A New Way of Looking at Food

A New Way of Looking at Food

by Janis Cox

A-new-Way-of-looking-at-food

We watched an interesting movie a month ago called Fed Up. It is a new release. Here is the overview:

For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise 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 Rotten Tomatoes

Here is an interesting article from the Huffington Post.

We always wondered why I worked to keep weight on and my hubby worked to take it off. Looking at my diet (allergic to grains and sugars) we noticed a similarity with the information from the movie.

Sugar, Grains – Can lead to fat.

Fats, meats, vegetables and fruits – may not lead to fat.

We decided to try this way of thinking for my hubby. So far he has lost 10 pounds and it has stayed off. We eat well. We enjoy the food. I shop on the outside aisles of the supermarket. No processed foods.

There might be something to what is told in this movie. We are learning.

I will update you more as this journey continues.

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Can Perspective Change Thinking?

caterpillar-by Charles Rondeau script

Caterpillar by Charles Rondeau

Can Perspective Change Thinking?

The Bible is full of interesting accounts. Fascinating characters like King David, Job and Paul fill the pages. One of my favourite people to read about is Joseph. He had such an incredible life that movies like “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” have been made based on him.

Joseph suffered many betrayals, including at the hands of people he loved. As I read his biblical account I know the ending to the story. Could you imagine how he suffered while going through being sold into slavery, then later thrown into jail? He didn’t have perspective on what was happening to him until the moment his brothers bowed down to him begging for food to save his family. Joseph’s response?

“Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:19-20 NIV).

Pastor Tristin preached on perspective and likened it to a caterpillar’s view of the world. All a caterpillar sees is right in front of him. Imagine the caterpillar crawling along a multicoloured carpet. All he sees is the colour blue. He may wonder why his friend sees the colour orange, and his other friend sees the colour green. Then along comes a human who picks the caterpillar up and he’s able to see the entire carpet below. It all makes sense to him then.

So many times we go through suffering without understanding why. We may question God. We may even get angry at God for the suffering we’re experiencing. But God has a completely different perspective on our situation. Seeing through our suffering takes a lot of patience and trust. In the midst of our pain and suffering God is working His plan in our life.

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Seeking God Through a Lens – Gifts – You Got Them Where?

Gifts – You got them where?

by Deb Powell

cross--deb

At the cross…2000 yrs ago…I answered

How many gifts are there? Lots!

Some people have a hard time believing God healed me. I tell them they can have healing too and that it’s only one of the gifts God has for those who love him and will receive him.

The cross was about more than being saved. God meant us to have the whole package, He loves us that much.

John 1:12 says:

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— NIV

John 1:16 speaks about the disciples (believers):

We have all received one blessing after another. God’s grace is not limited. NIRV

Believing God created Jesus to be a sacrifice so everyone can be reconciled with God puts us in a place to receive the rest of God’s gifts.

When we receive God’s gift of his Holy Spirit we then have God’s power in us to release all the other gifts into our lives.

Gifts like: healing; forgiveness; wisdom; prosperity; love; comfort; joy; peace; patience; eternal life; a sound mind; power over the world, the devil, and our own bodies; freedom from bondages; and many more.

God loves us enough to give us all these things.

 Are you ready to receive?

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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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Have you hugged someone today?

Have you hugged someone today?

by Janis Cox

have-you-hugged-someone-today

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I read a great post the other day about the need for hugs. How many people have you hugged today?  I guess that is why animals are so therapeutic because they love being hugged.

Besides the emotional well-being it fosters, there is also a physical side with oxytocin levels being raised.

10 Reasons why we need at least 8 hugs per day.

Hugs can lower blood pressure and alleviate stress.

7 Reasons why we should be giving more hugs.

Another article talked about hugs but also about connection with your children. There is some awesome information in this blog post:

10 Habits to strengthen your relationship with your child.

So – remember today – hug more.

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Seeking God Through a Lens – What Brings Happiness?

Seeking God Through a Lens – What Brings Happiness?

by Deb Powell

What-brings-happiness-

If you ever had a cat, you’ll know they have the ability to give and receive just like humans. Things like: comfort, love, companionship, entertainment, and yes, even stress.

Sometimes the simplest things bring the most happiness.

Sadly though, some people don’t give much anymore, they are stuck in the game of:

Let’s see how much I can get!

Bigger houses and miles and miles of storage units prove this.

We have become obsessed with ‘stuff’!

These most wanted items are collected by using time we can’t replace, and take us away from things like being with loved ones, yes, even our cats! Lol!

You say this ‘stuff’ brings happiness? Some does, but usually only for a short time.

If you don’t think this is true, reflect back to some of the most well-to-do people you can, who had everything and more, then killed themselves. Robin Williams is the latest one.

Why, because they were happy? Obviously not.

Stuff does not bring happiness!

 Statistics have proven that those who give of themselves are happier than those who don’t. Quite often they’re healthier too.

This was predicted by Jesus himself in Acts 20:35:

I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said: “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” (GNT, emphasis is author’s)

So if you ever wonder why you’re not happy, or why your happiness doesn’t last, I encourage you to give something of yourself then see how you feel.

This is one of God’s laws, like gravity; it’s just the way it works.

Our days are happier when we give someone a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.

A smile can change a person’s whole world.

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Deb-Bio-photo-web

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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Is The Wisdom Of A Crowd Reliable?

people-by George Hodan script

People by George Hodan

Is The Wisdom Of A Crowd Reliable?

My daughter and I arose early one morning and set off on our adventure to take the Go Train from Oshawa to Union Station. Our ultimate destination was Ripley’s Aquarium, right beside the CN Tower in Toronto.

My GPS made it easy for us to drive to the Oshawa station. We parked and walked towards the building where the attendant explained how the ticket system worked and directed us to the right train. Once on the train, we found our seats on the upper level and relaxed for the hour-long ride.

Excitement mounted when the conductor announced the stop for Union Station. We disembarked with the crowds and fell in step with the group. We assumed that the crowd would get it right and lead us where we needed to go.

When we arrived in the station concourse, the line of passengers spread in all directions. From there, we needed to only follow the signs to find our way to the Aquarium.

We spent a wonderful morning exploring the variety of life at the Aquarium. Then we decided to visit Toronto Island. We didn’t know where to go so we asked a taxi driver and he told us it was a 10-minute walk south. Again, we followed the crowds to help us navigate the streets of Toronto and find our way to the Ferry.

On our return trip, we were joined by throngs of workers leaving office buildings to commute home. We assumed these business people were returning to the Go Station to take the train home from work. It seemed that they all travelled at the same time of day and had repeated this same journey day in and day out.

The mass crowd stopped at a red light as traffic picked up on the roads. But then the group started to march forward when there was a break in traffic. One person thought it okay to go ahead and everyone else just followed without giving any consideration to the fact that they were taking a dangerous chance against rush-hour vehicles.

My daughter and I stopped. Everyone behind us stopped. We waited for the green light before proceeding. We thought it interesting to note that although the groups of people had helped us earlier, it was important for us to not follow mindlessly.

The Bible suggests that we seek the counsel of others and be open to their advice. However, it also makes it clear that the wisdom of crowds may not be reliable and can be dangerous.

In the book The Way to Power and Poise E. Stanley Jones warns us against the group influence. He writes, “If we are herd-centered people, then we are insecure, for the herd is fickle and may quickly change.” We must be courageous and practice discernment in all our decisions and not just follow the group’s influence.

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Can We Just Kiss It?

Can We Just Kiss It?

by Janis Cox

KISS---Keep-it-simple-saints

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I have found a real liking to Twitter. I am finding followers all over the world – ones that love Jesus.

Yes they love Jesus. They are from every country and every nation. They are all over the political spectrum. There are Catholics and Protestants. Yes they love Jesus and are searching for other lovers of Jesus.

But, I drop followers if I see dissension or put downs or hatred. Because to me that isn’t Jesus.

We are called to “Build up the Body of Christ”.

Remember that K.I.S.S. Theory. But I have changed it to:

K – Keep
I – It
S – Simple
S – Saints

I love the song, Words by Hawk Nelson. Enjoy it and remember it and say it to yourself over the week.

BUBC  – Build Up the Body of Christ.

Words by Hawk Nelson

They’ve made me feel like a prisoner
They’ve made me feel set free
They’ve made me feel like a criminal
Made me feel like a king

They’ve lifted my heart
To places I’d never been
And they’ve dragged me down
Back to where I began

Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

You can heal the heartache
Speak over the fear
(Speak over the fear)
God, Your voice is the only thing
We need to hear
(We need to hear)

Words can build us up
Words can break us down
Start a fire in our hearts or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
(Back to You)

Let the words I say
(Let the words I say)
Be the sound of Your grace
(Sound like Your grace)
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

I wanna speak Your love
Not just another noise
Oh, I wanna be Your light
I wanna be Your voice

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
(Back to You)

Let the words I say
(Let the words I say)
Be the sound of Your grace
(Sound like Your grace)
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
(Back to You)

Words can build us up
Words can break us down
Start a fire in our hearts
Or put it out

I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

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Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship.

 

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