Growing Stronger through Change (4)

Growing Stronger through Change (4)

“I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love.”     Ps 31:7 NLT

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says: “A diamond cannot be polished without friction, and a person can’t be perfected without trials.” We all want to live stress free without having to work at it, but it can’t be done. So:

(1) Take time each day to pray and read God’s Word; it’ll transform your outlook. (2) If you still look like your old passport photo, take a vacation; you need one! (3) What goes up must come down, so cut back on caffeine and sugar! (4) Eat right—a balanced diet isn’t having a cookie in each hand! (5) Exercise three to five times a week for thirty minutes; it’s nature’s magic bullet for stress. (6) Develop better time management habits: “use it or lose it.” (7) Make room in your life for fun and relaxation. (8) Get eight hours of sleep when possible. (9) Maintain your sense of humor: “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired” (Pr 17:22 TM). (10) Start counting your blessings. The Psalmist said, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Ps 103:2 NKJV). (11) When you talk to yourself, say the right things. Your words affect you more than others. (12) Simplify your life by eliminating clutter. If you haven’t used it for two years, you probably don’t need it. (13) Develop a sense of purpose by seeking God and setting personal goals. (14) Forgive; grudges are too heavy to carry: “If you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive [you]” (Mt 6:15 NLT). (15) Read the last chapter—we win!

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