DRUG HOLIDAY: YAY or NAY?

Should children who take ADHD Meds have a DRUG HOLIDAY

For some children, it may be a good idea to take a break from their usual medication for ADHD over the summer. For other kids, taking a “drug holiday” can be a real mistake. Deciding what to do requires parents and prescribers to weigh several factors:

How kids behave when they aren’t taking their ADHD medication.Whether they’re experiencing side effects from the medication.What they’re going to be doing during the summer months, holidays and other breaks.

Years ago, many doctors thought that all kids who were taking ADHD medications needed to go on “drug holidays” from time to time. Back then, there were concerns that the medications might stunt a child’s growth. But we now know that most kids on ADHD medications do not have any serious long-term problems with their growth rate.

However, there are some reasons to reduce the dose or stop the medication over the summer, or even during shorter holidays, like winter break. This might not be a bad idea if your child happens to be very small for her age. The same goes if your child is a bit underweight. It might make sense to reduce the dosage during the summer if the medication has a big effect on her appetite.

Some children taking stimulants for ADHD find their appetite declines on days when they are taking the medication. Usually that lasts only for the first few weeks after starting the medication, but for some it continues much longer. For the holidays, especially, they may enjoy the chance to eat more heartily if they’re not on any medicine.

Another reason some kids take a break is if they don’t need the medication very much when they aren’t dealing with school and homework. Some kids function quite well without it for most other activities like playing sports and hanging out with friends and family.

Also, other kids, particularly teenagers with ADHD, do not like being required to take any medicine every day. They may appreciate being allowed to decide whether or not to take medicine when it’s not essential to do so.

Talk with your child’s doctor. If the doctor agrees to stop the medication for the summer or over a holiday break, he might recommend restarting at a reduced dose about a week before school starts.

Doctors often use this kind of phase-in so kids won’t feel too jittery from suddenly starting at the dose they were used to before. This approach tends to be used after kids have taken a break for more than a week or two.

But there are lots of kids who need ADHD medication for more than just school and homework. Does your son/daughter need medication to help with things like following directions or getting along with other kids? Then, it’s probably a good idea to stick with the medication. It could help him/her adapt to changes in his/her usual routines that happen during summer and holiday breaks.

Summertime can be quite unpleasant if there are many days when your child gets caught up in hassles with other kids. Going off medication can also make some kids extremely moody.

Another reason many kids keep taking medication is that it may help curb risky behavior. Things like boredom and low self-esteem can lead some kids with ADHD to endanger themselves or others. This is a constant concern. But it may be especially important in the summer or during breaks from school when kids have more free time.

As you’re thinking about what to do, keep in mind that this doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing decision. For example, if you’re curious about taking a medication break during summer, consider whether your child will be going to summer school. If so, then it might be a good idea to continue the medication for at least the weeks when he/she has classes.

Also, summer school is often just a few hours in the morning. Taking a short-acting type of ADHD medication might work well on those days.

Camp is another activity to consider carefully. I’ve heard stories about parents sending their kids off to camp without their ADHD medication—and without telling the camp their kids have ADHD! This can lead to all sorts of trouble.

Taking ADHD medication during camp may help your child participate more fully and successfully in camp life. Most sleepaway camps have a nurse or other staff member whose job is to keep the medication safe. This person will also make sure your child gets it at the right times. For day camp, longer-acting medications can be given at home just as they would be during the school year.

Whether you decide to stick with medication during camp or take a break, it’s a good idea to talk to a camp staff member. Sharing behavior strategies that work for your child at home or in school can help smooth the transition.

Just be sure to talk to your child’s prescriber as you’re debating whether to take a break from ADHD medication. Together you can come up with the best plan for your child to follow over the summer and during the holidays.

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PERFECT DAY: PERFECT SCHEDULE

All too often, productivity tips are a dime a dozen. Some

even conflict with each other. What we need is a perfect, effective, system.
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What schedule do the pros use? What system does science say allows you to be most productive?
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What’s key is feeling in control and making sure your energy levels are matched to the importance of the task at hand.
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Let’s assemble the expert ideas and research I’ve covered into a more cohesive schedule you can apply to your day.
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How do you do that? You may want to get your calendar out. We’ve got some changes to make.

1) The Morning Ritual

Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? They rise early. Almost all have a morning ritual.

You need to wake up before the insanity starts. Before demands are made on you. Before your goals for the day have competition. What time is that? Possibly, 2 a.m. – 5 a.m. Really! For me, it’s always 2 a.m.

If you want to achieve work-life balance you need to determine what is important and focus on that. (And research shows goals make you happier.)

Having concrete goals was correlated with huge increases in confidence and feelings of control.
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People who construct their goals in concrete terms are 50 percent more likely to feel confident they will attain their goals and 32 percent more likely to feel in control of their lives (Howatt 1999).
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As I’ve discussed before, the second part of your morning ritual is about mood. That feeling of control is what produces grit and makes people persist.
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Research comparing students of similar ability finds that the distinguishing feature between those who maintain a strong work ethic in their studies and those who give up is a sense of control. Those who express a sense of control receive scores that are a full letter grade higher than those who do not (Mendoza, 1999).
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You’ve got your goal and you’re in control. Cool. But what about when you get to work? I recommend you find somewhere to hide. Seriously! I’m not kidding. When I was in Administration, I religiously reported in between 4 a.m.- 6 a.m. Here’s why…
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2) Important Work First Thing — With No Distractions
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Many people arrive at the office and immediately get busy with email and meetings, leaving realwork for later in the day… Rookie error.
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Research shows that 2.5 to 4 hours after waking is when your brain is sharpest. You want to waste that on a conference call or a staff meeting?
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Studies show that alertness and memory, the ability to think clearly and to learn, can vary by between 15 and 30 percent over the course of a day. Most of us are sharpest some two and a half to four hours after waking.
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When I interviewed John Maxwell, what did he have to say? Early morning is also when you’re most disciplined:
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The longer people have been awake, the more self-control problems happen. Most things go bad in the evening. Diets are broken at the evening snack, not at breakfast or in the middle of the morning. Impulsive crimes are mostly committed after midnight.
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But does this really work? In studies of geniuses, most did their best work early in the day.
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“But why did you say I need to hide somewhere?” Because distractions make you flighty and make bad decisions. These days it’s hard to do much real work at work.
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Jason Fried explains the modern workplace is an endless stream of interruptions.
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Can’t do the work of your choice when the day starts? Get in early or work from home before you head into the office.
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So you’re making progress on the project that matters. But you can’t sprint for miles. What do you do when your brain gets tired?
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3) Regroup When You Slow Down

Afternoon brain fog. We’ve all felt it. Why does this happen? Working too hard? Food coma? Often it’s just our natural circadian rhythm:
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First, take a break. Get a snack or a power nap if you can.What you need next is a mini-version of your morning ritual. Review your goals and the progress you’ve made this morning.
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Harvard research shows nothing is more motivating than progress. Appreciating how far they’ve come is what very persistent people do.
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Comparing people who tend to give up easily with people who tend to carry on, even through difficult challenges, researchers find that persistent people spend twice as much time thinking, not about what has to be done, but about what they have already accomplished, the fact that the task is doable, and that they are capable of it (Sparrow, 1998).
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You got a break, reviewed your goals and achievements, and now you’re ready to work again. What do you focus on now?
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4) Meetings, Calls and People Stuff In The Afternoon

When energy is high, that’s when you want to focus on creative, challenging work. When energy is low, do busy work.
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Scott Adams, creator of “Dilbert“, makes comics in the morning. By the afternoon, his brain is fuzzy and he shifts his objectives.
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One of the most important tips for maximizing your productivity involves matching your mental state to the task… At 6:00 A.M. I’m a creator, and by 2:00 P.M. I’m a doodler… It’s the perfect match of my energy level with a mindless task. Research shows the afternoon really is the best time for meetings —specifically, 3PM.
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Of course, I’m aware you have to schedule morning meetings and conference calls, at times.
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Need to power through some busy work but you can’t muster the willpower? This is when distraction can benefit you.
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When tasks are dull and you’re feeling distractable, friends can make you more productive — even if they’re not helping.
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Just having friends nearby can push you toward productivity. “There’s a concept in ADHD treatment called the ‘body double,’ ” says David Nowell, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychologist from Worcester, Massachusetts. “Distractable people get more done when there is someone else there, even if he isn’t coaching or assisting them.” If you’re facing a task that is dull or difficult, such as cleaning out your closets or pulling together your receipts for tax time, get a friend to be your body double.
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So the work day is over. Is that it? Nope. There’s an optimal way to handle your schedule after the sun goes down too.
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5) A Relaxing Evening

Though successful people do work long hours, the “greats” almost all take the evening off to recharge.
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Before dinner, Tim Ferriss recommends writing down your big goal for tomorrow. This will get your mind off work and allow you to relax.
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What does research say can help you chill out? Hint: don’t trust your instincts.
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The things we frequently choose to reduce stress are often the least effective.
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What does work? Seeing friends and active hobbies. What doesn’t? More passive activities like TV, video games and eating.
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According to the American Psychological Association, the most effective stress-relief strategies are exercising or playing sports, praying or attending a religious service, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends or family, getting a massage, going outside for a walk, meditating or doing yoga, and spending time with a creative hobby. (The least effective strategies are gambling, shopping, smoking, drinking, eating, playing video games, surfing the Internet, and watching TV or movies for more than two hours.)
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Past that, get to bed. Studies of world class performers show they have boundless energy, so get those zzz’s to be one of them.
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No, you can’t cheat yourself on sleep and not see negative effects.
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What does brain research tell us about cutting corners at bedtime? You’re basically making yourself insane:
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The bottom line is that sleep loss means mind loss. Sleep loss cripples thinking, in just about every way you can measure thinking. Sleep loss hurts attention, executive function, immediate memory, working memory, mood, quantitative skills, logical reasoning ability, general math knowledge.
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So how do we bring this all together to be more successful?
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Here’s what a successful schedule looks like:
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Your Morning Ritual
✔️Important Work First Thing — With No Distractions
✔️Regroup When You Slow Down ✔️Meetings, Calls And Little Things In The Afternoon
✔️A Relaxing Evening
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Sadly, we can’t all dictate our own schedule. That’s why there are no specific times listed above.
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But we can all opt to do some things before or after others. Stop focusing on just getting lots of random things done to pretend you’re making progress.
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All moments in your day are not equal, and all tasks are not of equal importance.
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Knowing the best time to get the right things done is key.
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What will this schedule do for you? Well, when the day ends you’re still going to find that you didn’t get everything done.
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But that won’t bother you much because you did the things that mattered, and did them well.
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TRANSPARENCY: PRAY 🙏 4 ME

For many years I’ve prided myself in keeping my business, personal & physical issues 👔💼👞 in my prayer journal & with my soul mate👦. That’s what was instilled in my mind since childhood. What happens at home; Stays at home🏚️. Plus, as a Christian Counselor and all the degrees I’ve earned; I convinced myself that I had to be perfect and had to keep my business to myself. Really?😲😁

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“Let your request be known, where two or three are gathered together…” Well, I eagerly shared a prayer request 4 years ago and confidence was violated. How? In the name of: “Hey, we need to pray for Shannon. She is going through….” Then, one discussed everything in detail in the name of “I have a friend👭…” Well, you know how it played out. From sister one to brother two. Then, you end up being the sermon next Sunday.

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Today, I truly stand in the need of prayer. I’ve prayed through all I can do on my own. 😭😭😭 I’ve been spending 40 days at the foot of the cross ☦☦☦. Studying and walking in Mary’s shoes. Gaining insight on how she felt as a mom to see her son, Jesus, tormented and crucified. 😭 I’m weary in spirit. I’m drained emotionally. Today, I’ve asked, “Why has God forsaken me?” “Why won’t he heal me so I can get back into the ministry?” Why?

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Yes, I know healing can come in many forms. From being healed and carrying out your ministry. Or, meeting Jesus face to face.

Here goes. Laying. It. All. Out. There. According to my doctor🏨💉💊:

😭My body is “eat up” ( her words) with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Well, I didn’t need a blood 💉🅾️ test to know.
😭Osteoarthritis
😭Spinal Stenosis
😭Degenerative Disc Disease
😭Knee Replacement Gone bad
😭 3 back surgeries
😭3 ruptured disc in my neck. Surgery March 27, 2018
😭Heart AFib
😭Arachnoiditis
😭And, a few more…

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PRAYER WARRIORS: I believe that God isn’t finished with me. There’s still work for me to do. I believe in healing and I’m asking you to let’s pray through together. I can’t believe I’m doing this!!!😲😲😲

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Surgery😲 is March 27 and I’m very nervous. I need that peace that passeth all understanding.

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During my back surgery, June 30, 2017, I stopped breathing😨 (another story; another time). Please pray that I receive peace, God will guide the surgeon’s hands, a successful surgery and complete healing.

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Yes, I did it! I’ve asked for prayer 🙏🙏🙏🙏 WOW! PROGRESS!!😲😲😲😁😁😁😇😇😇

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BELLY UP

Tomorrow will be a day☀️ of new beginnings💥. Finally, after totally surrendering and letting go💫 of my will and trying to dictate to God what I should have; he gave me just me what I needed. I kidd you not. Isn’t it funny 😁how God really has a sense of humor. I can hear him now, “Shannon, oh, girl🙅, you think you can boss 😎me around? Well, just sit back and enjoy the ride 🚄 of life called, ‘Belly Up☝️.'” Yep, that’s about right; I was turned, “Belly Up!”” ☝️Do you know what “Belly Up” means? According to Sam Hill🦋, “Belly Up” ☝️means you have been turned upside down👇, tossed to and fro like a ship🛳️ on troubled waters, shaken up like a milkshake🍧 while trying to survive being in the eye 🕶👀of the storm and when the storm stopped, you landed “Belly Up!☝️” Keeping in mind this literally means that you have lost everything. Everything meaning EVERYTHING. Yep! Houses🏰, cars🚘, land, health, money💲, career💱💶💶, dignity and pride. Barebones. Poorer than Dick’s hatband. So poor you got no pot🚽 to pee in nor a window🚪 to throw it out. I’m talking, slap down, dog🐶, dirt poor.

🏄”Belly Up☝️” was the only way God could get my full, undivided attention. What’s so funny 😂 and I mean tummy tickling😎, roll in the dirt, pee in your pants funny; I distinctly remember talking to my hunka, hunka,, burning love❤️, Terry, “Sweetie I love ❤️you so much that I would live any where with you. In a tent🎪. In a car🚕. In an old run down farmhouse🏜️. It don’t matter. Because as long as I got you; I got everything I need.” Saying and really doing are two different things. 😲Really? Me? Live Here? You’re joking? 😢😂Right? Especially, when it comes to a do or die situation. Well, for a monent or two, Heaven 🕌🌅looked like an affordable option. At least I would have streets of gold, golden gates, flowers 🌹that never faded, and a mansion🕌. Yep, I got “Belly Up”👆 instead.

❤️You see, Terry and I have had the best of everything. Sure, tough times here and there that tested our faith and loyalty to each other. I’ll❤️ save that story for another day. Let’s get back to “Belly Up☝️!” Hmmm? I thought I was “Miss It👸👼.” Two doctorates and a highly successful career💲💱💹. Invisible. Wonder Woman. Super Woman. Shannon, the Super Hero🏋️. Well, guess what? I wasn’t all that Super. I got the rug📥 pulled out from under me. All I had won; I lost. There were places I had been and memories to fill several terrabites of servers💻. Luckily, that’s all I had were the external hard drives📱.

🐰I remember hearing testimonies of how people lost it all and hung🏋️ on with all their faith and might. Proclaiming still the love and goodness of God. Yeah, I said many of times, “Bless their hearts❤️. I’m so glad I didn’t have to go through the Job Experience.” NOT. ME. Hmmm? Seriously!? 😲To make a long story short (for now), God took me through”Belly Up☝️! ” Well, to be brutally honest, I got double, the total Job ecperience. Hey😲, I’m still somewhere between the middle and floundering towards coming out on the bright side, shouting hallelujah, Praise you Jesus! Then, my chain gets jerked again and I get taken down a few belt buckle notches. Still, don’t push a good lady👸 too far. Just when Im pushed in a corner with more medical diagnoses (another “Belly Up” for another time) and not knowing where on earth 🏜️we’re going to live; God showed up☝️. Proved up☝️. He gave us the unexpected; a house. Yes, we’ve been blessed and to him all praise, glory, and honor goes to him. He gives us the desires of our heart, but it’s his timing. Perfect timing. ❤️❤️Stay tuned for the totally, ultimately, excitedly, “Belly Up 👍” experience. It’s gonna be a hoot of a story 📖

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FORGIVE? WHO? ME?

40 Day Devotional Challenge
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SCRIPTURE:

“If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” Matthew 6:14-15
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OBSERVATION:

This passage presents us with an ideal we must strive for. It also presents us with the consequences if we do not strive for this ideal. Forgive and be forgiven. Both must be desired and sought after.
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When forgiveness is properly understood, it is much easier to desire, give and receive. When it is not properly understood, forgiveness can be seen as a confusing and heavy burden and, therefore, as something undesirable.
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Perhaps the greatest challenge to the act of forgiving another is the sense of “justice” that can appear to be lost when forgiveness is given. This is especially true when forgiveness is offered to someone who fails to ask forgiveness. On the contrary, when one does ask for forgiveness, and expresses true remorse, it is much easier to forgive and to abandon the feeling that the offender should “pay” for what was done. But when there is a lack of sorrow on the part of the offender, this leaves what can feel like a lack of justice if forgiveness is offered. This can be a difficult feeling to overcome by ourselves.
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APPLICATION:

It’s important to note that forgiving another does not excuse their sin. Forgiveness does not mean that the sin did not happen or that it is OK that it happened. Rather, forgiving another does the opposite. Forgiving actually points to the sin, acknowledges it and makes it a central focus. This is important to understand. By identifying the sin that is to be forgiven, and then forgiving it, justice is done in a supernatural way. Justice is fulfilled by mercy. And the mercy offered has an even greater effect on the one offering mercy than the one it is offered to.
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By offering mercy for the sin of another, we become freed of the effects of their sin. Mercy is a way for God to remove this hurt from our lives and free us to encounter His mercy all the more by the forgiveness of our own sins for which we could never deserve on our own effort.
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It’s also important to note that forgiving another does not necessarily result in reconciliation. Reconciliation between the two can only happen when the offender accepts the forgiveness offered after humbly admitting their sin. This humble and purifying act satisfies justice on a whole new level and enables these sins to be transformed into grace. And once transformed, they can even go so far as to deepen the bond of love between the two.
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Reflect, today, upon the person you most need to forgive. Who is it and what have they done that has offended you? Do not be afraid to offer the mercy of forgiveness and do not hesitate in doing so. The mercy you offer will bring forth the justice of God in a way that you could never accomplish by your own efforts. This act of forgiving also frees you from the burden of that sin, and enables God to forgive you of your sins.
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PRAYER:

Lord, I am a sinner who is in need of Your mercy. Help me to have a heart of true sorrow for my sins and to turn to You for that grace. As I seek Your mercy, help me to also forgive the sins that others have committed against me. I do forgive. Help that forgiveness to enter deep into my whole being as an expression of Your holy and Divine Mercy. Jesus, I trust in You.
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Did You Say, “Call the Doctor?”

40 Day (Day 2) Devotional Challenge
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SCRIPTURE:
“Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” Luke 5:31-32
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What would a doctor do without patients? What if no one were sick? The poor doctor would be out of business. Therefore, in a sense, it’s fair to say that a doctor needs the sick in order to fulfill his role.
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The same could be said of Jesus. He is the Savior of the World. But what if there were no sinners? Then Jesus’ death would have been in vain and His mercy would not be necessary. Therefore, in a sense, we can conclude that Jesus, as the Savior of the World, needs sinners. He needs those who have turned away from Him, violated the Divine Law, violated their own dignity, violated the dignity of others and acted in a selfish and sinful way. Jesus needs sinners. Why? Because Jesus is the Savior, and a Savior needs to save. A Savior needs those who need to be saved in order to save! Got that?
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APPLICATION:
This is important to understand because, when we do, we will suddenly realize that coming to Jesus, with the filth of our sin, brings great joy to His Heart. It brings joy because He is able to fulfill the mission given Him by the Father, exercising His mercy as the one and only Savior.
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Allow Jesus to fulfill His mission! Let Him offer mercy to you! You do this by admitting your need for mercy. You do this by coming to Him in a vulnerable and sinful state, unworthy of mercy and worthy only of eternal damnation. Coming to Jesus in this way allows Him to fulfill the mission given Him by the Father. It allows Him to manifest, in a concrete way, His Heart of abundant mercy. Jesus “needs” you to fulfill His mission. Give Him this gift and let Him be your merciful Savior.
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Reflect, today, upon the mercy of God from a new perspective. Look at it from the perspective of Jesus as the Divine Physician who desires to fulfill His healing mission. Realize that He needs you in order to fulfill His mission. He needs you to admit your sin and be open to His healing. In so doing, you allow the gates of mercy to pour forth in abundance in our day and age.
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PRAYER:
Dear Savior and Divine Physician, I thank You for coming to save and heal. I thank You for Your burning desire to manifest Your mercy in my life. Please humble me so that I may be open to Your healing touch and, through this gift of salvation, I allow You to manifest Your Divine Mercy. Jesus, I trust in You.

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