“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.” ~ Psalm 77:11-12 [ESV]
Let’s be grateful. Let’s be grateful for all the times that the Lord has watched over us, protected us, guided us. For the times when He didn’t answer that prayer that we thought was the most important thing in the world.
Make a list of all the times that Jesus has blessed you in your life. Keep it by your nightstand as a regular reminder.
Do you have a friend who is down on their luck? Who is the first person that comes to mind when posed with that question? Reach out to that individual today. It could be a phone call, an email, a text, an in-person visit (if feasible), or even a letter.
How would you feel if you were in that person’s shoes and a friend loved you like this. Don’t delay. Show the love of Christ to that person today.
Stop everything your are doing and worship Jesus for 5-10 minutes. Find a quiet place where you can do this. Pick out a time of the day when you have free, and don’t say you don’t have any free moments… we all do. We all find time during the day to waste on meaningless activities. Replace one (or more) of those times with 5-10 minutes of worship.
Worship Jesus, thank Him for your blessings, and create a daily habit in the process.
Having trouble with something? Is there a particular problem that you have struggled with for, oh, too long? Is something keeping you up at night? It’s time to ask for wisdom. There is no secret, complicated recipe. It’s as simple as asking your Father in Heaven.
James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Pray for wisdom in whatever particular situation you are struggling with today. Be confident that the Maker of the Heavens and the Earth will give you the wisdom that you require in dealing with this particular problem. All that is required of you is that you have the faith to step up and ask for wisdom.
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.
On Sunday the world found out that beloved NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. If that wasn’t tragic enough, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, including a wife, husband and daughter, were also killed.
It shook so many of us. It didn’t matter if we were an NBA fan or if we had ever seen Kobe play. The tragedy was shocking for several reasons. Here were 9 vibrant people suddenly taken, each leaving behind many loved ones and family members. Kobe Bryant represented someone who was, for lack of a better term, “on top of the world.” But, his wealth and fame couldn’t prevent his life from ending at only 41.
NFL player and pro-life advocate Ben Watson summed it up perfectly in a Facebook post:
“There is nothing more common to the human experience than death. It touches everyone and everything on this planet. It is a part of life yet it is a fear evoking, painful mystery that we rarely get accustomed to. For many of us it looms in the distance, quarantined in the dark corners of the mind until suddenly our own mortality grabs us unexpectedly and stares us squarely in the face. Over 150,000 people die daily, largely unnoticed, but when icons expire unexpectedly it shakes our souls. If someone in good health, adored by millions across the globe, who had reached the pinnacle of earthly success, could not extend his days what hope do any of us have in this journey called life?!
The tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others reminds me of my own mortality. And it’s scary. I do not fear what happens after physical life but on days like today I do fear the uncertainty of the process and the circumstances surrounding it. Days like today remind me that life is a vapor. We are here today and gone tomorrow yet sometimes we live as if tomorrow is promised, so engulfed with the worries, desires, and frivolous pursuits of life that we lose sight of the missions, callings and divine purposes of our existence. True age is not calculated by years on the planet. In actuality, we are as old or young as our expiration date. Days like today remind us that unlike many other things in life, no one knows the day or hour of his last breath.
We all have an appointment with death that we can not cancel. It is appointed for man to die once and then the judgement. As final as it seems from this side of the chasm, physical death is not the end but a continuation of life; a transition from the mortal into the eternal. We will all live forever either in the glorious presence of our Creator and King or in eternal separation from Him. As the sand trickles through the hour glass, the most pressing question of life is not quantified by materials acquired, relationships cultivated, or goodness imparted. Our justification before a holy God, our life eternal, can only be acquired through repentance and faith in the shed blood of His Son; a free gift of salvation for all who believe.
Days like today call for raw emotional response and loving embraces, prayer and solemn reflection. They feel surreal until tomorrow’s morning concretizes their reality. May the Lord bring comfort to the friends family and loved ones of the Bryant’s, Altobelli’s and other victims in this time of tremendous grief.
Nina Carothers’ The Wonderful World of Color Olors, whichwas released in Kindle format last month, was chosen for a week-long giveaway of the digital book by publisher All Star Press. The complimentary book is available on Amazon now through Friday, February 21. Within hours of the initial giveaway, the Kindle edition was soaring through the Amazon rankings. It is now in the top 6 of two different Children’s book categories and it is #731 overall in the Kindle store, an amazing ranking given the number of kindle books available through the bookstore behemoth.
The Wonderful World of Color Olors previews the first 13 Color Olors characters. Children absolutely love the 13 different colorful characters, such Pink Ink, Yellow Ellow, Red Ed and more!
This fun 40-page full color book introduces each character in the Color Olors series to your child. They can then pick and choose the characters that they love the most. Here is a preview of this adorable new book:
Welcome to The World of Color Olors, a great place to be. Filled with strange and silly characters, as you will see. Pink Ink, Purple Urple, Orange Range and more. Their world is filled with colors, so let’s explore.
There is Black Lack, Red Ed and Blue Lue.
Come see Gold Old, White Hite and Gray Ray, too.
Brown Rown and Yellow Ellow will make you smile.
Green Reen is a healthy one. Silver Ilver has style.
The Wonderful World of Color Olors is ideal for ages 3 through 8, and this work is the third in a series of 14 books by author Nina Carothers for publishing house All Star Press – Books that Change Lives. In each book the child learns one or more life lessons.
Each of the books in the series are illustrated by accomplished children’s book artist Chris Padovano.
There are two easy steps for helping many people obtain a better night’s sleep. Here are two methods that I found to be extremely effective when I started to overcome my sleep disorder.
1) USE TECHNOLOGY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Don’t want to miss that favorite television show that starts at 10:00 p.m.? Well, that is what DVRs and VCRs are for. DVRs are wonderful in that you can set up a regular, scheduled taping every time your favorite show airs. You can also easily record the remainder of a show if you find yourself getting sleepy. If you don’t have a DVR, then get one. Most cable and satellite providers will give you the box for free, and the monthly charge is typically around $7.
Use modern technology to your advantage. Your sleep is too important.
2) WRITE DOWN YOUR PROBLEMS
I am a firm believer that by putting your thoughts to paper, it helps release them from your mind. It allows you to wake up the next day and, at that time, begin to address the issue(s). Another benefit of doing this is that you will not lose that great idea that you just had while lying in bed!
Make sure you do not go to bed with your mind racing or with problems still pending. Put them “to bed” for the night, and then you will be able to put yourself to bed – peacefully.
“Sleep Great for Life” offers an easy-to-apply procedurecan help you overcome insomnia in less than 3 weeks. The book is available in both Print and e-book formats.
Anxiety is a normal human response. The “fight or flight” instinct is hardwired in the human mind. A person in this state will experience increasing blood pressure and tightening of the muscles. The brain simulates the body to react faster and work harder to overcome the perceived obstacle. This reaction can inadvertently lead to physical pain and soreness especially if there are too many stressors involved. This is why patients who are suffering from muscle and back pains are often evaluated for anxiety disorders to make a better diagnosis.
The Relationship between Stress and Back Pains
Traditionally, people associate back pains with old age and hard labor. These days though there are many cases of young people who are already suffering from back pains. Most of them are working casual office jobs, yet they also suffer the same chronic back pains that afflict heavy laborers.
There have been many studies conducted to prove the connection between stress and back pains. The results of these studies have been very helpful to correctly diagnose people suffering from muscle pains. Understanding the real source of the pain helps in providing an effective treatment.
Symptoms of Stress Induced Back Pains
Here are few of the symptoms associated with stress induced back pains.
Immobility of the back muscles
There could be more than one muscle group affected when the pain attacks. The pain lasts variably, some lasts for a long time while others in less than a minute. The attack can happen without warning and persists even when there is no particular stressor around.
Debilitating Effects of Stress Induced Back Pains
These back pains can cause great distress and discomfort to a person. In some cases, a person can be totally immobilized because of the intensity of the pain. Other parts of the body can also be affected. This creates a heavy toll towards the body which may be irreversible. Early diagnosis is vital in treating the person. It also prevents complications.
Treatments for Stress Induced Back Pains
There have been many treatments developed to treat people with stress induced back pains. Because of the nature of the source, different methods are followed to make sure that the treatment is effective. For short term relief, pain relievers and antidepressants are given to patients. Some may need to undergo therapy to overcome stress. Doctors strongly advise exercise and lifestyle change to improve the body’s immune system.
Fighting Stress Induced Back Pains
It is impossible to avoid stress, but there are ways to reduce it or defend oneself against it. It all starts with pumping the body with the right nutrition and care to withstand such pressures. Eating healthy foods will strengthen the body against external stressors. Exercise will also keep the body tempered against the physical demands from the job. These measures will make sure that the body can keep up with the different pressures and stressors.
Aside from the body, it is also important to fortify the mind against stress. The roots of stress can be traced back to the person’s mental disposition. Work and personal time should also be balanced to avoid strain. Back pains and stress go hand in hand. Managing of the latter will surely help in the prevention of the former.
#2 in the Kindle horse racing store behind Seabiscuit
“MY WILD RIDE: The Untamed Life of a Girl with No Self-esteem” was released last week by All Star Press – Books that Change Lives. Within three days of release, the life story of ex-Thoroughbred trainer and exercise rider Susan Bump hit the #2 in the Amazon Kindle store behind the mega-best seller Seabiscuit. Positive reviews have been pouring in on Amazon since the long awaited release of Susan’s book.
“‘My Wild Ride’ is a must read for those who are warmed by feel-good animal stories, who are curious about life at the track, who are challenged by a past that holds them back from experiencing their own self-worth! I laughed, I cried, and found a new respect for the life I live having seen life through the authors eyes,” stated reader Debbie Joswick.
“This story is absolutely riveting,” explained Debra Lyn Daly. “Anyone struggling to overcome the scars of growing up in a dysfunctional family will be deeply inspired by Susan’s story. I couldn’t put it down!”
The life story of Susan Bump, although sad at times, is ultimately a story of triumph. The child of two alcoholics, she overcame her tragic family upbringing to pursue her dream of training Thoroughbred racehorses. When the dream no longer served her, she quit training and became an activist, protesting for animal and human rights.
There is never a dull moment in My Wild Ride. The ‘untamed life of a girl with no self-esteem’ offers lots of tears, but lots of laughs, too.
“My Wild Ride” is available in PDF format for instant download. Only $4.97 and, of course, no shipping or handling on this e-book!
ABOUT AUTHOR SUSAN BUMP
A former trainer in Southern California, Susan Bump broke and trained horses for over 30 years. She had to quit when she realized that she was part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
Susan eventually became a human and animal rights activist. A member of San Diego Animal Defense team, Susan successfully protested inhumane pet stores in San Diego leading to criminal charges against the owners.
She was arrested for trespassing in the small town of Valley Center, Ca. when she gave water to dying animals on a hot summer day. Her story made front page news in the local paper, The North County Times. So many animal lovers supported her in court that the newspapers called them her ‘entourage.’
She currently lives with her 8 wonderful dogs on a 47,000 acre, Arizona ranch in a 100-year-old adobe house in the magical town of Arivaca.
Susan Bump was the daughter of an alcoholic and bipolar mother, and an alcoholic abusive father, and consequently, she grew up hating life.
After realizing that she was indeed special, and worthy, her life has become fantastic. This is her Wild Ride.