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How Staying Calm Keeps You Healthy.


Hand of God
Are you able to relax and let the hand of God give you rest?

You’ve probably noticed at least one of the countless “Keep Calm” posters that seem to be popping up all over social media sites bearing imperative phrases that are as cutesy and quaint as “Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake” and as instigative and contradictory as “Keep Calm and Punch People in the Face.”

A Google search will inform you that the original “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster was created in 1939 by the British government just before World War II began with intentions to boost morale. The British public, having just been made aware of a prediction of mass air attacks on major cities, were encouraged to carry on with business as usual. (Easier said—despite the advantage of a delightful British accent—than done!) Keep calm and have a crumpet. Have a spot of tea. Don’t panic; just “carry on.”

More than 2.5 million copies of the poster were printed and set for distribution upon the invasion of Britain by Germany. Fortunately, this never occurred, and so the poster was never seen by the public—at least not until the year 2000, when a bookseller stumbled across a copy buried beneath a pile of books bought from an auction. Since then, the poster has been reissued by a number of companies promoting a wide range of products and also by individuals sharing their own unique brands of humor, motivation and stress management, as you saw in the aforementioned examples.

My favorite “Keep Calm” poster simply reads “Keep Calm and Keep Waiting on God.”  If King David were reigning today, I can imagine he’d have it framed and hanging in his living room (by a window overlooking green pastures and still waters, of course!) beside his book of Psalms, opened to the 130th, which reads:

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning” (vv. 5-6, NKJV).

There may not be much merit in eating a cupcake in an attempt to keep calm. One is certainly not made calm by punching people in the face. (One is usually incarcerated.) But continuing to wait on Godalways generates a sense of peace, an uncanny wave of calm that originates in our spirit and manifests itself in deep breaths of incomprehensible contentment.

This past weekend I heard a story of a few young brothers who were playing tag outside near a freshwater lake in Florida. The boys’ father had to go in the house to take a phone call, but before leaving, he sternly instructed the elder son to make sure the youngest—just 3 years old—didn’t get too near the water’s edge because he didn’t know how to swim.

No sooner did the man go inside than one of his sons cried out that his little brother was in the lake; he’d tried to tag one of his brothers who quickly evaded his touch, sending the younger one over the edge.

The father ran full speed across the pier and dove into the murky water. He spent a full 60 seconds swimming blindly, reaching out desperately for his little boy. He came up gasping for air and asked the others if they’d seen anything, any movement or air bubbles.

Nothing. All was smooth on the surface.

The father dove back down, this time frantically exploring the underside of the pier. Spreading his body out as far and wide as he could, hoping to feel the hand or foot of his drowning son, he crashed again and again against the wooden pillars. At last, after what seemed like an eternity within an airless, mud-colored cave, he felt his son’s tiny body wrapped tightly around one of the columns.

The father climbed his way out of the watery nightmare and carried his son to shore. After spitting up bit of water, the little boy was perfectly all right and eager to resume playtime with his brothers.

What struck me most about this story, more than the boy’s miraculous rescue after upwards of three minutes under water, was his response when his dad asked him why he was clinging to that pillar.

“Because,” the boy said, “I was just waiting for you to come get me.”

It was as simple as that. This helpless 3-year-old didn’t know much, but he knew the most important thing: He could count on his father. As long as he just kept calm and kept waiting, his dad would show up, scoop him up and carry him up and into the light.

This story is a beautiful parable demonstrating what it looks like to keep calm and keep waiting on God. How often in life are we that lost and imperiled child with deep waters swirling all around us and no way of escape? And how often do we just keep calm and wait for God to come and get us? Probably not nearly enough.

Isaiah 40:31 tells us that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength, soar like eagles and run without growing weary. Science also confirms the importance of staying calm amidst stress and danger with numerous studies that show keeping one’s cool can reduce the risk of acquiring neurological illnesses in old age.

When we allow anxiety to have control over our thoughts, words and actions, the result can be catastrophic. An overload of stress means an overwhelmed nervous system. When your nervous system is stressed, panic attacks, nervous breakdowns, and depression are often the result. Be wary of “mild” stress, too. Headaches, stomach aches, and digestive disorders may not seem like a big deal, but they can lead to conditions that are much more devastating, such as heart attack and stroke due to high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.

Thankfully, there are proven ways to combat stress and wash away worries. Doctors suggest:

  • Exercising
  • Taking a vacation
  • Sleeping more
  • Listening to relaxing, soothing music
  • Reading
  • Do deep breathing and/or muscle relaxation exercises
  • Journal
  • Meditate
  • Pray

Personally, I’d start with the last bullet point: pray. I will honestly confess that I don’t always bow my head when I feel stress coming on. Indeed, the enemy will do everything he can to distract and dissuade you and me from going before the Lord with our problems and fears; he doesn’t want us to wait for God but to toil to find our own solutions. Why? Because after millennia spent observing and afflicting followers of Christ, Satan knows we are most powerful when we’re on our knees, that we’re strongest when we’re staying still, holding fast to our faith in God like the little boy with the pillar.

When we take a moment to pray amid the chaos howling like a wicked wind and the worries filling our minds like a flood, we are given the strength to wait and to sing with David, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” We are given the faith to wait for our Abba Father to find us in life’s darkest moments, wrap His arms around us, and carry us to shore.

“Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Pet. 5:6-7, NLT).

Stay fit and stay faithful.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Diana Anderson-Tyler is the author of Creation House’s Fit for Faith: A Christian Woman’s Guide to Total Fitness. Her popular website can be found at fit4faith.com, and she is the owner and a coach at CrossFit 925. Diana can be reached on Twitter. This article was originally posted to her blog.

Britain Ponders Wider Conspiracy After Terror Attack; Fears Copycats.


Image: Britain Ponders Wider Conspiracy After Terror Attack; Fears Copycats

Flowers are placed near the scene where Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed.

By Newsmax Wires

LONDON — Police investigating the murder of a soldier hacked to death on a busy London street were looking on Friday into whether the two suspected killers, British men of Nigerian descent, were part of a wider conspiracy.

Meanwhile, Britain is bracing for clashes with right-wing extremists and possible copycat terror attacks, adding some 1,200 police to potential trouble spots.

Images captured on video made for gruesome viewing — one man with bloodied hands and holding butcher’s knives angrily complained about the presence of British troops in foreign lands.

Terror analysts said Friday the publicity was intentioned to inspire copycat attacks and they are already seeing an increase in chatter calling for such attacks on extremist sites.

A British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because he was not authorized to speak about the ongoing investigation, confirmed the increase in chatter since Wednesday’s attack but said there were no specific or credible plots detected at this point.

The two suspects, aged 22 and 28, are under guard in hospitals after being shot and arrested by police following the murder of 25-year-old Afghan war veteran Lee Rigby on Wednesday in broad daylight. They have not yet been charged.

Detectives were also questioning another man and a woman, arrested on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, as they tried to determine whether those responsible had links to militants in Britain or overseas.

“This is a large, complex and fast-moving investigation which continues to develop,” police said in a statement. “Many lines of inquiry are being followed by detectives, and the investigation is progressing well.”

One of the assailants, filmed justifying the killing as he stood near the body holding a knife and meat cleaver in bloodied hands, was named by acquaintances as 28-year-old Londoner Michael Adebolajo, a British-born convert to Islam.

Little is known so far about the other man.

The murder, just a month after the Boston Marathon bombing and the first Islamist killing in Britain since local suicide bombers killed 52 people in London in 2005, revived fears of “lone wolves” who may have had no direct contact with al-Qaida.

Police chiefs said they would have 1,200 extra officers on the streets in London overnight and at key locations such as religious venues and transport hubs.

“It will be assessed on a rolling basis depending on the picture. I’m sure there will be heightened numbers for a little while to come,” a spokesman said.

A source close to the investigation told Reuters the attackers were known to Britain’s MI5 internal security service, raising questions about whether it could have been prevented.

Adebolajo had handed out radical Islamist pamphlets, but neither was considered a serious threat, a government source said.

Another source close to the inquiry said the local backgrounds of the suspects in a multicultural metropolis — nearly 40 percent of Londoners were born abroad — and the simplicity of the attack made prevention difficult.

“Apart from being horribly barbaric, this was relatively straightforward to carry out,” the source said. “This was quite low-tech, and that is frankly pretty challenging.”

Anjem Choudary, one of Britain’s most recognized Islamist leaders, told Reuters Adebolajo was known to fellow Muslims as Mujahid — a name meaning ‘fighter’: “He used to attend a few demonstrations and activities that we used to have in the past.”

He added that he had not seen him for about two years: “He was peaceful, unassuming, and I don’t think there’s any reason to think he would do anything violent.”

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The two men used a car to run down Drummer Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in southeast London and then attacked him with a meat cleaver and knives, witnesses said.

The pair told shocked bystanders they acted in revenge for British wars in Muslim countries.

“We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day,” Adebolajo was filmed saying by an onlooker. “This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”

Rigby, who had a two-year-old son, was not in uniform. The bandsman was working locally as an army recruiter.

“All he wanted to do from when he was a little boy was to be in the army,” his family said in a statement. “He wanted to live life and enjoy himself.”

In Nigeria, with a mixed Christian-Muslim population and where the authorities are battling an Islamist insurgency, a government source said there was no evidence the Woolwich suspects were linked to groups in west Africa.

British investigators are looking at information that at least one of the suspects may have had an interest in joining Somalia-based Islamist rebel group al Shabaab, which is allied to al Qaida, a source with knowledge of the matter said.

Al Shabaab linked the attack to the Boston bombing and last year’s gun attacks in the southern French city of Toulouse.

“Toulouse, Boston, Woolwich  . . . Where next? You just have to grin and bear it, it’s inevitable. A case of the chickens coming home to roost!” the rebels said on Twitter.

Peter Clarke, who led the investigation into the 2005 bombings, popularly known as 7/7, said that if the Woolwich attackers did turn out to be acting alone, it showed the difficulty the security services faced in trying to stop them.

“An attack like this doesn’t need sophisticated fund raising and sophisticated communications or planning,” he told Reuters. “It can be organized and then actually delivered in a moment.”

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UK, Lawyers for Kenya Torture Victims in Talks.


LONDON — Lawyers for Kenyans suing Britain over alleged torture during an anti-colonial uprising say they are negotiating with the British government over a possible settlement.

Law firm Leigh Day confirmed Monday that talks were taking place, but gave no other details, “due to the nature of the negotiations.”

The Foreign Office declined to comment on an ongoing legal case.

The case involves Kenyans who say they were beaten and sexually assaulted by officers acting for the British administration trying to suppress the “Mau Mau” rebellion in the 1950s.

In October, Britain’s High Court ruled that three elderly Kenyans could pursue claims for compensation.

The British government launched an appeal, although it did not dispute the claims of torture.

A settlement could bring payouts to thousands who allege similar abuse.

© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Source: NEWSmax.com

Bombings: Police arrest 160 Chadian mercenaries in Kano.


AS life gradually returns to normal in Kano city after a weekend of bombings, Police sources on Thursday claimed that no fewer than 200 suspects, including 160 Chadians, had been arrested in connection with the attacks.

The official casualty figure released by the police on Tuesday put the number of dead victims at 186.

“Many arrests have been made since the attacks. We have arrested around 200 attackers and 80 per cent of them are Chadians. They came in as mercenaries,” agency reports on Thursday quoted an anonymous police source to have said.

The source added that the Chadians were engaged and paid by the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, to participate in the Kano multiple attacks in which at least 250 people were feared killed.

However, the police are known to carry out indiscriminate arrests after major crimes and thus it is too early to say if the men arrested took part in the attacks.

“Following previous attacks by Boko Haram, the security forces have often resorted to dragnet arrests, rather than arresting people on the basis of reasonable suspicion that they committed an offence,” Amnesty International had said in a statement issued during the week.

The police source who spoke to Reuters also said that the sect had reached out to government for talks.

“They said they wanted the Emir to mediate in the dialogue they proposed,” the source said.

Boko Haram violence was largely responsible for the removal of former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, on Wednesday. A new IG, Mohammed Abubakar, has resumed work in acting capacity.

Ringim’s removal came few days after a Boko Haram member believed to have masterminded the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Mandalla, Niger State, escaped from police custody barely 24 hours after his arrest.

A United Nations’ report on regional security released on Wednesday had said that there was evidence suggesting that Boko Haram had Chadian members who had received training from Al-Qaeda’s North Africa affiliate.

The UN report also indicates that the sect may have secured some of the weapons that flowed out of Libya during the conflict that toppled Muhammar Gaddafi.

The global body on Thursday, in a statement on its website, asked for the prosecution of the bombers and their sponsors.

The statement reads, “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group.

“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Nigerian authorities in this regard.”

Meanwhile, the British government on Thursday promised to assist the Federal Government in tackling the Boko Haram menace through a broad range of support.

The Deputy High Commissioner of the British High Commission, Abuja, Mr. Giles Lever, said this in Kaduna at a workshop on the Freedom of Information Act 2011.

Giles said, “There is a very broad range of things that we can offer. We are already working with the Nigerian government on some of these. I must also say we reaffirmed the offer following the terrorist attacks in Kano. The strategies have different pillars within it. One is trying to prevent the radicalisation of young people.

“Another pillar is making targets and public buildings and so on more difficult to attack, and the third one is being ready to deal with the consequences of large scale terror attack in terms of crisis management.

“The last pillar is to identify who these people are and making sure their plans are disrupted, and they are arrested, detained and prosecuted in accordance with the rule of law.

“The attacks were sickening and barbaric. To kill this many people in the name of some political dispute or religious dispute or whatever the agenda is, it’s just wrong. It’s quite unacceptable and is causing sufferings to innocent people and so we condemn the attacks unreservedly. We consider ourselves and hope to be friends with Nigeria in good times and bad times and we are willing to work closely with the Nigerian government, to help the Nigerian authorities to combat this menace from terrorism.”

Giles who also condemned the recent wave of terrorist attacks by the Boko Haram sect in which 186 people were killed in Kano and Bauchi states, stressed that the British Government was ready to avail Nigeria the opportunity of borrowing from the different strategies it had developed over the years in its efforts to fight terrorism.

Source: Punch Nigeria.

 by Agency Reporter.

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