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10 Daily Habits That Hugely Strengthen Both Your Body And Mind

Our daily routines may keep us active, but how active are you really, and is your mind active enough? There are many habits that we get into that keep us from having a strong body and mind. But, there are also habits we can get into that will help to make the body and mind stronger than ever. Here are some of those habits that you need to get into.

1. Exercise between Workouts

You don’t have to wait for a workout to get some much-needed exercise. For instance, if you are at work, you can stand up and do some stretching exercises, or go for a walk, run, bike ride on your lunch break, and take one-minute exercise breaks.

 

2. Eat Brain Food

We all know about eating healthy food to keep our bodies healthy. Are you eating the right foods for your brain as well? Try to include eggs, milk, juice, and fish (particularly salmon and halibut) to your diet.

3. Increase Your Goals

You have likely been told to set daily goals. But, how difficult are these goals? You need to challenge yourself, so make sure that your goals are harder and harder all the time. This is going to build you up to where you want to be.

4. Improve Your Memory

Playing little memory games is a great way to have sharper recall at any time. Try associating things that you normally wouldn’t think of being associated with one another, and they will stick in your mind even more. There is a scientific term for this, which is synesthesia.

5. Watch Inspirational Videos

There are loads of great inspirational videos online. Try looking for the more obscure videos on topics that you don’t see in all of the other videos. You will find a great selection of inspirational videos at Uscreen and YouTube, as well as videos on health, diet, exercise, and more.

6. Turn Jealousy into a Good Thing

Everyone has jealous moments, but this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you are jealous that someone is more successful than you are, use that person as a role model. Use your jealousy to start being more like they are, and pay attention to how they handle many situations, their habits, etc.

7. Track Your Walking Miles

Do you realize that the biggest part of your day is spent sitting down? This is not only going to cause stiff muscles, it can actually lead to health problems because you aren’t getting enough exercise. It is a good idea to try and take at least 3,000 steps per day (you can calculate your walk count with pedometer). Each day, strive to make the count a little bit higher.

8. Move Around every 15 Minutes

You should never sit still for long periods of time. Whenever possible, try to get up and move around every 15 to 20 minutes, even if it is just to stretch your arms and legs. Walk to the coffee shop at break time instead of driving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

9. Go Out of Your Way

If you normally walk to work, take a different route that is a bit longer. Park far away from stores (unless you plan on buying a lot of stuff and don’t want to lug it all back to the car). Walk to the next train or bus stop. Every extra step you take is going to add up.

10. Grow Your Vocabulary

Start reading more, and increase your vocabulary by leaps and bounds. Look for books and movies that are going to challenge your mind, and if there are words you are unsure of, look them up and keep on learning.

Original Post by Lifehacker

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Keep Your Guard Up

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/pro.4.23.nlt

One of the best decisions you can make is how much of secular culture you are going to allow in your life. There isn’t anything wrong with enjoying life, however not everything that is fun is good for you. Be on your guard. Watch out for subtle signs of your guard is dropping and do not give you enemy any space to attack you.  

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The Top Posts I Read The Week Of February 3rd

The following are The Top 10 Posts I Read The Week Of February 3rd:

  1. 20 Things that Will Matter a Lot Less to You in 20 Years
  2. Wanting Someone Else to Fulfill Our Lives
  3. 11 Things You Should Let Go Of To Be Happy
  4. If You Want Better Mental Health, You Should Use Your Journal In This Way
  5. Once You Learn These 8 Hard Truths About Life, You’ll Become Much Stronger
  6. 8 Signs You Have A Growth Mindset That Makes You Mentally Stronger
  7. Be Yourself Instead of Trying To Impress Others. People Will Judge You Anyway
  8. 4 Questions That Will Change Your Life
  9. 52 Ways You Can Be Kinder to Yourself

Well, that is my Top 10 for the week.  What other great posts did you read?

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This Week at RLC>>>

Hello. I hope your week is off to a great start. Here are a few things happening this week at RLC>>>

1. This Wednesday. This Wednesday is our weekly First Wednesday worship opportunity. The service is from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to worship and experience the presence of God. There will be a time of worship, prayer, communion, and Bible study.

2. This Sunday- RLC Turns 5. We are so proud and honored to be celebrating our 5 year anniversary this Sunday. Be checking our social media outlets for picture memories and info about what all is happening this weekend.

3. This Sunday- New Series. We are beginning a Brand New Series this Sunday entitled “From This Day Forward”. This is our annual marriage and relationship series. These series usually turn into some of the most talked about series of the year. Don’t miss a single week.

4. This Sunday- Baptism. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than to celebrate with people who are following the Lord in Baptism. If you would like to be baptized this Sunday, it is not too late. Contact us here to get read today.

5. Newcomers Reception. Are you new to RLC? Have you ever heard the story of our church? Would you like to meet the leadership team of RLC? We would like to invite you to a Newcomers Reception right after our second worship experience (12:30pm) this Sunday in Hope Cafe for our Newcomers Reception. This 30-45 minute event is designed for us to get to know you, tell you the story of our church, and help you get to know us. We are so excited to meet and get to know you.

6. LifeGroups. LifeGroups will be kicking off next week. Make sure you check our website for all the available groups and get signed up today. Click here to discover your next group.

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Follow Me and I Will Make You

Matthew 4: 18-20 ESV– “While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”
These verses give me so much hope about God and His movement in our lives. These are some of my takeaways>>>
1. Jesus knows right where you are.
-This was not a casual stroll for Jesus. He knew right where He was headed. Same in your life.
2. God has a plan for your life.
-He has something He wants to do in you.
3. You are right where you need to be for God to use you. 
-The Bible is full of people that God didn’t bring them out of situations in order to use them:
-Moses- raised in Pharaoh’s house to lead a nation to freedom
-Easter- right place to bring freedom to the nation
-Joseph- the devil meant for evil God meant for Good.
-God can use you you right where you are at, doing exactly what you are doing for His glory.
4. You’re a working progress.
-We are not yet made into everything that we will be.
-Don’t get discouraged because you have not arrived you.
-You are a work in progress.
5. Jesus tells us exactly what to do in order to be taught by Jesus, “Follow Him.”
     -Make His Word part of your life.
     -Spend Time with Him- The First Fifteen
     -Give yourself away
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Twenty-One

It’s not only about us. We need to be free. We need to be close to Jesus for our own wellbeing, but also for others. Because there’s more … is why we fast and pray.

What are God’s purposes on the earth today? Are people in bondage, desperate for freedom, crying out to a God they don’t even know? Does He desire to use us to break their chains? Yes and yes! The real question is whether you and I will interrupt our lives and our routines to help.

If you read Isaiah 58 carefully, you see that the chapter actually begins with God rebuking the people who were fasting because their form of fasting was merely a mundane outward display to demonstrate their religiosity. God is looking for the real deal!

Men, women and children desperately cry out for help every day, all over the world, perhaps even right down the street. They are abused, oppressed, misused, hungry, alone, forgotten, and crushed. That is why the fast God desires is not an empty, passionless religious act that bears no fruit.

God has a specific purpose for fasting and prayer.

Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. —ISAIAH 58:6–11

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Twenty

Guest post from Free Chapel:

You’re in the home stretch of this fast and right about now you may be having dreams about hot, fluffy, brown yeast rolls. So, I encourage you to stay strong as we have a conversation about bread.

In ancient times bread was regarded as the main course because it was a main source of nutrition. Long before our TV commercials proclaimed, “Beef: it’s what’s for dinner” the slogan would have been more like, “Bread: it’s what’s for dinner.”

When God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, they were given specific instructions on what to eat that final night; they were to “be ready,” with no time for dough to rise, so a very important part of the Passover meal was, and continues to be, unleavened bread.

Their wandering in the desert for forty years made it hard, if not impossible, to plant and harvest wheat for bread. So the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not” (Ex. 16:4). They ate that “bread of heaven” daily for the duration of their time in the desert.

As you can see, bread wasn’t a “take it or leave it” side option like today.

Now, thinking about how important bread was in the history of the Israelites, we look at John chapter 6. Jesus’ words in this chapter were pivotal, even for some of His followers who could not accept His claim to be “the Bread of Life.” The chapter begins with Jesus multiplying five small loaves of barley bread and two small fish that a little boy in the crowd was saving for his lunch.

When they followed him the next day and asked for more miracles, He replied,
“Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”—JOHN 6:32-35

“I am the bread of life.” What a statement! Jesus stated, “I am the bread of life,” in that culture, intending to get their attention. He wanted them to understand, “You need Me every day. You can’t make it without Me. I’m the central issue of your life. Without Me, without bread, you’ll perish.”

I can do without a lot of things, but I cannot do anything without Jesus. He’s not something at the end of the table in a basket that I can take or leave. “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

Eat to your fill of His presence today!

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The Top Posts I Read The Week Of January 27th

The following are The Top 10 Posts I Read The Week Of January 21st:

  1. How to Have a Better, Bolder 2017: Embrace the Process
  2. 80 Percent of Kids Want Their Parents to Read to Them and, Relatedly, We’re Kinda Famous
  3. 6 Practical Ways to Honor Your Parents
  4. 8 Reasons I Have Internet Accountability and Restrictions on My Phone
  5. 5 Steps Toward Regaining Momentum
  6. 5 Ways Leaders Grasp Momentum
  7. 5 Interesting Things About Japan’s First Self-Made Female Billionaire
  8. 7 Ways To Live Out The Gospel In A Post-Truth, Post-Fact Culture
  9. Five ‘Leadership Tools’ That Are Really Crutches For Lousy Managers

Well, that is my Top 10 for the week.  What other great posts did you read?

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Nineteen

Guest Blog Post from Free Chapel:

In 2 Kings 13:14-19, the prophet Elisha was on his death bed. And, Joash, King of Israel, came to him for one last piece of advice because the Syrians were attacking the country. Elisha told him to take a bow and arrows and put his hand on the bow.

These scriptures may not make a lot of sense to you concerning the theme of fasting, but I want to tie them together over the next couple of days in a way that I feel the Lord would have me share with you.

Do you know that everybody needs a man of God in their life? You need someone who won’t just tell you what you want to hear, but someone who will tell you what you need to hear. Someone who won’t just make you feel good, but someone who will also challenge you.

I was thinking about how Elisha had a double portion of the anointing of Elijah. Before he received that, 2 Kings 2 says that Elisha tore his robe into two pieces and took up the mantle of Elijah. Notice he had to take off before he could put on. And we have to rid ourselves of some things before God will send the double portion anointing.

I believe God’s double portion anointing can come on us for complete victory, when we rid ourselves of sins like offense, unforgiveness and pride. On this fast, let’s get rid of some things so we can receive other things from God.

When you take that stuff off, you humble yourself. And James 4:6 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Fast for complete victory in your life. Victory is when you completely overcome the enemy. It is the cutting off of Goliath’s head. It is the dancing on the grave of your enemy. It is not co-existing with partial victory. Jesus came “that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).

Jesus came to bring complete victory.

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Three of My Favorite Study Bibles

What is a Study Bible? A Study Bible is a Bible with extra notes to explain what you just read. Many of them go even further than that. They will have maps to show you the region it was written, character studies of famous Biblical people, currency conversion charts, and so much more.

If you are serious about getting deeper in your walk with God, you need a Study Bible in your life. Here are three I highly recommend:

The Life Application Study Bible

Why I like it: This was the first type of Study Bible I ever used. I still have wonderful memories reading through the pages of my Study Bible and learning so much from the commentaries. It is still one of my go to Bibles for devotional reading. (along with the others on this list.)

Link to buy it: click here

Publishers Notes: Today’s best-selling study Bible―the Life Application Study Bible―has been updated and expanded. Over 300 new Life Application notes, nearly 350 note revisions, 16 new personality profiles, updated charts, and a Christian Worker’s Resource make today’s number one selling study Bible even better.

FEATURES: Over 300 new Life Application notes and significant revisions to nearly 350 others
16 new Personality Profiles
Most charts revised to clarify meaning and importance, plus eight all-new charts
New information on the intertestamental period
Christian Worker’s Resource, a special supplement to enhance the reader’s ministry effectiveness, includes: How to Become a Believer, How to Follow Up with a New Believer, Mining the Treasures of the Life Application Study Bible, So You’ve Been Asked to Speak, and Taking the Step to Application

The New Spirit Filled Life Bible

Why I like it: Dr Jack Hayford and many others use the margins of this Bible to teach us how to apply God’s Word in the context of New Testament theology.

Link to buy it: click here

Publishers Notes: Find the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible. Dr. Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way, has led a team of anointed leaders to produce the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible. This outstanding resource offers a fresh look at the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit. This Bible addresses important issues of Spirit-filled living in the context of solid biblical scholarship.

Features include: Kingdom Dynamics – 41 themes throughout the Scripture that give us values as we advance the gospel throughout the world
Word Wealth – More than 550 key terms defined and brought to life pulling the language from the original Greek and Hebrew to everyday English
Truth-In-Action – Practical charts pulling out practical application from every book of the Bible
Detailed book introductions
Verse-by-verse study notes

Maxwell Leadership Bible

Why I like it: John Maxwell was a pastor for years before becoming the Leadership Guru we all know him for today. He actually said the reason he resigned being a pastor was because he noticed that the business world was a wasteland when it come to faith. He endeavored to change that. What I love the most about him is he writes his leadership books with ideas straight from the Bible and the business experts call him a genius. He always says, “It was there for over 2,000 years. I just put in a way they would read.” This Bible will give you great leadership principles to go along with your reading.

Link to buy it: click here

Publishers Notes: “John Maxwell is a nationally respected expert in leadership. This Bible provides an in-depth look at God’s laws for leaders and leadership. Now, you can get The Maxwell Leadership Bible in the best-selling New International Version. Plus, this 2nd edition includes new updates.

In this Bible, Dr. Maxwell explains what a godly leader is and how God is glorified when you accept the role you’re called to. It includes great articles and insights that will become an invaluable part of your leadership library. You’ll find 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader with lessons about Biblical characters who exemplified each. Over 100 biographical profiles feature stories that share God’s truth about leadership.

John C. Maxwell, a New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker, has been called America’s #1 leadership authority. To date, he has sold 25 million books. In 2014, Maxwell received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, and was named the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. and Business Insider. His organizations ¬– The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP — have trained more than 5 million leaders in 188 countries.

This edition includes new empowering, inspiring tools to equip you to be an even better leader: Complete NIV Bible text and translators’ notes • Book introductions • Articles describing the 21 Laws of Leadership and the 21 Qualities of a Leader • Notes throughout the Bible that connect with the Laws and Qualities • Indexes to the 21 Laws of Leadership and the 21 Qualities of a Leader

The Maxwell Leadership Bible offers principles of leadership that will greatly impact the way you guide others. Order your copy today.

This Bible offers supplemental information on the following topics: Leadership Laws, Servanthood, Teachability, Vision, Control, Convictions, Correction, Credibility, Criticism, Decision Making, Delegation, Discipline, Encouragement, Equipping, Ethics, Planning, Power, Practicality, Pride, Priorities, Purpose, Responsibility, Restoration, Spirituality, Standards, Stewardship, Submission, Teamwork, Tolerance, Trust, Values, Wisdom”

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Eighteen

Guest post from Free Chapel

Continue to be open to the conviction of the Holy Spirit during this fast because the only cure for sin is to be cleansed and changed from the inside out. When it comes to the heart of man, what goes in also comes out.

That is why Jesus exposed the Pharisees for their pious religious front. He called them pretenders and hypocrites, saying, “You are like tombs that have been whitewashed, which look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything impure. Just so, you also outwardly seem to people to be just and upright but inside you are full of pretense and lawlessness and iniquity.”—Matthew 23:27-28

They looked the part. They played the role. They religiously went through the motions. But they spent much more attention creating the outward standard than they spent following the inward standard. What is on the inside will show on the outside. Think about it this way: When someone gets sick and nausea takes hold, that person doesn’t need training on how to make what is on the inside…come out. The body knows how to do that all by itself! When you have junk inside—junk comes out. But in like manner, when you have Jesus inside—Jesus comes out.

I think the longer that we serve the Lord the easier it can be to get caught up in the routine of religion. I have to fight that at times. I feel the pressure to be what I am expected to be outwardly even though I may feel totally drained inside. That is why we have to be careful not to put so much energy into keeping up the outward appearance that before long it’s just that—an exterior whitewashing to cover a withering interior. It is dangerous for a person or a ministry to be growing outwardly but shrinking in passion for Jesus inwardly.

If I sense my passion for Jesus beginning to fade, I fast. I can’t stress enough how fasting helps you regain the edge when you are growing dull. It immediately helps you get refocused on only those things that really matter, and cleanse yourself of the rest. Fasting helps you maintain the inward brokenness that allows God to make your outside match your inside. It’s living “inside out.” You don’t have to fake it on the outside when you are full of the Lord on the inside.

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Seventeen

As you are ending your time of fasting you may be thinking when you will do this again?

At Real Life Church, we only fast corporately once a year. However, that doesn’t mean you should only fast then. This spiritual discipline can benefit you greatly as it becomes a new habit for you.

Here is an excerpt from an article I read recently on When We Should Fast:

1. When you are facing a mammoth task that you cannot do by yourself.

Nehemiah fasted while rebuilding the temple.

Examples: moving, launching a new business, starting new career, the adoption of a child

2. When you are facing physical danger.

Esther called a fast when her people faced persecution

Examples: facing surgery, preparing for military duty, performing a dangerous job or task

3. When you are under attack from the enemy.

II Chronicles 20 – King Jehoshaphat called a fast when his enemies surrounded him

Examples: when you face opposition to fulfilling the promises of God for you and your family.

4. When you are appalled at society

Ezra 9, Jonah 3

Examples: widespread abortion, the promotion of the radical homosexual agenda, the spread of immorality through the media

5. When you desire for your church to grow and prosper

Acts 2: 42, 47

6. When you encounter demonic oppression

Mark 9:17- 29

Prayer and fasting will cause Satan to tuck his tail and run!

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