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My goal is to share encouragement, grace, and hope from God’s Word, and to brighten your day. Mission trips abroad have enlarged my heart and reminded me once again that regardless of our skin color or location we all need a savior, and His name is Jesus. I pray that my articles will lift your spirits and point you to the One who loves you most.

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Beat the Blahs

By Fran Caffey Sandin

New experiences and opportunities sometimes seem impossible when cold, dark winter months evoke a negative response…the blahs. Could it be a “let-down” after the Christmas hubbub? All the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, tree-trimming, gifts, cooking, company, may rob our time to reflect on Jesus, the real reason for the season. Our emotional energy is expended. The New Year arrives. And the result?  The blahs.
Tips for turning up the “down times” to beat the blahs:

  • Instead of complaining, make a Thanksgiving list. Think of three things every day for which you are thankful and write them in a Thankful notebook. “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

(I Thessalonians 5: 16-18 NASB).

  • Do something for someone else—send a card, make a visit, or bake cookies and take to a friend. “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11: 25 NIV).
  • Write a brief testimony, then ask God for an opportunity to share it. “... set apart Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you with gentleness and reverence” (I Peter 3: 15 NASB).
  • Find a Bible Reading Plan that works for you and read some every day. Meditate about the verses and ask yourself, what do they say? What do they mean? What do they mean to me? “For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 NASB).
  • Choose to have a cheerful heart. Find cartoons and funny stories causing you to laugh.

“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22 NKJV).

  • Don’t waste time worrying—pray. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 6-7).
  • Keep moving your body. Exercise. Put more life in your days and more days in your life by staying healthy. Exercise helps us feel better. …“do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body” (I Corinthians 6: 19-20 NASB).

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for life today and for the promise of a new year. Help us keep our eyes on you and upon your Word, a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. In the victorious name of Jesus, the lifter of our head, Amen.