The Healthy Exchange


As wise and beautiful women who allow our footsteps to be directed by the Lord, we need to search the Word and find out what God has to say about health. Is it His will that we be in good health? How do we obtain it? Will it benefit our lives on earth? It is not uncommon to see children eating the majority of their meals from a bag shoved out of a drive-thru window, consuming sugary and chemically-laden drinks, bagged chips, cookies, crackers, and cereals. Kids rarely drink water and very few know what ‘real’ food tastes like. Unfortunately, what our kids see is parents too busy to eat breakfast, eating super-sized value meals for lunch, and drinking scores of coffees and energy drinks just to get through the day. Does a lack of time justify our destructive patterns?

There may be endless reasons why you think you can’t invest the extra time to raise a healthier family, or even a healthier you, but whatever the reasons may be, they shouldn’t be your excuse. I, like many of you, had to let go of many excuses and realize that it was my responsibility to set an example by taking care of myself, my family, and our natural bodies as “…the temple of the Holy Ghost…” (1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV).

By prioritizing my life and valuing God’s Word, I am sowing precious seed as I mindfully take time to raise a healthy generation.. As women of God, we can no longer sit back and knowingly destroy our bodies and cause our children to grow up in a body that is breaking down before they even have a chance to grow up. Every season of our life will require different time investments, but no matter what our status is in life: mom, single, divorced, working, or stay-at-home, we must realize that taking time for you and your family is the best investment you can make.

Trading in my desires for God’s desires was the most beautiful exchange I have ever made. It has become the most fulfilling and satisfying journey. If you want to raise a healthy family according to God’s Word, it’s time you make the exchange, knowing it will make you beautiful in the eyes of your family and in the eyes of God. That is truly a beautiful life!

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Book References:

Live Long. Finish Strong by Gloria Copeland The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin

The Seven Pillars of Health by Don Colbert, MD

Prayer Warrior


Prayer is not a passive activity. It is an offensive strategy designed by God to destroy the works of the devil (see Ephesians 6:10-18). However, too often Christians perceive prayer as merely a reverent petition and they limit the power of prayer. We have become passive, spiritual hostages, while biblical values are attacked and immorality celebrated. Through fear and emotion we continue to be held hostage to the very enemy Jesus defeated over 2000 years ago! Today, God needs a mighty army of prayer warriors who will arise and set the captives free; to become the repairers of the breach, the restorers of paths to dwell in (see Isaiah 58:12).

In order to bring God’s will out of the spiritual realm and into the earth, His able-bodied prayer warriors need to invade the kingdom of darkness using His tactics and strategies. Christians are not engaged in an ordinary war, but a spiritual war that requires spiritual weapons: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does” (2 Corinthians 10:3 NIV). We are called to follow His orders—fighting with the weapons found in His Word: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). He also explains the importance of putting on His spiritual armor. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV).

God is depending on us to use His Word, our prayers of intercession, and the warrior’s garments to safeguard our children, family, friends, the Church and its pastors, our leaders, the nation, and the world. It’s a fixed fight. We win, “…because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4 KJV).

The King’s Daughter – Part 2

When you are changed, it’s because you have allowed Jesus to become the King and Ruler of your life. Is He ruling over every area of your life, or are you still ruling certain areas? He wants to be the King of your whole life. Surrendering everything to our King isn’t always easy. We don’t […]

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The King’s Daughter – Part 1


During my 34 years of full-time ministry, I have seen a great need among women to realize who they really are. We are given so many mixed signals from society and the Church. My heart has ached as I have seen women confused and left with very little self-esteem. If we are Christians, and we […]

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Your Life: A Mosaic Created by God


Several years ago when I was first filled with the Holy Spirit, an increasing desire to know the destiny and purpose for my life began to grow within me. I became desperate to understand what God had in store for my life, but only found myself frustrated. When I looked at my life, I imagined […]

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Dear SHINE Magazine, I am writing to tell you how much I have been enjoying the 9th Edition of SHINE. Of particular inspiration to me was the article about Corrie ten Boom (“An Extraordinary Light”) and Sarah Nollola’s “Purpose in the Desert” piece.  I truly appreciate the issue’s overall emphasis on dreams and purpose. The photography, inspirational quotes, and scripture keys throughout the magazine […]

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Ta-da! We let it go!


Hearts were truly melted during the “Let It Go” Ladies’ Breakfast this past Saturday, February 7th.  As the ladies walked in, they were greeted with the “ice castle” decor from the stage all the way down to the snowflake napkin rings. The aroma of a mighty breakfast wafted as pancakes were made to order and a […]

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“Let It Go” Ladies’ Breakfast this Saturday!

It’s almost here!  This Saturday February 7th is our “Let It Go” Ladies’ Breakfast starting at 9 AM.   Pastor Gayla is melting with excitement over the word she has for you! So come hungry for some marvelous food and get ready to let go!   Don’t forget the younger girls in your life!  Glitter Girls (grades 1st-6th) will be having their own “Frozen”-themed […]

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“Let It Go” Ladies Breakfast


Ladies, it is time to Let it Go! We are so excited to announce our upcoming Ladies Breakfast Saturday February 7th at 9 AM! Join us for a true Gayla Event – full of an empowering word, fun, fellowship, and of course, food! A wonderful breakfast will be served and the list of scrumptious treats is almost endless.  Tickets […]

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