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LOOKING for the LIGHT: How Does Praise Make Your Life Better?

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How does PRAISE make your life better?

I think this post is so appropriate right before Thanksgiving. PRAISE does a few very special things when you are a child of the King. It’s a very powerful concept. Practice it daily and see the benefits that it brings for your soul.

Here are just a few ways PRAISE makes your life better:
1. PRAISE takes your mind off yourself and puts your focus on Him — and taps you into His Power and Great Love for you.

2. PRAISE lets you enjoy the current moment ~ and that’s the only place where you can do something good for your life.

3. PRAISE brings you into the presence of God.

The scriptures encourage us to PRAISE God: I will bless the Lord at all times and His PRAISE shall continually be in my mouth.

Enjoy your turkey day and KEEP PRAISING GOD!

God Bless You!
Nanci

November 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm Leave a comment

LOOKING for the LIGHT: Encouragement for today!

God pushes you to the edge

Hi!
I hope this brings a little encouragement your way today. Life is hard so it’s best to trust God with all the details of your life.

Please see the tab on my blog labeled “Relationship with God” for more information on how to have a relationship with God as well. It’s not about being religious — and a bunch of dos and don’ts.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!
Nanci

November 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom: What Every Christian Should Know About Ebola

Hi! Thanks for coming by!

NOTE: Sorry I’m a day late! We are still Tuesday people!

As is a tradition with my blog and my book Fresh Hope Cleveland, I’m sharing something of great importance with you today. Something to make your life better today and tomorrow. This is also a news worthy issue.

This is an article I saw on Facebook that I thought was well worth sharing with everyone on my blog. After all, I live in Cleveland, Ohio, and much has happened to our community since the one nurse from Dallas came here last weekend.

This is an informative article written by an infectious disease physician. It is shown hear to help you and give you more information not to put fear into your heart. I hope the article gives you insight and peace of mind about what we do know about Ebola.
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Editors’ note: Along with being the senior pastor of the International Baptist Church in Santo Domingo, Dr. Miguel Núñez has practiced medicine in different capacities for more than 30 years. He is board-certified in internal medicine and in infectious diseases. He was also was an assistant professor of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1989-97) at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey. For this reason we contacted him for information related to the current outbreak of the disease from the medical point of view and to offer some words of pastoral wisdom.

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What Every Christian Should Know About Ebola

Last Wednesday, the world awoke to the news that Erick Thomas Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, had died of the disease. He had traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, Ebola-story

and developed symptoms of the disease four or five days after arriving in the states. This news—along with the information that a nurse had contracted the virus in Spain as a consequence of having been in contact with a patient diagnosed with the disease—has been seen as cause for alarm in the Western world.

What is Ebola?

The Ebola virus belongs to the family of filoviridae, which is capable of causing hemorrhagic fevers in a similar manner as does the dengue virus and other viruses.

Five different species of the Ebola virus have been identified, known under the names the Zaire, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Bundibugyo, and Reston agents. The virus was first recognized in 1976, and small outbreaks have been reported in different places with different mortality rates depending on the species of virus. The current outbreak in West Africa is being caused by the Ebola-Zaire species.

When did the current crisis begin?

An outbreak of Ebola was reported in Guinea late last year and confirmed by the World Health Organization this past March. This was the first outbreak in West Africa, though previous outbreaks of lesser magnitude had been reported in Central Africa. Unfortunately, the disease was not contained. In recent months it has expanded to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal.

To date more than 4,000 deaths have been reported and more than 8,000 cases suspected or confirmed. This current mortality rate is about 50 percent. In previous outbreaks, mortality has ranged from 30 percent to 90 percent.

How is Ebola transmitted?

Most of the current cases of the disease have occurred by transmission from person to person through contact with secretions from an infected patient—either blood, urine, feces, saliva, semen, or sweat. These secretions need to gain access to mucous membranes (conjunctiva, inside the lips and mouth or genitals) to cause infection.

Transmission may also occur when these secretions are exposed to skin that has lost its integrity (wounds, abrasions, and so on). To date there is no confirmation that the virus can be transmitted through the respiratory tract, as can the influenza virus. Some transmissions have occurred by accident in medical staff working with patients infected with the disease. Cases of the infection have also occurred through contact with affected animals.

Compared to previous outbreaks, the spread of Ebola has been rapid. Previous outbreaks occurred in isolated rural populations with a smaller number of people, unlike this outbreak that has spread in urban centers. Knowing that previous outbreaks were contained by implementing basic infection control measures allowed us to understand that the disease is potentially containable through measures already known to medical science.

What happens to the body during an Ebola infection?

Like any disease, once the causative agent enters the body, it is followed by an incubation period during which the patient may not show any symptoms. In the case of the Ebola virus, the asymptomatic period varies from 6 to 10 days, with a range from 2 to 21 days in extreme cases. To our knowledge, patients do not appear to be infectious during this asymptomatic period.

The disease can start with symptoms common to other viral illnesses: fever, chills, malaise, headache, lack of appetite, muscle aches, cough, sore throat. Some patients may develop an erythematous rash over the whole body, accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other symptoms may appear later in the disease, such as bleeding in the areas of venipuncture (area where the veins are punctured for blood sample or placement of an IV catheter).

These findings may be accompanied by a decrease in white blood cells (leukopenia), decreased platelets count (thrombocytopenia), elevated liver enzymes, abnormal coagulation tests, and injury to the lungs and kidney. Patients who survive the disease usually improve after the tenth day.

What are the reasons to be hopeful about the diseases containment?
1. The causative organism has been known for about 40 years.

2. Medical science could control previous outbreaks with known infection control measures, even when they were implemented in less sophisticated regions in terms of medical care.

3. Even in the midst of this crisis, the outbreak that began in Nigeria and Senegal in August seems to be contained due to implementing infection control measures. In fact, it has been more than a month since Nigeria has reported a new case (September 5 being the last one), likewise in Senegal, which has not reported a new case since August 29.

4. In 1998, a case of Ebola in South Africa was not recognized early and potentially exposed to about 300 people. However, only one of them was infected due to implementing infection-control measures. In the same country, 35 doctors and nurses were involved in the care of two patients with Marburg virus (from the same family as Ebola). Of those, only one became infected, although the two cases were not initially recognized.

5. Multiple laboratories are working nonstop to find an effective treatment for the disease, and we know of at least two cases of American citizens who received monoclonal antibodies and responded favorably. One even improved significantly between 20 to 60 minutes after receiving the infusion of the medication. Two other cases were treated in Atlanta with positive outcomes. Obviously, every patient needs to be individualized, since we do not know if others will respond in the same way.

How should we react to the threat of Ebola?

While this outbreak may have been a surprise for the world, it was not a surprise for our God. His unstoppable will continues under his inscrutable wisdom. Not one inch of the universe escapes the control of our Lord.

For those of us who believe in a sovereign God, we know we’re called to remain calm in the midst of the storm. We find confidence not only or primarily in the belief that science will control this outbreak or that we will not be affected. Rather, we hope in the Lord. As the psalmist said, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Let believers be the voice of peace amid the confusion. While much of this disease is still unknown, it is equally true that panic will not help us. The unbelieving world needs to see our trust in God amid this difficulty.

More ….Miguel Núñez serves as senior pastor of International Baptist Church and president of Wisdom and Integrity Ministries in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

If you have any thoughts about Ebola, I’d welcome your comments.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!
Nanci

October 22, 2014 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom ~

More WISDOM for today! I think this picture says it all.

Have a good evening!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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April 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom ~ The Secret to Happiness

Great advice today~ read it and make any necessary changes in your life if you aren’t already living this way! Something from my facebook page just for you. I love this story and you will too! More WISDOM just like you’ll find in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland!
Have a Happy Easter ~ He is Risen!
God Bless You!
Nanci
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The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady (pictured below), moved to a nursing home today. Even though she is legally blind, she is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move to the nursing home necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.” She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. Thank you for your part in filling my memory bank. I am still depositing.”
And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred: Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
6. I’ll add a little more: Trust God.
Photo: The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.” She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.” And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less. If you enjoyed this post please share! <3

April 15, 2014 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

More Wisdom ~ Ways to Enjoy Today!

~ Hi! Thanks for coming by!

Today I’m sharing some great and simple ways to enjoy your life and reduce stress each day. These suggestions are WISDOM for your life. It’s great information for your life just like the great things featured in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland. You can still buy a copy of my book on Amazon.com or from my publisher at www.westbowpress.com.

I’m taking off a few weeks so I can work on my new books ~ I’ll see you next time on April 15th.

Have a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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 W I S D O M … W I S D O M … W I S D O M

Here are just a few ways to help you enjoy today!

▪ Call a friend

▪ Pet a dog

▪ Do something new

▪ Eat a meal by candlelight

▪ Get enough sleep

▪ Know your limits

▪ Smile

▪ Exercise

▪ Say something nice

▪ Be generous

▪ Prepare ahead

▪ Get up earlier

▪ Avoid negative People

▪ Say “no” more often

▪ Look for the silver lining

▪ Listen to music

▪ Look at challenges differently

▪ Talk less and listen more

▪ See problems as challenges

▪ Praise others

▪ Visualize winning

▪ Unclutter your life

▪ Ask a friend for a hug

▪ Schedule playtime

▪ Do something nice for someone secretly

▪ Pray!

March 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

More WISDOM ~ The Disciplined Pursuit of Less ~ #3

~ The last two posts I shared some WISDOM for your life. Here’s more WISDOM today but of a little bit different kind.

Today I’m sharing a concept that will give you insight and more great information for your life just like the great things featured in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland. You can still buy a copy of my book on Amazon.com or from my publisher at www.westbowpress.com.

Watch this 5-minute video. The ideas shared will be so helpful for your personal and professional life. Every person needs this information and perspective. It’s about breaking through to the next level. Read more below.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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Author Greg McKeown interviewed countless business executives during this career and saw first-hand how success can lead straight to professional and personal failure. He describes the problem: the insidious idea that we think we can do it all. Overwhelmed by expectations and options, entrepreneurs and executives find success and end up losing the single-minded focus that made them successful in the first place.

Inspired by the philosophy “less but better” — the Japanese say it this  way, “less is more,” McKeown shares in his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,  practical tips on how to figure out what’s most important, eliminate the trivial, and establish routines for effortless execution.

McKeown earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9x6D09AKBU

March 18, 2014 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

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