Be Encouraged

by helenmmaddox@gmail.com on February 6, 2012

Day to day life sure can be a challenge.  The car needs repairs, money is tight, kids finding their own path vs. the one we want for them, aging parents, health issues, and just day-to-day things can be overwhelming.  So how do we stay motivated, hopeful, encouraged?

In my Action Plan for Assistance (Get Assistance – Action Plans) I talk about no matter what the challenge is – try to make time to have fun!  Fun can be low cost or free – and it sure can help redirect our thinking at least for a while.  Check out some ideas below and the next time you are going through a rough patch; stop, have some fun, and be encouraged!

  1. Go to your local library and check-out books and videos.  There is no charge for checking out videos – pop some popcorn and have a movie night!
  2. Look through your paper (online – AJC.com – AccessAtlanta.com) and find free events in your community – concerts – art exhibits – parades – much to do in Metro Atlanta!
  3. Contact your counties Parks and Recreation Department and see if they have any free activities for families.
  4. The Georgia Parks Department offers events at parks throughout our state.   Go to their website for more information:  http://www.gastateparks.org//
  5. Pack a picnic and go to a favorite spot outdoors for dinner – enjoy a sunset…
  6. Go to your Chamber of Commerce and get a guide to your county – make a trip to see historic sites.
  7. Take your bike and ride – beautiful scenery and good exercise!
  8. Go camping – great way for a family to get away and enjoy the outdoors (at one of our state parks – link is above) or even camp in your backyard – make Smore’s – look at the stars…
  9. Contact Local Churches and find out what activities they have for members in your family.
  10. Go to a local high school ball game –- bring a thermos filled with hot chocolate to a football game – and feel the enthusiasm!
  11. A good way to reduce stress – EXERCISE – take a walk – or ride a bike – jog – swim at a city pool…
  12. Volunteer – in helping others you will find great reward.
  13. Attend a service at a local church.  The messages can be very inspiring and can really make a difference in your week.

Remember – God loves you – and is there for you during this difficult time.

“If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to Me and I will give you rest… rest for your soul.”

Matthew 11:28-30

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Tara February 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Love that scripture!

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