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ECCLESIASTES 3:11 "He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end."

PSALM 45:10-11 "Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house; So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him."

It is important to know our faults and bad habits, but it is also important to know our good points.

Who do you compare yourself to? I used to be bad to look at my friends and relatives and think how much better off they were than I was. Then one day I decided to write down all the people I knew and had something I wish I had or possessed some attribute that I longed for. (If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a firm believer in writing things down!) When I finished, I had a sizeable list. On one side, I listed all the things I admired about each one. Maybe a job or a house. Some had thick glossy hair, others a witnessing ability. On the other side, I wrote down all the reasons I wouldn't want to trade places with them. Believe me, the bad side greatly outweighed the good side (and some even had an ugly column!) It was at this point in my life that I began to realize that no one has a perfect life. There was not one single person on my list (out of 23) that I wanted to trade lives with.

You are not the only person who has problems at work, not the only woman who has bad hair days and not the only man who has a nagging wife. You are not the only parent trying to raise children alone and believe it or not, you're not the only parent with rebellious children or toddlers going through the terrible twos (oh...by the way...take heart, these are usually over by the age of 13.) You are not the only teen with pimples or a teacher who doesn't like you, and you're not the only senior citizen living alone. You are not the only person who has looked at someone else's life and thought, "if only I could trade places with them." But this is not the answer to your problems. Believe me, they have their own set of problems; they're just different from yours! The answer is to focus on what you like about your life instead of what you don't like. What do you do well? What physical features do you like about yourself? Write them down. What are your talents? These things are what you need to focus on and work on to enhance and make even better! So, this week you are going to discover your good points (as compared to your friends, family and co-workers) and how you can make them even better!

MIND EXERCISE

Your mind exercise this week is to write down all the people you have ever secretly envied anything about. Make two columns by each person's name. In one column, list all their good qualities that you admire, in the other all the reasons you would not want to be them. I think you will be surprised. Now write down all your talents. Do you have a musical ability? Are you good with children? Are you mathmatical or a poet? Even being a good housekeeper or cook is an attribute! Now, what about your physical features? List these, too, right down to the hair on your head. Your assignment this week is to work on enhancing the areas you are not satisfied with and, also, on your negative attitude about yourself. You are a wonderful, unique individual and it is time you realized how much you are worth to society and to God. He made you and everything He made is awesome! So, if you feel you have fine, limp hair, for example, you may want to invest in a body building mousse or a lifting serum (or treat yourself to a trip to the beauty palor for a consult)! Or, if you have a skin problem it might be time for a trip to the dermatologist. If you are not satisfied with with the way your teeth look, you may want to make an appointment with your dentist or maybe it's your nails or your wardrobe you need to work on. Only you know where your problems lie and what is stealing your confidence. CAUTION: only choose one thing to work on this week. Remember, small steps! You can choose something else next week if you want to.

SPIRIT EXERCISE

Your spirit exercise is to memorize Ecclesiastes 3:11 and to keep repeating over and over to yourself this week that you are beautiful because He made you!

BODY EXERCISE

Did you do your body exercise last week? Feel more organized? If you liked this feeling, let's do more! Tackle another disorganized corner of your life this week; but don't stop doing your exercising and eating program! Even 10 minutes of exercise or leaving a little on your plate at dinner are small steps in the right direction. Don't forget, we are just trying to become a little better each week and in cleaning up the unorganized areas of our lives a little at a time we derive a feeling of better control over our world!

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