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The Four Word Diet Guaranteed to Help You Loose Weight!

“Thou will find Your servant Abraham, travailing through the mountainous range, running for his length of days and soundness of heart…”

Father Abraham, Body Builder ???

How come we never read about Father Abraham going out for a jog, weight lifting, or ab crunching? “Thou will find Your servant Abraham, travailing through the mountainous range, running for his length of days and soundness of heart.”

Yeah… that scripture isn’t in the Bible. What you will find however in regards to exercise are people walking, eating, talking and entertaining outside. We know from the Bible that Adam and Eve ate solely fruits, nuts and vegetables (no meat), while they were in the garden. We also know that the Jewish Nation has strict eating regimens. It seems funny to me how now that we are in the “Dispensation of Grace”- we seem to think we can eat whatever we want!

Hot dogs, marshmallows, gelatin, pig products, fried, baked, diced, minced, whole,  goat, cow, chicken, partially hydrogenated oils, yellow #5,6,8… the list is endless! So much to eat, so many  choices! Add to all our food possibles the long commute ridding to work and our desk jobs and you have a recipe for disaster!

Did you know that a 188 pound, six-foot tall 33 year old man burns 183 calories per hour riding a horse?! Back in the Biblical days; the food was fresh, your “commute” caused you to burn calories, and you were outside 75% of the day working. It is no wonder we don’t ever read about Father Abraham doing 3 sets of 12 ab crunches!

“Do I “Need” this?”

The Four Words That Will GUARANTEE Weight Loss

If you are anything like me, you are an article skimmer, so I will get right down to the point. The four words that will guarantee you weight loss are… Do I NEED this?” I hope, for your health’s sake you will keep reading, and find out how these simple words will encourage weight loss and maintenance.

If you have lived any length of time, you have come to the point in your life in your finances in which you ask yourself, “Do I NEED this 46” LED TV, or do I “want” this?”

Everyday, we go back and forth between our needs and wants. “Do you need to pick up Johnny from school today, or do you want to?” My question to you is, if we are this choosy about how we spend our time, and how we spend our money, why aren’t we this choosy about what we eat? If you start approaching the food you are eating like paying bills, buying stuff, or your to-do list… you are going to begin shedding weight GUARANTEED!

The Food Color Pyramid

Orange = Grains, Green = Veggies, Red = Fruit, Yellow = Fats, Blue = Dairy, Purple = Meat & Beans

So What do we “NEED”?

  • (6-11 Suggested Servings) WHOLE GRAINS; Such as oatmeal, wheat bread, brown rice, whole grain pastas. Not all carb’s are bad, carb’s give you energy, choose to eat whole grains in your cereals, sandwiches, or dinner plates.

  • (3-5) VEGETABLES: The darker your veggie the better for you. Veggies give you vitamins and aid in fiber intake keeping you fuller longer, and helping digestion. Choose veggies such as; broccoli, peas, carrots, tomatoes, green beans, dry beans, and many others. A veggie suggestion for breakfast could be via eggs and spinach or even brown rice and beans (yes, even for  breakfast- cooked the night before).

  • (2-4) FRUITS: The same as veggies, the darker the fruit, the better it is for you. Think of berries, and apples, peaches, oranges, etc. Banana’s are a great source of potassium. Fruit is naturally low in calories and fat, and is a great dessert substitute.

  • (2-3) DAIRY: Caanan was described as a land “flowing with milk and honey”. Milk is an essential element in all human beings lives. We are nursed by our mother’s milk, and as toddlers our doctors have us drink up to 16 oz a day. Milk is needed for calcium, and good bone health. Fat-free and low fat dairy has all the calcium, minus nearly all the unnecessary fat. When eating dairy think; milk, yogurt (preferably Greek), cheese. Lactose free and soy milk are viable options.

  • (2-3) PROTEINS: Your organs, muscles, and immune system is mostly made of protein. Choose lean meats that consist mostly of protein such as fish and nuts. Meats, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts are all examples of proteins.

  • FATS/OILS: Oils aren’t all bad for you, and needed to help in your cooking. There are different categories of fat, saturated, unsaturated, and trans fats. Unsaturated fats are the most healthy for you, olive oil, peanut oil, and canola oil are considered the best for you.

The $4.95 Starbucks Cheese plate. Less than a Jack-in-the-Box breakfast meal, and healthier too. Easy to make at home.

How Eating Out Can Be Good For Your Health

When you think about the freshness of your food, is there anything “fresher” than food made today? Yesterday for example, I was running morning errands and hungry for breakfast. I pulled into a local french bakery and ordered a slice of quiche. This particular bakery is an organic bakery, all of their vegetables are homegrown and the eggs are from local farms. The slice was large enough to fill me up, and cost $6. This quiche is an example of eating “fresh food on the go”. Granted, I had to get out of my car and go get it, but it was 100% fresh (baked in the morning) and there was no wasted left-overs.

Could I have saved money by getting all the ingredients and waking up at 4 in the morning to cook? In the long run, yes. However, I would have been left with a whole quiche that would have not gotten eaten, and it would loose it’s freshness the longer it sat. When you “eat out right”, it is possible that you can eat healthier and cheaper (by mitigating wasted left-over food). Remember: fat doesn’t make you fat, processed food and “bad” for you carbohydrates do.

I understand that not everyone has an organic french bakery in their backyard, but there are healthy fast food alternatives on the go. When you choose to think out-of-the box. Just ask yourself, “Do I need to eat this, or do I want to?” Having 0 protein all day, then going out to dinner and eating chilli-cheese fries, is not a viable source of protein. For example: I have gone to Carls Jr. (US fast food), and ordered a steak burger with no bun and a spinach salad. I take the time to break up the meat, and mix it (plus the extra lettuce and tomato) on my spinach salad, with a light vinaigrette. Due to low iron, I need to eat quite a bit of protein for my energy levels to be maintained.

Companies like McDonald’s serve salads (all day long, you can get it them breakfast), and they now serve oatmeal too. For breakfast:

  • YOU DO NOT NEED: tatter tots, donuts, hash browns, english muffins, pancakes, syrups, etc.
  • YOU DO NEED: some combination of dairy, egg, egg whites, fruits, vegetables, or whole grains.


My favorite “on-the-go” breakfast is actually found at Starbucks. They sell a cheese platter that is awesome! Three cheeses, cranberries, almonds, and sesame crackers. While you are getting your coffee, ignore the donut you might want and get the protein YOU NEED. This platter is $4.95 in California, and will keep you going most of the morning and into lunch. If one isn’t enough, pair it with a fruit and nut food bar. (Those are around $1.00)

Take time to listen to your body

Do I “NEED” This?

From today forward, if loosing weight has seemed impossible, take heart and ask yourself these four words. Do I NEED This? Whether you are at a restaurant or at a the grocery store, when thinking about what to eat, ask yourself; What do I “need” to eat? Have I eaten ANY protein, ANY fruit, vegetable, dairy, or grains today?

To be completely honest, I have had days where my entire daily eating has consisted of; donuts for breakfast, cheeseburger, fries and soda for lunch, and pizza for dinner. Those are the days that I forget to ask, what does my body “need”. Those are the days that I have surrendered to my wants. “I want to eat fast, cheap, and hot. I want something sweet and I want something greasy.” ADD THE POUNDS!!

The Bible says that your body is a temple. It is in this new covenant with Christ, that your body is the house in which the Lord resides. Christ lives in you now, and in you He is housed. When we ask ourself what our “temple” needs, we are taking time to listen to our body, think about what we have eaten so far and we begin to treat our bodies as our most valuable asset. As you think about your bank account in terms of needs vs wants, I challenge you today, to think of your food in the exact same way!

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own” 1 Cor. 6:19

God Bless you friends!

Love Always,

Jessica

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Who Needs a Spouse, When You Got Jesus?

“I was savin’ this money for a divorce, if I ever got a husband!” – Annie, It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Every year in America, around this time of year the television networks begin to show Frank Capras movie It’s a Wonderful Life. It is an excellent movie about a man who is angry and bitter about his life and looses a considerable amount of other peoples money. In his desperation, realizing that with his insurance money from his death would pay all his bills, he threatens to commit suicide. The Lord in His Divine power sends the man an angel in his darkest hour, and the angel shows the desperate man what life would have been like if he were never born.

Recognizing the error of his ways, he ends up repenting and realizing that he really did have a wonderful life after all. At the end of the movie all of his friends come together to bring him more than enough money than he needed. One of the most memorable lines in the movie is from the man’s housekeeper, who in her best accent says; “I was savin’ this money up for a divorce, if-in ever I got a husband.”

Jesus, More Spouse than You Will Ever Need

Today, more than ever, I felt that I should encourage you that Jesus is all the spouse you will ever need. It is very telling about societies view on marriage when an actress in a movie filmed more than 50 years ago is given a line that portrays marriage as costing money and always ends in divorce. While we as an audience laugh about her line, the tell tale truth is that most people believe that all marriage ends in divorce, so why bother?

Did you know that you have the ability to decide whether or not your marriage lasts? That there is one sure-fire way to secure yourself a lasting marriage? Marry Jesus first!

Marrying Jesus

What does “Marrying Jesus” mean? “Marrying” Jesus is a term I quote regularly to describe to people their commitment level to Christ. Both men and women can “Marry Christ” and should.

The question being, “How are you ever expected to understand how to be married and committed to someone on this earth (husband, wife, kids, job)… if you can’t first commit to following Christ?” When times get tough, where are you going to derive your source to solve your problems, your mom? Your dad? What happens when they die? Commitment can only be understood, by first getting “committed”.


Cortés burned the ships to prevent further mutiny, we too must burn our ships

Cortés Burned (Scuttled) His Ships

When it is said that we must “burn our ships” it is in reference to moments in History when Conquistadors would scuttle their ships upon settling new lands. When a Conquistador like Cortés would embark on a new land, they would order their ships burned completely in order to evade mutiny from the crew. This ensured a crews complete commitment to conquer OR fail.

In order for us to build anything in life to success and completion, we must become completely committed to Christ. Scripture says that we (as people) can only love each other, because God the Father first loved us. In the same respect, we can only become committed in relationships and life, by first becoming committed. We too must “burn our ships”.

Don’t Take My Word on it, Listen to the Man Himself

So Jesus added, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man [on the cross], you will realize (know, understand) that I am He [for Whom you look] and that I do nothing of Myself (of My own accord or on My own authority), but I say [exactly] what My Father has taught Me. And He Who sent Me is ever with Me; My Father has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.”

So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, “If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” John 8:28-32 AMP Version

You will be completely set free as you “abide” and commit to the Lord and His teachings. You will learn by reading your Bible: how to be a great spouse, how to be a great son, how to be a great daughter. You will learn: how to prosper, how to love, how to embrace failure and success. You will learn the source and answer to ALL of life’s mysteries!


“It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Matt 13:11

“All We Need is Jesus”

When a Christian says, “You need Jesus!” what they are really saying is, “The answer to all of your problems is found in the Word of God. Christ Himself IS the Word of God, as you learn about Him and commit your life to following Him and receive Him as your Lord and Savior HE WILL COME AND LIFE WITH YOU IN YOUR HEART AND ALL OF YOUR “PROBLEMS” WILL BECOME HIS PROBLEMS AND GO AWAY FROM YOU. When you ask Christ into your heart He and His Holy Spirit will come to you. As you ask,  you are asking and committing to THE SOURCE of all POWER and DELIVERANCE. He will meet you and SHOW YOU things to come. YOU NEED JESUS!”

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13

God Bless you friends today as you walk in all spiritual blessings and unmerited favor!

24 All are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

25 Whom God put forward [before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat and propitiation by His blood [the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received] through faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over and ignored former sins without punishment.

26 It was to demonstrate and prove at the present time (in the now season) that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus. Romans 3:24-26

Love Always,
Your friend,

Jessica

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22-Day Challenge Sneak Peek… Day 3: Service

Last week we as a ministry sent out our first “IV” box to Kenya, Africa. (You can read about the adventure here) In the box, we included a Manual for Success! Which, in addition to setting up daily routines for successful living (such as reading 15 minutes a day, and listening to an audio CD a day) included in the box a 56 page manual. Within this manual is the 22-Day Challenge, which is set up in order for the reader to begin to focus daily on one attribute of a wholehearted individual as outline in Proverbs 31. Today, I would like to “sneak peek” the 22-Day Challenge with you, before it is available in stores!

Today’s principle focus is on Service

Today’s Positive Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By:

“I enjoy serving and giving to others.”

Scripture References:

She brings him good, not harm all the days of her life. -Proverbs 31:12

Proverbs 31:12 Interpretation: Those who are wise will bring each other good, not harm all the days of their lives.

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. —Luke 6:38


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Circle where you see yourself in the area of service. How servant-hearted do you feel you are??




Our third day of this 22-Day Challenge is a day devoted to servitude, a day of eagerly anticipating serving your fellow human being, especially your spouse! Someone who is focused on serving will look for ways to bless their household. They go out of their way to schedule car maintenance, household chores, outings with the children and other organizational gatherings. Those who have servant hearts use their spare time to invest in enriching the lives of others.

Portrait of the Servant-Hearted Single:



The servant-hearted single has perhaps the best opportunity for ministry available to all of mankind. This man or woman can freely come and go, worship openly and unabated and can devote to God all of their attention. The Apostle Paul wrote,

Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 1 Cor. 7 NIV

The servant-hearted single can come and go as they please, and can listen to God with open ears. They can hear His direction and immediately act on it, without having to ask someone else’s opinion or permissions. A servant-hearted single can be diligently submitted to God and His will for their lives as long as they take the time and discipline required to be still and know that He is God. (Psalm 46:10) Listen, pray and obey.

Portrait of the Servant-Hearted Wife:



Both servant-hearted wives and servant-hearted husbands must listen and obey God. However, as they are married, they are in a different position than singles. Married individuals have a partner to communicate with and confer with. When this is done right, and by the Spirit the two in agreement can do anything!

Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. Matt. 18:19

The servant-hearted wife will communicate with her husband regularly, asking him if there is anything that he would like her to do for him. As a wife, I call my husband every morning, to ask him if there is anything I can do for him that day. Whether you are a working wife or not this kind of morning-by-morning communication and outward expression of respect does wonders for the relationship. Realize that if you serve your husband long enough, in no time you will begin to reap a personal harvest of joy.  Remember to dig deep in your knowledge of the Word, and time you spend with God in order to have the continual energy that you are going to need to keep up the good work.

The servant-hearted wife’s goal in her life should be to be the very best wife and mother as possible. She knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that replacing her would be impossible, and she strives to maintain poise and dignity all the days that she is married.  Scripture says, “all the days of her life.”

The serving wife cares to speak highly of her husband, both to the world and to her children. She is compassionate when she hears other wives speaking negatively about their husbands. She constantly speaks encouraging words to her husband and to others, she can be found praying for the wives she knows in compassion that someday they too might be able to feel as loved as she does.

Talk to your husband today and ask him if you can do anything for him. If there are things around the house that you know he would like to have done, try and get them done before he gets home.

Portrait of the Servant-Hearted Husband:



The servant-hearted husband will offer to watch the children for his wife, will find himself engaging in conversation, cook when needed, and even changes the occasional diaper. Men don’t have to do much to show their wives that they care. Women can be easily pleased by being made dinner for, or by being taken out. Women appreciate their dishes being done for them, and the ability to get a good night of sleep.

The servant-hearted husband casts a vision over the family of where they are going, and explains to his family just what it is going to take to get them there. This serving husband will care to share details and his motivation with ‘the team’ in order that the group will be able to have what it takes for them to get through the toughest times. The servant husband strives to never get angry, bitter, or cross because he understands that his wife will submit to him as easily as he submits to Christ.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. Eph. 5

Husbands, is there anything that your wife is in need of right now, that a little money or time could make happen for her? Can you remember anything she might have mentioned in particular? Serve her and watch what happens. In doing so, you might find rekindle that feeling of deep love for her that you thought was all but gone!


Everyone has a need and a dream, find your spouses and begin to support it, wholeheartedly.




Are there any life long dreams that you know of that you can look into for your spouse? Dreams are very important, as important as needs. Without dreaming for the moon, how would we ever reach the stars? Research is free, and often you can get a hold of brochures or videos on the things they have always wanted to accomplish. Encourage dreams!

A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of understanding draws it out. Proverbs 20:5

KNOW YOUR SPOUSES DREAMS

Knowing what your dreams are, and being able to draw them out of each other, takes an understanding husband and wife team. Set some time aside today to really meditate on how you can bless each other and draw out your deepest dreams and desires for life. What is that unaccomplished goal? Where is that place that you have always wanted to see? Spend time together tonight before bed dreaming about the future.

Everyone has a need and a dream, today is a day to find your spouses and begin to fill it. I personally have done hours of research on golf, airplanes, boats, vacations, and the costs of flights all around the world! These dreams are wrapped in material packages, but both my husband and I know that these dreams will never become fulfilled without first seeking God and His Kingdom. (Matt. 6:33)

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4


A Real Life Example of Service in Action:

The Working Man and His Daughter

It is said that, “ Where there is a will there is always a way”.  It is in our experience that men and women who give their best, will always be able to provide the best.

We once heard a testimony of a father who worked hard as a gardener. He did very well at his job, but was not paid very much. His daughter took an interest as a girl in playing the piano. She loved playing the piano very much. When this girls father came to understand that she was gifted, he immediately got her involved in the best piano teaching school that was available. When she asked him if he was sure that they could afford the lessons, his simple reply was “Yes, I’m a working man.”

His daughter went on to win many musical awards including  “most talented piano player in her grade in the Los Angeles Public School System.”

Today’s Key Take Away:

  • Let us remember today that everyone has a dream knowing your friends/family/loved ones dream is an important factor in serving someone else. As you begin to focus on serving others and encouraging them in their dreams, you will be doing your part to bring them good, all the days of your life.

At the end of your day, take the time to answer these questions:

What are some of your dreams and the dreams of others that you have discovered today? How did focusing on service make a difference in your life today?

Today’s Suggested Reading:

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (This book is included in the I.V. Box)

This excellent book will give to you key insight about your spouse and their individual ways that they communicate love. According to his understanding of anthropology and men and women, each person has a certain love language complete with internal  ‘love tanks’, Dr. Chapman encourages us all to work at filling our spouses love tanks, and suggests that most problems in marriage stem from emptied love tanks. It is in his professional experience, that just like a gasoline engine will not run when it is empty, a relationship will not have the opportunity to operate successfully when married individuals are not sending each other the right love message. This book will forever change your marriage by showing you your spouse desires to speak love to you.

The Five Love Languages are:

1.     Physical Touch

2.     Words of Affirmation

3.     Gifts

4.     Acts of Service

5.     Quality Time

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There is No Need to Justify “Being Rich”, We ARE Rich

There is SO much freedom found in the Bible, we shouldn’t HAVE to “spice it up” to “make” it say anything other than what it was INTENDED to say!

The Bible isn’t a Buffet.. it’s a BOOK

I find people quit funny.

Yes, rather than get mad or angry with others, my tendency is to laugh. I especially find people who read the Bible and choose to “buffet style” read it the funniest of all. “Buffet style” Bible readers treat the scriptures independently and only read the parts that they want to hear or learn. (I have been found guilty of this, I am sure)

However, when we take the Bible and dice it up and fillet it, in order to “make” it say something it doesn’t… we begin to have a serious problem. The Bible looses all its power and it becomes an unholy book of agendas. This is the main reason why we encourage others to read the Bible for themselves. Don’t ever depend on anyone to read the Bible for you and ALWAYS read it in its entirety. There is SO much freedom found in its pages, we should not HAVE to “spice it up” to “make” it say anything other than what it was INTENDED to say!

The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.”

Doesn’t the Bible SAY that Poor People Have NO Value to Add to Society, and are Easily Forgotten?

For years, I was taught that this scripture:

“the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.” Eccl 9:16

Meant that we who are believers should strive to be “rich”, because after all a poor man’s voice will not be heard and he is easily forgotten. Countless times I have spoken to believers who put themselves under bondage to making money, JUST so that the Lord would find them “fit” to be heard. To be honest, I myself have “used” this scripture to prove to myself that seeking out money must be the answer to poverty and it was only in worldly riches that I would be found worthy! Let us look instead at this scripture in context.

The Bible makes the most sense when you read it in context, and in the order that it was intended

When You Read Your Bible, Read it in Context

13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good. Eccl. 9: 13-18

Clearly, upon reading this scripture in its entirety, you can see that Solomon was not admonishing the “poor” mans poverty. At the end of the stanza he, (the richest man in history) recognizes that “wisdom is BETTER than strength, and BETTER than weapons of war.” He even goes on to state that those who rule loudly with fools, and get all the attention from even the great king’s, can destroy “much good”. He calls these men “sinners” and says that even ONE of these men can do permanent damage! Whereas the poor wise man SAVED an entire city from ruin!

RICH and WISE

If it is better to be found “poor” and wise, than “rich” and loud… what about being found “rich” and wise?! Isn’t being found “rich” and wise the best of both worlds? ABSOLUTELY. But how exactly are we found “rich”? Jesus said,

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness,for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’

“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:15-21

The man in the parable, shows his ignorance in the next statement… “I will do this”

Rich TOWARD God

We all must be found “rich toward God”. In the Luke 12:15-21 parable, Jesus tells His disciples that this “rich” man was acting like a fool! While the rich man had been prosperous for a long time and had amassed great wealth, in his great wealth he had formed a serious problem… HE BECAME TOO “RICH”! He started increasing too much! He himself says, “What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?” Have you ever been found in this situation? Maybe you have gone to the fridge and found yourself having too much food? Too much clothing, too many office supplies, too much furniture… etc.  The man in the parable, shows his ignorance in the next statement… “I will do this”

In the time of this mans “problem” (having too much to handle), because he did not seek God first with what to do, he went ahead and built bigger barns. What if the food/harvest was not intended for him? What if the Lord would have blessed the man with more increase, had he sown his current wealth into the lives of his neighbors? The man in this parable assumed what he should do with his increase. He did NOT seek God #1, and in result he was found a FOOL, and DIED the very day that he was celebrating in “his” riches!

God plus any creature cannot be conceived as better than God alone.”

GOD ALONE

If you have God… YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED. You are RICH. When we are rich toward God, and seek Him first (Matt 6:33), all our needs will be met and we will live in plenty! The Luke 12 parable is a great example of what happens to people who prosper above the level of their souls (3 John 2). If the parable still doesn’t make sense to you , think of it this way…

Your neighbor goes to the store, and has too much food to fit in their refrigerator. You, have been a great neighbor to them, so they bring over their extra food to you. There is only one problem… you just went to the store! Now you have a full fridge and more food than you need! What do you do? Instead of praying, and asking God’s guidance on what to do, you immediately run to the store… and buy another fridge! Now doesn’t that sound foolish?! We MUST seek GOD in our harvest as well as our seed sowing time!

When one is rich toward God they are confident and know that all of their needs are met, and that HE is the source of all their riches. The houses, barns, food, clothes, money, all of these needs are added unto the man and woman of God who seek the Lord and ask Him for wisdom in every circumstance. The man and woman of God who trust in Him and in His Word, do not have to manipulate His Word to get what they want… they have got what they want, His WORD!

“God plus the world cannot be conceived as better than God alone,

God plus any creature cannot be conceived as better than God alone.” St. Anselm of Canterbury

God’s Blessing’s be on you my friends! Enjoy this life and be in plenty… God IS plenty!

Love Always,

Jessica

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HATE Your Job? Try Asking a New Question…

A wise man once told me, “Jobs are like keeping your foot in a pail of water, take your foot out of water and the void (where your foot once was) will just fill right back up.”

“HATE” Your Job?

If you are like most, and work for someone else, you have probably felt the pressure of being unhappy at work. You know what it feels like to “HATE your job.” Feeling the boss breathing down on you, or your income not being enough to “survive”. So much pressure! Primarily because you “hate” what you do. Maybe just maybe you aren’t looking at your “job” from the correct perspective…

The Sun is the Center of the Universe…

The Earth is NOT the Center of the Universe

Let us think for a moment to the Astronomer Copernicus. For many years before Copernicus, scientists and farmers had supposed that the earth was the center of the Universe. All mans calendars, farming, and instruments were geared toward this thought. This thinking produced problems however, crops and calendars were consistently thrown off kilter and there was no consistency in weather patterns. For instance you might find it snowing in June! It was very difficult to create a consistent and profitable agrarian society simply because the seasons were so unpredictable!

Copernicus decided that he was going to attempt to solve this problem with his thinking, and that he was going to get down to the root of what was going on. In so doing, he challenged the entire scientific community that for centuries  had been asking “How do we establish a consistent growth season?” He suggested instead that, they didn’t need to ask how to get a predictable growing season, they needed to ask… What if the Earth was not the center of the Universe?! As Copernicus was the first to develop thinking along the lines of this questioning, he was able to begin putting into motion the thought that the Sun was the center of our Universe, and not the earth at all. Changing forever history as we know it.

“If your job is fairly consistent, predictable, and routine… congratulations!”

Is Your Job Providing You the Means for Establishing Your Vision?

Today I would like to challenge you to not look at the results that your job is giving you. Set aside for a moment all of the “need” you might have. The need to feel respect, get bills paid, have notoriety, friends… etc. Let us look at your job instead for what it is affording you the “luxury” to do…

  • Are you able to stay more or less “local”?
  • Are you getting paid enough to support your basic needs?
  • Are you freed up to think about doing other things in your “off” time?
  • Are you able to spend time with your family?
  • Are you afforded time to yourself during lunch or breaks?

If your job is fairly consistent, predictable, and routine… congratulations! You have a great “job”! If your job has afforded you room in your life for “boredom”, your job is a successful one. But what next? How do we create a “legacy”?

If your job is on “auto-pilot” it is time to pray to God for a vision for what to do with your life

Pray for a Vision and a Plan

“A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.” Proverbs 20:5

If you are not satisfied in your job, but it is a stable environment, NOW is the time to act! Continue to work your job heartily and give your job everything you have during your work hours, it is the right and Christian thing to do. Jesus suggests that we give our jobs (or people when they ask things of us) two miles! Above and beyond type effort. If you are doing this, and your job is now on “auto-pilot” it is time to pray to God for a vision for what to do with your life. Ask Him to show you both the plan and the vision. What does He want you to do… HOW does He want you to do it?

Your job is a means to an end. It is like a petri dish in which it enables you to grow your dreams and legacy within it on the inside. A petri dish is a container that a scientist uses to cultivate growth of micro-organisms.  In the right dish and in the right environment, the microbes can grow and can become productive. It is time to start looking at your job as a dish and not as the microbe. Your job is not your legacy… your job is the container in which you are afforded an environment for outstanding personal growth. As you grow, the container must grow with you… or you will get a new container! As you grow your “job” will too! Until you grow yourself out of a job all together!

“But will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!” 2 Chronicles 6:18

It is not uncommon for a Christian to grow discontented with their current job or position. The growth that a Christian undergoes is immense! I would encourage you however to not look at the results your job is producing, but look at what the job you have is facilitating. Is it facilitating you to dream? Can you take your “off-time” to begin building and growing your legacy? If so, be patient in your current circumstances and trust that as you are in the Lord, you will no longer be able to be contained!

When we are “in faith”, we can not be contained!

God Cannot Be Contained!

Christ in us, us in Christ. We who have accepted the Lord as our Savior, cannot be separated from Him, unless we choose to be. In this revelation, we know that when we are in Him we cannot be contained! Our flesh is our only hinderance! I would suggest today, if you “hate” your job to pray to God for a dream! Begin then to start building that dream and ask God to show you the plan! Before you know it, you will be living life as heaven here on earth, completely sold-out to God and His plan for your life!

Sincerely with love in Christ,

Your Friend,

Jessica

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