Nov 02 2009

Always getting sick?

Does it seem like you're always sick? Here are some things (from Prevention Magazine) that may hamper your immune system:

1. You have a sweet tooth. Too much sugar can slow down the ability of your white blood cells to kill bacteria.
2. You don’t drink enough water. Your body needs fluids to flush out toxins.
3. You need to lose a lot of weight. Excess weight can impair your immune system from fighting infection.
4. You drink water from a well. Well water may contain unsafe levels of arsenic which can hamper your immune system.
5. Your nose is Sahara desert-dry. A runny nose is actually a good defense against colds and the flu.
6. You’re always seriously stressed out. Long-term stress weakens the response of your immune system.
7. You’re always nursing a cold. The average adults gets 1-3 colds each season that typically last 3 or 4 days. If you get more, your resistance might be low. Get more sleep, exercise regularly, and round out your diet with lots of healthy veggies to help boost your immune system.

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Nov 02 2009

Eric's flaming cupcake

Click here to see Eric's flaming birthday porcupine cupcake of happiness, and the smoke aftermath:)

Happy Birthday Eric!

We pray you have an amazing year!

Lisa, Amy, Dan, Producer David, and Lisa T :)

Oct 31 2009

Proverbs 31

We started reading through the book of Proverbs on October 1st, and now here we are at Proverbs 31!  Every few months, it's great to read through the book again, letting the words of wisdom sink into your soul.

You may have heard the phrase "a Proverbs 31 woman".  From verse 10 to 31, this incredible woman is described.  She's busy!  Strong arms, creative, a great manager.  I've done Bible studies on this Proverb, read books about this woman.  For a while, I tried to be like her, but I got exhaustedLaughing.  When I think of the Proverbs 31 woman, I think of all of us.  I think this is a description of the church, of how we should all be busy doing our assignements down here on earth, whatever it is that God has called us to do.  We shouldn't be idle or self-absorbed.  We should be involved, proactive, reaching out, taking care of our families and taking care of our Father's businiess.  Those are my thoughts---what about you?  Feel free below to leave your comments about this much discussed, much loved Proverb.

Verse 30 is powerful.

blessings, Lisa

Proverbs 31

 1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an oracle his mother taught him:

 2 "O my son, O son of my womb,
       O son of my vows,

 3 do not spend your strength on women,
       your vigor on those who ruin kings.

 4 "It is not for kings, O Lemuel—
       not for kings to drink wine,
       not for rulers to crave beer,

 5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees,
       and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

 6 Give beer to those who are perishing,
       wine to those who are in anguish;

 7 let them drink and forget their poverty
       and remember their misery no more.

 8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
       for the rights of all who are destitute.

 9 Speak up and judge fairly;
       defend the rights of the poor and needy." 

 10 A wife of noble character who can find?
       She is worth far more than rubies.

 11 Her husband has full confidence in her
       and lacks nothing of value.

 12 She brings him good, not harm,
       all the days of her life.

 13 She selects wool and flax
       and works with eager hands.

 14 She is like the merchant ships,
       bringing her food from afar.

 15 She gets up while it is still dark;
       she provides food for her family
       and portions for her servant girls.

 16 She considers a field and buys it;
       out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

 17 She sets about her work vigorously;
       her arms are strong for her tasks.

 18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
       and her lamp does not go out at night.

 19 In her hand she holds the distaff
       and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

 20 She opens her arms to the poor
       and extends her hands to the needy.

 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
       for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

 22 She makes coverings for her bed;
       she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
       where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

 24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
       and supplies the merchants with sashes.

 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
       she can laugh at the days to come.

 26 She speaks with wisdom,
       and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

 27 She watches over the affairs of her household
       and does not eat the bread of idleness.

 28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
       her husband also, and he praises her:

 29 "Many women do noble things,
       but you surpass them all."

 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
       but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

 31 Give her the reward she has earned,
       and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

New International Version (NIV)

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Oct 29 2009

Encourage Your Pastor!

October is "Pastor Appreciation Month" and with just a few days left in the month, if you haven't taken the opportunity to express your gratitude to your pastor, make sure you do that! We came across this article (about 10 years old, but still relevant) on some simple ways you can show appreciation to your pastor.