We have all heard the saying, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." As people of faith, this actually makes sense. The world wants me to take God's gifts for granted, find fault with my reality, compare with the illusion of other's reality and wish my reality would just magically change. / Faith suggests that … Continue reading A POSITIVE SPIN
Someone points out that worry can take over and have no clear trigger, be there all the time and even become "comfortable" or at least familiar .. Even with panic attacks, they tend to be attached to worrying about then next one--anticipatory worry--and it all blends in together into constant anxiety. The way the brain … Continue reading CAUSELESS FAMILIAR WORRY
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. I saw this verses' goal as being to remind me to let go of trying to be strong. When the Bible tells me … Continue reading YEA! I CAN DO NOTHING
As with most emotional disorders, the symptom is not the problem. It is good for our brains to constantly watch for danger in seemingly trivial circumstances. Danger does not announce itself loudly! However, usually, most of us analyze the danger and, if it is nothing, turn it off even before our frontal lobes are aware … Continue reading DEALING WITH ANXIETY
I had hoped to retire to my farm property but all my children left the area and my wife is too ill to live in the middle of nowhere. So I figured that I should sell the farm but it needs cleaning up to get it ready for viewers. I totally understand that even when … Continue reading STILL TENSE? LOOK FOR A MISSING STEP IN LETTING GO
The whole world is rushing to get rid of passion. They think that if they get rid of anxiety, anger, sadness, desire, burdens, goals, fear etc. Then they will be happy. NO! They will be the living dead. They crush out any real life filling passion with alcohol, TV, videos, video games, food, sports, pot, … Continue reading MORE PASSION, LORD, PLEASE!
If I love God and live in unhealthy ways, will he cover for my poor choices and let me live long and well? NO! One of the basic principles of life is: That which a man sows–that will he reap. If anyone could break this rule, it would make a fool of God. Good luck … Continue reading SELF-CHECK for healthy living
I have been fascinated to note how much trouble there is in admitting ignorance. Nothing should be easier or more natural. After all what do I know? Not much compared with the Lord. Besides, much of what I do know isn't actually real unless it flows from the mind of God. Jesus complained that, having … Continue reading SHOWING IGNORANCE produces BLISS!
When I know that I am right and I want the other person to see the truth, I need to talk in such a way that I maximize the chance of their listening. In Daniel 1, he was asked to eat meat dedicated to idols. He purposed in his heart that he would not comply. … Continue reading THE APPEAL
The other weapon that I take up is the sword of the Spirit which is the spoken word of God. Jesus gave a good example of this when the devil attacked him after his fasting in the wilderness. First the devil thrusts with “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made … Continue reading THE SWORD OF THE LORD AND OF me?