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Faith Filled Friday: Putting God Aside

by Connie Terpack

I forgot this was Faith Filled Friday. This morning at Bible study I thought about using some of that for a post. After class, I had my hair done and went home to work on getting ready for the book signing tomorrow, and forgetting all about the blog.
I planned to have another Short Story Notebook ready for the author’s book signing at the library tomorrow. When you have writer’s block for weeks little writing gets done! I had 3 pages of a short story to finish editing which I was going to use in the Rocks and Rills collection. Sadly, I never finished the second story.
When a friend had suggested that I write short stories since I had so much trouble writing a whole novel, I didn’t like the idea at first; but after finishing one, I changed my mind. I created what I call a Short Story Notebook. Last February the library held a book signing. I put 2 stories, a brief Bible story, a phrase list, a list of facts related to the subject, and a poem together in a notebook. I could find only seven clear-front notebooks so that’s all I made.
It was a last minute idea and I assembled them in the few minutes I had before they opened the doors for the signing. I sold six of them which both pleased and surprised me.
Last minute again today, but this time I am more ready. I had already edited both stories that were in the first one. It was simply a matter of making copies and assembling them into the notebooks.
My ebook has not done well in sales so I thought it would help to have the first chapter in print for people to see. I edited it, shortening it by 1 page. I also printed a copy of the other book’s info with the same title as mine. I wanted people to know they were written by different authors and not buy the wrong book because they saw the title, not the author’s name.
While working on that chapter, I decided it probably would be better to delete it. I used it to set up my bad guy, but now I don’t like it.
I was so focused on those tasks that doing my blog never entered my head until now – nine-thirty at night. I’ll have it posted before midnight but with the time difference, it will show up with Saturday’s date.
When I realized I had not done my blog another thought came to mind – I ignored God most of this week also. I like to have a cup of coffee and read my Bible in the morning. I did that only two days this past week! Normally I talk to God often throughout the day. There were several nights that I apologized for ignoring him.
When we have problems we want God to be right there for us. It’s only fair that we spend time with Him when things are going smoothly.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Proverbs 8:17

Dr Sanjay Gupta visits on Hypothyroid Mom

I am posting a link to an article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a cardiologist, who explains why magnesium is so good for your heart health. It is on the Hypothyroid Mom blog by Dana Trentini. I have had hypothyroidism since my early thirties and have found her site helpful for that and other related medical issues.
The article is long which is my main reason for giving you only the link and it is also mostly an advertisement for his supplement. However, he does give a lot of good basic magnesium information. I disagree with the amount he recommends. Yes, he is using the same amount the FDA says is all you need but I would not be lacking in magnesium if that were true. While we should get magnesium from our food, we have so many things that deplete our body of magnesium and other nutrients, can we really get enough every day of any of them?

This is the link for the article; I have also included the information about Dana Trentini, the Hypothyroid Mom, and Sanjay Gupta, the cardiologist that were on the blog.
Hypothyroid Mom
November 5 at 2:00 PM ·
A cardiologist explains why magnesium is so good for your heart health
I stumbled upon this cardiologist’s video and I was drawn by his energy and demeanor. I invited him to write a guest post for Hypothyroid Mom all about the supplement that has changed his practice. I wish there were more heart doctors like him.
A cardiologist explains why magnesium is so good for your heart health | Hypothyroid Mom

About Dana Trentini
I founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby I lost to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroid Mom is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links to favorite resources including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Connect with me on Google+
About Sanjay Gupta, MD
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a consultant cardiologist practicing at at the Nuffield Hospital in York, England. His research has been published in a number of publications including the Journal of Cardiology, Annals of Clinical Biochemistry, Circulation, European Heart Journal, and Radiology. You can find Dr. Gupta on his website York Cardiology as well as his two YouTube channels York Cardiology and More Than Just Medicine.

Smile to Live

Positive Side Of The Coin

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” ~The Dalai Lama

I was born and brought up in small town of Himachal Pradesh, India. People there are generally happy and warm. Even my friends say I am a happy-go-lucky person. If you were to ask someone who knows me to describe who I am, undoubtedly one of the first things that they will say is that I am a happy person, no matter what the situation is.

After finishing my Schooling I moved to Delhi and then Mumbai where I finished my post graduation and got opportunity to work in MNC respectively.

While living in the City and working with a MNC, I got so used to seeing grumpy faces all over that I had almost forgotten to smile. People here would seldom smile, sometimes even if they know you they won’t pass a smile. Even if…

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U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

Pacific Paratrooper

The Marine Corps Birthday is on November 10 and celebrates the establishment of the US Marine Corp in 1775.

The day is mainly celebrated by personnel, veterans, or other people related to the Marine Corps. Usually, it is marked with a Marine Corps Birthday Ball with a formal dinner, birthday cake, and entertainment. The first ball was held in 1925.
The United States Marine Corps is the US Armed Forces’ combined-arms task force on land, at sea, and in the air. It has more than 180,000 active duty personnel as well as almost 40,000 personnel in the Marine Corps Reserves.



USMC Humor – 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Nickolas Alba – Kyle, TX; USMC, Purple Heart

Robert Bailey – Fort Wayne, IN; USMC, Korea, Purple Heart

Herbert Carlson – Hartford, CT; USMC, WWII, PTO

John ‘Dan” Driscoll…

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Additives in Our Food

I am trying to eliminate as many additives as I can from our diet. It’s not easy since we eat a lot of processed food. I was truly surprised to discover how many additives we eat in a day’s time. I’ve been collecting articles from the Web and do not know how reliable some of it is. Here’s a sampling of what some of the additives do to our bodies. I apologize for how scary this might seem, but the year that my nervous system fell apart got me wondering why and if it was fixable. CT

  1. This first group is related to causing cancer:
    Acesulfame Potassium is found in sodas, protein powder, and chewing gum.
    Acrylamide is found in potato chips and French fries.
    Aluminium chlorohydrate & Aluminium Chloride: breast cancer
    Aluminium Oxide: skin cancer in animals; linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease
    Ammonium Sulfate is found in bread. Although the FDA has labeled ammonium sulfate as “generally recognized as safe,” the chemical has been found to be toxic and have carcinogenic effects in lab rats.
    Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) is found in butter, crackers, potato chips, cereal, beer
    Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) is found in cereals, rice products, dried soups
    Carrageenan is found in yogurt, soy, almond milk, ice cream
    Methylparaben: Possible effects: skin and eye irritant; endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant.
    Sodium Benzoate is found in foods & beverages

2. This next group has multiple effects:
Acrylic Acid: respiratory toxin for humans; causes asthma, severe skin burns, and allergic reaction in the skin or lungs; causes renal and kidney damage in animals; causes blood tumors and skin tumors in animals.
Azodicarbonamide is found in buns & widely used in fast foods; can induce asthma
For more information on azodicarbonamide, visit Food-u-cate.
Potassium bromate (or bromated flour): linked to kidney damage, cancer, thyroid problems, GI discomfort, and nervous system damage. Potassium Bromate in Bread Link to 1990 (!!) scientific study showing Potassium Bromate to be a “complete carcinogen”.
Silica and Hydrated Silica: Possible effects: linked to esophageal cancer, renal disease, pulmonary fibrosis, mesothelioma, sarcoma, rheumatoid arthritis, bronchitis; strong nasal and lung irritant; wildlife toxicant; accumulates in human body.

3. This group is related to Cholesterol elevation:
BHA & BHT – toxic, increases lipid and cholesterol levels; For more information on BHA and BHT, visit Berkley Wellness’ “Two Preservatives To Avoid?” According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, BHA is “generally recognized as safe,” while the National Institutes of Health says it’s “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Studies have shown that in high doses it causes cancer in lab rats.
Transfats – They promote inflammation and can raise bad cholesterol
Interesterified Fat: A chemical blend of fully hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated oils, interesterified fat was developed in response to a backlash against hydrogenated oils, which have been found to have serious health effects. Another study found no negative effects to cholesterol levels. What is certain is that this fat is less healthy than other saturated alternatives, such a coconut oil and butter. (See also: 10 Fat-Filled Foods You Should Stop Avoiding.)

4. This last group is related to Weight Gain or Increased Fat
Artificial sweeteners, such as acesulfame potassium, Sucralose, and saccharin; Aspartame & Splenda have the most pronounced effect
Bisphenol-A (BPA) – may disrupt endocrine function; The biggest concern is that BPA disrupts endocrine function. Even so, one recent study that fed rats more than 70,000 times the amount of BPA ingested by a typical American found no ill effects. BPA previously has been linked to a variety of ills, including heart problems, developmental problems in children and high blood pressure.
Carrageenan – gut inflammation
High-Fructose Corn Syrup – calories from HFCS may be more easily stored as fat than glucose; Link: High Fructose Corn Syrup: Why it’s Bad For You!

5. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) – Monosodium glutamate also known as MSG is used to flavor junk foods, since processed foods have no longer any real flavor because most of their ingredients have been genetically modified (in a soil that has no nutrients left because it’s been over harvested), over cooked, fried or contaminated with lots of chemicals and pesticides. It destroys nerve cells in the brain, inhibits natural growth hormone and dramatically promotes irreversible obesity. and multiple other problems.

Other links:
10 Toxic American Foods That Are BANNED In Other Countries

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Bible Verses on Peace

Faith Filled Friday: I thought something about peace would help us get through these rough times. While they all give us peace and reassurance, John 14:27; 2 Thessalonians 3:16 and Philippians 4:6-7 spoke to me this morning.

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  • Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)
    The Lord bless you, and keep you;The Lord make His face shine on you,
    And be gracious to you;
    The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
    And give you peace.
  • Psalm 29:11 (NASB)
    The Lord will give strength to His people;
    The Lord will bless His people with peace.
  • Psalm 119:165 (NASB)
    Those who love Your law have great peace,
    And nothing causes them to stumble.
  • Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)
    For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
    And the government will rest on His shoulders;
    And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
  • Isaiah 26:3
    You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
  • John 14:27 (HCSB)
    Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do…

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Treasure of the World

Annika Perry's Writing Blog

Two weeks ago, my husband and I had the opportunity of an extended break in the historic and beautiful city of Bath. Whilst there not only did we explore the amazing Roman Baths, dine at the lavish Pump Rooms, we also set one day aside for nature.

In the midst of Autumn what better place to visit than the National Arboretum of Westonbirt.

With over 18,000 trees we were spoilt with autumnal displays and happily wandered for four hours along some of its 17 miles of pathways (one of these amongst the treetops!).

As is often the case, Westonbirt was the vision of one man; in this case a wealthy landowner, MP and gardening enthusiast Robert Halford who started the Arboretum in 1829. Since 1956 it has been managed by the Forestry Commission.

Today it boasts over 2,500 species from all across the globe, and ‘is internationally renowned not only for…

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