Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thought Transformer - The Biology of Hope

Norman Cousins did considerable research on the power of positive emotions such as joy, laughter, and hope. His book, Head First: The Biology of Hope, relates his ten years in the medical community, particularly on the faculty of the School of Medicine of the University of California.  Cousins held the only honorary degree in medicine awarded at Yale University School of Medicine. In his book, he presents massive scientific evidence of the harmful effects of negative emotions and emphasizes the power of hope, faith, and love to enhance healing. 

A study was done by Dr. Joel Dimsdale on those that survived the Nazi death camps during WWII.  Interviewing a number of survivors, Dr. Dimsdale found one element that towered above everything else.  It was hope.  Each survivor had a picture of the future. One saw himself with his family, another was to enjoy Hanukkah again.  Almost every survivor held to one form or another a blind, naked hope,throwing their thoughts into the future, they used hope like a magnet to draw them to safety.

 Action Steps

1). What does your future look like?  Study your thoughts and remove all the ones that bring you down. 

2). Fill your heart and mind with the promises of God.  Allow them to paint a picture of your future. 

3). During the day relive that picture over and over.  You will find strength and energy emerging inside of you.   

Remember you are God's Best, 

Dr. Rob Carman
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Family 5K

Or didn't you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for?  God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.  I Corinthians 6:19
This past Saturday our family participated in ONEchapel's first annual “Run for the ONE” 5K “fun run” at Town Lake. The focus on this first run was getting together to highlight exercise, fitness, determination and fun.  It began with my husband wanting to run the 5K while the kids and I cheered on the sidelines.  Along with cheering on my husband, my parents, my brother and sisters participated so this was a full family event.

Once we got there though the kids wanted to participate.  To see all the other runners inspired us to go for it and walk the course.  I have to say how proud I am of the kids!  They got to experience first hand pushing through and finishing. They were tired half way and complained but there was no other choice to finish.  As they saw the finish they gained some energy to make it to the end in high spirits.  As we stayed we cheered those that were coming from the half marathon to the finish line which was another great lesson for them to experience.

So in our continuous effort of eating healthy we have bumped it up a level to include many more 5Ks in our future!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Measuring stick of life.

Most things come and go for seasons. Let this question be a measuring stick, a rule….

Verses to ponder on:

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.                Ecclesiastes 3:11-12 (NLT)

 There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.                                      Philippians 1:6 (MSG)

Many of you already know that we go through seasons of change.  In those seasons of change we may experience change, many emotions or victories. But the thought I am poising today is to not loose sight, God  is our focus!

He is with us guiding us through the big picture He has set out for us!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday Thought Transformer

                                         Just Three Words

Just three words can change our lives.  What are these three words? Act as if!  Act as if the Gospel story is true. Act as if the good news proclaimed by Jesus is that God loves us and cares for us, and the wonderful promise He gave us that He would never abandon us is true.  Act as if the assurance that we have forgiveness of sins if we repent is true.  Act as if His promise of eternal life is so.  Act as if all of God's promises are true. Never mind how you feel, at any given moment, just act as if it is so. 

If you do you will make a wonderful discovery. Your whole being will begin to respond. You'll begin to move towards faith and not away from it.  As you take hold of this thought process you will find yourself being swept along by a current flowing stronger then the arid deserts of doubt.  You will find the green fields of faith. 

The famous composer Joseph Haydn was asked how he managed to create such marvelous music. "When I decide to compose, I pray and thank God that it has been accomplished. Then I do it. If it doesn't come the first time I pray again. Then it comes." He acted as if!  So, act as if God is with you, directing and guiding your life and filling it with His own good pleasure. 

 Action Steps

1). Approach your day with a positive outlook, that God is with you today. 

2). Create an expectancy that good things are going to happen.

3). Your actions will change your emotions and attitudes, and they will change your results.

Dr. Rob Carman

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