Cooking at Home is Healthier

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I’ve been trying to cook more and eat out less. This is a good video. I found it under the sensational title of  “What this Video and You’ll Never Eat McDonald’s French Fries Again,” but it is more about how our society moved away from cooking at home and why we should return to cooking at home.

From the Video:
Fast food has changed how and what we eat. The McDonald’s fries example goes beyond how the potatoes are poisoned to kill aphids. If you make the french fries at home, it is a labor intensive activity involving washing & peeling potatoes, frying them in messy oil, and finally, cleaning up the mess. Because of the hard work involved, you might eat french fries once every six weeks. Fast food makes it easy! It’s now possible to eat french fries twice a day.
Special treats turn into every day eats. 

I also found it interested how society itself has subtly influenced our (my!) view of cooking. I often think I don’t have the talent to cook. I often say, “I’m not a good cook.” Why do I think this? Because my husband cooks better? Partly. However, I must admit that it is mostly because I don’t like cooking. It is a chore to me. I need to change my attitude.
I can find joy in cooking at home, if I try.
I’m sure I can! I want our family to be healthier!

Steps to Peace

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  1. Be selective with how you spend your time. You may be trying to do too many things and end up doing none of them well. Hurrying is trying to do more than the Holy Spirit is leading you to do. Be led by the Spirit.
  2. Be prepared to say no nicely. Sometimes we take on things we know we shouldn’t, just because we’re uncomfortable saying no. If you feel this pressure, ask God to put your spirit at rest and give you loving words to speak that will take away the unnecessary awkwardness of saying no.
  3. Resist the spirit of procrastination. It’s the attitude that says I’m going to sit here and wait until I feel like doing what I need to do. But God’s Word tells us to exercise self-discipline. Do what you need to do now so you can fully enjoy your times of rest.
  4. Eliminate key distractions. If you know you are easily distracted, set some guidelines for yourself. Don’t let them keep you up late at night so you oversleep the next morning and end up setting yourself up for a hurried, stressful day.
  5. Set appropriate boundaries for interruptions. Life is full of interruptions, but we can learn to set boundaries that help us manage them in healthy ways. Schedule times when you are “off-limits.” Let your calls go to voicemail, turn off your email, and decide to get back to people after your “off-limits” time is over. Trust the Holy Spirit to tell you when there is a true emergency.
  6. Modify your life. Ask God to show you “out-of-the-box” ways to save time and trouble. For instance, when I don’t have time to do the dishes, I use paper plates. And if I’m having a birthday party for one of my kids and don’t have time to make a meal, we just have cake and ice cream.
  7. Listen for the Holy Spirit. If you can see that your plan is not producing peace, go back to God; pray for peace and for wisdom to make changes that will benefit your life.

If you can learn to trust God “in the now,” receive His grace as you need it, and you can become a truly peaceful person.

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The above is a partial re-blog from Joyce Meyer’s The Power of Peace. Click through to read the full article – there’s more and it is both inspirational and powerful!

Trust God, He’ll Lead You

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http://bible.us/116/PRO3.5.NLT
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

I read these two verses over and over again, and each time different words pop out at me:

Trust, lead, all, show, heart, seek, depend, path, understanding, Lord…

There are big paths and little paths in life and I need to make sure I’m choosing them each after praying (talking and listening) and letting go of my need to control… my pro/con lists, my reasoning.

An abundant life in Jesus awaits my obedience in properly ordering my decision making process. I know the Lord’s plans are better than mine! Now too apply that knowledge and make my decisions nested in His will.

You Can be Forgiven

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Acts 3:14-20

But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.

“And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus.”

These people cried out against Jesus, the Author of life, and they supported His crucifixion even to the point of releasing a murderer to make sure He died. Yet even they can repent, be baptized, and be forgiven.

Repent from your sins means to turn away from your sins and turn towards God. No matter what the sin is, you can be forgiven.

Interesting Bible Study

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I’m reading my Chronological plan in ESV, and my “real” Bible is NIV. This really isn’t a big deal, but I’ve grown to love the ESV translation. So, I decided it was time to buy an ESV Bible. I got a lovely purple ESV Bible with only one column and no red letters to distract – it is all God’s Word, after all.

It is odd to have a Bible without any notes and highlights in it! I decided to go through my old Bible page by page and transfer my notes over. This turned out to be an odd little Bible Study:

  • Why did I highlight that passage?
  • What does that note mean?
  • What is that reference that I wrote down?

It has been very, very interesting! I finished this little project yesterday. It took me all week!

I knew I had some Bibles from when I first became Christian hiding around somewhere. I decided to dig them out, and go through those as well. My first Bible is interesting – I highlighted the gist of the stories – not really significant scriptures for growth or understanding. I was just learning the story back then. Now, my notes take apart the stories, include original language notes, and life application notes. I never really realized my growth like that before – kind of cool.

My favorite notes to come across are the hearts, stars and letter P’s I drew in. I didn’t know I hearted so many verses! The stars I drew were verses that impacted me in some way. The P’s are promises of God. It is such a joy to find and re-read these verses.

My new Bible is already becoming a rich landscape of all my learning thus far, and there’s so much more in there!
I just love it.

Whether you get a new Bible or not, pull your trusty companion out sometime, and go through it page by page seeing again all that you marked, learned, and loved. You’ll be blessed by it.

How we are to know God’s Word

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I recently ran across this assembly of words from Psalm 119 that just struck me.

I have stored up your word in my heart, for I trust in your word. My heart stands in awe of your words. My tongue will sing of your word. –Psalm 119:11a, 42b, 161b, 172a

Treasure God’s word. Trust it. Be in awe of it. Sing it.

I could add: Read God’s Word. Study it. Memorize it. Dwell on it.