Something to Consider

My Journey Magazine (a LifeWay Publication) tells me October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and offered 5 suggestions we should practice.

1. Eat good fats—olive oil, flaxseed oil, and fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, and coconuts. Avoid trans fats like partially hydrogenated oils, hydrogenated oils or vegetable shorting.

2. Eat lots of  greens—spinach, lettuce, kale, broccoli, and green peppers.

3. Exercise —The American Cancer Society recommends that you exercise for 30 to 45 minutes at least five days each week.

4. Take supplements—Harvard studies suggest that taking 1,200 mg. of calcium and 800 IU of vitamin D daily slashes breast-cancer risk by up to 69 percent.

5. Eat walnuts—According to www.webmd.com, snacking on two ounces (two handfuls) of walnuts a day may cut your risk of breast cancer.

My Baby Girl gave me a tip as to spinach—I’m passing it on to you with my testimony that she was right.  Fresh spinach leaves on a sandwich instead of iceberg lettuce adds nutrition and more flavor.  Fresh spinach leaves, tomato slices, onion slices, smoked gouda cheese and I can do without the meat— put that on Arnold Thin Sandwich bread. Ymmm! I’m making some of these for lunch tomorrow.  Not to worry, I do have turkey slices.

Enjoy your evening.  Friday morning’s IDOK is entitled:

Bent. . . Well?

Holy hugs, kt

A Little Information

A share button has been added to The White Stone.  This will enable you to easily share a post or any one of the pages at The White Stone with others via Facebook, Email, Press It, Twitter and even PRINT.

Which means if you’d like to print our Praying For These list you can.  Just click the share button at the end of the Praying For These page and choose print.

Just trying to help get the WORD out. Love and holy hugs kt

Knows and is in Control

Thursday, September 30, 2010 — IDOK Devotion

Praying For These, to review please click here.

I am bone tired tonight; it’s been a productive day.  Perhaps I’ll be brief. 🙂

Looking for something to share with you, I read a devotion written by Mary Graham and situated in a book titled Contagious Joy.

The subject devotion is entitled God Is in Control.  I need this tonight.  Not so much for workings within the walls here in Satsuma,  but for others. Others more dear than my next breath — every loving mother knows!

Said devotion is 6 pages, so that means as much as I love ya, I’m not typing it tonight.  But I will give you a summary and some quotes that hopefully will encourage you.

Mary was critter sitting, a hamster to be exact, for someone she dearly loved and the hamster went missing and prayers ascended to Heaven. And when he was found safe and sound, she wrote:

It was then I remembered that all the promises of God are true, all the time.  He can always be trusted. He’s always there. He doesn’t judge our requests, feelings, needs, fears, desires, inadequacies, insecurities, or vulnerabilities.  He doesn’t leave us on our own when our issues are too minor or too impossible to manage.  He doesn’t say, “I don’t do hamsters.”

And Mary had other fears, inadequacies, insecurities and vulnerabilities that she could not manage.  A big one — her mother, her once vibrant, accomplishing, the ‘glue’ who always held the family together was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. They begged God to make her well.  Her mom was only 60.  Mary said she prayed for her mother to get better, to feel comfortable and peaceful. But she didn’t.

God didn’t do what we asked, but now we know He did something much better.  Second Corinthians 4:16 says, “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (NKJV). In many ways, the weaker my mother became, the more her sweet spirit impacted our lives. As a result, we were all changed, especially my father who, after years of resistance to grace, came to personal faith in Christ. Six weeks after my mother died, he died. By then, we knew eternal life was his.

No one knows how God works.  He may decide to save a hamster and wait on the suffering of one of His own children.  Sometimes He chooses to allow earthly suffering for His eternal purpose. All I know is He can be trusted, even when I don’t see the result. I have no need to worry, fret, or beg.  He is in control, and He will accomplish His purpose. That is a joy I celebrate.

And last night as my beloved and I were discussing the Apostle John and Mary and JESUS and family dynamics a revelation came in a way like never before. JESUS knows, He empathizes with every loss we experience; even and in particular I think, ones we love so dearly – family.  Do you have any doubts that JESUS loved Joseph?  Do you have any doubts that Joseph was ‘Daddy’ to JESUS as a toddler, a lad, and a man?  Do we not know that they had a ‘father/son’ relationship? Think about your own Daddy … JESUS had love like that for Joseph and yet JESUS, Son of God, able to raise the dead and heal the sick, ‘let’ Joseph die.  He did not make him well; he did not raise him from the dead.  Can we doubt now, can we ever feel He does not understand how we feel when He does not heal our loved ones in the here and now? HE KNOWS. He has stood where we stand.  This did something for me last night and still today, and I hope it will for you as you come to this page.

Good night or good morning … Sweet Friends, Sisters and Brothers.

ABBA, do what You will with this; may it as You desire reach the screens of our IDOKs as they need.  We collectively and individually bring all our concerns, proclaiming You are in control and You are trustworthy and we are grateful for what You have and will do for each of us, and for our IDOK Troops and our Praying For These loved ones; realizing and proclaiming before all these witnesses that we come in the NAME and MERITS and through the BLOOD of JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. Amen and amen.

Holy hugs, kt

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way – Second Posting

This is my second posting of this ‘lesson’.  Obviously something is amiss with WordPress and email subscriptions; Facebook is receiving the post and they are appearing there but I have heard from at least two of you that email did not arrive bearing this one the FIRST time.  I am hoping this one does.  Please let me know.  (ABBA, I am asking You to resolve this for all our IDOK subscribers.  Thank You.)

I don’t have a ‘real’ devotion for today, Wednesday, September 29, 2010; just a cry and a call to prayer.

I am so sad this afternoon and tears keep coming.  I’ve just watched the news clip via Facebook reporting the stabbing at Blount High School.  It just doesn’t have to be this way.  It just doesn’t have to.

Oh, ABBA, I am so sorry.  Please forgive.  Please have mercy. The horror that must be going on in that school.  I am so sorry.  Somehow send help.

I am so aware in these moments that all it would take to bring Peace and Safety and Health and Wholeness to this world is for people to refuse to be their own God and let JESUS be their GOD.  That’s all it would take.  Just choose JESUS, not in lip service but a real heart transformation — that’s what He does.  And He is perfect at it.

It just doesn’t have to be this way — a stabbing at Blount High School did not have to happen today.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (Taken from here.)

But they have and this is where we are today. Prohibiting and hindering the sharing of the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST and ultimately the rejection of HIM is at the root of today’s stabbing.   It is at the root of ALL of America’s ills and woes.

LORD JESUS have mercy, forgive us and change us I pray.

Holy hugs needed! kt

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

I don’t have a ‘real’ devotion for today, Wednesday, September 29, 2010; just a cry and a call to prayer.

I am so sad this afternoon and tears keep coming.  I’ve just watched the news clip via Facebook reporting the stabbing at Blount High School.  It just doesn’t have to be this way.  It just doesn’t have to.

Oh, ABBA, I am so sorry.  Please forgive.  Please have mercy. The horror that must be going on in that school.  I am so sorry.  Somehow send help.

I am so aware in these moments that all it would take to bring Peace and Safety and Health and Wholeness to this world is for people to refuse to be their own God and let JESUS be their GOD.  That’s all it would take.  Just choose JESUS, not in lip service but a real heart transformation — that’s what He does.  And He is perfect at it.

It just doesn’t have to be this way — a stabbing at Blount High School did not have to happen today.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (Taken from here.)

But they have and this is where we are today. Prohibiting and hindering the sharing of the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST and ultimately the rejection of HIM is at the root of today’s stabbing.   It is at the root of ALL of America’s ills and woes.

LORD JESUS have mercy, forgive us and change us I pray.

Holy hugs needed! kt

FYI to Mobile, Alabama area Friends

I am posting here a portion of an email I received this morning from a dear sister regarding some Ladies who are HIGHLY recommended SITTERS.  If you or someone you know in our area needs help with a loved one, please let me know and I can pass along contact information to you.

I was wondering if you or do you know of anyone that needs sitters.  Pam Rogers can only sit at night.  Kim can work TuesDAY and ThursDAY anytime, and after twelve on Mon, Wed, and Fri. plus weekends.  She is funny and will WORK (cleaning, bathing, cooking, etc.)   Dallas is good with keeping up with health issues…not good with cleaning but will cook and wash clothes.  They all make a good team.  What one doesn’t do the other will.  They all are dependable, as far as being there on time and not taking off much.   Ask around and let me know.    Thanks!  Elaine

Hope you are REMEMBERING FIVE this morning.

Holy hugs, kt