Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Trivia Time

It's the last full week of July . . . oh, how the time flies! :)
Have you learned anything new this month? They say you learn new things everyday. Just this past week I learned that Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife of The Andy Griffith Show were supposed to be cousins on the sitcom. Did you know that?

Try your hand at this trivia:

1. What is the longest book in the Bible?
     A. Revelation
     B. Psalms
     C. Isaiah
     D. Proverbs

2. What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
     A. Psalm 117
     B. Psalm 119
     C. Psalm 131
     D. Psalm 133

3. Who wrote most of the Psalms?
    A. Solomon
    B. Asaph
    C. David
    D. Moses

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Make Merry

While working, and working, and working at my church the past week, I noticed something--when you're laughing the whole time, it doesn't feel like work. :) There's just something about laughter that makes everything better.

The Bible states it...
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." ~ Proverbs 17:22
"For the joy of the Lord is your strength." ~ Nehemiah 8:10d

Science confirms it...
Here are some reasons I found at as to why laughter is good for you.

The Benefits of Laughter
Physical Health Benefits:
  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease
Mental Health Benefits:
  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience
Social Benefits:
  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding
So why not give it a try and see for yourself? Find a reason to laugh--big or small. See if it doesn't make your day, then share that laughter and see if it isn't contagious. How about starting with a comment here? Let me share in that joy with you.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Morning Pick-Me-Up

Some people use coffee. Others a hot shower. Maybe a good dose of exercise. Why not let God be that pick-me-up? Turn to Him and be encouraged with this song.

"For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." ~2 Corinthians 1:20

"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" ~ Romans 8:31

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday America!

What is 236 years old, 125 times larger than it's original size, and celebrated through the years by a host of activities from greased pig racing to watermelon seed spitting contests to fireworks?

The United States of America!

Happy Independence Day everyone!

(P.S. The 125 times larger is our population growth.)