He’ll Draw Near, April Showers Pollen, True Friends

Today’s Quote: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”Draw-Near-to-God-James4_8

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April Showers Wash Away the Pollen:
Rain, Rain Come This Way, We Need Our Pollen Washed Away. Spring not only brings April showers and May flowers. It also brings sniffling, runny noses and itchy eyes to thousands of allergy sufferers.
Today: Pollen levels ranges this morning include many Medium-High Ranges for Today, The cause for the rising pollen levels is strong winds and decreasing humidity. If you do suffer from allergies, tomorrow could be more difficult.

Definition of Friend has Changed: Nowadays there are different kinds of friends thanks to all the social media options.

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  • Friends for life,
  • Friends who will give you a ride to the airport,
  • Friends who help you move,
  • Friends who meet you for lunch,
  • Friends who come and go,
  • Workplace friends,
  • Neighborhood friends,
  • Church buddies.

And then there are the Social media friends. Facebook friends have their own category of description. You get to know new people from their responses and they really get to know the person you want them to know. You can tell a lot by just a few words. Some of you have the ability to upload cool emotional content and that’s awesome.
So here’s the question:
Do you have a love hate relationship with Social Media?
You can give your comment below.

Beat The Monday Blues and Make Monday’s Awesome

Ways to make Monday’s AWESOME If you have the Monday Blues most weeks, then this is not something you should laugh off or just live with. It’s a significant sign that you are unhappy at work and you need to fix it or move on and find another job. Take time to identify the problem and clarifying what is bothering you then try to be active in finding solutions.

  • Prepare for Monday on Friday. Leave yourself as few dreadful tasks as possible on Friday afternoon. If you do have any unpleasant tasks awaiting your attention Monday morning, get them done as early as possible so that you don’t spend the rest of the day procrastinating or “feeling as if there’s a black cloud hanging over your
  • Make a list of the things you’re excited about. Sunday evening, list of three things you look forward to at work that week. If you can’t think of three things you look forward to, that might be an indication that you need to make some changes.”
  • Get enough sleep and wake up early. Go to bed a little early on Sunday night waking up an extra 15 to 30 minutes early on Monday morning. Have a little “me” time.
  • Dress for success. Dress up use Monday as the day to wear your favorite new outfit.
  • Be positive. Take time to recognize and appreciate the things that you enjoy about work.
  • Make someone else happy. Vow to do something nice for someone as soon as you get to work
  • Keep your Monday schedule light. Keep your Monday schedule as clear as possible. This will help you to come into Monday with more ease
  • Have a post-work plan.  Your day shouldn’t just be about trudging through to get it over with, but about looking forward to something. Make Monday a special day where you get to do something you enjoy at the end.   Forbes.com

Love Endures, Prayer Focus, Win Music Boat Cruise, De-Stress

Power Thoughts:

  1. “Be of one mind, live in peace and the God of love and peace will be with you.” — 2 Corinthians 13:11
  2. “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34
  3. “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18

Today’s Prayer Focus:

  • Pray for 5 large leadership gifts of $10,000 or more to be given
  • Office Asst. & Station Prayer Intercessor, Karen

Nominate Friend and WIN for Yourself! From now until Friday nominate a friend to win a trip on the Music Boat in November!  If chosen you and your friends will set sail with KSWP’s afternoon personality, Jenn! Enter today! The deadline is Friday! Go here for the link to the Music Boat. (Remember to mention KSWP)

The Good Friends Question of the Day: What do you do to blow off steam on high pressure days? Please Like Comment & Share! – or call 1-800-944-8443!

Stress management: Workplace stress affects the performance of the brain, including functions of work performance; memory, concentration, and learning. Stress is believed to trigger 70% of visits to doctors, and 85% of serious illnesses.

Quick stress reduction techniques: The key to de-stressing in the moment is getting away from, removing yourself from or distracting yourself from the stressor.

  1. Stress reduction idea 1 – humour – Humour works because laughter produces helpful chemicals in the brain. Humour also distracts you from having a stressed mindset.
  2. Stress reduction idea 2 – brisk walk and self-talk Yes, actually leave the building. – Change your environment.
  3. Stress reduction idea 3 – rehydrate Go get a big cup or a bottle of water.
  4. Stress reduction technique 4 – catnap or powernap – A quick 10-30 minutes’ nap. Sleep is very helpful to reduce stress.
  5. Stress reduction technique 5 – make a cuppa – Any tea will do, but a flavoured cup of tea is even better.
  6. Stress reduction technique 6 – crying – Whatever the science behind crying, a good bout of sobbing and weeping releases tension & stress.

Finding Your Way, Clean The Clutter, Tired? Power Nap “Good”

Power Thoughts

  • “Any time you make a commitment to something, it will be tested.” ~ Unknown
  • “A commitment does not end with the decision, it’s just getting started.” ~ Unknown
  • “Achieving a goal is a good feeling, but to get there you have to go through the failures. Pick yourself up and succeed.” ~ Mary Lou Retton

Finding Your Way: When Michelle and I are on a trip and we are not exactly sure of the destinations location, we will use the GPS on our Iphone.  Sometimes, I say, “I think I know the way. We won’t need directions.” Bad decision.

Jesus said, before He left to be with the Father, that He would send the Holy Spirit to help us find our way. I find that incredibly reassuring, don’t you?

If you need direction as to where to set the course of your life, don’t rely on your own way. Use God’s guidance system.  We can have an internal navigational system.

The Holy Spirit, who lives in us, to offer direction. Of course, you could do like I have done before, waste vast amounts of time and energy with the idea that I know the way. Again, more reassurance from Jesus, He is the way, the truth and the light to guide us. Wow and thanks!

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.” ~ John 16:13 NLT

Clean The Clutter: 13 Projects and 13 Rewards to Reap for Your Organizing Efforts (getorganizednow.com) One of the very best ways to stay motivated while organizing is to specify rewards you’ll enjoy when you’re done with each project.

Project: Organize your kitchen pantry.  Reward: Take a long leisurely bubble bath, along with some wonderful music while you’re soaking.
Project: Get to the bottom of your mail pile.  Reward: Go to the library and get a book you have wanted to read. Then, take and hour in your day to read it– interruption-free.
Project: Get your calendar updated and organized.  Reward: Plan a social date with a favorite friend at home or at a local coffee shop to catch up on each other’s lives.
Project: Designate a Donation Box and fill it with a minimum of 10 items.  Reward: Go shopping for one new item that you’ll use and love.
Project: Make a family calendar, highlighting each person’s chores/events in a specific color.  Reward: Go out with your family on a picnic (an indoor picnic if it’s cold outside).
Project: Organize your hobby room.  Reward: Take a class you’ve been wanting to do or work on a favorite hobby guilt-free all afternoon!
Project: Catch up with your dusting and vacuuming.  Reward: Purchase a bouquet of flowers for the house.
Project: Get a task done that you’ve been procrastinating on for months.  Reward: Spend a few hours going on a hike, biking or anything that will keep your energy flowing.
Project: Organize your hair accessories, toiletries and cosmetics into baskets.  Reward: Go to the salon and get a new hairstyle.
Project: Clean out your refrigerator, tossing all expired food, cleaning the shelves, and so on.  Reward: Take a 20-minute power nap.
Project: Work on a meal plan for the month.  Reward: Pick up a ready-made meal and dessert for dinner, and pop it in the oven–guilt-free.
Project: Do your fall weeding, trimming and raking.  Reward: Relax in a lounge chair on your deck or patio with a cool drink or a hot cocoa.
Project: Choose a room and pick up all the clutter.  Reward: Go out for lunch with friends and try a new restaurant.

Tired? Some Companies Give Workers OK to Power Nap on the Job (ABC News) At one time or another, every one has had that after lunch lull, when it’s hard to keep your mind on your work. Some people fight fatigue with a jolt of java. Others take a walk. Many find a distraction on the Internet. Yet, one solution that some employers say makes a difference is a nap. Companies as diverse as Ben & Jerry’s and Google have dedicated napping rooms. These quiet spaces provide you with peace and privacy to take a short snooze.

Tony Schwartz, author of “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working says, “We need to recognize in the workplace that more, faster, more continuously is not better and that part of helping a person in a world of infinite demand to be sustainably high-performing, is to value and support intermittent renewal across the workday.” In other words: a nap.

Six out of ten people in a recent survey admitted to experiencing performance issues, such as trouble organizing work and difficulty concentrating. A 2009 study in the research journal Sleep showed that a 10-20 minute nap produced the most benefit in terms of reduced sleepiness and improved cognitive performance.

But, what if napping is frowned upon in your workplace, but you’re craving some shuteye, you may have an options. If you’re able, use a portion of your lunch hour for a nap, even as little as 10 minutes. Create a dark space by closing office shades and shutting the door. Use a neck rest like those made for airplane flights so your neck is protected while you lean back in your chair. Or check out the Dream Helmet, a pillow and eye mask device in one that straps around your head for napping. If you worry about falling into a deep sleep or nodding off for too long, set the alarm on your cell phone to wake you after just 10 to 20 minutes max. And, finally, to build awareness and support in your workplace, carefully share the link to this segment (and a recent BusinessWeek article on the popularity of napping on the job) with colleagues and bosses to tout this unique opportunity to improve productivity. If it’s good for Google, then it may get the boss’s attention.

Highlights from This Week on Al and Michelle Good Friends In The Morning

Sales Tax Holiday: August 20 – 22, 2010 – Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 20, 21 and 22 – the state’s annual tax holiday. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.  As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Backpacks under $100 and used by elementary and secondary students are also exempt.

Tax Free Shopping Tips: Save More Money During the Tax Free Shopping Holiday – Some things to remember is… Set a dollar limit, Make a list of needed items, plan ahead, know the rules, study the sale papers, clip coupons and mark your calendar! (about.com)

Overcoming: Do you believe that you can overcome every bad situation that you face?  Rising above a situation is a part of life, and God must equip you in order for you to win the battles. However, there is a problem.  Most of us try doing things in our own abilities.  Michelle and I get, like you; we forget that it is through Him that we are able to conquer debt, lack and financial hardship.  It is usually more than we alone can handle. We have found that winning a battle is an act of faith.  It is also a matter of being equip, not by worldly means but rather, by Divine means.  As a Follower of Jesus and because of the work that He did on the cross, you can trust that the Holy Spirit to equip you for victory. “Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.” (Romans 8:37 AMP)

All that Michelle and I could say is “Wow! Where does that voice come from? The answer 10 years-old Jackie Evancho! Of course we have to add – from God! (August 10, 2010-America’s Got Talent)

Feeling Unimportant… It happens to most of us at some point in our life. The feeling that our existance doesn’t really matter or we aren’t any more special than the next person.  In  fact we often believe that others are far more important and talented than us.  We’ve been to a thousands services, seminars, retreats and group meetings and we’ve heard the statement at least twice that many times that  – YOU ARE IMPORTANT… GOD LOVES YOU… YOU ARE SPECIAL.  Yeah, yeah, Blah, Blah! Maybe we’re feeling good that day so we agree with those statements but, in our heart of hearts, we don’t really believe it or our actions would show it. We don’t want to be prideful so instead we go the opposite direction and insult God by denying His wisdom and brilliant creation. God is determined for me and you to learn. He loves you, He designed you for a UNIQUE purpose! Whether you believe it or not you are an inspiration to someone!  You have something to offer! You have value!  “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 and “…you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NLT

Video: A Love Story Between an Elephant and a Dog – A wonderful example of God’s love, through his creatures. (Youtube)

Beat The Stress: 50 Tips for Surviving Your Worst Work Days (usnews)

Cultivate a sense of humor.
Resist perfectionism and micromanaging (of yourself and others).
Get the sleep you need.
Take a walk at lunch, or do some stretching exercises.
Make some friends/allies at work.
Find harmless ways to vent; e.g., cry, or punch a pillow.
Learn to say “no.”
Always have a fallback plan (a “Plan B”).
Break big jobs into bite-size pieces.