Hi folks, ⛳️, not much green showing through the snow up there, as we continue to bundle up down here with the temperatures only reaching the middle 60's! It's hardly golf weather, but we still brave the storm, put on our warmer shorts, even drag out and dust off some sweaters, and a couple of us even don stocking hats! While all those from the north continue to dig out, and shovel snow unmercifully, we who now live in Florida, can't remember it ever being this cold for this length of time! I guess it's all relative, but I cringe a little whenever I hear someone down here bemoaning the fact that it's so cold! Get real! All the people north of us can relate to what is really cold, whereas we are just kidding ourselves when we cry about the frigid temperatures! I have made it a conscious effort to "not" complain, because I know that Devon, Nicole, Charlotte, and a whole lot more of the people we care the most about, are up in Rhode Island "really" and truly dealing with the winter conditions! I don't have much sympathy for those of us who are lucky enough to live down here all year round, and have to "suffer" through these periods of extreme weather because our extremes are so much "not" extremes! But those who have to deal with conditions such as those in which they are dealing now, deserve all the sympathy and compassion that we can muster up! When confronted by such a devastating storm, which is both frustrating and mentally and physically draining, how does God help us to overcome! He gives us strength, this we know (Philippians 4:13), but how do we get our minds off all the present problems and their impending implications and focus on the kinds of things that bring us tranquility and peace?
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)
Some might think that having the ability to alleviate some of your stress by this method is a bit naive or not possible, but let me be one to say that it really has merit! Mother Nature dealt those in the Northeast a serious blow this time, but most of the stress we feel is self imposed! Sitting around and worrying about a situation over which you have no control is absolutely fruitless! Instead, just by thinking of some of the great things that are going on, instead of dwelling on the bad stuff, changes our mood, changes our outlook, and immediately changes our stress! This is not a scientific fact, so we have no data! But because of our profound faith, we don't need scientific data, our proof is in our heart, and in our mind! It just makes sense! If your mind is thinking good thoughts, stress is reduced! If you are worrying about the situation, the stress will cripple you! This week we are dealing with a major weather occurrence! Next week it might be a health issue! No matter what, there will always be something for which you will have potential stress! Thinking the good thoughts will surely guarantee that whatever it is that's bugging you, will diminish! And if you think ONLY the good thoughts, your problems will not only diminish, but in all probability, disappear! Try it, you'll like it! Goodnight, Dana
p.s. Devo didn't get to do a lot today, but his spirit is quite high! He knows he's snowbound, but his Alfred E. Neuman attitude, "what me worry?) is clearly evident! He must be thinking about whatever is true and whatever is admirable! The kid inspires without even trying!