Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

The First thing Forgotten

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greatfulPsalm 92:2 (NKJV)
"To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night…"

Of all the things we tend to forget;  car keys, cell phones, someone's birthday, I believe Gratefulness is the first thing we forget. Have you ever noticed how often you need to remind a child to say thank you or maybe it was your spouse and not your child.  Gratefulness is not high on most people's priority list.

There is a French proverb that says "Gratitude is the memory of the heart." We are encouraged throughout scripture to be a people that love with all our heart. I believe gratitude is a heart thing.

The following medical findings from a well documented Doctor were discussed, in regards to gratefulness. The doctor said that all of the following can happen within 20 seconds of experiencing an attitude of gratitude.

  • Stress hormone levels of cortisol & nonrepinephrine decrease creating a cascade of beneficial metabolic changes such as enhanced immune system; coronary artieries relax thus increasing  blood supply to your heart.
      
  • Heart rhythm becomes more harmonious, which positively affects your mood and all other organs.
      
  • Breathing becomes deeper thus increasing oxygen levels to your tissues.

                                                                                       -- C. Northrup MD

If all of that can happen within 20 seconds, what could happen if you practiced this regularly? What would happen if it became your default throughout the day?

I encourage you to make it a regular part of your diet. It's good for your heart physically and spiritually. It brings a rhythm to your life that beats with that of it's master. For where the heart is you discover and enjoy what you treasure most and the issues of life can be filled with peace and joy.

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Todd Hadley

Todd and Karon came to Charleston in 1998 in a denominational setting. There they began to have vision for church as we know it to change. The Lord placed people around them who were receiving similar revelation and who stood with them through the storms of doubt, disillusionment, and opposition. Out of this divine discomfort with institutional religion, the word came that the Lord was calling them to a new work. They realized they were in for quite a ride with Jesus.

Todd and Karon both grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and they were married in 1988. They have four children, Drew, Gabrielle, Hannah, and Lydia, all of whom worship and minister along side the whole of New Heart with the deep love of Christ.

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