God’s Little Devotional Book for Women Review

Book Review:

God’s Little Devotional Book for Women

 

Product:  God’s Little Devotional Book for Women

Price:  $5.30 best price at Amazon

Pages:     301

Published by:    Honor Books, Inc.

My rating:    5 Star

 

 

Product Overview:

 

God’s Little Devotional Book for Women is a relatively little book; but it is definitely big in quality content. 

It is a devotional book and is broken down into daily portions that can be read in a minute or two.

Each devotion begins with an inspirational quote and a Bible verse.  Most of the devotions begin with a true life story and end with a Biblical lesson.

The reader will find themselves transported to a place of creativity, wonder, blessing, thankfulness, or rest and peace.  

The life lessons in this little book will spark something inside of you.  They may bring you to a place of thankfulness for your blessings; or bring you to a point of realizing something you need to change. 

The devotions may spark something in your creative nature; or cause you to want to help others.  They may touch you deeply and renew your faith; or remind you that all things are possible with God.

They may make you smile; or make you cry.  They reinforce God’s presence and power in our lives; or they spark the creative powers within us.

 

A quote from the back cover:

 

“Basic, uplifting, realistic, and hopeful — this delightful devotional offers a wealth of refreshing inspiration to challenge you to keep stretching for your personal best”

 

God’s Little Devotional for Women is a “take off” of a well-known best seller.  God’s Little Instruction Book sold more than 900,00 copies.  “Now the number one best seller is a devotional.”

 

Example: 

 

Inside the book’s cover is this example of a devotion:

 

“A good laugh is sunshine in a house” — Thackeray

 

The light in the eyes (of him whose heart is joyful)

rejoices the heart of others… Proverbs 15:30 AMP

 

Peggy was nervous about the up coming dinner party she and her husband were about to host.  It was their first time to have guests for dinner since the birth of their son Pete.  To top off Peggy’s tension the guests included her husband Bill’s new supervisor.

Sensing the tension in his parents, the baby became irritable and “fussy”, which only added to Peggy’s frustration.

In an attempt to comfort little Pete, Peggy picked him up, and raised him high over her head, and kissed his bare tummy.  To her surprise, he smiled and giggled — the first genuine laugh she had heard from her young son.

In an instant, the evening took on an entirely new tenor, Peggy relaxed and baby Pete relaxed as well.  The dinner party was a great success.

Can the laughter of a little child change a day?  Yes!  So can the laughter shared between two adults, or the chuckle prompted by the memory of a funny event.

When you are feeling “stressed out”, don’t allow yourself to explode in anger.  Get alone if you have to, but find a reason to laugh … and watch the stress melt away.”

 

This example struck a chord with me; because I have been babysitting my great granddaughter, Isabella lately.  When she smiles or laughs it brings me joy unspeakable.  She is such a blessing!

 

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Conclusion:

 

A very dear friend of mine gave me this book as a gift.  I have been so blessed by it.  I can’t stop thanking her and telling her how much I love it.

 

I recommend

God’s Little Devotional Book for Women

whole heartedly and without reservation.

 

There is something for everyone within it’s pages.  It will grow and stretch you to new heights.  It will comfort and inspire you.  It will provoke laughter or sometimes tears as it touches your heart in a profound manner.

 

Simply put, I love this book!

 

There are other books listed in this series that may interest you:

God’s Little Devotional Book

God’s Little Devotional Book for Dads

God’s Little Devotional Book for Moms

God’s Little Devotional Book for Men

God’s Little Devotional Book for Students

God’s Little Devotional Book for Graduates

God’s Little Devotional Book for Couples

 

I hope this review has been of assistance to you.  I hope you decide to get a copy of your own.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

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Please use the comment section below to ask questions, or give your thoughts about this book.  Do any of you own a copy of this book or another in the series?

 

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Jump for the joy of the Lord

 

Remember when you were a child and something made you happy? You couldn’t contain yourself. You jumped for joy. As we grow older we learn how to control these impulses. And as we get even older, we may not be physically able to “jump for joy”.

 

I’m sure, in most instances, it is good that we learn to curb this urge in a physical sense; but sometimes we learn to curb the emotion that causes us to want to jump. Then we are unable to experience the “joy of the Lord” in the fullest manner of wanting to “jump for joy”.

 

 

I have a friend at church who has the “joy of the Lord” as much as I do. I don’t know how it got started; but I think it was in response to a song. We took each other’s hands and jumped in a circle. Church was over, and just a few people remained to witness our spontaneous jumping spree. Some of them may have thought we “lost it”; but all of them couldn’t help but smile. It became something that we do every now and then. Sometimes others join us, or just smile or laugh. Is it silly? Yes. Is it good for us. Yes.  Is it an expression of the joy we have in our salvation?  Yes.

 

 

Why do we have this joy? Is it because we are free from problems? To the contrary; we both have had our share of problems and heartaches. We know each other well enough that we know some of what the other has been through. And yet, we have joy. A joy that makes us want to jump! Where does it come from?

 

It is the “joy of the Lord”. It is joy unspeakable and full of glory! It is joy in our salvation. It is being thankful for all our blessings and trusting the Lord with all our problems. Our Lord has told us to cast all our cares upon Him for He cares for us. (He will take care of us)

 

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

 

One day as my friend and I were jumping, another woman from our church wished to join us. This woman had just survived a long hard battle with cancer and was just beginning to regain her strength but she had the joy of the Lord and wanted to jump with us. She was mostly just bending her knees and popping back up; but she was having fun (until she lost her balance).

 

It made a huge impact on me, that after everything she had been through (and was still going through), she still wanted to jump for the joy of the Lord! What a contrast to the stodgy grumpy faced Christians who inhabit the back pews of some churches, so they can rush out as soon as church is over. What a testimony to those who still possess their physical health; but have lost their joy! Our sister has since gone to be with Jesus; but her spirit lives on.

 

 

Our Lord in His infinite wisdom, knew that we would be overwhelmed with cares, worries, temptations and heartaches in this world. He knew that it would be too much for us to bear. That’s why He tells us that we don’t need to bear our own burdens; we can cast (or throw) them on Him.

 

Did you ever play the game “Hot Potato”? It may be played differently in some groups; but in my experience, this was the way it was played.

 

The group sits or stands in a circle. An object is chosen, such as a bean bag, a stuffed animal or a ball that is soft. Then the group is to treat that object as though it is a hot potato. Throwing it immediately to the next person in the circle as though it was hot and burning their hands. A designated person yells “Hot Potato”. The person holding the ball at that point is considered “out” and must leave the circle, and the game resumes.

 

It can also be played with music playing, similar to musical chairs. When the music stops, the person holding the hot potato is “out” and must leave the circle. If I remember correctly, a stuffed potato was also marketed for the purpose of playing this game.

 

 

The Lord knows that the burdens we carry will burn into our soul if we hold on to them. He asks us to cast them on Him as though they were a hot potato. The longer we hold on to our worries, our fears, our anger, our unforgiveness, and our heartaches; the more chance they have of forming permanent scars on our hearts and lives.

 

How many people continue to carry excess baggage around all their lives? Our Lord wants to carry that baggage for us. He says that His yoke is easy; and His burden is light. He didn’t create us to be beasts of burden, trudging through life bearing a heavy load of sin.

 

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30

 

 

It sounds so simple.

 

Just cast (or throw) all your burdens to the Lord. Don’t hold on to them. Don’t clench them tight to our chest. Just open our hands and throw them to the Lord. Put all our cares in His capable hands. Believe that He will take care of the problem, heal our heart ache, deliver us from the temptation, teach us to forgive, and enable us to live within His will.

 

 

Why is it sometimes hard?

 

I am reminded of when my children were little. My son was mechanically minded and loved to take things apart to see how they worked. Sometimes that was okay. He took it apart, and put it back together. Sometimes though, he would succeed in the taking apart process; but the putting back together didn’t work out as well. Then he would bring the toy to me to be “fixed” “Fix it Mommy”. If it was a simple fix; I would take the toy and snap it back together and he would go happily on with his day.

 

But if it was a more time consuming fix, he would grow impatient and snatch it back; only to return later with the plea, “Fix it Mommy”. It was frustrating, when I would have it almost together, only to have it snatched from me before it could be completed. When he returned later, I would have to start all over again.

 

Sometimes we grow impatient with God. We think He is taking too long. We have “cast” our burden on Him; but now what? We want that quick fix, so that we can go happily on with our life. We begin to doubt that God is able to handle it alone. Maybe He needs a little help. How many times have we snatched back our problem; when (unknown to us) God was close to a solution? How many times has our action of snatching it back; caused grief and inaction on God’s part?

 

We are not only to cast our burden;

but also, leave it there.

 

I am reminded of an old hymn called “Leave it There”. The verses go through problems and difficulties that we may experience during our lives, and end with…”Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there”.  The chorus then chimes in with, “Leave it there, leave it there. Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. If you trust and never doubt; He will surely bring you out. Take your burden to the Lord, and leave it there”.

 

The key to leaving our burdens in God’s hands is contained in the last two sentences of that chorus. “If you trust and never doubt; He will surely bring you out. Take your burden to the Lord, and leave it there”.

 

The taking it there, or casting our burden on Him is the easy part. It is the trusting and never doubting, that seems to make many of us stumble. Why is it so hard for us to trust? Why do we doubt that the one who created us, and knew us even before we were born, is capable of handling anything that life throws in our path? What makes us think that we, the created being, can handle things better than the Creator himself? Perhaps it is the temptation put before us by the lion that roams this earth seeking whom He may devour. He loves to devour our trust, and chew on our devotion to God; trying to replace it with discouragement and disillusionment.

 

 

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8

 

Why do we snatch our problems back

if they aren’t taken care of immediately?

 

One reason could be impatience. We are so used to instant gratification. It is an instant world. We don’t have a need to cultivate patience; because so much of the time, everything we need is at our fingertips. Technology has contributed to our quest for instant gratification. We can find out almost anything by typing our quest in a search engine and hitting “enter”.

 

But God holds patience or “longsuffering” in high regard. As evidenced by these verses:

 

2 Peter 1:5-7

5.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6.  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7.  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

 

 

Romans 15:5 – Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

 

James 1:3-4

3. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

 

 

Colossians 1:11 – Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

 

Do you have the joy of the Lord? Are you thankful for your blessings? Have you given all your burdens into His care? Do you “Leave it There”, like the song says? Are you cultivating trust and patience? Do you look at your trials as a means of working patience in your life? Are you willing to “wait” for the Lord to work in your life; or do you continue to snatch it back and try handling it by yourself?

 

These are not questions I want an answer to. These are some questions for you to ask yourself and God. I ask myself these and other questions daily. Sometimes I am glad to answer them or hear God’s answer to my queries. Other times, I have fallen short of His righteousness. Sometimes my answer or God’s answer to my questions grieves me. Then I realize that I have taken something back and I am trying to handle it myself. I have not trusted fully; or I have not had the patience neccessary to wait for His timing. So I must go back to where I got off track; ask for forgiveness and hand the part of my life back to God that I have snatched from His hands.

 

 

When that happens, I am so thankful to know that my God is a God of mercy; and that He has the patience and longsuffering that I sometimes lack. And most of all, I am thankful that He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

 

1 John 1:9 -If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

When we are cleansed from all unrighteousness, we are free to enjoy the joy of the Lord. We can jump (either inwardly or outwardly) for the joy of the Lord! We can celebrate the joy of our salvation with a jumping in our spirit; if we can’t physically jump anymore. If we open our hearts and receive; He wants to bestow us this blessing of a joyful buoyant spirit. He desires to give us joy unspeakable. Joy that is not governed by our circumstances. A joy so abundant that we want to jump with glee.

 

 

You are never too old

to experience

this kind of joy!

 

For more on this subject, please see these posts:

 

Why Do We Need Patience?

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Peace is a Blessing From God

 

I would like to hear your thoughts on this subject; so please feel free to leave a comment.

 

I hope you stop in again sometime. I love company, and my door is always open.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

Jeannie

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Finding Time for What’s Important

 Are you a busy bee?

We all lead busy lives; especially while we are trying to keep up with writing relevant content for a website, while trying to learn the ins and outs of internet marketing. Though I’m retired, Wealthy Affiliate, and the rest of my life, keeps me pretty busy.

 

Sometimes our life becomes a balancing act. It is hard to find time for what is important to us.  That can lead to stress; and mental, emotional and physical problems.  So how do we find time for what is important so we have less stress?

 

List what is important and prioritize

 

 

I have found it helpful to make a random list of everything I find important in my life. Then I begin to decide what is most important, second most important, and so on.  I just put numbers beside the entries; and then I make a new list with my interests in the order of the priority they hold in my life.

 

This list will be different for each of us; because we are unique.  We are all interested in different pastimes and they vary in importance with each person.  There are some things that most people will have in common on their lists.  Things like family, relationships, religion, health and nutrition, exercise and recreation, etc.  They will still vary in importance for your own individual list.

 

Make a pie graph

 

 

I find it helpful to make a pie graph to decide how to divide my time.  There may be many variables that decide what amount of time is allowed for each interest.  For instance; if you work full time outside the home, you will most likely have to allow at least a nine hour block, or more if you have a longer commute for “work”.

 

Family time may vary from day to day, so an average could be taken to find the amount of time per day.  Or, you could make a different chart for weekdays and weekends.

 

 

Draft a daily schedule

 

After deciding the amount of time allotted for each interest; we are ready to make a daily schedule.  It is important to make an attempt to follow this schedule as closely as possible; but we also need to be flexible.  There are times that our priorities need to take a back seat to what is happening in our life.

 

It isn’t as important that we follow our schedule to the letter every day; as it is that we have a schedule to follow, for these reasons, and probably more that are not on my radar at the moment   🙂 

 

 

1.  We can see what needs done quickly. 

2.  We have a time allotted for each interest.

3.  We may accomplish more; because of a set time limit.

4.  Schedules enable us to see our accomplishments.

5.  We may feel more in control of our time.

 

 

Schedule breaks

 

 

Don’t forget to schedule breaks for rest, meals, exercise, etc.  Sitting at the computer for long periods of time is as bad for our bodies as sitting in front of a television.  We need to schedule in breaks to go for a walk, do some exercises, or just recline if we are tired.

 

 

 

It is best to schedule breaks for our meals, healthy snacks, and drinks, also.  Our body needs fuel to function properly.  Sometimes we can get so busy that we forget to stop to eat at a regular time.  Then we find our meal schedule is not working out properly.  We missed lunch, and it’s not dinner time yet.  Or we missed our evening meal and now it is too close bedtime. (been there; done that)  Try to stop for breaks at least close to the time allotted. 

 

Schedule some free time

 

It’s best to schedule in an hour or more of  free time.  We never know when something unexpected will interfere with our schedule.  Scheduling free time can minimize the impact the interruption will have on our schedule.

 

These interruptions can be managed, somewhat, by letting friends and family know your plans for the day. For instance:  I will be busy between 8am to 12pm; and would appreciate not being interrupted, if at all possible.  Or let people know you will not be checking email or answering phone between 2pm and 4pm.

 

You may even want to select certain days for posting to your website; and let friends and family know you won’t be available, except for emergencies, between 8am to 4pm those days.  Or whatever times you choose.  You will find what works best for you with some practice and adjustments.

 

Don’t be afraid to make adjustments

 

Like so many things in our life, coming up with a schedule that really works for us is “trial and error”.  If we find something isn’t working; we must take some time to make adjustments or change something.

 

Our lives have a way of changing; which could necessitate a change, or maybe even, a completely new schedule.  There may be times when our schedule works for us for a long period of time; and other times that we need to change it almost every day.  It isn’t written in stone.  If we aren’t somewhat flexible; our schedule will cause more stress than it relieves.

 

Keep your self talk positive

 

If you are having trouble following your schedule, even after changes; be kind to yourself.  Don’t tell yourself thoughts like, “I blew it again; I might have known I couldn’t stick to a schedule”.  Or, “Why can’t I be like ___, they seem to get so much done in so little time”.  Or, “____ is so organized.  I can never be like that.  I’m such an airhead”  Negative self talk does nothing but discourage us.  It serves to paralyze us rather than inspire.

Positive self talk can reaffirm your faith in your ability, and invigorate you to do better.  You could say something like “I didn’t get as much done today as I would like; but tomorrow is another day.”  Or, “This day had a lot of interruptions; but I did accomplish this.”  You can pat yourself on the back for what you got done, instead of dwelling on what was left undone.

 

Find your top priorities

 

In my own case, I have four top priorities in this order

 

1.  My faith in God and church activities

2.  My family and friends

3.  My music and artwork (creative)

4.  My online business, website, writing, etc.

1.  It is important for me to find time alone with God and studying my Bible.  If I ignore this need, I feel at loose ends, and may even feel depressed.  Saturday night is taken up with going over songs for church, or putting the finishing touches on a sermon, if I’m preaching that Sunday.  Sunday morning is always church; unless I’m sick.  Sunday afternoon and evening is pretty much left unscheduled.

 

 

2.  My family is very important to me and I have a lot of love invested there.  If they need me, I want to help if I can.  My granddaughter needs me to babysit one or two days a week with my great granddaughter, Isabella.  I love seeing that sweet little face; so I give up whole days, and sometimes nights, to be of service.  Is this necessary?  For me?  Yes, it is.  🙂

 

3.  I have a creative nature.  If I don’t take time to do something creative; like write a song or work on some craft or artwork; I have a sense of unfulfillment.  This can sometimes lead to being dissatisfied with my life and my choices.  Being creative is an important part of who I am and I can’t neglect it for long.

4.  I have invested a lot of time in this website and the WA community.  I really enjoy writing (there’s that creative side again), and I enjoy bringing helpful information to my readers.  So far I haven’t made a lot of money; but I am enjoying what I do and I am hoping that my readers are gaining information and enjoyment from my posts.

 

 

I hope this post has given you some information that will help you find the time for what is important to you.  Each person has to come up with their own method; but sometimes it helps to know what other people do.

 

For more posts like this, check these out:

Complaining and Criticizing Kill

Conquering Procrastination

Organize, Prioritize and Minimize

Ten Personality Traits That Hold You Back

 

If you have any thoughts or questions about this post; please feel free to use the comment section below.

 

I hope you stop by again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.   🙂

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

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Peace is a Blessing From God

Are you feeling peaceful today? Are you calm in your spirit? If you answered no to these questions; there is something you should know. Peace is a blessing from God. It doesn’t have to do with our present circumstances, our bank account, our relationships, or our lot in life.

 

Peace is a spiritual gift. It is not dependent on anything or anyone on this earth. It is a peace that the world can’t understand. The world can’t give it to you, and the world can’t take it away; unless you allow it to. Only God can bless us with peace that passes all (earthly) understanding.

 

Psalm 29:11 – The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

 

 

God’s peace guards our hearts and minds

 

Philippians 4:7 NIV – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

The peace that God gives has the power to guard (or protect) our hearts and our minds. When we believe the gospel message and give our hearts and minds to God the power of Christ comes into our life in the form of the Holy Spirit. Christ lives in and through us:

 

Romans 8:10 – But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.

 

 

It is the power of Christ, in us, that will protect our hearts and minds. But there is another component here. We must have righteousness. That righteousness is Christ in us; but we can make that power weak by indulging in sin. In a sense, indulging in sin is like calling off the guard Christ has put on our hearts and minds. It is like saying to Christ; I want to live my way, so leave me alone.

 

Though He doesn’t completely leave us, (Thank goodness), He allows us to move away from Him and the guard He has placed on our hearts and minds moves away with us. This leaves us open to attacks from satan; and more temptation to sin. If we don’t confess our sin; and forsake it, we move into a rebellious condition, and that in turn can lead to moving further from Christ.

 

 

 Peace is part of the Fruit of the Spirit:

 

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

 

Notice that it is called the “fruit of the Spirit” and not the “fruits of the Spirit”. These characteristics combine to make up the fruit of the Spirit. We can’t truly possess the fruit of the Spirit unless we have all of these together. Peace is a blessing from God; but it needs to be combined in our spirit, by the Holy Spirit, with love, joy, forbearance, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.

 

 

To receive peace, we must seek and pursue it

 

Psalm 34:14 -Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

 

Notice that the first requirement is to “turn from evil and do good”. To receive God’s peace, we must first receive His salvation. We must have a change of heart and mind that can only come by believing the gospel and inviting Christ to live in and through you. Once our heart is turned to Him; changes will start to take place in the way we think and how we act. We will feel a call toward holiness and righteousness that wasn’t there before we gave our heart to Him.

 

 

We are still free to ignore that call and go our own way; but not without suffering within our spirit or possibly feeling separated from God. When this happens, the only way to get right again is to confess our sins and ask forgiveness.

 

 

When we are spiritually connected to God we are free to seek peace from Him. Remember, that the Holy Spirit lives within you and will give you peace from within. There may be a storm around us; but we can seek and pursue the peace of God within. The world can’t touch that kind of peace.

 

 

Let vengeance to God, to inherit the blessing of peace

 

1 Peter 3:9 – Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

 

A heart full of vengeance cannot receive the blessing of peace. Do not seek your own revenge. God has said “Vengeance is mine”. Do not return evil for evil (of your own), or insult for insult (of your own). To do so will forfeit your peace.

 

Repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. Peace that passes all earthly understanding, is a blessing that God wants to give us. But we are called to forgive, and to let the vengeance to God.

 

Romans 12:19 & 20 – 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

 

 

 

Attempt to live at peace with everyone

 

Romans 12:18 – If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

 

We should attempt to live at peace with everyone. Sometimes that isn’t possible. The other person may not desire to be at peace with us. Or they may be unwilling to forgive. But we should do all that is within our power to live in peace with those around us.

 

 

Surrender your anxiety to God

 

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 

God has told us to cast all our cares, or anxiety on Him. We cannot experience His peace without first surrendering our state of worry. Anxiety is the opposite of faith and trust.

 

God wants us to have faith in Him and trust Him completely. If we hold on to worry, anxiety, anger or an unwillingness to forgive; we are not trusting God to take care of the situation in His way and in His time. Therefore we forfeit the peace He longs to bless us with.

 

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 

Overcome evil with good

 

Romans 12:21 – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

Evil exists in this world. We will all come in contact with it at one time or another in our lives. God tells us that we need not be overcome by evil. He doesn’t say we won’t have evil in our lives; but that we don’t need to be overcome by it. In fact, he says we can overcome evil with good. Instead of dwelling on the evil; we are to think about the good, and to be faithful in doing good. The evil will be in our lives; but we need not be overcome. We can overcome evil with good.

 

 

Peace in the midst of trouble

 

John 16:33 – I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

 

God doesn’t promise that we will not have trouble; in fact He says we will have trouble in this world. But He wants us to know that we can have peace, in Him, during the storms in our life. He wants us to take heart and believe that He has overcome the world! His Holy Spirit is living inside of us, and will give us peace if we seek and pursue it in His righteousness.

 

 

Perfect peace for those who trust in God

 

Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

 

The peace that God gives is perfect, as He is perfect. But we must trust Him and surrender all unrighteousness to Him . We must cast all our cares upon Him; knowing that He cares for us, and is able to deliver us. Conditions must be right in our life for us to receive the peace that He desires to give those that love, trust and obey Him.

 

 

 The God of all hope

 

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Our God is the God of all hope. All of our hope comes through Him. This verse tells us that He will fill us with all joy and peace. But don’t miss the second part of that sentence “as you trust in Him”. We must trust in God to receive the blessing of His peace in our hearts and minds. Then we will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

 

 

The Lord of peace

 

2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

 

As I write this post; I am praying for each of my dear readers. My prayer is that if you are not saved, you would be able to come to a saving knowledge of Christ.  And believe that he died for our sins, confess to be forgiven, and surrender all unrighteousness to the healing presence of the Holy Spirit within. Then when all conditions are right; may the Lord of peace give you peace at all times and in every way. May the Lord of peace be with all of you.

 

 

Please feel free to contribute your thoughts in the comment section.  Your thoughts and opinions are important to me and I love comments.

 

Come back again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.

 

If you would like to read more like this, please click on the links below:

 

What Does The Bible Say About Aging?

Rejoice in the Lord Always

The Light That Overcomes the Darkness

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

 

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What’s in Your Gut?

Ewwww. Who wants to talk about their guts, right? As it turns out though, what is in your gut is very important to your overall health.

 

So, what is in your gut?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are lots of little bacteria, called intestinal microflora, living in our intestines. When the balance is right, everybody is happy and everything runs smoothly. But if something upsets the balance, like taking an antibiotic for instance. There ends up being a big fight down there and you end up with an angry gut!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinarily you wouldn’t care if your gut was angry; but unfortunately the anger boils over and presents itself as very unpleasant symptoms like gas, bloating, pain, inflammation, and constipation or diarrhea. That gets our attention, to our dismay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to an article called “Bacteria in the Intestine, Helpful Residents or Enemies from Within?” written by Geraldine O. Canny and Beth A. McCormick, as found on American Society for Microbiology site at this location: http://iai.asm.org/content/76/8/3360.full

 

“An absence of intestinal bacteria is associated with reductions in mucosal cell turnover, vascularity, muscle wall thickness, motility, baseline cytokine production, and digestive enzyme activity and with defective cell-mediated immunity. Furthermore, the intestinal microflora makes important metabolic contributions to vitamin K, folate, and short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate, a major energy source for enterocytes, and also mediates the breakdown of dietary carcinogens.”

 

 

And also, the following is about the number of bacteria in our gut from the same article:

 

“The large intestine contains organisms belonging to over 30 identified genera and as many as 500 separate species or phenotypes. The main types of bacteria in the colon are obligate anaerobes, and the most abundant bacteria are members of the genus Bacteroides, anaerobic gram-positive cocci, such as Peptostreptococcus sp., Eubacterium sp., Lactobacillus sp., and Clostridium sp. More recent studies of large bowel biopsies confirmed that Bacteroides was a dominant genus in the specimens examined.”

 

 

For more information; please visit this link: http://iai.asm.org/content/76/8/3360.full

 

We all have bacteria in our guts. From the above paragraph, it looks like we have many different strains of bacteria living in our digestive systems.

 

 

 

I like to think that the intestinal flora act as little soldiers who keep the pathogens from invading and colonizing in our gut to cause malfunction and disease. Each of these soldiers has their own position to maintain.

 

 

There are guards who keep watch and signal the immune system that invaders are present, when a pathogen tries to breach the mucosa of our intestines. Their signal brings our little soldiers running to the rescue, ready for battle.

 

 

 

 

There are the soldiers in charge of defending invasion by pathogens. Still others keep the balance by competing and consuming available nutrients, so that there is not an overproduction of those nutrients, which would support the unwanted invasion by the pathogens.

 

 

Then there is the task presented to the microflora colonies of fermenting the non-digestible carbohydrates. This causes the generation of short chain fatty acids.

 

These short chain fatty acids are: Acetate, Proprionate and Butyrate. They play a large role in gut immunity. They are the good guys. You want to make sure you are promoting them by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt, cheese, sourdough bread, apple cider vinegar, buttermilk, etc.

 

 

All of these individual bacteria must interact and compete with each other for nutrients, etc. While they all have their own job to do; they also need each other. And problems come about when there is an overgrowth of one of these bacteria; which upsets the balance. For instance, an overgrowth of yeast resulting after taking antibiotics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now entering into this drama are probiotics. Probiotics are microorganisms that are believed to provide health benefits when consumed. Doctors often prescribe these when we take antibiotics to replenish the beneficial microflora to prevent an overgrowth of yeast.

 

 

Inflammation can occur because of many different factors; and it is not completely understood how the bacteria in our gut play a part in the inflammation in our bodies.

 

While the bacteria are necessary for immunity; it is also clear that they can cause inflammation. They can either deter inflammation or make a pathway for it’s occurrence. It is an excepted belief, however, that keeping the bacteria in our gut in a healthy balance is paramount to overall health.  Eating healthy and getting regular exercise can help.

 

Many doctors think that taking a broad spectrum probiotic may also help to keep our good bacteria in balance. There are many on the market. Here are a couple I found on Amazon.

 

 


Another way of helping to keep our gut healthy is by the introduction of anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal substances such as coconut oil. There are many uses for coconut oil; and a healthy gut is just one of them. You can check out my post “Coconut Oil Uses for Health and Beauty” here:

 

 

Coconut Oil Uses for Health and Beauty

 

This is the coconut oil that I use.

 

 

 

Apple cider vinegar is another substance that is said to aid in our digestive health and have many other beneficial effects on our bodies. To read more, check out my post:

 

Apple Cider Vinegar for Health Issues

 

And my review:

 

Apple Cider Vinegar Use Review

 

Here is some Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar for sale on Amazon, if you are interested.

 

 

 

 

Fresh is Best!

It’s very important to realize that highly processed foods are hard to digest and are not conducive to a healthy gut. It is better to stick to vegetables, fruits, berries, and meats that are cooked at home or served fresh. We know when we prepare healthy food at home; all the chemicals and additives will not be in there to mess with our gut.

 

What’s in your gut?

 

Are you mindful of what you are putting in to your body? Do you read labels on processed foods? Are you consuming some fermented foods for production of short chain fatty acids? Are you consuming enough fiber? Are you limiting the amount of sugar you are taking in?  Are you including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet? If you have problems, have you considered taking a probiotic to help with the balance of microflora in your gut?

 

I hope this post has helped you become more aware of what you put in to your body; how to keep your digestive system healthier, and how gut health has an effect on our overall health and well being.

 

Your thoughts on this subject are very much appreciated.  Please use the comment section below for your contribution or questions.

 

Please come back again.  My door is always open and I love company!

 

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Trip to Paris, France and Kaiserslautern, Germany – With Pictures

As per my previous post: “Return to USA From my Trip to France and Germany”, I have recently returned from a trip to Paris, France and Kaiserslautern, Germany. I took many pictures during my trip, and will be sharing a few with you in this post.

 

 

The Trip

 

We flew first to Paris, France, where we visited the Eiffel Tower; or Tour Eiffel, as it is called there.

 

It was indeed something to behold. If you go to Paris, you won’t want to miss this one.

 

The view was spectacular and you can’t really see all of the beauty and splendor in the pictures I took; but here are a few.

 

There were several floors inside the Eiffel Tower, and boutiques and shops for the avid shopper. You could buy a souvenir from your visit, or almost anything else you might want from the varied shops.

 

 

 

 

From the Tour Eiffel; we walked back to the parking garage, and my daughter in law once again braved the Paris traffic. They mostly drive small cars there, which lend themselves to weaving in and out of traffic at will. Or they drive motor bikes or bicycles, that they bravely weave among the vehicles.

 

We passed a bicycle taxi cab (I believe they are called Rickshaws). I thought the person driving must have strong leg muscles with all that peddling. 🙂 Sorry I didn’t get a picture.

 

We squeezed the five of us back into the compact rental car that was supposed to be a station wagon, and my daughter in law drove the five hour drive from Paris France to Kaiserslautern, Germany.

 

We arrived at a little after 9 pm; and it sure was good to stretch out on an air mattress and get some rest, after our cramped five hour car ride. 🙂

 

In the morning, I got to meet my great grandchildren twins, Alana and Xavier. They are eight months old and adorable! And I renewed my acquaintance with sweet three year old William; the twins big brother. Great Grandma can’t help but share a couple pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

The next day was a laid back visiting day. We just relaxed and settled in. My granddaughter’s husband is stationed in Kaiserslautern for another year yet. I am thankful for their hospitality, and for their willingness to share their house, and their beautiful family for a week.

 

Thank you Chris and Eva.  🙂

 

 

 

 

Yabadoo

 

The day after, we visited an indoor children’s play park called “Yabadoo”. It was a birthday party for one of William’s friends. I took many pictures, but I will share just a few.

 

 

 

 

I don’t know what you call this; but it was a lot of fun for the children. It is made of a rubbery like material; such as you might imagine an air balloon would be made of. The children climb up it and then slide down; or they can sit on the top. This is the birthday girl climbing up.

 

 

 

I kept watching the kids and it looked like fun; so I decided to give it a try. The first time I didn’t make it all the way up; but the second time, I did (with a little hand up, at the top). I felt like I had conquered old age when I got to the top. But then I had to be brave enough to slide down. I managed to slide down safely obviously, or I wouldn’t be here writing this.

 

 

 

My daughter in law made it to the top too.  And my son gave it the best effort.  He got close, too.

 

As we came in, and as we left, we were greeted by this very cute Kangaroo.

 

 

Currency

 

My daughter in law and granddaughter went to the Commissary one day, and exchanged our American dollars for European Euros. This is the currency we needed to spend in Germany. The dollar is a coin; and there is a two dollar coin. The exchange rate in Germany (right now) is such that for $100 US dollars I received 90 Euros.

 

 

 

Beethoven Haus

 

On Saturday, we took a two hour drive to Bonn, to visit the Beethoven Haus; which was the house where composer, Ludwig van Beethoven was born and raised. The museum was interesting; but it would have been more so if I could have read the German writings. 🙂

 

 

 

We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the museum; but I took some outside in the garden area.

 

 

Coming in and leaving the Beethoven Haus; we passed a wall with some beautiful murals. I was very impressed with them and took a couple pictures.

 

 

I would like to share the twins mode of transportation while walking to and from Beethoven Haus. They just love the coziness; and are interested in everything they see.

 

 

 

 

Lunch at the Commissary

 

On Sunday we went to the commissary for lunch. It was, more or less, a pizza buffet. There were several different kinds of pizza, a salad bar, some other foods, and a place to make your own sundae. Yummy. Here is Alana enjoying her cucumber and baby rattle dinner.

 

 

 

 

Smiling Donkey

 

As we traveled through town, I kept seeing this smiling donkey ; and I fell in love with him. I think you will agree that he has a winning smile. He’s somewhat of a town mascot according to my granddaughter. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Castle Nanstein

 

We also visited Castle Nanstein; the castle of the last chevalier, Franz von Sickingen. It is a castle ruin; but there is still a lot of the original structure to explore.The first documented mention was in the year 1253. From the 13th to the 15th century it was an Imperial Castle. Franz von Sickingen was sole proprietor from 1518 to 1523; when he was injured during a seige of the palace. He died, May 7, 1523.

 

 

 

Reconstruction to a Renaissance castle by the descendants of Sickingen took place in 1543.

 

 

Capture by the elector of Palatinate; partly detonated the facility in 1668. Further detonation of the castle occurred through french troops in 1689. From 1869 there have been attempts to renovate the ruin in parts.

 

 

 

 

It was interesting to see how they used the rock formations as part of their construction. And how beautiful the rocks are.

 

 

 

The arches and the architecture speak of medieval times. It is very quaint and beautiful.  It takes you back in history, in your minds eye, as you imagine the lives of people who lived here and worked within these walls.

 

 

 

I’m thinking that the following pictures might be the dungeon. It was damp and cold, and without the modern electricity would have been very dark, also.

 

I imagined prisoners from medieval times, as they were drug down into this miserable place, possibly in chains, and with just the clothes on their backs. The misery and suffering they must have gone through, was more than I could ever imagine. It sent cold chills up my spine.

 

The view from the castle was beautiful. I took pictures; but the beauty cannot be captured as well in photos, as when it is seen with the naked eye.

 

 

 

 

Return Home

 

Wednesday, we left at 2am for the 5 hour drive back to Paris. After the return of the rental car; we were to wait for a flight; but we lost our seats on that flight. We ended up taking a later flight to Miami, FL, and then on to Philadelphia. We had a night’s layover there and then on to State College, PA and home.

 

 

It was great to see State College, PA

 

It was beautiful taking off from Miami late at night.  Looking down on the city lights was like looking at a piece of black velvet with jewels on it.  I didn’t get pictures; but I did take a couple leaving Philadelphia.

 

 

 The camera doesn’t show the true extent of the beauty.

 

The traveling exhausted me; but overall my trip was an experience I will never forget. I must give thanks to my son and daughter in law (who works at State College airport) for making this opportunity possible.

 

Thank you, Chris and Barb, for including me. 🙂

 

 

I trust you enjoyed going along with me, through pictures, on my travels to Paris, France and Kaiserslautern, Germany. And this proud great grandma hopes you enjoyed seeing pictures of the twins and William.

 

I hope this post also sparks in you a desire to get out of your comfort zone, stretch your horizons, and do something new and different.

 

You are never too old to try new things, experience new places, and learn and grow. Maybe you can still climb a tower and slide down, like I did at Yabadoo.

 

Or maybe it is some other kind of tower you need to conquer, or a mountain you need to climb, or just a circumstance you need to look at in a new and different way.

 

Don’t be afraid to stretch the boundaries of your comfort zones; you never know to what heights it can lead; and what thrill it holds when conquered.

 

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

 

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