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There are so people that delight in stirring up the pot and causing chaos and dis-content. It was so bad in one church where I was a member of for 10 years that after much prayer and consideration, I knew I couldn't stay in that place that had become toxic to me. I left after the Christmas Eve service and 3 months later God led me to the Episcopal Church where I was able to continue my worship ministry by playing my sax there. I've never been happier nor have I ever felt closer to the Lord than I do now. emoticon

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"Music is the original mood-altering, non-fattening wonder drug. Ask your doctor if Music is right for you."

Playing my sax is how I connect with God. That gift is from God and I use it to Glorify His name. It's not bout me..it's all about HIM.




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thanks so much for coming onboard to this group, reading some of these books and materials, and specifically what I wrote. This is my first time at doing this. emoticon

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I enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing. A few years ago I did the Me And My Big Mouth Study and stiil have the book and workbook. What an eye opener that was! emoticon

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"Music is the original mood-altering, non-fattening wonder drug. Ask your doctor if Music is right for you."

Playing my sax is how I connect with God. That gift is from God and I use it to Glorify His name. It's not bout me..it's all about HIM.




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4/13/16 12:23 A

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LIVELYGIRL2, Thank you for sharing this I don't have this book, but I do love her teachings and also learning more emoticon

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4/12/16 7:34 P

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thank you for participating ! I hope your getting something out of the book, and these overviews. emoticon

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Thank-you for sharing and Blessing . God Bless you Gary .

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4/1/16 6:24 P

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The Mind Connection
by Joyce Meyer

Most of us can recite, “ the joy of the Lord is my strength” Neh.8:10. Still it can take some effort to maintain inner and outer peace. It's not so hard when things are smooth, but when we get blamed for something we didn't do, is can get us offtrack. If our child or marriage is turning sour, or our health is waning, there is a likely chance we will experience frustration and worry.

Some things we pray about take days, weeks, years, to turn around. Joyce tells us “ that we have to aggressively pursue peace,and make adjustments when they are needed “.

God's word is a healing salve. I like to think of it as hydrogen peroxide to clean out the wounds of bitterness. Then the Holy Spirit comes beside and teaches us how to forgive . Jesus mercy causes us to desire to forgive and recognize agape love, that our Father God showers down on those who seek Him.

I have to admit, that our flesh wants to have a temper tantrum with some of the ideas she and others have presented. She quoted Dale Carnegie, but I know plenty of professionals in different fields, have shared principles of happiness. They claim that even without a decent amount of income, living in optimum conditions , whatever your employment may be, even without excellent health ; one can till consider themselves blessed and content.

Do we want to debate about this, or disagree? After all, not every one has to deal with controlling bosses or challenging family dynamics. Some are surrounded by supportive people and have surplus money.


Can you think of people you know( or are aware of ) ,that have the worlds goods ,and still gripe and complain. I know some that have horrible trials, and crushing family relationships. Still, love pours out of them. The other side of the coin, is those who remain stuck for decades, no matter what happens to them, or what counseling they receive.

She gives a list on page 37 to make our lives easier. I bet many of us are ware of some of the things on her list . It takes discipline or effort, , but the results of adapting ones attitude and thoughts can be transforming These suggestions must become habits, to actually create substantial improvement In fact, they don't seem very effective when used only when we are in crisis mode.

1. Believe the best, not the worst, when a problem arrives . I can tell you, that it's simple to assume reasons why someone does something irritating saying the wrong thing. Many find it interesting or fun to argue. Others just don't think before they speak. Often one of the parties misinterprets the action or words of another. Praying for the offender usually gives insight into the situation or person. If nothing else, we will not remain in bad place, even if it takes some time to work things out. There are times hen we have to distance ourselves from an individual or situation, but it is of real value to come to terms with forgiveness.



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2. When things don't go the way we hoped and prayed, we can either get rather upset, or believe that God will bring good out of something unfair.


3.It takes a lot of energy to get worked up, and it's better used helping someone or digging into the word and prayer.


4. Overusing credit cards is not wise.

5. Be yourself but be courteous to different people, no matter what you think of their politics and values. They might listen to you when you disagree in a kinder manner
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6. . When someone doesn't like you, maybe it's their problem. It's better to pray than trash them.

7. If you don't have time to ever relax, maybe your schedule isn't God's version.

8. .Schedule rest or activities that help you regroup.


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