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1.Find the Bright Side Tragedy can strike at anytime and its only human nature to react by getting upset. However once the dust has settled, you must pick yourself up and look for the positive. If you’re strong enough to find the bright side, you’ll find that you will have grown as an individual. 2.Adjust Your Expectations It’s okay to lean on others and ask for help. But its not okay to place unreasonable expectations on others. To have a happy and healthy life, we must find...

by bote brian on 16 March 2019

1.Know That God is Good In the days before His death, Jesus repeats that He was sent on behalf of his Father. In fact, the wording in many of His miracles, especially the raising of Lazarus, points back to the goodness of the Creator: “For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything that He Himself does, and He will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed” (John 5:20). Blessed Angela of Foligna, a 14th century mother and wife who later became a prominent...

by bote brian on 16 March 2019

1.You Feel More Satisfied Not completely happy with your life? Gratitude is a lasting feeling that sustains you longer than other fleeting sensations. Grateful people are more satisfied with their lives because they focus more on what they do appreciate in their life. When you practice gratitude, you take time to appreciate the things that you’re thankful for in your life. And this means that you won’t be longing as much for what’s missing in your life, because you won’t...

by bote brian on 16 March 2019

1.Fast on Fridays The Church requires us to fast only two days each year—Ash Wednesday and Good Friday—but we can certainly undertake this penitential sacrifice more frequently. Make it a practice to eat only bread and water or to drink only liquids until dinner on Fridays during Lent. (Don’t forget that abstinence from meat is required of Catholics on Lenten Fridays.) 2.Pray the Stations of the Cross Most parishes pray the Stations on Fridays during Lent as a group. If you are unable to...

by bote brian on 10 March 2019

1.Share Household Tasks When you and your spouse are unhappy about the division of household chores or tasks, the stress level in your marriage can increase dramatically. If one spouse is taking over more tasks than the other, consider taking on a non-routine task this week or simply helping them with what they’re doing. If you see your wife or husband sweeping consider pulling out the vacuum or if you see your wife beginning to wash the dishes, consider wiping them down and putting them in...

by bote brian on 6 March 2019

1.God knows exactly what you need, even during your darkest trials. God is an incredible provider. There are countless verses in Scripture that refer to the ways that God provides for us. Philippians 4:19 says, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” God never gives us what He knows would harm us. His desire is to help us develop Christlikness so that we become salt and light in the world. God distinguishes between our wants and our needs, and...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

1.God’s Love Runs Deep God loves you tremendously. No action you make and no sin that you commit can make Him love you any less. The Bible tells us, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1). When we are going through tough times, it’s important that you remember that God loves you – no matter how many mistakes you make or how many...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

1.The Holy Spirit is an Active Force in Your Life You have probably heard the phrase “the Holy Spirit is alive and active.” This phrase originated from Hebrews 4:12 which says, “For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” As a believer of Christ, the Holy Spirit is already an active force in your life, leading you and guiding you on your...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

1. Develop a Relaxing Schedule. If you’ve reached the magic age of 66 and you’re able to retire, now is the time to relax and rejuvenate. Most of us have been taught a strong work ethic which has served us well. But the vitality of 8-5 with only a two-week vacation belongs to the past season. Nap when you feel like it. Stop setting your alarm. Sleep in on Monday mornings, which used to be the most stressful day of the week. Spend time watching the sun set or the sun rise if your circadian...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019

I’ve been a pastor in the same church for almost 20 years and I’ve noticed a distinctive pattern that I don’t think is unique to my community. Whenever someone is first introduced to the claims of Jesus–the whole you are a sinner and need to be saved deal–their knee jerk response is, no I’m not and no I don’t. Of course, the reply isn’t usually that blunt; there’s usually some hemming and hawing and vaguely spiritual anecdotes thrown in but the implicit message they give...

by bote brian on 1 March 2019