Monday, March 21, 2011

Seeking a Feeling is Not Worship

David frequently complained of God's apparent absence; but, the truth is, God hadn't really left David, just as God will never leave you. He has promised repeatedly, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

Yet God has not promised "you will always feel my presence." In fact, God admits that sometimes he hides his face from us. (Isaiah 45:15)

There are times when he appears to be MIA, missing-in-action, in your life.

Floyd McClung describes it: "You wake up one morning and all your spiritual feelings are gone. You pray, but nothing happens. You rebuke the devil, but it doesn't change anything. You go through spiritual exercises ... you have your friends pray for you ... you confess every sin you can imagine, then go around asking forgiveness of everyone you know. You fast ... still nothing. You begin to wonder how long this spiritual gloom might last. Days? Weeks? Months? Will it ever end?... it feels as if your prayers simply bounce off the ceiling. In utter desperation, you cry out, 'What's the matter with me?'" (Floyd McClung, Finding Friendship with God; Ann Arbor, MI: Vine Books, 1992; 186)

The truth is, there's nothing wrong with you! This is a normal part of the testing and maturing of your friendship with God. Every Christian goes through it at least once, and usually several times. It is painful and disconcerting, but it is absolutely vital for the development of your faith.

Knowing this gave Job hope when he could not feel God's presence in his life. He said, "I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him. I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I turn to the south, but I cannot find him. But he knows where I am going. And when he has tested me like gold in a fire, he will pronounce me innocent." (Job 23:7-10, NLT)

When God seems distant, you may feel that he is angry with you or is disciplining you for some sin. In fact, sin does disconnect us from intimate fellowship with God. We grieve God's Spirit and quench our fellowship with him by disobedience, conflict with others, busyness, friendship with the world, and other sins. (see Psalm 51; Ephesians 4:29-30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Jeremiah 2:32; 1 Corinthians 8:12; James 4:4)

But often this feeling of abandonment or estrangement from God has nothing to do with sin. It is a test of faith—one we all must face: Will you continue to love, trust, obey, and worship God, even when you have no sense of his presence or visible evidence of his work in your life?

Warren, Rick. "Seeking a Feeling is Not Worship." Purpose Driven Connection. Daily Hope, 9 July 2010. 21 March 2011.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Simplicity & Dignity

Popular success speaker and best-selling author Zig Ziglar says simplicity and dignity make a powerful combination. "You treat another person, regardless of age, with dignity when you courteously listen to him or her and respond in a thoughtful manner. You treat others with dignity when you show them respect, regardless of their occupation, sex, race, creed or color. And when you treat others with respect and dignity, your own self-respect and sense of dignity improve."

"Simplicity & Dignity." 17 March 2011.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Upcoming Speech

I apologize for the late posting. I will be speaking for MADD at the McKinney's Adult Victim Impact Panel located at 1800 N Graves St, McKinney 75069 tomorrow from 6-8 pm.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The 5 Most Popular Supplements

A whopping 76% of those surveyed regularly take a fish oil supplement containing the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. These fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body, which is why research has linked them to health benefits related to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and even cancer risk, to name a few. “There’s been so much good evidence about the benefits of these omega-3 fatty acids,” says Cooperman. “There’s very little downside to taking a fish oil supplement.”
Is it right for you? There is no official daily recommendation from the FDA or the Institute of Medicine for a daily amount of these particular fatty acids. Ask your doctor if you might benefit from a fish oil supplement.

While many people still take a multivitamin as a daily insurance policy against potential diet deficiencies, their use has declined in recent years from 74% in 2008 to 70% in 2010, according to the survey. “Multivitamins have been notching down a bit,” says Cooperman. “It’s often better to focus in on the specific supplements that you really need, rather than take a [scattered] shotgun approach.”
Is it right for you? There’s generally no harm in taking a multivitamin, though if you eat a varied diet, you may not need one. A note of caution: has found in the past that not all multivitamin labels list the most up-to-date daily value information for certain nutrients. Look up the IOM’s most recent nutrient recommendations and compare the amounts recommended for your age and gender to what’s in your multi, says Cooperman.

Over half (56%) of those surveyed in’s report take vitamin D regularly (up from 48% in 2009 and 37% in 2008), with more women than men popping this supplement. Vitamin’s D’s surge in popularity is due to the increasing number of studies pointing to its health benefits: Not only is it essential in helping your body absorb calcium, but it may also ward off breast, colorectal, ovarian, and other cancers. Research also suggests that it may play a role in regulating immunity, relieving backaches, lowering diabetes risk, and even fighting depression.
Is it right for you? The IOM recommends that adults 70 and younger get 600 IU of vitamin D daily. Many Americans get this amount from food and sunlight (your body can make the vitamin with 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure.) While certain people (who may be low in D, due to side effects of medications, such as acid reducers that inhibit vitamin absorption) may require higher doses, the IOM stressed the dangers of doses that are too high (above 4000 IU). If you take a multivitamin, factor in the amount of vitamin D you may already be getting.

Calcium supplementation is on the rise, used by over half (55%) of the survey respondents. While calcium is known for building strong bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis (which is likely why more women than men reported taking this supplement), it may also lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and help keep blood pressure in check. Other research has suggested it can soothe PMS symptoms and rev weight loss, and it may help prevent colon cancer.
Is it right for you? It can be difficult to get all the calcium you need from food sources such as low-fat dairy and leafy greens, and multivitamins often provide only 25 to 45% of the daily recommended amount. In particular, many women fall short of the recommended levels of calcium—1,000 mg a day for women 50 and younger, and 1,200 mg a day for those 51 and over. What’s more, certain medications, including antibiotics and antacids, can deplete your calcium levels. (It’s important to note, however, that calcium can interfere with other mineral absorption, such as iron, so if you take both supplements, be sure to take them at different times.) If you have kidney disease, heart problems, or gastrointestinal issues such as chronic constipation, talk to your doctor, since additional calcium may not be recommended for you.

This antioxidant, known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone, is taken by over half (55%) of respondents—and was more likely to be used by men than women. It’s made naturally in the body (in your heart, liver, pancreas, and kidneys), and experts believe the supplement works by improving energy production in cells, especially those that keep your heart functioning. In fact, CoQ10 has been proven to help treat heart conditions such as congestive heart failure and may be useful in treating hypertension.
Is it right for you? Like many other antioxidants, CoQ10 is found in certain foods, but certain drugs, such as statins (taken to lower cholesterol), may deplete your body’s natural stores. If you’re on statins, it’s worth asking your doctor if taking a supplement of 60 to 100 mg up to 3 times a day might be right for you. Since CoQ10 can interact with certain medications (it can blunt the effects of blood-thinning drugs, for example), talk to your doctor before taking it.

Moran, Lisa. "The 5 Most Popular Supplements." Yahoo! Health. Prevention, 4 February 2011. Web. 9 March 2011.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Let Legislators Know that You Won't Stand for Domestic Violence

"Help make a difference! According to Break the Cycle, as many as one in in three teenagers will deal with physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse in a relationship. Education is the first step to ending the violence. States have begun passing laws requiring middle and high schools to teach about healthy relationships. Please sign the online petition to ask lawmakers to propose such a teaching requirement."

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