One Sure-Fire Tactic for Relieving Pain

We must develop and maintain
the capacity to forgive. He who
is devoid of the power to
forgive is devoid of the power
to love. There is some good in
the worst of us and some evil
in the best of us. When we
discover this, we are less
prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King Jr.
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FORGIVENESS can look and sometimes be an overwhelmingly hard thing to do. Especially the kind that has festered for weeks, months, or years.

To forgive or not to forgive can feel like an emotional roller coaster ride. On one hand you feel like I have a right to be upset and then on the other you know it’s not always worth the time and energy it takes to maintain that level of anger against someone.

As I was watched Dr. Owens minister about the importance of health Tuesday night at The First Baptist Church of Glenarden, she made a profound statement. She said that sickness could be a product of unforgiveness. WOW! That was truly one of those statements that stops you in your tracks and causes you to meditate; a “Selah” moment indeed. Continue reading

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Kitchen Rescue: Which Foods to Avoid When Shopping

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Information is a source of learning.
But unless it is organized, processed, and
available to the right people in a format for decision making,
it is a burden, not a benefit.
William Pollard
Hey Guys!
In today’s world it seems like the general consensus is “the quicker the better.” Fast food chains are on a rise. Instead of fast food every now and again, we’re deciding on which would be the healthiest to eat for tonight. Most every restaurant you ride pass after 5pm is packed; leaving household kitchens empty.

Food for Thought: If the restaurants are packed and you find yourself waiting, would it me more advantageous to put something together at home? You could save money, time, as well as possibly prevent illness/food poisoning that can come from under cook food (due to the rush rush mentality).

So if you are going to cook at home you will need to grocery shop. In the grocery stores you see lots of people shopping inside versus outside the perimeter of the store. Then you have people like me, who do a little of both.
Yes, I know it’s much better to stay on the outskirts, but sometimes my wallet says otherwise and I have to venture inside. But the inside is where label reading is necessary and can be sometimes intimidating.

Although you may not understand every ingredient, here’s a list of food ingredients you should never eat. In other words, Avoid, Avoid, Avoid!!!

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Confessions of a Late Night Eater

Beloved, I pray that you
may prosper in every way and
(that your body) may keep well,
even as (I know) your soul 
keeps well and prospers
3 John 1:2
Good Health
Hey Guys!
So last night I had pizza and wings for dinner (Yum!). It was so good but it was a late dinner so after sleeping for a bit, I awoke realizing that my body wasn’t feeling quite right. I was super hot and sweaty.

It didn’t take me long to realize that this was the effects of the “yummy dinner” I had consumed a few hours back; my body was rejecting all the grease and spiciness it had just ingested.

This wasn’t the first time that had happened, and I realized that it wouldn’t be the last time if I didn’t change my diet for good. Continue reading
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The God Who Divinely Connects the Dots

Welcome to Week 3 of Cycle 9 of the Surrender Fast! Theme #DivineConnections.

On the Morning Prayer call I shared the story of how I lived through a paint job gone wrong. I had carefully planned the colors for my home but last minute decision to change one of the colors at the paint store left me with  regret so overwhelming that the night of the mistake I went to bed at 8pm with my clothes on! I pulled the covers over my head hoping to sleep through the mistake.

However the next day I made the decision to believe it could out for my good and it did. Surprisingly, my “mistake” colors worked perfectly with the colors I had chosen from the beginning. Continue reading

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Listen with the Heart

I remind myself every morning:
Nothing I say this day will 
teach me anything. So if I’m
going to learn, I must do it
by listening
Larry King
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Imagine giving someone your complete, undivided attention — without dazing out or looking disinterested — where you listen with your heart and not with your thoughts or feelings. What would that look like and why is it important?
Well everyone, from the most self involved to the most meek, wants to be heard and understood.

James 1:19(Amp) reads, “Understand (this), my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear (a ready listener), slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.”

If we could really grasp what the scripture is saying, and take ourselves out of the equation and really just listen to someone else, we’d probably eliminate being offended and angry.Believe me when I say, it is truly a blessing to be able to speak and express ourselves, but it is even more beneficial to sit back and just listen.

If you have mastered this unique skill set, then you possess some advantages that some of us may not be aware of. But for those who have not Lets Explore in five steps:

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Week 2 – The Most Important Divine Connections

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Welcome to Week 2 of the Surrender Fast!

This week as we press forward with our theme “Divine Connections” God is reminding us that no other connections matter more than being connected to Him, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.

One lesson we learned today on the Morning Prayer Call is that when we are fully connected to God in a Finished Place, He opposes our enemies and moves them out of the way. A chapter from Moses’ life confirms this truth.

In Numbers 12:1-16, Moses is being challenged and talked about by his brother and sister who were also part of his leadership team. Thankfully God had Moses’ back and all he had to do was move out of the way while God handled it.

How do you get to the point where God is bulldozing your opposition? I’m glad you asked. Continue reading

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The Power of Bananas

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If you get hungry mid-day, a banana is the best snack at your desk, after a workout, or in between classes.
(Mark Samuelsson)

Have you ever wondered what the secret behind Curious George’s extreme energy was or why the man with the Big Yellow hat never quite figured it out? The secret was right under Curious George’s nose. A Banana!!!

Bananas are known as one of the worlds healthiest foods. They’re nutritious, hearty, filling and beneficial. Not to mention, there cheap and easy to tote around thanks to there cool yellow packaging. And because of that packaging, bananas do not appear on the Environmental Working Groups (EWG) dirty dozen. Meaning it’s not necessary to buy them organic!!!

I can see I’ve just peaked your interest. Well then, Let take a little look, shall we…

Wellness Benefits of Bananas:

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Day 1 of Cycle 9 Surrender Fast Begins Today!

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Welcome to Day 1 of the Surrender Fast! We are excited about what God will do in and for  you in the next 40 days.

The theme for this Cycle 9 is Divine Connections. Did you know that the number 9 symbolizes divine completeness and conveys the meaning of finality? And because this is Cycle 9 God is closing some chapters and moving you on to greater!

We started today with our Morning Prayer Call. If you missed the call you can access the recording HERE via the web or by phone:

Dial-back number: 530-881-1399
Access code: 275281# Continue reading

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Egg-cellent Food

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Eggs, Eggs, Eggs.
How do you like your Eggs?
White ones,
Brown ones,
Beat ones,
Boiled ones,
Scrambled ones,
or Over easy ones?

Or, are you one of the ones that feel like eggs are your guilty pleasure, due to all the bad press they seem to get?

Well feel guilty no more. I was doing some research and I found out that eggs are actually considered a superfood! Whaaaaaat?!!!! I know, that’s exactly what I said.

So, of course I had to do more research and I ended up coming across an article that talked about a women name Emma Morano, who credited her 115 years to raw eggs and staying single (We’ll just concentrate on the eggs part for now, lol.)

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The Pre-Fast Preparation for Cycle 9 Begins Today!

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Hello and welcome to the Pre-Fast Preparation portion for Cycle 9 of Surrender Fast 2015!!! Cycle 9 marks the first cycle of fasting for 2015. We are excited about the changes that will take place in your life because of your surrender. REGISTER HERE

This Pre-Fast Preparation week is designed to slow you down so that you’re able to hear from God clearly especially as it relates to what you are to surrender for the next 40 days.

The Pre-Fast Preparation chapters are found in The 40-Day Surrender Fast Devotional. The first chapter is titled, “Let God Do a New Thing!” Continue reading

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