Proverbs 17:27, “He who restrains his words has knowledge and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”
The one who knows much says little; an understanding person remains calm.
I love these words!!!! I lived a long time thinking I always needed to speak my mind. That if I didn’t tell people how, what, who and when that it would never be good enough… boy was i wrong.. Once god “worked” on me … I realized that i could let everybody do and say as they pleased. What God wanted me to start doing is keeping myself accountable for my actions. Not try to keep everyone from messing up . When people do things against us in words or actions… They are in the wrong. We have to keep ourselves right with God by not reacting in a way that causes us to sin. Is that easy? NO!! but it does eventually get easier as you release the feeling of loosing each time you react like Jesus would. Our carnal mind wants us to think that if we don’t “show our feathers” as the other person did showing them we aren’t weak or scared that we loose .. That is so not true.. In fact it is just the opposite. I can usually keep a cool spirit and restrain what I am really thinking and feeling now days. I am so glad I am not who I used to be.. Praise Jesus!!
This picture represents me today as the dog and the cat as the real life dog that decided to scare me enough to scream like a girl..
I love how the Lord uses everyday life experiences to teach me lessons. I have been running for over a year now and have never had a incident with a dog. I have been running from the station to Clawson Assembly some days on my lunch break to help train for the 5k’s I am doing this year. I have ran this road plenty of times. I was a little nervous about running on the highway. But after trying I love it. I have 4 different places I like to run now and it helps me from feeling like a hamster in a wheel by changing it up. So I am running today to relieve stress … music up loud. it’s on the way back so i am tired and zoning in on my each step to get closer to my goal. I use my running/workout time as my quiet time with God. I’m talking to him, listening to him.. just seriously zoning in on each step and all of the sudden something touches me on the back of my ankle and all in like a second I see this huge black dog at my feet! I scream like a girl.( which I have never done) All in that second I see my life flash before my eyes. He is not playing , I had the image of blood and my ankle being half missing.. then after getting over the shock of me screaming like a girl and that I am still in one piece.. i stomp and scream at him at the same time and he kinda backs away.. i choose to slowly walk in the direction that I was originally heading.. watching him, he is still barking but realized I was not longer scared of him.. he let me go when he realized that I wasn’t as scared of him as he wanted me to be.
As I finally start running again, after double checking that I was still in one piece I kinda had to laugh at the whole thing and keep going. But as I ran back to the station .. It hit me.. that Satan is just like that nasty dog. I was on the same path I had been so many times before and had never seen him there. I was comfortable in my running path causing me to not be keeping an eye out for hazards. ( i do watch the cars) Therefore it gave the dog the upper hand .. I never saw him or heard him until he was touching my heals. Satan is the same way. he will come at us when we are at our lowest or when we think we are the safest!!
I love how that God uses things like this to remind us and teach us. I love that he loves me enough to speak to me each day about the issues I face and that I pray for others about. So today be mindful of your surroundings. Put your full armor of God on each night and each morning..
Dr. Oz recently encouraged his television viewers to sit out in the sun for 15 minutes a day without sunscreen in order receive one of the benefits of sun exposure – a daily dose of Vitamin D. Although it seems like all we hear about are the warnings of getting too much sun exposure, researchers and doctors are now beginning to appreciate some of the ways that the sun can actually be good for you.
Is the Sun Good For You? What the Experts Have Found
Although there are many dangers related to excessive sun exposure, sun exposure in moderation has actually been proven to have many benefits. For instance, here are 5 reasons why sitting out in the sun could be good for you:
- Getting a sufficient supply of Vitamin D. Dr. Oz was right. Spending just 10 to 15 minutes a day in the sun can help you get an adequate supply of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is needed by the body to promote bone health, boost immune function, reduce inflammation, improve neuro-muscular function, and even protect against some forms of cancer.
- Helping you feel happier…and sleepier. The on-line magazine Environmental Health Perspectives states that another of the benefits of sun exposure is that it helps you to produce more serotonin, endorphins, and melatonin in your brain. Endorphins and serotonin are brain chemicals linked with feeling good and at ease. And melatonin is a nocturnal brain chemical that allows you to enter into sleep-mode more quickly at bedtime.
- Increasing white blood cell and red blood cell production . Experts have found that the sun is good for you because it helps you produce more white blood cells, which enhances your immunity. Sun exposure also helps you produce more red blood cells, which means your blood becomes more oxygenated.
- Killing dangerous substances on your skin . UV rays from the sun can actually kill viruses, bacteria, molds, yeast and fungi that may be found on the surface of your skin. In this way, sunlight acts as a natural antiseptic of sorts.
- Clearing up skin diseases . While excessive sun exposure can lead to premature wrinkling and even some forms of skin cancer, there are various benefits from sun exposure when it comes to your skin. For example, moderate sunlight has been shown to help clear up some cases of acne, psoriasis, and eczema to name just a few.
How Much Sun is Good for You?
Dr. Oz and the Medical News Today website both recommend sitting out in the sun for about 10-15 minutes without sunscreen in order to generate a day’s daily recommended dosage of vitamin D. If you prefer to limit direct sun exposure to more sensitive body parts such as your face, you might consider not putting sunscreen on just your legs for those first 10-15 minutes in the sun.
So, in answer to the question “Is the sun good for you?,” it should be obvious by now that a bit of moderate sun exposure each day can actually be great for you.
I love how much this says. We live in our own little worlds thinking that living the lifestyles we live will not affect us in our walk with the Lord. We put blinders on to the things the bible steers us away from, tells us clearly to do and not to do. We go through life thinking that being a christian will be boring, staying in the wordly temptations from Satan. Looking back on my life in those times i was doing all the wrong things knowing that i was not pleasing God, i would make excuses. I would make promises that I would not do those things again when the quilt came. Living weeks of the same bad decisions. It was almost like .. i got away with it so i would keep doing it… God has a path for us and only has good plans for us we know this… but he also lets us choose our paths. Patiently waiting for us to come back to him. Back in the day i thought i was getting away with all my sin a wrong choices… Boy was i WRONG!!! I have been dealing with those consequences for years and see it passed down into my daughters…. But the more years i spend making Godly choices and showing my daughters the Godly way to live the better off we all are..and being a Christian is NOT boring at all!!
Have you heard the old saying you get what you give? or you get what you pay for? That goes for our attitudes also. Just like this morning. I have had a headache for 3 days not been feeling so well. Due to only so many days off allowed each year i wasn’t wanting to call in and waste one of those days. So i get up and pout around the house thinking about how horrible it will be to not being able to stay home and catch up on sleep and let my body rest. We always have staff meetings on monday mornings … which i would choose to have on tuesdays if i could..lol , well during the staff meeting Wendy gave a devotion on our attitudes. Just last week i made a promise to the Lord that I would not complain anymore!! I had to buy a collar for our new dog to keep her from barking. One of the collars that sends a high pitched noise to her ears when she barks, not the shocking collar. I was laying in bed the night i bought it and thought what if God had a collar for us … like a sin collar.. think about it each time we sinned it would shock us.. we would sure act better… i had been complaining a lot the last couple weeks. and thought dear lord, what if my complaining sounds to you like our dog barking all night sounds.. it made my heart sad!! so when i start complaining and being negative i think you just woulda got shocked… I have been told i am a stubborn girl…so for me to get things it has to be illustrated to me in a way that my stubborn brain gets it!! So today check your attitude. No matter what is going on around you CHOOSE to be positive. Yes your world may be crumbling, satan could be coming at you from all directions.. but be glad your alive. be glad that god gave you breath this morning.
Can Christians be depressed and still have faith? Psalm 42:5 Why, my soul are you so downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God. Fortunately, the Bible does not view a downcast person to have a lack of faith. It presents God’s people just the way we are: sometimes angry or confused, and sometimes bitter or depressed. According to 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah was so depressed the he asked God to let him die. So if you feel like Elijah today, you need to do what the psalmist did… HOPE IN GOD! He provides the help we need through others whom he equips with gifts of counseling and understanding. need prayer, counseling or understanding.. call us 1-800-944-8443 or visit the prayer works page at kswp.org~~ Jenn
David took the wife of another man, and to cover up the sin, he arranged for her husband to be killed in battle. Then it was business as usual for David__ until the prophet of the Lord confronted him. Have you been ignoring your confrontation? Do you need to confront a relative or friend who does not realize how he or she has sinned against God? Or are you living like David did.. business as usual.. ? Sometimes it takes a special confrontation to bring us to confession and then healing can start.
Whatever it takes, we need to come clean, confess, and ask for a new begining. When we do we will experience God’s mercy!! That confrontation led David to write Psalm 51, a confession of his sins. “I know ” I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” The psalm is also a plea for mercy: “Have mercy on me, O God.” David also asks the Lord to create in him a pure heart and a steadfast spirit to keep him from sinning. Perhaps, like David, you have carried on as if nothing has happened. It’s time to confess…