Friday, August 22, 2014

Set Your Goals High

I'm continuing the chapter review of my book, "Healthy Family, Happy Life: What Healthy Familes Learn From Healthy Moms"  We're on Chapter 8, "The Advantages of Goal Setting."  I have blogged a lot about goal setting and that's because this subject is near and dear to my heart.  I have both short-term and long-term goals for my life.  First I spend quite a bit of time thinking and praying about my goals and then I write them down and place them in a prominent place in my surroundings.  This creates a visual that keeps me on track for what I want for my life.  In my book I show you specific ways that will assist you in accomplishing your own goals because I believe that having goals is an important part of health.
 Goal setting is important otherwise you may be tossed around like a boat on high seas:  when storms come you will get banged around more than necessary or maybe you will sink. 
Also, if you don't focus on something beyond yourself you might just fall for anything that comes your way!

This morning I was reading about how a magnetized piece of steel gets it's pulling power.  All of it's molecules need to be in harmony with one another in order to create the power it needs.  If the molecules are at cross purposes there is no magnetism.
If you compare that to the conflicts we often carry within ourselves, many times we cancel out our own power to succeed or to do good.  All of our thoughts and prayers need to line-up in order to give us the pulling power we need to get things done efficiently.  We need to be at harmony within so that we don't waste time, energy, and substance on an inner civil war.   We achieve this inner-peace by following something that is perfectly lined-up with all the power we need to sustain us.  That something is a someone named Jesus.  He is the only one we can line up with to be assured that all of our tensions can melt into something powerful for His purposes; thus helping ourselves and helping others become all we were meant to be in body, mind, and soul.    As you strive to accomplish your goals today may you be blessed in a very special way.

"...Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."      Philippians 4:8 NLT

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

How Do We Survive Through Hardship?

 For updates on Robert Schuller's health click here

"Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever."  Isaiah 40:7b-8

Today we move on to a brief review of Chapter 7 in my new book "Healthy Family, Happy Life: What Healthy Families Learn From Healthy Moms."    
I titled this chapter, "How To Survive Through Hardship" because I believe not only surviving but thriving is a very important, contributing component to our overall health.
I learned early what true, heart-wrenching loss was all about.  When I was just thirteen years old my father died in an automobile accident.  One day he was a healthy, outgoing forty year old and that night, "poof" he was gone forever.  As a result my life and that of my mom and my (then) ten year old brother, was changed forever.  
It's safe to say that all of us go through something really tough at some point in our life.  Maybe it's not the loss of a parent at such a young age but maybe you've been adversely affected by a divorce, the loss of a friend, the devastation of your life's work and thus your identity, the loss of your home, or suffering through a terrible accident or coping with a chronic illness.  God forbid, maybe your've even suffered through the loss of a child.  These are just some of the many hardships that occur as we live and breathe on planet earth.   And I can tell you that I have come through a number of the above situations and it's never easy.   Getting through and conquering these things can be lessons in personal perseverance and growth resulting in ultimately being forged into an even stronger and better person than we were before. 

As in my former chapter reviews I leave you with just one of my practical "helpful hints" located at the end of each chapter.  Today's hint is taken from #3:
3) "Don't share your past or your present challenges with those whom are not emotionally equipped to handle them.  Do not ask for advice from others you think are fragile or not emotionally durable or strong.  Sharing your problems with someone who is not emotionally healthy can cause you more grief and can be a tipping point for the other person.  This is why a professional is so important.  Well-meaning friends may hurt you or unintentionally say things that make your feel worse.  Be careful.  Act wisely."

Join me for "The Call" this coming Friday, August 15th at 6pm Pacific Time.  All you do is dial 530-881-1300 at 6pm and key-in 642848#  We have a special guest so you will want to hear what they have to say!
I will be coming joining you from the I.D.E.A. Convention in Anaheim, California.  

Remember:  God is blessing you always, through all things.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Praying For Peace

(for updates on Robert Schuller's health click here)

There is always beauty and calm to be remembered....even in the midst of turmoil

What a devastating news week this has been.  First the unfathomable downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet which was fired on by a missile, then the escalation of fighting in The Holy Land which has resulted in closing the International airport in Tel Aviv for many inbound and outbound flights.  I won't for a minute believe that God caused any of this but I do believe that God has a hand in the healing of the hearts of people.  I know that there are many broken bodies but also broken hearts.  For all of the families affected by the terrible airline disaster....heal their hearts.  For all of the people affected by the continued war in Israel and Palestine, heal their hearts and heal their land.

Just last week at a prayer service that Robert and I spoke at In Washington D.C....a Palestinian and a Jew lighting a peace candle.  Sometimes political interests get in the way of lasting peace.

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."   Philippians 4:8 NIV

Even though there is pain and destruction all around, try to keep yourself in a peaceful state so that you may pass that peace to others.   The world needs it.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Probiotics For A Healthy Life!

Did you know that 80% of all health is radically influenced and determined by the health of your gut?   I have written about this before, in fact twenty years ago (yes 20) my husband and I hosted body, mind, and soul health seminars and we had various health experts teaching all about the benefits of taking probiotics (supporting life) verses anti-biotics (against life).  We have practiced "gut health" for years and it's about time everyone else catches up!

If you want to read what I previously wrote on gut health called  "A Gut Feeling" you can click here .
It's pretty detailed and includes scientific reasons for taking care of your gut.

If you are looking for a really high quality pro-biotic check out my store at Metagenics by clicking here.  Metagenics is known for it's truth in manufacturing practices and in having the research available on all of their products.  They are "third party assayed" too so you can be assured of what you are buying.   I have been with this company for twenty years! 

Please join my husband and I this coming Tuesday evening, July 15th at 6pm Pacific Time on our monthly telephone meeting "The Call".  To access The Call simply dial 530-881-1300 and key-in 642848# at 6pm in California or 9pm East Coast (where we will be this coming week)  I hope to hear from you then or any and every month on the 15th...same place, same time!  A phone is all you need!

Until then....
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Monday, June 30, 2014

The Benefits of Honesty

"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.  If he listens to you, you have gained your brother."    Matthew 18:15

    I recently read a great experiment conducted by Honest Tea.  It is called "The Honesty Experiment" and it's a frequent test they conduct to measure the honesty index of Americans.  It is based on the honor system, in this case, how many will pay for something if there's nothing more than a sign telling you how much money to leave behind in exchange for the product?  To read the results of this very encouraging test click here I was also very happy that women, blonds, and Californians (I'm all three) rated at the very top of this particular poll although Americans in general were all found to be 92% honest overall, as it applies to this test.

    For the past several weeks I have been giving you a sneak look at my new book, "Healthy Family, Happy Life: What Healthy Families Learn From Healthy Moms"

    This week I continue my review as we move on to Chapter 6, "The Payoffs of Being Honest With Others."  
    We can be honest as it applies to the honor system highlighted in the survey done by Honest Tea yet at the same time, why is it we are sometimes so afraid of being honest with others?  One reason may include a deep-seeded fear of wanting others to like us.  Of course this type of fear is unrealistic yet maybe it's a fear that we have carried with us since childhood.  After all, what might happen if we tell a friend something that they don't want to hear?  They may yell at us, turn a cold shoulder towards us, or worse yet, stop being our friend.   I believe a real friend will accept your honesty (as long as it is given in the right way) and they will learn to trust you even more. 

    Trust in and of others is built on honest interactions and great relationships are based on trust.   In chapter 6 I talk about "saying what you mean" and also "meaning what you say."  The first step includes being proactive and practicing the ability to articulate what it is that you want from a relationship, a job,  or even something as simple as what you want to order from a menu.  It's easier in the long-run if you can clearly state what it is that you do want.   The second type of honesty has to do with being reactive...the "meaning what you say" part of honest communication.  When a friend, a family member, or a co-worker asks you something you will gain lots of respect and trust if you tell them the truth.  The longer you go with telling the truth, the more you will get in the habit of doing so.  The childhood lies you have believed about everyone abandoning you for speaking up will be dispelled and you will live a healthier life; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

    At the end of each chapter I have a list of steps to practice as it apply to the subject contained therein.  When being honest with others here is my advice, hint #6:  "Be cautious of giving advice unless it is asked of you.  There is no faster way to turn someone off or even ruin a relationship than to give unwelcome advice.  if someone does not ask your opinion, it may mean he or she does not want it-from you!  The person might just need to share his or her situation with someone--but maybe isn't asking you how you would or could or should have done it.  Be gracious.  Just listen and with an air of friendship and acceptance."

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