Keep Running…It May Save Your Life

I love to run…anyone who knows me knows that, but what I love almost as much as running are stories about runners who inspire…inspire me to keep going as I run through the decades of my life. Yesterday’s post on Runner’s World was just such a story. A story that took over half a century to unfold, but those many years were needed to make a strong point about the power of running to heal our bodies and minds; when we put our shoes on and show up to run, no matter how we feel (mentally or physically) we set off a chain reaction of health and healing for ourselves. Whether we are 30 years old or 80+ years old, running is excellent therapy. Read Sylvia’s story and be inspired today and know with certainty that the obstacles to your  well-being can be overcome with the help of God and your own two legs.  Now get out there and have a wonder-filled run!




Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
Rumi ~ Persian mystical poet

Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.
Buddha

Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.
James 1:2-4 TLB

Truth Speaks…Across Cultures


Truth Speaks

This morning I had one of those ah-ha! moments. I think it happened as a result of my crisscross reading of authors and genres of late. When I arrived at this intersection of ideas, I realized a transcendent principle had wafted its way into the forefront of my conscious mind: namely, that TRUTH transcends time.
Truth has no beginning and it has no end. What is true today, was true yesterday and will be true tomorrow. There is nothing new under the sun. Truth cannot be contained; it is of spiritual essence; it is not bound by time, space or matter;
it does not discriminate; it sees not ethnicity, gender, culture, status, age, politic or economy. Spoken clearly, spoken loudly, spoken softly it matters not how it speaks, or from whose mouth it issues; the voice of truth has many facets and speaks every language in existence. Truth is like the crown jewel of creation; its fount flows freely for all to partake. Truth calls out to those who have ears to hear…listen, learn, and live life to the full.




Humility

Humility makes us ready to be blessed by the God of all grace,
and fits us to deal efficiently with our fellow men.
True humility is a flower which will adorn any garden.
This is a sauce with which you may season every dish of life,
and you will find an improvement in every case.
Whether it be prayer or praise, whether it be work or suffering,
the genuine salt of humility cannot be used in excess.
Morning and Evening ~ Charles Spurgeon


Spell Me a Sign…for Brain Power

As you may or may not know, novelty is a key component in creating healthy brain architecture. This is the third post in the brainpower series and in today’s mind enlarging message I would like to give you another activity that will challenge and grow your brain’s neural network, specifically your visual and motor skill centers. You can enhance and wake up your brain’s neural connections by learning this new skill: sign language.

I had the opportunity to learn sign language some years ago when I was raising my infant grandchild. I wanted to be able to communicate with my grandson and have him be able to communicate with me long before he could speak words and sentences. He was not hearing impaired, but learning and teaching him sign language gave us a way to communicate before he was verbal. It was fun (and a bit challenging) to teach an infant to mimic hand signs to communicate about things and ideas like: eat, more, all-done, dirty, apple, dog, cat, bird, banana, etc. But even before his first birthday, my grandson and I could express rudimentary needs and ideas by using sign language.

For adults, learning sign language is like learning a foreign language, and unless an we have strong intrinsic motivation, most of us tend to lose interest quickly in the novelty of acquiring a secondary language. But I would like to challenge you to approach learning sign language as a health and well-being activity. Practice making the simple letter signs of the alphabet with your hand and fingers; then coordinate these letters to sign your name. This activity is a powerful, two-fold brain trainer. Using your hands and eyes at the same time to sign letters and memorizing these symbols and the order in which to use them requires muscle (motor), visual and memory skills to be employed simultaneously. This effective training activity is like a tonic for our brains. Not only will learning this skill recharge sluggish neural connections but when practiced faithfully, you will also make brand new neural connections (muscle memory). And that’s how you build a strong brain!

So go ahead, spell me a sign! A chart of the sign language alphabet is pictured below…give it a try and show someone you know your newly acquired brainpower from the palm of your hand!

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By His quiet He conclusively proved Himself
to be the true Lamb of God.
As such we salute Him this morning.
Be with us, Jesus,
and in the silence of our heart,
let us hear the voice of Thy love.
Morning & Evening ~ Charles Spurgeon


He was beaten, he was tortured,
but he didn’t say a word.
Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered
and like a sheep being sheared,
he took it all in silence.
Isaiah 53:7
(THE MESSAGE: The Bible in
Contemporary Language 2002)

Silence of the Lamb