Seeking God Through a Lens – Can ONE make a difference?

Seeking God Through a Lens – Can ONE make a difference?

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by Deb Powell

We’ve all heard that God created this world beautiful and perfect. (God is 3-in-1)

Where then did all the evil, pain, and suffering and come from?

The Bible says it was caused by ONE Angel, by the name of Lucifer.

Lucifer was God’s greatest and most beautiful angel. Unfortunately, his stature went to his head, and in his ‘pride’, he got the idea he could be just like God. But God could not allow this so He threw him out of heaven.

ONE changed the world…

This changed the world from a world of love, to a world of sin through deceiving ONE man; Adam.

ONE changed the world…

Then ONE man, Jesus, came and died on the cross for us so we could have our intended relationship with God back, and walk with him in his blessings.

ONE changed the world…

My point is simply this:

ONE can make a difference!

Don’t ever underestimate the power of ONE, or be afraid of trying. If God is leading you to do something you feel incapable of, just trust Him; His power will take over where yours leaves off.

Romans 5:19 says:

For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. NIV

Just remember; you’ll never know what you can accomplish until you try.

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Deb Powell

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For over 30 years Deb’s writing journey has been challenged by life’s storms. Her strong faith, experiences, and passion for writing and helping people, have been the motivation that has kept her going.

Since God has given her the gift of encouraging, Deb loves to use this to reach others face to face, and through inspirational writing. Her portfolio has been built with articles on such things as, faith, community events and school issues, as well as unique tips for making life easier, homeschooling, and healthy eating.

She also makes her own humorous greeting cards, and writes funny poems for adults, and children. She is on her second light mystery novel, and is looking to publish one of her children’s books.

Deb has always enjoyed photography, but even more since her kids bought her a digital camera for her birthday seven years ago. She loves sharing the majestic beauty of creation with others and likes to add thoughts or lessons to them. She says God shows her a scripture verse for every photo.

Deb is a member of The Word Guild and writes a regular column for Kimberley Payne’s web site ‘Healthy Eating’ called‘: ’Easy Vegan Healthy Eating on the Go!’  Deb has been a vegetarian for 15 years and a vegan for 9. She gets a kick out of people’s reactions when she tells them she lives on a beef farm. Deb lives in the Grey and Bruce area of Ontario, has 3 adult children, and last October her first grandchild.

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How Can We Feel and See the Difference by Changing our Eating Habits?

Today we have a special guest – Joan Davis. It has been amazing how God is leading me to more and more people who are changing the way they eat. Read her wonderful account of how changing her eating habits has made a difference. ~Janis

How Can We Feel and See the Difference by Changing our Eating Habits?

Our Journey to Healthier Way of Eating

by Joan Davis

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Last March our adult son challenged us to join him and eat a Paleo diet for 30 days. At first, I was a bit nervous.  Well, if I am to be totally honest, let me admit that I was terrified!

 My immediate thoughts were, “Oh no… I’ll have to give up so much!

No sugar, no grains…and *gasp* no chocolate bars!”  How would I survive?

But, then, after researching the simple logic behind this way of eating it seemed like a logical thing to do. And, who wouldn’t want to be healthier?  Plus, what mom could resist her very health-conscious son asking his parents to join him in this one-month experiment?  Not to mention wanting to honor God by treating our bodies well… Not us.

So, my husband and I accepted the challenge!

I began by searching the Internet for more information about what was allowed and not allowed in a Paleo diet and the reasons why.  I discovered that eating Paleo is basically about making healthy changes in your dietary habits, including removing processed foods, anything genetically altered and the bad carbohydrates (aka sugar).

Basically, it is eating real food and not the man-made, scientifically enhanced “food” we have been eating for most of our lives.

Processed foods stress out the human body and when they are removed, our bodies begin to function the way they should, resulting in a healthier new you and me. I’m all for that! I figured I could handle 30 days of clean eating and find out how I felt.

So, my next step was to choose some recipes and then go shopping!  At this point, I was getting pretty excited about it, so much so that we actually began the challenge 2 days prior to March 1st!  The recipes that I found on the Internet sounded great and I was ready to jump in!

It didn’t take long to get hooked!

This once, junk-food craving, non-vegetable eating girl now craves real, whole and healthy food! I’m surprised at how easily and quickly the change in my eating habits has changed the way I feel and look.  My husband tells me that this is the best food he’s ever eaten. (Hmmm.  I’m not quite sure how to take that!  LOL) But, I have to agree with him.

We have not felt as if we have been sacrificing a thing.  In fact, we feel like we are adding more to our diet than we are removing.  We have both noticed we are feeling better physically, and as for me personally, my emotions have been much improved!  I feel like I’ve had a great big boost to my general mood each day.

 After the first few weeks eating this way, we decided that we weren’t going to stop at 30 days…this was going to be a permanent life change for us. And, we have been reaping in the benefits ever since!

Here is a list of some of the main things we’ve noticed:

  1. That sluggish feeling after eating is gone – you know the one I mean – the “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. I think I need to lie on the couch and digest for a while” feeling.
  2. The food tastes great and we aren’t “suffering” at all!
  3. We can eat as much as we want and still lose weight.
  4. I am in a better mood emotionally.
  5. We both have increased energy levels.
  6. Our skin is brighter and smoother.  Basically we look healthier!
  7. Weight loss!  I have lost 20 pounds and my husband has lost 16 pounds. He is now able to maintain his weight for the first time in his life!
  8. My husband’s acid-reflux stopped almost instantly and he hasn’t had to take medicine for that since last April!
  9. Our taste buds have changed…and changed for the better! Without even forcing it, I have discovered that I love the taste of so many things that I didn’t even like before! Things that I didn’t even know were sweet, taste sweet to me now. It is as if our taste buds were numbed before we changed to eating “real”, unprocessed food and now we are able to experience a full flavor palate.
  10. We daily experience peace of mind knowing we are taking good care of the bodies that God gave us!

I know you might be thinking that this way of eating is too difficult. However, during our journey to a healthier way of eating, we have discovered just how easy it really is. Yes, I read all labels now – you’d be surprised where manufacturers hide sugar and chemicals! And, yes, I make much more home-made food than I did before.

It takes a bit of planning, but after a short while, that becomes second nature. I’ve discovered some great tricks such as using pure maple syrup in my coffee as a sweetener and making my own mayonnaise to use in dips, dressings and sauces. You can find the products you need in most grocery stores and also find them at highly discounted prices in big box stores such as Costco! I love discovering new recipes and to my delight, having our friends ask for those recipes!

Oh, and for all you chocolate lovers out there…you can still have chocolate!

I have found several recipes using organic cocoa powder to make metabolism boosting dark chocolate and other treats. But, the funny thing is, now that I’ve been eating this way, I don’t crave chocolate and candy the way I used to.

A Paleo diet breaks the sugar addiction – and that is a great thing!

My prayer for you, should you decide to embark on this healthier way of eating, is that you have fun with it! Enjoy the food, the creativity and the transformation you are sure to feel and see in your bodies.

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Joan Davis

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After many years living in California’s Central Valley, Joan and her husband now make their home in Northern California. They enjoy exploring the great outdoors together and marveling at the wonders of God’s creation all around us. Joan believes that we honor God as we take good care of the bodies He has given us and has been enjoying a healthy (Paleo) way of eating for the past year.

As a young mother, Joan felt God’s tug on her heart and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, and over the years have been learning just “how wide and high and deep God’s love really is” (Ephesians 3:18). Through both smooth and challenging times in her life, Joan has seen God’s faithfulness and she looks at each day as a new day to celebrate His goodness!

You can find Joan over at her devotional blog, The Beauty in His Grip or connect with her on her blog’s Facebook page and Twitter.

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What’s it Like to Be a New Creation in Christ?

Merry the cat

We adopted a brother-sister pair of cats, Merry and Pippin. Merry had black fur with white spots and Pippin had white fur with black spots. Merry acted aloof and stereotypically cat-like. Pippin had more dog-like tendencies.

Merry never wanted to cuddle and she only came to sit with us if we had cat candy to feed her. She loved to stay outdoors for hours, stalking her prey, and living a very independent life.

But this all changed the day we took her to the vet. We noticed that Merry had stopped eating her food. She wasn’t drinking water and took to hiding under our daughter’s desk. Then we noticed that something plugging her right nostril. It looked like a shell.

When my husband took her to the vet the doctor removed a worm-like parasite, the length of my baby finger, from her nose. Apparently, Merry had snorted this creature and it grew inside her nasal cavity.

Once removed Merry breathed freely, ate, and drank again. She became enamoured with my husband, grateful to be free of this parasite. She acted like a brand new kitten.

Aren’t we like this when we come to know Christ as our Lord and Saviour? We become brand new creations, joyful to be freed from the confines of our sins. We come to love the God who brought breath back into our lives.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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Seeking God Through a Lens – Do you tell God about your problems?

Seeking God Through a Lens – Do you tell God about your problems?

by Deb Powell

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Don’t tell God about your problems…”speak” to your problems about your God!!!

Because…..

God made a way for us to overcome any problems we may have, even the ones the devil will try to use to destroy us.

It’s called the Holy Spirit.

God’s power raised Jesus from the dead, and that same power is there for us.

Jesus said in Matthew 17:20b:

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,
you can say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Notice it doesn’t say ‘tell God,’ God, already knows.

The photo reminds me of this message. When we take authority over our problems, (faith and works), they will look small, like these tiny lights, compared to God, who is huge, like these wondrous rolling clouds.

So…

Live your life in such a way that in the morning when your feet hit the floor, Satan shudders and says…

“Oh no! She’s awake!”

Use the power of God to move your mountains.

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Deb Powell

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For over 30 years Deb’s writing journey has been challenged by life’s storms. Her strong faith, experiences, and passion for writing and helping people, have been the motivation that has kept her going.

Since God has given her the gift of encouraging, Deb loves to use this to reach others face to face, and through inspirational writing. Her portfolio has been built with articles on such things as, faith, community events and school issues, as well as unique tips for making life easier, homeschooling, and healthy eating.

She also makes her own humorous greeting cards, and writes funny poems for adults, and children. She is on her second light mystery novel, and is looking to publish one of her children’s books.

Deb has always enjoyed photography, but even more since her kids bought her a digital camera for her birthday seven years ago. She loves sharing the majestic beauty of creation with others and likes to add thoughts or lessons to them. She says God shows her a scripture verse for every photo.

Deb is a member of The Word Guild and writes a regular column for Kimberley Payne’s web site ‘Healthy Eating’ called‘: ’Easy Vegan Healthy Eating on the Go!’  Deb has been a vegetarian for 15 years and a vegan for 9. She gets a kick out of people’s reactions when she tells them she lives on a beef farm. Deb lives in the Grey and Bruce area of Ontario, has 3 adult children, and last October her first grandchild.

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Does What You Eat Make a Difference?

Does What You Eat Make a Difference?

by Janis Cox

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In my last post I wrote about a new way of looking at food. My hubby and I are into week 3 of a basic paleo diet. He is losing the weight that he has tried to lose before and failed. Now he is eating well and losing – and not too fast. He is eating lots of good food and enjoying our meals. He doesn’t feel deprived.

Why? Watch the FED UP movie to find out.

Me – I don’t need to lose weight – so I just try to eat more. However, my allergies are next to gone. I feel great.

There are so many resources out there for paleo diets. When I want to try something new I just search for the food and add paleo so I don’t see recipes that require grains and sugar.

Here are three great places where I have found wonderful recipes.

Paleo Grubs

Wellness Mama

The Ultimate Paleo Guide

Once again the reason we started this looking at what we are eating – started after we viewed the movie FED UP. It really opened our eyes to why there are so many allergies, weight problems and stomach upsets.

Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever. (from the Fed Up website)

The basic rules are simple: the don’ts

  • Don’t eat any grains, or legumes (except green beans) or white potatoes or corn.
  • Don’t eat any sugar – in any form. No artificial sweeteners either.
  • Don’t eat any vegetable oils (soy, sunflower, canola etc.) unless they are organic and no GMO. And that means checking everything you buy as there are ingredients you would never think of in prepared food.
  • Watch your dairy intake – stick to aged cheese and plain Greek yogurt

the dos

  • eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  • eat lots of meat, fish, butter (Kerry Gold), eggs, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil
  • find interesting recipes using vegetables to replace the grains – ie spaghetti squash for pasta, cauliflower for potatoes,
  • for sweeteners use organic raw honey or maple syrup or dates, applesauce, bananas etc.
  • try new flours – coconut flour, almond flour; flours made from ground nuts

My favourite recipe so far is for pumpkin muffins/ bread.

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Seeking God Through a Lens – Have your dreams been shattered?

Have your dreams been shattered?
by Deb Powell

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We all have dreams.

Dreams of marriage and families, homes and professions, friends and vacations, boats and cars…the list is endless.

We can spend a lot of time obtaining our dreams.

Then, sadly, they are taken away. This can be life changing.

When I saw this car, the first thing I thought was: I wonder if this was someone’s dream car?

It’s ok to have dreams, but hopefully we don’t make our dreams define our happiness.

Lives can be ruined from broken dreams.

Often God is blamed. It is not God that takes them away. It is the sins of man that cause the tragedies in our lives. Thankfully, God says He’ll be with us and will comfort us through these tragedies.

With our faith and trust in Him, we can have peace, and we can know He’s there, in our times of need.

2 Corinthians 1:4 says:

…who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. NIV

Rom 8:28 even tells us good things will come out of our pain and suffering:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. NIV

So when your dreams are shattered, remember Jesus said in Mark 8:36:

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? NIV

Please don’t put too much importance on having earthly things…
Get to know God and you will learn He has many wonderful gifts for you.

God dreams big!

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Deb Powell

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For over 30 years Deb’s writing journey has been challenged by life’s storms. Her strong faith, experiences, and passion for writing and helping people, have been the motivation that has kept her going.

Since God has given her the gift of encouraging, Deb loves to use this to reach others face to face, and through inspirational writing. Her portfolio has been built with articles on such things as, faith, community events and school issues, as well as unique tips for making life easier, homeschooling, and healthy eating.

She also makes her own humorous greeting cards, and writes funny poems for adults, and children. She is on her second light mystery novel, and is looking to publish one of her children’s books.

Deb has always enjoyed photography, but even more since her kids bought her a digital camera for her birthday seven years ago. She loves sharing the majestic beauty of creation with others and likes to add thoughts or lessons to them. She says God shows her a scripture verse for every photo.

Deb is a member of The Word Guild and writes a regular column for Kimberley Payne’s web site ‘Healthy Eating’ called‘: ’Easy Vegan Healthy Eating on the Go!’  Deb has been a vegetarian for 15 years and a vegan for 9. She gets a kick out of people’s reactions when she tells them she lives on a beef farm. Deb lives in the Grey and Bruce area of Ontario, has 3 adult children, and last October her first grandchild.

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