Count Your Blessings

BY: ANDREW SCHROER “Count your blessings.” That phrase is used so often in our world today, it has become cliché. But do you know where it comes from? The phrase originates from an old Jewish tradition. According to Jewish law, a faithful Jew will speak one hundred blessings every day. In other words, he or she will thank and praise God out loud for one hundred different blessings every day. So Orthodox Jews count their blessings to make sure they have said all one hundred. Imagine trying to come up with one hundred things every day for which to give
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Journal Your Way Through Holiday Stress

  As much as I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, I often find myself overwhelmed with all that I need to accomplish. And once the stress sets in, it can be difficult to find my way back to the joy of the real reason for the season. Even though I’m busy, I know that I need to grab my journal to help manage my stress. To clear away the stress and focus on our Lord, set aside some time to journal your way to peace and clarity. Follow this process to get started: Find a quiet place to begin your writing
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S.O.A.P. Notes for Journaling

If you are a counselor, social worker, or health care provider, you may recognize S.O.A.P. notes as the technique used for recording your sessions with clients. But how about S.O.A.P. notes for journaling scripture studies? This new and creative way to delve more deeply into your Bible reading allows you to record your thoughts, emotions, and how God speaks to you when studying scripture. Let’s look at how you can create S.O.A.P. notes for your journaling and bible study time: Scripture: Choose a Scripture to study or one that has special meaning to you. Write it out in your journal.
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