Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Stress Reducers

Stress is everywhere in my life. The van is half-way fixed...there are still a couple of major issues to work through. We flipped when we saw the bill for $157.04. I guess all I can say is "bring on the next problem and we'll take care of it." I think Jeff's going to get another estimate for the next urgent thing because the first one is $250. Pretty steep.

Next week is the Pampered Chef party. I sent out invitations to anyone and everyone (almost) because the consultant said that if I left anyone out, theydl be offended but that they wouldn't be offended if I did invite them. So, against my personal nature, I gave/sent invitations. Tonight at Bible study I gave some to the ladies there; I felt my face turn hot. I HATE doing this because I don't want to make someone feel as if they have to buy something. I do want people to come, though, because I don't know if I can take the embarrassment of the consultant coming to do a cooking show and nobody comes. I'll be so glad when this is over.

I do have my menu choices done. I want to do the Cool Veggie Pizza and the Chocolate Micro Cake. I'll let you know how the pizza tastes. I've already had the cake at other shows and it's very good.

Now, to perhaps help others find ways to de-stress, I'd like to post guidelines that our Bible study hosts handed out tonight.

Twenty-Six Ways for a Christian to Reduce Stress

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say NO to projects that won't fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you to do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra key to the car in your wallet, an extra key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut.) This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the KID in you everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while you are waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while you drive. That will improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite Scriptures on hand.
26. Remember the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you, Jesus."
Romans 8:31 "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

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