Seek Out Laughter as You Age

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cat-shaming-pics-will-have-you-rolling-in-laughter-1I don’t laugh as much as I used to. We laugh and smile much less as we get older, studies reveal.

One reason  (for me) is that spending a LOT of time with the very elderly, such as my mum, is not always conducive to joy. Perhaps that’s why people love kids – they laugh such a lot and make us laugh. (I find pets do this for me.)

With this in mind I have made a conscious decision to seek out things that make me laugh every day whether that’s films, YouTube clips, radio programmes, memories. It’s gotta be worth a shot!

Marriage support – Care for the Family

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“Every marriage is different, but all marriages experience ups and downs – there’s the romantic times when the sun seems to be always shining, and the tough times when winter seems to have set in for good. We want to support you in your relationship whether you are preparing to get married or have been …”

Source: Marriage support – Care for the Family

The Character of God

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Going to do this study while I am not going to church. Made it to life group last week due to the amazing generosity of life group guys who gave me lifts to and from the church town, which is a 16 mile round drive. Should be easier when new road opens to motorway access.

CFM LIFE GROUPS

Think: main points to get across     

  • Title | theme: The Character of God
  • Read: 2 Samuel 24 & 1 Chronicles 21
  • He Allows Temptation
    2 Samuel 24:1; 1 Chronicles 21:1; James 1:13;  1 Corinthians 10:13
  • He Considers Motives
    2 Samuel 24:3 & 10; 1 Corinthians 4:5
  • He Offers Choices
    2 Samuel 24:11-14
  • He Feels Pain
    2 Samuel 24:15-17; Hebrews 2:18 & 4:15
  • He Redeems Situations
    2 Samuel 24:18-25

Talk: questions for discussion

  • What concerns spring to mind as you read this incident in 2 Samuel 24 & 1 Chronicles 21?
  • Here are some suggestions:
  • Is it wrong to count the Congregation?
  • Read Exodus 30:11-16 The Law of Moses made provision for Census
  • How many references to the size of the congregation can you find in the early chapter of Acts?
  • Who actually incited David? 2 Samuel 24:1 or 1 Chronicles 21:1
  • Why does God allow us to be tempted?…

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QMUL RELEASES PACE DATA – Graded Exercise Therapy Bogus Treatment for CFS/ME

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This is such landmark news for people with ME/CFS. This backs up what patients have known all along… militaristic Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) makes us worse not better. This doesn’t mean that we should stop moving but that pushing through the pain does not work for us. Pacing is more effective. It also partially explains my current prolonged muscle relapse as pushing is what I did through my house move – push through pain and warning symptoms. Thank God for the people out there who campaigned to get this data released.

http://www.meaction.net/2016/09/09/qmul-releases-pace-data/

 

Runaway

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CFM LIFE GROUPS

Think: main points to get across     

  • Title | theme: Runaway
  • Read 2 Samuel 15-16
  • David experiences another conflict
  • David runs from his son Absalom
  • Absalom Sneaky Sabotage
  • David Selfless Surrender
  • Contrast Pride & Humility
  • Emphasise David’s trust in God
  • Use Jesus’ example: Philippians 2:5-11

Talk: questions for discussion

  • Have you ever been ‘stabbed in the back’ – how did you react?
  • Are there any attitudes in Absalom that we need to be aware of?
  • How can pride manifest itself in our lives?
  • Can you remember other examples of pride & humility in the Bible?
  • What are the antidotes to pride?
  • Imagine a different scenario than the one in the story…
  • Could David have done anything different in his relationships?
  • What can we see about David’s relationship with God?
  • In what situations can we experience conflict?
  • How can we support those who are experiencing conflicts right now?

Task: actions &…

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‘Bathing’ a New Home in Music

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Scandi wallpaperI moved into my new flat around 4 months ago.  it is quite hard to meet somewhere as big as this feel like one’s own but I have put up my pictures and move my own things in here, obviously.

However, I don’t feel it will be quite mine until I have a bathed the space in my music – in my case mainly rock/hip hop/soul music. Maybe that sounds strangely spiritual.  I know people do perform rituals when they moving to a new place.  I was encouraged by someone at church to pray for the flat to clear it of negative energy,  or dark stuff.  I did.