Our Weekly Message for May 7, 2003
There is so much
going on with everyone right now. Graduation is
just around the corner and everyone will be headed
to summer camp, summer jobs, and some of you will
be able to relax and have vacations (lucky you!).
Camps are filling at a much faster pace than ever
before. Don't be left out...pre-register online
now at the ADTS
Summer Camps page.
Here are some
thoughts for the day from The Spice of Life by
Happiness can't be measured by one's wealth. For
instance, a man with $8,000,000.00 may not be a
bit happier than a man with $7,000,000.00.
A day ought to start with eager anticipation and
end with pleasant memories.
A really contented person has yesterdays all filed
away, the present in order, and tomorrow subject
to instant revision.
Contentment is a pearl of great price.
I have mentioned this before but there is a great
BirthdayAlarm.com. You can have your friends
sign up and be reminded of their birthdays as well
as have a selection of free cards to send as well.
It has been a great help to me this past year.
Those of you who like a spiritual charge will
DailyDevo.com Ministries. You get a short, to
the point devotional each day. It is really a
great way to start each day.
As you are winding down for the school year and
planning ahead for 2004, visit our web site for
our 2004 Contest Dates that are already posted.
Contact ATS Travel for a bid
for your 2004 trip at
With everything in a whirlwind at the end of
school, we sometimes allow ourselves to get a
little stressed out. Below is a list of ways you
can reduce stress each day. I hope that they will
do the trick for you this week!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there.
Have a wonderful week, and, as always, please keep
Joyce E. Pennington
36 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No, to projects that won't fit into your time
schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two
are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult
projects over time; don't lump the hard things all
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a
concern, find out what God would have you to do and let
go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a
situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an
extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps,
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of
advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in
17. Get enough exercise.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve
your quality of life.
21. Write thoughts and inspirations down.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip
small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to
go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair
and hope is often a good "Thank you, Jesus!"
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but yourself not at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing
the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager
of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're
grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.