Seven surprising ways to reduce stress and improve your spirituality.

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Galatians 5:22 (ESV). But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

This article is written with surprises. Whether you like surprises or not the brain does. Guide to GROWING the brain.

Surprises are those unexpected events that trigger a positive or negative response. This article is written to create those happy surprises that we like to experience and share with others. I wanted to give you small reminders that we can create our happiness and reduce stress. Has something happened in your life that was a total surprise? A new beginning, career change or upgrade, a new relationship, trying a new meal, or training for a health improvement routine. How did it impact your life?

Stress is your bodies way to responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel overwhelmed or in a fight or flight state of being the body automatically rev up. By revving up the body is protecting you through this crisis. This response is a God thing. I say it’s a God thing because we are experiencing love, peace, and kindness from the Almighty even during our stressful moments. Once the stress has subsided the Almighty‘s protection will not leave us by adding patience, goodness, and faithfulness in our spirit. Let’s not forget about the feeling of joy. Joy cometh in the morning. Do you believe that these secrets are meant for you?

Secrets can be meaningful when you realize its value. What do you find value in? Is it your home, vehicle, bank account, health, education, jewelry, etc. ? Are you valuable to others? Have you ever made a difference in someone’s life, by redirecting their outlook on life? Have you seen a frustrated child, you’ve watched him/her not play well with the other children? You began to engage with the child by showing them the secret of love, patience, and goodness. Then slowly the stress and anger they were feeling began to diminish, and they are playing better with the other children. Sometimes just a word of kindness can go a long way. Try it!

In many areas of our lives, these seven secrets: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness, can be utilized. We awake each day without realizing we have all the secrets to make our day the best day ever. What are you Taking for granted? Are you facing a dilemma that you feel hopeless about? Are you feeling stress and anxiety about your family, your health, a car needing to be repaired or mortgage is due and you can’t seem to see the rainbow at the end of the tunnel, seek the fruits of the spirit to guide you and watch how things began to change. It has been said that when you change the way you see things, the things you see begin to change. Try it!

Have you ever been offered something that is unfamiliar? My co-worker for years would brag about how great his Louisiana Gumbo was. He talked about how his neighbors would dance in the streets and play festive music and how the children would join in with the adults in eating the delicious gumbo dinner. He described such a wonderful and enchanting evening with laughter and happiness all around. He said his recipe was passed through the family from his great grandfather’s recipe. He talked about how excited people became as the seasons began to change. Around the end of September or early October, my co-worker would come to work and say “ Good Morning everyone, it’s that time” and someone would always say “what time”, he would loudly shout out “IT’S. G U M B O time! “ We would all laugh and that always made him so happy. Then he would say “ shrimp, onions, tomatoes, crawfish, corn, and other secret ingredients” I would squint my eyes which was representing my refusal to eat what he was describing as good food.

I was a skeptic until I finally tasted his family famous gumbo. It was a dark brown soup dish. It had shrimp, sausage, onions, chicken, crawfish, corn on the cob and other secret items in it. One day he served us the stew dish so proudly and made sure all the ingredients were in everyone’s bowl. Many of us smelled it’s aroma and was ready to eat. He then said “not yet”, he went back out to his car and brought In a large well-used iron pot. We all thought Lord, what could be in that pot? A few jokes were: “a whole duck”,,,, lol, no, an “alligator from the swamp,,,,, “ lol. He set the pot down and slowly removed the old iron lid from the pot. The aroma and steam from the pot quickly filled the room. Once the lid was removed, inside the pot was the prettiest rice, we had seen. He said “part of the secret to good gumbo is how you prepare your rice, most people use too much water, my rice is always delicious, “now add some to your bowl of gumbo, get some cornbread and enjoy. As we feasted on the meal, he walked over to his desk and pulled out his CD player and played jazz, gospel, and blues songs from the all-time great entertainers. No stress, no worries, but really good spiritual bonding. Changing the way you see things can help you see things differently. I had to confess to him, the gumbo was really good. Can you think of ways to improve your initial views on something ? Have you been quick to dismiss something without giving it a chance to flourish? Try applying these secrets to your next adventure and see what becomes of it.

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4 thoughts on “Seven surprising ways to reduce stress and improve your spirituality.

  1. I’ve often made the comment that in the end the Gumbo would be good. I was never referring to food but to the range in personalities of the people that you may have to be around such as neighbors, work, school or life in general. The presentation may make you cringe at first sight but given a chance to open one’s own heart and put one’s guard down just a bit you might be pleasantly surprised by what you walked away with. It usually always makes great gumbo!!

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    1. Thank you for this great analogy. It’s people like you that make this an awesome channel. Your support is greatly appreciated.


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