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Thursday, January 20, 2022

What You Should Know About the Omicron Variant

 Are you aware that even though a vaccine has been developed for COVID-19, we are still in a pandemic. The new Omicron Variant may be twice as deadly.


***Thoughts***


1. Omicron Variant starting point

According to business-standard.com the super mutant Omicron strain first emerged in late November in South Africa and Botswana. It has since spread to more than 100 countries. They further add that data from studies in South Africa, the US and the UK has shown that Omicron causes mild illness, as well as causes lower hospitalization rates, but it is still too early to affirm how severe Omicron is.


2. Symptoms of Omicron

According to marca.com the Omicron has proven to be more transmissible than any to have come before and symptoms can range from headaches, muscle aches, runny noses, sneezing, lower back pain, night sweats nausea, hair loss, conjunctivitis, coughing, a fever, and a slight loss of smell and taste.


3. The Spread

According to cdc.gov the Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SAR-COV-2 virus and they suspect that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms. So whether vaccinated or not it can still be spread to others but if you are vaccinated the likelihood of hospitalization is lower. Our hospitals in Michigan are overflowing. Just imagine having to sit in the Emergency Room lobby for your emergency because no rooms or beds are available. That is imaginable.


4. New Symptoms

According to nbcnews.com they are seeing a lot of sore throat, runny nose, fatigue and mild headache. They further add that while omicron doe not burrow deep into the lungs, it can however, replicate faster higher up in the respiratory tract.


5. Statistics

According to fortune.com United State cities is averaging more than 400,00 cases per day according to the New York Times, despite 62% of the population being fully vaccinated. At the same time deaths from COVID have decreased 3% in the United States with the highest national average for daily cases was set in January 2021, at 251,232, in the days following the holidays.


6. Who Do You Know?

Do you know of friends or relatives that have had COVID OR OMICRON and became ill or died from it? When it happens to someone that you know it becomes quite personal and quite real. You never want to be in that situation, but unfortunately there have been many that have been in those positions.


7. Children Hospitalization Rates

COVID-19 hospitalization rates among children are soaring in the United States, averaging 4.3 children under 5 per 100,000 according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is critically important that we surround our youngest children who are not yet eligible for vaccination with people who are vaccinated to provide them protection They further addeded.


8. Fast Spreading

As of January 2022 Omicron accounts for about 98% of all new COVID-19 cases in the country according to childrens.com. Dr. Kahn states, “This variant is spreading like wildfire.” It is further stated that although most children have mild illness and are able to recover at home, you need to watch for the following warning signs that your children requires emergency care:


* Trouble breathing


* Persistent pain or pressure in the chest


*New confusion


*Inability to wake or stay awake


* Pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds, depending on skin tone


* Signs of dehydration (dry mouth, no tears, decreased urination) or inability

to take liquids by mouth


I just cannot imagine a child dying before it’s parents, but it is happening.


8. Croup

COVID-19’S omicron variant is affecting children under age 5 in a new way. The omicron tends to settle higher up in the respiratory tract and little kids airways are so narrow that it takes far less inflammation to clog them according to Dr. Buddy Creech, a pediatric infectious disease expert and director of the Vanderbilt Vacicne Research Program at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. This as reported on nbcnews.com.


9. Unvaccinated TikTok User

Don’t wait until it is too late. Megan Alexandra Blankenbiller pleaded to her TikTok followers to get the vaccine. She regretted that she did not get the vaccine in time and she was only 31-years-old at the time of her death. She had made the appointment to get vaccinated, but became seriously sick before that time. According to npr.org she shared on a video to her TikTok followers. I still cannot imagine, because even though she was 31-years-old, she was someone’s daughter and someone’s sister. That had to be a tremendous loss.


10. Long-Term After Effects of COVID-19

According to the Mayoclinic.org there are several lingering effects older people and people with many serious medical conditions may still experience after COVID-19 infection. They are as follows


* Fatigue


* Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


* Cough


* Joint Pain


* Chest Pain


* Memory, concentration or sleep problems


* Muscle pain or headache


* Fast or pounding heartbeat


* Loss of smell or taste


* Depression or anxiety


* Fever


* Dizziness when you stand


* Worsened symptoms after Physical or mental activities


They also added that COVID-19 can cause damage to the heart, kidneys, the brain, and blood clots and blood vessel problems.


So the possible after effects of this infection seemingly can be very serious also.


 11. FREE at home test kits

According to Cnbc.com free at home COVID-19 test kits are now available through the new federal government website. They can be mailed to your door by just clicking on this site:


Covidtests.gov


There is a limit of 4 kits per household, but now you will have the availability to test yourself in your own home. Some states like Florida have people lined up for tests because there are not enough sites available for the people. Also, in some states you cannot get an appointment for testing for at least several days. I have already ordered my free kits. When will you order yours?  

 

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Omicron symptoms: What we know about illness caused by the new variant

 

Omicron symptoms: Night sweats and a sore throat emerge as common symptoms

 

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6 Things parents should know about the Omicron variant

 

Omicron in kids leading to a new but familiar illness: croup

 

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

The Power of Prayer

Do you pray regularly? Can you remember the last time that you prayed? Did you pray for something you needed or wanted? Did you pray to give thanks? There may come a time in your life if you have never prayed you may start praying.

***Gratitude***


1. Power

According to Christianity.com the power of prayer isn’t in the words you utter, but is defined as talking to God. They further add that it is an act of worship that glorifies God and Reinforces our need for Him; It is our fiercest weapon against the enemy. Do you talk to God? The great thing about prayer is that you can talk to God at anytime. He is available 24/7. No appointment is needed. That is great to have that availability 24/7. I recall talking to God at a very young age.


I recall we did not have many books in my father’s house as probably some of you do today. Some of you may have a Den full of books. We only had 1 book in our house the Bible. Although my father did not attend church I was aware that we had the Bible. I started reading the Bible at age 3. There was so much to learn. I was intrigued by it and very curious. I was miscalling many words as I asked my father what is this word what is that word. I was a very talkative child as well.


2. Change

I have often told others and often even told myself you cannot change others, but you can ask God to change the hearts of others.   There may be times when things are out of your control, this is the time to rely heavily on God and the power of prayer. I recall a relative asking his child what he liked about being away at college. His reply, “He felt free.” To me sounded like he felt he could now make many decisions on his own that he previously could not while at home with his parents. I believe a child may feel they have no control over their life because they disagree with their parents decisions.


I recall feeling I could not wait until I became an adult so that I could make my own decisions, but even so there is always a higher power to answer too. Even though I became an adult I still needed to obey the laws of the land. Prayer is free and the good thing about decisions is God also gives us free-will. We make choices and decisions. Someone might ask, “ Where does prayer come in?” Well when you make choices and decisions hopefully you have prayed about it and not do like some that say, “Well we have tried everything else I guess we should pray about it.” That is backwards. Prayer should come first. Pray that you make the right decisions and that you use wisdom in making those decisions.


3. Weapon

Did you know that prayer is a powerful weapon? According to brunswicknews.com  a consistent life of prayer will set a spiritual fire around you. Ephesians 6:11-12. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.


 Although the world has fought several physical fights, spiritual warfare is very real. There have been supernatural happenings that medicine cannot explain. Will you take a minute to think of an incident that may have happened against all odds. You may have even called it a miracle. I can think of babies that were born and medicine said they should not have survived, but instead the babies lived long full lives. I would not call that luck. There have been those that have said they believe in Satan, demons, and the devil. They believe they are real. Also, there are those including myself that believe that God is real and that God is love.


4. Benefits of Prayer

There are several benefits of prayer including helping you develop a relationship with God, helping you find direction in your life, and prayer can work miracles. Have you experience a miracle in your life? Often I think about when I might have been late for an event or even took a different route to work to later discover had I gone that route I possibly would have been in a bad accident. I do not believe that was just luck, but I was at the right place at the right time. The churchofjesuschrist.org. Talks about Daniel in the the Old Testament. Even though Daniel was thrown into a lions den he continue to pray to God and he was not harmed by the lions.


5. Different forms of Prayer

Did you know that there is a way to pray? It does not have to be fancy, but there are forms of prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to Go. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heats and your minds in Christ Jesus. In other word do not always pray immediately asking for something. Have you known relatives that only show up when they want something from you? Well I can imagine God does not only want to hear from you when you want something, but rather would appreciate hearing, “thank you.”


6. Reshaping the Brain

According to npr.org., a SPECT scan (single-photon emission computerized tomography) showed which parts of Scott McDermott’s brain lit up and which went dark while he prayer. It was noted some areas of increased activity in the frontal lobes, but also added more volunteers would be needed before coming to any conclusions. They further added that in a study done of employees at a high-tech firm whom meditated a few minutes a day over a few weeks, produced dramatic results that showed changes in both the brain as well as the immune system in more positive directions. An example they gave was that more antibodies were developed to a flu virus than did their colleagues who did not meditate.


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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Benefits of Wearing a Mask

Although there are those that believe wearing a mask during this Caronavirus does not help. I am sure that those on the front line as well as scientists would surely differ. There are benefits to wearing a mask during this Pandemic.


                                                                    Caronavirus

1. What is a Pandemic?

According to cdc.gov. The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global health threat. Pandemics have existed and occurred over many years.

2. Types of Pandemics

There have been various types of Pandemics, but when they occurred more than thousands of people perished. According to infoplease.com the Bubonic Plague first recorded case was in China in 224 B.C.E. They also added that an epidemic is when there is a sudden increase in cases, but a Pandemic occurs when the disease then spreads across several countries affecting a large number of people. When you look back through history, you will see numerous pandemics that have occurred sometimes 75-100 year span. Each pandemic being slightly different, but still killing over thousands of people.

A theme that has prevailed through many of them is that mask wearing does help, especially when a vaccine has not been created and that takes time also, because scientists do not know enough about each particular pandemic.

3. Strains of COVID-19

Did you know that there are several strains of COVID-19? According to WedMD.com there are 7 strains of COVID-19. So this Pandemic is quite complex. It is not something simple.


Lets look at some of the benefits of wearing a mask:


4. Asymptomatic Spreading

Because there may be people that have Covid-19 and are walking and talking just fine, they could still spread this infectious disease to others that might be more vulnerable to the disease. An Asymptomatic person could spread it when they talk or cough. Wearing a mask will reduce the spread of this. The strange thing is that you cannot just look at a person and see whether they have it or not. It is an invisible enemy that kills and destroys sometimes rapidly.

5. Win/Win

By wearing a mask you protect yourself and protect others that you may come in contact with.

6. Hospital Population

Because of the fact that this Caronavirus is spreading so rapidly, wearing a mask will help to not overload the hospitals.   Some of the hospitals in some state are overloaded.  At one time there were not enough rooms nor ventilators for patients. That is a loosing situation.

7. Respect

It shows respect for the front line workers who are risking their lives on a daily basis to save COVID-19 patients. Note: Some of these front-line workers also contract COVID-19 and do die as a result. Think of the hardship on their families. Some families left without a mother or father.

8. Solution

Wearing a mask shows that you are part of the solution to the problem. It shows that you are doing your part. You can feel good that you are part of the solution. Everyone can do their part.

9. Selfless

You can be selfless meaning you are not necessarily thinking of yourself, but that you are thinking of others. Do I like wearing a mask? “No.” But will I wear my mask? “Yes.” I will wear my mask because I know that it is not about me, but about humanity.

10. Saving Life

Life is precious. Wearing a mask could make the difference of saving a mother, father, sister, brother, cousin, uncle or aunt. It is just that simple.

11. The Big Picture

Possibly some do not see the big picture. I observed when the beaches were open young people stating they wanted to live their lives and have fun. Everyone wants to live their lives, but if your dead sooner than need be you don’t have a life to live. Will it be like this always? I believe that it will not be this way always. I can see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. How long will it be? That is a question I do not know the answer too.

12. Long-Term Effects

When Flint first experience the lead poisoning in 2014, know one knows how long the effects from it will last. It is now 2020 and we have no idea of the long-term permanent damage that was done to our babies, but we are not giving up. We are striving daily to move forward. We are still using bottled water. We still have long lines when picking up bottled water. Yes it feels like a 3rd world county, the difference is that we wait in our cars in line as oppose to walking miles and then standing in line. There is still distrust of the government. That still exists. There are houses still that do not have their lead pipes removed. So besides the Covid-19 Pandemic we are still dealing with the water issues in 2020. The damage has been long lasting.

Are there residual effects from this COVID-19? I have listened on television to those that are survivors of COVID-19 that they still have physical problems to their bodies. So Covid-19 leaves a nasty effect on individuals.

According to CDC. Gov survivors of COVID-19 still may experience symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain, chest pain, headache, depression, intermittent fever, dermatological rash, hair loss renal, acute kidney failure, and much more that may last up to several weeks or months. There is still so much that is unknown about this infectious disease.

Thank God a vaccine has finally been made available, but this is just recent. The Covid-19 has been running rampant since 2019. The residual residue that survivors may endure after Covid-19 is nothing to play with. It is real and it is serious.

I will do my part to wear a mask and even go a step further to be sure to social distance. Thank you again to front-line workers and thank you to the meals on wheels that deliver meals to those residents that are unable to get out to get food.


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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Christmas Symbols, Traditions, and Their Meaning

Have you ever thought about the meaning of Christmas symbols and traditions? You might be surprised at what you might find. Let’s take a look.

   





***Thankful***


1. Christmas Tree

Did you put up a Christmas Tree this year? According to World Atlas.com

Evergreen trees that were used as Christmas trees were used as protection against evil spirits and diseases long before the birth of Jesus and was said to have originated from Germany. They further added that Martin Luther King introduced the decoration of the Christmas trees using candles.


2. Mistletoe

The mistletoe has its origin in ancient Celts, a sacred plant that was capable of offering protection against poison, granting fertility and life. World Atlas.com further adds that the tradition has emerged over the years whereby couples kiss under it to make peace or as a promise to marry.


3. Candy Canes

I remember hanging candy canes on the Christmas tree. The red represents the blood of Jesus and white represents purity according to sofestive.com. They also added that Christmas lights represent the new light that Christ is.


4. A Rooster

Did you know that Bolivians celebrate Christmas Eve with people bringing roosters to midnight mass to symbolize the belief that a rooster was the first animal to announce the birth of Jesus Christ. That is according to greenglobaltravel.com. They further add that Guatemala’s local men dress in devil costumes and appear on the streets chasing children during the first week of Advent. It is amazing how different countries have different traditions.


4. Poinsettia

Have you ever received a Poinsettia plant or possibly gave one as a gift to someone else? I remember one Christmas my husband bought me a Poinsettia. I have now had that Poinsettia about 9 or 10 years. I did not know they could last that long. It only bloomed with the red leaves when I first received it, but the green leaves are still blossoming and are as beautiful as ever. Wilstar.com states that Poinsettias are native to Mexico; named after Joel Poinsettia. The Mexicans in the eighteenth century thought the plants were symbolic of the Star of Bethlehem.


5. Gifts With a Bow

I learned something new. I have wrapped Christmas presents in the past and put a bow on them. I did it because it looked good, but I never thought of the meaning of doing it. Spruce.com talks about the men who brought their gifts to honor the birth of Jesus; Melchior, Balthazar, and Gaspar brought gifts of gold incense, and myrrh to the newborn baby Jesus and a ribbon is tied around a gift to represent how people should all be tied together in bonds of unity and goodwill during the holiday season. This reminds me of an opening song that we used to sing at the beginning of our church service. It was called “Bind us Together.” We sung about the Lord binding us all together with cords that cannot be broken. That is a powerful song.


6. Red and Green Colors

Spruce.com also talks about the color red.  It is used at Christmas to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross; this is also reflected in the color of holly berries, which also had pagan symbolism during the winter solstice celebrations in ancient Rome.


7. Wreaths

I discovered I really love a variety of wreaths. They are so beautiful. Countryliving.com mentions that Christmas wreaths were originally believed to be a bi-product of the Christmas tree tradition begun by Northern Europeans in the 16th century. I have seen breast cancer wreaths, summer wreaths, fall wreaths and Christmas wreaths.


8. Stockings

Countryliving.com also mentions that hanging stockings has been a tradition since the 1800s. One popular legend says a man with three daughters was worried about finding suitable husbands for the them’ Hearing about the family, St. Nicholas snuck down the chimney and filled the girls' stockings, set by the fire to dry, with gold coins.


9. Snowmen

Do you remember building a snowman when you were growing up? Over the years I have observed various creative-looking snowmen. I used to love to build a snowman and lay in the snow making an angel symbol. Snowmen symbols were especially popular during the Middle Ages, when many lacked the proper resources of outlets for artistic expression. That makes since. Snow is free and making a snowman is a great way to show creative and artistic talent. According to rd.com Michel Angelo was even commissioned to build a snowman for the ruler of Florence? Do you remember what your first snowman looked like. I believe people sometimes take some things for granted. There are so many free resources to become creative and snow is one of them. Although I could do without the snow and the ice now that I am an adult, I did love it growing up.





10. Skating

How many of you like to skate? In Venezuela they have all-night skating which ends with everyone skating to Mass at dawn. It is like a mini-festival where lots of people turn up in a park and there’s music. Can you imagine?Americanmagazine.org further states that it is a family affair and the roller skating is very much tied to the Catholic faith. They further add that it is normally nine days before Christmas although others do it just on the weekend or on Sunday and the songs being sung in the park are religious songs written specifically for Christmas. Can you imagine. I definitely could. While I like to skate I do not know that I would want to skate all night though.  


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The best holiday tradition you’ve never heard of: Venezuelans rollerskating to Christmas Mass at sunrise

 

 

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Merry Christmas from the Asphy Family 2021

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Bloggers Meet and Greet December- Christmas Around the World

Merry Christmas.  Have You Ever Thought about how others may celebrate Christmas around the world? Did you know there are some countries that do not celebrate Christmas?


 



Did you know that a Christmas wreath with holly represents the blood Jesus shed (the red berries) and the crown of thorns? That is according to icebreakerideas.com.


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Let’s see what a few other countries are doing for Christmas.


1. Angola

Keep in mind that different countries have different cultures. In rural parts of Angola families might rear animals especially to eat at Christmas according to whychristmas.com. They further add that the meal traditionally consists of pirao or funge (a type of polenta made of corn meal or cassava flour) with rice, sphaghetti, french fries, turkey, fried chicken and dishes lie ozido de bacalhau’ (cooked cold fish with vegetables), calulu (a dish of fired fish or beef with tomatoes, garlic, okra, sweet potatoes and spinach, etc.

In America Christmas Dinner may range from turkey or baked ham. I have know some families to just have tacos or something simple. Americans seemingly are getting away from traditional foods, but integrating their own traditions for their meals.


2. Egypt

In Egypt about 15% of people are Christians and Christmas is celebrated on January 7th as opposed to American traditional Christmas on December 25th according to whychirstmas.com. They further add that their Christmas services normally start about 10:30 pm and can last at some services until 4 am following going home to eat foods with eggs, butter,and a popular course of Fata ( a lamb soup which contains bread, rice, garlic and boiled lamb meat.


3. Greenland

Families in Greenlawn celebrate Christmas by visiting each other, having parties, drinking coffee and eating cakes. They further add that when exchanging gifts their traditional presents are model sledges, a pair of polished walrus tusks, or sealskin mitts.


4. Venezuela

Do you love to roller skate? I sure do. Guess what although Venezuela is a religious country in the capital city of Caracas they traditionally close the streets to cars on Christmas morning and people roller skate to church services according to cbc.ca kids. Can you just picture this?


5. Iceland

Instead of 12 days of Christmas Iceland celebrates 13. The children place their shoes by the window and they head upstairs to bed. In the morning they'll either have received candy (if they’re good) or be greeted with shoes full of rotten potatoes if they’re bad. This is according to countryliving.com. I cannot imagine that. What about you?


6. Guatemala

In Guatemala the locals believe that the devil and other evil spirits live in the dark, dirty corners of your home; therefore, they spend the week before Christmas sweeping up, collecting rubbish and then piling everything in a huge heap outside, then placing an effigy of the devil on top and the whole thing is set on fire. Wanerlust.co.uk further adds that it is called La Quema del Diablo, the “Burning of the Devil.” Isn’t it amazing how different countries have their own customs and traditions which may be totally different from your own?


7. Some Countries Don’t Celebrate Christmas

To those of you that cannot fathom not celebrating Christmas, there are countries that do not celebrate Christmas. According to theweek.co.uk Afghanistan, Algeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen are just a few of the countries that do not celebrate Christmas. They further add that Yemen has been a war-torn state that has not officially observed Christmas for decades. To those of us that have only known the traditionally celebrated Christmas this may be hard to understand that there are other countries that do not feel the same.


8. Christmas Cancelled in American

Although Christmas had been celebrated for ages in the 17th century in 1645 Oliver Cromwell vowed in an effort to cancelled Christmas, but Charles II was restored to the throne and with him came the return of the popular holiday Christmas according to History.com. They further add that in the 19th century Washington Irving reinvents Christmas and started embracing it as a family-centered day of peace and nostalgia; Also around this time Charles Dickens created the classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol.


I can just imagine Christmas in different parts of the world would be an interesting experience. I recall going to Georgia one Christmas. When I left Michigan it was cold, icy, and snowing. I do not like cold weather. As we traveled further south the skys started looking clear and I could feel the warmth in the air. It was such a good feeling. When we reached Georgia the temperatures were in the 50's and 60’s. It felt so good. It was different not seeing any snow. It was different to be able to shed my winter clothing and only wear a light jacket. It just felt good. My first Christmas in the south.


9. A Few Christmas Fun Facts according to icebreakerideas.com


a. Did you know that Franklin Pierce (1853-1957) is believed to have been the first President to put a Christmas tree in the White House?


b. Christmas trees were banned by President Teddy Roosevelt in the White House in 1901 because of concerns about the environmental effects, but his sons decorated a small tree cut on the White House grounds and hid it in a closet until Christmas morning.


c. One can eat more than 7,000 calories at Christmas when you add up the turkey, dressing, mashed and sweet potatoes, other sides, pie rolls, and drinks.


d. Brenda Lee was only thirteen years old when she recorded “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” in 1958.


e. Many people abbreviate Christmas “Xmas,” which is actually based upon X being the first letter of Jesus Christ’s name in Greek.


Remember the reason for the season. How will you celebrate Christmas this year.


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Sources:


Christmas in Angola

 

Christmas in Egypt

 

Christmas in Greenland

 

How do they celebrate Christmas around the world?

 

20 Christmas Traditions Around the World That May Surprise You

 

The world’s 13 weirdest Christmas traditions

 

History of Christmas

 

74 Fun Christmas Facts You Didn’t Know

 

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

How To Guard Your Heart

Why is it important to guard your heart? Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.  Are you looking for love signs?  Your heart can be affected by so many things.




 

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1. Thoughts

Did you know your thoughts are very important? Have you ever attempted to read or meditate on a bible verse then right in the middle of it you started thinking about something else? Possibly you started thinking about a previous relationship or even all the bills that you need to pay. Isn’t it something how quickly the mind can wander? That is why it is so important to renew your mind daily; Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2. Microwave Society

It has been often said that we live in a microwave society. There is the tendency to want everything now rather than waiting. Even commercials are tailored to cause you to take action now rather than waiting. Sometimes it is better to wait. For those of you that like to shop have you ever purchased a dress and later regretted it, because you saw something much better? If only you had waited and not been so impulsive.

3. Chemistry

When you were a teenager do you recall saying, “He is so fine.” “I feel so good when I am with him.” Those emotions may get stirred up. Is it lust or love? It is good to have chemistry with another, but love is more than just chemistry.

4. Time

Possibly you feel time is passing you by and you need to get married soon or have a baby soon. Sometimes rushing can be detrimental. I recall being in an abusive relationship. I recall talking with a dear friend. All of our conversations were, “let’s see what the scripture says about it.” She always emphasized these are not my words but God’s word.

5. Listening

What you listen to can greatly influence you. All music is not profitable for the soul. When you are listening to lyrics in a song that cursing someone or degrading another that can be detrimental to you. Science has even proven words become reality over a period of time. According to Motivation.com if you are always talking about defeat then you are going to live in defeat. That is nothing new because the bible says ,” The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4. Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21. This is just one of my favorite scriptures.


6. Television and Movies

I am not saying do not watch television or the movies, but rather be aware of what you watch. Use your moral compass.    I discovered I like drama pictures, but also discovered watching a lot of drama does affect my spirit. Comedies and romance stories are somewhat lighter. Then you still need to be careful, because what is acceptable in romance stories is much more than what was acceptable 100 years ago. Some romance stories can stir up the lust in a person also. Just be mindful of what you watch in order to guard your heart. There are many good television and movies that have a great purpose and not be detrimental to you. I love audiobooks, but discovered I need to be careful, because I found myself feeling very bad as I listened to some of the characters. Have you ever felt bad after reading a book? Have you ever felt sad after reading a book? The spirit of the book can affect you.

7. Your Surroundings

Have you ever been told to surround yourself with positive people, people that will hold you accountable, people that will push you to be the best that you can be? That is so important. If you are around someone that complains all the time and never can see the good in anything that definitely will affect your spirit. I recall talking with someone that was very negative. This person did not know who I was and wanted to vent, but I unfortunately I had to report this to a higher up. I kept trying to get the person back on a positive note, but that person kept coming back with the negative. So it is important when you are talking with others to keep it as positive as you can as oppose to negative, especially when you might not know that person personally.

Example:

I recall presenting a check in the store and it was declined. I explained I was working at the bank at the time that cannot be possible. Now I could have made a seen and become indignant. People were looking at me like, “Yeah right you work at the bank alright.” I was on vacation. So the cashier offered me to call the bank which I did. I stayed calm and in talking with the bank she explained there had been a problem that everyone’s accounts were showing negative balance. She asked me what I was purchasing and the amount and she okayed it. Now if my attitude had been bad this could have been a different outcome. So always remember what you say is important because besides God watching you, people are watching you.


8. Why Read Aloud

According to Rd.com reading aloud can be away to connect with another. They further added that we are not the only species that enjoy reading. They added that dogs enjoy listening to reading. That does make sense because it has even been proven that reading to your baby in the womb is beneficial as well as listening to music. I can attest to that because my babies would always kick  whenever I played music while they were in the womb.


 

What suggestions do you have?


Source:


Proverbs 4:23

 

romans 12:2


Motivation Everyday

 

Proverbs18:21

 

Here’s Why Reading Aloud Is Good for your Brain

 



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