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Peaceful Morning

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The morning is the most magical part of the day. The whole world rises, the sun comes up, every flower and tree blossoms, the park is full of people jogging, taking a walk on the beach or walking their dogs. Students go to school, other people go to work or simply start working on their daily tasks. Our first thoughts have a huge impact on our mood and energy for the day. Choose good ones!!!

 

Psalm 143:8

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

 

Imagine enjoying a little early morning me time, writing a few pages, finishing your coffee before it got cold. Rushing to accomplish tasks is bad for the nervous system and the quality of our day. Instead of reaching for your phone, try a slow mindful exercise. We can’t be sure it would work, but we can really want it too. Such as, turn away from the computer/tablet/smart-phone and sit for a moment noticing the sensations in your mind and body. Let’s start the Rise and Shine challenge with a lot of hope.

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Things we can do to create a relaxing start of a day…

  • Create a morning routine. And make it a relaxing one.
  • Prepare the night before.
  • Start the day with a relaxing shower or bath.
  • Get in some morning exercise.
  • Work when it’s quiet.
  • Create a clutter-free environment.
  • Turn off the distractions.

Psalm 18:32-36

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He enables me to stand on the heights. Trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. Broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.”

 

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New Year Resolutions

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new-year-resolutions

The Bible doesn’t mention making resolutions at the beginning of a new year–but it does urge us to examine our lives regularly, and to seek God’s help to become better persons every day.

Some Resolutions to consider

  1. Engage with people more than technology.
  2. Take your soul seriously.
  3. Increase your kindness.
  4. Choose someone to forgive.
  5. In forgiving, include yourself.

Lamentations 3:40.

“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord”

Every January, millions of people begin their year with New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, getting organized (my email is a mess), exercising more, eating healthier, and managing finances better are some of the most common resolutions. But what about making spiritual New Year’s resolutions?

We make commitments and tell our friends and family on January 1st, only to give it all up by January 3rd. But as humans, our struggle for consistency goes way beyond resolutions. Making commitments we can’t keep runs all through society, back to Biblical times. In the Bible, James spoke of some people who can teach us a valuable lesson about great intentions that aren’t aligned with God’s will:

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Philippians 4:13

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

 

If God is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. So, if a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution.

 

1 Timothy 6:11

As we begin this new year, pause right now and ask God to show you what He wants to do in your life during this coming year. Resolve to grow closer to Christ every day, and with the help of His Holy Spirit to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness”


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The Power of Patience

the-power-of-patience: I believe with patience and learning to be grateful for the less significant things surrounding our lives, this will brighten and contribute to a more fulfilling existence. We sometimes overwhelm ourselves by losing focus on the superior things that are happening in our daily lives. The mind will find answers if you relax and give it time. It is so easy to get swept away by impatient anxiety and the fear of everything falling apart! A gentle reminder that the answers will come, all in due time!

Galatians 6:9 | NIV

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Proverbs 14:29 | NIV

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

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Let Go of Anxiety and Let Things Happen

Patience reduces anxiety to say the least, good things are frequently happening, gradually, inch by inch; and regularly. I would add that if we feel anxious, we need to acknowledge the feeling rather than condemning ourselves for it. Embracing a negative emotion allows us to let it go. Patience allows you to really pin point the source of the anxiety. In a universe in which everything is in divine order, things might not happen as quickly as we want them to happen. When the frustrations of life come our way, our natural response is to react. Patience encourages withholding that immediate response, which is often anger.

Psalm 37:7 | NIV

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Infinite patience produces immediate results

Practicing patience is also a measure of maturity. Take that journey to infinite patience in your life, it may take some major life shakes-ups and challenges to get there. But, when you stop rushing for everything, what you want will materialize. I thought the quicker and more rapidly I spun the wheels or pressed on the accelerator the quicker I would see results. Having an attitude of patience increases personal power because you are not giving away control of the stressful situation to a person or to the problem. You then have the energy and persistence to continue forward.

2 Peter 3:9 | NIV

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

 


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Holiday Spirits

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holiday-spirits

Few people know why they believe or do the things they do. Especially when it comes to their religious beliefs and practices. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336. During the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December.


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Luke 2:4-7
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David. Because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary. She was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Nine-in-ten individuals say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they agree with in the virgin beginning of Jesus. However merely about half see Christmas as a spiritual holiday. At the same time as one-third view it as a cultural holiday. Practically all Christians (96%) commemorate Christmas. Just two-thirds see it as a non secular holiday. Further, eight-in-ten non-Christians in the U.S. also observe Christmas. But, nearly everyone view it as a cultural vacation opposed to a spiritual occasion.
Fully 86% of American citizens say they plan to shop for presents for acquaintances and family over the Christmas or holiday season this year. This includes large majorities of people in all large U.S. Spiritual organizations in addition to those without any non secular affiliation.

Please share your thoughts. Let us know what you think about Christmas!!!