The older I get, the more I realize what a powerful role habits play in our lives.
B.J. Fogg is a Stanford professor and guru in the topic of “habits” – specifically, the forming of good habits. He has a “micro-habit” experiment going, which might be fun for you all to try. (I’m trying now.)
(1) Choose a good habit you’d like to cultivate.
(2) Break that down into very small, component parts. (So, if you want to floss more, you’d break the habit down into flossing one individual tooth. If you want to read more, you’d read just one sentence.)
(3) Then choose an “anchor” habit…something you do every day. Like brushing your teeth.
(4) As soon as you do that “anchor” habit, you’ll add the “micro” habit right afterwards. Like…after I brush my teeth, I’m going to floss one tooth. Or…after I turn the coffee machine on in the morning, I’ll throw in a load of laundry. The “micro” habit should be easy to do, and take no longer than 30 seconds.
(5) Do this for five days.
Fogg claims that this “tiny habits” method is the best way to teach yourself how to form good habits.
And you know, I’ve been doing it for a week now, and it’s totally working… What are some habits you’ve been wanting to form? Let us know…we’ll love the inspiration!... continue More Stories
Sometimes, when I'm trying to envision "handing it over to God," I use a mental picture.
I picture myself piling up all of my anxieties, my sin, my problems, my worries, and so on, as if they were belongings, all onto this huge tarp. (It's a gray tarp in my picture.) I take up the four corners of the tarp, then drag the bundle like a hobo, and just draaaag it to the foot of the cross (again, in my mind). I dump it there with a sigh of relief, and say "There. There it all is. So, um...can You please help?"
Then I look up at the cross, and the anxiety flees. I find it helps...
"Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them." - Mahalia Jackson
"Contrary to what the world claims, Beauty does not diminish with time; beauty deepens and increases. True beauty comes from a depth of soul that can only be attained through living many years well." - John Eldredge
“Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God.” - Maya Angelou
"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls." - Mother Teresa