Improve Your Health, Adopt a Pet!

Having a four legged friend is good for your health Paul Mann from Fetch Pet Care says pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression. People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets. It’s been proven that pets can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, those are things that calm and relax us. Pet owners have proven lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels than those without pets and those are indicators of heart disease.

 

 

Mann says if you’re feeling lonely, furry friends make great companions. Children with pets suffer from fewer allergies than their friends who don’t have a pet.

I am Good Enough!

Family Life Radio Listener Sarah is comforted by the reminder of who she is in Christ that she heard in the song we play:  Who Am I – By Casting Crowns
Here’s the lyrics;
Who am I, that the lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the bright and morning star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?
Not because of who I am
But because of what you’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who you are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still you hear me when I’m calling
Lord, you catch me when I’m falling
And you’ve told me who I am
I am yours
Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
And watch me rise again?
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?
Not because of who I am
But because of what you’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who you are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still you hear me when I’m calling
Lord, you catch me when I’m falling
And you’ve told me who I am
I am yours
Not because of who I am
But because of what you’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who you are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still you hear me when I’m calling
Lord, you catch me when I’m falling
And you’ve told me who I am
I am yours
I am yours
I am yours
Whom shall I fear, whom shall I fear?
‘Cause I am yours
I am yours

Overflow of the Heart

When you seek God, you get filled up on Him. It spills over into wanting to help others learn about Christ and sometimes that means helping them with tangible needs so your actions of service show the love of Christ.

If you could start an organization to help others, what would it be and who would you help? Mike says he and his wife write bible studies that are used in prison. Everyone can do something. Ask God what He’d have you do. You don’t have to go to a foreign country to be a disciple. Keep your eyes open and reach out to others in need.

 

 

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

My Weakness, His Power

Jubilee feels worn out because she stutters. That’s why she connects with the Tenth Avenue North song Worn, we play here on Family Life Radio. She identifies with the lyrics that say “I know that He can give me rest. So I cry out with all that I left.”

All of us have some sort of thorn in our flesh. The enemy wants us to believe that we can’t be used by God because of it. The Apostle Paul is a good example of that.

 

 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Laughter is Good Medicine

Proverbs 17:22 tells us A cheerful heart is good medicine.

 

Science backs that up… Laughter is good for your health. A good, hearty laugh relieves stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter can help prevent disease. Laughter increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack. We’ve talked about physical and mental health benefits, but there are also social benefits. If we enjoy a good laugh, it diffuses conflict and promotes teamwork and bonding.

 

Who makes you laugh? Family Life Radio member Becky says Christian Comedienne Chonda Pierce is funny.

 

Forgive Yourself

Our children are our future, that’s why one Family Life Radio member is praying for her middle school students. She worries about them because they have so many new avenues of temptation in this social media driven culture. She sees the poor choices some of them are making. She prays for them to recognize it’s not too late. They can turn around. God Loves everyone of them. All they need to do is to ask God for His forgiveness and forgive themselves. God can help reshape the future.

 

 

Let’s pray for our teachers who have the opportunity to influence the lives of students. We can pray that they will show Jesus love to their students.

 

As the Need Arises, It will be Provided!

I don’t remember a time when God has not been faithful. God is faithful. Take every opportunity to give a shout out to God. His timing is perfect. God makes a way.

He will supply all of our need.  Not needs with an “S” (plural). As it arises, it will be provided.

God provides gas money for the car and food. He provides for our need. Sometimes when I think I need something, God shows me I don’t need this right now. If I don’t need whatever that thing I asked for is, I must not need it, but He will provide contentment.

 

Fear is a Liar! //Zach Williams

Zach Williams says Fear is a Liar.  Fear is a tool that the devil uses to keep us in our past, to keep us from seeing the promises God has for our future.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18

Cry out to God because He is perfect love.  Remind Satan that he is a liar.

 

God doesn’t want us to be fearful. Go to God in full confidence that He’s got the situation you are going through.

More Than Mediocre

Please pray for Art. He’s trying to be Intentional in raising his grand kids but he’s having a tough time making ends meet.  Focusing on God is one way to be Intentional because it helps us focus on the solution instead of our circumstances. God is bigger than our storm. Reach out to Him.

 

 

Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8

 

Dr. Randy has help for those who want to go from surviving to thriving.

Those who focus on survival tend to:

  • Be overly concerned with how their lives appear to others.
  • Hold tightly to everything in their lives (people, objects, jobs, status).
  • Find their identity and security in possessions.

 

The move from survival to significance:

  1. Manage risks as you contemplate change.
  2. Identify a passion to pursue.
  3. Don’t be ensnared by image or possessions.

 

If you’re living in survival mode in any area of your life, take a bold step toward significance. It might be uncomfortable at first, but true contentment is hard to find in mediocrity.

Help Mom De-Stress

Nearly half of moms say their husband stresses them out more than their kids. Today surveyed 7,000 moms and found 46 % say that. The average American mom says her stress level is at an 8.5 out of 10. 75% of moms say they do most of the parenting and household chores.

The Hope For Your Home Conference can help with that. It’s a marriage and parenting conference. Dr. Randy Carlson will discuss how to strengthen intimacy in your marriage by applying 10 daily love habits. Dr. Kevin Leman will help you regain control of disobedient children by creating a strong plan of action. There’s one coming up in Glendale and another one later in Albuquerque.