Motivation Monday

“We are fast entering the perils of the last days, when views which conflict with the word of God will be presented by men of giant intellects, and we ought to be able to show the falsity of their claims. Our children also should be thoroughly furnished with Bible truth, so that they will not be moved by every new doctrine that is presented in their hearing.

Many parents do not see the necessity that their children should be so particular in learning their Sabbath-school lessons, and often neglect to give them the proper assistance of encouragement. The great object of thoroughness in the study of the Bible is that they may understand why they believe as they do, and that when the test shall come and the question be asked, “Will you obey God, or will you yield to the requirements of the world?” they will decide to serve God, because by studying his word they have learned to love him and his truth.”

The Youth’s Instructor, February 19, 1879

Motivation Monday

 

The Lord has a special interest in the families of His children here below. Angels offer the smoke of the fragrant incense for the praying saints. Then in every family let prayer ascend to heaven both at morning and at the cool sunset hour, in our behalf presenting before God the Saviour’s merits. Morning and evening the heavenly universe takes notice of every praying household.

My Life Today, 29

Motivation Monday

Each morning consecrate yourself and your family to God for that day. Make no calculation for months or years, for they are not yours. One brief day is given you, and that one day work for yourself and your family as though it were your last. Surrender all your plans to God, to be carried out or given up, as His providence shall indicate. In this manner you may day by day be giving your life with its plans and purposes into the hands of God, accepting His plans instead of your own, no matter how much they may interfere with your arrangements nor how many pleasant projects may have to be abandoned. Thus the life will be molded more and more after the divine Model; and “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

In Heavenly Places, p.213

What on Earth does WFPB mean?!

With the ever-increasing hash tags in the modern day, online post you’re bound to have come across one in particular that isn’t self-explanatory. That is #WFPB. The first time I heard of WFPB was while reading Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s book ‘Whole’, the follow-up to his first book ‘The China Study’ (a MUST READ for anyone who is keen to understand the connection between dairy consumption and cancer). Campbell explained the abbreviation – Whole Food, Plant-Based. So, if you follow a WFPB diet you follow a diet that consists entirely of whole foods (without refined sugars, flours and oils) and completely void of all animal products.
Initially, this diet proposal may seem impossible, preposterous even, but it’s not. Trust me! I’ve been plant-based for 12 years and I have been pleasantly surprised at the discovery of the wide and variety fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables our Creator has gifted us with. Personally I choose to use small amounts of oils and salts in my cooking and also use minimally refined products, such as gluten flour (to add texture to ‘meat-like’ sausages and mock steaks) and rapadura (evaporated and granulated cane juice used in the place of white sugar). Ideally, aiming to eat the majority of the foods in your diet in their whole food form is optimal.
As Author Ellen White wrote:
Let the diet reform be progressive. Let the people be taught how to prepare food without the use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men. The time is near when, because of the iniquity of the fallen race, the whole animal creation will groan under the diseases that curse our earth. – Testimonies for the Church 7:135, 1902 CD 356.2
Yes, we will need to gradually learn how to wean ourselves from animal foods, like eggs, milk and butter, but thankfully we live in a time where we have the additional motivation of knowing that current science supports White’s conclusion that plant-based is best. May God guide us to make the healthiest choices possible for ourselves and our families.
P.S. I have recently published a plant-based cookbook which uses predominantly whole foods. Thankfully it is so easy to prepare wholesome meals. Also for any American readers, please take a look (and buy one if you like!) at my cookbook Kickstarter campaign
 (cheap postage and free ebooks for early bird purchases). Feel free to share the link with others who may like to try some yummy, easy-to-prepare meals too. And for the rest of the world, the cookbook is available from my website www.notonlycarrots.com with a 40% discount off the ebook (instant download!) for every hardcopy cookbook purchased.
Thanks!
~Leah Jones

Motivation Monday

 

“Children have claims which their parents should acknowledge and respect. They have a right to such an education and training as will make them useful, respected, and beloved members of society here, and give them a moral fitness for the society of the pure and holy hereafter.”

The Review and Herald, March, 21, 1882.

Motivation Monday

“Our religious obligations begin in serving God faithfully in the home life. I am urged to bear earnest testimony to parents in public and private, that they may be led to devote all their powers in sanctified service for Christ. I am instructed to urge upon our people the need of being imbued with the Spirit of God. This Spirit will teach believers to work in harmony with Christ whenever and wherever opportunity offers. As different families among our people have been presented before me, I have been shown their great need of the converting power of God.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that we might have a pattern of true holiness. Let parents study the pattern, that they may become true laborers together with God for the salvation of their children.”

Letter 90, 1911