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Busy Weekend and a Good Beginning to Our Week

It is stated over and over, in various ways, and yet somehow seems new every time it is repeated, maybe because it is so profound, yet so very easy to forget -

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterson

When we focus on gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes and the tide of love rushes in. ~ Kristin Armstrong

Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us. ~ Lauryn Hill

For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile. ~ Elie Wiesel

Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into your reality. ~ Jen Sincero

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. ~ Psalms 118:29

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:57

One big thing I am thankful for is the event in Pennsylvania that we got to go to over the weekend. It was event filled with worship and speakers who invited us not only to a deeper relationship with God but also to share the joy of that relationship with those around us.

We left Friday evening and came back home Sunday evening feeling refreshed.

I wish I had taken more pictures but this all I got. This stadium seats around 7,000 people and although it wasn't completely full I'm guessing there were around 5,000 there.

Monday fun 😊

Tuesday - playing, helping to pick plantain, and helping in the kitchen.

Someone is looking forward to going back to school and was telling me what he was going to do there. It's hard to believe the kids are headed back to school already!

Negative thoughts simply need a trigger that sets off a chain of negative reactions. After your initial negative thought occurs a change begins in your brain that begins to secrete caustic chemicals. Some of these chemicals can take up to 30 days to dissipate from your body. As the neurotransmitter chemicals are flooding the brain the entire body goes into a threatened state and begins to function with inflammation. In other words, your body and brain are on fire and burning up from the inside out.

After your brain and body are going crazy, what would you expect to occur to your reality? That's right. Everything starts to go haywire and this creates more negative situations to feed the created negative system.

One of the main consequences of negative thinking is how it drains your energy. With the caustic chemicals and the induced body inflammation, your whole system is on overload trying to help you survive this self-inflicted danger.

Then, if things aren't bad enough, the self talk kicks in and we become lost in our own imagined world of worries, pain, and misery. We are completely detached from the present moment. These feelings become stronger as you become more engrossed in your negative thoughts. Some people's lives become unbearable (and it can be unbearable to be around those individuals too.)

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