Jan 14 2013

Gratitude Changes EVERYTHING!

Chances are good that you remember the verse in the Bible that talks about giving thanks in ALL things, but that can, admittedly, be tough at times, but a new study is proving that out.  The john Templeton Foundation has done a study that shows living with an attitude of gratitude changes you, it makes you happier, it improves your relationships and health, and when you're faced with tough times in life, it helps you cope and once you have that skill, no matter what comes your way, you are equipped to handle it.

A good exercise is to start by keeping a journal of one thing that you are thankful for each day.  Do it and see how God uses gratitude to change your life. 

Feel free to start here and share what you are thankful for today.

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Jan 12 2013

Lolo Jones, exploding water, tips for weight loss and real-life snakes on a plane

Olympic hurdler turned bobsledding World Cup medalist, Lolo Jones crashes her bobsled...twice!

A family in Ohio discovers that their tap water is flammable!

Getting healthy is often a battle that is won or lost in your mind. Here are some tips to get in the right mindset for success:

10 Ways to Get Psyched for Weight Loss
1. Commit
2. Make a plan
3. Don't wait for the "right time"
4. Get in the right mindset
5. Be realistic
6. Make time for exercise
7. Figure out what motivates you
8. Don't think diet, think life change
9. Create a network for support
10. Use outside resources
 
The key thing to remember is that it's not about preparing for a diet, but more about changing your life so that you don't need to diet. Eventually making healthy food choices and getting regular exercise will become a part of your day so you don't even have to think about it!
Source: everydayhealth.com

FAA tackles exploding coffee filters...believe it or not!

Getting ready to send a kid to college? Choosing the right school can be tough. Here are the best values in public colleges for 2013.

Your smartphone may be hurting your relationships.

A flight from Australia experienced real-life "Snakes on a Plane." Except the snake was outside the plane...

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Jan 11 2013

Help End Slavery Now!

We are all familiar of the topic of slavery from our history classes, but what most of the World is unaware of is that the fight for freedom is far from over.  Slavery has taken on a ugly form that victimizes more people now than at any point in human history. 

The statistics are heart wrenching...

  • 27 million people are enslaved today.
  • Human trafficking happens in 161 countries, and sadly in our own.
  • 80% of the victims are women, sadly many of them are children.
  • Every 30 seconds there is another victim of human trafficking.

This is something that you know weighs heavy on the heart of God!  It is something that many artists like Chris Tomlin, Natalie Grant, Tenth Avenue North, Third Day, The Museum and Kristian Stanfil are taking on through partnerships with abolition groups like Not For Sale, The International Justice Mission, Abolition International, The End It Movement and The A 21 Campaign. 

This should be something that each of us gives voice to, God gave you a voice, use it!  Share what's going on with your family, your friends, your pastor... the World! People need to know what's going on. In Matthew 25, Jesus calls us to care for "the least of these", spreading the word about the fight against human trafficking can help bring FREEDOM to those held captive, and isn't that why Jesus came, to set the captive FREE!  Thanks for continuing to pray for the millions who are victimized by human trafficking and for those fighting this problem on the front lines.

Your voice makes a difference, the more people that know about what is going on, the more we can keep slavery from lurking in the shadows.  Let's set the captives FREE!