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Great Tips on Maintaining Your Health

January 13, 2019

We all want good health, but I hate going to the doctor.

As a child, every time my mother took me in for a check up, the doctor proclaimed my weight above average. I’m the type of person who likes to please, and I hated that news. Chubby. Plump. Yuck.

As I got older, I watched what I ate, and I discovered that I couldn’t eat if I wanted to be skinny. That made me just as uncomfortable.

I had always been one of those kids who liked to read and too much exertion made me tired. But I earned good grades in school, so that rewarded my studies. Finally, I learned about exercise. It didn’t come naturally because I hated sweating. However, over time I learned exercise could be fun and make me feel good.

Then I saw the Bible encouraged that.

While bodily training has some value, godliness is of great value in every way as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. I Timothy 4:8

Note that bodily exercise does benefit, even though godliness benefits more.

The Holy Spirit helps us with self-control. Watching what you eat and exercising several times a week takes self-control.

After the holidays, you may feel a little uncomfortable in your clothes. Those rich dessert at parties or an extra Christmas cookie at night added a few pounds. Now you want to get back in control of your weight.

Today I have Karynthia Phillips. She is a Physician’s Assistant and she can give you some ideas on being healthy and staying that way.

Encouragement

Be Gentle Prayer

January 11, 2019

Lord, I don’t feel gentle, but you died for every person around me. Help me to live gently regardless of how I am treated. In Your Name, Amen.

Encouragement

Fair to Others Prayer

January 9, 2019

Left to myself, Lord, I would not be fair to others. I acknowledge how selfish I can be. Help me to be fair. In Your Name, Amen.

Deceived

How to Avoid Being Deceived

January 6, 2019

None of us want to be deceived. A fellow writer, Pamela Christian, starts her talks by asking the audience if they want to be deceived. No one ever raises her hand.

Deception scares me, and I question everything I read or hear so that doesn’t happen. I enjoy reading mysteries and watching suspenseful movies because I like to solve the puzzle. However, one movie, Deceived, upset me. The story started off fine: early scenes showed a family of three. Husband wife and daughter. The husband managed a museum and traveled a lot, and the couple seemed to have a good marriage.

An accident took the husband’s life, and then the suspense started. Goldie Hawn played the wife. She learned the stories her former husband told her didn’t add up. For one thing, investigators suspected him of selling forged antiquities to other museums. Her husband bought her a gift he claimed came from another city, but she found a receipt proving her husband bought a gift in the same town where they lived. More research unearthed another wife in the same city. That’s when I got edgy.

And because she kept looking, he began to stalk her. She feared he might kill her. How unsettling. especially since I stayed home with my children at the time.

But when it comes to faith, these days people pick and choose what they like from various religions, as if their choice makes something true.

How can we be sure Christianity is true? Our eternal destiny depends on that. During the Reformation, Martin Luther turned to Scripture above church decrees and councils. But we can’t trust in mere men. What can we do to ensure our faith is in the right place? 

Today Ray Simmons, an elder at Grace Community Church, will give us answers to these questions. Ray wrote an article on a recent book by a local pastor, and you can access that here.

Encouragement

Shield of Faith Prayer

January 1, 2019

Father, I’m so vulnerable when Satan attacks. Help me to recognize his work and use your word for defense today. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Encouragement

God’s Best for 2019

January 1, 2019

New year, new plans, new memories to be made. New opportunities, new prayer requests, new testimonies. From my heart to yours, wishing you God’s Best for 2019.

Kicking off 2019 on the right foot, let’s pray:

Dear Father, I praise you for this New Year. I pray that I will lean on you more fully and seek your face for wisdom every morning. Keep me from sin and keep my focus on you. May I never forget the price you paid for me, so I will feel loved. Help me reach out to others who are hurting. In Jesus Name, Amen.

May the below Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you, but most of all, my team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father.

The Art of Living is #OthersCentered Calendar-January 2019-Cynthia L. Simmons

Download the January 2019 “Others Centered” Calendar

Personal Growth

Heal the Aching Spot and Achieve Personal Growth

December 28, 2018

Personal Growth can seem impossible because of your past.

This morning my kitty has been so demanding, rubbing up against me, whining. He has this pitiful high pitched squeak that rips my heart out. I have already fed him, and I gave him a good brush down, but he acts like he needs something more.

Have you ever felt that way? Restless? Not sure what you need? Maybe you have been deeply hurt, a pain that radiates to the center of who you are. That is so hard.

Some of us may handle that pain by crying out, others may withdraw, or work hard to stop feeling.

We were designed to live in a perfect world with perfect relationships and to be loved, adored.

However, the world is broken. We can feel the groan.

Romans 8 says For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.

What is the answer?

Today I have Jane Rubietta. She has just completed her first novel, The forgotten Life of Evelyn Lewis, and her main character deals with these problems.

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