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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Baggage and burdens

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Summertime, the time of year for family vacations. Of course, we have to pack our bags with all the necessities for the trip, but there are a few pieces of baggage I hope you will leave behind permanently. You know the ones I'm talking about. Life's negative baggage that wants to hang around long after the damage is done.

Maybe it's bitterness over something that happened long ago. And still every time it comes to mind your heart falls heavy reliving the pain. Maybe you're angry with yourself due to actions you regret or angry with another because of indifference or pain they inflicted on you. Possibly regret plagues you and let's not forget about your future, your health, your children, your job, money.

And then, there's control. We try so hard to control everything about our world. Peace 101: We control no one but ourselves. We can pray for, advise, and love those around us. But we cannot control their thoughts, decisions, or actions. We CAN control OUR response to circumstances and the time that it takes from our lives.

Remember time is precious. So don't spend it on something you have no control over. This is your life and time is ticking. Positive, constructive thoughts equal positive, constructive actions equal positive, constructive results. Take your thoughts captive. Close the mind's door to negative thoughts. When they come knocking, don't answer!

Plan your day for good fruits for your labor, not repressive, time consuming negativity. One day at a time. Remember, "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice in it and be glad."

No matter what the world throws at you, curve ball and all. Stay in the batter's box and swing the bat! You're major league material and you have the coach of all coaches. Before you know it the exhausting old habits are replaced with positive ones and anticipation of the hope, plan and future that God has in store for you.

Behind the 8ball, weary, overwhelmed, bogged down with burdens? Take a moment to write down your "baggage." Each bag represents what you carry every moment of your day, now let's suppose each one weighs 25 pounds. At the end of the day, you are totally exhausted dragging it all around. This kind of stress, overtime, wreaks havoc on your body, physically and emotionally. Please take your list and give it to the One who holds the world in His hands. He beckons, "Bring your burdens unto me, all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest."

So hand your baggage over to the Master of the Universe and don't go back to get it. Give it up! We have a tendency to release and retrieve. No more retrieving. There is so much about this life to enjoy. Don't allow your baggage to hold you back from the amazing life that is available to you through Jesus. Oh, and the rest that He promises, peaceful, sleep like a baby, rest. Not a cat nap, but a long winters nap. Just like when we were children; relaxed, secure, warm, peace filled rest. He is always with you, will never forsake you, loves you through it all, forgives all your mistakes, showers you with blessings, offers you peace, rest and an eternal home more wonderful than anything we can think or imagine. I'm In! I am loving how much He loves me!

Open heart and soul and experience life like never before!

Enjoy the beautiful weather! Get your body moving, ideally 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week.

Get your ZZZZ's! The body requires deep restful sleep to repair from the day's activities. Get into a sleep pattern of going to bed and rising around the same time everyday. Don't eat within three hours of bedtime. Digestion will disrupt your sleep. Calcium-magnesium supplement before bed will help you fall asleep. A good warm bath will aid in relaxing you at the end of your day. If you wake with a headache or still fatigued in the morning, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Check with your doctor if this persists.

Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program or taking any supplements.

Live Happy! Live Strong! Live out Loud!

-- Jennifer Jarrell is a resident of Bedford County, a realtor, and a life coach and personal trainer. She inspires others through motivational speaking, nutritional, physical, and spiritual coaching, camps and group classes. You can reach her at (931)703-0667 or jjarrell@realtracs.com.

Jennifer Jarrell
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Jennifer Jarrell is a resident of Bedford County, a realtor, and a life coach and personal trainer. She inspires others through motivational speaking, nutritional, physical, and spiritual coaching, camps and group classes. You can reach her at 931-703-0667 or jjarrell@realtracs.com.