Tuesday, June 4, 2013

You Can't Afford To Entertain Negative Thoughts

"You are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do."  Patricia Bragg

Patricia Bragg

   Imagine my surprise when I visited the Crystal Cathedral on Sunday and saw that my friend Patricia Bragg was the guest!    Although my husband and I have known her for several years, we hadn't seen her in a while and I had no idea that she would be there!  When I last posted I said that in my next blog I would address the effects that your thoughts can have on your overall health.  When I laid eyes on her Sunday I knew that I had been given a real gift.
 Patricia is the ultimate optimist and energizer bunny!  She is a warm, lively, and great person and her spirit of health and love is contagious.  She was dancing and full of life as she appeared to everyone that morning.

A page from Bragg Healthy Lifestyle book

Our thoughts can be our friend or our foe.  I like the saying "Don't believe everything you think" because it's so true!  Make sure you bombard your mind healthy thoughts and great ideas in order to increase your overall mental, spiritual, and physical health.  There are many scientific studies that prove that your thoughts can help make you well.  The flip side of that is that they can also contribute to your demise. (You can click here to read a few)   

In Romans 8:6 the Bible tells us that "a mind controlled by the Spirit is life."  If we live by the Spirit we should trust that everything we go through has a purpose and a reason.  This doesn't mean that we  enjoy it all but we must try to find the deeper meaning in everything.
 As God breathed the breath into Adam, his spirit also breathes life into you each day.  If you let this inherent life force become the central part of your being you will encounter God's infusion of hope for the future and faith in the outcomes.  You must conscientiously choose to make sense out of chaos and lessons out of painful situations.   You must pray like you believe in a positive outcome even in the toughest times.
 I have learned not to beg God yet instead pray with conviction and assurance that my prayers will be answered in time.  Not in my time but in His time.  I also don't always receive the answers I want but I "pray like it all depends on God yet work like it all depends on me."  St. Augustine
 Let me give you an example of praying with the belief of a positive outcome:  Instead of, "Dear God, help me to____(fill in the blank).  I ask you to be with me as I face_____(fill in the blank).    Guide me and lead me to______(fill in the blank)....and so on and so forth as you pray in this vain.   Instead this is how I try to pray and it has made all of the difference in my attitude towards God and towards prayer:  "Dear God, I am convinced that you are with me as I go through____(fill in the blank).  I am confident that you are right here with me as I_____(fill in the blank).  I am assured that you are leading me through this_____(fill in the blank).  It is you that I trust and lean-on with assurance during this time of_____(fill in the blank)  **I am not giving you a complete prayer including the "amen" but I hope you get the picture.

 "The first thing that comes to mind when you think about God is the most important thing about yourself."  Tozer

Do you really believe in a God who can do all things?  Then pray like it and act like it.  Others will see this in you and their lives will be influenced as well.

Bragg products

And make sure that you embrace the healthy lifestyle that Patricia Bragg espouses.  She is living proof that "you are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do."  Check out the Bragg website here.  I've asked if I could have a link on my website but they would prefer it if you'd just go to the store and buy it.  Some of the products that I won't do without are, Bragg Sprinkle, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar,  Bragg Olive Oil, Bragg Amino Acids, Bragg Nutritional Yeast.   In Southern California you can buy all of them at Mother's Market and most health food stores. I've also noticed that some of our more conventional stores are starting to carry Bragg as well.

Have you ever wondered why I sign with "God is blessing you" instead of "God bless you?"  It is all in the attitude of how we say things.  I believe that God is in process of trying to bless us all of the time so I don't say "God bless you" as in he might do so.  Instead I say with conviction, "God is blessing you."

**If you need hope or encouragement please join my husband Robert and I on "The Call" on the 15th of each and every month at 6pm Pacific Time.   We have a short service including prayer and scripture reading.    All you need is a telephone and to call:  530-881-1300  at 6pm PDT  When prompted key-in: 642848#  If you miss The Call on the 15th you can listen to it anytime at RobertSchullerMinistries.podomatic.com

Be assured that He is blessing you right now.  Donna


  1. GNH (Gross Nat'l Happiness) vs GDP (Gross Nat'l Product)

    The news tracks our growth by productivity of goods and services. This article (The Guardian UK) shows a better way to ensure we are on track, closer to the positive ways of our ♥, is possible!

    "A series of hand-painted signs dot the side of the winding mountain road that runs between the airport and the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu. Instead of commands to cut speed or check mirrors, they offer the traveller a series of life-affirming mantras. "Life is a journey! Complete it!" says one, while another urges drivers to, "Let nature be your guide". Another, standing on the edge of a perilous curve, simply says: "Inconvenience regretted."

    It's a suitably uplifting welcome to visitors to this remote kingdom, a place of ancient monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and staggering natural beauty. Less than 40 years ago, Bhutan opened its borders for the first time. Since then, it has gained an almost mythical status as a real-life Shangri-La, largely for its determined and methodical pursuit of the most elusive of concepts – national happiness.

    Since 1971, the country has rejected GDP as the only way to measure progress. In its place, it has championed a new approach to development, which measures prosperity through formal principles of gross national happiness (GNH) and the spiritual, physical, social and environmental health of its citizens and natural environment.

    For the past three decades, this belief that wellbeing should take preference over material growth has remained a global oddity. Now, in a world beset by collapsing financial systems, gross inequity and wide-scale environmental destruction, this tiny Buddhist state's approach is attracting a lot of interest".

    I think we do need to know how we are doing in products and services but more is not necessarily better. More can be stressful, lower human positive connections and damage the environment. But we can do well and better with sometimes less or certainly better ways. I want a world that is kind and positive. Not angry and only satisfied with more than last year.

    God is Blessing all always

  2. Protestant is Pro-Testaments of the Bible Old testament (Jewish Bible) and New Testament after Birth of Jesus. It is not a Protest but an affirmation of His Word.


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