A handbook to prepare us for the challenges of adolescence, the concerns in marriage, the difficulties in parenting, the pain of heartbreak, the sorrow of death, and the never ending struggles that come with each and every day?
The closest thing we have to a life handbook is obviously the Bible. It is packed full of instruction for how to live life, from beginning to end. And last year I discovered the real treasure of this handbook when I committed to reading the Chronological Bible in its entirety. What a blessing that was for 2010, and it truly shaped my heart, my life and my ministry in a new way.
This year, 2011, I am starting over again, and so excited about seeing what new nuggets of truth that God is going to show me as I kick off this new year of Bible reading. If you are interested in taking on this challenge this year, and want to have a community of people to do it with, hop over to my friend Wendy’s blog where she does an awesome online Bible study the entire year.
In the meantime, there are some tips that we can tuck into our hearts as we walk through the Bible this year. In fact, someone forwarded me an email with a list of tips, which seemed a great way to kick off a new year….a mini life- handbook, you might say….and I thought it was worth sharing.
Since health is the buzz word of the month, as it is every January when we all make New Year’s resolutions, let’s start off by focusing on some tips about health first. Each one of these things is something that we should all take into consideration, to make 2011 a more healthier year – physically, emotionally and spiritually!
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2010.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
And to save the best for last…………
11. Get involved with Lysa Terkeursts Made To Crave free webcasts on Monday nights! Click here to get more information about it. This is not a diet for the body, but a diet for the spirit which will lead to a more healthier, beautiful you – inside and out. If you have been wondering how to make this year different – this could be it. Learn how to satisfy your deepest desires with God, and not food. Check it out.
*Tomorrow – tips on having a healthy mentality about yourself and your life.