Do You Want to Build (another) Snowman?

Screen-Shot-2013-01-21-at-5.15.03-AMThat’s right. I blogged about the snow last year. Will it happen every year? Maybe. When you’re from the Midwest, it’s a big deal. It affects just about everything you do for so many months that you have to think about it and plan for it. So I blog about it as well.

I’ve been thinking a lot about two scriptures from Isaiah 55 recently. Verses 10 and 11 say: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

It seems like I have heard a lot of sermons over the years (even given them) about the rain that God sends. We like the rain. It waters the earth and has immediate effect. We see colors pop up. We see growth. But I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a sermon on the snow.

The snow is similar to rain in these scriptures in that it is a picture of God sending His word to water the earth. But there is a significant difference in the practical application of how it fulfills that watering. You see, there is a time delay before we see the fruit.

Snow comes and comes and comes. It piles on. It will water, but not until the season is right. Until then, it just keeps on coming and sitting there. It does have another function though. Before it melts, it is protecting the grass and plant-life from the cold and wind. It is protective in nature.

So the snow is a picture of God’s word. If this is true, make sure that you don’t get impatient when you don’t see the green grass right away. When the shrubbery isn’t growing visibly.

Has God been sending His Word to you and it just keeps piling on…seemingly without effect? You are trying to make healthy changes in your life….and you hear God saying that He will help you….but it hasn’t taken hold yet…you struggle because you are not yet perfect?

Be patient. Keep listening. God’s Word won’t return to heaven void. It will water you. You will bear fruit. You will show your colors eventually. You will grow. His Word is protecting you now and will water you in just the right season. He is faithful to complete what He begins. Lean on Him. Trust in God. Let your faith be in Him and not in you.

Let it snow!

- Buddy Shuh

SweatCor Review – Stur

Looking for a way to get more water in your day? Then we may have just the product for you. We are excited to share with you our latest SweatCor review for Stur Water Enhancers!


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*The great people at Stur sent us many of their great products free of charge for an honest review. 

Serving size: 1 second squeeze for 8 oz of water
Calories: 0
Calories from fat: 0
Sodium: 0mg
Sugar 0g 

Ingredients List: Water, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Vegetable juice (coloring), Asorbic Acid (Vit. C), Natural Stevia Extract

Health Benefits:
Stur Fruit Flavors contain 100% Vitamin C per serving.

Stur does NOT use artificial or chemical sweeteners.
Stur also does NOT use artificial or chemical flavors or colors such as Yellow Lake 5, Blue 1, Red 40, etc.
Drinking water is so important and this is a natural way to flavor your water to help you drink more.

Some things to be aware of:
There are NO concerns with this product to be aware of…it is all natural! It was developed by a man for his pregnant wife and his twin daughters. 

Taste Test:
Stur is a very healthy addition to water but honestly we were not overly impressed with the taste. The initial flavor was sweet and gave a fruity flavor to the water, but it had a bitter after taste. We added some to soda water and it was a good flavor but it still had the aftertaste. It might take a little bit to get used to. If you can get used to it then we think many of you will love this product. Give it a try and see what you think. 

Cost: $4.00 for a container (approximately 20 squeezes)

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For us, everything was great…except the aftertaste. We don’t have an issue with getting our water in each day. For those of you who do struggle with this, then give Stur a try. It might be just what you are looking for!

Check out the website at sturdrinks.com.
You can also find them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER!

Awesome Fact about Stur: Stur is a proud member of “One Percent for the Planet“. They contribute part of their sales to selected non-profit organizations who are trying to help address and solve the drinking water crisis, at home and abroad…very cool!

There is Help

557c85b23edd97e83282a068758ddee8As we continue to meet new people who are on the journey to a healthier life, some of the same things keep coming up. Often it’s similar questions or misbeliefs about what healthy really looks like, but it’s common for us to hear a similar statement – “I just need to get serious and do this.” The desire is there with so many people to pursue the life they know exists out there, but they believe it is all up to them. They have got to get serious and build up the “willpower” to do it on their own.

Now you must understand, no one will make long lasting change just because someone else wants them to do it. There is definitely a state of mind that must come from the individual before they will make a change. The problem we see is when a person has made that decision but then believes they just have to do it by themselves. There is often a “I got myself here, I’ll get myself out of here” attitude. This drive and motivation can usually get the person started, but it doesn’t mean much a couple of weeks down the road when the change gets more difficult.

If we are to see a real change in our long term health, we must embrace a simple fact…we are in this together. There is help, not just from others but also from God as well. We’ve shared that being healthy opens doors to a life that many don’t realize exists. Part of that life involves being fit to serve others and God without boundaries. Imagine, living a life where there are no excuses? A life where you are always ready to say “yes” to whatever God may ask or where ever He may send you? He “knows the plans He has for you” so He is there to help you on every step of the journey.

This passage speaks so clearly to this.
Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:11-13 

We can all agree with this. If a child comes to us and says they are hungry, no one would give that child a scorpion…we would give them food! So if we, with all our weaknesses and imperfections, would give graciously to help then imagine how much greater the help is which comes from our Father in heaven when His children ask? The One who created you and your purpose, stands ready to help.

Did you know that “God helps those who help themselves” was said by Benjamin Franklin…not God. This quote is often assumed to be in the Bible but it is actually opposite of what we see in Scripture, especially in the life of Jesus. He is not waiting for you to fix it yourself before He steps in to help. Nothing is too small to Him so today give this struggle to Him and let God help.

We love helping and will be here as long as we can to encourage and motivate you on this journey. But if help you get a healthier body but don’t point you to Him who wants to help you have a healthier life, then we haven’t really helped at all. Don’t miss out on the greater help, the help that does the greater good in your life.

Do you have questions about the things you’ve read in this post? Leave a comment below or send us an email today!

- Mark Cornelison

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