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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