Doing Life Together

Doing Life Together

Chocolate Not a Health Food Yet!

posted by Linda Mintle

OK chocolate lovers, put down that Snickers and listen up!

Is chocolate a health food? Is it good for cardiovascular health? I want it to be!

Apparently the jury is still out and we need more research.

Dr. Oscar Franco from the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge reviewed seven studies and concluded that none of them was definitive in terms of heart health and chocolate. However, and here is the hope, he did note what researchers reported– people who ate lots of chocolate were about one-third less likely to have hearts attacks, strokes and diabetes. Unfortunately, self-report is not the best research.  You have to do studies with randomize controls and monitor health.

Bottom line, it is too early to dive into the Godiva and think you are being healthy. Like all things, moderation is always the best approach. But we can always hope that next to the broccoli, carrots and beets, there will one day be a heart healthy choice dripping in chocolate and inviting our taste buds to a real treat.

In the meantime, just enjoy!! Of course, in moderation!

 

Be Still and Know

posted by Linda Mintle

A few Sundays ago, a friend of mine presented a spoken word as part of the worship time. Our church embraces the arts and many forms of expressions are encouraged. Spoken word is one of those forms.

It was a Sunday morning and I was dealing with bad news.  I needed to just sit with God. As I was basking in the presence of God, a friend of mine, Dr. Jayce O’Neal got up and delivered the spoken word he had prepared for the service. I was so encouraged that I wanted to pass this along. With his permission:

My Daily Conversation with God

By Jayce O’Neal

“Be still and know that I am God

I am God so be still.”

These are Yours words from Your Word

But is it really, honestly your will?

 

This world is crazy, and lazy and hazy

I’m just not sure, how to look past all the obscure

The noises ring out amidst beeps and shouts

The bills build but money has stilled

 

What am I to do, where am I to go?

The pressure overwhelms, but I can’t let it show

Like a lit stick of dynamite seen from every vantage site

This world seems ready to go, ready to blow…so…

What exactly am I supposed to do?

 

“Be still and know that I am God

I am God so be still.”

These          are        Your       words from Your Word

But is it really, honestly your will?

 

Be still you say? But that cannot be the way?

Because I have sat still, I have stayed still, and I have still not seen your will…

 

…and then in my brief moment of pity and pride

I heard a strong but loving voice speak softly from the other side

 

“Seek first my kingdom, not his kingdom or her kingdom and not yours

For I am the opener and closer of doors

You see but a key hole of clarity,

But with me hope and provision is not a rarity

 

The troubles of this world are but a flea compared to my right hand

No evil can triumph over the land where I stand

Do not doubt, do not pout, do not fret about

My will is my way, not yours

Take my peace, and my joy, because my yoke is not a chore

 

So yes…be still,

And know that I am God

Do not wait until,

Everything is perfect

I Am God, be still.”

Normalize Pedophilia? This is Sick!

posted by Linda Mintle

An academic conference was sponsored in Baltimore this month in which a handful of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals want to normalize pedophilia and take it out of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a mental health disorder. The manual is being revised in the next few years and is the “bible” of mental health diagnosis.

The conference brochure states that the meeting would examine “ways in which minor-attracted persons [pedophiles] can be involved in the DSM 5 revision process and how the popular perceptions of pedophiles can be reframed to encourage tolerance.” The conference was sponsored by B4U-ACT, a group of pro-pedophile mental health professionals and sympathetic activists.

You can read the highlights of the conference from a press release provided by child advocates Matt Barber, Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action, and Dr. Judith Reisman, a visiting law professor at Liberty University School of Law here. They attended and wrote a first hand report and I appreciate the summary.

This makes me sick to my stomach!This is clearly driven by political activism and not by science, research or a moral code. It is important for professionals like myself to take a strong stand against such a change and continue to defend the rights and mental health of children.

Here are a few of the “highlights” of the conference according to Matt Barber:

1) Adults wanting to have sex with children is normal. What planet do these people come from to hold such a sick notion.

2) The “cultural baggage” of wrongfulness is a concern. As it should be! This is wrong any way you spin it.

3) In our culture, sex is taken too seriously. The opposite is true. In our culture, sex isn’t taken seriously enough. The harm of violation, the pain of betrayal and the abuse of millions should not be minimized.

4) The majority of pedophiles are gentle and rational. So being gentle and rational while you violate a child makes it OK? Those who have been sexually abused by gentle abusers were still violated and abused.

I can’t go on because this thinking is so pathological! It is so wrong and makes my blood boil!

But you need to be aware of this small but persistent movement. We need to protect our children, not assault and abuse them.These voices do NOT represent the majority of mental health providers and should be silenced and sent to treatment!

God, Hurricanes and Social Media

posted by Linda Mintle

It was a wild ride this weekend. I live on water and was in the path of hurricane Irene.

We had a lot of flooding and water in the garage but no major damage. Our neighbor’s trees fell on our property but fell in such a way that they stopped before hitting our glass sun room. It literally looked like an angel stood in front of the glass and told the tree that was far enough. Made great pictures. The trees are hanging over our house but not on the house! The river has receded and the water is gone.

Best of all, it was another great opportunity to talk to my neighbors about the power of prayer. During the clean up, we made it clear that people all over the country were praying for our safety and God protected our house.We never lost power, which was a miracle in itself.

And during the 16 hours of storm, our neighborhood, my relatives, friends all over the country were on Facebook getting updates and encouraging us. How cool was that? My brother in Maine, my nephew in NYC, my friend in Chicago, best friends in San Diego, etc. We kept in contact during the progress of the storm. Social media made that all possible.

Thank you to the people all over the country who prayed for us. Several of my “fans” on my professional page of Facebook prayed. You guys are the best!

And I trust God used this to encourage our neighbors and friends regarding the power of prayer and the importance of a relationship with God. During the storm, I was calm because I knew God was right there. He commands the wind and rain. And yesterday, His presence was felt but also seen!

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