265 - Breaking The Trap Of The Goldilocks Pattern

The PowerBreak Podcast

Program 265 – SHOW NOTES (2023 – 34)

Show date – September 12, 2023


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(Bob) “This is the PowerBreak Podcast, number 265 titled:

Breaking The Trap Of The Goldilocks Pattern

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– I’m Bob Brubaker along with JT, as we hope you will stay tuned as we seek to give you a little power in this break to help you succeed in the race of life.”

  1. (JT) This is the – PowerBreak Podcast – with a focus on the spiritual, the mental, and the physical aspects – all to help you succeed in the race of life. For show notes from today’s podcast go to bobbrubaker.com and follow the link for the PowerBreak podcast.


  1. Welcome – Bob and JT – chit chat about life, walk with God, training, etc.


BB&JT: Plea and thank you for ratings and review & for spreading the word via social media and word of mouth…

BB –  We are talking today about  “Breaking The Trap Of The Goldilocks Pattern”

So JT What does that title bring up to your mind?

  1. Bob – POINT: We all become a little like Goldilocks of the story of the three bears… where we murmur and complain if things are not … JUST RIGHT. Kind of like the people of Israel when they left Egypt and were headed to the promised land…


Psalm 106:25 (ESV) — 25 They murmured in their tents, and did not obey the voice of the Lord.


  1. JT ------ OK THEN LET’S TALK SOME MORE ABOUT THAT as we bring up… WHAT’S NEW –  as we open Bob’s recent blog from bobbrubaker.com …

“Breaking The Trap Of The Goldilocks Pattern”

  1. Presentation and discussion of Bob’s published article,
  • Bob and JT discuss highlights of the PowerBreak blog

“Breaking The Trap Of The Goldilocks Pattern”

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  1. JT – What’s happening Bob? What would you like our listeners to know about this week?


  1. Bob – Strength Training For Your Love Life –… & Sermon link on the website.

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  1. JT This is the PowerBreak Podcast, I’m JT along with Bob Brubaker and this is the  –– time for some questions and answers. Feel free to submit your questions by EMAIL TO JT@bobbrubaker.com and we’ll get to the answer on an upcoming PowerBreak. Podcast…




What’s the big deal? So people complain - we all do sometimes… Is it really such as bad as you think?


  1. Bob & JT discuss


Look over the accounts in Exodus and Numbers and see what God thinks of murmuring and complaining. Make sure as you look at the complaining passages how God looked upon the complaining of His people.


Think about it any complain on our behalf, other than part of a lament, is really a complain about God and our telling Him that He’s not doing a good job.




Romans 9:20–21 (ESV) — 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?

When you think of it… our pride makes us want things “just right” in our own eyes… so pride is what drives us to murmur and complain and pride is something God despises… because it’s a failure to recognize Him as the sovereign Lord. On the other hand notice what God thinks of those who are humble… and admit their need of God, ready to thank Him for anything and everything they receive at the hand of God


Isaiah 57:15 (ESV) — 15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Finally notice what murmuring and complaining will do for the person …. NOTHING as far as changing the state of things… BUT IT DOES RUIN A PERSON


Hebrews 12:15 (ESV) — 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;

No wonder Phil 2 says that when we do things WITHOUT murmuring and complaining we demonstrate the fact that we are children of God….

What does that imply from those who murmur and complain?


  1. JT – Question Two… “FROM THE MENTAL ASPECT”


OK mentally we want to avoid murmuring and complaining - what can we do?

  1. Bob & JT discuss



1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (ESV) — 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

  1. (JT) Third Question …. From the physical side of life…


Let’s talk about the recent studies that have shown exercise is good for your brain as well as your body.


  1. Bob and JT discuss


To build a better brain, just exercise.

That’s the message of two important new studies of how physical activity changes our minds. In one, scientists delved into the lives, DNA and cognition of thousands of people to show that regular exercise leads to much sharper thinking.

Another study helps explain why exercise is good for the brain. Researchers found that just six minutes of strenuous exertion quintupled production of a neurochemical known to be essential for lifelong brain health.

These studies reinforce the idea that “absolutely, exercise is one of the best things you can do” for your brain,

The first inklings that exercise remodels brains and minds came decades ago in mouse studies. Active, running animals in these experiments scored much higher on rodent intelligence tests than sedentary mice, and their brain tissues teemed with elevated levels of a substance known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF, often referred to as “Miracle-Gro” for the brain.

BDNF prompts the creation and maturation of new brain cells and synapses. It bulks up brains.

A study published last year of more than 500 older people found little cognitive benefit from 18 months of regular walking or other light exercise, while a major review of past research published in March pointed out that many human studies of exercise and cognition have been too small or otherwise limited to show persuasive benefits for brain health from working out.


***And, yes, you can get brain benefits from exercise even if you don’t have the gene snippets.

6 minutes of intense exercise raises BDNF

And another new study, although comparatively small, may help explain how exercise keeps your brain healthy.

In this experiment, 12 healthy, young people rode an exercise bike at a very leisurely pace for 90 minutes, followed by six minutes of intervals consisting of 40 seconds of all-out pedaling interspersed with 20 seconds of rest. Before, during and after each session, researchers tracked BDNF in people’s blood.

What these results suggest is that “exercise is good for your brain and that exercising longer, or particularly, harder, may maximize the benefits,”


But for now, this research tells us that exercise, fast or slow, should reliably protect our ability to think.

   Anything final thoughts on this JT?

Bob’s final comment – It takes discipline to exercise but your brain will thank you for it.


Point: DISCIPLINE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE --- in all aspects of life

Closing statement Bob…. “check out today’s show notes at bobbrubaker.com and click on the PowerBreak podcast – today’s show is 265.


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