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Trust is like a roller-coaster

Trust is kind of like a………roller-coaster!
~Garrett

It’s a never-ending ride on a runaway roller-coaster— you’re a permanent passenger . . . tied down, buckled up, chained to your seat. The menacing vehicle snaps you at abrupt corners. It jerks you up impossible summits. It propels you, crashing down incredible valleys. It’s . . . anxiety. You’re trapped. The more you worry, the more helpless you feel. God knew that anxiety could do this to you. That’s why he said don’t worry . . . come to me and rest . . . in other words, trust me. It’s the only way to hit the brakes and bring anxiety to a halt.
(Max Lucado)

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Walk-It-Out-Wednesday: Trusting God

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and it’s a “Walk-it-out-Wednesday” and with all the uncertainties this week, the word “Trust” seems to be a word that your family might be using a lot more.   I’d like to know you are doing “trusting” God as you “walk-it-out” today?

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Good News: It’s Never Too Late

106-year-old Pennsylvania woman, Reba Williams, is finally getting her high school diploma.  Reba completed her 12 years of education when she was a teen in the 1920s. However, but was not allowed to graduate because she refused to read a book that her teacher assigned.  Reba had said she’d already read the book once and didn’t like it and wasn’t going to read it again.  The Mount Vernon Board of Education heard about the story and decided to grant Reba her long-awaited high school diploma.  Read the full story here.

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Can Lack of Sleep Mess With Your Genes?

Can lack of sleep mess with your genes?

New research has found that just a week of poor sleep can alter the activity of hundreds of genes.  This could explain how sleepless nights can lead to health problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Elizabeth Lopatto at Bloomberg.com reports on a study funded by the US Air Force and conducted at the University of Surrey in England.

Volunteers spent a week sleeping fewer than 6 hours each night and had their blood drawn for samples. They then were kept busy for 40 hours and allowed to recover. The next week, they were allowed to sleep as many as 10 hours a night, and their blood was drawn again. The scientists used RNA extracted from patients’ blood to measure the effect on genes.

Changes were seen in more than 700 genes.  Among the genes affected were those known to be involved with circadian rhythms, stress, how the body regulates itself while it sleeps, and metabolism.

In addition, about 374 of the 1,855 genes that ordinarily peaked and waned during the day also had their functions altered. It’s not clear how many of those changes were due specifically to lack of sleep, or to the stress caused by lack of sleep.

While the participants were awake, their performance was assessed.  As you might expect, when people in the group didn’t get enough sleep, they suffered more lapses in attention than when they had an adequate amount of rest

Most adults need seven hours to nine hours of rest each night, but according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of Americans sleep fewer than seven hours a night.  When people don’t get enough sleep, have poor-quality rest, or sleep at the wrong times of day, they are at a higher risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and depression.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

 
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