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Growing in Resilience

Growing in Resilience

download Here are a few things that will help us grow in resilience.

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We need friends. One of the best ways to meet life’s challenges, is to try NOT to face them alone. We do better in relationship, not isolating from them. When you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, trusted friends can help you overcome self-defeating thoughts and irrational negativity.

But people can’t read your mind. You have to let them know you need to talk.

Managing Yourself Well

One of the most important ways to be resilient is to practice good self care.

  1. Get enough sleep
  2. Make time for Bible study and prayer
  3. Take a walk or a run…workout regularly.
  4. Eat right.
  5. Stay connected to people. Especially stay connected to people in the faith community.

Your ability to be resilient under stress requires good emotional and physical reserves. The better you care for yourself, the more equipped you are to manage stress.

Be Proactive instead of Procrastinating

Be  prayerfully intentional about your week. Think and pray through the week in front of you to anticipate possible snags before they happen. You strengthen your resiliency when you face potential problems head-on, but your good demeanor suffers when you procrastinate and ignore imminent problems.

“Those who are prudent see danger and take refuge, but the naive continue on and suffer the consequences.” ~Proverbs 27:12

You can grow in being proactive in facing uncomfortable realities head-on, and figuring out how to handle them before they arrive. And if you do, you’ll find a greater peace and resilience.

Remember the Lessons of the Past (This isn’t your first rodeo)

What has God taught you in the past? How has He led you to overcome hardship in the past? What strategies did God give you that worked well in making it through tough times, and which ones didn’t work out so well?

Remembering the lessons of the past means not repeating the mistakes of the past.

Lastly, View Adversity as a Normal Part of Life

Going through life with the expectation of a life with no problems is a prescription for depression and constant disappointment.

Have you noticed that the same event can happen to two different people –  one person snaps back in a few days, while the other person takes a decade to recover from it.

Their expectation is way off. They lack resilience.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from blows that knock the wind out of us and bring us low emotionally. Resilience is the ability to rise above negative circumstance, stay humble, FORGIVE, and keep moving forward in faith.

~Tom

 

Remembering Jesus’ Triumphal Entry

Remembering Jesus’ Triumphal Entry

palmWhen we think of Palm Sunday,

Think of God’s redeeming purpose which SHOWS in contrast to Man’s political agenda.  Jesus knows the things that make for peace, and it is not a CHANGE of political leaders, it is freedom from sin in a CHANGED HEART.  

And when we think of Palm Sunday,

Think of Jesus’ love for ALL people – not any particular RACE – though the Jews WERE chosen for the revelation of God’s requirements for salvation.  His love is not limited, nor has it EVER BEEN LIMITED to just ONE RACE. In Jesus, He has favorites no longer.

And when we think of Palm Sunday,

Think of the Voices of Children praising Jesus in the Temple, as He heals the blind and handicapped who come to Him.  Think how He welcomed the Children’s praises and how He said that unless YOU and I BECOME like children, we will not enter the Kingdom of God.

            Weakness triumphs over power

            The praise of babies silences the mouths of God’s enemies

So, with Palm Sunday FRESH in our minds, what would be an appropriate offering to Jesus, Yeshua ha Machiach, TODAY?

Maybe Jesus told us already when He received the praises of the children THERE in the Temple:  Worship!  How about we close this morning with just a moment of heart-felt worship?

Because the kids got it right!  And that was why Jesus defended them! It was Perfect Praise from child-like hearts with no agenda.

~excerpt from Palm Sunday sermon 2017 Pastor Tom Wright

Good, Good Friday

Good, Good Friday

So strange to be sitting here cozy, drinking tea,

Thinking of that day when Jesus, my Lord

Was mercilessly beaten and crucified on Calvary.

My heart’s full of thankfulness. May You never be ignored. 

 

All that You went through because of Your love;

Your amazing love that compelled You to suffer.

Your incredible love that I feel so unworthy of.

 

One day, Blessed Lord, one day, it is true!

All nations and peoples will sing Your name in one accord.

Every crown thrown down in honor of You!

My heart ‘s full of thankfulness. May You never be ignored.

 

~Teri