Saturday, September 6, 2014

How Do We Find Peace After Ferguson?

Mike Brown.    Ferguson, Missouri.    August 9, 2014.    A Tragedy.

 The need to seek justice creates very strong and powerful emotional responses in us human beings.  At the same time I cannot imagine that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have endorsed or been happy about all of the rioting that took place in Ferguson, Missouri.  He would have been a part of an organized protest and he would have cautioned people to seek peace yet let God have the last word.

In my latest book, "Healthy Family, Happy Life: What Healthy Families Learn From Healthy Moms" I devote a chapter to helping families teach peace because I believe a peaceful heart and soul is a necessary requirement for health.    I named the chapter, "The Significance of Loving Others" because unless we can love others for who they are we will never find peace.

 I believe that the mother is the heart of the home and I am thankful and grateful that I have been able to raise my (now grown) children as accepting, peaceful, and loving individuals.  I think a lot of this has to due with their being raised to understand and appreciate people from many cultures, creeds, colors, beliefs, and religions.  As Christians, my family tries not to judge people for having different beliefs than we do, but instead,  without losing ourselves or our beliefs and positions on life's most important issues, we try to love unconditionally those who God has created different from us.   I  know that this started early in life as my husband and I talked to children, prayed for and with them, as we prayed together for others.  I strongly believe the issue of helping to create peace in the world is greater than just tolerating another person.  Our actions must transcend tolerance and instead embrace a spirit of love and acceptance, even when people believe or look different from ourselves.

One of the most rewarding and inspiring things I have done in my life is to align myself with the  The Global Peace Foundation and  The Coalliton For American Renewal  I have been blessed beyond measure to share the speaking platform or special times over a meal with my Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist friends who all come together several times a year for one purpose: to try and create more peace and harmony around the globe.  A highlight for me is when I get to address international audiences sharing the subject of first practicing peace within ourselves and peace in our home.  I am passionate about my assertion that peace begins with me.  From there it translates into family peace, neighborhood and local peace, national peace, and finally global peace.  How can one expect to find peace outside if they don't have it inside?  And of course loving ourselves and loving God are equally as important as loving others; two other subjects I address in my book.   We are all "one family under God" and Jesus told us to "love your neighbor as yourself."  It's important to keep in mind, our neighbors are not just the ones that we live next door to.  Our neighbors are every single person who we come in contact with.

 What can you do today that can promote peace?   The sign above is from the protests that followed the tragic killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and I believe it's words are meant to enlist more unrest and disharmony.  If we look to the teachings of all the great men and women who have gone before us, those who were the embodiment of peace,  I hope you can agree that I the sign might do more good if it read, "No Justice, Find Peace (anyway)"

"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."    Phillipians 4:8 NIV

How do we find peace after Ferguson?  We find it by coming together with our families and our neighbors and by leading honest discussions about love and acceptance.  We teach peace. We pray fervently like the peace on this earth depended on it.  We attend great peace-keeping rallies, festivals, conventions, and conferences like the one coming up September 19-21 in Washington, D.C. called The Global Peace Leadership Conference.

  Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For More Information about the Global Peace Leadership Conference you can click here

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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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