PHILIPPIANS 4:8 ON 4/8

PHILIPPIANS 4 8 ON 4 8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.   – Philippians 4:8

The apostle Paul reminds us to avoid “stinkin’ thinkin'” and keep our thoughts on those things that are worth thinking about.  When we waste time worrying or fretting about the future, that is time we are not focused on our Savior and His awesome goodness to us.  When we spend time revisiting the past (which by the way, we will never be able to change), we are also stealing joy from ourselves!  We need to get rid of the phrase “if only I would have…”  The fact is, I didn’t – and I can’t go back and make a different decision now.

Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?  – Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Our thought life matters to God.  He knows we are most happy and healthy when we keep our minds in the present moment – and on Him.  When we are praising God for Who He Is and what He will do – we can be the grateful children He wants us to be.

BRING PEACE

The way to gain peace of heart and mind is to think on God and His unmatchable riches.  In this day of large, corrupt government, threats of terrorism and other frightening situations, it’s not easy to stay positive.  That’s why it is so important to keep having daily devotions with God’s Word.  Pray to find out what God has to say about you, your life, and how He wants you to live it.

 Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  – Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

Your enemy will accuse you – but God will not.  He is the One who will lift your hope ratio, your sense of humor, your positivity ratio and your overall spirits!  Let God’s Holy Spirit fill you and share what He gives you with others.  That is the only way you can be positive when the world around you is so very negative.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARTH DAY

TL 4-22 EARTH DAY

I’m happy to announce that Spring is in full swing here in Kansas!  The temperatures will rise and that means that folks will be getting outside more.

No matter what type of activity you choose, it’s a good idea to carry a bottle of water with you.  Staying properly hydrated is a part of good health and wellness.  Your body needs 8-8oz. glasses of water every day.

I want to talk about the type of water bottle you should choose.  By now I’m sure we are all familiar with BPA and other chemicals that are found in traditional plastic water bottles.  Some claim their plastic does not contain these harmful chemicals, but let’s look at the facts.

When plastic is “recycled”, it’s actually “downcycled” and could be made into most anything – from carpet padding to plastic fencing – to a plastic water bottle.  The plastic loses integrity with each reincarnation.  The process is not pure in its true sense.

When glass is recycled, it turns into glass again.  Glass is the most safe container to drink from.  And let’s face it, when you drink water from glass, it tastes like water and if it is in a plastic container there is always that plastic aftertaste!  Who needs that?

What about a stainless steel or aluminum bottle?  Well, there are usually some decorative paints used on those and they could cause harm as well.  It would seem that we are back to glass containers.

Yes, glass is a bit heavier than plastic.  But I’d rather carry a bottle that I know is not going to cause me harm and deal with the weight issue.  It’s not that much heavier.  

I can hear you saying, “But glass will break easily!”  This is also true, however, there are water bottles on the market that are glass on the inside and have a clear plastic coating that is BPA free and FDA sanctioned.  The plastic has the glass pieces if the bottle should happen to break or shatter.  I like the plastic coating because it creates improved slip-resistance as well. 

Most of us are trying to be more environmentally responsible these days.  The statistics are still staggering:

  • Americans throw away over 25,000,000,000 styrofoam coffee cups every year.
  • Americans toss plastic bags and other plastic garbage in the ocean.  We kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour!!!  Most of those bottles are not recycled.

On a more practical note, those of us who choose to add a lemon slice to our water for the alkaline benefit should also consider choosing a glass water bottle with a wide mouth opening. 

Knowledge is power.  So, now that you are informed, what will you do with it? 

I’m not going to tell you to go out and hug a tree, but I will ask you to refrain from using styrofoam coffee cups and plastic water bottles. 

Show some class and choose the glass! 🙂