The act of praying to God is something that we've all heard about but not all have experienced. I can remember in my adolescents while seated at church, the men and women speaking so fervently to God to the point where it intimidated me. I hadn't paid much attention to their words, only the beads of sweat pouring down their faces while the other parishioners joined in one by one. Witnessing this made me feel as though I had to pray a certain way in order for God to actually hear me and respond. I would start a prayer of my own at home and before I could get a complete thought out, stop because I didn't feel as though I was doing it right. If this has been your experience, keep reading.
Prayer is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks to God. It is a time in which we can talk to our Creator about our joys as well as our sorrows. Many people can spend hours a day praying to God while others pray incrementally throughout the day. Whatever duration of time that you spend talking to God is time well spent.
It took some time and experience for me to understand what my prayer life with God meant to me. Initially I only prayed because I knew that it was required of us as believers to do so. It wasn't until I started praying on a regular basis that I saw the huge benefits of it. My prayers weren't always elaborate either, it could be as simple as just saying thank you for another day that you've blessed me to see. There was a feeling of comfort that accompanied these small expressions of thanks. It was like I could feel God saying thank you for spending time with me inside my heart. This would be the normal reciprocity of my time spent with God. I would speak to Him and He would speak back to me in heart language. Sometimes ideas and resolutions would flood my mind as well. As you embark upon your prayer journey with God, you'll grasp more easily what I am talking about.
If you would like to develop a prayer life with God my advice would be to just start praying daily. Don't think about what you're going to say or how long you're going to say it. Just relax and allow the words to flow out of you. He knows your heart anyhow. You'll also find in your prayer time that when you enter into Gods presence, you'll begin to discover things about yourself that you didn't even know existed. After all, you're speaking to the One who knows everything about you.
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It can be a little tricky trying to decipher the appropriate time to meet someone in person who you have met online. There is the safety concern factor accompanied with the desire to get the feel of someone new in person, to see if you would like things to progress to the next level. Whatever the case may be, there are a few indicators that you may be ready for that next step.
1# How is the conversation
Experiencing an immediate connection with someone isn't always easy, so if your phone conversations have been great, it could be an indication that you'll enjoy each other's company even more. It's pleasurable interacting with someone over the phone but even better when you're in their presence.
2# Do you feel comfortable meeting them in person
Sometimes when you talk to a person on a consistent basis and have shared intimate details about yourself, you can get the feeling that you've known them your entire life. There is a sense of familiarity that starts to take root. If there is any doubt within your mind about meeting up, then it's always best to trust your gut.
3# Is the other person as ready as you are
Everyone has the right to move at their own pace. Some people like to talk for a while to reveal intentions, whilst others may want an immediate physical encounter to better feel the person out. Whatever the case may be, you should always consider the other parties' feelings. There has to be some form of compromising. If the waiting period for some is three weeks, then it should be respected. After all, aren't good things worth waiting for?
There's no perfect answer to the question of when you should meet up with someone, some things are just situational. My personal perspective would be to take it slow, perhaps look at your previous experiences and let that guide you. But most importantly, you have to be safe. There is nothing wrong with meeting with a few friends the first go round. Happy dating guys!
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Creating Healthy Habits
The hustle and bustle of everyday life will have you picking up some unfavorable habits. For instance, a nice hot cup of coffee is great for a jump start to your day but when drinking it becomes an addictive habit, what once was enjoyable can become a nuisance. No one likes addiction, right. So what are some healthy habits that we can create for ourselves that won't prove detrimental in the future?
Here are a few suggestions:
1) Exercise - Although some may prefer a rigourous exercise regimen where they have a set amount of calories they anticipate burning, majority of us just like to do enough to make us feel good about ourselves. Try getting in at least 20 minutes of daily exercise. I can say that starting my day off with exercise has always helped me make better food choices throughout the day and it gave me an overall feeling of accomplishment.
OVERCOMING FAMILY HURT
Everything just seems right with the world when the family in gelling. No problem seems unsurmountable. No obstacle too hard to overcome. The sun even seems to shine better. The birds outside of your bedroom window seal chirping becomes less of an annoyance and more of a welcoming inhabitation of nature. But when the family unit is in an uproar, the birds have got to go!
Many of us have dealt with or are currently dealing with problems within our family. I mean their almost inevitable to avoid so when that old rusty 1933 Ford pulls up and parks itself in your driveway, dredging up every bad memory from your childhood, your heart sinks and you prepare for war. That war usually is brought on by dismissive feelings towards someone else's pain, an apology never rendered, or a borrowed dime never returned. So how do we escape the war causalities?
1. Acknowledge buried secrets that are holding family members hostage.
It's nothing like being on a sinking ship while having a clear view of everyone else on shore partying and having a good time. Although it may cause temporary discomfort, acknowledging those dark secrets that most families tend to try and keep buried will free the individuals/individual who is feeling isolated because of them. Common burial sites usually involve adultery, molestation, or some other form of abuse. In many of these cases, the victim is expected to just keep quiet and get over it silently but unless you've experienced something that traumatic, you'll never be able to fully understand what the person may be feeling emotionally. Things of this nature shouldn't be handled singularly but as a unit. Discussions should be had with a professional counseling service in order to have the situation evaluated properly. If the injured party needs continual care, then they should the families full support. That may not always be financial, but just a phone call or a visit to check on their progress.
2. Apologize if you've hurt someone.
Many of us finds this to be exceptionally hard, especially when you can't immediately see why the other person may be offended. But is it really necessary to experience like hurt to be sympathetic to it? Everyone may not be able to completely understand why someone would be hurt by certain things but apologizing in spite of that offers a relief on both sides. The offended feels like they matter and the person who apologizes in return will have developed a sense of awareness of how important others regard their acknowledgement. So many times you hear people say after long family battles that if the person would've just apologized then the situation would have been resolved.
3. Honor your word.
This is a huge one. There's nothing like having a family feud over money or an unkept obligation. If you gave your word to someone within your family and fine that you can no longer fulfill it, the best approach is honesty. Lose your pride and just be straight with the other party about why you have to bail on them and see if you can somehow make it up in the future. If the situation involves money, ask about paying in increments but don't just avoid the person entirely. You'll eventually have to come out of hiding.
Of course there are way more problems to address and way more solutions but hopefully this help someone is some way mend a broken bridge between family members.
Written by: Davina Sims