Cuban Sandwich in Downtown Memphis!

Walking outdoors reduces the impact of stress and promotes ‘well-being’ in a fast-paced lifestyle.

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭8:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

‘How  can we treasure a moment, a memory, an experience when managing hectic schedules?’

‘Multi-tasking’ is one of my strengths. Multiple projects are achieved by the end of the day at the expense of satisfactory health. Busyness hijacks our joy!

It’s a challenge for me not to multi-task. I  can check emails, answer phone calls, contribute to a meeting and/or review the ‘to do’ list all at the same time.

At the end of the day, I’m emotionally, intellectually and physically depleted.

‘How can we slow down?’

Awareness is the first step before intentional changes can materialize over time.

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Once the committee meeting was over, I strolled down the brick-paved boulevard towards Cafe Keough for a tasty, Cuban sandwich.

The waitress patiently waited for the phone call to end and inquired once again,

‘Have  you considered the lunch specials?!’

I was thrilled to spot a ‘cuban sandwich’ with a side order of french onion soup on the menu!

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 It’s a gift from God to delight ourselves in every activity of our day.

Our Lord doesn’t want us to rush thru an activity or ignore our surroundings much less dodge opportunities.

Let us embrace one moment at a time so we may be blessed by the ‘present’ and be refreshed by God’s grace.

Walking outdoors, embracing silence and savoring every bite of a Cuban sandwich are much healthier practices for a joyful break.

Joy in Music

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“Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭100:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

What Can I Play on Sunday?, Complete Collection: 60 Easily Prepared Piano Arrangements for Services Throughout the Year (Sacred Performer Collections).

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Balancing Work and Rest!

Ecclesiastes 4:8 NIV

“There was a man all alone;

he had neither son nor brother.

There was no end to his toil,

yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.

‘For whom am I toiling,’ he asked,

‘and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?’

This too is meaningless-

a miserable business!”

Illustrated Journaling Bible

Choose a Journaling Bible for ‘Illustrated Journaling Bible’.

It has lined margins or blank space to allow for intentional journaling.

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Illustrated Bible Journaling

captures the key concept(s) of Scripture in just one image or two!

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For those who struggle in memorizing Scriptures, Illustrated Journaling Bible is an option.


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I do much better in remembering the plot of a story or key concept(s) than all of the specifics or details from a narrative.

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Illustrated Journaling Bible is relaxing, therapeutic in nature and fuels creativity.

Consider the following FB communities:

Bible Journaling 101, Bible Art Journaling Challenge, Bible Journaling, Journaling Bible Community (closed group), and/or Seasons Illustrated Bible.

If this is a new activity, I would highly recommend Bible Journaling 101.


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Journaling is a reflective activity.

It provides an opportunity to meditate on just one verse that stands out during quiet time.

Personally, the SOAP method is my preferred method. (Keep it simple and most importantly enjoy the process)

What does S.O.A.P stand for?

S for Scripture,

‘Out of these verses, which Scripture speaks to me today?’

O for personal Observation,

‘What is the Holy Spirit revealing to me in this season of life?’

A for Application,

‘How can I apply new insight(s) or wisdom to my current circumstances?’

P for Prayer,

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Love 2 Color!

 


Have you seen adult coloring books in local bookstores, supermarkets or craft stores?

I’ve purchased quite a few of them for myself already!

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I am so delighted to use markers or colored pencils in my short breaks. I’m a kid at heart I must confess.

Coloring is fun and relaxing without a doubt.

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Studies have concluded that coloring is a ‘stress free activity’ that relaxes the amygdala, the fear center of our brains. Giving the amygdala ‘intermittent’ rest, our overall level of stress may be reduced.

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