We know how many seeds are in an apple, but only God knows how many apples are in a seed. We plant seeds of truth by spreading the gospel, as described in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. Some seeds fall along the path and are snatched away. Some fall in rocky places where they are received with joy but have no root and soon wither. Some seeds fall among thorns where worries of this life choke them out. And some seeds fall on good soil where people hear the Word, understand it, retain it, and produce a crop. What places in your life are like valleys, mountains, or rough places that challenge your faith? Mountains are difficult challenges requiring endurance and perseverance. Valleys may be depressing events that lead to emotional fatigue, mental distress and physical exhaustion. In crooked places you don’t know which way to turn, you can’t see the path or discern the way. In rough places, like with illness and betrayal, the going gets tough; you can clearly see the way, but it is still very difficult to cope and keep going. When you hear the Word and understand it, you produce a crop yielding many times what was sown. Our job is to plant the seeds of truth. How many apples may be in the seeds you are planting and in the seeds from those apples in the future? Keep planting. Only God knows what the harvest will bring.
As the bread-winner and spiritual leader of your family, you are their superhero! You can get stronger to serve God and family longer. If you want to stay healthy longer so you can continue to take good care of your wife and family for many years to come, there are actions you can take now to ensure your long term physical and spiritual health. Half of the top ten leading causes of death for adults in the U.S. are chronic diseases with risk factors that are modifiable by nutrition. Modest changes in your diet and exercise to reduce weight and change your body composition can significantly lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension or high blood pressure. Reduce your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fats and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and whole grains to reduce your health risks. Be in the Word daily and lead your family in spiritual matters. My own father has passed, but Philippians 1:3 gives me great comfort: “I thank my God always upon every remembrance of you.” I love hearing from readers. What are your comments, insights, and Father’s Day stories?
When your pores are clogged by various creams, lotions, deodorants, and even some commercial soaps and makeup, the only way your body can cool itself is to force precious fluids out onto your skin to evaporate and cause a cooling effect. And when it is not compromised by what you put on it, your skin not only removes toxic waste from inside your body, but it also keeps bacteria and other bad stuff out. Help your skin keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out of your body by not clogging your pores. Proper skin care is essential in healing and health.
When highly committed successful people lose interest and motivation, we call it “burnout.” These hardworking, driven people have become so physically exhausted, emotionally drained, or mentally fatigued that they no longer care to perform well or at all. People who are at risk of burning out find it difficult to say ‘no’ to additional commitments and responsibilities. They are under intense and prolonged stress until they eventually lose their sense of purpose and the energy that sustained them for so long. In addition to reducing stress in the traditional ways, if you are in danger of burning out, you need to Continue reading
God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners
with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Psalms 68:6 NIV
Do you sometimes feel disengaged from your family values that support health and well being?
Ideally, you may want to taste, savor and enjoy healthful food shared with your family and friends around a dinner table in an idyllic setting. You remember celebrating the simple joys of daily living that can release stress and promote healing. You know, too, that dietary choices impact directly on our health, and many degenerative diseases can be traced directly to our diet. But your expectations of family health and well being are constantly assaulted by the fast pace of modern life and even the innovative technologies that can enhance but may also plague family communication and togetherness.
Family members today are continually multitasking – eating on the go, playing video games, texting constantly, and watching TV while “listening” to each other. Too often distractions cause us to tune each other out mentally, physically isolate ourselves in a separate room, or even maximize our time spent apart. Many families no longer have family meals around a dinner table. In fact, the dinner table itself, once the hub of family life, is a vanishing item. It’s rapidly disappearing from the American lifestyle. You may feel that you’ve become disenfranchised and powerless to make changes for the better.
How can you get your family out of a rut and jump-start a renewed focus on the family? Here’s one effective way: have a family picnic! Breaking the pattern with a fun meal together is a good start.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman
who fears the LORD is to be praised.
– Proverbs 31:30 NIV
Women often ask how much they should weigh and whether their current weight jeopardizes their health. Experts cannot always agree on the answer. Stepping on the scales is often done with trepidation, but what joy when the scales reveal good news, especially when that significant digit finally changes. Although it’s just like any other pound, somehow it feels like an especially big victory and the relief is staggering. Excess weight comes off naturally when you focus on getting healthy rather than just losing weight.
As a rule of thumb for women, what is technically referred to as your “ideal weight” is 100 pounds for the first five feet of your height plus five pounds for each additional inch of your height. For example, the ideal weight for a woman who is 5’ 7” tall is approximately 100 plus 5 x 7 or 135 pounds. Adjust this estimate of ideal weight according to your body frame size. Add 10 percent for a large frame or subtract 10 percent for a small frame. You can estimate your frame size quickly by wrapping your thumb and the fingers of one hand around the smallest part of your other wrist. If your finger and thumb overlap, you have a small frame. If your fingers and thumb barely touch, your frame size is medium. If your fingers and thumb do not touch, you have a large frame. More accurate measures of frame size can be performed by a trained dietitian or physician with precise positioning of the arm, elbow and wrist, formula calculations and comparison with reference standards.
Because of the Lord’s great love we
are not consumed for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
– Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV
A balanced healthy diet for seniors adds life to your years and years to your life. Aging progresses at a variable rate; some persons age faster than others. It is not just a chronological age, but physical status and a state of mind. Your food choices can not only reduce your risk of disease and increase your longevity, but they also contribute to wellness and thus independent living. Enjoying healthful food and having the energy and ability to do the activities of daily living will contribute to your quality of life for years to come.
How to Live Well Later in Life
Your diet needs to support your changing nutritional requirements for health, embrace your enjoyment of food, and provide the energy for an active life. Normal physical changes that may affect your diet and appetite as you age include a diminished nutrient reserve, a decrease in lean body mass, reduced metabolic rate and a declining level of physical fitness. A well-balanced diet for seniors addresses these challenges and minimizes the impact on your lifestyle.