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Aster and her mom, Maria, were out walking their dog. They came to the outside mall and Aster wanted a ride on the merry-go-round. Her mom put the dog leash under her foot to pick Aster up and set her on the Pinocchio when another dog went by and their dog lunged after it and pulled the leash and away he went. Her mother yelled, “Stay there!” and went chasing after the dog. Aster watched as they disappeared around the corner. After a few minutes a lady came over to Aster and asked her where her mom was. Aster told her she was chasing their dog and would be right back. The lady stayed with Aster and told her a story about Jesus and his friends and some children. She explained how Jesus loves children. Then Aster’s mom came back with their dog and the lady introduced herself and invited them to her church on Sunday morning. Her name was Mrs. Marshal. She gave Aster’s mom a paper that showed where the church was and the phone number. “If you need any help, just call the number.” she said. “On Sunday morning we have crafts and games and stories for the children. We have a bible class and a church service for the grown-ups, too.” “Thank you” said Aster’s mom and they said good bye to the nice lady. On the walk home Aster told her mom she wanted to go to the church on Sunday. “I want to play the games.” she said. So when Sunday came Aster and her mom went to the church. Aster had a great time with the other kids. Aster’s mom enjoyed meeting the other ladies in the bible class and the pastor told an interesting sermon. After church one of Maria’s new friends exchanged phone numbers with her. On the way home Aster told her mom some of the fun things she had done. “The teacher said that Jesus loves all the children and their moms and daddies too.” she said. That Wednesday Maria was paying the electric bill, the rent and the phone bill and saw that once again she wasn’t going to have enough to buy groceries for the whole month. She thought about what Aster said on Sunday about Jesus loving them. Maybe they will help us Maria thought and found the paper with the church phone number. When she called the number the church secretary answered. When Maria explained her grocery problem the secretary told her about a food pantry their church had. It was open every Monday from 9am to 7pm. “Thank you”, said Maria. After she hung up the phone, she started humming a song she had heard in church. “How good it feels to be loved by God and his people.” she thought to herself with a smile.

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Relaxing and Meditation

A website with some useful how-to for relaxing by relaxing your muscles, self-guided relaxation.

http://www.hifit.co.uk/health-breaks/importance-relaxation.htm

An article about eastern relaxation techniques and how they are not safe for Christians.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/november/10.78.html?start=1

Three articles about biblical meditation.

http://ati.iblp.org/ati/family/articles/concepts/biblicalmeditation/part1/

https://bible.org/article/biblical-meditation

http://elmertowns.com/books/online/bibMed/BIBLICAL_MEDITATIONedited%5Betowns%5D.pdf

Not really meant for relaxation, but I feel relaxed after spending time on this. I think that’s because I have been focused on God and His wisdom and His love for us. Sometimes I can’t sleep and if I use the time reading the Bible and meditating on it, then I feel a bit draggy the next day but also uplifted. I am trying to spend more time in biblical meditation because I like the way I feel during and after it. I still don’t do it every day, but I would like to. I am praying for help to do that.

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