You may ask yourself, ” What can I do for my country?” Well, for starters you can pray for it.
14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 English Standard Version (ESV)
The second thing you can do for your country is to be kind to your fellow citizens no matter their race, gender, or political beliefs. I know being kind to someone even though their political views are opposite yours is hard and is going to be even more challenging this year.
God equips those He calls and He has called us.
So pray for this country and be kind to one another. By doing these we will be the living, breathing embodiment of former President Kennedy’s quote and become a country the world sees living the gospel
Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.
Author’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles on what I believe are keys to living a joyful life. A new post will be published every Wednesday.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1st Corinthians 6:19 -20 ESV English Standard Version
I know you are reading this stunned that the first article in the series is about exercise. After much thought, I decided this was the foundation for living a joyful life. Hopefully exercising will lead you to the next step, especially if you are grieving or going through another nasty life event.
Now I am the last person who needs to be writing about exercise since the most I do is up and down the basement steps when doing laundry.
But maybe if I write about exercise I will do it more. Maybe this spring I need to bring back Tour de Parks where I walk a different park every week and then blog about it.
Exercise and Mental Health
It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.
You need exercise to keep the endorphins and other chemicals giving you a natural high. They help boost your mood so you feel like working through tough situations such as grief or career transition.
It is the number one thing I would tell a person to do to get through grief and I mean start the day after the funeral.
Even if it is walking around the block, just do it and keep doing it. You will slowly but surely feel like doing more things to move forward with your new life.
Speaking of walking…
How I Make Walking Less Of A Chore
My favorite thing to do when I go for walks in area parks is to take my camera. Practicing my photography takes my mind off how many laps I’ve yet to do around the pond…
or how far I still need to walk.
The desire of activity is designed by nature to promote our physical well-being. Physical activity is the law of physical health.
Edward Brooks, 1882 Quote courtesy of QuoteGarden.com
Get some cool tennis shoes and some cool Hollywood starlet shades and you are off and walking.
Not into walking? Then do chores as they count as exercise – both indoor and outdoor. They are another form of activity that adds up.
So run up and down the basement steps while waiting for the dryer to stop, pick up your speed when vacuuming or dance while you are dusting. Hmmm…we may have a new sport – ballroom dusting.
For your outdoor exercise may I recommend raking a gully as part of your plan to meet the 150 minutes per week requirement.
The gully in my backyard is known as The River Kearns and every couple years, it makes an appearance when we get a lot of rain. I then rake the drain area to make sure leaves, twigs and grass clipping are not clogging the drain. Fun, fun, fun.
A Wise Old Saying
You’ve heard it said that in order to never work a day in your life, find a job you enjoy doing.
The same is true for exercise, find some type you enjoy doing and you will never exercise a day in your life.
Now if you will excuse me, I need to go strip the sheets off the bed with the force of an F5 tornado, run down the steps and dunk them in the washing machine. Then it will be time to get out of the house as it is my day off and I must spend most of it away from home. Looks like I will be walking the mall due to the cold, gloomy weather.
Remember – Exercise and you will experience joyful life thanks to the endorphins and other hormones. Plus you will give people something to talk about when you tell them you did ballroom dusting before coming to work.
Reflect first upon that great law of our nature, that exercise is the chief source of improvement in all our faculties.
Hugh Blair (1718–1800) Quote courtesy of QuoteGarden.com
Nahum is one of the Bible’s minor prophets. The book of Nahum tells the story of the Lord’s anger at and the eventual destruction of Nineveh. The city was wicked and filled with oppression, cruelty and idolatry.
In this book are words that change how I look at clouds.
Whether on a bright sunny day…
Or on a dark stormy night,
I will never look at clouds the same again.
Thank you Nahum.
The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.
His way is in the whirlwind and the storm,
and clouds are the dust of his feet.
Nahum 1:3 New International Version (NIV)
That is how you know God is moving.
You see the clouds, the dust of his feet.
Coming Wednesday: The first in a series of articles on living a joyful life.
One of the ways to keep your house warmer is to keep the drapes, curtains, and blinds closed. However, that keeps out the light. I work from home and open the drapes every morning so the light gets in, even during frigid Northeast Ohio winters.
Got to let even the gloomy, overcast winter light inside. Light is light and it drives out darkness, whether it is the darkness in a room or the darkness in your soul.
No matter how cold the weather is where you live or in your soul, always
Let the light in.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9 English Standard Version (ESV) (emphasis mine)