Sunday, April 27, 2014

Dark meat chicken is healthier


I always thought that the white meat in chicken is healthier. It turns out that dark meat packs a greater nutritional punch. It is rich in taurine, iron, other minerals and B vitamins.  The added fat and cholesterol is actually good for the brain and hormone production. The healthiest ways to cook it is in chicken broth, steam or bake. I'm switching to dark meat.

Check out this article about it from livescience.com

http://m.livescience.com/18848-dark-meat-heart-healthy.html

Friday, April 18, 2014

Just believe


In life, you will have those who encourage you and those that discourage you.  Those that judge you, and write you off, and those who let you be yourself and are fine with that. You will have unconditional love from some and hatred for no apparent reason from others.  You will have those who remove stumbling blocks from your path and those who put them there.  There will be people who give you a chance and a hand up and those who slam the door shut tight and don't believe in you.  This happens to all of us and the more you live out your authentic self and follow your heart, you will run into both these types of people. Those that are for you and those that are against you. We are not just on the receiving end in this but also the giving end.  We too have been the negative voice or stumbling block in someone else's life.  We have also been the one to help another and open doors for them but also the one to shut the door of opportunity. We are all capable of good and evil. Love and hate, etc.  This is all the more reason to be extra careful about how we treat others and to be sure we walk in love and fairness with others.  Only God can truly judge people because only God truly knows the whole story and the person's back story. The only person you truly have to give account for your actions to is God Almighty.  The good news is that God is for you.  Just like everything created by God is made for a purpose, to bear fruit in it's season and prosper, God made you to bear fruit and prosper.  The battle is really over your mind.  What are your going to believe? Who are you going to listen to?  Do you believe the negative voices? Sometimes they may even be your own because of negative programing. Instead, do you choose to believe the voice of God? God's voice is the voice of faith and love. God's voice is the encouraging voice, telling you that.... "you can make it. You can do it. Even if you fall, you can get up and carry on!".......... Lord, today make me a instrument of your divine love to myself and others.  Let me guard my heart and only allow your voice to penetrate.  Let my words be encouraging to myself and others. I choose to believe your voice no matter what the circumstances may be.  I choose to trust you in faith that you have not only made me to prosper but you will be with me through all the hard times and give me your grace to overcome.  AMEN!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Helping others less fortunate than ourselves


This is a picture of Aron, a homeless guy that the Lord led my way and told me to help. I met him coming out of Walmart. He was asking me for money. I didn’t give him any money but stopped and asked him in sincerity,  “how did you end up here, all dirty and on the streets?  He told me he started smoking “spice” and has been doing so for 40 days.  “Spice is a synthetic drug sold in some convenience stores and smoke shops.  It’s sold as potpourri or air freshener to evade the US drug laws. The stores sell it with regard for laws but without regard for how it is hurting people and with only staining more money in mind.   Spice is terrible for the brain and is hurting so many people as it damages their brains and their future potential.  I was talking to Aron, the homeless guy about this and how the Lord can restore him.  Get him back into school, back on his own two feet.  He was receptive and let me talk with him and pray for him.  Two days later I was getting off the bus heading to Canyon Hills church and he just happens to be on the same bus. We meet again and he says he just got out of Mary K Shell mental facility where he was staying overnight and got on this bus and was getting off at the same stop as me. I knew this was no coincidence as God obviously has His hand in this one. He was excited to see me and told me with excitement that he just threw away his “spice” yesterday, dumping it out and that he was quitting.  He wanted a better life for himself and his daughter and this “spice” was making him crazy. Since I was heading to church, I asked him if he wanted to join me and he did.  He was showered with love at church and a gentlemen there with a ministry called “Mission to Home” is now working to get him into the Bakersfield Rescue mission so they can help him get back on his feet.  In this picture, Aron is wearing his new second hand pair of jeans I bought for him from the goodwill before buying him lunch and eating with him so we could talk some more.  His clean shirt in the picture was given to him by someone else who helps the homeless.  Before that he was wearing a dirty worn out shirt and pants.   In the picture, he’s showing his old worn out pants that he wore for 40 days without washing them.  He is so grateful for the help and hopefully soon he will be back on his feet with the help of Louie, Canyon Hills, The bakersfield rescue mission and anyone else God sends his way…...  We all have our own problems and issues but we can always help out another human who is hurting.  Even in the midst of our own struggle, we can still reach out.  I’m thankful to God for this opportunity to help someone less fortunate than myself and I am excited to see what great things God has  in store for Aron.  I shared this story for the purpose only of inspiring others to also do their part in helping others less fortunate than themselves.  It might not be a homeless person, it might be a co-worker of a neighbor.  Be open to who God puts into your life and be open minded about how you can help. Sometimes it’s just a smile and a kind word that really costs you nothing but a small bit of your time.


Update!..........After going to church a few times, he decided to take the next step.  He had already asked Christ into his life.  Yesterday he got baptized.