Trials, hardships, detours etc. are all part of God’s way of refining His children so that we can bring even more glory to His name. If we respond as we ought, we will receive the guaranteed blessings on the other side of our trials. If we don’t, we risk losing the blessing and/or extending the length of our trials, just like the Israelites and their 40-yr journey in the wilderness which should have taken less than a year. Specifically in Isaiah 48:10-11, it says that it is in the furnace of affliction that God tests and chooses His true children…(continue reading).
Have you found yourself developing unhealthy eating habits since the stay-at-home if possible guidelines came into effect?
Are you snacking more?
Or maybe you find yourself consuming more junk food than you did before?
Are you less active?
Have you gained a few extra pounds?
You are not alone
For many of us, our daily routines and habits have changed significantly. Now is a great opportunity to create new habits to benefit your health.
Nutrition and Hydration
Plan your meals and focus on simple healthy meals that don’t need a lot of time and effort
Try not to skip breakfast. A healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need to last until lunch
Stay hydrated (swap fizzy drinks for filtered water or sparkling water with a slice of lemon)
Try to keep healthy snacks readily available, such as a piece of fruit, some vegetables or nuts
Regular physical activity releases endorphins which can help reduce stress and improve mood
Try a daily brisk walk for at least 30 mins (walk part of your journey to work/home
Take part of your lunch break outdoors (build in a quick walk)
Find an activity you enjoy doing such as cycling or gardening – and build the activity into your day
Try to walk shorter journeys instead of using the car/bus
Making small changes to your routine by including small bursts of activity all add up and help you move more.
Try to limit the amount of time you spend sitting each day
Walk around the house while on phone calls if possible.
Aim to always use the stairs instead of the lifts
Try completing strength and balance exercises on at least two days per week (these work all the major muscles legs, back abdomen, chest shoulders and arms)
Use resistance bands and/or weights to help strengthen your muscles; If you don’t have weights you can use bottles of water or cans of food
There isn’t a one size fits all. If you don’t feel you can do it alone, try asking your family or friends to join you (at the moment no more than 6 people keeping within current social distancing rules) as you create new lifestyle habits.
NHS Live Well offer lots of practical advice, receipts, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing. Visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/
In Psalms 1:2, “Blessed is the man who delights in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates, day and night”. The common worldly understanding of meditation is that we’re thinking about something or emptying our minds of thought. Biblical meditation is however different: it’s neither about emptying our mind nor simply just thinking. Joshua 1:8 helps us better understand what it means to meditate on God’s word day and night. Basically, meditation means the word of God does not depart from our mouth. Meditating on the word of God means confessing it, speaking it out loud, concerning our life and situations, vocalizing it etc. (…continue reading)
The book of Nehemiah highlights some great points in the process of true repentance to God. I noticed that they’re strikingly similar to the steps taken during the time of King Hezekiah in 2 Chr 29 which we studied last week. The first step here was that the people read the words of God to discover the truth, why they were suffering and got convicted for their wrong ways. They fasted and prayed. They spent half a day studying the word, confessing their sins and worshipping God. They wasted no time in changing their ways! Nehemiah 8-9 covers these. Nehemiah 10 mentions the other key steps they took…(continue reading).
2 Kings 18:5-7, 2 Chronicles 29:36
The Bible says that of all the kings of Judah, there was none like Hezekiah who held fast to God and obeyed His commandments. In fact, God so loved His obedience that He extended His life by 15 yrs (2 Kings 20)! Even when he had pride towards the end of his life and showed off his possessions to the Babylonians, the punishment for this didn’t happen in his lifetime. Did you know he was also the one who destroyed the bronze serpent that Moses made? The Israelites had kept it and been worshipping it for all those years! (…continue reading)
1) Daniel was very well educated and skillful. He and his 3 friends were given knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom, by God, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. King Nebuchadnezzar interviewed them in all matters of wisdom and understanding and found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers in all his realm. (Daniel 1)
2) Daniel and his friends were vegetarians and non-alcoholics, and they looked better and fatter in flesh than all their peers. (Daniel 1) What they fed on and drank had a direct impact on the quality of their mind and thinking clarity (…continue reading)
The cultivated mind is the measure of the man. An ordinary mind, well disciplined, will accomplish more and higher work than will the most highly educated mind and the greatest talents without self-control.
The mind is to be disciplined, educated, and trained; for men are to do service for God in ways that are not in harmony with inborn inclination. Often, the training and education of a lifetime must be discarded that one may become a learner in the school of Christ…(continue reading).
The first time God used the word Be was in the creation story. “Let there BE light and there was light”. Be is an instructive word that calls into immediate or instant existence something that wasn’t. Be is a current state of existence. Be is real and solid. Be is now, not in future. All that God called to Be forever exists. The world may rotate and darkness may exist in places but the sun is forever shining. God calls us to BE.
In Psalms 31:24, we are again told to Be…”Be of good courage”. Does this mean there is bad courage? Courage is boldness. Courage is strength of conviction. Courage moves forward even when darkness and uncertainty or threats abound. Courage is fundamental to faith. There can be no faith without courage. Without faith it is impossible to please God; courage is required to please God…to move forward despire darkness.
But what is bad courage? Perhaps, courage… (continue reading)
Perhaps the first thing to think about is: what is a lamp and when do we need one?
A lamp in those days is probably synonymous to what we call a lantern or torchlight today. They’re used amidst darkness to give a little light. Better said, the light from a lamp is sufficient enough to help us take the next step but never enough to completely clear out the darkness. In the dark, you must rely on the lamp to know the right step to take i.e. any step you take without it would likely be the wrong one.
Another analogy to use in thinking about this is the lights of a car. They illumine the path ahead of us but only enough for us to have the confidence to keep driving but never bright enough to illumine the entire way up to our destination.
So, the word of God being a lamp suggests a principle in how God works or guides His children. He may tell us His plans for us many years out but how we get there we only figure out one step at a time, like the peeling of a boiled egg. Get the gist?
Now, three Bible stories that explain this… (continue reading)