Tag: healthy

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.19.2020

High fructose corn syrup was introduced in 1970 as a solution to the rising costs of sugar cane. While reducing the production costs of soda (and many other products), it wreaked havoc on the waistlines of Americans. Obesity grew expotentially in the years following, making it the second leading preventable cause of death in America. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.07.2020

I grew up on a farm bordering a river. Eighty acres of the property is a conifer woods along the river. The bank of the river is a great place to watch the sunset. One evening, a friend and I decided to go to the river and do just that. During the blue hour following …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.29.2020

You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Luke 6:36 Recently I explored the truth that as children of God, we are all being transformed into the likeness of Jesus. Our heavenly Father wants us to think, act, respond like Jesus. Compassion is one more way we should look like Jesus. Jesus spoke …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.23.2020

The greatest enemy of my personal success is self-talk. That’s what I say to myself that no one else hears but everyone can see because it impacts how I live. I read isolated phrases from scripture, like Philippians 2:3: …thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 and use it to justify putting myself …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.22.2020

Learning to care for myself has been a difficult task. I want to avoid self-centered habits. After all, the universe does not revolve around my belly button, no matter how much I might believe the opposite. It seems there is a fine line between boundaries and self-care and self-obsessed living. How do I make the …

Out of the Chaos 03.24.2020

After this, the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat. Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea. They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” (This was another name for En-gedi.) Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news … 2 Chronicles 20:1-3 The most beautiful …

Daily Reads 02.24.2020

Driving through town at dusk to meet friends for dinner, Mom asked if I had my headlights on. Accustomed to lights that come on automatically, I realized I hadn’t even given it a thought. Looking around, I noticed that most cars were brightened with headlights. It was not dark yet, but the sunlight had diminished …

Daily Reads 02.21.2020

Read: Psalm 39 “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a …

Daily Reads 02.20.2020

Yet Jerusalem says, “The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.” Isaiah 49:14 There are times I feel forgotten. Forgotten by those who should remember. Forgotten on days that are special or outstanding. Forgotten by the ones I love and I believe love me. The cloak of invisibility hangs over me as life hurries and pushes …

Daily Reads 02.19.2020

I replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose.” Isaiah 49:4 It is easy to lose hope when our work seems meaningless. It is built into our DNA to make a difference. We want our days filled with purpose and our lives to mean something …