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Wow- A New Way to Win

It might sound way too simple but I’ll ask you anyway.

What is one thing that you can do to boost your positive emotions, block fear and change your brain?

It’s almost too good to be true but research shows its effectiveness. Every time.

Are you ready for the answer? Gratitude.

Yes, being grateful. Intentionally.

Gratitude is an antidote to fear.

Fear focuses on all things that could go wrong.

But gratitude focuses on all the things that have gone right.

And when our gratitude is focused on all God’s blessings and provision

    we then have a powerful supply of gratitude.

Fear places us in a shaky position of insecurity.

But gratitude places on in a stable position of thankfulness.

You can’t be fearful and grateful at the same time.

It just doesn’t work.

So when facing a situation that causes you to begin to fear and grow anxious,

   take charge of your life.

  Change your thoughts and you’ll change your life.

Think – gratitude. What are you thankful for?

Stay with that thought. Are there more things you are thankful for?

  How else are you blessed?

See, the more we intentionally focus on those blessings, our brain changes.

Research shows that focusing on gratitude actually changes the molecular structure of our brain

   and makes us healthier and happier.

Isn’t that amazing?

Fear causes confusion.

Gratitude causes peace and a sense of well being.

Write a letter of gratitude to someone and that starts the healing process.

No longer do you need to feel helpless and out of control.

Gratitude therapy works.

And finally, don’t be discouraged if at first you find this difficult to do. Habits are formed by taking new small steps and doing it again and again.

Want to join the Gratitude Club?  It will change your life.

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7 NIV

 

 

 

Security

Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God, no matter what the danger.

I will never forget yesterday. After lunch I went upstairs to work at my computer. My oldest daughter who is a freshman at Liberty Universitystudied on her laptop downstairs.  And Jenny, my youngest, sat on her bed deeply engrossed in her sixth grade assignments.

 All was calm.

 My thoughts were focused on an article I was writing about the importance of planning in life. Yes, planning gives us direction and purpose and….

 Suddenly I felt the floor shaking and heard a loud roar coming closer. I sprang from my chair and raced to the top of the stairs. Behind me the washer and dryer were dancing back and forth. Windows were shaking and I heard the sounds of voices outside.

 “Get outside.” My eyes glanced and I saw my youngest running downstairs. The noise of moving bookshelves caught my attention. Could I make it down the stairs? I had to try.

 Racing faster than my feet could go I said it again.

 “Now. Get outside!”

 There was no time to prepare or grab anything.

 We dashed out the front door to see people standing around gazing back at our homes. Small children held in their mothers’ arms cried. Sounds of breaking glass. Groans of frightened neighbors. People arms around each other.

 The Presence of God all around.

 But

   finally the ground under my bare feet stopped shaking. I breathed a bit easier as I drew my daughters close to me.

 It was scary. There is no denying that. We had never experienced anything like it before.

 Today our nerves are still tense as we notice every sound and every tremor.

 But Something is stronger and bigger than all of our fears. Jesus.

The One Who calmed the sea many years ago still whispers “Peace be still.”

 Yes as we take comfort in His Loving Presence today I  thank Him that He reveals Himself again as the only security. Plans for today are all subject to His Will.

 Years ago we sang in Sunday school ‘Safe Am I.

                                                                Safe Am I

                                                                  In the hollow of His Hand.’

 Rest in His loving care for you today, my friends.