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Friday, November 06th, 2009 | Author:

The year that I turned 50 is when I decided to form a group of 20 ladies to join the Red Hat Society.  Most other chapters in the RHS are not Christian groups and you will see them out in public drinking, partying and gambling at casinos.  I decided that my Chapter would all be Christian women who knew how to have fun but also would be good ambassadors for Jesus Christ.

Front row left to right: Nita Gardner, Denise Lee, Dawn Ray.  Middle row: Bonnie Spittler, Diane Wood, Vicki Pattillo, Martha Van Natter, Jamie Williams.  Back row: Rhonda Kelly, Gail Thomas, Debra Michalke, Judy Newsome.

Front row left to right: Nita Gardner, Denise Lee, Dawn Ray. Middle row: Debra Michalke, Diane Wood, Vicki Pattillo, Martha Van Natter, Jamie Williams. Back row: Rhonda Kelly, Gail Thomas, Bonnie Spittler , Judy Newsom.

For those of you, who don’t know about the Red Hat Society, let me explain how I organized my group.  I invited 20 fine, Christian women to join together for a once a month activity or lunch or both.  The ladies over age 50 wear red hats and purple clothing.  The ladies under age 50 wear pink hats and lavender clothing.  This is strictly a “social club”.  Most of us ladies have already had a career, raised our children and done lots of community volunteer work.  We have decided that now it is time to start enjoying life and having a little fun.

Since one of the goals of my ministry is to help Christians build deeper relationships with other Christians, I knew the RHS would be a perfect way to get these relationships started.  To begin with, we all dress up in bright colors and wear gaudy, red hats and wear way too much jewelry.  These costumes make you feel silly and prepare you to laugh and have a great time.  God tells us in Proverbs 17:22 that “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dryeth up the bones”.

God wants us to laugh, and be happy, and have a good time.  God knows how our brains function.  He knows that laughter releases chemicals called endorphins that produce feelings of pleasure in our brain.  Being in a happier emotional state will also make your brain function better. 

Not only will laughter cause you to be healthier emotionally but it also makes you physically healthier.  It truly can work like a medicine in your body.

Many Christians have read Dr. Don Colbert’s book entitled, Deadly Emotions.  He explains in detail how our negative emotions such as fear, anger, worry, bitterness and resentment weaken our immune system and allow sickness and disease to come into our physical body.  The reverse is also true.  When you let God heal you of these negative emotions and you change them to more positive emotions and thoughts, then God can start healing you of your physical disease.  Laughter truly does work like a medicine for our brain and body. 

I remind my Red Hat Ladies often how our monthly get-togethers benefit us.  Not only are we creating deeper friendships with other Christian ladies, but our laughter is making us physically healthier and emotionally happier.

Left to right: Debra Michalke, Rhonda Kelly, Bonnie Spittler.

Left to right: Bonnie Spittler, Rhonda Kelly, Debra Michalke .

Left to right: Martha Van Natter (Royal Secretary) and Vicki Pattillo (The Queen Mother)

Left to right: Martha Van Natter (Royal Secretary) and Vicki Pattillo (The Queen Mother)

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 | Author:
Healthy Brain

Healthy Brain

There are some things you can do now that will keep your brain active and growing.  Yes, your brain can grow and increase in potential and intellect even as you grow older.  This is a process called neuroplasticity.   One thing for sure, if you don’t use it, you will lose it.  

The brain is like a muscle and it needs to be exercised to reach its full potential.  Not only do you need to do physical exercise to keep the blood and oxygen flowing through those brain cells, but you must also do some mental exercises. 

The Key to remember is that the BRAIN MUST BE STIMULATED to grow and increase.  It will not stay alert if you are not actively trying to keep it smart.

There are some simple physical exercises you can do to strengthen the Corpus Callosum which connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain.  This will increase your ability to solve problems using ALL of the brain simultaneously and not limiting yourself to using only one side at a time. 

Even using your non dominant hand to do simple tasks such as writing and brushing your teeth can strengthen the Corpus Callosum.  When we listen to music, we use both sides of the brain.  Music is powerful and can enhance brain function, memory and emotion.  Mozart is thought to be the best music for cognitive development.

In my class, The Brain and How to Renew Your Mind, I will give you 25 Tips on How to Maximize Your Brain Power.  Some are as simple as laughter and having an attitude of gratitude and others may be more complex, such as performing brain fitness programs using computer software or on Nintendo’s Wii or DS hand-held systems. 

Learning something new everyday is important to keep your brain alert.  You can take a community course in gardening or painting, take ballroom dance classes, learn a new sport; even traveling to new places keeps your brain stimulated.

Most people underestimate the positive affects of simply having a conversation with friends to keep the brain functioning at its best.  Only 10 minutes of talking with someone in conversation can improve memory and boost intellectual performance as much as doing crossword puzzles. 

Studies show that regardless of age, the more social contact a person has, the higher the level of mental function.  So, after you retire, don’t stay home all the time and let your brain waste away.  Keep a schedule of activities and go socialize. 

Most communities have a Senior Center where you can connect with others your age and stimulate your brain with activities and conversation.  So, get up and go talk with someone, it is one of the best things you can do to keep that Brain alive.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 | Author:

Have you ever felt like the Apostle Paul when he wrote in Romans 7:19, “For the good that I would, I do not, but the evil which I would not, that I do.”  God promises us victory over our sinful flesh.  Romans 6:11, “Even so , consider yourself Dead to Sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” 

So, why can’t we walk in this victory daily?  My teaching entitled, The Brain and How to Renew Your Mind, will help you to attain this victory over sin in your life so you can live a more Spirit Filled Christian Life.

In this class, I explain why you cannot break a bad habit in only 30 days like other teachers have told you in the past.  Why? Because it takes those neuron pathways that you have developed up to 3 years to atrophy and die.  I can teach you how to stop that old negative neuron pathway and reroute it to go into a new and more positive direction. 

Do you sometimes set a goal for yourself and then after only a few weeks you quit trying because it is just too hard?  On New Years Eve do you make that same old Resolution year after year without ever achieving it?  Many times we fail because we are only using 1/6th of our brain to achieve our goals.  I can teach you how to get your Non Conscious mind working with you to achieve your goals. This class will show you how to Train your Brain to bring to your attention all of those things the Non Conscious Brain has been noticing in your world which you were not consciously aware of before.  I will teach you how to utilize all of your Brain to achieve your goals, break bad habits, and walk in the destiny God has for you. 

During this class, I will explain how the Brain works and how you can actually “take every thought captive” (11 Cor. 10:5) as Jesus commanded us.  Of course, we cannot do this in our own power alone.  I will teach you how to utilize the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spoken Word and the Word of God (Scripture) to get your life back under control. 

I believe this teaching is Revelation knowledge from the Lord which will help you to Renew Your Mind and Have the Mind of Christ.