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To Consume Or Not To Consume

Artificial sweeteners may seem harmless, and they often are when consumed in small doses. A Diet Coke a day or a sugar free sweet a couple times a week likely won’t have any adverse effects.

 However, when you consume artificial sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose on a regular basis, you might notice everything from digestive upset to chronic headaches.

 Here are some things to know about artificial sweeteners so you know whether or not you should be cutting back.

 

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Wait Till We Get Our Character Show On You.

All drawings are ©️ Stephanie Matlock 2019

Hey guys! This what I love to do! My favorite hobby is absolutely drawing cartoons. I have praying to use this on a larger scale to share Christ and bless the world through lots of these characters with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Enjoy, and look 👀 for more!

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Alkaline foods? Yes please.

In the search for health, more and more people are turning their focus to dietary modification to help themselves to achieve new and positive health milestones. While the effectiveness of some diet changes can vary from person to person, it’s very clear that there are a wide variety of benefits that can be gained from adjusting your diet. One of the easier dietary adjustment that can be made, is to simply incorporate more alkaline foods into your diet. These amazing foods can improve health for a range of important systems.

What Are Alkaline Foods?

Alkaline foods are those that have a pH above 7 or can lower acidity in the body. The majority of these types of foods have an excellent impact on the body and tend to contain many of the vitamins and minerals that we rely on to fight disease and promote healing. Though the body has a somewhat narrow pH window in which it must remain to stay alive, and many things about the relationship between acid and alkaline sources are not completely understood, it is clear that many of these foods have health benefits that everyone can enjoy. The following will be a list of foods that fall into the alkaline category.

Hummus

This wonderful snack food is made from ground chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. It has a number of awesome trace minerals, is high in protein, and is full of healthy fats that promote heart health. It can be flavored in a variety of ways, and comes with the added bonus that they can lower your cholesterol, and contain natural chemicals that can help fight cancer causing damage.

Papaya

Papaya Is a tropical fruit. This fruit is widely known for its ability to aid in calming the stomach and reducing the production of stomach acids. This can help to massively improve digestion. It’s full of vitamins B, and C and is heavily antioxidant, which fights free radicals that cause cancer.

Hemp Oil

This oil is very rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. This makes it great at fighting the free radicals that cause cancer. It is often associated with slowing the effects of aging of the skin, combats signs of oxidative stress, and is high in protein. It is also a high in both omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids which are essential.

Avocado

Avocado is among the most popular for use as a condiment, topping, or filling. One thing few people know is that they are higher in potassium than the average banana. They are also high in fiber, and can help to lower your cholesterol. They contain massive amounts of vitamins and minerals that help to nourish the body as well.

Olive Oil

As a rich source of monosaturated fats, this wonderful oil can help prevent heart disease, and greatly reduces the risk of stroke. Olive oil is famous for its anti-inflammatory action, as well as its ability to combat free radicals and other oxidative effects. It can be used as a vegetable oil substitute because it produces less harmful chemicals when heated to higher temperatures.

Garlic

Garlic is an excellent alkaline vegetable with a multitude of useful properties. It has long related to healing, and medicine because of its anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. It also contains excessive amounts of vitamins and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, selenium, B6, and B1, but retains a very low calorie count, which makes it an excellent food additive.

Ginger

This famous root is known for its powerful odor, and antibacterial properties. It can help manage stomach issues including nausea and morning sickness. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and lowers blood sugar. If you have been doing strenuous work, it can also help to reduce muscular pains.

Lettuce

Along with its alkalinity, lettuce provides a lot of the important trace minerals. These include phosphorous, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, zinc, magnesium, and the vitamins vitamin B6, vitamin K, riboflavin, niacin, folate, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. Studies have also fund that lettuce contains chemicals that help to improve mood, and can help to regulate anxiety.

Carrot

A high fiber vegetable, carrot is well known for its starchy fibrous body. It is high in pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese, and has excellent antioxidant properties. Carrots make an excellent addition to any meal, and can be cooked in a variety of ways. They have long been associated with the improvement of eyesight, and studies have shown that carrots can prevent some forms of muscular degeneration that are common as humans age.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a leafy green vegetable that is packed with a wide array of vitamins, and many of the very important trace minerals. It’s a great source of dietary fiber and is a terrific addition to any salad mix. Rhubarb is also connected to weight loss because of its extremely low calorie count. Another one of its awesome attributes is that it is known for is its ability to help with constipation which can prevent other conditions of the colon from developing and becoming dangerous.

Herbal Tea

Tea has a long 2000-year-old history with medicine. Herbal teas have been known to provide nourishment due to their high vitamin content and promote healing, emotional wellbeing, as well as aid with calmness and sleeping. Teas are also very effective in helping the body to prevent bone loss due to aging. Drinking at least 2 cups of tea a day will help boost your immune system, and keep you feeling energized through the say.

Cauliflower

This interesting vegetable is highly anti-inflammatory, and provides a good amount of choline which is an important B vitamin for brain health. Studies have been known to

Show that it can help reduce the speed of brain deterioration due to old age. It is also an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients which give the body a better chance at fighting free radicals. Cauliflower also helps cardiovascular health because of the agent sulforaphane which promotes proper cell formation of the veins and arteries.

Celery

Celery is a heavily fibrous plant that has its roots deep in history as an anti-high blood pressure medicine. It is highly anti-inflammatory and powerful anti-oxidant properties. Celery also contains quite a few trace minerals and vitamins. Another amazing effect of celery is its ability to stimulate liver functions. It does this by helping the liver to produce liver cleansing enzymes. It can help you to both lower your cholesterol, and to fight microbial infections in the body.

Coconut

This hard-shelled fruit is packed with a ton of benefits. Coconut has a history of improving skin by aiding elasticity, and fighting oxidative stress. It is also great for your immune system, because it has a large amount of antiparasitic and antimicrobial properties. Coconut can also help to improve digestion of food, and make it easier for the body to absorb valuable nutrients, but one of the best attributes of coconut is that it can even help regulate insulin, which can help to prevent diabetes.

Grapefruit

This larger citrus fruit can help with cholesterol levels, and greatly impacts lipid levels. Grapefruit is associated with weight loss because of its effect on fats in the body and is full of vitamins like Vitamin C. It can also help to erode build ups of calcium like the calcium found in painful kidney stones. To help prevent stones, you can try consuming at least a cup of grapefruit juice a day. It is also popular to use as a late-night snack instead of eating carb filled junk foods.

Lemon

Lemon juice is a great way to stimulate action in the liver because it contains uric acid, which breaks down a number of toxins in the body. Lemon is also effective at dissolving kidney stones and can help to improve digestion. If you were to consume at least a glass of lemon juice a day, the acids can stimulate your intestines to create a bowel movement, and the juice can help to dissolve various substances that form plaque on the intestinal walls.

Green beans

More than just a staple food for some cultures, green beans are another highly antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food with great health benefits. Green beans have been found to be effective at reducing risks associated with heart disease. This is believed to be due to the high number of flavonoids. Green beans are also a major source of antioxidants.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are heavily antioxidant makeup because they are very high in lycopene. Lycopene is very effective at preventing different type of dangerous oxidation that can lead to various diseases and conditions. One such effect that has been studied, is lycopene’s ability to prevent lipids from building up in the veins and arteries. These free-floating fats are a primary cause of heart disease and arterial obstructions that can cause stroke. Tomatoes also have a positive effect on bone development in post-menopausal women. Fresh tomatoes can be cut up and placed directly on food.

Cherries

Cherries are an amazing natural source of melatonin with is a hormone producing by your pineal gland. Science has discovered that eating cherries or drinking cherry juice can greatly help you to stay asleep for longer periods. Melatonin is also an antioxidant that can help to combat free radicals. Cherries are also full of powerful naturally occurring anti-inflammatory chemicals.

Radishes

Radishes are known to have a cooling effect on the body, and was used by ancient Chinese doctors to help people deal with heat during hot weather. There are also diuretic and help the body to flush toxins by passing them into urine and out of the body. They are high in vitamin C and other trace minerals.

Bananas

This yellow tree fruit is packed with great carbs and vitamins. Even though it contains a healthy dose of nutrition, it still has less than 120 calories. Eating a banana won’t spike your blood sugar, and they are absorbed quickly. They are very high in fiber, can

help you to have proper elimination, and are very filling. This absorption and high fiber will make you to feel more satisfied and full. Bananas also have a positive effect on moods and can help you to relax and be able to sleep better.

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Think On These Things: Olive Oil Takes It To The Next Level

Check out this video of the many benefits of olive oil. And if you choose to take advantage of these benefits, make sure you read labels so that you are actually getting real olive oil. Enjoy!

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The wonder has a name: Faith.

Good morning peeps! I wanted to drop few lines of grace from my heart to yours.

Be strong and focused this season. There will be all many of distractions and schemes with the intention of draining all of your strength with old memories of the past which strengthen all strongholds on your thoughts and emotions.

The remedy is to confess all of those old things, present stresses, and future fears to the Father, the Lord God strong and mighty.

Then, COMMIT to TRUST Him with every facet of your life and soul. There are no solutions or resolutions in our natural, or carnal nature. He has already told us that worry, grief, and fear only bring and strengthen bondage in our souls. That bondage will play out in our lives. I have learned a valuable lesson this very month….I cannot be lax on any fears in my life. I must remain vigilant, steadfast, and totally in faith to fulfill all the will of God in my life, and for others everyday. It’s not an option; IT’S A MUST!

I encourage you today, family, join me in deeply and sincerely relying on the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to show you how to exercise you senses that you would know good from evil in every area and challenge of life. (Hebrews 5:14)

Then, when He shows you, ask Him how to apply God’s Word to what He reveals. Make sure you have confessed with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord. This concentrated help from the Holy Spirit purified and amplified by receiving the gift of salvation giving through Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:8; John 3:16; Romans 10:9,10)

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Elevate to Eliminate

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Psalm 150

Praise the Lord

Hallelujah!

Praise God in His sanctuary.

Praise Him in His mighty heavens.

Praise Him for His powerful acts;

praise Him for His abundant greatness.

Praise Him with trumpet blast;

praise Him with harp and lyre.

Praise Him with tambourine and dance;

praise Him with flute and strings.

Praise Him with resounding cymbals;

praise Him with clashing cymbals.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.

Hallelujah!

10 Habits For Emotional Health🤗

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1. Guard your self-esteem.

Learning to feel confident and comfortable with yourself is an important habit for protecting your emotional wellness and safeguarding your well-being.

2. Improve your attitude.

Your outlook is one part of your emotional health that you can cyesontrol each day. When negative things happen or you start to feel negative emotions creeping in, turn those into positive thoughts. This will help you become more resilient, too.

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3. Be realistic.

When you keep your expectations for yourself as well as other people more realistic, you are more likely to be happier, enjoy better outcomes, and learn more from your experiences. Unrealistic expectations set you up for failure and lower your self-esteem.

4. Lower your stress level.

Stress makes it difficult to manage your emotions well, and the hormones that are released when you are under stress can harm your health. Find enjoyable activities that help you cope with your stress and, where possible, eliminate sources of stress from your life.

5. Get enough quality sleep.

Sleep is crucial for your physical as well as your mental health, and when you do not get enough, your emotional well-being will suffer.

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6. Cultivate strong connections to others.

Having strong and healthy relationships can improve your emotional and physical health. Having a wide circle of friends and people you can rely on will keep you healthier and happier throughout your life.

7. Do not stew.

When bad things happen in your life, it is important to process those emotions and then move on from them. Brooding over things that have already happened affects your mood and motivation.

8. Practice self-care.

Taking care of yourself is essential for your emotional health. This includes eating a healthy diet, engaging in activities you enjoy, taking a break when you need it, checking in with yourself regularly to make sure your needs are met, and finding work and leisure activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.

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9. Honor your boundaries.

When you have strong emotional health, you know when to set boundaries that honor your wellness as well as how to keep others from disregarding those boundaries.

10. Value personal development.

Emotionally strong people understand the value of personal growth and development. They seek advice from others, search for new opportunities to learn, and focus on ways to better themselves and their lives.

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Capturing Moments With A Daily Journal

The concept of journaling is very simple. You write down all your thoughts and feelings in a notebook or journal, and in return, get a lot of clarity, self-reflection, reduction in stress and anxiety, and a lot of other benefits.

Journaling is one of the best ways to practice self-care, and also happens to be easy and affordable. There are many ways to journal, whether you choose to have a daily journal with what happened to you that day and how you’re feeling at the end of the day, or you prefer a specific type of journal like a bullet journal or gratitude journal.

There is another unique aspect of journaling that many people don’t often talk about – the fact that is can help to preserve memories and capture special moments in your life.

This report will talk about different benefits of using a daily journal, tips for motivation and inspiration, and of course how to capture your life’s most memorable moments and preserve them for later.

Four Decisions That Determine Your Destiny

In Dr. Seuss’ poem, “The Zode in the Road,” a young Zode comes to a fork in the road and spends quite some time trying to decide which place to go to. He thinks about the possibility that one place may be too hot and the other too cool or one too high and the other too low. After scratching his head in indecision, the Zode finally decides to play it safe and “start off for both places at once!”

And that meant the Zode got nowhere.

What decision do you need to make? I implore you do something great with your life for Jesus’ sake. Don’t be a Zode. Don’t waste your life. Don’t live in mediocrity. Don’t just exist! Make the decisions that will determine your destiny.

There are four life-changing decisions that every person has to make:

1. To commit your life to Christ and become a part of his family. If you haven’t done that, what are you waiting on? Not to decide is to decide.

2. To commit to the habits that will help you grow spiritually. Don’t be a wishy-washy, lukewarm, shallow Christian. Go head on. Be all that God wants you to be.

3. To use your talents, gifts, abilities, and experiences to serve God and others. Some of you have been sitting on the bench, and it’s time to get in the game.

4. To share Jesus Christ with others. Once you know the Good News, you’re to become a messenger so that others may hear it, too.

“If you are … unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord” (James 1:7-8 GNT).

The decision is yours!

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Day 3: God Has Given You Power

Joshua 1:8; Proverbs 18:21

God Has Given You Power

“…but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭(KJV)‬‬

According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for power is “dynamis” (G1411), which means “strength, power or ability.” God has given you the power to produce everything that He has called you to do. He has given you the power, strength, stamina and fortitude to conquer every storm. God has not given you the spirit of fear—He has given you power to conquer every mountain. When you are His child, fear has to flee. When you are in Christ, the stronghold of fear must loose its grip. Fear has no power when faith is present. When you’re in Christ it’s your choice to either function in the authority and the power that God has given you or you can shrink to the stronghold of fear. Choose not to cower to fear; walk by faith. 

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ (‭KJV)‬ states, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Success and defeat are in your tongue. Victory and failure are in the power of your tongue. What’s in your language? What has a hold of your tongue—faith or fear? What’s speaking louder—faith or fear? Choose to digest God’s Word day and night and in every season of your life. When fear creeps into your life, choose to defeat it with the Word of God. 

Joshua 1:8 (KJV) states, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Meditate on God’s Word. Diligently focus on applying God’s Word in every area of your life. Choose to develop a life filled with faith-filled actions instead of succumbing to fear. Obey God and trust His Voice. His Word will establish your pathway. Pattern your life after His Word and break the cycle of fear. 

Day 2: Don’t Shrink!

According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for fear is “deilia” (G1167), which means “timidity, fearfulness or cowardice.” God did not build you to be timid. You are not a coward. He’s placed His spirit in you to be powerful, courageous, dynamic and full of faith. It takes faith to obey God. Choose to rebuke fear and walk in faith. 

When you are full of fear or you’re in a constant state of being “fearful,” your decisions and actions are double minded and unstable. James‬ ‭1:8‬ (‭KJV)‬‬ states, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Fear leads to instability. According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for “double minded” is ‘dipsychos’ (G1374) which means “wavering, uncertain, doubting, divided in interest.” A double minded man is unstable in every area of his life. A double minded man (or woman) is uncertain, doubting and has a divided interest. Choose to live by and function in faith. Cancel fear’s assignment by surrendering to God.

You can’t function in both realms. You choose—faith or fear. 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:7‬ (‭KJV)‬ states, “For we walk by faith, not by sight:” In other words, we live our life by faith and not by what we see. We must function by faith and not by fear. Fear cannot lead your path. When fear leads you, it will paralyze your destiny. Fear will try to disrupt your course and cause you to abandon and abort your destiny. Fear will cause you to shrink and “dumb down” the vision that God has given you. You are who God says that you are! Choose to live by faith and not by fear. ‭‭Don’t shrink.

Make a decision to seek God and live out what He says about you daily!

Reflect: Take some time to reflect upon who has God called you to be. Reflect upon His Word and choose to live by and digest His Word daily. Choose to crush fear and walk by faith. Start small. Take the first step. Start that business, release that book, open that ministry, go back to school. Let God lead your path and break the cycle of fear.

Good morning, friends! I have a very empowering devotional to share with you.

  “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭(KJV)‬‬ God has not given you the spirit of fear. Fear does not come from God. Fear comes from Satan, and it’s one of his weapons to stagnate and to stunt your purpose.

Fear is a paralytic weapon that the enemy uses to slow you down from pursuing your purpose. God wants you to move forward in your purpose, plan and destiny. God has not given you the spirit of fear. For we walk by faith and not by sight. As God’s children, we do not walk in fear; we walk in power, love and sound mind.  Paul teaches his son Timothy, this powerful principle in 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭by admonishing Timothy to walk in power, love and a sound mind. Fathers teach their children how to walk in power and not fear.

Power, love, and a sound mind…

Fathers have the ability to impart into their children faith as they demonstrate and walk out a life of faith and power. Fathers set the generational pattern. Fathers can either establish a cycle of fear or a generational pattern of faith.  God used Paul to set the pattern of faith for his spiritual son Timothy and for the generations that followed after him.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭(KJV)‬‬

This scripture is recorded for our benefit. God used Paul to pen these words of faith to speak directly to our hearts. Fear will keep you spinning in cycles. Faith will catapult you to the next dimension. Faith will promote you. Faith will expand you. Faith will enlarge your borders. Fear will cause you to downgrade and diminish your destiny.

Fear will cause you to shrink. Faith will promote you. Faith will expand you. Faith will enlarge your borders.