Have Faith My Child
For the umpteenth time Mrs. Youngston came to her pastor to tell him, “I’m so scared! Joe says he’s going to kill me if I continue to come to your church.”
“Yes, yes, my child,” replied the pastor, more than a little tired of hearing this over and over. “I will continue to pray for you, Mrs. Youngston. Have faith – the Lord will watch over you.”
“Oh yes, he has kept me safe thus far, only…..”
“Only what, my child?”
“Well, now he says if I keep coming to your church, he’s going to kill YOU!”
“Well, now,” said the pastor, “Perhaps it’s time to check out that little church on the other side of town.”
A couple was going out for the evening. The last thing they did was to put the cat out.
The taxi arrived, and as the couple walked out of the house, the cat shoots back in. So the husband goes back inside to chase it out.
The wife, not wanting it known that the house would be empty, explained to the taxi driver “He’s just going upstairs to say goodbye to my mother.”
A few minutes later, the husband got into the taxi and said, “Sorry I took so long, the stupid thing was hiding under the bed and I had to poke her with a coat hanger to get her to come out!”
What would you like them say?
Three buddies die in a car crash, and they go to heaven to an
They are all asked, “When you are in your casket and friends and
family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you? The first guy says, “I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man.”
The second guy says, “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful
husband and school teacher which made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.”
The last guy replies, “I would like to hear them say, “Look! He’s moving!”
The best vitamin for a Christian is B1.
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms is a hymn published in 1887 with music by Anthony J. Showalter and lyrics by Showalter and Elisha Hoffman. Showalter said that he received letters from two of his former pupils saying that their wives had died. When writing letters of consolation, Showalter was inspired by the phrase in the Book of Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms….”
Hope this video blesses you.
The 2018 DO Better! Challenge
Faith confession: Yes I can! I believe I can so I will Do Better! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13
This challenge came about in Dec. 2015. One night in choir rehearsal I asked, “How many of you have healthy lifestyle habits that you know you need to pick up or put down – you don’t have to go home and pray about it- you just know you need to do it?” Everybody raised their hands. I said, “I want to challenge you to pick a goal for the next 30 days. They picked a goal and the Do Better challenge began the next day.
Every week after rehearsal we met and gave a report. It was based on the honor system. I asked,” Did you meet your goal?” There were only 2 possible answers – Yes or No. Why is it that you have to almost fight people for an answer to a yes or no question? If you did not complete your goal for that week, the answer is No.
We would then share about our successes and failures. We encouraged each other. This is why you should invite others to join you –for accountability and support. Every month we added another individual goal.
Each goal rolls over. You don’t do one for a week or a month and stop doing it the next week or month. You add a new goal every month and continue with the previous one. That’s how it becomes a lifestyle change or habit. The challenge is flexible. You may want to add a new goal every week for nine weeks. You decide.
Our challenge lasted 13 months. We started off with 9 participants. Two of them dropped out. At the end of Jan. 2017, we had adopted 13 healthy lifestyle habits.
The goal of the DO Better! Challenge is to help you develop and maintain healthy lifestyle habits. It’s never too early or too late to begin living healthier. Any healthy lifestyle change is better than none at all. This is not a weight loss challenge. You may shed some pounds but it will depend on the goals that you choose.
It’s very unlikely that you will live to be 100, 120, or older. Even if you do live to be 103 wouldn’t you like to be a spry, feeling good 103 – still doing some kind of work for God? I’m not striving or praying to live to be 103. I’ve often shared that my goal is not to live longer. My goal is to improve the quality of my life. I don’t want to be old, in pain, on medication, and hardly able to get around. I want to be spry, able to dress myself and drive myself around for as long as possible.
Research shows that if you’re going to be successful at almost anything in life, the very first choice to make is to set some goals. Remember, your goal must be measurable. For example, if you choose exercise, how many days and how many minutes will you do it? If you choose to stop drinking so many sodas, how many will you drink each day or each week?
The following are a list of possible goals. Conduct your own research. Discover why and how adopting some of these goals may help you become and remain fit for the Master’s use – for the rest of your life.
Here are 4 possible goals for February:
- No fried foods days (ex. no fried foods 4 days a week). Fried foods can increase your fat, calorie and salt intake. You won’t find a lot of nutrients in fried foods. Eating a lot of fried foods can have negative effects on your health.
- Meatless days (ex. No meat at all, no chicken, no red meat, no pork). Health experts suggest that most Americans eat way too much protein. Excessive protein intake can also have negative effects on your health. There could be an association between red and processed meats and cancer and inflammation.
- Junkless days (candy, cake, etc. and/or chips, cheese puffs, etc.). The word junk implies that something is extra and useless. We usually want to get rid of junk not accumulate it. Junk food can contribute to depression, fatigue, obesity and other ailments. They have lots of calories and very little nutritional value.
- Improve sleep habits (ex. Avoid heavy and/or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime. Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night). The amount of sleep you get or don’t get can affect your health, mood and weight. Studies have found a link between insufficient sleep and health problems, such as diabetes and heart attacks. Sleep also helps fight some of the fallouts of stress.
Let’s get started on the DO better! Challenge, so that we can better fulfill our destinies and enjoy all the plans God has for us on this earth. You only have one body – so look after it. Do better in February than you did in January!
One of my goals during 2017 was to eat less meat. I did really well with this goal until Thanksgiving. After then I jumped off the wagon. I didn’t fall off, I jumped off. I ate way too much meat.
I’m getting back on the wagon. My goal for February: a) Can have meat (red, turkey, chicken, etc) only two days a week. b) Can have salmon or other fish two days a week.
Feel free to share what goals you (and hopefully a friend, family member, or co-worker) set for Feb. and how you plan to achieve them.
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to view the video and read all the nuggets.
Bye for now.