Managing Your Emotions

Managing Your Emotions

Hello Friends,

Today I would like to take some time to talk about our emotions and how to deal with them.  Everyone has emotions.  We like to try to classify them as good or bad, etc.  But emotions are just feelings, they are neither good, nor bad; they just are.  It is how we react to those emotions that turn them into something good or bad, etc.  If we don’t exercise any control over our reactions, they can be the cause of many hours, days, or years of misery.

What is the actual definition of Emotion?

Websters:

A strong feeling (such as love, anger, joy, hate and fear)

A conscious mental reaction (as anger and fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body.

Free Online Dictionary:

A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling; the emotions of joy, sorrow and anger.

How do our emotions affect us:

Our emotions affect us in various ways.  Strong feelings of joy will add to our happiness, and may make us want to dance around or get physical in some way.  Prolonged feelings of sadness may contribute to depression.  Feelings of anger or rage, can lead us to do or say things that we are sorry for later.  Jealousy is another emotion that can lead us to actions that are not in our best interests.  Feelings of guilt can cause us to be stuck in the past and not be able to live our life to it’s fullest.

Emotions that aren’t controlled, or managed in some way, will eventually add stress, and affect our physical, mental and emotional health.  Stress is often caused by emotions that aren’t dealt with in constructive ways.  The stress in turn, creates changes in our body that may cause diseases, decreased immunity; leading to infections, chemical changes to the brain; resulting in depression,  physical changes that effect our heart and other organs, and may lead to certain cancers, etc.

So as you see, it is in our best interest to learn to manage or control our emotions and our reactions to those emotions.  If we can agree that emotions and reactions to those emotions can affect us, physically, mentally and emotionally in adverse ways; then the only wise decision to make is to find a way to manage them and implement changes.  We will explore some ways to do that later on.

Emotions – Any strong feeling.

Feeling – the experiencing of and being affected by emotional states;  “She had a feeling of euphoria”; “He had terrible feelings of guilt”; “I disliked him and the feeling was mutual”.

Let’s explore some emotions:

Anger, ire, choler – A strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance.

  • If not managed, anger or rage can cause us to say and do things that we later regret.

Fear, fearfulness, fright – An emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

  • Fear can be a debilitating emotion.  Real or imagined, it can cause us to become immobile, either physically or emotionally.  It is an emotion that can cause a lot of unnecessary stress to our mind and body.

Reverence, veneration, awe, fear – A feeling of profound respect for someone or something; “the fear of God”; “the Chinese reverence of the dead”, “the french treat food with gentle reverence”; “his respect for the law bordered on veneration”.

  • Reverence for God is a good thing (in my opinion).  Reverence can be a good thing to have for others, provided it is not carried to the extreme.  The part of this emotion to be managed (in my opinion), is the degree of reverence, awe or fear.

Anxiety – A vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune.

  • Anxiety can be very stress producing; which in turn effects us physically, emotionally, and mentally.  It is one of the emotions that can eat at us internally and cause other emotions to escalate.

Joy, joyfulness, joyousness – The emotion of great happiness.

  • Joy is usually considered a positive emotion; but here again, it is a matter of degree.  If you are so joyful that you cannot settle down and be constructive, then it needs managed.  If your joy is at the expense of others; it needs managed.

Love – A strong positive emotion of regard and affection, “his love for his work”, “children need a lot of love”.

  • Love is often considered a positive emotion, and it is; but love can be very painful when it is vested in the wrong person or thing.  It can also have a detrimental effect if it is to the point of obsession.  Love can be wonderful if it is managed and controlled effectively.

Hate, hatred – The emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong it demands action.

  • Hate or hatred has the potential to be very volatile.  It is so intense that we may feel like we “have” to react in some way, or we will burst from the strength of it.  Managing hate (in my opinion) often requires forgiveness.  It may require giving up our right to be right.  It isn’t an easy emotion to manage; and many people don’t even desire to manage it.

Jealousy – An unhappy or angry feeling of wanting to have what someone else has.  An unhappy or angry feeling caused by the belief that someone you love (such as your husband or wife) likes or is liked by someone else.

  • Jealousy can also be an intense emotion that begs for action.  It is certainly not an emotion that contributes to our happiness and well being, or the happiness and well being of those close to us.  It is often found in conjunction with anger and rage; producing even more fertile ground for inappropriate or rash reactions.

Emotional State, spirit – The state of a person’s emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection) “his emotional state depended on her opinion”; “he was in good spirits”; “his spirit rose”.

  • We say that someone is in an “emotional state” when they have not been able to manage or control their emotions.  We sometimes refer to the whole “state” of emotional reaction as “spirit” or “spirits”.  Our emotional state affects our whole body with physical reactions. It affects our mental state and our spiritual state, if it remains unbridled.

CER – conditioned emotional response – An emotional response that has been acquired by conditioning.

  • Conditioned emotional response could be in reaction to ways we were treated in our childhood.  Such as:  Abuse: could trigger anger, rage, or anxiety. Prejudices are taught and bring on emotions like hatred, jealousy or fear of certain races or people.  A person brought up in a positive atmosphere is more likely to exhibit positive traits.  And a person coming from a negative background will more than likely exhibit negative traits.  This doesn’t mean that these emotions can’t be managed, just that it will take work and perseverance.

How do I manage my emotions:

 Five steps for positive changes toward our emotions:

  1.  Decide you want to change your reactions to certain emotions.
  2.  Decide which emotions you need to manage most.
  3.  Rank in order of importance.
  4.  Come up with a plan for dealing with each emotion.
  5.  Choose one emotion and work on it for one month.

Ten steps for managing our emotions:

  1.  Ask yourself what is behind each emotion.  Are you reacting out of conditioned emotional response?
  2.  Don’t react immediately.   Walk away and count to 10 (or 100 if it takes that long to calm yourself)
  3.  Pray for guidance, or release the emotion to God.  And practice the “attitude of gratitude”.
  4.  Try deep breathing, meditation, or physical exercise.
  5.   Write down your feelings.  Put them in a safe place and read them the next day.
  6.   Try smiling; especially when you don’t feel like it.  Surprising what a positive effect it has.
  7.   Take action.  Do what you fear, or what you have been putting off.
  8.   Change your self-talk about whatever is upsetting you.  Argue with your emotions.
  9.   Realize that emotions are temporary.  Change what you can, and release the rest.
  10.   Forgive yourself and others.  And let the past stay in the past.

Exercises for easing the affects of emotions:

  • Ask God to help you manage and control your emotions.
  • Write it down.  Read it the next day.  Then destroy it.  Stomp on it or burn it.
  • Visualize reacting differently to your emotions.
  • Make a plan of action and enlist others to help you follow through.
  • If you are fearful, do what you fear most.  Or take actions or precautions to  feel safe.
  • If you are depressed, find sayings, pictures, and clippings and put in a “sunshine notebook”
  • If you are sad, smile and keep smiling until you feel better.  Or sing a happy song.
  • If you are lonely, do something kind for someone else.  Or find an interest and pursue it.
  • If you are angry, ask yourself how your anger helps the situation.  It doesn’t.
  • If you hate, forgive the object of that hatred.  And forgive yourself for hating.
  • If you are jealous; trust (will the jealousy help?) or be satisfied with what you have.
  • If you are anxious; take action, don’t remain immobile.  Set goals and attain them.
  • If you are in love; ask yourself “does that love enrich or impoverish my life?”
  • Practice the “attitude of gratitude” in every aspect of your life.

Managing emotions is crucial for leading a productive, prosperous and happy life.  I hope that what I have written here, will help you begin to manage destructive emotions, that are holding you back from achieving your goals and living an enriched life.

Thanks for reading.  You may comment or ask questions in the comments section below.

Please keep checking back.  I will be adding content regularly.  There will be new articles every week, dealing with, physical, mental and spiritual health.  You will be able to glean information, leave your comments, or ask questions dealing with each post.

Come back again.  I love company.  Grab a cup of coffee and stay a while.  We will learn from each other and grow together.

At your service,

Jeannie

Top 100 at Wealthy Affiliate

Hi friends.

In keeping with my promise to keep you informed about my journey at Wealthy Affiliate, I have a couple of updates.

I was honored to become Top 100 within the WA community recently. There is a rating system that they use for premium members. It doesn’t mean I am in the Top 100 students with the best grades. (I wish) 🙂 WA doesn’t rate you that way (thank goodness). One of the great things about WA is that you can work at your own pace. Which means, if you have a lot of time one day, you can put a lot of time into your lessons, which will move you along quickly. Or if you have only a little time to spare, you will still get there; just not as quickly. If you have a lot of technical and website experience, you will most likely go through the lessons a little faster. However, the person who has little to no experience will still move through the lessons, just at a little slower pace. It’s all good. As long as you keep going and don’t give up when the going gets tough, as it sometimes does. There are places to go for help and encouragement when that happens. When the problem has been solved, you will feel victorious. You came, you saw, you conquered!

The rating system that they use is more about how active you are within the community. Some of the things they consider are: How many blogs you write, how many followers you have, how helpful you are, how many comments you leave on other people’s blogs, how fast you answer comments, etc. I believe it is for helping us learn how to network, practicing our writing skills, and encouraging one another.

Anyway, WA is a very helpful community. There are veterans in affiliate marketing who are very willing to help those with less to no experience,to succeed. Everyone is encouraging and kind. You aren’t alone on this journey. There is a whole community of people behind you, cheering you on.

When you become a premium member, you start accumulating followers. These are persons who will be in your network. You will in turn choose people to add to your network. You will get notifications by email when the people in your network write a new blog, ask a question or reply to your comments. You can also give and receive “likes” on blogs, comments and questions. These “likes” also have a positive affect on your rating.

But let me tell you, there is a wealth of information in the WA blogs. You never know what you will read when you open one of those blog pages. Some blogs deal with the technical side of affiliate marketing. Others, with motivating and encouraging. Then there are those that make us laugh to lighten the day. Some people share their personal struggles and receive support from fellow members. Some showcase a talent or share their favorite books or quotes. I learn something new every day.

If you would like to become a member of the WA learning community and experience all it has to offer; just click on the link below to join for free.

The other exciting piece of information I would like to share with you, is this:

I have purchased my own .com domain.

The free WA site: add2income.siterubix.com has been moved to my new site at  thesuccessfulretiree.com

Wealthy affiliate made it easy to make the move.  All I had to do was follow the instructions.  I didn’t say it wasn’t scary; but it wasn’t difficult. 🙂  I just followed the steps as they showed me, being careful to do just what they said, and it worked!

So now I own my very own site. It is like a piece of real estate. I have complete control of how I manage it. It may not mean much to you; but for me; it ranks right up there with paying off my mortgage. It is the beginning of a new future for me. A creative, useful, and helpful future. Do you want a place to use your creative side? Where you can learn and grow and feel more alive than you have in years? Get started for free:

I hope to throw myself into making this site awesome, step by step.  My goal is to be the owner of a site that will be the “go to” place for retirees. The place where they can receive helpful information, encouragement and advice about the things that concern seniors.  The place where they can ask questions and add their comments.  The place they like to visit, pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee. Where they feel welcome, and want to come back again.  This is the website I visualize; and the website I am working toward.

I have a long way to go; but I have come a long way already. I feel positive that I will make gradual progress to make this site into the vision I have for it. I will continue to take you along on my journey to success.

If you decide you would like to embark on an experience of your own…remember you can sign up for free. You will get: a free trial membership, seven days of free lessons, and two free websites. There is no initial investment. If you find it’s not for you, you are free to quit at any time. If the lessons convince you that you want to give it a try, you can give yourself another month for only $19. By that time, you should either be convinced that you want to give yourself a real chance of success with Affiliate Marketing; or that it isn’t worth your time. To sign up for free, click below.

Well, my friends, that’s pretty much all I have to report for now. I will be letting you know how my progress is coming. Next goal for WA community is Top 50. My goals for this site are adding two or three posts a week and getting connected with some social media sites very soon.

Please check back for information on physical, mental and spiritual health. I will be adding content regularly for you.

I would like to leave you with this thought:

“I have come in order that you might have life–life in all it’s fullness” (John 10:10)

 

At your service,

Jeannie

Retired and on Fire

Hi retirees and other friends,

I want you all to know this one thing.  You are retired; but that doesn’t mean that you need to sit and be a smoldering ember.  You can be retired and on fire!  You can live a vibrant, productive and satisfying life.  And you can start right now.  Just begin to fan the flames!

 

Sweden, Fire, Flames, Bonfire, Sky

 

I promised to keep you updated on my progress here at Wealthy Affiliate. I am learning a lot and enjoying being a part of the WA community. There are so many knowledgeable ambassadors who are always willing to help. I have also gotten to know a number of wonderful people from the community. The conversations are pleasant and uplifting. A great number of the posts are very inspiring and keep you engaged. Perhaps I am enjoying it too much and not doing enough with my lessons and my website.

 

Anyway, I have managed to get to be in the Top 200 while enjoying myself interacting within the community. I am currently within 4 points of being in the Top 100. In the next couple of days, that should happen. The next goal is Top 50, and then Ambassador. I need to get a lot of learning in before I get to be an Ambassador. I want to help others as they have helped me.

 

Landmark, Milestone, 200, Road Sign

 

I have written 24 blogs on the WA site so far. I may do another one today. It is a good way to practice your writing while getting your thoughts heard. We comment on each others blogs, which helps build confidence, and we learn from each others content. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful community. You can start for free, by clicking on the link below:

 

 

I have built my very first website here. I have been enjoying adding content, and replying to comments. I love to have people stop by, and I welcome comments or questions here. I have written ten posts (including this one). I have four pages. There are three categories called: Physical Health, Mental Health and Spiritual Health. I have started to add content to these headings with one article under each one so far. I plan to add two to three articles a week to these headings, so check back often for new content.  I had some trouble getting this content arranged the way I wanted.  I asked a question and got an answer.  You can read about it here:

 

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/the-wealthy-affiliate-platform/how-do-i-make-headings-to-put-subcatagories-under-them/a_aid/47e7b7c8

 

I hope to generate more traffic to my site; because I want people, especially retired people to be able to take advantage of my posts and pages. I have accumulated much knowledge during my time of caring for the elderly, and then for my parents, until their death. I also use the web for more knowledge to pass on to my readers. I am hoping it will become the site for people to come to for information on healthy retirement, and their physical, mental and spiritual health as well.

 

Would you like to build your own website?

Do you have a passion you would like to further on the web, or a

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I am thoroughly committed to helping others while learning the ins and outs of affiliate marketing. Hopefully you will learn something of value through my articles here. I am actually more committed to helping others than I am making money; but I am interested in both. I have decided that Wealthy Affiliate is the best learning tool out there.  I also love the community. I’m never lonely. I always have company. I learn from reading their struggles and I know I’m not alone.

 

I won’t say Wealthy Affiliate is easy. They give you the knowledge; but you still have to do the work. Sometimes it is frustrating dealing with the technical part, and there are many decisions to be made; but it is all worth it. I am learning and growing. I’m using my creative nature, with the purpose of helping others. Remember, when you have to struggle for something, it’s more meaningful when you get it, than if it is just handed to you.

 

Keyboard, Creative, Creative Office

 

Sometimes, I get stuck on something, and I am working and re-working and asking questions; and then the light dawns, and I break through! It is an exhilarating feeling to finally have my answer. There is a great feeling of accomplishment when the breakthrough comes.

 

I have recently decided to go yearly, which saves me quite a bit of money. Though it would be worth paying the regular monthly price for the amount of knowledge contained at WA; I love the savings. I appreciate that I had the time to start out free to see if internet affiliate marketing was for me, before I started paying.

 

Also if you take advantage of the free starter membership and then decide to go Premium, which I did before my seven days of free lessons was up; you pay a discounted and very affordable price of $19 for the first month.  This gives you even more time to decide.

 

If you would like to try Wealthy Affiliate for yourself, and receive a free starter membership, seven days of free lessons, and two free websites, you can get started as early as today. Just click on the link below, sign up, and you are on a learning journey, with a like minded community behind you to cheer you on to your goals!

 

 

I hope you stop back again. I will be adding new content two or three times a week. I love company and my door is always open. So come on back.

 

Leave a comment or a question. I love feedback. Tell me what you would like to see here. Maybe I can oblige. I want this site to be your home away from home. Come on in, relax, learn something and chat. Comment section below.

 

If you haven’t read my “About me” page, check it out.

See my menu for other pages such as:

Getting Started

Wealthy Affiliate Review “What About Wealthy Affiliate”

I will keep you updated on my progress at a later date. Until then I pray that you stay healthy, happy, and fulfilled.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

Physical Health

Hi there retirees.

 

How is your physical Health?

This is the page that will feature articles on the physical health of seniors.

Among the topics I will cover are; Our body needs water, drugs that are

dangerous for seniors, getting more exercise, natural alternatives,

eye health and glasses, ear health and hearing aids, mouth care and dentures,

essential oils, benefits of coconut oil, vinegar and health, and many more.

Keep coming back.  I will be adding new articles regularly.

Comments  and questions are encouraged and welcome on this site.

Your questions are important, and I will answer to the best of my ability.

If I don’t know the answer I will do my best to find it for you.

You are welcome at this site.

Come back soon.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

Our Body Needs Water

Our Body Needs Water

You would think, with our body being 50 to 60% water, that we wouldn’t need more. But our body requires 8 to 10 glasses of water per day, in addition to the fluids in the food we eat and the other beverages we consume.

While we may need more water as we age, sometimes it seems we drink even less. There is a misconception that any fluid is as good as water. It is true, that there is fluid contained in the food we eat, especially fruit and vegetables. And the other drinks we drink do contain fluids. However, for our body to function at it’s best, we still need to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water in addition to the fluid contained in our other foods and beverages.

 

Five Reasons why we need water

  1.  Water may help regulate the temperature of our body
  2.  Water keeps us from becoming dehydrated
  3.  Water helps transport nutrients through our body
  4.  Water aids in digestion
  5.  Water helps the kidneys and other organs function properly

 

How can we tell if we are drinking enough water?

The color of your urine is a good way to tell, unless you are on medication that causes changes in your urine color.  If you are drinking enough water, your urine will be very light yellow, almost clear. If you are not, it will be dark yellow, or almost to the point of orange.

Urine output is another way to tell if we are drinking enough. If our urine output is small, dark colored or foul smelling; we may need to drink more water.

A lack of enough water may also cause physical symptoms, such as thirst, mental confusion, bad breath and dry mouth, tiredness and a general unwell feeling. If we ignore these signs, we may become dehydrated. Becoming dehydrated will result in physical and mental decline. In some cases it requires hospitalization, and could be life threatening.

 

What if I don’t like water?

Some people say they don’t like the taste of water and can’t drink it. But there are many ways to make it more palatable. Fruit can be added, such as lemons and oranges. There are flavored packets that can be added. There are also many kinds of flavored water. Just be careful to check the sugar content in these.

 

How can I drink that much water?

It is best to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water, spread throughout the day. You can come up with a plan that works best for you.

This is the basics of my plan: I drink 20 swallows before breakfast, which is the equivalent of 2 glasses. I drink another glass mid-morning. I enjoy a glass before lunch, and another before dinner. (Sometimes I have another glass after lunch and dinner) I have a glass or two somewhere in the time before bed. I also have a glass at bedtime, sometimes two glasses. If I drink another liquid like coffee or tea, or occasionally I enjoy a soda, I try to remember to drink a glass of water before I indulge.

It is pretty easy to stick to my plan at home; but I confess, I don’t do as well when I leave the house. Some people are very good at taking a big water bottle with them for drinking throughout the day. I am hit or miss concerning this very good habit. It is something I need to cultivate for my own health.

 

Can I drink too much water?

Drinking large amounts of water in short periods of time can cause a condition called hyponatremia. It is basically caused by an imbalance of the sodium to water content in our body. I won’t go in to the other causes of hyponatremia here; but there is much information online if you care to look it up.  Generally speaking, with normal water drinking throughout the day, it shouldn’t be a problem. It stems from drinking too much too fast. Chugging water, or any liquid for that matter, is not recommended. Pace your drinking throughout the day, and sip instead of chugging.

 

Suggestions for keeping track of how much we drink.

Some people use a container of water the size of the amount they should drink per day. They put it in the refrigerator the night before.  They start drinking in the morning and by the end of the day it should be empty.  It’s a pretty accurate way of measuring the amount we are drinking and how much we need to drink before the end of the day.

Others, like me, plan to drink their water at certain times during the day and use the amount of glasses they drink as their gauge.

I have heard it said that some people use a pile of pennies. Every time they drink a glass of water, they put a penny on a stack. If they want to know how many glasses of water they have consumed; they simple count the pennies.

 

I hope you have found something within this post that will aid you in drinking a sufficient amount of water to keep your body operating at peak performance. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please leave them in the comments section below.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

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Mental Health

Hi there retirees!

How is your mental health?

This is the page that will feature articles on the mental and emotional health of seniors.

Some subjects I hope to cover are:  About the Brain, Vitamins for Brain Power, Brain exercises, The Aging brain,

What is the difference between Alzheimer Disease and Dementia?, Emotional health subjects and many more.

 

Keep checking back for updates.

My door is always open.

Come on in.

Comments are encouraged and welcome on this site.

Your questions are important, and if I don’t have an answer, I promise to do my best to find the answer for you.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

About Our Brain

About Our Brain

About Our Brain

The brain, the spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system comprises the central nervous system.  The central nervous system controls virtually every part of our body.  Sensory nerves are the information gatherers.  They send information to the spinal cord and then on to the brain.  The brain, in turn, conducts a speedy analysis and a quick response to the stimuli it has received.  The instructions from the brain are delivered by motor neurons to the rest of our body.  The nerve bundles inside our spinal cord speed the messages to and from the brain continuously.  We could not breathe, speak, hear, see, or move without this complex system.

The brain has three main parts:

  1.  The fore brain – the cerebrum, thalamus, and hypothalamus
  2.  The mid brain – the tectum and tegmentum
  3.  The hind brain – cerebellum, pons and medulla

The mid brain (tectum and tegmentum) and the pons and medulla together are referred to as the brain stem.

The Cerebrum, also known as the cortex is the largest part of our brain.  It is where our brain performs functions such as thought and action.  The Cerebrum has four sections called lobes:

  1.  The frontal lobe – controls parts of speech, movement, reasoning, planning, emotions, and problem solving.
  2.  The parietal lobe – controls perception of stimuli, recognition, movement, and orientation.
  3.  The occipital lobe – controls visual processing, etc.
  4.  The temporal lobe – controls how our body perceives and recognizes auditory stimuli, memory, and speech.

The cerebrum is comprised of the right and the left hemispheres.  The right hemisphere is normally connected to creativity, and the left hemisphere is connected to logic thought.  From hence came the saying that you are either right or left brained.  These two hemispheres are connected by a bundle of axons called the corpus callosum.  The gray matter on the surface of the cerebrum is made up of nerve cells.  Underneath the gray matter there are white nerve fibers that carry signals from the nerves to the other parts of our body.

The neocortex is a six layered structure that makes up most of the cerebrum.  It is found in more fully evolved mammals such as humans, primates, dolphins, etc.)

The Cerebellum also has two hemispheres.  It is sometimes called the “little brain”.  It regulates coordination of movement, posture, and balance.

The Limbic System is found inside the cerebrum.  It is often called the “emotional brain”.  It is comprised of four parts.

  1.  Thalamus – Sensory and motor functions.
  2.  Hypothalamus – Controls the pituitary, emotion, thirst, hunger, circadian rhythms, and the autonomic nervous system.
  3.  Amygdala – Memory, emotion, and fear.  It is large and located just under the surface of the front, medial temporal lobe.
  4.  Hippocampus – Learning, memory and recollection, and remembering spatial relationships.

The Brain Stem is found underneath the limbic system.  It controls breathing, heartbeat, and blood pressure.

The brain stem has three parts:

  1.  Midbrain – Eye movement, body movement, and motor function.
  2.  Pons – Motor control and sensory analysis.  ie:  the information from the ear enters the pons.
  3.  Medulla Oblongata – Vital body functions, such as breathing and heart rate.

I hope that this explains a little about how the brain works.  We will be exploring other aspects of how our brain works, what happens as our brain ages, and what we can do to keep our brains young, in future articles.

Please keep checking back.  There is lots more to come.

I love comments and questions.  Please feel free to chime in or ask a question in the comments section below.

At your service,

Jeannie

Spiritual Health

Hi there retirees!

 

How is your spiritual health?

This is the page that will feature articles about the spiritual health of of seniors and others.

Among the topics I will cover are; Daily Bible reading, is church attendance necessary, helping others, how’s your patience, controlling anger,

what does the Bible say about growing older?, ways to love better,  the importance of praise and thanksgiving, home Bible study groups,

daily prayer and many more.

 

Come back often.  My door is always open and I love company!

I will be updating regularly with new posts and pages.

Your comments and questions are encouraged, and I will make every effort to answer or find you an answer to your questions.

This site is for you, the retired person, the senior, the caretaker and anyone else who finds the articles helpful.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

Daily Bible Reading

Daily Bible Reading

Cultivating a habit of daily Bible Reading is very important to the spiritual health of the Christian.  There are many ways of accomplishing this.  I will cover a few here.

 

Why should I read the Bible daily?

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15    KJV

1.  To keep in touch with God

2.  For our edification

3.  To learn what God wants from us

4.  For comfort and answers to our questions

5.  To learn how to witness to others

 

How do I read the Bible Daily?

There are any number of ways to plan to read your Bible Daily.  Here are a few suggestions to help you

come up with a plan that’s right for you.

 

1.  Decide and commit to read your Bible Daily.  Before we do anything, we must decide

to do it and then commit to action.

2.  Pick a time (or times) to read.   Many people say they read in the morning to set the tone for

the day.  But if another time works better for you, I say, go for it. The important thing is that you read.

You must decide on a certain amount of time you will commit to; but you can divide the time up,

if it fits your schedule better.

3.  Decide where to start.  Some people like to just randomly open up their Bible and start reading.

Others like to start in Genesis and read through Revelation.  If you are a relatively new scholar of the

Bible, it may be best to start in John or Matthew to understand the New Testament first. Some

people like to follow a specific plan. You and the Holy Spirit will come up with a plan that is best

for you.  Keep in mind that your needs will be changing as youchange and grow in the Lord.

4.  Come up with your plan.  As I said above, your plan for daily Bible Reading can be any way

that you and the Holy Spirit choose.  There are many plans to read the Bible through in a year.

Though this is a worthy goal, it shouldn’t become such a priority that we neglect study.  Just reading

the word is not enough, we must study and pray to understand what we read.  Most plans to read

the Bible through in a year call for reading three or four chapters a day.  You can start with Genesis

and read through Revelation.  Another popular plan calls for starting in Genesis, Psalms and Luke,

and reading a chapter or two out of each book.  Or you can search the internet yourself by typing in

“read the Bible through in a year”.  There are many different plans, if you are interested in doing this.

5.  Put your plan into action.  The only way to get started is by action.  Just start reading.

Don’t waste a lot of time coming up with a plan.  Plans are no good unless followed by action.

Today is the day to start.  If you are a planner, tell yourself the plan will come later.  The

important thing is to get started reading today.  It is a good idea to pray before reading.

God sent the Holy Spirit to teach and comfort us.  Pray for understanding.

If you have an android device such as: a smart phone or tablet, you might want to explore

the Bible study apps.  I use one called Daily Bible.  It supplies a “verse of the day” and a

daily Bible Reading.  When I’m tired, I have it read to me on my smart phone or Kindle.

I hope this has helped you to be able to:

  1.  Decide to read
  2. Commit to action
  3. Choose a time
  4. Make a plan
  5. Follow your plan with action

Remember, today is the best time to start a good habits, like daily Bible Reading and prayer.

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At your service,

Jeannie