Thursday, October 31, 2013
It’s that time of year again-the official start of the “candy holidays,” kicked off by Halloween.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Came across this lil’ nugget today. With the Halloween spirit in the air, accompanied by a plethora of candy, one woman had taken it upon herself to pass out these gem notes to the overweight children.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
There's specific power to God's Word- for you- NOW!! “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts…My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:8-9; 11
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Do You Have a Distorted Body Image? Is your perception of your body giving you low self-esteem? Do your friends and family see you differently than you see yourself? Take this quiz to get an honest opinion! - See more at: http://www.chacha.com/quiz/1268/do-you-have-a-distorted-body-image#sthash.If7r3tuc.Ms5VqCcd.dpuf
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Sigh. It’s not an earth-shattering revelation. It’s still irritating and frustrating, but not surprising. Recently, Jennifer Lopez revealed how, early in her career, she was pressured to change her very famous curvy body. "Early on, my family really made me love who I was and what I looked like. My body was nothing out of the ordinary in my neighborhood," explained Lopez, who grew up in New York's Bronx neighborhood with her Puerto Rican parents. "When I first started on television [as a Fly Girl on 'In Living Color'], people, and even my own manager at the time, would tell me I had to make all of these changes." (Winter issue of Cosmopolitan Latinas Magazine) Here we go again. Over the years, Lopez has been cited as one of those celebrities having a more “real woman” appeal. How much emphasis has been made about her derriere, after all? Still, it has not come without opposition. And it has not come without a stubborn belief in your value, often going against the dominant pressure to conform to a certain look. "But you have to stand up and say, 'There's nothing wrong with me or my shape or who I am, you're the one with the problem!'" she says. "And when you can really believe that, all of a sudden other people start believing too." Bravo- and yes, easier said than believed AND practiced! We all need help in this area. But God loves variety- and that variety is beyond a narrow, confining list of beauty features: white, thin, tall, slim hipped and big busted. God has decided we’re beautiful, no matter what our dimensions may be: “O my dove…let me see your form…for your form is lovely.” Song of Solomon 2:14 People will always have differing opinions; trends and styles will change. So, can we please stop placing such demand on one dominant presentation of beauty, let people be people, women be women, no matter what they look like? How beautiful would THAT be? Copyright © 2013 by Sheryle Cruse
Monday, October 21, 2013
Recently, my wonderful hubby bought me a stuffed Woodstock.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I saw this horrible thing again. At this time of year, Halloween costumes are in the air. And I thought the last few years when this costume trended on internet sites, there was enough of a protest to stop it. I'm not going to post the picture of the costume. It is that horrible. Anna Rexia, the costume, is not a cute, clever, sexy or healthy thing to put out there. But painful, disparaging and triggering? Ohhhhhhh yes!!! Scripture, again, warns us about being sensitive and not purposely creating triggering situations for those who are struggling… “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9 “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” Romans 14:13 I guess we still need more reminding. We aren’t getting it yet. Sad. Disturbing. Horrifying. Disappointing. Infuriating. And probably, unfortunately, triggering to someone out there. Copyright © 2013 by Sheryle Cruse
Friday, October 18, 2013
All right. Is there something in the weird body image water this week? First, there was the Melissa McCarthy ELLE Magazine drama. And now, Chris Noth, “Mr. Big” from “Sex In the City.” Apparently, he admitted he was asked to lose weight for the film version of the popular HBO series. "When we were doing the movie of 'Sex and the City,' director and creator Michael Patrick King came up to me and said, 'Listen, dude, we're not calling you Mr. Big because of the size of your stomach, so go lose that before we start.’” Wonderful. Positive body image for the fellas. But it’s not entirely a laughing matter. Males, more and more, are affected by disordered eating, body image and weight issues. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders, “1 in 10 cases involve males.” Furthermore… “Males are less likely to be diagnosed early with an eating disorder.” As if the issue wasn’t difficult enough to deal with. Mr. Noth probably doesn’t have an eating disorder. But the disturbing focus is the emphasis, the importance, once again, placed on image, on a narrowly defined image at that. C’mon. we can deal with this better. We can call this oppressive stuff for what it is- damaging and unrealistic. We are made in the Image of God, not flaky trends. Again, once more, Ladies AND Gentlemen, with feeling… “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalm 139:14 We are incredible!! Copyright © 2013 by Sheryle Cruse
Here we go again, with picking apart women. Recently, there have been some ruffled feathers over an Elle Magazine cover. Apparently, actress/comedian Melissa McCarthy is on its November Women in Hollywood issue. Anyway, fans having been voicing their unhappiness about the magazine’s decision to photograph the actress outfitted in an overcoat, with her face partially covered by her hair.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Trending now, there’s controversy over a mom, Maria Kang who posted this particular image on Facebook.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Recently, one of my friends mentioned 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” She discussed our ability to cast certain thoughts down. Indeed, according to God’s Word, we do possess that power: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 In fact, we have the Mind of Christ: “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 So, the sound mind is a God thing, gifted to us. But we choose how we utilize that gift. It’s not, necessarily, about feelings; it’s about decision. And the power, following Jesus’ example, is determined by three words: “It is written.” This is best laid out in Matthew 4:1-11. “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him." Repeatedly, Jesus shoots down the devil’s arguments (verses four, seven and ten). So, what’s stopping us from doing the same? Ignorance, pride, doubt? Indeed, our thoughts, whatever they may be, are powerful: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...” Proverbs 23:7 Therefore, why not think God’s thoughts, which are Truth? We have the power of choice. Let’s choose to be in our sound minds today!!! Copyright © 2013 by Sheryle Cruse
Thursday, October 10, 2013
In recovery, a pesky little thing called triggers is often mentioned. The official definitions of the word read as follows: A small lever that fires gun: a small lever that is pressed with a finger to fire a gun A lever that operates mechanism: a small lever or device that is pressed or squeezed to operate a mechanism, e.g. by releasing a spring A stimulus for something: a stimulus that sets off an action, process, or series of events Triggers are a challenging obstacle. They can seemingly pop up out of nowhere at inopportune times. We need to be sensitive to our own recovery and to the effect it as on other people as well. We never know what someone’s Achilles’ heel will be. “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9 “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” Romans 14:13 And fortunately, God has promised to lead and help us: “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand, and whenever turn to the left.’” Isaiah 30:21 I recently came across some helpful recovery advice: 17 Relapse Triggers and A Plan For Developing a Winning Relapse Prevention Course of Action The Mark Houston Recovery Center www.MarkHoustonRecovery.com Here’s a sampling of those practical tips: Maintain regular contact with one or two people that you can call when you need an immediate pep talk. Recognize that having a positive outlook and confidence in yourself does not mean you do not need help. You are no more successful if you recover on your own or with the support of people who care for you. Become an active participant in your church or closely involved with your personal God. Write down a few realistic goals and keep them visible. Hang them on the refrigerator if you need to! Examples include “I will take a walk today.” “I will call a friend this week.” “I will read at least a chapter a day in my book.” When things do not go as planned, strive to remind yourself how far you have come. Setbacks do not define your recovery. How you handle them will. Understand that life will not always unfold exactly the way you expect it. We must keep a healthy understanding that we do not control the universe and to develop ways to deal with stress and anxiety when things do not go exactly as planned. Forgiveness is a powerful tool. Let go of unhealthy thoughts and focus on recovery. Keep a journal. Writing down your thoughts is a therapeutic way to purge those unresolved feelings. It also gives you the unique advantage of documenting your feelings and progress through recovery. Do not isolate yourself. Honor your limitations and don’t deny that you have them. Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, food or any other compulsion, these tips hit us right where we are. We’re never without hope or help. We must apply both. Let that be triggered instead! Copyright © 2013 by Sheryle Cruse
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
“Life's Challenges: Pointless or Pointillism?” focuses on the larger, more hopeful picture, especially when it comes to adversity. It appears in the October 7th issue of Christians In Recovery Magazine. http://christians-in-recovery.org/Issues_MentalHealth_Suffering_Pointless-or-Pointillism
Friday, October 4, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
We’re now coming upon the Halloween season, with all of its ghosts, goblins and monsters. Monsters… Hmm…