Saturday, March 13, 2010

Healthy Outlook

Can happiness make you healthier? In a study of nearly 2,900 healthy adults, researchers at the University College London found that those who reported more good moods had lower levels of cortisol (a stress hormone).  When this chemical is chronically elevated, it can contribute to high blood pressure, obesity, depressed immune function and other ill-health effects. Upbeat women also had reduced levels of inflammatory markers, which also bodes well for the heart and overall health.~ Stacey Colino

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Pioneer of Our Faith

Pioneer of Our Faith,
I'm grateful that you've been there before,
and you know everything that lies ahead.
Forgive me when I fret or complain,
and remind me that you're always there to lead me.  Amen.

So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won't let go.  Ane we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.  We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads and makes our faith complete.  Hebrews12:1-2

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Divine Bread

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

Divine Bread,
cause me to hunger for you today.
Enable me to yearn for more of your life in me.
On those days when I feel stuffed and satisfied with my self,
surprise me, and stir me up with a renewed hunger.  Amen.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Door

Divine Door,  You ar the entrance into a life of joy, peace and holiness, and you are also the door that shuts evil and darkness out of my life.  Thank you for being the entrance to all things bright and beautiful in my life.  Amen.

John 10:7,9

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Good Shepherd

My sheep know my voice, and I know them. 
They follow me, and I give them eternal life, so that they will never be lost.  No one can snatch them out of my hand.  John 10:28

Good Shepherd,
thank you for your infinite patience.
I want to hear you.
I listen for your voice.
Sometimes I strain to hear you speak.
Is it because I want to hear you so badly
that I allow other voices to confuse me?
Help me, Good Shepherd, so that I'm tuned in to just your voice
and I won't listen to any other.  Amen.

Monday, March 8, 2010

My Guiding Light

Once again Jesus spoke to the people. This time he said, "I am the light of the world! Follow me, and you won't be walking in the dark.  You will have the light that gives you life."

Guiding Lights,
I commit myself to follow you
even when the darkness increases
because I know you're always with me.
I trust you not to let me walk in darkness. Amen.

Thank You Sitka