Trust your finances to God’s provision

July 29, 2014 by admin  
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” God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus “. Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

Everybody has financial fears.

You don’t have to be poor to get anxious about money.

You don’t have to be on welfare to have financial fears.

In fact, it seems the more you have the more you have to maintain, to insure, to protect, to worry over.

finance

But God gives us a guarantee regarding our finances.

Philippians 4:19 says, “God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

This verse is so packed! I want you to notice several words.

First it says, “God will…” It doesn’t say, “He might meet your needs”

it says “He will.”

God takes care

It’s a fact.  He’s staking his character and his reputation on it.

“I will meet your needs.”

Then it says, “God will meet all…”  It doesn’t say “I’ll meet some of your needs”

He says all.  Does that include car payments? Braces? Home?

Yes.  All your needs.

Greed

It doesn’t say “I’ll meet all your greeds.”

There’s a difference between needs and wants.

God’s not going to give you everything you want; you’d be spoiled to death.

But it says, “I will meet all your needs” according to his wealth, his riches.

It’s not based on your assets.

It’s based on what God has and he doesn’t run out of resources.

Finally he says “… for you in Christ Jesus.”

Christ in Me

This is not a promise for everybody.

God has not promised to meet the needs of people who reject His Son.

This is a promise only for believers.

He says, “If you’re one of my children, in my family, I promise to meet all your needs.”

Then how come you have financial needs? Did God fail?

Did He lie?  Exaggerate?  No.

God and Man

With every promise there are conditions or requirements.

There are things God says, “I’ll do my part and you do your part.”

God says if you meet the following five conditions, then he will meet your financial needs –

If I ask for his help.

If I learn to be content.

If I practice giving in faith.

If I maintain financial integrity.

If I trust him with my life — completely.

- valliamannill mathews

Great piano master and a little star

July 24, 2014 by admin  
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This is a wonderful story to remind us how God works in our lives.

concertWishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her.

Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE.”

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.

Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage.

Kid PlayingIn horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”

Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato.

Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.

The audience was mesmerized.

That’s the way it is with God.

What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy.

God plays with usWe try our best, but the results aren’t exactly graceful flowing music.

But with the hand of the Master, our life’s work truly can be beautiful.

Next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”

Feel His loving arms around you.

Know that His strong hands are there helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces.

” Remember, God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called “. And He’ll always be there to love and guide you on to great things.

- fwd: valliamannill mathews

Amazingly true quotes

July 22, 2014 by admin  
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Tears will not come when you miss a person,
it comes when you don’t want to miss a person….just feel it!!!

tears

The heart feels light when someone is in it,
but it feels very heavy when someone leaves it.

heart

A heart dies when it is not able to share its feelings,
but a heart kills itself when another heart doesn’t understands its feelings….

Rude Heart

Loving someone doesn’t need a reason,
If u can explain why you love someone it’s called ‘like’.
If you can’t explain it’s simply called ‘LOVE’.

Love

It’s very easy to say you are ‘busy’ when someone needs you but,
its very difficult to hear ‘busy’ when you need someone…

Busy

Not all fingers are same in length, but when they bend all stand equal….
(Life become easy when we bend and adjust to all situations)…

bending fingers

If silence is meant to be the best for all situations…
then why do we all get so hurt when people don’t talk to us??

Not Talking to Us

One of the very true greatest illusions of life is that:
“We always believe there is more time in tomorrow than today”

Today

- fwd: valliamannill mathews

Squeeze the most out of your day

July 19, 2014 by admin  
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Ivy LeeAbout one hundred years ago, a man named Ivy Lee went to the president of Bethlehem Steel, Charles Schwab, and made a deal with him. Lee told Schwab he could increase Schwab’s productivity as well as the workload of all his managers. What’s more, Lee told Schwab he could help Schwab’s executives produce a significant amount more if he could just spend fifteen minutes with each of them.

To make the offer especially enticing, Lee told Schwab he wouldn’t charge anything at all unless his advice worked. “Then, after three months,” Lee told Schwab, “if my advice proves profitable, send me a check for whatever you think it’s worth.”

They struck a deal.

Here’s how productive he was—Lee actually spent only ten minutes with each executive. Here’s what he told them: “I want you to promise that for the next ninety days, before leaving your office at the end of each day, you’ll make a list of the six most important things you have to do the next day and number them in their order of importance.”

The executives were shocked that that was all they were asked to do.

“That’s it,” Lee said. “Scratch off each item after you finish it. Then go on to the next item on your list. If something doesn’t get done, put it on the following day’s list.”

To DoEach Bethlehem executive agreed to follow Lee’s instructions. Three months later, Schwab studied the results. He was so pleased, he sent Lee a check for $35,000! (That may or may not seem like a lot of money to you, but this was one hundred years ago.

At the time, the average United States worker made $2.00 a day or $4,000 a year. Thirty-five thousand dollars was a LOT of money! Even today, imagine if you spent a few minutes with a group of executives and gave each one the same, simple tip and got $35,000 for it. You’d be thrilled!)

Many people follow Lee’s advice today. The founder of the $2.2 billion direct sales cosmetics company Mary Kay praised Lee’s idea when she wrote the book You Can Have It All: Lifetime Wisdom from America’s Foremost Woman Entrepreneur. Mary Kay Ash boasted that she herself followed Lee’s advice. After all, she reasoned, Schwab was one of the smartest business professionals of his day. If he felt that bit of advice was worth paying $35,000, she ought to try it, too.

Mary KaySo, each night she made a list of things to do the following day. But, she added a twist to it. She didn’t just number the tasks in order of importance. She always put the hardest or most unappealing task at the top. “This way,” she wrote, “I tackle the most difficult item first, and once it’s out of the way, I feel my day is off to a good start.”

Follow Lee’s advice! Before you go to sleep tonight, figure out what you need to do tomorrow. Write down the six most important things you need to accomplish. Not only will you start tomorrow ready to go, but subconsciously, you’ll also be working on those six projects while you sleep. Then, follow Mary Kay’s advice and knock those tasks out from hardest to easiest.

Don’t let your time get snuffed out by what appears to be an innocent killer! Stand guard. When you guard your time, you guard your life. For time is the stuff that life is made of.

- simple truths

The flip side of worrying

July 17, 2014 by admin  
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“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Matthew 6:27

Worries

As I was I was leaving my parents’ house, my mom told me she was worried about me taking the bus back to my apartment.

Then, continuing that chain of thought, she said that if I were driving instead, she would worry about me driving.

I asked her if she would feel more at ease if I stayed in my room all day, never traveling for any reason.

worrying

She paused for a moment before she responded:

She said that if I did that, she would be worried that I wasn’t going out and meeting people!

None of us are immune from the effects of worrying.

Excessive worry can prevent us from becoming the kind of people that God desires us to become.

Especially in times of stress, or when we feel helpless to control the situations we find ourselves in, worries can creep into our minds.

We know that this is unproductive, as the apostle Paul tells us:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

But that’s easier said than done!

How can we avoid worrying all the time like Jesus and Paul have admonished us?

Perhaps it’s time to consider the flip side of worrying.

overthinkingRick Warren, in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, explains that:

“When you think about a problem over and over in your mind, that’s called worry.

When you think about God’s Word over and over in your mind, that’s meditation.

If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate!”

Meditation in this case isn’t some esoteric exercise practiced by monks living off in the hilltops or some kind of new-age mysticism.

Instead, Christian meditation, rather than being an emptying of the mind, is instead a filling of our minds.

This kind of meditation is focused thinking which directs us to God’s good and precious truth.

After Moses died, Joshua became his successor.

Part of the advice God gave him as the new leader of the Israelites was:

“Study this Book of Instruction continually.

bibleMeditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it.

Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (Joshua 1:8)

This advice applies to us equally well today.

So the next time you feel worry creeping into your mind, chase it away by:

1) Remembering God’s promises.

2) Turning our worries into meditation on His word and prayer.

“May my meditation be pleasing to Him, as I rejoice in the LORD.” Psalm 104:34

What has been causing you to worry lately?

How can you give these up these worries to God?

- fwd: v c mathew

God is Bigger

My father is the pilot

July 15, 2014 by admin  
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A priest was on a long flight home after a Church Conference

The first warning of approaching problems came when the ‘Fasten Your Seat Belts’ sign flashed on.

seatbelt

After a while a calm voice said, “We shall not be serving beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please make sure your seat belt is fastened.”

The priest looked around the aircraft and saw that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive.

Later, the voice on the intercom said, “We are so sorry that we are unable to serve meals at this time… The turbulence is still ahead of us.”

And then the storm broke.

thunder

The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightning lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was tossed around like a cork in a celestial ocean. One moment it was lifted on terrific currents of air, the next it fell as if about to crash.

As the priest looked around he could see that nearly all the passengers were alarmed – except one little girl!

Little Girl

She sat calmly, feet tucked under her, looking at pictures in a book, oblivious of the turbulence around her. Sometimes she would close her eyes, and then she would go back to her book.

The storm blew over. When the plane landed and the passengers were disembarking, the priest approached the little girl and asked her why she was not afraid like the other passengers.

My Dad

The little girl replied, “Cause my Daddy’s the pilot and he’s taking me home.”

There are many storms that buffet us…Physical, mental, financial, domestic and other storms that can darken our skies and throw us into turmoil.

Jesus with us

Like the little girl, let us always remember: Our Father is the Pilot.

He is in control… He will take us Home… Don’t worry!

- fwd: ignatius p k

A true friend

July 14, 2014 by admin  
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Beautiful friendship Saying:

“Life can give us a number of Beautiful Friends!”

But..

“Only True Friends can give us a Beautiful Life…!!”

One of my true friend is ‘YOU’

friends

- v c mathews

God’s protection – Cherokee & WW II stories?

July 11, 2014 by admin  
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Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage

Cherokee Indian youthDo you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage?

His  father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm. We, too, are never alone. Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

Moral of the story:    Just because you can’t see God, doesn’t mean He is not there. ‘For we walk by faith, not by sight.’

Good Father

 

Web is stronger than a wall

Marine

During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.
Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction.

Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, Lord, if it be your will, please protect me.

Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen.

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close.

He thought, well, I guess the Lord isn’t going to help me out of this one.

Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.

Hah, he thought. What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor.

spider webAs the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while. Lord, forgive me, prayed the young man.

I had forgotten that in you a spider’s web is stronger than a brick wall.

We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget the victories that God would work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways.

Remember: Whatever is happening in your life, with God, a mere spiders web can become a brick wall of protection. Believe He is with you always and you will see His great power and love for you. Have an awesome day, and know that someone who thinks you’re great has and has thought about you today!

- fwd: monica fernandes

Billionaire Rockefeller and managing skills

July 9, 2014 by admin  
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Many years ago a senior executive of the then Standard Oil Company made a wrong decision that cost the company more than $2 million.

John D. RockefellerJohn D. Rockefeller was then running the firm.

On the day the news leaked out most of the executives of the company were finding various ingenious ways of avoiding Mr. Rockefeller, lest his wrath descend on their heads.

Edward T. BedfordThere was one exception, however; he was Edward T. Bedford, a partner in the company.

Bedford was scheduled to see Rockefeller that day and he kept the appointment, even though he was prepared to listen to a long harangue against the man who made the error in judgment.

When he entered the office the powerful head of the gigantic Standard Oil empire was bent over his desk busily writing with a pencil on a pad of paper. Bedford stood silently, not wishing to interrupt. After a few minutes Rockefeller looked up.
“Oh, it’s you, Bedford,” he said calmly. “I suppose you’ve heard about our loss?”

Bedford said that he had.”I’ve been thinking it over,” Rockefeller said, “and before I ask the man in to discuss the matter, I’ve been making some notes.”

Bedford later told the story this way:
“Across the top of the page was written, ‘Points in favor of Mr. _______.’

There followed a long list of the man’s virtues, including a brief description of how he had helped the company make the right decision on three separate occasions that had earned many times the cost of his recent error.

“I never forgot that lesson. In later years, whenever I was tempted to rip into anyone, I forced myself first to sit down and thoughtfully compile as long a list of good points as I possibly could. Invariably, by the time I finished my inventory, I would see the matter in its true perspective and keep my temper under control.

temper

There is no telling how many times this habit has prevented me from committing one of the costliest mistakes any executive can make — losing his temper.

“I commend it to anyone who must deal with people.”

- fwd: samuel machado

Don’t let bitterness weaken your life

July 8, 2014 by admin  
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“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” (Proverbs 29:11 NIV)

The biblical strongman Samson had one extraordinary weakness:
His primary motivation in life was simply to get revenge.
His life was full of resentment and anger, so he was always reacting violently to people.

Samson

We see this several times in Judges 15.
In verse 3, Samson said, “This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines.”
Then, he says in verse 7, “Since you’ve acted like this, I swear that I won’t stop until I get my revenge on you.”

Finally, in verse 11, he gives an excuse that is typical of a weak person,
“He answered, ‘I merely did to them what they did to me’” (NIV).

That was Samson’s modus operandi: He was always reacting.
When you spend your entire life reacting to people instead of making your own choices, it will weaken your life.
“I merely did to them what they did to me.”

Have you ever used that excuse?

Samson and 300 foxesWhen you look at Samson’s life, you see a guy pretty creative at getting even.
Judges 15:3-5 says, “Samson said to them, `This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines.
I will really harm them.’ So he went out and caught 300 foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs.
He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, lit the torches and let the foxes loose standing in the grain of the Philistines.
He burned up the shocks and the standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.”

My GOD !  That’s pretty creative!

But that creativity ultimately led to his captivity and death.

What’s the lesson out of Samson’s life?
It’s better to control your anger and choose to act rather than react against everybody.
Or as Proverbs 29:11 says,
“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”

Talk About It
resentmentWhen you think about it, resentment, or getting even, is a waste of time, energy, and creativity.

How does resentment hurt you instead of the other person?

Resentment can hold your creativity captive because you spend so much time thinking about your how you were hurt, or how you can get even.

How do you think God would rather you use that creativity?

- fwd: valliamannill mathews

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