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Friday, December 6, 2019

29 Words and Phrases that Encourage You

Did you know that your words can give you life? Did you know that words can lift and brighten our spirit, our mood, and our physical health? Words are so important. A wrong word at the wrong time can even be detrimental.

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Proverbs 18:21

Life and death are in the Power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

A: Note: A few tips for you

1. awesome
2. good job
3. I appreciate you
4. excellent
5. great
6. good
7. handsome
8. looking good
9, beautiful
10. special
11. thankful for you
12. grateful for you
13. fabulous
14. stay strong
15. never give-up
16. you can do it
17. I believe in you

B.  Biblical scriptures

1. I will Never Lear You, Nor Forsake Thee. Hebrew 13:5
2. By His Stripes I am healed.  Isaiah 53:5
3. You are the light of the World, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14
4. Heaven and earth may pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35
5. The Lord Is on my side: I will not fear.
6. If You have Faith as a grain of mustard seed, you can move a mountain and nothing shall be impossible unto you.  Matthew 17:20
7. And my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phillippians 4:19
8. We walk by faith, not by sight. 2nd Corinthians 5:7
9. The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still. Exodus 14:14
10. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2nd Timothy 1:7
11. Evening and morning and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud; and he shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17
12. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man Psalm. 118 vs8

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bloggers Meet and Greet December 2019- Diabetes Tips

Hi everyone. Today we will be discussing the big “D” (Diabetes). Diabetes affects the young as well as the old. There are various types of Diabetes. Did you know that a low calorie diet is so important for those with diabetes and heart conditions.

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Note: A few tips for you

Low Calorie Foods for Diabetes

1. Sweet Potatoes
2. brown rice
3. oatmeal
4. Fish
5. seafood
6. nuts
7. eggs
8. low-fat diary
9. 1% or skimmed milk

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Friday, November 29, 2019

(OMG) What is Mom Shaming?

Have you been mom shamed? Or better yet have you been mom shaming? Exactly what is mom shaming? Are you mom shaming and your not aware of it? Learn more at anointedtoday.blogspot.com

Shaming Moms

What is good for your family may not be good for another. Mom shaming is judging others from your own mom experience, voicing it openly or on social media, and possibly making the other feel less than. It is a type of bullying. Have you seen those that mom shame your children while they act as though their children are perfect angels.

1. Examples of Mom Shaming

These are only a few of mom shaming examples. How many can you think of?

A. If you are not a stay at home mom you are harming your children

B. I would never let a nanny raise my children

C. Single mother- Why aren’t you married

D. Snacks should be gluten free

2. Your parental choice

I was at an event where the children required helmets on their head for protection. There were about 50-60 children. I observed that they were not wiping the helmets down before the children put them on. I asked the attendant why? She responded, “ Oh we wipe the helmets down before the event.” I would not let my child participate and told the attendant not wiping them down after each child put on that same helmet was unsanitary and there were lice problems in several schools. Now another parent standing behind me said, “ Oh I don’t care my child can wear the same helmet, kids get lice, mine have had them before, no big deal.” Now that is the choice she made for her child, but I did not need to hear that. Eventually the attendant found me later and showed me she had spray and towel to wipe down helmet for my child. I was elated and glad I stuck to my decision.

3. Mom Shamed by a Stranger or So-called friend

Have you ever had a stranger come up to you and tell you what you should be doing with your children? For example, “I would never let my children run around in the store like that.” Maybe that person forgot your children are not her children.

 Not all times but sometimes solicited advice can be helpful. For example my first baby as a little one would cry a lot and was fidgety in church. I did not realize babies are babies. All babies will not be quite in church their only way to communicate to you is to cry and holler. Anyway, I was at my wit’s end. The first lady at my previous church asked to hold my baby. She took my 5 month old and sat her in her lap upright with her arms snug around her. My baby immediately started falling to sleep in her arms. That was a welcome relief.  She did not judge me verbally, but assisted me at the right time. 

4. Judgmental family

Thank goodness for my sister-in-law. When my daughter was about 10 months I struggled to get her to take a nap. She thought she might miss something. When we were visiting my sister-in-law she did not say a judgmental word but instead said, “ I'm taking my niece upstairs and we are going to take a nap.” Sure enough my daughter would go right to sleep with her. I learned something new. Taking a nap together.  She could have been verbally judgmental, but instead stepped in at the right time when I needed it.  

Remember what is right for your family may not be right for another.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Do You Know the Power of Laughter?

There is such a thing as laughter therapy. Do you know someone that is serious all the time? They never seem to laugh or even smile? Have you had a good laugh today? The power of laughter can be healing and soothing to you. If you have not been laughing, you have no idea what you have been missing.

Healing Power of Laughter
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. If you have ever observed how you feel after having a hearty laugh, you will notice that there is a very good feeling inside. Have you ever been feeling bad, then after a good laugh, you actually forgot about how bad that you were feeling? That is the power of laughter; it helps you to feel good.

1. Actors

I really like when Steve Harvey reiterated that one of his teachers told him he would never get paid for making people laugh. Now that is a negative comment, but look at him now. Steve Harvey get's paid and has a beautiful family as well. You never know the potential in your children, that is why it is so important to encourage them especially in the things  they are so naturally talented with.

In the Article  Has the Circus Changed?  there is mention of the Universal Soul Circus that comes to Atlanta. This circus is so special, because the comedy that you see in it, will just keep you laughing.

I have observed that some actors are just naturally funny. Also, I have observed in some action pictures, some of the scenes even though serious may be funny, thus causing you to laugh. For example the movie “Daddy Day Care,” there are many instances that cause you to laugh. While Arnold Schwarzenegger usually appears serious there are many instances and remarks that he makes that cause you to laugh. I recall reading about Robin Williams. It was stated that he was naturally funny and many times he would ad lib many of the lines. I remember how I loved watching movies with him in it because he was extremely funny and always made me laugh. In the movie “Patch Adam,” you can see how much laughter that this doctor would bring to children that were patient's by just putting on a red nose and acting funny. The children just loved this. You could see the joy on their faces.

2. Speakers

Not only have actors in the movie industry made me laugh, I have discovered that many speakers will make a joke at the beginning of their talk to put the audience at ease. Joel Osteen mentioned this before one of his sermon and I observed he does have a joke at the beginning of his sermon that will make you laugh. I like that about him.

3. Lighten the Mood

Have your noticed that laughter or even telling a joke can lighten the mood? When people laugh they tend to forget about themselves.

3. Children

I have observed sometimes that children are so innocent they will sometimes laugh about anything. They can find humor in so many things. Children are light-hearted and do not carry the load of heaviness and being serious all the time.

4. Family

Never underestimate the power of family. Although my older sister is the First Lady of her church, she knows when to be serious and when to encourage laughter. Although she has her serious moments, when we are together she just keeps me laughing. She is just hilarious. Do you have a family member like that? Some people just have that knack to make people laugh. Laughter is good for you. Do You Agree?

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Attitude is Everything

Did you know that your attitude plays a role in managing your stress level? Did you know that your attitude is very important regarding your health? You will encounter problems and stressful situations throughout your life, but how will you respond to them?

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Problems can be looked at as a learning experience or they can be looked at as stressful or possibly a conviction of doom with no relief in site. How do you view problems?

1. Overload or Overflow

What best describes you? Are you overloaded with doing all that you can do or being all that you can be? Or are you overflowing with God's word? Are you renewing your mind daily with God's word so that you are fueled up so much so that you have to tell somebody, because you cannot keep it to yourself?

I was surprised when I attended a particular church service. This church merged with another church. Although I had fellowship with this church before, this day was different. As I approached the church there were signs along the way indicating where it was located. I was already encourage to come early, because of a prediction of crowding. When I arrived, the main section was already full. I was directed to park about a block away at another church's lot that was closed at the time. Security did drive me from there to my destination. When I arrived at the church I was seated in another building attached to the church called the OVERFLOW room. I had never heard of this. I thought to myself, “Yeah right.” Even though the main section was full I discovered I still received that word and fellowship that was displayed on a big screen. The ushers showed an attitude of encouragement saying, “ “We are so glad you are here today.” Those that were in the OVERFLOW with me were worshiping with each other and still receiving the word. Afterward I was escorted to the security car and taken to my car about a block and a half away. That helped me to see that when I get full of God's word daily, I should be overflowing and give it to others. That is an attitude I strive for.

2. Why Attitude is Important

How is your attitude? Are you always negative? Or possibly you are very positive even during the time of a storm? I recall when my daughter told me she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. There were some that were crying. I did not cry, but told her, “With God we will make it through this.” As she went through the chemotherapy I observed her determination, even though she sometimes was very tired and did not feel well at all. I also observed her attitude of selflessness. Her main concern was always for the well-being of her husband and her children. She was always determined to continue on. She shared with me she was determine to make it because of her 3 children which were quite young at the time. I learned so much from her during that time about the importance of attitude.

3. Abusive Relationship

I also recall when I was in an abusive relationship my spirit was broken. How many of you know that a broken spirit is just as bad as a broken leg or arm, because the scars and pain are still there, but may not be visible to others with the naked eye? During this time my pastor and God's word were a great strength for me. In fact, I did write a letter to my pastor and 7 other people that were of great help to me even though they may have not been aware of how they impacted my life. My children's attitude was overwhelming for me. They were very supportive and they always had a “can do attitude” with me to direct me to a healthier life. I did not realize at the time with my broken spirit I was physically sick often, because I was not happy and Ihad no peace or joy. I am so glad that I left that toxic relationship. I am so glad I chose to not have the attitude of a victim. I chose to become a survivor. I am happy now and my attitude does reflect that. I came to believe and know that only God can give true peace and joy. Have you experienced that true peace and joy that God gives?

4. Triggers

What are the triggers that cause you to get upset or angry? Learn what or who those triggers are. Know that sometimes those triggers may be those that are closes to you. How will you handle it? What will be your attitude? I like adventure movies and comedies. I discovered even when watching the adventure movies I can become absorbed in it, so I need to be careful of how it can affect me. Although it has been said that misery loves company, no one wants to be around a constantly negative person. When You encounter negative people,  what is your attitude towards them?

5. Bombarded With Problems

As long as you live you will have problems, but how will you deal with them? Sometimes we may get several problems at once which you may feel is too much to deal with at the time. How do you deal with all of those situations at one time? Possibly you may need to sit back and assess your situation. Possibly you need to get some sleep and then tackle your problems.

6. Your Choices

Steve Harvey has said, “A setback is a set up for a great comeback.” One of my favorite bible verse is Proverbs 18:21 Life and Death are in the Power of the tongue and those who love it will eat the fruit thereof. I choose life. What do you choose?

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Friday, November 8, 2019

My Humbling Experience

I had an experience that really was a down to earth approach. After having eye surgery several years ago, it made me realize just how important your eyes are. It made me realize how blessed I am to be able to see. Have you had a humbling experience?

I realized how I had fallen short, by taking for granted that I am so blessed to have my eyesight. It made me think of those that are not able to see at all.

1. God

God wants us to rely on him. I realize he is my source. He is my everything. Although, sometimes I do not act that way.

2. My Story

My husband and I were on our way back to Michigan several years ago after traveling south to see his sister. My husband asked me to help read the signs along the highway. I noticed that the lettering seemed to be jumping at me as he drove. He was driving the speed limit so I had no idea what was happening. I decided to put one hand over each eye as he drove. I discovered the one eye had a partial shade over it so I was unable to see everything. This was somewhat alarming to me.

3. Eye doctor

So after making it to Michigan I made a special eye appointment. The eye doctor said very little except I am referring you to a specialist immediately. The next day I went in to see the specialist and he asked me how long had my eye been like that. I was not sure, but just discovered it recently. He confirmed that I had a detached retina. It was not completely detached, but even though he does laser surgery, because of the angle of the tear he would have to physically cut to repair the retina. He explained that laser surgery was not an option for the type of tear that my retina had.  He explained that sometimes the other eye will take over for the bad eye, because I was not aware of the condition until we were on the highway. 

4. After surgery- Pain

I remember after surgery practically living on pain pills daily. I was in pain on a daily basis. He started me on Vicadan. I told him the Vicadan made me sick and nauseous to my stomach, so he suggested Motrin over the counter. This was a humbling experience because I was not able to even put my eye drops in my eyes, but my husband would put several eye drops in my eyes several times a day.

5. Driving

I was so used to driving and taking myself wherever I wanted to go, but I now was unable to drive. I was reliant on my husband or my children to take me where I wanted to go as I started feeling better. This was very humbling for me to have to rely on others for something that many of us probably take for granted.

6. Lights

The doctor had already explained my eye might be sensitive to light after the operation. That was definitely true. Again humbling for me. I had always taken light for granted, because it is free. Now there was a reversal, the light bothered my eyes, especially bright lights. The lights at church bothered me. Many places that I would go have bright lights and this too bothered my eyes. Guess what? All the lights that I had in my home were very high wattage lights like 100. I liked the bright light for the winter time it seemed to give me energy and just brighten my day, but now they were affecting my eyes.

7. Night

I used to drive at night and think nothing about oncoming lights from other cars. Now even though my husband was driving I could not stand the bright lights from oncoming cars. I would get a headache.

I thought to myself so often I had taken my eyes for granted. I could not imagine what others less fortunate than me had to go though.

8. Computer

I type my articles to post to my blog on the computer. I was unable to do that now, but the glare from the computer gave me a headache. That was very discouraging. I thought what if I am unable to post any more articles because of my eyes. I then thought God gives me creativeness in my spirit, He will give me something else to do. Again this was very humbling. I even ordered an anti-glare screen to put on my computer.

9. Patch

In addition, I had to wear a patch over my eye. All of this went on for about a course of 2-3 months. Eventually my eye was healed. I was able to drive at night and type and post my articles on the computer. I started feeling like myself again.  My eyes are still sensitive to light even when I am in church.  I thanked God and I still thank him, because it could have been worse. Although 2 or 3 months seemed like a lifetime for me. I know that we live in a microwave society. We want everything right now. I definitely am guilty of that, but I had to realize things would happen in God’s time not mine.

10. Cost $$

There was concern for the cost even though it was done on an outpatient basis. The doctor informed us that the Medical Facilities were less expensive than the hospital. Now that was very humbling to see the expense for surgery. But I was thankful that it was about half the cost of what it would have been if done in the hospital. Now I was very thankful as well as humble.

Think about how many times have you taken your precious eyes for granted. Our eyes are a gift from God that we should cherish. The humbling experience of having eye surgery made me realize that.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Words Do Matter

The word of God is alive. There are those that have now discovered power words and what God has already said in “His words.” Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edge sword, it penetrates even to dividing souls and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

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Words can either edify and build you up or they can tear you down and kill you. Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat the fruit thereof. Are your words positive and uplifting to others? Do your words encourage or discourage? Think before you speak.

1. I Can

I recall in one of my classes in college there was great discussion about “I can and I can't.” No one including employers want to hear about what you can't do. People like people with the “I can” attitudes. One thing that I have learned from God's word is that I cannot rely on feelings. One day I may feel happy then another day I may feel said. Regardless of my emotions I know “I can” speak God's word over my life and it will and does change my way of thinking. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

2. Laughter

Proverbs 17:22 a merry Heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

When you laugh aloud, you usually end up feeling really good. Do you know of people that can say almost anything and make you laugh? I often wondered why I like comedy pictures. After thinking about it, I realized the comedy pictures would make me laugh and I usually felt really good after watching one. Try it. Then think about how you feel afterward. Think about some of the things they say and do in the comedy picture. Think of people that you feel good when you are around them. Someone once said, “Why not give a hearty laugh: ha,ha, ha.” You never know what a laugh can do.

2. I Will

Saying “I will do something or I will be something” gives a certain expectation or hope. It has been said that, “Your word is your bond.” Usually you will expect and believe that the person saying that will follow through and do just that.

3. I was Wrong

Do you know people that have a hard time admitting that they are wrong? Do you have difficulty admitting that you are wrong? It takes a strong person to do that. Admitting that you are wrong about something shows character and shows that you are not flawless or perfect. There is no perfect one, but God.

4. I Will Listen More

Has anyone told you, “You are not listening to what I am saying?” Have you ever been in such a rush to tell someone else something, that you totally missed what they were trying to tell you you? Have you ever had a conversation where you did most of the talking and the other person knows everything about you, yet you know very little about that person.  Do you put more emphasis on what you want to say?Why not try listening to what is being said. Remember to tell yourself, “ I will listen more.” Words are powerful; talk to yourself.

5. Thank You or I appreciate You

Saying “thank you” let's the other person know that you appreciate them. Everyone likes to be appreciated. I recall a church that I visited while on vacation. It was raining and after parking our car, there were men coming from the church with umbrella's to escort each family member into the church. I naturally told them thank you, because even though unexpected it was quite welcome. I also recall a church I visited recently. The hospitality was exceptional. The ushers said, “We are so glad to see you here.” “Thank you for coming.” They said it with a smile so their action matched their words. What powerful words do you use?

6. Gratitude

Have you ever told someone that you are glad they are in your life? Try it sometimes.

7. Excellent

When I hear that someone did an excellent job, I think of the greatest. I do not think that they did a fair job or just a good job. Have you noticed when completing some restaurant surveys, if you mark good or fair that they may ask you why was it just good? They may ask, “Did you have a problem today?” One of the reasons they ask is because they were hoping you would answer excellent. If they can correct the problem then future responses may be excellent.

8. Awesome

Awesome is my favorite word. I love to use it and when I do use it I definitely mean it. Do you have a favorite positive word that you use?

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