More Tips for Living

More Tips for Living

More Tips for Living: 1. The best way to get even is to forget… 2. Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death… 3. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts… 4. Some folks wear their halos much too tightly… 5. Some marriages are made in heaven, but they ALL have to be maintained on earth… 6. Unless you can create the whole universe in 6 days, then perhaps giving “advice” to God isn’t such a good idea! 7. Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up… 8. Standing in the middle of the road is dangerous. You can get knocked down by the traffic from both ways. 9. Words are windows to the heart. 10. A skeptic is a person who, when he sees the handwriting on the wall, claims it’s a forgery. 11. It isn’t difficult to make a mountain out of a molehill just add a little dirt. 12. A successful marriage isn’t finding the right person-it’s being the right person. 13. The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground. 14. Too many people offer God prayers, with claw marks all over them. 15. The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can hold it. 16. To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then

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My Decisions

My Decisions

“It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming. In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make choices. Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose… I CHOOSE LOVE… No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves. I CHOOSE JOY… I will invite my God to be the God of circumstances. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical…the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God. I CHOOSE PEACE… I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live. I CHOOSE PATIENCE… I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my

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Rules of Thumb

Rules of Thumb

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.’-  Proverbs 13:3 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 we 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

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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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The Best Pursuit

The Best Pursuit

In 1947 Dr. Chandrasekhar was asked to teach an advanced seminar in astrophysics at the University of Chicago. At the time, he was living in Wisconsin, doing research at the Yerkes astronomical observatory. He faced a 100-mile commute twice a week in the dead of winter to teach the class, but he nonetheless agreed. However, registration for the advanced seminar was far below expectations. In fact, only two students signed up for the class. Other faculty members expected Dr. Chandrasekhar to cancel the course, so as not to waste his valuable time. He determined, however, to continue with the course and give his very best to the two students registered. Those students, Chen Ning Yang and Tsung-dao Lee, made his efforts worthwhile. Ten years later, in 1957, they both won the Nobel prize for physics. In 1983, Dr. Chandrasekhar won that same award. Ends and means are not meant to exist in conflict. Good means to good ends are what challenges us to find and to do, regardless of the personal cost, the effort required, or the lack of resulting public acclaim. The best pursuit of the best ideals – that’s what it means to have integrity. –From God’s Little Lessons On Life Meditation: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work

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