NOW FAITH….for the time we’re living.
NOW TRUST….in The Lord our God who protects us.
NOW WISDOM….for your home, church, and community.
Health and Wellness is a Priority.
SUBMITTED WENDY FLEMING
Being well equipped for the fight, definitely involves making your health and wellness a priority! Well Sis Wendy, how do I do that while I’m trying to teach my children their school lessons, cook meals, wash clothes, work from home, take care of my elderly family members, and all the demands I have from life?? I realize that all these things might not apply to your life but on whatever path you find yourself walking there are some tips and strategies for you!!
- Make it a priority to get some movement in each day.
How do I do that??
SCHEDULE IT. I have a set time that I walk the dog daily, everything else becomes “bonus exercise”. We schedule everything else that we want to do so making sure you get your steps in is just as important as the next meeting. Research shows that fresh air and movement provides mental sanity and clarity. It also reduces stress. During this time when everywhere you turn, sickness is being discussed, having your arsenal of fitness is good for mind, body, and soul.
- What does this movement look like Sis. Wendy?
- Take a walk around the neighborhood (take your mace with you if you feel the need). Vary your path day to day and take note of the other lovely houses around you. Enjoy the trees, birds, and all the things that God has created.
- Make an obstacle course with your children in the basement, backyard, front yard, etc.. You can use simple things you have around the house such as milk cartons, hula hoops, balls, etc. Involve them in deciding an activity to do for each leg of the course i.e. jump in the hoop 5 times, run around the tree twice, jump over the milk cartons, and do a little praise before you tag the next person. Of course, you can think of your own unique course and have great fun, laughs, and exercise!
- Go to a local park and walk there or if the family is with you, let the children play while you either swing along, do standing push-ups, walk around the equipment, etc….The point here is not to just sit on a bench while the children play but to get in the action yourself.
- Find a friend and walk with them! The buddy system is always a blessing especially when we can’t see one another at church. If this suggestion makes you nervous, then stick to doing your fitness solo or with immediate family. “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
- Walk up and down the step in your house for a set period of time. Put on the gospel music loudly and groove while you walk!
- For those with children, let them me the gym teacher and have a “30 minute class”. You can give them ideas if they are younger or let them go ahead and lead the class with jumping jacks, running, games they know from school, etc… They love being able to be in charge and do something good at the same time.
Just as the Word tells us to put on the whole armor of God, being better equipped with a healthier heart and stronger immune system is like your natural shield of added protection. I haven’t met a client yet that said, Sis Wendy, I regret starting this journey. Each and every one is thankful and feels better for it! My prayer is that you not get discouraged and downtrodden but take this time and further get to know God as well as do something good for your temple!
Now is a good time for quiet meditation.
SUBMITTED PAULA PENN NABRIT MARCH 30, 2020
In 1991, CMadison and I were fully entrenched in building PN&A, Inc. when we began homeschooling Charles, Damon, and Evan. And PN&A, Inc. was not a side hustle or a Plan B, it was and remains the singular source of income for this household. Our sons grew up hearing their Dad say “We only eat what we hunt and kill.” We launched this firm in 1986 and have remained in continuous operation partly because of a “less is more” business model. Our business is based on research, analysis, writing, training, and coaching all of which is delivered to clients at their location(s). There is no need for the inelastic expense of external office space or administrative support when market demand for our services is inherently elastic, hence PN&A, Inc. has always been a home-based business. The principals of this firm don’t just show up for “platform hours” to present. We also manage multiple federal contracts, do marketing, invoicing, photocopying, and collating, we purchase office supplies, make travel arrangements and handle collections as needed. It can be stressful and folks often asked how CMadison and I could live together and work together. Now is a good time to share our secret: Meditation.With so many people working remotely from home, in close and relentless proximity with one another, and one’s spawn, now is a good time to practice quiet meditation.
We began homeschooling in a pre-existing entrepreneurial space. We continued homeschoolingin that space until Charles and Damon were admitted to Princeton and Evan was admitted to Amherst. We continued in that space as first Damon and then Charles joined the firm as independent contractors and Evan provided design services as needed. Just like homeschooling, strategic planning and implementation for a multigenerational family business requires a certain level of flexibility and patience. For folks thinking about adding an entrepreneurial endeavor, now is a good time for quiet meditation.
In the midst of uncertainty and unrest caused by COVID-19, now is a good time to reflect on the benefits of meditation. From the time our boys were literally toddlers we observed quiet time in our home. Learning to sit, to be still and to be quiet is a phenomenal gift we have shared with one another. And it is critical if we want to hear the still, small voice of God. Now, as news from around the world changes almost hourly, now as more and more , often conflicting information is shared, now as the cost-benefit analysis of questionable decision-making from suspect sources elevates the risk factors to previously unimaginable levels, now is a good time for quiet meditation so we can hear that critical still, small voice.
“Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?”
I am 4th generation Apostolic, Pentecostal so quiet time in church was not a big part of my experience as a child. But quiet time was something CMadison and I wanted to be a part of our children’s lives at home. When they were little, a 5 year old Charles, often the spokesperson of the child team (not to be confused with the parent team) and the one most likely to directly challenge us asked “Why do we have to be quiet? What are we supposed to hear?” I simply told him “Just listen and see what the Spirit says.” Thankfully, he was young enough to be intrigued by the counter-challenge. Of course, when they were very little guys, quiet meditation was literally just 2 minutes, 120 seconds. But that time grew as they did and by the time they went to kindergarten, much less by the time we began homeschooling them, they knew how to meditate, how to be still, and how to be silent.
Now is a good time for all of us to meditate, to be still, to be silent and to see what the Spirit says. We are surprised and dismayed at what is unfolding day-by-day, right before our very eyes. But guess who’s not surprised? The One who knows the end from the beginning. The One who can lead, guide and direct. Now is a good time to listen for the still, small voice. Now is a good time to meditate.
EMERGENCY HOME FOOD STORAGE PLAN
SUBMITTED BY EVANG. SHARLENE CAMPBELL MARCH 19, 2020
By faith, we take a page from the life of Joseph, the 11th son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham the Father of Faith. Joseph being led by the spirit of GOD was able to interpret the disturbing dreams of Pharaoh while he was in captivity in Egypt. Pharaoh had two dreams in one night. The first dream he saw seven healthy and well-fed cows grazing, then seven very lean and ugly cows that ate the healthy cows and remained in their unhealthy state. Then he saw seven good ears of corn come up, then seven thin ears of corn. Again, the thin ears devoured the good ears. Joseph interpreted the dreams to Pharaoh as there would be seven years of plenty in Egypt, followed by seven years of a severe famine. He had two similar dreams because this thing was established by God. Joseph then gave wise counsel to store one fifth of the produce from the first seven years, to feed the people during the seven years of famine. Joseph new his God would provide, but also understood the necessity to prepare. PROVERBS 27:12. A PRUDENT (WISE) MAN SEE DANGER, AND TAKE REFUGE; BUT THE SIMPLE KEEP GOING AND PAY THE PENALTY PROVERBS 27:12 NIV. As a result when the famine came over all the face of the earth, the people from all countries came to buy corn in Egypt (Genesis 41).
Just as God gave Pharaoh a prophetic word through a dream He has given us many prophetic words through the scriptures. II Timothy 3:1 says, This know also, that in the last days perilous (dangerous) times shall come. He lets us know in Matthew 24 that just before His return there will be earthquakes, wars, famines and pestilences (diseases-Cov-19). So, as we see the crisis unfolding, our Now Faith has two responses: 1.) To continue to keep our hearts clean before God because we know Jesus is coming soon. 2.) To make sure we have the basic necessities of life such as water and food to survive.
FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO GET STARTED:
1. Use the Joseph 1/5 method to buy five items and put one in storage or spend $20.00 total and use $4.00 for your storage.
2. Buy can goods that have a long shelf life. As your storage grows rotate by using the older cans first if you need to use them, but be sure to replace the ones you use
3. Purchase several canned vegetables and meat such as, beans, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, tuna, salmon, chicken, beef.
4. Stock up on ingredients, such as flour, sugar, chicken stock and seasonings.
5. Most importantly, purchase at least (2) 36 packs of water or jugs each time you grocery shop. Store these, do not use for day to day drinks.
6.Put all bagged or boxed foods in a container or supply tub to keep little critters that are hungry away.
7. As the spring weather is approaching, you may want to explore gardening.
1 Chronicles 16:11
1 Chronicles 22:11-13
1 Peter 3:12-17
1 Thessalonians 5:14
2 Timothy 1:7