REFRESH, RENEW AND REFUEL: Radiating Excellence

 Physically

I have been guilty of being physically critical of myself but finding it difficult to make improvements, Yes, anything worth pursuing takes Sacrifice. And most days the sacrifice seemed way too big and too hard especially when it meant giving up Sugar. After several years of routinely fueling my body with healthy foods and giving up the beloved sugar-filled sweets; I feel great.

 

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” 1 Corinthians 6:19 NLT

It’s imperative that you take care of your body. It is absolutely the only one you’ll get on this earth. So let’s live to the max and feel good while doing it!

Three Simple Nutritional Keys to A HEALTHY YOU

1. Stay hydrated…drink 64oz of water daily. (or half your weight in ounces of water per day) Measure your intake. Many times we feel hungry so we eat when we should be going for the water bottle because we are actually dehydrated.

Try drinking only water;  infusion water is the best ( I love adding lemon or lime, cucumber, orange slice, or several strawberries) and of course a cup of coffee in the morning.

 

2. Choose Whole Foods with lots of color. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Also our bodies need a modest amount of protein to function well. (5-7 oz daily depending on age and level of activity)

 I love my smoothies!

 

3. DO NOT SKIP MEALS: Breakfast being your largest meal, Lunch being a moderate-size meal and Dinner being a lite bite especially if you are choosing to loose weight. Recently dietitians suggest drinking water 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after meals and not during the meal. They suggest that it allows for digestive enzymes to process the food effectively resulting in the body benefiting from the antioxidants and nutrients that the whole foods provide.

I choose to eat smaller portions eating 6 times daily.

 

 

If the mirror in your home isn’t revealing an image that shines for Jesus and it’s not a true representation of who you really are and want to be then Join me online with The Study at

 

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Start the journey to Spiritual, Emotional, Mental and Physical Health today.

Matthew 19:26   with God all things are possible

Philippians 4:13   I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength.

LET YOUR PURSUIT BE EXCELLENCE

REFRESH, RENEW AND REFUEL: Gifting for a Blessing

Gifting with the Intention to Bless your Children

May each gift reflect the five elements of the blessing

Meaningful Touch: Sincere love expressed through touch

Spoken Word: Words of kindness, acceptance and admiration

Expression of High Value: Words and actions that show honor and value

Description of a Special Future: Using words that give pictures of a special future

Application of Genuine Commitment: Active role in making their special future come to pass

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Each gift given is purchased with the intention to bless. Have fun shopping!

REFRESH, RENEW AND REFUEL: Radiating Excellence

EXCELLENCE WITH SIMPLE ELEGANCE

“For most women, the way you look can greatly affect how you feel.”                   p 120 the study

God’s goodness should overflow and shine outwardly from us. God has called us to reflect His image.

But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

It is so important that we women bring the elegance, tenderness, and simplicity of womanhood to our world. We are to be a reflection of the image of God radiating His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.

If the mirror in your home isn’t revealing an image that shines for Jesus and it’s not a true representation of who you really are and want to be then Join me online with The Study at www@bonnieliabenow.com

Start the journey to Spiritual, Emotional, Mental and Physical Health today.

Matthew 19:26   with God all things are possible

Philippians 4:13   I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength.

LET YOUR PURSUIT BE EXCELLENCE

REFRESH, RENEW AND REFUEL: Be Intentional

Excellence with Simple Elegance

“Many times we women feel like our lives have no purpose or focus. The demands of life leave us feeling unfulfilled–discontented even. We feel that we’re meeting everyone else’s needs–our parents’, our children’s, and our spouse’s–but our own needs aren’t met.” p 33

The only one who can change this lack of fulfillment and contentment in you is You! Today decide to intentionally live with focus and purpose. Make a plan. Arise early. Spend time in God’s Word. Pray for guidance and strength. Exercise. Properly fuel your body with healthy nutritional food.

Then go about your day loving and serving the ones you love with an Overflowing Cup.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.”  Psalm 23:5

 

Let Your Pursuit be Excellence.

A Summer Prayer of Petition and Blessing adapted from Psalm 119

Jehovah-Chereb – Lord the Sword

 

He is your excellent sword! Deteronomy 33:29

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O, how I love Your Word! It is what I think about all through the day. Your Word makes me wiser. I have a better understanding because I obey Your Word. How sweet is Your Word to my taste! It is sweeter than honey to my mouth! 

 

 

 

 

O Lord, Your Word will never change in heaven. I will never forget Your Word for by it, You have given me new life. I have seen that all things have an end, even if they are perfect, but Your Word is without end. With Your very own hands you formed me; now please breathe Your wisdom over me so I can understand You. I can see now, God, that Your decisions are right; Your testing has taught me what’s true and right. Oh, love me—right now—and hold me tight! Comfort me so I can live, really live; Your revelation is the tune that makes me dance. Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living Your way. Before I learned to answer You, I wandered all over the place, but now I’m in step with Your Word. You are good, and the source of good; train me in Your goodness. 

Your Word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.prayer-bible

Let your love, God, shape my life. Then, I’ll be able to stand up to mockery because I trusted Your Word. Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever— Your commandments are what I depend on. Oh, I’ll guard with my life what You have revealed to me. Your truth and Your wisdom are precious and I will guard them both forever. I’ll tell the world what I find, speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed. I cherish Your Word—oh, how I love it—relishing every fragment of Your counsel. Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding and I will observe it with my whole heart. Help me walk in the path of righteousness for I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things and revive me in Your way. Establish Your Word in me, for I long for Your precepts. Revive me with Your righteousness.

 Your Word is a Lamp to my feet and a Light to my path.

Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your ways. With my lips I have declared all the judgements of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word.

A Summer Song of Worship and Praise adapted from Psalm 1, 8 & 9

 

Jehovah-Shammah – Present – Hebrews 13:5 “I will never leave you or let you be alone.”

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God, brilliant Lord, Yours is a household name. I’m thanking You, God, from a full heart. I’m whistling, laughing and jumping for joy; I’m singing Your song, O Lord. You took over and set everything right; when I needed You, You were there, taking charge.

You hold the high center; You see and set the world’s mess right. You decide what is right for us and will never leave us alone. You are a safe house, a sanctuary during bad times. The moment I arrive in Your sanctuary, I feel safe. I relax and am never sorry I knocked and entered into Your presence.

O Lord, my Lord, how great is Your name in all the earth. You have set Your shining greatness above the heavens. I look up and think about Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in their places. Who am I but an ordinary person? Yet you, the God of heaven, think me worthy of your care and goodness.

Out of the mouths of children and babies; nursing infants sing their choruses to You; toddlers shout their songs. You made us a little less than the angels. You made us to rule over the works of Your hands. You put all things under our feet: all sheep and cattle, all the wild animals, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea and all that pass through the sea.

 O Lord, our Lord, how great is Your name in all the earth. I will shout the songs with the children and praise Your holy name. Your presence in my life brings me great joy.

Continue to be kind to me, God. I’ve been kicked around long enough. You’ve pulled me back from the gates of death and I now have joy. I’ll write the book on hallelujahs on the corner of Main and First. I’ll hold a street meeting; I’ll be the song leader; we’ll fill the air with salvation songs. Genuine happiness comes to the one who does not walk in a sinful way or stand in the path of sinners or sit with those who laugh at the truth. Everlasting joy is in You, Lord, and I am mindful day and night of Your goodness to me. I am like a tree planted by rivers of water, which gives its fruit at the right time. Its leaves never dry up. My household is blessed and I am confident that whatever I do will work out well for me, for You, Lord, have found favor with my household.

 I’m thanking You, God, from a full heart. I’m whistling, laughing and jumping for joy; I’m singing Your song, O Lord.  For You, O Lord, know the way of those who are right with You. And I am thankful. For Your presence in my life brings me great joy.

 

 

A Summer Prayer of Petition and Blessing adapted from Psalm 37

Be happy in the Lord. And He will give you the desires of your heart.

 I will trust in the Lord, and will seek His goodness daily. His promises I will embrace. I will enjoy living well in His beautiful land and I will be well fed. I am happy living His way for He knows my every desire.

 Oh sweet friend, give your way over to the Lord. Do not be like those who do wrong, for they will soon dry up like the grass. Like the green plant, they will soon die. But God and His promises are forever. Trust in Him and He will make you as the light and your wise actions as the noonday. Rest in the Lord and be willing to wait for Him. Do not trouble yourself when all goes well with the one who carries out his sinful plans.  Stop being angry. Turn away from fighting. It leads only to wrongdoing.  For those who do wrong will be cut off. But those who wait for the Lord will be given the desire of their hearts.  A little while and the sinful one will be no more. You will look for their place and they will not be there. But those who put their trust in God will enjoy eternal happiness and have much more than they could ever need.

I will trust in the Lord and seek His goodness. I will enjoy His beautiful land. I will be happy living God’s way and will take comfort that He knows the desires within my heart. I will find peace resting and waiting. I have given my ways over to the Lord and trust Him. My being right and good is shown as the light and my wise actions as the noonday. The few belongings of those right with God is surely better than the riches of the ungodly. For the Lord guides each step I take and I willingly follow. In this obedience, I experience all His love, goodness and kindness.

Oh sweet friend, turn from sin and do good so you will live forever and experience the true joy of your salvation. For the Lord loves what is fair and right. He does not leave the people alone who belong to Him. They are kept forever. The mouth of the one who is right with God speaks wisdom. And their tongue speaks what is fair and good. The Law of his God is in their heart. His steps do not leave it. Wait for the Lord. Keep His way. He will give you a high place and you will find strength in Him during times of trouble.

 I will trust in the Lord, and will seek His goodness daily. His promises I will embrace. I will enjoy living well in His beautiful land and I will be well fed. I am happy living His way for He knows my every desire.