YOUR TRUE WORTH

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‘And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”‘ (Luke 12:15)

Dearly beloved, how are you measuring your worth today? Is it based on your earthly possessions? Perhaps it depends on what position you hold in your office? Or are you taking into account how other people esteem you?

Well, God’s Word says that none of those really matters.

So what then does the value of our lives depend on? If Jesus said that who we are is not determined by what we have, where then should our identity lie?

The rich, young man who settled into self-satisfaction and contentment because his barns were full to the brim with crops was severely rebuked by Jesus. He had foolishly stored up treasures for himself on earth, but had not been rich towards God.

He was wealthy in possessions, but poor in spirit.

If he truly believed in God, if he truly knew how good our heavenly Father really is and how eager He is to bless us, why would he be dismayed when Jesus asked him to give away his possessions to the poor?

Shouldn’t he be rejoicing that he’s been given such a great opportunity to be a blessing to others through Christ?

In fact, Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.”

So why was he dismayed then? I submit to you that although he was rich in earthly possessions, he was, in fact, operating out of a spirit of poverty. He was trusting more in his material riches, than in the everpresent blessings and favour of God.

Could it be then that our identity and value is found in our relationship with God?

What makes our lives valuable is not how much we own, not what we do, nor even what others say of us. Our value, our worth and our identity is found in our relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ.

We are the adopted sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father; His precious children. His beloved. The blessed ones.

In Him we find our true worth.

Have we been rich in our relationship with God?

How do we feel when we estimate our worth and value in the expectations of this culture – when we strive to find identity in what we own, what we do or what others say of us?

Is there an inner pressure to perform, to keep it all together, to match up to the world’s demanding standards?

Notice the spirit of desolation that draws us further away from both God’s presence and our true selves when we strive to live by other people’s standards, when we try to live up to societal expectations.

That isn’t who we were created to be.

Notice the difference when you rest deeply in the truth that you are chosen by God.

Discover your true identity and worth in Him alone. Let this reality sink deep into our hearts.

For when we choose to live in the reality that we are worthy because we are His children, we find a consoling place of peace, freedom and deep connection with our Heavenly Father.

We then discover who we really are – loved, favoured, the treasure of our Father’s heart.

Be Greatly Blessed!

 

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In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure).

If you tend to get stressed out frequently—as many of us do in today’s demanding world—your body may be in a heightened state of stress most of the time. And that can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can suppress your immune system, upset your digestive and reproductive systems, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and speed up the aging process. It can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

It is also believed that stress contributes to heart diseases, high blood pressure, strokes, and many other diseases. In addition, this affects our immune system, the system that protects us from other serious diseases.

Health problems caused or exacerbated by stress include:

Depression and anxiety
Pain of any kind
Sleep problems
Autoimmune diseases
Digestive problems
Skin conditions, such as eczema
Heart disease
Weight problems
Reproductive issues
Thinking and memory problems

Many circumstances may cause you to be stress. You just have to identify them so you can create steps in order to adapt the situation. These causes are called stressors. They can be physically, emotionally, internal or external produced stressors.

An example of this that can cause stress is your physical condition, like if you are experiencing pain, hot or cold temperature. Stressful environment like poor working condition or foul relationships can also be a cause of stress.

Other factors that may cause stress are the following:

– Uneven noise
– Crowded room
– Loneliness or separation from a partner
– Hunger
– Infection

Now, if stress is the result of the changes that happening in our body then we cannot avoid it. But what can we do? One very important thing is that we should know its symptoms. You will never know you that you are already suffering from it if you do now what are its indications.

Listed below are the symptoms of stress.

Physically you will experience:

– Heart pounding
– Headache
– Sweating and sweaty palms
– Stiff neck
– Indigestion
– Backache
– Skin break out
– Upset stomach such as nausea or diarrhea
– Shortness of breathing
– Sleeplessness/sleeping too much
– Fatigue
– Cold hands

Emotionally you easily:

– Become moody and irritable
– Lose your temper very often
– Feel depressed
– Lack of sense of humor
– Feel nervous
– Feel inferior of what you have
– Worry too much about unimportant matters

And mentally you are:

– Forgetful
– Confused
– Having poor of judgment
– Disorganize
– Unclear perceptions

Knowing that we cannot really avoid stress it is important that we know the symptoms. Now, in order to lessen our stress we should learn how to manage it. Here are some tips in reducing stress.

  1. Do yourself a favor and buy something that will give you comfort.
  2. Make yourself busy doing more enjoyable activities.
  3. Learn to moderate your physical reactions to stress.
  4. If necessary, have some nature tripping that will really help you feel more relaxed.
  5. After busy working days, treat yourself on a vacation.
  6. Take a short break every after meal to relax.
  7. Always wear clothes that are comfortable to you whenever possible.
  8. Express yourself, avoid being too secretive about what you feel.
  9. Eat well-balanced and nutritious meal.

If you feel you are experiencing stress, do not be afraid to follow the above tips. They are not risky; instead, they can help with your condition.

And bear in mind; take care of yourself because you are the only person who will suffer if you abuse yourself from too much stress. Remember stress can be a cause of many life-threatening diseases. So, in order to avoid that, please be gentle with yourself.

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ARE WE LIVING AN ILLUSION THROUGH A FAIRYTALE THOUGHT?

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Thinking back on my teenage moments, I had this mad crush on Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. I dreamed that one day he would walk into my life and sweep me off my feet. The only thing we had in common was our birthdays. Both of us are born in the same month and on the same day with exactly 10 year difference to the date. What we didn’t have in common was life itself. Wondering how I could live the princess image within myself so I could possibly have the opportunity to persuade Queen Elizabeth that I was the best match out there for her beloved son. Not even aware that I was living an illusion…a conscious magical relationship, I purchased every article in print on Prince Charles, studied his family so that they would accept me and approve of me running away with my Prince Charming. I spent valuable time living an illusion that I felt could give me power and recognition as a person. Literally, how many stories are in print describing how Prince Charming comes racing into someone’s life, kisses them and they become alive, magical, and set in motion.

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Years later, it was interesting to watch this magical wedding broadcasted basically on every station in the USA. I thought; how lovely that Princess Diana got to live the magical love. I believe that many of us have this fantasy of some sort. Maybe it’s not Prince Charles but some famous movie actor or actress, or any magical image our minds have created through childhood. Illusionary relationships do not exist. Illusionary relationships are our fantasy-base belief from some mis-conceived, make-believe knowledge in our childhood or some false notion that we need to be saved. Why? We have been abandoned. We have power in the thought that someone stronger and more powerful than “I” will role play with us the abandonment of the love and nurture missing in our lives. It is the absentee of pure relationships that has given us the imaginary illusion that we can seek or discover and even claim that fairytale relationship.

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We are consistently looking to find our happiness in someone else’s life. Another disbelief many of us have is “When I find my soul mate life will be peachy,” and “When I have a perfect body, I’ll be loved and desired by all the charming prince/princesses out there,” or “I can get anyone I want because I look good”. Looking for approval? Looking to be recognized? Looking to be important? Someone, please pay attention to me. If that means I need to get into your head, then I’ll keep searching through you to find myself. Fairytales and illusions mask the negative belief that…“When I get what I want then I’ll be happy.” What exactly… is it you want? You want the love and the security that you will be surrounded by comfort and love from someone who will give you the strength, devotion, bond and unconditional love that you were missing in your youth.

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Here’s the truth whether you believe it or not, you cannot find happiness in someone else even if you love, adore and create them to be your everlasting God or Goddess. It’s no surprise that we are victims of this mis-belief as how many times have we sat in front of the television and watched Disney tell us a story of our magical prince, yet alone bed-time stories of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella while Mom or Dad were absent in loving us in WHOLE. Isn’t it easier to believe fairytales are romantic, safe “emotional harbors”? You bet it is! So how do we overcome the belief that finding happiness in someone else is not the answer? How do we connect to Self and see who we really are? I can’t tell you how my times I have re-lived the past of being abandoned and how the present moment helped me eliminate more than 90 percent of that process that doesn’t exist any longer in my life. It had happened. I kept making it happen. But it’s not to keep happening! Living in the past and looking for someone to rescue you does not eliminate abandonment. It keeps the cycle alive. It’s in the present moment where you will connect to self and see all that you had been living in someone or something else including the illusions in “self”.

Meditation is a great purity of Divine presence in self that enables you to focus on your current surroundings. Keeping self in present moment brings instant spiritual connection with our creator’s presence, our Source. Being in the NOW is the key to clearing past issues and illusions and obtaining a secure, safe present life free of any illusions.

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The spiritual truth is that the only person who can ever make you happy is YOU. That’s why learning how to unconditionally love and accept your Self is a grand accomplishment. We love and accept ourselves in the present moment. What we accomplish in the present moment is reality…a reality that “we are not perfect” and “acceptance of ourselves”. The power is within you. Not someone else. In the present moment, you will find that you are perfect the way you are. Loving yourself is not being selfish but selfless. It’s called, unconditional love.

Your mind uses the past and it’s illusions (fairytales) to emotionally escape (repress, minimize, deny, etc.) when your relationships trigger feelings that make you feel ignored, abandoned, frightened, abused, or misunderstood then it’s easy to instantly place self in that fairytale love story. It makes you feel as if your safety and security are dependent upon another person. Such as the thought, “his love will save me”. So how do we overcome this? The task ahead of you is not an easy one to take. The answer is “spiritual relationship with “self”.

A spiritual relationship with self leads to ONE or WHOLE. You begin to create an environment that is healthy and fosters the belief that you can be on all levels in Being. “Being” in spirituality means; mind, body and soul in ONENESS. You have the power to transform your fairytale relationship beliefs into Self-Being in present moment. By bringing self into presence, you are able to capture the picture of past conscious illusions and where the fairytale source originated from. By dissecting piece by piece of this self-belief of yourself and eliminating the fantasy of Prince Charming coming to rescue you, you will help ‘You” to attract a spiritually based, consciously awakened, loving relationship; a relationship where you can feel safe, appreciated, and loved; a relationship created by equals for the purpose of spiritual growth and a relationship where you and your partner agree that nothing is more important than your spiritual growth in the present moment. This is conscious living.

~~ By Andrea Infante

 

BLESSED TEST….

 

I woke up this morning and knew that today,
the sun would not be shining and the clouds would be gray.
As I stepped outside, rain fell upon my head.
My car wouldn’t start so I walked to school instead.

I forgot all of my assignments, I failed all of my tests.
I dropped my head in disgust and asked the Lord for one request.
Lord, why is it that things won’t go my way?
He gently replied, “Dear child it is because you didn’t
thank me yesterday.

I woke you up and enabled you to see the sun again.
I gave you shelter, protected your family,
and even let you make a new friend.
I blessed you far greater than I ever had before.
But you were too busy to thank me once more.

You didn’t feel sick because I maintained your health.
You had money in your pocket because I maintained your wealth.
You had shoes on you feet and clothes to wear, too.
You had plenty of food to eat, and what did you do?

You ignored me and went about your tasks.
But when you wanted something you never hesitated to ask.
I was there when you needed me, and that wasn’t too long ago.
But when things started going your way,
it was me you did not know.

As if that weren’t enough, I provided your favorite luxuries.
This was something I didn’t have to do-they
weren’t even necessities.
And when it was time to get on your knees and
show your gratitude,
You decided that after such a fulfilling day,
you weren’t in the mood.

So I decided to give you just a little test.
To show you how it would feel to stop being blessed.”
I began to realize what the Lord was saying.
And when I got home, I fell to my knees and started praying.

He said, “My child, you have learned and you know I do forgive.
But remember to remember this day as long as you shall live.
I love filling your life with joy, and your pain I’ll alleviate it.
But just a simple thank you would show how much
you appreciate it.”

Pass (your choice) this on to everyone you pray
the Lord will bless.
There are no catches or rules just this simple test.
How many people to send it to is all in your hands.
Just another Cyber Blessing sent from God through Man.

~~ anon