Friday, 28 February 2014

A Newborn Baby Don't Want To Leave His Mother Side, Amazing

 This newborn baby refuses to leave the side of his mother when nurse was trying to clean him up God is great, Aw that is so touching watch the amazing video below. Source THG

Just Fight for Your Marriage, Not Your Pride

What's worth more to you, your pride or your marriage?

Coach Dungy writes, “During this time, we were reminded that sometimes it’s best to apologize even when we don’t think we caused the disagreement. When that happened, one of us would choose to say, ‘I love you. Now let’s move forward.’ That’s not easy to do, especially when emotions have gotten heated. It goes against our human nature, but it works when minor disagreements crop up.”
Following Coach Dungy’s example, here are three steps to take when you and your spouse stumble upon moments of conflict:
1. Identify what the conflict is really about. It’s important that you and your spouse recognize together what the conflict is. If you become upset when your husband is late for dinner again, the root of your anger may be that you feel your husband has higher priorities than spending time with you.
Be sure to communicate the conflict for what it truly is, not just what it appears to be on the surface. Only then can it be worked at and resolved. If you keep having the same old marriage fight, , identifying what the conflict is really about will help keep conflict at bay.
2. Realize what is worth fighting for. Like Coach Dungy writes, our human nature longs to be right in everything—no matter how insignificant the issue. But when it comes to arguments with your spouse, be sure you have a clear mind to understand what’s worth fighting for. Is it more important to fight about whose turn it was to wash the dishes? Or to show love to your spouse by cleaning the dishes regardless of whose turn it was? Fight for your marriage, not your pride.
3. Come back in love. Instead of resolving to give your spouse the silent treatment when an issue seems impossible to solve, I encourage you to instead treat them with love. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who was right or wrong. What does matter is that you chose to take the high road, ask for forgiveness and let them know how much you love them. Giving forgiveness can be challenging, but it is the best way to come back in love.
What are some insignificant conflicts in your marriage that you need to let go of in order to love your spouse well? We would like to hear your story in a comment below.


Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake is a homespun cake that tastes like chocolate-covered cherries, and is the perfect treat to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Most recipes add mini chocolate chips and maraschino cherries to the batter, but we found that the cherries in canned pie filling tasted better than maraschino cherries, which we reserved for our Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake’s garnish. Draining the jarred cherries and drying them with paper towels ensured the melted chocolate in our recipe adhered to them well.


1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
2 cups mini chocolate chips
1 recipe white cake batter
  of your choice
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries with stems, drained and wiped dry
Red food coloring
4 cups vanilla butter-cream
 of your choice
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped

For the cake:

Drain and rinse cherry pie filling under running water. Press cherries between several layers of paper towels until very dry. Chop cherries fine and reserve 1/2 cup (discard remaining cherries). Gently fold cherries and 1/2 cup chips into cake batter. Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans and divide batter among pans. Bake on middle rack in 350-degree oven until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack to cool completely.

For the cherries:

Melt remaining 1 1/2 cups chips and shortening in bowl. Holding stems, partially dip maraschino cherries into chocolate and place on parchment-lined plate. Refrigerate until hardened, at least 10 minutes.

For the frosting:

Beat 5 drops red food coloring into buttercream; add more coloring as desired.

To assemble:

Spread 3/4 cup buttercream on bottom cake layer. Repeat with 3/4 cup more buttercream and second cake layer. Top with final cake layer and frost top and sides with remaining buttercream. Decorate with whipped cream and cherries.


Positive Fear

TEXT: EXODUS 9:13-26

Key verse: “He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses” (Exodus 9:20).

The story was told that many years ago, the steamer, christened, “Portland”, left harbour after all the danger signs were switched on for the weather was stormy. Although the ports agents had advised all vessels not to sail out, the captain of the “Portland” did not take heed. He sailed out, saying to the keeper of the lighthouse, “keep your light brightly burning tonight. We may come back”. But no one on board ever came back, because, just outside the harbour, the vessel was torn to pieces from the fury of the mighty storm.

In our text today, God pronounced the plague of hail and graciously advised Pharaoh and his people to send for their servants and cattle out of the field so that they might be sheltered. Pharaoh and many of his people despised God’s word and paid dearly for it. But even among his servants, some hearkened to the word of God and escaped God’s judgment. God again made a difference between those that served Him and they that served Him not. There was peace at Goshen.

Our response to God’s warnings will determine our destiny. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the wise foresees trouble and hides himself. Today, opportunity exists for all who have the dread of God and His word to save themselves from sharing in the imminent judgment of God upon the wicked. God has no favourite: “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

Unfortunately, many despise God’s warning, to their own peril. “Whosoever comes to me I will in no wise cast away”, declares the Lord. Are you ready to heed the call of God this hour? Why don’t you cast away pride, arrogance and self-conceit and run to the Lord? He will surely receive you.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The fear of God preserves from evil.



Thursday, 27 February 2014

RCCG UK donates to Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

One of Africa's biggest Christian movements The Redeemed Christian Church Of God (RCCG), the branch of the church in UK  donates to Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

RCCG UK Trustees and the Executive Administrator of the Central Office hand over funds raised by members of the church to Samaritan's Purse UK in aid of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan which left over 6,000 dead and millions displaced in the Philippines in November 2013. More here
See the photos below, may God bless the church for blessing others.

The relationship between science and Christian faith

Science is the study of the world around us and seeks to develop ways to describe how it works. Usually this is done by developing scientific laws which accurately describe what we see through the experiments that we perform. Science has had a great deal of success in this, and can provide detailed descriptions and explanations of much that we see around us.

As a Christian, I believe that God made the world. Christians have differences of opinion about how exactly God made this world. Whichever view they take, however, they would generally agree that God is the one who is responsible for this universe being here. He brought it into existence and was responsible for the sort of world that it is, and the scientific laws that operate to keep the world going. That God is the universe’s creator is, to me, part of the definition of who God is.
As such science is the study of God’s creation, and his ‘scientific’ laws. When someone makes something, they are by definition, not part of that thing they make. Hence God is outside of his creation, and is not governed by scientific laws. Science, in the most obvious sense, clearly cannot investigate God, or directly tell us anything about him.
Having said this, what someone creates does tell us, indirectly, many things about them. If we look at an artist’s painting, or an author’s book, we can offer see the influence of their circumstances or have a good idea of how they were feeling and what things are important to them etc. As such, studying the world around us does tell us things about God. Some Christians speak of God having written two books, the book of the word (The Bible) and the book of the world. Both teach us something about God.
I therefore see my Christian faith and science as complementary. My faith seeks to know more about God, and it is through faith that I can know him personally. Faith has more to say about ‘meaning’ questions. Why did God make the world? What are we here for? How should live appropriately in this world. Science is more practical, a study of something that God has brought about and cherishes. That’s not to say that all scientists are Christians, or all Christians are scientists – far from it, but the two go together well.

Indeed one of the reasons many Christian scientists have taken up science is because they are filled with wonder at God’s creation and have wanted to look more deeply into God’s works. Maxwell, the famous Physicist requested that Psalm 111:2 be carved into the original Cavendish laboratory, in Cambridge. His request was granted. The inscription was originally in Latin, in English it says:
Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. (NIV)


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10

Just as police officers call for back-up when they sense that danger is imminent, the first thing we must realize about spiritual battle is that in our own strength, we are no match for the devil.

I think a healthy respect of our adversary is in order for believers today. We don't want to underestimate him, nor do we want to overestimate him. We want to accurately assess who he is and what his abilities are.

We need to recognize that he is powerful; we don't want to try and take him on in our own strength.

Sometimes, you hear some preachers calling the devil silly little names, laughing at him, or making jokes about him.

But we must remember what Jude 9 says: "Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, 'The Lord rebuke you!'"

Even the high-ranking Archangel Michael did not dare to condemn the devil with mockery. He simply said, "The Lord rebuke you!"

There was a respect of the enemy. - The reason we need to "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" is that, Satan wants to get us away from that. It is our power base.

He wants to separate us from God, because the moment he gets us away from Him, we become an easy prey. Thus, the devil wants to put a wedge between God and us.

The only power that can defeat Satan is the power of Jesus Christ. Be strong in the Lord. Stay close to Him. Never let anything come between you and the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, draw me closer to you so that I will be strong in you and in the power of your might.

Scriptural Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Please please don't leave your weave for long

This is what happens when you leave your weave in for six months

The lady in the pic leave her sewing weave in for 6 months and see what happen when she decided to take it off :(

Even if you want to for long pls do co-wash your hair and apply oil or hair-cream using your fingers tips to massage in the line of the sewing weave.


For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 

Jesus lived on earth and experienced the limitations and challenges of human life. He faced the same temptations any young man his age faced yet he was without sin.

After his baptism and forty days of fasting, he had to deal with the temptations of the flesh, ambition and self-glory. 

• He knows the feelings and appetites of the human body. Jesus did not live in a heavenly cocoon that minimized his temptations. 

If anything, his temptations were more severe than ours because the tempter had a greater commitment to destroying him.

He lived in a human body for thirty-three years and as a young male, all his male instincts were at work yet mastered his impulses and did not allow them to rule his life. 

• He related to people who did not like him. Jesus might have felt the desire to get even with his enemies. 

Many times, his enemies set traps for him and made his life difficult but even whilst they were crucifying him, he forgave them. 

• He was under pressure to take shortcuts to success. Jesus knew what his life's goal was but also knew the price he had to pay to accomplish what he came to the earth for. 

In the garden of Gethsemane, he came under intense pressure to compromise on the process through which he would realize his destiny, yet he prayed to the Father, 'not my will but yours be done'. 

The Lord Jesus understands our weaknesses, and is able to help us overcome all the temptations of the devil. 

Prayer: Thank You, for sharing my experiences so that I can share in Your strength. 

Scriptural Reading: Hebrews 4:1-16

Just for Fun, Prank videos

These two guys pranked their African dads, one dad was step ahead of his son, pls watch the two short video till the end and like/comment and share as well.
 See video below by BigMcOkon and Eman Kellam.


It is a very common sight to get to my parent’s house and meet my mum praising God. Anyone who ventured into the house or the room she was in at that point in time was enlisted for that praise session. She would appoint unto herself a time frame of say 30 minutes or 1-hr of praise. The most common was 100 praise songs. Through my mum, I've learned the art and act of praise. It is quite easy to praise God when all is well. What about when things are not going according to plan? Or when there is a big problem on ground? During periods of crisis is when my mum amazes me the most. When everyone is weeping over something that has happened and it seems the world has come to an end, my mum would round us up in the sitting room, and start her praise session, which we've all come to term ‘Mummy’s praise school’. While we are busy crying and wiping our eyes, my mum would start praising God with her eyes tightly shut and her tambourine in her hands. After some time, one by one, we tire of the tears and join her in praise. At first weakly and then with gathered strength; I testify today that there is no battle that can withstand the power of praise. Praise is a very sure weapon that can’t ever fail. The bible says God inhabits our praise, so whatever issue we bring praise into, we automatically have brought God into it. Employ the weapon of praise, reap the spoils of ‘war’.
Psalm 100
A Psalm of praise.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
PRAYER:  Praise is a deep understanding of God. Father pls help me in an inconvenient situation to praise instead of tears.
Enjoy this video Let Everything that has Breath by Matt Redman

Tuesday, 25 February 2014


Salad platters not only look good for lunch or dinner but they also give your health conscious guests a nice option to try. For that if you bring out a bit of creativity and decorate your salad in a different way than your friends and family will be yet more pleased. So have a look at these wonderful ideas:


Do not love this world or the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 1 John 2:15

Imagine being mentioned by name in one of the epistles written by Paul. Not only was Demas mentioned, but he was mentioned twice.

First, Paul wrote in Philemon, "Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. So do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my co-workers" (1:23-24)

Then Paul mentioned him a second time: "Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica" (2 Timothy 4:10).

So why would Demas leave Paul? Because he loved this present world. He loved the things of this life. The Bible says, "Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world" (1 John 2:15-16).

When the Bible speaks of the world, it is speaking of a culture, a mentality that is hostile to God.

In the Parable of the Sower, where Jesus talked about the seed of God's Word that was choked out by thorns, those thorns represent "the worries of this life and the lure of wealth" (Matthew 13:22).

So don't allow the things of this world to detract you. "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things shall be added to you."

Affirmation: Affirm your love to the Lord; ask for His grace to turn your back to the world.

Scriptural Reading: 1 John 2:15-23

A Best Selling Story (God has the original blueprint for your life)

God has the original blueprint for your life. The devil may make an attempt at re-writing your story by introducing loads of unpleasant circumstances.. He may try to distort things, but the good news is that God already published your book before you existed. Unknown to the devil, all his tactics have all been taken into account and sorted out in the book. Something is certain about you- you are definitely going to have a good landing. Before you existed and till eternity, your life is a successfully completed best selling story! ...selah

Who would have predicted that Hannah would have 6 children in all, after being sneered at for many years?
Who would have thought Joseph would occupy the most influential position in Egypt after going through so much in life?
Who would have imagined that Esther; a young maid would eventually occupy the position of the Queen?

In spite of some things we have seen and being through in life, who would have thought you and I would still be standing?


Monday, 24 February 2014

A Sure Word!

Recently, my sister shared with me, the story of how she and her sister-in-law went to one of Pastor Ashimolowo's program and right in the midst of prayer ministration, her sister-in-law was 'handpicked' out of the crowd by the man of God and a direct word that addressed her EXACT situation was delivered to her. My sister told me she always knew Pastor Matthew as a teacher of the word but that day, she saw another dimension of the ministry gift he operates. Surely, the recipient of the word knew for a certainty that her case was signed, sealed, and delivered, and as surely as the Lord lives, the word that came at that point in time found speedy expression for whom it was meant.

Some of us might have had this awesome experience and many have loved ones who have experienced such or we get to read about it all the time. It is not totally incorrect to assume that many of us who have heard of or seen such experience happening to others long for same. We might muse and say, "What could be better than having the solution to my challenge delivered to me on such platter of gold?" In fact, this rationale could very well be at the root of some individuals' run from pillar to post, seeking similar out-of-the-world experience.

It is absolutely good to wait on prophecy from the mouth of God's servants but do you know that there is a MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY? 2 Peter 1:19-21 (NKJV-emphasis mine) says,
19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no PROPHECY of SCRIPTURE is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Hear, hear! What we have on the pages of the Bible are prophecies and Peter indicated that these prophecies are SURER because they were penned under the Holy Spirit's inspiration. Wow! Indeed, God can send a word of prophecy that addresses your need through a man of God and if He does, glory to God. However, if it doesn't happen that way, don't despair. You have the Bible and that simply means you have access to a more sure word of prophecy - what else should you be looking for? All you need do is delve and dig into the scriptures to find that particular prophecy that has been written concerning you, and run with it. The pages of the Bible are filled with God's promises to you. You need to find the one that addresses your situation and cling tightly to it. Catch a more sure word of prophecy from scriptures, receive it, believe it, and let the assurance settle deep within you that the solution you desire is signed, sealed, and delivered!


Try this Graham Crackers Biscut

Makes 48 crackers
Make today, enjoy immediately
1 1/2 cups (8 1/4 ounces) graham flour
3/4 cup (3 3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour 
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled
5 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 375 degrees. Process graham flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in food processor until combined, about 3 seconds. Add butter and process until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal, about 15 seconds. Add water, molasses, and vanilla and process until dough comes together, about 20 seconds.
2. Divide dough into quarters. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time (keep remaining pieces covered with plastic wrap), roll dough out between 2 pieces of parchment paper into 11 by 8-inch rectangle, 1/8 inch thick. Remove top piece of parchment and trim dough into tidy 10 by 7 1/2-inch rectangle with knife, and then score rectangle of dough into twelve 2 1/2-inch squares. Prick each square several times with fork.
3. Slide 2 pieces of rolled-out and scored dough, still on parchment, onto separate baking sheets. Bake crackers until golden brown and edges are firm, about 15 minutes, switching and rotating sheets halfway through baking. Slide baked crackers, still on parchment, onto wire rack and let cool completely. Repeat with remaining 2 pieces of rolled-out dough.
4. Transfer cooled crackers, still on parchment, to cutting board and carefully cut apart along scored lines. Graham crackers can be stored at room temperature in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
To Make Cinnamon Graham Crackers: Increase amount of cinnamon in dough to 1/2 teaspoon. Toss 1/4 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, then sprinkle mixture over scored crackers just before baking.


Prayer for new week and Happy new week

This is what the LORD saysHe who made a way through d sea,A path through the mighty waters,
Who drew out the chariots and horses, 
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick;
Forget the former things;
Do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the deserts and streams in the wasteland.

I declare this morning that whatever you have lost due to doubt or sins, God will restore them unto you, where others are rejected and dejected, you will be elevated to greater height and your destiny shall speak volumes of God's grace in Jesus name! You will no longer suffer for money, but money shall work for you in Jesus Name

Happy New Week from us ASB-World.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

10 Comfort Foods that Won't Pack on the Pounds

For most people, low temperatures and winter weather means it's time to integrate a sixth food group into their diets: comfort foods. Bowls of belly-warming macaroni and cheese, creamy mashed potatoes, and piping-hot chicken pot pie help satisfy your body's instinctual drive to stay toasty and conserve energy for the winter ahead. Obviously, if you're not careful, these annual indulgences can quickly add pounds of extra insulation that are hard to remove come spring. Fortunately, fat and calories aren't prerequisites for a soothing, satisfying dish. Some smart ingredient swaps can transform hearty favorites into lighter, healthier fare that's still satisfying. These tips from Michelle Dudash, RD, Phoenix-based chef and recipe developer, and Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, author of Comfort Classics, will allow you to enjoy savory, cold-weather foods without adding inches to your waistline.
1: Macaroni and Cheese
Maybe the mother of all comfort foods, this creamy dish can pack close to 900 calories a serving when it's loaded with whole milk and five different cheeses. To shave calories and fat from the sauce, use low-fat milk, tub butter, reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, and Parmesan, which contains 2 g less fat and 3 g more protein than Cheddar per quarter-cup serving, says Dudash. You can also cut back on cheese by adding pureed cauliflower to the sauce. Punch up flavor with garlic powder and spices, recommends Dudash. Also, use whole wheat noodles to deliver twice as much fiber, which slows your body's absorption of sugar and keeps you feeling full.
2: Mashed Potatoes
Despite being chock-full of nutrients, potatoes get a bad rap. A medium-size potato serves up more than 25% of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C, about 18% of your daily potassium intake, as well as 2 g of fiber (if you leave on the skin). So why are mashed potatoes the enemy? Most are drowning in butter and whole milk. Keep your spuds lean by using low-fat milk, plain nonfat Greek yogurt, and chopped chives for flavor. If you can't imagine eating your taters without butter, Magee suggests placing a small pat of butter on top as a garnish. "I find it's comforting to have it melt on the mound of potatoes," she says.
3: Oven "Fried" Chicken
Frying any food is a surefire way to make it a nutritional no-no, and it's not the only way to give chicken a satisfying crunch. "You can crisp most food in the oven by adding an oil spray or a light brush of oil. You can't control how much oil meat absorbs when you deep fry, but when you bake it, you call the shots," she says. Mix sliced almonds and whole wheat bread crumbs in the food processor and use that as breading, says Dudash. If you can't eat nuts, try panko and ground Cheerios, she says. Add flavor with garlic powder, paprika, spices, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

4: Meat Loaf
A loaf made with 70% lean beef can pack about 14 g of fat. To lighten it up, start with 95% lean ground beef. "It's still really lean and gives you a beefy taste," Dudash says. You can easily plump it up with more nutrients by adding oatmeal instead of bread crumbs and throwing in chopped mushrooms, beans, or other high-flavor vegetables and herbs. "Adding vegetables keeps the meat loaf moist and forms a wonderful au jus without making it greasy," Magee says.

5: Chili
When it's loaded with beans and vegetables, chili is one of the healthiest comfort foods out there. Top it with heaps of cheese, sour cream, and nacho chips and you're eating a bowl of deconstructed nachos. So lay off the fixings, and lighten up your recipe by replacing most of the meat with vegetables and additional beans, Dudash says. Ground turkey can also be a great substitute for beef, but be careful, warns Dudash. "Some ground turkey isn't any leaner than beef. It might be made with the skin, and it depends on whether it's white or dark meat." Check the label and opt for lean or extra-lean varieties of beef or turkey.

6: Pot Roast
This hearty Sunday dinner staple is surprisingly low in fat and calories. A chuck shoulder roast has fewer calories and less fat than chicken thighs, Dudash says. A 4-ounce piece packs 210 calories and 13 g of fat, and a chicken thigh clocks in around 220 calories and 16 g of fat. To achieve melt-in-your-mouth flavor, the cut needs to be simmered for several hours--the longer you cook it the more tender it will get, she says. Surround your roast with tons of vegetables, and you'll have a well-balanced and not terribly fattening meal.

7: Casserole
With layers of starch, meat, and creamy sauce, some casseroles contain over 400 calories a serving. A smarter bet is to load your dish with vegetables, whole grains, and lean meat. "Even if a recipe doesn't call for beans or vegetables, you can still add them," Magee says. Punch it up with a layer of zucchini, or double the amount of mushrooms the recipe calls for, or put in peas. Even better, include a serving of fish via canned tuna. "It's a convenient and budget savvy choice." It also delivers protein and omega-3 fatty acids with minimal calories. Just make sure you use a low-fat substitute for cream or butter to lighten the dish..

Soup can warm your body from the inside out without filling you up on calories. Choose a broth-based version, which tends to be lower in calories than a soup made with cream. Minestrone's an especially great choice because it's filled with beans and vegetables and has a tomato base, which keeps it light. If you opt for chicken noodle soup, add extra veggies, like frozen peas and carrots. Packed with protein and fiber, bean soups are another nutrient-rich selection. If you prefer a creamy soup, puree caramelized onions and use in place of cream. "They'll give you that buttery, creamy taste without all the fat" Dudash says. Other substitutes include nonfat creamer, pureed potatoes, or a little bit of nonfat yogurt.
9: Pot Pie
The buttery crust is how this recipe racks up calories and fat. Dudash recommends making your own using canola oil instead of butter and whole grain flour. If you're uncomfortable making crust from scratch, a whole wheat biscuit mix can form your crust. Lighten up the filling by using more root vegetables and less chicken than the recipe calls for--carrots, sweet potatoes, and parsnips, Dudash says. "Then for the chicken, use breasts instead of thighs, which will save you fat." 
10: Spaghetti and Meatballs
This Italian classic packs on the pounds, partly because of the way we serve it--heaping platefuls of pasta topped with a couple of meatballs. The Olive Garden's spaghetti and meatball platter comes to 920 calories, for example. According to the USDA's recommendation, grains should make up only a quarter of each meal, so cut back on your pasta serving and supplement your plate with veggies. As for the meatballs, make yours using lean beef instead of sausage (just one Italian sausage link can pack nearly 20 g of fat) and replace bread crumbs with oatmeal to add fiber, save calories, and cut down on sodium (Italian bread crumbs have about 450 mg). Serve the juicy spheres over some whole wheat pasta and you'll double the fiber.

"I Know Who I Am" (Video)

Enjoy this beautiful song this morning by our sweet sister Sinach, See video and lyrics below. ENJOY !

We are a chosen generation
Called forth to show His excellence
All I require for life; God has given me
And I know who I am

I know who God says I am; What He says I am
Where He says am at; I know who I am

I’m working in power, I’m working miracles
I live a life of favor, Cause I know who I am

[Repeat from Top]

Ohh oh oh, oh oh oh
I know who I am [Repeat]

I am holy, I am righteous oh…
I am so rich, I am beautiful

I’m working in power, I’m working miracles
I live a life of favor, Cause I know who I am

Take a look at me, I’m a wonder
It doesn’t matter what you see now
Can you see His glory, ‘Cause I know who I am

Ohh oh oh, oh oh oh
I know who I am [Repeat]

Dancing Before the Lord Releases Power To You!

Most of us are familiar with the Indian war dances, which always occurred before they entered warfare with their enemies. Dancing and rejoicing before the Lord is also an effective weapon before we go to war against Satan (Ps. 149:1-9).

We have the scriptural example of this when Jehoshaphat sent the singers ahead of his army and ambushes against their enemies were established: "And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever" (2 Chr. 20:21, KJV).

We learned the importance of rejoicing before the Lord with singing and dancing through attending a fellowship in Jerusalem. The Zion Fellowship is a unique fellowship that spends a lot of time in praising the Lord with the dance. Ruth Heflin, who heads this fellowship, has written a book called Glory in which she expresses the importance of the dance in spiritual warfare. She relates in her book Glory the following: "I believe that dancing brings an anointing for the nations. I never let a day go by without dancing. I have danced in the toilets of 707s, 747s and DC-10s. How do I do it? Straight up and down."
Ruth urges her readers not to let a day go by that they don't dance before the Lord. I am just now catching on to the power and anointing in rejoicing before the Lord in the dance. David made this discovery years ago when he wrote, "Let them praise His name in the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp" (v. 3).
If you have not tried rejoicing before the Lord in the dance, you can start today. Put on some praise music and dance before the Lord. The Lord loves to see you dance before Him, because after all, He rejoices over you with singing. David was a man after God's own heart because he often danced before the Lord with all of his heart. We are exhorted to praise the Lord with our whole being. Dancing is a good way to do this. Have a good day and a good dance.
Lord, I want to be free in my worship and praise to You. Help me to get rid of all self-consciousness and just have my eyes on You as I praise and worship You. Set my feet to dancing, Lord.
READ: 2 Kings 18:13-19:37; Acts 21:1-17; Psalm 149:1-9; Proverbs 18:8


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