3 Keys to Conquering Regrets

3 Keys to Conquering Regret (PoppySmith.com)

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After a bitter divorce, my friend, Pam, whispered, “If only I had understood how to make a relationship work. Maybe my family would still be together.”

Guilt gripped Nancy when she thought of her grandmother. “If only I hadn’t neglected her when she was old and lonely,” she confided.

Most of us have regrets because none of us is perfect, but how have they affected us? And what do we do now if we still feel guilty and ashamed?

Regrets Have Power

Filled with regrets over some poor choices she had made, Cora constantly called herself names, felt she was a failure, and was convinced that the world would be better off without her. Her guilt led to severe depression and even attempted suicide before she received the help she needed.

Left unresolved, regrets produce powerfully negative emotions. They cause you to:

  • Sentence yourself to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and self-hatred.
  • Feel ashamed and unworthy of being loved by others or by God.
  • Fear being exposed, believing others would reject you if they knew what you had done.

God Can Set You Free

The apostle Paul had many reasons to be shackled with regrets: he attacked and imprisoned Christians and even approved of killing them. Yet Paul did what you and I need to do with our regrets: forget what is behind, look forward, and press on (Philippians 3:12-14).

He didn’t waste his time or his emotional and spiritual energies by looking back and dwelling on his past. God calls us to do the same.

If regrets haunt you, think about these statements God makes:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

If this is true, how does it apply to the regrets that trouble you?

Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow… (Isaiah 1:18)

No matter how great your sin, God says He will remove it. That stabbing pain in your soul can be gone forever.

Since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus… let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience… (Hebrews 10:19-22)

Rather than fixating on your failures, why not take God at His word? Draw near and let Him wipe away your sorrow and guilt.

Reject Satan’s Trap 

Regrets are powerful and Satan tries to use them to keep us emotionally and spiritually miserable. Refuse to let Satan have a victory in your life. Confess your failures and then forget them. Celebrate your freedom in Christ, and move forward with a cleansed conscience.

This excerpt is from Poppy’s book, I’m Too Young to Be This Old

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Does Holiness Really Matter? {Guest Post}

A note from Poppy: My friend, speaker and author, Kathy Howard, has written a challenging article on “Fifty Shades of Gray”. Is “women’s porn” harmless, or is the Holy Spirit calling us to deny our curiosity and seek a pure mind?

Here’s what Kathy has to say:

Does Holiness Really Matter? (Guest Post from Kathy Howard on PoppySmith.com)Two years ago, the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” caught the attention of American women. Just recently, the promotion for the upcoming movie version has heightened the “Fifty Shades” frenzy. Women all across the country – including many Christian women – gobble up the erotica with a shrug and justifications like these:

  • -It’s only fantasy.
  • -I’m not participating; I’m just reading fiction.
  • -I need to know how to speak to the culture.

Maybe you were even one of those women – one of many Christian women who bought into the lie that it’s no big deal.

It is a big deal. And this book is merely one example of believers conforming to the ways of the world instead of purposefully cooperating with the Holy Spirit to be transformed into the image of Christ (Romans 12:1-2). Rather than actively pursuing holiness, many of us in the church don’t live or look much different than our non-Christian neighbors.

Does it matter? Is holiness merely a pursuit for the “super spiritual” or should holiness be a concern for every believer?

First, let’s consider the impact of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Studies prove that what we put into our minds – read, see, hear – affects our thinking and fosters a change in behavior. Reading detailed, warped, and sinful descriptions of sexual acts desensitizes us to sexual immorality and harms our marriage relationships.

God’s call to holiness is for our good and His glory. He created us. He knows which attitudes, behaviors, and thoughts benefit us. He also knows which ones do not. He also wants His people to be a reflection of His character. To be a light in a dark world that leads the way to the Savior. But far too often we hang in the shadows ourselves.Embraced by Holiness by Kathy Howard

Kathy Howard’s new 6-week Bible study, Embraced by Holiness, explores holiness – the believer’s call, what it is, what it looks like, how it benefits us, and more. Holiness really truly does matter – for your own life and for a world in darkness.

Let’s Talk: Have you given holiness much thought? Is it something you’ve actively pursued in your own life? Why or why not? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

Does Holiness Really Matter? (Guest Post from Kathy Howard on PoppySmith.com)

Fueled by the desire to help women live an unshakeable faith, Kathy Howard thrives on studying and teaching the Bible. In her posts you will find practical information and understandable truth from Scripture … often on passages or ideas that are difficult to grasp. She is the author of more than five books and speaks at numerous women’s events annually. Be encouraged and challenged by her blog.

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Trusting His Wisdom in Plan B {Thrive This Summer}

I recently returned from a very special holiday in France that included history, beauty, flower baskets, pastries, and lots of stinky cheese. Yummy!

Unfortunately, this once in a lifetime vacation ended in shock! Two hours before take-off I was waiting for the hotel shuttle bus to the airport and discovered that my carry-on bag and smaller handbag tucked inside was GONE! With a sickening feeling, I realized it had been stolen while I was distracted.

GONE were my passport, drivers’ license, iPhone, glasses, medications, keys, and numerous other items we women lug around “just in case”! After the shock wore off, we were driven to the local police station to make a report (in French!); then took a taxi to the US Embassy in Paris; were able to change airline tickets at no expense (amazing!) and got squeezed onto a flight home the next day—then spent another night in the hotel at a reduced rate after many apologies from the hotel management! In spite of everything, God blessed us in many ways.

To THRIVE, let me encourage you: Never let go of your bags!! Don’t set them down by your chair. Hold on to them even if you look like you’re paranoid! 

And above all, keep talking to God asking for wisdom to come up with Plan B, a calm response, and trust that He will get you through.

And especially: Don’t let one event take away your joy and awareness of God’s many blessings!

Why Read the Bible? from Poppy Smith on Vimeo.

I want to bless you this month by sharing a link to a video that you might not have viewed on my website. I’m praying it encourages and fills you with fresh appreciation of who Jesus is—not just in Bible times, but today, for you and for me. Join me as we explore Why Read the Bible? Thrive This Summer!

Let’s Talk: Why do you read the Bible? How are you thriving this summer through trusting Him? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

Recognize Your Blessings {Thrive This Summer}

Recognize Your Blessings {Thrive This Summer} - PoppySmith.comI’ll be back in Kuming, China when you read this! I’m going to be in a hotel, shown around, fed delicious food, and most important, have an opportunity to speak about God to both believers and seekers.

But today, my mind is on those who move from the comfort of home—not to the comfort of a hotel which I will enjoy—but into serving God in very different circumstances.

The global workers that I know are filled with a passion for God and open to whatever He plans for their lives. To remind ourselves to care and pray, here’s a story of one such couple, Martin and Gracia Burnham.

The Burnhams worked in the Philippines for several years and were captured by terrorists in 2001 from a resort they were staying at for a special occasion. They had no idea that this short vacation would change their lives forever.

I particularly wanted to share Gracia’s words with you as she recognized her blessings in spite of all that she and her husband endured.

In her book, In the Presence of My Enemies, Gracia Burnham talks of their ordeal.

Martin and Gracia spent a year being force-marched by their captors through steamy jungles and dodging bullets from their gun battles with local police. They fought waves of mosquitoes, leeches stuck on their bare skin, and constant, dripping humidity. With little food or shelter, they never knew if they would ever see their children and families again.

During her tenth week of captivity, Gracia made a critical decision that stabilized her through the remainder of her 53 weeks of perilous hardship. Angry and discouraged, she wrestled with God until her soul reached the conviction that she would let God be God and do whatever He wanted with her life.

She said, “Life’s not all about me getting my way, it’s about Him getting His way. We can fight it, or we can go with it and make the best of it. I decided that I was gonna believe God was good, no matter what.”

In the final gun battle that led to her release, her husband, Martin died in the shootout.

After she returned to the States she was asked if she ever said to God, “Why me?” Listen to her answer:

“The first time someone asked me that question after I got out, I said, ‘You know what? I have those thoughts all the time. But it’s “Why me God? Why did you choose for me to be born in America where I hear about you, where I have a loving family, where we have plenty to eat, where I can make a choice of my career? 

“Why did I have beautiful children that are healthy? Why do I have a place to live when there are so many who live in a little cardboard box somewhere?

If I write down the bad things that have happened to me in my life, there’s very, very, little. One of them lasted quite a long time. But when I write down the good things God’s done for me, my goodness! You just go on and on and on. You just fill page after page after page.

“That’s what I say to people. ‘Why me, God? Why have you blessed me so totally?’ ”Thrive This Summer!

Recognize your blessings, my friends. They are many. May you thrive this summer, feeding your mind and heart on the goodness of God to YOU! (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

 

Show a Missionary You Care! {Thrive This Summer}

Show a Missionary You Care with these tips (PoppySmith.com)

“The State Department has confirmed that one U.S. citizen died from Ebola in Nigeria after being infected in Liberia. Two other American aid workers infected with Ebola – Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol - are in serious condition, but have shown slight improvement.

They were part of a team in Liberia from North Carolina-based Christian relief groups Samaritan’s Purse and SIM.” (Source: Christian Medical and Dental Association)

Global Workers: Many of you know that ministering to global workers (once called “missionaries”) has been part of God’s wonderful blessing to me and my husband over many years. In May, I spent two weeks in Greece sharing God’s word with women who serve Him throughout Africa and in other high-risk countries.

At the time, none of us thought about EBOLA, but today my heart and prayers are with Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, their families and friends. Please pray for them.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation” Isaiah 52:7

  • Do you know a missionary? Missionaries are often forgotten after they leave home—and yet that is when they most need to know they are loved.
  • Are you in touch with those you know? This week would be a good time to get in touch. Get in touch by email, or Skype or even a phone call.
  • Do your children know what they do? Where they live? What their living situation is like? Help them Google a map, research details, and tell the family what they have learned, then pray for them.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” Luke 10:2.

To thrive in the Spirit this summer:Thrive This Summer!

Invite a missionary to your home. Don’t know one? Call your church office and ask!

If they’re available—have a simple picnic or barbecue. Ask them about their daily life. Pray for them and say “Thank You for serving Jesus.”

Let’s Talk: How will you respond to the Spirit’s call to care for a missionary this summer? Let me know what you are, or plan, to do. (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

5 Steps to Sharing Jesus {Thrive This Summer}

5 steps to sharing Jesus (Part of the Thrive This Summer series at PoppySmith.com)You want to share your faith in Jesus. You know He said to go into the world and tell people about Him (Matthew 28:19-20). You want to bring Him joy as you honor what He’s done for you. But HOW?

Building on last week’s article by Kathy Collard Miller, I asked my friend, ministry assistant and gifted evangelist, Karen Robbins, to share how she reaches out to people. Here is what she recommends:

Invite Others

As Christians, we are going to make an amazing trip someday. The destination is far greater than any paradise island on earth. We can invite anyone we want! It is their own choice to go with us or not, but the invitation is ours to give away.

Why do we often keep this wonderful prize to ourselves? What makes us hesitant to share the good news? Are we afraid of what others may think of us? Are we afraid to step on toes or hurt their feelings? Or do we simply not know when or how to lead a friend to Christ?

Too often we expect Christian leaders and speakers to do the job. But YOU are the one who is there walking and talking with people in your circle, and you have something that could change their lives and destiny.

Get Ready

To be ready the next time an opportunity arises check out these simple, yet very helpful steps:

1) Prepare your testimony. Everyone loves a story. People cannot argue with your story. It’s your experience. Write it out. What was your life like before Christ? How did you meet Christ? How has your life changed? If you don’t have a dramatic story because you came to faith as a child, talk about why you love God and how He has directed, comforted, or touched you in some way.

2) Practice giving the plan of salvation. There are many Scriptures you can use. Review them often so they will be on the tip of your tongue ready to share at any opportunity. Check out WANT TO GROW? for a clear sequence of Scriptures to memorize and use.

3) Pray for opportunities to share your faith. Too often we miss times when we could have inserted a comment or compelling question that could have led to further discussions right then or later. Learn to recognize open doors in conversations at work, on the bus or on your walk through the neighborhood. Be sensitive to hurting people around you who need comforting or physical help. Wherever you are, offer to pray for them. Follow up with them to show you really care.

4) Present the Good News. The ticket for the trip of a lifetime is paid for. Profess your faith in Christ Jesus confidently and plant the seeds wherever you can. Romans 1:16 says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”

5) Pour over the following verses. Absorb their life changing truth for anyone who struggles with guilt, shame, a sense of worthlessness, or meaningless. Knowing the love of God and that our lives have purpose and value changes people. Share how these truths have changed your life.

  1. Romans 3:23 - Everyone has sinned.
  2. Romans 6:23 - The price of sin is death. God’s gift is eternal life.
  3. Romans 5:8; John 3:16 - God loves us and sent his Son to pay the price for our sins.
  4. 1 John 1:9 - God is faithful to forgive us our sins.
  5. Revelation 3:20; John 8:32 - Jesus stands waiting for us to let Him in to our lives so that His truth can set us free from the bondage of sin.Thrive This Summer!

My prayer is that you thrive spiritually this summer and experience the joy of sharing, and even seeing, others come to faith in Christ.

Let’s Talk: How has knowing God changed you? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

Pray, Listen, and Share Jesus {Thrive This Summer}

Sharing about Jesus can make us and others uncomfortable. BUT—I often think about where I would be if someone had not asked me when I was converted. I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about but by the end of that day, I had put my faith in
Jesus Christ, been forgiven, accepted by God, and placed on a new path that only He knew about!

Because praying about, listening to, and sharing Jesus is our responsibility and privilege, I wanted to share with you this inspiring and informative article by my friend, speaker and author, Kathy Collard Miller.

I was talking on the phone recently to a friend who used to live in our area but moved away. Now we rarely chat but when we do, I enjoy her company. This time, she was raving about her neighborhood friend who seems so “spiritual.” They were having a garage sale and she said, “Kendra would touch something and put her vibes on it and within moments, someone would come along and buy it. She does yoga and she’s so peaceful. She’s amazing!”

My mind did somersaults trying to think of ways to combat a spiritual, yoga-studying, peaceful woman who was having an impact on my friend. When she lived close, I had the opportunity of sharing the gospel with her and she came to church with us, but it seemed like I never could get past first base to help her see God’s offer of salvation. It was obvious she found her yoga friend more interesting.

A few days after our conversation as I thought about it, I realized I had gone down the wrong road. I was trying to combat something that couldn’t be fought. But I could use my friend’s spiritual longing to draw her closer to God. I was focused on the yoga friend and not my friend’s longing for spirituality. Wonder if I’d said something like, “I think I hear you longing for spirituality in your own life. Is that true?”

I don’t know what would happen after that, but I can trust God to direct the conversation if the opportunity comes again.

So I’m going to try to remember: don’t try to combat something but instead, look to the heart of the person. What are they looking for? What are they seeing that they want? I might then be able to lead them to the idea that God can offer that to them.

This article was originally posted on Kathy Collard Miller’s website in 2009.

My thanks to Kathy for challenging us to thrive spiritually this summer by seeing others as Jesus did. He looked on them with compassion and saw them as sheep–scattered, looking everywhere for what might fill their hunger, and offered them the only truly satisfying source of life—Himself (Matthew 9:36-38Thrive This Summer!).

Coming Next Week: More practical tips on how to share Jesus, plus key Scriptures that explain the good news of God’s love.

 

Let’s Talk: What tips do you have for sharing your faith in Jesus? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

Summer Stress Buster #3 – Focus on your blessings, not your flub-ups!

Summer Stress Buster #3 - Focus on your blessings, not your flub-ups! (part of the Thrive This Summer series at PoppySmith.com

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When you flub-up, trip-up, or appear less perfect than you’d like to be, what do you do?

I flubbed up at a writers/speakers conference recently. We were asked to give a 20-second introduction; the kind we’d say after someone asks what we do. I did not do well! It seemed that everyone else was polished, perfect, and professional. I was unpolished, imperfect, and chatty! Not what we were supposed to be!

So what happened? I spent the rest of the evening and half of the night rehearsing my flub-up, UNTIL I sensed the Holy Spirit saying,

 “Poppy, what happened has happened. Focus instead on all the blessings I’ve poured out on you today: making new friends, helpful workshops, great conversations, and being part of a group of committed and capable Christian women whose delight is serving God with the gifts He has given.”

Once I switched my focus and began praising and thanking God for his goodness, I could let the embarrassment go and count it as yet another spiritual growth moment!

Too often, we obsess about what we said or did (or didn’t do), what people might be saying about us, or what our “perfect” mother or friend is silently thinking. What’s the result of constantly rehearsing that scene smoking up our mind? Our vision gets blurred and we end up making ourselves feel like complete, miserable failures.

Our self-assessment is often skewed, and sometimes totally wrong. But, even if what we’re telling ourselves is a bit true: are we complete failures because we flub up on occasion?

I don’t think so. More than that, I know so! Here’s some reasons why from Psalm 103:

  • God forgives our sins. Not all flub ups are sins—but we’re forgiven when they are (Psalm 103:3).

    Summer Stress Buster #3 - Focus on your blessings, not your flub-ups! (part of the Thrive This Summer series at PoppySmith.com

    Original Photo Credit – GraphicStock.com

  • We’re dust—we’re not perfect, yet He values us, views us with compassion (not criticism), and accepts our humanity (Psalm 103:13-14).
  • His love for those who honor Him from the heart is beyond measure. It is not conditional on human beings being perfect! (Psalm 103:8,11)
  • Praising God is the key that changes our focus. To experience release from the grip of self-obsessed criticism and condemnation, pivot from rehearsing your mistake(s) to yourself or others, and start rehearsing what God has blessed you with (Psalm 103:1-5).

Let’s Talk: Instead of thinking about something that didn’t go as well as you hoped, what blessing can you praise God for today? Will you share it? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

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Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.

Summer Stress Buster #2 – Relax!

Relax–it’s good for you!

Summer Stress Buster #2 - Relax! (part of the Thrive This Summer series at PoppySmith.com)Relax with friends.

In addition to taking time with a friend who loves “God-talk”, think about getting together with fun friends, those you haven’t connected with for a long time, or people you’d like to know. We thrive when we enjoy the company of others, plus practicing hospitality is a Christian virtue (Romans 12:13).

Think relaxed! Find a simple salad recipe on Pinterest or an online website. Add some warm, crunchy bread, a chunk of cheese, and some background music. For dessert, purchase a box of special cookies (I love Pepperidge Farm Milano chocolate mint) and serve them with bowls of yummy ice cream. Your backyard or deck doesn’t have to look like a Better Homes and Gardens photo for people to enjoy getting together.

Relax—in bed.

Proverbs 6:9-10 warns against too much sleep and asks: “How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit…”

In the fast-paced whirl of daily life, most of us don’t have to worry about getting too much slumber and sleep. It’s our lack of sleep that is becoming a major health hazard!Summer Stress Buster #2 - Relax! (part of the Thrive This Summer series at PoppySmith.com)

The Oregon Public Health Division recently issued a bulletin titled: Sleepless in Oregon. They cite research saying that we need at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night for good health. They also claim: early to bed and early to rise might not only make you healthy, wealthy and wise, it can also reduce obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression and other illnesses.   

A recent survey showed that 26% of the US population averages less than 6 hours sleep a night. Another 20% reported inadequate sleep. Nationally drowsiness contributes to over 40,000 car accidents, and 1500 deaths—so this summer, try to get to bed a bit earlier or take naps!

Let’s Talk: What do you do to relax? How will you refresh your body and soul this summer? (If you are an email subscriber and want to comment on the actual post, click here to visit the blog and leave a comment.)

This post is part of my Thrive This Summer series. Click here to view all the posts in this series.

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Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 

Permission to use this article is granted provided the following credit is fully included.

Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at www.poppysmith.com.