Apr 19 2013

The Right Way To Say No

NO!! Why is that so hard to say? It's one of my weaknesses. I got this encouragement from my friends at Proverbs 31 Ministries. It might help you too when you're faced with another possible commitment and answering yes or no.

Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it. Maybe, before saying yes to one more thing on my schedule today, I should ask myself a few questions. 

 - Am I trying to prove something?

 - Am I trying to impress someone?

 - Have I thought through the cost of saying yes?

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Mar 14 2013

Three things I Wish I'd Known Before Having Kids

I read an article written by family counselor, David Thomas, in which he explains  the three things he wished he and his wife knew before having kids. I thought it'd be good to share with you all!  

1. Parenthood is mostly about showing up.Little did I know that delivery would be the first of many times I’d feel uncertain, awkward or incompetent in parenting. The moments of uncertainty have created beautiful reminders of how desperately I need God—to parent, to love my wife, to care for my family and to just show up.

2. Parenthood is designed to help you grow up. Parenting will take us to the end of ourselves. It will drive us to a place of dependence, of crying out for help, of leaning into God. We aren’t designed to do this on our own.

3. Parenthood will expose the worst and the best of who you are. This enormous love that exists in me on behalf of my children has nearly wrecked me at times. But that same love is changing me—slowly, gradually, making me into something different. And hopefully, with God’s grace, something better.

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Mar 08 2013

Weird Things on the Set of The Bible

If you've had a chance to catch the History Channel's documentary, "The Bible" then you might find some of these stories interesting. It's very cool to see God working through this series. 

A mighty desert wind

“There’s a scene with Jesus and Nicodemus, when Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night. It’s a very still night, not a breath of wind, and we’re on the edge of the Sahara desert in a palm grove in an oasis… Jesus says, ‘The Holy Spirit is like the wind.’ At that moment, a wind, like as if a 747 was taking off, blew his hair, almost blew the set over and sustained for 20 seconds across the desert, and the actors didn’t break — they kept going. And everything stopped. Everyone just looked at everyone like, ‘What just happened?’”

The missing frock

“We had hundreds of craftsmen working [on making costumes], and the most important costume was Jesus’ costume. Every time, at the end of the day, the costume’s got to be taken away to be maintained. So when we were doing the baptism scenes, it’s completely immersed in water. During it, a portion of the costume came away. We shot this in a giant reservoir on the edge of the Sahara desert, so we’re never going to find this again. It’s really bad. Every time you lose something, you’ve got five months ahead, and you can’t replicate these costumes. Four days later, a kid showed up from many, many, many miles away, who had been seeking us through the desert to return this to us. He didn’t know what it was why he should seek us, but he felt he had to return it.”

Cobras at the cross

“We had a snake wrangler every day on the set. I mean, we’ve got a couple hundred people shooting, and we can’t afford to have people getting bitten by snakes. Every day, this guy would find a snake or maybe two snakes, and remove them. On the day of the crucifixion, a lot of people prayed. The cross was a huge thing. They prayed [for safety], ‘Imagine if this cross fell. The actor playing Jesus could be killed or badly injured.’ The snake man came to work that day — he’d gotten there early on the mountain playing Golgotha, and the bag of snakes [he was carrying] was the biggest bag I’d ever seen. He came to my wife and said, ‘Miss Roma, there were 48 snakes.’ He found 48 cobras and vipers hidden within the rocks around the cross.”

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Feb 27 2013

Life's Little Health Dilemmas

Some of the biggest health dilemmas are answered by the experts who tell us the best ways to handle them:

1. Indulging at a restaurant - bread or dessert? Once people make the choice to have the bread they are subconsciously choosing to let the whole meal go and they ultimately end up eating dessert too. If you save it for dessert (eating clean the whole meal before and skipping the bread), you'll save a ton of calories.

2. Stressed about your to-do list? Should you tackle the biggest or the smallest item first? You need something positive - So pick something, but not the biggest or the most difficult; instead, something that can realistically be tackled and done. Then congratulate yourself for doing that and pick another, then another, then another.

3. We all know how important sleep and exercise are for our health -- so if you got a bad night's rest, is it better to sleep in for an extra hour, or push through your morning workout? One of the most important recovery, mental and immune system boosting activities for the human body is sleep. If you're short on sleep, you experience higher levels of inflammation and a decrease in the hormones that help you lose fat and stabilize your appetite. For this reason, you should never sacrifice sleep to exercise -- as you're likely to put your body into an unhealthy state.  

4. Ideally we'd be prepared -- but if you're stuck in an all-morning meeting and the only food choice is a pastry, is it better to eat it or skip breakfast? SKIP IT. There is nothing actually filling about a pastry -- no fiber, no water -- so it wouldn't help my hunger. In fact, many times eating something high in sugar like this will lead to an energy crash, so I wouldn't be full and it makes me tired.

5. Pounding headache? A weird pain in your side? When you have an unusual system, is it a good idea to Google your symptoms to be a better informed patient, or does searching the internet only lead to problems? So, yes -- Google your symptoms.  But do so reasonably, and humbly.  Reasonably means prioritize credible sites- not those devoted to conspiracy theories.  One very good portal is healthfinder.gov.  Humbly means to remember that an hour of Internet surfing is NOT a substitute for four years of medical school and several more of residency training.  So, use a Google search to generate good questions- but not to cultivate a passion for any given answer. Informed is empowered, and is much better than uninformed.  But misinformed and unwilling to recognize it may be the worst of all.  

-Amy

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