In my busy schedule, I manage to do these four steps to improve my daily life.
1. Meditate. Begin your day with prayer, reading of the word, and meditating on the Lord. Jesus is the light of the world and those who follow Him will not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life (John 8:12). Understand that you can do all things in Christ who strengthens you (Phil 4:13). Regardless of your current or past life-issues, you have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Co 15:57; 2 Co 2:14).
2. Establish a time line for your daily activities by recording them in a daily planner. Here you will record your appointments, meditating times, exercise times and the many things you plan to do. List only what you believe you can accomplish daily.
3. Exercise. If you chose to walk outdoors, stretch at home or exercise at the gym, you will find that exercising will cause you to increase strength and improve your health and happiness. I enjoy the gym because I like talking to people there and talking for me, is therapeutic.
4. Drink a Smoothie. I start my day with making and drinking an eight- ounce glass of delicious smoothie. There are various ingredients people may put into their smoothies, but I like to include berries, apples, greens, nuts, carrots and other ingredients. You may want to speak to your health-care professional if you are allergic to nuts or if you need to curtail sugar in your diet.
Please send comments. I will appreciate them.
Joan M. Blake
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By Joan M. Blake
As parents of special-need children/adults, we face continual life-issues which do not go away. What do we do? Where do we go from here?
1. We should pray and find solutions to our problems.
2. We should continue doing exciting things for God
3. We should reach out to others who are going through similar challenges
- We should pray and find solutions to our problems. Before finding solutions to our problems, we must face our challenges with love and patience. We must remember that these children/adults are ours, and that God gave them to us. We must pray and put our situations in God’s hands. At best, we should find solutions to the various problems we face, by considering the severity of the issues our children/adults face and by determining what we need to do to help them. Do we need to consider in-home care, and if so, for how many hours during the day? Should we consider a day program or other alternatives if available, so that we could have time to attend work or have time during the day?
- We should continue doing exciting things for God in addition to praying and trusting Him. Do you have a prayer partner? Do you know people who need prayer? Do you call others during the week to encourage them? As caretakers, we get so busy with our own issues, that we forget that people need people
- We should reach out to others who are going through similar challenges. When we do so, we operate as a team; we gain ideas from one another; we get encouraged and feel better about ourselves. Please join me as we purpose to become a support group of encouragement.