Worries or Worship


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Worries or Worship. Which will you choose?


I saw a saying about turning our worries instead worship. Worries and worship start with the same first three letters but they are two very different words. Worry is when we focus on our troubles. Worship is when we focus on God and show our love for Him. The W in both words remind us that it takes work to focus on God. We have problems, schedules, families and more that can take our focus off of God. We have to work at changing our focus each day. The O in both words reminds us that only you and me can make the choice to worry or worship. Nobody makes us worry. We choose to focus on our troubles. I admit some troubles make it very easy to worry. Worry can affect more than our focus.  Worry can cause anxiety and interferes with your appetite, sleep, and job performance. Only you and me can choose who or what is first in our life. The R in worries and worship remind us that when we remain in Him then we will be better able to resist the temptation to worry. Jesus says, “Remain in me and I will remain in you.”(John 15:4) Only when we remain in Christ can we overcome the daily temptation to worry. When we work on focusing on God instead of our troubles, we can see the blessings instead of just the troubles and battles in our life. We see God move in us everything around us. We can watch God turn our battles into blessings.

Healing in the Darkness by Lynn Autry

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Many of us need healing at times. We have been hurt or our husband has been hurt and we need healing. The problem really comes when we try to heal ourselves. If I get out more, I will feel better. Maybe a shopping trip or two shopping trips will take my mind off of it. When I avoid the person that hurt me, I will feel better. Anybody done this one? What we find in God’s word is still true. God never said that spending money or avoiding people healed our hurts. We have many verses that talk about healing. In Proverbs, we read, “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” (Proverbs 4:20-22) Has God’s Word been life to you? Has God’s Word brought you healing? It has for me.

During 2001-2003, I sank to a very low point in my life. I was hurt by what a group of people were saying and doing. There wasn’t much I could count on at that point in my life. There were two things I knew for sure. I needed consistent Bible study every day. God was the only one that could bring me out from the bottom of the well I had sank into. I put in the bulletin I was starting a Bible study. At that time there were zero Bible studies for women in our church. I thought maybe someone else needs this too. Five very brave women decided to do it with me. At that time I started with Breaking Free. There was a lot I needed to break free from. I remember how much of a mess I was at that time. I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t overcome this. Nothing happened over night in my life. I began to do Bible study every morning before anything else. I had resigned every thing I was leading at that time. Being a Pastor’s Wife, I was leading women, preschoolers and more. I knew I was in no shape to lead any body.

Every morning I poured God’s Word into my mind. There were many days that God’s Word kept me from running away. There were times when the enemy’s darkness just hovered over me but God’s Word provided light for me to see through the darkness. God speaks through His Word and God brings healing through His Word. God’s healing was not instant but daily. As the enemy poured lies into my mind each day, God’s Word gave me truth to take a stand against the lies. God’s Word gave me something to hang onto and fight with.

When hurt arises we need to go to God’s Word and let Him start healing us. When we try to heal ourselves, we end up with overspending, worst relationships and a very damaged person. There is a quote that says “Time heals all wounds.” That is not true. God heals our wounds. If we are not careful, time will bring bitterness to all wounds. Letting healing happen does not mean you are resigning yourself to agreeing with the hurt. It means you are wanting God’s healing instead of letting the hurt become bitterness and control your life. Make no mistake the enemy will use anything to keep you away from God’s healing and the life God intends. He doesn’t care. Pouring God’s Word in keeps me and you from believing his lies and staying at the bottom of that well. His Word brings us life and healing. The choice really is yours. You can have life and healing with any hurt we experience. We sometimes make bad choices and do not choose life instead we choose bondage. When we find God’s words of healing each day it gives us the life we need to move on. When we receive God’s healing each day, it gives us the ability to walk with our heads looking forward and our hearts seeking the Saviour.


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9 Showering Mistakes That Can Hurt You by Sara Schwartz








How many of you are doing something wrong in the shower that can hurt you?

Check out the following article.

 Showering. You do it several times a week, if not every day, but all that soaping, lathering, rinsing, and luxuriating may be doing your skin a serious disservice.

“The biggest problem we see for older patients is dry skin and itching, and that progresses to eczema,” says Patricia Farris, M.D., a dermatologist in New Orleans and Clinical Associate Professor at Tulane University. “As you grow older, your oil glands poop out on you, so you’re much more prone to dry skin. You have to adjust your bathing habits accordingly.”
Read on for the most common showering mistakes you might not be aware of.

Mistake #1: Blasting the hot water

You may think a steaming hot shower is doing therapeutic good by relaxing your muscles, but a dermatologist would tell you to stick to the heating pads and save the scalding hot water for your tea. “Hot water is bad for two reasons,” says Cynthia Bailey, M.D., a dermatologist in Northern California and founder of DrBaileySkinCare.com. “First, it removes too much of your natural oils (much like it works better than cold water for cleaning greasy pots and pans). Second, hot water brings blood circulation to your skin which is why your skin turns red like a lobster. With the circulation comes inflammatory building blocks to create more itch and even a rash.” Dr. Bailey advises that water temperature should be tepid, meaning skin temperature or just a little warmer—especially if you have fragile skin that’s prone to dryness.

Mistake #2: Showering for too long

Between the steam, streaming water, and warmth, it’s tempting to spend 15, 20, even 30 minutes in the shower, but many experts say anything more than 10 minutes is too much. “You shouldn’t shower for more than 5 to 10 minutes,” says Dr. Farris. “Shorter is better.” Long showers strip your skin of moisture, too.

Mistake #3: Using deodorant soap

It can be hard to part with products you’re used to, but if you’re using deodorant or antibacterial soaps, the harsh fragrances and ingredients are stripping moisture out of your skin. “Traditional antibacterial or deodorant soaps can cause extreme dryness, itching, and flakiness,” says Rhonda Klein, M.D., a dermatologist in Milford, CT, and Assistant Clinical Professor in Dermatology at Yale University. “Soap-free cleansers are best for aging skin. With age, the skin becomes thinner, and loses fat, sweat, and oil glands—thus moisturizing washes are most important. Some recommended products for aging skin include Cetaphil, CeraVé, Vanicream/free&clear, and Dove.”

When you’re shopping for soap, steer clear of these harsh ingredients, says Dr. Klein: parabens, fragrances, triclosan, synthetic colors, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate/sodium laureth sulfate—all can aggravate your skin and cause contact dermatitis and abnormal dryness.
Read more at http://www.grandparents.com/health-and-wellbeing/health/showering-mistakes?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl772&utm_content=templateb


10 Tricks to Help Lose 10 Pounds Fast by Beth Howard


Eat fewer carbs. Reduce portion size. Exercise more. All are solid strategies for shedding unwanted pounds. But sometimes you need a few extra tricks and tips to get the job done. Try these 10 novel ways to drop the weight fast. >>

 1. Reward—or fine—yourself

Pay yourself $1 per workout to be spent on new workout gear or other non-edible treats at the end of the month. At the same time, “fine” yourself $5 for every missed workout and donate it to the charity of your choice, suggests Andrew Herr, president and CEO of Mind + Matter, LLC, a nutrition and human performance company in Arlington, VA.

2. Eat your veggies

Eat your meal in order of lowest to highest calories: Start with veggies, then move on to lean protein. “By the time you reach those rich, starchy carbs (buttery mashed potatoes, anyone?) you will already be feeling nice and full,” says Deborah Orlick Levy, M.S., R.D., health and nutrition consultant at Carrington Farms, an organic foods company.

3. Have cake for breakfast

For real: A study from Tel Aviv University in Israel showed that obese patients who ate a breakfast that was high in protein and carbohydrates—including dessert!—were better at losing and keeping weight off than people who consumed a low-carb, low-calorie breakfast. Eating carbs and protein at the beginning of the day helps people feel full throughout the day, researchers theorize, and the sweet treat may reduce cravings.

4. Laugh it off

It may look silly but laughter yoga, which combines self-induced laughter, yogic breathing and relaxation techniques, burns about 1.3 calories a minute. Practice it for 45 minutes a day and you’ll wind up 12 pounds lighter after a year. Go to Laughteryoga.org to connect with one of more than 6,000 clubs worldwide.

5. Get fit with a group

Working out is more fun with friends and that makes it easier to maintain a fitness routine and lose weight. “Join Meet-up groups for exercise where friends and people that share your interests hold you accountable,” suggests Matty Whitmore, a fitness trainer at Spectrum Athletic Clubs in the Los Angeles area.

Read the rest at http://www.grandparents.com/health-and-wellbeing/diet-and-nutrition/lose-10-pounds-fast?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl749&utm_content=html

8 Herbs and Spices That Fight Disease by Deborah Long


The Delicious Health Benefits
You already know how important your diet is for health; you know to eat your greens and sample a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. But do you know that your spice cabinet and herb garden may provide you with powerful protection against disease, as well? Read on to discover eight common pantry items that deliver uncommon health benefits.
Some words of caution: Do not attempt to self-administer these herbs and spices as a cure. While a sprinkle or two in your meal may be good for you (and delicious!), eating them in large quantities could be dangerous. The therapeutic doses used to produce results in the following controlled studies are a promising step toward proving their worth as remedies in clinical trials. Talk to your doctor about how you can reap the benefits of herbs and spices, and be sure to ask your pharmacist about foods that may trigger reactions or otherwise work against your prescription drugs.

Cinnamon and Parkinson’s Disease

Cinnamon, which comes from the bark of a type of evergreen tree, is said to contain more antioxidants than any other spice. Among other feats, it’s been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and to reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. Now a new study suggests it also may help combat Parkinson’s disease, though researchers have yet to test this theory in clinical trials.
According to Kalipada Pahan, the lead researcher of a recent study done at Rush University Medical Center, cinnamon may help to alleviate or prevent the tremors and poor mobility suffered by those with Parkinson’s disease. The key to cinnamon’s power against Parkinson’s is a compound that is turned to sodium benzoate in the liver. The sodium benzoate is then sent to the brain, where it protects neurons and normalizes neurotransmitters.

Oregano and Staph Infections

There are so many good reasons to season your favorite savory dishes with oregano! Among the herb’s attributes are fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, iron, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, according to a study done by the Department of Agriculture, on a gram-per-gram, fresh-weight basis, oregano has four times more antioxidants than blueberries.
With so much goodness packed in each leaf, maybe the study done by a team of medical researchers in Italy shouldn’t come as a great surprise. The team used essential oil of oregano to kill drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus. Their study was published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, and the results have inspired follow-up studies to see if oregano may help stem the rising tide of drug-resistant staph infections in the United States and elsewhere.
Read about the other 6 at      http://www.grandparents.com/health-and-wellbeing/health/herbs-spices-health-benefits?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl705&utm_content=html

Cucumber Tips & Tricks taken from Smile Jamaica








1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitam…in B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2.For a pick me up in the afternoon… Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours. Slice some and put in your water bottle.

3. If you rub a cucumber slice along your bathroom mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Place a few slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.