List of current resources

My friend asked me to create a list of all the websites, apps, podcasts, and instagram accounts I follow that are most helpful for me. Maybe these people can also inspire you!    CHRISTIAN LIFE   Reunion Oakland: Planting a church here in Oakland  https://reunionoak.com/  Pastor Andy and Sarah are awesome in the ministry of God.   Cornerstone Fellowship:  http://cornerstoneweb.org/  my current Church home (sermons and small group discussions are available on the site). On their YouTube Channel, the Pastors talk explain and expand on this week’s message.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChTysViDda9Wkidqqxdt9ng    The Bible Girl Podcast:  https://www.jessilrobinson.com/   Jessica is currently undergoing cancer treatment but there are many podcasts you can listen to about how to study the Bible. She also has monthly Scripture writing plans that I use daily. A wonderful tool.     TheBibleProject  https://thebibleproject.com/  They have a wonderful YouTube channel, podcast and teaching materials (including an app called “ReadingTheScripture” for reading the complete Bible). EXCELLENT resource for understanding the Bible   First 5 app  https://first5.org/  from Proverbs 21. They offer in depth drives into the books of the Bible.   Kelly O Stanley does wonderful monthly prayer prompt calendar  https://kellyostanley.com/    TheResetGirl  https://www.theresetgirl.com/  Cori is a planner girl, Christian and crafty gal. She also has a podcast  https://thefirstloveclub.podbean.com/     Illustratedfaith is also a Christian crafty gal’s dream. https://www.illustratedfaith.com/    Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross. Even though I am not Catholic, I find so much value in this daily devotional.  https://www.ivpress.com/living-the-christian-year     TheRockChurch San Diego  https://www.sdrock.com/  I use the sermons, sermon notes and they do have a daily app (which I don’t use). They are currently doing a 21 day fast with daily emails. In the past they have had daily prayer meetings via facebook.    INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS  Amy Hale https://www.instagram.com/amyhale/  APP for Christian Mediation: ABIDE     GOAL SETTING and LIFESTYLE   Cultivate what matters PowerSheets is so helpful in identifying and following through on your goals.  https://cultivatewhatmatters.com/collections/2019-powersheets-and-accessories    https://www.instagram.com/cultivatewhatmatters/   Simplified  https://www.instagram.com/simplified/      FITNESS   Blogilates has a great workout calendar and challenges  https://www.instagram.com/blogilates/    https://www.blogilates.com/   The Domestic Geek  https://inspiredentertainment.com/inspired-eats/    I hope this new year bring joy and happiness to all!

My friend asked me to create a list of all the websites, apps, podcasts, and instagram accounts I follow that are most helpful for me. Maybe these people can also inspire you!


CHRISTIAN LIFE

Reunion Oakland: Planting a church here in Oakland https://reunionoak.com/ Pastor Andy and Sarah are awesome in the ministry of God.


Cornerstone Fellowship: http://cornerstoneweb.org/ my current Church home (sermons and small group discussions are available on the site). On their YouTube Channel, the Pastors talk explain and expand on this week’s message. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChTysViDda9Wkidqqxdt9ng


The Bible Girl Podcast: https://www.jessilrobinson.com/

Jessica is currently undergoing cancer treatment but there are many podcasts you can listen to about how to study the Bible. She also has monthly Scripture writing plans that I use daily. A wonderful tool.

TheBibleProject https://thebibleproject.com/ They have a wonderful YouTube channel, podcast and teaching materials (including an app called “ReadingTheScripture” for reading the complete Bible). EXCELLENT resource for understanding the Bible


First 5 app https://first5.org/ from Proverbs 21. They offer in depth drives into the books of the Bible.


Kelly O Stanley does wonderful monthly prayer prompt calendar https://kellyostanley.com/


TheResetGirl https://www.theresetgirl.com/ Cori is a planner girl, Christian and crafty gal. She also has a podcast https://thefirstloveclub.podbean.com/

Illustratedfaith is also a Christian crafty gal’s dream. https://www.illustratedfaith.com/

Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross. Even though I am not Catholic, I find so much value in this daily devotional. https://www.ivpress.com/living-the-christian-year

TheRockChurch San Diego https://www.sdrock.com/ I use the sermons, sermon notes and they do have a daily app (which I don’t use). They are currently doing a 21 day fast with daily emails. In the past they have had daily prayer meetings via facebook.

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS

Amy Hale https://www.instagram.com/amyhale/

APP for Christian Mediation: ABIDE

GOAL SETTING and LIFESTYLE

Cultivate what matters PowerSheets is so helpful in identifying and following through on your goals. https://cultivatewhatmatters.com/collections/2019-powersheets-and-accessories

https://www.instagram.com/cultivatewhatmatters/

Simplified https://www.instagram.com/simplified/

FITNESS

Blogilates has a great workout calendar and challenges https://www.instagram.com/blogilates/

https://www.blogilates.com/

The Domestic Geek https://inspiredentertainment.com/inspired-eats/


I hope this new year bring joy and happiness to all!

Fasting

Fasting seems to be all the fad lately.  But from the Bible we know that it has been around for thousands of years.  In the Bible, fasting was a way to get God to notice us or come closer to Him.  I knew God was trying to say something to me when two of the two sermons that I watched (one at my church and the other I watched online) both implored God’s people to fast as a way to enter God’s presence and ask Him to hear our cries.       http://cornerstoneweb.org/sermon/the-making-of-a-leader-week-4/      https://www.sdrock.com/messages/2018-06-03/     I am going to fast for 21 days.  There are many ways to do this. Or things you can fast from.  My fast is going to focus on coke and candy. I drink more coke than water or tea or ANY other thing I put in my mouth.  Because it is also a difficult thing for me to give up, I will need God to lean on and help me break the bonds of my dependence.       13 Jesus said to her (the Samaritan woman), “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14     What God is telling me, is that I can drink and drink and drink cokes forever, but I will still be unfulfilled.  If I drink the water that Jesus provides, I won’t be thirsty. Thirsty for emotional support and comfort. The way Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, changed her entire life.  He wants to do the same with me. He wants me to know that it’s ok to make scary choices. God will be with me forever. He wants to show me respect and love, as He did with the Samaritan woman.  I just need to receive it.     It is also a reminder that I need to provide my body with the physical water Jesus provides to keep it healthy.    https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/big-benefits-plain-water-201605269675  This article summarizes how important water is to our bodies for weight loss and maintenance.  Don’t ignore this very important step in fasting and weight loss.     Ways to incorporate more water:    1. Get a new water bottle.  Pick one that speaks to you so you love using it.    2. Get a water filter if you need one.    3. Add fruits and vegetables to water if you want variety.    4. Tea is a great way to push water.  Don’t add sugar or milk. As I am trying to break a sugar habit, I won’t add honey.     5. Reach out to two friends that will support your fast.  Text them daily, for a quick update or word of encouragement.     6. Take a water bottle with you EVERYWHERE you go!    7. Find a scripture to use this week for added support.  Here is mine.      5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.  1 Corinthians 7:5     This verse reminds us that without self-control, we leave ourselves wide open for the devil to jump right in.  We need to close that door by handing over control to Jesus. I need to give the keys to my heart, mind and soul to Jesus.  Only He can provide the missing pieces in my life. He can’t do it alone. Without fasting and praying, I don’t give Jesus that “in” that He needs to change me.  Fasting and prayer go hand in hand. Do not do one without the other. My mind staying on Jesus will remind me of my goals and give me the resolve to make each day better than the one before.  

Fasting seems to be all the fad lately.  But from the Bible we know that it has been around for thousands of years.  In the Bible, fasting was a way to get God to notice us or come closer to Him.  I knew God was trying to say something to me when two of the two sermons that I watched (one at my church and the other I watched online) both implored God’s people to fast as a way to enter God’s presence and ask Him to hear our cries.  

http://cornerstoneweb.org/sermon/the-making-of-a-leader-week-4/

https://www.sdrock.com/messages/2018-06-03/

I am going to fast for 21 days.  There are many ways to do this. Or things you can fast from.  My fast is going to focus on coke and candy. I drink more coke than water or tea or ANY other thing I put in my mouth.  Because it is also a difficult thing for me to give up, I will need God to lean on and help me break the bonds of my dependence.  

13 Jesus said to her (the Samaritan woman), “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14

What God is telling me, is that I can drink and drink and drink cokes forever, but I will still be unfulfilled.  If I drink the water that Jesus provides, I won’t be thirsty. Thirsty for emotional support and comfort. The way Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, changed her entire life.  He wants to do the same with me. He wants me to know that it’s ok to make scary choices. God will be with me forever. He wants to show me respect and love, as He did with the Samaritan woman.  I just need to receive it.

It is also a reminder that I need to provide my body with the physical water Jesus provides to keep it healthy.   https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/big-benefits-plain-water-201605269675 This article summarizes how important water is to our bodies for weight loss and maintenance.  Don’t ignore this very important step in fasting and weight loss.

Ways to incorporate more water:

1. Get a new water bottle.  Pick one that speaks to you so you love using it.

2. Get a water filter if you need one.

3. Add fruits and vegetables to water if you want variety.

4. Tea is a great way to push water.  Don’t add sugar or milk. As I am trying to break a sugar habit, I won’t add honey.

5. Reach out to two friends that will support your fast.  Text them daily, for a quick update or word of encouragement.

6. Take a water bottle with you EVERYWHERE you go!

7. Find a scripture to use this week for added support.  Here is mine.

5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.  1 Corinthians 7:5

This verse reminds us that without self-control, we leave ourselves wide open for the devil to jump right in.  We need to close that door by handing over control to Jesus. I need to give the keys to my heart, mind and soul to Jesus.  Only He can provide the missing pieces in my life. He can’t do it alone. Without fasting and praying, I don’t give Jesus that “in” that He needs to change me.  Fasting and prayer go hand in hand. Do not do one without the other. My mind staying on Jesus will remind me of my goals and give me the resolve to make each day better than the one before.