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When to be Silent

When to be Silent

The 20 pointers below suggest the time when silence should be golden in our affairs and dealings with fellow humans.

And the Bible says…

  1. Be silent In the heat of anger – (Proverbs 14:17)
  1. Be silent When you don’t have all the facts – (Proverbs 18:13)
  1. Be silent When you haven’t verified the story – (Deuteronomy 17:6)
  1. Be silent If your words will offend a weaker person – (1 Corinthians 8:11)
  1. Be silent When it is time to listen – (Proverbs 13:1)
  1. Be silent When you are tempted to make light of holy things – (Ecclesiastes 5:2)
  1. Be silent When you are tempted to joke about sin – (Proverbs 14:9)
  1. Be silent If you would be ashamed of your words later – (Proverbs 8:8)
  1. Be silent If your words would convey the wrong impression – (Proverbs 17:27)
  1. Be silent If the issue is none of your business – (Proverbs 14:10)
  1. Be silent When you are tempted to tell an outright lie – (Proverbs 4:24)
  1. Be silent If your words will damage someone else’s reputation – (Proverbs 16:27)
  1. Be silent If your words will damage a friendship – (Proverbs 16:28)
  1. Be silent when you are feeling critical – (James 3:9)
  1. Be silent If you can’t say it without screaming it – (Proverbs 25:28)
  1. Be silent If your words will be a poor reflection of the Lord or your friends and family – (1 Peter 2:21-23)
  1. Be silent If you may have to eat your words later – (Proverbs 18:21)
  1. Be silent If you have already said it more than one time – (Proverbs 19:13)
  1. Be silent When you are tempted to flatter a wicked person – (Proverbs 24:24)
  1. Be silent When you are supposed to be working instead – (Proverbs 14:23)

– Author Unknown

Meditation: Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.Proverbs 21:23

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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Handling Life’s Storms

Handling Life’s Storms

Handling Life’s Storms

A pastor had been on a long flight between church conferences. The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on: Fasten Your Seat Belts. Then, after a while, a calm voice said, “We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened.”

As the pastor looked around the aircraft, it became obvious 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 the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us.”

And then the storm broke.

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 like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash.

The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, “As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm.

“Then, I suddenly saw a little girl. Apparently, the storm meant nothing to her. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat; she was reading a book and everything within her small world was calm and orderly.

“Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world. When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid.” The minister could hardly believe his eyes.

It was not surprising, therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, our pastor lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time.

Having commented about the storm and the behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid.

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

There are many kinds of storms that buffet us. Physical, mental, financial, domestic, and many other storms can easily and quickly darken our skies and throw our plane into apparently uncontrollable movement. We have all known such times, and let us be honest and confess, it is much easier to be at rest when our feet are on the ground than when we are being tossed about a darkened sky.

Let us remember: Our Father is the Pilot. He is in control and taking us home. Don’t worry!

– Author Unknown

Meditation: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. – Isaiah 43:2

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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What are You Holding On to?

What are You Holding On to?

What Are You Holding On to?

The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. “Oh please, Mommy, can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?”

Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl’s upturned face. “A dollar ninety-five. That’s almost $2.00. If you really want them, I’ll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday’s only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma.”

As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last, she had enough money to buy the necklace.

Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown-up. She wore them everywhere – Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.

Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story.

One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, “Do you love me?”

“Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you.”

“Then give me your pearls.”

“Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess – the white horse from my collection. The one with the pink tail. Remember, Daddy? The one you gave me. She’s my favorite.”

“That’s okay, Honey. Daddy loves you. Good night.” And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.

About a week later, after the storytime, Jenny’s Daddy asked again, “Do you love me?”

“Daddy, you know I love you.”

“Then give me your pearls.”

“Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper.”

“That’s okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you.” And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.

A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style. As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek.

“What is it, Jenny? What’s the matter?”

Jenny didn’t say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said, “Here, Daddy. It’s for you.”

With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny’s kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny. He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her genuine treasure.

Jenny’s father is like our heavenly Father. He also is waiting for us to give up our dime-store stuff and seek Him first… so He can fling open the windows of Heaven and pour us out such a blessing that we will not have room enough to hold it.

What are you hanging on to?

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

Author Unknown

Meditation: “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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When Life Squeezes You

When Life Squeezes You

When Life Squeezes You

There are five sponges laying on your kitchen countertop. Each member of your family has been cleaning up different areas of your home, but all the sponges look the same. You are curious as to what was cleaned in your home, but you can’t tell by looking…they all look the same….so what do you do?

You squeeze each sponge to see what comes out. As you squeeze the first sponge, you see that cola comes out, and so you decide that someone cleaned the kitchen with that one. Upon squeezing the second sponge, you find tub and tile cleaner – that one was used to clean the bathroom.

Next, in the third sponge, you find motor oil — hubby was cleaning the garage!

In the fourth sponge, baby powder puffs out when it is squeezed – yep the baby’s nursery was done with that one!

And finally, in the last one, is floor wax — that was the one you used on the hall floor!

As you lay the last one down, you look again at their similarity – and they all look the same until they’re squeezed.

Christians are the same way. As life squeezes us, different things come out – anger from one, a need for revenge from another, tears from one, remorse from yet another – also greed, untruth, lust – and finally, from one saint, pours forth the love of Christ.

Just like the sponge, we can only squeeze out what is put in – stay in the Word daily, and be in continuous prayer, so that when life puts the squeeze on you (and it WILL), Jesus, and Jesus ALONE will shine forth from you!

Have a blessed, squeaky clean day!

— Author Unknown

Meditation: As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man. – Proverbs 27:19

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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Walk the Talk

Walk the Talk

Walk the Talk

A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman hit the roof and the horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection with him. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.

The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping the guy off in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do” bumper sticker, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday School’ bumper sticker and the chrome-plated fish emblem on the trunk. Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.”

— Author Unknown

Meditation: For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. – Hebrews 4:15

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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