Insurance Sales Agent/ Staff Producer

Insurance Sales Agent/ Staff Producer

Insurance Sales Agent/ Staff Producer

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Mark Holihan – Farmers Insurance
Park Ridge, IL

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I thought ours was growing well. At least until recently! Gardening and preserving food at home have its advantages. For one, you know exactly what’s in your food and don’t have to worry about ingesting bugs, creature parts or other less-than-desirable items found in manufactured produce.

We’ve never grown Brussels sprouts in our garden until this year; my husband and I figured we’d venture into the realm of the unknown by adding turnips, Brussels sprouts, and a few extra delicacies we both enjoy. Although the little heads look like little cabbages, their stalks are incredibly unique. In fact, I feel quite safe in saying that no two stalks are identical. And the little heads … well, each one is as distinctive as a thumbprint. Such an imagination our Creator has!

This afternoon my husband harvested our first batch of home-grown Brussels sprouts. I couldn’t have been more excited to bring those little perfectly formed gems into my kitchen and being the preserving process. New challenges lie ahead.

I carefully sorted through the box, washing each sprout, trimming the outside leaves and core, placing it in a bowl of salt water. Oh, I could just taste them … cooked just right with butter and a dash of salt. My mouth was watering. As I began to peel back the outside leaves, much to my amazement, little crawly things were indiscriminately tucked away in the lush green leafy sprouts. I gasped!

How could such perfectly-formed delicate sprouts provide forbidden amnesty to such creepy crawlies? From our garden, no less! My imagination went wild. How could I be sure I found all the squigglies? How could they have gone undetected all these weeks while we watched the stalks grow and the little buds form under their leaves?

I began to pick through the sprouts dancing around in the heavily salted water. The crawly things began to squiggle and loosen their grip on MY sprouts. It took a leap of faith, but I finally decided I’d found them all and went on to prepare the sprouts for blanching and freezing while keeping a watchful eye out for those undesirables.

All the while, I’m wondering if the Lord didn’t have a lesson in here for me. Of course, I should have known that every natural circumstance has the potential to provide a powerful spiritual lesson, so I began to consider worms and sprouts although the picture in my mind’s eye wasn’t very pretty.

Let’s begin with the stalk of the Brussels sprout. It’s tall and its leaves spread out as far as they can reach, providing opportunity for their offspring to grow in a safe and healthy environment. There are no two stalks alike, unique in every way except for the fact that Brussels sprouts beget Brussels sprouts. Well, maybe with a few creepy crawlies included, but at least they begin pure.

Just as the stalks of the Brussels sprouts are unique, God created each one of us unique, formed for a purpose-to bring praise to the Creator who is, above all, worthy.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalm 139:14 KJV).

But, also like small, tender Brussels sprouts which began pure as the driven snow, we tend to have undesirables tucked away in the recesses of our hearts where no one can see them. The Master Inspector, however, is totally aware of their presence. Because he loves us even more than my husband and I love Brussels sprouts, He carefully picks us up and begins to peel away the outer layers exposing the innermost man. He cuts off the hard core-the hardened heart and turns it into a heart of flesh, tender and compassionate, just like His.

The process goes on as He continues His work by seasoning us with salt … not just to preserve us, but to rid us of undesirable behavior and tendencies hidden in our hearts. As the salt is applied, those crawlies behind the surface begin to loosen their grip and separate themselves from our lives. The Master Preserver then takes us and purifies us even more by subjecting us to the fire, stopping the growth of those things which had previously so easily beset us.

“For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt” (Mark 9:49 KJV).

Carefully, we are put through the processor and prepared for eternity. While my Brussels sprouts will only last up to a year in the freezer, the Master Preserver seals us unto the day of redemption.

“…and grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30 KJV).

Who would have thought such a lesson could be found while preparing Brussels sprouts for freezing? While I’m still not thrilled about the worms in my those leafy green gems, I’m thankful that they served a purpose by revealing yet another way the Lord speaks to us through His creation.

Thankfully, because Immanuel, God With Us, came to earth, anointed by the Spirit of God “that [we] might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD” (Isaiah 61:3 KJV), He will be continue to be glorified as the cleansing and purifying process continues in each of our lives until the Harvest.

I’ll certainly pay more attention to worms in the future … how about you?

© 2009 Jan Ross All Rights Reserved

Jan Ross and her husband Ron make their home in Willard, Ohio; they are the parents of six adult children who have blessed them with fourteen amazing grandchildren. Jan is an ordained minister, published author, and piano teacher. With a heart relentlessly motivated by the Great Commission, Jan co-founded and serves as President of Heart of God International Ministries through which she has frequent opportunities to minister the message of salvation through Jesus Christ across the globe. She oversees ongoing and growing ministry activities in India, Uganda, Haiti, Kenya, Soldiers Bible Ministry, JournEzine, Women of Passions, and various other local and international initiatives. Jan’s servant heart and deep passion for the Word of God continue to bear much fruit to the glory of God. http://www.heartofgodinternational.org

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It does not matter how much weight you need to lose. The fundamentals remain the same - you need to use up more calories than you consume. Between diet and exercise, regular weight loss can be easily achieved and here are some helpful ideas to get you started in the right direction. That is the scales moving downwards.
 
Don't take too much time in between meals. Instead, eat more frequently, but don't eat more than 3/4 full per meal. Doing this can help you to avoid overeating, and control your portions. Also, eating more frequently can lead to healthier eating habits. For example, chewing thoroughly instead of swallowing it down, will help you to actually enjoy your meals.
 
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A good way to help you lose weight is to avoid getting coffee and related drinks at cafes. Most of us aren't aware of it, but these drinks tend to be loaded with sugar and fat. Try brewing your own coffee instead. You'll have control over what goes into it.
 
When trying to achieve weight loss, it is important that you do not focus too much on the number on the scale. Instead, you should attempt to achieve a healthy body. It can sound contradictory, but just focusing on the health to start with can keep your thoughts positive. By over-focusing on weight loss, it is easy to become discouraged with the number on the scale, which will cause you to slide right back to your old habits. It's very common for the average person to fall off diets because they tried to lose weight in ways that are far too restrictive. Making gradual changes will help you lose weight.
 
Try to cook at home as much as possible. Food from a restaurant often contains a lot of fat and salt. Also, restaurant portions are huge, which might tempt you to eat more than you really need. When you cook your own food, you can control exactly what goes into your meal, and you can control your portions.
 
If setting a goal for yourself doesn't seem to be working, why not try joining a program like Weight Watchers? Not only do they have organized plans to keep you on track to losing weight, but you get the support of the other members to give you encouragement to keep going.
 
Slow and steady weight loss is better and more sustainable than fad diets and a rapid decrease in numbers. A long-term change in attitude towards food and exercise is what is required for the pounds to come off and stay off. But remember that it can be done, and you will reach your goals with a little perseverance.
 
 

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