2012 The End, A New Beginning, or Just another year?


p10156 All the hype and media that is out there trying to tell us the end is near is more of a distraction than a help. What if it is the end in December of 2012, We can not prevent what we truly have no control over. The End can come at any given date in the future, It all depends on the choices we make and how we take care of our home we call earth. The only other way the end will come besides by our own hands is by a random catastrophic event caused by nature or brought to us from the dangerous objects flying through space. Since we are not technologically advanced yet to alter the paths or comets, meteors and other space debris, we should focus on the things we can either change or prepare for.

  Most weather events we can prepare for and survive through except for the occasional massive and severe hurricanes, tornados, volcanic activity and earth quakes.  Global warming we can slow and possibly even reverse in time, but only if the whole world works towards that goal. I would not waste energy worrying over 2012, I would instead about the dangers we are certain exist and can be avoided if not overcame through the collective effort of all peoples of the earth.

  Maybe 2012 is the year we come together as a world, All governments working together with the common goal of world prosperity and peace. I do not want it to be a one world nation because absolute power would corrupt such a government. Though maybe a U.N. kind of thing but with each nation with equal voting power. Though I know the U.N. has many problems, but it is the closest thing we have to the nations of the world working together for the common good. Allot of work would be needed if the U.N. was the choice that is for sure.

2012 is probably nothing but another year ,But I Hope 2012 is a more of a beginning of a new era than the end of Mankind.
 
I guess only time will tell what 2012 will be

Just a pipe dream


dd43853   We all are Brothers and Sisters in this world we live in. We all are descendants of the first human to walk this earth. Though we come in many colors and cultural flavors we are all apart of one species. We allow religion, politics and cultural differences divide our great family. We should embrace all our differences, for that is what makes us such a unique and wondrous species. Just think what we could accomplish if we were to work together to fix the problems we face. I believe that man kind can overcome our differences and can accomplish amazing things if and when we come together as a species. 

Our separation is the weak link in our family, For a house divided upon itself will eventually fall. So much we could do and achieve if we could learn to unconditionally love one another and to co-operate for the common good. Though I know its just a pipe dream to think that mankind will ever come together to better life, But I like dreaming of the positive possibilities before us. Maybe one day in the far future mankind might grow up enough to come together as a species and live in harmony with each other. Maybe one day we will learn the earth is ours to take care of not to abuse and destroy.

Maybe one day governments will serve the people and religions will co-exist in tolerance and for the saving of souls. Until then we must make the best of what is here and live by example in hopes others will follow.

Christianity, Judaism and Islam


1973525686islam_sm2cross     Every morning that you wake is another day god has blessed you with life. What you make of your day is mainly up to you other than what is controlled by uncontrollable circumstances and external forces. Free will was a great gift god gave his children but it carries a heavy price. Being physical matter we must obey and follow the laws of physics so what ever action we take it will cause a reaction. The only way the law of physics is bypassed is by the will of god for he lives outside the laws of physics, time and space. Sayings such as you reap what you sow and the wages of sin is death can be tied into the laws of physics (which god created).

Now I am not going to get into trying to define god and defiantly not going to say which God is the right one, But i will declare the God I believe in is the same God who the Jewish, Islamic and Christian religions follow. I myself am Christian by both choice and belief. I do not judge other religions, I am not so vain to be able and say I alone know which religion is the right one. All I can say is which religion I choose to believe and try to follow. Who is to say that any religion is the one and only true belief system. Only god knows and has the authority to do such a thing. I tend to believe that Christianity, Judaism and Islam are all the right religions. One for each region. The Jewish have Judaism, The Muslims have Islam and the Gentiles have Christianity. God allowed all three to flourish to help his children. But I could be wrong for I am nothing but a humble human.

The Power of Prayer


p10327 (WebMD) — When Aretha Franklin crooned the words "I say a little prayer for you" in the hit 1960s song she probably didn’t imagine that the soulful pledge would become the stuff of serious science. But increasingly, scientists are studying the power of prayer, and in particular its role in healing people who are sick.

Most research in the field looks at how people who are sick are affected by their own spiritual beliefs and practices. In general, these studies have suggested that people who are religious seem to heal faster or cope with illness more effectively than do the nondevout.

But a few scientists have taken a further step: They’re trying to find out if you can help strangers by praying for them without their knowledge.

A recent, controversial study of cardiac patients conducted at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, concludes that this type of prayer — known as intercessory prayer — may indeed make a difference. "Prayer may be an effective adjunct to standard medical care," says cardiac researcher William Harris, Ph.D., who headed the St. Luke’s study. The study was published in the October 25, 1999 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Harris and team examined the health outcomes of nearly 1,000 newly admitted heart patients at St. Luke’s. The patients, who all had serious cardiac conditions, were randomly assigned to two groups. Half received daily prayer for four weeks from five volunteers who believed in God and in the healing power of prayer. The other half received no prayer in conjunction with the study.

The volunteers were all Christians. The participants were not told they were in a study. The people praying were given only the first names of their patients and never visited the hospital. They were instructed to pray for the patients daily "for a speedy recovery with no complications."

Harris originally embarked on his study to see if he could replicate a similar 1988 study of intercessory prayer conducted at San Francisco General Hospital. That study — one of the only published studies of its kind — also found that prayer benefited patients, but by a different measure: The patients were able to go home from the hospital sooner. In Harris’ study, the length of the hospital stay and the time spent in the cardiac unit were no different for the two groups.

Still, Harris says, his study bolsters the evidence that prayer works. "To me it almost argues for another intelligence, to have to redirect this very vague information."

At the very least, he says, his results validate the need for more research. "It strengthens the field. The more studies done in independent, different places, the closer you are to the truth," he says.

Intercessory prayer has been the subject of scientific study since at least the nineteenth century, when an English scientist, assuming that kings were prayed for more often than others, sought to find out whether those prayers were answered. He concluded that they were not, but that prayer might be a comfort to the people praying anyway.

After talking with physicians who wondered about the power of prayer to heal patients, Brandeis sociologist Wendy Cadge, an expert on the intersection of religion and medicine in contemporary American society, set out to research medical studies of intercessory prayer going back to 1965, the first year such studies were published in the English language medical literature.

"This analysis in the Journal of Religion is the first to trace the social history of intercessory prayer studies and to situate them in their medical and religious contexts," said Cadge, who this year is the Suzanne Young Murray Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. While there she is working on her forthcoming book, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine.

Cadge evaluated eighteen published studies on intercessory prayer that were conducted between 1965 and 2006. Collectively, the studies provide a fascinating snapshot of changing American religious demographics, evolving ideas about the relationship between religion and medical science, and the development of the clinical trial as the gold standard of biomedical research, said Cadge.

"I do not know why physicians and scientists conducted these studies," said Cadge, "but personal religious beliefs appear to have played a role, along with curiosity."

The earliest studies undertaken in the sixties were based exclusively on Protestant prayers, while more recent studies, reflecting growing social awareness of other religions, combine Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other prayers, Cadge discovered. Some studies suggested that prayer worked, while others said it didn’t.

Power Of Prayer – How powerful is it?
The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16-18 declares, "…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops." God most definitely listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers.
Jesus taught, "…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you" (Matthew 17:20). 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 tells us, "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." The Bible urges us, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18).

Power Of Prayer – How do I tap into it?
The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather, the power resides in the God who is being prayed to. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him." No matter the person praying, the passion behind the prayer, or the purpose of the prayer – God answers prayers that are in agreement with His will. His answers are not always yes, but are always in our best interest. When our desires line up with His will, we will come to understand that in time. When we pray passionately and purposefully, according to God’s will, God responds powerfully!
We cannot access powerful prayer by using "magic formulas." Our prayers being answered is not based on the eloquence of our prayers. We don’t have to use certain words or phrases to get God to answer our prayers. In fact, Jesus rebukes those who pray using repetitions, "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him" (Matthew 6:7-8). Prayer is communicating with God. All you have to do is ask God for His help. Psalm 107:28-30 reminds us, "Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." There is power in prayer!

Power Of Prayer – For what kind of things should I pray?
God’s help through the power of prayer is available for all kinds of requests and issues. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." If you need an example of a prayer, read Matthew 6:9-13. These verses are known as the Lord’s prayer. The Lord’s prayer is not a prayer we are supposed to memorize and simply recite to God. It is only an example of how to pray and the things that should go into a prayer – worship, trust in God, requests, confession, protection, etc. Pray for these kinds of things, but speak to God using your own words.
The Word of God is full of accounts describing the power of prayer in various situations. The power of prayer has overcome enemies (Psalm 6:9-10), conquered death (2 Kings 4:3-36), brought healing (James 5:14-15), and defeated demons (Mark 9:29). God, through prayer, opens eyes, changes hearts, heals wounds, and grants wisdom (James 1:5). The power of prayer should never be underestimated because it draws on the glory and might of the infinitely powerful God of the universe! Daniel 4:35 proclaims, "All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: ‘What have you done?’"

Reference Links: (click on links to read full articles)
http://archives.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/alternative/01/18/prayer.power.wmd/
http://www.allaboutprayer.org/power-of-prayer.htm
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090617154401.htm

Any amount of exercise is better than none


p10053   As you get older allot of things begin to change and you have to work harder on keeping your health and vitality. making sure you have enough fiber and keeping your minerals and vitamins at a good level by eating healthier is only part of the picture. Most Americans are not active enough to keep their bodies healthy and that only leads to gaining weight, high blood pressure, clogging and hardening of the arteries among other health risks. You should also keep your mind exercised so to keep it functioning. As the old saying goes if you don’t use it you will loose it applies to the human body more than people know.

  Allot of things get in the way of exercise, one is the lack of stamina and physical strength. Some people may not be able to exercise the 20 to 30 minutes suggested by most physicians. New research has revealed that you can exercise get that 20 to 30 minutes of exercise in 5 minute intervals throughout the day and achieve very much the same results. The way I look at it any amount of exercise is better than none. So try to eat healthier and exercise the most your able and as time goes on you will be able to exercise more as your body improves.

Just remember it took you years if not decades to get this out of shape and so it may take a while to improve your health. No results are instant and there is no easy way to loose weight or become healthier. It all takes effort and some times a bit more than most of us like. But if you put your mind to it there is no reason why you cant make a difference in your overall health.

Relationships


p10055To enrich a relationship and keep it strong you must work at it. No relationship can fly on autopilot without crashing eventually. Several key components to a successful relationship are as follows

Communication : Communicate your feelings and just talk to each other not at each other.

Quality Time:   Spend time with your mate doing activities that you both enjoy

Self Time:  Just as you need quality time with your mate you both need time away from each other.

Acceptance:  You must accept your partners faults along with your own. (Nobody is Perfect)

Impulsiveness:  Be impulsive occasionally, surprise your mate in one way or another to keep things stirred up.

Sometimes there  will be times both you and your mate will have to do things that the other likes and you don’t. 
Just remember true love is unconditional and is giving of itself. You must understand that both you and your mate are two individuals with different backgrounds and different upbringing. No two people is completely alike and the difference between people is what makes each and every one of us interesting. Instead of wasting time wishing your mate would do one thing or another put that energy into enjoying the things your mate does that you enjoy.

Every person has good points and faults and only one who can correct those flaws is the person with them. You can not change anyone who isn’t willing to change. so instead of wasting time trying to change them, accept their flaws and improve yourself. If you both learn to accept one another for who you two really are you might be surprised how little the flaws in one another matters. And as we all know our time here on earth is a short amount of time, We can spend it enjoying the goodness in ourselves and those we care about or we can waste that time being judgmental and angry at the fact the world and the people in it are not perfect. 

There isn’t a perfect formula to having a perfect relationship only because there is no such thing as a perfect relationship. Remember that and then maybe you can help your relationship become a good one.

Love, Unconditional and Conditional


  Unconditional love is a rare commodity in this modern world, Especially between husband and wife. When you take the vows of matrimony it is a promise to love and cherish one another for better or worse.  Most married couples seem to look over the better and run when it gets worse. Seems the love of the modern day is conditional and selfish.
Love is meant to be selfless and ever flowing, sweet and forgiving not self gratifying and controlling. I have caught myself putting conditions on the love i give and see that such a love is not really love but more of a control issue. It is a selfish behavior to put conditions on love, To be a fair weather friend and or spouse is selfish and untrue.

If there is conditions to love then it is not love and one should walk away from such relationships if they can not love each other unconditionally. To love unconditionally is a hard thing to do sometimes but it is easier than living a lie or trying to keep the conditions met for conditional love. We should love one another for who and what we all are and accept the other persons faults as much as rejoice in their better qualities. Conditional Love never lasts for long because it isn’t real love at all. Only Unconditional love can last forever for it is selfless and it is true love.

 

Just my 2 cents worth
Ray Barbier A.K.A. Verum Peto

Allow your mind to wander and be creative


Imagination, a key to a happier and healthier mind and body. To allow your mind to wander and be creative during the day allows the brain to work out problems and to stimulate the chemicals that reduces stress and  it also relaxes the body. Seems as we get older our desire to imagination gets less either due to lack of time or to our illusion of it being immature and a waste of time. Just like dreaming at night it is a necessary part of life. Even simple fantasizing or day dreaming can relax you and help you to escape the stresses of modern life. From my own experience i have noticed a drop in blood pressure after day dreaming and imaginative Visualization. It lowered both Systolic and diolostic pressures by 4 points or better. It also helps me to become more peaceful when i find my self upset.

  So once or twice a week try to daydream or have a imaginative visualization and see how it helps you feel more relaxed. If that is all it will do for you that in itself is a good benefit for your body and mind.

 

Till Next Time
Verum Pet A.K.A. Ray Barbier