Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 3
PREPARE THE SOIL
Read Luke 8:4-8.
The seed of God that is sown into the good soil is the only seed that bears fruit. What does the “good and honest” heart look like? What kind of hearer is this? This is the one that upon hearing the word of God takes it to heart, listens, repents, believes, and obeys. This is the heart in which the seed takes root, grows, and produces fruit that matures.
How do you receive God’s word?
Jesus tells us this parable to help us examine ourselves: Do I have ears to hear? Do I have a heart that is able to respond to the word of God in repentance, belief, and obedience?
As I look back on my life as a professing Christian, I realize that during the first ten years the weeds of the world choked out the word of God. I loved the things of the world. “Real life” was too important. God’s word had fallen onto the ground of my heart and began to grow, but the worries and concerns of this world far outweighed the importance of God and His kingdom. Thankfully God didn’t leave me there; He rescued me. It was as if He took a rototiller to my heart. But that wouldn’t have been enough. He completely replaced my heart with a new one. The seed He sowed into my new heart took root and grew. Since that day this new heart responds so differently to His word. It delights in the law of the Lord!
Read Psalm 1.
If your heart delights in God and His word, praise and thank Him! Thank Him for the great and immeasurable gift that He has given to you and nurture that gift! If your heart does not delight in the law of the Lord, do not despair, do not give up, and do not walk away. Confess it to the Lord. No one has the power to make the soil of their heart good. Ask God to forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. “Lord, let your living words penetrate our hearts and produce a full harvest of righteousness!”
Over the next several weeks, take God’s word to your heart and ask Him to help you receive it by faith and then bring it to life through obedience. Ask Him to help you bear a full harvest of righteousness.

And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Luke 8:4‭-‬8 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.8.4-8.KJV

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalms 1:1‭-‬6 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.1.1-6.KJV

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The Importants of Water III

The Importants of Water III   

Water and Beautiful Skin for Humans and Pets

 

Experts say that the cleaner the water, the better it can clean. The purer the water, the more pure your skin is. While seem simple enough. A great filter help eliminate such things like chlorine, and heavy metals. It is said that the cleaner and softer the water, it will attribute to clearer and softer skin.

According to Anne Marie Helmenstine, PH.D About.com   Guide  Why Is It Harder to Rinse Soft Water? http://chemistry.about.com/od/howthingsworkfaqs/a/softwaterrinse.htm

Do you have hard water? If you do, you may have a water softener to help protect your plumbing from scale buildup, prevent soap scum, and lessen the amount of soap and detergent needed for cleaning. You’ve probably heard that cleaners work better in soft water than in hard water, but does that mean you will feel cleaner if you bathe in soft water? Actually, no. Rinsing in soft water may leave you feeling a little slippery and soapy, even after a thorough rinsing. Why? The answer lies in understanding the chemistry of soft water and soap.

Hard water contains calcium and magnesium ions. Water softeners remove those ions by exchanging them for sodium or potassium ions. Two factors contribute to that slippery-when-wet feeling you get after soaping up with soft water. First, soap lathers better in soft water than in hard water, so it’s easy to use too much. The more dissolved soap there is, the more water you need to rinse it away. Second, the ions in softened water lessen its ability to ‘stick’ to the soap molecules, making it more difficult to rinse the cleanser off your body.

The reaction between a triglyceride molecule (fat) and sodium hydroxide (lye) to make soap yields a molecule of glycerol with three ironically-bonded molecules of sodium stearate (the ‘soap’ part of soap). This sodium salt will give up the sodium ion to water, while the stearate ion will precipitate out of solution if it comes into contact with an ion that binds it more strongly than sodium (e.g., the magnesium or calcium in hard water). The magnesium stearate or calcium stearate is a waxy solid that you know as soap scum. It can form a ring on your tub, but it rinses off your body. The sodium or potassium in soft water makes it much more unfavorable for the sodium stearate to give up its sodium ion so that it can form an insoluble compound and get rinsed away. Instead, the stearate clings to the slightly charged surface of your skin. Essentially, soap would rather stick to you than get rinsed away in soft water.

There are a few ways you can address the problem. You can use less soap, try a synthetic liquid body wash (synthetic detergent or syndet), or rinse with naturally-soft water or rainwater (probably won’t contain elevated levels of sodium or potassium). The end.

 

But, while spa-going is a luxurious way to spend the afternoon, it’s not practical for everyone’s wallet, everyday. With a filtered water system at home, cleansing the face in your own sink can have the same radiant effect on your skin. Especially with defy biotopical by Morinda bioactives, while you are using softer water use an all-natural product as.

Some critics say that these metals aren’t dangerous to the skin. But- how can a glowing face be wrong? So, perhaps the search over. The fountain of youth could be springing at your home, after all.

The trend of filtered water aiding in skin care has also been bottled up, beyond faucets. Upscale bottled water brand Evian sells water sprays for the skin. They claim it can refresh and rejuvenate the skin. This product appeals to jet-setters or office workers whose face and skin may get dry from the cabin or cubicle air, as well as to athletes to soothe the sun or cool a perspired face.

So, the word from spa owners to water bottlers is that filtered water is far better for keeping a beautiful complexion. And- we also can’t forget that being hydrated always helps skin glow as well. From inside out, filtered water is “in for your skin!”

WATER AND PETS

You’ve seen it. Even probably done it. Drinking bottled water, or filtered water from the refrigerator while your cat, dog or other pet’s water bowl is filled from that, ugh, tap. Why should our furry (or scaly) companions drink lower quality water than us?

We all know that public water systems can contain certain levels of bacteria. But we knew that- that’s why we are drinking the “safe” water. Still, many continue to feed fill pet bowls with tap water. Animals, like humans, need water to survive. And, like humans, animals are about 80% water. So, most animal experts will agree that pets should be given the same quality water as humans: bottled and/or filtered. As stated earlier, municipal and well water can contain many harmful things, even parasites. And, they don’t discriminate between pets and people!

One of these parasites is Giardia, a single-celled organism that ends up living in the mucous lining of the intestines. This parasite can cause diarrhea in animals as well as humans. If a puppy or kitten is suffering malnutrition, the effects of Giardia can be worse. Treatment in the form of antiprozoal drugs can be administered to infected animals.

There are also things in water that can cause cancer- just like in humans. (Fluoride, for one.) Giving a pet filtered water will remove a potentially sickness-causing organism or metal from being ingested.

Cats and dogs, the two most common pets, need fresh water and plenty of it. On a side note, cats are very finicky about their water; they like it fresh. The longer the water sits out, the more oxygen it loses.

Fish, who live in water, can be greatly affected by water with high levels of chlorine or ammonia; chemical used in some treatment plants. A certain pH value is needed in tank water for fish to have a proper living environment. Also, poor quality water can be more prone to ‘bad’ algae. Check with your aquarium retailer for specifics.

For amphibians and more “wet” pets, they do not drink water, bit absorb it. Frogs, salamanders and others in this category need water to absorb through their skin and the higher that quality, the longer they will live. If one finds a tadpole and wants to keep it as a pet, it is best to not use tap water; they are very sensitive to water quality.

One more note of interest. It doesn’t really matter what type of water is used in a pet’s bowl if the bowl is not cleaned frequently. Bacteria can grow from mold in the air in your pet’s bowl. (That’s what those growths are!) So, clean the bowl often and keep it filled with fresh, filtered water. Additionally, drinking more water can also reduce urinary tract disorders in cats and dogs.

With water being a crucial part of a pet’s health, it is no wonder that many pet supply manufacturers offer water fountains, water filters, special bowls, special dispensers and more. When it comes down to it though, a normal stainless steel or glass bowl filled with water from a home-filtration system works well.

 

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The Importants of Water II

Kidneys and bladder problems / stones

Are you drinking your fare share of water? Or are you suffering from Kidney and Bladder problem for which you caused upon yourself?

People who do not drink enough water can easily develop bladder and kidney disorders due to the heavy concentration of urine that is passed.

Bladder
The bladder aids in the passing of fluid from our body. Yet, to remain healthy, it needs water. The urinary bladder is a hollow organ made up of elastic muscle fibers, which allow it to expand without damage. Ordinarily, the bladder has the capacity to hold up to 750ml of fluid. According to the amount of fluid collected, pressure is exerted on the walls of the bladder and, as it mounts, this triggers the feeling of needing to pass water, or to urinate. A bladder infection (or urinary tract infections, UTI), caused by bacteria getting into the urine, creates the same urge, but often the patient is able to produce only a few drops of water while suffering pain and discomfort. This discomfort is avoidable. Drinking the recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day will keep the bladder active and bacteria-free.In addition, try avoiding coffee, tea, carbonated beverages and alcohol can help. However, with all drinks coffee, tea sodas, drink them in moderation, as they irritate the bladder and cause a slight amount of bleeding to occur. When bleeding occurs, bacteria may enter the blood vessels.

If a UTI is left untreated or undetected, it can turn into a kidney infection, as the bladders is connected to the two kidneys through ureters. Both can be treated with antibiotics, but as the infection passes to the kidney, lower back pain may develop as well, making a need for pain medication. Which leads us to kidneys…

Kidneys/Kidney Stones
While they don’t sound as important as the heart and lungs, kidneys are very important to our health. The kidneys, along with the liver and or urinary tract rid our body of waste materials. If the kidneys were to stop operating for only two days, it would cause a retention of metabolic toxins, and then uremia would set in. The accumulation of waste products, normally excreted in the urine, would cause metabolic poisoning.

Build-up of bacteria and proteins can cause crystals to form, which are known as kidney stones. These are very painful to pass. Some studies show that dehydration increases the chances of having kidney stones, and drinking plenty of water may very well prevent the formation of them. People living in the southeastern United States may have more kidney stones than people living elsewhere, and it is thought that the cause may be related to temperature and dehydration

Avoiding situations or controlling the other diseases that contribute to kidney disorders may sometimes prevent chronic kidney disease, where patients may have to rely on a kidney machine for survival. The earlier a person can alter factors that damage the kidneys, the better. Among the ways to help prevent chronic kidney disease are:

  • Maintaining blood pressure at less than 130/85 mm Hg
  • Maintain strict blood glucose control in people with diabetes
  • Maintain healthy levels of fats (lipids), such as cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Try to stop smoking or using other tobacco products

But perhaps one of the easiest and most effective ways is to avoid dehydration. Dehydration is not only a symptom, but also the cause of many aliments, especially kidney infections and other disorders that can lead to more serious matters. If someone is prone to kidney and urinary ailments, they will want to avoid dehydration at all costs. People will want to drink at least 58 ounces of water per day, and will want to promptly treat any illnesses that cause dehydration, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or fever. During hot weather and exercise, it is even more important to replenish fluids that may have been lost through water and even the occasional sports drink. Also, they will want to avoid caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and colas. They increase urine output and dehydrate the body faster, as do alcoholic beverages.

Lastly Do Not over hydrate this is as bad as under hydration. Over hydration can lead to drowning your lungs and other organs.

 

Water helps reverse your Diabetes

Have you ever been dying of thirst and a coworker or friend said, “You know, you may have diabetes?” Sounds like a stretch, but in reality, thirst can be a signal of this disease that is taking America by storm.

So why is thirst linked to diabetes? According to the Mayo Clinic “In the United States alone, nearly 6 million people have undiagnosed diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. But you don’t need to become a statistic. Understanding possible diabetes symptoms can lead to early diagnosis and treatment — and a lifetime of better health. If you’re experiencing any of the following diabetes signs and symptoms, see your doctor.

Excessive thirst and increased urination

Excessive thirst and increased urination are classic diabetes signs and symptoms.

When you have diabetes, excess sugar (glucose) builds up in your blood. Your kidneys are forced to work overtime to filter and absorb the excess sugar. If your kidneys can’t keep up, the excess sugar is excreted into your urine along with fluids drawn from your tissues. This triggers more frequent urination, which may leave you dehydrated. As you drink more fluids to quench your thirst, you’ll urinate even more.

Fatigue

You may feel fatigued. Many factors can contribute to this. They include dehydration from increased urination and your body’s inability to function properly, since it’s less able to use sugar for energy needs.

Weight loss

Weight fluctuations also fall under the umbrella of possible diabetes signs and symptoms. When you lose sugar through frequent urination, you also lose calories. At the same time, diabetes may keep the sugar from your food from reaching your cells — leading to constant hunger. The combined effect is potentially rapid weight loss, especially if you have type 1 diabetes.

Blurred vision

Diabetes symptoms sometimes involve your vision. High levels of blood sugar pull fluid from your tissues, including the lenses of your eyes. This affects your ability to focus.

Left untreated, diabetes can cause new blood vessels to form in your retina — the back part of your eye — as well as damage established vessels. For most people, these early changes do not cause vision problems. However, if these changes progress undetected, they can lead to vision loss and blindness.

Slow-healing sores or frequent infections

Doctors and people with diabetes have observed that infections seem more common if you have diabetes. Research in this area, however, has not proved whether this is entirely true, nor why. It may be that high levels of blood sugar impair your body’s natural healing process and your ability to fight infections. For women, bladder and vaginal infections are especially common.

Tingling hands and feet

Excess sugar in your blood can lead to nerve damage. You may notice tingling and loss of sensation in your hands and feet, as well as burning pain in your arms, hands, legs and feet.

Red, swollen, tender gums

Diabetes may weaken your ability to fight germs, which increases the risk of infection in your gums and in the bones that hold your teeth in place. Your gums may pull away from your teeth, your teeth may become loose, or you may develop sores or pockets of pus in your gums — especially if you have a gum infection before diabetes develops.

Take your body’s hints seriously

If you notice any possible diabetes signs or symptoms, contact your doctor. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin. Diabetes is a serious condition. But with your active participation and the support of your health care team, you can manage diabetes while enjoying an active, healthy life.

If you already have diabetes, then you know that you already have to make some changes to your diet. As mentioned above, drinking water in place of the sugary options is crucial. Water is, according to diabetes-specialists, important for everybody, but especially for diabetes-patients, because even a small decrease of the hydration-level could cause serious health problems for diabetics. One of the best warning signs that glucose levels are high is thirst. And, water is the best way to quench that thirst, and to break down those sugars. Also, in order to keep the body functioning normally, water should be a constant. But, water can be lost through exercise and normal exposure to high temps. With that, being hydrated will help prevent fatigue and help physical performance.

A study presented at the annual meeting of American diabetes association included 3,615 men and women with normal blood sugar levels at the beginning of the study. Those who reported they drank more than 36 ounces of water a day (4.5 cups) were 21% less likely to develop hyperglycemia over the next 9 years than those who said they drank 16 ounces (2 cups) or less daily. The analysis took into account other factors that can affect the risk of high blood sugar such as physical activity, age, weight, etc. According to this study people who drink more water could share some unmeasured factor that associates drinking more water and lowering the risk of high blood sugar.

Because pure water has no calories, no sodium and contains no fat or cholesterol, as stated before it is the best supplement for someone with diabetes. Plus, it also has no caffeine, which is a dehydrator. Sugary juices and sodas do contain water but cannot be counted as part of the “eight-glass-a-day” rule. These drinks must be avoided to prevent increased glucose levels.

High glucose causes your body to lose fluid, and your skin can get dry. It may get itchy or crack which can lead to an infection. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin healthy and moisturized. Also, if the glucose isn’t accepted by the body, it will release the glucose through the urine. This procedure uses water from the body so it is important for diabetics to keep their body hydrated.

When at home, drinking safe tap water is fine, but when always on the go, a diabetic should always carry a reusable water bottle. Bottled water does have its advantages, as it is portable, and actually kind of reminds you to think about drinking water throughout the day. But, if your bottled water of choice is one of those flavored waters with an artificial sweetener, it actually becomes a soft drink, according to the American Diabetes Association. The ADA does not approve flavored waters with the essence of fruit as great alternatives to plain water.

So, does a diabetic solely have to rely on water as a drink? While diet soft drinks are considered safe for people with diabetes, one should talk to a dietitian or doctor about the amount you should consume. While some here and there could be okay, excess diet drinks can actually cause more thirst and they can also become addictive, leaving the patient not wanting to consume their water! When it comes to juice, a regular size glass of juice is made from several pieces of fruit– and the carbohydrate grams can add up quickly. Plus, the fiber in juice is much less compared to the whole fruit and the calories add up much quicker too. The same fruit taste could be added by learning to dilute the juice with water and ice so you can get the benefits of water with a fruitier taste.

So in conclusion, pure water should be drank most often. Bottled water with artificial sweeteners is not highly recommended, but reusable bottled water in general is, as it promotes consistent replenishing of fluids throughout the day. And, this water should replace sugary drinks that are said to heighten glucose levers– as well as are linked to causing the diseases in the first place. There is some evidence that proper hydration can help protect against high blood sugar, but this has not been scientifically proven and more research needs to be done. However, drinking water is essential for hydrating every aspect of your body therefore it is important to sip water throughout the day, not just when you are thirsty!

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  • Advanced Glycation
  • Angiogenesis
  • Immune System

Thrive Adaptogenics contain hundreds of beneficial bioactives, but the most potent bioactives in Thrive are iridoids. Iridoids are powerful phytochemicals produced by plants as a defense against infection and other health threats. These dynamic compounds have been scientifically proven in more than a dozen human clinical trials to provide a wide range of pharmacological benefits that safely improve the health and function of biological systems.

Max

Fights Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs)

AGEs are destructive chemical compounds that are formed when surplus sugar molecules improperly combine with protein and lipid molecules. Thrive is a powerful AGE inhibitor and protectant. Its unique blend of bioactives helps prevent the formation of AGEs and protects against the damage they cause.

Healthy Blood Vessels (Angiogenesis)

Initial research has found that the bioactives in Max may help the body recognize abnormal blood vessels that are promoting unhealthy cell growth and inhibit the formation and continued growth of these abnormal vessels.

Healthy Circulatory Function

The bioactives found in Max naturally promote a healthy heart and circulatory system. Studies have shown that Morinda citrifolia extracts (a key ingredient found in Max) help improve blood fluidity by reducing total blood passage time.

Healthy Inflammatory Response

Max naturally supports a healthy inflammatory response in the body. Its powerful blend of bioactives inhibits the production of enzymes associated with unhealthy inflammation, leading to overall improvements in inflammatory and joint problems.

Immune System Boost

Multiple scientific studies have demonstrated the positive effects of Thrive bioactives on the immune system. One study found that healthy adults who drank the bioactives found in Max for two months experienced a 30% increase in natural killer cell activity, a major part of the immune system’s first line of defense.

Protects Against Free Radicals

The iridoids in Max are scientifically proven to be a superior source of antioxidants. They enhance utilization of glutathione—one of the major antioxidants manufactured by the body—and help it and other antioxidants function more effectively.

Enhances Healthy Brain Function

Initial research shows that the bioactives in Max may sustain healthy cognitive function by increasing antioxidant activity in the brain. Additional research shows that these bioactives also exhibit a significant increase in both short-term and long-term memory, help improve cerebral blood flow, and elevate synaptophysin levels in the brain, which has been shown to improve learningand memory abilities.

Boost Energy. Improve Endurance.

Max has been shown to boost both energy and endurance naturally and without the harmful side effects associated with energy drinks and caffeine. The energy-enhancing benefit of the bioactives in Max was demonstrated in a clinical trial involving 40 highly trained long distance runners. After three weeks, athletes had an average increase of 21% in endurance.

But most of all Drink More Water.

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The Importance of Water

The Importance of Water

For many years now, I have notice that people tend to drink everything but water. People drink everything from sugary drinks such as cool aide, fruit drink, and soda, tea-coffee (although there is nothing wrong with drink tea or coffee) just not all day, beer, and hard alcohol.

Because our bodies are made up of 70% water, we need to keep those levels up. When you perspire you lose about a cup (6-8oz), depending on how much you perspire . In the summer you tend to perspire more than in the winter but, you still perspire. For every hour you sweat you must replace the water lose by 2 glasses. So with a ruff calculation you should be consuming about 2 to 3 gallons a day. However most people including myself, only drink maybe 2 gallons.

I cannot speak for everyone but I drink at least 2 gallons a day every day. I have found that the less water I drink I am prone to kidney stones.  Therefore, it is imperatives that I drink as much water as possible.

The importance Of Water and Your Health

Water removes harmful toxins from the body

Water helps our body by removing many different types of toxins. Water flushes toxins and waste from the body through urination and perspiration. Water helps reduce constipation which aids in bowel movements which ensures that waste are removed quickly and regularly before they can become toxic to the body. This waste buildup can occur in the body if dehydration becomes to regular. This can cause headaches, toxicity and illness. Drinking enough water will also lessen the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products.

Water a good transportation port for nutrients and mineral to the body

Blood is about 92% water and it carries all your nutrients, minerals and oxygen throughout the body. Nutrients and minerals from the food we eat are broken down in the digestive system where they become water-soluble, which means they are dissolves in water. In addition to the daily maintenance of our bodies, water also plays a key role in the prevention of disease. Drinking eight glasses of water daily can decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50% and it can potentially even reduce the risk of breast cancer. And those are just a few examples!

Drinking to your health

Since water is such an important component to our physiology, it would make sense the the quality of the water should be just as important as the quantity. Therefore, your drinking water should always be clean and free of contaminants to ensure proper health and wellness. Remember it is also never too late to improve your health with the help of regular exercise, a well balanced nutritional meals and a positive outlook on life. The human body is very resilient and if you treat yourself well, you will be surprised by your body’s own natural ability to heal itself. Here’s drinking to your health and achieving your goals. We know you can do it!

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