Thoughts and Reflections
|Posted by WebMaster on March 10, 2010 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
1. Wake Up !! Decide to have a good day.
"Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" Psalms 118:24
2. Dress Up !! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart." - I Samuel 16:7
3 . Shut Up!! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul." -
4. Stand Up!!..... For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as w e have opportunity, let us do good..." -Galatians 6:9-10
5. Look Up !!.. To the Lord. "I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13
6. Reach Up !!... For something higher. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path." - Proverbs 3:5-6
7. Lift Up !!.. Your Prayers. "Do not worry about anything; Instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING." -
|Posted by WebMaster on March 5, 2010 at 9:33 AM||comments (0)|
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.
“I've gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”
This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
“I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”
When you are DOWN to nothing....God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
All right, now that you're done reading, share it !!! I think everyone should read this!!
When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, “Jesus, could you get that for me...... while I share this message to your children?”
|Posted by WebMaster on March 4, 2010 at 9:54 AM||comments (0)|
SO how are those New year’s resolutions going? If you're like most Americans, you have probably forgotten or stopped working on your goal last month (mid-February.) But you can still achieve your goals.
So how do you make your resolutions actually happen this year?
First, keep in mind that goals are dreams; but don't stop at just dreaming. Turn your dreams into bite-sized pieces that will gradually create a big event in your life. If you're waiting on an outside variable to change your life, you have a long wait. You have to do something. It's your responsibility to fix your life, not someone else's. It's time to sit down, make some goals, and take control.
Goal setting is how you win. Once you've made your resolutions, they will drive you forward. The goals will motivate you to seek activities that will help you succeed. It's not always fun, but those exercises bring you closer to your goal and make you a winner.
If you want to actually achieve your goals this year, then consider the following:
1. Be specific. - When setting goals, be specific in what you want to achieve. Vagueness will only cause you to feel overwhelmed, and you will just give up.
2. Make your goals measureable. - In order to know if you achieved the goal, it must be measurable. For example, if you want to lose weight, don't simply write down "lose weight" as a goal. How much weight do you want to lose? Or don't just write "spend more time with family." How much time do you want to spend with your family every night?
3. Are they your goals? - Only you can set your own goals. If your spouse, co-worker or friend sets a goal for you, you're not going to achieve it. Taking ownership will give you more incentive to meet your goal.
4. Set a time limit. - Setting a time frame will help you set realistic goals. For example, if you want to save more money, list how much money a month you want to put into your savings account.
5. Put them in writing. - Putting your goals in writing will make you much more likely to achieve them. Write down your goals and review them often. This will give you motivation to make them a reality.
This is the process to succeed. Successful people reassess their lives and then start living intentionally, in writing, on purpose.
- Dave R
|Posted by WebMaster on February 19, 2010 at 2:16 PM||comments (0)|
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. -This includes age, weight, and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. - The grouches pull you down.(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)
3. Keep learning: Learn more about who Jesus is to you. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!
4. Enjoy the simple things. – Sunshine, rain, birds singing, wind, flowers, etc
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath, and if you have a friend, who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with him or her!
6. The tears happen: - Endure, grieve, and move on. The only entity who is with us our entire life, is God. LIVE, DO , BE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. However, never put things above God.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. -Take a trip to the mall, even to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is !
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
|Posted by WebMaster on February 10, 2010 at 3:33 PM||comments (0)|
Four things you can't recover:
The stone...........after the throw.
The word........after it's said.
The occasion........after it's missed.
The time..........after it's gone.
Knock, Knock I knocked at heaven's door this morning. God asked me...'My child, what can I do for you?' And I said, 'Father, please protect and bless the person reading this message..' God smiled and
Do you believe?
|Posted by WebMaster on January 6, 2010 at 9:12 AM||comments (1)|
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high
fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs,
and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them
in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'
'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.
The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water.
Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside
became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance
that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.
When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.
You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you (I JUST DID); to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
May we all be COFFEE!!!!!!
|Posted by WebMaster on January 4, 2010 at 2:07 PM||comments (0)|
When things in your life seem, almost too much to handle, When 24 Hours in a day is not enough, Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class* * and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly, He picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar And proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students, if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open Areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table
and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the
empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
'Now,' said the professor, as the laughter subsided,
'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things - family, children, health,
Friends, and Favorite passions – Things that if everything else was
lost and only they remained, Your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car.
The sand is everything else --The small stuff.
'If you put the sand into the jar first,' He continued, there is no
room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, You will
never have room for the things that are important to you.**
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Play With your children.
Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your partner out to dinner.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.
'Take care of the golf balls first --
The things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.'
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled.
'I'm glad you asked'.
It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem,
there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'
|Posted by WebMaster on December 18, 2009 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
- THE GIFT OF LISTENING... - But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.
- THE GIFT OF AFFECTION. -Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.
- THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER - Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."
- THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE - It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime and may even change a life.
- THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT - A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.
- THE GIFT OF A FAVOR - Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.
- THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE - There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone.Be sensitive to those times, and give the gift of solitude to others.
- THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION.- Rhe easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it's not that hard to say, "Hello" or "Thank You."
|Posted by WebMaster on December 16, 2009 at 2:04 PM||comments (0)|
Editor’s Note: Jim Rohn was America’s foremost business philosopher and a man of great integrity. Jim died on December 5, 2009, but left us with a legacy of his wisdom. We know Mr. Rohn is looking down on us at this very moment with a smile saying I did it, I gave it my all, I went for it, now it’s your turn. Go for it. Make your life a life worth living well!
By Jim Rohn
Each of us has two distinct choices to make about what we will do with our lives. The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less. To have less. To read less and think less. To try less and discipline ourselves less. These are the choices that lead to an empty life. These are the choices that, once made, lead to a life of constant apprehension instead of a life of wondrous anticipation.
And the second choice? To do it all! To become all that we can possibly be. To read every book that we possibly can. To earn as much as we possibly can. To give and share as much as we possibly can. To strive and produce and accomplish as much as we possibly can. All of us have the choice.
To do or not to do. To be or not to be. To be all or to be less or to be nothing at all.
Like the tree, it would be a worthy challenge for us all to stretch upward and outward to the full measure of our capabilities. Why not do all that we can, every moment that we can, the best that we can, for as long as we can?
Our ultimate life objective should be to create as much as our talent and ability and desire will permit. To settle for doing less than we could do is to fail in this worthiest of undertakings.
Results are the best measurement of human progress. Not conversation. Not explanation. Not justification. Results! And if our results are less than our potential suggests that they should be, then we must strive to become more today than we were the day before. The greatest rewards are always reserved for those who bring great value to themselves and the world around them as a result of who and what they have become.
|Posted by WebMaster on December 15, 2009 at 9:28 AM||comments (0)|
FOCUSED INTENSITY over TIME multiplied by GOD equals Unstoppable Momentum. -Dave Ramsey
Or as Solomon wrote in Proverbs 10:4 Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Poverty or riches, to have and to have not, the choice is yours! You will make the choice today, tomorrow, and the next day. The man who applies himself diligently to his profession or other duties will be rich, but the man who is a slacker, lazy, or sluggard, will be poor. The choice is yours!
A great temptation for men, especially young men, is laziness about work. Solomon often warned against this error, and here he uses synecdoche to represent a man by his hand. He used arm (31:17), soul (13:4), or the whole man (22:29) at other times.
Since the hand is a figure of speech for the whole man, do not be distracted by it. However, the lazy like to keep them in their pockets or folded against their chests (19:24), which surely brings their lives to ruin (Eccl 10:18). And it is a fact some employers note the handshake of an applicant, for they are fearful of the limp, effeminate, weak handshake of a slothful and timid loser.
Working for pay or profit is a privilege and blessing (Eccl 9:10). The godly man attacks daily tasks with zeal and force. If he is consistently diligent, all other things being equal, he will quickly and greatly surpass the man who is lazy, slow, and avoids hard work. This is the law of God, and it is a simple lesson to teach children. Diligent work brings financial reward, and it can bring its own reward in a job well done.
|Posted by WebMaster on December 9, 2009 at 10:51 AM||comments (0)|
1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.
During my second month of college, our professor Gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student, and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the Cleaning woman several times. She was tall, Dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
"Absolutely, " said the professor. "In your careers, You will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello."
I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.
2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 19 60's. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached.
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the high way The other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying Husband's' bedside just before he passed away... God Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."
Mrs. Nat King Cole.
3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those Who serve..
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, A 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of hi s pocket and studied the coins in it.
"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put t he bill on the table and walked away The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies..
You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the King's' wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.
5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying,
"Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing
the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.
"Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's watching."
|Posted by WebMaster on December 9, 2009 at 10:34 AM||comments (1)|
Coaches in the Press Box
By Terry Nance
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Another invaluable characteristic to help armorbearers develop longevity is teamwork. I want to share an analogy that the Holy Spirit quickened to me between an NFL football team and the operation of the local church. We will start with the coaches in the press box. It is their responsibility to choose the best plays to call, which they can do because they see the overall field and the way the opposing team is set up. Their job is to watch for any weaknesses, then quickly call plays to take advantage of them.
This could be compared to the Father and the Son of God, who sit in the press box and call the plays in our lives. They know the devil's tactics as well as which plays will be most effective against them. Paul wrote that we should not let Satan take advantage of us, "for we are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Cor. 2:11).
There are three heavens in the universe. (2 Cor. 12:2.) The first heaven is over the physical earth; the second is the realm where Satan, demons, and angels dwell; and the third heaven is the "press box" where God's throne is. The Bible makes it clear that Satan is the prince and power of the air. God looks down on the second heaven and sees clearly the strategies of the devil against the Church.
God then calls down to the Coach on the playing field—the Holy Spirit in our analogy—and communicates to Him what the devil is doing. With this information, our Coach can then let us know what plays to run.
The coaches in the press box record every play on video, so they can take a look at the last play while another play is being run on the field. That way they can analyze what the opposing team is setting up. Our Father has the ability to see past, present, and future. He knows the right play to call every time. It is up to us to listen to our Coach on the playing field.
Our Coaches in the press box are essential if we are to win the game!
Developing the Spirit of an Armorbearer
- No matter what you are going through, your heavenly Coaches are in the press box of heaven and see it all. They see every hurt, every joy, every dilemma, and they know which calls to make. They will lead you to victory.
- Your Coaches also see your leader and the ministry for which you work. You can trust that They will communicate Their will and plan.
- Meditate on these verses about what the Lord sees.
"Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy" (Ps. 33:18).
"He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves" (Ps. 66:7).
"Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them" (Ps. 139:16).
"For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings" (Prov. 5:21).
"The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good" (Prov. 15:3).
Father God, I'm so glad You see the big picture. Often we humans can't see the forest for the trees, but You see it all. I trust Your judgment to make the most effective calls, and I pray that my leader will hear them clearly so he can communicate them to the team. Then help us to execute the plays well so we can win. Amen.
Source: God's Armorbearer Devotional by Terry Nance
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers
|Posted by WebMaster on November 2, 2009 at 2:49 PM||comments (0)|
• Poor Communications - Effective communication will strengthen your existing relationships and help you to form positive bonds in future interactions. Communication will not just happen. You must work at it.
• Gossip - there is no denying the fact that gossip can wreak havoc in an organization. By definition, gossip is when a negative is discussed with anyone who can’t help solve the problem. An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire (Bible verse Proverbs 16:27).
• Unresolved Disagreements - Conflict, or unresolved disagreement, can negatively affect an organization in myriad ways. In order to be effective, each organization must learn to deal with conflict in its own way. Unresolved disagreements happen when a leader doesn’t know they exist or when that leader avoids confrontation. Leaders must have a backbone. This does not mean being harsh and mean, but a leader must deal with conflict. If you don’t, the problem will only get bigger.
• Lack of Shared Purpose – We can’t go anywhere if we are not all rowing in the same direction. Lack of clearly defined group purpose or commitment by team members, and lack of shared values are just a few of the reasons groups fail. Lack of shared purpose is caused when the leadership doesn’t restate the goal, the vision and the mission early and often.
• Sanctioned Incompetence- Incompetence must be dealt with. When you allow this to happen within your organization, you damage your witness. As Christians, our level of excellence should be stunning. We must hold our leaders and ourselves accountable and responsible for their prescribed duties, actions and in actions. Organizations are not wholly defined on paper, will always have difficulties going anywhere.
You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear.- Ephesians 4:29