Rest

A New Idea to Rest Your Body and Mind

April 27, 2018
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I am always looking for ways to rest and rejuvenate because I have learned the importance of caring for myself.

Of course, the verse in I Timothy 4 comes to mind: “bodily exercise is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” But I hate exercise and getting hot.

Over the years I have learned I look and feel better if I do spend time toning up my body, but staying in the Word makes a huge difference too.  Bible study energizes me like nothing else. I get so excited I have to pace. So, what if you combine the two?

Susan Neal had a degree in Nursing and is a health coach. She put exercise and the Bible together and called it Scripture Yoga. Today she’s going to share some benefits of doing both.  You can find her here.

 

False-Guilt

Recognize False Guilt from Real and Break Free

April 20, 2018
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Do you ever struggle with guilt and wonder if it’s real or false-guilt? I do. Let me tell you a story.

When I was a kid, I never screwed lids on jars. And that drove my dad crazy. Mom used to buy apple butter in a large round jar, and I enjoyed eating that on toast. I’ll never forget the day dad got in the frig for the apple butter and of course, he picked it up by the lid. The half-screwed-on top held long enough for him to get the jar out of the frig and then the jar hit the floor.  Apple butter  splattered all over the kitchen while he stood holding the lid.  The gooey stuff hit the floor, the ceiling, and the walls. Mom even found bits of apple butter on the ceiling in the next room years later.

Well, my dad was furious. He raved and fussed. “Why on earth would anyone not screw the lids on all the way. That is so dangerous.” And he went on and on and on.

I was not about to let him know I did it. But boy I felt guilty.

In fact, I am very good at guilt.  When my husband’s stocks don’t do well, I apologize for not praying more. And I often feel guilt for things I did or said years ago. Even silly things I recall can bring guilt. I know some of that is false-guilt.

So Katy  has just talked about Breaking the Chains. She is going to share how to handle guilt and recognizing false guilt.

Find Katy here.

 

Hate-Speech

Best Way to Handle Accusations of Hate-Speech

April 13, 2018

Have you ever been accused of hate-speech? I have and it’s very uncomfortable.

I belong to a group of online writers, and I send a message through about homosexuality because I wanted to start a dialogue about how we could effectively speak to them. No one in the media talks about the consequences of their behavior, and yet I think that’s huge. The outcome of their choices are not good. I believed we could devise ways to minister to them more effectively.

However, I was horrified because I was attacked. Suddenly, I was a terrible person who had evil intentions. (as if they could see inside my heart.) Believe me, I wanted to give a message of hope and grace, not evil.

Yet we are seeing more of that in our society than ever. On college campuses, speakers who want to share truth are attacked or not allowed at all.  We have also heard stories of people trying to share on Facebook and finding officials online censored them. It’s everywhere and it’s unfair.

I met Bill Watkins at Florida Christian Writers Conference. He is with Broadstreet Press. He has written on the topic and continues to watch the situation in our nation.

You can find out more about Bill here.

Guilt

Get Rid of Secret Guilt Once and For All

April 6, 2018
Guilt

Do you have a secret? We tend to hide our sins, and that guilt can eat at your soul.

I lost a baby between my first and second child. Ouch! My doctor did a sonogram to see the status of the baby, and he could tell my baby was dead.

However, the image of that child is blazed into my mind, even today. When I found out the baby was dead, my heart and mind went to that passage in 2 Samuel where King David lost his son. He said, “… Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” That gave me confidence I would see my baby in heaven.

I grieved that baby, especially since a woman in my church shared my due date, and I would watch her and think about what I would look like if the baby had lived.

I once heard a OB doctor say women intuitively know they sound not kill their baby. But our society allows us to kill them for any reason, and women feel intense guilt because they know they killed an innocent baby.

May women keep their choice secret, and they are miserable.

Today Julie Christian is my guest. She shares how God healed her after an abortion.

Find Julie here.

 

Encouragement

Welcoming April… He is Risen, Indeed!

March 30, 2018

We start this month by celebrating the resurrection of our KING! So, let us begin by singing praises to our Lord. And yes, sing like no one is listening:

“The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated.

Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever He is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome.”
Kari Jobe

For this month, let’s hold on to His Love, hold on to His Grace…

The Art of Living is #OthersCentered Calendar-April 2018-Cynthia L. Simmons
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Flexible

Moms: Discover Ways to Be Flexible

March 30, 2018
Flexible

Kids come in all sizes and shapes and require us to parent them as individuals. Which means we must be flexible, and that’s not easy.

For example, when my husband and I had our first three children, we thought we had this parenting job under control. Not that we were perfect, but the first three didn’t seem out of control, and we had assembled a method that worked for us. We were thinking of sharing that with others, maybe writing a book. But then we had a forth child, and he was very different.

Oh my. Daniel was as sweet as they come, but he was mischievous. Plus he had an outgoing personality and feared nothing. We didn’t realize it, but he could not see well, but he did not allow that to bother him. He came into our house like a tornado taking on everything we had. We suddenly felt inexperienced and worried. Our parenting was not flexible so we had to make changes.

Later, we had our fifth child, and he was different still because he had severe disabilities. Ugh. Once again we were rethinking our parenting again. He could not learn like the others, and I had to learn to be flexible again.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. We learned that verse was true.

I have a guest today named Penny L Hunt, and she has written a delightful book called, Bounce, Don’t Break, encouraging young moms. Learn more about Penny here.

Anger

How to Control Your Anger

March 23, 2018
Anger

I like to get things done, and when things don’t go well, I have a problem with anger.

I’ll tell you a story to illustrate.  Years ago, I owned  a box that I used to take the cat to the vet. It had a flat piece of cardboard that went in the bottom, but I didn’t realize how important it was to have that piece of cardboard in place. I grabbed my cat and dumped him in the box, and he fell out the bottom because it opened up.

My response? Anger.

My children and I chased that cat all over the place. However, he knew what that box meant, and of course, he had no intention of getting caught. What self-respecting cat wants to visit the vet? Finally, he ran into the wall in the unfinished part of our basement, and no one could reach him. All of us called him and offered him bribes, but he refused to come out, which I expected. Cats hate being subjected to veterinarians and needles.

My watch told me time had escaped and if we left at that moment, we’d be late. I hate being late. And I knew we would never get that cat out any time soon. So I called to cancel my visit. That cat had made me a liar, and that was not acceptable.

I was so angry, I nailed a piece of wood over the place the cat disappeared and told the cat he could die in there. My children reacted in terror because they loved their cat. However, I had too much anger to tell them the cat would find a way out. At that moment, I truly wanted that cat dead.

Of course, the cat appeared when he knew the danger ended, but my kids never forgot. I tried to make them see I was angry because I couldn’t keep my word. However, I don’t think they ever believed me, and they have never forgotten that story.

Today I have Kathy Collard Miller, and she used to have a problem with anger. She wrote a book on anger and she shares how she conquered that nasty emotion.

Find Kathy here.

Forgive-yourself

Secrets of Forgiving Yourself and Having Good Relationships

March 16, 2018
forgiving-yourself

Do you have a tough time forgiving yourself?

Several years ago my son and my husband were sparring in a karate class, and my son threw a punch that broke his father’s nose. My son has a very sensitive nature, and son he felt so badly that we had to keep the story under wraps while my husband recovered from surgery to repair the break. The situation was an accident, and yet we knew our son well enough to know he would not forgive himself if we said anything.

We women have that problem too. Our hearts are so sensitive that makes us unable to let go of our own mistakes even though others forgave us. I include myself in this too, because I need to see myself as God does rather than expect perfection. (Oh, how I long to be perfect!)

2 Corinthians 2:7 so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be by excessive sorrow. (2 Cor. 2:7 ESV) overwhelmed

In these verses, the Apostle Paul talks about someone being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. The Apostle had judged him for his sin, and the church had done appropriate church discipline. The man stopped sinning but could not seem to let go of his sorrow.

Sarah Sundin tells a similar story in her newest book.

You can find Sarah here.

Rest

This is How Rest Can Save Your Life

March 10, 2018
Rest

Do you get enough rest?

I have five children, and I homechooled all of them through high school. My youngest child had very significant learning issues, and I took classes to address his special needs.

Let me tell you, I know what fatigue is. After I completed a day of teaching, I would collapse on the coach and stare at the walls. Normally I am a creative person, but at the end of the day, I could not even compose a single sentence, and part of me would be frustrated by my sluggishness.

I had nothing left. I needed rest.

And I remember juggling laundry and cooking. At the time, my washing machine ate socks. Determined not to ever give up, I kept a container of odd socks hoping some day they would match something.

One day after I had crashed in my bedroom, I heard one of my kids say, “Hey do you have any odd socks I can borrow?” That struck me as funny. But really, there’s a chaos that accompanies large families.

But I could not allow myself time off. I felt guilty. At some point I began to realize I was burning too much oil, and needed refreshment.

I came to realize the importance of Ps 23. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.

Hebrews 4:9 There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

Today I listen to my body and stop when I sense fatigue. Back then I had no idea I was tired.

Rest is something Americans don’t do. We have more technology and can do more faster. And we cram in more than we should.

Today I have Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith. She is a doctor, Internal medicine. She has written about rest, and how to do it.

Learn more about Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith  here.

Cynthia Chats

I’m A Hot Mess… Are You?

March 8, 2018

Julie K. Gillies, author and prayer warrior joins Cynthia L. Simmons in Cynthia Chats with Chispa Magazine. They both come clean about being a hot mess, and it’s a good thing.  Join us as we learn how to turn ourselves 180 degrees toward a new you, a blessed you.

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