How to Boost Your Immunities…Part 28–Be of Tempered, Sober, Renewed Mind

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

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I ended my previous post with this encouragement:

Carry on with tempered mind, calmed emotions, and focused spirit.

This morning, after some time in prayer and meditation, I remembered this Scripture:

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8, NIV)

Then I found the following verse when I opened up a meditation prompt written by a friend of mine, Clarice Aeby, who blogs at daretobestill.com and sends weekly encouragements to her subscribers:

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind(Romans 12:2)

(Emphasis added.)

A pattern had emerged for this next entrance in the “immunities” series, this one a continuation of the importance of keeping the mind healthy.

A Tempered Mind

Although the term “temper” has practical applications in behavior, music, and metallurgy, I chose the word used as an adjective, as in “adjusted or attuned by the addition of a counterbalancing element; moderated or measured” (Wordnik).

In such a time as this when so many confusing, contradictory, and sometimes chaotic forces would pull our thoughts off center–around the block and downtown–if we let them, we really need such a “counterbalancing element” to free up critical thinking and maintain as much clear-headedness as we can.

This can be a worldview, a personal philosophy, or, my preference, a faith-based perspective without which we are easily led hither and yon, pushed and shoved by propagandists, fear-mongers, and other brands of roaring lions who know how to keep us tethered to their agenda.

Usually by fear and intimidation.

Without an anchoring perspective, be it faith or something else, it could easily be a case of “if we don’t stand for something we’ll fall for anything,” as the old saying goes…

From the font of wisdom I draw from in the Bible, to a tempered mind I would add a “sober” mind.

A Sober Mind

As meant in 1 Peter 5:8, “sober” is rendered “to be calm and collected in spirit; to be temperate, dispassionate, circumspect.”

That’s a lot of mental ammunition when the enemy comes at you “six ways from Sunday,” as another old saying goes.

“Calm and collected in spirit” reminds me that when we aren’t corralled, so to speak, in the survival part of the brain (amygdala) trying to determine which is best at the moment–to fight or to flee–the blood flows more easily “up front,” you might say, to the cerebral cortex where we are able to think critically, to reflect, and to analyze beyond the survival of the moment in order to develop a longer-term plan or perspective.

(Side note: Have you ever noticed how evil is ever shouting “Schnell! Schnell!” [“quick, fast”-WordHippo] allowing no time to pause, reflect, and plan?)

“Temperate, dispassionate, circumspect” might be described as the trinity of a tested mind–and spirit.

Whereas dis-ease of mind follows dis-ease of prompt (fear, intimidation–or these days, what seems to be a trend toward violent revolution), ease of mind follows critical thinking, curtailing raw emotions, and exercising caution.

And to the final plan for a healthy mind, i.e. “renewal,” the following.

A Renewed Mind

“Renewed” as in “a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better” (Strong’s Concordance).

As expanded in Philippians 4:8:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
(emphasis added)

Not so easy, however, when all we seem to hear is “Schnell!” while politicians politic, power-mongers push and shove, and inner cities burn.

But WE ALWAYS HAVE THIS OPTION.

Indeed, somebody has to keep a clear head.

Might as well be you and me.

Particularly when we need a mental break, a refresher, a moment away from the fray–whether the mayhem is prompted externally, internally, or both.

Especially when the forces arrayed against mental health are, to the reverse of the verse, telling lies, blocking justice, polluting the pure, trashing whatsoever is lovely, belittling whatsoever is of a good report, perverting virtue, and/or censoring praise.

And with this helpful reminder, encouragement–and prescription–from our eternal Friend Who promised, no matter what, He would never leave nor forsake us, this final thought:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

Take as needed.

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Graphic of the mind from Wikimedia Commons.

 

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How to Boost Your Immunities…Part 27–Why You Can’t Reason with Rage (Guest Feature) and Words of the Wise

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The one question I’ve heard more than any other about the current state of political rage is “Why is it so hard to engage in a civil conversation, let alone a debate, with many on the left?”

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PROPHECY CHART # 9 UP AND AVAILABLE: Technical Glitch Fixed

To the many readers who have downloaded Claire Gumbs’ set of prophecy charts/tri-folds, especially in recent months, and could not access the last–and perhaps most significant–chart, #9, it is now available. Technical glitch fixed!-PBN

Here is the original introductory post that includes the now available chart.

All other charts are available here, as they have been.

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Featuring “How to Prepare for a Communist Coup,” and/or a “Bolshevik-Styled Revolution,” and Encouragement from Psalm 91

FEATURE # 1

The first feature, “How to Prepare for a Communist Coup” by Judith Acosta for American Thinker (July 25, 2020) gets right to the point. 

Whether or not one thinks this is the year of America’s radical shift to Marxism via the likes of Antifa, BLM (Note: BLM’s founders describe themselves as “trained Marxists”) by means of a violent coup, it is clear we are not in Kansas anymore. Continue reading

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How to Boost Your Immunities…Part 26–”Who Ya Gonna Trust?”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

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Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
10 I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’
11 From the east I summon a bird of prey;
from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
what I have planned, that I will do. (Isaiah 46:9-11, NIV)

But the Lord laughs, seeing that their day is coming. (Psalm 37:13, BSB)

Rioters and Ragers and Revolutionaries, Oh My! Continue reading

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What God Showed Ezekiel; What God Shows Believers Today, and Why

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Those Abominations

I always imagine that those in modern times up to no good who peep and mutter in the dark places behind the curtains; who huddle in hushed circles behind locked doors; and who hide in secluded chambers and mute all recording devices–thinking no one will ever find out what they’re up to–are akin to those who performed all manner of abominations inside the very walls of the Temple, the apostates and demoniacs God showed Ezekiel in ancient times (Ezekiel 8:1-18). Continue reading

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How to Boost Your Immunities…Part 25–God’s Rx for Well-Being

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

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The medical questionnaire I received this year to fill out in advance of my annual physical included an additional “social isolation”  section.

Categories to respond to in this section were listed under the heading, “Has your physical and emotional health limited your social activities with families, friends, neighbors, or groups?” Specific questions dealt with such things as “loss of interest in doing things” and feeling “down, depressed, or hopeless.”

No doubt this year’s unprecedented COVID-19 quarantine has something to do with the expanded questionnaire when, perhaps for many, one cause of a hit to emotional health may be due not to self-limiting from friends and activities but to health department limitations due to the COVID. Ya think? Continue reading

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On the New Normal versus God’s Normal

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

On the New Normal

One is beginning to hear the expression “new normal” more and more with regard to all the changes recommended or mandated concerning how we go about (or not) our everyday business as the coronavirus plays out. One of the most obvious adjustments is wearing face masks,* even with the risks involved.

That said, there is a silver lining: new recommendations and lifestyle alterations will make it easier for communities to offset future epidemics and pandemics. We’ll be supplied with, well, plenty of face masks as well as other healthcare products (not to mention vitamins A, D, C, and the mineral zinc)–and at least here in the U.S. mountains of leftover toilet paper.

So changes, aka new normals, have their benefits as well as deficits.

On God’s Normal Continue reading

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Jesus’ Open Ministry versus Mankind’s Secret Knowledge (Featuring a Powerful Analogy from Helen Keller’s Life Story)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

On Jesus’ Open Ministry

Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. (John 18:20, ESV)

By the gates of the mighty she (wisdom) sits, in the entrances she sings aloud (ranan).*

One of the myriad things I appreciate about Jesus’ ministry to his followers that I, too, have also gleaned in my relationship with Him as the Holy Spirit continues to “grow me up spiritually,” is the availability of Jesus‘ availability.

Specifically, what I have learned is that if I have a question about something, the first step is to, well, ASK Him for the answer. Continue reading

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On Overriding the “Weaponized Brain”–Notes on Then, Now, and from Way Back

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Ever notice, these days, how it is vastly more difficult to try to have a civil conversation with someone of the opposite political persuasion especially if you, like me, have lived many days, even through the social and political upheavals of the 1960s?

It’s even impossible at times, particularly when the “premise” on the opposing side is laced with a string of F-bombs and insults and the only political platform seems to be to destroy all adversaries and everything associated in any real or fictionalized way with them.

I mean, things were bad during the 60s, but not like now.

The modern, well, ragers, for lack of a better term, almost seem to have some kind of internal mental and emotional override turned on high that disables reason, common sense, history, law and order.

One almost wonders if there is something not only more powerful but also more sinister at work… Continue reading

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