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Doing Life Together

Doing Life Together

5 Tips to Combat Health Worries

posted by Linda Mintle

This morning I am taking my daughter to get her wisdom teeth removed. She can’t wait for it to be over and I feel the same. Even though this is a routine surgery, it is still a surgery and can give rise to worry. Worry is not something God wants us to do. Jesus repeatedly tells us to be anxious about nothing, a tall order but one we need to live in obedience to every day.

Health is one of those areas it is easy to allow worry to get the best of us. There is a fine line between being too relaxed about health issues and obsessing on everything that could go wrong.

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In my new book, Letting Go of Worry, due out October 1, I provide tips for peace when it comes to health concerns.  Here are a few tips:

1) Don’t self-diagnosis on the Internet. If you are not a medical doctor, the Internet can be useful but also problematic when you try to self-diagnosis. I once worked myself into a state of frenzy believing I had something  seriously wrong with me based on symptom checklists on the Internet. I finally went to my doctor only to find out I was wrong and nothing was seriously wrong.

2) Don’t freak out over all the possible side effects. When reading all the possible side effects of any drug, surgery or procedure, the list is usually long and covers every known side effect. We need to be informed when making decisions regarding use of medications and medical procedures, but also need to be careful not to obsess over side effects or possible reactions once a decision is made.

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3) Expect the unexpected. Things happen that we can’t control. A few weeks ago I was at the Meadowlands in New Jersey and ran into a rusty wardrobe cart in a hotel lobby. Because my tetanus shot was not up to date, I had serious problems. Thankfully, the treatment (and new shot) worked. I never expected such a thing, but instead of why me, we need to take the approach of what now. Do what needs to be done, pray and trust God.

4) Do what you can to be healthy. Eat well, exercise, get sleep and take care of your body. You lessen the odds of health problems. This part is in your control.

5) Trust God even when the news is bad. Pray for healing. And if the answer does not come in the way or timing you think, trust God to walk you through the health issue. He never leaves our side. His Spirit is in us. He has our lives in His control. Worry goes away when we fully trust God and do not doubt His Word or character. Bad things do happen, but the promise is that God is with us through it all and will work it for our good and His glory.

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April Fools? Lying is No Joke!

posted by Linda Mintle

He was having an affair. The boss looked him in the eyes and said, “Pretend like this is God sitting and talking to you. Are you having an affair with a co-worker?”

He looked her in the eyes and said, “No, I am not.” The problem was it was not April Fools. He was having an affair and he flat lied to his boss. The man calls himself a Christian.

It’s no joke when someone lies to you. And God made a major point about lying when Ananias and Sapphira told a lie about selling property in the book of Acts. God had them fall over dead from those lies.

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But today, lying seems to be in style and even encouraged at times. And while God may not strike dead a person for lying, we should not forget the consequences of sin. Lying is a sin. It is deception and impacts your relationships.

Sometimes people justify lying to a partner because he or she thinks the person can’t handle the truth. Yet the truth is usually revealed at some point and the lie makes the betrayal even worse.

Sometimes people lie because they think others can’t handle the truth. The truth may be difficult to hear, causing tremendous emotional upheaval, but is still better than being lied to.

Sometimes people live with people who lie because they want their lifestyle to continue. I treated a number of clients who chose to live with a lie in order to maintain their prestige and lifestyle. Yet the lie always resulted in pain.

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Sometimes people lie to make themselves look better than they are. Little “white lies” are harmless, right? Wrong, God makes no distinction in lies. A lie is a lie.

Whatever the reason for lying, it doesn’t work out in the end. The saying, ‘The truth will find you out” is usually the case. Tell the truth up front. While it might be hard to do, the end result is usually better than betraying someone or lying and breaking their trust.

April Fools? Only today for fun! The rest of the year, be honest!

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The GOOD in Good Friday

posted by Linda Mintle

After hearing the story of Easter in Sunday School for the first time, a middle school teen sat still and stared at the floor. She had listened intently and was saddened by the way Jesus was treated on “Good Friday.” The teacher noticed her puzzlement and asked what was wrong.

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The teen looked up, “I am really trying to understand what was good about Good Friday.

Wasn’t that the day Jesus was crucified and died?

Crucifixion was the cruelest form of punishment reserved for murders and other heinous crimes that He didn’t do.

Didn’t Jesus’ family and friends cry and wonder what happened?

Didn’t Jesus cry out to God and ask why He was abandoned?

Didn’t the soldiers beat him?

Didn’t one of the thieves next to him on the cross mock him?

Didn’t Jesus’ own people and religious leaders reject him?

Didn’t the Earth become dark and the ground and rocks spilt?

Wasn’t it scary when people came out of their graves?

And then Jesus dies.

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Yes, He was resurrected on Easter, I get that, but why don’t we call Good Friday, Black or Dark or Terrible Friday. Seems like a better name. “

The Sunday School teacher paused. The teen had a point. What happened to Jesus on Good Friday did not sound very good. She realized she had more to explain.

“The reason Good Friday was good was because Jesus willingly (He could have called His angels to rescue Him, remember?) sacrificed and suffered for us. There was a purpose in all that suffering. He knew that purpose and was obedient, even unto death. He took our sin to that cross so that we could be saved. Without His sacrifice, we could not be justified to God.

On that day, it looked like evil won, but Easter reminds us that this is not true. Jesus triumphed over the grave. Death could not keep Him and He rose again!

Good Friday was the day wrath met mercy. Jesus poured out His great love for us and died so we may live. He did what no one else could ever -He who had no sin, became sin for us so that we could become the righteousness of God. That is the good in Good Friday.”

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The Meaning of Maundy Thursday

posted by Linda Mintle

Tonight, I will attend a Maundy Thursday service. It is part of  Holy Week leading to Easter Sunday.

The word, “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word mandatum,  meaning commandment . If refers to the commandments Jesus gave His disciples at the Last Supper, the night He was betrayed. He told them to love with humility by serving one another and to remember His sacrifice through the breaking of bread and wine that was about to be received. It was the Passover meal. Jesus took bread and wine and blessed it. With the bread, He said this represented His body given for us and that we are to break this bread and eat in remembrance of Him. He then took the cup of wine, blessed it and told His disciples it represented His blood, poured out for us. Do this also in remembrance  of  Him. This is why tonight, at my church, we will have a Communion Service, remembering the Last Supper and Jesus’ commands.

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For me, it is a night set aside to be reflective and commemorate the life of Christ, His crucifixion and glorious resurrection–to remember the incredible sacrifice of our Savior did for us and be thankful. Tomorrow is always a solemn day as we remember Good Friday, but then Easter, the best day of the year, follows!

So my friends, remember what Christ did for you this Maundy Thursday. Give thanks, love with humility and serve one another.

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