Faith Action for Today – Do Nothing?

“Peace Be Still.” Those are the words I speak to myself when I am feeling anxious, rushed, or simply harried.

Mornings With Jesus is excellent, daily devotional put out by Guideposts. Writer Jeannie Blackmer penned a short little morning devotion in which she explained her spiritual process:

  • Pause
  • Focus
  • Praise

When life gets hectic, she pauses. She turns her attention (her focus) to Jesus. Then, she praises Him for a blessing her life. What a simple process, but one that can be life changing.

So often life is crazy.  We get caught up in the rat race. God knew that we would all do this which is why he created the Sabbath, a day that we are all supposed to stop what we are doing and focus on him. But how many of us do that?

“The Lord will fight for you. You only need to be still”  Exodus 14:14

When we are struggling with something in life, sometimes the best action is to do nothing.  That’s right, take no physical action.  Instead, turn the problem over to God.  Surrender that problem to Him and say, “I can’t do this Lord.  I’ve tried everything.  I put it in your hands.”  Yes, be still.

“You will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:17

Now, don’t get me wrong.  If we lost our job and are out of work, we can’t just sit home, binging on Netflix and think some job is going to fall on into lap.  Instead we probably need to brush up our resume.  God admonishes the lazy.

But for many problems, God instructs us to be still.  He instructs us to have faith.  Having faith oftentimes requires us to turn our struggles over to Him and “rest” assured in His strength that He will handle it.

Give it a try sometime soon, and see if His way is better than yours.

 

An AllStarPress Publication – Flight 3272

Flight3272Have you read:Flight 3272: January 9, 1997 The Day My Life Changed, but God Brought Me Through

Author Vanessa Davis tells of the true story of losing her husband, Geoffrey, on their 15th wedding anniversary in the only commercial airline crash of 1997.

Her life could have resulted in anger and defeat, but instead she explains how she overcame her tremendous grief to a life of triumph. This is her inspiring story.  Read it today in e-book form.

Today’s Action Item – Do This to Break Bad Habits

Personal growth expert Joe Martin penned a great piece for Tony Dungy’s All Pro Dad that discusses how we can break the pattern of bad behavior.  We all have a bad habit or two…or three, and there are some effective strategies for fixing these flaws.

Martin writes, “As a mentor, coach, and certified builder of men, the #1 question I get asked by men is, ‘Dr. Joe, how do I stop doing ____________?’

I’ll let you fill in the blank, because the answer can vary from an addiction to watching porn to habitually getting angry. Whatever the behavior is, many men have hurts, habits, and hang-ups they’d do almost anything to stop doing; but they just don’t know how. So, as a recovering porn and sex addict (14 years sober), I tell them the secret to experiencing a behavior change. In order to stop bad behavior you simply need to do this:

Focus on the DO’s and not on the DON’Ts…if you focus on doing the DO’s, you automatically, by subtraction, will have less time to do the DON’Ts…”

Do This to Break Bad Habits – Read the rest of Martin’s article

Tim Tebow Foundation

The Tim Tebow Foundation brings Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. The Foundation utilizes the public platform that God has blessed Tim Tebow with to inspire and make a difference in people’s lives throughout the world.

A major part of the foundation is the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation.  Join the fight today.

Today’s Action Item – Beat the Winter Blues

One of the things that happens when we feel the blues, is that we lose our inspiration.  We lose our motivation to get things done.  Fast Company put out a great recent article with four steps to overcoming the ‘winter blues.’  The one we really like is the 15-minute project.  Set aside 15 minutes and complete a small task.  Complete a couple of 15-minute tasks, and would be ready for bigger projects.

“When the last thing you want to do on a cold winter morning is draft the PowerPoint presentation for Thursday’s product review meeting, turn to your 15-minute list.

A 15-minute list is a list of tasks that you can do in 15 minutes or less. For example, call and schedule your dog’s annual check-up at the vet, prepare an agenda for your meeting with your direct report, or brainstorm topics for the monthly newsletter. These are easy, quick tasks that you can complete with minimum effort and brainpower.

As you quickly cross items off your 15-minute list, it jump-starts your mojo and productivity. Feeling the warm glow of getting things done, you are now ready to move onto the product review meeting PowerPoint.”   More from Fast Company

Today’s Faith Item – Make Real Friends

Social media, we love it but we can also hate it.  It’s a blessing in that we can stay connected with old friends and relatives that we would otherwise probably not communicate with.  We can quickly and easily reach out to people.  Through social media we can convey a message to a large group of people in one fell swoop.

Unfortunately, the downside of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. can be very dark.  A report from the Survey Center on American Life just found that the percentage of people, especially men, who have no real friends has fallen to shockingly low numbers.

As author and Dr. Kaufman reported, back in 1990 only 3 percent of men reported having no close friends.  That figure has now risen 5-fold to 15 percent, or almost one in six.   No close friends.  Not one.

Social media certainly isn’t all to blame for this rise.  There are plenty of other factors one can point to, including the sharp fall in church attendance. When you are not part of a community, it’s hard to make close friends.  Many people reluctantly attend church or reluctantly join a small group, but then they end up making great friends in the process.

It’s time to back off on the time sink known as social media.  If you are lacking in this area, decide today to invest your time in meeting real people and making real friends.  It will be worth it.

HAVE YOU READ?

Goodnight Boone by Yogi Collins

This is a children’s story focused around the popular town of Boone, North Carolina in the nook of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Share this wonderful children’s book about one of the most beautiful areas on the country.

I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon

This is the gripping and moving story of a baby diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder in which a person has a third copy of material from chromosome 18.  “I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon” by Trisomy mom Sheryl Crosier details the struggle of her son Simon from the early stages of pregnancy to his life here on earth for 88 1/2 days…  read on about Simon.

 

Today’s Action Item – Are You Struggling? Evaluate Yourself

Create a listThe American Psychiatric Association has listed the following symptoms to take note of:

Feel sad, persistently, over several days.
Losing interest in activities that you once liked.
A sudden change in your appetite, coupled with weight gain or weight loss.
Difficulty sleeping.
Low energy and persistent fatigue.
Feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
Recurring purposeless physical activity (like nail biting, hand-wringing).
Increased difficulty when making decisions or solving problems.
Thoughts of death or suicide.

Be sure to be on watch for these symptoms and if they occur, it’s important to take action.  For starters, what are you doing throughout the day or week that may be destructive behavior.  Are you letting negative self-talk take hold in your heart?  Are you endlessly scrolling on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or the social media site of choice?  Are you constantly comparing yourself to others?

It’s time to read an dive into God’s Word daily and start to apply the life-giving principles.

Whatever the issue, fix it.  If you don’t see a noticeable difference quickly, then seek professional help.

Books That Change Lives on Sale During Rare Disease Month

February 2021 is Rare Disease Month

Two Amazing Books on Sale 

Diagnosis_Rare_DiseaseOne of the main objectives of Rare Disease Day is to bring public awareness of rare diseases to both policy makers and the general public.  Rare Disease Day is every February 28th and the month of February is devoted to raising this public awareness.

In honor of Rare Disease Day during February, Denise Crompton’s “Diagnosis: Rare Disease” and Sheryl Crosier’s “I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon” are on sale with publisher All Star PressBooks That Change Lives.

Crompton’s amazing book offers a compelling look at 13 families who received the diagnosis no parents ever wants to hear.  Diagnosis: Rare Disease” provides a heartbreaking exposé of what life is like for families that have a member with a rare disease. Crompton details the journey of each family, including her own, who has one or more children with a rare disease called Mucolipidosis.

The stories wade through the erratic diagnosis process, medical muck-ups, endless pain, a plethora of medical appliances and home modifications, special education, multiple hospitalizations and surgeries, unrelenting stress and the ever-present fear of death.

“Diagnosis” is a must-read for medical professionals and front-line workers who wish to learn how to communicate with families in these difficult situations.  Families dealing with a rare disease will recognize themselves in this book that is destined to be a classic in its field.

February 2021 Sale

“Diagnosis: Rare Disease” is on sale this month only for the discounted price of $3.49 (normally $4.97) in the Amazon Kindle Store.  Order the paperback version today for only $15.97 $12.97 plus s/h.

A portion of proceeds from your purchase go to fund scientific research for cures!

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I Am Not a Syndome“I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon”

Simon Dominic Crosier was born on September 7, 2010, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, and lived for 3 memorable months before passing away in December 2010. Despite his disabilities, Simon had a huge impact on all who came into contact with him. Simon’s big, expressive eyes communicated a wisdom that transcended his innocence.

The book is about Simon’s short and meaningful life, his family and his wonderful caregivers. But more importantly, this story documents the Crosier family’s battle to advocate for their precious son. They had to overcome challenges put in their way by the medical community and even extended family members who never valued Simon’s fragile existence.  The hope is that this story will help motivate health-care professionals and anyone else that reads this account.

“We want them to understand that special-needs children are God’s gift to us all,” explains Sheryl. “Their lives possess inherent dignity and value, and they deserve the best care.”

Simon’s book is on sale this month only for the discounted price of $2.99 (normally $3.97) in the Amazon Kindle store.

Order the paperback version today for only $11.97 $9.97 plus s/h.

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DIAGNOSIS – RARE DISEASE

“Destined to Be a Classic…”

“Regarding the topic of Diagnosis: Rare Disease, Denise Crompton amply demonstrates two of her important assets: one is the personal experience with ML III in her own daughter and two, her manifest ability to widen the subject and to bring a streamlined report on a number of other patients and families with either ML II or ML III. The book is [destined] to become a classic in the still little known world of very rare or orphan hereditary disorders.” ~ JG Leroy MD. PhD, Professor & Chairman Emeritus,  Univ. Hosp. & Univ. Ghent

God’s Unending Faithfulness

Worship praise at sunsetCheck out the sunrise and let it be a reminder that God’s mercies begin fresh every morning.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-23

Let’s make a point to wake up early enough one morning, spend some quiet time and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation.

It will start your day off on the right foot.

 

HAVE YOU READ?

Goodnight Boone by Yogi Collins

This is a children’s story focused around the popular town of Boone, North Carolina in the nook of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Share this wonderful children’s book about one of the most beautiful areas on the country.

 

Faith Action Item for the Workplace

Girl happy on laptop workColossians 3:23 tells us: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people”

If you believe Colossians 3:23 and put those instructions into practice, wouldn’t that perspective change how you approach your job, the people you interact with at work, and your attitude towards your boss?

Faith in the workplace can be demonstrated when we follow God’s Word and act on it each day. Let’s put our efforts into working for the Lord and not for man.   Honor your boss and your employer by doing your job well, each and every.  More importantly, you’ll be honoring God.

Give this a try at your workplace over the next week and see how things change.

HAVE YOU READ?

I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon

This is the gripping and moving story of a baby diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder in which a person has a third copy of material from chromosome 18.  “I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon” by Trisomy mom Sheryl Crosier details the struggle of her son Simon from the early stages of pregnancy to his life here on earth for 88 1/2 days…  read on about Simon.

Today’s Faith Action Item – Speak It

desert dark cloudsJesus Christ spent forty days in the desert.  As we know from the story, he was tempted greatly there by Satan.  How did Jesus respond?  He spoke the Word of God.  Each time Satan tried to lure Jesus into sin, Jesus responded by verbally quoting the Scriptures.  Satan eventually gave up.

This is the model that Jesus has illustrated for us.

When we are tempted we can respond by quoting the Word of God.  However, in order to do that successfully, we have to know the Word. Bible verses should be memorized that we can quote on a dime.  Spending time reading the Bible every day is vital to our success.

Did you miss?

We are not promised tomorrow

Have You Read?

Diagnosis: Rare Disease –  the profile of 13 families that faced the ultimate diagnosis for their child

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