Yes, her birthday turned out really well. I am so happy how well it went. It was really great seeing some family members I have not seen in years and years. Like Joel's neice, Eden. I don't remember the last time I saw her. Wow! Joel's Lasagyna and Jess's Zuchini lasagyna was awesome. Fellowship, cards and good food, can't go wrong there. lol
Well personaly I refuse to join the anxious crowd. In Jesus name I give thanks daily that I have all peace in Him and I plan to be peace and share peace wherever I go. Remember what we send out we get back! Lets do what the scriptures teach, think on the good stuff and that is what comes back! Love to all from K M In Law Elizabeth I hope to chime in often.
The Word of God says to be 'anxious" for nothing, casting all our cares on God. That is not always easy, just necessary!
Joel and I were reading in dr. caroline leaf's book, "My Brain," and she talks about how "Toxic thoughts" are very bad for the body and we need to take captive every thought, cast it down so we can live a healthy and whole life.
Quote from her book: "What are "toxic thoughts, and how are they different from healthy thoughts? Toxic thoughts are thoughts that trigger negative and anxious emotions, which produce biochemicals that cause the body stress."
"The result of toxic thinking translates into stress in your body, and this type of stress is far more than just a fleeting emotion.Stress is a global term for the extreme strain on your body's systems as a result of toxic thinking. It harms the body and the mind in a multitude of ways from patchy memory to severe mental health, immune system problems, heart problems and digestive problems."
"The surprising truth is that every single thought - whether it is positive or negative- goes through the same cycle when it forms. Thoughts are basically electrical impulses, chemicals and neurons. They look like a tree with branches. As the thoughts grow and become permanent, more branches grow and the connections become stronger. As we change our thinking, some branches go away, new ones form, the strength of the connections change, and the memories network with other thoughts. What an incredible capacity of the brain to change and rewire and grow!
SPIRITUALLY, THIS IS RENEWING THE MIND! "
Elizabeth is a smart person. She has chosen the best thing. She has chosen to "not join in " with those who choose to allow toxic thoughts to control their life.
We need to follow Elizabeth, dr leaf and the Word of God in this path, of taking control of the "toxic thoughts" that creep in.
It's kind of like, if someone comes to our front or even back door. We should look out the little "peep hole" first and see who is there and IF we want to even open the door. If it is someone who we don't know or recognize or sense is not a good person, then we definitely don't open, we tell them to "go away." If ti is someone we know, love and care about, then we open the door.
so, the question is " Who are we letting into our thought life?"
May I recommend this book. Dr. Caroline Leaf "My Brain"
"Learn how "the Dirty Dozen" twelve areas of toxic thinking, can be swept away. And uncover how healthy thoughts can actually start to improve every area of your life - relationships, your health and even your success. "
I, personally, am excited about reading this book. I not only want to learn and grow for myself, but also to add to what we do already in helping couples/ men and women.
(Joel and Kathy)