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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

FlyLady's "I'm FLYing" Bracelet

Let this purple bracelet be a reminder throughout the day to stick with your routines! As this bracelet catches your eye, you will be reminded of your goals; to Finally Love Yourself, to bless your home and family, and to find joy in all that you do! The words "I'm FLYing" are embossed into the bracelet to help you stay focused and can also be a great conversation starter so that you can share the FlyLady spirit with others. Great item to wear to flyfests! The bracelet is made of a high grade silicone that is soft and comfy to the touch and is standard sized to fit most adults.

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Ten Ways to Boost Your Spiritual Immune System

By David Jeremiah

Everybody knows the principles for maintaining good physical health-nutritious food, exercise, pure water, lay off the junk food, plenty of sleep, healthy and loving relationships-right? But, one third of Americans are now obese, and another third are overweight. That means two-thirds of Americans, in spite of knowing better, are living unhealthy lifestyles.

The same is true for the way many Christians approach spiritual health-keeping their spiritual immune systems in top shape. Most of us know what to do; we just have a hard time putting it into practice. The disciplines of physical and spiritual exercise are equally challenging-and the results of inaction and apathy equally life-threatening. So don't think the list that follows is too "basic" or "common sense." Read through this list carefully and prayerfully, and let the Holy Spirit speak to you about boosting your own spiritual immune system.

Ten ways to prepare yourself for spiritual "germ warfare":

1. Bible Study (2 Peter 1:4)When troubles in life come, God's great and precious promises are what keep us from becoming infected with fear and doubt. God's promises are found in only one place: the Bible. Daily doses of the Word of God are required for continuing spiritual health.

2. Prayer (Philippians 4:6-7)Prayer is like a healthy dose of vitamin C at the first sign of a cold-the first thing we should do when troubles come. Pray for strength, pray for wisdom, pray for help. And most of all, pray for endurance and faithfulness. In prayer we claim God's promises.

3. Scripture Memory and Meditation (Psalm 1:2)The more we incorporate Scripture into our hearts and minds, the more we think like God. When troubles come, instead of trying to think of a Scripture verse, the Word of God is there because that's how we think anyway. Take time to dwell on what God says.

4. Clear Conscience (Psalm 32:5)No one who has a guilty conscience-one defiled by unconfessed sin-can be spiritually healthy. Guilt leads to physical complications, and it certainly leads to spiritual ill-health. How can we call on God in times of trouble when we harbor sin in our lives?

5. Worship and Church Attendance (Hebrews 10:24-25)A healthy human is a worshiping human-but not worshiping just anything. Because we were created by God, we are destined to worship Him. Failure to worship leads to isolation, introspection, and infection with the disease of self-centeredness.

6. Service (1 Peter 4:10)Because we were created to serve, we will only be truly spiritually healthy when we are using our spiritual gift(s) to serve others. If we fail to serve, we atrophy-lose our strength and shrivel up. Discover your gift(s) and stay healthy and strong by serving.

7. Relationships (Proverbs 22:24-25)The better part of wisdom is to avoid unnecessary contact with carriers of contagious diseases. The same is true spiritually speaking. Anger, bitterness, resentment, envy, and other carnal characteristics can be caught and spread. Choose your friends wisely.

8. Lifestyle (Proverbs 3:5-6)Living a healthy lifestyle physically doesn't guarantee perpetual good health-but your chances are better. The same is true spiritually. Living a lifestyle of wisdom, acknowledging God in all your ways, is foundational for spiritual health.

9. Giving (Luke 6:38)It takes an investment in a healthy lifestyle to strengthen your body's immune system. Investing your resources-time, talent, and treasure-in your spiritual life will return to you an abundant spiritual health. We reap what we sow physically and spiritually.

10. Fellowship with Other Christians (Romans 12:10)Remove a part of the human body and set it aside, and it dies within minutes. Remove yourself from relationships with others, and the same is likely to happen spiritually. You are a "cell" in the body of Christ, and you must stay connected to be nurtured as a part of the whole.

How healthy is your immune system? You will be healthier spiritually when you implement more of these principles consistently. And the healthier you are, the more likely you are to withstand the infections of this world.

Modest Swimwear

Ohana Swimwear creates swimsuits that are made for swimming - not for sunbathing. Our expanded women's and girls lines will fit all of your summer fun needs. The stylish one piece swimsuits feature legs inspired by wetsuits and unitards. And our separates line features bottoms with legs and extra long tankini's and surfer inspired tops as well as board shorts and capris. Whichever style you like best, you will feel comfortable in our suits and can forget about the constant re-adjusting, knowing that you are modest and covered in the right places. We want you to focus on having fun in the water!

For years I have waited for swimsuit manufactures to create a swimsuit that was modest in it's cut and coverage, but still stylish. I finally got tired of waiting, and thought why not try and do it myself. It has been 10 years since I was working full-time in the retail business so, I wasn't quite sure where to start and what exactly I needed to do to make this dream happen. But being a mom of four, I have learned to rely on common sense and figured that was the best place to start. With a lot of questions, a little trial and error, and a lot of inspiration, Ohana Swimwear was born.

I named the company Ohana Swimwear because family is the most important thing in my life. I knew that seeing the name would remind me to remain focused on my priorities. But "Family Swimwear" didn't have the right island feel I wanted. The word Ohana means family in Hawaiian. Ohana Swimwear was the perfect name!

Thanks to Calla Lilly for this info.

Figure Fixers

Minimize Hips and Other Casualties of Being Pear Shaped

If your hips have caused you years of tears, then buck up and start dressing around them. The following tips will allow you to minimize the pear shape that you have been cursing since puberty.
Skirts: Fuller, below-the-knee skirts conceal wider hips. Avoid high-waisted pencil skirts and opt for A-line styles and skirts with hemline details, which balance your shape.
Dresses: Well defined waists with fuller skirts can hide a multitude of sins!

Read more helpful "figure fixer" hints here.

Clothing Communicated

Title: Clothing Communicated
Series: Modesty: Does God Really Care What I Wear?
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Now our clothing and our appearance, women, is one of the most powerful and important means we have as women of communicating, sending a message about our hearts, our values, and what we believe. Here's the question. What do your clothes, your appearance, communicate about you?

...If I tell you that there's a woman coming down this church aisle in a long, white, formal dress, what would you say is probably the occasion? It's a wedding; she's a bride. How did you know? Because clothing communicates. If I tell you there's a teenager bundled up in a snowsuit, mittens, a wool hat, and a scarf would you agree with me that the teenager is probably not on his way to a picnic?

Clothing and appearance send a message. They can communicate our occupation or the kind of occasion we're involved in. There are some religions in the world that, if you saw a woman dressed in a certain way, you would say that woman is from this particular religion or from this particular nationality.

Clothing can communicate something about our socio-economic status. You can look at some people and think, "She looks like a wealthy woman," or you might look at another woman and say, "She doesn't look like she comes from a real wealthy background," maybe just on the basis of clothing.

Read more here.