Friday, December 2, 2011

Pray it Off 10/06/2011 Song All Kinds of People by Susan Ashton

Pray it Off 10/06/2011 Exercise & Emotional Pain, Max Lucado, Carrot Soup

Newsweek states that Exercise can Increase intelligence: It can also Heal Emotional Pain

EACH DAY I CHOOSE BY MAX LUCADO Max Lucado quote is from his book When God Whispers Your Name.

Carrot, Tomato and Zucchini Soup By Fiona Haynes, Guide

Pray it Off 10/06/2011 Emotional Healing and Baggage Continued

Emotional Baggage Dr. Marty Baker

Pray it Off 10/06/2011 Emotional Healing and Baggage

Hidden Emotion and Emotional Healing...

Emotional Baggage Dr. Marty Baker

Pray it Off 09/29/2011 Save Your Knees, Prayer , Garden Minestrone, Legumes

How To Save Your Knees, One Step At A Time From

Prayer of Encouragement From Grain of Wheat Website

Garden Minestrone

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pray it Off 09/29/2011 Positive Programming & Self Image/Self Sabotage

Happiness, Mental Health, Coping Abilities and the Power of "Positive Programming" By Roberta Temes, PhD

Self Image And Self Sabotage by Tom Venuto

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pray it Off 09/29/2011 The Power of Positive Language

Bad Language - A Major Cause of Weight Loss Failure (From Diet Weight Loss Authority David Ferrers)

The Power of Positive Language By: Susan Wilson

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pray it Off 09/22/2011 St.Pio Feast Day & Novena & Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad

St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad


2009, Ina Garten, All Rights Reserved 4 Servings


For the vinaigrette:
• 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
• 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
• 1/4 cup minced shallots (1 large)
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1/2 cup good olive oil
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 6 cups baby arugula, washed and spun dry
• 1/8th seedless watermelon, rind removed, and cut in 1-inch cubes
• 12 ounces good feta cheese, 1/2-inch diced
• 1 cup (4 ounces) whole fresh mint leaves, julienned


Whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion. If not using within an hour, store the vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator.
Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl. Drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat the greens lightly and toss well. Taste for seasonings and serve immediately.

Pray it Off 09/22/2011 All or Nothing & Black & White Thinking

Letting Go of All-or-Nothing Thinking Written by Christine Kane

All or Nothing’, or ‘Black and White’ Thinking and Depression

Pray it Off 09/22/2011 The Top 10 Types of Stinkin' Thinkin'

The Top 10 Types of “Stinkin’ Thinkin’”By DAVID BURNS

Pray It Off 09/22/2011 Is Stinkin' Thinkin' Sabatoging Your Success?

“Is 'Stinkin Thinkin' Sabotaging Your Success?” By Michelle Armstrong

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pray it Off 09/15/2011 Song - Iridescent by Linkin Park

Thanks to my BFF Nancy S. for sharing this with me.

Let it go......

Pray it Off 09/15/2011 Serenity Prayer, Autumn Exercise, Taco Soup, Turkey Chili

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

Reinhold Niebuhr

How to Exercise in Autumn By Marina Hanes

Weight Watchers Taco Soup -

Turkey Chili Jenny Levison, Souper Jenny Atlanta

Pray it Off 09/15/2011 Let it Go and Feel Less Pain

40 Ways to Let Go and Feel Less Pain by Lori Deschene

Let It Go: Taming Soft Addictions By Jeanie Lerche Davis

Pray it Off 09/15/2011 Successful Weight Loss Comes by Letting Go of the Old

Successful Weight Loss Comes By Letting Go of the Old by Maria's Last Diet

Letting Go Of Your Past - Moving On With Life How to Deal With Your Mistakes and Move On by Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

The Confidence to Let Go of the Past and Our Suffering by Catherine Pratt

Pray it Off 09/08/2011 Song - Every Season by Nichole Nordeman

Every Season by Nichole Nordeman

Every evening sky, an invitation
To trace the patterned stars
And early in July, a celebration
For freedom that is ours
And I notice You in children’s games
In those who watch them from the shade
Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder
You are summer

And even when the trees have just surrendered
To the harvest time
Forfeiting their leaves in late September
And sending us inside
Still I notice You when change begins
And I am braced for colder winds
I will offer thanks for what has been and was to come
You are autumn

And everything in time and under heaven
Finally falls asleep
Wrapped in blankets white, all creation
Shivers underneath
And still I notice you
When branches crack
And in my breath on frosted glass
Even now in death, You open doors for life to enter
You are winter

And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced
Teaching us to breathe
What was frozen through is newly purposed
Turning all things green
So it is with You
And how You make me new
With every season’s change
And so it will be
As You are re-creating me
Summer, autumn, winter, spring

Pray it Off 09/08/2011 Breaking Bad Habits, CS Lewis, Fish Recipe

Tips for Breaking Bad Habits and Developing Good Habits (

Counting The Cost By C.S. Lewis

Baked or Grilled or Broiled Fish With Ritz Cracker Crumb Topping from and The Frank’s

Pray it Off 09/08/2011 Developing Good Habits Continued

Developing Good Habits by Susan Scholl

How to Develop Good Habits That Can Aid Your Weight Loss by Michele Wilkinson and Joan Inong

Guide to Healthy Eating Habits T. Anthony MD, J.Vallone, RD, D.Ford

Pray it Off 09/08/2011 Developing Good Habits

Developing Good Habits For Moving Forward In Life (mysuperchargedlife)

There Must Be More Than This: Finding More Life, Love, and Meaning by Overcoming Your Soft Addictions by Judith Wright

Pray it Off 09/01/2011 Carbohydrates and Flaxseed

Three Mantras

“If I want to lose weight permanently, I have to stop eating when I’m upset—every time. People without weight problems don’t eat when they’re upset. They either tolerate their negative emotions or try to solve the problem or call a friend or take a walk or go online or read a magazine or watch television. But they don’t eat.”

“Negative emotions are uncomfortable but not dangerous. I don’t have to “fix” them. I’ve had lots of times when I’ve felt very upset but I haven’t eaten. I’ve never exploded or lost control. The worst thing that will happen if I don’t eat is that my distress will peak and then the intensity of my emotions will go down. “

“If I eat, I’ll be temporarily distracted from my distress but whatever problem led to my distress in the first place will still be there and then I’ll also have the problem of feeling badly that I ate and I’ll really feel badly when I see that the scale has gone up.”


The Benefits of Flaxseed By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD WebMD Expert Column

Beaver Lake State Park

Low Carb Stuffed Bell Peppers

Pray it Off 09/01/2011 Learning Humility

Learning Humility: Not Every Flower can be a Rose By Jennifer Hartline
Catholic Online (

Pray it Off 09/01/2011 Living the Virtue of Humility

Living the Virtue of Humility - By Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pray it Off 08/25/2011 Song - The Motions by Matthew West

Pray it Off 08/25/2011 Stay With Me Lord - A St. PIO Prayer

Stay With Me Lord - A St. PIO Prayer -

Pray it Off 08/25/2011 Exercise for Weight Control

Exercise for Weight Control by Anne Collins

Pray it Off 08/25/2011 Losing Weight Is TOUGH!!


1400 Calorie Week 1 Combination Meal Plan

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pray it Off 08/18/2011 Song - God is in Control by Twila Paris

GOD IS IN CONTROL by Twila Paris

This is no time for fear
This is a time for faith and determination
Don't lose the vision here carried away by emotion
Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
Oh God is in control, oh God is in control

History marches on
There is a bottom line drawn across the ages
Culture can make its plan
Oh, but the line never changes
No matter how the deception may fly
There is one thing that has always been true
It will be true forever

He has never let you down, why start to worry now?
Why start to worry now?
He is still the Lord of all we see
And He is still the loving Father
Watching over you and me, watching over you, watching over me
Watching over everything, watching over you, watching over me
Every little sparrow, every little thing

Pray it Off 08/18/2011 Raw Veggies vs Cooked, Walking, Cabbage Soup

Fact or Fiction: Raw veggies are healthier than cooked ones.

5 Benefits of Walking Outdoors!

Zero Point Weight Watchers CABBAGE SOUP What you can do when your produce is “funky”

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pray It Off 08/18/2011 Daily Calorie Requirements and 1400 Calorie Plan

Adult Age Height Weight Chart

Daily Calorie Requirement Chart

1400 Calorie Plan for Losing 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks

Dieting Made Easy: Your So-Simple Shopping List (Edited from

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pray it Off 08/11/2011 Legacy by Nicole Nordeman

Pray it Off 08/11/2011 5 On-Line Weight Loss Trackers & Boosting Your Metabolism

Five Best Weight-Management Tools (

7 Things To Do To Boost Your Metabolic Rate From

Pray it Off 08/11/2011 What Should a Christian Do If Overwhelmed With Depression?

What Should a Christian Do if Overwhelmed With Depression?Author: Dr. John Bechtle

Pray it Off 08/11/2011 Obesity and Depression

Obesity and Depression Carrying the weight of the world. by Keecha Harris, Dr.PH., R.D., for MSN Health & Fitness

6 Practical and Powerful Ways to Overcome Depression* By John Van Sickel *

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pray it Off 08/04/2011 Song - Trust You by Brandon Heath

Pray It Off 08/04/2011 Overcoming Stress

Overcoming Stress

Pray It Off 08/04/2011 Psychological Eating

Psychological Eating (

Pray it Off 08/04/2011 Why Willpower Doesn't Work for Stress Eating

Why Willpower Doesn’t Work For Stress Eating from

08/04/2011 Goals of the Pray it Off Group


1. Drink more water.
2. Lose 10 lbs.
3. Exercise more.
4. Exercise in the pool.
5. Eliminate refined/processed carbohydrates from diet.
6. Resume exercising on the elliptical.
7. Increase my activity.
8. Do more exercise and more often.
9. Move more with more effort.
10. Get below 220 lbs. and be down for 3-5 weeks in a row.
11. Lose 10 lbs.
12. Try to increase walking.
13. Try to lose 8-9 more pounds.
14. Lose 12 lbs. in this session.
15. Lose 15 lbs.
16. Exercise on elliptical machine at least 30 minutes per day.
17. Lose 8 lbs.
18. Be at 198 lbs.
19. Be at 215 lbs. And more acclimated to life style.
20. Keep weight between 147-150 lbs.
21. Eat less snacks (carbs) between 4-7 pm.
22. Keep snack intake to 150-200 calories daily.
23. Exercise daily, if only for a ½ hr.
24. Pray to calm my inner self.
25. Drink at least 64 ozs. of water daily.
26. Do not eat very many snacks when my children come to visit.
27. Try to continue to take it “One day at a time”
28. Exercise more.
29. Lose 10 lbs. in this session.
30. Try to lose at least 1 lb. every week for the next 4 weeks.
31. Try to use some of the new “sample fueling breaks” in the next 1-2 weeks.
32. Try to lose 5 lbs. by the end of this session.
33. Would like to try and lose 20 lbs. in Session 8.
34. To weigh 150 lbs. by the end of Session 8.
35. To lose 40 lbs.; in reality at least 10 lbs.
36. Lose 10 lbs.
37. Write down what I eat daily.
38. Exercise more.
39. Lose at least 20 lbs.
40. Exercise more.
41. Lose 10 lbs. or more.
42. Follow the South Beach Diet.
43. Lose ½ to 1 lb. a week; and lose 24 lbs. by the end of this Session.
44. To lose every week; try to lose 10 Lbs. for this Session.
45. Try not to cheat.
46. Get back on the wagon and cut back on fats and carbs.
47. Take off what I put back on.
48. Take off my last 20 lbs.
49. Make the transition of a mother of 1 to an empty nester.
50. Be more in tune to why I'm here.
51. Use more self control and less excuses.
52. To practice inflexible eating.
53. To walk 1 hr. a day and strength train every other day.
54. To pray for others and myself daily.
55. Make more good decisions.
56. Eat less bread.
57. Hit the 220's.
58. Lose 10 lbs.
59. Would like to lose a little more weight and firm up.
60. Keep the weight off; lose 5 more lbs.
61. Keep exercising.
62. Lose 10 lbs. and then maintain.
63. Concentrate on losing some weight and keeping it off.
64. Get back to my original 50 lb. weight loss.
65. To lose 5 lbs.
66. By the end of 6 months would like to have a more positive attitude towards myself and
67. Try not to swear at work.
68. Walk more frequently.
69. Cut down on the cookies.
70. Hope to hurt less and be able to walk more.
71. Hope to eat less and make portions smaller.
72. Log daily and be serious about it.
73. Plan meals for my family ahead of time.
74. Exercise everyday.
75. To find a better balance and planning for my on the go lifestyle.
76. Continue to move more and keep exercising.
77. Lose 5 lbs.; get out and stay out of the 150's.
78. Lower my blood pressure and cholesterol figure.
79. Lose 10 lbs. by the end of September.
80. Eat more healthy foods; no more fast foods.
81. Show a good weight loss by November of 10 – 15 lbs.
82. Lower weight by 30 lbs. in 6 months.
83. Would like to lose 75-100 lbs.
84. Try to figure out how to eat “right” when upset with certain issues.
85. Lose 15 lbs.
86. Lose 40 lbs.; and tone my body of the excessive fat.
87. Lose 30 lbs. in 6 months.
88. Lose 50 lbs.
89. Feel better about myself.
90. Lose 10 lbs.
91. Be more active, even if I have no ambition.
92. Plan meals better and make better choices when I go out to eat.
93. Put my self first.
94. Find a nice guy to date.
95. Try to concur negative thoughts about my body image.
96. Find a permanent job.
97. Exercise more daily.
98. Lose 40-50 lbs. and be a better me.
99. My goal is to lose 45 lbs, but try to lose 30 lbs. in 6 months.
100. Continue with my plan to lose weight.
101. Lose 10 lbs. or more.
102. Lose 60 lbs.
103. My first goal is to lose 10 lbs.; and eventually a total of 40 lbs.
104. My goal is to lose a total of 70 lbs.
105. Feel good about myself.
106. To be more active with my family.
107. Commit my mind, body and soul to this program.
108. Lose 35 lbs. by the end of this Session.
109. I want to succeed.
110. Lose 58 lbs. by the end of this Session; starting with 10 lbs. and continuing.
111. Lose 10 lbs., until I am at 145 lbs.
112. To lose 10 lbs.
113. Work on drinking all my water.
114. Increase my exercise.
115. Take my time when reading the Bible and reflect more on the readings; not to hurry through them.

Friday, October 28, 2011

There Will Be a Day by Jeremy Camp Dedicated to Those We've Lost and Love

Steve Lonergan, Jim Gleeson, Gabe LeDuc, Joe Capriotti

Our Friends In This Life and The Next

There Will Be A Day by Jeremy Camp

I try to hold on to this world with everything I have
But I feel the weight of what it brings, and the hurt that tries to grab
The many trials that seem to never end, His word declares this truth,
that we will enter in this rest with wonders anew

But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering

Chorus: There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face but until that day, we'll hold on to you always

I know the journey seems so long. You feel you’re walking on your own
But there has never been a step where you’ve walked out all alone
Troubled soul don’t lose your heart cause joy and peace he brings
And the beauty that’s in store outweighs the hurt of life’s sting. But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings. That there will be a place with no more suffering


I can’t wait until that day where the very one I’ve lived for always will wipe away the sorrow that I’ve faced. To touch the scars that rescued me from a life of shame and misery this is why this is why I sing


Pray it Off 07/28/2011 Successful Weight Loss Ingredients, Whey Protein Shakes

Successful Weight Loss Ingredients for Success By Paige Waehner,

Whey Protein Shakes

Pray It Off 07/28/2011 Mental Commitment to Weight Loss

Mental Commitment to Weight Loss

Pray it Off 07/28/2011 The 3 C's Of Weight Loss Success: Commitment, Consistency, Control

The 3 C’s of Weight Loss Success: Commitment, Consistency and Control By Becky Wenner

Rate Your Commitment to Weight Loss By: Tanya Jolliffe

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pray It Off 07/21/2011 Baby Boomers & Exercise Plus a 1600 Calorie Plan

Baby Boomers: 10 Tips to Consider BEFORE Starting An Exercise Program

Meal Plan: 1600 Calories Menus and Meal Plans

Pray It Off 07/21/2011 Is There a Shortcut to Weight Loss?

Is There a Shortcut to Weight Loss? How your shortcut might end up the longest road to your health and fitness goals By Paige Waehner, Guide

Pray it Off Session 8 07/21/2011 Are You Ready for a Lifestyle Change?

YES!! Session 8 Begins! Three and a half years of Pray it Off!

Are You Ready to Change Your Lifestyle? Quiz by Lisa Barnes Are You Ready to Make a Lifestyle Change? By Paige Waehner, Guide

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pray it Off 07/07/11 End of Session 7 Salad Party

Thanks to Bob and all the members of Pray it Off - I love you! Ellen

Pray it Off 06/30/11 Song - Creed by Rich Mullins

Pray It Off 06/30/11 The Brick and How To Stay Young

The Brick and How to Stay Young -

Pray it Off 06/30/11 Low Carb Diet, 100 Calorie Snacks, Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Low-Carb Eating Plan* A How-To Manual for Weight Loss and Diabetes Control

Sample Fueling Breaks This is from "Dr. A's Habits of Health" by Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen

Pray it Off 06/30/2011 Conventional Diets Don't Work

Is This Any Way to Lose Weight? Why Conventional Diets Don't Work Article found in The Reader’s Digest 2/11

Pray it Off 06/23/2011 Song - God Will Take Care of You by David Phelps

God Will Take Care Of You by David Phelps

You don’t say a word, but I know you’re so afraid
Trying hard to take a step of faith.
You’re so confused and you’re so alone
Standing face to face with the unknown.

Every need you have God already knows about it.
Still He longs to hear from you.
I believe if you put your trust in Him
That is where the road of faith begins.


'Cause if His eye is on the sparrow when it comes to me and you
There is no place He won’t go
And nothing He won’t do.
Like a mother cradles a child
His grace covers us somehow.
So whatever you go through
God will take care of you.

Change is never easy; but it’s just part of living.
There’s so much more that we can see.
A higher place so far above it all
Is ours when we’re faithful to His call.


We don’t know.
We don’t have to understand.
The how’s, the why’s, the when’s
Give it all to Him.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pray it Off 06/23/2011 Whey Protein and Weight Loss

Check out Weigh Protein and Weight Loss at

Pray it Off 06/23/2011 Metabolism Boosting Foods

I found some great information - Natural Metabolism Boosters found at and Boost Your Metabolism at and Metabolism Boosting Foods

Pray it Off 06/23/2011 Metabolism Boosters

I cited the following articles for this blog. Metabolism Boosters Found at and 7 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism at *

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pray it Off 06/17/2011 Song - Ok by Rebecca St. James

OK by Rebecca St. James

Inwardly, I
See your smile
And I reach for, I reach for it
'Cause I know it's all gonna be ok

It's all gonna be okay, okay, OK
that is why I always say
It's all gonna be OK

I want to,
Cover you with presents
But my love is all I have
So take me, take me now
'Cause I know you'll not abandon me
You will complete what's begun in me

It's all gonna be okay, okay, OK
That is why I always say
It's all gonna be okay now
It's all gonna be OK

As I,
Come closer now
Hold me
And wipe away my tears
Hold me...Oh

It's all gonna be okay, okay, OK
That is why I always say
It's OK

Pray it Off 06/17/2011 Exercise Consistency & Healthy Egg White Western Omelet

I found a nice article on Exercise Consistency at Spark People and a Great Healthy Egg White Western Omelet at Every Diet's site.



Pray it Off 06/17/2011 What is the Meaning of Life?

This blog references this website - What is the Meaning of Life?

Pray It Off 06/17/2011 The Meaning of Life

In this blog I discussed the article The Meaning of Life found at

Friday, September 16, 2011

God Will Lift Up Your Head by Jars of Clay

Pray It Off June 9, 2011 Grace, South Beach, Swimming, Cobb Salad

Grace: What It Is and What It Does*

If you took your parish’s catechism classes when you were growing up, you at least remember that there are two kinds of grace, sanctifying and actual. That may be all you recall. The names being so similar, you might have the impression sanctifying grace is nearly identical to actual grace. Not so.

Sanctifying grace stays in the soul. It’s what makes the soul holy; it gives the soul supernatural life. More properly, it is supernatural life.
Actual grace, by contrast, is a supernatural push or encouragement. It’s transient. It doesn’t live in the soul, but acts on the soul from the outside, so to speak. It’s a supernatural kick in the pants. It gets the will and intellect moving so we can seek out and keep sanctifying grace.

Imagine yourself transported instantaneously to the bottom of the ocean. What’s the very first thing you’ll do? That’s right: die. You’d die because you aren’t equipped to live underwater. You don’t have the right breathing apparatus.

If you want to live in the deep blue sea, you need equipment you aren’t provided with naturally; you need something that will elevate you above your nature, something super- (that is, "above") natural, such as oxygen tanks.

It’s much the same with your soul. In its natural state, it isn’t fit for heaven. It doesn’t have the right equipment, and if you die with your soul in its natural state, heaven won’t be for you. What you need to live there is supernatural life, not just natural life. That supernatural life is called sanctifying grace. The reason you need sanctifying grace to be able to live in heaven is because you will be in perfect and absolute union with God, the source of all life (cf. Gal. 2:19, 1 Pet. 3:18).

If sanctifying grace dwells in your soul when you die, then you have the equipment you need, and you can live in heaven (though you may need to be purified first in purgatory; cf. 1 Cor. 3:12–16). If it doesn’t dwell in your soul when you die—in other words, if your soul is spiritually dead by being in the state of mortal sin (Gal. 5:19-21)— you cannot live in heaven. You then have to face an eternity of spiritual death: the utter separation of your spirit from God (Eph. 2:1, 2:5, 4:18). The worst part of this eternal separation will be that you yourself would have caused it to be that way.

Spiritual Suicide You can obtain supernatural life by yielding to actual graces you receive. God keeps giving you these divine pushes, and all you have to do is go along.

For instance, he moves you to repentance, and if you take the hint you can find yourself in the confessional, where the guilt for your sins is remitted (John 20:21–23). Through the sacrament of penance, through your reconciliation to God, you receive sanctifying grace. But you can lose it again by sinning mortally (1 John 5:16–17).

Keep that word in mind: mortal. It means death. Mortal sins are deadly sins because they kill off this supernatural life, this sanctifying grace. Mortal sins can’t coexist with the supernatural life, because by their nature such sins are saying "No" to God, while sanctifying grace would be saying "Yes."

Venial sins don’t destroy supernatural life, and they don’t even lessen it. Mortal sins destroy it outright. The trouble with venial sins is that they weaken us, making us more vulnerable to mortal sins.

When you lose supernatural life, there’s nothing you can do on your own to regain it. You’re reduced to the merely natural life again, and no natural act can merit a supernatural reward. You can merit a supernatural reward only by being made able to act above your nature, which you can do only if you have help—grace.

To regain supernatural life, you have to receive actual graces from God. Think of these as helping graces. Such graces differ from sanctifying grace in that they aren’t a quality of the soul and don’t abide in it. Rather, actual graces enable the soul to perform some supernatural act, such as an act of faith or repentance. If the soul responds to actual grace and makes the appropriate supernatural act, it again receives supernatural life.

Really Cleansed Sanctifying grace implies a real transformation of the soul. Recall that most of the Protestant Reformers denied that a real transformation takes place. They said God doesn’t actually wipe away our sins. Our souls don’t become spotless and holy in themselves. Instead, they remain corrupted, sinful, full of sin. God merely throws a cloak over them and treats them as if they were spotless, knowing all the while that they’re not.

But that isn’t the Catholic view. We believe souls really are cleansed by an infusion of the supernatural life. Paul speaks of us as "a new creation" (2 Cor. 5:17), "created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness" (Eph. 4:24). Of course, we’re still subject to temptations to sin; we still suffer the effects of Adam’s Fall in that sense (what theologians call "concupiscence"); but God removes the guilt from our souls. We may still have a tendency to sin, but God has removed the sins we have, much like a mother might wash the dirt off of a child who has a tendency to get dirty again.

Our wills are given the new powers of hope and charity, things also absent at the merely natural level.

According to Scripture, sanctification and justification aren’t just one-time events, but are ongoing processes in the life of the believer. Both can be spoken of as past-time events, as Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 6:11: "But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God." Sanctification is also a present, ongoing process, as the author of Hebrews notes: "For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified" (Heb. 10:14). In regard to justification also being an on-going process, compare Romans 4:3; Genesis 15:6 with both Hebrews 11:8; Genesis 12:1-4 and James 2:21-23; Genesis 22:1-18. In these passages, Abraham's justification is advanced on three separate occasions.

Can Justification Be Lost? Most Fundamentalists go on to say that losing ground in the sanctification battle won’t jeopardize your justification. You might sin worse than you did before "getting saved," but you’ll enter heaven anyway, because you can’t undo your justification, which has nothing to do with whether you have supernatural life in your soul.

Calvin taught the absolute impossibility of losing justification. Luther said it could be lost only through the sin of unbelief; that is, by undoing the act of faith and rejecting Christ; but not by what Catholics call mortal sins.

Catholics see it differently. If you sin grievously, the supernatural life in your soul disappears, since it can’t co-exist with serious sin. You then cease to be justified. If you were to die while unjustified, you’d go to hell. But you can become re-justified by having the supernatural life renewed in your soul, and you can do that by responding to the actual graces God sends you.

Acting on Actual Graces He sends you an actual grace, say, in the form of a nagging voice that whispers, "You need to repent! Go to confession!" You do, your sins are forgiven, you’re reconciled to God, and you have supernatural life again (John 20:21–23). Or you say to yourself, "Maybe tomorrow," and that particular supernatural impulse, that actual grace, passes you by. But another is always on the way, God never abandoning us to our own stupidity (1 Tim. 2:4).

Once you have supernatural life, once sanctifying grace is in your soul, you can increase it by every supernaturally good action you do: receiving Communion, saying prayers, performing the corporal works of mercy. Is it worth increasing sanctifying grace once you have it; isn’t the minimum enough? Yes and no. It’s enough to get you into heaven, but it may not be enough to sustain itself. It’s easy to fall from grace, as you know. The more solidly you’re wed to sanctifying grace, the more likely you can withstand temptations.

And if you do that, you maintain sanctifying grace. In other words, once you achieve the supernatural life, you don’t want to take it easy. The minimum isn’t good enough because it’s easy to lose the minimum. We must continually seek God’s grace, continually respond to the actual graces God is working within us, inclining us to turn to him and do good. This is what Paul discusses when he instructs us: "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain" (Phil. 2:12–16).


The South Beach Diet Review by MayoClinic.Com

Weight loss

The South Beach Diet says that you'll lose 8 to 13 pounds in the two-week period that you're in phase 1. It also says that most of the weight will be shed from your midsection. In phase 2, it says that you'll likely lose 1 to 2 pounds a week.
Most people can lose weight on almost any diet, especially in the short term. Most important to weight loss is how many calories you take in and how many calories you burn off. A weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week is the typical recommendation. Although it may seem slow, it's a pace that's more likely to help you maintain your weight loss permanently. Losing a large amount of weight rapidly could indicate that you're losing water weight or lean tissue, rather than fat. In some situations, however, faster weight loss can be safe if it's done in a healthy way. For example, doctors may prescribe a medically supervised very low calorie diet for rapid weight loss if you're obese or have serious health problems. In addition, some diets include an initiation phase to help you jump start your weight loss, including the South Beach Diet and the Mayo Clinic Diet.

Health benefits

The South Beach Diet, while mainly directed at weight loss, may promote certain healthy changes.
Research shows that following a long-term eating plan that's rich in healthy carbohydrates and dietary fats can improve your health. For example, lower carbohydrate diets with healthy fats may improve your blood cholesterol levels. On the other hand, no long-term, randomized controlled clinical trials have measured the health outcomes of the South Beach Diet. Nor have there been such studies of the overall health or cardiovascular benefits of following a low-glycemic-index diet. But eating such foods as whole grains, unsaturated fats, vegetables and fruits should help to promote good health.


The South Beach Diet is generally safe if you follow it as outlined in official South Beach Diet books and websites. However, if you severely restrict your carbohydrates, you may experience problems from ketosis. Ketosis, caused by the breakdown of dietary fat, can sometimes lead to weakness, nausea, dehydration and dizziness.


There are so many swimming benefits, from physical to mental to social. Understanding all the benefits of swimming is important because swimming really can change your life. In fact, it can even extend your life!

Here are some swimming benefits:

• Low impact — When you exercise on land, such as running or walking, you put a lot of pressure on your joints, bones and muscles. With swimming, the buoyancy of water acts cushions your body and is no harsh pounding to stress your joints and muscles. In fact, swimming is regarded as one of the safest exercises, with very little risk of injury. And many people who have been injured turn to swimming as a way to exercise, and even rehabilitate their injuries.

• Anyone can do it — No matter your age, weight, skill level, or fitness level, swimming is an excellent choice for anyone including overweight people, people with disabilities , pregnant women and seniors.

• Longevity — A recent study shows that swimming helps you live longer. In a study of more than 40,000 men ages 20 to 90, swimmers were 50 percent less likely to die during the 32 year study period than were walkers or runners.

• Weight loss — You burn around three calories a mile per pound of bodyweight. So if you weigh 150 pounds and you swim one mile in 30 minutes, then you will burn 900 calories per hour. Of course, how many calories you burn depends on how much you weigh and the intensity of your workout. If you weigh 150 pounds and swim at moderate intensity, you will burn around 600 calories per hour.

• Cross- training — Swimming is also a great way to do cross-training, when added to your regular workouts. Before a land workout, swimming helps you warm up. After a land workout, swimming helps you cool down, recover your muscles and relax.

• Physical health benefits — Swimming builds flexibility, endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular health. Water adds 12 times more resistance than air, so it takes more work to move through water than air. Swimming not only helps strengthen muscles, it also helps builds lean, flexible muscles.

• Mental benefits — For many swimmers, swimming is like a form of mediation. This is because swimming is a focused activity that cannot be combined with distractions like reading or watching television. Swimming forces you to regulate your breathing, and allows you to focus on nothing but the rhythm of your stroke. It reduces stress and leaves you feel relaxed and refreshed.

• Recreation — Swimming is a lot of fun and can be a great way to socialize. Whether at the beach or a pool, it is fun to swim with other people. You can join a water aerobics class or a master’s swim practice, and socialize while you workout.

Swimming is a lifetime sport that benefits the body, mind and spirit.


Most people know that activity in water can be used to treat and even heal a long list of physical ailments, and that physicians have long touted the benefits of swimming for just about everyone.

New studies continue to show the physical and mental benefits of swimming or other aquatic activity.

One new study shows that swimming cuts men’s risk of dying by about 50% compared to runners, walkers and sedentary peers. The University of South Carolina study led by Dr. Steven Blair evaluated more than 40,000 men over a 32 year period.“Swimmers had the lowest death rate,” explains Blair. “Therefore, swimming appears to be a healthy alternative to other types of physical activity.” Dr. Blair also found that regular swimmers had a higher cardio respiratory fitness than walkers and sedentary people.

Dr. Joel M. Stager, a researcher at the University of Indiana, has spent the past several years conducting studies on the relationship between swimming and aging. What he has found is nothing short of amazing.

“When you look at all the standard physiological markers associated with the aging process, we see that every one of them is slowed dramatically in people who swim regularly”, says Dr. Stager. “Exercising in water slows down the aging process, and often quite dramatically – by upwards of 20 percent in some cases. You almost cannot overstate the benefits of exercising in water.”

In fact Dr. Stager’s research points to a range of swimming benefits across the full spectrum of health. Research has shown that swimming slows down the aging process in terms of respiration, muscle mass, bone density, cardiovascular activity and neurological function.

Swimmers are seldom if ever injured. The vast majority of people studied have never experienced any kind of swimming related injury. And there are thousands of case histories and testimonials of people who’ve recovered from serious physical problems by working out in water. Ankle, hip and knee injuries, spinal injuries, neurological disorders, arthritis, all manner of sports injuries and most types of congenital disabilities can all be treated with some form of water exercise.

There is also evidence to suggest that swimming benefits mental health and even spiritual and social health.

“When you look at the benefits from the perspective of routine swimmers, it’s fair to say that it’s as close to a genuine fountain of youth as exists in the real world”, says Dr. Stager.


South Beach Crab Cobb Salad Recipe*

(Serves 2)

Salad Recipe Ingredients

6 handfuls romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 tin crabmeat, drained (and rinsed to keep the sodium down)
225g chopped ripe tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
50g crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons cholesterol-free bacon bits
50 ml prepared low-sugar dressing or olive oil vinaigrette

SouthBeach Recipe Cooking Method:

Arrange the lettuce on a large serving dish. Arrange the crabmeat, tomatoes, blue cheese and bacon bits in rows over the lettuce. Just before serving, drizzle some dressing evenly over the salad and toss well. Transfer to 2 chilled serving plates.

SouthBeach Recipe Food Nutrition Fact per serving :

27 g protein
12 g carbohydrates
13 g fat
4 g saturated fat
1012 mg sodium (Lower if you rinse the crab meat)
95 mg cholesterol
4 g fiber


Monday, September 12, 2011

Pray It Off 6/9/2011 Q&A from Overeaters Anonymous

Questions and Answers from Overeaters Anonymous

If I am powerless over food, where will I get the power to follow this plan?

Our Higher Power gives us the power, providing we do the footwork.

Working the Twelve Steps, committing our daily plan of eating to our Higher Power and a sponsor, going to meetings, making phone calls, studying the literature and using the other tools bring us the power to do what we have not been able to do before on our own.

How does having a plan of eating help me work the Steps?

The act of continually overeating and the never-ending attempts to hide our abnormal behavior squander great quantities of mental energy. Overeating clouds our thinking. Most newly abstinent people talk about the clarity and increased productivity that comes after a few weeks of abstinence.
The inner-change process of the Twelve Steps requires clarity and painstaking self-honesty. A plan of eating leading to abstinence puts food in the proper perspective, so we can devote our clear-headed energies to working with our Higher Power on changing those things in us that need changing.

What is the difference between a plan of eating and abstinence?

Abstinence from compulsive overeating is the objective of working our program. At the physical level, its simplest definition is to refrain from eating compulsively, and a plan of eating helps us to achieve this. At the emotional and spiritual levels, abstinence is a state of mind characterized by freedom from the food obsession; this comes because of working the Steps and surrendering to a Higher Power.

Isn't this just another diet?

We treat our food obsession as a physical, emotional and spiritual malady. A plan of eating is the beginning of learning a new, healthier way of eating. It is a way of life, not a temporary solution. Unlike dieting, a plan of eating is not about deprivation. Choosing to follow a healthy plan of eating is a positive choice for life.

Why is it so difficult to eliminate excess food?

There is no question that food often takes the edge off uncomfortable emotions. When we are abstinent, we begin to experience the feelings that food has kept us from facing. Recovery is about learning to face these feelings without seeking comfort in food. This is what we learn in our emotional and spiritual growth in the program. Excess food keeps us from "feeling and dealing", and we must put food down before we can get the full benefits of the program.

It seems like all I do is think about food. How can a plan of eating stop that?

A plan of eating allows us to minimize the time in the day that we have to think about food. We plan once a day, write it down, commit it to our Higher Power and a sponsor, and then don't think about food until it is time to eat. Committing the plan to our Higher Power and a sponsor allows us to clear our minds of food thoughts and improves our focus on the rest of our program and on our lives. Over time, our plan of eating will become a new, positive pattern.

Following a daily plan of eating seems too hard. What if I don't have the discipline?

Our willingness to do something about our compulsive overeating is a product of two things. The first is pain. The pain became so great that finally we were willing to take action. Second, we changed our minds about self-sufficiency. Most of us suffered from the delusion that self-sufficiency is one of the objectives of life and that not being self-sufficient is a defect.

To use the plan of eating tool, we have to be willing to accept that the disease is stronger than our willpower. We must be willing to try a way other than our own, which includes planning our meals and committing them to someone, letting go of problem foods, and learning to recognize the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger. We must be willing to begin again if we make a mistake. Moreover, we must be willing to put the pursuit of abstinence from compulsive overeating ahead of everything.

When the urge to eat is driving me crazy, how do I stick to my plan of eating?

Thinking of eating is not overeating. We do not have to act on our feelings. The worst thing we can do is try to talk ourselves out of it. Our unaided willpower will usually lose. Taking some short-term action—any action other than eating—will usually help alleviate the urge. We can do a few things. Ask our Higher Power to remove the urge, call another member and explain what is going on; get to a meeting; write about our feelings; read a piece of weight loss literature to help us focus on our recovery; and remind ourselves that we can abstain, no matter what.

What is the biggest danger to watch out for in trying to follow my plan of eating?

Mostly our thinking. Our irrational thinking may make us view a plan of eating as a loss of freedom, when in fact it leads to freedom. This illusion can keep us a slave to food forever. In addition, we remember not to focus only on our plan of eating. The recovery program is a three-part program physical, emotional, and spiritual. Focusing only on physical recovery usually does not result in abstinence. We have to work all three parts of the program if we hope to achieve and maintain long-term abstinence.

What is the connection between food and emotion?

For a compulsive overeater, anorexic or bulimic, eating is attached to emotions. We are never fully satisfied, no matter how much we eat or avoid eating, because we are eating for emotional reasons rather than physical reasons. We eat for excitement, love, celebration, loneliness, escape, pleasure, and comfort. We devour food, purge, or abort eating to anesthetize ourselves. We eat out of anger, resentment, envy, jealousy, fear, pride, guilt, and grief. As the problem worsens, and it always does because this is a progressive disease, the self-destructive impact of overeating begins to far outweigh the temporary pleasure or comfort that eating once brought. For the Anorexic, starvation becomes a way of obtaining that "emotional high" The Bulimic feels that "rush and relief" of the purge cycle. Eventually, some of us do this for so long that we become addicted to an eating pattern for no apparent reason, even when the pleasure has turn to pain.

What happens if I go off my plan?

Relapse is not inevitable. However, you should take every precaution to avoid it. If you make a mistake and go off your plan of eating, it does not make you a mistake. We admit our mistakes, learn whatever is to be learned from them, and move on. There is no value in feeling shame, guilt, and self-hate. A slip reaffirms that we continue to have a disease that we cannot control on our own. We are not failures because we have a failure. Failure is being unwilling to start over.

What about my family? How can I do this to them?

What we have found is that if we do not take care of ourselves, we cheat others out of our best. The best thing we can do for those we love is to recover from the disease, whatever it takes. Those who love us want us to be healthy and happy.

Will I be following this plan of eating the rest of my life?

You need to remain flexible and honest about your plan. A change in a plan of eating is not a break in abstinence, as long as you are not eating compulsively. Eating plans may change over time as you gain more experience or your body changes. You may think a particular food is not a trigger, and later find that it is. Alternatively, you may find that you need to lose weight, but are not doing so with your current plan of eating. If you have been in the program for awhile, you may find that you need either less food or more exercise to maintain a constant weight. You may even switch trigger foods. For awhile, you may have no trouble refraining from a particular food, and then one day wake up in the morning obsessing about it. When you think a change is in order, it is wise to consult a professional and notify your sponsor about changes in your plan.

What happens if I conscientiously follow my plan of eating?

The accomplishment begins to make us feel good about ourselves and grateful to our Higher Power. Our feelings of self-worth begin to grow when we see the results of working all three aspects of the program. We come to understand that our self-esteem comes not from others, but from within. Chaos and cloudiness are replaced with a new clarity. Our accomplishments reinforce that we are going in the right direction and motivate us to continue our journey through the Twelve Steps. This is what will ultimately lead to the food obsession being lifted. Moreover, becoming abstinent also puts us in a position to help others who are where we were.

You can do it

The fundamental truth is that you have the choice, if you are willing, to do something about your eating problem; regardless of your circumstances, regardless of what you have or haven't done in the past, regardless of how weak you think you are when it comes to food. You no longer have to be a prisoner of your eating disorder. You can, at this moment, begin a personal journey of recovery and transformation.

Pray it Off 6/9/2011 12 Step Christian Recovery Program

12 Step Christian Recovery Program*

Jesus said; “ I am the way, the truth and the life, no one can come to the Father except through Me”. From the Gospel of John chapter 14 verse 6

The first three steps are about making your peace with God.

Step One is recognizing your brokenness.

Step Two is about the birth of faith in you.

And Step Three involves a decision to let God be in charge of your life

Steps Four through Seven are about making peace with ourselves

Step Four involves self-examination.

Step Five is the discipline of confession.

Step Six is an inner transformation sometimes called repentance.

Step Seven involves the transformation or purification of our character

Steps Eight through Ten are about peace with others.

Step Eight involves examining our relationships and preparing ourselves to make amends.

Step Nine is the discipline of making amends.

Step Ten is about maintaining progress in

Steps Eleven and Twelve help us keep the peace we have established.

Step Eleven involves the spiritual disciplines of prayer and meditation.

Step Twelve is about ministry.

The Steps kept Simple

The First Step tells us that our flesh and our spirit are always at war with one another and we are powerless in respect of trying by ourselves to win the war.

The Second Step tells us that coming to believe in Jesus Christ is the only way to overcome the flesh.

The Third Step tells us that unless we turn our entire will and lives over to the care of Jesus we will be still be acting as if we have the power to overcome.

The Fourth Step tells us that Jesus wants us to begin the process of healing our relationships both past and present so that we can become a disciple who can witness with no hanging baggage.

The Fifth Step tells us to continue the healing process by confessing our sins to another human being.

The Sixth Step tells us to be sure that this is what we want to do and if it is then we must be entirely ready for God to heal us of all sinful effects brought upon us by either our doing (victim) or someone else (perpetrator) or both.

The Seventh Step tells us to ask God outright to heal of the effects of our sins.

The Eight Step tells us to be willing to partake in the healing of the relationships we discovered in Step Four.

The Ninth Step tells us to actively move in conjunction with the Holy Spirit towards healing all of our relationships.

The Tenth Step tells us how to keep a Daily Inventory about our relationships and when we are wrong to try to promptly admit it. Note: our relationships include that with God as well!

The Eleventh Step tells us to talk to God (prayer), to praise Him, to meditate on His word, and to ask that His will be done for us in our lives.

Step Twelve tells us to go and do the "great commission" given in all four gospels by Jesus.



What is meant by being powerless? It means that there is nothing we can do with our own power or will. No amount of effort, no amount of money, no amount of wishing and hoping and even no amount of programs or medications can alleviate the effects of our separation or lack of fellowship with God

The Book of Galatians chapter 5 verse 17 states For the flesh has desires against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want..

But praise God, there is One who can help us! The Apostle Paul tells us in the Book of Romans Chapter 7 verses 15, 17 and 24-25.

What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate. I know nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Now, note the word through because it is Jesus Christ who is going to get you through the steps.

Now what has caused this separation from God? The Book of Isaiah tells us in chapter 59 verse 2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.

This separation or lack of fellowship with God causes a sense of emptiness inside that we need to fill so we can feel better.

So, we try to fill the empty feeling with excessive drinking, drugging, gambling, pornography, overeating, and many substitute money and material items as their god. These excesses can lead to illness and sometimes death. But as someone once said; the temporary or seemingly good is often the deadly enemy of the permanent best.

And what does God say about these works of the flesh? Again, its the Book of Galatians that tells us in Chapter 5 verses 19-21 Now the works of the flesh are obvious, immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, act of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Ever since the creation of man, we have been rebelling against God. And right before He destroyed the world by a flood God said: how great was mans wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil From Genesis chapter 6 verse 5

What we need is a clean heart. A heart that accepts God for who He is, and a heart that desires to be filled on a daily basis not of worldly things or desires but to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God. As David says in Psalm 51 verse 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Here is an excerpt from the great book Faith in the Night Seasons by Chuck and Nancy Missler. They talk about Gods will for us, the purification of the body, soul and spirit.

Gods will for the believer is sanctification-the purification of our body, soul and spirit-so that Christ can be formed in us and we can experience His fullness. This aspect of Gods will is the one Christians
understand the least.

The purpose of salvation is so that we might be reconciled to God and be
delivered from sin. God wants us freed from sin so that we might fellowship and commune with Him. He wants to dwell among us. We were created for that purpose. Gods whole purpose in creating mankind was for loving fellowship.

Sanctification is the process by which God brings this perfection and
this completion. Scripture tells us that when we first believe in Christ, we are sanctified. In other words, it’s a fact that we are set apart and holy unto God. However, in order to experience this sanctification and all the benefits that go with it, we must allow God to conform us into His image, so that we can enjoy an intimate, love relationship.

The purpose of sanctification is twofold: outwardly to reflect Christ in
all that we do (abundant Life), and inwardly to experience His presence
(and His fullness). Abundant Life is simply experiencing Gods Life (His
Love, Wisdom and Power) in and through us in place of our own. Fullness of God is being totally filled up with him (inside and out). As Colossians 3:11 expresses it, Christ (has become) all and in all.

The key here is, that before God reveals Himself to us, we must first be willing to unconditionally obey Him. The more we trust and obey Him, the more He leads and guides us; the more we allow Him to lead and guide us, the more we will get to know Him; and the more we get to know Him the more we’ll experience and see His presence in our lives.

Now let us look at the Book of Romans chapter 12 verses 1 and 2
I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

You must now answer the following questions before going onto the next step. Do you believe that no human power can relieve your problem and that God can and will if He were sought? Do you admit that you are powerless over your circumstances and that your life is unmanageable? Do you believe that you have acted in a manner that is not very sane? What are you willing to do to get well?

When do you want to get well?


Pray it Off 6/9/11 Christian 12 Step Recovery

Christian 12 Step Recovery
By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir* (Edited)

This recovery program works! There has been no better way that earnestly helps people recover from their past hurts, addictions and dependency than the Twelve-Step program.

Is the 12 Step program good for a Bible-believing Christian?

YES! The twelve-step program developed and used by Alcoholics Anonymous has its roots in the research and teachings of Episcopal priest Rev. Samuel Moor Shoemaker, Jr., and Dr. Frank N.D. Buchman, a Lutheran pastor from an Oxford Christian group in England who gleaned their ideas directly from Scripture. Thus, the 12-step method is based on Christian biblical precepts.

The Alcoholics Anonymous program is based from:

• informal home-like settings for meetings, intended to highlight the pleasures of spiritual fellowship;
• an expectation that members would remain in their own churches, turning to A.A. not for theological interpretations, but for support in living a moral life;
• a focus on gradually realizing a "changed life" by passing through "stages," a concept that presents sobriety as something positive rather than merely the absence of alcohol or drunkenness;
• the policy that A.A. workers, especially its founders, should never be paid;
• an emphasis on helping others in order to change one's own life.

The Oxford Group's teachings in the early 1930’s are based on the following six, basic, biblical principles:

• Human beings are sinners.
• Human beings can be changed.
• Confession is a prerequisite to change.
• The changed soul has direct access to God.
• The age of miracles has returned.
Those who have been changed are to change others.

In addition, A.A. incorporated the philosophy the Oxford Group's five procedures, which were:

• Giving in to God.
• Listening to God's directions.
• Checking guidance.
• Restitution.
• Sharing, both confession and witness.

Alcoholics Anonymous, in a 1937 book, by one if its founders, Wilson laid down six steps of a successful Christian recovery program, based on what he and other A.A. members experienced and learned from Pastor Shoemaker and the Oxford Group. The six steps were:

1. We admitted that we were licked, that we were powerless over alcohol.
2. We made an inventory of our defects or sins.
3. We confessed or shared our shortcomings with another person in confidence.
4. We made restitution to all those we had harmed by our drinking.
5. We tried to help other alcoholics, with no thought of reward in money or prestige.
6. We prayed to whatever god (As a follower of Christ we seek the One TRUE GOD) we thought there was for power to practice these precepts.

The twelve steps now are:

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our selves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

12 Christian Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous & Biblical References

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol ... that our lives had become unmanageable. "I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." (Romans 7:18)

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. "... my grace is sufficient for you, for my POWER is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
..for it God Who works in you to will and act according to His good purpose.. (Phil. 2:13)

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of GOD as we understood Him. "... If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23)

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our selves. "Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord." (Lamentations 3:40)

5. Admitted to GOD, to our selves, and to another human being the exact nature
of our wrongs. "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." (James 5:16)

6. Were entirely ready to have GOD remove all these defects of character. "If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land." (Isaiah 1:19)

7. Humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up." (James 4:10)

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift." (Matthew 5:23, 24)

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Give and it shall be given you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38)

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. "For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith GOD has given you." (Romans 12:3)

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with GOD, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will, and the power to carry that out. "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly..." (Col. 3:16)

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and practice these principles in all our affairs. "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ." (Galatians 6:1-2)

In my nearly thirty years of experience in this area, I have come to understand that when an addict does not do these 12 steps, especially 1, 5 and 8, they almost always go back to their dependency! That is why these steps are so essential and timeless and they work if you work them!

You cannot help someone who does not want to be helped. We have to realize that for us to go anywhere in our recovery as well as in our life as a Christian we have to surrender it and our will to Him. As our Lord moves among us, He will only ask this question of those who want to be healed. Do you want to be healed (John 5:6)? He may say nothing to those who do not or will not look to Him. It has been my experience and research that most Christians may not yet have reached the place this man in John 5 had reached. They are not helpless enough yet. They are not ready to give up on human efforts to solve their problems. They have not realized their need or the plan that God has for them. They are not ready to admit they cannot make it on their own. They are still determined to get into the water by themselves when it is stirred, when they determine to do so, when it is their will—regardless of God’s will.

Jesus usually works within the parameters of what we will allow, so when we put up barriers, although He could easily penetrate them, He chooses to do nothing for those who do not want His help (Psalm 139 1-24; Isaiah 40:29; Jeremiah 29:11; Matthew 7:7-11; 9:12-13; Mark 9:23-24; John 3:16-18; 14:1-3; Philippians 2:12-13).

Do you want to be healed?


Pray It Off June 2, 2011 The Ascension and The Novena to the Holy Spirit

Ascension of Our Lord*

The Feast of the Ascension (from the Mass of St. Pius V)

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who believe Thine only-begotten Son, our Redeemer, to have this day ascended into heaven, may dwell in spirit amid heavenly things. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
History: The Ascension of Our Lord, which occurred 40 days after Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, is the final act of our redemption that Christ began on Good Friday. On this day, the risen Christ, in the sight of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven (Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11).

The reality of the Ascension is so important that the creeds (the basic statements of belief) of Christianity all affirm, in the words of theApostles' Creed, that "He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead."
The denial of the Ascension is as grave a departure from Christian teaching as is denial of Christ's Resurrection.
Christ's bodily Ascension foreshadows our own entrance into Heaven not simply as souls, after our death, but as glorified bodies, after the resurrection of the dead at the Final Judgment. In redeeming mankind, Christ not only offered salvation to our souls but began the restoration of the material world itself to the glory that God intended before Adam's fall.

The Feast of the Ascension marks the beginning of the first novena, or nine days of prayer. Before His Ascension, Christ promised to send the Holy Spirt to His apostles. Their prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit, which began on Ascension Thursday, ended with the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, ten days later.


Novena to the Holy Spirit*

The Novena begins on the day after the Solemnity of the Ascension, Friday of the 6th Week of Easter. The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit
on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.


To be recited daily during the Novena

On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.


To be recited daily during the Novena

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

FIRST DAY(Friday after Ascension) Holy Spirit! Lord of Light! From Your clear celestial height, Your pure beaming radiance give!

The Holy Spirit Only one thing is important -- eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared--sin? Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for "The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us."

Prayer Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and hast given us forgiveness all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

SECOND DAY(Saturday) Come. Father of the poor. Come, treasures which endure; Come, Light of all that live!

The Gift of Fear The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. "They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls."
Prayer Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

THIRD DAY(Sunday) Thou, of all consolers best, Visiting the troubled breast, Dost refreshing peace bestow.

The Gift of Piety The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.

Prayer Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

FOURTH DAY(Monday) Thou in toil art comfort sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe.

The Gift of Fortitude By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to under take without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. "He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved."

Prayer Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

FIFTH DAY(Tuesday) Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill!

The Gift of Knowledge The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth--in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it."

Prayer Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

SIXTH DAY(Wednesday) If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn'd to ill.

The Gift of Understanding Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to "walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God."

Prayer Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

SEVENTH DAY(Thursday) Heal our wounds--our strength renews; On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away.

The Gift of Counsel The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. "Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth."

Prayer Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

EIGHTH DAY(Friday) Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!

The Gift of Wisdom Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written "all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands." It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: "Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.

Prayer Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

NINTH DAY(Saturday, Vigil of Pentecost) Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

Prayer Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts