Archive for December, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Christmas.  Remember the reason for the season is the birth of Jesus.  Jesus was God’s son who was sent to earth to save the world not condemn the world.  In the Spirit of God, please show love one to another.  Have a safe Christmas and let’s remember to be grateful for what we have. Let’s not base our happiness on mere possessions, but on the things that money cannot buy like love, health, family, and friends!!!  Blessings to all!!!

I Give Liquid Collagen Two Thumbs Up!!!

Collagen + C Pomegranate Liquid

Hello Everyone:

As you all know , I am adamant about finding the best products to improve my health and well-being.  As a result of my quest, I attend many holistic health seminars to understand the body and healthcare in a different more natural approach.  Dr. Saxion explained the benefits of this product a few months ago.  She said that she has birthed five children and her body’s skin was beginning to become loose.  She said after using liquid collagen her thighs firmed up.  Honestly, I did not believe her.  I was thinking, “Yeah, right!” 

When I first introduced this product on November 21, 2010 I never imagined I would be so excited about it.  Every night for three-in-a-half weeks I put a tablespoon of collagen into a glass (8oz) of water about 3 hours after dinner.  This means that I do not eat after 6pm.  One week after taking the product, I noticed that my thighs were firming up.  I also noticed that my arms (you know the bat wing parts) are firming up, and just when I thought that it could not get any better, my stomach area has started to tighten up.  Also, I sleep soundly at night just like Dr. Saxion said.  The icing on the cake is that my hair and nails are also stronger and healthier as result of this product.  WOW!!!!!  I unequivocally love and believe in this product. 

Again, collagen is a natural part of the body’s skin but over time due to injuries, surgeries, and poor eating habits (eating too much sugar) the body loses its elasticity.  This product really does seem to restore the skins ability to naturally tighten itself.  I wonder do weight loss patients know about this product?  Perhaps if they did, they would not have to have an additional surgery to remove excess skin after a major weight loss.

As always, you should discuss alternative medicine options with your own doctor before trying something new.   I am using the brand pictured above and the cost is about $30 per bottle. 

If you try the product, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know how the collagen is working for you.  I love to hear from you all!!

Prayer For Protection

As a young girl, I was faced with a difficult situation.  At age eleven my Mom was diagnosed with Lupus.  It  changed the atmosphere of our household as my active and overachieving Mom was no longer able to do all of the things that we had grown accustomed to.  As the youngest of four children, I was left in the house with both my parents.  My Dad was already disabled, but now my Mom could no longer work as a nurse.  I would wash her in the morning and give her the medications and the things that she needed before school.  Then I would come home from elementary school and do chores, prepare meals, and do my best to lighten the load to take my Mom’s place.  One day, I  was brushing my Mom’s hair.  My Mom had long beautiful black curly hair.  I used to think my Mom was a Native American Princess or something because her hair was so gorgeous.  Anyway, while brushing her hair the brush became filled with her hair and the hair was coming off at the very root.  I tried not to make a big deal of it but I could tell that my Mom was afraid that she might not  live much longer. 

After she cried and began to sing praises to Jesus (in spite of her illness) she said, “Baby, I want you to always remember something.  If you are ever in trouble, if someone is trying to hurt you, or if you are afraid, just pray (quote) Psalms 91.  Psalms 91 is a prayer of protection and if you pray(quote) this scripture in times of trouble you will be protected by God’s angels.” 

After she explained this phenomenon to me I was amazed.  I was fascinated by the idea that angels are always around to protect me.  My Mom and I started to study angels and how God strategically uses them in his army.  From that day until now, I have quoted and memorized Psalms 91 from the Bible.  I have been in major car accidents, people have tried to hurt me, circumstances have tried to overcome me, but  when I pray Psalms 91 none of these things have been able to hurt me. 

Today we live in perilous times.  Bad things in life will happen, but God is still faithful to protect us if we seek His help.  Having problems, need help, need protection?  Memorize and quote Psalms 91 everyday and let me know if you are protected from someone or something.

Do You Want a Man Who Is Protective?

I don’t mean to exclude the men on this blog, but this blog is for the ladies.  I have been having discussions with women who are married and single.  After speaking to these women, I came away with the notion that women today may be very disturbed by the idea that today’s men are not as protective as women would like for them to be.

If you are married, was a man’s protectiveness of you a criteria for you to marry him?  If you are single, do you want a man who is protective of you and your future family, or do you want a man who pushes you out of the way to avoid danger in order to save himself (lol)?

Please be candid if you decide to comment as the Journey With Judith community would love to hear your voice.

iStudy

 

Whew (deep sigh)!  I just finished another quarter towards my doctorate degree.  Believe me when I tell you that this has not been an easy feat.  At this level of education, I have been pushed beyond my level of comfortability or desire.  This level of education really has adjusted my life as I have to decline opportunities to have fun, hang out with friends, read for leisure, etc.  Although this process is difficult, I would not trade it for the world because I know that my delayed gratification will soon pay off with great dividends.

What educational goal are you pursuing?  What educational goal would you like to pursue?  Is there something stopping you from fulfilling your educational goal?  Leave a comment and tell me where you are on your educational journey.

Gifting & Responsibility

Dear Young Ladies:

This week I am so excited about this topic.  This is a topic that I have grappled with for my entire life.

First off, I want to talk to you all about your gifting.  Your gifting can either be one thing that you are naturally good or great at.  I believe that everyone has one.  God has blessed each and everyone of us with at least one thing that we can naturally do well.  If we decide to develop our gifting then it could become a career at some point.  Some of us have more than one gifting.  For example, when I was a girl in elementary school it was like I lived at least four(4) different lives.  Of course, I was not living four(4) different lives, but I had at least four(4) roles that I lived out.  At home I was affectionately called “the baby” as I was the youngest of four(4) children..so that was a role.  I had my school life where I was an honor roll student.  At school I was involved in choir and the spelling bee.  On a weekly basis, I had a full church life as my Mom was a missionary and my Dad was a Minister.  At church, I had to sing something on a weekly basis, be involved with children’s church, usher, and do any other service that my parents deemed necessary. Lol!  After school I loved to play sports like softball, kickball, skating, bike riding, tetherball, climbing trees or anything else I could think of that would give me the opportunity to play with my Dad, my brother, or my friends.  I enjoyed it!   Even though I had a lot of roles, I was still living one full and complete life.  As a young girl, my parents gave me the opportunity to develop my giftings.  At an early age, I discovered that I had more than one gifting.  I was able to sing, understand music, write poetry which later became songs, I could spell anything after just seeing the word once, I could read above my grade level, I was good at sports, especially ones that required hand and eye coordination, and I learned that I was able to learn things really fast.  I know you may be thinking, who cares, what does all this have to do with me?  Well, I am glad that you asked (smiling). I gave my own examples of giftings so that you could see yourself in those examples and write down your giftings.  What are you good at naturally?  What do you enjoy?  What giftings are your most passionate about?

What If  You Only Have One(1) Gifting?

If you have one gift then I would suggest the following: 1. Be sure to identify your gift.  2. Develop your gift. 3. Practice your gift. 4. Build a plan for your gift and figure out how you plan to use your gift for the rest of your life.  Sometimes having one gifting is more powerful than having many gifts as you can focus on it and commit yourself entirely to it.

What To Do When You Have More Than One Gifting?

I thought that I better expound on this question.  As a person who has more than one gifting I understand this dilemma .  When you have multiple giftings, I suggest that you take the time to develop them.  If you are a young girl you should identify your giftings, write them down, then work toward making those giftings better (these giftings should mature as you mature). For example, if you like to dance, then take dance classes.  If you can’t afford dance classes then rent dance videos and teach yourself how to dance.  Also, try to find schools that offer scholarships for students who like to dance (most schools do offer scholarships to student who cannot pay for dance lessons, but you have to ask questions and contact the dance schools).  Secondly, DO NOT BE AFRAID if you have multiple giftings.  God gave you those talents for a reason, so don’t be afraid.  Thirdly, DO NOT LET OTHERS MINIMIZE YOUR GIFTINGS OR PUT YOU IN A BOX.  Please be cautious of family and friends that will not support your multiple giftings.  In fact, the people closest to you may become jealous and say and do things to deter your dreams but do not let them stop you.  Believe me you will have many obstacles especially when you march to the beat of a different drum, but you have to be your own person.  Fourthly,  FREE YOURSELF FROM PUBLIC OPINION. In life, people will always have something to say about you, my advice is that you do not give in to peer pressure in this regard.  My only caution is, do good and have a good reputation so that way when people do or say ugly things to you, you will have the confidence in knowing that good and God are on your side.

Responsibility

Having a gifting will also require a responsibility of you. Have you ever heard a celebrity say, “I am not a role model, I just did ___ on my own.”  That line is a falsehood…..a lie…a misconception or just their lack of understanding of how things really work.   All of us have a circle of influence.  That means that someone is always watching us and we have to decide how we want people to remember us.  As young ladies, we are often held to a higher standard. If we want to be respected we have to go the extra mile by watching what we wear, how we apply our makeup, how we speak, how we carry ourselves, and monitor the things that we do in public and in private.  I know that this does not seem fair, but I remember my Dad told me that a man and a woman can do the same things but a man will still be considered a man afterward.  Simply put, it’s still a man’s world (ask your parents about this James Brown song). Lol!  Lastly, in the Bible Luke 12:48 says, “But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask more.”  If you prefer a scientific example, Newton’s law of motion says, “For every action, there is an opposite but equal reaction.”  Simply put, this means that everything we do will have a consequence.  Please remember that advice when deciding how to use your gift(s).

So, what is your gifting?  How do you plan to use your gifting responsibly?  Leave a comment and let others know if you are not afraid of public opinion(smiling).

iStudy: Ode to Public Health

I am a Public Health Doctoral student. If God be willing I will be Dr. Judith in about 2 more years (big smile). I chose this field of study because I am extremely passionate about improving my health, the health of my family, and the health of populations. Since I have decided to commit my life to Public Health, I thought it was worth mentioning it on this blog. I currently have an MPH Degree in Public Health. Many people have asked me, what does that stand for. Lately, I started to have fun with the letters and I answer with, “Muppets, Ponies, and Horses.” Once I see the look on the person’s face when I give them the fake name they laugh and it becomes a great conversation piece as an MPH is a Masters Degree in Public Health.

So what is Public Health? Charles-Edward A. Winslow, a theoretician and leader of American public health during the first half of the twentieth century defined public health in 1920 as (Schneider, 2006):

“The science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical health and efficiency through organized community efforts for the sanitation of the environment, the control of community infections, the education of the individual in principles of personal hygience, the organization of medical and nursing services for the early diagnosis and preventive treatment of disease, and the development of the social machinery which will ensure to every individual in the community a standard of living adequate for the maintenance of health.”

I think that Winslow’s definition of public health is still very accurate today. In short the discipline of public health is designed to improve the quality of life of populations not just individuals. Have you ever wondered what kind of problems would fall under the umbrella of this public health? Here’s a very short list:

Noise Control
Community neighborhood safety
Gang violence prevention or intervention
Breast cancer screenings
HIV/AIDS screening and prevention
Pollution Control
Veteran Services
Quality Air Control
Providing Community Alerts when Diseases Arise
Protection From Gun Control
Providing Safe Places for Kids to Learn and Play

As you can see, public health covers any topic that would impede society or populations from living a healthy and quality filled lives. You may be asking yourself, why did she write about this? I don’t care about this topic. Well, I wanted to tell you why I started this blog. I started this blog to improve my own health and I decided to share my journey toward wholeness with everyone so that we can improve our lives together.

Reference:

Schneider, M.J. (2006). Introduction to public health (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

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