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Round: Make the most of your new year

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“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well”—3 John 2(NIV).

By Carol Round
Special to Inside The Pew

A New Year has arrived and with it the usual resolutions to lose weight, get in shape and quit smoking. Some look for quick fixes through crash diets, new exercise crazes or so-called “magical” pills while others seek a solution through surgery, bringing with it a host of possible complications and side effects.

Growing up in the 50s and 60s, I don’t recall seeing as many overweight people as is prevalent today. I also don’t remember seeing a fast-food restaurant on almost every corner. MyCarol Round mother was a stay-at-home mom who cooked healthy meals. When we did eat out, it was a treat. Today, eating out seems to be the norm as the choice of restaurants and fast-food places have grown as fast as our waistlines and hips.

Instead of setting ourselves up for failure by making resolutions each January, what if we turned to scripture for a permanent solution to our health problems?  What if we chose to do the following?

Make wise choices concerning our health. Sometimes, it’s difficult to know what the wisest choices are when we get conflicting information via the media. We must educate ourselves through reliable sources, including those from reputable organizations. (see Proverbs 2:6)

Practice self-control.  With an abundance of food choices in our country comes stress. How is that possible? Just walk down a supermarket aisle and check out the options available. It can be overwhelming. Too many choices can lead us to make hasty decisions. We don’t take time to study labels nor educate ourselves about the best food for our bodies. (see Proverbs 25:28)

Honor God with our bodies. How do we do this? By choosing wisely what we eat and drink and letting go of bad habits that lead to disease and early death. (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Ask for accountability. If you’re trying to make healthier choices, seek an accountability partner who will help you stay on track until your new lifestyle becomes a daily habit. (see 1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Rely on God’s power rather than our own strength. A new year brings resolve to do better for most of us, hence the word ‘resolution.’ However, we usually set out to accomplish them in our own power. That’s why most people fail. (see Philippians 4:13)

Choose to exercise our bodies. Say the word “exercise” and most people run in the opposite direction. Why is that? Do we equate it with hard work? Is it because we don’t want to make the time, instead preferring to vegetate in front of the TV? Exercise should be fun. Fun? Choose something that interests you and will keep you motivated. (see Romans 12:1)

Quit making excuses. Just do it! (Luke 14:17-18)

Start your New Year right. Commit all of your goals and plans to the Lord. Ask for His direction and guidance for the coming year. Make the most of 2016.

Carol Round is an author, a columnist, and a speaker. To learn more about Carol and her ministry, visit  her website or connect on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Shields of Strength to share God’s word at Sochi Olympics

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By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

An athletic ministry and a Christian jewelry company have found the perfect way to put Christ on the minds of the athletes who arePhilippians 4:13 taking part in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Shields of Strength, along with Athletes in Action (AIA), a ministry of Cru (formerly called Campus Crusade for Christ), will minister to coaches and competing athletes by providing spiritual, emotional, and mental support in the multi-faith center of the Olympic Village.

Team member and Olympic Chaplain Carl Dambman has been ministering to Olympic athletes in both the summer and winter games for the past 33 years. He said a dozen AIA staff and volunteers will distribute the shields to athletes who are seeking God’s word.

“The world’s eyes are on heroes of the sports fields, and we want to strengthen and encourage them as people watch them relying on God as their Creator, their Savior, and the One who gave them the talents to perform,” Dambman said.

“If the Shields of Strength can help them in their walk with the Lord, then we’re all for partnering with whoever wants to lift up Christ.”

Kenny Vaughan, founder of Shields of Strength, said that the company has donated over one million of the three million shields they produced to individuals, the U.S. military, churches, and ministries such as AIA. Both Vaughan and Dambman find that the organizations’ new partnership works well.

“Our missions align well because we can give them a tool to help them share Christ through a one-on-one relationship,” Vaughan said.

Vaughan said he understands the fear and pressure that Olympians experience during competition. While trying to win a U.S. Nationals for the water ski long jump, he described a comparable feeling that he was insufficient.

“The unique thing about an athlete, especially in the Olympics, is that they are prepared for pressure,” he said. “But until that momentJoshua 1:9 when you should be disciplined, it’s then when you find yourself saying, ‘God I need you.’ Right then is when you’re even weaker than you realized.

“Athletes in competition think if they have enough courage, they can overcome fear. But really that thought is the trap of life. And it’s not courage, but love that overcomes fear. It’s the courage to love that makes us courageous. That’s the message of God’s word, and Athletes in Action is taking advantage of this opportunity to share that truth.”

During his time of doubt and fear, Vaughan’s girlfriend (now wife), Tammie, wrote scriptures on his ski equipment, which, through God’s power, found their way into his heart and eased his fears. This led Vaughan to inscribe verses onto dog tags and wear them underneath his shirt.

From that first shield, Shields of Strength has grown to also include women’s jewelry and other accessories, like key chains and athletic tape. Seventeen years later, the company hopes that the shields can help Olympians as they face the same trials during competition.

“Love doesn’t always guarantee a win in life; it just ensures we compete with all we have and that gives us a better chance to win,” Vaughan said.

According to Vaughan, the shields have be found on the battlefield and the football field, providing encouragement as a simple reminder to new and established Christians alike.

Learn more about Shields of Strength at www.shieldsofstrength.com.

Smith on entrepreneurship: Crawl, walk, and then run

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Paula Smith, author of “Easy Steps Learning Series,” participates in the agape Christian Center Back To School Bash in Arlington, Texas, on Aug. 10. East Steps gave away school supplies, calculators, and ITUNES gift cards to visitors.

By Paula Smith
Special to Inside The Pew

Paula Smith is founder of Providing Leading Solutions, LLC — a company that specializes in Microsoft© technology solutions,Paula Smith, author of “Easy Steps Learning Series,” participates in the agape Christian Center Back To School Bash in Arlington, Texas, on Aug. 10. East Steps gave away school supplies, calculators, and ITUNES gift cards to visitors. leadership and professional training, and curriculum development for Microsoft products for a global society. PLS is a Microsoft© Partner. Smith is the author of “Easy Steps Learning Series,” a series of books that provides Microsoft training in Outlook 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.

Why did you create your business?

“I created my business to help and train others in the area of technology.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 (KJV).

Share the best advice you can with an entrepreneur.

“The best advice I can share with an entrepreneur is you have to set goals or reset your goals even when you miss them and do not get discourage but lessons learn and build upon it to strengthen you. Sometimes you have to crawl, walk, and then start running with an unstoppable mind.

“When challenges happen, do not get discourage. Just change your focus into positive energies and divine strategies to get through them. You may have to re-position yourself geographically, but never fear the unknown and never fear to be successful! Great leaders endure. Be empowered, encouraged and enlighten!”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“I am an ordained minister, and I enjoy working in the ministry, the arts, cooking, song writing, geek gadgets, and technology.”

Connect with Smith at http://www.easystepslearningseries.com. Both training manuals are available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. E-reader versions are also available. She is also on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Know a Christian business owner we should feature in  the Pew Business Spotlight? Email suggestions to pewnews@aol.com.

 

 

Gerard to fellow entrepreneurs: Trust Him, great things will occur

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Jennifer Gerard, founder of Whitening Lightning

By Jennifer Gerard
Special to Inside The Pew

Why did you create your business?

“After getting saved in 2009, it became increasingly difficult to be around all the negativity, cursing and substance abuse of my previous career as a sales manager for a carJennifer Gerard, founder of Whitening Lightning dealership. I prayed and asked God to help me. Several months later, a friend suggested I start a teeth whitening service and I did. The products I created for the service were a huge success and Whitening Lightning was born.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“Philippians 4:13 is such a simple reminder that there is nothing too tough for our almighty God. I am reminded to put my trust in Him. I can and will accomplish ANYTHING He needs me to.

“I also love Isaiah 45: 6-7 which reminds me that every single action and event in my life is guided by the Lord Jesus. Therefore, no consequence or reaction is unintended. It is my reminder to look for what I am to learn from every situation and not spend time worrying about the future or being disappointed when I encounter an unwanted outcome.  It is all part of His plan.”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“I have 3 pieces of advice for any entrepreneur:

  • Trust your instincts. The Holy Ghost is always there to guide us if we will only listen.
  • Believe in yourself. God made us all perfect in His image.
  • Respect yourself in business if you expect others to do the same. Others will only value us and our products or services if we value ourselves first.”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“God can truly do ANYTHING. I started this business with $3,000 and in our first year we sold over $1.2 million. Trusting Him can lead to GREAT things!”

Jennifer Gerard is founder of Whitening Lightning Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of innovative and easy-to-use teeth whitening products and other beauty products. Want to have your business featured on our Pew Business spotlight? Send us an email expressing interest to pewnews@aol.com.

Pew devotional: It is what it is OR is it?

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Editor’s note: The views expressed in this devotional are those of the author and may not reflect the views of Inside The Pew staff.

By Phyllis Byrd Jenkins
Special to Inside The Pew

The cliché, “It is what it is” has been spoken millions of times by millions of people. It was even voted by USA Today as the

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No. 1 cliché of 2004. Yes, this cliché has been around for a while. Although, we hear it almost daily, I personally cringe when I hear those five words. Why? Because to me, it symbolizes hopelessness, a state of giving up or simply tossing the white flag in the air and surrendering to the situation. But as a follow of Christ, I choose to believe that “All things are possible to those who believe” (Matthew 19:26, Mark 9:23).  As a follower of Christ, I choose to believe that, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). What if Moses had said, “It is what it is”? Could he have led the Israelites through the plagues, across the Red Sea and through the wilderness? What if Hannah had said, “It is what it is”? Would she have persevered in prayer and given birth to Samuel? What if David had looked at Goliath and accepted defeat by saying, “It is what it is”? Would the Israelites have defeated the Philistines? What if you keep the faith and proclaim the promises of God instead of saying, “It is what it is”? Remember, God is still in control! It is What He Says It Is!

Over-comer, Believer, Dreamer, & Encourager are just a few words that describe Phyllis Jenkins. She is the founder and president of the Powerful Journey Organization, where she empowers women to live a balanced life by helping them: Find their Passion- Focus on What Matters Most and Flourish in their Calling. Phyllis is also the publisher of the Powerful Journey, an online magazine.  She inspires, equips and enlightens audiences of all ages through her practical and powerful presentations. With her captivating energy, she offers strategies which will fuel your Journey with Purpose, Preparation and Perseverance.  She is a featured author in the Allen Public Library 2009  and 2010 ‘Write-On’ Literary books.  Her first children’s book (co-authored by her 6-year-old grandson) will be in bookstores soon.

Phyllis is confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 (NIV). Contact her phyllis@phyllisjenkins.com.