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Day 16 ~

Row, row, row your boat.....
I am changing. I have always been changing. The people in my life have changed. The world has changed. Some change for the better and some not so much.

I only know of one that doesn't change and there is no variableness with.........

James 1:17 ~ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Hebrews 13:8 ~ 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

Don't worry about what you see going on around you but know that God's promises endure.

He foreknew us. We may be going through a painful correction but we will conform to the very image of Christ. Whether losing weight, setting right priorities, being a better example of love and acceptance to those around us.......whatever the change you are going through to find more peace and joy, no matter how painful the pursuit, know that all roads lead home.

Romans 8:29 ~ For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Keep rowing brothers and sisters. Keep rowing

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Aug. 6, 2020

Day 15~
I feel like this pup a lot. I get into stuff and make a mess. I mean well, lol.

Proverbs 12:1 ~ Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

Reproof ~ To criticize a fault.
Brutish ~ Lacking sensibility

It has taken time but I am learning not to take criticism from others to heart. People that criticize you only have a few different motives for doing so.....

1) They love you and are willing to wound you to better and help you.
2) They are trying to cover their own faults by pointing out your faults.
3) They are uncaring, narcissistic, and judgemental.

1) If you are wounding me truthfully because you spot a fault in me then that's a good thing unless I take myself so seriously that I cannot do self-analysis. After careful self-analysis, I can either change the behavior or not change the behavior. Either way, the person will still love me. I don't want to be brutish or insensitive to criticism.

2) If you are just trying to push me down in order to lift yourself up then why should I care about your criticism? Shouldn't you be working on you before working on me?

3) If you are uncaring and mean spirited then why should I care about your criticism? It is just a means to manipulate me to get me to do what you want me to do whether it is good for me or not.

So, today I am open-minded to those who love me and want to see me do better. The others are just toxic.

Generally, it is best to only listen to those doing better in an area of life than you are doing.

I am open-minded and willing to learn today because I do not know everything and have been wrong many times. At 49, I know only that there is a God and I am not God

Aug. 3, 2020

Day 14 ~

James 4:17 ~ So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Sin ~ When self is estranged from God.

A lot of people like to point at the perceived sin of someone else. Perhaps it makes the accuser feel better about their own sin?

I can accuse you and you can accuse me of sin. It doesn't really help either of us. In fact, the harsher we judge others, the harsher the judgment levied upon our own selves.

I sin daily. So, let's get that out of the way now. Don't be surprised if I let a wordy durd fly. Don't be surprised if you see me get angry and my lid flip. Don't be surprised if I have one serving too many of Pinot Grigio while watching the sunset or if a song I shouldn't be listening to pops up on pandora and I don't change the channel. Many a preacher and better men and women than me may disagree with this next statement but it is my truth. These things don't make me feel estranged from God as long as I know in my heart that I am doing my best to move closer to God. But, I digress.........

One time I was so bad, a sin I committed required me, being my own accuser, to stand before the household of faith, make acknowledgments for my sin, and disqualify myself before all.

So, please don't think more highly of me than you ought to think. I am just a man. I sin daily. I know to do better and sometimes, in the moment, just don't do better.

With that said, the keywords for me are "me being my own accuser". No one has the right to judge you or me. You aren't really even qualified to judge yourself.

I may be a wretched man but I have found peace at the mercy seat of Christ. Spiritually speaking, my life is hidden in the life of Christ and His righteousness has been imputed to me for righteousness.

While here at home in this temple of flesh I will err but I live permanently in peace knowing in whom I have believed.

I find peace by simply doing my best each day.

I am doing my best to curse less.
I am doing my best to drink less.
I am doing my best to filter what goes into my mind.
I am doing my best to show forth love and kindness when internally I am angry.
I work hard to be a better man today than I was yesterday.

Me being my own accuser, I am doing my best and that feels good.
You being your own accuser, are you doing your best?

Regardless of your answer, I will take your word for it.

Oh, now I need to bring this post around to weight loss and wellness? LOL. You knew that was coming, didn't you?

As is relates to doing your best with weight loss and wellness? How are things going for you? Will you do your best this week to get things on track? Reach out to me and let's hold each other accountable.

I got goals this week. I will just do my best and let go of the rest.

I hope today you will forgive yourself for any past wrongs, big or small. Just do your best today. As long as you do your best you will never feel estranged from God.

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July 27, 2020

Day 13 ~

Ecclesiastes 12:7 ~ And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

The mortality tables say that, statistically, I will live to be about 78 years old. We know that we are not a statistic but are known of God. My number could be up today. I could also live to be 120 years old.

If I live until August 31, I will be 50 years old. That means that I will have lived in this body 18,250 days. Statistically, I may have 28 more years or 10,220 days remaining. That all depends on God's grace.

I spent a lot of time not living my best life, worrying, living in fear, being slothful, quitting, and the like. I have also had a good life. It could have been an even better life if I had have walked in faith and courage more though.

Today, I am admonishing myself again. I won't spend time worrying, living in fear, arguing, judging, etc. I don't have time for that anymore.

A great man, Gerald Sloman, once said "I know that I am old. I remember when it happened. I can remember when I looked out into the crowd and everyone looked older than me and then, suddenly, one day I woke up and I was old. I knew this because on that day, I looked into a crowd of people and everyone looked younger than me."

I will never forget him saying that because it happened to me.

I remember when my lawyer, my doctor, my teachers, my bankers, the police all looked much older than me. Now, almost everyone I do business with, care for me, etc look so much younger than me. I know I am old.

I don't know how many days I have remaining but I pledge to be more mindful each and every day moving forward that I may have fewer days in front of me than lay behind me.

If you are younger than me let me admonish you. Do what you can today. Time goes by fast, so much faster than you think.

Most of the things that paralyzed me and that I worried over never happened and even if they did happen, I got through it.

There is an old saying. The coward dies a thousand deaths but the courageous only has to die one death.

Live in this world of uncertainty with courage and love. Don't live in it in fear and dread.

We all have so much more to do. I am increasing my capacity to do more today and every day moving forward.

The angel of death can scare you and paralyze you or the angel of death can remind you just how precious each second really is so that you always do your best.

1 Corinthians 15:55 ~ O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

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July 26, 2020

Day 11 ~

Romans 8:13 ~ For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Is it time for you to soar higher? Consider the following:

Food is pleasurable, sustaining, and life-giving. It is a gift from God. (Let us remember those who don't have enough food and are starving.)

Food is not evil. It is good. Obesity is running rampant in the United States of America affecting 2/3 of our population. Food is good but we are using food as a solution for problems that food can't fix.

Boredom, anxiety, depression, stress, and anger are problems but not problems that food fixes but rather exacerbates.

The unintended consequences of overeating are depression, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, sleep apnea, and low self-esteem. There are many other frightening consequences related to being obese too.

It is not a disease. It is a choice.

If you are happy where you are and want to continue living according to the appetites of the flesh then, by all means, do that and I will still love you and appreciate as you are now.

If you are not happy with where you are and want to stop living according to the appetites of the flesh I will help you. I will help you with behavior modification and give you the tools to succeed.

Put to death the old you and begin to walk in the new you. You won't have to give up much either. The spiritual life you could be living is so amazing that the half cannot even be told. You will have to experience it because it's better felt than told.

Lean and well feels better than anything tastes. I have high hopes for you. Do you have high hopes for yourself?

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July 20, 2020

Day 10 ~

Is it time to re-invent your self with discipline and self-control?
Is it time for you to harvest your inner power and greatness and show it to the world?

1 Corinthians 9:27 ~ But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Some may not think so or judge my motives but I really, really love people. I have a co-dependent personality meaning, much of my happiness comes from making others happy. I have improved much over the years. I have learned to balance my need to please others by also pleasing myself and finding happiness within myself. I have learned that you have to make yourself happy first because eventually, your attempts to make others happy will backfire and potentially leave you bitter and broke. I like to live my life owing no one anything but love. That in itself is a discipline.

With that said, that part of me that wants to make people happy sees so many of my brothers and sisters so very unhappy. Most of my circle of friends and acquaintances are of the household of faith. They are great people but they can't see it. For many, not all, but many, their relationships don't really make them happy, they go to church out of habit, they serve and deplete all of their resources for the good of others who oftentimes do not even appreciate it. Many of my friends are faithful, put a smile on their face, but deeply are unsatisfied and have huge voids. Because they are a believer, some haven't turned to drugs, porn, or alcohol to fill those voids but they have turned to food. (Never judge another no matter what they are caught up in because it can also be you.) There are days that the only thing they really enjoyed was the minutes of mouth pleasure they enjoyed while consuming unhealthy foods. They often gorge on these foods until they feel even worse afterward.

If you are one of those who have lost your way, maybe its time to think of reinventing yourself? I will help you. If I am unqualified to help you, I will find someone who is qualified to help you.

Please hear me. If you want your faith in Jesus Christ to make a difference in this world, your faith in Jesus Christ must first make a difference in YOUR OWN LIFE. When your body and mind are unhealthy, others consider you disqualified to help them no matter how loud you preach your faith. Consider that the United States is the most obese country on the planet. Obesity is the #1 cause of all premature death in our country. Lastly, consider that people of faith are the most obese segment of our country. This ought not to be so friends.

Discipline in one area of your life means freedom in other areas of your life.

Discipline your mind and you will live with courage instead of fear.

Discipline your tongue and you won't need to apologize for everything you say (I'm down to having to apologize for about 10% of what I say, lol, so getting better.). Say what you mean and mean what you say....it takes discipline.

Discipline your body with exercise and you will live a longer, healthier life with self-confidence.

Discipline yourself in regards to your eating behaviors and you will improve your life, your waistline, your health, your longevity, your relationships, and much more. Nothing outside the peace of salvation will improve your life like living a disciplined eating lifestyle.

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July 19, 2020

Day 9 ~

Hebrews 12:11 ~ For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Discipline shouldn't be a dirty word.

If you are free to eat what you want to eat when you want to eat it and as much of it as you want to eat then you will soon lose freedoms once enjoyed.

You will be captive to low self-esteem, be held hostage by a CPAP machine, jailed by hypertension, and imprisoned by high blood pressure. You will be free to have continued mouth pleasure but lose much joy and dignity.

To live a self-disciplined life as it relates to diet, exercise, and supplementation does mean that you won't get to eat what you want when you want it and as much of it as you want but it does mean you will live a more abundant and healthy life in so many other respects.

I have lost more than 100 pounds and no longer require four different prescription medications. I don't get to eat whatever I want every day but it's a great exchange because before Shibboleth I was emotionally and physically miserable. I was even miserable during and after overindulging.

Now, I easily maintain my weight eating Shibboleth style four days each week while taking off three days each week. If I put on 5-10 pounds I go back to the basics and only have six "off" days each month until I am back below my happy weight.

Shibboleth is a lifestyle, a management system if you will, that allows you to live a self-discipline life without feeling deprived.

I used to use food as a solution for all of my problems; fear, anxiety, stress, boredom, etc. Now I use food correctly. I use it to sustain me and occasionally, I use it for celebratory reasons. Shibboleth is FUN!

Self-discipline IS freedom.

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July 18, 2020

Day 8 ~

Proverbs 29:25 ~ The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
During times like these, fear will lay a snare for you. Anxiety, stress, and uncertainty are a trap. Don't get caught in that trap.

This too shall pass.....

I'm going to try to do a better job of staying on topic and pursuing my mission of personal development, spiritual development, and physical development. The many issues and constant fearmongering brought on by-election year have caused me to get caught in a snare and my progress has come to a halt. I love learning and growing and then sharing nutritional knowledge, wellness knowledge, and behavior modification techniques with others. I love seeing people become healthier and happier people. I get my happiness by pursuing things that make me, my family, and other like-minded people happy.

It's silly for me to think I can change anything that I don't have personal control over. I only have control of myself and my own actions.

Consider your weight loss and wellness progress since most of my acquaintances and friends are trying to lose weight or lead more well lives. How much delay has been made in your progress in 2020 because of the constant fake news, msm, and social media?

I for one, am going to refocus my efforts on my goals without the fear, anxiety, and stress that 2020 has caused my family and Shibboleth members.

It is so easy to let life get in the way. Honestly, the way to change the world is not with our words but by letting our life be a light to those around us. People don't want what you have until you are living your best life. The best way to influence others is to live our lives with courage, conviction, and joy that passes understanding.
I can't expand my light or share my light if I am allowing fear to become a trap that halts my progress.

Today, as much as within me, I am going to rededicate myself to myself, my family, and our Shibboleth members.

Well, at least until I see another report about fake COVID numbers. Bahahaha. After all, I am just human.

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July 17, 2020

Day 7
Isaiah 43:1 ~ But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

There are a few people who know me well enough that they call me by my name when they see me out and about but relatively speaking, very few.

The so-called powerful and elite people that people seek to know do not know me and cannot call me by name. I know many of them by name because I see them in my inbox asking for money and on my tv pandering to me and making false promises.

Powerful politicians and powerful movements explain how they will make life better for me. They say that I should fear those that oppose them and only they can fight for me but they typically only want money and power.

Yet, not one of them even knows my name. Yet, not one of them desires to know my name. Yet, not one of them would share a meal with me or fellowship with me in private if given the chance. I am sure there would be a few if given the chance that might want to know my name or be my friend but they are just human beings with superficial power, limited time, and limited resources. Don't get me wrong I don't expect them to be able to spend time with me getting to know me nor do I hold it against them. I am just making a point........

The government knows me but knows me by my social security number and that's it. They take my tax money and do with it what they will without even a thank you. Again, I am just a number without a name.

BUT HERE is where I can rejoice. The creator of the universe, author, and finisher of my faith, THE GREAT I AM knows me by my name. The wonderful counselor, mighty God, The Everlasting Father has the number of hairs on my head counted. God has every tear that drops numbered. God cares for me and fellowships with me. He has washed my feet, He has carried me when I couldn't walk my self, He has covered my mischief and been charitable to me richly supplying my every need. God loves me so much that God has even given me a pet name, a new name, written on a white stone that no one knows but me and God. Oh, oh, and when I, on occasion, allow my spirit to move to His frequency He utters that new name and my soul rejoices.

Yes, today I am blessed. My God knows me by name and I know HIM by HIS name. Every knee will bow, regardless of the superficial power, they cling to here in this world. That is the only authority figure that needs to know my name.
I am rich in faith today. * #blessthenameofthelord . .

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July 16, 2020

Day 6

Psalm 23:4 ~ Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

A rod ~ a club-like device that shepherds carry to keep/beat the wolves away from their sheep and flock.

A staff ~ similar to a rod but longer and with a hook on the end of it.

I am likened to a sheep in the Bible. I require a shepherd. I may think I'm a mighty lion but my change hasn't come yet. I am still a sheep.

If I were to walk alone in this world without a good shepherd I'd be attacked and eaten by wolves or I would stray from the flock and be eaten by wolves.

There are many wolves these days.

I don't have to fear these wolves/evil because I know the Good Shepherd and He knows me. If I stay with the flock the Shepherd uses His rod to keep the enemy at bay even when I don't visibly see this happen. I am protected.

More often, I lead myself astray and away from the flock but because I have a Good Shepherd with a staff, He gently reaches out with the hook in the staff and pulls me back in line with the flock.

There is nothing to fear unless you walk alone. With an eye and ear of faith, I can hear and feel the Good Shepherd's voice daily.

His rod and His staff do comfort me.

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July 15, 2020