I like what Beth Moore says via Twitter here:
Lord, explode my faith. Blow me away. Show me your mighty power. My faith is unwavering.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galations 2:20
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26When I awoke this morning, my thoughts turned to her and what she was dealing with last night. I prayed again for her and the situation. And once again, this overwhelming feeling of gratitude came over me for being able to be a part of bringing this before the Throne. What an honor to be included!!!
"Liz, had you not been in exceptional cardiovascular and muscular shape like you were, when this illness hit, it would have done you in. But having worked out hard at the gym for the many years you did, you were able to take this illness on much more successfully than most people. So be extremely thankful for all the hard work you did, day in and day out."You know what -- I AM THANKFUL. Only God knew that I would need that "prep work" to help me through this major battle!
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At the age of 26, Katherine Wolf, a young mother and wife, nearly died of a massive brain stem stroke. Her survival was nothing short of miraculous, and her recovery continues to be a testament to the healing power of hope. (Source: www.hopeheals.com)
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A chemical called 1,4-dichlorobenzene, or 1,4-DCB, could harm your lungs.It is found in air fresheners, toilet deodorizers, and mothballs, and is present in the blood of nearly all Americans. 1,4-DCB is the chemical that gives mothballs their distinctive smell.The finding came as part of a National Institutes of Health study that looked at 11 household chemicals. All 11 chemicals are emitted as gasses by common household products. 1,4-DCB was the only chemical in the study which was linked to lung damage.Those who had the highest amounts in the chemical in their blood showed diminished lung function, which could be serious for those with asthma or other lung problems. Reduced lung function is also a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. (Source: Air Fresheners May Damage Your Lungs)
Air fresheners contain ingredients such as formaldehyde; petroleum distillates, benzene, styrene; terpenes, such as limonene; aldehydes, ketones, esters, and alcohols; phosphates, bleach, and ammonia. Plug-in deodorizers were found to have more than 20 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with more than one-third of those VOCs classified as toxic or hazardous. Candles produce soot, lead, organic compounds, and VOCs. The toxicity characteristics of candle emissions match those of diesel emissions, and those emissions are often less than one micron in size, which allows for penetration into the lungs. The use of scented candles may contribute significant quantities of pollutants to the indoor environment, especially soot, benzene, and lead.
Perhaps the most common place where we see doctors missing the boat is irritable bowel syndrome, from which more than 60 million Americans suffer. Irritable bowel syndrome is a disturbance of the intestinal function, with two or three of the following features: abdominal pain that is relieved with defecation; abdominal pain that is associated with frequency of bowel movements, constipation or diarrhea; and loose, watery, or pelletlike stool.
Today's prevailing thesis is that irritable bowel syndrome is an unknown condition requiring medication to stop its symptoms. That's certainly what most doctors will tell you if you ask.
We think, however, that irritable bowel syndrome is caused by an imbalance of the ecology of the intestinal tract. Like any ecosystem, your intestine - which breaks down, digests, and absorbs food, as well as helping to control water balance and eliminate waste - contains a delicate balance of living organisms, known as your gut flora. Around 100 quadrillion organisms live within every human digestive tract, which at three pounds, could be considered the largest internal organ other than the liver.
The healthy bacteria in your intestine, including lactobacillus, bifidobacteria, and E. coli (not the killer E.coli you hear about in the media), aid your digestion primarily by breaking down tough fiber. These beneficial bacteria also perform chemical transformations such as synthesizing vitamins and minerals - for example, they digest foods such as flaxseed and soy, change them into molecules possessing anticancer properties.
These bacteria have an excellent symbiotic relationship with us. They thrive because we feed them, and we benefit from their helping us digest food and produce important nutrients that we absorb into our bodies.
These bacteria also serve another function. They crowd out other, nastier flora in the gut. Because of the stress we put on our bodies through antibiotics, alcohol, sugar and bad food or water, we often disturb the normal ecological balance in our gut, causing certain bacteria and yeasts to grow unchecked. This creates a little fermentation factory, similar to what happens when you let apple cider stay in the refrigerator too long and the container explodes.
In our bodies, the internal fermentation process causes bloating, gas and pain. Food remains undigested, and in turn also ferments. When this happens, your breath contains an excess amount of hydrogen, produced from the fermenting bacteria.
The only thing separating us from these unfriendly bacteria is a membrane just one cell thick: the intestinal epithelium, or the gut lining. If just a few of these nasty bacteria cross that lining, they can cause something as lethal as peritonitis, or something as common as irritable bowel syndrome, or even autoimmune or other inflammatory diseases.
The bacteria we like so much aren't interested in getting across that lining, but when the lining is inflamed or injured in some way, more dangerous bacteria can leak through it.
So our guts are the scene of a constant ecological struggle among bacteria. The fewer good bacteria living inside of us, the more likely the bad bacteria or other organisms will have no competitors and will grow and reproduce.
The most common reason for the death of good bacteria is antibiotic use. An antibiotic will kill the sensitive bacteria, and all the ones that are resistant to it will have no competition in the ecological system and can proliferate. In response to rampant overprescribing, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a plea to doctors to stop prescribing unnecessary antibiotics.What's the answer? Nutrition is key to healthy gut flora - however, when you're taking antibiotics, it is essential to also take probiotics.
Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria or yeast) that have been shown to help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the digestive tract. This is especially important because nearly three-quarters of your immune system is located in your digestive tract, so when that balance is upset, your health may suffer as a result.
Ideally, there should be a balance of approximately 80% good bacteria and 20% percent harmful bacteria in your intestines. Unfortunately, factors such as diet, stress, illness, and exposure to toxic substances can affect that healthy environment. Antibiotic use can also significantly alter the bacterial balance in your gut. Although their main purpose is to kill harmful bacteria, antibiotics often kill the existing beneficial bacteria as well. This can lead to diarrhea and other intestinal issues. Likewise, using anti-bacterial soaps has the same effect—killing many good bacteria at the same time it kills the bad bacteria.(1)Check out the links below for more information on this topic - as well as the RenewLife brand of probiotics and supplements.
"Call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you and you shall glorify me."