George Smith is a physician and an advocate of health living.
Posted 5/11/17 at 12:59 PM | George Smith
Debt seems to be an American pastime. It can be a great thing, allowing for the purchase of a reliable car and a home. However, it can also be a snare that drags you down and affects every aspect of your life, including spirituality. The two are more closely linked than you might think, and it’s important to declare financial independence for full spiritual freedom.
Debt a Sign of Deep Spiritual Issues
Most people are in debt these days, but it’s not without its intrinsic negatives. According to Evangelist Billy Graham, debt can actually be a sign of deep, unspoken spiritual issues.
“Debt is often a sign of a deeper problem—and that is our desire for the things that money can buy,” Graham wrote in response to a follower’s question about credit card debt. “The Bible has a word for this: greed. That’s not a very pretty word, and we even may react against labeling ourselves as greedy. But in reality isn’t that what we really are, when we desire things we can’t afford or spend money on pleasures that won’t last? The Bible warns, ‘The greedy bring ruin to their households’ (Proverbs 15:27).” FULL POST
Posted 4/29/17 at 10:54 AM | George Smith
During the course of our life, we move house at certain key stages: when we leave for college, when we get married, when we have kids and especially when kids reach school age. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American moves 12 times during his lifetime. One of the reasons why Americans move so much is searching for the right place to raise children, the others being related to the job market. Even if different criteria applies depending on the size and budget of the family, we made a short list of the most balanced communities. These places are walkable, they have good schools, low crime rates and many options for children’s activities:
1. Rockville, MD
Rockville is a diverse city with good transportation and healthcare systems and a developing business environment. It has one of the lowest poverty rates from the US and the median household income is nearly double the national average. But what makes it a great choice for parents is its public school system, as five of its high schools were included in America’s Best High Schools. Rockville has an 89% graduation rate and the local school system offers many magnet, charter, and subject-specific programs. FULL POST
Posted 4/26/17 at 11:28 AM | George Smith
When you decide to turn your home into a rental property there are lots of things you need to do. It's crucial to study the market, sort out insurance, read up on the law, and everything else until you're ready to pull the trigger.
There is only one major thing you might not have considered. In what ways can you upgrade your home to maximize the amount of rent you can charge? I'm sure you want to make lots of money, so let's look into a few of the upgrades you should be focusing on.
1 - Building Brand New Bedrooms
If you're living in a home it's pointless building new bedrooms unless you get lots of guests. It's different if you're going to rent your home because more bedrooms adds to the value of it.
It's also worth pointing out you might be renting out the rooms on an individual basis. This obviously means for every extra bedroom you have there will be one additional person paying you rent every month.
2 - The Kitchen And Bathroom FULL POST
Posted 4/20/17 at 6:22 AM | George Smith
As more and more people seek to feel comfortable in their own skin, cosmetic procedures have continued to grow in popularity over the past couple of decades. Nowadays, procedures ranging from tummy tucks to breast enlargements have become fairly commonplace, with over 10 million people in the United States alone opting for such surgeries. But even in the face of mainstream acceptance, it's fair to ask if meddling with one's body is spiritually beneficial or not.
Since getting a facelift wasn't really an option back when most holy scriptures were written, cosmetic surgery is in a gray area as far as religion is concerned. Some spiritual leaders unilaterally condemn it, while others make allowances for it in certain instances. Of course, since there are big differences between spiritual practices, it can be helpful to take a closer look at some of the world's major religions and see how they view plastic surgery:
Christian teachings discourage vanity, as pride is considered to be one of the man's greatest sins. God made man in his image, so it's believed that people should generally be accepting of their outward appearance. Nevertheless, there are also those who underline the fact that plastic surgery can change people's lives for the better. A much-quoted Bible passage states that Jesus himself once put back the ear of a soldier after it had been cut, thereby legitimizing man's quest to repair his body. FULL POST
Posted 4/19/17 at 1:20 AM | George Smith
Whenever something begins trending, the first thing everyone does is rush out to buy that item, notwithstanding that a trend may just be the result of high-powered Madison Avenue advertising campaigns. However, when it comes to organic bedding, there is a very good reason why an increasing number of people are showing an interest in it and it all boils down to the fact that it really is the healthiest option. There are a number of reasons why.
The Absence of Dangerous Chemicals
One good example of how we are led to buy bedding treated with dangerous chemicals would be when we see something labelled as ‘fire retardant’ or ‘fire resistant.’ Did you know that the chemicals used to treat fabric to make it resistant to flames are actually quite toxic? Some of the most common chemical compounds used in fire retardant bedding, including mattresses, sheets, bedspreads, blankets and pillow coverings include: FULL POST
Posted 4/10/17 at 12:55 PM | George Smith
There is a growing concern that society has been steadily moving away from faith of any kind and as a result, fewer and fewer of the mainstream bookstores are selling religious books or articles of any kind. You may find a very small section consisting of a few shelves in a store the size of a large city block. This is just one reason why it would benefit your assembly to have a Christian bookstore on site at your church, but there are other reasons as well. Consider a few of the following and you just might be motivated to start a bookstore for your church.
Wholesome Literature – Fiction and Nonfiction
Way back in the day the ‘in-crowd’ coined a phrase that is still strong today, “Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll,” and many youth pastors and parents cringe each and every time they hear it. It says nothing for the morals we, as a society, are raising our children to uphold and as a result, that mindset has permeated the very literature that was once uplifting and Godly. If you want to offer your congregation an alternative to the filth that has permeated bookstores and theaters around the world, you can offer them wholesome literature that has been reviewed by your church council and/or elders. FULL POST
Posted 4/10/17 at 1:54 AM | George Smith
Most of us have had to deal with strained finances at one point or another. It’s stressful, and if you have a family, it can be even harder on you. When your resources are thin, you’re struggling just to get by, and there aren’t any straightforward options in sight, it’s easy for your faith to be shaken.
However, with the right mindset and a commitment to your faith, you can pull yourself out of any financial slump.
God doesn’t care about how much money you make. Remember that wealth is not an indication of God’s favor, nor is poverty a punishment for your sins. Instead, your tough financial times may only be a trial, and a temporary one at that.
Here’s what you can do in the meantime:
Recognize the good things in your life. First, though it may prove difficult, try to forget about your financial woes for a moment and think about all the good things in your life. Do you still have your health? Do you have a close circle of friends and family members, whom you enjoy? Are you still able to read your favorite books at the library and wander around your local parks? You are alive and breathing, and have countless blessings to enjoy—even if you’re going through a financial struggle. Taking the time to recognize those blessings will immediately relieve your stress and remind you that there are more important things in life than money. FULL POST
Posted 4/6/17 at 1:54 AM | George Smith
Everyone experiences anxiety to some degree, but for some people, anxiety is strong enough, recurring enough, and present enough to seriously interfere with the quality of their lives. According to the ADAA, anxiety disorders affect approximately 18 percent of United States adults, and are cumulatively the most common mental health illness in the country.
To make matters worse, there is no cure for anxiety; instead, its effects can only be mitigated through treatment and the support of friends, family, and community members. Still, only about one-third of anxiety sufferers are currently undergoing formal treatment, so we owe it to our community members to step up and be available for support in any way we can.
Comforting Someone With Anxiety
So how can you comfort someone with anxiety, or help prevent their illness from interfering with their day-to-day life? FULL POST
Posted 3/30/17 at 5:03 AM | George Smith
How much quality time do you get to spend with your kids these days? Maybe it's only when you go to church on Sunday mornings. If your kids are young they'll likely go to bed really early. If they're older they will sit in their room playing video games all night.
It's why you need to make vacation time extra special. Lots of families go on road trips, but they don't make the journey enjoyable and everyone ends up frustrated. We're going to look at a few ways you can prevent that from happening to you.
Let Kids Help Organize Things
Do you think your kids would enjoy themselves more if they played a part in organizing things? You don't need to let them take care of everything, but if they can pick a few places you'll stop on the road trip they'll love it.
This also has an additional advantage you've maybe never thought about before. When your kids feel like they're part of the process they will learn things and grow up a lot quicker. Being forced to do everything mom says isn't always fun. FULL POST
Posted 3/27/17 at 2:01 AM | George Smith
Your relationship with God will never let you down, but it's not the same with your significant other. There are times where you'll truly be tested and it will take everything in your power to stay together. All you need to concentrate on is making sure it doesn't fall apart.
I've experienced the ways in which you can do this. How you can save yourself from a life of marriage where both parties are deeply unhappy. I'd like to offer you a few suggestions that have helped tremendously over the months when it felt like hope was gone.
Learn To Love Yourself First
When you're in a rocky relationship it's too easy to look at the flaws of your partner. It's your ego trying to tell you it's not your fault, but you have to be strong enough to fight the ego until it disappears.
In reality, a lot of the problems are going to be your fault. I know this because I'm speaking from experience, so don't try to fight it. Examine the situation closely and learn how to start loving yourself. FULL POST