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Activated October 2010

Forgiveness - October 2010

Ailing spiritually? Jesus, Great Physician, is concerned about both our physical and spiritual well-being, and He stands ready to help and heal both body and spirit.

01-10-2010
Jesus: The Great Physician
Jesus: The Great Physician

We all get sick from time to time. When that happens, what we choose to do about it has a direct bearing on how quickly and fully we recover. If it’s only a common cold, getting extra rest and waiting it out may be enough, but more serious illnesses generally require more from us. By the time we are adults, we’ve learned to recognize when something isn’t right in our bodies, and we pay attention to those warning signs. We may not know what they are symptoms of, but we know that our condition will likely worsen unless we get...

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01-10-2010
The Spa
The Spa

I realized recently that I had been giving myself a “grouch allowance” when certain things happened.

They were mostly trivial things like having to clean up a mess when I was tired or my husband being late—things that I could have easily gotten through if I hadn’t predetermined that I had the right to get grouchy in those circumstances.

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01-10-2010
The Rage Route
The Rage Route

According to research, nine out of ten motorists admit to having experienced road rage to one degree or another, from excessive honking and abusive gestures to physical attack. Aggressive driving contributes to a third of motor accidents. When the Old Testament prophet Nahum saw a vision—about 2,600 years ago—of “chariots raging in the streets, jostling one another in the broad roads,”1 he could well have been seeing this modern phenomenon.

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01-10-2010
When I Lose My Temper
When I Lose My Temper

When I have lost my temper

I have lost my reason too.

I’m never proud of anything

Which angrily I do.

 

When I have talked in anger

And my cheeks were flaming red

I have always uttered something

Which I wish I had not said.

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01-10-2010
Overcoming Past Hurts
Overcoming Past Hurts

Most of the unpleasant things that happen to us are like bruises or minor scrapes to our spirits. Like minor injuries to our bodies that only leave a mark or hurt for a short while, those hurtful incidents may temporarily make us “black” with negative thoughts or “blue” with discouragement but are usually forgotten fairly quickly. At some time or another, however, many of us experience deep wounds to our spirits. How can we be healed of those?

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01-10-2010
Coffee and Forgiveness
Coffee and Forgiveness

A blanket of fog on the runway had caused a three-hour delay. I boarded the plane and settled wearily into my seat. How good it would be to get back to home and loved ones!

Midway through the flight, I was engrossed in conversation with a fellow passenger named Robert, when a young woman passed by in the aisle, swinging her purse behind her. It knocked my cup of coffee right into my lap, splashing my jacket and running down the legs of my jeans. I grabbed as many tissues and napkins as I could find, mopped up what I could,...

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01-10-2010
Why Should I Forgive?
Why Should I Forgive?

Questions: Why should I forgive others who have done things that hurt me? Wouldn’t that absolve them from guilt? Why should I let them off the hook like that?

 

Answer: No matter how hard it may be to forgive, your situation can’t improve until you take that all-important step.

It begins with understanding that forgiveness isn’t entirely or even primarily for the sake of the other party. You also need to forgive the person who hurt you for the sake of your own emotional and spiritual well-being; it’s a necessary part of the healing process. Here are three reasons why that is...

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01-10-2010
Extinguish the Anger
Extinguish the Anger

Imagine three large volcanoes. The first is extinct. Where once magma and molten rock hurtled down, now grass, trees, and all manner of fauna and flora flourish on its serene slopes.

The second volcano is dormant. Like the first one, it is also covered with lush vegetation and teeming with wildlife, but within it the magma has not cooled and solidified. Seemingly peaceful on the outside, one day it will erupt again with force and power, spewing out rocks and ash and destroying all that grows and lives nearby.

Vegetation and wildlife can’t be found on the third volcano, because it is...

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01-10-2010
The Race
The Race

As I strolled along the river, swans and other birds added to the beauty of a sunny Sunday afternoon that was wasted on me. The past few years had been a nightmare. Alcoholism was taking its toll. Guilt, negativity, and discouragement hung over me like dark clouds. I was separated from my wife and had lost my job. I had also lost the respect of all my friends and coworkers. I felt like a worthless failure.

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01-10-2010
Teaching Children to Control Negative Feelings
Teaching Children to Control Negative Feelings

Raising children is no easy task, and there are no shortcuts. The ever-shifting ocean of emotions that children go through at various ages and stages poses one of the greatest challenges to parents. Here are a few things that I have found helpful in teaching my children to deal with the negative emotions they experience.

Encouraging positive traits such as kindness, appreciation, gratefulness, integrity, and unselfishness at an early age will help prepare them to deal with negative situations they will encounter later.

Reading or watching classics that show the rewards of being positive and solution oriented—Pollyanna and Heidi, for example—impart important...

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01-10-2010
Forgiveness
Forgiveness

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

Paul Boese (1668–1738)

 

Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.

Roberto Assagioli (1888–1974)

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01-10-2010
Restoring Peace of Mind
Restoring Peace of Mind

Share your problems with Jesus, and let Him carry them.

Job 22:21: Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.

Psalm 55:22: Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

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01-10-2010
Forgive and Forget
Forgive and Forget

My heart aches for you. I feel your pain, the anger, the regret, the remorse, the feelings of being hurt and angered by the faults and mistakes and sins of others. I also know that it’s human nature to want to retaliate, to want revenge, and to resist that inner voice that tells you to forgive and bury your differences. To truly forgive and forget is difficult.

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