Daily Helps to Ponder in 2020

By Christopher Underwood

Tip Number 1:

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

The following notes may be helpful during the rest of your life during stress and no stressful times.

These tips may help:

  • Go slowly. Stress is tiring and it takes a toll on our mental capacity. Be patient with yourself.
  • Turn off the news. Consume enough to be informed – not consumed.
  • Sleep. And be understanding with yourself if you can’t.
  • Move. Just a 10-minute walk can reset your perspective.
  • Forgive. And that includes yourself. We’re all doing our best.
  • Apologize if you’re wrong. A simple “I’m sorry” can defuse tension.
  • Breathe. Sit quietly for a few minutes and breathe deeply. Give yourself some mental space.
  • Connect with a loved one. (Video chats are great, but you don’t even have to comb your hair for an old-fashioned phone call).
  • Find small things to be grateful for. The hot drink you look forward to each morning. An unexpected peek of sunshine.

Gratitude is good for you, so notice the little things that lift your mood.

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Tip to better understand the Old Testament

The number of books that make up the collection we often refer to as the Old Testament is considerable; thirty-nine to be exact. And the majority of these books are considerable in length! Not a lot of Philemon’s or 1 or 2 John’s are found in the line-up, if you know what I mean.

Almost as diverse as the number of books in the Old Testament is the number of topics and situations and people to study. Because of this wide array many people end up intimidated, hesitant or even uninterested in studying the treasure trove of wisdom that God has made available through so many authors.

If you find yourself in the above categories, I have a little tip to help you better understand the Law, the Psalms and the prophets – get your G.E.D. in the Old Testament … Genesis. Exodus. Deuteronomy.

Study these books and you can get a firm foundation of understanding why so much of what happens in the Old Testament actually happens.

Yes, there will be other things to learn and other books to study (even in a book like Leviticus and especially Kings and Chronicles), but the amount of information and instruction and clarity and promises and warnings that are found Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy will create a framework that makes the picture of the Old Testament a lot easier to see.

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Use contrast for effective public speaking

This speaking coach offers 8 ways to use contrast in your speaking, some good tips for teachers and evangelists.

Some of these can be seen in Jesus’ teaching.

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