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Friday, April 25, 2014

Quote


There is a wisdom of the head,
 and... a wisdom of the heart.
~Charles Dickens


Inspiration


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Different, but Best Friends


Smile

SMILE!!!!!

She smiled at a sorrowful stranger...
The smile seemed to make him feel better...
He remembered past kindnesses of a friend
And wrote him a thank you letter...
The friend was so pleased with the thank you
That he left a large tip after lunch...
The waitress, surprised by the size of the tip,
Bet the whole thing on a hunch...
The next day she picked up her winnings,
And gave part to a man on the street...
The man on the street was grateful;
For two days he'd had nothing to eat...
After he finished his dinner,
He left for his small dingy room...
He didn't know at that moment
That he might be facing his doom...
On the way he picked up a shivering puppy
And took him home to get warm...
The puppy was very grateful
To be in out of the storm...
That night the house caught on fire...
The puppy barked the alarm...
He barked till he woke the whole household
And saved everybody from harm...
One of the boys that he rescued
Grew up to be President...
All this because of a simple smile
That hadn't cost a cent...



Written by: Barbara Hauck

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Who is Jesus?

I have had this article in my pc for several years, sometimes print it out for a friend who wants a copy.
 Hope you will read it as Easter is near.
 God Bless, Kerry


Who is Jesus?
On any account, Jesus of Nazareth is the most influential person who has ever walked the globe.
Finding the real Jesus these days, however, is a bit like trying to choose what to eat at the food court. There are so many different versions of ‘Jesus’ on offer that the choice can be overwhelming. A quick Google image search turns up most of the basic options: there’s the ‘meek and mild’ Jesus of the children’s picture books, the ‘holy’ Jesus of the stained glass windows, Dan Brown’s ‘wise teacher’ Jesus from the Da Vinci Code, and Mel Gibson’s bloodstained Jesus from The Passion of the Christ, just to name a few. If we want to find the real Jesus, however, the best place to start is with Jesus’ own words about himself in the four most ancient Christian Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These four books are our earliest and most reliable historical records for the life of Jesus.
Jesus lived a remarkable life. He was born to Jewish parents in Palestine around 5BC, when the mighty Roman Empire ruled the Mediterranean world. His miraculous birth was surrounded by scandal. In infancy, he became a refugee when his family was forced to flee from Herod the tyrant. As an adult, he faced persecution from the self-appointed religious authorities of the day. And in the end, he was betrayed by one of his closest associates. Jesus was then condemned by the conspiracy of his opponents, and executed by crucifixion at the hands of Roman soldiers. He died hanging between two anti-Roman terrorists on a cross outside Jerusalem.
In the midst of all this, Jesus spoke a remarkable message. He announced that the time had come for God to enter history in a new and decisive way. This God, Jesus said – the God who made us – handcrafted the universe like a great masterpiece, and designed the world to be a place of life and peace, brimming with potential and hope. This same God, Jesus said, breathes life into the world every day, making the sunrise, sending the rain, and showering good gifts on all of us. Despite this, Jesus explained, all of us human beings – right from the very beginning – have turned our backs on God. The result is that we have cut ourselves off from our Creator, brought heartache into our relationships with each other, and led the planet into ruin.
The good news Jesus announced is that God still loves us. He remains committed to the world he made. For this reason, the time had come for God to act. God, Jesus said, was about to begin the great work of reclaiming his masterpiece and restoring his broken world. Jesus, in fact, saw his own life and work as the beginning of that great restoration project. He spoke of God as the Father who had sent Jesus his Son on a mission to love the world and to call us back to himself. So Jesus welcomed the outcasts of society and ate with them. He healed those who were sick. He taught many about the love of God. He explained the wisdom of living according to the Creator’s intentions for his world. He comforted those who were mourning. He raised the dead. He brought life and hope and healing everywhere he went. Most amazing of all, Jesus offered God’s forgiveness and welcome to anyone and everyone who was willing to accept it.
In the end, Jesus was executed by those who felt threatened by his message. He saw this coming and explained the meaning of his death to his friends on several occasions. Far from being a meaningless martyrdom, in the mysterious plans of God, his death would be a sacrifice of love, offered on behalf of the rest of us, making amends to the God who made us.
Early on the Sunday morning after his execution, some women who had followed Jesus made their way to his tomb. They went to anoint his body according to the Jewish custom. But the tomb was empty, and the body missing. In the days that followed, Jesus appeared alive to his friends, and to many others. He taught them further about God’s plans for his world, and he left them with the staggering claim that God the Father had now entrusted ‘all authority in heaven and on earth’ to Jesus himself.
So who is Jesus? A remarkable Jew from the first century? No doubt. The wisest teacher who has ever lived? Most probably. Down through the centuries, millions of people like you and me have come to see that he is all of that and more. Jesus is the Son of God whose death can reconcile us to our Creator, and whose resurrection opens up a whole new world.






Saturday, April 12, 2014

Why Stress Is Stressful



lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?" Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.
The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."
"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.
"So, my friend, why not take a while to just simply RELAX. Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while. Life is short. Enjoy it!"
Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens and stresses of life:
  1. Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
  2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  4. Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
  5. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  6. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  7. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
  8. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
  9. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  10. The second mouse gets the cheese.
  11. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  12. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  13. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  14. We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  15. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
– Author Unknown

Inspiration


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus
















Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, 
let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. – Mat 16:24)

How often we complain about the cross we bear but don’t 
realize it is preparing us for the dip in the road that
 God can see and we cannot.

Whatever your cross
Whatever your pain
There will always be sunshine after the rain

Perhaps you may stumble
Perhaps even fall
But God is always ready to answer your call

He knows every heartache
Sees every tear
A word from His lips, can calm every fear

Your sorrows may linger, throughout the night
But suddenly vanish, dawn’s early light

The Savior is waiting in Heaven above
To give you His grace, and send you His love

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Woolworths


A Ten-Cent Idea

When young F.W. Woolworth was a store clerk, he tried to convince his boss

 to have a ten-cent sale to reduce inventory
.
The boss agreed, and the idea was a resounding success.

This inspired Woolworth to open his own store and price items

 at a nickel and a dime. He needed capital for such a venture,

so he asked his boss to supply the capital for part interest in the store.

His boss turned him down flat. "The idea is too risky," he told Woolworth,
"There are not enough items to sell for five and ten cents."

 Woolworth went ahead without his boss's backing, and he not only

 was successful in his first store, but eventually he owned a chain of

 F. W. Woolworth stores across the nation. Later, his former boss was

heard to remark, "As far as I can figure out, every word I used to turn

Woolworth down cost me about a million dollars."

author- Unknown

Growing Good Corn












There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon. 

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbours.

"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbours when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbours grow good corn."

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbour’s corn also improves.

So it is with our lives. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbours to live in peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbours grow good corn. 


It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.

- From the Bible,
Proverbs 11:24-25