The greatest cure known is work.

The greatest cure known is work.
Emotions are sometimes strange, volatile, and unpredictable. They do not always respond to logic and reason. They do, however, respond to action. If you have occasional feelings of loneliness, discouragement, or discontentment, the best way to kill such negative emotions is to work them to death. Almost nothing is as bad as it first seems, and there’s nothing like a hard day’s work to put everything in proper perspective. When you begin to feel negative emotions, dwelling on your misfortunes only makes you feel worse. Do your best to put them out of your mind and think about more positive, constructive things. Physical labor can help. Choose a task that doesn’t require a great deal of concentration, and then focus on accomplishing the task at hand.
Source: The greatest cure known is work.

This reminds me of John 13.  Jesus knew He was going to die shortly.  A distressing time.  How did He handle it?

 

John 13:1-6 Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus KNOWING THAT HIS HOUR HAD COME that He should depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. 2 And during supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God, and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself about. 5 Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

 

Was He correct in saying when He was done…

 

John 13:15-18 "For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you…"If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

                                               

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Dependability

Dependability is the first foundation stone of good character.
People of character do what they say they will do, when they say they will do it, and according to agreed-upon conditions. They are the leaders, the individuals to whom others turn for guidance, because they have demonstrated that they care, that they can be trusted. If you respect yourself enough to keep commitments even when it’s inconvenient to do so, others will come to respect you too. Dependability, like any other character trait, is a habit. Begin today to develop the dependability habit. If you procrastinate or find it difficult to meet your commitments, start small. Promise yourself that you will be on time, for example, and manage your time so that you are. Soon you will find that it’s easier to keep other commitments as well.
Source: Dependability is the first foundation stone of good character.

    

Proverbs 28:20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward…

Proverbs 20:6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man?

                                               

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The Uncompromising Life

    • People are honest until just a little dishonesty might save them a lot of money or gain for them some great advantage. People know something to be definitely wrong, but for the sake of peace they will cover it. People will do an act against their claim to convictions when asked by someone they admire or fear or from whom they seek a favor.
    • what it means to live an uncompromising life. It is to reach beneath the shifting sands of a culture and fix yourself to the rock that is below it
    • The first thing I see about Daniel is an unashamed boldness.
    • They don’t equivocate, they don’t waffle, they don’t try to give some secondary reasons they’re willing to take a stand on exactly what the issue is. In Psalm 119 Verse 46 it says I will speak of your testimonies also before Kings and I will not be ashamed.
    • a second thing that’s true of an uncompromising person is an uncommon standard.
    • What would be wrong with drinking the King’s wine? Wine is kosher, so it’s not an issue of Old Testament dietary law with regard to wine, but there’s something about uncompromising people who go to an uncommon standard.
    • They are the pace setters, they set the pattern for others; they live on the highest plain.
    • thirdly. An unearthly protection
    • from God you’ll be under a lot of protection. Verse 9.
    • I would rather take the uncompromising stand, have the whole society against me and have God on my side.
    • Proverb 16:7 says when a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
    • A fourth characteristic. We could say an uncompromising life has an unhindered persistence.
    • And here’s the key to everything, number five. An unblemished faith.
    • Sin produces doubt, fear, questioning, hesitancy. Righteousness produces confidence and security.
    • The point is Daniel says if I obey God and do not violate the laws and take the highest spiritual position, I believe God will honor that. That’s his faith.
    • You can operate in any trial in total confidence when you know your heart is pure
    • they believe God will honor them because their hearts are pure.
    • point number six, an unusual test.
    • All commitment will be tested
    • Number 7, an un-measurable blessing.
    • Verse 17. “As for these four youths, God gave the knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom.”
    • God gave Daniel the ability to read visions and dreams.
    • “as for every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the King consulted them he found them,” I like this “10 times better than all the magicians and conjurers who were in all his realm.”
    • An uncompromising life with unashamed boldness that calls us to an uncommon standard that depends on an unearthly protection build on an unblemished faith that can face unusual testing with unhindered persistence, resulting in immeasurable blessing and unlimited influence.
    • in summary determine not to compromise and leave to God the results.
    • let’s pray.
    • Keep us uncompromised, pure, faithful, loyal to the truth and to you the God of truth. And to Christ the living truth. And to the spirit of truth. And as we live those uncompromising lives, may you lift us up to whatever duty and task would bring you glory for Christ sake, Amen.

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Ice Going Out Back Home

We did not live far from here.
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Substance Abuse Is Like Playing Russian Roulette

Russian Roulette is a potentially lethal game of chance in which a “player” places a single round in a revolver, spins the cylinder, places the muzzle against his head, and pulls the trigger. “Russian” refers to the supposed country of origin, and roulette to the element of risk-taking and the spinning of the revolver’s cylinder being reminiscent of spinning a roulette wheel. ~ Wikipedia

It is not very likely that you would put a gun to your head and pull a trigger, even though 5 of 6 chambers are empty.  But many will try addictive substances like alcohol and drugs and believe they can beat the odds.  What if they don’t?  They will spend the rest of their lives in agony, struggling to overcome what few are able to do.  This fact was brought home after watching a show on Netflix called Addicted.

If you can stomach it, watch the second show on Kevin and alcoholism.  It shows the harsh reality of an addict.

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Substance abuse is like playing Russian roulette—it can cost you your life.  Conscientious Christians need to know that our bodies are not our own to abuse in any way—they belong to God.  (from Hope for the Heart Biblical Counseling Library © 2006 by Hope for the Heart.)

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

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When you commit your life to glorifying God in your body, your chances of addiction to substances greatly improves!

                                               

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“The Internet Must Go” Is Must-See TV | Blog, News & Notes | BillMoyers.com

“The Internet Must Go” Is Must-See TV | Blog, News & Notes | BillMoyers.com.

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NH Rebellion

Rebelling against all the rebellion that has been going on for decades.

 

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Bill Moyers is airing a special segment on Rootstrikers’ newest project in the fight against corruption, the New Hampshire Rebellion.

Inspired by Doris “Granny D” Haddock, whom at the age of 88 walked across America to bring attention to this critical issue, the New Hampshire Rebellion set out to traverse 185 miles and inspire people in the Granite State to ask all presidential candidates just one question: How will you end the system of corruption in Washington?

200 people from 20 states walked with us in rain, snow, and freezing cold. Every major newspaper in New Hampshire covered our endeavor, helping us reach just over 3.2 million people. And this is only the beginning.

Click the image below to watch the video on the NHRebellion website, and if you can, please share it. Or if you want to watch it the old fashioned way, you can find a station here.

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Thank you so much for all that you do.

-Szelena Gray and the entire Rootstrikers/Demand Progress Team

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