The woman who walks with God will ALWAYS reach her destination.
Cut Down Stress
GIVE YOURSELF FLOWERS WHILE YOU CAN.
Stress can take a toll on your spiritual, emotional, and physical health. You probably can't avoid it altogether, but you can find ways to ease the impact. Don't take on too much. Try to set limits with yourself and others. It's OK to say no.
To relieve stress, try:
Are you in good health? Traditionally when asked this question one automatically begins to evaluate how they feel solely based on the perceived physical perspective. Has what you haven’t considered be having an impact on your overall health, physical condition and overall quality of life? How are you mentally and emotionally?
It is believed that you are only as strong as your mental state. Our mental well-being is paramount to our overall health. Too often we push aside evaluation and maintenance ‘tune-ups’ as it pertains to our mental health? Take a moment to consider that our thoughts affect our mood, which in turn directs our actions. When we become overwhelmed with disillusioned, oppressive, self-deprecating thoughts our emotions go on a rollercoaster ride. We can potentially elevate to massive catastrophic highs or extreme debilitating lows. These high and lows can manifests in the form of depression, anxiety, fears, stress, OCD type behaviors, aggression, sleeplessness, oppression, hyper impulsivity, substance abuse, promiscuity, self-injurious behavior, abusive relationships, isolation, etc.
Mental Health encompasses our ability to enjoy life, resilience in adversity, holistic balance, cognitive and emotional flexibility, and selfactualization of our potential. We truly have the potential to reach and maintain a healthy mental well-being. Consciously working toward the characteristics previously mentioned will generate a healthier happier will mental and emotional state. Some tips to maintaining a healthy mental state are mindful meditation, sleep, enjoyable hobbies, effective coping strategies, social and familial interactions and connectedness, open mindedness, journaling, recognizing our potential, balanced diet and communication (have a safe comfortable person to share your thoughts/ feeling/emotions with).
Let’s take the steps to assure we are truly healthy today.
-Lady Keena Stewart, MS, LBC
GOD'S DESIRES FOR WOMEN
GENTLENESS QUIETNESS HOPE FAITHFULNESS FEARLESSNESS
The Greek word for “gentle” means mildness of disposition, or meekness. This is not to be confused with passivity, but to be understood as a humility of spirit that comes from trust in God’s goodness.
A woman of gentleness recognizes that every element of life can be used by the Spirit to grow her in Christ, and so refuses to be hardened by hardship. She responds to others in deference, kindness, and love, knowing Christ has shown her the same grace. Her heart is softened toward others, looking to extend compassion.
Nearly synonymous with gentleness, this word denotes being “peaceable.” It suggests inner tranquility. When we are serene in God’s salvation, we exhibit gracious behavior. Rather than stirring up strife or calling for attention, the “quiet” woman is secure in God’s love. Having confidence in the Lord, she reacts to life thoughtfully and with self-control.
We can have a gentle and quiet heart because we hope in Jesus, knowing He will soon return. Even if others fail, the godly woman knows her God DOES NOT. She entrusts herself to Him, and takes Him at His Word. Christ and His promises are the foundation of her heart and home. The hope of heaven is so real to her, giving her a warmth and strength that inspires her family and neighbors.
Following the footsteps of the biblical matriarchs, this hope leads us to respect and submit to the authorities God has placed in our lives – whether it be our parents, husband, or spiritual mentors. Through this obedience we take steps closer to what He has promised.
This is perhaps the most difficult – we are instructed to “do good.” It seems so simple, and yet such a calling involves the daily grind of self-denial and selflessness for our homes and ministries.
Faithfulness must define our character—not daydreams, secret sins, or selfish ambition. These are the easy temptations in our world of instant gratification and feminism. Instead, let us put on good works – ones that may not have fireworks but bring joy to our servant-hearted Savior. From diaper-changing to praying for our husband to crying with a friend, we can be holy women who bring God’s Word to life.
We can be courageous in the Lord, in all things. The world equates being fearless with being a risk-taker, but the Bible provides a definition of greater substance and significance.
Because Christ has freed us from sin and shame, we can walk confidently before God the Father. As His redeemed daughters, we can always find refuge in Him and like the Proverbs 31 woman are without fear of the future, because He is steadfast and is on our side. There’s no fear of failure or misfortune, because we know He can carry us through any trial. He, and He alone, IS ENOUGH.
A note to women…Make today a good day!
A gentleman once said to me, “Please do me a favor.” Without hesitation, but giving just enough time for a questioning gaze, he said, “Have a great day.” I smiled and walked away changed. Somewhat lifted, I was reminded to live on purpose. This unexpected interaction challenged me to consider what I needed to do, to create and expect goodness for my day.
The truth is, every day is the best day to have a good day. However, how often do we consider our day in terms of how to achieve accomplishing having a good day? As women, often we awake to thoughts of obligations, expectations, demands, etc. We become consumed with anticipating what we will encounter throughout the day and prepare to give based upon what the pending interactions will dictate. With a thousand decisions to make for ourselves, our families, our co-workers, even strangers we encounter, is all well and good within us?
How often do we plan for goodness? How often do our thoughts center around positive anticipations? What is the mind feeding the rest of the body, soul, and spirit for the day? Is it daily bread or daily dread?
Success often depends upon the frame of mind. Our thoughts affect our journey. We must direct our thoughts and not allow life to drive them remembering not to be conformed to the world, but allowing ourselves to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2). Starting our days thinking about things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praise-worthy (Philippians 4:8) will help re-calibrate our minds to plan for the good. Finally, we would do well to remember that Jesus came that we might have life and that more abundantly (John 10:10). These strategies fuel life abundant.
So, please do me a favor, HAVE A GOOD DAY! Expect goodness. Demand goodness. Dwell in goodness. Today and every day!!
- Elder Joan A. Glass, MAEd-AET, BSM
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