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Audible promotes itself with this catch phrase - "Listening is the new reading." Is this true for you?
Think about it. Do you read books, listen to books, wait for the movie or listen to podcasts?
I am amazed at the information available on podcasts today. They are a great way to use your busy time to learn and be challenged. My favorite places to listen are, the car, admin day in the office, and while doing household chores.
Who are you listening too? Respond in the comments below.
I've included my listening list in the pictures below.
What if I told you that you could have better relationships, better health, sleep more, feel more satisfied about your life and protect yourself from depression and anxiety.
Would you be interested? Most people would say of course. But what is it?
It is the attitude of gratitude!!!
Robert Emmons, Ph.D., a leading expert on gratitude, describes gratitude in two parts. Firstly, he says gratitude is an affirmation that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received. Secondly, it’s the recognition that the sources of this goodness are, at least partially, outside ourselves. This outside sources can be a higher power, the natural world or from social connections with others.
If developing an attitude of gratitude is so beneficial, then why is it a struggle. Many of us practice gratitude killing habits. Check out the list.
Habit 1 - Self focused lifestyle. When the focus of our life becomes personal happiness, we never have enough.
Habit 2 - Entitlement. This habit embraces the idea that if I am smart and work hard then I get everything good that I have.
Habit 3 - Non-specific thanks. You have learned to say thank you. However if it is general or obligatory it is a false gratitude.
Habit 4 - Spiritual dryness. Gratitude is a key indicator of healthy spirituality. Failure to cultivate healthy spirituality will result in failing to show thankfulness.
How do you break these habits? Here is what I have found to be helpful.
Practice Intimacy with God - Daily practice of intentional Scripture Reading, Prayer and Quiet Contemplation.
Write down 3 - 5 things everyday that you are thankful for.
Share your list.
Here is my list for today.
1. I am thankful for the healing power of God in my life.
2. I am thankful for a warm cup of coffee.
3. I am thankful for people in our church community who want to know more about the Bible.
Developing an attitude of gratitude takes work. It take perseverance and patience, but if you address these habits you will be on your way to developing an lifestyle of thanksgiving that will last longer than the turkey leftovers from the weekend.
This past Saturday, Converge played host to a welcome back BBQ and party for the community. There was a bouncy castle, games, food and some of the neighbors from the community joined us. A huge thank you to all the volunteers.
Our Welcome Back BBQ is September 29th from 3 - 5 pm. There is a bouncy castle, hot dog BBQ, giant games, minute to win it and more.
A few months ago I was given a copy of the 6-week devotional called Eyes to See. The subject matter deals with the cause of poverty as well as Gospel Centered solutions. I found the material both challenging and eye-opening.
Here are two of my favourite quotes from the book.
In talking about the cause of poverty, they use this quote from Brian Fikkert. "Poverty is rooted in broken relationships, so the solution to poverty is rooted in the power of Jesus' death and resurrection to put all things in right relationship again."
Wess Stafford is quoted as saying this. "The opposite of poverty isn't wealth. The opposite of poverty is enough." The author goes on to say; "God wants us each to have enough. What does "enough" look like in your life?"
These thoughts remind me that fighting poverty is a daily activity. Sharing the Good News of Gospel and sharing my abundance, to help others have enough.
I would encourage you to pick up a copy of this study book for yourself. Go to www.eyestosee.ca to get more info. There is group pricing available if you buy 10 or more.
Thank you to Compassion Canada for putting this book together. It was great to see that the team at Graf-Martin Communications worked on this project as well.