Daily Archives: July 10, 2012

No Matter What

 

by Joyce Meyer – posted July 10, 2012

For you shall go out [from the spiritual exile caused by sin and evil into the homeland] with joy and be led forth [by your Leader, the Lord Himself, and His word] with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. —Isaiah 55:12

Peace is not dependent on circumstances. Our peace and joy are found in the Holy Ghost. Jesus said: He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water. But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive (John 7:38–39).

No matter what is going on today, you can drink from your own well of joy through the indwelling presence of God’s Spirit.

From the book Starting Your Day Right by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2003 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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Apple Cinnamon & Raisin Oatmeal

INGREDIENTS:

1 apple – peeled, cored and finely chopped
2 1/3 cups apple juice
1 1/3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of regular raisins
2 tablespoons of golden raisins
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a saucepan, combine apple, apple juice, oats, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in raisins, brown sugar and vanilla. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve immediately. Eat & Enjoy!

*Chef’s Note: Want to add a little tartness? Use dried cranberries instead of raisins.

Pan-Fried Tilapia

Ingredients

6-8 Tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Old Bay
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup olive oil
4 Tablespoons butter
Lemons

Instructions

1. Beat the egg with milk in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, Old Bay, black pepper, and sea salt.

2. Dip a tilapia fillet into the egg mixture, then press gently into the crumb mixture on both sides; set the coated fillet onto a sheet pan.

3. Repeat with remaining fillets; refrigerate the coated fillets for about 15 minutes to help set the crumbs.

4. Heat olive oil and butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot lay fillets in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on the pan side. Flip fillets and cook for another 2-3 minutes. When done remove fillets from oil and drain on paper towels or paper bag.  Sprinkle fillets with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Serve immediately with your favorite side dish & Enjoy!

* Chef’s Tip – Want a little smoke flavor? Cook these fillets on the grill. Delish!

The Lord Is With You

 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Osteen
No matter what today has in store, as a believer, you can approach the day with boldness and confidence. Why? Because the Lord is with you, and in Him is everything you need in this life! That means that if you need provision for something today, provision is with you. If you need wisdom today, wisdom is with you. If you need strength, joy or peace today, it’s with you. You can be confident today knowing that all of your needs are supplied spiritually, physically and emotionally because the Lord is with you. And best of all, He’s promised never to leave you.

Remember, don’t ever let the lies from the enemy or pressure from the world keep you from taking hold of everything the Lord has for you. Open your heart by faith and receive whatever you need today. Step out in boldness and strength because the Lord is with you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me today. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for being closer to me than the air I breathe. I receive Your promises today in faith and confidence. I cast all of my cares on You and set my heart on You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

© 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries

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Walking Away Your Pounds

Lose Weight, Feel Better by Walking

If you’re looking to spring into shape and shed unwanted weight, get out your walking shoes. Here are 5 tips for getting started.

Walk The Walk

Walking is one of the easiest and least expensive forms of exercise — and as the days become milder, it’s a great way to clear the mind of winter cobwebs. All you need is a sturdy pair of walking shoes, comfortable clothing, and, of course, a hefty dose of motivation. A brisk 10-minute walk outside (or on a treadmill) will usually do the trick. Do this every day for a week, and then begin to add five minutes to your walk the following week. Continue to add five minutes to each workout until you are walking as long as desired. Remember, the goal is to walk fast enough to reach your target heart rate, yet slow enough that you can still maintain a conversation.

Don’t Skip The Strecthes

Incorporate a warm-up, cool-down and stretches into your fitness routine. Start your walk at a slow warm-up pace, and then stop to do your stretches. It is important to not begin stretching until you are 5-7 minutes into your walk. (Think of your body as a car engine and your blood as oil. You need to lubricate your joints before you start.) End your walk with a slower cool-down pace and stretch well. Stretching not only feels great, but it also helps to prevent injury.

Maintain Good Posture

Remember your mother’s advice about standing up straight? Using good posture allows you to breathe easier, be more comfortable and avoid back pain. Here are some good posture pointers:

–Do not arch your back or lean forward or backwards. This will put strain on the back muscles.

–Keep your eyes focused forward, not looking down, but rather 20 feet ahead.

–Reduce strain on your neck and back by keeping your chin parallel to the ground.

–Shrug once and let your shoulders fall and relax, with shoulders slightly back.

–Suck in your stomach.

–Tuck in your behind and rotate your hip forward slightly. This will keep you from arching your back.

Keep The Water Bottle Handy

Prevent dehydration by drinking lots of fluids before, during, and after a walk. Ideally, you should take a drink every 15 to 30 minutes. Remember that thirst is not an accurate indicator of how much fluid you have lost. If you wait until you are thirsty to replenish body fluids, you may already be dehydrated. Most people do not become thirsty until they have lost more than 2 per cent of their body weight. And if you only drink enough to quench your thirst, you may still be dehydrated.

Make It A Habit

Schedule your walk or exercise time as you would any other appointment. Once you make exercise a habit, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it! (Need some inspiration? Arrange to walk with a friend — or how about a Virtual fitness coach ? It also helps to vary your route whenever possible.)

How Much Exercise Is Enough?

There has been a slew of contradictory information on how much exercise is enough to reap the healthy benefits of exercise — and to facilitate and maintain weight loss. While most health experts agree that 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease and other illnesses, when it comes to keeping off unwanted pounds, recommendations are often confusing and contradictory. A recent study from the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, for example, indicated that in addition to limiting calories, overweight and obese women may need to exercise as much as 55 minutes a day for five days per week to sustain a weight loss. This is at the high end of the Health Canada physical activity guide, which calls for 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity per day most days of the week.

Easy Ways To Incorporate More Walking Into Your Life

– Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

– As much as possible, do your errands on foot. If you are driving, select the parking space furthest from the store.

– On your daily commute, get off the bus or streetcar a stop earlier and walk the extra distance.

– If taking the escalator, walk rather than remaining stationary.

– Take a walk during your lunch break. Not only will the physical activity burn calories, it will help your brain to perform better. (For more ways to incorporate more physical activity into your day-to-day routine see Want to get fit? No sweat.) Remember, if you’re new to walking, start off with slow, short sessions and build up your endurance gradually.

And as with any fitness regimen, if you have any health concerns or medical conditions, be sure to check with your physician before you begin.

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Our Daily Bread – It’s Okay To Ask

READ: Luke 7:18-28

Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, . . . the poor have the gospel preached to them. —Luke 7:22

It’s perfectly natural for fear and doubt to creep into our minds at times. “What if heaven isn’t real after all?” “Is Jesus the only way to God?” “Will it matter in the end how I lived my life?” Questions like these should not be given quick or trite responses.

John the Baptist, whom Jesus called the greatest of the prophets (Luke 7:28), had questions shortly before his execution (v.19). He wanted to know for sure that Jesus was the Messiah and that his own ministry had therefore been valid.

Jesus’ response is a comforting model for us to use. Instead of discounting the doubt or criticizing John, Jesus pointed to the miracles He was doing. As eyewitnesses, John’s disciples could return with vivid assurances for their mentor. But He did more—He used words and phrases (v.22) drawn from Isaiah’s prophecies of the coming Messiah (Isa. 35:4-6; 61:1), which were certain to be familiar to John.

Then, turning to the crowd, Jesus praised John (Luke 7:24-28), removing any doubt that He was offended by John’s need for reassurance after all he had seen (Matt. 3:13-17).

Questioning and doubting, both understandable human responses, are opportunities to remind, reassure, and comfort those who are shaken by uncertainty. —Randy Kilgore

When my poor soul in doubt is cast
And darkness hides the Savior’s face,
His love and truth still hold me fast
For He will keep me by His grace. —D. De Haan

Reassurance comes as we doubt our doubts and believe our beliefs.

Copyright © 2012, RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI 49555 USA.

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