Be An Angel Day, 2021

I want to mention from the very beginning that the name of this holiday (Be An Angel Day) is to be understood metaphorically. According to Christian beliefs, humans and angels are two different species and humans cannot become angels (unless God wills it, which is an entirely different topic of discussion).

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s see what Be An Angel Day is about and why it is relevant. Started by Jayne Howard Feldman in 1993 and popularized on social media over the past years, Be An Angel Day is observed every year on August 22nd. Its aim is to encourage good deeds and kindness to others. I think we can never have too many holidays for promoting kindness. By supporting those in need and inspiring others to kindness, we display a behavior characteristic to angels, here on earth.

Be An Angel Day is very similar to the Random Acts Of Kindness Day. People are encouraged to show kindness and do something nice for their fellow humans and have a positive impact in another person’s life for a day.

There are numerous things you can do to observe / celebrate this day. Helping others with their chores, complimenting family members and/or friends, trying to be more polite, patient and compassionate, forgiving those you hold a grudge against, praying for the wellbeing of others, smiling at people and thanking them for their service (the postman, the cashier at the store, the doorman, the police or security officer etc.), helping the homeless, volunteering to work at a soup kitchen or donating to a charity organization… and the list goes on.

If you need more ideas, check out this list of random acts of kindness:

To learn more about Be An Angel Day, check out these websites:
http://www.holiday-favorites.com/be-an-angel-day/
https://dayfinders.com/be-an-angel-day/
https://nationaltoday.com/be-an-angel-day/
https://happydays365.org/national-be-an-angel-day/national-be-an-angel-day-august-22/

What do you say? Will you take this challenge? Will you act like an angel today?

How to help someone who has a panic attack

Here’s a short video I made to offer a few tips on how to help someone who has a panic attack:

Lucian Hodoboc – How to help someone who has a panic attack

Hopefully, these pieces of advice will come in handy if you ever have to go through the experience of having to be there for a family member, friend or even stranger who has a panic attack.

What happiness in life is about

I found this wisdom-filled short story online. I do not know its origins and I’m unable to credit its author, but I thought it was interesting enough as to record it in a video and share it with you.

How happiness was illustrated with a group activity involving balloons

I invite you to share your thoughts on the matter in the comments section. If you know the origins of the story, please post it below, so that I may give it proper credit.

Happy Eat Your Vegetables Day, 2021

While Eat Your Vegetables Day is currently celebrated mostly in the USA, I think its message is so important that it should become an international thing.

It is undeniable and scientifically-proven that vegetables and fruits are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Thousands of studies conducted in the field of nutrition over the past decades have highlighted the benefits of a plant-based diet.

If you care about your body and want to improve your health, I recommend you increase your intake of fresh, organic vegetables and fruits. To learn more about Eat Your Vegetables Day, please visit the following websites:

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-eat-your-vegetables-day-june-17/
https://nationaltoday.com/national-eat-vegetables-day/
https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/eat-your-vegetables-day
https://nextnationalday.com/national-eat-your-vegetables-day/

Some ideas for celebrating Eat Your Vegetables Day are to include vegetables in all your meals today, and to visit your local farmer’s market and get some locally grown produce. If your schedule doesn’t allow it, plan to do so at your earliest convenience.

Share The Struggle – online mentorship platform

I recently came across this video on TikTok:

@dudewithgoodnews

Is God calling You to change a life? God loves using “ordinary people” #Jesus CAN use YOUR #story

♬ original sound – Dude with Good News

As their About Us page mentions, ShareTheStruggle.org is an independent Christian project created with the goal of helping struggling young people in their native digital landscape to provide hope and healing through Christ-centered mentorship.

I invite you to visit the website and read more about how you can get involved as a mentor (if you are a Christian and over 23 years old). You can also find several interesting articles about overcoming various struggles on their blog.

If you are unable to or don’t want to be a mentor, but still want to give a helping hand, sharing the link on social media in order to increase the project’s visibility is appreciated.

He will finish what He started

Today, I came across this video that lifted my spirit while I was demoralized as a result of the spiritual attacks I’ve had to deal with lately.

It’s a video from Rabbi Kirt Schneider’s YouTube channel, a channel that I invite you to subscribe to if you are interesting in exploring Messianic Judaism. He also has a website where you can find out more about his ministry and how you can support it.

Rabbi Schneider – He (God) will finish what He started

The video expands on the apostle Paul’s statement from Philippians 1:3-6 —

3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In every prayer for all of you, I always pray with joy, 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

The Bible – Phillipians 1:3-6

Let me know if you’ve found encouragement in this message. Feel free to share in the comments section below your views about Rabbi Schneider’s teachings, but please make sure you do so in a respectful manner.

Faithfulness starts while you are single

I’ve decided to start sharing, on this blog, some public posts that I find interesting and useful from various social media sites.

I’m going to start with this very well-put message about the importance of containing your sexual desires while you are single, from realloveoverlust’s Instagram page. I also invite you to check out their page and, if you like their content, follow them. 🙂

7 lessons for pure prayer from Saint Silouan the Athonite

Silouan the Athonite (Russian: Силуан Афонский) also sometimes referred to as Silouan of Athos, Saint Silvanus the Athonite or Staretz Silouan (January 17, 1866 – September 24, 1938) was an Eastern Orthodox monk of Russian origin, born Simeon Ivanovich Antonov who was a poet and monk of the St. Panteleimon Monastery.

Wikipedia

International Day of Happiness, 2021

The idea of an International Day of Happiness was introduced to the United Nations back in 2011 by the advisor Jayme Illien, along with the United Nations’ New Economic Paradigm project and “happytalism”, which aim to change the way nations approach economic growth by focusing on “happytalism” over capitalism.

The day was founded in July of 2012 and was first observed in 2013. Its celebration is an acknowledgement of the importance and desirability of happiness in human life, and the need that happiness be incorporated into public policy.

Despite being a challenging concept to define, there is a general consensus that happiness broadly covers two key areas – how people feel in the present moment and how satisfied people are with their lives overall. Consequently, happiness can range from a sudden rush of intense emotion (such as joy or euphoria) to a much calmer and steadier sense of contentment.

For ideas on how to celebrate International Day of Happiness this year, check out the following websites:

https://www.un.org/en/observances/happiness-day
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-day-of-happiness/
https://happinessday.org/
https://www.livehappy.com/practice/happiness-around-world
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Happiness

Reminder of our identity in Christ

Here’s a list of Bible verses that will serve as a helpful reminder of our identity in Christ Jesus, Our Lord and Savior:

John 1:12 – Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
John 15:15 – “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Romans 5:1 – Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Corinthians 6:17 – But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:20 – you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 12:27 – Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Ephesians 1:1 – Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians 1:5 – He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will
Ephesians 2:18 – For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Colossians 1:14 – in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 2:10 – and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.

Romans 8:1-2 – Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:33-34 – Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Romans 8:35 – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
2 Corinthians 1:21 – Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
Colossians 3:3 – For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 – being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:20 – But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
1 John 5:18 – We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.

Matthew 5:13-14 – “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
John 15:1-5 – “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
1 Corinthians 3:16 – Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
2 Corinthians 5:17-20 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 6:1 – As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.
Ephesians 2:6 – And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 3:12 – In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all this through him who gives me strength.