You didn't choose your parents or the color of your skin. And you didn't choose your DNA. But you can choose your attitude. You get to choose everyday whether to grumble and complain, or to give thanks instead. And it's encouraging to know that you can literally thank your way to a good attitude.
Here is an experiment that illustrates my point. The next time you sense yourself starting to slip into a pessimistic mood, get out in front of it. Immediately begin to thank God for 10 blessings in your life. Defeat your depressing mood by thanking God for particular people and specific things in your life. You can even write them down if that helps.
It's hard to have a bad attitude if we stay focused on thanking God for His goodness to us. Gratitude drives away a bad attitude. more >>
A worried mind is a divided mind. Worry takes a meat cleaver to our thoughts, energy, and focus.
The Bible's most common word for "worry" is the Greek term: "merimnate." The origin is "merimnao." This is a compound of a verb and a noun. The verb is "divide." The noun is "mind."
To be anxious, then, is to divide the mind. Anxiety chops up our attention, derails our purpose, and scatters our awareness in a dozen directions. more >>
This is the time each year when the vast majority of Americans curtail their daily routines and gather together with friends and loved ones for Thanksgiving. What are the origins of this celebration and what meaning should it have for Americans today?
Thanksgiving is the combination of two long-standing traditions in American civilization, the joyous harvest festival and the more somber declaration of a day of thanksgiving and remembrance in the midst of some national crisis.
The origin of the American holiday harkens back to the 1621 observation of a thanksgiving and harvest celebration by the Plymouth settlers. The Pilgrims, having survived their first terribly harsh New England winter, had a successful growing season (with critical and generous help from native Americans). Celebrating the fact that their substantial harvest guaranteed that they would survive the coming winter, they held a three-day thanksgiving feast, which included many of their native American neighbors. more >>
Grammy-nominated artist Jeremy Camp has made a name for himself in the Christian music scene with his infectious worship songs and contemporary anthems, but the 37-year-old might have to move over and make way for his young daughters who have now released their first single.
Camp recently received his 38th No. 1 radio single across all radio formats with "Same Power," but the father of 3 may have to hand over his musical crown because his daughters Bella (11) and Aerie (9) have released their debut single. The tune is a Christmas song named "Behold." It was penned by a then 10-year-old Bella.
In a very charming video posted on Vimeo, the audience is given an inside look into the recording of the song in which Camp and his entire family partake in. With Bella and Aerie singing lead, Camp and his wife, Adrienne, are heard and seen singing background vocals. Camp's youngest son Egan was not excluded in the family affair as he had the honor of ending the song by singing the chorus solo. more >>
Sometimes you got to know when to fold them, know when to hold them, know when to walk away, and know when to sing a Christmas carol.
Kenny Rogers, along with some help from the talented singers of Home Free, sang a fast-paced version of the classic "Children Go Where I Send Thee."
The mixture of spiritual and country makes for an awesome rendition of the Christmas carol filmed at Houston Station in Nashville, Tennessee. more >>