to all who read it. With gas prices these days, we all need all the help we can get. Now go shopping!

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My husband has had problems with diabetes and high blood pressure all of his adult life. At one point for about a 2 year period his blood pressure was running at (I kid you not) 256/171. Yeah you read it right. And his fasting blood sugar was always over 200.

He tends to be a picky eater so we didn’t put him on this program right away. I wanted him to try the food first so I used my FREE week of food to get him used to eating 6 times per day, to see if he would eat it. He loved it so we placed an order for him.

Recently the lowest blood pressure has been 153/101 and 195 for the fasting blood sugar.

Well 8 days ago we started him on Take Shape For Life. Within 4 days his numbers hit normal ranges! On the 5th day he had to cut his blood sugar medications by 1/3. On the 6th day he had to cut the blood sugar medications out completely! Today is day 8 and his sugar is reading normal both fasting and 2 hours after a meal consistently WITH NO MEDICATION!

Although he is still on the medication for the blood pressure, it has been slowly getting in the lower range of normal and I expect that it won’t be long before he is completely off of that as well!

I can not tell you how truly grateful we are to have found Take Shape For Life. You saved my husband’s life and we are forever grateful!

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I’ve been prayerfully considering some blog topics to write about and you know once you ask… well I got a ton of topics. So here it goes.

Out of my passion to see people get set free from bondage’s in their lives and being set free from some myself, one of the most important things that I’ve learned is to ask myself WHO am I?And WHAT am I doing here?

In’ seeking the answers to these questions the realization came to me that I’ve been believing things that others have told me throughout my life and living up to those things! This was a truly startling revelation, because not all of those things were good!

You see the majority of the people on this planet grow up hearing all kinds of bad things in their lives. Hurting people, hurt people. It’s just the way it is! The thing is, I’ve realized that we have the choice whether we believe those things or not.

Most of us go through life being molded by the expectations, ridicule and demands that our parents and peers put on us. Few of us ignore those things and seek out our own identity. And often those who do, do it in a place of destructive rebellion. No instead we have allowed those misspoken words to guide our every step and limit our true abilities in life.

I’m not saying that those who spoke those things were doing so with bad intention. In fact most of the time the intention is good. Most of the time the person is speaking to try to help you avoid some of the mistakes that they have made in their past. Or sometimes they do it to just be mean. My point is… most of us are never told that we do not have to believe those things!

I have a saying that I adopted about 5 years ago when I began searching for my identity. Here it is… NO BODY HAS A RIGHT TO DEFINE YOU EXCEPT YOUR MAKER!

So instead of allowing other people’s opinions of you define you… instead of acting in rebellion and doing things in a self-destructive matter… wouldn’t it just be better to ask the maker of this universe who you are and what he wants for you? Seek out the promises that HE has for you. Like freedom, health, happiness, joy, peace, prosperity and significance.  He knit you in the womb for a special purpose that NO ONE else on the face of the earth can substitute for you. Find out what that is. Then focus on it. Obtain it and live it. Then, when He shows you the answers… simply choose to believe Him. Seek this out long enough and He will answer you. He is just waiting for you to ask.

There is nothing on the face of this earth that can match knowing what and who you were created to be. NOTHING!

I did this, and it changed my life forever… for the better.



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