WELCOME TO MY HEALTHY LIVING BLOG

Welcome to my ever-expanding blog site. I trust you are enjoying your day. I invite you to browse the site, read the articles and enjoy my photography. Your opinion counts, so please leave a comment at the end of the posts. If you enjoy reading these blogs, feel free to pass the link on to any friends you think would also enjoy it.

The purpose of this blog site is 3-fold: a place for sharing general information, a place to share about spiritual matters that will help move us toward a healthier inner life and a place where I can talk about my business and the products that can help us experience better health.

Check out my web site and learn about the benefits of reishi mushroom and ginseng in Healthy Coffee International products. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.

Thank you for dropping by. I trust you will consider your visit worthwhile. This site is a 'work in progress', sometimes changing by the minute, so come back soon to see what's new on MY HEALTHY LIVING BLOG.

God bless you today and every day. Remember, "A joyful heart is good medicine" (Proverbs 17:22-NASB). Blessings and health to you and yours.

Diane

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all photos on this blog taken by Diane Stephenson

Saturday, October 31, 2009

ANOTHER SNIPPET


Here is another snippet from my upcoming e-book.

Often our dreams die due to circumstances over which we have no control. Things inevitably occur to cause a postponement of our dreams to some later date, to a day which appears ever further off with each succeeding day. Our goal seems just beyond our reach. We allow ourselves to get out of touch with the dream. And so we carefully wrap it up in tissue, put it neatly in a box and leave it on a shelf at the back of our mental closet where it is eventually forgotten. Suffocated and starved, it ultimately dies. It gets buried in day to day routines, bereavements, family projects, job-related problems and the general cares and duties of this world. Life just gets in the way.

...You must have hope, something still better to look forward to, something bigger than today, bigger than what your life is at this moment...[Your dream] should be the catalyst that makes you want to do and be the very best, today, that is possible in all areas of your life...

Dream! Live! Love! Move up higher. Move ever onward. Don't become stagnant. Live life to its fullest by keeping your dream alive. Dream big!...

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY



And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.  
Genesis 21:6

QUOTE FOR THE DAY


Laughter is an instant vacation.  
---Milton Berle---

Friday, October 30, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY



For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.  
Proverbs 23:7

QUOTE FOR THE DAY



The key to unlocking my potential is within me. It is in the power of my thought, my vision and my commitment.  
---Unknown---

Thursday, October 29, 2009

INTERNET TALK SHOW - LIST BUILDING


This is especially for all the network marketers that read my blog or anyone interested in starting a business online or offline. And, just an aside, I really appreciate your visits here. I trust you gain from reading my posts.

If you want to learn more about list-building for your business, check out Chuck Bartok's TalkShoe internet talk show recording from last night--October 28/09, show number 95 (green box at the right--Latest Recording). You'll hear Chuck, myself and a number of others sharing questions and answers in an informal program. If you don't catch it before next Wednesday's show, check through the archives. There are many shows you can listen to. You can also host your own online talk show through TalkShoe free of charge. Check it out.

If you're interested in becoming a member of Focus Society Mastermind Beginners Marketing Class, please sign up free and avail yourself of all the great information and experience from FSMM members. It's a great place to be. There are also a number of great affiliate products you can resell to earn extra income once you become a member.

Just click on the links above, enjoy the show and please join us at Focus Society Mastermind.

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY




Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 
Matthew 10:8

QUOTE FOR THE DAY



For it is in giving that we receive.  
---St. Francis of Assisi---

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

EXCERPT FROM MY E-BOOK

Without a vision [dream] the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

      What is your dream? Do you have one? Are you living it? If not, then now is the time to discover or retrieve your dream, to rediscover a life of satisfaction, excitement and fulfillment. We must have a dream. Without a dream we merely exist; with a dream, there lies before us a life of limitless possibilities. Perhaps you have never had a dream. Well, jump on board the Dream Express and expect the unexpected!

THE DREAM EXPRESS


      We all enter life with a measure of faith: that we will be fed when hungry, attended to when we cry, sheltered from the elements, clothed adequately and, of greatest significance, that we are loved. Naturally we don't think in these terms as an infant, but we are born with built-in trust. Without it we couldn't survive. Studies have shown that when babies lack human touch and are never held in loving arms they don't thrive. As we get a little older, we have faith that Mom and Dad will be there for us. We learn to know that when we sit on a chair it won't fall apart (usually--there have been two occasions when a chair collapsed under me!). We don't wonder every time we get in a car if we'll arrive at our destination--we take it for granted. Until the car breaks down we don't even think about it.
      Yes, we all have faith. On occasion, our faith is severely tested through our circumstances, and we may lose faith in family, friends, even ourselves. Because of devastating past experiences we struggle to believe that good will eventually come our way. We must learn to have faith in God. There will be a time when God brings you face to face with a vital choice: Will you serve the Lord? Or will you choose to serve yourself, the world, your family, your job? Your response will determine your present and your future. Choose well.

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY


Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Mark 10:21. 22

QUOTE FOR THE DAY


Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. 
---Andre Gide---

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  
Philippians 4:8

QUOTE FOR THE DAY



The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear. 
---Brian Tracy---

Monday, October 26, 2009

NEW CAR

Thought I would just show off my new car for anyone who is interested. Ta-Da!

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY



I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
Philippians 4:13

QUOTE FOR THE DAY


I seldom think about about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.  
---Helen Keller---

Sunday, October 25, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY


That ye put off the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mink; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 
Ephesians 4;22-24

QUOTE FOR THE DAY



You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, "I release the need for this in my life". 
---Wayne Dyer---

Saturday, October 24, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY



Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 
Colossians 4;5

QUOTE FOR THE DAY


Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. 
---Victor Hugo---

Friday, October 23, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY



Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 
Proverbs 4:7

QUOTE FOR THE DAY


Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it. 
---David Starr Jordan---

Thursday, October 22, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY



Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 
Matthew 19:21



Anyone know what this tree is?

QUOTE FOR THE DAY



Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness - great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation and great joy. ---Jim Rohn---

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY


Let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might.  
Judges 5:31

QUOTE FOR THE DAY



It isn't necessary to blow out the other person's light to let your own shine. ---Unknown---

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

BACK ARROW


Do you ever wish there was a 'back arrow' for our lives like there is on the computer? How simple just to click on a button and go back to the previous page. But unfortunately (or should I say fortunately?) life doesn't work that way. Once we make a mistake, a wrong choice, speak an unkind word, make a foolish decision, we can never turn the clock back. We are stuck with the consequences.

But is this necessarily a bad thing? Mistakes are never good things, but nevertheless good can come out of them. If we use them to improve the future by learning from them, then they can lead to improvements in our lives that we would not otherwise have the benefit of. Better still is to take care when making decisions, when opening our mouths, when make choices without sitting down and counting the cost.

I think it's a good thing to have a back arrow on the computer, but I'm glad we can't do this in life. We would miss some rich learning experiences if we could just go back and opt out of the consequences of our actions. And I'm convinced that even if we could go back we would probably make the same choices all over again. Better to move forward into new things with what we have learned and use them as stepping stones to the future.

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY


For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 
2 Corinthians 6:2

QUOTE FOR THE DAY


Remember this hour, this day is the most important hour and day in this lifetime. The past cannot be altered but this time determines eternity.  
---Ralph Waldo Emerson---

Monday, October 19, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY





(The last of the Roses at Waterworks Park)

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 
Joshua 1:8


QUOTE FOR THE DAY




Any person who contributes to prosperity must prosper in turn.  
---Earl Nightingale---

Sunday, October 18, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY


Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness.  
2 Corinthians 9;10

QUOTE FOR THE DAY



A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green majesty of forests. I too will set my face to the wind and throw my handful of seed on high. ---Fiona Macleod---

Saturday, October 17, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY



Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.  
Luke 5:4

QUOTE FOR THE DAY


We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore.  
---Muriel Chen---

Friday, October 16, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY



For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  
1 John 5:4

QUOTE FOR THE DAY


A person who wholly follows the Lord is one who believes that the promises of God are trustworthy, that He is with His people, and that they are well able to overcome.  
---Watchman Nee---

Thursday, October 15, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY




...freely ye have received, freely give. 
Matthew 10:8

QUOTE FOR THE DAY


All that this world knows of living lies in giving--and more giving; 
He that keeps, be sure he loses--
Friendship grows by what it uses.
---Alexander Maclaren---

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY


And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 
Matthew 25:25, 28

QUOTE FOR THE DAY



Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?  
---Ben Franklin---

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY


According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 
Ephesians 1:4-6

QUOTE FOR THE DAY


Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.  
---Jeremy Kitson---

Monday, October 12, 2009

PERCEPTION


 A Strange Answer


Years ago a Chinese student was asked by the University of Chicago's president what he saw as the most noticeable characteristic of Americans. His answer was that their eyes had an odd slant. (Story taken from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, published in 1937.)

Why this answer? Perception. Because their eyes were different from his own.

What is your perception of the shamrock in the above photo? Is your eye drawn to the spindly stems that look as though they are too flimsy to stand up alone let alone hold up flowers and leaves? Or do you notice first the strength of those stems to hold up those huge leaves without drooping?

Perception: Impression, understanding, view.

Do you find yourself always looking on the dark side of things? Do you perceive that everything, in a friend's words, "is terrible"? Everything is going wrong. Things just never work out. Life is hard.

Or do you see the silver lining in every cloud? Can you 'perceive' the situation you are in as being a stepping stone to something better in your life? Do you realize that the way you look at things, the way you perceive them, will dictate how they turn out in the end?

If you see only disaster in your future, disaster is usually what you'll find. But if you can picture yourself benefiting by your current situation, learning a life-lesson that will carry you through the next trial, then you will see victory in your life.

Your Choice

Often things come unbidden into our lives. Many times we have no control over what happens. But if you perceive them in the right light, you will be an overcomer. The outcome is entirely in your hands. It's your choice. It's a matter of perception.

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY



He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. 
Proverbs 28:27

A BIT OF HUMOR FOR MONDAY


QUOTE FOR THE DAY



From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.  
---Arthur Ashe---

Sunday, October 11, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY



And walk in love, as Christ aslo hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.  
Ephesians 5:2

QUOTE FOR THE DAY



Fragrance clings to the hand that gives the rose. 
---Anonymous---

Saturday, October 10, 2009

SCRIPTURE FOR THE DAY



A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.  
Proverbs 1:5