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Doing Life Together

Doing Life Together

Discouraged? It May Be a Power Outage?

posted by Linda Mintle

stressedHave you ever experienced a power outage? For the past two days, I have.

For no apparent reason, I stopped getting power to my house. I felt completely cut off from the world, no TV, computer, ability to cook, or see in the dark. And I began to think.

The Christian life is like this. Most of us operate as if we are in a power outage on a regular basis. We passively accept whatever comes our way and struggle in our own strength to get through the day  Most days, we operate as if we are not connected to any power source. No wonder we walk around anxious and stressed. It’s hard to function without power. It’s discouraging.

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When the problem at my house was finally diagnosed, it was a wire underground that had slowly been eroding. Buried in the ground, I had a cable that was no longer carrying the power. Once that cable was exposed, it could be fixed.

How often do we keep things deeply buried that slowly erode our joy–hurts, offenses, wounds, that we don’t deal with, yet they are under the surface, doing damage  to our physical, emotional and spiritual lives? We refuse to expose them because of the hurt, yet they are damaging and need to be exposed.

Once the line causing the problem at my house was fixed,  I was connected again to the power source and everything turned back on. But the lesson wasn’t missed.

Stay connected to the power source. Don’t forget what you have to help you through the day. We are connected to the One who can move mountains, who can heal diseases, who can turn sorrow into joy, who can give peace during life storms, who can fight on our behalf, etc. Yet, we allow distractions and life cares, and allow old hurts and wounds to disconnect us from the power of God. Today, examine your life.

If the power is out, get reconnected!

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Fear Not…How is This Possible?

posted by Linda Mintle

smaller worryFear not...a phrase that appears in 18 books of the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, angels, prophets, apostles and Christ himself announce that we are not to fear.

Job, a righteous man, felt fear and gave in to it. He believed that even though he did what was right, God would not take care of him. The things he feared came upon him.

Contrast that to David, who stood before the giant, ready to fight even though he was completely outsized and outmanned. Scripture tells us David quickly ran out to meet the giant head on. Why? because he knew who God was and he trusted God.

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The challenge to fear is faith.

Fear not….God answers prayer

Fear not….God loves us.

Fear not…God will guide us

Fear not…God is with us.

Greater is He that is in us, then he that is in the world.

Do you believe it? If so, fear not!

 

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear. for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 

 

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7 Ways to Address Fear and Live in Peace

posted by Linda Mintle

fearThis past week has served to be a challenge when it comes to fear. People go to work and die in an explosion. Others attend a marathon and lose their limbs. Every day, we are faced with the unknown. If we aren’t careful, fear can take a hold in our lives and hold us hostage.

Fear is a warning system built into the our bodies as a natural reaction to danger. It is healthy to feel fear in the face of danger. It acts like an alarm and prompts us to action, But when fear takes hold of our lives, it turns into worry and anxiety. It takes real danger and changes it to a perceived possible one. Fear becomes a way to focus on the uncertainty of life and the future, rather than the present. For example, you could get hit by a car, struck by lightening, lose your money in the stock market, etc.

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This is why God has told us that He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. He doesn’t want us held hostage by the possibilities of danger. We can’t live like that and have joy or any peace.

So how do we live without allowing fear to enter our lives? Psalm 46 has answers:

1) Know who God is–a very PRESENT help in times of trouble.

2) Know where God is–in the middle of the trouble , the waters roar, the mountains shake but God is in the midst. He is not absent in times of trouble.

3) Get your eyes off the uncertain circumstances–Don’t be moved by the trouble around you. Instead keep your eyes fixed on Him.

4) Remember God is working in the situation–He breaks the bow, cuts the spear, burns the chariots of fire. He will work it all for our good if we love and trust Him.

5) Be still. Wait and listen.

6) Know that He is God. Watch how He moves and works things out. Be amazed by what He does.

7) Worship Him–even before you know the ending, because praise takes care of that heaviness.

 

 

 

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Eating Past Feeling Full? What You Should Know

posted by Linda Mintle

Press-Pause-mediumIt’s the weekend and you are even more anxious than ever. The opportunity to binge eat is greater in the next two days than during the week because you are home all day with food. And when you are around food all day, the temptation to over indulge hits you hard.

If fact, you find yourself doing the following:

  • —Eating too fast
  • —Eating until you are uncomfortably full
  • —Eating a lot of food even though you are not physically hungry
  • —Eating alone because you are embarrassed as to how much you are eating
  • —Eating and then feeling disgusted, depressed or guilty.

 

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This constant pattern every night and weekend has you distressed and upset. You don’t want to think about food all the time.

What you might not know is that you could be a binge eater. Binge eating is a type of eating disorder characterized by the above and usually results in weight gain. And when you think about it more, you know that you have trouble coping with stress, worry, sadness and boredom. Maybe this has something to do with bingeing on food. In most cases, it does.

So rather than stay distressed about your eating behavior, contact an eating disorder specialist to get help. In fact, NIMH estimates that 2.8% of the population struggles with binge eating disorder so you are not alone.

The important thing is to get help.

Contact an eating disorder specialist and learn how to stop bingeing and eat better. My book, PRESS PAUSE BEFORE YOU EAT, can help change your relationships with food from struggle to healthy.

 

 

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