Gaily the Troubadour – Arthur Guiterman

August 28, 2014 by admin  
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In the book Gaily The Troubadour, published in 1936, Arthur Guiterman wrote the following poem.
Reading his observations, you wouldn’t guess it was written 60+ years ago.

First dentistry was painless;
Then bicycles were chainless
And carriages were horseless
And many laws, enforceless.

Chainless

Next, cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless,
Cigars were nicotineless
And coffee, caffeinless.

Caffeinless

Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weedless,
The college boy hatless,
The proper diet, fatless,

Fatless

Now motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religions, godless.

Godless

- fwd: samuel machado

Pick yourself up and walk!

August 27, 2014 by admin  
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The path to your God-given destiny will have different challenges,
so you must expect them or rather … you must prepare yourself to face them.

Why does the Bible record the failures of great men like Abraham, Moses, Elijah and Peter?
To give you hope; to let you know that nobody performs flawlessly;
to help you believe if they can do it,
by God’s grace you can too.

Peter

The road to success, even in ministry,  has many potholes.
You’ll fall into some – and they’re messy.
Not only will you have to climb back out,
you’ll have to dust yourself off, refocus, recommit,
and keep going.

Falls

Since failure is inevitable, why not make it your friend
….by examining each experience and growing stronger through it !

Once you learn to do that, you won’t keep repeating the same mistakes,
and more importantly you’ll become more emotionally and spiritually stable.

Timelines change, resources dry up, assumptions prove false, plans and people fail.

Mistakes

As you walk the pathway to your God-given dream,
remember the old Italian proverb: ‘Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.’
Just make sure you don’t wear out and give up.

Here’s God’s promise to you today: ‘Keep travelling steadily along His pathway
and in due season He will honour you with every blessing.’ (Psalm 37:34)

Walking

- fwd: chris ferns

Inviting God into the chaos

August 23, 2014 by admin  
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“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Whenever I get to a place where life seems more than I can handle,
there’s that still, small voice that nudges me:
“Remember, Idelette, be still and know that I am God.”

Be Still

Often it’s easier to run and accomplish tasks rather
than putting on the brakes and quiet my heart.
On those days, it is what I need most.
My Creator reminds me of that often.

Broken

Where do I need God to be God?
What are the questions in my heart?
Where is it that I need to be still today and invite God in?

What will this day bring, Lord?
Be still and know that I am God.

Is there a relationship that needs healing?
Be still and know that I am God.

Safe

Am I anxious about finances?
Be still and know that I am God.

Someone I love is sick, Lord.
Be still and know that I am God.

Storms
Am I concerned about my work, my future, my purpose?
Be still and know that I am God.

- fwd: vc mathews

Count your blessings

August 15, 2014 by admin  
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Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.

Crosses of Life

Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.

Joy

Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.

Smile

Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Deeds

Count your health instead of your wealth;
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.

Love

- fwd: valliamannill mathews

Can you sleep when the wind blows?

August 13, 2014 by admin  
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stormYears ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast.  He constantly advertised for hired hands.

Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic.

They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.

Thin FarmerFinally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer.
“Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him.

“Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.

Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore.

Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters.

Sleeping FarmerHe shook the little man and yelled,
“Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!”

The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly,
“No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm.

To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down.

ShedNothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

When you’re prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear.

Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life?

The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm.
We secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God.
We don’t need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the middle of storms.
I hope you enjoy your day and you sleep well.

- fwd: samuel machado

US founding father who knew the value of prayer

August 9, 2014 by admin  
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Benjamin FranklinMost people might not give a runaway with only two years of formal education much chance of succeeding in life, but it was the start of life for Benjamin Franklin.

One of seventeen children, Ben was largely self-educated, and after running away from an apprenticeship in the printing business, he worked in England and then moved to Philadelphia, where he founded his own printing business and newspaper.

He often wrote under pseudonyms, including a character named “Silence Do good” in Boston.

“Poor Richard” was Ben’s voice for expressing his thoughts on freedom, justice, and public sprit.

Poor Richard’s Almanack, which Ben not only wrote but also published, became most widely read book after the Bible in the American colonies.

armonicaAmong his inventions were a stove that emitted more heat than a conventional fireplace, the lightning rod, bifocals, the gliding rocking chair, and a musical instrument he called the “armonica.” Franklin never patented his inventions he intended them for every one’s use.

Franklin was equally known as a leader and public-service innovator.

He helped establish the first public library in North America, a police force, a volunteer fire department, a hospital, the first garbage collection service, and an academy that became the University of Pennsylvania.

He retired from his printing business at age forty-two to pursue his “hobbies.”

During this time, he learned French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Latin; continued to invent; became interested in electricity; and worked for the colonial government. He was sent by the colonies to England in 1757 in an attempt to convince England to uphold colonial rights. When he finally realized that England would not listen to colonial complaints, he returned home in 1775 to help draft the Declaration of Independence.

At the end of the Revolution, he helped negotiate peace with England and became the first United States ambassador to France.

U.S Constitution Benjamin FranklinIn the 1780s, he was called upon to help draft the U.S Constitution.

And it was in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention that Ben took one of his most courageous stands.

The Convention was on the verge of failure over the issue of whether small states should have the same representation as large states.

The deadlock seemed hopeless. At age eighty-one, Franklin rose with a suggestion.

He was convinced that the Bible is right in saying ,

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain” (Psalm 127:1),

and he said:

“Gentlemen, I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.”

The motion carried. And from then on prayer was offered each morning until a compromise was reached.

Benjamin Franklin

World changers know they are not the source of their own greatness.

“Your will call upon me and go and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart”

Jeremiah 29:12-13

- fwd: samuel machado

Temptation and the Mind

August 6, 2014 by admin  
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” Your Mind Is Your Most Spiritually Vulnerable Organ “

“Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.” (Philippians 4:8 TEV)

Mind Thoughts

The more you think about something, the stronger it takes hold of you, which is why the Bible teaches that we should “run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts … but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right” (2 Timothy 2:22 LB).

Temptation begins by capturing your attention.

What gets your attention arouses your emotions.

Mind

Then your emotions activate your behavior, and you act on what you feel.

The more you focus on “I don’t want to do this,” the stronger it draws you into its web.

Ignoring a temptation is far more effective than fighting it.

Renewed Mind

Once your mind is on something else, the temptation loses its power.

So when temptation calls you on the phone, don’t argue with it, just hang up!

Sometimes this means physically leaving a tempting situation. This is one time it is OK to run away.

Get up and turn off the television set. Walk away from a group that is gossiping.

Leave the theater in the middle of the movie. To avoid being stung, stay away from the bees.

Word

Spiritually, your mind is your most vulnerable organ. To reduce temptation, keep your mind occupied with God’s Word and other good thoughts.

You defeat bad thoughts by thinking of something better.

This is the principle of replacement.

You overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

overcome evil

Talk About It

When you are in the midst of temptation, what will be the “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable” things that you will think of instead of the temptation?

If you’re serious about defeating temptation, you must manage your mind and monitor your media intake.

World

What changes do you need to make when it comes to TV, movies, and social media?

- fwd: valliamannill mathew

Arthur Ashe – Legendary Wimbledon player

August 1, 2014 by admin  
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Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983.

Arthur Ashe

From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed:

“Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease”?

To this Arthur Ashe replied:
arthur ashe childhoodarthur ashe“The world over — 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, and 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi-finals, 2 to the finals,

When I was holding a cup I never asked GOD, Why me?

And today in pain I should not be asking GOD, Why me?

Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrow keeps you Human,
Failure keeps you humble and Success keeps you glowing,
but only Faith & Attitude keeps you going.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28;

God strategically placed each word of this passage to assure us He is for us!

And if you’re a Christian, it applies to every aspect of life.  You can claim it whether you’re operating a billion-dollar industry or you’re unemployed.

Regardless of what happens, everything – everything! – somehow operates for your good!

Rom 8:28

- fwd: samuel machado

Alzheimer patient’s prayer

July 31, 2014 by admin  
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Pray for me I was once like you. Be kind and loving to me that’s how I would have treated you.

Remember I was once someone’s parent or spouse. I had a life and a dream for the future.

alzheimer

Speak to me, I can hear you even if I don’t understand what you are saying. Speak to me of things in my past of which I can still relate.

Be considerate of me, my days are such a struggle.

alzheimer

Think of my feelings because I still have them and can feel pain. Treat me with respect because I would have treated you that way.

Think of how I was before I got Alzheimer’s; I was full of life, I had a life, laughed and loved you.

alzheimer

Think of how I am now, My disease distorts my thinking, my feelings, and my ability to respond, but I still love you even if I can’t tell you.

Think about my future because I used too. Remember I was full of hope for the future just like you are now.

alzheimer

- fwd: samuel machado

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

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