“You get what you expect. And when you take the time to end each day with an attitude of gratitude it’s automatic that you’ll start to expect more good things to happen the next day. And that’s a whole lot better than going to bed focusing on the stresses or challenges behind and ahead of you.” Kat Eden
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful. (Col. 3:15; NLT)
Some of you long-time Daily Gram Readers may remember that early on I wrote several DGs extoling the value of gratitude and especially that of getting into the daily habit of writing down a finite number of things you are grateful for. some call it a gratitude list, and some give it other names, but the bottom line is that it forces an attitude of gratitude which tends to have a noticeable impact on how your day unfolds.
I’ve been doing this myself for a number of years now as a routine part of my morning quiet time. My approach to this was to simply list the events and accomplishments of the previous day under the assumption I was grateful for them. Over time, the list morphed into a “done” list, i.e., a list of things that I did or accomplished in the previous day.
On the surface that looks OK, but one day last week it occurred to me that I needed to be more explicit about what it was about each entry that I was grateful for. Perhaps a seemly minor and inconsequential tweak, but I am writing this DG to assure you that the implications were far from minor.
I forced myself to append to each item on my “done” list the words, “Thank you, Lord for …” (if addressing the sentence to “the Lord” is uncomfortable to you, you can drop that part and simply express what it is that you are thankful for.)
I would like to challenge you to give it a try. Even if you take your “to do” list at the end of the day (or at the start of the next day as you plan your new day) and force yourself to write a few words about each of the done items relative to what about that item you are grateful for. No need to keep the list. Feel free to toss it if desired as it has already done “it’s magic” on your outlook.
It might add 5 minutes or so to your reflection time at the end of the day or the planning time for the upcoming day, but I can virtually assure you that you will notice the difference in the way you days go. It’s amazing just how powerful this seemly innocous little activity is on your whole day.
Please let us hear from you. Did you see a difference?
Father, how often we get so caught up in out daily busyness that we forget to say thank You. For that we ask your forgiveness and at the same time for the grace to make us more alert to your abundant blessings.
Link of the Day
The Power of Gratitude
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“Finding a good deodorant that does not contain aluminum oxide, aluminum compounds, synthetic fragrances, and stabilizers makes for a tough search.” Fleur Hupston
I’ve perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. (Prov. 7:17; NLT)
On a recent post, “To Sweat or Not to Sweat”, I wrote about the dangers of antiperspirants. I’ve since seen other articles touting the benefits of sweating along with reinforcing the harmful effects of antiperspirants.
I mentioned that at one time I used baking soda as a deodorant. I’ve tried any number of natural deodorants and am currently using one by Aubrey Organics. However, I’ve located some sites with natural, homemade deodorants. Some seem easy and doable. Others require a little bit of time, but they still seem reasonable. I’m going to try some of them. Let me know what your experience is if and when you choose to take the plunge.
One of our readers actually wrote in that fresh lemon juice used as a deodorant “will keep you smelling fresh as a daisy all day.” She did add the caveat of not using this after shaving…unless you like pain. 😉
I “borrowed” this next recipe directly from an article on Natural News written by Fleur Hupston. [Personally, I would use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch.]
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup bicarbonate of soda
3/4 teaspoon pulverized lavender flowers
15 drops pure lavender essential oil
Mix lavender oil with the pulverized lavender flowers
Mix with the other ingredients and allow it to sit in an airtight glass container away from any light for a day or two.
To use, lightly dust the underarms using a shaving brush or blush brush and/or apply to any other area of your body you wish to feel fresh.
The article also said that one could use cornstarch (I recommend arrowroot powder), baking soda, and other essential oils without the lavender flowers.
Here is another recipe from the same article.
Recipe for Natural Spray Deodorant Using Tea Tree Oil
2 ounces of clean water
4 drops of tea tree essential oil
Mix together, shake up and spray whenever necessary for a natural deodorant that can even double up as a mosquito repellent.
I found another recipe that is today’s link. It also uses baking soda and cornstarch along with coconut oil. The article gives good instructions and even tells you how to put it into an old deodorant container so that it has the feel of the “real thing.”
Father, we are grateful to You for the many intricacies of our bodies. We speak healing and refreshment over all of our readers this day.
Link of the Day
How to Make the most Effective Homemade Deodorant
“Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.” Swedish Proverb
It’s harder to make amends with an offended friend than to capture a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with iron bars. (Prov. 18:19; NLT)
I opened the Dr. Mercola site yesterday morning searching for something to write today’s Daily Gram about. He had posted this YouTube video which really caught my attention. It’s short, just about 1 minute long, and is cute on the one hand while painful to watch on the other. Give it a watch and I’ll share my thoughts.
Two children, about 4 years old, having a simple argument. Kids argue all the time, right? Nothing new here.
My question is who taught them to argue like that? Is that inborn? Or do you suppose that behavior of yelling at each other was modeled?
My totally uninformed opinion is that yes, there is a little self-centeredness that is inborn — actually more than a little as I think about it, but the interesting thing about that is that it can be expunged with a little intervention. That I know for a fact because I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I’m thinking of some close friends who have a very large family, and as many times as we’ve been around them, I can’t recall seeing the children arguing with each other like that. It just simply is not tolerated, and they quickly learned that it was not an option. I have come to believe that sibling rivalry is a myth perpetuated by adults who have lost control. (Wow!!! Where did that come from? That ought to generate a comment or two.)
But my honest guess about the story behind this little video is that these children have seen that kind of behavior modeled to them multiple times. The good news is that, during the short clip, there was no physical violence displayed.
The sobering thought that came to my mind, and which inspired the title for this DG, was that we adults have undoubtedly engaged in shouting matches with our spouse like we see in the video, probably more times that we would care to admit. And you know what? I’m sure that if we could see it on camera, it would look just as silly as these two four-year olds arguing. It’s so easy to lose control, isn’t it?
Ahhhh…but you never know who is watching. You just may be on Candid Camera.
Father, how frightening to see our own behavior come back to “bite” us as is demonstrated by this video. Grant us the grace to respond to situations that arise rather than react.
Link of the day
Tips on Resolving Arguments with Your Spouse
“If you really want to get rid of your stomach pains, gas, bloating, heartburn, cramps, constipation, or any other digestive problem, here’s what you have to do: Take all your antacids, acid controllers, and other prescription drugs and throw them in the trash!” Dr. Frank shallenberger, M.D.
My stomach aches and burns with pain…(Is. 21:3a; NLT)
Today’s quote comes from an article I read recently, entitled “Stop the Stomach Torture and Get Off Antacids and Other Drugs Forever.” Written by Dr. Frank Shallenberger, the article offers compelling reasons for taking responsibility for your own digestion and getting off of the many common drugs used by millions each day. [Shallenberger’s article is rather technical so I’ve chosen another article for the link of the day which is equally as compelling.]
These “common drugs” known as PPI or Proton Pump Inhibitors merely attack the symptoms of digestive upset…they never cure any cause. Thirty years ago, it was rare to hear of someone struggling with the digestive issues that are so rampant today. Nowadays, who doesn’t know of someone popping antacids or acid controllers?
I’ve worked with many clients in making changes to their diet for overall health purposes. Drinking more water, eating more whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, and lean clean protein and reducing and eliminating empty-calorie and highly-processed carbohydrate foods greatly diminishes the signs and symptoms of stomach and digestive issues.
My 86-year young mother lives in a personal care home four states and 450 miles away from where I live. Even though we visit her often, I have little jurisdiction over her care or the medications she takes. During our last visit, my mother complained of pain in her abdomen after eating. I learned that this was a common, everyday occurrence and that she had been “eating” various OTC antacids like candy.
I was able to speak with the owner of the facility who is also an RN. I was shocked to learn of the long list of drugs my mother is taking! However, I gently asked if I provided food enzymes and a probiotic, could they be given to my mother, in hopes that they would help to abate the stomach pain?
Enzymes with meals and a probiotic at bedtime have been given to Mom for nearly two weeks. When I recently asked her about the stomach pain, she said, “Yes, that’s gone away.” What? I don’t know how long she’s suffered with this stomach issue. And again, I have no control over what she’s eating but two simple products have helped to relieve this frail, elderly woman of some daily pain.
So, for those who do suffer with stomach and digestive issues, let me offer you hope! There is relief…and it isn’t made by a pharmaceutical company.
Father, thank You for providing whole foods for us that nourish and nurture our bodies.
Photo by Sharon
“There’s not only a better way — there’s a biblical way.” Chris McCoy
But I don’t need to write to you about the Christian love that should be shown among God’s people. For God himself has taught you to love one another. (1 Thess. 4:9; NLT)
Health care (a deceptive euphemism for sickness care) and health insurance (aka sickness insurance) have been very much in the news over the last year or so. Health insurance itself has almost reached the status of an entitlement to many Americans, yet due to the out-of-control cost escalation it has been made virtually unavailable to en ever-growing segment of the population.
New laws have been passed that will ostensibly make that insurance more available to those who don’t have it, but as is often the case, there is always another side to the story. While many of those who want that insurance will soon be able to get it, there are those who don’t want it for one reason or another or who are happy with the arrangements they currently have but who will lose that freedom to choose or be penalized for non-compliance.
Today’s Daily Gram and Link of the Day are all about an alternative to sickness insurance that has been specifically exempted from the health care reform that has recently become law. Let me emphasize, this is not about insurance — it is all about an alternative to insurance that is based on the biblical principles of caring for one another especially during times of need.
Sharon and I have been participating in Samaritan Ministries for several years now and are delighted to be a part of it. A very well-written newspaper article in the Peoria JournalStar published just last June was recently brought to our attention and was significant enough that we felt compelled to share it with you. That article is today’s link.
If any of this perks your interest to know more, feel free to call one of us and/or to visit the web site of Samaritan Ministries at http://www.samaritanministries.org/ to learn more. On that site they have a very well-done promo video that is worth the few minutes it takes to watch.
Blessings to you as you step out into another week. May it be one of your best ever!
Father, we thank You for showing us a better way. We ask that You bless our readers this coming week in all that they say and do.
Link of the Day
Christians find alternatives to health insurance
“I highly recommend this procedure. I am feeling years younger and my chest pains are gone.” James Buck
I am sick at heart. How long, O LORD, until you restore me? (Psalm 6:3; NLT)
In yesterday’s Daily Gram, Jerry wrote about a Christian Health Care system called Samaritan Ministries. I’ve recently begun reading the newsletters from this ministry…with great interest, I might add. Not only is it heartwarming to learn about other believers sharing one another’s medical burdens, but the newsletter itself is quite informative on several fronts.
In the current newsletter a man wrote about his experience with a procedure called EECP. I had never heard of it. I read the article, had my interest peaked, and did some further research to better understand what I learned.
EECP or Enhanced External Counterpulsation is a nonsurgical therapy for angina, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other conditions involving poor circulation. James Buck gave his account of the procedure and shared some benefits he received as a result. The newsletter then published an article from Whitaker Wellness Institute describing the procedure along with providing other valuable information.
I’ve quoted most of the article directly. “If you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetic neuropathy, or another circulatory disorder, you could benefit from a nonsurgical therapy called EECP. This therapy is sometimes referred to as a ‘natural bypass’ because it enhances the body’s ability to create new pathways for blood flow around clogged arteries. EECP greatly accelerates the formation of tiny blood vessels called collaterals, helping restore healthy circulation to organs and tissues that have been deprived of blood and oxygen.
“During an EECP treatment, you lie on a bed wearing a series of adjustable cuffs around your calves, lower thighs, and upper thighs. The cuffs are inflated in sequence, placing pressure on the legs which pushes blood flow from the lower limbs up towards the heart. The inflation of the cuffs is timed to occur so that increased blood flow is delivered to the heart at the precise moment it is relaxing. Then, just before the heart pumps, the cuffs deflate, reducing resistance and decreasing the heart’s workload. A treatment session lasts about one hour, during which you can read, listen to music, or relax comfortably. Most patients undergo 35 one-hour sessions, once or twice a day, over the course of a few weeks.
“EECP was developed at Harvard University almost 50 years ago as a therapy for angina, the squeezing chest pain that occurs when the heart is not getting enough oxygen. This most common symptom of coronary artery disease can be extremely disabling, interfering with the ability to work, exercise, or enjoy social activities.
“By encouraging the formation of collaterals around blockages in the coronary arteries, EECP enhances the heart’s supply of oxygen and reduces chest pain. Several studies conducted at leading university medical centers have shown that patients who undergo a course of EECP experience significant benefits:
- They have fewer episodes of angina
- They experience less intense episodes of angina
- They need less anti-angina medication
- They can walk farther without experiencing angina
- They can resume work and enjoy more social activities
“Unlike drugs that are prescribed for angina, EECP is completely safe and without side effects. And unlike angioplasty and bypass surgery-highly invasive surgical interventions that are used to clear or circumvent blockages in the arteries — EECP can be done on an outpatient basis and requires no post-treatment recovery period.
“Many patients undergo EECP after suffering a heart attack or enduring one or even several surgeries for coronary artery disease. In some cases, EECP is their only option. Yet this noninvasive therapy is so safe and effective that it should be considered as a first-line treatment for angina, not just a last resort after surgery has been ruled out.”
Father, we thank You for the heart…the seat of our emotions and the pump that keeps us alive. Thank You for giving our readers healthy hearts, both spiritually and physically.
Link of the Day
Enhanced External Counterpulsation
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“When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before” Cliff Fadiman
Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah; so he asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:30; NLT)
Sharon and I have been part of an amazing group of fellow coaches for a couple of years now. We operate much like a small group or cell group, but since we all are coaches, the primary function is to provide a place for the coach to be coached. All too often, we coaches are so focused on helping other people get where they want to go that we forget to get help getting where we want to go.
We’ve affectionately dubbed out little group the Coaches’ Mastermind Group. Not terribly original, but it works for us. Interestingly enough, two of our group live in Europe and three of us here in the states. This is all made possible through the incredible technology of gotomeeting.com that allows us to all connect and actually see each other’s computer screen if desired.
All that is background to share with you a very interesting discussion we had in our bi-weekly session yesterday. I asked the question, “What book, besides the Bible, would you say has had the greatest impact on your life?” We had one of our group missing, so the final result was a list of four books which I felt was significant enough to pass along to our DG readers for their consideration.
As the “leader for the day,” I went first and stated that my choice, which I didn’t have to think about twice, was Bill Gillam’s Lifetime Guarantee: Making Your Christian Life Work and What to Do When It Doesn’t. Sharon said that her life-changing read was John and Stasi Eldredge’s Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul. One of our group selected The Final Quest by Rick Joyner, and another of the group picked Og Mandino’s classic The Greatest Salesman in the World.
Each of us gave reasons for our choice, but I won’t bore you with trying to document that part of our discussion. So, if you’re casting about looking for a great book to take with you on vacation for a summer read, there are four suggestions for you that have had a life-changing impact on some pretty amazing people.
I think it would be fun if some of you would list the author and title of the one book that has had the most profound impact on your life in the comment box below. Tell us why if you would like, but just sharing the title with us would be wonderful.
Father, thank You for books and the power they convey to allow people with significant insight into some aspect of life to share that insight with so many others who take the time to read.
Link of the Day
The Value of Reading
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“Coca-Cola isn’t really in the business of selling beverages, you see. It’s in the business of selling the illusion of happiness in a bottle or a can. Buy their products, say the advertisements, and you too can feel happiness (or freedom, or sexiness, or whatever).” Mike Adams
You will destroy those who tell lies. The LORD detests murderers and deceivers. (Psa. 5:6; NLT)
A few years before my father died, he was diagnosed with diabetes as a direct result of taking high dosages of Prednisone. Dad was in his 80’s and never had to think about his blood sugar levels in his life. When trying to find something to drink other than water, he discovered Vitaminwater in a health food store. Oh, he was happy! It tasted great, contained vitamins and minerals and was something other than “plain water.” It had to be good for him since it contained vitamins, right?
I was attempting to help him monitor his blood sugar levels from 500 miles away. I had coached him on what to eat and what not to eat. I didn’t know anything about Vitaminwater. However, as he’d report about his elevated blood sugar, I’d probe about what he was eating and drinking. It didn’t take long to realize that the Vitaminwater was elevating his blood sugar. I finally was able to visit him and read the label. These things were junk! No more Vitaminwater for him.
Since then, I cringe when I see people drinking them thinking they’re drinking something healthy! Mike Adams has just written an amazingly concise article on this “liquid candy” beverage. Boy, does he hit it hard. “If Vitaminwater were accurately named, it would actually be called Sugarwater. Its first two ingredients are, not surprisingly, sugar and water (the sugar coming in the form of crystalline fructose, a processed sweetener that has been linked to health problems.)”
You’ll want to read today’s link to learn the full story. Apparently the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a lawsuit against the makers of Vitaminwater — the Coca-Cola Company! Coke’s attorney’s actually stated in a court briefing that “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.”
Did you get that? The manufacturers of the beverage actually admit that their product could not be healthy! Mike goes on to talk about how deceptive advertising and misleading labels by the food giants of today has caused such disease and destruction to consumers. It’s not a pleasant read but one well worth it.
Father, we thank You for giving our readers the ability to discern truth from deception. Thank You for providing real food for us to eat.
Link of the Day
Vitaminwater revealed as non-healthy beverage
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Hopefully you’ve noticed the Visions777 banner over on the right side of our DG’s —————————>>>—————————>>>—————————>>>
This is for a tremendously significant set of webinars put on by our close friend and mentor, Dr. Joseph Peck. He’s coming up on the 4th week of this 12 week series, and The Coaching Pair has the honor of being the special guests on Tuesday (tomorrow). We are honored to share the time with Dr. Chuck Thurston. (I can’t wait to hear his presentation — it sounds awesome.)
Anyway, the details are below, and we would be honored if you would register and be there to support us. Just click on the little banner on the right side at the top and that will register you for the entire series. (You will probably have to then register specifically for our session.) The advantage of registering is that you will have access to the recording of the call if you can’t make it. (2 pm EDT is a little bit of a challenge for most.) So, again, we would be honored and blessed if you would register and be there to give us your support.
The following is from Joseph’s flyer for this event:
|God’s Vision For Renewing Wellness
Tuesday August 17, 2010 – 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Central, 11:00 AM Pacific)
Sharon Graham, R.N. is a professional lifestyle coach and a wellness authority who coaches a broad range of clients from corporate executives, small-business owners, and other professionals, to stay-at-home moms and dads in how to achieve and maintain wellness. Sharon is also a blogger, a public speaker, and a great cook who is currently compiling a cookbook.
|Dr. Jerry Graham, aka “DocJerry,” is a professional lifestyle and leadership coach and a social marketing authority who coaches ministry leaders, small business owners, and network marketers, on how to properly capitalize on the current Internet trends. He is also a blogger, and adjunct professor at two major universities.|
|Jerry and Sharon will be working as a tandem to share their polished presentation “A Tale of Two Opportunities”. I’ve seen it before and it’s very enlightening and thought provoking.|
|Dr. Chuck Thurston is an accomplished scholar, speaker, author, radio and television host, and physician. He has nearly thirty years and more than 60,000 hours of experience in Emergency Medicine as a physician.
In addition, Chuck is CEO of 1st & 2nd Medical-Opinions, the medical consulting offshoot of Evidences Institute of Biblical Studies. 1st & 2nd Medical-Opinions’ mission is to reconcile dissatisfied and frustrated patients and doctors by taking a longer and more detailed look at individual cases and their medical and ethical issues as they relate to traditional a Judeo-Christian Biblical world view. We are actively engaged in malpractice prevention before the fact.
Dr. Thurston will be sharing his presentation titled “The Body Code”. This is part of “The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” series. He will be sharing revelations about the body that very few people have ever heard.
“The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength.” Organicfacts.net
Then I bathed you and washed off your blood, and I rubbed fragrant oils into your skin. (Ezek. 16:9; NLT)
If you’ve followed even a few of our Daily Grams, you know that I’m a user and advocate of coconut oil. It is the best oil to use for cooking. On today’s video I demonstrate what the oil looks like when it turns to a liquid due to being in a warm environment. You can also see the oil when it becomes soft and spreadable. It will turn white and congeal. When it’s refrigerated, it will become white and rock-solid.
During the summer months, I keep a small jar in the cupboard for cooking use that usually turns to a clear liquid due to the warm temperatures in the kitchen. As the warm summer weather gives way to the cool breath of autumn, the oil will become white but still remains soft. It’s only when refrigerated that it turns into a solid mass that’s difficult to use.
There are many links providing research on the numerous health benefits of coconut oil. Dr. Mercola, Mike Adams and Jordan Rubin have been espousing the benefits of this tropical oil for a number of years now.
Here are two former Daily Grams that I wrote on the benefits of coconut oil:
Father we are so grateful to You for providing the nutrient rich coconut and all it’s splendor.
Link of the Day