Affirmations

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I just finished reading The 100 Most Powerful Affirmations for Social Problems by Jason Thomas.  The writer starts by explaining how affirmations work.  He also said affirmations should be positive and actionable.

Here are a few examples:

  • I am strong in my values and confident in my abilities.
  • I have the ability to plan, organize, and do.
  • I am resilient and fierce.
  • I have the power within me to create the life I desire.

I must admit, the whole thing seems a bit silly to me.  Has anyone actually tried using affirmations?  If so, did you notice any benefit?

Make Rest a Priority

In Matthew 11:20-12:21, we learn Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath and he wants to offer rest for our weary souls.  All we need to do is follow Jesus.

Rest is often undervalued in our society.  There is so much to do at work, at school, and our options for entertainment are phenomenal.  Granted entertainment is fun, but it can also prevent us from getting the rest we need.

Jesus offers us spiritual rest.  We can trust in his acceptance and forgiveness.  He invites us to destress our souls and spend quite time with him in worship, prayer and meditation.  He wants to help us overcome our anxieties and our fears.

We know rest is important and we know the consequences of not getting enough rest.

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Increased risk of disease
  • Decreased ability to function
  • Decreased ability to focus
  • Anxiety
  • Increased aggression

Make rest a priority in your life and you will notice the difference.

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Into the Woods

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I go into the woods alone, to sit in silence and listen.  I hear birds singing, bugs chirping, and the wind rustling the leaves.  I can smell the freshness in the air.  The longer I sit the more at peace I feel.  I am becoming one with the nature around me.  I feel a longing to connect with the animals that hide or scurry about.  I close my eyes, and let all the stress leave my body.  All feels right with the world.  Eventually, I must leave the woods.  However, that peace stays with me until I go into the woods again.