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“If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” Michelangelo Buonarroti

All of us want wonderful things to come in our lives such as fulfilling relationships, good health, becoming widely respected for something we do well and financial freedom. But these things don’t just happen; you have to prepare the way for good to come to you. One way to begin is by doing for others. Here are some simple steps:

  • If you want to receive, give. Before buying a whole new wardrobe, give away some ill-fitting clothes to a worthy charity, like a shelter for homeless men or battered women. By thinking of those who have less, you may feel that you need less than you once thought.
  • Make choices. No one has everything at once, so narrow your goals. One woman decided that she couldn’t manage being both full-time mother and a law firm-partner. She decided to stay home while her children were small and return to work at a later date. She fulfilled her professional desires by volunteering her legal services to her children’s preschool.
  • Work toward your goal every day. If you want a beautifully decorated house but you’re low on funds, browse in stores and magazines for ideas. A clever way of arranging the furniture might inspire a no-cost renovation.
  • Be thankful for what you do have. The more attention you give to your blessings, the likelier they are to increase. When you nourish the good things in your life, they will gain strength and multiply.
  • Remind yourself that most lucky breaks are the result of patience and hard work!

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“Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change” Ramsay Clark

It can be tempting to use a turbulent period in life, such as a divorce, loss of a job or death of a loved one, as an excuse to avoid making positive changes. But instead of thinking of this difficult episode as a cause to withdraw and retrench, why not think of this as a time to stretch your limits?

This is exactly what “Elizabeth” did. Married at 16 and divorced at 31, she moved to a new town and was unsure of herself alone and in a new setting. Instead of retreating into herself and staying home, she took up rock climbling. There were times when she felt the sport was too risky and difficult, but by persevering she gainded confidence in herself. This self-confidence in her physical capabilities carried over to her role as a single parent. She realized that if she could climb a mountain, she could do other things that she once thought impossible.

Just as athletic tests of skill and endurance can teach you that it’s indeed possible to move beyond your physical limitations, so can other things that make you get out of your comfort zone. You may not think you could ever speak in front of a group of people, but you want to. Go for it! If you have to, take a class on public speaking. What about singing or meeting new friends (for some people this is difficult)? Put yourself in situations where you have to speak to someone you don’t know. ūüôā The realization that you have conquered can spur you to make other changes. Don’t allow anxiety and discouragement to prevent you from taking advantage of this special period in your life. By embracing turbulence and using it to take responsible, life-enhancing risks, a situation that looks difficult can be transformed into a benefit.

Remember that personal or professional turmoil can be an opportunity to take a bold step in a new direction!

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Wanna’ stay healthy longer? Studies show a robust prayer life can lengthen life and mitigate illnesses.

Methuselah lived to be nearly 1,000-years-old? Maybe he had a good prayer life.

A recent study from the Duke University Medical Center, involving 4,000 older adults, indicates. that even occasional, private prayer and Bible study helped people live healthier and longer lives.

“This is one of the first studies showing that people who pray live longer,” said researcher Harold Koenig.

Dr. David Stevens, a family practitioner and executive director of the Christian Medical Association, said Christians shouldn’t be surprised.

“People who are anxious, worried and depressed do poorly when they’re sick,” Stevens said. “Those with hope and peace in the midst of a [health] struggle seem to do much better. People with religious commitments have that hope and peace.”

Dr. Bob Orr, director of clinical ethics at the University of Vermont’s Fletcher Allen Health Care, says prayer brings a definite physiological benefit.

“I certainly encourage people who are believers to pray,” Orr said. “My observation is the person who prays is less stressed. He becomes less anxious and his blood pressure and pulse improve.”

Stevens pointed to one study which showed the risk of diastolic hypertension was 40 percent lower among those who studied the Bible daily and attended church weekly. Another study concluded that elderly heart patients were 14 times less likely to die after surgery if they found comfort in religious faith.

“This has an impact on longevity,” Stevens said. “The overall life expectancy gap is seven years between those who go to church once a week versus those who don’t attend at all. We will live longer if we have a strong faith.”

Clem Boyd is a freelance writer and part-time minister in Dayton, Ohio.

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There is a little girl, Madeleine in our church. easter-2007-013-large-web-view.jpg She is six years old. Her dad, Rodney and mom, Mindy and little brother, Joshua also attend our church. One day Rodney came down stairs and Madeleine was playing and she said, “Dad, are we going to church?” and he said, “Well, of course we are going to church Madeleine.” To which she responded, “Oh good. God is my Life”. Rodney being taken back a little asked, “Madeleine, what did you just say”? and she repeated it, “God is my life, Dad”. As Rodney relayed this to the adult bible class I was deeply touched. I pray that Madeleine keeps that focus as she grows and matures. And then I wondered…how many people really live their life that way. Is God really our life? How much of our life CENTERS around HIM. Paul wrote about this centered life focus in his letter to the church at Colossae.

Colossians 3: 2-4

2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Our life is to revolve around Him and His will. If that is not the case, then all we are set to experience is the devastation of eternal loss. However, if we maintain a life centered around God then we have the hope of appearing with Him in glory! I hope that “God is my life!” truly is our motto. There is no better life!

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“Frown and you frown alone. Smile and the whole world smiles with you.”

That may be a little stretch but we all know that smiles are contagious.

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However, December can sometimes be a lonely and “depressing” month for some people, so here is a list of things you can do to lift your spirits.

  • Be Thankful. Think about what you have. This sounds like the whole “Count your blessings” thing all over again, but it really is important. Remember good times you’ve had with family and friends, and maybe that will make you feel better.
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  • Keep yourself busy. If your energy is focused outward you’ll be less likely to obsess about things you can’t change.
  • Do not isolate yourself in your room.
  • Try to smile, and laugh at jokes that you think are funny. Don’t put on a fake smile all the time, but just smile when you feel like it.
  • Talk to a trustworthy friend about how you’re feeling. It makes you feel a lot better.
  • Write down your thoughts on a piece of paper. Just keep writing, then when you’re done, shred the paper and get rid of it!
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  • Sneak a candy into a friends pocket – let them wonder how it got there.
  • Learn to do something new, like how to make a tree ornament or do HTML code.
  • Have dessert for dinner, and dinner for dessert.
  • Read a book that makes you laugh, then listen to an uplifting song as loud as you like it.
  • Make a tent of blankets, cover the floor in pillows, and curl up with some hot chocolate and a good book, or someone you love.
  • Rearrange your room.
  • Teach someone to do something you do well – fly a kite, swim a mile. They will appreciate it.
  • Give someone a really great gift, no matter what the occasion. Watch their reaction, and you’ll get a high.
  • Don’t forget that you’re special. Remember that no matter what anyone says, you know who you are and you like yourself that way.
  • Don’t listen to people who want to get you down.
  • Smile nicely at a mean person.
  • Study hard, get an A.
  • It doesn’t matter who your trustworthy friend is; it could be your mother, father, or your best friend. Whoever you feel comfortable with.
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WARNING: People may think you are fake and shallow. Ignore them and express yourself.

  • Suicide is NEVER the answer, no matter what the problem is. Think things through, and you’re bound to find a way to make things right.

  • Spend time with God.
  • Pray, meditate
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  • Spend time reading the Bible.
  • Remember that your life is in God’s hands and He takes great care of His people.

“Smile awhile and give your face a rest….”

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(paraphrase of Proverbs 31:10-31)

Who can find a Christian lady? Her price is far more than that of pearls and diamonds, fur and Mercedes.

Her husband has complete confidence in her. He is not afraid to trust her with his name, his children, and his paycheck.

She will be a blessing to him as long as she lives.

She provides the things needed for her family’s comfort. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty and does her work with a smile.

She is a thrifty shopper.

She rises early for private devotions and prepares herself for the day.

She considers new obligations carefully in the light of her present duties and sets her priorities wisely. Because she is conservative with her time, her family reaps many benefits: homemade cookies, family outings, special times of listening.

She is on twenty-four-hour call. “Mommy, I’m scared.” “Honey, would you run an errand for me?” “Mom, could you, please…?” She receives many rewards for her good works: a bear hug, a thank-you card, a new friendship.

She calmly performs the small, monotonous chores that fall her lot, sewing on buttons, pressing white shirts, cleaning ovens.

She shares her blessing with those who are less fortunate: an extra place at the table, a fresh loaf of homemade bread, vegetables from her garden. She reaches out and touches other lives, offering a compassionate shoulder, a helping hand, a listening ear.

She has no fear of hard times, for she has built her family on a strong foundation. With God’s help, they are prepared to cope with life’s frustrations and emergencies.

She chooses her wardrobe with good taste. She keeps her physical appearance clean and neat. A meek and quiet spirit is her crowning glory.

Her husband is respected on his job. He is able to fill his position well, unhampered by domestic problems and pressures.

She is competent in business affairs, balancing the checkbook, paying the bills on time, protecting the credit cards. She is capable of supplementing the family’s income, if necessary.

She has strength of character. She is reserved and manifests dignity in adverse circumstances. She has a positive attitude, expecting good things to happen and she knows how to enjoy life.

She gives wise counsel and instruction. Kindness rules her tongue.

She is not given to gossip, grumbling, and griping.

She organizes her household well and is not lazy.

Her children love and appreciate her. Her husband praises her, saying, “There are many lovely Christian ladies, but you are the fairest of all.”

Flattery and favor of men is deceiving; beauty is vain and temporary, but a lady who serves the Lord and loves her family will long be honored and respected.

The fruit of her life and works of her hands will testify for her.

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Hebrews 10:24-25

King James Version (KJV)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

I know you have seen and heard¬†all the statistics in the news about how Americans don’t go to church anymore.¬† This has been on my mind for a few days now.¬† Could this be another sign that Jesus’ coming is getting closer?¬† The last part of verse 25 says, “and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”.¬† I for one LOVE to go the house of God.¬† For instance, tonight in Bible Study, my husband continued his¬†series on “Building a Quality Walk With God”, and my heart was once again stirred and enlightened as he taught on¬†“patience” this week.¬† This past Sunday in our services¬†we felt the presence of the Lord in such a powerful way.¬†¬†Every¬†church service has something¬†different for me.¬†¬†There is just something about going to church, gathering together with other believers and worshipping God and hearing His word that nothing else matches.¬† Don’t forsake the house of God.¬† That is where you gain strength for another day. The house of God is where our minds and spirits¬†are renewed.¬† No wonder David said, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord”.¬† (Ps. 122:1)

Psalm 73

 1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

 2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

 3For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  

I don’t have enough room to put the whole chapter here, so be sure and read it later.¬† However, what I wanted to emphasize is verses 16 and 17.¬† David was almost backslid (my steps had well nighed slipped), until he made it¬†to the house of God.¬† There are some things that do not make sense and we will not understand until we get to the house of the Lord.¬†

 16  When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

 17  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

Church is to good to not go.¬† Even when I’m tired, I always come away from church feeling refreshed and better.¬† This is not just spiritual either.¬† God gives our physical bodies strength too.¬† It’s amazing, but it works.

Just a thought. 

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