“Fridays are the hardest in some ways: you’re so close to freedom.“ – Lauren Oliver
God is after your heart, not your accomplishments. Consider which you’re spending more time focusing on. (thedailyverse.com)
- Thoughts and desires,
- Religious Things,
- Fear & Worry
- “Don’t stand in someone else’s shadow when it’s your sunlight that should lead the way.” Unknown
- “Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.” Unknown
- “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” Unknown
There’s Joy Today because God’s personality is not like ours; His ways are not like ours. I don’t know about you but I find comfort in those words. It somehow frees me from my self-condemning chains. It helps me to be joyful this morning. Wouldn’t it be great to experience the grace and freedom that abound through Christ living in your heart? Especially knowing that we can trust that He has a better plan for our lives. If only, you and I will follow Him.
David in the Psalm said this to God, “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” ~ Psalm 16:10-11
Happiness Connected to Thankfulness, Not Pleasure (CBN) “Taking the time to conscientiously count your blessings once a week significantly increased your’ overall satisfaction with life over a period of six weeks, that was the result of a study. The research also found that those in the group that did not keep journals had no such gain.” Time magazine published the report on the “Science of Happiness.” The studies revealed some interesting facts about happiness. Among them were:
- Even the happiest of people feel blue at times, and even the bluest have their moments of joy.
- Once your basic needs are met, additional income does little to raise your sense of satisfaction with life.
- Youth doesn’t make one happy because, in fact, older people are more consistently satisfied with their lives than the young, and less prone to moodiness.
- Married people are generally happier than singles.
- A sunny climate doesn’t affect happiness.
- Religious faith “lifts the spirit.”
- Friends are important to happiness.
- Happiness can be an afterthought. The example given: “If you were to randomly beep someone on vacation in Italy, you might catch that person waiting furiously for a slow-moving waiter to take an order or grousing about the high cost of the pottery. But if you ask when it’s over, ‘How was the vacation in Italy?,’ the average person remembers the peak moments and how he or she felt at the end of the trip.”
Ten Things Not To Say To Dieters: To lose weight, it helps to be surrounded by supportive people. But when trying to support a dieter, well- intentioned comments often backfire. “People use food for very good reasons: stress, loneliness, because they don’t know what else to do to handle what’s going on,” says Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food, and God. “When you say something that judges, threatens, or controls an eater, all you do is create a relationship issue between the two of you. And that’s another thing for him or her to be stressed about,” Roth says. “It’s the last thing they need.” (clickondetroit.com)
Avoid putting your foot in your mouth by not saying the following:
1. “Sorry, no seconds for you.” Why it’s unhelpful: Playing “food police” by depriving someone, hiding food, shaming, or otherwise monitoring his or her diet is controlling. The desire to lose weight has to come from that person.
2. “You look great just the way you are.”Why it’s unhelpful: Judging the size of someone’s else’s body is never our business, writer Geneen Roth says. “You may love them, adore them, or be concerned about their health, but what they put in their mouth is not your business.”“Let’s go get ice cream.”
Why it’s unhelpful: Tempting the person with foods you know she’s trying to steer clear of is the opposite of offering support, nutrition expert Reardon says, even if you mean it as a harmless suggestion and even if it’s for a “good excuse.” Better: Make an activity, rather than a food, the focus of a social outing or celebration. Propose a toast. Buy a gift (one that’s not related to food). Invite your friend or loved one out for coffee or for a bike ride. Say, “Let’s meet at the dog park” or, “Let’s go have tea.”
3. “I hate to see you depriving yourself.” Why it’s unhelpful: Reminding a dieter of his daily struggle doesn’t tell him anything he doesn’t already know.
Better: Skip the empathy altogether. Resist the temptation to talk about the food. Stick to discussing the weather or the bride.
4. “You’re no fun anymore.” Why it’s unhelpful: Criticism of any kind undermines progress.
5. “This book will help you lose weight.” Why it’s unhelpful: Even concrete weight-loss advice can sound like meddling and judging. Better: It’s usually best not to discuss food and diet even indirectly. “People respond to love and caring, not judging and shame.
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