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Stacy Smith - Where do I go from here?

There are studies out there that show the holiday season is the most depressing for a lot of people. The misfortunate experience of losing loved ones and being away from family and friends can often be devastating for some people this time of year. In addition to that, the loss of love by breakup or divorce can be devastating as well. Holiday parties and family and friend gatherings can pose to be embarrassing and cause a certain level of shame. Who wants to show up at a gathering solo? Especially when it wasn’t always that way.

I’m here to let you know there is nothing to be ashamed of! The circumstances under which you are now single may be unfortunate and even traumatic, but the life you have now doesn’t have to be! Be whole and complete in your current state, until God blesses you with who He has for you! The holidays are for celebrating life and each other. The holidays can also be about celebrating YOU. So how does one do that? For starters, the Thanksgiving Christmas season is not only known for spreads of great food, tree trimming and singing holiday carols- it’s also known for SALES! We have from Black Friday until the beginning of the New Year to check out and take advantage of great sales. So with that said, if your purse says the same, start the celebration out with YOU. The money you would’ve normally spent on that significant other, use it to treat yourself. Check out the sales to see if there is a nice pair of boots you was eyeing for some time that may be on sale now. Go to an outlet and spend the day doing a little shopping. Now I am not saying go for broke and be broke. Be sensible in your spending, do not be an emotional shopper and let your emotions dictate what your bank account won’t be able to handle later on. Be wise with your spending but treat yourself- you deserve it!

Now when you are invited to that office holiday party or a friend or family get together, I would encourage you- do not decline! GO AND HAVE A GREAT TIME! You know those new pair of “I deserve these” shoes? Pair those shoes with a nice outfit, go to your favorite makeup counter and get your face done, treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure and go have a great time this holiday season! You don’t have to have a date to have a great time. I’m not saying having a date wouldn’t be nice, but you shouldn’t have to wait until you can reserve for 2 to start enjoying life. When you can go and enjoy things alone you’ll be that much more appreciative and ready to enjoy them with someone else- when that time comes. Until then don’t rush the process. As my Pastor said in one of his sermons recently, appreciate the process. You’ll be the better for it in the long run trust me- matter of fact, TRUST GOD… and again I say Cheers to health, wealth and wholeness!!!!

John D. Young - Plant Yourself into Good Health

Psalm 128 (KJV) Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. 2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. 5 The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.

What struck me about this passage is that when we are obedient to the will of God and walk in his ways we can fully expect to walk in His blessings. One of these blessings is to walk in full health and a sure way to bask in the glory of good health is to be mindful of the things that we present to our bodies. Now remember you are a living sanctuary set apart to do the work of God (sanctified) and as a temple to God you must set apart those things that are presented to God (consecration).

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV) 19 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

It is very important to not only seek the wisdom of God regarding your health but to place you mind into subjection of the knowledge you receive and to act wholeheartedly to follow that direction. Faith becomes powerless if it is in thought only and is void of action. You are reading this article because there is something missing and you were led here at a time like this because you are ready to make a change.

Studies have shown that a person’s diet can determine their health and lifespan. It is hard to argue with that and it is most certainly common sense if I was to ask you to eat card board to expect for you to do well physically and mentally. In the case of most of the processed foods that we choose to eat you would probably fair as well if you ate the box.

Why follow a Plant Based diet?
You cannot go wrong by eating what God has provided in its truest form. Our bodies were designed by the Creator with the ability to eat unprocessed or lightly processed (cooked) food. We have existed for tens of thousands of years as hunter-gathers, farmers and herdsman before the advent of industries that used our sense of taste and smell to make themselves fortunes to the millions of suffers from poor nutrition. You have malnourished people because they have a lack of food but in our culture we are living malnourished in a land of an overabundance. Yes we are truly blessed in America but we are not living as blessed children of God.

There is a clear collation between poor diet and Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Coronary blockage and constriction, Obesity, Hormone Imbalance, Allergies and Inflammation and Arthritis. Some studies have also shown the reversal and curing of nutrition poor related diseases. Also there are very promising studies regarding the prevention and curing of some cancers.

A Plant Based Diet is probably the most simple and most beneficial lifestyle in history. It only requires your putting more living material into your daily meals. This will start the process of removing the harmful processed foods and over consumption of animal products from your diet.

Vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes and whole grains with a lesser amount of meat have all the nutrition you need to support a healthy body. Preparing meals in your own kitchen insures the wholesomeness and quality of the food you are feeding yourself and family. You will be in control of one of the most important things you can ever on a daily basis.

This is YOU we are talking about and YOU matter very much to the kingdom of God. HE made you and as it is written in Psalms 139: I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knows right well.

Removing the toxic and nutrient poor foods will allow the body to do what it was meant to do which is to heal itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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