I am thrilled to introduce today's guest. . .
has become quite special to me.
I remember coming across her blog and being blown away by her beautiful photography.
After several visits to her blog a friendship formed between us.
We live across the oceans, but she is my sweet Sister in Christ.
Isn't God incredible!?
That He can bring together ladies from around the world to become friends
simply leaves me in awe.
Enjoy her beautiful post, lovelies!
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This is Nina from
greeting from a cloudy Copenhagen!
I am privileged to have learned to know Stephanie
and her beautiful and encouraging blog The Enchanting Rose.
I am smitten by Stephanie's creativity and her love for the Lord
- Stephanie is living out these wise words by Mother Teresa:
" Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."
Sometimes the weather has an influence on our mood ...
Have you noticed any difference in your ability to stay positive and cheerful
on a windy day when the rain is pouring down, compared to
a day when the sun is shining brightly?
We all have periods in life, when we're feeling blue -
whether it is due the weather or something else that is burdening us.
I have noticed that there can be the little things
that have an uplifting effect on my mood,
and I want to share them with you in the following:
1. Have a nice cup of tea or coffee
There are days when we need to exercise self care -
taking time to make a nice pot of tea or some coffee
is one way of caring for one self.
Select your favourite cup and enjoy a biscuit,
a bite of chocolate, fruit or something else you cherish, with the tea.
Inhaling the scent and tasting all the nuances ... and enjoy the moment.
PS. Dark chocolate can have a boosting effect
and increase serotonin
(a neurotransmitter - sometimes called the "happy hormone")
levels in the brain,
and thereby can have a beneficial effect in improving your mood.
2. Call to a friend or pop by your neighbor
Talking with someone does often makes us feel better.
Hearing someone elses voice and just a small conversation cheers us up,
at the same time as it brings our focus to something else out of ourselves -
which helps on a day when you're feeling low.
If you have a neighbour that appreciates an occasional visit,
go and ring the doorbell or walk by the garden ...
Just a few minutes chat with another person
can have an uplifting effect on your mood.
3. Do something you enjoy and that makes you happy
Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, gardening, making cards,
sewing, baking ...
Take time to do the things you enjoy and notice
which effect it has on you to be able to go deep with your favorite hobby.
4. Take a short walk in the neighborhood
How does a walk outside can help me ...
Well, sometimes it is the simple things, that helps.
It is the walking part especially,
that makes something happen in our body - more specific,
it increases the brain serotonin function, that makes us feel better.
The effect of walking is known long before the scientific methods
could prove it.
One of my favourite quotes by a Danish philosopher and theologian
Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) says is so well:
Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.
Everyday, I walk myself
into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness.
I have walked myself into my best thoughts,
and I know of no thought so burdensome
that one cannot walk away from it.
But by sitting still, & the more one sits still,
the closer one comes to feeling ill.
Thus if one just keeps on walking,
everything will be all right
5. Read Psalm 139
This Psalm is a love letter from God's heart to your ...
Every time I read it,
I am reminded of that God knows exactly how I am feeling and thinking
since He has created me.
These words of David, the author of this Psalm,
are filled with hope and comfort ...
Someone said so wisely, that "Hope is Faith looking up".
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the little things
that brings a silver lining to my cloudy day.
How about you - what are the things that brightens up your day?
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