Are you guys ready for the next step toward emotional
If you took time to get “quiet” last week then you probably noticed a few thoughts or worries that tried to compete with your quiet space. The disturbances may have appeared as bills, tasks, people, situations… what are you supposed to do with these thoughts and feelings so that you can have a true time of quiet or peace?
You must acknowledge the
negativity, I call it “see the boundaries.”
Follow the steps
– When a thought or
worry presents itself, write it down
– After you write the worry down, take a moment and think of the solution
– When you are having “quiet” time and the worry appears, tell yourself that you have already solved the problem. This gives the problem permission to leave your quiet space.
Join me next Monday as we gain more tools towards peace and
Do you have questions about how God’s love has the ability to sometimes accompany pain and disappointment? Check out this classic movie: The Shack
The Shack for me has been the best illustration of God’s love and the complexities of life rolled into a two-hour representation of a true story. You may not receive all the answers you are looking for concerning pain and forgiveness, but if you watch it with an open mind then you just may find the peace you have been looking for.
How do you begin calming your mind and uplifting your spirit?
STEP 1: You must learn how to get quiet.
Quiet means more than a lack of speaking, it’s a moment of
peace, where interferences of any kind is not welcome. You may think that you know how to be quiet,
but there is a skill to being still. Look at the steps below and try this week
to have a quiet moment.
Take a moment in your day to sit
and be still.
Cut off or silence all technology
Dim the lights in the room you are in (or light
Close your eyes
Get in a comfortable position (sitting or lying
This quiet moment can be 30 seconds to 5 minutes, just allow
yourself to be still and uninterrupted. Let me know how the experience is for
YES… it Encourages a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that meditating increases your immunity and helps fight off diseases. Meditation causes you to relax, which increases a compound called nitric oxide that dilates your blood vessels and causes your blood pressure to drop. A lower blood pressure improves your cardiovascular and immune health, as well as helps you to have a better night’s rest!
We make up our minds and our hearts to let go, knowing that carrying around anger and judgment toward others or ourselves is a burden we no longer wish to bear.
Beginning to Learn to Forgive
By Rev. Bill Englehart
Jesus was once asked how often one should forgive. Seven times? His response was, “Not seven times, but, I tell you seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21-22).
Seventy-seven is not a magic number. Earlier translations say seventy times seven, or 490. It was simply Jesus’ way of saying forgiveness can be infinite.
To understand forgiveness, we need to understand what it is not. It is not about condoning bad behavior or saying we must trust those who have mistreated us. It does not mean that there will be no justice for bad acts.
Consider this from H. Emilie Cady’s Lessons in Truth, written more than 100 years ago:
“To forgive does not simply mean to arrive at a place of indifference to those who do personal injury to us; it means far more than this. To forgive is to give for—to give some kind of actual definite good in return for evil given.”
This may seem like a tall order but when done, we can see the results straightaway. I have known parents who forgave the person who killed their child. When I asked why, they said that if they had not, they would be consumed with anger and bitterness. Forgiveness was the answer.
As a parent or guardian, if you want personal time you must master having a schedule! Schedules may seem daunting and tedious, but it will allow you to be intentional about time with your little genius and time with yourself. A schedule does not have to be complex, simply outline what time you play, sleep, go on outings and eat. Setting these simple boundaries will introduce peace into your day and consistency into the day of your little genius.