“Beloved I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” 3 John 2
We had a wonderful class last night with a full room! I am so thankful after meeting at our house the past couple of Monday nights, that you saw fit to come back! Thank you for encouraging my heart!
Below are the notes from Ch. 5 and 6 that we covered last night…along with some very encouraging words of TRUTH that have spoken to my heart in recent days. They are words to encourage you and me in the LORD, they are WORDS of LIFE, to those of us who are in CHRIST, and to those who don’t know HIM yet to find HIM as your LORD and SAVIOUR. HE loves you so much, and gave HIS SON that you and I might be forgiven for our sins and spend eternity with HIM in heaven. “For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in HIM shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Our dear pastor at First Baptist Athens has begun a sermon series on true revival. These have been powerful and convicting sermons the past two Sundays that revival must begin with prayer and it must begin with me. I hope you can take time to listen to his message on Revival. http://www.fbcathens.org/
Last night as i got ready for bed, i listened to this sermon and it just spoke to my heart so much…”JESUS is Coming Back, Are You Ready?” http://www.prestonwood.org/plano- By the time you read this, yesterday’s sermon will probably be up…I’m sure it’s great too, but the sermon that i listened to by Pastor Jack Graham at Prestonwood Baptist in Plano, Tx is last Sunday, Nov. 4…”JESUS is Coming, Are You Ready?”
http://mitzi-hisgraceissufficient.blogspot.com/- A sweet encounter with the presence of JESUS after the elections last Wednesday…hope you can take time to read parts of it and be encouraged that JESUS is ALIVE, HE SAVES, HE DRYS EVERY TEAR that FALLS, and HE’s COMING BACK for YOU…for all who have repented of their sins and trusted in the LORD JESUS as their SAVIOR. He has chosen us and left us here to go and tell the world that HE is alive and HE died for their sins, like HE did mine and yours….”Go and tell.”
From Dr. Sherry Rogers November 2012 “Total Wellness” Newsletter (www.prestigepublishing.com) :
As difficult as it may seem, “in all things give thanks” (I Thess. 5:18). I often have to remind myself that “all things work together for the good to them that love GOD, to them who are called according to HIS purpose” Romans 8:28. … “it is GOD which worketh in you” Phil. 2:13. According as HE hath chosen us in HIM before the foundation of the world.” Ephesians 1:4. The evidence that there is a purpose for you? Just look at the explicit prophecies that came true 500 years later (Isaiah). As for myself, I would never have guessed when I struggled with over 20 “incurable” diseases that being forced to cure them would ever become a huge blessing and part of a bigger plan. And remember, gratitude is part of healing.”
Below are encouraging words from the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles H. Spurgeon from Morning and Evening:
Evening, November 11
“He shall choose our inheritance for us.”
Believer, if your inheritance be a lowly one you should be satisfied with your earthly portion; for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected for you the safest and best condition. A ship of large tonnage is to be brought up the river; now, in one part of the stream there is a sandbank; should some one ask, “Why does the captain steer through the deep part of the channel and deviate so much from a straight line?” His answer would be, “Because I should not get my vessel into harbour at all if I did not keep to the deep channel.” So, it may be, you would run aground and suffer shipwreck, if your divine Captain did not steer you into the depths of affliction where waves of trouble follow each other in quick succession. Some plants die if they have too much sunshine. It may be that you are planted where you get but little, you are put there by the loving Husbandman, because only in that situation will you bring forth fruit unto perfection. Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there. You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances, and if you had the choosing of your lot, you would soon cry, “Lord, choose my inheritance for me, for by my self-will I am pierced through with many sorrows.” Be content with such things as you have, since the Lord has ordered all things for your good. Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for your shoulder, and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good word and work to the glory of God. Down busy self, and proud impatience, it is not for you to choose, but for the Lord of Love!
“Trials must and will befall—
But with humble faith to see
Love inscribed upon them all;
This is happiness to me.”
Streams In the Desert for Nov.7
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.” (Phil. 3:7.)
When they buried the blind preacher, George Matheson, they lined his grave with red roses in memory of his love-life of sacrifice. And it was this man, so beautifully and significantly honored, who wrote,
“O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee, I give Thee back the life I owe, That in thine ocean depths its flow May richer, fuller be.
“O Light that followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to Thee, My heart restores its borrowed ray, That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day May brighter, fairer be.
“O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to Thee, I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not vain, That morn shall tearless be.
“O Cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from Thee, I lay in dust life’s glory dead, And from the ground there blossoms red, Live that shall endless be.”
There is a legend of an artist who had found the secret of a wonderful red which no other artist could imitate. The secret of his color died with him. But after his death an old wound was discovered over his heart. This revealed the source of the matchless hue in his pictures. The legend teaches that no great achievement can be made, no lofty attainment reached, nothing of much value to the world done, save at the cost of heart’s blood.
Streams In the Desert for Nov. 10
“Under hopeless circumstances he hopefully believed.” (Rom. 4:18.) (Weymouth.)
Abraham’s faith seemed to be in a thorough correspondence with the power and constant faithfulness of Jehovah. In the outward circumstances in which he was placed, he had not the greatest cause to expect the fulfillment of the promise. Yet he believed the Word of the Lord, and looked forward to the time when his seed should be as the stars of heaven for multitude.
O my soul, thou hast not one single promise only, like Abraham, but a thousand promises, and many patterns of faithful believers before thee: it behooves thee, therefore, to rely with confidence upon the Word of God. And though He delayeth His help, and the evil seemeth to grow worse and worse, be not weak, but rather strong, and rejoice, since the most glorious promises of God are generally fulfilled in such a wondrous manner that He steps forth to save us at a time when there is the least appearance of it.
He commonly brings His help in our greatest extremity, that His finger may plainly appear in our deliverance. And this method He chooses that we may not trust upon anything that we see or feel, as we are always apt to do, but only upon His bare Word, which we may depend upon in every state. — C. H. Von Bogatzky.
Remember it is the very time for faith to work when sight ceases. The greater the difficulties, the easier for faith; as long as there remain certain natural prospects, faith does not get on even as easily as where natural prospects fail. — George Mueller.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV)
UltraMetabolism: Ch. 5 The Sumo Wrestlerer Myth: Skipping Meals Helps You Lose Weight
Becoming a Sumo Wrestler
Our example in the book was of a musician who stayed up late, playing music. He would wake about noon, full from a late meal the night before. By the time he ate he was really hungry, so he ate large quantities. The foods were generally healthy, so he didn’t think there was a problem. After he ate, he went to bed. During the day he didn’t eat much, just a snack here and there. By the time he was 49, he had put on 30 pds, he triglycerides skyrocketed, and his good cholesterol plummetted. He liked to ride his bicycle…he was fit, but he was fat.
Dr. Hyman made some changes like getting him to eat breakfast and eating before he played. Not eating three hours before bed allowed him to lose the extra 30 pds without even trying. It also normalized his cholesterol results, and stopped all his sugar cravings. He found out that when you eat is just as important as what you eat!
How Do You Make a Sumo Wrestler?
Most sumo wrestler start out as small boys, Dr. Hyman says. It’s their lifestyle and the way they eat that makes them into the mammoth men they are. Sumo wrestlers wake early, usually about 5:00 a.m., skip breakfast, and do 5 hours of strenuous exercise. Then they bathe and eat their main meal of the day, a protein rich stew, called chanko-nabe. It’s a healthy soup made of seaweed, cabbage, leeks, shiitake mushrooms, and some other protein rich foods. They eat this with rice and top it off with beers or sake. (Not recommending this for our group:). After this huge meal they spend the
next several hours napping. Then they wake, eat dinner and back to bed again. The next day they do they do the same thing and this goes on every day for years on end. This regimen leads to tremendous weight gain.
What Can We Learn from the Wrestlers to Avoid Extraordinary Amounts of Weight? Sumo wrestlers never eat breakfast-they skip breakfast and train, meaning by the time they eat they are starving so they overeat.
To optimize our health and weight loss:
- we need to eat breakfast,
- spread our food intake evenly throughout the day,
- and not eat for at least two hours before going to bed. A recent study showed that almost 3,000 people who lost and average of 70 pds and kept it off for six years ate breakfast regularly. Only 4 percent of people who never ate breakfast kept the weight off.
Chapter 6 The French Paradox Myth: The French Are Thin Because They Drink Wine and Eat Butter
Ex.in our book the young man had ballooned to over 300 pds. Dr. Hyman asked if he had ever tried to lose weight…he said once when he lived in France, he lived with a student chef who went to market and cooked delicious meals of fresh, real food every day. They drank wine, slowly enjoyed the course their meals each day, and he walked everywhere because he loved seeing France. He wasn’t on a “diet,” but lost 35 pds.
The real story is the French eat REAL food, they eat LESS food, they eat food more SLOWLY than Americans do, and they WALK more than we do.
What kind of REAL food does the French eat? Fresh, full of nutrients, and minimally processed…a whole foods diet. Traditionally nut, the French shopped daily in the local market for fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, meas, and dairy products. They ate food grown by local farmers in soil that was naturally rich by nutrient rich, not enriched by man-made products and chemically fertilized, and not imported by truck, boat, or plane across thousands of miles. Historically, the French didn’t eat snack foods, junk foods or fast foods. They ate healthy monounsaturated oils from olive oil and nuts and omega-3 fats from fish, as well as smaller amounts of saturated oils from cheese. They still eat many more vegetables than the average American, and these are rich in phtyonutrients. They eat more beans and fresh fruit than we do…and they don’t eat many foods that require labels.
Dr. Hyman shared his grandmother’s nutritional advice: “Buy fresh, eat fresh.” Our grandparents…well maybe great grandparents ate organic…my great granddaddy put arsenic on his potatoes to kill bugs…a heavy metal that causes numerous health issues. My aunt died with complications from lupus, and my Mom has struggled with her health since before i was born.
Eat Less Food– We all know the portion sizes at restaurants are huge. The super size drinks are way too much. The French are accustomed to smaller portions. They don’t deprive themselves, but they stay away from gargantuan portion sizes Americans have become accustomed to. Use common sense, and cut down on the portion sizes….
Eating Slowly Speeds up your Metabolism:
One of the first things Dr. Soto shared with me when i told him i was having trouble losing weight…take my time eating meals and don’t even read! Take time to eat with our family members, and visit together over meals. When our kids were growing up we really tried to do this as much as possible. Telling stories, reading books together after meal time, catching up on the day. Share Vision Forum www.visionforum.com for ideas, they have great books for families to read together. Read the Bible together, sing hymns, pray…make mealtime the most special time of the day together as a family!
We need to be in a relaxed state for our nervous system of our digestive system to work properly. Eating while we are stressed out makes us fat: 1) because we don’t digest our food properly and because stress hormones slow metabolism and promote fat storage, especially belly fat. We also tend to overeat when we eat quickly because it takes the stomach twenty minutes to signal the brain that we are full.
Walking: After You Eat, Walking To the Store….try the walking track along the creek if you haven’t…it is beautiful like being in Gatlinburg! Exercise more, burn off the calories you consume by parking further away and walking.
We simply need to eat real food, eat smaller portions; eat more slowly; eat with pleasure; and walk after dinner. You will feel more satisfied, less hungry, and better nourished, and you will lose weight and improve your metabolism…how simple is that?
- The French are thinner and healthier because they eat whole real food, not commercially proccessed foods contain trans or hydrogenated fats and high fructose corn syrup http://www.mercola.com/Downloads/bonus/danger-of-corn-syrup/report.aspx
- Eating food quickly or while you are stressed out can make you fat, especially in your belly area.
- Try some of the strategies the French use: eat real food, eat less food, and eat more slowly to give your metabolism a helping hand.
- Create pleasure around mealtimes and spend more time savoring food with family and friends. Pleasurable meals actually speed up your metabolism.
- Go out and take a stroll or walk to your grocery store. If you can’t do this, find little ways to increase your activity: take the stairs, not the elevator or escalator; park as far from where you are going as possible; give up your remote control; take a walk after dinner.