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Brain Research…

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Ezekiel 36:26

 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Jennie Allen (If) and Dr. Amen (PBS) say, the BRAIN and the HEART are one in the same: the heart controls the brain and the brain controls the heart.

We know the things that make our heart healthy: eating right, exercise, getting enough rest. The same things are also needed for brain health. God can strengthen both of these organs. In the brain we can create more neural pathways when we learn something new. It takes about 10,000 times to learn a new skill and then it becomes automatic, like learning to ride a bike.

My brain learned a weird thing about 10 years ago. My brain kept waking me up at 2:03 AM every single night.

Why did my brain learn that?

I guess it wanted me to spend that time at night fixating on the ‘hard’ in my life. At that time it was worrying about my mom and my son Jeff- neither in good places. It has taken me years to retrain my brain, and sometimes I lapse back.  But recently, I’ve been able to call back that darkness. I recite scripture over and over, I do progressive muscle relaxation, I get up and go to the washroom and drink some water.

I know I can make new neural pathways with God’s help. Instead of getting mad when plans change. I can make it a habit to think of a way I can bless Dave or help him with a project. Instead of brooding about another rejection with my writing, I can look up and ask God to open new doors. Instead of sighing, heaving and resenting specific family members,  I can move forward and ask God to help me love my dad and sister in new and creative ways.

I am becoming more like Christ. This sanctifying process is not easy— oh my poor soul, but more and more God is softening my brain and my heart from stone to clay in his hands.

Question: What are some ways you deal with night wakefulness? or What are some things that are helping you grow in Jesus Christ?

 

We need each other , oh yes we do!

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Exodus 17: 12

12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. Exodus 17: 12

 

In Exodus 17:8–13 the Lord orchestrated a great victory that included the efforts of Joshua, who led fighting men on the battlefield; and Moses, who kept his hands raised while holding the staff of God. When Moses’ hands grew weary, Aaron and Hur assisted by each holding up one of his hands until the setting of the sun and the defeat of the enemy.

In the middle of the night, Pastor Samuel Baggaga received a call asking him to come to the home of a church member. When he arrived, he found a house engulfed by fire. The father, though burned himself, had reentered the home to rescue one of his children and emerged with an unconscious daughter. The hospital, in this rural Ugandan setting, was six miles (10 kilometers) away. With no transportation available, the pastor and the father started running to the hospital with the child. When one of them tired from carrying the injured girl, the other one took over. Together they made the journey; the father and his daughter were treated and then fully recovered.

The value of interdependence can never be underestimated. God, in His kindness, graciously provides people as His agents for mutual good. Listening ears and helpful hands; wise, comforting, and correcting words—these and other resources come to us and through us to others. Together we win and God gets the glory!-  Our Daily Bread

QUESTION:  HOW CAN WE SHOW EACH OTHER THIS KIND OF INTERDEPENDENCE IN THIS GROUP? WHAT CAN WE DO FOR EACH OTHER IN THIS SEASON?

Watch and Listen…another resource for you!