On March 15, 2019, my husband David will turn 70 years old. SEVENTY! That is unbelievable! He seems so young and acts so young! On March 30, 2019, we will celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary. Perhaps being happily married, raising eleven children, and now enjoying twenty-six delightful grandchildren has helped him stay young.
I now have a new favorite book that I think everyone should read! It’s called, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD. Although it is quite technical and full of research studies, I found it fascinating. I learned once again about the importance of getting a full eight hours of sleep each night in order to function at your peak performance each day.
While you can’t change unfortunate circumstances, you can change your attitude. The old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine” is so true.
I’ve always liked Valentine’s Day. I think it’s a fun time to let our family and friends know how much we love and appreciate them. When our children were still at home, we would decorate lunch sacks and put homemade valentines or “love notes” in each other’s sacks, which we would read on Valentine’s Day. Now that our children all live away from our home, my husband David and I will sometimes make each other homemade valentine cards—just for old time’s sake!
When you choose to obey God’s commandments, even though you might not understand why you should, you receive many spiritual and physical blessings. Confidence in yourself increases in direct proportion to your faith and trust in God.
I’ve been working on my self-esteem program since 1989. That’s thirty years—a VERY long time! Will I ever be finished with perfecting this program? I don’t know. Maybe, but maybe not. I want to get it completed so I can share it with the world, but even if I don’t, at least it’s helped me! Do I do it perfectly every day? No. But as my husband David always says, “At least we have a program—we know what we need to do!”
Be proactive. Say the magical words, “I love you” several times a day and show that you are sincere by expressing your love through your actions. Christ-like love is real and can transform relationships.
I’ve had many “spiritual awakenings” in my life. Sometimes they come after much prayer, meditation, and soul-searching. Sometimes they come unexpectedly when I’m taking a shower or doing the dishes. Sometimes they come after months or years of patient pondering. The unseen, spiritual side of life is just as real as the tangible, physical side of life.
As you teach your children to know and love the Lord, there will be peace in your home and your family will feel united. Your happiness and self-esteem will grow as you make personal sacrifices to build a strong, loving family.
There is a new Christmas video, starring Kevin Sorbo, which exemplifies how sorrowing hearts can be healed and families reunited through the “silent night” of Christ-like love and forgiveness. May the Spirit guide us to do only that which is essential this year as we strive to bring Christ’s love into Christmas.
For some people, Christmas is a joyous time. However, for many other people, they just pretend to be happy while counting the days till the holiday is finally over. Most sadly, are those who already struggle with chronic depression, and the holidays only make it worse. Hopefully, by trying to make Christmas more Christ-centered, and being realistic about our time, energy-level, and finances, we will eliminate stress and feel real joy.
I hope this Christmas season, and throughout this coming year, that we will find one person we can help each day. It might be a family member, it might be a friend, it might be a stranger on the street. We each must find someone in need and do a little something to help.
One, by one, by one.
I've been writing down my thoughts and experiences for the last forty-five years with the goal to someday share it with others. Someday finally arrived—July 27, 2017.
My mission is to empower individuals, revitalize marriages, ennoble motherhood, and fortify families through the mastery of choice. My hope is that your heart may be opened to understanding my words and learning from my experiences so your life & relationships will always move forward in peace and love.
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