Remember you can reset your resolutions on January 14th (Orthodox New Year) and February 8th (Chinese New Year). After that, even I can’t help you.
My 2017 resolution is for everyone else to gain the 50 pounds I refuse to lose.
I have only one resolution. To rediscover the difference between wants and needs. May I have all I need and want all I have.
This New Year’s I’m going to make a resolution I can keep: no dieting all year long.
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year resolutions.
Jemima was taking an afternoon nap on New Year’s Eve before the festivities. After she woke up, she confided to Max, her husband, ‘I just dreamed that you gave me a diamond ring for a New Year’s present. What do you think it all means?’
‘Aha, you’ll know tonight,’ answered Max smiling broadly.
At midnight, as the New Year was chiming, Max approached Jemima and handed her small package. Delighted and excited she opened it quickly. There in her hand rested a book entitled: ‘The meaning of dreams’.
For the entire poem visit: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44314
Hope you enjoy the video. 🙂 Don’t let my face scare you. 🙂
Adapted from the works of Edgar Albert Guest and Dr. Mattie Moss Clark.
I stepped away from my blog for a while, but now I’m back. I didn’t mean to stay away so long. I felt neither motivated nor inspired nor encouraged. The next thing I knew Dec. 2016 had arrived and I had posted nothing since February. I had received emails during the past few months, letting me know that people were still following my blog. That news encouraged me, but it was God who gave me that final push. I can’t say exactly what He did, but He did it – on the inside of me.
My job situation hasn’t changed (for more of my story, you’ll need to read previous blogs). I’m still working in retail, just a few hours a week. I’m still waiting on that full time job or several streams of income that equals a full time job. I should be on cocaine, an alcoholic, or suicidal – but God! He has kept my mind. I’m still praising Him. All of my needs are constantly being met. I’m not homeless. I’m not broke. I’m not depressed. I haven’t had to beg, borrow, or steal. I’m not bragging on me; I’m bragging on God. I’m learning how to patiently wait on Him and to continue with my projects while I’m waiting and praising Him.
My New Year’s resolution is to keep going, keep trying, even when I don’t feel like it. Write when I don’t feel like it. Make videos, sing my songs, and continue with my radio broadcasts – even when I don’t feel like it. Yep, that’s the plan.
You can – – Do Better!
One of my quests is to encourage people (myself included) to do better (mentally, spiritually, and physically). Do better today than you did yesterday. Do better this week than you did last week. Do better this month than you did last month. Do better in 2017 than you did in 2016.
In order to do better, we must set some goals. I want to explore goal setting. Stay with me because it’s going to lead to a challenge, but it may take a few blogs to get there.
Research shows that if you’re going to be successful at almost anything in life, the very first choice to make is to set some goals. When we set goals we must realize that it may not be a walk in the park. There are things we are going to have to start doing and things we are going to have to stop doing or do less of, if we’re striving to be fit for God’s use (in every area of our lives) until we die.
Hebrews 12:1 & 2 reads, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
This verse tells us that we are to run a race that has been marked out for us. We trust God to set the race up but we must also recognize that we have a part to play in order to cooperate with His plan. In order to run the race, we have to endure some training. We have to set some goals.
Let’s look at some benefits of goal setting.
Goal setting is a spiritual discipline. God is a goal setting God. He has goals for history that have not happened yet. God has goals for His family, the church, that haven’t happened yet. God has goals for your life that have not happened yet. God is a planner. He doesn’t just sit around and let things happen. If God plans and God wants us to be like him, then it would make sense that He wants us to set goals also.
Godly goals are statements of faith. They affirm our trust in God. When you say, I believe God wants me to accomplish this by this date, that’s a statement in faith.
Goal setting builds character. One of the ways you develop character is by setting a goal and going after it and not giving in when you have all kinds of difficulties. It is in that process, that struggle, you develop the kind of character that God wants you to have. Goals are achieved with God’s power.
“We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.”Prov. 16:9 That’s why we fail at our goals. We don’t depend on him.
Zechariah 4:6 says, “You will not succeed by your own strength or power, but by my Spirit says the Lord.”
Prov. 3:5& 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.”
First you’ve got to trust the Lord with all your heart and rely on His power. Then you need to get either a partner or in a small group. Accountability plays an important role goal setting. You check up on each other and help each other out.
The goals that you set should be “SMART” goals. Ask yourself: if this goal is:
Specific– is it clear what the goal is? Is it clear exactly what I mean?
Measurable– how will I know if I have achieved the goal? How will I measure my success?
Attainable– is it possible to achieve this objective? What do I need in place to make it attainable?
Relevant– is this objective one that I consider appropriate. Does it deliver wider priorities? Is it worth doing?
Time-bounded– by when am I going to achieve this? Setting a timescale provides focus and urgency, clarifying when you intend to achieve the objective. The objective has a deadline and is therefore more than just a wish!
You may have some setbacks. You may fall down. But the good news is: life is a marathon. Here’s the key to the marathon of life: You’re not in a race to run fast. You’re in a race to end well. You’re in a race to get to the finish line. You make progress one step at a time. That’s the way you go towards your goals – one step, one day at a time.
It can be done! You can do better. I’ll share more about this subject in the next blog.
What are your goals for 2017? How’s it going so far? Feel free to share with us.
Thanks for stopping by!
New International Version (NIV) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2012
A little birthday humor
Q: How can you tell that you’re getting old? A: You go to an antique auction and three people bid on you!
After much convincing from my husband, I finally agreed to call an old family friend to sing her happy birthday. It was only after I finished singing, that the voice at the other end of the line informed me, that it was the wrong number. “Oh I’m so sorry” I said, embarrassed. “It’s okay” the voice said, “you can use all of the practice you can get!”
You know you’re getting old when you walk up the stairs and call it exercise. Happy Birthday!
Have a great time on your birthday, and don’t worry about getting old. That happened years ago.
Three Old Sisters
There were 3 sisters living together 92, 94 and 95 yrs. old. The oldest went upstairs one evening to take a bath. As she was getting in the tub with one foot in and one foot out, she called down to her sisters, “Am I getting in the tub or am I getting out of the tub?”
The 94 yr. old decided to go upstairs to see if she could help figure out the situation. She got to the 3rd step and stopped – then called out, “Was I going up the stairs or was I coming down the stairs?”
The 92 yr. old, sitting at the kitchen table, thought she better knock on wood and as she knocked on the kitchen table she said, “I hope I never get as bad as my sisters. Now was that the front door or the back door?”
Birthday humor time is dedicated to my oldest sister, Pastor Charlotte “Happy” Bryant, who celebrated her 70th birthday yesterday.
Do you view your birthday as half full or half empty?
If you have read my previous posts, you know that I have not always been the most positive person. My history includes low self-esteem, depression and suicidal thoughts. God has helped me over the years and my positive days now outweigh my negative days. I try to be more grateful and thankful each day. I also laugh more. My prayer was: “Lord, for the rest of my life, help me to see the glass half full each day and not half empty.”
I have never known anyone like Pastor Bryant. I marvel at the wisdom God gives her. One day while talking on the phone with her, I shared my desire to always see the glass half full. I have been kind of down because I still have not found a full time job. I’m still working 6 – 12 hours a week in retail, making minimum wage. That’s enough to make anyone depressed (if you’re viewing the glass as half empty).
It seems like this season in my life has been going on a long, long, long, time and is never going to end. Ecclesiastes tells us that seasons must come to an end, but God left out the “how long” part.
Ecclesiastes 3 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
When I look at the glass as half full: No utilities have been turned off; I’m still driving my 2014 car with insurance; I haven’t lost any weight due to lack of food; I’m not getting phone calls from bill collectors; I haven’t filed for bankruptcy. Those are all miracles. God has been faithful.
In response to my statement about wanting to see the glass as half full, Pastor Bryant said, “Well I choose to see the glass as full.” Now why did she have to say that? She had just burst my balloon and raised the bar. I thought I was doing a great job seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty but she had to throw in the “full” picture glass vision. That is one of the many, many examples of how God gives her wisdom to share with others and to help us grow. I must admit that my faith is not yet at the level of seeing a half full glass of water as a full glass of water, but I’m working on it. Thanks to God and my big Sis, I believe I’ll accomplish that faith goal.
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
Food for thought: According to Romans 4:17 “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
If God called things into existence, why can’t I call a half full glass of water – full?
The words to the hymn “It is will with my soul” were written by Horatio G. Spafford in 1828. He had a successful legal practice in Chicago. He invested heavily in real estate and his holdings were wiped out, as a result of the Chicago Fire of 1871. Just before this, he had experienced the death of his son. He wanted to get away for a rest, so he planned a trip for his family.
Spafford had an unexpected last minute business development right before they were to leave, so he stayed in Chicago but sent his wife and four daughters on ahead on the ship. He was going to follow a few days later. The ship that his wife and daughters were on, sank. His four daughters drowned, but his wife survived. In his grief, he wrote the words to this hymn and was still able to say, “It is well with my soul.” He had many reasons to see the glass as half empty but I believe he chose to see it as half full.
To view this video, click on the link beside my picture. I hope it blesses you.
Sing like God is the only one listening. It’s okay if you get off key, don’t do any “runs” or forget the words. You’ll get no negative comments from Him. Just sing from your heart. -Annette M. Harris
What do you do when life hands you a bag of lemons? You make lemon water.
Lemons contain many nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.
Lemon water may:
Give your immune system a boost.
Cleanse your system.
Alkalize your body.
Help fight viral infections.
Keep your skin blemish free.
Give you an energy boost.
Help you lose weight.
Freshen your breath.
One doctor recommends starting the day with the juice of ¼ to ½ of a lemon, and filling the rest of the glass with warm water. You can dilute the lemon juice more, depending on your personal taste. During the rest of the day, you can sip lemon water at a cooler temperature, if you prefer it. This will keep you hydrated, and it may also help quench your thirst for unhealthy drinks that contain too much sugar and too many calories.
Remember: we are not making lemonade, we’re making lemon water.
I like to drink a warm glass of lemon water with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of ginger. It gives me a morning boost. I like to think of it as a detoxification drink.
I believe that we have the power to contribute to the healing of our bodies by adapting what we consume every day. Drinking lemon water is one of the little things that we can do on a regular basis that can have long term benefits.
We’re so used to instant gratification in almost everything we do, so when it comes to healthy diets and exercise, we can easily get discouraged if we don’t see results in a few days. As with any new addition to your diet, give it a minimum of two weeks to see what positive benefits you can get.
I highly recommend that you do your own research on drinking lemon water. Then choose at least one benefit that will motivate you to start incorporating it into your daily life.
Commit to 14 days of drinking lemon water. Write down how you feel on day 1, then on day 14. Share your experience in the comment section of this post or with someone else.
Bye for now. Thanks for visiting!
Ecclesiastes 3King James Version (KJV)
https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Romans-4-17/ King James Version (KJV)
Osbeck, K. W. (1982). 101 Hymn Stories. Grand Rapids, MT: Kregel Publications
Welcome to the buffet table. I couldn’t let 2015 end without posting a blog. I’m thankful, thankful, thankful. We have a few more days left in this year. Many changes can take place before then. Things can get worse. Things can get better. Either way, I’m thankful. I believe that they will get better. God has been good to me. I know that His love for me will never change.
I don’t have a lot to say, but I have several things I want to share. Enjoy!
Joy to the world, the Lord has come! To view video, click on the link beside my picture.
‘Twas The Night Before Jesus Came’
written by Unknown Author
‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the East there arose such a clatter.
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!
The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said “it’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all!
Gotta love those collard greens
Collard greens pack in lots of nutrients for a little amount of calories. If you are trying to eat healthier, cruciferous vegetables (collard greens, kale, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, rutabaga and turnips) should be on your grocery list. Studies have shown and continue to show that increasing consumption of plant foods like collard greens may help decrease the risk of several diseases, promote a healthy complexion and hair, and increase energy. Collard greens are high in both fiber and water content, which may help to prevent constipation and promote reqularity.
Collard greens hit peak season January through April. They can be enjoyed raw or cooked. You don’t want to cook them to death because you’ll kill all of the nutrients and will be eating dead food. Your collards shouldn’t look like baby food after you’ve cooked them.
Here are some ways to include them in your diet.
- Collard green chips: Remove the ribs from the collard greens and toss in extra-virgin olive oil or lightly spray and sprinkle with your choice or a combination of cumin, curry powder, chili powder, roasted red pepper flakes or garlic powder. Bake at 275 degrees F for 15-30 minutes to desired crispness.
- Sauté: Try sautéing fresh garlic and onions in extra-virgin olive oil until soft then add collard greens and continue to sauté until desired tenderness. Add black-eyed peas and brown rice instead of ham hock or salt pork.
- Smoothies: Add a handful of collard greens to your favorite smoothie.
- Salsa: Combine cooked collard greens with fresh tomatoes,
onions and jalapenos and use the mixture as a nutritious salsa.
I’m sure that by now you just can’t wait to experiment with some collard greens! I’d like to see people add more raw or lightly steamed veggies in their diets. Try this and let me know what you think. You can also share with us one of your favorite collard green recipes.
Marinated Collard Greens
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
¼ cup chopped scallions, white parts only
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoon sea salt, divided
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 bunch collard greens, washed
1/8 cup olive oil
In a large bowl, combine apple cider vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, scallions, garlic, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon sea salt and pepper. Set aside. Take several collard leaves and roll into a cylinder the shape of a fat cigar. Using a knife, cut the through the collard cylinder, making strips. Repeat steps two and three until you have cut all the collard leaves. Place strips in a large bowl. Pour olive oil on collard strips and sprinkle the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt. Massage the oil and salt into the strips until all are well coated. Transfer the collard strips to the bowl with the apple cider vinegar marinade. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, but overnight is best.
Note: The raw collard greens won’t get as soft as its cooked counterpart. That’s a good thing, cooking your greens gets rid of all the water and nutrients that they provide.
- Tonight’s sermon: ‘What is hell?’ Come early and listen to our carol practice.
It was just before Christmas and the magistrate was in a happy mood. He asked the prisoner who was in the dock, ‘What are you charged with?’
The prisoner replied, ‘Doing my Christmas shopping too early.’
‘That’s no crime’, said the magistrate. ‘Just how early were you doing this shopping?’
‘Before the shop opened’, answered the prisoner.
Top Ten Things to Say about a Christmas Gift You Don’t Like
10. Hey! There’s a gift!
9. Well, well, well …
8. Boy, if I had not recently shot up 4 sizes that would’ve fit.
7. This is perfect for wearing around the basement.
6. Gosh. I hope this never catches fire! It is fire season though. There are lots of unexplained fires.
5. If the dog buries it, I’ll be furious!
4. I love it — but I fear the jealousy it will inspire.
3. Sadly, tomorrow I enter the Federal Witness Protection Program.
2. To think — I got this the year I vowed to give all my gifts to charity.
And the Number One Thing to say about a Christmas gift you don’t like:
1. “I really don’t deserve this.”
Until next time, thanks for stopping by.
A Sunday school teacher decided to have her 2nd grade class memorize Psalm 23, one of the most quoted passages in the Bible. She gave the children a month to learn the chapter.
One little boy was excited about the task, but he just couldn’t memorize the Psalm. Although he practiced and practiced, he could hardly get past the first line. The day came for the children to recite Psalm 23 before the congregation. The little boy was nervous. When his turn came, he stepped up to the microphone and proudly said, “The Lord is my Shepherd and that’s all I need to know!”
I shared my story in previous blogs about how in 2013, I lost my job of 11 years and how my 13 year old Mustang was totaled in an accident. I got a brand new 2013 Ford and it turned out to be a lemon in less than a year. The Ford Company finally replaced it with a 2014. There have been no problems so far. In the midst all of the drama, I decided to go back to college. God blessed me to earn a 4 year degree (B. S. in Health Promotion) in a year and nine months. I had a lot of credits that transferred from previous degrees.
If someone would have told me that at the seasoned age of 30 +++ , I would have multiple degrees and yet be working 6 – 14 hours a week in retail making minimum wage, I might would have just run away. This job was a good fit while I was in school but now I need a full time job (or a rich husband ). I’ve been seeking a full time job, with no success. In the meantime, I try to keep hope alive. Some days are better than others. I know that things could be a lot worse, so I’m thankful for what I do have.
God has been a faithful shepherd. Although I don’t like my situation, don’t understand it, and it doesn’t feel good, I believe with all my heart that He loves me. I know that God has a plan for me. This is not the end. He has provided and continues to provide for me. Nothing has been cut off, my car has not been repossessed. My refrigerator has not been empty. Yes, Jesus loves me more than anyone on this planet. This situation hasn’t killed me. I believe that it will make me a stronger, better, and wiser person.
I haven’t blogged in months. I lost my motivation. I couldn’t think of anything to write about. Today I decided that I needed to sing, so I’m singing my song. Keep in mind that when I encourage you to “sing your song”, I’m talking about the song that is within you. It doesn’t matter who wrote it or who recorded it. Anna B. Warner wrote the words to the hymn, Jesus Loves Me and William B. Bradbury was the composer. It’s my song because it’s within me. Of course I can’t take the credit for writing the text nor composing it, but I can sing it as only I can sing it. I used to wonder why God didn’t give me a voice like Patti LaBelle, opera singer, Jessye Norman, or gospel singer, Yolanda Adams. Now I accept the fact that He gave me the voice that He wanted me to have.
Sing your song!
It doesn’t matter if you’re in tune or out of tune. My oldest sister, has many gifts, but singing is not one of them. We joke about it. Nevertheless it doesn’t stop her from singing anywhere and anytime. Sometimes (when the anointing hits) you wouldn’t know that singing was not one of her gifts.
There are social, emotional and physical benefits to singing. Singing can:
- Help reduce depression and anger.
- Encourage creativity.
- Bring people together.
- Release endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemicals.
- Increase the amount of oxygen you take into the body as you inhale deeply, producing a feeling of alertness as more oxygen gets to the brain.
- Improve muscle tone in the face, throat, neck and jaw.
- Help manage stress.
- Improve your ability to listen attentively without having to think of responses.
- Be a form of meditation because it enables you to just “let go.”
I’m gonna sing my song while I live because when I die, no one will be able to sing it for me.
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Hymns for People Over 50
- Give Me the Old Timers Religion
- Precious Lord, Take My Hand, And Help Me Up
- Just a Slower Walk with Thee
- Go Tell It on the Mountain, But Speak Up
- Nobody Knows the Trouble I Have Seeing
- Guide Me O Thou Great Lord God, I’ve Forgotten Where I’ve Parked The Car
- Count Your Many Birthdays, Count Them One By One
- Blessed Insurance
- It Is Well With My Soul, But My Knees Hurt
There’s a slimmer person inside me yelling to get out, but I can usually shut her up with ice cream and cake.
ACTUAL Church Bulletin Bloopers:
Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Memorial Church in Racine. Come tonight and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.
“Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.”
“Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.”
The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to conflict.
The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water.” The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Don’t let worry kill you. Let the Church help.
Thursday night will be a potluck supper. Prayer and medication to follow.
For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
Thanks for stopping by. It’s been therapeutic for me. Hope it has made you smile.
Andrae Crouch sang these words: Somebody told me of the joy they had. Somebody told me that in sorrow they could be glad. Then they told me, once they were bound but now set free. But I didn’t think it could be until it happened to me.
My oldest sister, Pastor Charlotte Bryant has shown me the joy that she has over the years. She has shown me that in sorrow she can be glad. I know stories of when she was bound and then set free. But I STILL didn’t think it could be – until it happened to me.
To be honest, I didn’t want to believe it could happen to me. I didn’t want to change. I wanted to continue being depressed. I wanted to keep singing songs like What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas?, Nobody Knows the trouble I’ve seen, and Trouble in my way, I have to cry sometimes – I lay awake at night but that’s alright- Jesus will fix it after while. I didn’t want to sing songs like: I’m an Overcomer, Victory is Mine, and Joy bells Keep Ringing in My Soul.
Slowly but surely, it has happened to me. I’m not singing those negative songs anymore. When I hear them being sung, I will make up words to replace them. Everyone in life will experience trouble. 1Peter 4:12, 13 clearly says, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you: But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy.” Trouble will come. It’s up to me how I react to it.
I won’t say that I am the most joyful person in the world. I won’t say that I never get sad and depressed. I will say that those bouts don’t happen often. When they do happen and I examine myself, I find that I have not been praying, praising god and reading the Word like I should.
I challenge you. Don’t meditate on the negative, don’t sing the negative. Don’t declare the negative: Oh, I’m having a bad day, I have the worst luck, Nothing good ever happens to me, I don’t feel like thinking happy thoughts. Don’t claim the negative: my arthritis, my bad back, my lazy husband, my ugly self, my broke self. Look at the glass as half full and not half empty. Praise God. Meditate on the Word of God. Invest in some laughter DVDs or books. Do your part and God will do the rest. Then you can share with others how, IT HAPPENED TO YOU.
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Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17
God is Like a TV Commercial
Then there’s the Sunday School teacher who had her 5th grade class watch commercials to see if they could use them to come up with ways to communicate truths about God. Here’s what they said:
God is like.
Allstate: You’re in good hands.
Alka-Seltzer: Try him, you’ll like Him
Tide: He gets the stains out that others leave behind.
Sears: He has everything.
A Ford: He’s got a better idea.
Hallmark Cards: He cared enough to send the very best.
Bayer Asprin: He works miracles.
Delta: He’s ready when you are.
Alberto Vo-5: He holds through all kinds of weather.
Coke: He’s the real thing.
The US Post Office: Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail will keep Him from His appointed rounds.
Scotch Tape: You can’t see Him, but you know He’s there.
Dial Soap: Aren’t you glad you’ve got Him? Don’t you wish everybody did?
General Electric: He brings good things to life.
Charity Begins at Church
After the church service, seven year old Brian said to the preacher: ‘When I grow up, I’m going to give you some money.’
‘Well, thank you, ‘the preacher replied, ‘but why?’
‘Because my daddy says that you’re one of the poorest preachers we’ve ever had.’
As the storm raged, the captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, “Anyone here know how to pray?” One man stepped forward. “Aye, Captain, I know how to pray.” “Good,” said the captain, “you pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets – we’re one short.”
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. People who are physically active tend to live longer and have lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. Physical activity can help control weight, strengthen bones and muscles, and if you’re an older adult, improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls. In December 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services launched Healthy People 2020, which has four overarching goals:
Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death;
Achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups;
Create social and physical environments that promote good health for all; and
Promote quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages.
Healthy People 2020 tracks approximately 1,200 objectives organized into 42 topic areas, each of which represents an important public health area. Increasing physical activity is one of the objectives. Specific goals for physical activity are:
Here are 8 more reasons to get moving:
To reduce tension and enable you to handle stress more effectively
To help prevent constipation
To improve your sleep
To relieve arthritis
To improve your posture and general appearance
To improve your circulation
To have more energy to praise the Lord in dancing
I get moving because I want to have flexibility and to strengthen my bones and muscles.
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Welcome to the buffet table! I’ll be jumping from one subject to the next, so get your plate and fill it up. The good news: you don’t have to worry about portions, fat, sodium, sugar, GMOs, nor calories.
TOMORROW We’ve all said at one time or another, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” I’ll begin that project tomorrow. I’ll go on a diet tomorrow. I’ll start a savings plan tomorrow. I’ll start getting more sleep tomorrow night. I’ll give my life to Christ tomorrow. I’ll start working on things that God has laid on my heart tomorrow. I’ll get life insurance tomorrow. I’ll start exercising tomorrow. I’ll choose to be happy tomorrow. Tomorrow came, and you still didn’t do what you said you were going to do. The cemetery is full of the bodies of people who said, “I’ll do it tomorrow”, but tomorrow never came. Books, ideas, songs, inventions, plays, crafts, testimonies never to be shared, and destinies never to be fulfilled have been put in files labeled tomorrow. It’s so easy to put things off for tomorrow. Tomorrow is not promised.
Let your tomorrow begin today!
RESURRECTION DAY You usually don’t hear people talking about Resurrection Day until around Easter. The ultimate resurrection was when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He died but when He rose, He rose with all power in His hands. His resurrection made it possible for us to have resurrections in our lives. We all go through things. Sometimes the situation looks, feels, and smells so bad that we think it’s dead. Just like God raised Jesus up from the grave, and just like Jesus raised up Lazarus from the grave, He can raise your situation up from the grave also. So when you find yourself in what you are sure is a dead situation, rest assured that your Resurrection day is on the way!
REFLEXOLOGY It is said that a large percentage of disease is stress related. Getting a massage is one way to release stress. There are many more benefits associated with massage therapy including relaxation, increased and improved blood circulation, and increased flexibility. Reflexology is a therapeutic form of foot massage and of course, hand reflexology is a therapeutic form of hand massage. Reflexology may benefit people in the same way massage helps people relax and reduce their stress levels.
Reflexology is based on the belief that each part of the foot is a mirror site for a part of the body. The big toe, for example is considered a reflex area for the head. The heart and chest are around the ball of the foot. The liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot. Practitioners believe that certain areas of the hands and feet are linked to other areas and organs of the body. For example, the brain can be helped by putting pressure on the tips of the three largest toes on both feet.
One day while on the computer, I did a search on hand reflexology. I found a web site that allowed me to print out a free 10 step hand reflexology self-treatment. I sat at the computer and did some of the exercises. I can’t begin to describe how good my hands felt. I have two different foot rollers and a porcupine massage ball that I ordered online. I had no idea that my feet and hands could feel so good after using them.
One time I had a pain in my neck. The pain was there for more than a week. I took aspirin. I applied a heating pad. Neither of those things worked. The Holy Spirit brought to my attention my porcupine massage ball. I began to roll one foot and then the other over the ball and immediately the pain began to ease. I did it the next day and the next, and then the pain was totally gone!
Check out reflexology. Visit the library or google it. There are reflexology charts available that show the locations and therapeutic indications of pressure points on the hands and feet. I thank God for letting me discover the benefits of foot and hand reflexology. I use my porcupine ball on a regular basis. I get so busy that I sometimes forget about my foot rollers and hand reflexology techniques. That’s why I like sharing healthy living tips: As I review topics and share them, I get reminded of certain things.
GROWING UP It’s generally thought that wisdom comes with growing older. It does happen with some people, while others become stupider (yes, I had to look it up: stupider or more stupid). I like using stupid because it really gets people’s attention. I’m growing up while growing older. Sounds silly doesn’t it? Life seems backwards. By the time you grow up and begin to figure life out, it’s time to exit.
“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it makes sense.” Harold Kushner
I like to think that my life would have turned out much better if I would have had the wisdom I have now, when I was 25. But I don’t dwell on that thought because I can’t go back to when I was 25. I can’t undo what’s already been done. All I can do is learn from the mistakes, stupid decisions, trials, and disappointments because they were instrumental in making me who I am today. Not that I’m all that, but I like to think that I have become a better person. I’m not where I need to be, I’ll be growing up until I die, but I thank God I’m not where I used to be.
“In the trials we’ve faced, something good has happened too: God has fine-tuned us so we are more compassionate, more caring, more loving, more aware of others’ pain.”
I would have never chosen this path for my life, but my strategic, all knowing, loving, Daddy God had other plans. He knew and still knows the best route for my life. After all, it was He who formed me while I was yet in my mother’s womb. He tells me in Jeremiah 1:5a “I knew you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart for me before you were born” and in Jeremiah 29 verse 11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Now that’s good news!
HUMOR TIME Willing to take a bullet for Jesus? The two thousand member Baptist church was filled to overflowing capacity one Sunday morning. The preacher was ready to start the sermon when two men, dressed in long black coats and black hats entered through the rear of the church.
One of the two men walked to the middle of the church while the other stayed at the back of the church. They both then reached under their coats and withdrew automatic weapons.
The one in the middle announced, “Everyone willing to take a bullet for Jesus stay in your seats!”
Naturally, the pews emptied, followed by the choir. The deacons ran out the door, followed by the choir director and the assistant pastor.
After a few moments, there were about twenty people left sitting in the church. The preacher was holding steady in the pulpit.
The men put their weapons away and said, gently, to the preacher, “All right, pastor, the hypocrites are gone now. You may begin the service.”
The dog closed his eyes in concentration. This fundamentalist Christian couple felt it important to own an equally fundamentally Christian pet. So, they went shopping. At a kennel specializing in this particular breed, they found a dog they liked quite a lot. When they asked the dog to fetch the Bible, he did it in a flash. When they instructed him to look up Psalm 23, he complied equally fast, using his paws with dexterity.
They were impressed, purchased the animal, and went home (piously, of course). That night they had friends over. They were so proud of their new fundamentalist dog and his major skills, they called the dog and showed off a little. The friends were impressed, and asked whether the dog was able to do any of the usual dog tricks, as well. This stopped the couple cold, as they hadn’t thought about ‘normal’ tricks. “Well,” they said, “let’s try this out.”
Once more they called out to the dog, and then clearly pronounced the command, “Heel!” Quick as a wink, the dog jumped up, put his paw on the man’s forehead, closed his eyes in concentration, and bowed his head.
Resources http://www.christian-jokes.net/Jokes/Church-Jokes/115-willing-to-take-a-bullet-for-Jesus.aspx http://www.christian-jokes.net/Jokes/Bible-Humor/141-The-dog-closed-his-eyes-in-concentration.aspx Jeremiah 1:5 International Standard Version http://biblehub.com/isv/jeremiah/1.htm Jeremiah 29:11-13New International Version (NIV) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+29%3A11-13&version=NIV Johnson, B. (2006). I Don’t Suffer From Insanity….I Enjoy Every Minute of It! (Mar. 3) Siloam Springs, AR: DaySpring Cards, Inc.
I love plants! I don’t have a lot of space for them so I only have five. I try to get plants that are low maintenance because I don’t have the gardener’s touch that my mama had. I talk to my plants. Research says it’s good for them. I have given my plants names: Tangy, Grapefruit, Sunshine, Blossom, and Rae.
One summer day a few years ago, I decided to try to prune Rae’s leaves cause she was getting too big and I didn’t want to put her in a bigger pot. Then I had this bright idea to just take some of her leaves out of the pot. I ended up taking her completely out of the pot, and she kind of fell apart. I put her back in after removing some of the leaves. She didn’t like it. Her leaves started withering one by one. I was sad to see that she was dying. I took her outside on the back porch. She’s an indoor plant but I thought that maybe being outdoors would help. It didn’t seem to help. She continued to wither away. I saw little gnats on her soil. I placed her in the corner on the back porch and stopped watering her. I figured it was over.
All her leaves withered and turned brown. She looked completely dead to me. My feelings were a little hurt because she had been with me for a long time. You may be saying, “My goodness, it was only a plant”, yes, but it was my plant. One day I was getting ready to throw everything out of the pot, I saw something green. Now remember all the leaves were withered and brown. I immediately pulled out the brown, withered leaves and there it was: a little green baby leaf. I asked myself, “How could this possibly be?”
I added some dirt to the pot and left it outside. I noticed a few days later that she seemed to be doing just fine. I cleaned up the pot and took it back inside. Everyday Rae grew a little bigger, and then I saw another leaf. I smile now every time I look at Rae. She seems to be doing just fine. What would have happened had I just dumped everything out of the pot without looking closely at it? Yes, it was just a plant, but I think God used that plant to remind me and you that, it’s not over until He says it’s over.
Are you on a quest to be fit for the Master’s use? Have you been on a quest to be fit for the Master’s use and have given up and quit? Have you been letting healthy living information that you have heard about go in one ear and out the other, thinking that it’s too late to change or improve now? Well my friend, it’s not too late!
Let me share two examples of when it looked like it was over, but God said it wasn’t. We read in the 11th chapter of John about three people whom Jesus loved: Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. One day Jesus got the message that Lazarus was sick. Jesus didn’t go see about him for two days. Lazarus had died and had been buried by the time Jesus arrived. Now you’ve got to admit, this was a hopeless situation. It was indeed over! When Jesus arrived, they took Him to the tomb where Lazarus was buried. Jesus took time and spoke to God the Father. He then cried out with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth and in the first part of the 44th verse we read: And he that was dead came forth. God showed everyone that it was not over!
We read in the book of Exodus about the freedom of God’s people from slavery and the beginning of national identity. Pharaoh had finally let the people go in verse 13, but later had a change of heart. He took his army and went after them. They had gotten as far as the Red Sea when they saw Pharaoh and his men. This situation looked hopeless. I’m sure they thought it was over.
God said it wasn’t over! He divided the waters of the Red Sea like a wall in two directions at once (north and south). The children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground. The Egyptians pursued and went in after them, like a bunch of fools. God released the waters once the children of Israel had crossed to the other side. That was the end of Pharaoh’s army. They drowned in the Red Sea. Can’t you just imagine God saying, “Now, it’s over“!
You may be sick in your in your mind, in your body, in your spirit and/or financially. It may seem like every time you lose five pounds, you gain back eight. It may seem like trying to live a healthy lifestyle is just too difficult. You may feel like you will never get to where you desire to get to in life. You may have already said, “Just forget it.” There have been many times when I have said those words – but God is saying, “It’s not over.”
Job 22:28 reads, “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” We want to decree and declare these words: “It’s not over, it’s not over, it’s not over until God says it’s over.” Family members may say it’s over. Circumstances may say it’s over. You may have said before you read this blog, that it’s over. My friend, it’s not over until God, the author and finisher of your faith says it’s over!
You can still experience peaceful living if you have a right relationship with God. You can still learn a way of eating that is simple, balanced, and easy to understand. You can still make time to do some form of exercise. You can still stop smoking and drinking. You can still stop speaking negatively. You can still be delivered from any habit. You can still have the victory. You can still give your life to Christ and let Him use you.
When I think of Rae, I am reminded that it’s not over until God says it’s over!
A little humor
Jonah and the Whale
One day, a teacher was talking to her first grade class about whales when a little girl had a question.
Little Girl: “Do whales swallow people?”
Teacher: “No, even though they are much bigger than a person, they have throat pleats that filter their food of krill and plankton.
Little Girl: “But Mrs. Thurston says Jonah was swallowed by a whale.”
Teacher getting angry: “Blue whales cannot swallow people.”
Little Girl: “Well, when I get to heaven I’ll just ask Jonah if he was really swallowed by a whale.”
Teacher, still red with anger: “What if Jonah went to hell?”
Little Girl: “Well, then you can ask him.”
Do you want to go to Heaven?
Father Flannagan was diligently trying to win souls for the kingdom of God. One day he had a fine idea. He would go to the local pub to evangelize the local drunks and bar flies. He walks into the pub and notices one of his flock from the local church he preaches in. “John!” he screams, John! do you want to go to heaven!!!! John answered,” Father Flannagan,, why ,,yes! of course I want to go to heaven.”” Then, get over here behind me now,” says the father. “Patrick!, Father Flannagan screams out again.. “Patrick do you want to go to heaven?” Well father,, yes… yes ,, I do. “Then get over here with us now… so Patrick joined the two men..
Father Flannagan spotted anouther and said,, ” you! do you want to go to heaven? The third man paused. No answer! Flannagan again asked the man,” you sir! Do you want to go to heaven!! The man paused again and then shouted,” no!” the Father was dumbstruck and asked the same quesion,, What do you mean you DON’T WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN?? The young man then stated, ” no,,not today ,, it seems as if you’ve got a group to go today and I don’t want to go today!!!!
Bye for now.
Jonah and the Whale http://www.jokesclean.com/ChristianJokes/
Do you want to go to Heaven? Submitted by Evelyn http://www.christian-jokes.net/Jokes/Heaven-and-Hell-Jokes/404-Do-you-want-to-go-to-Heaven.aspx
It’s been a while since I’ve written a post. I haven’t been motivated. I thought and thought about what I could write about and my mind went blank. I really couldn’t think of anything. Then it hit me: I’m still standing. I began to think about all the things I’ve been through since August 2013. You can read more about my story in my first post. I went through some storms but I’m still standing: spiritually, mentally and physically. I could have given up on God. I could have had a nervous breakdown. I could have allowed myself to become so stressed out that I had a heart attack or a stroke. But God didn’t see fit to let any of those things happen. The winds and the rain came. I swayed, but didn’t fall. God kept me.
Here’s a short update to my story. Ford Credit Company finally exchanged that brand new 2013 Ford that had to be towed so many times, for a brand new 2014. I’m making a little spending money. I work a few hours a week in a retail store making minimum wage. I am still working on what I hope will be my last degree. Things could be much better, but they could also be much worse. I feel that I have grown closer to God. There’s a saying, “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.”
I like to think that I’m stronger, wiser, and better. I’m grateful. I’m happy. I have peace. My current situation is not where I will stay. I’m just passing through. When you’re going through something remember that you have to go through to get to the other side.
I don’t know how long I will continue with this blog. Some things are only for a season. I may still be posting next year. I do know that it’s been fun and a little scary stepping out of the boat and doing something that I had never done before. I challenge you to step out of the boat. Do something new, something different. Have no fear. Follow your dream(s) in 2015.
“Food” –Creation retold
In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
Then using God’s great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, “You want chocolate with that?” And Man said, “Yes!” and Woman said, “and as long as you’re at it, add some sprinkles.” And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.
And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.
So God said, “Try my fresh green salad.” And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.
God then said, “I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them.” And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.
God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it “Angel Food Cake,” and said, “It is good.” Satan then created chocolate cake and named it “Devil’s Food.”
God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.
Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.
God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald’s and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, “You want fries with that?” And Man replied, “Yes! And supersize them!” And Satan said, “It is good.” And Man went into cardiac arrest.
God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
Then Satan created HMOs.
Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for letting me know that you stopped by. Thank you to those of you who chose to follow this blog. Happy New Year!
God has been mighty, mighty good down through the years and He’ll continue to be good in 2015.
Try Jesus. If you don’t like Him, the devil will gladly take you back.
Do You Remember?
Grandma and Grandpa were sitting in their porch rockers watching the beautiful sunset and reminiscing about “the good old days”. Grandma turned to Grandpa and said, “Honey, do you remember when we first started dating and you used to just casually reach over and take my hand?”
Grandpa looked over at her, smiled and obligingly took her aged hand in his. With a wry little smile, Grandma pressed a little farther, “Honey, do you remember how after we were engaged, you’d sometimes lean over and suddenly kiss me on the cheek?”
Grandpa leaned slowly toward Grandma and gave her a lingering kiss on her wrinkled cheek. Growing bolder still, Grandma said, “Honey, do you remember how, after we were first married, you’d kind of nibble on my ear?” Grandpa slowly got up from his rocker and headed into the house. Alarmed, Grandma said, “Honey, where are you going?”
“Pain is what the world inflicts upon us. Suffering is our emotional reaction when we fail to make the difficult conscious choice to choose Joy.” Jonathan Lockwood Huie
One morning I woke up, got out of bed and began to go about my day as usual. Only this morning my mood was not so happy. I tried to encourage myself by singing gospel songs and hymns. That didn’t work. Singing, I’m Happy and I Know It, didn’t work. I tried quoting scripture. That didn’t work. I spoke with my sister on the phone. She’s always encouraging, but this day, even her words weren’t encouraging. All I could think about was my situation and how it seemed hopeless, and how tired I was in believing that trouble doesn’t last always.
I guess you could say that I just refused to be comforted. I explained in my first blog how my car was totaled and that I was laid off of my job in 2013. Some, days are better than others. I try to keep the faith. I get knocked down, but God helps me to get back up.
On this particular day, I counted my little money. I had enough to pay a bill. I went to the bank to make a deposit. While driving to the bank the tears began to flow. I was thinking, “When is my change going to come?” I have had enough. Can’t I just get a break? I rode up to the outside terminal at the bank. I didn’t want the teller to see the tears streaming down my face.
I got home. I asked the question, “Why do I have to go through this? Why even be saved (a born again believer) if things are no better for me than the unsaved? Then it happened – just what I needed!” The thought came to me: Every single person in life will go through something at one time or another. The only difference is that I can go through with Jesus. I don’t have to suffer alone. The bible tells us that it rains on the just and the unjust. No one is exempt from trouble.
I believe it was God, speaking to my heart. God is the only one who knows exactly how to get through to me when nothing or no one else can. My tears stopped! I was back in my right mind. Back to my regular self. One of my favorite sayings is, “God loves Him some Annette!” He won’t allow more things to be put on me than I can bear. He loves Him some YOU too. I hope the words to this song blesses and encourages you.
It is not our place to know the mind of God. The Spirit knows what is best in the long run -best for each of us individually, and best for humanity as a whole. This is often very difficult to accept when we see war and disease in the world and experience physical and emotional suffering in ourselves, our family, and our friends. I consider this belief in God’s infinite power and ultimate wisdom to be the true test of faith.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Sleep is often the first thing to go when we get overworked. We get so busy that we stay up just another hour or two or three to finish a project, get some chores done, etc. etc. We must make sure that we are getting enough rest. The mind’s ability to deal appropriately with stress factors can become very limited if our bodies are tired. Without adequate amounts of sleep we feel lousy and our abilities to learn, memorize and reason are sharply impaired; we are more susceptible to colds and flus or just getting sick in general.
Most medical professionals recommend 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. Many in both medical and psychological fields find benefits in taking time during the day to get alone with oneself, relax, breathe deeply and allow the mind to rest from the stress factors of the day. Some individuals may be able to function perfectly on only four hours of sleep per night; others require as many as ten, to feel refreshed. Some professionals suggests that you get as much sleep as you need to feel rested and able to function at your maximum the next day. There are some tips to help you maximize the quality and quantity of your sleep:
- Go only to bed when you are tired. Don’t try to make sleep happen. Instead, get up and read or do something constructive until you feel tired.
- Don’t stockpile sleep. Going to bed earlier than your regular time probably won’t help. You will only condition yourself not to fall asleep later. It’s not possible to save on your sleep.
- Avoid late meals and snacks. Heavy meals can interfere with sleep. If you must eat something, consider eating a light snack containing protein.
- Cut the caffeine. Have your caffeinated drinks in the morning or early afternoons. Caffeine can stay in your bloodstream for up to six hours.
- Limit your liquids after 8:00 P.M. Frequent trips to the bathroom can keep you up all night.
- Individuals who are physically fit and active will be better sleepers, so make exercise a part of your daily routine.
- If napping makes you feel good the rest of the day, if it doesn’t interfere with your evening sleep and if your schedule permits, a 20 to 45 minute nap after lunch may help revitalize you.
Scientists know that the body releases it greatest concentration of growth hormone – the substance that helps our bodies repair damaged tissue – during sleep. Most sleep specialists believe the mind benefits equally from a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation makes us moody and irritable. Most individuals have trouble adequately approaching stressful situations when their bodies lack rest. It also limits our ability to concentrate, make judgments and perform mental tasks. As a result, it can affect our job performance or, even worse, lead to industrial or traffic fatalities.
Sleepless nights can be a sign of eating the wrong thing or a fearful, angry, or fretful attitude.
Christians are promised “sweet sleep.” If you consistently experience sleepless nights, the devil is robbing you of something God guarantees. Memorize Scriptures, meditate on the Word during those sleepless periods, and cast all of your care on God. If you start reading the Bible and praying, I’ll bet it won’t be long before you get sleepy. You know the devil doesn’t like it when we spend time reading the word and praying, sometimes he’ll send a spirit of sleepiness. If you read and pray and don’t get sleepy, well then be happy cause that was time spent constructively.
Leave your troubles outside before you enter your bedroom. You will never sleep well if you lie in bed obsessing over your troubles. If I remember correctly in the movie Gone With The Wind, Scarlett O’Hara said in one scene, “I won’t think about this today, I’ll think about it tomorrow.” Tell yourself, “I’m leaving these worries and concerns out here. I’ll deal with them tomorrow or the next day. I refuse to bring them into my bedroom this night.”
Proverbs 3:24 – 26 Verse 24 reads, When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
Psalm 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace and sleep: for thou Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
When you meditate on God’s Word, the Word will lead you, keep you, and speak to you during your waking and sleeping moments. Proverbs 6:22, When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
– Norman Schwarzkof
Bye for now. Thanks for visiting!
There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
“There is always something to be thankful for. If you can’t pay your bills, you can be thankful you are not one of your creditors.”
I hope this video blesses you. This is one of my favorite songs.
Six components of living a healthy lifestyle
There are many reasons to try to live a healthy lifestyle:
To lower the risk of disease.
To relieve stress.
To have increased energy.
To increase the length of your life.
To increase the quality of your life.
To be fit for the Master’s use.
I am not trying to increase the length of my life, but I am trying to increase the quality of my life. I don’t do everything right. Some days are better than others. I love food. I love to eat. The problem is I eat too much. Anyway, I’m working on it.
If I had to pick the most important reason for striving to live a healthy lifestyle, I would choose #6. We all have a destiny to fulfill. We have been given gifts and talents to use for God’s use. I don’t think most of us truly grasp that. If we did, we would be doing more for Him.
Everyone won’t write a book, be a movie star, the president of a large corporation, or a great artist. The greatest accomplishment that any of us can do is to accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior and be found trying to fulfill our destiny. Life passes by so swiftly. We have only a limited number or years. I don’t want to die without at least trying to discover and use my gifts and talents. What you do may not be on a professional level. My videos and my blogs sure aren’t. But at least I can say – I tried.
I want to share with you six components of healthy living.
Air is a component of health that we totally take for granted. We don’t go to bed and say, “I sure hope that I won’t run out of air while I sleep tonight or I wonder if I’ll have enough air in the morning.” We just assume that we will have air.
It is possible to go weeks without food and days without water, but six minutes without air and you’re a corpse. Air is so important because of oxygen. The blood and trillions of cells that make up the body perform the functions of life. They must be oxygenated regularly or death occurs. We receive our supply of oxygen by extracting it from the air we breathe into our lungs. This is called respiration. In tiny air sacs in the lungs, the blood is purified, supplied with oxygen, and sent on its way to the rest of the body. When we breathe out, we exhale carbon dioxide gas and a lot of other waste materials.
Even though it’s practically impossible to have really pure air in this day and age we can still do what we can to make the best use of the air that we breathe.
Deep breathing is a component of health that supplies us with the fuel that keeps us alive. How we breathe affects how we absorb oxygen into our bodies. The oxygen feeds the brain, the nervous system, and every cell of the body. Normally, we should breath abdominally. There are enormous benefits that accompany breathing the way the body is designed to breathe. Most people breathe totally from the chest.
Abdominal breathing clears your mind and relaxes you. It balances you. It’s the key to relaxation and to the correct oxygenation of your body. Abdominal breathing takes pressure off the heart, and has an amazing effect on the nervous system. We want the abdomen to expand as we breathe in, and then we want the air to move up and out as we exhale.
Exercise is a component of health that greatly assists in the oxygenation of your entire body, especially aerobic exercise, which accelerates the heart’s pumping action. There is an exercise routine for everyone. Bones are alive, and just like every other part of the body, they benefit greatly from exercise.
Life depends on the flow of blood in our bodies. Every drop of blood circulates through the entire body, every minute! A larger heart is a healthier and stronger heart. Any good exercise routine should address basically three areas of fitness: (1) cardiovascular, or aerobic, (2) strength, and (3) flexibility. Aerobic exercise is the form that strengthens the heart.
Water: There is not one function of the body that is not dependent on water. Approximately seventy percent of the body is water. The brain is 80.5% water, the lungs 80%, and the blood 90%. From the minute food enters your mouth, every process necessary to transform it from a food to blood, bone, muscle, and tissue – depends on water.
Water holds nutrients in solution and transports all food necessary for life to the various parts of the body. The body uses water to extract the vitamins, minerals, proteins (amino acids), carbohydrates, fats, and the other basic nutrients of life to the proper place and drops them off in the exact amounts needed at exactly the right time in the body.
Water holds wastes and toxins that it picks up from the cells and carries them to the organs of elimination. Water carries them to the four organs of elimination – bowels, bladder, lungs, and skin for disposal. Water brings in what we need and carries out what we don’t.
Without sufficient water you would have no saliva. You wouldn’t be able to swallow! The organs that perform the functions of life are all more water than anything else. Water is the chief agent in regulating body temperature, like water in the radiator of a car.
As to how much and what kind of water to drink, well the experts have different opinions. One thing is for sure, the less you get from your food, the more you have to drink.