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BREW Monday

Date : 2006-01-02

Welcome to B.R.E.W. Monday
January 2, 2006

Published on the
First and Third Mondays
by Kirk Byron Jones
Author of Morning B.R.E.W. A Divine Power Drink for Your Soul
and The Morning B.R.E.W. Journal (Augsburg Books)

B.  Be Still
R.  Receive God's Love
E.  Embrace Personhood
W. Welcome the Day


1. Reflection
3. For Aspiring Writers


1. Reflection

Envision A Stronger You in 2006

In October 1979, Dr. Charles Garfield had an amazing
experience. While attending a medical symposium in Milan,
Italy, he began talking with a group of scientists who had
focused their research on training athletes for optimal
performance. During their discussions, the scientists convinced
Garfield that they could significantly increase his weight lifting
ability by teaching him a few mental techniques. Garfield, who
benched-pressed about 300 pounds at the time, agreed to
be a research subject. Here is his testimony:

"They put me through some very deep relaxation exercises and
asked me to imagine in my mind successfully lifting not 300
pounds but a 20% increase. After 40 minutes of what seemed
to be repetitive mental rehearsal, they asked me to try the
barbell on which they had placed what looked like a lot of
extra weight. After one false start, I made the lift. It was
not until then that they told me I had just benched-pressed
365 pounds!"

Romans 12:2 encourages us to "be transformed by the
renewing of [our] minds." Why not use some of your
B.R.E.W. silence to imagine a stronger, more powerful
you in 2006? Image yourself in 2006 meeting challenges with
new dynamic creative energy, the energy of the kingdom
of God that Jesus says over and over again is within us.

World-class athletes and scientists do not have a monopoly on
optimal performance. As children of God, "created just a little
lower than the angels and crowned with glory and honor" (Psalm 8:5) ,we can all dream and experience greatness. Strength is our


"It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and
compassion and hope. "
                              Ursula K. Le Guin

"Say your dream is possible and then overcome the hassles
and take a running leap through the hoop even if it is in flames"

                              Les Brown
"  '06
Oh Yeah"

                             Jones Family Motto for New Year

[Thank you "Thrive in 2005" for serving us well.]     


3. For Aspiring Writers

A few months ago, I was asked to write about my writing influences. My short article is available at the following link:

One more thing, if you would be interested in an online seminar
on writing and promoting inspirational books, please email me at    

Yours in a Stronger B.R.E.W.,


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