I hate dementia. When I saw it developing in both of my parents, it was hard to see these beautiful, loving people incapacitated by the changes in their minds.
We are all wired to want happiness, love, and significance. We all want our hearts to soar for something.
In our “hurry-up” society, however, the race, which lies ahead of us, promises constant stress from the pressures associated with our busy lifestyles. Yet even though the stress in our lives may be inevitable, we can learn how to control or minimize the degree to which a situation is stressful to us.
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We have been called as Christians to pray in all situations and to pray for those who do us wrong as well as those who treat us well. If the breakup happened because the ex partner was unfaithful, verbally or physically violent, or whatever–praying for that person is important. But, praying out of a desire to have them back may not be the wisest way to pray.
The Hebrew word “Shabbat” comes from a root that means “to repose, to desist from exertion.” It means literally, to rest. And that is exactly what I’m suggesting.
Feeling that the medical system has failed is an increasingly common reaction when problems aren’t fixed or diseases aren’t cured. No area of medicine can escape this sense of failure.
Whether it’s a book club, running club, or volunteer opportunities, shared hobbies are easy ways to come in contact with people that you normally wouldn’t on a daily basis. Shared hobbies are relational bridges to strangers for the purpose of leading them to Christ and building lasting, enduring relationships.
I need to hold on to hope. I can take heart. The darkness will lift. The sorrow will not last forever. I’m still in the middle of it, but I know this to be true. So I write this out as a reminder to myself. Hearts do heal. I’m not alone. And neither are you.
People’s interest in regulating their sleep in order to accommodate a busy lifestyle only dates back as far as the Industrial Revolution. The development of electric light, and the rationale that fewer hours asleep meant more hours of productivity at work reshaped human sleeping habits drastically.