I’m a little too tense to be stressed….

stressedLittle tense, are ya?

What the heck is stressStress is your body’s reaction to anything your brain finds upsetting.  Period.

Stress is a part of life, whether it be, gasp! bathing suit season, whiney kids, or how about a blow out with your spouse?  In fact, 75 – 90% of all visits to a primary care physician’s office are related to stress disorders, according to Dr. Don Colbert.

Doesn’t matter where it came from, stress can do a number on your emotional and your physical well-being.  Some common stress symptoms can include sleeplessness, fuzzy thinking, body aches, acne, abdominal pain…and much, much more.

So what’s a gal to do?  Well, first I would suggest you read, Stress Less by Dr. Don Colbert, MD.  He can tell you how it starts, how it affects you and how you can overcome it.

I, on the other hand, say, “Hey…..calm down….take a bath.”


In fact, throw in some lavender, sandalwood, some Epsom salts and a little ylang ylang essential oils to make bath time a soothing time.  Relax for about 20 minutes and feel the tension go down the drain.

The adrenal glands are an integral part of the endocrine system of hormones.  Those little bad boys play a key roll in regulating the body’s response to stress, so your diet is also very important.  Avoid foods that are taxing on your system like caffeine, sugar and alcohol.   Include some avocados, eggs, chicken, mushrooms and salmon for some excellent sources of pantothenic acid.


Include some supplements to fortify the body against emotional stress.  Vitamin B complex (50mg twice/day), which supports the adrenal glands; and magnesium (500 mg once/day) and calcium (1000 mg once/day) have natural tranquilizing effects, so you might take those two in the evenings.


There are many different ways to deal with stress, but the important thing is to maintain the right attitude when the going gets rough.  No matter what happens to you, make up your mind that you are going to go through it with the right attitude.  If you meditate on this principle when things are going good, then when a stressful situation arises you will be prepared to maintain a good attitude.  Discipline yourself to stand strong with your positive attitude in every circumstance!

Philippians 4:19, “And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”


In yo’ face!!

You don’t have to tell how you live each day,
You don’t have to say if you work or play.
A tried, true barometer serves serves in the place,
However you live, it will show in your face.

The false, the deceit that you bear in your heart,
Will not stay inside where it first got the start;
For sinew and blood are thin veil of lace–
What you wear in your heart, you wear in your face.

If you have gambled and won in the great game of life,
If you feel you have conquered the sorrow and strife,
If you’ve played the game fair, and you stand on first base,
You don’t have to say so, it shows on your face.

If you’re life is unselfish, and for others you live,
For not what you get, but for how much you can give.
If you live in good will toward the whole human race,
You don’t have to tell it– it shows on your face. ~ author unknown

This was found in the first few pages of a cookbook that was given to my mother when I was in elementary school….back in 1968. (do you have any idea how hard that was to admit the year?????). It was compiled by the Baytown School Food Service Association. Our neighbor, Mrs. Edith Musick, ran the school cafeteria program for the entire district and her food was delicious!! She highlighted certain recipes and we still use them to this day.
While back in Texas, over the holidays, I found the cookbook and loudly cried “DIBS” which is a binding verbal contract, I’m just certain. I also said “DIBS” on some expensive crystal and silver pieces, so….it’s pretty much all mine.

I love “DIBS”. It’s so final. My sister will probably try to use this against me in a court of law, but I have proven myself to be not only charming, but a good crybaby also. The final verdict will be in my favor, and of this I am quite satisfied.

watch your ‘tude…….

What are the beatitudes?  The beatitudes come from the opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount delivered by Jesus in Matthew 5:3-12.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Jesus starts out by saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit…not blessed are the poor.  He is not commending poverty and He is not condemning wealth either.  But He was talking about the spiritually poor and destitute and those who recognize our need for God.
Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. I believe that those who mourn are those who express deep sorrow for their sin.  There is freedom found in forgiveness of our sins and joy comes to those who are sincerely sorry for their sins.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Sorrow is followed by meekness.  The meek are those who submit to God’s authority and surrender to His will.  They will receive the joy of eternal salvation and inherit all things.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Hungering and thirsting speaks of a deep need and a driving passion.  This is how we should be living everyday! We should be passionately longing for Jesus since He is the only thing that will fill our souls!
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.Those who have shown mercy will receive mercy.  In other words, we reap what we sow.  What are you sowing today?
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.The heart is the center of the spiritual life.  First, purify your heart and then you will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called Sons of God.” We have peace with God through Jesus Christ.  This reconciliation through Jesus brings fellowship with God.  Jesus calls us to be peacemakers and when we put on our armor each day, we put on our shoes of peace!
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Just as Jesus faced persecution, we also will face persecution because of our faith in Him.  Those who endure are genuine followers of Christ.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” As the believer lives out the Christian life he will eventually cross paths with those who will despise righteousness and persecute him.  It is not so much the christian that he is despising but the exposure of their own sin. You are not an alone sufferer of God because many have gone before us.
The world cannot develop genuine happiness.  It will always fall short, but Jesus, through His sermon, explains what it is to have happiness.
No matter how you slice it, true happiness is seeking and understanding of who God is and how I relate to Him.