“You’re not sick, you’re thirsty! Don’t treat thirst with medications.” Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, MD
How much water are you drinking each day?
The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. (Isaiah 58:11, NLT)
Did you know that your body is about 70% water and your brain cells are about 85% water? So if you’d like to maximize your brain cells to the fullest, become a serious water drinker.
Water is the single most important nutrient that our body needs. It is involved in every function of our bodies. A person can live five to seven weeks without food, but the average adult can last no more than three to five days without water. Thankfully, more and more emphasis is being placed on water drinking in our current day.
Many people are walking around in a mild to moderate state of dehydration. According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, having a dry mouth is the last signal of extreme dehydration. The body and all its organs need clean, pure water on an ongoing, daily basis.
How much is enough, someone asks? A commonly accepted formula is: take your approximate weight and divide that number by two. The result is the amount, in ounces per day, that your body needs for adequate hydration. For example, if you weigh 128 pounds, half of that is 64. So, you would need 64 ounces or 2 quarts of water every day.
WAIT a minute, some of you are saying…I could never drink THAT much. So, begin by assessing how much you are drinking. If you’re drinking less than 32 ounces (or 1 quart), then work up to that amount. Once you have that mastered then work your way up to 64 ounces or 2 quarts. See what you notice in your body.
I have many wonderful stories of clients, who once they began drinking adequate water, have dropped unwanted pounds, said good-bye to acid reflux, and even experienced a drop in their blood pressure. Water really is the Elixir of Life!
Father, we thank You for Your amazing creation of the human body and all of its intricate parts! We thank You that you have a design and plan for each of us and that You desire for each of us to be healthy and well. Thank You for your grace as we learn and implement Your principles in taking care of our “temples.”
Link of the Day
The Healing Power of Water
Blessings on you as you enjoy more of the Elixir of Life today.
“The Lord prefers common looking people. That is why he made so many of them.” Abraham Lincoln
How did you react the last time you were misjudged because of your appearance?
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at a person’s thoughts and intentions.” (1 Sam. 16:7; NLT)
Last weekend Sharon and I were in San Diego and noted a relatively large number of homeless people sleeping on the streets and in the parks. That observation, plus today’s link that we recently received from our good friend Joy Halstead, made me start to reflect on the question, “What would Jesus look like if He came back today.” (By the way, Joseph Girzone wrote a fascinating novel some 20+ years back entitled Joshua, which was later made into an excellent movie, that speculated on this same question.)
Would we recognize Him or would we be like the two men on the road to Emmaus who spent a significant amount of time with Him before they realized whom they were with? (Luke 24:31) Would Jesus look anything like we envision Him? What color would His skin be? What would he be wearing? A suit? Blue jeans? Cutoffs? Would His hair be long? If so, don’t you think it might be pulled back into a ponytail? Oh my goodness! What if He had an earring in His ear?
What if He was a little unkempt…like a blue-collar construction worker who just finished a hard day’s labor? If we didn’t recognize Him, would we jump to conclusions based on His appearance? If someone looking like that showed up uninvited at our family picnic, would we welcome Him? Would we allow Him to hold our children (or grandchildren) in His lap? What if He reached for a beer from the cooler?
I’m probably carrying this too far for comfort, but I’m fairly sure that we would be quite surprised by His appearance, just as they were 2000+ years ago. Recall that Isaiah gave the only physical description of Jesus when He wrote, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him” (53:2b).
We are all (I admit to being chief among you) guilty of judging people by their appearance…or their occupation…or their education…or their…whatever. Think about that as you watch today’s link. Have a great weekend!
Lord, please forgive me for my propensity to judge a person based on how they look. Even though I know it’s wrong, I still catch myself doing it…more than I like to admit. Give me the grace to overcome this terrible habit.
Link of the Day
Phone Salesman Amazes Crowd
Blessings on you as you seek to replace judgment with love this day.
“We’ve always needed God from the very beginning of this nation but today we need Him especially. We’re facing a new kind of enemy. We’re involved in a new kind of warfare and we need the help of the Spirit of God. The Bible’s words are our hope. . . .” Billy Graham
Think of a time when the Bible brought hope to you.
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. (Isa. 55:11; NLT)
Perhaps many of our Daily Gram readers understand the power of God’s written word in their lives and in the lives of those around them. It’s interesting to me that within the space of about four days, we have learned about two organizations with projects that have the goal of making the Bible available to mind boggling numbers of people.
The two organizations, while having similar goals, are going about it in very different ways. Neither is new, but both were very new to us. Under the assumption that they may be new to you as well, I’ve chosen to write a little about one today and the other later this week.
The first one is an outreach of the International Bible Society and is known as City Reachers. The tactic of City Reachers is to deliver complete New Testaments to the entire population of major metropolitan areas within America. City Reachers raises funds through a number of different venues and then uses those funds to print and deliver complete New Testaments to every address within a given area on a pre-selected date for about $2.00 a copy. For example, Southside Hampton Roads, the metro area that we live in, is scheduled for March 16, 2008.
To date they have completed three projects, one being Colorado Springs where they distributed almost 100,000 copies of the New Testament. (That’s a big number, but about half of what they project to distribute in our area.) According to their short video, a survey of the Colorado Springs area after they distributed the New Testaments showed that over 11,200 people who had not read the Bible previously, read some portion of the New Testament for the first time. 5,400 people decided to read the Bible more often. 37,000 recommitted their life to Christ. 2,400 families decided to attend a church, and 900 decided to attend a church for the first time. Pretty magnificent results!
To learn more about City Reachers, watch the short video below and visit their web site, also below.
Lord, we pray that the funds necessary to complete this project would become available and that the effectiveness of this project would far exceed the hopes of man. And Lord, we also pray supernatural wisdom for the City Reachers leaders as they walk out their call.
Blessings on you this day as you reflect on what the Bible means to you.
“The Indians and English use them much, boyling them with Sugar for Sauce to eat with their Meat, and it is a delicious sauce.” John Josselyn, while visiting New England in 1663
How can you make your Thanksgiving meal healthier?
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (Gen 1:11; KJV)
Since this is the first week of November, there are three “recipe Tuesdays” before Thanksgiving. Each week I’ll feature a recipe that can be made for your Thanksgiving meal. We’ll begin with the cranberry.
The name “cranberry” derives from the Pilgrim name for the fruit, “craneberry”, so called because the small, pink blossoms that appear in the spring resemble the head and bill of a Sandhill crane. European settlers adopted the Native American uses for the fruit and found the berry a valuable bartering tool.
Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not grow in water. Instead, they grow on vines in beds layered with sand, peat, gravel and clay. These beds are commonly known as “bogs.” However, the bogs are flooded in the fall to facilitate harvest and again during the winter to protect against low temperatures.
Cranberries contain bacteria-blocking compounds that are believed to be helpful in preventing urinary tract infections, and in blocking the bacteria responsible for ulcers and certain oral bacteria that can lead to gum disease.
In addition to their urinary tract health benefits, cranberries also contain phytochemicals that assist in maintaining health. Some of these phytochemicals act as antioxidants, compounds that help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. These antioxidants reduce oxidative damage to cells that can lead to cancer, heart disease, and other degenerative diseases. For example, anthocyanins, compounds that give cranberries their red color, are powerful antioxidants that may be stronger than vitamin E.
When buying or drinking cranberry juice, it’s important to buy only pure, unsweetened cranberry juice, usually found in health food stores. The “cocktail” varieties are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and sugar, negating any positive benefits from the cranberry. If you need to add any sweetener, try adding some organic apple juice to the pure, unsweetened cranberry juice.
You’ve heard me mention over and over how beneficial it is for us to eat more raw fruits and vegetables. Most of our Thanksgiving meal consists of cooked food. So, today’s feature recipe is a raw cranberry relish using some other wonderful fruits as well. Enjoy.
Father, thank You for Your grand design and for not only making wonderful tasting foods but ones that are pretty to the eye as well. May You be glorified as we begin to reflect on what we are thankful for during this time of year.
Link of the Day
Blessings on you as you look for ways to have a healthy Thanksgiving meal.
“When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your own duty.” Woodrow T. Wilson
How many people do you know who don’t like to read?
Yet faith comes from listening to this message of good news–the Good News about Christ. (Rom. 10:17; NLT)
A couple of days ago, I wrote about City Reachers, one of the ministries of the International Bible Society that is printing and distributing New Testaments in entire metropolitan areas. Today, I’d like to tell you a little about an organization known as Faith Comes By Hearing. We learned about this group through a CD that was pasted in the latest copy of Ministry Today magazine. That CD had the entire dramatized NIV New Testament on it in MP3 format.
The ad copy pointed out that 65% of Bible-believing Christians have never read the entire New Testament, and that 50% of teens believe that Jesus may have committed sins, and that 43% of Americans function at or below basic literacy levels. Faith Comes By Hearing is sponsored by Christian business people who are alarmed by the startling, current trends of biblical illiteracy in America.
When I went to their web site (link below) I discovered that Faith Comes By Hearing offers the largest catalog of audio Bibles in the world, currently recorded in 262 languages spoken by people living in 92 countries on every continent. When you realize that over half of the world’s population cannot read, you begin to realize the significance of this ministry in spreading God’s Word worldwide.
The City Reachers project of the International Bible Society and Faith Comes By Hearing are just two ministries that we’ve heard about within days of each other. I’m sure there are several more doing equally incredible and amazing things to spread God’s Word. Do you suppose that this is part of what Jesus had in mind when He said that believers “will do the same works I have done, and even greater works….” (John 14:12)?
Father, we thank you for the technology that makes Faith Comes By Hearing possible. It is hard to imagine the impact of so many people having access, many for the first time, to hearing Your Word in their native languages. We pray that You would meet all the needs to this organization as they continue to so effectively spread the Gospel throughout the world.
Blessings on you as you as you reflect on the amazing ways technology can be used to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
“Your body loses about two quarts of water a day through perspiration, urination, and exhaustion. “ Barbara Levine, Ph.D.
What has changed with your water drinking?
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17; NKJ)
Well, my “elixir” Daily Gram generated some “juicy” thoughts from our readers. Some sent an email to thank me for reminding them to drink more water. Some sent an email in disbelief of how much water they really need to drink! And some wondered if drinking water really could help with some of the nagging health conditions from which they suffer.
However I had a special conversation with our friend Peggy about her “water revelation.” We’ve known Peggy for years. She’s a wonderful, outgoing, and giving woman. She is also a middle school science teacher. So, she knows about water.
She told me yesterday that for the past several years she had been much better about drinking more water. (Part of that could be from my harping on her every time we spoke). J However, during the past several months the landscape of teaching science in the public school system has taken on some new scenery, bringing some unexpected and added stress in Peggy’s life.
She began to realize that something was wrong! She wasn’t able to organize her thoughts. She was having difficulty thinking and organizing her lesson plans for school, and she was noticing increased fatigue.
After reading about the “elixir of life,” a light bulb went off in her head. She realized that her water drinking had greatly decreased due to her busyness with school. She wasn’t drinking nearly enough water. She immediately began to make changes and purposed to begin drinking much more water once again. After only a couple of days, she began to think more clearly and feel better overall. She was so grateful for the reminder in the Daily Gram that helped to recognize what was going on.
Thank you, Peggy, for sharing your story with us!
Father, we thank You for Your goodness and Your mercy. We thank You for our most amazing bodies and how You have created them. May we glorify You with all that we drink.
Link of the Day
10 Reasons to Drink More Water
Blessings on you as you continue to learn what is best for your body.
“The formula for success is quite simple: double your rate of failure.” Thomas J. Watson, Sr. (founder of IBM)
What did you learn the from the last time you failed?
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Rom. 8:28, NLT)
Watson’s quote should and take an incredible burden off our shoulders and make us jump for joy. We should all be shouting, “I can do that!” “That” being fail. After all, most of us spend a good deal of our mental, physical, and spiritual energy doing all we can to avoid failing. That being the case, logic tells us that it should be a piece of cake to fail.
How do you suppose God views failure? Do you think for a moment that He defines it as we do? Usually, when we fail, we are conditioned to view it as the end of the world…or the end of the project…or the end of…whatever. God, from His perspective, can see the ultimate outcome. He can see what will finally happen. He can see whether or not this is the end or just one more piece of data along the way. If He can see (and He can) that this particular failure is just what we needed to adjust so that we are equipped and skilled to accomplish the ultimate goal, I can almost see Him smiling at our failure.
You know, it’s interesting to reflect on that question about whether or not the failure of the moment is the end of the world/project/etc. Isn’t the answer always our own choice? We can choose to quit and not try anymore, in which case it is indeed the end of whatever. Or, we can choose to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and try again while making adjustments to avoid the trap that we fell into last time. How does a baby learn to walk? How does a child learn to ride a bicycle? Where did this warped fear of failure that we adults seem to have acquired come from? Hmmmm….you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to answer that one. Henry Ford once said, “Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”
Ever heard the macho comment, “Failure is not an option?” If one carries that philosophy too far, chances are they will never try in the first place. Where does that take you? What if Babe Ruth, the league leader in strikeouts held to that view? What if Abraham Lincoln, who almost set records for the number of lost elections held that view? Then there’s Thomas Edison who failed thousands of time in his quest of the light bulb who said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” What an attitude! That’s it!!! How we view failure is an attitude! Attitude is something that is in our control. We’re not a victim…we’re in control.
Lord, Your Word makes it clear that we have the mind of Christ, yet so often we view failure through man’s eyes rather than through Yours. Thank you for the grace You provide to us to allow us to move toward that divine understanding of our growth process.
Blessings on you as you “fail forward!” (Thanks to John Maxwell for that clever phrase.)
“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” Decouvertes
What would you do if you just heard that the book you wrote was going to be published?
Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46, NKJ)
A little over a month ago (Oct. 4) I wrote of one of the leaders that I had been blessed to train as a lifestyle coach. I exuded how much I love what I do as a coach because I get to speak into people’s lives who will go on and transfer significant portions of that message to up and coming leaders in their spheres of influence, and so on.
I was treated to another reminder of how much fun this is just this past weekend. One of the young men I was privileged to train was a 24 year-old student at Regent University by the name of Kevin Mahaffy, Jr. At the time I was assigned to work with Kevin, I was still pretty new at coach training, but over the course of the year Kevin and I grew to deeply respect one another. I witnessed some pretty significant changes in this young man as he made his way through the coaching curriculum. It was clear to Kevin that his destiny call was in the ministry. Coaching was a leadership style shift that he quickly embraced and which truly transformed his ministry.
When we first met, Kevin was a youth pastor for a large church in the area. After our time together in coach training, I had the privilege of being one of Kevin’s “multitude of counselors” as he wrestled through an offer to head up the youth ministry from another church in the area. Then about two years ago, I connected Kevin to one of the leaders at Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle on Long Island whom I was also training to be a coach. Kevin, now in his early 30’s has been leading a dynamic youth program in Smithtown, NY since 2005.
This past Saturday, Kevin was in town for a couple of reasons. One was to perform a wedding for one of his old friends here in the area, and the second was to do a book signing at one of the local Christian book stores. Yes, Kevin has just released his first book. It was pretty special for me to go and spend a brief time with him and to congratulate him as a newly published author. (I’ve never written a book, but I can still remember the excitement of getting an article published in a magazine. I can only imagine the euphoria to get that first book published.)
Kevin’s book is entitled, What Would You Do? 500 Questions To Get Your Teens Talking. Wouldn’t you just know that someone with a coach’s heart would write a book about questions. Today’s link takes you to the Amazon review which describes the book quite well. I read it today and would only add that this is one of the most fun collection of zany “ice-breaker” questions I have ever seen. It also has a number of incredibly insightful and deep questions. They all take the form, “What would you do if….” It’s clearly written for teens, but would be just as useful with groups of adults. It would be a great way to break that communication barrier that so often crops up between parents and their teen-aged children.
Way to go, Kevin!!!
Lord, I thank you for the blessing of bringing Kevin into my life and pray that you would continue to use him mightily as he ministers to the young people in his community through Smithtown Gospel and now even world-wide through his book.
Link of the Day
What Would You Do?
Blessings on you as you use powerful questions to probe someone’s heart today.
“How often when they find a sage, As sweet as Socrates or Plato; They hand him hemlock for his wage, Or bake him like a sweet potato!” Don Marquis
When was the last time you ate a sweet potato?
Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. (Daniel 1:12; NKJ)
What is Thanksgiving dinner without the lovely sweet potato? Sweet potatoes are one of the best foods we can eat. And NO, they are not “fattening.” There’s probably no vegetable with a higher beta-carotene content than the sweet potato. The carotene content actually increases as the vegetable is stored throughout the winter.
The sweet potato is also a good source of iron, potassium, niacin, and vitamin C. It is also very rich in vitamin B6 and magnesium, another very important mineral. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber content, contrary to regular white potatoes. White potatoes are mostly starch. Look at all the wonderful strands of fiber in the sweet potato.
The fiber content in the sweet potato makes it a low-glycemic food, meaning it doesn’t elevate the blood sugar unnecessarily like the white potato does. Sweet potatoes are a friend to those who want to maintain a healthy weight. White potatoes will cause the blood sugar to elevate, thus causing a release of insulin to lower the blood sugar, eventually causing the body to store fat. Not something you want to happen.
If you’ve never eaten a baked sweet potato warm from the oven with real butter on it, you’re in for a real treat! Now at Thanksgiving time, somehow the sweet potato gets adulterated with tons of brown sugar and heaven forbid, marshmallows! Have you ever wondered what’s in a marshmallow? Anyway, years ago I worked on creating a healthy, but tasty, sweet potato casserole for the holidays. I think you’ll enjoy it. Let me know what you think.
Lord thank you for creating such wonderful tasting foods. We give you honor and praise as we continue to reflect on this bountiful time of year.
Link of the Day
Sweet Potato Casserole
Blessings on you as you enjoy a sweet potato.
“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.” Gautama Siddharta (Buddha)
How would your life change if every word you said became your reality?
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21; NKJ)
Here’s a fun little experiment to try. Grab a partner and have him/her sit in a chair and place the palm of their hand on the top of their head. You should be standing behind the chair. Have your partner say something negative out loud, such as “I can’t keep you from moving my hand off my head.” Then with your partner exerting all their strength to hold their hand on their head, you will probably find it fairly easy to lift their hand away. Next, have your partner say out loud, “I can keep you from moving my hand off my head.” Now, you will both be surprised to see that your partner has suddenly become incredibly stronger and it will take great effort on your part to move his/her hand. What made the difference?
The difference is in the power of the tongue…a power that is dismissed as ridiculous by the rational mind. After all, we all know that those little sarcastic and self-effacing remarks that we make, often as an attempt at humor, have no bearing on reality–or do they? I confess that there are countless times when I tried something and gave up muttering, “I just can’t do that” or “I’ll never get that right.” Have you said those kinds of things? “I can’t afford that.” I just can’t seem to solve that problem no matter how hard I try.”
There are reports coming from those folks who spend their lives and careers doing brain research that there is a growing body of evidence that the speech center of the brain has an even broader function than just speech. Some are saying it has dominion over the entire body. Wow! What if they’re right…or even close. Could it be that what we say has a bearing on our reality? Would that make you a little more careful about what you say?
Hmmmm…do you suppose that is part of what Solomon was saying when he said that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue?” How many times have I heard someone say to me, “You’d better watch what you say…you just might get it?” I usually would just dismiss it as being superstitious or naive at best. After all, it’s what you do that counts…not what you say. Maybe my pompous intellect has been deceiving me. Maybe Solomon was right after all.
Lord, please pour out your grace on me as I become more and more aware of some of the goofy, unthinking things I say. I purpose to guard my tongue…not only with regard to what I say about others, but just as importantly, what I say about myself.
Link of the Day
Power of the Tongue
Blessings on you as you reflect on the words you use to describe yourself.