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?

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"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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