DESIGNING A HEALTHY DIET FOR THE NEW YEAR

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year. However, research shows 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. Many people strive for unrealistic goals, which ultimately set them up for failure.

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EXERCISE HAS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

While exercise has long been known for its positive effects on physical health and its ability to heighten energy and help manage chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, exercise is now being lauded for its beneficial effects on the brain.   These benefits touch almost every aspect of life. Exercise helps sharpen short-term memory and improve long-term memory. This happens because exercise can reduce insulin resistance and inflammation and stimulate….

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GETTING STARTED AND STICKING WITH IT

As we kick off 2018, you may be thinking about resolutions pertaining to your health and fitness. It’s easy to determine some ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, it’s not always as simple to stay motivated and make the new commitments part of your lifestyle. Now is the perfect time to set goals, whether it be for the number of days you intend to work out each week, how many steps you want to take each day or healthy meals you want to prepare for your family.

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I know people of every spiritual world who have greater joy than they ever thought possible because God has met them where they are. There is healing and hope for us all.

Many people feel like a vibrant spiritual life is out of reach. They aren’t even sure they want to reach for it.


We hear friends talk about trusting God, having peace with God, even hearing from God. We have relatives whose lives are shaped in positive ways by their faith. Neighbors have confidence that they will live in a better world after this one. But, at least so far, what transforms others hasn’t convinced us.


“Maybe,” we whisper, “God is for other people but just not for me. Perhaps God is like a square peg and I’m a round hole. We just aren’t made for each other.”


Confession time: I used to try to reshape “round hole” people so they could be like me. I’ve stopped that.


I have learned that people are as different on the inside as on the outside. What troubles us, drives us, what gives us healing and hope, even what separates us from God varies from person to person. I have found that a healthy spiritual life begins with understanding our own spiritual shape.  

YOU ARE NOT A ROUND HOLE; GOD IS NOT A SQUARE PEG

DR DAVID DURST

David Durst is the lead pastor at New Life Community in Lexington, Kentucky, instructor at Indiana Wesleyan University, and author of Finding God in Your World and Could God Be for Me? Finding God in Your World can be found at: DavidMDurst.com, 5worlds.org, or your favorite book sellers. The author can be contacted at 5worldwitness@gmail.com.

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Here’s a quick intro to what I call the five spiritual worlds:


The Foreigner feels isolated and marginalized. Intimacy with God and people is both desperately wanted and difficult to achieve. It often becomes less painful to give up on relationships and travel alone.


Fighters are gripped by injustice and are compelled to help people and fix things. But there are always more problems than resources and the desire to make things right becomes tainted with frustration over society’s indifference.


The Faint feel like they are unseen. They have something to offer, but wonder if they can ever be whole unless and until they do something significant.


Fugitives have a clear sense of right and wrong and want to live right. When they fail, they feel guilty and hope to be forgiven and to make amends.


I call the fifth the world of the Flattened, because these people feel the weight of the world on their shoulders. They are not only aware of their own problems, but carry concern for the serious challenges and pain of others.