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A Good Strategy for Healthy Living

I was on a flight this past week and started exploring the seat back pocket in front of me. Yeah, I’m THAT kind of guy. I inspected the folding laminated card—the one with all the pictures of the plane—just in case something changed. Who knows, maybe they added what to do if a UFO pulls up alongside while we’re in flight?🛸👽

Anyhow, it was the barf bag that really got me thinking. On one side it said, “Baby Care,” to dispose of a dirty diaper. And on the other side it said, “Feel Better,” you know after you’ve tossed your cookies—because the aliens did a fly by?🤢

As I flipped the bag back and forth, I realized the two phrases make a good strategy for healthy living. What is Baby Care? It’s allowing yourself the basic things needed to restore comfort. We don’t judge babies for being babies; we take care of them. Translation: listen to your body, mind, and emotions. If you need a break, take a break.

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they (the disciples) did not even have a chance to eat, He (Jesus) said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Mark 6:31 (NIV)

When you do better you feel better. Jesus said so Himself! So what is Feel Better about? It means taking care of yourself isn’t a crime. Kind reader, if you’re having a hard time today Christ understands. After all, He was a very busy guy. Yet he told his friends, “Let’s go somewhere quiet and relax.”

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Jesus, Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

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Hope

Look for the Hope

A friend from my church choir, whose whole family recently recovered from COVID-19, shared a testimony during our praise and prayer time after rehearsal: “Look for the hope.”

I immediately thought of King David’s words in Psalm 112:4 “Even in the darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.”

Come to think of it, light–no matter how small–always displaces darkness. I experienced this once in a large room of a limestone cavern. The tour guide turned out all the lights; it was the most complete darkness imaginable. “It’s so dark in here you can’t see your hand in front of your face,” he said. “Try it. Stick your thumb on your nose and wiggle your fingers.” Well, I did–looking like one of the three stooges. Suddenly, the lights came back on. “Gotcha!” said the ornery guide.😊

God’s hope is like that. It can illuminate our lives at any moment, because the Lord Himself has his finger on the switch. And, contrary to popular belief, He’s still the BOSS.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Genesis 1:3 (NIV)

Frankly, I’m in need of some hope from heaven this very morning. You too? Kind reader, our Heavenly Father is able to shed His glorious light, even on the darkest situation. So don’t get caught wiggling your hands in front of your face when He does.😊

This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.

1 John 1:5 (NIV)

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Christian Living

Strong at the Broken Places

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Have you ever heard yourself say, “I can’t do this any more?” That was me this week. A few of the young children in my music classes were acting out majorly. Screaming, throwing themselves on the floor, and trying to leave the room, I’ve seen this all before. But it seemed worse than ever.

I went home that day dejected. “Lord, I feel like I don’t have anything left to give,” I told Him in the car going home. Of course, the Holy Spirit answered with a couple of my favorite scriptures.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound to every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Are you familiar with the Japanese art of Kinsugi? It’s the practice of repairing broken pottery with resin and gold. The damaged places aren’t hidden, but actually accentuated.

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Kind reader, the reality is clear: more often than not, personal trauma leads to positive growth. If we let Him, God will be the “golden glue” that holds our lives together–even when we feel like we can’t go on.

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places

Ernest Hemingway

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