October Quotes

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

 

We all know the promises of God. How He will make ALL things work together for our good. How He will never leave us. How His love is unfailing and His mercy never ending. But when you find yourself in a major crisis, it is hard to see how He will keep these promises. These are the times when you have to look at your past and what all you have overcome through Christ; the things in your life that worked out in your favour, not because of your doing. Look at the victories He has given you in the past and know that He is a God that keeps His word, keeps His promises. He is the God that never fails and He won’t fail you!

-Ruben P Vandorp

 

 

What if the circumstances you’re asking God to change are the very circumstances God is using to change you?

-Mark Batterson

 

 

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

-Joyce Meyer

 

 

Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.

-Unknown

 

 

Those times when you don’t feel like being positive are the times when choosing to be positive makes the biggest difference.

-marcandangel

 

 

Use your struggles and frustrations today to motivate you rather than annoy you. You are in control of the way your look at life. Be mindful.

-marcandangel

 

 

Being positive doesn’t mean ignoring the negative. Being positive means overcoming the negative. There’s a big difference between the two.

-marcandangel

 

 

Bravery is not the absence of fear. Bravery is feeling the fear, the doubt, the insecurity, and deciding that something else is more important.

-Mark Manson

 

 

Take the time every day to be thankful for everything that you have. You can always have more, but you could also have less.

-Unknown

10 Ways to Deal With Stress

Upon request, I was asked to write about how to deal with stress. Whether it is with school, work, friends or life in general, these tips can be useful to anyone. Here are 10 ways on how to deal with stress.

  1. Manage your time. This is a big one. During my first year of University if I wouldn’t have managed my time it wouldn’t have been good and I would have been very stressed. During my first year I was going to University full time, 5 days a week, and on the weekend I would work 13 hours. I was basically working 7 days a week. If I wouldn’t have managed my time well I wouldn’t have been successful in University. Instead of spending time doing wasteful things, like go on Facebook for an hour, I would have to focus and dedicate the time to doing homework instead. I would recommend doing the things that need to be done, and then do the fun things. Or if you need to take a break, you could read a book or go on Facebook for 15 min, but don’t prioritize Social Media or hanging our with friends, before your homework is done, or don’t procrastinate until the night before when you have a big project due.
  2. Take short breaks.  Some things could include going for a walk, or reading part of a book. It should be something you enjoy.
  3. Write down things that make you stressed. Do this for a few weeks and then you will be able to see the things that make you stressed, and possibly move away from those things.
  4. Make lists. This way you can have figured out what you need to do for the day. This way you don’t have to stress because nothing is just in your mind. It is all set out for you so that you can see what you need to do.
  5. Be thankful. This may seem weird, but if you are stressed by school or work, be thankful that you can be going to school or that you do have a job. There are many people who wish they could be going to school or wish that they could have a job, but don’t.
  6. Positive self talk. Positive self talk can help you be at ease and lower stress. Negative self talk will increase stress because it will feel like everything is going wrong.
  7. Talk to someone. This can also tie in with positive self talk. Sometimes stress can block your judgement on the things going on in your life. Talking to someone can also relieve stress. This week I’ve talked to a few friends, and they have been able to put things in perspective for me. Without talking to them I probably would still be stressed/upset.
  8. Smile. I know that just because you smile it doesn’t mean that you’re always happy. But sometimes our face can be connected with our emotions. I know smiling doesn’t always work, but smiling could remove some of the tension and stress that you have.
  9. Sleep. Try to get the same amount of sleep each night. I know for me lately it takes me forever to fall asleep, sometimes over an hour, just because I have so much on my mind. Things that you can do before bed so that you will not be stressed is you can read a book before going to bed, take a warm shower. For me I relax so that when I want to go to bed, that time is part of the hour that it takes me to fall asleep. (Sometimes that works for me and sometimes it doesn’t.)
  10. Don’t worry about what other people say/think about you. I know lots of my stress lately has been coming from what people say/think I should be doing, or what I think people are thinking about me. You don’t need other people to approve what you are doing in your life. The sooner that you don’t worry about what other people think, the less stressed you will be.

 

Here are my 10 tips for dealing with stress. This is not an exclusive list. There are many more things that can help you manage your stress. I hope this list is able to be of help to you.

 

 

Always Being Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving. The time of year when we say what we are thankful for.

Here is a list of a few things that I am thankful for:
-my parents for their support, their encouragement and love
-my friends who are like family, the quality of their friendship and that they haven’t left my side (They know who they are)
-the kindness of others
-pain; without it I wouldn’t know joy
-music; it is such a huge part of my life
-being a Christian and the Christian people in my life

There are so many more things in my life that I am thankful for, but why is it only “acceptable” to say what we’re thankful for on Thanksgiving Day? I think we should treat everyday like thanksgiving. I think that would give us a chance to see the small things around us that we are thankful for.

If we have an attitude of thankfulness everyday it can change our character into someone who is joyful, thankful, and looking on the positive side. But to change our character into someone who is thankful we need to have a positive outlook in life. We also need to be thankful for the small things in our life. And we even need to be thankful for the hard times in our life. James 1:2-3 says “consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” Job 2:10 says “But Job replied, You talk like a foolish woman. Should we only accept good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?…”

I think thankfulness should be more than just saying what we are thankful for, it should be a way of life. If we look at Paul, Paul was someone who was always thankful and joyful. In Acts 16:26 Paul and Silas were singing praises to God, and they were in jail. Paul encouraged others to be thankful and thanked God as well. Paul was continuously thanking God no matter the situation he was in. This showed that Paul was content in his life. Being thankful helps us focus on what we have, not what we don’t have. When Paul and Silas were in jail they were singing because they knew that God was with them and that was all they needed.

If we choose not to be thankful we can become discontent. This can make us unhappy with our situations, which could lead to making us unhappy with our lives. Being discontent will suck the joy out of your life. Discontentment shows up when you are focusing on the negative things in your life and everything that we think isn’t going right. In Philippians 4:11 Paul said “not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” To not be discontent it is helpful to become thankful for what you do have. As well, learning to appreciate the things you may despise or hate. This is not easy to do but by starting to be thankful, you will be able to be content in your life.

I encourage you to make these next 12 months a time of thanksgiving. I encourage you to have an “attitude of gratitude” which will cause you to overflow with thankfulness. Being thankful will give you joy and joy will give you peace when you face obstacles in your life. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “ rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”