Saturday, November 26, 2011
In the course of this first week's study, the question of cultural influence and indoctrination was posed. She asked us what bothered us most...
The truth is -if you are walking & breathing, believer or not-- you have been indoctrinated.
As I was thinking about this, my focus kept coming back to the church (of which I am a part -least anyone think I am excluding myself from this sermon)...
What bothers me most is that the church has been unwittingly indoctrinated into the world's way of doing life, health and nutrition -in many respects there is no difference between us and the world...the divorce rate is the same, we are dying from the same diseases and we are literally eating from the same table! Some would argue that it is because we live in a fallen world that these similarities exist and while that may be a contributing factor, it is becoming more and more clear to me that our own choice (overt or covert) to embrace the patterns and behaviors of the world are at the center of our demise.
The majority of us (when I say us I'm referring to believers) have adopted the same hurried lifestyle, pace and values of the world... we pile our plates high with the same rich food, we satiate our lust for more, we burn the candle at both ends and we practice very little restraint. All the while, disabling the God-given system for naturally building and sustaining health within our bodies. Then, we plop down in the Doctor's chair and expect some chemist's potion to miraculously cure -in reality only mask - the damage that is a direct result of what we ourselves have either knowingly or unknowingly propagated against ourselves through poor lifestyle choices, neglect of pursuing and applying truth in health practices and nutritional compromises. We have effectively incapacitated ourselves on a whole host of levels and virtually rendered ourselves ineffective for the kingdom because we look no different than the world around us!
That's a pretty bleak summation if it stopped there...but there is hope! The bible says in Hosea that we are perishing for lack of knowledge. It also says, in the Book of James, that Father delights in giving us wisdom. His truth and operating in the fullness of his principles really does set us free! We just have to seek it and then practice it on a daily basis...
Studies show (I and my family are living testimonies) that adopting a lifestyle of true health and wellness -including a healthy nervous system, organic whole foods nutrition, detoxing, exercise and renewing your mind in the truth of God's Word all work in tandem to effectively reverse and in most cases obliterate the plague of conditions and diseases that are robbing us of the abundant, long life God promises in his Word and intends for each of us to experience! When we start putting sound nutrition into play and eliminate emotional, chemical and physical stressors from our body's systems then, this amazing machine - God's pristine design~the pinnacle of his creation- begins to operate in it's perfect order: restoring, regulating and healing itself! All it takes is a willingness to pursue truth, shift our paradigms to it and practice what we learn on a daily basis.
It worked for Daniel! He refused to "defile himself" (Daniel 1:8) and the favor of the Father rested on him all the days of his life even in the midst of great adversity:
"At the end of 10 days[of eating healthy, nutritious food] they looked better and healthier than all the young men who were eating the king's food."
In the 3 years of keeping covenant and pursuing health and not the world's way ...
" God gave....knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature and wisdom. Daniel also understood visions and dreams of every kind...In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them 10 times better than all the diviner-priests and mediums in his entire kingdom."
Daniel 1: 17 & 20
To do what Daniel did takes resolve and courage! You will in essence be a salmon swimming upsteam...you will risk offending and even those closest to you thinking you're crazy or weird (Jesus did, too) but, in the end the narrow way will lead to fullness of life and freedom!
You can do it!
Resolve to be a covenant keeper and set your face like flint to the task and beyond that to the One who has called you to the task...Father will empower and equip you with all you need to rise to the challenge!
To your health and that of the generations that will be forever changed because of your courage "not to defile" yourself... May Father reap His glory from your faithful obedience and may his kingdom come through hands and feet surrendered and submitted to his way! AMEN!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Father God gave the Israelites into the hands of the Babylonians- He sovereignly directed their captivity. It didn't catch him off guard or by surprise... it was by design! This captivity encompassed everyone -it wasn't selective - both faithful and unfaithful were bond and dragged away...
Think about it, for Daniel to take the bold stand he took in Verse 8 of Chapter 1, he had to have been grounded in an abiding faith and understood the very character of Father God toward him. That faith originated somewhere and I venture to say it was not birthed at the point of confrontation - emboldened maybe but, not birthed!
I believe his courageous action demonstrates a pure unwavering faith and confidence in Father God and HIS WAY...and the Word says that God granted him favor in that. One could surmise from that, that Father God was using captivity to test and prove Daniel's faith...
Judging by the extended favor and according to scripture, Daniel was passing the test and continued in that favor for the entirety of his life - although (and don't miss this) the Bible tells us in Verse 21 of Chapter 1 that he REMAINED there...he never left captivity and yet he maintained this faithful and favored status!
Father God led a faithful man into the dessert of captivity- surrounded him by his enemy - in fact he enslaved him to his enemy. He tested and grew his faith, and empowered him to make a bold stand. God granted him favor in the presence of that same enemy, increased his position, knowledge and spiritual understanding, as well as, his physical health. All the while, maintaining the captive status.
The question we are tempted to ask here is WHY?
Why would a loving God give his faithful ones into the hands of their enemies and allow them to be taken into captivity?
Why would he allow them to remain in that place?
I think the better question in this is...WHAT?
What was Father purposed in doing here?
What was the bigger picture goal?
In my view, the answer is fourfold:
1) He is a just and Holy God who can not let sin go unpunished and will not yield His glory to another!
Israel, as a whole, was prone to wander and needed some redirecting (captivity seemed to do the trick every time) In that, sin has far-reaching consequences and effects even the faithful.
2) This was a perfect opportunity to strengthen, grow and prove the faithful's faith...while demonstrating his absolute sovereignty over the situation (He is Lord even in captivity - there is no other).
3) In the places of deepest hardship, pain and wounding, he delights in being " I AM" -showering his favor and displaying his splendor... getting his glory from righteous lives - bringing blessing and light even to the darkest moments.
4) The bottom line, if captivity is the drawing force for his glory, fame and renown to be ushered in then, captivity is the place he will lead -not only to prove the character of those being led and transform them into the image of Jesus Christ but, to raise his standard that he might draw all men unto himself!
If I'm remembering correctly, the ultimate outcome for Daniel was the enemy captor declaring the sovereignty of the captive's God!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The Book of Daniel (its one of the prophetic books towards the back of the Old Testament)
Sunday, October 9, 2011
1 As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings. 2 But he responded, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”
the moon will give no light,
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
I believe a time is coming where we will be tested in these things and life as we know it may drastically change or not exist at all... I am not an alarmist by nature but, I am becoming more and more convinced of the truth of these statements and believe we need to be prepared and at the ready -not caught off guard!
1 Peter 3:14-16
2 Timothy 4:1-3
Let's Be Ready!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I have been reading a book entitled, "What the Bible Says about Healthy Living." by Rex Russell, MD...excellent read!
It, in concert with Jordan Rubin's "The Maker's Diet" and "Maximized Living Nutrition Plans", has revolutionized my health and nutrition world view and I am more convinced now than ever that if we are to obtain complete wellness and the fullness of the abundant life that the Father promises we have to own our health and choices and EDUCATE OURSELVES (the scripture says, in Hosea 4:6, that we perish for lack of knowledge). From that, we must take action to align our choices - in as much as we have the control- with what the Word says about health, wellness, and nutrition.
These I have mentioned are excellent resources to accomplish this task and they go a step beyond to help us implement the new way we are learning.
The call is to step up, step out and get moving!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
"If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the calm, relaxed pace which should be characteristic of the children of God." ~ Oswald Chambers
Have you ever noticed the real truth in this statement!
If my goals and motives-what's driving me - is "me" consumed, the anxiety level at which I operate is through the roof...a frazzled mess! A proverbial gun half cocked and any little goal blocked can set off a tornado of putridness (Anybody with me?!?!)
We were not created to be "me" centered but, others and God centered. So, when we concentrate solely or "soul-ly" on self, we completely miss our God-given purpose and the end product of that is chaos, complication and a frenzied panic in our minds, bodies and spirits (James 3:16)...not good!
Maybe this is why Paul admonishes us over and over to consider others better than ourselves, to carry each others burdens and to build each other up in what we do and say (Phil. 2:3-4; Eph. 4:29; Gal. 6:2; Heb. 13:16; 1 Ptr. 4:10).
When we do this, we begin to live in Father God's full purpose and potential and in that dwells the simple, calm, relaxed pace Oswald was talking about... and believe me, people recognize and appreciate the difference!
Not only that...when we align ourselves with God's purpose and intention for our lives, we become effective hands and feet for His Kingdom work on this planet and He runs with it! The end result is calmness of Spirit (Prov. 29:11) that sets us apart and makes us a magnetic force -people are drawn to us and want to know "What makes us so different?"
The perfect place -I think!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
1 I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.[b]
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, LORD;
your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.[c]
14 The LORD upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
18 The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.
I pray that His love for you is magnified in tangible ways that you cannot deny in the coming days and weeks. He is truly our Jehovah-Jireh!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
My journey into complete health and total wellness began just over 16 months ago. My husband was involved in an auto accident and came to a Chiropractic Clinic for pain. It was with great scepticism and little enthusiasm, I attended the first patient/spouse orientation night -we almost left! But by the end of that meeting, the Spirit said for such a time as this, pay attention -this is what you need to do! For months previous to this point and time, I had been diagnosed with colitis and was experiencing constant upper and lower back pain, as well as several abdominal pain episodes that the doctors had no explanation for. The pain in my lower back was so excruciating that I could not sit for longer than 30-40 minute intervals without having to stand up. Along with that, I was 5’2” and weighed almost 180 lbs. - I was not a healthy person! My family had come through the worst year of sickness ever...countless doctor visits and rounds of antibiotics -the standard way that most folks pursue relief from symptoms and what we would call “health care”- not realizing then that our veiled eyes were soon to be opened to the truth. That very night, my husband and I signed the remaining 4 of us up for initial evaluations for spinal health and our adventure into this new world of true health and healing began.
Very quickly, we knew we had made the right choice! We were all in and I began pursuing a new road...NUTRITION
I am a cajun girl -born and bred and if you know anything about the cajun culture -you know that it’s food is the center piece of it’s way of life and my family was no exception! Needless to say the thought of organic foods and alternative flours weren’t even on my radar and to be honest the thought terrified me!
Determined to be successful, I began diligently and persistently learning what healthy nutrition looked like and how amazing it could taste, too! I replaced all of the old tools in my proverbial toolbox with all the new healthful ones and begin to create - I love to cook as much as I love to eat so, I knew my families success depended on being able to turn out fabulous food that was yummy and good for us! With a strong dose of encouragement from my husband, children and new friends, I took the plunge and began creating amazing food - so much so, that I was constantly wowed and floored as to why this wasn’t the mainstream way of doing things...if folks just knew how delicious healthy food really is and that in reality we weren’t giving up anything we loved just making it in a healthful way and that in doing so we were reprogramming our bodies to function how God intended for them to function- fighting disease, sickness and producing health and wellness without sacrificing taste, flavor and satisfaction...
This thought consumed me and sparked a revolution! It has become my mission - to educate and train others in how to feed their families healthfully! If this cajun girl can do it -anyone can!
Today we are the healthiest we have ever been and it is only going to get better from here! Our bodies are being retrained to function how God intended them to function. Through chiropractic corrective and wellness care, healthy nutrition, eliminating toxins and exercise as well as the continual process of renewing our minds we have revolutionized our life and impacted our family tree for generations to come! Through this journey and as a result of these things working in concert with each other...I have personally lost over 50 lbs and no longer have any pain or colitis. I feel great! I have also seen an amazing difference in how our bodies respond to potential sickness - because we are freeing it to function how God intended it to-we are rarely sick and when we do experience symptoms our bodies fight, restore and recover much more quickly than ever before. This has truly changed our life dynamic forever and we are so thankful for it! We plan to be cruising at 89 and 100...
Look for recipes, tips and meal planning options to come in the near future...You can revolutionize your families way of life and health too!
Go to www.owltreenutrition.blogspot.com OR check out my "Links of Interest" to continue to follow my health and nutrition journey as well as find recipes and links to nutrition and other health information.
Health, Joy & Happy Eating!
Saturday, July 9, 2011
I have such fond memories of listening to my grandparents tell stories from their youth- recounting adventures and life lessons learned. These memories of quality time spent and the truths gleaned from them are some of my most treasured moments. The thought has prompted me to pause and reflect and consider...
The scripture charges us to spur one another on to good works (Hebrews 10:24) to encourage each other in our faith (1 Thessalonians 5:11)... to set up places of rememberance...
This account out of Joshua 4 underscores the importance Father God places on marking our journey with him, calling and recalling his faithfulness, goodness and absolute provision to our minds and setting his glory as president -worthy of being retold to the generations...
1 When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”
4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. 9 Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.
10 Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the LORD had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua. The people hurried over, 11 and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the LORD and the priests came to the other side while the people watched. 12 The men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over, ready for battle, in front of the Israelites, as Moses had directed them. 13 About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for war.
14 That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of his life, just as they had stood in awe of Moses.
15 Then the LORD said to Joshua, 16 “Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant law to come up out of the Jordan.”
17 So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.”
18 And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.
19 On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”
In the New Testament Peter sets that same bar to a new level...
1 Peter 2:5 says:
"you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
Our very lives become the testimony- a living rememberance of the Father to the generations. We paint the real time picture of who he is. Just as Jesus was the visible manifestation of the invisible God when he walked on this earth (Colossians 1:15), we as his children, are to be the same to this generation and our "stories" should be stood up as stones of rememberance for the generations to come for the glory of the Father and his kingdom.
The question is "What is your story telling?" and will it be set up as a reminder of all that the Father is for those who follow you?
Let it be YES and AMEN for His fame, glory and renown!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Father knows the plans he has for us (Jeremiah 29:11) and they are plans to prosper us...
[this prosper is not just what we americans would consider prospering- it is one of the spirit and righteousness as well as, but not limited to nor required to be- monetary or comfort]
...and not to harm us but, to give us a hope and a future...
[the hope is Jesus and that of the blessings of sonship that we are granted and bestowed as the Father's children and the future is one of his chosing -that will further his kingdom and bring glory and fame to his name].
He promises that he will supply ALL of our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19) and that...
He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deut. 31:8)
Doing more that we could ever ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20) -answering when we call (Jer. 33:3) -giving us wisdom and discernment to know what to do and when to do it! (Isa. 33:6; James 1:5)
He is Good and everything He does is good! (Psalm 119:68) Praise Him!!!
We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) and because of Jesus...
we are healed, whole and able stand firm -sheilded against the attacks of the enemy -no weapon formed against us will prosper! (Isa. 54:17)
We stand firm then and see the deliverance of the Lord! (2 Chr. 20:17)
Speaking his truth over our families knowing that he has great things ahead and we are called to walk obediently with his truth in our hearts and his words and praises on our lips! Go and make disciples! Be the doorkeepers into His presence... radiate His joy even in the hard place - its most likely where the real treasures are found!
AMEN, Father -as you wish!
1 Corinthians 2:13, Psalm 31:19
Blessings of peace, rest and face-like-flint faith as you march forth in His power to accomplish and move in his purpose with the power and authority given to those who truly believe through His Spirit by the resurrection blood of the LAMB!
Rise up, Church, In Jesus Name!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple."