“Processed foods, by their very nature, do not taste good unless they have loads of artificial colors and flavoring agents, salt, sugar and often MSG added to doctor up the flavors.” Dr. Joseph Mercola
How aware are you of what the “mystery” ingredients are that you’re getting in your food?
I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. (Gal. 5:10; NIV)
I know it oftentimes seems like I am the ongoing purveyor of dismal news when it comes to caring for our health. The sad reality is that we can either bury our head in the sand, like the proverbial ostrich, and pretend things aren’t so, or we can take the offensive approach, educate ourselves, and act upon the knowledge we acquire.
Today’s topic has come to me several times during the past two weeks from various sources. Perhaps you’ve already read this, but just in case you haven’t, I believe you’ll appreciate being apprised of the situation. It appears that chemicals will soon be added to our foods that actually alter our taste buds…in the name of “good health.”
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola: “Processed foods, by their very nature, do not taste good unless they have loads of artificial colors and flavoring agents, salt, sugar and often MSG added to doctor up the flavors.
”In fact, most processed foods would taste incredibly bitter if they weren’t doctored up because of things like their extremely hot cooking processes and added caffeine (in soft drinks). So what do food companies like Nestle, Cadbury Schweppes, Campbell Soup, and Coca-Cola do?
”They hire Senomyx, a biotech company that can skillfully manipulate your taste buds with synthetic chemicals. The company has already developed several chemicals that, although they contain no flavor of their own, activate or block receptors in your mouth that taste. The chemicals can mimic or enhance savory, sweet and salty tastes, and are intended to reduce the use of sugar, salt and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in processed foods.”
To fully understand more of this story, click on today’s link for a deeper explanation of what soon could be happening with what you’re eating and drinking.
Lord, we seek You and Your Word for knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. We thank You for revealing Truth to us and exposing lies that could bring damage to us and our families.
Blessings on you as you seek to educate yourself about what you’re eating.
Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect! Owens Lee Pomeroy
What do you think about when you hear a song from your late teen, early adult days?
These days would be remembered and kept from generation to generation and celebrated by every family throughout the provinces and cities of the empire. (Est. 9:28a; NLT)
Those who know me know that I’m not one prone to a lot of reminiscing, much to Sharon’s chagrin. But I do like a lot of the “oldies” music. I really enjoyed the folk music era and do miss some of the folk greats like Joan Baez (or is it Biaz?), The Smothers Brothers, et al.
Our friend Cheryl Thomas sent the link that you’ll find below. I just couldn’t resist. After all, I graduated from high school in 1961, so this was my era.
I’m certainly not one to look back and say, “Those were the good old days.” While we most assuredly have some major challenges surrounding us right now, I wouldn’t want to go back to any of my yesterdays. But I do miss some of that old music.
If you’re a product of the 60’s, then reminisce with me and enjoy it. If you’re not, then humor me and love me anyway while I reminisce. Have a fantastic weekend!
Lord, thank You for our memories. Thank You that it seems that we were designed to remember the good and forget much of the bad. Thank you for the privilege of just being alive on May day, 2008!
Link of the Day
Back to the Sixties
Blessings on you as you enjoy another fantastic weekend.
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.” John Milton
How do you handle negative thoughts that pop into your head?
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5; NIV)
We love living in Virginia Beach (actually we live in Chesapeake which is adjacent to Virginia Beach, but unless you’re from around here, who’s ever heard of Chesapeake? So I always tell people that we live in Virginia Beach. It’s a whole lot simpler and it’s only about four miles away.) Anyway, as I was saying, we love living in Virginia Beach. As Sharon puts it, “Spring comes early, and Winter comes late.”
There are a couple of negatives, however. One is the bugs! Now if you live way south of us, I understand that you’ve really got bugs. But remember, we spent most of our adult life in upstate NY, so we’re not used to bugs like we’ve got down here. (Let me be perfectly clear…I would take Virginia Beach bugs any day over Rochester snow. No contest!) Today, we noticed that we have a small invasion of ants coming into our home. I’ve learned from previous years that ignoring them doesn’t work. They just go get their buddies. So I got out the ant poison to suggest that the little buggers might find a more welcome home elsewhere. (BTW, Virginia Beach is home of PETA…you won’t snitch on me will you?)
So, while I had ants on my mind, I was reminded that ant is also an acronym for automatic negative thoughts (ANTs). Taking defensive action against the little crawly ants is an occasional thing while taking defensive action against ANTs needs to be an ongoing activity. Yes, it’s a little hard at first, but with practice, it becomes almost second nature. As Andrew Wommack, one of my mentors, says, “I ain’t there yet, but I’ve left.”
A little background is probably in order. Scientists report that we have somewhere around 60,000 thoughts a day. Whew! That’s a bunch. That’s about one a second every waking hour. But here’s where it gets interesting…95% of those thoughts are not new. In fact, you had most of those same thoughts yesterday…and the day before…and likely last week, last year, etc. Scary, isn’t it? Talk about creatures of habit. Now this wouldn’t be so bad if those thoughts were serving us. But, research shows that for most of us, a full 80% of those thoughts are ANTs!
To add fuel to an already raging fire, negative thoughts create stress and poison our whole system. Kind of like ant poison in reverse, i.e., the ANTs are poisoning us. Positive thoughts, on the other hand, calm us down and tend to make us happy. As you can see…I’m back on my happy kick again. (Check out our archived DGs if you’re interested.)
Now, observe that the Scripture verse quoted above is in the form of a command. If you believe the Bible (as I do), and if you believe in a good God (as I do), then you can conclude that a good God would never give us a command that we cannot carry out. That means we were designed with the ability to take our thoughts, every one of them, captive. We are never a victim to our thoughts. We can’t necessarily control the thoughts that come into our head, but we always have a choice as to what to do with them when they appear.
So actually, today is a setup. I would like to take the next couple of DGs and offer some suggestions about what to do with ANTs when they appear in your head. See you on Wednesday!
Lord, we thank You so much that You designed us to be able to slay the giants that our minds tend to manufacture. Grant us the grace to use that capacity more and more on a consistent basis. Show us where You would have us begin this extermination project.
Link of the Day
Examples of Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs)
Blessings on you as you begin to take note of those pesky little ANTs crawling around in your head.
“One reason that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is cancer-preventive is due to its rich glyconutrient and phytochemical content.” Rita Elkins
When was the last time you made a healthy smoothie?
Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits; (Sol. 4:13; NIV)
I know smoothies are all the rage now. According to Wikipedia, a smoothie is “a blended, chilled, sweet beverage made from fresh fruit. In addition to fruit, many smoothies include crushed ice, frozen fruit, or frozen yogurt.” I began making smoothies for us before I ever heard of the various franchises or of the variety of “foods” being included in a smoothie. I was rather appalled when I began reading recipes available on the Internet for smoothies finding ingredients such as chocolate syrup, chocolate pudding mix, ice cream and peanut butter!
However, our smoothies have also had various “faces” throughout the years. I’ve tried many different ingredients in attempts to make them “healthy.” I’ve used various protein powders, soy products, different oils, and numberous fruits. A couple of years ago, I decided I wanted to make them from God-made foods exclusively without added powders and juices.
This won’t be a treatise on juices, and I know that many juices are made from all fruit and some are even organic. However, juices are still concentrated and can elevate the blood sugar. It’s always better to consume the whole fruit rather than the juice.
I used to always use frozen bananas in our smoothies. They do make them taste yummy. And today’s recipe does use half of a frozen banana. However, for the most part, I stopped including bananas a few years ago after learning about the glycemic index of foods. Bananas are high glycemic, meaning they elevate the blood sugar and they are NOT a friend to anyone with blood sugar issues or to someone wanting to decrease their body fat.
We usually enjoy smoothies for breakfast, and I have a basic way of making them. But I do vary ingredients depending on what I have on hand. However, I’ve decided to use this month to offer different recipe suggestions for how you can make your smoothies according to you own tastes. None of the ingredients or measurements are critical so feel free to experiment.
I use a base of either coconut milk, organic plain whole milk yogurt (not low fat), or kefir. Then I’ll add some fresh fruit such as an apple, pear, or pineapple chunks. Next, I’ll add frozen fruit. Using frozen fruit will make the smoothie thick and luscious. Today’s recipe will get you started and I’ll change the various ingredients as the month progresses. Watch for Triple Berry Smoothie and Raspberry Yogurt Smoothie in the coming weeks.
Lord, we worship You and thank You for your wonderful creation. We thank You for being alive during this beautiful and bountiful time of year.
Link of the Day
Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
Blessings on you as you explore making a smoothie.
“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” Mark Twain
Which do you tend to remember…compliments or criticisms? Why?
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. (1 Pet. 5:7; NLT)
If you remember, earlier this week, I spoke of ANTs, an acronym for automatic negative thoughts. Research shows that as many as 80% of our 60,000 thoughts a day are ANTs. Further, ANTs tend to stress us out, in effect poisoning the various systems of our bodies. I also pointed out that we have been divinely equipped to be able to take those thoughts captive as they come to us and either nurture them along to maturity or cast them out before they can take root.
Marci Shimoff, in her book Happy for No Reason, offers a piece of wisdom that most of us never consider. “Your thoughts aren’t always true.” She goes on, “You don’t believe everything you hear, do you? Of course not. You don’t believe everything your read either. An in this age of special effects and Photoshop, you certainly can’t believe everything you see. So…don’t believe everything you think!”
Now, on the surface that may sound pretty obvious, but it’s actually quite profound. You see, when an ANT crawls into your brain, if you choose to nurture it, it can really drag you down…mentally, physically, and spiritually. What if that thought was not true? What a terrible waste of energy to go through all that anguish. Have you ever noticed that most of the things you worry about never happen? Calvin Coolidge once said, “If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.”
Most people tend to have a “negativity bias.” That simply means that given the choice between nurturing a negative thought versus a positive thought, we’ll chose the negative thought over and over again. Receive ten compliments and one criticism and which one will you dwell on? If truth be known, most would dwell on the criticism.
Well, the good news (if you choose to believe it) is that you can change your thinking habits. Remember the DG I did last February (2/6/08) entitled “Plastic Brains?” In that article, I pointed out that you can “wire” new pathways in your brain, no matter what your age, if you just repeat that path enough. Therefore, you can choose to break the old habit of “negativity bias” and replace it with a new, purposeful bias toward the positive. For instance, you can choose to ignore the single criticism (after gleaning anything constructive from it), and purposely bask in the ten compliments. Every time the criticism pops up, just gently replace it with thoughts of the compliments. A little hard at first, but it does get easier the more you do it.
So, since we know that we can’t believe everything we think, when you find yourself wrestling with an ANT, simply ask the question, “Can I be absolutely certain that it’s true? If there is not enough evidence to convict in a courtroom, then simply construct what Marci calls a “turnaround statement,” i.e., a statement that is the exact opposite of the ANT, and choose to nurture the more cheery alternative. After all, it may be closer to the truth. Again, like any new skill, this one will require some practice. But you can do it, and the results are certainly more than worth the effort.
Until Friday, think happy thoughts! Try making your circumstances the victim of your thinking rather than the other way around. It works every time.
Lord, thank You for being the Source that never fails. When we can truly accept that as truth, a goodly number of our ANTs just disappear. Hallelujah!!!
Link of the Day
The Annual ANTs Convention
Blessings on you as you purpose to challenge every ANT you see.
“Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only but the mind and spirit as well…and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of man.” James H. West
To what lengths are you willing to go to obtain and maintain a healthy body, soul and spirit?
They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. (Ps 73:4; NIV)
For many of you, today’s DG will not be new information, however it may be a refresher of areas you want to address and work on. Although there are many facets to living a lifestyle of health and wholeness, today I’ll share five simple things that you can begin to incorporate into your daily life that will reap great dividends for you and your family for years to come.
1. Begin drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. For example, someone weighing 128 pounds would need to drink 64 ounces (1/2 of 128) of water per day to provide adequate hydration. If the number of ounces you need seems daunting, begin by measuring how much water you actually do drink in a day. If you’re not even drinking 32 ounces of water per day, then make that your first goal. Then work up to 64 ounces, then 72 ounces and so on until you reach your needed goal.
2. Begin to move more. Most everyone knows the value of exercise nowadays. Exercise is NOT an option. We have to move more. Find something you can do and do it, consistently. Begin walking for 20 minutes, three times a week, then work up to five times a week. Then increase from 20 to 40 minutes. Or buy an aerobics, Pilates or kick boxing DVD. Or join a gym or fitness center. Don’t be intimidated. Gyms are full of people like you and me who want to stay fit and flexible.
3. Eat more God-foods or superfoods. Research has shown that certain foods really do offer a power punch when it comes to providing our bodies with necessary nutrients. They’re often called superfoods. I call them God-foods, as most of them are created by God and not man. Examples of superfoods are fresh, raw fruits such as apples, pears, and berries; vegetables such as broccoli, beans, garlic, onions, sweet potatoes and tomatoes. Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pecans and cashews are other superfoods along with wild caught salmon, halibut and clean meats such as free-range chicken and turkey and grass-fed beef.
4. Stop using, (notice I didn’t say minimize) artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or nutrasweet and sucralose or Splenda. They will never contribute to living a healthy life. Begin reading food labels and if you see those ingredients in a product, pass it by. Also avoid hydrogenated fats and oils such as partially hydrogenated soybean or cottonseed oil.
5. Take note of your bedtime. Ideally be in bed by 10:00 PM;10:30 at the latest. If you’ve been accustomed to staying up late, begin a process of going to bed at least 30 minutes before your usual time and then eventually get to bed by the ideal time. Examine the reasons why you’re not getting to bed earlier and realize that one can never be totally healthy if they’re staying up past midnight, even if doing all of the other things necessary for optimal health.
Lord, we’re so blessed with the bodies You have created for us. May we honor You with how we take care of them.
Link of the Day
Blessings on you as you examine how you can make improvements in your health.
“The internal critic is an idiot posing as a king.” Donald Robertson
What is one of the things that happened to you yesterday that made you happy or brought you pleasure?
A glad heart makes a happy face; (Pv. 15:13a; NLT)
Let’s serve up one more plate of ANT poison. If you recall, earlier this week, I spoke of ANTs, an acronym for automatic negative thoughts. Research shows that as many as 80% of our 60,000 thoughts a day are ANTs. Further, ANTs tend to stress us out, in effect poisoning the various systems of our bodies. I also pointed out that we have been divinely equipped to be able to take those thoughts captive as they come to us and either nurture them along to maturity or cast them out before they can take root.
In the last DG we talked about how important it is to recognize that the “little voice” we hear isn’t telling us the truth. BTW, that “little voice” is the internal critic that Robertson calls an “an idiot posing as a king.” One of the most powerful doses of ANT poison is to recognize the voice that is telling you how stupid, weak, ineffective, and unable you are, is a cowardly idiot who would never talk to anyone else the way it is talking to you. Awareness is a huge part of the battle.
Today, I want to finish this little visit to the ANT farm with another suggestion. This is a slight variation of one of my favorite topics, gratitude. I have written multiple DGs around the idea of getting in the habit of writing a gratitude list. This has the effect of focusing the brain on the positive and in effect “wiring new pathways” in the brain.
This variation on a gratitude list comes from Marci Shimoff and her book Happy for No Reason. She writes: “To incline your mind toward joy, start registering your happy experiences more deeply. The first step is to make a conscious decision to look for them. You can make it a game you play with yourself. Have the intention to notice everything good that happens to you: any positive thought you have, anything you see, feel, taste, hear, or smell that brings you pleasure, a win you experience, a breakthrough in your understanding about something, an expression of your creativity–the list goes on and on. This intention activates the reticular activating system.” (See the 10/17/07 DG for an explanation of the reticular activating system.)
This activity kind of reminds me of the old classic book entitled, The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard. Bottom line, is that the One-Minute Manager managed by walking around his workplace looking for the good things people were doing, i.e., what they were doing right. How refreshing!!!
Now, you may be saying, that this all is a bunch of woo-woo mumbo jumbo. If that’s how you feel, I am really sad for you. Most of our problems are located right between our ears! And, as I said before, the Bible makes it very clear that we have a choice about the thoughts we allow to stay in our heads. I love what one of our faithful readers, Cheryl Thomas, wrote earlier in the week. She said, “I think I may mentally rename my Bible ‘ANT Poison!'”
What more can be said? Have an absolutely fantastic weekend looking for your happy experiences.
Lord, I thank You that we are made in Your image which includes the mental abilities to be able to make choices, even choices about what we think. Grant us the grace to use that incredible capability wisely.
Link of the Day
How to Get Rid of ANTs
Blessings on you as you go forth with your ANTs under control.
“As long is God is on my side, I can do anything!” Ben Underwood
How committed are you to live out your dreams?
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. (Psa. 62:2; NLT)
As those of you know who have been with us from the outset, I am always blessed to pass along stories of people who have overcome great adversity to succeed (however they define success). In fact, the very first story of such an individual that I featured (DG 11/30/07) was about a young blind man named Ben Underwood who had developed the incredible ability to “see with sound” using the technique of echolocation, a navigational skill used by bats and dolphins.
Apparently there have been some new developments and I thought you would be interested to see what has been going on in Ben’s life. Today I’m including two links. One is a video update from Ben’s own web site. If I may quote from it: “‘I want everyone to know that I owe everything to God and all my faith is in Him. As long is God is on my side, I can do anything!’ Whenever Ben has to go through difficulties with cancer, or any other life event, he says ‘God just tells me to kick back and relax.’ Ben is very active in his church youth group, and he loves talking to people both young and old about how important it is to have faith in God. Ben and his mom Aqua travel several times a year and speaks at churches, sharing their testimony. All this in an effort to give all the Glory to God. Here is a clip from a visit to New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii.”
The second link is to a newspaper story about Ben from the Sacramento Bee and his use of glyconutrient technology in his ongoing battle with retinoblastoma . (Many of our readers are familiar with this technology and will find the article incredibly biased–but, then again, that’s the same Mainstream Media that recently came out against water that Sharon wrote about last month (DG 4/10/08).
I’d better get this published…we’re having some pretty bizarre weather here right now along with some tornado warnings. We just may lose power here before long.
Lord, we thank You for Ben Underwood’s faith. We thank You for people like Ben who inspire us to stay close to You and to allow You to work with our lives no matter what giants are before us.
Links of the Day
Ben Underwood starts controversial treatment
Blessings to you as you begin your new week as an overcomer.
If you are serious about boosting your immunity and increasing your daily energy, then adding traditionally fermented foods to your diet is a must. Dr. Joseph Mercola
How healthy is your digestive tract? Remember, the road to health really is paved with good intestines!
He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk. (Judges 5:25; NIV)
Although the word “kefir” might sound like a new “blog”, it’s actually a beverage loaded with good “stuff” that supports healthy digestion. Kefir is a fermented beverage that supplies beneficial probiotics, enzymes, and minerals to the digestive system. It’s a cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly micro-organisms that help balance your “inner ecosystem.” In the days before refrigeration, virtually every society practiced “traditional” methods of fermenting dairy products and other foods as a way to preserve them for consumption over time.
If you’ve never tasted kefir, it’s thinner than yogurt with a similar taste, although more on the tart side. It is more nutritious and therapeutic than yogurt, as it supplies complete protein, essential minerals, and valuable B vitamins. Although yogurt and kefir both contain healthy bacteria, kefir contains several major strains of friendly bacteria not commonly found in yogurt.
Some other benefits of kefir include promoting a relaxing effect on the nervous system thus providing benefit for those seeking a restful night’s sleep. By providing healthy bacteria for your intestinal tract, kefir helps to curb unhealthy food cravings making your body more nourished. And probably the main benefit is how kefir supports the normal intestinal tract function, promoting healthy digestion and elimination. As I’ve quipped before, “The road to health is paved with good intestines.”
Kefir can be made at home using organic cow or goat’s milk and a “kefir starter.” I used to make ours until it became more readily available in grocery stores. It’s available in the dairy section of grocery and health food stores. If you don’t see it, ask for it. If a store doesn’t carry it, chat with a manager about adding it to the store. I’ve found most managers are very happy to add new products when they know people are interested in buying it.
You’ll find various flavors with numerous fruits and sweeteners added. I don’t recommend those as the sweeteners often offset the benefits of promoting a healthy digestive system. Today’s smoothie recipe uses organic, plain, whole milk kefir. If you can only find plain, low-fat varieties, then that’s acceptable over ones with fruit and sweeteners. Using kefir in a smoothie is a good way to begin introducing it into your diet. I enjoy drinking it plain as well, but many don’t care for the tart taste.
Lord, thank You for time-honored traditions that have offered benefit to mankind throughout the ages. May we seek You for those we need to hold onto and embrace and for those we need to release.
Blessings on you as you enjoy your first taste of kefir!
“Sticks and stones may break my bones / But words will never hurt me” Children’s rhyme
If your doctor had just completed a thorough examination and discovered that you had a life-threatening condition, would you want to know about it? Why?
Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life. (Prov. 18:21; NLT)
When I write my Daily Grams, I usually search for a quote that conveys the point I am writing about in a succinct, pithy manner. Today’s quote is unusual (for me) in that the information it conveys is a terribly destructive, boldfaced lie! You’re probably asking, “How do you really feel about that, Jerry?”
In actual point of fact, sticks and stones inflict wounds that will usually heal (unless it is a beating unto death), whereas words can and often do inflict wounds that will be with you the rest of your life. Words actually have an even greater ability to kill you than sticks and stones. To make matters even worse, it doesn’t have to be words someone else speaks to you…it could (and often is) the words you speak to yourself, either in the form of self talk or in the form of self-deprecating humor.
This was really brought home to me as I was listening to an interview with Lynne McTaggart, famous author of several books including The Field and The Intention Experiment. In that interview, Lynne tells the story of her mother-in-law who had end-stage breast cancer. Her medical doctor told her to get her affairs in order as she only had three months to live. Once she received that dire prognosis, she started to get very ill very quickly. Her family finally took her to another doctor who was noted for his practice of alternative cancer therapy. During his examination, he looked at her breast, which at this point was virtually “raw meat” according to McTaggart who was present, but instead of recoiling in horror, he just shrugged his shoulders and said, “Oh, we can handle that.” The family now looks back on that incident and firmly believes that the decision of that doctor to give hope instead of a deadly prognosis is what allowed Lynne’s mother-in-law to get well.
A footnote in McTaggart’s The Intention Experiment reads: “Dr. Larry Dossey calls negative diagnoses ‘medical hexing,’ and there is anecdotal evidence that patients often live up to their doctor’s gloomy prognosis, even when there is no physical evidence that they should do so. For a potent example, see the story of a leukemia patient who was thriving until he happened to find out what he had. He was dead within a week once his illness had the label of a potentially terminal illness.”
It kind of makes you wonder if the medical professionals are acting responsibly when they sit down with you and tell you the “truth.” What makes them think they know what the truth really is. In point of fact, they may actually be speaking a curse over you which has the effect of causing a self-fulfilling prophecy. No one has the power to say who will live and who will die. There are too many examples of patients recovering from terminal illnesses to make a statement of finality with any kind of certainty. It would seem far more responsible for the medical professional to say something like, “There have been many cases of people in your situation who have made a complete recovery.” Notice how a statement expressed like that keeps the door for recovery open. As McTaggart says, “There’s never a reason why they [the medical professional] can’t give hope.”
I don’t want to limit this to an apparent indictment of medical professionals. The same principles regarding the power of words applies to the rest of us as well. The Manufacturer’s Handbook is absolutely right when it says that “the tongue can kill or nourish life.” So, bottom line, be very careful what you say…about others and about yourself–even in jest. And remember, since words come from thoughts, many feel that thoughts are just as potent as words. Now you can’t stop a negative thought from popping in your head, but you can be responsible to replace it with a positive thought as soon as you recognize the negativity. That same Handbook admonishes us to take every thought captive. Yes, it takes a little practice…but it’s worth the effort.
Lord, we thank You for our ability to communicate with You and with each other with language. We ask Your forgiveness when we use that language in a way that harms rather than blesses. Grant us the grace to only speak words of blessing.
Link of the Day
Do You Believe in Magic?
Blessings on you as you begin to weight your words very carefully from this point forward.