Loving God’s Way

loving-gods-wayImagine your thoughts being filled with nothing but “happy thoughts”.  How would your life be different?  Seriously, just think about that for a minute or two, or even a lifetime.  Today is a good day to learn to focus on the positivity around you.  Today is an excellent day to open your heart to love.  Are you willing?

As a counselor, I have seen and heard many things in my life, and the one thing I notice to be universal to all those I have encountered is the desire to be loved…the alcoholic…desires to be loved; the abuser…desires to be loved; the abused…desires to be loved.  Commit today to open your heart and release the agape love that is trying so hard to be freed.  There is nothing like awe and gratitude for something beautiful to open the heart to gratitude in general.

We love nature.  We love pets.  We love things.  Today, is the day to get back to loving people.  We are all created in God’s image and we are all part of His big family.  We were designed to be relational, so be relational—in a healthy, happy, and positive sense of the term.

This will lead to a life of peace…a life of joy…a life of purpose and sense of being.  Open your heart today to love those around you and notice the positive difference in your life.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

Help!—Someone I Know Is Battling Anxiety

anxietySomeone you know is struggling with fear and anxiety and you are unsure of how to help.  That is totally understandable.  Did you know that one of the first things you should do is seek professional guidance?  I know that may sound a bit crazy, but let’s think about this for a minute.  If you have a problem with your car and you do not know the first thing about cars, what do you do…you call a professional (or at least someone you view as a professional in that arena).  Perhaps your issue is with plumbing, roofing, or building a new home…you get the picture, right?  In essence, getting professional help for their fears and anxiety is very important.

In addition, here are a few key pointers to help you help someone else:

  • Encourage them to take one day at a time
  • Place focus on the here and now (not past or future)
  • Overcome negative statements with positivity (replace don’t with do)
  • Visualize their happy place (i.e. beach, mountains, etc.)
  • Pray for them and pray with them

Take refuge in knowing that our God is stronger than any fear we may encounter.  His Word is filled with ways to help us overcome the day to day trials of life.  Be consistent and persistent with the person you are helping and remember, when things are beyond your scope of understanding or area of expertise, seek professional guidance.

Do remember to reach out to LAE-LAH Inc. and schedule your COMPLIMENTARY phone consultation.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.  signature

Raising Healthy, Happy Children

healthy-happy-childrenToday we are experiencing an epidemic of overweight children.  What happened to kids playing outside all day until the street lights came on?  Why are our children no longer playing kickball, or climbing trees?  It seems as though every place we look, there is an electronic device attached to our children…cell phones, tablets, laptops, iPods, and the list is ongoing.  It is fair to say that an obese child will have a greater tendency to become an obese adult.  While the chubbiness may appear to be cute when they are younger, we all know that this is not the case as they enter into adolescence and adulthood.  Unfortunately, the children may develop an inferiority complex and other personality issues.

Let’s come together and help these children reclaim their lives!  How?

  • Prepare healthier meals together
  • Schedule physical activities for pleasure (i.e. bike riding, walking, swimming, sports, etc.)
  • Educate on the importance of health and one body
  • Shop for more fruits and vegetables to have as snacks
  • Listen, did I say listen…again I say listen

Take the time to talk with your children and take the time to actually listen to their responses.  Try to find out if your child is stress eating.  Pay attention to your child’s schedule and change in behavior.  We can help our children combat obesity, depression, and other conditions battling our children, in order to do so, we need to make ourselves available.

If you are unsure of how to talk with your child about a given topic, schedule your COMPLIMENTARY phone consultation with LAE-LAH Inc. and let us help guide you.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

The Fruit that Ruined Your Tree

bad-fruitLet’s face it, we all experience that one family member that seems to disrupt our family gatherings at some time or another.  It could be in the attitude one presents or it could be the one that never smiles in the family photos.  In the utopian society, everything would always flow as planned.  Reality check—we do not live in that ideal world—by all means do not let this deter you.

We are all byproducts of our environment, however, we do not have to allow ourselves to be stuck in that state.  Perhaps you were raised in a home of alcoholics or in an environment where there is excessive drug use.  Maybe your caretakers were overly obese, thereby, allowing you to eat whatever you want and now you too are battling obesity.  We are not perfect beings—HOWEVER…

You do not have to allow yourself to stay stuck in an unhealthy environment.  Find comfort in praying for those around you.  Pray for those who have impacted you directly or indirectly.  Today is the day to make a decision to rise above whatever has been holding you hostage.  There is no need for us to play the role of victim.  Life happens and the journey may be rough, but we do not have to stay there.

Today is the day to rise above.  Schedule your COMPLIMENTARY phone consultation with LAE-LAH Inc. TODAY…do not put this off any longer…you are well onto your way of healing.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

When your Child Presents with Abdominal Pain

child-and-abdominal-painI remember when my children would complain of tummy aches.  Did you know that tummy aches are one of the most frequent complaints in children?  Because there are many potential causes attributed with it, the challenge of properly diagnosing the problem increases for both the parent and the physician.  There are times when an immediate visit to the emergency room is warranted, then there are times when you just lay there with your child to help soothe the pain away.  Causes can be food related, infectious, bites, etc.  What do you do?

You find yourself sitting there wondering—is it bacteria or a virus, is it Gastroenteritis or the stomach flu, is it food poisoning or food allergies, is it just gas or did they eat too much?  What is happening to my baby?  Why is the cramping so severe?  Why won’t they stop crying?  Why won’t this medication work?  What am I supposed to do?!

Relax, take the pain serious.  You may need to make that visit to the ER to rule out anything major (i.e. appendicitis).  However, even if the pain subsides overnight, make sure you follow through with your child’s pediatrician to ensure your child is receiving the best possible care.  Again, welcome to the journey of parenthood.  It is a journey of love and rewards, which is also accompanied by pain and sleepless nights.  Continue to invest in the blessing which God has bestowed upon you.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

Failure is a Curse Word

failureFailure is a curse word—when you are a child of God.  Why?  Because nothing you can do will fail.  You may not achieve the results you desire, but Christ is always working behind the scenes on our behalf.

The term fail has such a negative connotation attached to it and can leave a person feeling as though they are just that—a failure.  As Christians, we are so much more than that.  We are engaged in battles that have already been won, therefore, we should not consume our thoughts with thoughts of failure.  Instead, focus on the positives that are going on in your life and discover ways to grow from the mistakes that have been made.

I am a firm believer that if you make 100 different mistakes, you are learning and growing.  If you make the same mistake 100 times, you have created a bad habit through the choices you have made.

Are you willing to make a commitment to be the best you can be?  Are you open to learning and growing?  Will you start today?  Schedule your COMPLIMENTARY PHONE CONSULTATION now.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You. signature

Success—How is it Determined?

 

How successful are you, really?  How do you know?  Who determines your success?  Furthermore, what determines your success?  Are you measuring your success by your neighbors and those around you, or are you measuring your success by the goals you have set and worked toward achieving for yourself?

Hint—the key to success is not to measure it by the standards of the world.

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Be determined not to quit.  If things do not work out the first time, try and try again.  Success is a state of mind, and I would love to help you succeed.  Today is a good day to sign up for our Wellness Program if you are looking to take things to another level in your life.  We are here for collaboration, as well as, personal, professional, and spiritual growth.  Make a decision today to grow and learn spiritually under the guidance of Rev. Ron L. Spradley.