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Get Your House in Order
Get Your House in Order
2 Kings 20:1
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover."
I want to encourage all of you to get your house in order. I always thought I was a planner and was doing things well as I live as if I am immortal as most all of us do. I would encourage all of you to talk to your loved ones about some of the following things. (I want to give my disclaimer I have no affiliations with insurance companies or lawyers.)
1. Last Will and Testament
2. Living Will
3. Life Insurance for all members in your family
4. Your blessing on what you would like your spouse to do if you pass away before them (relationships, raising the kids etc.)
5. Where you would like to be buried
6. Prepaid funeral arrangements
I am sure I am missing some as well. I can just tell you that having these conversations before you need to can be really hard to do. Having these conversations after a something life-altering is far worse. I have always prided myself in trying to learn from others mistakes; however, I have fell short in this case. I hope and pray we don’t have to use any of these for the next 60+ years for either one of us but we have been getting “our house in order” just in case.
Please learn from my mistakes!
Math, Cancer and Mental Health
“MATH!?” I can hear you shout it out. “I hated math in school,” I can hear you say that too. What does math have to do with cancer? What does math have to do with mental health? Tons.
Math is a tool. It is the language of science. And science is how we solve problems. Scientists are beginning to look at cancer in a new way. They are trying to map and model the way it behaves and works in the body. And with some cancers, it even appears that they have been successful. This can lead to more targeted treatment. I think we all know that having a map can get you where you want to be much faster. It can also lead to better application of the current treatments, calculating the dosage and even timing of the application in ways that decrease some side effects while retaining the positive benefits. With some brain cancers, they have even predicted where the cancers would appear next (http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2008/1027/074.html Can Math Cure Cancer, Robert Langreth). The tools that these scientists use rely heavily on computers that run mathematical models allowing scientists even deeper access to data and information.
I’m a teacher of math to freshman. I hear almost daily, “Mr. Good, when am I ever going to use this?” I answer this question as honestly as I can. And it’s an answer that I think is worth sharing with you. When are you ever going to need to be able to solve a compound inequality in your life? Probably never again, outside of a math class. That particular skill doesn’t pop up very often when buying groceries or paying for your cell phone or splitting the bill at a restaurant. Most people don’t use much “math” beyond multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. And let’s face it, most of us don’t even really do that much – isn’t there an app for that? I remember my teachers telling me that I wouldn’t always have a calculator on me to do the math for me. My how times have changed.
No, most people don’t use “math” daily. But that’s not to say that math doesn’t have its uses, nor is it to say that math doesn’t impact us on a daily basis. Math teaches us more than just the skills we got tested over. Math shows us that problems have solutions. Math teaches us that mistakes are tools we use to figure out how to do it better. Math teaches us that patience and showing our work means that when we make mistakes we can figure out where we went wrong, and then fix it. Math shows us that answers do exist, even if we don’t like the way they look (x = 5 is a great answer but nobody likes to see x = (4bc)2/q). Knowing that there are answers to be found and having the patience to lay out a plan and work through it and then work through it again is a skill that all of us can benefit from.
Besides, all those toys that we like to play with and the gadgets that fill our day wouldn’t be possible without quite a bit of math. Math is all around us and touches us in ways most don’t bother to recognize. All of that software that allow us to do our jobs and enjoy our entertainment is nothing but math. Math is deeply ingrained into all parts of our lives. Even our mental lives.
Math is yet another tool that the brain uses to build pathways and connect different parts of the brain. The process of learning math facts in our youth is one way that the brain builds up its recall abilities. Our ability to recall information at critical times is important and some of our more debilitating diseases even attack our basic recall. Active brains are generally healthy brains.
So, math. Its helping us fight cancer. Its helping you make decisions and recall important information. It’s in the tools you use every day. Math is not a subject to be feared. It is a tool to be used.
By Matthew Good
Financial stability and a better life for our kids
-- these are two things that most every parent would admit to desiring in today’s fast paced world. And while there are no guarantees in life, besides death and taxes, there are a couple things that each of us can and should consider in the next few months to at least minimize the pain of this year’s tax bill…
For those with kids (or grandkids) college-age or younger, the most important gift you can give to your kids (and yourself, come tax time) is a contribution to a 529 College Savings Plan to help fund their college education. This is a perfectly legal way to save/invest for college and eliminate the burden of taxes on your investment earnings, as there are no Federal income taxes, and in most cases no State taxes either.
Most states have their own form of a sponsored 529 Plan, but for those living in Indiana the best choice is the CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan (www.collegechoicedirect.com). Indiana residents receive an automatic 20% tax credit on annual contributions of up to $5,000, meaning the
State of Indiana will literally give you back up to $1,000 per year to help jumpstart your college savings goals!
With low investment fees and an immediate 20% return on your investment, this is a no-brainer choice when considering how to get started funding your child’s higher education!
Here are some quick facts about the CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan:
• Anybody can set up a 529 Savings Plan (parents, grandparents, friends, etc)
• Anybody can be a beneficiary of a 529 Plan, and the named beneficiary can change at any time
• Adults who are going back to school, whether for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, are also legal beneficiaries.
• Picking investment options is easy with an Age-Based Portfolio option that automatically adjusts in aggressiveness as the beneficiary gets nearer to college age.
• It’s very quick and easy to register at www.collegechoicedirect.com!
With the goal of reducing our tax bill in mind, there’s another very powerful tool that savvy individuals can use to pay less in taxes while also flexing their philanthropic muscles and supporting a local non-profit or charity at the same time. The State of Indiana offers Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP)
for local non-profit or charitable organizations that serve to benefit certain neighborhood-based programs and projects. A full description of the program can be found here: http://www.in.gov/myihcda/nap.htm
The SON Foundation has been awarded a portion of these NAP tax credits for 2016, which are available to individual and corporate donors through the end of 2016. Besides serving to support a local charity working to provide a needed benefit within the community,
your donations are super-charged
when the State of Indiana literally gives you back 50% of your donation when you file your Indiana taxes! This is in addition to the Federal tax deduction for charitable contributions, which in effect means you are out-of-pocket only ~20% of your total donation, while the SON Foundation benefits from 100% of your donation! See the attached picture for an estimated breakdown of how it works.
Please contact Scott at 317-752-6174 for more details or with any questions on how you can share in the impressive benefits that these NAP tax credits can offer!
Devon with Darcy - God's Strength in Our Weakness
God's Strength in Our Weakness
If you’re anything like me, you like control.
I like to have a plan, a timeline, or a list of events. I like knowing when something will happen, or how an outcome will be produced. I like the known and can easily conjure fear from the unknown. I do everything possible to guarantee safety, comfort, and success.
So the Lord teaches me about these things. He shows me how to loosen my grip, opening my hands to His plan.
Over and over, God demonstrates his power through the weakness of people. The Bible often recounts stories of the utterly impossible becoming possible with God. I speculate that He often waited until just the right time to show that His miracles had absolutely nothing to do with human effort. I recently read the story of Gideon and was immediately convicted.
In Judges 6, the Israelites were under the oppressive power of enemies, the Midianites. God chose Gideon to deliver the Israelites. Gideon wasn’t sure he was fit for the job, saying, “How can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least in my family.” (Judges 6:15) Gideon wanted control. He wanted off the hook, and the ability to stay safe at home and let someone else try to defeat the thousands of Midianites. But God replied, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.” (Judges 6:16)
So Gideon began to prepare his army. If he was going into battle, he wanted to have the strongest, largest army possible! But again, God showed him who the control belonged to. Again, God showed him deliverance was not dependent on Gideon’s power, but on God’s.
Judges 7:2 records the Lord’s conversation with Gideon. “You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her, announce now to the people, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave.’” 22,000 men left. But God said the 10,000 remaining was still too many. Again God trimmed the army, leaving Gideon’s final count at 300 men.
300 men. Gideon’s 300 men verses more than 100,000 Midianites. The odds seem impossible, right?
Exactly. The odds are impossible without God. God desired Gideon and the Israelites to see and know GOD’s power. God desired that He would receive all glory for the victory in battle.
Gideon’s little army of 300 won that battle. The Israelites regained their freedom. God’s power was on display.
Today, let’s choose to release control. Let’s choose to trust God’s power over our own idea of a plan. Let Him be God.
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when i am weak, then i am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:10
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9
Peace. How do you respond to this word? Is that just a word you know how to define? Or is peace a word you can genuinely express to others from personal experience?
In today’s society, peace is often a rarity. Stressed, on the other hand, is a word used by people multiple times a day. How are people dealing with this stress? Addiction to narcotics (pain relievers), anxiolytics (anxiety medicine) and IV drug use continues to rise. Studies have shown that coffee in appropriate dosages can be healthy for you. However, people all across social media continue to joke how coffee is their life source and without it conversations won’t happen very well, tasks won’t get done, tempers will flair and getting through the day will be a struggle.
Why? Why is peace such a hard thing to grasp? Could it be that we are practicing things that won’t result in peace? We can learn from the formula for peace that Paul give us in Philippians 4:9. Paul states that if the church of Philippi puts into practice everything they have learned, heard or seen from him, the peace of God will be with them. Now we might not have seen all the things Paul did but we know from the Bible many of the things he taught. If we just look at the few versus prior to verse 9 we can see that Paul wrote this in verses 4-8:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
I would imagine that if we were to put into practice the things listed in versus 4-8, then we would begin to experience the peace that Paul talks about in verse 9. Let us take time this week to really look over our daily practices and see how we can begin to integrate the things we have read from Paul today. Not only will we begin to experience the God of peace but we will be conditioned in being content as Paul illustrates later in verses 12-13:
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
If you are reading this piece, chances are good that you are filthy rich.
Let me describe your day.
• You woke to an alarm and rolled out of a comfortable bed.
• You showered, brushed your teeth and ate breakfast.
• You got into a car equipped with a radio and air conditioning.
• You arrived at an office with electricity, a desk and snacks.
• You are now reading this message on a laptop, tablet or smart phone.
• You will eat dinner (maybe with friends at a restaurant) and will certainly watch TV before you go to bed.
With that in mind, consider these facts:
• 4 billion people live on less than $1.25 per day.
• 7 billion people lack access to clean water.
• 925 million people don’t get enough to eat each day.
• 22,000 children die because of malnutrition every day.
The understatement of the day is this – we are blessed. Crazy blessed.
Why is Gratitude so Difficult?
At the core, gratitude is your perspective on life. It shapes how you interpret every piece of information that you absorb on a daily basis. A grateful person tends to view this information in a positive light while the pessimist always find something wrong. The glass truly is half empty or half full.
The frustrating part of our culture is that the majority of people can’t figure out how to turn the lemons into lemonade.
In his book, Buyology, marketing guru Martin Lindstrom points out that the majority of advertising in the world today is focused on the emotion of fear. He argues that this type of “fear-based” advertising plays “less on our generalized anxieties and more on our insecurities about ourselves”.
Why do advertisers focus on our insecurities to sell their products? One reason – it works.
Most Americans get their sense of self worth from their possessions and status in comparison to their peers. We continue to buy when we feel that our lives are lacking something. Advertisers help us to recognize this need for more and they have just the product/service to fill the void.
The only way to resist the urge to continually fill your life with stuff you don’t need is to learn to be grateful for what you already have.
I believe that practicing gratitude is one of the most important habits that any professional can develop because it helps us to keep everything in perspective.
Benefits of Gratitude
Don’t just take my word for it. There’s many well researched benefits from living gratefully:
1. Physical Health – In their groundbreaking book called “The Psychology of Gratitude”, professors Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough point out that people who practiced gratitude “exercised more regularly and reported fewer physical symptoms of illness”.
2. Psychological Health – Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientist on gratitude argues that counting your blessings can help you enjoy “high levels of positive emotions”. These include being “more alert, alive and awake, enjoy more joy and pleasure and feel more optimism and happiness”. In addition, his research indicates a clear connection between cultivating gratitude and stress relief.
3. Relationships – In a recent study, Amie Gordon makes a compelling case for each of us to “stop taking our partner for granted and start being grateful”. She illustrates that once two people make a commitment towards gratitude, an interesting cycle begins with each person becoming more interested in building the relationship. They actually begin working on the relationship which leads to the other partner reciprocating in kind.
In other words, practicing gratitude will improve your health, your mood and your relationships. The data is about persuasive as it gets. Live gratefully and you’ll more enjoyment out of life.
Unfortunately, just knowing that this is the case, doesn’t automatically mean that your life will get better. You’ve actually got to do something about it.
In an effort to help you generate a little momentum, here are a few simple strategies to help make gratitude part of your everyday life.
– Keep a journal documenting everything in life for which you are grateful. Research shows that simply identifying five items per week makes a big difference. I suggest you try and pick something unique and specific each day. For example, today, I was especially grateful for my dad who is helping my mom through a challenging illness.
Thank You Note
– Take out a piece of paper and actually write someone a note thanking them specifically for something valuable they’ve added to your life. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel every time you practice this simple exercise. More importantly the recipient will never forget this act of kindness.
– Finally, you need to learn to be a good steward of your resources. By that I mean, you need to give a portion (consider a tithe) of your time and money away to others who are less fortunate. The minute you begin to focus your attention on the needs of others, you can’t help but feel grateful for all your blessings.
Changing your perspective is tough. Although everything here makes complete sense, it’s difficult to change a lifetime of focusing on what you lack.
Start small with just one of these tactics and I guarantee you’ll notice healthier outlook before too long.
DEVOTION - Adoration
I have recently begun the practice of adoration.
I have realized when I begin to feel fearful, overwhelmed, anxious, or unsure, adoration is the antidote.
Sara Hagerty, author of Every Bitter Thing is Sweet writes, “Speaking back to God the beauty of God win[s] back hours of the unsettled mess of my heart. Adoration is breathing deeply of who He is and exhaling purity. It’s training my mind and my heart to look up.” (http://everybitterthingissweet.com/2011/03/why-i-adore/) When I look up, praising God for who He is, my mind and heart can let go of the circumstances, relationships, and inner voices that drive fear and unrest.
1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” In God’s great design, He ordained that His very nature—love—would cast out fear. And so I practice. I take a text from the Bible and record the attributes of God that I see. Then, I take those attributes and repeat them—in my head, in my heart, out loud—the rest of the day.
Yesterday I read Luke 4: 18-19. Jesus says, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Adoration begins.
You are a God who preaches good news.
You are a God who gives freedom.
You are a God who recovers sight.
You are a God who releases the oppressed.
Over and over again, I repeat these words. Until I believe them. Until the fear is gone.
The Word of God is alive with fascinating plots and entertaining characters. Many of the stories are more scandalous than a new blockbuster hit. Though some stories may seem irrelevant to our lives, Hebrews 4:12 promises that God’s Word is “living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” With a bit of help from the Holy Spirit, a text from the Bible may seem to speak straight to you.
One such connection comes in the book of Daniel. The land of Judah had been exiled to Babylon. Daniel, along with other young Israelites, was summoned to serve in King Nebuchadnezzar’s palace. A quick look at Daniel 1:4 shows us what was esteemed in the Babylonian culture. Youth, beauty, and intelligence were highlighted as the most prized virtues. Sound familiar?
We live in a Babylonian society. Babylon offered excess. Abundant choices lay at the tip of our fingertips. Babylon promoted self. Commercials blare to us, “you deserve it.” Babylon encouraged residents to think first and foremost of their own desires. Does our culture endorse anything different?
As sons and daughters of the True King, we must seek to live with purpose and light in a culture that wants to poison us. This is a task that can seem overwhelming. Or perhaps, it is a task that doesn’t seem to cross our minds? Friends, if we desire not to get stuck in the pride trap that our culture has created, we must do it with incredible resolve. If we sit back and do nothing, excess and self-centeredness will overwhelm us.
Daniel 1:8 says, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine.” He was living in luxury, offered the finest of food and clothes, yet he chose the life of Godliness as more important. Daniel refused fine food, eating vegetables instead. In verse 17, we see God’s pleasure with his choice. “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.”
God has chosen you to live in this world, among this culture. But let’s remember what Kingdom we belong to. Like Daniel, let’s resolve to keep our integrity and true identity.
By Darcy Southworth
Perception... Not just yours!
Guest post from Tom Ford of ARC2 Enterprises...
Perception-the way in which something is regarded, understood, or interpreted.
Interesting words these are- regarded, understood and interpreted. I see them as very individualistic -meaning each person on the planet can and does have a different Regard, Understanding and Interpretation.
Some people say perception is reality. I disagree. Reality is very different than perception. I’ve done quite a bit of team building and self-awareness training. The place I did this had both high and low rope activities, and one of the activities included a zip line. When people came to the course they would see the zip line, look up and say-"that's cool, I wanna do that !" Of course, they were standing with both feet planted solidly on the ground. You see, the zip line was at the top of a fifty(50) foot tower. They then harnessed up and walked up the many flights of stairs leading to the top of the tower. They climbed out on a platform, looked down at all the "tiny people", and realized the only thing supporting them was a harness and wire. The concept of perception and reality quickly became abundantly clear. This shift in perception caused several would-be adventurers to turn around and head back down.
It's not to say all perceptions are scary; they are, however, always different. Not only are they different from person to person, but from reality. We create our perceptions from our imagination- our mind. How we understand and perceive is affected by feedback from our choices, our actions and our life experiences. Just as our life experiences are all different, so too will our perceptions will be different.
Perceptions regarding health are not right or wrong or good or bad but effective or ineffective. They are also very personal! If perceptions are more open and complete this could help us grasp a better understanding of situations/life. Instead of just stating" that's cool"(and it could be), including "it looks scary too" would be a more complete perception. This could help create a better understanding when we "stand on that platform".
In other words, if we had a more accountable and responsible perception of what we are about to do, see or say, it would help us realize that things are not as scary as they may seem. At the very least, we are better prepared to deal with that "scare".
Understanding our own and others' perceptions, and how we come about them, can help us to better understand our reality and others'.
Running with Perseverance
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
As Christ followers, we are called to persevere. But what does that mean? Oswald Chambers says, “Perseverance means more than endurance—more than simply holding on until the end.”
Perseverance is not simply “making it.” It is not even a completion of a task. Perseverance in the Christian walk means straining forward with effort, intentionality, and most importantly maintaining a deep intimacy with God. We are able to persevere because we have faith. Faith is not emotional—rather it is a strong and vigorous confidence. We do not deny reality, but instead live in assurance that our Holy God is Sovereign, in complete control, and more than able to carry us through. Chambers continues to say, “God ventured His all in Jesus Christ to save us, and now He wants us to venture our all with total abandoned confidence in Him.”
In what area of your life are you struggling to persevere with assurance? It could be something big—an illness, loss of a loved one, or unemployment. Maybe it’s something mundane like the day to day grind of motherhood, a hard day at work, or keeping up with the laundry. James 5 reminds us to think of Job and consider God’s character in our perseverance. “You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” We persevere not with our own strength, but by a deep faith in our intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Daniel is a Biblical example of committed perseverance through faith. When he learned of his fate to be thrown in the fiery furnace, he said, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods.”
To persevere is not merely to survive—it is to thrive.
Tip #8: Safer Sunscreen
It's summertime which means lots of outdoor fun! One thing to consider is what is in the sunscreen you are slathering on yourself and your loved ones. Many sunscreens are laden with chemicals that aren't safe for our bodies. When choosing a sunscreen, try to choose one that uses mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Tip#7: Healthier alternatives to artificial sweeteners
It is true that from our research, it seems best to cut sweeteners altogether...but that hasn't proven to be reality for our lives, and I'm assuming yours as well. Some safer sweeteners for you include Stevia, honey, agave nectar, and molasses. These don't necessarily fall under the "healthy" category, but are a MUCH better alternative than sugar, corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners.
References include www.nutritionfacts.org, www.mercola.com and an assortment of past reading :)
Tip #6: Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are what's in the name--artificial. They can be 180 times sweeter than sugar. When you take in artificial sweeteners, your body produces insulin and leptin to stabilize blood sugar levels. The result? Your body goes into fat storing mode. Certainly not the weight loss tool we get convinced of otherwise. A host of other medical issues can also result from ingesting artificial sweeteners.
"If you're consuming a food or beverage created in a lab instead of by nature, you can be assured your body doesn't recognize it. This opens the door to short-term and long-lasting health problems for you and your family." -Dr. Joseph Mercola
Stay tuned for our next healthy tip--healthier alternatives to artificial sweeteners.
Adapted from a Dr. Mercola publication.
Tip #5 The Dirty Dozen
The term "organic" can now be found on numerous foods ranging from baby food to beef. For this tip, we are going highlight produce. Each year, the Environmental Working Group posts a list of produce foods that include a spectrum from foods with fewer pesticides to greatest pesticides used to grow them. Many people struggle with purchasing organic foods, mainly because of the doubled or tripled cost over conventional. This "Dirty Dozen" list could prove helpful in that maybe you can choose to buy some of the dirtiest (or heaviest pesticide laden) fruits and vegetables from the organic section of your store. A few of the dirtiest fruits and veggies are apples, strawberries, grapes and celery. The entire list can be found online at http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php or even in your app store.
#4: True Cost Accounting
What is the real cost of eating the highly available, lower cost processed foods?
It’s no secret the financial cost of organic or sustainably grown fruits and vegetables is a lot higher than processed foods. With today’s fast paced lifestyle eating fresh, whole foods is difficult for most families and understandably so. A recent article shared the idea of true cost accounting. Basically it is asking us to consider the “true cost” of the processed foods we purchase. Yes, they are easier on our pocketbook
at the time of purchase; however, they are actually much more expensive when you consider that
these foods lead us to disease, higher medical bills, and possibly an earlier death. Today’s processed
foods are much different than they were 20 years ago...they are now filled with genetically modified
foods and chemicals that our bodies cannot process and lead us to more disease and at a much earlier
age. Maybe we could attempt to cut costs in other areas in order to provide our families with healthier
fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on Him, God the Father has placed his seal of approval." -John 6:27
Grocery Shopping Tips…
Tip #3: Walk the Perimeter!
Some Grocery Shopping Tips…
Here are a couple of tips to use when doing your grocery shopping (excerpted
from bestselling author, Michael Pollan).
• First, shop mostly the perimeter of the store. That is where you will find
more real foods like fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy; the aisles contain
mostly processed foods of which we should be consuming little to none.
• Second, try to eat whole grains rather than white. To quote Pollan, "The
whiter the bread, the sooner you'll be dead." Keep whole grains in mind
when purchasing bread, rice, pasta, etc.
"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If
anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you
are that temple." -1 Corinthians 3:16-17
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