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Top 5 ways to stay calm and reduce stress

Ways to Stay Calm and Reduce Stress

Top 5 ways to stay calm and reduce stress

By: John Halderman

Are you looking for more calm satisfying experience with you daily life?

Do you get frustrated with yourself at the end of the day because you've gotten stressed, unfocused or agitated?

Are you tired of getting over emotional and worn out.

Whether you are experiencing one or all of these feelings here are my 5 best tips on reducing the unwanted feelings so that you will feel calm and satisfied with yourself each day.

1. Catch yourself when you exhibit a feeling of behavior that you don't like and change it.
At first you may not notice the feeling until after you have gone through it, that's fine.

Think about how you would rather have felt.

Think about how you would rather have handled yourself. Decide how you want to do it next time.

As you continue with this process each day you will find that you will notice more easily what you are doing throughout the day.

You will begin to catch yourself earlier and earlier as you do this.

Eventually, you will be seeing yourself while you are doing it, then stop yourself.

At some point you will be able to notice before you even begin to feel and react in the undesirable way.

Here is where you will actually begin to change the way you react to the situations in your life and change your behavior.

2. Stay centered all day by refocusing throughout the day.
Develop the habit of paying attention to your mindset as the day goes on.

Several times a day, step away from what you are doing to get re-centered.

Sit down close your eyes and take several long slow deep breaths while imagining the tension washing slowly out of your body.

Notice your breathing getting slower and calmer.

Just think about your breath.

Try to keep from thinking about anything in particular.

It's ok to not be actively thinking for a while!

3. Watch out for your expectations.
You are setting yourself up for failure, upset and frustration when you set too many standards as to how you think things should be.

Think about what leads you to getting upset?

Why does it upset you?

Notice that you decide how many things should be, based on your own outlook and desire.

The things others do that are not to your liking, even the things you do that don't match your expectations.

Ask yourself, really how important is it that they be exactly that way

Ask, who am I to insist that they are that way?

Does it matter that much?

Is it worth getting myself worked up about?

Choose which expectations are really important for you to hold on to and which ones are not.

Holding on to many expectations just complicates your life, with constant judgment.

Simplify your life and reduce the stress!

4. Delegate.
This applies to your personal life as well as at work.

Most of us think of delegating as a workplace skill, but it can apply personally as well.

We are all very busy these days with our activities and duties.

Trying to fit it all in and get it all accomplished can lead to tension.

For various reasons, many of us have developed the habit of thinking we must do it all ourselves.

Take a look at your situation.

Think about it, really, how important is it that everything must be done perfectly to your standards?

Are you sure there are not other people who can assist you. Are the other people in your life pulling their weight?

Many times we get into habitual ruts that don't need to be as they are.

Look at what has been, with the eye of reducing the pressure on yourself.

5. Accept other people as one.
As you think of yourself as different and separate from the rest of mankind, you unknowingly create thinking and behavior that separates you from others.

This kind of separate thinking leads us to think we are superior to others which leads to judgment then selfish thinking and behavior.

We are then having an internal battle with others, which brings on fear, competition and comparison, ending in frustration and anxiety.

Look to discovering how to see yourself as one with all of mankind, not as separate.

Focus on what we have in common rather that the relatively small uniqueness.

 

Author Bio
John Halderman is a writer, speaker and trainer, dedicated to helping people with getting real results with their personal development efforts. He supports strategies, methods, tools and information that actually bridge the gap between information and effective results. Go to www.activepersonaldevelopment.com for free information and newsletter.

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Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation

Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation

Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation

By: Johnny Kicklighter

In 1983, President Reagan wrote an essay for the "Human Life Review" entitled, "Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation." This brief writing of his pro-life philosophy was published in book form a year later. It was expanded to approximately to 95 pages with lengthy afterwords by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and British essayist Malcolm Muggeridge. Reagan's brief composition is probably one of the better well-argued pro-life essays ever written. It is also significant as it was the first ever by a sitting President. It was President Reagan's attempt to awaken a nation to the implications of abortion. In this short book, President Reagan gives an account on how important the issue of abortion is to the "conscience of a nation."

President Reagan's essay is only 26 pages of the book, but it is well structured. He believed that diminishing the life of the unborn diminishes the value of all human life. He tackled the pro-abortion "quality of life" argument and compared it to the Dred Scott slavery issue. Reagan likened the pro-abortion argument to slavery and drew parallels between the Roe vs. Wade decision and the Dred Scot decision that divided America over a century earlier. According to Reagan, the quality of life argument is an argument for quality control of the population.

Reagan surmises that legalized abortion is a very slippery slope. He says that unborn babies are being killed because they are simply not wanted or come at an inconvenient time. He also states that many are killed because they will be unable to lead a "normal" life as the result of birth defects. Such babies are considered to be of less value and thus denied human rights. He claims this denial of human rights is accomplished by activist judges who frame the interpretation of the US Constitution through the lens of their own pro-abortion beliefs.

Reagan believes that the arbitrary evaluation of unborn lives must stop. He states that this philosophy will lead to further the crimes of infanticide and illustrates this by citing the Indiana case of "Baby Doe." Baby Doe was allowed to starve to death because the child had Down's syndrome. The essence of Reagan's argument is that no nation can survive and prosper when a group of individuals look at a child and declare whether that child has value as a human being. Reagan goes on to say,

"Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning."

The pro-life movement will not be disappointed with Reagan's essay, and will conclude that it contains very powerful and logical anti-abortion arguments.

 

Author Bio
Johnny Kicklighter is a charter contributor to the Metro East Pregnancy Care Center, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

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Causes of Stress

Causes of Stress

Causes of Stress

By: Trevor Dumbleton

In order to eliminate or at least control stress, it is vital to know and understand the causes of stress. Of course, there are many causes of stress and they are as varied as the people who suffer from stress, but there are a few places to look first. And by learning about these causes of stress, you can figure out where stress is entering your life.

One of the most common, and most complained about, causes of stress is work. However, it is not only the day-to-day tasks and routine pressures of work that can lead to stress. In fact, the mere concern about keeping a job can be a source of stress. Unfortunately, the combined stress of both work itself and the possibility of losing it creates a sort of double-stress in which people feel they have to work even harder in order to keep their jobs, making the stress that much worse.

As well, for those who have not entered the working world yet, school can be a great source of stress. The constant pressure of schoolwork, friends, teachers, tests, quizzes, papers, and everything else can be enough to make anyone feel like they are in trapped in a vice. In addition, the deadlines are all immoveable, so students are constantly under time pressure. And, to make matters worse, there are often several deadlines overlapping each other, intensifying the demands on time. Then, once final exams arrive, there is a lot to re-learn and students need to spend so much time studying that they can barely sleep. Needless to say, losing sleep does not help people who are under stress. Thus, students need to manage stress just as much as people who work.

Another cause of stress is simple family life. Unfortunately, though we hope that our home lives can be sources of relief from daily stress, they can often be sources of stress all their own. For childen as well as parents and spouses, the home can often be its own source of pressure.

For parents, stress can often come from simply worrying about their children. After all, seeing a child grow up, make mistakes, go through school, go to college, play sports, and often learn things to hard way is enough to make a parent tear their hair out. Thus, despite the joy that children can bring, they can also be causes of stress and worry.

Unfortunately, parents can be causes of stress also. Though they often have their childrens' best interests in mind, they can also put a lot of pressure onto their children, causing them to worry not only about school or life, but also how their parents will react when they hear about some new event, success, or error. It is as though there is no place to turn when things go wrong, creating extra stress. No, it is not easy being a parent, but it isn't always easy being a child or a teenager either, since parents can often be causes of stress as much as sources of comfort from it.

On top of that, spouses can also be causes on stress. Let's face it, husbands and wives often have expectations of their significant others and it is not always easy to live up to those expectations. As well, spouses often spend a lot of time avoiding certain arguments simply because they are trying to avoid stress. However, leaving tension in the air while not resolving it can be a cause of stress.

Money is also a major cause of stress, simply for the fact that there never seems to be enough of it. Thus, as the money keeps going out but it never seems to come in enough, stress just keeps mounting. Unfortunately, spouses, children and sometimes parents can often remind us of our shortfalls and they will often increase the stress. Of course, that is to say nothing of the continual reminders from the mortgage or rent, car payments, credit cards and other bills. And, furthermore, it is rather difficult to be philosophical about money stress since attempting to put things into perspective only recalls thoughts about the money that always seems to be missing. Thus, money stress just keeps piling up higher and higher and there never seems to be a way out.

Though this is only a partial list of all the possible causes of stress, these are some of the most common sources. However, no matter where the problem is arising, stress will not make them better. Rather, stress will only make it harder for people to think about their problems and try to solve them. Thus, in order to solve the problems that lead to stress, the best place to start is by managing the stress, then working to solve the problems with a clear and uncluttered mind.

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Sing Out Your Stress

Top 5 Reasons to Sing Out Your Stress

Top 5 Reasons to Sing Out Your Stress

When people find out that I'm a music therapist, the comments I hear most often are "I wish I could sing!" or "Oh, I love to sing, but I'm not good enough to do it in front of anyone". Some of these people tell me that, as children, a parent, teacher or someone else told them that they should just mouth the words because they didn't have a good enough voice.

Singing is our birthright! Singing is a natural and pure expression of how glad we feel to be alive, and the way we show our love of music. Here are my top five reasons to sing out your stress:

1. To connect with your body: We sing with our whole bodies. Because singing is so connected to closely with breath, singing helps us "be in our bodies" and let go of the thinking (or worrying) we do much of the day. Singing can be a joyful activity and can release endorphins (those feel-good chemicals that the body creates).

2. To connect with yourself: Meditative toning, singing along to a favourite song or simply humming to yourself are all ways to tap into your inner landscape and see what's going on in there.

3. To connect with others: Singing with other people - in meditation, prayer, at a sing-along, at a concert, or even over the telephone or Internet - helps us experience in a very deep way that we are all truly connected.

4. To express your feelings: Many times a singer, songwriter or composer has expressed our feelings in a way we could never have - if there's a song that expresses what you want or need to say, try singing along (keep in mind that this is just for you and it's not about "sounding good").

5. To boost your good feelings: Whatever you focus on, you'll invite more of into your life. You can choose uplifting, joyful and celebratory songs to sing.

So sing out! Be proud of your own unique voice. Experiment with what works for you - keep a journal of what you notice in your mind and body when you sing specific songs. Then you can choose the right song for the right moment and make use of the power of singing in your own life.

Author Bio
Linda Dessau, BFA, MTA, CPCC is a self-care expert, accredited music therapist and certified life coach. Learn more about using singing for stress management, personal growth and spiritual development at www.singoutyourstress.com, where you can download the FREE report, "Top 10 Ways to Sing Out Your Stress".

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Procrastination Solutions

Procrastination Solutions

Procrastination Solutions

By: Lael Johnson

I'm assuming that you have encountered some form of procrastination in your life. For those of you who don't struggle with procrastination. Congratulations! I find procrastination especially frustrating to handle, when it disguises itself as irritability, confusion and anger, pointing my heart and mind away from where the real causes lie.

Procrastination is a temporary solution to cover or push away intense feelings during the creative process. Some creatives feel anxiety before starting a project. Others feel depressed in the middle of creating a project. Still others struggle being unable to finish a project, especially one that comes closest to the realization of part of their artistic vision. They don't want to face the unknowns of exploring a new project.

Procrastination is a form of self-sabotage. I call it a short-term last resort. If you let procrastination go, it can take over your life. In the following exercises, I can increase your awareness of how procrastination may be interfering with your work. Remember to choose to work one exercise at time. Take your time when you write. Be patient as you start to react to these two exercises. Let your mind and heart gently guide you toward deeper awareness and desire to change.

TO-DO LISTS:
Lists are easy to write in your journal. If you can write a laundry list, then you can write a journal list. Feel free to choose organization tools that work best for you. My preference is to use a combination of my calendar, some goal files (pc), index cards and my memory. When I'm creating lists, I like having access to both flexible tools(cards and memory) and a workable structure ( past lists and some goal files). Remember to write a clear, easy to read, and detailed to-do list.

CHOOSE ONE AREA: Choose one urgent "procrastination" area.
To help your focus answer the following questions about your situation:

Purpose: Increasing your awareness of your resistance:
What part of this activity, that I don't want to do? (answer in specifics)
What am I feeling about working on this activity? (There may be more than one feeling)
What would I rather be doing?
What is so attractive about resisting this activity?

Purpose: Increasing your awareness of your motivation:
What part of doing this creative project do you like?
What are your feeling about this creative project? (any feelings)

Summarize your resistance statements and your motivated statements
Look for any similarities and differences (use this information to answer the next question)
Look for ways to increase your motivational actions and decrease your procrastination actions.

Congratulations! You've chosen your new goal.
Start working on it now!!
No more procrastination!

Author Bio
Lael Johnson, owner of Writer's Eye Advisory Service, offers creativity coaching services and additional writing resources. For more information visit: www.writerseye.com

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32 Words That Can Change Your Life

32 Words That Can Change Your Life

32 Words That Can Change Your Life

By: Carina MacInnes

We all have ways of testing opportunities that enter our lives. Some of us just dive right in based on feeling, others walk straight into what they know is right by a gut feeling or intuition. And if it's not gut feelings or emotions that are the tests of opportunities, it is the logical mind persuading us to ignore those feelings and emotions and test it with our reality of reason.

Most of us do not have a predetermined strategy for testing opportunities, or even more generally to test the actions we take and the choices we make in our lives.

There is an easier way to determine if our choices we make and the opportunities we receive 'pass the test'. This simple 32 word statement of business ethics was first created in the 1930s and used to turn around a failing company. These four questions were applied by each employee to each and to every minute detail of the company's workings. This little list of four questions from Rotary International, a humanitarian business organization, is the most widely printed, translated and reproduced piece of business ethics today:

"Of the things we say, think or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

If we built businesses and our lives based on these very simple 4 questions we would be coming from a place completely the opposite of the competitive mind and the lack mentality. As you can see, these questions prompt you to choose what is true, fair, and good, making choices that can build friendships and goodwill. It helps us to see how the choices we make can be beneficial to all concerned.

Because of our societal influences, we most often are inclined to make choices and act based on a competitive mind. This comes from the perspective of lack, scarcity, and ultimately greed.

Any opportunity based on the model of competition and lack will simply not pass the test. Competition promotes strife. It embodies winning one spot, taking it away from all the other people who want it. It misleads people to believing there is only one chance for success, when in reality there is plenty for all.

The competitive model encourages people to rely on a source outside of themselves to give them what they need. This denies the power of their own ability to create what they want. This narrow focus shows they are choosing to ignore the possibility of creating this opportunity in their own lives, instead of trying to win the spot from millions of others.

This simple testing technique takes us completely out of the competitive mind of greed, scarcity and lack. It turns our thoughts and choices toward the positive, realizing there are opportunities we can take that can provide increase for all concerned.

I invite you to use these questions to test your actions and opportunities in your life. If you are seeking opportunity, these questions may help you see things in a different way. In doing this, perhaps you might find an opportunity in your life which truly allows you to benefit the world, while at the same time reaching whatever your dreams, goals, and desires are.

 

Author Bio
Carina MacInnes is an author and entrepreneur, currently offering a free in-depth e-course on wealth building secrets by her favorite mentor, get it here: milliondollarsecret@robotreply.com She also offers a powerful opportunity to increase health, wealth and vitality in your own life. Visit her site here: imagineacai.com

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Inappropriate Behavior as a "Teachable Moment"

Inappropriate Behavior as a "Teachable Moment"

Inappropriate Behavior as a "Teachable Moment"

By: Norma Schmidt

Two boys in a first grade classroom were arguing loudly over an item they both wanted to use at the same time.

Their teacher approached them in a friendly way and said, "Boys, it sounds like you two are having a problem. Let's talk it out."

One of the boys told his side of the story, his face still tense but his voice lowered to an "indoor" volume. The second boy listened and then, without any prompting, came up with a solution to which the first boy readily agreed.

"Great job!" the teacher beamed. "See? You can talk it out!"

A TEACHING PERSPECTIVE CAN PRODUCE AMAZING RESULTS WHEN KIDS BEHAVE INAPPROPRIATELY.

If we approach unwanted behavior from the perspective of our child's judge/jury/jailer, our first impulse may be to punish.

But punishment doesn't teach kids what they SHOULD be doing. It doesn't expand kids' problem-solving skills, teach them how to repair social mistakes, or improve their social perception.

Fortunately, punishment isn't the only available tool.

WE CAN CHOOSE TO VIEW THE INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR AS A "TEACHABLE MOMENT."

When the teacher in the story above heard the two boys arguing, she spotted a chance to teach better social problem-solving.

Inviting the boys to "talk it out" reminded them of their capacity to problem-solve without shouting or arguing. They saw that "talking it out" could work, and they were more likely to "talk it out" next time.

A teaching perspective has room for punishment in some cases, but the focus is on helping kids learn the skills they need to behave appropriately.

If we view inappropriate behavior as a learning opportunity for the child, new options open up.

HERE ARE TEN CHOICES FOR MAKING THE MOST OF A TEACHABLE MOMENT:
1. Redirect the child toward a more appropriate activity.

2. Inform the child that what they're doing "isn't a good idea" or "isn't safe."

3. Give a friendly reminder about the rule the child needs to be following.

4. Guide the child through the steps of apologizing.

5. Ask the child to consider how others feel when she engages in the inappropriate behavior.

6. Help the child make amends to anyone negatively affected by the inappropriate behavior. Ask, "What can we do to help (name of person) feel better now?"

7. In the case of a conflict, prompt the children to "talk it out," providing assistance as needed.

8. Give a new rule, if the situation wasn't covered by the rules the child has already been taught.

9. Invite the child to think of a better to way to ask for what they want or need in the situation.

10. Teach the child appropriate words/behaviors to replace the inappropriate ones.

The rules of appropriate social behavior take a long time to learn and an even longer time to internalize as habits. Even adults don't do it perfectly!

When we use our child's behavior mistakes as opportunities to offer guidance, we're giving our child their best chance to become more kind, responsible and socially competent.

 

Author Bio
Norma Schmidt is a parent of two and a former Lutheran minister. Her career includes serving as a pastor, campus minister and cancer center chaplain. She has also worked with children with disabilities. Norma offers workshops on parenting and on living with serious illness. Her writing has appeared in "Coping with Cancer" magazine. Download her free report, "61 Great Ways to Teach Kids about Money" and look through her other articles by going to www.ParentCafeOnline.com.

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A Personal Perspective on Why Christians Suffer Trials

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Joseph

Among humanity's oldest mysteries are the origin and cause of suffering. We need only look around us to know that the world is filled with suffering. No creature on earth has not experienced some form of pain and suffering. It is the nature of this world. It hasn't always been so. God tells us that He made the world perfect, and we know that in those early days there was no sin, no suffering, no death, decay or disease.

Suffering came about after Adam and Eve gave into temptation1. With their act of rebellion against God, sin and suffering entered the world and now all creation is feeling its effects2.

Although sin is the root of most suffering, i.e. the result of personal sin, what about those who suffer hardship despite having done absolutely nothing wrong?

People often point to the trials of Job, that Old Testament patriarch who went from wealthy landowner and happy parent, to a bewildered, broken, childless and penniless man in only a short amount of time3. God said that Job was blameless and lived an upright life4, yet the man suffered.

That man's suffering came about because God pointed out how upright and righteous Job was when He called the angels to heaven to talk with them5. When God talked to the devil about Job's righteousness, the enemy threw a fit, belittled Job's righteousness6 and was given permission to attack Job, first through loss of material possessions and his children7, and when that didn't work, the devil was given permission to attack Job's body directly8.

The only real fault Job had was in thinking that he was a good man in his own right, that doing good would bring about rewards. When he sought to vindicate himself before God9, the Creator corrected him10.

Job suffered because God intended to teach us and the devil a lesson: that He is in control of all creation and always worthy of praise10.

But people since that time have looked at Job's problems and wondered how that man's hardship could be applied to their own lives. What about others who haven't had a chance to live a full life? Why do they suffer? What about the truly innocent? The infants, the extremely mentally disabled? Why do they suffer?

Well, the answer can be found in the life of one Man, indeed He is the most important Man of all. Jesus Christ never sinned11. He is God. Yet, He suffered every day throughout His earthly life and indeed He suffered since sin came upon the human race12

How so? Because God hates sin13. Because God created a gentle and happy world for humans and animals to live in. Every bit of sorrow and misery that humanity and animals experience indeed hurts God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit14.

We all hurt God. The devil hurts God by attacking the Lord's creation. More directly to how we all hurt God: when Jesus was spat upon, flogged, stabbed and crucified he was hurt by each and every one of us15,16,17. So, for any who doubt that anything in creation can hurt God, I hope this has dispelled that misconception.

The wonderful thing is that Jesus triumphed over suffering and death18. His sacrifice on the cross means that His children will have eternal life19. Any man, woman and child who accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior will have eternal life20. That's His promise to us.

But it doesn't come instantly. By that I mean, becoming Christian doesn't make the earthly problems go away. Often times, Christians suffer even greater problems21.

That's what makes many people scratch their heads. It seems counter-intuitive - follow God and you have pain, go your own way and things seem to be okay.

Note how I said "seem". Those who think they're in total control secretly know that most things in this life are still beyond their ability to regulate. Those folks have two options: accept that they need God's help or they can continue their own way and ultimately lose their very soul22.

But that doesn't seem to address the reality of Christian suffering.

Jesus told us that in this world we shall suffer trials23. In response many of us are quick to ask "why?". Jesus also told us that because He suffered (and suffers) hatred, all of us who follow Him will also suffer it24.

It's often said that Christians are to imitate Christ25, to obey and love Him and to love all humans as brothers and sisters26.

People may not realize that Christians also share something else with Jesus Christ: an inheritance27. Yes, an eternal treasure waiting in heaven28. Christians - yes, the adopted children of God - are joint heirs with Jesus Christ29. This means that to be like Christ is to have the same rewards as our first Brother.

A long time ago a powerful angel named Lucifer got the idea in his head that he could be like God in power, splendor and glory30. The instant that thought entered Lucifer's mind, he went from being a good angel to the leader of the fallen angels.

Lucifer, also known as the dragon and Satan, the enemy of God and the adversary of man is forever finished31. He can never be redeemed. In fact, when God told Adam and Eve they had to leave Eden, he comforted the husband and wife by telling them that the devil was going to be defeated by Jesus Christ32. That is why Jesus came to live among us, to remove sin, give us a way home and to defeat the devil. He has done that. The devil has lost.

But even though the devil has been defeated, God hasn't locked him up yet. That won't come until God's appointed time31. What we need to know about how this relates to Christian suffering is this: Satan and his demons have always been jealous of God30. Now that God has countless millions and billions of adopted sons and daughters - the Christians - who shall be joint heirs with Jesus Christ, the devil's hatred against those adopted children is going to be felt.

God allows suffering as an expression of love33. It's hard to accept, I know. But the suffering that comes about when you have done absolutely nothing wrong, is the result of God allowing the devil to attack you because you are a son or daughter of God34. That's the heart and essence of what it means to be like God. It means to suffer like God. To suffer like Christ.

The very truth that "to be like God" means enduring hardship and suffering is beyond the devil's comprehension. The enemy has deceived the world into thinking that a loving God would always protect His loved ones from all harm. Therefore, the devil and his followers can never accept or understand the perfect suffering of Jesus Christ. That is why they mock - and attack - those who endure pain for the sake of God.

That's not to say that we should run headlong into suffering. Jesus did tell his disciples to spread out when calamity strikes35. So suffering just to suffer is not recommended.

But when you suffer for things you have not done, when you are totally blameless, remember that it is God suffering, too. Because you belong to God and God loves you, you will suffer.

Take comfort in knowing that it won't last forever. Because God lives now and always and the Christian lives in God as part of God, then the Christian will live for eternity36. And at GOD's appointed time, the devil will be imprisoned forever and ever and will never again harm or plague creation31.

I thank God for giving me this personal perspective on Christian suffering. And I thank Him for blessing me to share it with you.

 

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Scriptural References

1. Genesis 3:1-2

2. Romans 8:22

3. Job 1:13-22

4. Job 1:8

5. Job 1:5

6. Job 1:9-11

7. Job 1:12-19

8. Job 2:1-6

9. Job 13:3

10. Job 38:1-41

11. 2 Corinthians 5:21

12. Isaiah 53:3

13. Romans 6:23

14. Matthew 10:29

15. John 19:1

16. John 19:34

17. Matthew 26:67

18. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

19. John 3:16

20. John 3:36

21. 1 Peter 4:16

22. Mark 8:36

23. John 16:33

24. John 15:18

25. 1 Corinthians 11:1

26. John 13:34-35

27. Ephesians 1:11-17

28. Matthew 6:20

29. Romans 8:17

30. Isaiah 14:12-15

31. Revelations 20:10

32. Genesis 3:15

33. Hebrews 12:6

34. 1 Peter 4:12-19

35. Matthew 24: 16-22

36. John 11:26

 

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Putting Exercise Labels On Food Isn't Such A Bad Idea

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Joseph

Some folks are getting fed up (pun intended) with all of the wasted calories in the foods people often eat, and want to do something about it. In fact, the Royal Society of Public Health proposes a unique way to jar people into obesity awareness: put exercise labels on food products. Yes, that's right. Add labels that tell consumers how much exercise they'll need to perform in order to burn off the calories in that jelly doughnut.

The Royal Society of Public Health is on the right track. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions, not just in the United States but around the world. If something isn't done about it, obesity could become the norm in just a little over a decade.

Publishing her opinions in BMJ, Shirley Cramer the chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health, proposes that manufacturers add calorie labeling to each product, these labels would come with symbols that show how many minutes of different physical activities would be required to expend the calories in those foods.

She reasons that people would welcome the use of symbols on food stuffs so as to help them make informed decisions and cited evidence from polling conducted by the Royal Society of Public Health.

Cramer's suggestion is merited. Several years ago the New York City Department of Health and Human Hygiene surveyed restaurant patrons about their opinion regarding the usefulness of providing calorie information on fast food menus. The results of that survey showed that the public favored the idea, because it helped them choose more nutritious meals.

The Royal Society of Public Health believes that symbols would be easier to follow than numerical information and they might be correct about this. Pictures are less confusing because people tend to be visual learners.

Perhaps our country should encourage food producers to present symbolic caloric expenditure information on food items. Millions of Americans are overweight or obese and health problems associated with these conditions are very severe. 

Obesity is linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, arthritis, asthma and even cancer.

If caloric symbols on food could be used to educate consumers about the benefits of healthier lifestyles which includes exercise and/or consumption of fewer calories per meal, then such knowledge may help prevent many of the aforementioned ailments that often afflict people whom are overweight or obese.

Therefore, I agree with Cramer because any practical suggestions whereby we may safely reduce excess body weight and promote good health should definitely be explored.

 

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Article References

Cramer S, & chief executive (2016). Food should be labelled with the exercise needed to expend its calories. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 353 PMID: 27052519

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Diabetes and the need for support and encouragement

by

James K. Robinson

If a family member or close friend has diabetes, it's important for them to feel support and love from you. Dealing with diabetes can be difficult and frustrating, and having the support of family and friends can make a big difference. If you are in a position to provide support to someone with diabetes, the following ideas can help maximize your efforts.


Learn about Diabetes
Whether you are brand new to the diabetes diagnosis or have known about it for some time, it's a good idea to educate yourself about diabetes. Find out from a trusted source what the signs and symptoms are, the types of medications used, and some of the ways to manage diabetes. When offering your support, you will know more about what the person is actually going through.

Diabetes is a serious disease in which higher than normal blood sugar levels circulate throughout the body, over time, this can cause damage to organs and tissues if not properly managed. There is no cure for diabetes.

At the same time, ask questions and talk to the person with diabetes, finding out what he or she needs from you. If you don't ask, you may not know how best to help. When you open up communication lines, you are letting the person know that you care and that you are there to help.


Know what to do in an Emergency
Diabetic emergencies don't happen often, but when they do happen, it can be serious. Knowing what to look for and what to expect may possibly save a life. There are two emergencies to watch for - low blood sugar, and Ketoacidocis, or high ketones.


Ketones, an explanation
A complication of diabetes, ketones are the result of the inability of the body to obtain sugars, namely glucose, from the bloodstream. The cells of the body rely on the blood sugar called glucose to use as fuel in the production of energy to drive the millions of biochemical processes that keep the body alive. As well as the sugars in the blood, extra glucose can also be changed to fat and stored in the fat cells of the body.

When, for whatever reason, the body cannot obtain enough glucose from the blood the body will begin to "burn" fat to obtain the needed glucose and when that occurs, acids referred to as ketones are left behind. In other words, ketones are an acid remaining when the body burns its own fat.

When this condition occurs it must be treated otherwise the continued buildup of ketones will lead to the more serious level called ketoacidosis. Very high levels of ketones can lead to a diabetic coma or even death.

Some of the warning signs of a diabetic low (or low blood sugar) include headaches, dizziness shaking, excessive sweating, and hunger. Signs can escalate to seizures or unconsciousness. Some of the signs of high ketones are anxiety, nervousness, sweating, sleepiness, weakness, confusion, difficulty in speaking. Serious signs might include rapid breathing and stomach pain.

In both emergencies, stay calm and seek medical help immediately. In the case of low blood sugar, assuming the person is conscious, help them to take a glucose tablet or candy, or drink apple juice or orange juice, perhaps a half a glass to begin with but continued sips as they prefer. Stay with the person until medical help arrives.

The condition of lower blood sugars than normal is referred to by doctors as hypoglycemia, and the condition of higher than normal blood sugar levels is referred to as hyperglycemia.


Support Healthy Goals
It can be easy for family members to sabotage a diabetic person's healthy goals by cooking unhealthy meals, offering sweets and other tempting food, and not encouraging a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, it is just as easy to support healthy goals. Cooking healthy meals can be done easily by changing a few ingredients and avoiding certain foods. Healthy treats and snacks can be just as delicious as the high-fat or sugary ones you may be used to.


Exercise is good!
You can also begin walking or participating in other types of exercise as a family. Encouraging the whole family to get involved protects the health of the person with diabetes as well as the overall health of the whole family. Helping a diabetic person stay healthy is an important way to provide support.

There are many ways to show support to a loved one with diabetes. Use available resources and be sure to let the person know you are there to be a listening ear or to help in whatever way needed. Your support and love is invaluable.

I am a long time diabetic,

For more information on diabetes topics please visit my websites What are Normal Blood Sugar Levels? and also About Diabetes, A Simple Explanation.