Tips to a Happier You in 2012~The Muddled Multitasking Mind

Join me inside my head for a few moments, will you? I have got to go clean up the kitchen.  {Walk to kitchen}  I can’t believe Marlee left her dirty socks in the floor when she took off her shoes.  {Pick up socks and take them to the laundry room} Shoot— I can’t believe I forgot to take the clothes out of the washer last night and now the smell horrible!  If I have to start it again, I might {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Don’t Be a Sloth

So let’s review.  What small changes have you made so far this year? Are you sticking to them? Have you seen any result?  Here are our “Make-a-Change Monday’s” so far:  Make a Change Monday~Just Drink Water  Make a Change Monday~Post it! Make a Change Monday~Just Do It Make a Change Monday~The Fifteen-Minute Clutter Clean Up  Make a Change Monday~Love One Another  We’ve attempted to work on our physical body, our spiritual relationship with God, our home, and our relationships. It’s {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Love One Another

Since we made the change last week to start cleaning out the stuff we used to consider to be treasures, we will have time to lay up our treasures in Heaven.  All my life I’ve been taught that earthly treasures mean nothing. “You can’t take it with you,” they said.  It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle  than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.  (Mark 10:25 ESV) I get it. {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Forgiveness

Today’s tip to a happier you is forgiveness.  First, forgive me for such a quick post today. I have been invited to speak this weekend, so I’ve been busy preparing (and biting my nails =o/) and haven’t had time to spend much time blogging this week.  God commands us to forgive over and over again in His word.  Holding a grudge only hurts the one holding it. It can consume and destroy you from the inside out.  I am short {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~The Fifteen-Minute Clutter Cleanup

Are you a pack rat?  I am desperately trying to simplify my life. Learning NOT to be a pack rat is one major change I’m making, and it is not easy.  For years I’ve read books on decorating, organizing, saving, displaying, etc. and there have been times I’ve spent more effort on moving around the “stuff” in my life than probably anything else. It’s ridiculous. It’s STUFF!  So today’s “make a change” is short and sweet, and I’m working hard on {Read More}

Tips to a happier you in 2012~Have Faith

From the moment I had my first seizure, I tried to hold on to this verse.  Having peace in God in the midst of my world of seizures, addiction, and depression required much faith. Faith is belief in something that cannot be seen. Having faith is a decision based on life experiences, which are different for everyone.  I became a Christian when I was seven years old. I went to church, did Bible studies, and said my prayers. But something {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Just Do It!

Change.  Why is it so hard? Why do we resist even when we know it’s for the best?  In November of 2010, I decided I wanted to write a book. I suppose I could say God called me to write this particular book, since He gave me an overnight miracle and gave me a very specific testimony with a unique perspective as a pharmacist and a patient. If I’d had any idea what I was getting myself into, I never {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Do you have insomnia? Learn how to sleep!

When God created the earth, he rested on the seventh day. Wouldn’t it be nice if we only had to rest once a week? It sure would free up time for my to-do list. But sleep doesn’t work that way. God created us to need sleep, and unfortunately, a little more than once a week.  When I was in the midst of my seven years of hell, insomnia plagued me frequently. In my depression, all I wanted to do was {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Post it!

New Year’s Day 2008~ This is it. This year is going to be the year.  I’m going to read my Bible more and pray more.  I want to be a better person. Closer to God.  New Year’s Day 2009~  This is it. This year is going to be the year.  I’m going to read my Bible more and pray more.  I want to be a better person. Closer to God.  New Year’s Day 2010~ This is it. This year is {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Just drink water!

Since New Year’s Day, our local YMCA has been packed. No parking spaces, no machines available, and classes full. It’s January 30th. I give it two more weeks.  We love to make big promises to ourselves and start fresh, but in reality, it’s impossible to make big changes all at once. When I began writing, if I’d realized all that was involved, I never would have started. I’ve learned little bits of information at a time, and looking back on {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Get Moving!

When God created man, He sent them out to work in the garden. He didn’t tell them to sit down at the computer and play Farmville on Facebook.  We were created in His image.  He created the intricately detailed system of nerves, glands, neurons, and neurotransmitters in our brain that controls our emotions.  All that He created was good.  But our world has changed.   As I mentioned in a recent post on the benefits of being outdoors, (click here to {Read More}

Tips for a Happier you in 2012~Do you have nature deficit disorder?

Since yesterday’s post was rather lengthy and also gave you tips to a happier you, I’ll make today’s tip simple and easy.  Go outside! Just as in today’s prescription verse, there are many references in scripture to the calming power of nature–God’s creation.  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for {Read More}

Are you on OVERLOAD?

As usual, our pastor, Perry, was speaking directly to me this morning…in more ways than one. I am, as we all are, on overload. I was strangely thankful that I didn’t get to sit beside David this morning in our service because my side would be bruised from all of the elbowing. My toes, however, are flat from Perry stepping all over them. But as I listened to Perry preach this morning, I was amazed that every point he made {Read More}

Understanding the “Why” Behind Depression

     During the process of writing my “Tips to a Happier You” series, I’ve thought about how I felt in the midst of my depression. Would I have been receptive to small, practical tips to help my depression? I can tell you the answer is no. There are just some lessons we have to learn the hard way. If I could have put some of these things into practice, I’m sure I would not have had to endure the hell I {Read More}