The Eight Benefits of Wearing a Face Mask

2020 has certainly been a year to remember! This pandemic has wreaked havoc in our nation, and I know we all want to get past this and put it behind us. The governor of Virginia has just given us new Coronavirus mandates. Masks are now mandatory. I understand that no one likes to wear a mask but this is what we must do to get control of this virus. Therefore, we need to look on the bright side and change our perspective about the mask situation. If we change our focus and choose to focus on the positive, then we can accept what is, change our feelings, and peacefully get through this.

Therefore, I’ve come up with eight benefits of wearing a mask. You know how the old saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” So here are some alternative (and somewhat humorous) perspectives on wearing a mask so that you can feel good about the mask that you’re wearing. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” According to Numerology.center, “the number 8 in the Bible is a new beginning, it is a number of hope, and new horizons, and [a] bright future.”  So here you go, The Eight Benefits of Wearing a Face Mask:

1. It filters bad odors and keeps your nose from being knocked off.
2. If you have food between your teeth after a meal, nobody will ever know.
3. If you have bad breath, the mask will hold back that green cloud coming out of your mouth.
4. If you’re a woman, you can leave your house without wearing makeup and not scare anybody.
5. if you are engaged in a boring conversation with a person, they will never see you yawn.
6. if someone says something crazy to you, and you have a negative expression on your face, the person will only be able to see half of it.
7. In the wintertime, the mask will keep your face warm and keep you from having to wear a ski mask.
8. You can talk to yourself behind the mask without people thinking you need to be in a mental institution.

So wearing a mask it’s not so bad after all, is it? There’s a bright side somewhere, and every cloud has a silver lining. Comedy is not really my gift, but give me a break. I did try! But all jokes aside, this is an important issue, and if we want to get control over this Coronavirus pandemic, then we need to do our part and wear a mask. It’s not a political statement. it’s a scientific protocol that works. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Let’s make the wise choice to wear a mask and choose life not only for ourselves but for those around us. We can do this!

What are your thoughts abourt wearing a mask during the pandemic? Please leave a comment below.

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MY NEW BOOK KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Praise be to God! The paperback and Kindle versions of my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday is now available for sale on Amazon.com! My goal is to present to parents with an alternative tradition that will keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of their family’s Christmas holiday. To get your copy today, click on the link below!

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A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON REJECTION

Today I want to talk to you about one of the painful realities of life: rejection. As Christians, we will experience rejection because of our faith in Jesus Christ. We will be rejected by people at times and experience the loss of a relationship. However, we need to maintain a proper perspective if we are to maintain our identity in Christ. Rejection becomes a major problem when we wrongly interpret what rejection means for us. In order to combat the effects of rejection, we must know who we are in Christ on such a deep level that no one can alter our view of ourselves, which should be based on God’s view of us. Therefore, we need to make sure we have the proper view of rejection. Instead of thinking that the rejection means there is something wrong with us, here are some alternative thoughts that will help us to keep rejection in its proper context:

1) God has to remove idols. God says in Exodus 20 that we should have no other gods before Him. If He sees that a person in your life is becoming too important, and you are looking to that person to meet needs you should only be looking to the Lord to meet, then He is obligated to remove that person from your life. It’s not about your worth or value.

2) God will remove spiritual threats. Any person that causes us to not be our best for Christ is a demonic distraction and a spiritual hindrance. God may remove people who cause you to backslide or sin against Him. He will remove them because they are a spiritual threat that will keep you from staying vitally connected to your God.

3) God removes hindrances to the fulfillment of our destiny. If a person is going to derail your destiny, God has to remove that individual so His plan for your life can come to full fruition. Sometimes perceived rejection is about Him removing certain people to make room for those who are predestined to usher you into your destiny.

So you see, rejection doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. However, that is what the devil would have you believe because your identity in Christ would be in jeopardy, and you would never be able to fulfill the purpose and plan God has for you. You must remember that you are the righteousness of God, and no one can take that with them when they walk out of your life.  

Think about it: if God wants to separate you from someone either one of three things has to happen: 1) you must walk away, 2) they must walk away or 3) somebody has to die. If you refuse to walk away, then God has to remove the person, but that doesn’t mean that your worth and value are in question. Therefore, we need to take our thoughts up to another level and view God as the Master Chess Player Who moves people in and out of our lives at will. We can’t allow the enemy to bombard us with lies, condemnation, and shame. We must view rejection from God’s perspective if we want to stay peaceful when people exit our lives. 

What are your thoughts about rejection? What are some of the ways you have dealt with it in your life?

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MY NEW BOOK KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Praise be to God! The paperback and Kindle versions of my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday is now available for sale on Amazon.com! My goal is to present to parents with an alternative tradition that will keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of their family’s Christmas holiday.

I am now offering the Kindle version of the book for FREE (Yes, FREE!) for two days, Tuesday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 4, 2020! Here is the link you will need to download the book:

https://www.amazon.com/Keeping-Christ-Christmas-Thought-Provoking-Holiday-ebook/dp/B08LDS7FHF