Job Creation in Texas

By Lonnie Hunt Of Texas Forest Country Magazine

I was not surprised the other day to read that Texas was the number one growth state in the United States for 2016, according to a migration trends report from U-Haul. The company ranks “growth states” by the net gain of one-way U-Haul rentals entering a state during a calendar year.

This, of course, is good news for Texas as a whole. But is it good news for all of Texas? Unfortunately, the answer is no. That’s because the significant growth in Texas continues to occur in a relatively few urban and suburban counties.

Read the Rest of the Story Here…


All Creation Obeys Him

sunsets and rises“All creation obeys God… The sun sets and rises at His command!”

“God has the whole world in His hands.” Remember the old gospel song? How easy it is to forget that! And it isn’t limited to our geography or our culture, you know. He’s got the Middle East in His hands, not to mention North Korea and Iran, Cuba and India, Indonesia and Russia — all right there in the palms of His sovereign hands. And while we’re at it, He’s got our future, our children, our circumstances, our friends, and our foes in His hands…within His grasp…under His control. Even when imaginary fears slip in like the morning frost to blight our faith. He’s there — in charge.

But there are times when we find it really hard to believe that our circumstance is truly in His hands. Not only are the wind and the rain and the tiny little baby in His hands, but so are life’s minor interruptions as well as major calamities. In fact, would you believe they never leave His attention?

Not only does He have you and me, the wind and the rain, and the tiny little baby in His hands, He has yesterday’s failures. He has today’s challenges, He has tomorrow’s surprises right there in His hands. And not one of them causes God to gasp. Not one causes Him to react with surprise, “Ah! I never knew that.” Not one. He is unshockable, He is immutable. He’s got the whole world in His hands. What’s more, He has inscribed you and me on His palms. Things aren’t out of control. – Charles Swindoll

Scripture and Thought of the Day, Movie Reviews From PluggedIn

Thought and Scripture for the Day

You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?  Isaiah 29:16

God knows you – He made you. Don’t let discouragement or shame overshadow His creation.

Weekend Box Office… What’s New At The Movies: How family-friendly is Judy Moody and the not so Bummer Summer, Super 8 or the Wal-Mart/Proctor and Gamble Family Night Movie? Bob reviews all three this morning – Click to hear the latest review.
Or go to Plugged In Caution: some reviews on the Plugged In site may contain mature or graphic content.

God Directs Our Steps, God Stories, Daily Verse, Creation Seminar, Weight Control

Power Thoughts

  • “We can make our plans, but the Lord directs our steps.”
  • “The hardest job kid’s face today is learning good manners without seeing any. Be a good example today.”
  • “Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem is better than having silver or gold.”

Facebook Question: Good morning friends! Got any “wow, God” stories to share? Something that happened this morning, yesterday, or 25 years ago – that simply makes you say – there is a God.

Rest Easy… God’s Got it under Control – God does not need your help in controlling any aspect of your life. If you’re the type who carries the weight of the world on your shoulders, attempt to learn the habit of letting God be God, and for goodness sake, experience some joy and freedom! I heard someone say this weekend… “The God who made the universe with his spoken word and flung every star into place and numbered all the hairs on your head doesn’t need me to control everything.” For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:30

 Creation Event Tonight! last chance to go!
What: Creation Seminar – More than 300 fossils on display
Where: Westside Apostolic Church, Hudson
When: Tonight 6:30 p.m.
Contact Phone Number: (936)225-0053

6 Weight-Loss Tricks That Don’t Involve Dieting or (Much) Exercise

The advice for losing those stubborn extra pounds seems so simple: Eat less, and exercise more. But as anyone who’s ever tried to lose a few pounds knows, putting that advice into practice is very tough. Cut back on calories too much, and you’re overwhelmed by hunger and your metabolism may slow. Exercise like crazy, and the hunger pangs you feel a few hours later may trigger you to eat back all you’ve burned off—and then some.

Here are some recommendations you might try:

  1. Eat hot soup before a meal. Research suggests doing so before lunch or dinner helps people eat less. “That’s probably because you can’t eat hot soups fast, which gives your digestive tract time to send satiety signals out to your brain” before you begin the next course, says Fugh-Berman. She recommends eating a soup that is not cream based to save on fat and calories.
  2. Don’t eat heavily just before bed. Fugh-Berman says she has seen preliminary research suggesting that taking in sweet, high-fat foods right before bedtime appears to decrease calorie burning and increase fat storage during sleep. “Consuming that same snack earlier in the day doesn’t appear to have the same effect,” she says.
  3. Live like a city dweller. People who live in cities weigh less than those who live in the suburbs probably because of “incidental walking,” says Fugh-Berman. “Those few blocks that you walk to grab lunch or run an errand really do add up,” she says. Plus, the daily activity is incorporated into your life so it doesn’t feel like exercise. It’s easy to do and not like a workout that you can skip or quit altogether. Don’t live or work in a city? You can mimic the effect by parking a few blocks away from the drugstore, dry cleaner, or post office. Fugh-Berman says she has a slim friend whose only exercise is using the stairs instead of the elevator to get to his office on the ninth floor. Going up and down once or twice a day gives him a fairly good calorie burn.
  4. Try a dash of chili pepper: If you can stomach it, try a chili-laced appetizer right before your meal. It “appears to have appetite suppressant activity,” says Fugh-Berman. “One study found that those who ate a chili-pepper-spiced food right before their meal ate less at the meal.” Mix a teaspoonful of chopped chili pepper into mashed avocado, or sprinkle ¼ teaspoon of chili powder into chopped tomatoes for a predinner dip.
  5. Limit caloric beverages. Drink 260 calories in a Starbucks grande caffè mocha (or a smoothie, or any other sweetened beverage) before lunch, and you’ll still eat the same number of calories at your meal. But eat a bagel or handful of jellybeans containing 260 calories, and you’ll actually consume less at lunch, according to one study. It’s not clear whether our stomachs actually feel fuller from solid food or whether we trick ourselves into thinking that we haven’t actually “eaten” if we’re drinking calories rather than chewing them, says Fugh-Berman.
  6. Weigh yourself once a day. This certainly helps me maintain my weight because I make a point to cut back on snacks if I’ve gained a little. And research backs me up. A 2006 study from Cornell University found that college freshmen instructed to weigh themselves every morning gained almost no weight during the school year compared with a 7-pound gain for those who weren’t given a scale. Though I’m not sure how much the scale helps me personally. I find that every time I’ve lost a few pounds, I give myself a little permission to indulge—and the pounds come right back on.