Posted 12/10/13 at 11:51 PM | Bright Ideas
In August the Christian Post reported, "A new study conducted among more than 1,700 pastors has found that clergy are at far greater risk for depression and anxiety, mostly due to stress, than those with other occupations."
The following infographic explores the topic of pastor burnout, depression and relationship difficulties. The statistics come from the book Pastors at Greater Risk by Pastor H. B. London who has studied pastor burnout while working for Focus on Family.
One of the saddest statistics:
"45% of pastors say that they've experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence from ministry."
Posted 11/28/13 at 4:44 PM | Bright Ideas
A friend of mine has a dog that is sick possibly from food poisoning. So I wanted to share this infographic from Dogington Post which shows 7 Thanksgiving foods and a drink to avoid sharing with your pets.
Meanwhile PetMD reports that green beans, mashed potatoes (without the gravy), and macaroni and cheese can be safe foods for your pets if harmful ingredients haven't been added to them.
Posted 11/27/13 at 5:24 PM | Bright Ideas |
Thanksgiving Day could be renamed Calorie Day considering how much food Americans consume on this holiday. According to the Calorie Control Council, "The average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat from snacking and eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings."
Thanksgiving contributes to the obesity problem in which one-third of Americans are obese, reports The Washington Post.
The following infographic lists popular Thanksgiving foods, their caloric content and the exercise needed to burn those calories.
If you wonder how much exercise it will take to lose weight, try out WebMD's exercise calculator.
Posted 11/26/13 at 11:44 PM | Bright Ideas
Did you know the Bible celebrates women entreprenuers? Take a look at Proverbs 31. It describes a woman that is incredibly industrious.
Here are four verses (from the ESV):
She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands. (verse 13)
She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. (verse 16)
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night. (verse 18)
She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant. (verse 24)
The Apostle Paul was a merchant. In 1 Thessalonians 2:9 (NLT) Paul wrote, " ... Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that we would not be a burden to any of you as we preached God's Good News to you."
Do you remember what kind of job Paul had? Acts 18:3 (NLT) says, "Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers just as he was."
Even Jesus had a job. In Mark 6:3 (NIV) his critics ask the question, "Isn't this the carpenter?"
Perhaps you should consider self employment. This infographic asks some key questions that may help you decide if being an entreprenuer is right for you.
Posted 11/19/13 at 2:17 PM | Bright Ideas
If you look for the word "volunteer" in the King James Version of the Bible, you won't find it. However, this word does show up a few times in other Bible translations.
In the Holman Christian Standard Bible the verse 1 Chronicles 29:5 ends with a question: "Now who will volunteer to consecrate himself to the LORD today?"
The most famous volunteers in the Bible include David and Elijah.
David volunteered to fight the giant Goliath. Elijah volunteered to be a messnger for God when he said, "Here am I. Send me!"
Do you volunteer to serve and worship Jesus at your church?
Posted 11/14/13 at 11:53 PM | Bright Ideas
I spend a lot of time searching with Google and various specialty databases and would like to share one of my favorite search engine tips:
How to use Google News Archive
There is a small triangle in the search bar on Google News. By clicking on this triangle, you can select advanced news search and a pop-up window with unique search options will appear or you may use this link to access advanced news search.
Google has scanned numerous newspapers into its database and you may be able to find old articles about yourself or even family members.
The following infographic includes more search engine tips for Google.
Posted 11/11/13 at 12:30 PM | Bright Ideas
During the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney's wife Ann was criticized for being at stay at home-mom. In fact, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen sparked a "War On Moms" when she criticized Ann Romney as a woman who never worked a day in her life.
Are stay-at-home really slackers who are living the good life for free? This infographic seeks to break the myths surrounding stay-at-home moms.
Posted 11/8/13 at 5:31 PM | Bright Ideas
It is good to see dogs getting competition from the felines. Yes, cats can be service animals too. A cat may provide emotional support for someone that is sick.
Love on a Leash and Pet Partners certify cats and their owners so that they can serve in hospitals and nursing homes.
According to Mother Nature Network, "Retired show cats often make good therapy animals because they’re used to frequent handling and being around lots of people."
People with mental illnesses often respond to animals. Love on a Leash volunteers often visit people with Alzheimer’s.
Posted 11/7/13 at 2:42 PM | Bright Ideas
In biblical times marriages were often arranged. Even today most marriages around the world are arranged. Is it possible that arranged marriages could reduce divorce?
Some interesting statistics from Statistic Brain show:
Posted 11/1/13 at 9:01 PM | Bright Ideas |
As the following infographic shows, an addiction is "more than a bad habit." Addictive behaviors destroy lives.
Besides alcohol, drug and gambling addictions there are a host of technology-related addictions ranging from excessive video gaming to excessive cyber chatting.
According to Valiant Recovery, "As many as 12 million Americans have a sex addiction."
Voxxi reports that "lack of personal hygiene" and isolation are signs that can indicate addictive behavior.
The Meier Clinics, a Christian counseling and treatment provider, offers 8 self examination questions that may indicate someone is likely to be an addict.
If you or someone close to you has an addiction, please seek professional help. It is easier to overcome addictions with help rather than confronting them alone.