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Activated February 2009

Positive Attitude - February 2009

Happiness is what we make it, and we make it first in our minds. Find out how to build a happier, more positive, and more productive you.

01-02-2009
Optimist or Pessimist?
Optimist or Pessimist?

Optimist or pessimist? Is your glass half full or half empty? According to staffers at the renowned Mayo Clinic, your answer to the second question not only answers the first, but it also reflects your attitudes toward yourself and life in general, each of which plays an important part in how well you live and possibly even how long you live.1 It almost goes without saying that positive thinkers are far more likely to reach their goals than negative thinkers. If your thought patterns have that much bearing on your happiness and well-being, it makes sense to stop from time...

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01-02-2009
Just Sing!
Just Sing!

I was awakened early by a choir of birds. Singing, chirping, chanting, chiming, and conversing, their melodies were loud, joyful, and everywhere—nature’s own surround sound. Some friends and I were camping in a wooded area near Mostar, the 600-year-old city that was often in the news during the Yugoslav Wars of the early 1990s.

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01-02-2009
Renewing Your Mind
Renewing Your Mind

I once talked with a woman who said she tried very hard to think only positive thoughts, but she was never able to keep it up for long. Even when she managed to appear optimistic, inwardly she was often in turmoil. Her self-help approach to positive thinking excluded God, so when things went wrong, she didn’t have anything solid to hold on to.

That may seem paradoxical—faith in God being something substantial—but it’s true. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”1 In the face of difficulty and disappointment, faith is far more effective than...

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01-02-2009
Answers from God
Answers from God

For all the negative things we say to ourselves, God has given us His positive responses in the Bible.

 

You say, “It’s impossible.”

God says, “All things are possible with Me” (Matthew 19:26).

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01-02-2009
Negativity—the Source and the Solution
Negativity—the Source and the Solution

The Bible calls the Devil “the accuser of the saints.”1 He picks at all the lacks and shortcomings and weaknesses and little failures. If you start listening to him, you’re beaten, because there will always be something more you could have done or something you wish you hadn’t done. There will always be something that the Devil can pick on if he wants to, and he sure wants to!

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01-02-2009
Greater Ends
Greater Ends

In The Horse and His Boy, one of the seven novels in C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series, a boy named Shasta dreams of traveling to the unknown north, which turns out to include the magical land of Narnia. One night Shasta overhears the fisherman he has been led to believe is his father sell him to a noble from a neighboring kingdom. (We find out much later that Shasta had been shipwrecked as a baby and was found by the fisherman.) As Shasta awaits his new master in the stable, he is surprised to find out that the noble’s...

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01-02-2009
Feeling the Squeeze
Feeling the Squeeze

Question: If God loves me, why does He let bad things happen to me?

 

Answer: One advantage of passing through trying times is that we are drawn closer to God by being drawn closer to Jesus, our Savior and Friend. We seek safety and security in His arms, and we find that and more. He loves us with a love that is everlasting and never changes. He has so much to give us, and He desires to help us in so many ways. He wants to spend time with us, and He longs to have us close to Him, always by His side,...

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01-02-2009
Rainy Day Remedy
Rainy Day Remedy

As far back as I can remember, I didn’t like cloudy days, especially in wintertime. They seemed endless and without hope, chilling both body and soul.

Still, they are a part of life, so I decided to learn to like them.

Over the past few years I’ve managed to enjoy them more. Now they don’t seem so dreary. My secret? Actually I have several.

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01-02-2009
The New York Cabby Miracle
The New York Cabby Miracle

It had been a rough few months.I desperately wanted a baby, to have a little one to hold in my arms, to call my own. Twice I had miscarried. I held these hurts up before God, shaking them in His face and saying, “See what You did when I trusted You to answer my prayer and give me a baby?” I just couldn’t move on.

But this day I was moving on, at least physically. My husband and I were moving to New York to work at a mission on the lower East Side. I needed the change. Dan had gone...

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01-02-2009
Positive Perks
Positive Perks

When life gets to be too much, when everything around you seems to be falling apart, when you feel that nothing you do helps, what should you do?—Think about Me. Think about how much I love you. Think about My power. Think about all your blessings, and thank Me.

You can praise your way right out of a bad mood! If you thank Me for all the good things in your life, the negative feelings will dissipate.

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