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10 Thoughts to Ponder

10 Thoughts to Ponder

10 Thoughts to Ponder

  1. Prayer is not a spare wheel that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a steering wheel that directs you to the right path throughout life.
  1. Why is a car’s windshield so large and the rearview mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.
  1. Friendship is like a book. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
  1. All things in life are temporary. If they are going well, enjoy them, they will not last forever. If they are going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
  1. Old friends are gold!. New friends are diamonds. If you get a diamond, don’t forget the gold. To hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold.
  1. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart; it’s just a bend, not the end!”
  1. When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems, He has faith in YOUR abilities.
  1. A blind person asked God: “Can there be anything worse than losing eyesight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”
  1. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them and, sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
  1. Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles; it only takes away today’s peace.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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Self-Appraisal

Self-Appraisal

Self-Appraisal

A story is also told of a little boy who went to a telephone booth which was at the cash counter of a store and dialed a number. The store owner observed and listened to the ensued conversation:

Boy: “Madam, can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?”

Woman (at the other end of the phone line): “I already have someone cutting my lawn.”

Boy: “Madam, I will cut your lawn for half the price than the person who cuts your lawn now.”

Woman: “I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting the lawn.”

Boy: (with more perseverance) “Madam, I’ll even sweep the floor and the stairs of your house for free.”

Woman: “No, thank you.”

With a smile on his face, the little boy put down the receiver. The store owner, who was listening all this while, walked over to the boy.

Store owner: “Son, I like your attitude. I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.”

Boy: “No, thanks.”

Store owner: “But you were really pleading for one.”

Boy: “No, Sir. I was just checking my performance at the job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!”

This is an example of self-appraisal. If you don’t fight for what you want, then don’t cry for what you lost. Give your best and the world will beat the way to come to you. Don’t relax or get lazy. You are being watched!

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. – 2 Corinthians 13:5

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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ABC of Happiness

ABC of Happiness

ABC of Happiness

A–Accept

Accept others for who they are and for the choices they’ve made even if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives, or actions.

B–Break Away

Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.

C–Create

Create a family of friends with whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and happiness.

D–Decide

Decide that you’ll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

E–Explore

Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you try something new, you’ll learn more about yourself.

F–Forgive

Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

G–Grow

Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.

H–Hope

Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.

I–Ignore

Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.

J–Journey

Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day, and you’ll grow.

K–Know

Know that no matter how bad things seem, they’ll always get better. The warmth of spring always follows the harshest winter.

L–Love

Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there’s room for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there’s room for endless happiness.

M–Manage

Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you’ll suffer less stress and worry. Then you’ll be able to focus on the important things in life.

N–Notice

Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

O–Open

Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of times, there’s still much to be thankful for.

P–Play

Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.

Q–Question

Ask many questions, because you’re here to learn.

R–Relax

Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that things always have a way of working out in the end.

S–Share

Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will return to you many times over.

T–Try

Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

U–Use

Use your gifts to the best ability. Talent that’s wasted has no value. Talent that’s used will bring unexpected rewards.

V–Value

Value the friends and family members who’ve supported and encouraged you, and be there for them as well.

W–Work

Work hard every day to be the best person you can be, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.

X–X-Ray

Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you’ll see the goodness and beauty within.

Y–Yield

Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you’ll find success at the end of the road.

Z–Zoom

Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rear an ugly head.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. – Numbers 14:24

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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Prayer of a Six-Year-Old

Prayer of a Six-Year-Old

Last week I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old son had asked if he could say grace. As we bowed our heads he said, “God is good. God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all. Amen.”

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, “That’s what’s wrong with this country. Kids today don’t even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream. Why, I never.”

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, “Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?”

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my son and said, “I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.”

“Really?” my son asked. Then in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), “Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.”

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment and then did something I will remember for the rest of my life.

He picked up his sundae and without a word walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, “Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes, and my soul is good already.”

– Author Unknown

Meditation: “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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How to Amuse Yourself

How to Amuse Yourself

How to Amuse Yourself

A young man, a student in one of our universities, was one day taking a walk with a professor who was commonly called the students’ friend because of his kindness to those who waited on his instructions.

As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes, which they supposed belong to a poor man who was employed in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day’s work.

The student turned to the professor, saying: “Let us play the man a trick: we will hide his shoes, and conceal ourselves behind those bushes, and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them.”

“My young friend,” answered the professor, “we should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor. But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of the poor man. Put a coin into each shoe, and then we will hide and watch how the discovery affects him.”

The student did so, and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by.

The poor man soon finished his work and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes. While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of his shoes; but feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin.

Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance. He gazed upon the coin, turned it around, and looked at it again and again. He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket and proceeded to put on the other shoe, but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin.

His feelings overcame him; he fell upon his knees, looked up to heaven and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving, in which he spoke of his wife, sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom the timely bounty, from some unknown hand, would save from perishing.

The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears. “Now,” said the professor, “are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?”

The youth replied, “You have taught me a lesson which I will never forget. I feel now the truth of those words, which I never understood before: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

– Author Unknown

Meditation: For the poor you have with you always… – John 12:8

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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A Wedding Gift

A Wedding Gift

A Wedding Gift

At the end of the wedding party, a bride’s mother gave her a newly opened bank savings passbook, with $1000 deposited in it.

She told her, “My dear daughter, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your married life. Whenever something happy and memorable happens in your new life, put some money in it and write what it is about next to the amount. The more memorable the event is, the more money you should put in. I’ve done the first one for you today. Do the others with your husband. When you look back after many years, you will know how much happiness you’ve both shared.”

The woman shared this with her husband after getting home. Both of them thought it was a great idea and couldn’t wait to make the next deposit. This is what the passbook looked like after a while:

7 Feb: $100, his first birthday celebration after marriage

1 Mar: $300, she gets a salary raise

20 Mar: $200, vacation

15 Apr: $2000, She’s pregnant!

1 Jun: $1000, He gets the big promotion

and so on…

However, as the years went by, they began fighting and arguing over trivial things. They didn’t communicate much with each other again. Each regretted that they had married the nastiest person in the world. There was no more love.

One day the woman opened up to her mother. “Mom, we can’t stand it anymore. We have decided to divorce. I can’t imagine how I decided to marry this guy!”

Her mother replied, “Sure, that’s no big deal. Do whatever you want, if you really can’t stand it. But before that, do one thing. Remember the savings passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all the money there and spend it first. You shouldn’t keep any record of such a poor marriage.”

She agreed with her mother. So she went to the bank and was waiting in the queue to close the account. While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to her. Her eyes were filled with tears.

She left and went home. When she got home, she handed the passbook to her husband and asked him to spend the money before getting divorced.

So the next day, he went to the bank and was waiting in the queue to cancel the account. While he was waiting, he took a look at the passbook record. He also looked and looked and looked. The memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to him. His eyes were welled up with tears.

He left the bank and went home. He gave the passbook back to her. Lo, inside she found a new deposit of $5000 with a line: ‘This is the day I realized how much I’ve loved you throughout all these years. How much happiness you’ve brought me.’

They hugged each other and cried, putting the passbook back into the safe.

Marriage is not a game; it is not easy, but it is beautiful. You will fight and argue, this is normal, because both of you came from different backgrounds and were raised by different parents, perhaps on different beliefs and moral. Therefore, you cannot expect that everything you say will be accepted by your spouse without their opinion being tendered first. So before you give up, think back to the good times and to what brought you together in the first place.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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