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F.L.Y.

Did you know that Jesus says (commanded) to LOVE YOURSELF?

For some that is easy, but for others to love themselves is hard. Circumstances in life can make us bitter. We can sometimes feel bitter at others, feel like we don’t fit in, or compare ourselves to others. No matter the circumstance, we are to still love ourselves. In Mathew 22, we are to love our neighbor as yourself. Did you get that? AS YOURSELF.

If you do not love yourself, then it’s not easy to love your neighbor.

A simple step to know if you love yourself is to look in the mirror square in the eye and say, “I love you, (say your name), or write yourself a love letter. State on paper what you love about yourself.

There is ONLY one you and that person is valuable! You have purpose. You’ve been made for a time such as this.

In your quite time with the Father, ask Him what you purpose is.

Begin to F.L.Y. today!

Matthew 22:37–39

Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor As Yourself.’ (NKJV)

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Grow Beautiful Thoughts

Our thoughts are so important! They can determine how your day can go. The bible says to take EVERY thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). That means that I have a chance to do something about negative thoughts. You may ask, how do I take a thought captive? Well, this will take a few seconds of action. You take a thought captive with another thought using God’s word. God’s word is alive and will defeat any situation. When you read God’s word, you are replacing those bad thoughts with truth. Soon, your thoughts are remembering what the word said about the situation.

EXAMPLE: Let’s say you get angry and that puts you in a bad mood. You can go to the bible and search scripture about anger. James 1:19-20. “So then, my beloved, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

Other scriptures: Psalms 34;14, Colossians 3:15, Ecclesiastes 10:14

Take every thought captive

There is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1;9.

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The Virtuous Woman

Did you know one of the hebrew meanings of a ‘virtuous woman’ is cha-yil. Cha-yil has a military overtone. It means might, bravery, success. She is more than a homemaker, she is a warrior! The Proverbs 31 woman is shown actively doing productive things. She works with her hands, engages in trade “like the merchant’s ships,” and oversees workers in her household (Prov. 31:13-16, 19, 22, 24). She’s not full of anxiety because she has confidence in her ability to care for her business and family (Prov. 31:18, 21, 27). She does her husband good and not evil all the days of life. Proverbs 31:12 Read Proverbs 31 again to see the strong, brave, and successful woman, not the frail, stay-at-home woman.

You as a woman are far better than rubies!

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Happy National Brownie Day!!

Happy National Brownie Day!

The legend of the brownie originated in 1893. Bertha Palmer, a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owed a hotel, asked a pastry chef for a cake-like dessert suitable for ladies attending the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition that could be included in boxed lunches and wa-la the brownie was created.

The Chocolatier is a sweet read that will melt well with the chocolate goodie!

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Today is GIVING TUESDAY!

Today is GIVING TUESDAY!

Every year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people take the time to kickoff the holiday season by giving back. So, I would like to give FREE reads today!!

A historical romance – A Noble Wife – Get Free Book here: https://brendascruggs.wordpress.com/

A contemporary romance – Chocolate Kisses – Comment “WANT” and I’ll send over Chocolate Kisses!

Both are clean reads.

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Free Ebook! A Noble Wife

Here’s a FREE gift for you! A Noble Wife is a read that will urge you to follow your dream. Every person at one time or another has that desire to do something – a dream. You have the means to step into dreams, you only have to take the first step!

 

Historical Romance
A Noble Wife
Norma Gentry is a natural entrepreneur. Her ideas are more than dreams, they become reality. Her beauty is more than skin deep. Her heart is in everything that she does from being a wife to starting different enterprises. Though a lady’s place is in the home, her husband encourages her dreams. But when the train that she is returning home on derails, her life is changed forever.
Jim Gentry a notable councilman in the city of Nashville, Tennessee considers himself fair and is respected by the townspeople. Known for his astuteness and investments, he took the position of a moderator on the city council to aid in the growth of this great city. But his world comes to a standstill when the train Norma, his wife is on derails.

Click here for you book!

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Is Sleep Your Companion or Your Enemy? 6 Tips To Get Better Sleep

Is Sleep your companion or your enemy?

Sleep plays an important role in our physical health. It is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Constant lack of sleep is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even stroke.
Stress from everyday life, family duties, and unexpected challenges can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Even though you may not be able to control all the stress factors, you can try the following tips to encourage better sleep routines. These simple tips may seem obvious but sometimes we need to just be reminded.

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Start with these simple tips.
1. Develop a Sleep Schedule
Some studies show that your deep sleep should at least be 20% of your overall sleep. Which means that since most adults need 8-9 hours of sleep, they will need about 1.6-1.8 hours of deep sleep to fully function the next day.
Go to bed and get up around the same time every day. Try to keep your schedule as close as possible even on the weekend. Keeping regular or as close to a regular schedule reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle.
If you don’t fall asleep within about 20 minutes after going to bed, get up and leave your bedroom. Do something relaxing. For instance reading or listening to soothing music. Try not to drink anything. It will only disrupt your sleep by having to use the bathroom, then go back to bed when you get sleepy.
By staying in your bedroom reading or listening to music your brain associates the bedroom with these activities instead of sleeping that’s why I suggest leaving the bedroom until your sleepy.
2. Observe What You Eat and Drink
Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed. Avoid heavy or large meals within a couple of hours of bedtime. The stuffy feeling will interrupt your efforts to get comfortable enough to fall asleep.
Nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol can affect your sleep patterns too. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off keeping you from a good night’s sleep. And even though alcohol might make you feel sleepy, it can disrupt sleep later in the night by having to go to the restroom.
3. Create a Restful Atmosphere
Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. A cool, dark, and quiet room makes it easier to fall asleep. Exposure to light could make it challenging to fall asleep. Avoid prolonged use of blue screens just before bedtime. Blackout shades or curtains can keep unwanted light out.
4. Limit Daytime Naps
Too many naps during the day can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you choose to nap, limit yourself to shorter ones and avoid late naps.
If you work nights, however, you might need to a nap late in the day before work to help make up your sleep debt.
5. Include Physical activity in your daily routine
Regular physical activity can promote better sleep. Avoid being active too close to bedtime, though.
Spending time outside every day might be helpful, too. Vitamin D from the sun can promote sleep.
6. Manage your Worrying
Worry seems to be an enemy at night when you lay your head on the pillow. Every thought, concern, or idea seems to want to expose itself causing you to focus on it instead of falling asleep.
Try and replace the worries with positive thinking. Focus on the good things in life even if you’re going through the worst of times. Yes. It’s easier said than done but trying it can help.
Serotonin is a hormone found in various parts of the body, including the brain and the stomach. This hormone plays an important role in several bodily functions, including regulation of mood, regulation of appetite, learning and memory and regulation of sleep. It is sometimes called the happy chemical because it promotes wellbeing and happiness.
Our Smart Coffee contains serotonin among other natural hormones:
Dopamine —> the reward hormone.
That feeling (oomph) you get from eating chocolate when you’re stressed or when a bunch of people loves your blog post… that is dopamine.
Oxytocin —> the bonding hormone.
The first time you saw your sweetie and you drew in a breath releasing it slowly knowing he/she had to be yours. Or, hold your baby for the first time and hearing the cooing he or she gave you.
Serotonin —> the great regulator.
Serotonin helps regulate mood, social behavior, appetite, desire, sleep, memory… Did I mention sleep?
Endorphins —> the relief hormone.
This is the good stuff that your body produces to relieve stress and pain.
To find out more on our Smart Coffee you can leave a comment or message me on messenger. I would love to tell you more. I believe in this coffee and only want to share the benefits with you.