Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PAMPER ME, LADIES SPA DAY

Needing an idea for your next ladies meeting?  How about getting everyone together for a day of pampering and relaxation.

We all need a day to relax and pamper ourselves from time to time and we all love getting together with our friends and other ladies for a little fellowship from time to time too.  Why not put those two things together and have a ladies spa day.  Besides, moisturizing all your winter weather skin away is a must this time of year...or any time for that matter!







You can make this a ladies day out and reserve a local spa for the number of ladies in your party to enjoy facials, manicures, pedicures, hot oil treatments and massages.  Of course each lady would pay their own way.  When it's all done, stop and enjoy a lite lunch at one of your favorite restaurants.

OR...

If money is short...have a home spa day...which can be done at the church, at your home or another ladies home, wherever you like, so long as there is someplace to shower or wash hair...should you choose to do hot oil treatments.  (It is possible to turn your kitchen sink into an inexpensive hair washing station by attaching a rubber shower hose to the faucet.)









All you need to do is...

1.  Set a place, date and time for your spa day.
2.  Send out invitations.
3.  Gather your supplies, enough for each lady;
  • Facial masks/peels
  • Face wash
  • Exfoliating cream 
  • Nourishing lip balm
  • Emory boards/fingernail buffers, etc.
  • Cuticle cream or oils for massaging nail beds
  • Plastic water basins
  • Pumice stones
  • Hot oil treatments 
  • Shower caps
  • Towels (If towels are in short supply, ask each lady to bring their own.
To save money, you can make many of your own all natural cleansers and such with ingredients right from your pantry...I have added a few recipes below to get you started.

4.  Provide lite snacks or have each lady bring a lite snack or finger food to share.

(Snack ideas could include low fat finger sandwiches, fruit tray, veggie tray, low fat yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, etc.)

It's up to you if you want to help the ladies with their manicures, pedicures and hot oil treatments, etc., you can pair them up, or each lady can do their own.  Whatever works best in your situation.











Below are some spa recipes with all natural ingredients to try instead of buying everything premade.

HOMEMADE FACE WASH:
1 cup coconut oil.
1 tbsp baking soda
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil

(if acne prone, replace frankincense and lemon oils with 10 drops of tea tree essential oil)


(Mix all ingredients together, splash face with warm water and apply to face in a circular motion and avoiding eye area.  Rinse well with warm water.)









HOMEMADE EXFOLIATING CREAM FOR FACE:
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 medium banana mashed
2 T. ground raw oatmeal
2 T. Pure real honey

(Mix all ingredients together and apply to face in a circular motion allowing the oatmeal to exfoliate, leave on face for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water).









HOMEMADE FACE MASK:
1 Egg white
1 T. plain yogurt

(Mix together and apply to face.  Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse well with warm water)




SUGAR SCRUB FOR HANDS AND FEET:
1/2 cup packed Brown sugar
1/2 cup Organic, cold-processed coconut oil or olive oil
1/2 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla extract

(You can add a few drops of essential oils if you wish...Ginger essential oil is a good one with this.)

(Mix all ingredients together and apply to hands or feet in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes then rinse in warm water.)




HOT OIL TREATMENT:
3 T. Castor Oil (use Organic cold-pressed and Hexane free if possible)
1 T. Argan Oil or Hemp Seed Oil

(Mix together, warm slightly in a cup of steamy warm water for 5 minutes then apply to damp hair.  Apply to the scalp and massage in pulling it through to the tips of your hair.  Cover with a towel or shower cap and leave in for at least 2 hours then shampoo hair as usual.  For a better result, this can be left in overnight and washed out in the morning.)

Castor Oil is good for someone with thin hair wanting it a little thicker.  If you already have very thick hair you might want to use a good quality olive oil instead of Castor oil.

FOOT SOAK SOLUTION:
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/4 cup Listerine mouth wash
1/4 cup vinegar
1 gallon water

(Mix together in a plastic foot tub and soak feet for 10-20 minutes.  Towel dry then use a pumice stone to remove dead skin on bottom of feet.)...then apply sugar scrub and rinse in warm water.

Go HERE for more foot soak recipes.







For more easy all natural beauty recipes go HERE.  You can also do your own internet search.  The possibilities are endless.


HINT:  You may want to start with the hot oil treatments first because of the time involved.  Enjoy your snacks and your other beauty treatments while you are waiting for the oils to soak in.







If you would like to send the ladies away with a little party favor or reminder of their day, you can:

Provide each lady with a small makeup pouch so they can take their Emory board, Pumice stone and lip balm home with them; or,

Send each lady home with a small travel size bottle or container of homemade face wash, hot oil treatment or Brown sugar scrub to enjoy at a later time.  Make sure it is something that will not spoil quickly.  Or for a special treat (this one is a little expensive and you would have to order early), you could send each lady home with a sample size bottle of Uncut Hair Shampoo, conditioner or detangler.

Of course, that's all up to you.  The main thing is to relax and have fun getting together.  

COUNT IT ALL JOY!

Just wanted to share with you today a few encouraging scriptures...

My brethren, COUNT IT ALL JOY when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work; that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James 1:2-4

Ponder these things and have a wonderful Jesus filled day!

Friday, February 16, 2018

RESISTANCE TRAINING...

It's the middle of February yet the temperature in the car read 80 degrees this afternoon.  Unusually warm this time of year in Missouri.  I would venture to say there's a good chance this could be a record breaker.

It was so nice out that I decided I would take the opportunity to squeeze in a little walk on my lunch break away from the office.  The wind was so ferocious though that by time I got to the end of the sidewalk I could feel the burn in my calves from walking against the wind. Needless to say, I quickly changed my mind and canceled my walk.  Too windy!  On second thought, Maybe I should've taken advantage of the weather to get in better physical shape.  After all walking against the wind is great resistance training!




Ugh, Resistance training...  Now that's something I really never got into!!!!  I mean the mere thought of strenuous exercise just makes this short, pudgy self of mine cringe.

However, I began to think of my spiritual man.  What kind of shape is he in?  Is he as weighed down, pudgy, fatigued, slow and lazy as my physical one?  Am I as lacking in my spiritual exercise regimen as I am in my physical one?  Do I even exercise at all?

Wow, those are hard questions to swallow aren't they?

For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.            
                                 I Tim. 4:8

Now we know that everybody needs a bit of physical exercise in order to feel good, to stay healthy and perform well the tasks that life throws at us. In I Timothy 4:8, it stands to reason that bodily exercise "profiteth" us, even if it is only a little BUT....


However, it sounds like our spiritual (godly) physique IS quite a bit MORE IMPORTANT than our natural body; but, how does one exercise their spiritual man and get into shape?

Well, just like in the physical!....Start with TAKING OFF A LITTLE WEIGHT...

...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us...
                                                         Heb. 12:1(b)

...you know, all that STUFF that is holding us back and keeping us down. Strongholds in our lives.

They include...

PHYSICAL WEIGHTS...inanimate objects such as TV shows, types of books/literature you read or music you like to listen to, Social media, etc.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but anything that is a major time stealer and anything that provokes negativity, anger, hatred, immoral thoughts, greed or jealously weighs our spirit down more and more with every bite of them we take.  

Think of those things as spiritual carbs and cut back, WAY BACK, on your consumption of them.

MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL WEIGHTS...Things such as unforgiveness, bitterness, dwelling on past hurts, worry, fear and doubt, to name a few.  Only you know what your life is full of, but each of us needs to unload this stuff.  These are high blood pressure causing, invisible and often unnoticeable, poisonous fats that attach themselves to, attack and destroy every organ in our spiritual body.  These are not easy to get rid of, but through MUCH prayer and fasting it is possible to flush them out of our system. 

And Jesus said unto them...If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove and nothing shall be impossible unto you...

HOWBEIT, this kind goeth not out but by PRAYER and FASTING.
                                                    Matt. 17:20-21

I'm not gonna lie, unforgiveness and bitterness are really big weights that are super hard to eliminate but with some serious prayer and fasting you can and will get rid of that emotional baggage!!

and finally....

THE WEIGHTS OF SIN...These are the major strongholds in our lives and cause the most damage....DEATH!!!

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
                                   Romans 6:23

Sin comes into play when we act upon our temptations.

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
                                            James 1:14-15

There are temptations everywhere and they come in every way, shape, form and size, lurking around every corner...from food/beverages, to drugs, alcohol, porn, provocativeness, foul language, foul thoughts...etc.  Sin is anything that we indulge in that is not of God, that is not godly and holy or that is in contradiction or rebellion to God's laws and statutes for his people.  There are MANY sins but they come in just 3 forms...

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is NOT of the Father, but is of the world, and the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.     
                                            I John 2:16-17

The main problem with sin is it's kind of like potato chips, you can't eat just one...or partake just one time.  It's like the sweets, candies and junk foods in our diet.  They grab a hold of you and you just can't stop until you are addicted and you've ate the chips, the cookies and the ice cream...all in one sitting.  However, freedom from the weight caused by sin is possible through Jesus Christ's detox program of REPENTANCE and REMISSION OF SINS through baptism in his name.

Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, and be BAPTIZED every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
                                                 Acts 2:38

So, being baptized in Jesus name is pretty self explanatory but what exactly is repentance?  Many people believe it is just saying sorry for the bad they have done, but true repentance is somewhat like this...

I used to have a habit of every morning going through the drive thru at McDonalds and grabbing a fat laden breakfast burrito and eye opening caffeine ridden soda on the way to work. Then I would make a pit stop at the gas station during my lunch break to grab a lemonade...and would always manage to grab a small bag of chips, candy bar or some little "treat" to go with the otherwise "healthy" lunch I had already packed for myself.  I did this everyday for quite a long time and my health...and weight...was really starting to be effected in a very bad way.  This stuff was killing me....literally!!!

I knew I had to make a change!!!!!

I had to consciously STOP going to McDonalds (or any other fast food restaurant)...period.  No drive thru in the mornings, no drive thru on the weekends, not even to get something as harmless as their low fat, low calorie yogurt parfait.

I also had to make a conscious decision to stop frequenting the gas station...so much so that I don't even stop to put gas in the car unless I pay at the pump because the temptation is just to dangerous for me.

I know that sounds silly, but that's how repentance works too. It's not just saying your sorry, and then having another cookie, but it's saying NO to and AVOIDING completely the things that trip you up. It's hard, the hardest in fact!  You may have to stop hanging around certain people, going to certain places or any number of things that have a negative, ungodly influence on you in order to purge yourself from and dodge the lusts and temptations of sin.

Now the good news about my efforts to JUST SAY NO to McDonalds and the gas station is my health is improving and I have lost 30 pounds!  Yay me!, and the good news about true Repentance by STOPPING what you are doing and saying NO to sin, is you will lose much spiritual pounds and your spiritual health will improve greatly!!!

Okay, now that we have lost all that spiritual weight it's time to get down to some serious muscle building exercises.  After all nobody wants to be a weak Christian!  That's where RESISTANCE TRAINING comes into play...

So what is resistance training?

Well, according to the internet (Better Health Channel), because I know nothing about physical resistance training, lol, you build muscle by WORKING AGAINST weight or force.  There are different forms of resistance training which include using free weights, weight machines, resistance bands and your own body weight.  Also, a beginner needs to train two or three times per week to gain the maximum benefit.

But what is spiritual resistance training? Well, it's pretty much the same thing, only we are not working against a natural force like wind or our own weight but against a supernatural one.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (other people/humanity), but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
                                                   Eph. 6:12

Ahh, it sounds like we will be working against the forces of the Devil!

...Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
                                           James 4:7(b)

So how exactly does one "resist" the Devil?  That same verse above (if we look at it in it's entirety) gives us the formula.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the Devil
and he will flee from you.
                              James 4:7

Yes, we must first submit...commit...our lives and everything we do to the will and the word of God, to his ideas, instructions, guidelines and plans for us.  Submission to God IS resistance training!  Our flesh (our mind, our body, our spirit) HATES submission because it's work!!!  It's no fun and everything about it goes against the grain of our human nature.

Nevertheless, we must submit ourselves to God in order to build up those spiritual muscles to combat the wiles of the Devil but, HOW?  What do we do?  What equipment do we use?

Prayer, fasting and bible study are the resistance bands that help us resist (or push away) the lusts of the flesh and pull us closer to God, and it is a must that we work out with them on a regular...daily...basis!!!

Pushing away the plate, kneeling in prayer and studying the word takes time, takes discipline and takes dedication...what's more, nobody likes it.  NOBODY!  It's NOT easy; but, it is essential to building those spiritual muscles we all need to combat the tactics of the Devil and to keep us in good spiritual shape.

To be truthful I find it hard to believe that body builders LOVE working out.  It's the results they see from regular workouts that fuel their desire to keep going back for more.  Similarly, some good RESISTANCE TRAINING of regular prayer, fasting and bible study will give your spiritual man the results to be the strong, healthy Christian you are looking to be!


NOTE:

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