The Leader of the Band

Mid Oct, 2012, one of the most influential mentors, teachers, a friend, was laid to rest.   It had been known for a247311_10152140902075464_2108242698_n few years now that he was sick – and true to form, up until this change of his season in life, he chose to live a life with vibrancy, passion and a love for helping others see their potential and then give them a way to grow.

It is rare to find such a genuine person in life. When you do… I encourage you to embrace what they teach- and pay attention to the things they don’t come right out and say.

This mentor of mine had may clichés and favorite sayings. One in particular was the declarative “This is a pearl of Wisdom”.  When he led a sentence with those words- you best pay attention. He always delivered.

His wisdom was not always directly related to the classroom curriculum he taught. In fact, his whole life was a testimony to how some of the best leaders lead.

It started with a genuine care and passion for doing what he loved. He loved music, he loved travel.  He loved helping share the impact and meaning music has played in the lives of generations.

His patience, and I do mean extreme patience at times… when we were learning, goofing off, rehearsing, and then doing it all over again- was incredible.  The man who always gave you a smile did get mad- but that was rare.  If he was mad or upset at you- you deserved it.   The majority of the time though, he was always encouraging, teaching, inspiring and pushing you to reach and strive just outside of your comfort zone. He knew we had the capacity to grow.

When I heard the news of his passing, I was amazed at just how much of an influence his style affected my life. As his student, I knew he was one of my best teachers.   Through the reflection of him of the time I was his student I realized today that he:

Taught me how to discipline my thoughts
• He taught me the importance of consistency and striving to improve in all I do
• He taught me the importance of patience
• He taught me how to practice to improve with skill sets- and not just practice- but to do so with perfection.   Repetition of perfection so that when it was time to perform and share- what you share is so ingrained in you that you can simply give.

He knew that with focus and effort- you could discover your potential. In fact, he would see your potential often way before you did. He would push you to be better. He would encourage you to open your mind to grow.  He knew when you were frustrated and he knew how to get you to overcome your own stumbling blocks.   He knew when you were not giving your 100% and he would give you a look that would tell you he knew you knew you could do better.

When times arose where you needed a friend- and not just a teacher, he was there for you. 

He would lead you with confidence, fun and best of all- he would be right there by your side each step of the way.   He lived the life of  a living legacy leader.

To him, I say many thanks for all he did to open doors and opportunities for me that were above and beyond what many students get to experience.  I tip my hat off to you and say you will forever be the Leader of the Band.  🙂

Your inspiration, wisdom and teaching can be seen in all I do.

May we always continue to “Drum it!”

Debbra

www.DebbraSweet.com

The Untold Truth… A Secret Source of Avoiding Disease and Achieving Weight loss

Today I’ll share another insight on how to get your body back into balance, compliment the program I wrote about yesterday to achieve weight loss and even eliminate the following symptoms:

Allergies, arthritis, asthma, bad breath, constipation, Depression, fatigue, headaches, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, indigestion, insomnia, nervousness, obesity parasites, prostate problems, rash, sinus congestion, skin problems,  and even Varicose veins.

If you have experienced any of those and and want to discover the Untold Truth… A Secret Source of Disease...read on.   (Disclaimer.. this may get yucky for some people- but knowing this could save your life.)

Most of the food in the American diet, has a high amount of white flour and sugar, it is very hard to digest. Much of the impacted colon beer belly food that is sold in stores or made at restaurants, which we call convenient food, also has a lot of chemicals and preservatives.

Inside the body, these chemicals preservatives, white flour and sugar become glue.  When they get wet with something as simple as water, it turns to a gluey substance that sticks to the insides of our intestinal system.  The intestinal system is very important because it helps to take nutrients from the food and pass it into the blood stream to feed our body the fuel it needs.

When we have consumed too much white flour, sugar chemicals and processed foods, the path ways that are inside the small intestine and colon get blocked. The passage ways that transfer cellular fuel from our digested food are clogged with this gooey mess-and we get plugged up. Nothing moves.  We do not get the nutrition we need. The nutrition from the food cannot pass through the blockage and into the blood stream.  This is part of why people feel hungry.  Even after they just eat a huge meal.

Another thing that happens inside of the intestinal system is that when too much of this white flour glue sticks to our insides, it’s stickiness attracts more white flour sugar-based chemical preservative type food.  All of a sudden, you’ll start to have layers of the sticky gluey stuff ferment inside of your intestinal system.

Add to that sticky gluey mass undigested meat, fruit that rots if it’s not completely broken down, highly acidic and chemical ridden drinks such as: coffee filled with creamers, sweeteners and other artificial flavors, energy drinks, and sometimes even vitamins that get stuck in the gluey mass. Now you have is called an impacted colon.

Did you know that there have been autopsies on people who have died from complications of an impacted colon? Some colons gets so impacted that they can weigh 30 and 40 and even 50 pounds! That’s a lot of poop to be carrying around in your belly.  A healthy colon should weigh only about 4 pounds! (Think about all the people you know, who pat their belly and say they have “a steak and potato belly” – or better yet… ‘beer belly’ .   Those are the bellies that when you pat on the don’t jiggle the pretty solid.  The fact is, they probably are steak and potato bellies… steak and potatoes that never left the colon!)

Impacted colons ferment and are the cause of many diseases and symptoms listed above!

For optimal health, each person should be having one healthy bowel movement a day for each full meal they consume.  So if you eat three meals a day you should have a least three bowel movements a day.

Most Americans are shocked to hear that!   In fact, they think having one bowel movement every couple days is normal.  When it comes to weight loss and optimal health and impacted colon can cause a lot of problems.

So one of the tips that I recommend to my clients are to do colon cleanses at least twice a year.  In fact, it is always healthy to have non-chemical intestinal support herbs available for those times when you’re bowel movements become a regular. There is a special one if you eat red meat and another if you have more fish, turkey, or are vegetarian.

Also- most people who may have a ‘movement’ a day- can still be constipated. Your movements should be firm, fluffy and floaty.  If they sink (and stink)– you do no have enough healthy fiber. If they are too runny and wet- you do not have enough bulk.

For people who have a sensitive colon and inconsistent bowel movements, meaning: your cycle is the ‘little ploop, ploop, ploopers (kind of like grapes) one day, then solid the next time, and runny right after that- you need to be careful to cleanse with a gentle bulking cleanse. There are two I recommend. One is flavored apple cinnamon. The other is a berry flavor.

The colon is a muscle and it can be trained to work correctly- even if you are not having the type of movements or frequency you should.  I realize this is a sensitive subject – so if you want to chat privately to get more insight and guidance on how to get ‘moving’- contact me.

During my injury, my intestinal system shut down. Literally.  For a while there I was only having a movement about once a week to week and a half. Not fun. I was able to regain my colon health completely naturally – and still have a strong healthy colon today.  Pooping is important. It’s good for you- and when it comes to gaining health, vitality (and yes, even weight loss)- this is an area to take care of.

Another key to success for weight loss and gaining vitality is to make sure you drink enough plain water each day.  The body is 75% water, and if we do not drink enough plain water everyday we can actually start to slow down our metabolism and retain the water we have.  (Coffee tea soda juice, adult beverages are not water.)  Water is water-  and the body understands that. You can actually drink a lot of liquids and still be dehydrated.

Another success tip is to make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep each day.  The body needs to go back into a repair mode, and it does that when sleeping.

To recap the leadership health learning lesson today:

l.  Cleanse out the old garbage and impacted food

2.  Start to give yourself new nutritionally dense food

3.  Eat these smaller meals every 2-3 hours. ( Goal: at least 6 meals a day- include lean and green food)

4. Supplement with high quality supplements because the food that we eat does not bring with it the nutrition it once did.

5. Get a health coach– someone to help you through the changes and be a champion for your success.

6. Drink ½ your body weight in pure water each day

7. Sleep for at least 7 hours each night

Bonus: After a couple weeks on a new food intake program, introduce movement, (exercise) to help pick up your metabolism and add lean muscle.

Here’s to getting you MOVING for health!

Debbra Sweet

Is perfection a requirement for leadership?

Leaders don’t have to be perfect. In fact, great leaders make mistakes.

What makes them great is their humility to admit the mistake, recognize it, and their willingness to learn from it. It’s not about how often you fall- it’s about what you do when you fall, and how quickly you get back up to walk again.

Here’s to walking together!
Debbra Sweet
http://www.DebbraSweet.com
http://www.PowerOfLeadershipBooks.com
http://www.PowerOfLeadershipRadio.com

Faith vs. Fear: Are You Running Scared or Believing in God?

The turmoil being caused in the world today on many fronts has many people running scared. The question is- are you? 

As a Christian, we are to walk by faith – and not by fear.   However, it is very easy to have our thoughts be misguided, impressed upon by worldly beliefs which can corrode our thinking to the point where we are walking by fear and not faith.

Walk by Faith-Not Fear

Walk by Faith-Not Fear

 

 

The word (the written bible) is filled with instruction in the areas of faith and fear. It is up to us to work the word, study it, learn it and hold onto the information God has so beautifully laid out for our learning.

The word also speaks often of ‘rumors of wars in divers (many) places’.  It talks about famine, upheavals of people and the bad decisions people made – and the consequences that come along with it. 

The great thing about God so graciously laying out his word in living history- is that we can study this – and learn how to avoid making the same mistakes others before us made.

 
We get to learn how to live victoriously- in any situation, any condition or amongst any ‘disaster’ that may be occurring around us.

There are a few key promises God made to us and he still holds up today.  It is important for us as believers to really understand the depth of these promises- for with our understanding of the details of these promises, we are able to firmly hold onto them in order for God to bring them to pass in our lives- no matter what the worldly conditions are around us.

The first promise is this:

III John 2 ” Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health- even as thy soul prospereth“.

God WANTS us to prosper and be in health!!  However- there is a condition. Everything in the universe needs balance. God created this universe- and his Word.  To reap the prosperity and health, we need to understand that there’s another part to this verse that brings the balance. When there is balance, and all areas covered, God is able to provide to us easily.  The balance or ‘condition’ is: “even as thy soul prospereth”.  What does that mean?

This verse is a perfect mathematical equation.  We will prosper AND be in health EVEN AS our soul prospereth.  Here’s another way to see this:  “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest PROSPER + BE IN HEALTH = THY SOUL PROSPERS.”

As thy soul prospers is the condition that we need to work and be aware of in order to receive prosperity and health.  If we do not live, walk, and nurture our spiritual (soul) life with prayer, supplication, thankfulness, learning His word and then sharing His word- we will not have prosperity or health.

In these days where the current world talk is all about the monetary situations of everyone- the first thing for us to look at as believers is: how is our spiritual life? What’s our spiritual bank account like? Are we nourishing it daily?  One of the steps to remember for prosperity and health is to feed our spiritual life.  If you do not feed into the spiritual bank account, God cannot feed into your life in other areas with prosperity or health.

When our spiritual life is nourished, we have the ability to strengthen our faith- our believing in God’s word- without question. By having strong, rock solid believing – according to God’s principles, then he can work in our lives in any situation. He can bring prosperity and health to us that is in proportion to our spiritual health and prosperity.

A benefit of increasing our believing by being actively involved in our spiritual walk is that with each step of growth and understanding of God’s word and his promises for us- we are able to remove fear from our lives.

I John 4:18 says: “There is no fear in love (agape-‘the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation’); but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

The word love, when from the Greek word Agape- is the love of God, in the renewed mind (when we change our thinking and live according to his Word) in manifestation (visible, living proof, actually coming to pass).   This form of love is not the way we casually use the word love today. Agape love is deep, pure, passionate and unadulterated.

Perfect love- perfect Agape – is walking uprightly. It’s intentionally living a Godly, spiritually strong life based on the knowledge of God’s word.  When we have perfect love- perfect Agape- it gets rid of fear. I John 4:18 says fear has torment- it causes torment, unrest, and hardship in peoples lives.   I John 4:18 also says that if you have fear in your life- you are not walking in an Agape lifestyle or mindset- we’re not made perfect in love.

What’s awesome about how God created us- is knowing- that he made us to be successful! He made us to be more than conquerors! He made us so that by learning his promises, then taking action on what he has taught- these changes can happen easily in our lives.

If you’ve been held captive to fear because of current world events and news- you can be freed from the bondage of that fear by walking forth and claiming the promises shown here today. Claim them for your own- take ownership of them!!  Own them, believe them fully- without a doubt – and you will have opened the door for God to bring peace and prosperity into your live.  God gave us what we need to make this happen. II Timothy 1:4 promises us:  “For God hath not (absolutely not) given us the spirit (character) of fear (cowardly cowardice), but of power (inherent power), and of love (agape), and of a sound (sober) mind”.

We have the ability to have clear, strong, thinking in any situation.  God did not give us fear!  The world – those who walk without God- propound fear into daily conversation. 

They thrive on it. There is a universal and spiritual law that is immutable-it cannot be changed.  The spiritual law in Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”. The Universal Law of Attraction says:  “What you think most upon, what you focus most of your thoughts upon- you attract into your life”.  If we are always surrounding ourselves with input and people that are always focusing on the fear from the torment, turmoil and disasters going on- then that is what we will have in our daily lives.

Romans 2:12 says: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what (is) that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”  We must guard ourselves to our input- and walk away, turn off, or close the door to fear based thinking and input if we want to keep our minds strong, sharp and focused on God’s foundation for success and prosperity! 

Philippians 4:6 says :”Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” During the days (or even minutes) where you start to feel anxious, uncertain, you feel fear creeping in – God instructs us to renew our thinking by prayer. Be thankful and grateful for the blessings we do have and the promises God has made.  Hold onto the firm belief of God’s promises for you!!  It will come to pass when you walk your spiritual walk filled with a thankful heart.

The word tells us that there WILL be many rumors of wars, disasters, famines, etc.  The world, although it was made by God- is not ruled by God. The adversary rules the world. God oversees us- his born again children.  The word says we (God’s children) are in the world- but we are not OF the world.  When we are born again with God’s spirit, we are not of the world. Knowing that the Word clearly tells us that there will be unrest amongst people on the earth- we can see things going on around us from a spiritual view and not a man made view.  

The warfare going on in the world is first and foremost a spiritual war.  It’s the adversary against God- just as it always has been. The evidence of this is showing in many forms of destruction around us. This is caused by the divisive hand of the devil – for his true nature is that of pure hatred. He stands for everything that is opposite of God.  

There are times when the adversary moves very subtly. He presents himself as beautiful, pleasant and inviting. We are to really watch our thoughts and input because with just a change of one word here, one action there- our beliefs, acceptance and understanding can start to be moved away from God’s word.
 
I Peter 5: 8 says: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour”.  This verse shows the real nature of the devil.  He wants to devour us- his goal – his only true goal is to “kill, steal and destroy us”. He does NOT want us to walk with God. Whether his actions are subtle and sly- or outright obvious with intense destruction, we are to be clear in our thinking (sober) and be vigilant- be watchful and careful- but not fearful.

Fear opens the door for the adversary to come in. Fear is how a lion captures its prey. It comes upon quietly- then roars unexpectedly- startling the prey into a state of unmovable fear. This is the opportunity for the lion to attack, kill and destroy!  If we walk with fear- or if we are inattentive and walking without God- this is exactly the kind of situation we allow to happen in our lives. It is the open door for the adversary to come in and personally attack us!  

When we remove fear from our life we can claim God’s promise to keep us safe: “Proverbs 29:25 “the fear of a man bringeth a snare (a trap): but whose putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe”.  One of the traps we have to be watchful of is man’s thinking- mans’ words, and man’s actions.

Those who walk without God are open doors for the adversary to come in and play with. They (people who walk without God’s spiritual guidance and instead are led by the adversary) are the ones who are involved in the actions that are causing turmoil for many today.

God warns us often of the consequences of trusting the worldly, five senses man only.  He instructs us on the importance of living by vigilant believing (faith) and spiritually walking with the promises of God’s word- instead of living from a worldly perspective.  Living worldly causes fear and destruction. 

Psalms: 118: 8 “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”

Jeremiah 17: 5-8 clearly shows the benefits of trusting God and the consequences of living by trusting man:

5. “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed (be) the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh (five senses) his arm (strength), and whose heart (believing) departeth from the Lord.
6. For (explains the reason) he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, (in) a salt land and not inhabited.
7. Blessed (is) the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope (belief) the Lord is
8. For (explains the reason) he (the man that trusts the Lord) shall be as a tree planted by the waters (strong, healthy, fed, grounded, beautiful and lush) and spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when the heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit

When we trust in God, and walk by faith- unyielding believing – under any circumstance, we will be more than conquerors!  If we walk by fear- and we give into the worldly thoughts caused by the manifestation of spiritual darkness –we will eventually be devoured.  God states that if we faint when hard times come- it is because of one thing:  we not have enough knowledge of his word within us. Proverbs 24:10 “If thou faint in the day of adversity, they strength (knowledge of God’s word) is small (narrow- thin, not solid). Knowledge of God’s word and his promises builds the foundation for us to walk on solid ground- ground that will support us under any situation, any circumstance!   

Remember this- the next time you feel fear creeping into your thinking- claim the promise of perfect peace- and then hold onto that promise, watch your input and be sure to communicate with God in thanksgiving. Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in peace (whose) mind (is) stayed (strong, consistent)  (on thee): because he trusteth in thee”

 
This renewing of your mind and actions builds the trust that will allow you to prosper- and have no fear -in any situation!

God Bless and may you have a fearless day!

By Debbra Sweet

http://www.GodsWordFirst.org

Debbra Sweet is a biblical scholar who served 8 years on the Board of Directors for ACF (The Association of Christian Fellowships) a worldwide biblical research ministry. Debbra Sweet and her husband, Pastor Daniel Sweet, were in charge of the North San Diego County Region of in home fellowships for ACF. During that time, she has overseen the growth and development of multiple in home fellowships and has been instrumental in helping many people come to the knowledge and truth of God’s Word. Today she supports believers world wide through Gods Word First ministry. She is the founder of Sweet Marketing Solutions and an author in the Power of Leadership book series.

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