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Activated May 2017

State of Mind - May 2017

Chuck Swindoll wrote: "The longer I live, the more convinced I become that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to it." Discover why a positive attitude is one of our most valuable assets.
 

01-05-2017
The Most Significant Decision
The Most Significant Decision

An American shoe representative was sent to a remote region of Africa. Before long, he wired the home office: “Selling shoes in this part of the world is pointless! Nobody here wears shoes!”

He returned home, and the manufacturer sent another representative. This one wired back order after order. “Everybody in this part of the world needs shoes!” he explained.

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01-05-2017
Island Memories
Island Memories

About 30 years ago, my husband Gabriel and I had just welcomed our daughter into the world. At the time we lived on a mountaintop overlooking a lush valley on a beautiful tropical island in the Caribbean. Gabriel had his dream job working with musicians on a musical radio program. The valley was uncomfortably hot, but because of the elevation, there was a constant breeze where we lived that made the weather idyllic.

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01-05-2017
Joy, Fulfillment, Happiness
Joy, Fulfillment, Happiness

We all have many opportunities and possibilities to move forward in our faith, our relationships, our work, our inner lives, and more. Of course, making progress in any area requires determination, discipline, effort, sacrifice, and hard work, but the results are worth it.

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01-05-2017
The Joy-Filled Life
The Joy-Filled Life

The discouragement was overwhelming and growing by the minute. So many things were coming at her; possibilities were expiring; problems were piling up.

Teaching is never an easy job. And it’s the most difficult at the beginning and end of the school year—this was the last week. One of her favorite classes didn’t do well in the year-end exams. Had she failed?

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01-05-2017
Zero Credits, Full Benefit
Zero Credits, Full Benefit

As a college freshman, one of the things I disliked the most was required, zero-credit Physical Education (PE) classes. At my university, undergraduate students were required to take four consecutive semesters of PE. I hated the feeling of working for nothing.

In addition, I was truly out of my element at PE. My first course was an elementary badminton class. My teacher smiled at my first shots, and I sensed the smile was one of humor rather than admiration. I would have much rather spent the time poring over a textbook or writing reports, instead of sweating as I tried to...

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01-05-2017
Stressed Out
Stressed Out

I have a six-year-old nephew who loves video games. The other day I was sitting with him while he was playing a racing game on his Wii. The levels were getting progressively more difficult, the speed was faster, and the courses were more hazardous. I could see him becoming more and more stressed—his face was turning red, his hands were getting sweaty, and he couldn’t stay in his seat.

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01-05-2017
An Unusual Taxi Driver
An Unusual Taxi Driver

Ring, ring, ring… My cell phone interrupted my Internet browsing.

“Sir, we have found the problem with your vehicle. You can come now and pick up the broken part as a sample to buy a replacement,” the cheerful voice on the other side informed me.

“Already?” I asked.

“Yes, and if you come down now, we might finish working on your car today.”

“I’m on my way,” I said, trying to sound upbeat.

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01-05-2017
Nothing to Fear
Nothing to Fear

My worst fears came upon me the day I landed in the hospital. I dreaded entering the huge, ominous health factory, where impersonal doctors would study my symptoms with a distant professional look, and nurses would appear at my bedside at the strangest hours to stick me with a thermometer, an injection, or a cup of weak coffee.

God, get me out of here!

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01-05-2017
Riding the Wave
Riding the Wave

It was one of those mornings when you wake up and get barraged with one piece of bad news after another. Everything that can go wrong does, and there seems to be no end to this downward spiral. To top things off, my wife was away on a trip, and things are always worse when she’s not around. Even as I embarked on the day, I was already feeling overwhelmed and discouraged.

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01-05-2017
The Peace of God
The Peace of God

Inner peace

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:7

 

If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.—John Bunyan (1628–1688)

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01-05-2017
The Sunshine of My Love
The Sunshine of My Love

You can’t make the sun come out on a rainy day, but you can work to change the mood around you.

Most people feel happier and are more upbeat on a warm, sunny day than on a stormy one. You can warm and encourage the people around you by the sunny “rays” or good vibes you send their way. But if you’re carrying around a cloud of problems and woes, you’re likely to create a “pressure system” that will dump rain and dampen and darken the day for everyone around you.

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