FROM THE HEART (re-post)

FROM THE HEART

by  Terri  Byars  October 2000 to January 2001 /All rights reserved

Depression.  Hopelessness.
All seems lost. Nowhere to go.
Want to leave. Hit bottom.
All is useless.  What is the point?
I cannot do this anymore.  Are you there, Lord?
Return me to the place of joy.
Trust.  Rest.  Confidence.
Confidence in You alone.
I want to forget.  Laugh a little.
Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Read the word. Live in His love.
In Your light, Lord.  Let me/I live there alone.
Get rid of darkness. Take me to the Light.
Pure Joy

Confession.  Repentance.
Not my will, but Your will be done, Lord.
Tears.  Grief.  Hopelessness.
Wondering what is wrong, how to fix it.
I can’t do it in my strength.
I cannot proceed until all my strength disappears.
Transformed.  Renewed.
A living sacrifice presented to God.
Tears.  Grief.  Brokenness.  Hope.
Hope in God for the help of His presence.
I cannot stand.  I have fallen.
I have to be carried. Lord, lift me up.
Confession.  Repentance.

Brokenness.  Childlikeness.
Total desperate dependence on the Lord.
A need.  A longing.  To be satisfied.
Never able to be filled.  A need to be empty.
I can’t be filled until I am empty.
I cannot be satisfied until all my desires disappear.
Crucified.  Dead to self.
Following Him closely every moment.
A need.  A longing.  To hear His heart.
A pure heart.  Single-minded.  Holiness.
I can’t see without His eyes.
I cannot walk, Lord, hold my hand.
Brokenness.  Childlikeness.

Selflessness.  Generosity.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition.
Focused inward.  Self-importance.
What can be done to fix my problem?
It’s not about me and my problem.
It’s not most important to get my needs met.
Humility. Think of others.
Consider others needs above my own.
Focused outward.  Self-abasement.
Other’s need are more important than my own.
Lord, what can I do for others?
God’s grace will abound toward you.
Selflessness. Generosity. 

Closeness.  Intimacy.
Single-minded, wholehearted devotion to God.
Affections.  Desires.  To have the answers.
Never knowing.  A need to be dependent.
I can’t be secure until I let go.
I cannot be secure until I step forward without knowing.
Hang on loosely.  Lean on Him.
Moment-by-moment clinging to Him.
Affections.  Desires.  Seek those things above.
Confidence in Him.  He knows.  He’s Daddy.
I cannot walk without holding His hand.
I cannot survive without looking to Him.
Closeness.  Intimacy.

Endurance. Perseverance.
Falling. Crawling. Moving forward.
Trust myself. I can do it.  I have the ability.
Try and try. Striving. Straining. Pressing.
I can’t keep going on my strength.
I cannot do this anymore without His Spirit.
Not my righteousness, but His.
Walking on. Press on toward the goal.
Trust Him.  Availability. Faithfulness.
Keep my eyes on Jesus who endured the cross.
I will keep going.  Earnestly pray. Have Faith.
Seek peace. Pursue righteousness.
Endurance. Perseverance.

RUN THE RACE TO WIN!!

MY EATING PLAN

  http://nourishinghope.com/food-pyramid/

I discovered this new food pyramid online.  I like this style of eating and have been trying to move to this diet for a while due to diabetes in my family.  I am glad that I found this online. It’s good to know someone else feels the way I do about limiting my grains and legumes so much.  I have diabetes in my family and have been trying to eat low carb for a while.  I am not diabetic; but have been told I could be pre-diabetic.  I feel that is no longer the case because of my low carb healthy eating style.  Research this for yourself beginning with this website above and see if it’s right for you.  I feel much better since I have been eating this way–more energy, less cravings, weight loss (about 2-3 pounds a week or 10-12 pounds a month).  Please feel free to comment below about what new healthy diet you have discovered.

STOP THE PAIN!!

PainLady I was talking to a nurse today who told me many patients proclaim, “I didn’t know it would hurt this much” when they come out of surgery.  And they expect to be medicated until the pain is completely gone.  But it is not always safe to be medicated that much.  Sometimes we just have to live with some pain until we are healed.  Medication is only to alleviate some of the pain, not necessarily to totally remove it.

That’s the way it is with our emotions too.  Sometimes we want to totally get rid of the pain of rejection, depression, anger, hatred, emotional pain of abuse, etc.  And that’s why I believe addictions are so much of a problem today.  Whether it is gambling, drugs, alcohol, shopping, eating, watching TV or whatever one chooses to escape from the pain, many of us have succumb to addictions.  I know I have my moments of trying to escape the pain of this world.  How can we solve this problem?

Know That Pain Will Come, it’s a Promise14aae7048c09c0c60020fb1dc4196650

We were told there was going to be pain.  Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.  Jesus was a man full of sorry and He has grieved because of the state of man’s soul who has not trusted in Him. He told us that we should be ready for pain and sorrow.  That means I should not expect to be happy every day.  I have joy because Jesus is with me, supporting me through difficult times, but it is not always fun or easy or pleasant.

Know That There is a Solution,  It’s also a Promise

Jesus said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  He is always with us.  He will never leave.  He wants to carry our burdens.  The bible is full of verses that comfort the soul.  The greatest comfort is knowing that this fallen world is only temporary.  One day I will pass on into the spiritual realm and live life with Jesus face to face.  This world will pass away, but the love of the Lord lasts forever.

Learn to Live with Some Pain

Knowing that there will be pain helps me expect it and prepare for it.  Knowing that it is temporary lets me realize that I won’t be in pain forever.  Also as I grow older, I know that physical pain is a part of life.  I seldom take pain medication.  I just live with it for a while.  I know it’s going away eventually, when He comes to take me Home to Heaven.

BE OF GOOD CHEER!!

FROM THE HEART

by  Terri  Byars  October 2000 to January 2001 /All rights reserved

Depression.  Hopelessness.
All seems lost. Nowhere to go.
Want to leave. Hit bottom.
All is useless.  What is the point?
I cannot do this anymore.  Are you there, Lord?
Return me to the place of joy.
Trust.  Rest.  Confidence.
Confidence in You alone.
I want to forget.  Laugh a little.
Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Read the word. Live in His love.
In Your light, Lord.  Let me/I live there alone.
Get rid of darkness. Take me to the Light.
Pure Joy

Confession.  Repentance.
Not my will, but Your will be done, Lord.
Tears.  Grief.  Hopelessness.
Wondering what is wrong, how to fix it.
I can’t do it in my strength.
I cannot proceed until all my strength disappears.
Transformed.  Renewed.
A living sacrifice presented to God.
Tears.  Grief.  Brokenness.  Hope.
Hope in God for the help of His presence.
I cannot stand.  I have fallen.
I have to be carried. Lord, lift me up.
Confession.  Repentance.

Brokenness.  Childlikeness.
Total desperate dependence on the Lord.
A need.  A longing.  To be satisfied.
Never able to be filled.  A need to be empty.
I can’t be filled until I am empty.
I cannot be satisfied until all my desires disappear.
Crucified.  Dead to self.
Following Him closely every moment.
A need.  A longing.  To hear His heart.
A pure heart.  Single-minded.  Holiness.
I can’t see without His eyes.
I cannot walk, Lord, hold my hand.
Brokenness.  Childlikeness.

Selflessness.  Generosity.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition.
Focused inward.  Self-importance.
What can be done to fix my problem?
It’s not about me and my problem.
It’s not most important to get my needs met.
Humility. Think of others.
Consider others needs above my own.
Focused outward.  Self-abasement.
Other’s need are more important than my own.
Lord, what can I do for others?
God’s grace will abound toward you.
Selflessness. Generosity. 

Closeness.  Intimacy.
Single-minded, wholehearted devotion to God.
Affections.  Desires.  To have the answers.
Never knowing.  A need to be dependent.
I can’t be secure until I let go.
I cannot be secure until I step forward without knowing.
Hang on loosely.  Lean on Him.
Moment-by-moment clinging to Him.
Affections.  Desires.  Seek those things above.
Confidence in Him.  He knows.  He’s Daddy.
I cannot walk without holding His hand.
I cannot survive without looking to Him.
Closeness.  Intimacy.

Endurance. Perseverance.
Falling. Crawling. Moving forward.
Trust myself. I can do it.  I have the ability.
Try and try. Striving. Straining. Pressing.
I can’t keep going on my strength.
I cannot do this anymore without His Spirit.
Not my righteousness, but His.
Walking on. Press on toward the goal.
Trust Him.  Availability. Faithfulness.
Keep my eyes on Jesus who endured the cross.
I will keep going.  Earnestly pray. Have Faith.
Seek peace. Pursue righteousness.
Endurance. Perseverance.

RUN THE RACE TO WIN!!

Lowering Blood Sugar

Fiber and Blood Sugar

Since fiber passes through the digestive tract without being absorbed, it doesn’t increase blood sugar levels and doesn’t need to be counted by those who control their blood sugar through counting carbohydrates. Soluble fiber, when eaten in large amounts, can actually lower blood glucose. Because it slows down the digestive process, it also slows the absorption of sugar from the diet, helping to keep blood sugar levels more even throughout the day.”  Quoted from: 

http://www.livestrong.com/article/368727-will-increasing-fiber-lower-my-blood-sugar/

I ate Nature Valley Protein bars (Peanut butter and dark chocolate flavor) and it lowered my blood sugar.  Mine had been running about 105 to 120 even in the morning before I ate anything.  But today at 5:30 when I came home from work it was 90.  The last time I ate was about 3:30.  I ate 3 nature valley protein bars throughout the day as snacks.  They contain 5 grams of fiber each.

For anyone who is borderline diabetic or pre-diabetic like me, try this and see if it lowers your blood sugar.  Let me know how it turns out. 

 

Thanks to Ellie at New Creation Ministries for the information about fiberSee her post:  For Heaven’s Sake, What’s So Important About Fiber?! at http://newcreationsministries.wordpress.com/?s=fiber

 

Hearty Vegetable Chicken Soup

Eat well, live wellStart the year healthy with this hearty Vegetable Chicken Soup:

Good for cold days of winter.

 Hearty Vegetable Chicken Soup

Chicken breast, 1½   pounds boiled in just enough water to cover chicken

(This water is kept and used for stock/broth)

Celery – one bunch

Onions – 2

Bell peppers – 5 (various colors)

Carrots – 12 oz. shredded

Mushrooms – 8 ounces sliced or button size

Green Chilies – 7 oz. can

Green beans, one pound frozen

2 cans black beans

2 cans pinto beans

2 cans tomatoes

Corn, one pound frozen

Peas, one pound frozen

Garlic powder

Italian seasoning

Additional herbs and Seasoning as desired

Combine all ingredients except corn and peas in a 6 quart – sized soup pot.

Cook until all vegetables are tender, about 1½ to 2 hours.  (Celery usually takes longest).

There is not very much liquid to start.  Liquid will increase as the soup cooks. 

This is meant to be a thick, hearty soup.

Stir often to keep from burning on the bottom.

Add Corn and Peas the last five minutes.  Peas get mushy if cooked too long.

Spice to taste.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

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Like most other people, I start each year with new year’s resolutions. I usually say I’m gonna lose more weight.  Finally in 2010, I lost 50 pounds.  That was a little short of my goal, but I was still proud of my accomplishment.  But over the years 2010 to 2012, I gained all of that back plus more.  Mostly because of stress.

So this year, I have a new goals:

1.   Live life to the full

(John 10:10 Jesus says, “I have come that you might have life and that you would have it more abundantly.”)   

2.  Soul Prosperity

(3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

According to this verse, my health is directly related to the prosperity of my soul.  Instead of trying to lose weight and not reaching that goal because of the lack of prosperity in my soul, I am going to seek fulfillment in my mind, my will, and my emotions.  Here are the ways to do that:

     1.  Be thankful in all things (1 Thess. 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances”) 
                 –Notice it does not say “for all things” but “In all things”.
    2.  Memorize scripture  (Ps. 119:50 “Your word has given me life”.)
    3.  Practice the presence of God (Ps. 16:11 “In your presence is fullness of joy” NKJV)
    4. Keep my mind on God (Isa. 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You”)

God’s word is life.

In God’s presence is joy.

The mind focused on God will be at peace.

My scripture focus will be: 3 John 1:2  Presentation1

And Phil. 4:8 and 11b                               Presentation1
 
I am determined to think abundant thoughts full of joy, filled with God’s presence and focused on His Word. 
I believe once I accomplish this, the health and well-being of my body will follow.