I love reading and studying the Bible. It’s my go to book when I’m sad or when I’m glad.
I have my grandmother to thank for my appreciation of sacred scripture. My family lived next door to her and she introduced God’s Word to me when I was very young. And no matter what kind of cut or scrape I might come in with, after she had put a bandage on it she would say, “Let’s see what we can find in the Bible to make you feel better.” And she always found just the right verse.
She has been gone now for many years but every time I pick up the Bible I think of her, smile, and say, “Thank you, Grandmother.”
If you live on or near any of the coastal areas threatened by Hurricane Irma I urge you to pack up and get out of there immediately. This appears to be a strong and very dangerous storm. If you remain you could very well be making a mistake that will result in the end of your life. Yes, you may die.
I lived a considerable part of my youth and adult life on the gulf coast. Although I lived in Houston, 50 miles inland, there were times when that didn’t seem far enough when hurricanes came through. Hurricane Harvey recently proved this to be so.
I was once on Galveston Island when a hurricane came in. I wasn’t injured but I can assure you it was a traumatic experience.
I had an assignment in Palacios and Port Lavaca after Hurricane Carla all but wiped those areas off the map. The destruction was incredible.
When these things approach, to be brave and decide to ride it out is in reality a decision to be foolish. Please don’t do this. Get out of there!
Have you grounded your body lately? Over a period of time, due to the extremely stressful lifestyle we live, our bodies can become loaded with negative energies. This is especially so for those who live and/or work in cities. And, of course, some neighborhoods and lines of work are worse than others. Being filled with these negative energies can be a hazard to your health and darken your attitude. Oh sure, there are probably pills for the symptoms but here is a natural and more fun way that can help ease the stress.
Find a place nearby that has some grass or weeds growing. Preferably it would be a location close enough to where you live so you can walk to it and back. Your back yard or a local park is perfect. Try to wear loose clothing…nothing binding.
In order to successfully ground yourself you need to be in direct contact with Mother Earth, so, when you’re ready, remove your shoes and socks. I also suggest that you take off your hat, cap, or any other head covering. Step out onto the grass or dirt with your bare feet. Wiggle your toes and walk around a bit. Enjoy your connection to Earth. While you’re at it take a few deep, cleansing breaths. Feel the tension flow out of your body from head to toe.
That’s it. You have drained all that built up negative energy into Mother Earth and she, in return, has refilled you with clean and positive energy.
Do this as often as you can. Daily if possible. If not, you’ll get to know when you need this by the way you feel.
What about during the winter when there’s snow everywhere? I personally wrap up good and take a regular barefoot tromp in the snow. Admittedly, it’s a pretty quick tromp. Be cautious, however. Don’t chance coming down with a terrible winter cold, or worse, pneumonia. Practice common sense in not only this but in all things that you do.
It often feels like there is nothing as refreshing to a body and soul as having a good day. A day where everything seems right. Some of those days even come close to topping out as absolutely perfect. Bright, cloudless sunshine…both inside and outside of us.
Fortunately, not every day of our life is like that. I say “fortunately” because if every day of our existence was perfect and without challenges then we would never learn much. And so…the “bad” days of darkness show up to help balance the scales.
When times seem to be at their most dismal and dark clouds fill the horizon, then is the time to really watch for that ray of light that is certain to break through.
As difficult as it may be, try and maintain a positive outlook during the funky periods. Those spells of darkness can really make you appreciate and embrace the good times.
On a bitter cold winter day, while the sky was completely overcast and snow was falling, the clouds suddenly became very dark. Almost as if the hour of midnight had arrived. Then, there appeared a large area of bright light that lit up a sharply defined section of the clouds. Although it seemed to be coming from above the clouds it was not in the right area for the sun to have caused it and there was a very strange quality about it. Especially when it began to ripple and pulse.
He watched this for several minutes while feeling a tingling energy creeping up and down his spine. He didn’t know why but he was suddenly moved to quietly say, “Ok, I know you’re there.” As soon as he said those words the light pulsed brightly twice and disappeared.