Surrender 2014

Super Healthy Ways Celery Contributes to Your Overall Health

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Happy Monday!!!

In honor of National Celery Month, I thought I would re-post a recent post I wrote about the beauty of Celery!

Whether it’s Game Day, a simple party or group meeting; what is almost always on the menu? Wings!celery-juice

Yum! You open up the box going for a drumstick, a flat, or both. But what is usually always overlooked and discarded? The celery!

In fact, it’s been so ignored, that it has been replaced by carrots. Crickets!!! I know it just dawned on you that there used to be celery in the box.

Well break out that peanut butter we talked about on last week, because after you read of the health benefits of celery, you may conclude you’ve found the perfect companion for your peanut butter. Continue reading

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Ordinary is Tempting Until You Win a Dance Contest

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I’m the weird family member who doesn’t eat meat and watches her sugar. In my presence they all make excuses for their food choices.

I don’t want to be the food police.

In fact, there are times that I wish I was an ordinary eat-like-the-rest-of-the-world-individual. Quiet as it’s kept, I know that Buffalo wings are tasty and that cheesecake could wash away every care (at least for about 15 minutes, lol).

To be honest, on occasion I contemplate throwing this whole clean eating agenda out the window.

That’s until I won the dance contest. Continue reading

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40 Days and Beyond

Congratulations, you did it! You completed Cycle 8 – New Beginnings!!!

So now that you completed The 40-Day Surrender Fast, what’s next?

An abundant life!

God’s plan for you has never changed and the beauty of surrendering is that it advances you and anoints you to complete the assignment you were created to complete before the beginning of time.

I was just reading this morning the words that were said to Saul upon being anointed as Israel’s next king by Samuel the prophet. Samuel told Saul that on Saul’s way home he would meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place and they will be prophesying. When this encounter happened, “The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.” (I Samuel 10:6-7, NIV)

I  love this! And it made me think of you and the experience that you just had being part of Cycle 8. God divinely linked us for such a time as this and your obedience to God’s plan these last 40 days has empowered you for his greater work. Therefore, whatever you put your hands to, do it with all your might for the Lord has blessed it!

We would love to hear from you. Please post your praise report here or email it to testimony@surrenderfast.com.

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

P.S. Check out the redesigned website for Dr. Celeste Owens Ministries. CLICK HERE

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The Intoxicating Benefits of a Bath

Woman Resting in Bath ca. 2001

I just came across this 1970’s commercial. Do any of you remember this famous slogan?

The Traffic.
The Boss.
The Baby.
The Dog.
Calgon Take Me Away.

If you do remember this commercial, perhaps when you watched it you were instantly put in the mood for a nice escape behind the quiet door that leads to that porcelain oasis of serenity; where you could soak for an hour and travel to wherever your imagination would take you.

Speaking of that…when was the last time you were taken away by a nice hot bubble bath?

I know, I know who has time for baths right? In today’s fast-paced society, where we’re in a rush to accomplish as much possible in our 16 hour days (give or take an hour depending on how much sleep you need) showers have become the norm by default.

Yes I know showers are convenient and of course they have their benefits, but bathing may become well worth the extra effort once you hear of its many benefits. Continue reading

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#Prosperity Mindset

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Well Surrender Fasters it’s Week 6 of Surrender Fast 2014 and we are on the last leg of this race. What a mighty time we have had, but it’s not over; God has one last purging to do.

All Cycle long we’ve focused on changing our minds in order to walk into our New Beginning. So this week will be no different. God is instructing us to exchange a poverty mindset for one of prosperity.

Both the poverty and prosperity mindsets are ways of thinking. The poverty mindset is rooted in fear and lack, while a prosperity mindset is rooted in love and abundance.

It’s evident that one is living from a poverty perspective when you hear phrases like this coming from their mouth:

  • “I work so hard, but still can’t make ends meet.”
  • “If the economy would turn around, I might have a chance,”
  • “I never get anything the easy way.”
  • “If I ever have extra, I’ll be the first to give back and live generously.”

WRONG. Continue reading

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The Many Benefits of Black Tea

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Quick fact: after water tea is the most consumed beverage in the world.

I hear you…no…this is another article on the benefits of green tea.

Well, it was going to be until my husband went to the store and picked up a box of black tea instead of green tea which, in turn, put me in a mad scramble to learn if there were any benefits to these ostracized leaves.

After some research I thanked my husband for going against the grain and getting something that would soon become a staple in my health, hair and skin regimen.

The Benefits of Black Tea… as it Relates to Health

Black tea can help control or even prevent diabetes: 

  • Black tea has a significant amount of polysaccharides (carbohydrates) that work to decrease blood sugar absorption.
  • Research shows that countries which drink greater amounts of black tea have the smallest occurrence of Type 2 Diabetes.

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Freedom to Live Your Dreams

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Today is the start of Week 4 of Surrender Fast 2014.

Day 22 from The 40-Day Surrender Fast devotional reminds us to Dust off Our Dreams. What an amazing reminder from the God of New Beginnings!

In fact, that is our theme for this Cycle of fasting: New Beginnings. During this time God is giving fresh wind, and new life to that dream you thought would no longer come to pass. Well be encouraged, you have been hand-picked to see the resurrection of what you thought was dead.

If you have been joining us for the Morning Prayer Calls you know that we have been focusing on changing our mindsets in order to receive the manifestation of our new beginning. Continue reading

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Week 3 – Surrender Fast 2014: New Beginnings

Welcome to Day 15 Surrender Fasters! Remember, you have been hand-picked for a New Beginning so don’t let anything stop you from reaching the finish line.

Each Monday I like to greet you with a thought for the week. Well for the second week in a row, fellow Surrender Faster Brandi Jefferson-Motley, has said it best! Please check out her reflections on suffering, which includes profound insights like: “At times, we also forget that each trial is temporal and comes with its own expiration date.”

Can you praise God that your test has an expiration date! It may not look like it right now but things are already getting better.

Be sure to hang out with us every weekday morning (M-Th) at 7am (EST) for the Morning Prayer Call. Each call is recorded to give you 24/7 access so listen or re-listen as much as you please. CLICK HERE FOR RECORDED CALLS

Be encouraged and keep on surrendering!

Here’s the link to Brandi’s blog post: Monday Morning Motivation and Inspiration – September 29, 2014.

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The Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Coconut! Google.com describes the Coconut Tree as the tall palm that yields the coconut. This tree grows mainly by coastal beaches and has become naturalized throughout the tropics. Many tropical economies are dependent upon its products, which includes copra (dried coconut kernels from which oil is obtained) and coir (fiber from the outer husk of the coconut, used for making ropes and matting).

Just a few years back, coconut oil was at the top of the list of unhealthy oils to use, but today–thanks to much research–many now view coconut oil as one of the most resourceful and versatile natural products on the earth.

When God created the coconut, He created a superfood.

Likewise, today we know that coconut oil is heart healthy, can lower cholesterol (thanks to the saturated fat called lauric acid which has been shown to increase the good HDL) and can keep us at a good balance weight (because of fats called medium chain triglycerides; the breakdown of these types of fats in the liver equal more energy burned).

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Day 1 of Cycle 8 Begins Today!

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

The theme for this cycle is New Beginnings. This is your opportunity for a fresh start, restoration, and/or reconciliation. I don’t know what situation/circumstances in your life could use a fresh start but God does and He is here to resurrect your seemingly dead dream!

We started today with prayer. 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#

If you haven’t already be sure to register at http://www.surrenderfast.com to receive daily updates. Also see our website to sign up for the Connector Group that is just right for you.

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

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