When You Hear These Words

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When you hear these words, what immediately comes to mind…

What is it that you do upon waking up in the mornings?

What’s the very first thought that pops into your head?

Do you think about how the LORD woke you up, granting you yet another day to experience His glory, or do you focus on the thought that, “It’s time to make the doughnuts?”

Do you think about where you might be able to see God, hear God, and know God in your day, or do you instead think about all the responsibilities that you have?

Do you praise God for delivering you from your yesterdays, or do you perseverate on what went wrong everyday of your life so far?

Do you excitedly look forward to spending time studying the Word of God, or do you make excuses about why you “just don’t have any time” to get into the Bible?

Do you spend time praying, or do you spend time complaining?

Do you awake with a smile on your face and in your heart because of what Jesus did for you and for all, or do you grimace, thinking only of how much you have sacrificed, given up for others, lost, etc.?

When you hear these words, what immediately comes to mind? 

Spiritual Life Fitness Challenge:  Let’s all make an effort to change our perspectives. Let us, each one of us, concentrate on the holy and allow the grace of God to transform our thinking and our stance. Let’s approach the days we are given with awe, thanksgiving, and love.

A #TRUTH15 Message for My OneWord Journey

BREATHE|A Phone Tree Bible Study Experience (Week 9 – The Final Lesson)

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Thoughts… (My Reflections & Considerations)
When I first started this study, I can recall asking myself three distinct questions. I had asked whether the Sabbath held meaning and relevance for the saint of today, I had asked whether or not the BREATHE message was one that I had not been allowing in my busy life, and I had asked whether or not there was something that I needed to learn from this message. Well, I can definitely say that the BREATHE-Sabbath message and lessons were, indeed, relevant, needful, timely, and purposed.

There were so many unique points that Priscilla made throughout this Bible study. The overall takeaways for me, however, had to do with freedom and surrender.

Words… (Scriptural References and Study Points)
For this, the final week, I have decided to leave a series of questions for your consideration. These are real-time thoughts that will hopefully lead you, just as they led me, to even more time with the LORD.

– Do you allow yourself any breathing room each day to simply remember, reflect and worship the LORD?
– In those private moments of worship that you are fortunate enough to carve out for yourself, is your experience rich?
– Who do you make your worship experience about? (Do you spend more time talking to God about yourself or do you take time to truly and sincerely honor and glorify Him?)
– If you have learned the value of having and living a surrendered life before God, in what ways has the sovereign LORD showed you a new kind of freedom?
– From this point forward, what (or who) do you intend to make your “Top 3″ in terms of priorities?

Suggested Scripture Reading: Psalm 34

Actions… (Life Application)
Start a praise journal. Write down a praise or worship meditation each day. Challenge yourself to go further by reading the book of the psalms. Copy resonating entries that breathe life into your heart.

“…God gave us the Sabbath to refocus our attention – to cause us to bring to the center stage of our minds and hearts the Person who we have placed at the periphery far too long. Margin keeps us from marginalizing God.” – P. Shirer

In the Stillness (Appreciating Your Time with God)

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In the stillness, there is quiet, there is peace, there is calm. There is beauty and the fullness of God’s presence. There, in that place of stillness, there is a soothing grace that reaches out, connecting the Divine heart to the life heart of the pilgrim saint.

As you draw each breath in, begin to appreciate each moment that you have been given. Look at it – the moment – as a place of worship. See it as a place for praise. Be still. Be motionless in spirit. Be free.

Live in the stillness that brings forth a holy awareness and awe.

Young Woman Enjoying the View

A.M. Scripture Reflection: Psalm 46:10

Spiritual Life Fitness Principles to Live By:

1) Strive to see God in all things.

2) Surrender to God all things.

3) Seek to hear God’s voice (His Word) before all things.

Salad Love and Then Some

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Salad Love: 260 Crunchy, Savory, and Filling Meals You Can Make Every Day by David Bez

About This Book: “Salads take the spotlight in this visually arresting cookbook that showcases a year’s worth of weekday recipes so exciting you’ll want to eat salads every day.

At the request of his co-workers who were constantly admiring his lunches, David Bez started the photo-driven blog Salad Pride, embarking on a year-long challenge to create one new salad every day. The blog instantly gained popularity for its creative salads that require no special cooking skills. The cookbook Salad Love pairs his vibrant photographs with accompanying recipes arranged around seasonal produce.
Recipes include Egg, Asparagus, Croutons, and Pecorino for Spring; Crabmeat, Avocado, Nori, and Cucumber for Summer; Kale, Raspberries, and Blackberries for Fall; and Manchego, Dried Apricots, Fennel, and Radicchio for Winter. Many salads in the book require only a cutting board and a knife, so lunches can be made fresh at your desk. With an emphasis on fresh, whole foods, and innovative flavor combinations, these salads truly excite and inspire.”

A Phone Tree Healthy Living Review: Can you fall in love with a book? I am here to tell you that you totally can. This book is absolutely amazing! I L-O-V-E it. The pictures are colorful and inviting. The recipes are simple and adventurous. The author’s words and guidance are so rich and honest. I felt both educated and inspired as I read through this work of art.

What I Adored About This Book…
– The author showed me a way to make my salads exciting versus ho hum.
– The author presented super simple salad combinations that could be created realistically without breaking the bank or without compromising on taste.
– The author provided excellent suggestions on the basic truths of salad making.
– The author taught me how to make the most of my salads via dressings and spices.
– The author showed me the tools I would need for my salad masterpieces.
– The author opened my eyes to a whole new world of salad love possibilities.

I confess that this book is one of my new favorites. I plan on referring to it often. I cannot wait to tell my clients about it. Wow! I am over-the-moon on this one.

Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: All
Category: Food, Healthy Eating, Salads, Health/Fitness, A Wellness Lifestyle, Nutritious Meals

A complimentary copy of this title was made available for review in exchange for an honest critique. I was not required or expected to submit a positive review. The words I have expressed are my own.

BREATHE|A Phone Tree Bible Study Experience ( Week 8)

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Thoughts… (My Reflections & Considerations)
So much came from my reading this week that I don’t even know where to begin! In order to make things simple enough to digest, I have decided to share the main points I learned as “Hear Me” points.

Week 8 “Hear Me” Points ->
1) We are loved by the eternal God who is not only the LORD God Provider, but He is also the LORD God Truth.
2) We can always trust God to communicate AND orchestrate His perfect plan, which will forever be THE perfect plan.

Words… (Scriptural References and Study Points)
– Read and study Exodus 16.
– Identify at least three ways that the LORD manifests His presence and provision in these verses.
– What is it important for us, as a people of God, to learn from Exodus 16:28?
– What do these verses teach us about trusting and depending on God?
– Reflect on Psalm 23’s “I shall not want” message and the LORD’s Prayer words, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
– What is the underlying Sabbath principle focus for this week?

Actions… (Life Application)

Recite these words out loud daily…”LORD, I trust You to provide the just right amount of what I truly need.”

“Listen for the rhythms of God’s grace and live according to its cadence – easy, light, full of mercy.”

Bible Study Helps and Tips from Kim Cash Tate

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Hi All!
As a Bible study enthusiast and lover of the Word of God, I am always seeking out resources, helps, and aids that can assist me, as well as others, in growing in the faith. With that in mind, I wanted to take a moment to share some wonderful videos from Christian author Kim Cash Tate. In the videos, Kim does a magnificent job of educating Truth seekers on what they can do to improve their study efforts. Please do yourself a favor and watch.

Many Blessings,

BREATHE|A Phone Tree Bible Study Experience (Week 7)

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Thoughts… (My Reflections & Considerations)

I absolutely adored this week’s reading! I walked away with a new appreciation for the word no. I knew that there was power in it, but Priscilla helped me to better see the freedom that comes with it as well. She helped me to see how the inability to say no impacts my God-love stance. She also helped me to see what that inability to say no reveals about my relationship to other things, people, etc.

The message that stayed with me could be wrapped up in three words…rest, rely, and respond. I understand that if I do these things – rest in the LORD, rely on His Spirit, and respond to His will – I can, indeed, go to that sacred place of worship where I can both breathe in and savor the Most High in the way in which He deserves.

The Spirit of God lives in us, not only to enliven us, but also to empower us to regain control. We need only to surrender to His work in our lives. Yes, that’s right. The Sabbath is about surrender. To the extent that you and I yield to the Spirit’s control, that’s the extent to which we will begin to see His fruit flourish in our lives. He will empower us to be self-controlled and have the courage to say ‘no’ without guilt, shame, or worry.”

Words… (Scriptural References and Study Points)

“In your own words, rewrite and expand on this idea: The Sabbath is about surrender.” (P. Shirer, p. 49)

Actions… (Life Application)

This week, make it a point to read, review, study and meditate on the fruit of the Spirit. At the end of the each day, journal about what you have learned and about what you come to realize about yourself and your response to the Spirit’s fruit.