“The Happiness Equation” by Neil Pasricha

So here it is, the end of December 2016!

 Are you thinking about 2017 and changes you would like to make etc.?!

Here are 7 Simple Reminders to “Train Yourself” to be Happy

1.  THREE WALKS - The more physically active we are, the greater our general feelings of excitement and enthusiasm. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking 3 x a week!

2.  THE 20 MINUTE REPLAY - Writing for 20 minutes about a positive experience dramatically improves happiness because you relive the experience as you are writing it and relive it every time you read it. Your brain sends you back.  You can do this to improve relationships as well. It can help us to remember the things we like about people and experiences in our lives.

3.  RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS – Scientists have even documented the increase of well-being from doing kindness acts.  (Though we have even greater motivation from God to show His love to people.)

4.  A COMPLETE UNPLUG – “The richest, happiest and most productive lives are characterized by the ability to fully engage in the challenge at hand, but also to disengage periodically and seek renewal.” Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz (The Power of Full Engagement)  Seek to have a complete downtime after work to recharge for the next day.  Turn off your phone after dinner. Take  “no internet” vacations.  (Check out “Selah Among the Hills” for a peaceful get-away.

5.  HIT FLOW – “…being completely involved in an activity for its own sake.  Everything falls away.  Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one.  Your whole being is involved and you are using your skills to the utmost.”  Creativity really facilitates this activity.  Check out my website Intuitive Painting/ Releasing Creativity Workshops to schedule a fun mixed-media art experience for you and your friends!

6.  2-MINUTE MEDITATION – Besides the Biblical encouragement and the spiritual benefit of meditating on scripture and spending time in God’s Presence, research reveals that brain scans of people before and after meditation show that parts of the brain associated with compassion and self-awareness grew while parts associated with stress shrank!  Meditation can “permanently rewire” your brain to raise levels of happiness.  It sounds like science has once again discovered the truth of God’s Word. Romans 12:1-2 tells us to renew our minds with the Word of God.

7.  5 GRATITUDES – If you can be happy with simple things, then it will be simple to be happy.  Be grateful for 5 things a week.  You will be happier and healthier.  ( I am sure we can find more than 5 things a day! LOL!)
There is a link between how happy you are and how long you live!  Let us let the JOY of the LORD be our strength!!

 May you truly have a Happy New Year!
 May God guide you into a blessed and prosperous new year! 

Blessings!!!

Jane

Check out this free video on the grassroots of revival at Bethel HERE!

Bethel Origins - Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton & Danny Silk

 

 

 

 

Merry CHRISTmas!

Have you ever watched the kids’ “SuperBook - The First Christmas?”

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I just happened to see it when I was walking on the treadmill.
I was blown away!!

When Jesus was born it showed the angel speaking to the shepherds and an angel on a high mountain all the way up to the heavens, who began to blow the trumpet announcing that Jesus Christ was born.  The angels streamed out of heaven’s gates and flew to earth to see and to sing!  It was truly GLORIOUS!  To realize that the angels were yearning to see King Jesus born/manifested on the earth and the beautiful JOY they expressed in worship.  

I had never really gotten that picture before.  It was magnificent.  I worshiped too as I realized just what it meant and the tremendous release of JOY at the actual event coming to pass that God had planned so many years ago and the prophets had prophesied.  All of Heaven was waiting, as well as earth.

 All of creation looks to You, Jesus, and gets their JOY from You as You accomplish all Your purposes and establish YOUR KINGDOM!  

May He open our eyes to see beyond this world. The “god of this world” is NO comparison to our God, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Have an absolutely wonderful Christmas!
Love,
Jane

PS.  Take a look at the dvd with your children or grandchildren.  It was awesome!  🙂

It’s Time for a New Book!

 

“Heavy Rain”

by Kris Vallotton

(This book is updated and revised from “How Heaven Invades Earth.”  The release of “Heavy Rain” is a timely release for the Church for this moment in time.)

I read this books when it first came out, but I agree with Kris that is more timely and so relevant in light of all that is going on in the Kingdom and the world today. It is very deep and discusses lots of subjects near to my heart beginning with the premise that Jesus expects us to walk in signs and wonders and to work toward and believe in His prayer that God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven and that the miracles are a”catalyst to cultural transformation fueled by revival.” The idea of presenting to people the 2 kingdoms in contrast between the sick/diseased/possessed/dead and the healed / freed / living!


I found it very interesting and intriguing when Kris discussed his belief and word from the Lord that His Church is moving from denominationalism to apostleships; moving from unity around doctrine to unity as families. I am excited about this and find it so fascinating that I detected this as I began to follow Bill Johnson, Randy Clark and Heidi Baker. They embrace people across denominational lines to join together, to equip, and to move forward into the supernatural, ministry, gifts, and into the ministry and the Harvest of the world. It is not about control but empowerment. We live in such an exciting time!!


“Heavy Rain” also addresses the practical. To become a cultural catalyst, a thermostat instead of a thermometer, “we must gain influence by being valued by the gatekeepers of the environment. We only have a much influence in people’s lives as they place value on us.” I loved hearing some of the
details of how Bethel has pursued to transform Redding from their first meetings with the city manager, giving 10% of the people’s tithe to the city,later they returned to put 2000 students to work doing whatever they could to help Redding to become amazing! A couple of years later the city
commissioned them to build a park, and later when the City Council decided to close the Convention Center, Bethel Church wanted to buy it and run it as a service to the community with the ministry school paying to rent it. Amazing and beautiful to see the Church actually transforming a city! I
want to see that! I want to be and to see the Church influence society in such away that people are drawn to us. We have answers, creative solutions, and wisdom! May we be known for our love rather than for condemnation. May we be irresistible. May we help people to encounter God.


I also was intrigued by the discussion about Iraq in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 37 days but it is taken years and lives trying to establish a democracy in a region that has been dominated by tyranny for 100s of years. Kris states that “The greatest challenge of replacing a dictatorship with a democracy is teaching people who have lived in virtual slavery how to make healthy choices for themselves and by themselves.. .. who don’t know how to behave in a culture of freedom and so construct other prisons for themselves.” In working with Haiti, I am so wanting to see the Kingdom transform Haiti into the jewel of God that it truly is. It is still all about loving people from the heart and bringing out the best

in them.

I highly recommend this book.  It will challenge you and the Church today to bring Kingdom transformation to the world.  The Church is the catalyst for miraculous change in the world.  Let us steward well what we have responsibility for.  “We are to be people of hope, no matter the circumstances.  Jesus has a victorious plan in place!”  Bill Johnson

 We live in exciting times!!

Blessings as you seek to bring “God’s will on earth as it is in Heaven!”

Jane

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