Your ONE Minute with Dr. KRISSY – VIDEO

It’s TIME to celebrate your WINS!

DOPAMINE, our feel-good chemical is released in the brain every time we accomplish something and it activates our reward system.

DOPAMINE also helps our brain pay attention to what you did to accomplish that “feel-good” moment, including calculating what’s needed to repeat that action and achieve other goals.

Often, we interrupt this natural brain process by ignoring the “feel-good” moments in response to a WIN.
We might chose to suppress it and focus instead on the next task, the next assignment or the next job.

⚠️High achievers, this behavior is not healthy.

Regardless of the size of your accomplishment, you should take time to recognize it, celebrate it and reflect on it.

Your brain’s reward system will help you do this, if you let it. Take time to celebrate your WINS.

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APRIL 27 GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS with JUNE DOYLE

Today’s Topic: “Woman of Destiny “

A woman who understands her purpose in life makes big changes that will significantly improve her life without looking for validation. Age brings reason. Whatever decision we make, there will always be someone to tell you that you are wrong.

There’s merit to listening to people’s input, but be wise enough to trust your gut feeling. Looking for everyone to agree with you will prevent you from being yourself.

Destiny doesn’t happen by seeking votes or by chance. God had a sovereign purpose (destiny) for everyone of us. It was not based on how well we perform or how many people will vote for us.

Perfection is God’s job, we are human. So relax and take heart in knowing that God takes delight in you with all your flaws. We are adopted into God’s family.
Looking for validation will prevent you from walking into your God-ordained destiny.

Let’s hear what God’s Word has to say to us.

Proverbs 22:1 “If you have to choose between having a good name or lots of money, choose a good name. That is better than silver or gold.”
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Proverbs 22:3 “A wise person sees the danger and hides themselves. But a person who does not think will walk immediately into danger and punishment.”
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Proverbs 22:4 “Respect and serve the Lord! Your reward will be wealth, a long life, and honor.”
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If you are tempted to look around for approval to fulfill your destiny – STOP! Open your Bible. Make confessions that line up with the Godly advice given.

You having a good name, seeing danger and avoiding it, and respecting the Lord and serving Him makes you an overachiever. You have scored high with God.

Don’t allow the naysayers or circumstances to dictate your destiny or crush your spirit. Even if things gets a little tough … God only has one predetermined plan for your life, and it’s still working in your favor.

God has not forgotten you. Resist the thoughts of fear and insecurity that makes you want to be validated by other imperfect human beings.

Prayer Time: Father, give us grace to trust you to hold our hands when darkness seems to hide the way. Reveal your predetermined plan to our children and their children. Let there be no victim among us. In Jesus Name, Amen

I am sure of this – Nothing can stop God’s plan for your life.

Your ONE MINUTE with DR. KRISSY DOYLE-THOMAS – video

YOUR ONE MINUTE with DR. KRISSY DOYLE-THOMAS NEUROSCIENTIST and PROFESSOR 🧠

SELF DOUBT? But why?

Listen we’ve all been there second guessing ourselves. But have you worked hard for what you’ve achieved?

Are you successful at what you do?

Are you open to growth?

Are you willing to continue to work hard?

Well if you have answered ‘YES’ to those questions, don’t let self-doubt cause you to freeze or flee.

Instead let it fuel you to grow through pursuing resources, partners and skills. This would activate your drive response and the action of DOPAMINE in your brain.

Show yourself love and compassion.

What you have already accomplished should be applauded.

This would activate OXYTOCIN and further compassion towards yourself.

BOTH of these neurochemicals can spur you on to greater success. So let them!

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APRIL 25 GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS with JUNE DOYLE

Today’s Topic: “Purpose in Your Heart”

A life without purpose is a meaningless life. Everyday we hear people say, ‘Thank God I open my two eyes this morning.’ Why? What are the plans? What are we pursuing?

Life is very fragile and must be handled with care ask anyone who’s in ICU. Most people go through life in two stages – work life, where we’re very productive. And then one day, boom, we are retired.

So, we retire from work, what’s next? We find out very soon after retirement that life is more than food, and clothing, and the houses we own. We know something is missing, but it’s not found in the things we have accumulated during our adulthood.

I met a friend yesterday and he was relating to me his near death experiences (2 to be exact). He bragged about how God spared his life on both occasions. So I asked him why he thought God spared his life? He just smiled and was totally clueless.

It’s so easy to become nonchalant about life where we no longer care about anything even to the point of trying to find purpose in life.

My loved ones, let’s purpose in our heart that we will deliberately make time to learn more about God. We are given the breath we need every day to have an exclusive relationship with God. What a privilege.

When we make God our focus, we find the happiness and the true meaning of living a fulfilled life. Life never gets boring. God daily adds joy and peace and keeps our insecurities in check.

True purpose to opening our eyes every morning is to give us opportunities to know Jesus better with each passing day.

To KNOW Jesus … and to know ABOUT Him … are two different things.

We can know about a restaurant, know the menu, know the location … but if we have never been there it’s only head knowledge.

Most people know ABOUT Jesus based on what they have heard in church, but never KNOW HIM as a personal friend.

Knowing ABOUT Jesus is amazing. But having a deep relationship with Him takes it to ANOTHER LEVEL. Those heart to heart conversations are real as real as can be.

Life is more than work and retirement. We must purpose in our heart to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. Just a closer walk with Jesus makes everything alright.

Prayer Time: Father, thank you for loving us in our mess. You looked beyond our faults and loved us. May every day our relationship with you become more important than anything else. In Jesus Name, Amen

Let’s stop living without a purpose when deep down inside we know there’s more to life.

APRIL 21 GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS with JUNE DOYLE

Today’s Topic: Why Worry When You Can Pray?

If someone is always unhappy, they will be grumpy, bitter, judgemental, and an angry person to live with. Unhappy people live in their own world, and they are only happy by themselves. All that they do, they do only for themselves. They are self- centered and highly critical of anyone who shows up on their radar.

Sonya Parker says, “Happy people find a way to live with their problems, and miserable people let their problems stop them from living.”

As Christians, we maybe facing the same difficulties as unhappy people. Struggling like a swimmer with a broken leg. Hard pressed to keep the deadlines in a competitive world. Hated by many that may make us feel weepy at times, but you will never find a child of God who wouldn’t get back up time after time.

Christians find a way to live with their problems by praying through them. We maybe worried, but not hopeless. We maybe mistreated, but we don’t stop. The best way to describe it God makes a way when faith collides with fear.

The song “It Is Well with My Soul” was written by a successful Christian lawyer who lost his son at age 4 years old in 1871. The next year fire destroyed everything he had invested in. The insurance company refused to pay him.

They said, “It’s an Act of God”. He had no money to pay for his house and no work, he also lost his house. In 1873 he sent his wife and four daughters over to Europe on a summer trip and the ship sank and he lost his four daughters with the wife being the only survivor.

He sat down and thought about all that was happening to him, and he wrote a song – “Whatever, my Lord, You have taught me to say – It is well, it is well with my soul”.

My dear friends, maintaining a good attitude towards God when we can’t figure out what’s happening to us will determine our next level of victory. When faith collides with fear let faith win.

Crawling is still progress. There are many times in our lives as Christians when our faith becomes tested. Many things crush our spirits hoping to disarm our faith in God and what the Word of God says.

When these things happen, we need to hold on to what God said in the Word so that we can weather whatever we are going through. Sometimes we just have to bow our head and say a prayer and weather the storms.

Prayer Time: Father, faith doesn’t prevent us from problems but we know you will not allow anything to come our way without a divine purpose. We will find peace in every circumstance. In Jesus Name, Amen.

May all who put their hope in God take pleasure in saying … “Whatever, my Lord, You have taught me to say – It is well, it is well with my soul”.

APRIL 20 GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS with JUNE DOYLE

Wednesday Spiritual Vitamin Day

Choose one scripture a day and say the verse to yourself several times and try to commit it to memory. Communication is the key to all relationships. Learn God’s language.
Read it. Pray it. Mediate on it. Believe it. Speak with God.

Psalms 121:7-8 – “The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”

Ephesians 5:15-16 – “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Proverbs 27:19 – ‘As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.”

2 Corinthians 5:7 – “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Colossians 3:23-24 – “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

Proverbs 21:21 – “He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.”

Proverbs 4:23 – “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

Prayer Time: Father, thank you for giving us your Word so we can hide it in our hearts. In Jesus Name, Amen.

God loves you. Write out verses from the Bible. Memorize them so you can speak with God in faith.

APRIL 19 GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS with JUNE DOYLE

“Do It for Yourself”

Our family is made up of our parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, aunt, uncle, cousins – all biologically connected and as we sometimes say, ‘Cut from the same cloth.’ Meaning, we are very alike in some or most ways, our mannerisms, and sometimes even our voices sound the same.

From early childhood we are exposed to life through the eyes of those closest to us. But as we grow into adulthood, we become more curious about things we may have inherited from the generations before. There’s alcohol, drugs, sibling rivalry, adultery, fear of the dentist, pain, procrastination, and poor communication skills are just a few of the hurdles we must overcome being born into a family.

Maneuvering our way through and out is an uphill battle as every level requires a different version of you. Not everyone passes through the levels smoothly. But experiences have taught us that tough times never last, but tough people do.

Even on our hard days we know the sun will rise in the morning and it has nothing to do with us. The things we are exposed to in life reminds us that we are not stuck unless we decide to be.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 says, “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him ‘Jabez’ saying, ‘Because I bore him with pain. ‘ Now, Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, Lord, bless me indeed and expand my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.”
“So. God granted him what he requested.”

Jabez’s mother had a difficult time giving birth to him and named him as a reminder of the pain she experienced. Let’s think about this for a moment. Some of us may have names tied to situations far beyond our control.

Jabez changed the course of his life by a simple prayer asking the Lord to bless him with more than enough. To keep His hand on him and to keep him from evil that he may not cause pain in others.
What a faith. Just one prayer can turn a mess into a message.

What’s your excuse? Your pain can turn into a Godly promise if you will dare to trust the Lord with your pain. Your family’s affiliations don’t limit you into living with purpose. Create a different version of yourself. First, they will watch, then they will hate, then they will copy.

Jeremiah 31:29-30 says, “In those days they shall say no more, the fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But everyone shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.”

God mercifully secures a change of course in your life once you see and understand the consequences of wrong decision making in your family’s history. We can reintroduce ourselves – “Hello World, I am here to show up and leave with my blessings.

Prayer Time: Father, make me more honorable than those who have gone before me. Keep your hand on me that I may not cause pain to anyone. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Our past is there for us to learn from, not to be repeated. We are evolving.

APRIL 18 GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS with JUNE DOYLE

Today’s Topic: Family Life”

As a new generation comes along, their beliefs and viewpoints change. This means that every generation looks at life in their own way. Music, morals, religious beliefs, child-rearing, education, and even political views are changing from generation to generation.

At the same time the Bible with its 66 Books that was written over 2000 years ago with everything to do about life has been like a ‘white elephant’ in the room waiting for someone to pick it up and start the conversation.

If the head of every family knew the hidden secrets of having a happy family life was found within the pages of God’s Word maybe, they would have made it mandatory that every generation teach it to their children and their children’s children.

The Bible gives us the survival tools not only to the body but to the human spirit after the many slips and falls of life. Life is difficult to handle without reading the original manual to life.

During the last few years anxiety and depression have hit homes in an unprecedented way as families try to cope with life.

How misguided we will be to keep ignoring the ‘white elephant’ that everyone is refusing to pick up and start the conversation.

We witness firsthand the devastating effects that alcohol, drugs, sexual abuse, child molestation, physical and emotional abuse, divorce, having children with multiple partners, and poverty have had on the family.

If we fail to plan, then we are planning to fail. Healthy families do not happen by accident. It takes your commitment to read God’s Word and let God show you the secrets to building a stronger and healthier family unit.

What are you willing to give up? Do you really want to see change? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired of making excuses for the curve balls that hit our home? You got to push past the discomfort of unpopular decisions.

Sean Covey says, “Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.”

Lightbulb Moment: We become what we repeatedly do. It’s time to ask the Savior for help as we move our family upward and out of the broken cycles. Take accountability for yourself and your family.

Read the Bible together. Your children will learn how to apply God’s teachings in their lives and receive advice from God for themselves. Even if you only read one verse together each morning, studying the scriptures will help your family draw closer to God.

Prayer Time: Father, give us wisdom to make the best choices for our family. Give us grace to trust in you even when we don’t see immediate answers. Give us hope to carry on despite the circumstances around us. We thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus Name, Amen

The blessing of a happy home and family is everything. We need a house to live in, but a God-fearing family is what builds a home.

Dr. Krissy Doyle-Thomas – Video

YOUR ONE MINUTE with DR. KRISSY NEUROSCIENTIST and PROFESSOR 🧠

TOPIC: ‘Back to work and feeling anxious?’

Here are 3 recommendations for you.

👉🏽 (1) ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FEELINGS – Naming how you feel will help you become more aware of what might be making you feel a bit off kilter.

👉🏽 (2) SLOW THINGS DOWN – This includes your movements, your speech, your day, so that you don’t add more anxiety on top of your current feelings.

👉🏽 (3) REMOVE UNCERTAINTY – Know your workplace policies around returning to in-person work, restart your routines and remove as much unpredictability as possible.

These 3 recommendations will engage your PREFRONTAL CORTEX (our planning and decision making center) which will then calm the fear response of our AMYGDALA in unsure times.