I was cutting coupons yesterday and saw a cold and flu ad with pictures of nasty looking worm-shaped germs resting on a phone. Needless to say, it reminded me of how I need to be mindful of where these little fellas are! (Nice marketing work on behalf of the cold and flu company!) As if the seasonal flu wasn’t enough to think about, we now have H1N1 2009 to worry with–we can’t avoid disease!
It’s hard for me to “remember” where all those nasty germs lurk! We’ve got them on door handles, shopping carts, toys…you name it..they live there. And unfortunately the dangers of the germs aren’t only encased outside of our homes, but they make their way into our beautiful little houses!!
Thanks to modern technology, we are able to protect ourselves from the infiltration of the flu germs. Thank goodness for hand sanitizers, antibacterial wipes, and soaps!! We can’t forget the ever-present (and controversial!) flu vaccine either. So not only can you take care of these germs externally and momentarily, but you can get injected with something that will work internally ..at least until next year.
I can’t help but think of how Satan is similar to these hidden, nasty germs. How many times do I…a believer of almost 20 years…forget how dirty and powerful Satan and his evil forces are!! They lurk everywhere in my day…my attitude towards my husband, my unthankfulness towards my possessions, my lack of zeal for serving the Lord…the list goes on and on. You see, Satan comes in quietly and tries to eat away at our lives.
But just as modern technology has equipped us to fight the flu germs, our all-knowing Lord has equipped us with ways to fight Satan and his forces!! He has given us HIS armor!!
So, today, when you are cleansing and avoiding the lurking flu germs, be mindful of the one lurking to steal, kill and destroy our spiritual lives! Remember that we have been injected with THE Living, Breathing, Powerful PROTECTOR! The best part is we don’t have to get Him injected year after year–we’ve got Him on our side eternally!
Early this summer Mike and I had an idea to form a team of runners who would take part in the Akron Road Runner in order to support my friend’s 9 year old daughter Melana who was diagnosed with a very serious brain cancer in Jan. of this year. We quickly came up with the name MILES FOR MELANA, and wanted to reach 500 committed miles by the end of August. To our surprise we reached well over 700 in no time!
Our goals were to show love and encouragement by raising funds to help her family with mounting medical expenses, to get as many people involved and praying for Melana and her family, and to motivate others to get fit and give running a try!
There’s something a bit funny about a sea of bobbing heads all around you for blocks and blocks! Despite the dreadful forecast, the weather was perfect! The entire time I only felt a nice sprinkle for a few moments here and there! The crowds are awesome for the Road Runner too! Bands, choir groups, crazy outfits to make you laugh along the way! It definitely is a rough course though!
Walk with the King!
The thought occurred to me one day while on the elliptical machine and watching the Food Network, that our eating habits could be categorized by one if not many of the fabulous chefs on the Food Network. I’m not necessarily thinking about how we cook either. There are a lot of factors which figure into our physical make-up, but we can’t negate the importance and weight (no pun intended) that eating has. Sometimes we have to analyze our eating and workout habits in order to really find our true issues with weight loss. Sit down this week and think about how the foods you put into your mouth are contributing to your overall health!
Paula Deen: Is butter, sour cream, fried foods, and more butter your mantra?! If so, chances are you may end up being a little, shall we say, “softer” around the middle. Unless you are looking to gain some weight, veer away from the fatty and fried foods. Always allow yourself a treat though because butter is OH so good ya’ll!!
Rachael Ray: Do you cook with boxed items, some fresh ingredients and lots of pasta? Rachael provides a good way for many of us to cook with items already in the pantry (and relatively inexpensive) but with being able to add some fresh ingredients. Rachael by no means is over-weight, but to some, may not be as “thin” as they themselves would like to look. She probably represents where many of us fall in regards to fixing meals and eating.
Giada DeLaurentis: If you are like me, Giada’s physique is one to be admired! You’ll notice that she cooks great, flavorful food and eats desserts, breads, and appetizers alike. However you’ll find that she mainly uses food in their “original” form…herbs, vegetables, fruits, fish, healthy oils…If you want a lean physique like hers while enjoying the variety of foods out there, then try to mimic that kind of cooking.
Where do you fall? I’m somewhere between Rachael and Giada with a sprinkling of Paula. Grab recipes from the cooks whose waistline you admire and maybe you’ll see some changes in yours!!