Monday, July 4

Declutter the Stress in Your Life

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Declutter the Stress in Your Life.

Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

According to several research findings, almost 18 million Americans take the drug Prozac to help them cope with some sort of stress. Over 70 million people go to their doctor for some sort of sleeping problem. Many Americans choose not to use their vacations days. However, when asked many working Americans admit that they are stressed-out daily.

Living a peaceful life, free from stress is important to God. However, in reality many Christians are not living the type of life the Lord has for them. As a Christian you can't let sickness, stress, tiredness, or anxiety get the best of you because it shows a lack of trust in God. You can not control what happens to you in a day. You can control how you react to your problems. The main thing we need to do is to give our cares to the Lord. Psalm 55:22 says Cast your care a on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken (NIV).

Start Small.

You do not have to make big changes in order to have peace. Start Small with decluttering. Take time to declutter your life both your mental or physical space.  Pack up old things or the things you no longer find useful. The rule is if you haven't used it or wore it in a year throw it out. You don't have to just throw things away, you can also make money with the things you no longer want.

1. Thred Up

2. Poshmark

3. Snob Swap

4.  Ebay

5. Josies Friends (kids)

Starting small to declutter will help your wallet feel better and you will realize that you do not need so many things just taking up space.

Friday, June 24

It Time to Eat Clean

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Eating Clean.

On a recent trip to the grocery store I decided to take the time to read labels. I was so surprised to see that many of my normal packaged food was filled with Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), hormones and preservatives, even the most simple item was filled with so much chemicals. That began my quest for a change. I almost went into the stock room to find a package food that was free from GMOs. That's when I decided to investigate this "Clean Eating" rage.

The term "Clean Eating" is in all the media outlets, but what does it mean to eat clean? It is simply just eating process free food. That means you try to buy the fresh carrots instead of those in a can with a year expiration date. You try to stay away from with so many chemicals you can't even pronounce. Foods drenched in colors, flavors, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, are not considered clean. When you eat clean   try to grow your own, by local or organic. 

This is nothing new for Christians, the bible speaks about food and a healthy life but it seems like most people like to skip those chapters. Some people like to dismiss that part of the bible and say well that was bible days until sickness knocks on their door. The sad thing is than many people do not eat properly for years, they wait until all they can do is take pills with its numerous side affects. Then the side effects causes new diseases. 

When was the last time you remember a sermon on food in church? I can't say I have ever heard one. Not one. Growing up I never realize how what I fed my temple was important to God. We all know about not feeding your body drugs and alcohol, but I never heard a pastor or preacher or religious person say anything about sugar or controling your food intake. 

The bible speaks about good and bad foods. Imagine God provided the Hebrews in the Promised land 7 foods: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and honey. Its funny how Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 keeps it simple and tells believers how to eat so you can have a healthy life but for some reason society is now turning away from simple real food. The Bible tells us we can enjoy things like: cows, sheep, deer, goats, chicken, turkey, duck, geese, salmon, tuna, flounder, pike and herring. However, today we have to read and make sure that are mean hasn't been shot up with so many chemicals that it will affect our own health.

I have personally notice that more and more of my friends between the age of 28 - 45 are looking and feeling like they are 80 years old with all their weight, pain and chronic illness. Let's be honest many are from the fast food generation and as a result of all those quick meals you look bad and feel bad. The sad thing is the older you get the more likely you are to have some kind of disease many of which are food related.

The truth is we are all have to learn self control. If we can not do it then we need to consult the Lord in our time of weakness. This is not an impossible task to change your diet. Believers know that there is nothing impossible for God. No one is making you continue to eat foods grown with fertilizers, pesticides and even sewage sludge (which is just treated human waste) and not think our bodies will be affected. 

Anytime you change anything in your life it takes time. Only a fool knows there is a problem and do nothing to change it. Let me encourage you to take some simple steps on making a difference in your health. 

Steps to Eating Clean:

1. Clean out your refrigerator and cabinets, try to get rid of all those processed and fast foods that you think are making your life convenient. 

2. Try buying more organic food not at those fancy overpriced stores, your local store should have an organic section or organic line that is not too expensive. Buy in bulk or online like at Amazon. Join a local collective there are many community farms even in urban areas. It will take you time to figure out how to shop organic without breaking your wallet but to your health its worth it. 

3. Start reading labels. When you read the package labels you will be shocked by all the ingredients and sugar levels as well as all those weird chemicals and additives. 

It is not difficult to change your eating from dirty chemicals to a more natural clean diet. Start with small changes and you will be surprise at how much more energy you will begin to notice. Take time and research what the Bible says about food such as the Daniel fast. Your health is not only important to your family it is important to God because its hard to get one active in ministry when you sick and tired.

Friday, June 26

Downsizing to Free Yourself for God

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about Downsizing to Free Yourself for God.

I know many of you love prosperity preaching. However, I would like some of you to analyze what you are doing with a our stuff and prosperity to help the kingdom of God?

Everyone love nice things. We all love an upgrade from our cellphones to our Smart TV's. But for some of us the Lord have been trying to get our attention to tell us we need a total lifestyle change. We need to move our thinking from more to less.

In a capitalistic society having less sounds crazy. However, the Lord tell us in his word to be good stewards. That means with our money and possessions. What does that mean in reference to our lifestyle? The Lord loves to bless us but many of our families are not living on a level where our lifestyle is really a blessing to others. If you feel the Lord is urging you to downsize. I want to encourage you that this is an attainable goal. It is possible despite all the American consumerism to downsize your life and help others. Living a downsize life can be emotionally and spiritually freeing.

Some of you  may feel this is a nice concept but the Lord has been speaking to someone that its time to make a drastic change. My challenge to every reader is to just find one closet and just clean it out totally. If its 100% full try to cut it down to half full then a quarter. Let the spirit of the Lord move you to the right amount of change is right for you. The hardest part for most people is actually letting go of the stuff you think you need or want.

Some people the Lord is telling you to downsize your car or house. Some people the Lord has stirred up a ministry that you can't do because you are bound by stuff. Everyone in America have been socialize to think you need more and more stuff. It's always hard to change your life but once you do you will feel so free to hear the voice of the Lord.

Thursday, February 26

Yogis Fooling Christian Women to Worship Another God

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Yogis Fooling Christian Women 
to Worship Another God.

I was shock when a first lady said she had to first go to her Yoga class before she went to church. I was like what, you practice Yoga? I think she was shock that I knew the truth about Yoga. She went on to try to justify why it was okay for her to take part in this "exercise" class. Then I spoke to other Christian women who felt the same way. But the only problem is that I am not quite sure if they ever read many of the Bible passages that make it clear that Yoga is a bad thing. I wanted to share with my blog readers that if your are a Christian think about what you are doing every week that maybe part of the Occult.

Many modern Christian women seem to be desensitized by the fact that practicing Yoga is a form of worship. Even though they know the Lord is a jealous God, they still refuse to give up the practice and continue to worship other gods (many are personal and inactive diety). Yoga is a gateway practice that leads to pluralism and New Age.

Many modern women today are trying to integrate yoga and Eastern spirituality with Christian prayer and meditation.Thinking that they actually getting close to the Lord. It's awful to see Christian women trying to mix the two religions. However for centuries everyone knew east and west don't mix.

It doesn't make sense to me that many Christians seek the advice of Yogis as to whether this goes against Christianity. A Yogi is a person who is a master of yoga. Their job is to get more clients. Why not ask your pastor if Christians should be taking part in Yoga?" A Church pastor knows Christianity. I think many modern ladies just want to be disobedient to our Lord and Savior and do what they want. Ladies let's keep it real.

According to the website of Yogi Master, Worhipful Sri Maharaj about their belief system:
Yoga teaches you the truth that every one has within oneself various potentialities and capacities. Man has within himself tremendous powers and latent faculties of which be has really never had any conception. He must awaken these dormant powers and faculties by the practice of Yoga. You can transmit your powerful, soul-stirring, beneficial thoughts to others; because, Yoga tells you, you are an image of God, nay, you are God Himself. The inner essence in you is Omnipotent. The moment the veil of ignorance enshrouding you is rent asunder you will shine in all the Splendour and Glory of the Effulgent Reality. Everyone of you is a power in yourself.

The bible talks about many people trying to be on the same level as Our Lord. If you are a Christian practicing Yoga the Lord is not pleased that you are using your body as a vehicle to achieve an altered state of consciousness with an unholy spirit. "Oh I just use Yoga... as exercise reduce stress... to meditate." Don't make excuses for doing wrong. The Bible is clear, God's people are to have nothing to do with wicked customs. Yoga comes from the practice of Buddhism or Hinduism. Yoga is an ancient practices repackaged for the American market. However, the Bible is very clear to Christian Women.

Let's read Deuteronomy 18: 9-14 on Bible Gateway:

Occult Practices

When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lordyour God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

The Prophet

14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so.

You know the history of Yoga. Yoga fits the criteria of wicked customs. The Bible reminds believers to "Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." I would like to encourage modern Christian Women not to open the door to Yoga because its like any other gateway religion.

If you are a Christian, please share your Yoga experience and why you may or may not practice this.

Saturday, December 27

Are You Sad This Holiday Season?

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Are You Sad This Holiday Season?

Sadness and the Christmas holiday do not go together. Unfortunately, I have been running into so many sad, mean and angry women this holiday season.

I don't know why there seems to be an increase of Scrooges or people just feeling "humbug." However, Moms tend to set the tone for their household so if mom is sad, everyone in the house will be grumpy. The sadness may be a result of people taking Christ out of Christmas. Every where I turn I have been hearing people complaining about purchasing gifts, decorating their home and even cooking Christmas Dinners. Many churches have even done away with the annual Christmas plays. I notice that many of the store clerks no longer wish customers "Merry Christmas." Many moms are driving themselves crazy about trying to purchase electronic games and devices their children want that they can not afford. Why would you be sad at the happiest time of the year?

Where does your sadness come from? Can you trace your sadness to a negative childhood
experience? Are you feeling down because of sadness, guilt, hopelessness, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. Have you let your current circumstance trigger sadness in your life. The thing I love about being a Christian is that we become a "new" creature so our past no longer defines us. The Enemy will use this spiritual holiday season to try to get you sad or resentful about your past. Some of you have been even tricked by the enemy to believe that your love should equated to the type of gift you give. If you really love me then I should have a big or expensive gift.

I have been surrounded by negativity lately, a mom at my local mom group meeting brag that her family is skipping Christmas because of her children behavior in school. How awful I thought to myself, taking Christmas from a child because one can not forgive their bad behavior. The sad thing is that Jesus is all about forgiveness and second chance. However, more and more moms are letting their negative attitudes cause them to fall into depression. There is no such thing as a perfect Christmas so you can't let that standard in your head discourage you from enjoying your family.

But what if  you are sad because your family is really bad. What if you have a family that really sucks and Christmas seems to remind you of their shortcomings. I think that sometimes we forget that the other side of the Christmas story is all about Trusting God.

Look at the story in a different way. Imagine if  Mary was a modern girl, like you, what would her story be in plain English? I am working on my Masters Degree hoping to finish soon. I have rent to pay, I engaged to man has it going on. I am trying to figure out how I am going to pay for my wedding. Then an angel tells me I will be pregnant when the Holy Spirit comes. You and I would be rightfully depressed about the possible scandal. However, Mary decided not to be Debbie Downer, or be sad or depressed. She decided to just TRUST GOD.

One was to Trust God is to praise him. Romans15:11 reminds us to "praise the Lord." That means thanking him for what you do have. Thank him for the health and strength to go through your situation. Take a moment and pray that the Lord teach you how to release everything to Him and change your negative attitude. If you think your sadness may be clinical depression then use the resources the Lord has in the world and see a doctor. Remember the Lord can heal any disease or disorder or any circumstance in your life.

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; 
they shall mount up with wings as eagles
they shall run, and not be weary; 
and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).