3 forward 2 back…

I have been doing so good! And then I picked up a box without thinking and ouch! It has been 2 months and my shoulder has slowed me down again. (Labrum surgery blues.)

Funny, I receive a daily mentor message and today’s was about resting. As a family, we have also discovered that – when we go to be early – we wake up less grumpy!!!

Jesus often separated from the crowd, for prayer or took a long solitary walk… off a short pier… Literally, that is until he came across a boat of his disciples.

Bring on the rest… And patience to rest.

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I have a homeless friend. This friend drinks too much. This requires money. He asked me for $. I didn’t have any money and then he asked my boss for $ and was verbally pushy about it. She stood her ground but told me about it.

“Admonish:” a. To counsel (another) against something to be avoided or warn (that something is dangerous).
b. to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner:

I admonished my friend to not ask for money and to stay away from the ministry for a couple weeks.

He has had some rough times recently. Beaten up, robbed, kicked out of abandoned home (that had a fireplace), and pushed into a fire. And still, it seems he has decided to rise to the occasion.

He is living with friends now. He is clean. Drinking less. He has a part time under the table job. And best of all, he has a goal. Hope is a powerful thing.

A beautiful word.

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I would rather have a rudder

A discussion about the validity of Christianity: a friend of mine, Scotie, shared a concept he had heard. He recounts, “Two friends were discussing faith; one a Christian and the other had studied many religions. Basically the Christian man said that even if Christianity turns out to not be true he would rather have lived his life guided by a rudder than floating listless tossed about by the wind of various religions.

I choose a rudder.

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Inversion table with inverted thoughts

This is my first post after getting an inversion table. I am literally typing on my phone upside down! …That was challenging. Okay, I’m using voice command now.

So far, I have been pleased with the results. I listened to Jeff Sanders podcast about inversion and he does not like inversion tables. And actually, for the reasons that he does not like it are the reasons that I am using it. Even though I am athletic and hope to one day get the full benefit of being able to do advanced inverted exercises, I had shoulder surgery a couple months ago and I am limited in some of the things that I can do. I did not want to venture into using inversion boots because I am worried about re-injuring my shoulder.

Update: since using my inversion table my physical therapy has rapidly improved! I was having severe cramps during shoulder stretching but after (very carefully) letting gravity stretch my arm, my range of motion has greatly increased! I have hit another plateau but I think is just a matter of time… Upside down. Yup, Inversion is here to stay! Maybe one day I will graduate to gravity boots. But for now I am very pleased.

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The look of ecstasy in his eyes

Earlier in the day I found myself complaining because the clicker to my car was not working.

Later that day the homeless man with a look of ecstasy in his eyes, explained the joyous rapture of sitting on the couch watching television in a heated house after taking a shower which he had not been able to do in months.

My homeless friend was just blessed by someone that let him move in to their house. He is a good man with a heart of gold and a long history of problems that deserves a second chance. I am very thankful that he has this opportunity.

Thank you Lord Jesus for the blessings that you have poured upon me. Amen.

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What are your boats and nets?– JMT

Mark 1:14-20
I was introduced to the music ofJohn Michael Talbot back when I was in high school by a brother in Christ I was raised Roman Catholic. He has a very interesting history: he was Protestant and then converted to Catholicism. Today I follow him on Facebook. hey share this in reference to the Gospel of Mark: “and they left their boats and that’s and follow Jesus.” And then John Michael Talbot asked this question “what are your boats and nets?”. What is there in your life that you need to leave behind to follow Jesus?

…I have many things in my life that need to be left behind. With Gods help I can. Amen.

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Synapsis and water

“Extend the firing to improve the wiring” this is a quote by Dr. Rick Hanson and he’s the author of the book, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence. Basically Dr. Hanson is saying that if you sort of meditate on a good experience that it will improve the wiring in your brain, the synapses, that guide your thoughts to memories: whether they’re good memories or bad memories.

When working with people I often use a visual that looks like a bunch of tiny streams after rainfalland then a powerful memory no matter if it is good or bad and guide the smaller streams into that memory. Dr. Hanson is basically saying that if we sort of revel in the experience of a good moment that it can increase the wiring that guides our thoughts to those moments.

That is to say, you can influence what you think about. If you worry a lot, and you can train yourself to think about good experiences. If you are sad you can train yourself to think about happy moments. Your brain is very versatile.

Like a muscle; train your brain.

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