Power Thoughts, Morning Thoughts with Tim

Power Thoughts:

  • If your schedule runs your priorities, re-think it and let your priorities run your schedule. ~ Emmaus Walk
  • Success Nourishes Hope ~ Scotish Clan of Ross
  • “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” – Arthur Christopher Benson

Michelle is serving at an Emmaus Walk through the weekend . She will return on Tuesday, next week.

Al is home sick today. Hopefully after a visit to the doctor today, he will be able to travel to Nashville for the National Religious Broadcasters annual convention. He will return on Thursday of next week.

So, please click on this link for Tim’s Morning Thoughts. Join Tim in the Good Friends Morning conversation til we get back. Thanks!

Stick to Today, Food that helps you Sleep, Local Events

Power Thoughts

  1. “Where there is love there is life.” Ghandi
  2. “God never built a Christian strong enough to carry today’s duties with tomorrow’s anxieties piled on top of them.” Theodore Cuyler
  3. “If you can’t change the situation, change yourself.”

Facebook Question: What do you do when you can’t sleep?

If you find you can’t fall asleep, the best solution is to get out of bed. That’s right. Contrary to popular belief, the solution is not to stay in bed. Go to the kitchen for a drink of water. Go into another room and read, sew, draw. Almost any activity will do as long as it’s calming and relax.

4 Foods That Help You Sleep Should you let yourself have that midnight snack if you’re having trouble sleeping and you think hunger might be part of the problem? Here are five foods that can actually help you drift off:

  1. Cherries. Fresh and dried cherries are one of the only natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body’s internal clock to regulate sleep.
  2. Bananas. Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain L-tryptophan. The same as Turkey.
  3. Toast. Carbohydrate-rich foods trigger insulin production, which induces sleep by speeding up the release of tryptophan and serotonin, two brain chemicals that relax you and send you to sleep. (Oatmeal and toast)
  4. Warm milk. Like bananas, milk contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which turns to 5-HTP and releases relaxing serotonin. It’s also high in calcium, which promotes sleep.

Local Events:

East Texas Special Needs Softball Sign-ups Open to kids with special needs ages 4-21 male or female at the Lufkin Parks and Recreation – Now through Feb. 25th (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) Contact Person: Greg Sanches or Deanna Ramsey 635-0195 or 639-9554, visit ETSNS.

Community Day of Prayer at the Mosaic Center. Help us cover our grounds with people from every church, business and organization in Lufkin. Pray for the women of Angelina County, our leaders, elected officials, volunteers, mentors and the Christian Women Job Corp. at The Mosaic Center, 601 N. First, Lufkin – Wednesday, February 23rd, 11:30 a.m.

Harmony Hoe Down Dinner and Auction Christian School Fundraiser, Friday, February 25, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, Lufkin

Pregnancy Help Center Heartbeat 5K Run for Life! to support Heartbeat Pregnancy Center at the TJR Elementary, Nacogdoches – Thursday, February 26, 8:30 a.m.

Attitude – Sink or Soar?, Neat vs Messy, Local Events

Power Thoughts

  1. “Attitude can make you soar to new heights or sink your ship. Your choice.”
  2. “Live as you will have wished to have lived when you are dying.” C.F. Gellert
  3. ” The fool wonders, the wise man asks.” Benjamin Disraeli

Facebook Question: One person neat, the other person messy … How do you meet in the middle?

Is it Possible? Neat and Messy in Harmony.

He left the empty ice cream carton in the sink again and didn’t wipe off the counter! Believe it or not he’s not out to make you mad … he’s just not wired that way. (Neat and Messy are not gender specific.)

Recognize: The first step to harmonious living is recognizing that we do not function alike. Acknowledging and respecting that the other person was created to think on a different track than you is imperative to getting along.

Middle Ground: When you are serious about living in harmony with your spouse, you would be surprised at where you are able to compromise. Be willing to negotiate, a peaceful home is a more productive home.

Diversity: Embrace the differences in your home. Everyone brings something good to the table. I’ll admit I’m still working on this one. What a deal! Everyone’s happy.

Real Problems: There are times when the issues are serious and change is required. If the actions are affecting safety, job performance, financial obligations, or emotional well-being the situation needs to be addressed immediately. It is not about assigning blame, but about correcting the problem.

It really is possible for the organizationally challenged to live in harmony with the uptight organizer.
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Roman 12:18

Local Events:

3rd Annual Glory Gang Banquet Tonight, Tuesday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Nacogdoches Dream Center, Nacogdoches
Please call (936)371-1309, (926)552-1426, or (936)615-4279 for more information.

Community Day of Prayer at the Mosaic Center. Help us cover our grounds with people from every church, business and organization in Lufkin. Pray for the women of Angelina County, our leaders, elected officials, volunteers, mentors and the Christian Women Job Corp. at The Mosaic Center, 601 N. First, Lufkin – Wednesday, February 23rd, 11:30 a.m.

Harmony Hoe Down Dinner and Auction Christian School Fundraiser, Friday, February 25, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, Lufkin

Pregnancy Help Center Heartbeat 5K Run for Life! to support Heartbeat Pregnancy Center at the TJR Elementary, Nacogdoches – Thursday, February 26, 8:30 a.m.

Trust in the Lord, Fad Diets, Box Office Report

Power Thoughts

  1. Psalm 34:10b – Those who trust in the Lord will never lack for anything.
  2. Psalm 34:17 – The Lord hears His people when they call on Him for help.
  3. “A disbelief in God is not a belief in nothing; it is a willingness to believe in anything except God.”

 Facebook Question: What is the craziest fad diet you’ve ever tried?

 What do charcoal and baby food have in common? They are just two of the latest diet fads to catch national attention and lure thousands of overweight Americans into silly and possibly unsafe weight loss habits. Americans spend more than $50 billion a year on diets. That is why you see so many TV ads hawking the latest, greatest weight loss plan, potion or pill. According to WebMD.com, “The reality is that fad diets don’t work to help you lose weight and keep it off. So what does work? Eating fewer calories than you burn off. That’s it, plain and simple.”   Save your money but invest your time in checking out these fad diets of the past 25 years.

WARNING: Please do not try any of these weight loss fads. When it comes to healthy dieting and safe weight loss, most nutritionists will tell you that fad equals bad. The best weight loss involves a healthy, sustainable diet and regular exercise.

  1. The Baby Food Diet – Oh baby, this diet really jars us. It grabbed headlines recently when sexy ‘n slim actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon were linked to it.
  2. The Charcoal Diet – Please don’t head out to the grill and start snacking on a blackened chunk of charcoal. Proponents claim your body rids itself of toxins when you ingest the activated charcoal tablets found in most pharmacies. The problem: There doesn’t appear to be any actual research that shows charcoal will clean you out and slim you down. Sorry to douse the fire on this hot fad, but we’ll keep our charcoal safely tucked inside our backyard grill and not in our stomach.
  3. The Sleeping Beauty Diet – The general idea behind this warped sedative-fueled fad diet is, “Take two of these and call me in seven days.” You are supposed to drug yourself to sleep for up to seven days at a time.
  4. The Cabbage Soup Diet – This popular plan really stinks… literally and figuratively. Your home will smell like boiled cabbage for days while you slurp yourself slim by eating bowl after bowl of this “negative calorie” soup that’s heavy on cabbage and fiber.
  5. The Toilet Paper Diet – Back in the Crazy Eighties, a supermodel revealed that she and some of the other stick figures who sashay the high-fashion catwalk would ward off hunger pains and stay thin by swallowing small wads of toilet paper or facial tissue.
  6. The Caveman Diet – According to one source, okay foods include lean meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots and nuts. You don’t eat grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar or processed oils. Why? Because the foods a caveman eats are the kind of foods that are typically hunted and gathered.
  7. The Tapeworm Diet – The disgusting “science” involves purposely ingesting a tapeworm (proponents say beef tapeworms work best) that will then use its sets of teeth to set up shop in your intestines and suck up the food that comes its way.
  8. The Grapefruit Diet – Designed to trigger significant weight loss in less than two weeks. Call it pulp fiction, but there’s no actual science out there that shows how including a half a grapefruit with each meal will magically rev up your body’s fat-burning process and slim you down fast.
  9. The ‘Candy Diet’- Thankfully this fad has gone the way of the Dodo bird, but boy was this candy diet a high-flying weight loss plan back on the ’70s. Users enjoy a “satisfying” piece of chocolate, chocolate mint, butterscotch, caramel or peanut butter “candy”with a cup of hot drink before each meal.
  10. The Air Diet – This plan focuses on a lot of hot air rather than hot food. Just focus on your breathing and you’ll soon master the diet, they say. The more air you breathe, the more weight you lose, they claim.
  11. The Pasta and Chocolate Diet – First off, you only get to eat one ounce of chocolate each night. Also, you only drink water, but you do get some popcorn in the evening.  The good news: You do get to twirl and slurp some pasta for lunch and dinner.
  12. The Sponge Diet – It Involves swallowing capsules that act like sponges and expand in your stomach after soaking up some of your acid. The idea here is that these expanding sponges give your brain a false sense of fullness so you won’t want to eat more.
  13. The Oprah Liquid Diet – While a liquid diet will help you slim down quickly, it is practically impossible to stick with.  Many of the companies that had pushed liquid diets have now begun adding a few solid choices to the daily menu.
  14. Blood Type Diet – The premise: Every blood type has its own must-eat and never-eat foods for better health. Yes, by following this plan we are all typecast by our blood. It actually sounds plausible but the science behind it all is kind of sketchy.
  15. The Twitter Diet – While the Twitter Diet does not mean you eat twitters, it does mean you spend your days tweeting about every last morsel that you put in your mouth.Food journaling does work but public humiliation leave us cold and angry enough to abandon our weight loss intentions.

 

Weekend Box Office… How did I am #4 & Unknown fair at the box office? Listen to this weeks review with Bob of Plugged In.

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