A Lesson from Butterfly

A Lesson from Butterfly

One day, a small opening appeared in a cocoon; a man sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then, it seems to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could not go any further. So the man decided to help the butterfly: he took a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a withered body, it was tiny and shrivelled wings. The man continued to watch because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and expand, to be able to support the butterfly’s body, and become firm. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a withered body and shrivelled wings. It never was able to fly. What the man, in his kindness, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. But by depriving it of that natural course of struggles, he had incapacitated

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Christian Ways To Reduce Stress

Christian Ways To Reduce Stress

Christian Ways To Reduce Stress An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.” 1. Pray 2. Go to bed on time. 3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed. 4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health. 5. Delegate tasks to capable others. 6. Simplify and unclutter your life. 7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.) 8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places. 9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together. 10. Take one day at a time. 11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it. 12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases. 13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc. 14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece

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10 Rules for a Blessed Day

10 Rules for a Blessed Day

10 Rules for a Blessed Day 1. TODAY I WILL NOT STRIKE BACK If someone is rude, if someone is impatient, if someone is unkind, I will not respond in a like manner. 2. TODAY I WILL ASK GOD TO BLESS MY ‘ENEMY’ If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly, I will quietly ask God to bless that individual. I understand “enemy” could be a family member, neighbour, co-worker or stranger. 3. TODAY I WILL BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT I SAY I will carefully choose and guard my words being certain that I do not spread gossip. 4. TODAY I WILL GO THE EXTRA MILE I will find ways to help share the burden of another person. 5. TODAY I WILL FORGIVE . . . I will forgive any hurts or injuries that come my way. 6. TODAY I WILL DO SOMETHING KIND FOR SOMEONE, (BUT I WILL DO IT IN SECRET) I will reach out anonymously and bless the life of another. 7. TODAY I WILL TREAT OTHERS THE WAY I WISH TO BE TREATED I will practice the golden rule. “Do Unto others as I would have them do unto me” – with EVERYONE I encounter. 8. TODAY I WILL RAISE THE SPIRITS OF SOMEONE WHO IS DISCOURAGED My smile, my words, my expression

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Prints of Elbows on My Bed

Prints of Elbows on My Bed

I was but a youth and thoughtless, As all youths are apt to be; Though I had a Christian mother Who had taught me carefully.   There came a time when pleasure Of the world came to allure, And I no more sought the guidance Of her love so good and pure.   Her tender admonitions fell But lightly on my ear, And for the gentle warnings I felt an inward sneer.   But Mother would not yield her boy To Satan’s sinful sway, And though I spurned her counsel She knew a better way.   She made my room an altar, A place of secret prayer, And there she took her burden And left it in His care.   And morning, noon and evening By that humble bedside low, She sought the aid of Him who Understands a mother’s woe.   And I went my way unheeding, Careless of the life I led, Until one day I noticed Prints of elbows on my bed.   Then I saw that she had been there Praying for her wayward boy, Who for love of worldly pleasure Would her peace of mind destroy.   Long the conflict raged within me, Sin against my Mother’s prayers, Sin must yield – for Mother never While she daily met Him there.   And her constant

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Tax Assessor

Tax Assessor

A tax assessor came one day to a poor pastor to determine the amount of taxes the pastor would have to pay. The following conversation took place: “What property do you possess?” asked the assessor. “I am a very wealthy man,” replied the minister. “List your possessions, please,” the assessor instructed. “First, I have everlasting life (John 3:16). “Second, I have a mansion in heaven (John 14:2). “Third, I have peace that passeth understanding (Philippians 4:7). “Fourth, I have joy unspeakable (1 Peter 1:8). “Fifth, I have divine love which never faileth (1 Corinthians 13:8). “Sixth, I have a faithful precious wife (Proverbs 31:10). “Seventh, I have healthy, happy obedient children (Exodus 20:12). “Eighth, I have true, loyal friends (Proverbs 18:24). “Ninth, I have songs in the night (Psalms 42:8). “Tenth, I have a crown of life (James 1:12).” The tax assessor closed his book, and said, “Truly you are a very rich man, but your wealth is not subject to taxation. –Author Unknown Meditation: But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” – Luke 12:20-21 You will succeed in Jesus Name! Also read: Butterfly Kisses Four Boyfriends

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Attitude

Attitude

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three strands of hair on her head. Well,’ she said, ‘I think I’ll braid my hair today?’ So she did and she had a wonderful day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two strands of hair on her head. ‘H-M-M,’ she said, ‘I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today?’ So she did and she had a grand day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one strand of hair on her head. ‘Well,’ she said, ‘today I’m going to wear my hair in a pony tail.’ So she did and she had a fun, fun day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn’t a single strand of hair on her head. ‘YEAH!’ she exclaimed, ‘I don’t have to fix my hair today!’ Attitude is everything. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain! Meditation: And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What

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