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Joan Walker’s Step by Step: Is your faith connected to your fitness

Written by Staff on May 7, 2018 – 6:51 am -

Step by Step by Joan Walker

Step by Step by Joan Walker

It was one of those weekends. One day I ran out of time to do my devotions in the morning (of course, something that could have been avoided), while another day I was able to read my bible, pray, and even enjoy a couple of online church services. How does this apply to my journey to better physical health?

 

In one of my earlier articles, I mentioned how I feel your journey to physical health also greatly affects your spiritual health. Unfortunately, it goes the opposite way as well. If I haven’t taken the time to pray, to read the word of God, to listen to what the Lord has to say to me, I can lose focus, both spiritually and physically. I look back at the weekend and what I ate, and I can see that I made better choices on the day I drew closer to the Lord than on the other day. Has this happened to you as well?

 

This month, I want to go back to the beginning of my journey. I am on a weight-loss program that is well-known, where you count points for everything you eat. Most of the fruits and vegetables are free, meaning they are zero points, so they don’t count in your total points that you can consume in a day. Some clean proteins are also free, such as chicken breast, eggs, or shrimp. Each day you get a certain number of points. All foods, other than those mentioned above, have points assigned to them – based on portion – and as you eat them your number of points for the day diminishes.

 

Step by Step by Joan Walker

Joan Walker

My favorite thing of this program is exactly that. All foods, based on portion control, have points. So that means, theoretically, that I can eat anything. Of course, there is moderation involved. That chocolate cake at Starbucks is permissible. I can calculate the points, but it won’t be the most beneficial snack to my overall health. I originally started on the plan back in the fall of 2016 and successfully lost about 25 pounds.

 

I allowed the stresses of life to derail this new way of eating, and by March of 2017, I had to admit I was no longer following the plan. A huge new stress popped into my life in May. A job that I had for almost 11 years was suddenly gone. I allowed all the old and new problems of life to affect my weight. I let any remaining discipline I still had dissolve, and suddenly, chocolate was much more important to me than fitting into those jeans in my closet.

 

However, by the fall of 2017, I had made up my mind that I would once again join the program. Since October, I have lost almost 40 pounds, and those are pounds I never want to find again.

 

Not only is the program very doable, but I have great support through my family and social media. In between preparing for, and going to, job interviews, I get outside and move. Not only do I exercise and eat according to the plan, counting points for everything I eat, I also look at the spiritual portion of my journey.

 

I am reading a book called “Made to Crave,” written by Lysa TerKeurst. There is a devotional companion to the original book, and they both have been an immeasurable help to me as I discover how my physical health and spiritual health are closely knit together. I highly recommend these two books to you while you are on your own journey of weight loss and spiritual wellness.

 

Step by Step by Joan WalkerI would love to hear from you if you are on your own journey, because I know for a fact that having support and accountability with others when you are on a similar path is invaluable. You know where I am right now, so be sure to check back right here each month, as I will be updating you on my weight loss, and yes, even weight gain.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel to reach out to me via email at joan@sgnscoops.com

By Joan Walker

April 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

April 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

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Prayers for The Bush Family

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 17, 2018 – 9:10 pm -

Prayers for The Bush Family

From George W Bush

My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.


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KATHY CRABB HANNAH SHARES HER TRUTH AND POURS HOPE INTO WOMEN’S LIVES WITH HER LATEST BOOK, “SHE PERSISTED”

Written by Staff on March 22, 2018 – 3:37 pm -

KATHY CRABB HANNAH SHARES HER TRUTH AND POURS HOPE INTO WOMEN’S LIVES WITH HER LATEST BOOK, "SHE PERSISTED"

KATHY CRABB HANNAH SHARES HER TRUTH AND POURS HOPE INTO WOMEN’S LIVES WITH HER LATEST BOOK, “SHE PERSISTED”

(Nashville, TN)- Orphaned and abandoned at 13….a high school drop-out by 14….left for dead after a random brutal attack in a parking lot at 17….What sounds like the narrative description for a gut wrenchingly emotional Hollywood screenplay is actually the beginning chapter of Kathy Crabb Hannah’s real life.

But beyond the gripping tale of shocking tragedy, grief, set backs, abuse and heartbreak, there is also hope, redemption, faith, and miracles that only God could deliver.

The story takes a beautiful turn for the better, revealing a phoenix rising from the ashes…stronger from the struggle.

 

In “she persisted,” (Hannah House Publishing, June 2018, ISBN:

KATHY CRABB HANNAH SHARES HER TRUTH AND POURS HOPE INTO WOMEN’S LIVES WITH HER LATEST BOOK, "SHE PERSISTED"

KATHY CRABB HANNAH SHARES HER TRUTH AND POURS HOPE INTO WOMEN’S LIVES WITH HER LATEST BOOK, “SHE PERSISTED”

9781933876255), the Crabb Family matriarch and author/speaker, Kathy Crabb Hannah writes a raw, personal, and completely unfiltered look into her life’s ‘what-could-have-beens’, followed by bigger-than-life God-moments, a sometimes shocking ride down the road to truth, but laced with perpetual hope.

 

“My story speaks to every women who has ever said, ‘I can’t….it’s just too much,’” Kathy explains. “I leave nothing to the imagination, walking you through the ups and downs of my life to give you hope, encouragement, and support to tell your truth. Before there was a universal cry to exonerate victims and their stories, this manuscript was being written. That’s a God thing.”

 

The sophomore follow-up to Kathy’s popular first book, “Stronger,” “she persisted.” is clearly the Christian answer to a #metoo world from a writer that understands that life isn’t always fair, but God is always good. The secrets of the church may rival the atrocities of the world at times, but Kathy constantly directs the reader to the truth of God’s word with certainty and without compromise; reminding us of His goodness that never ceases and His control that never wavers.

 

“I want this book to infuse you with hope and confidence, and I personally want to be that supportive hand to hold we all sometimes need when life feels overwhelming or unfair,” Kathy states.

“Let my story encourage you on your journey to know that yes, you’ve got this! Let’s build each other up with love, support, and experience the joy that comes from a strong sisterhood of Godly women.”

She persisted….and so can you, sister!

 

KATHY CRABB HANNAH is an author, speaker, and consultant who is best known as the matriarch and driving-force behind the beloved Southern Gospel family-band, The Crabb Family. Her social media pages are widely followed by industry leaders as she is known for her opinionated and truthful posts. She has been interviewed by national publications, radio, and television and her speaking engagements and women’s retreats (Stronger) are wildly popular. Kathy resides in Hendersonville, Tenn., with her husband Steve and near her entire family.


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Nathan Kistler asks for Prayer for Washington

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 7, 2018 – 8:22 pm -

Hope To The Hill with Nathan Kistler

Hope To The Hill with Nathan Kistler

Hope To The Hill By Nathan Kistler for SGNScoops Magazine

In a culture where good has become bad, and bad, in turn, good, we find ourselves at a crossroads. It seems that everyday, we find ourselves facing a new battle for hearts and minds of a generation.

Washington is bent on keeping the current status in which it has lived, while the good folks who love God desire to bring America back to her knees.

It is in these moments that we as God’s people must pray. Pray for wisdom for our elected officials, and for clarity in the midst of great confusion. Pray that God would give strength for the continued work that must be done.

I just returned from Texas where I spent a few days with a member of Congress and his family. I was so encouraged by the conversation we were able to have and his desire to serve the Lord.

We need more men and ladies who love God and His Word, especially in the United States Congress. My prayer is for people of all ages to choose to stand for what is right, no matter the cost.

Prayer on the Hill, with Nathan Kistler of Hope To The Hill

Prayer on the Hill, with Nathan Kistler of Hope To The Hill

I remind you again, to please call your member of Congress this (year) and let them know that you are thankful for them. Tell them that you are praying for their families and for God to bless them. They need that encouragement.

As we look forward to the coming year, we are preparing the largest year of ministry to date for us. I ask that you would pray for us as we continue to fight the good fight. You can also partner with our 501c3 ministry financially if you feel so led as well.

We are your missionaries in Washington and we are honored to serve the 115th Congress.

Nathan Kistler, Hope to the Hill

Nathan Kistler

Nathan Kistler

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Super Testimony : Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

Written by scoopsnews on February 3, 2018 – 7:47 am -

There’s a big game coming tomorrow. Check out the testimony of Carson Wentz, one of the The players on The Philadelphia Eagles team. Win or lose, Carson understands there is a bigger Victory coming one day!

 


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Dusty Wells shares his New Year’s Prayer

Written by Staff on January 12, 2018 – 11:33 am -

Dusty Wells

Dusty Wells

Adapted from Dusty Wells: Wisdom from Wells, SGNScoops Magazine, February 2017

Oh, how the years seem to fly by as I get older. Well my friends, I like to pretend that I am just staying endlessly young and not getting any older. But in reality, I’m fairly certain that we would all agree, the years really do pass so quickly once we hit a certain age. And I’ve learned it’s okay; it really is. For me, aging is just a part of the journey, and I finally came to that place of embracing it and walking in it. So away we go into a fresh new year of endless opportunities for us.

 

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, just due to the fact that I constantly made myself a list, and then after two or three weeks I found myself not following through with them. This pattern of starting them and then giving up and falling back into old habits and such just seemed so discouraging.  

 

So about 10 years ago, I decided that I would do away with my resolutions and instead just write myself a prayer that I can pray and apply to my own personal life with areas that I needed to work and focus on. No more detailed lists that included such broken promises of losing 20 pounds, going to the gym three or four times a week, saving $100.00 a month by taking it out of each paycheck, praying for an hour each day, reading my Bible all the way through in a year…and the list went on and on and on and on for me.  

 

Think about it for you, how many of those resolutions have you chosen, and then not followed through with. Now I know there are some of you who are so much more disciplined than me and most likely have achieved so much with your own individual New Year’s resolutions. I so applaud you and I will buy you a cup of coffee someday down the road. I want to hear your stories of victory.

 

Kelly Nelon Clark, Dusty Wells, Karen Peck Gooch

Kelly Nelon Clark, Dusty Wells, Karen Peck Gooch

A few days ago I came across my prayer, and even though it’s only a week or so into the New Year, I would love to share with you my personal prayer and what I’m working on as we walk into this brand New Year. Then a year from now, you can all ask me, “How did you do with your New Year’s prayer?”  So here you go:

 

“Jesus, I just thank You for bringing me through (2017). I sure don’t understand so much that took place but what I do understand is that You know it all. You care, You have been with me, You are not going to leave me nor forsake me and You are absolutely crazy in love with me;  I sure do believe that.  

 

“So Lord, as I go into this New Year and begin a new chapter, I just want You to know the areas that I want to work on and grow in are so many, and I know You will be right with me. I ask You to help me be more sensitive, kind, honest, loving, caring, encouraging. Bring me closer to You and guide me in the ways You want me to go. Push me in new areas. Challenge me to listen more closely and obey a lot more.  

 

“Help me to live boldly and stay strong and true to the convictions of my heart that You have given me. Show me those areas in my life that I need to be more disciplined in. Give me words that will help others since there are so many hurting and struggling in so many area out there.

 

“Let me stay focused in what Your call is on my life. Let me pursue even more with persistent passion. Hold me so close, show me Your love, show me my heart condition daily, convict me in those areas that I need to do better in, help me love like You, let forgiveness flow to and from me and let my words speak life and not death to those I come in contact with. Use me as You want.”

 

Dusty Wells

Dusty Wells

And even as I read and share my prayer now, I’m even more challenged to make it my priority to read and apply it to my life daily. Now, you take a few minutes and write your own prayer. See what happens.

 

You are loved, you are valuable and this very well could be your best year yet. Praying for you.  He’s got us wrapped in His arms and He is with us.

By Dusty Wells

Wells is a regular contributor to SGNScoops Magazine.

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Make Each Day Count | Dr Dave Martin

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 7, 2018 – 6:24 pm -

Make Each Day Count | Dr Dave Martin

Make Each Day Count | Dr Dave Martin

Make Each Day Count | Dr Dave Martin

About Dave Martin, Your Success Coach, is a mentor, inspirational speaker, and business leader with a mission to communicate the principles of success. Dave is known around the world for his ability to resonate with his audience, providing insights and wisdom that are life changing. Dave shares timeless truths, wrapped in humor and delivered with passion, teaching people how to pursue and possess a life of success.

In addition to speaking regularly in corporations, colleges and churches, Dave is a keynote speaker at the Get Motivated Seminars, America’s Largest Business Seminars. He is also a part of the teaching team for Hillsong Church under the leadership of Brian Houston, and is on the board of Joel Osteen’s Champion’s Network.

Dave is the author of several best-selling books including The 12 Traits of the Greats, The Force of Favor, and most recently, Another Shot. Thousands have invested in his personal coaching systems and participate in Dave’s free weekly development program called Success Made Simple.

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The Good Ole Days…..True Stories of Faith by Linda Powell

Written by scoopsnews on October 21, 2017 – 10:28 am -

One of our readers, Ms. Linda Powell, from Bremen , Georgia has shared some of her “True Faith Stories” with us.

Enjoy!

 

” Where He Leads Me I Will Follow”

We lived in North Georgia for thirteen years while my
Dad worked for Tidwell Construction. We moved thirty-nine times during
those years. We met many people & made a lot of friends . I had the opportunity of witnessing for Jesus and praying for and with many people .
I told the Lord that I would go wherever He lead me and talk to whomever He put in
front of me. God took me at my word, as I take Him at His Word .
We were members of the Dawsonville Church of God. It was a very Spirit
Filled congregation. They
worshipped in Spirit and in
Truth. Memories of God moving are just as real to me now as they were then.
God led me to pray for an elderly man whose feet were crippled. He could hardly walk.
I saw him in the parking lot of a shopping center in Carrollton, Ga. I spoke to him & told him God could heal him. I asked if I could pray for him. “Lady, go ahead and pray. I’m hurting so bad.”
Before I knew I knew it, I was on my knees. My hands were on his feet. God reached down with His healing Power! The Spirit moved upon the man and he shed tears of praise!
The anointing was heavy! After the Spirit left us, he hugged he, and said “I know
God sent you. I could not stand the pain anymore.”
We never know when God will move. We must be instant in season and out of
season. God is an awesome God. He loves us so very much!  Praise His Holy
Name!

May you be helped
and blessed is my prayer.

Linda Powell

 

 


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Rob Patz – “God, are You Listening?”

Written by Staff on May 19, 2017 – 2:19 pm -

Rob Patz

Rob Patz

Rob Patz – SGNScoops Publisher’s Point

Welcome to the May Publisher’s Point. Of course, May is for mothers, and I want to wish my mom a very happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for always being there for me, loving me and pushing me to do things that I may not have felt comfortable with, but you always believed in me and listened to me.

I often think about listening … you know, the famous saying, “Do you hear me now?” For so many of us, we struggle with listening. It is so much more fun to talk then it is to listen. Have you ever been a part of the conversation and realized that you may have not heard the entire story as you are making a comment and you see the face of the person you’re talking with and the bewilderment on it? I know it’s happened to me, so I’m sure as you’re reading this, you’re thinking of a time that someone didn’t listen to you.

I also have been struggling lately with wondering if God is listening to me. Of course, I know He is. I know He hears everything I say, and at times, I am amazed that the Creator of the universe has enough time to listen to what I have to say. Sometimes, I wonder though if He is really listening. Then, I have to realize that it isn’t the fact that He may not be listening, but that what I am saying may not exactly be what He is wanting for my life.

I’ve dealt with that a lot lately, understanding and questioning a lot of life events that happened. I have spent nights alone pacing the floor, frustrated, asking God, “why won’t you answer my prayer?” I’m quickly reminded that God doesn’t need to answer my prayers, because He’s God and I’m not. I’m also reminded that we don’t serve a God who will answer our prayers if it is something that will hurt us. God cannot do something that is against His will and what He desires for our life to be. God is perfect. He sees the greater picture.

Rob PatzI have to think of my early life in the Midwest. The terrain is very flat in most places, but there are times where there are small hills. If you’re out in farm country, you might be behind a tractor and have a desire to pass one of these tractors that are taking up valuable time by going slower than you think they should. I was always taught that you never passed a tractor on one of these hills, because you don’t know what’s on the other side.

It dawned on me the other day that God knows what’s on the other side of the hill. I see the tractor, which is the problem, and I want to pass that problem. I can’t see everything on the other side of that hill, and God is preparing me for what is just over the crest. This doesn’t mean that I understand, and there are times when I honk the horn to make the tractor move. I’m trying to learn that God has exactly the best thing in mind for me, so He is listening. He may not always answer the way I want, and sometimes, I may wonder exactly where He is.

Susan Ashton had a great song in the 1990s where she talked about God and how at times He felt next to her and other times she felt like she was at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I will tell you that over the last few months, I have seen new value in that song and in those lyrics.

So know today that God loves you. He hears your prayers. He might be protecting you from what’s on the other side of that ridge, something that at this moment you are not ready for. Even though you want to pass the tractor, you have to wait. Understand that sometimes God asks us to stand still.

My dad used to say that God answers in three ways. He answers “yes,” “no,” and “not right now.” Sometimes, that answer is just not right now. It’s hard to understand, but God has a greater plan for your life than anything you can imagine. If you truly believe that He is your savior, then you also have to truly believe that He wants what’s best for you. We don’t serve a God who is out to punish us. We serve a God who wants us to worship Him and be in a close relationship to Him.

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I hope to see you this year at Creekside 2017, which will be held from Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For more information, visit www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/ or www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention.

By Rob Patz

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in May 2017.

Rob Patz is the publisher of SGNScoops and the CEO of Coastal Media.

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Please Pray For Karen Connell

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 27, 2016 – 4:33 pm -

Please Pray For Karen Connell

Please Pray For Karen Connell

Prayer warriors please join us as Karen Padgett Connell begins the liver transplant surgery. We are in the surgery waiting. Things have moved rapidly this afternoon and we are thankful for God provision and his unmerited favor. Please join us as we pray for the donors family. Thank you to all of you who have been so faithful to lift us up in prayer over the long weeks and months.

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