Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fit Bit (power of prayer)

Fit Bit  (power of prayer)
Question:  My parents live a very unhealthy lifestyle.  My Dad has been told he will die if he doesn’t quit drinking and smoking.  My Mother has been told to quit drinking by her doctor too.  I live a healthy lifestyle.  What can I do to help them?  When I try to tell them to quit, they seem to pull away from me.  I want my parents to live. They say they believe in God, but they don’t act like it.   Please help.

ANNswer:  I feel your pain.  Addiction is a powerful problem.  It seems easy on the sidelines…quit drinking.  If it were that easy we wouldn’t have a multimillion-dollar industry battling alcoholism.   I know first hand the power of addiction.  I spent 20 years attempting to quit drinking.  Finally, I have been freed.  As I understand it only 10% of alcoholics can maintain sobriety.  Your parents are part of the 90% as of now.  You can try an intervention with a professional alcohol counselor.  It may or may not work.  When people are in the middle of addiction their heart is messed up.   You can help them understand, Jesus loves them and wants them to have a good life.  You can lead them in a salvation prayer. Help them get reconnected in Church.  They can turn their lives to Jesus and He can change their hearts.    Yet, if they do not want help you cannot force it.  My advice is to love them as they are. Remind them how much God loves them. Try to get them professional help.  If they won’t take it, just love them the best you can, through the strength you have with Jesus.  Pray for them. Sometimes are prayers do not seem answered, God is always answering.  There is power in prayer.

John 10:10  “ The thief does not come except to kill steal and destroy, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Ephesians 6:18  “ praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

Be fit and be blessed,


Friday, May 25, 2012

Fit Bit (tiered of trying)

Fit Bit (tiered of trying)
Question:  Do you ever get tiered of doing good, practicing faith?  Sometimes wouldn’t you rather just yell and scream and loose control?  Isn’t that good for us on occasion?

ANNswer:  Never tier in well doing.  Take comfort in the fact you are doing your best for God.  We all want to tear our hair out once in a while.  We want to cuss and take matters into our own hands instead of being patient and trusting God.  Yet, when we wait patiently on Him, and quietly seek His presence through prayer and reading the Bible, His peace comes upon us and lasts.  If we give into our temptations, have a temper tantrum, eat like a pig or ignore our responsibilities the pain of our bad behavior torments us. 
   The good new is We ARE FORGIVEN!  If you loose it, get it back.  Ask for and accept the forgiveness Jesus died to give you.  Then forget it and move on.  This is the process of discipline.  When we learn to live within Godly discipline our lives are infinitely better.  Practice this in all areas of your life, body, mind, soul, relationships, home, work and finances.  Never tier of well doing, count it all joy for the Lord.

Galatians 6:9  “And let us not weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

1 Peter 3:17  “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.”

Philippians 4:13  “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

Be fit and be blessed,


Friday, May 18, 2012

Fit Bit (called me fat)

Fit Bit (Called me fat!)
Question:  I need to loose some weight.  My ex –husband saw me the other day and he called me fat.  I’ve gained 25 pounds, I am fat.  I don’t eat very much.  I drink juice and iced coffees.  How can I loose this weight?

ANNswer:  The truth hurts.  When someone calls us fat, or identifies any of our issues, it hurts.  Most of us prefer it when people tell us our issues are not problems.  We enjoy hearing we are not fat even if we know we are 25 pounds over weight.  On the flip side, if some one tells us we are fat and we know we are at our ideal body weight or close enough, we don’t give them credibility. It is good that you are taking responsibility for your extra weight.
 Remember is who you are in Christ, His beautiful child, no matter what your weight.  This way even if you get a truthful criticism it will not affect your self-love.  Our self-love is grounded in the fact that God loves us.  We are worthy because of what Jesus did for us on the cross.  We are beautiful no matter what our physical appearance with Jesus as our savior.

    To loose weight it is simple, take in fewer calories then you expend.  You may think you are not consuming many calories, but if you are drinking lots of juice and iced coffees I guarantee you are consuming many calories that way.  Try drinking only water as your beverage.  If you like coffees, drink it black.  Just this simple alteration in your diet will produce weight loss.

1 Corinthians 8:8  “But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, not if we do not eat are we the worse.”

! Corinthians 9:27  “But I discipline my body, and bring it into subjection, lest when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

Be fit and be blessed,


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fit Bit (He HEars)

Fit Bit (He hears)
Question:  Sometimes I feel like God doesn’t hear my prayers.  I pray for things and they do not happen.  I get so frustrated, and then I over eat.  How do I know God is helping me when it doesn’t seem like He is?

ANNswer:  You know because you have His word.  Many times our prayers seem unanswered.  We pray for a family member and they continue to go down the wrong path.  We pray for a job, a spouse, a miracle and still nothing seems to happen.  Remember ours prayers are answered, but in His perfect timing not ours.  Patience and trust is what to practice as you wait.  If you fall into anxiety and worry you are likely to over eat, under sleep, etc.…  He hears you.  He is answering your prayers. Remind yourself daily, “God I trust you.  I know you hear my prayers and are answering them.”

You know He hears because you have His word:

1 john 5:14-15  “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us;
      And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.”

Be fit and be blessed,


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Healthy and Well (soul5)

Healthy and Well (soul5)

Trust God and keep on keeping on, doing your best to act in accordance to His word.

This is tough.  Many times we think we need to fix things.  As parents we want to fix our children, as employers we want to fix our employees, as sisters, our sisters.
You get the picture.  When we are busy trying to fix others it is usually when we are struggling ourselves.  At this point, it is easy to blame others for the upset and unrest in or souls.   It is easy to think…. as soon as ____________ gets his/her self together, I’ll be ok.  TRUST GOD He alone can fix someone else.

It is reasonable to try to help others.  Jesus says, that we should love others as He loves us.  Yet, if someone doesn’t’ want our advise or help we need to be able to let it go and trust God.   It is loving to pray for others.

 Ask yourself, am I content in my own soul, regardless of how crazy the people around me are acting? Gods’ plan is always perfect and in perfect timing.   Our true joy and peace in our souls comes when we TRUST GOD. 

I like the saying…”Do your best, let God do the rest”

Let’s be careful that our doing isn’t out of lack of letting.

Mathew 7:3  “ And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank I your own eye?”

Mathew 6:8  “Therefore do not be like them, for your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”

Be fit and be blessed,