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

Thank God for Life & Enjoy It!

July 4, 2014 by admin  
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The four blessed looks:
1. Look back and thank God.
2. Look forward and trust God.
3. Look around and serve God.
4. Look within and find God

Thank You

“I asked God, ‘How do I get the best out of life?’ God said,
Face your past without regrets.
Handle your present with confidence.
And prepare for the future without fear!

No Regrets

“Without God, our week is:
Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday, Shatterday and Sinday.
So, allow Him to be with you every day!”

Days without God

Life is short, so
Forgive quickly.
Believe slowly.
Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably.
Never regret anything that makes you happy.
And have a wonderful journey!”

- fwd: joao manuel pereira

Enjoy Life

5 Reasons ” Why ” God uses problems

July 1, 2014 by admin  
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The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you – depending on how you respond to them.

Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives.

They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.

Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:

1. God Uses Problems To ” DIRECT YOU “
God's Direction
Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving.

Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change.

Is God trying to get your attention?

“Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.”

2. God Uses Problems To ” INSPECT YOU
Inspection
People are like tea bags…if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot ever water!

Has God tested your faith with a problem What do problems reveal about you?

“When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.”

3. God Uses Problems To ” CORRECT YOU
correction
Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure.

It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove.

But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something… health, money, a relationship… by losing it.

“It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.”

4. God Uses Problems To ” PROTECT YOU
protectionA problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious.

Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do.

His unemployment was a problem – but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management’s actions were eventually discovered.

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…

5. God Uses Problems To ” PERFECT YOU
PurifyProblems, when responded to correctly, are character builders.

God is far more interested in your character than your comfort.

Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity.

“We can rejoice when we run into problems… they help us learn to be patient.

And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.”

God is at work in your life – even when you do not recognize it or understand it.

But it’s much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.

“Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned, lives touched and moments shared along the way”

- fwd: v c mathews

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