A Part of the Garden

A part of the garden is a variety of posts that are planted to help you find freedom to grow, be inspired and get motivated into an overflowing life..


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Working at home

Working online at home can be rewarding, but if you don’t have a plan it will not last. First of all, it takes days and days to find out if your advertising is working. Whether using free or paid either way to go it takes time. but this is after the fact that you find the right programs that can really help to make a decent living. It can take years before anyone can learn all of the in’s and out’s about this magic machine called the INTERNET. So if this is your quest, Hang in there and learn all you can before going broke!

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Floatron Solar Powered Pool Purifier – Low-Maintenance Pool Purification System

Purify Your Pool Without the Harmful Effects of Chlorine!

Purifies pools up to 30,000 gallons
Reduces the need for chlorine by about 80%
Powered by environmentally-friendly solar panels with no expensive batteries to replace
Low-maintenance system requires little attention, just a few minutes per week
No more bleached hair or bathing suits, dry skin or itchy eyes

 


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New post on First 50 Words – Prompts for Writing Practice

 

Sunshine

by Virginia DeBolt

We crave sunshine, light, rooms with windows. We like the warm sun on our backs on a winter day. The burning sun on our backs on a day over 100 degrees is a bit of a problem. If you’re lucky you can stay inside on days like that, hoping the air conditioner doesn’t break. That walk in the early morning is the best summer sunshine for me.

Please use the open space below to share your first 50 words on the topic “sunshine.”

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Easy Tricks To Cut Added Sugar Out Of Your Diet

Here are some amazing tricks to cut down on sugar from http://www.emergencyemail.org

Every day, many people make the choice to become healthier and one of the best ways to do that is to cut added sugar out of your diet. A lot of people cut out things like soda, cookies, and sweets and think they’re good to go, but the scary truth is that there are added sugars hiding in lots of foods that you’d never suspect, even foods that don’t have a sweet taste. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to cut the added sugar out of your diet once and for all.

Read Labels

This may be the best advice I can give you. Almost every type of processed food you can buy in a supermarket contains added sugar. What makes things worse is that some products may have multiple different kinds of sugar. Staying away from processed foods entirely is your best option, but if that’s not possible, be sure to read every label so you know what you’re putting into your body.

Drink Water

You’re far more likely to snack on foods with added sugar when your body thinks you’re hungry. Unfortunately, when you’re thirsty, your brain still sends hunger signals, which can lead to mindless snacking. Drink water all throughout the day and not only will the hunger fade, but you’ll be able to tell when you’re actually hungry and won’t get added sugars from convenience snacks.

Get More Sleep

Think about how you feel when you’re tired. You likely look for a quick way to give yourself energy. One of the easiest ways to do that is to consume sugary foods. You can avoid these feelings of tiredness by getting more sleep.

If you have trouble getting enough sleep at night, try setting a schedule and stick to it. Set a time that you have to be in bed and then turn off all electronics, including the television, tablets, and cell phones. By getting enough sleep, you won’t be as reliant on sugary substances to get you through the day.

Replace Sugary Snacks With Whole Foods

The best way to avoid snacks with added sugar is to avoid buying them in the first place. Instead, replace them with foods that are naturally sweet. There’s a reason that fruit is known as nature’s candy. It’s because it tastes sweet like candy, but is much better for you to eat.

Eating fruits like bananas, apples, and strawberries give you many vitamins and minerals, but it’s also the best way to satisfy the sweet tooth that just won’t leave you alone.

Stop Eating Ketchup

The amount of added sugar that is put into ketchup is mind-blowing, yet it is the number one condiment used in America today. Instead of dipping your fries in ketchup, try using salsa instead. Salsa gives you the tangy taste you’re looking for without all the sugar you don’t need.

From obesity to health issues, there’s an endless number of reasons you should stop eating added sugar. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you break free from the grips of sugar and lead you into a healthier lifestyle.


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Good low calorie snack tip

Looking for a smooth, creamy, crunchy, filling snack? Look no further than your frig for a Greek nonfat yogurt filled with fruit in the bottom, 120 calories. Now reach for a box of reduced fat buttery round crackers, Five crackers only 70 calories Then use the crackers to dip into the yogurt. Don’t forget to stir the yogurt so you can have fruit in every dip. 190 calories, now that’s a not guilty snack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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At home low-calorie snacks that are filling

Your time at home can be very rewarding or it can mean up to a few numbers up on your scale. Watching your weight while around the house can be very strategic, so often we will go for whatever we can get our hands on very quick. Watching the calories in what we eat should be with purpose. The purpose of staying healthy by keeping our weight down, and the only way this can be done is by watching what we eat.

Only when we have fear of gaining weight, the confidence of doing something about it comes. But it’s really about the fight we began when we start to take control of our health. Taking control of our health is done one step at a time.

This how I started: By eating smaller portions of not so healthy snack foods with a big portion of food that is healthy.

Here is something you may want to try:  take 2 red delicious apples 70 calories = 140 calories, peel them or if you prefer the skins, put them in a blender, then get about 4 large marshmallows- the white soft candy, 100 calories, cut them up,  put in the blender, then blend.

Put it in your favorite bowl, then drink water, it helps to fill you up and here you have a nutritious snack that is filling. You could just eat the one apple and marshmallows bite by bite, but the secret is eating enough to fill you up, so you will need two apples. LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.

GRACE AND PEACE,

Love Ya, Ida


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PSALMS 34:10

The young lion is the emblem of power and self-resource. Yet these sometimes lack, but the earnest seekers after Divine truth and righteousness never.
STRUGGLING AND SEEKING

Psalm 34:10.

If we may trust the superscription of this psalm, it was written by David at one of the very darkest days of his wanderings, probably in the Cave of Adullam, where he had gathered around him a band of outlaws, and was living, to all appearance, a life uncommonly like that of a brigand chief, in the hills. One might have pardoned him if, at such a moment, some cloud of doubt or despondency had crept over his soul. But instead of that his words are running over with gladness, and the psalm begins ‘I will bless the Lord at all times, and His praise shall continually be in my mouth.’ Similarly here he avers, even at a moment when he wanted a great deal of what the world calls ‘good,’ that ‘they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.’ There were lions in Palestine in David’s time. He had a fight with one of them, as you may remember, and his lurking place was probably not far off the scene of Samson’s exploits. Very likely they were prowling about the rocky mouth of the cave, and he weaves their howls into his psalm: ‘The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good.’

So, then, here are the two thoughts-the struggle that always fails and the seeking that always finds.

I. The struggle that always fails.

‘The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger.’ They are taken as the type of violent effort and struggle, as well as of supreme strength, but for all their teeth and claws, and lithe spring, ‘they lack, and suffer hunger.’ The suggestion is, that the men whose lives are one long fight to appropriate to themselves more and more of outward good, are living a kind of life that is fitter for beasts than for men. A fierce struggle for material good is the true description of the sort of life that hosts of us live. What is the meaning of all this cry that we hear about the murderous competition going on round us? What is the true character of the lives of, I am afraid, the majority of people in a city like Manchester, but a fight and a struggle, a desire to have, and a failure to obtain? Let us remember that that sort of existence is for the brutes, and that there is a better way of getting what is good; the only fit way for man. Beasts of prey, naturalists tell us, are always lean. It is the graminivorous order that meekly and peacefully crop the pastures that are well fed and in good condition-’which things are an allegory.’

‘The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger’-and that, being interpreted, just states the fact to which every man’s experience, and the observation of every man that has an eye in his head, distinctly say, ‘Amen, it is so.’ For there is no satisfaction or success ever to be won by this way of fighting and struggling and scheming and springing at the prey. For if we do not utterly fail, which is the lot of so many of us, still partial success has little power of bringing perfect satisfaction to a human spirit. One loss counterbalances any number of gains. No matter how soft is the mattress, if there is one tiny thorn sticking up through it all the softness goes for nothing. There is always a Mordecai sitting at the gate when Haman goes prancing through it on his white horse; and the presence of the unsympathetic and stiff-backed Jew, sitting stolid at the gate, takes the gilt off the gingerbread, and embitters the enjoyment. So men count up their disappointments, and forget all their fulfilled hopes, count up their losses and forget their gains. They think less of the thousands that they have gained than of the half-crown that they were cheated of.

In every way it is true that the little annoyances, like a grain of dust in the sensitive eye, take all the sweetness out of mere material good, and I suppose that there are no more bitterly disappointed men in this world than the perfectly ‘successful men,’ as the world counts them. They have been disillusionized in the process of acquisition. When they were young and lusted after earthly good things, these seemed to be all that they needed. When they are old, and have them, they find that they are feeding on ashes, and the grit breaks their teeth, and irritates their tongues. The ‘young lions do lack’ even when their roar and their spring ‘have secured the prey,’ and ‘they suffer hunger’ even when they have fed full. Ay! for if the utmost possible measure of success were granted us, in any department in which the way of getting the thing is this fighting and effort, we should be as far away from being at rest as ever we were.

You remember the old story of the Arabian Nights, about the wonderful palace that was built by magic, and all whose windows were set in precious stones, but there was one window that remained unadorned, and that spoiled all for the owner. His palace was full of treasures, but an enemy looked on all the wealth and suggested a previously unnoticed defect by saying, ‘You have not a roc’s egg.’ He had never thought about getting a roc’s egg, and did not know what it was. But the consciousness of something lacking had been roused, and it marred his enjoyment of what he had and drove him to set out on his travels to secure the missing thing. There is always something lacking, for our desires grow far faster than their satisfactions, and the more we have, the wider our longing reaches out, so that as the wise old Book has it, ‘He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase.’ You cannot fill a soul with the whole universe, if you do not put God in it. One of the greatest works of fiction of modern times ends, or all but ends, with a sentence something like this, ‘Ah! who of us has what he wanted, or having it, is satisfied?’ ‘The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger’-and the struggle always fails-’but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.’

II. The seeking which always finds.

Now, how do we ‘seek the Lord’? It is a metaphorical expression, of course, which needs to be carefully interpreted in order not to lead us into a great mistake. We do not seek Him as if He had not sought us, or was hiding from us. But our search of Him is search after one who is near every one of us, and who delights in nothing so much as in pouring Himself into every heart and mind, and will and life, if only heart, mind, will, life, are willing to accept Him. It is a short search that the child by her mother’s skirts, or her father’s side, has to make for mother or father. It is a shorter search that we have to make for God.

We seek Him by desire. Do you want Him? A great many of us do not. We seek Him by communion, by turning our thoughts to Him, amidst all the rush of daily life, and such a turning of thought to Him, which is quite possible, will prevent our most earnest working upon things material from descending to the likeness of the lions’ fighting for it. We seek Him by desire, by communion, by obedience. And they who thus seek Him find Him in the act of seeking Him, just as certainly as if I open my eye I see the sun, or as if I dilate my lungs the atmosphere rushes into them. For He is always seeking us. That is a beautiful word of our Lord’s to which we do not always attach all its value, ‘The Father seeketh such to worship Him.’ Why put the emphasis upon the ‘such,’ as if it was a definition of the only kind of acceptable worship? It is that. But we might put more emphasis upon the ‘seeketh’ without spoiling the logic of the sentence; and thereby we should come nearer the truth of what God’s heart to us is, so that if we do seek Him, we shall surely find. In this region, and in this region only, there is no search that is vain, there is no effort that is foiled, there is no desire unaccomplished, there is no failure possible. We each of us have, accurately and precisely, as much of God as we desire to have. If there is only a very little of the Water of Life in our vessels, it is because we did not care to possess any more. ‘Seek, and ye shall find.’

We shall be sure to find everything in God. Look at the grand confidence, and the utterance of a life’s experience in these great words: ‘Shall not want any good.’ For God is everything to us, and everything else is nothing; and it is the presence of God in anything that makes it truly able to satisfy our desires. Human love, sweet and precious, dearest and best of all earthly possessions as it is, fails to fill a heart unless the love grasps God as well as the beloved dying creature. And so with regard to all other things. They are good when God is in them, and when they are ours in God. They are nought when wrenched away from Him. We are sure to find everything in Him, for this is the very property of that infinite divine nature that is waiting to impart itself to us, that, like water poured into a vessel, it will take the shape of the vessel into which it is poured. Whatever is my need, the one God will supply it all.

You remember the old Rabbinical tradition which speaks a deep truth, dressed in a fanciful shape. It says that the manna in the wilderness tasted to every man just what he desired, whatever dainty or nutriment he most wished; that the manna became like the magic cup in the old fairy legends, out of which could be poured any precious liquor at the pleasure of the man who was to drink it. The one God is everything to us all, anything that we desire, and the thing that we need; Protean in His manifestations, one in His sufficiency. With Him, as well as in Him, we are sure to have all that we require. ‘Seek ye first the Kingdom . . . and all these things shall be added unto you.’

Let us begin, dear brethren! with seeking, and then our struggling will not be violent, nor self-willed, nor will it fail. If we begin with seeking, and have God, be sure that all we need we shall get, and that what we do not get we do not need. It is hard to believe it when our vehement wishes go out to something that His serene wisdom does not send. It is hard to believe it when our bleeding hearts are being wrenched away from something around which they have clung. But it is true for all that. And he that can say, ‘Whom have I in heaven but Thee, and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee,’ will find that the things which he enjoys in subordination to his one supreme good are a thousand times more precious when they are regarded as second than they ever could be when our folly tried to make them first. ‘Seek first the Kingdom,’ and be contented that the ‘other things’ shall be appendices, additions, over and above the one thing that is needful.

Now, all that is very old-fashioned, threadbare truth. Dear brethren! if we believed it, and lived by it, ‘the peace of God which passes understanding’ would ‘keep our hearts and minds.’ And, instead of fighting and losing, and desiring to have and howling out because we cannot obtain, we should patiently wait before Him, submissively ask, earnestly seek, immediately find, and always possess and be satisfied with, the one good for body, soul, and spirit, which is God Himself.

‘There be many that cry, Oh! that one would show as any good.’ The wise do not cry to men, but pray to God. ‘Lord! lift Thou the light of Thy countenance upon us.’