Recent research is again showing healthy gut flora correlates with a healthy mind and decrease in depressive like or despair behavior. Lead researcher Alban Gaultier, PhD, and her team have produced significant findings of this gut-mind connection with the hope of repeating these results in humans.
He looked for him from sunrise to sunset. Day after day he waited.
Why did he give him all of his inheritance when he demanded it? The old father knew his son was going to blow it away. And he did.
Maybe he heard about him from passersby over the months he was away. Maybe he knew in his heart his son had always had a streak of rebellion in him, a headstrong young man, knowing better than anyone else, tired of doing everything the old way of his family traditions.
In one big fit of rejecting his father’s ways, he demanded all the money that would come to him after his father died and set out to live the high life, on his own terms.
But we know how it’s going to end. He will blow through all his newly acquired fortune, spending lavishly on his self centered lifestyle and new “friends.” Until the money runs out, the friends disappear, and he’s left to support himself.
In this story of the Prodigal Son, the rebellious son ends up hired to feed swine in someone’s fields. Soon he hits rock bottom, eating the husks he was feeding the swine to survive.
Then he comes to his senses, and realizes how good he really had it. How much his father loved him. Longing for his home, his family, the delicious meals, and the traditions of his heritage, he heads home.
“But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck and kissed him.” Luke 15.20
When he was a great way off, far down the road, barely visible to the eye.
His father intently studied the road all day long, day after day, for the little speck on the horizon. The father waited, with faith that one day he would see a familiar stride, and a longed for silhouette. He hoped with earnest expectation, trusted he would one day come home. The father watched with expectancy.
Can you see it? Can you see what the father is looking at and for? Can you feel the pain and emptiness in his heart for his long lost son? To be able to wrap his arms around him again, know he is okay, part of his family once more. Once separated but now home.
I know many of you have a prodigal in your life right now, or maybe several prodigals. Left to themselves, hoping against hope they one day realize they’re not on the right track, they’re choices are not good, they’re not in a good place, and they decide to finally come home. I want to encourage you.
To wait in hope.
To wait expectantly.
To not give up.
To trust them to God.
Keep on praying for them, keep on hoping, keep waiting, and look for the answers to your prayers each day.
Ruth Graham has a beautiful article written to encourage us with prodigals on how to hope and pray for them -please click the link below to be encouraged, and never give up!
I need to escape to my stronghold, my place of safety, after a brutal week. How about you? Rough week, too?
Whether it’s family, health, work or financial issues, or more, I invite you to join me in going to a place of safety with which to escape for a bit. What is your stronghold like? If you don’t have one yet, what would you like it to be like? Mine begins with a window that overlooks trees and hills, the house is quiet, and I have a few chocolate chips near by. Then I focus my heart and thoughts on my place of safety and the one who keeps me safe.
My week was filled with many things out of my control, demanding extra time, more resources, greater complexity, some of which left me feeling used and abused. How about you? Bad news come your way at the worst possible time? Dealing with issues where you feel like it’s 2 steps forward and 10 steps back? Feeling like you don’t have the energy, time, resources to manage? [Read more…]
Noticing the onset of stomach pains after eating my daily apple, I did a search “apple causing stomach pains” and was very surprised at what came up. It appears there are certain carbohydrate sugars, many found in fruits and veggies, which might not be digested properly, causing stomach pains and other GI symptoms.
“FODMAP is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, And Polyols. These are all technical ways of referencing certain types of carbohydrates (or sugars) — many of them healthy. Lots of people have a hard time digesting these types of carbohydrates, and they can become malabsorbed and/or create an environment in the gut for bacteria to ferment. All of this can wreak havoc on your GI tract and make for some very uncomfortable and possibly embarrassing symptoms.” (Source http://magazine.foxnews.com/food-wellness/10-healthy-foods-could-make-your-stomach-hurt)
The list of 10 common culprits include apples, watermelon, pears, yogurt, avocado, cauliflower, asparagus, white onions, multigrain bread, and honey. [Read more…]
Wouldn’t you like a little weight loss help? A probiotic may be your answer! A recent weight loss research study, published in The British Journal of Nutrition, found one bacteria in particular which promoted a greater weight loss over time, with the ability to keep lost weight off in those who took it as a supplement along with diet.
“According to Angelo Tremblay, (Professor at Universite Laval) probiotics may act by altering the permeability of the intestinal wall. By keeping certain proinflammatory molecules from entering the bloodstream, they might help prevent the chain reaction that leads to glucose intolerance, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.” [Read more…]
Every now and again I step out of my world to take stock of the things which are and the things I would like to see happen. With a perspective of my life’s timeline, the opportunities to accomplish, make a difference and leave a positive legacy are coming to a close. With sixty amazing years behind me, I still have so much I want to accomplish, many things to do and say, and always, I want to continue improving in all areas of my life.
As I was reading online, one article led to another, led to another and I found a post titled:
Okay, I’m game to see what more I can do to increase my own happiness potential and the happiness of those I touch each day.
Author Marc Chernoff has hit the nail on the head with each “thing.” It was like a report card of my life and how it’s lived, and I scored high marks. I want to celebrate, not only because I am truly happy deep down in my heart, but because I believe the things we do come from a place in our hearts that when plowed and nourished can only bring fruit.
If our soil is cleansed of weeds (unforgiveness, anger, bitterness), amply fertilized (what we read, see, hear, where we spend out time, who we spend our time with), have planted good seeds (how we invest our time and energies in the things we do and who we spend time with) and water our seeds (love, support, encouragement, kindness, and care), we will produce beautiful fruit in time. Like a farmer reaping a rich harvest, or a gardener who enjoys the beauty of a blossoming garden, the joy of hard work and much care will lead to happiness in life.
The continual renewal and nourishing of our hearts and spirits I have found to be the key to happiness. For me it is the daily reading of the Bible, meditating on the stories, advice and words of encouragement which have planted seeds of love, and have set my heart and mind in the right place from which all else from my life flows.
Please enjoy Marc’s article and I wish you abundant happiness!
Yes, you read this right – a new study has found that eating a high fat diet of cheese, cream, butter and other foods high in saturated fats, actually decreased the incidence of diabetes and heart disease. Along with the increase in fats, they also ate less carbohydrates, which would mean more foods like cheese on broccoli or tomatoes, full fat cream and milk products.
“The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found overweight middle-aged men who ate high levels of saturated fat and low levels of carbohydrate became slimmer and healthier. Researchers also saw reduced blood pressure and glucose levels, which are associated with a lower risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, in the patients.” [Read more…]
As a healthy eater starting your day with a nutritious breakfast, are sweets on your breakfast menu? Here’s why they should be. If you don’t have a problem keeping a healthy weight, then this won’t be as meaningful to you as to someone like me, who, well, let’s just say – struggles.
A new study published in the journal Steroids, shows fantastic results from a study done in Tel Aviv, which included a sweet treat on a low carbohydrate, high protein, 600 calorie breakfast. Results included excellent weight loss, and continued weight loss after the study was completed. [Read more…]
Can eating an early dinner, or skipping dinner altogether, be healthier for you? A new study shows results that are significant for health benefits when you do so.
“The first human test of early time-restricted feeding found that this meal-timing strategy reduced swings in hunger and altered fat and carbohydrate burning patterns, which may help with losing weight. In early time-restricted feeding (eTRF), people eat their last meal by the mid-afternoon and don’t eat again until breakfast the next morning. The findings were unveiled during an oral presentation today at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.”
In a previous post titled “Ahhh Lavender!” I shared about my wonderful find in the Keys Creek Lavender Farm. One of my purchases was the Lavender Stress Relief Mist, which I’ve now had the delight to try out and I can truly say I LOVE it!
One of the things I love about it is that when you spritz it on, the fragrance lasts for a long time, and it smells so very, very lavender, it is truly lovely. I take deep breaths in and enjoy it so much. Before I’ve even realized it, I’m snoozing, no matter how fast my thoughts are coming, or how many problems I’m trying to solve, or the hour of the night, it works before I’m even are aware it’s working.
An example was the other night, when I had a few work things on my mind, good things which needed to have just the right sort of creativity to bring about my desired result. Creative juices flowed, even overflowed. Add to this that someone very dear to me decided to take a red eye flight across country. When my head met my pillow, dear one was 31,000 feet in the air. I wasn’t worried, but the thought of it was uncomfortable, and checking the flight tracker app on my phone from bed wasn’t as soothing as a lullaby, right?
So I spritzed a full spritz of my Keys Creek Lavender Stress Relief Spray and in no time I was fast asleep. Know how I knew it worked quickly? I woke up 5 hours later, just in time for dear one’s landing, watched the landing, did another spritz and, voila!, quickly back to sleep.
The best thing was I woke with no “cotton head” but a clear head and renewed energy for the day!
Have any of you slept in flannel or fleece sheets? If so, how do you like them? What are the pros and cons of each? Sleep is so important to our health and beauty. It’s a big deal for me to be comfortable at night to help me drift off, and stay warm and cozy through the night to wake up refreshed and ready to meet each day.
What is Your Vision?
My mind quickly conjures up a scene of a watercolor artist sitting before an easel with a pure white canvas background. Brush in hand, colors and water jar ready, he sees the story he will tell with his strokes before the brush even touches the canvas. He knows the background colors he will use, where the focal point will be, and what the finished painting will look like.
Vision is very important to how we proceed in life, what we accomplish in the fruits of our labor and how we will be remembered. What we choose as a career, or not. Do we marry? How we raise our children and what the direction we point them in. How do we see our seasons of life? What does retirement look like? How do we weather the unexpected storms? Does our vision continue on without us, after we are gone?
I’m seeing fruits on different fronts, standing aside to watch seedlings bud and blossom, and creating new visions where life has provided an unexpected turn in the road.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29.18, a proverb of wise King Solomon. When we have a vision, we have a focus, a direction, a plan, a path and hope to see it come to pass.
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Soon the days of fighting toddlers to get them to take their antibiotics for an earache will be over! A new form and method of a single application antibiotic gel, applied directly into the ear canal, has been shown to be a treat inner ear infections completely.
“A single-application bioengineered gel, squirted in the ear canal, could deliver a full course of antibiotic therapy for middle ear infections, making treatment of this common childhood illness much easier and potentially safer, finds a preclinical study led by Boston Children’s Hospital in collaboration with investigators at Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. The findings were published September 14, by the journal Science Translational Medicine.”