Piano Concert

Piano Concert

Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy quietly got up and eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE.” When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized. That’s the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own

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How To Reduce Stress

How To Reduce Stress

How To Reduce Stress A wise man 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 may also be 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

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20 Truths To Remember

20 Truths To Remember

20 Truths To Remember 1. Faith is the ability to not panic. 2. If you worry, you didn’t pray. If you pray, don’t worry. 3. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home every day. 4. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. 5. When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot. 6. Do the math. Count your blessings. 7. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts. 8. Dear God: I have a problem. It’s me. 9. Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted. 10. Laugh every day, it’s like inner jogging. 11. The most important things in your home are the people. 12. Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional. 13. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open. 14. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry. 15. He who dies with the most toys is still dead. 16. We do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments. 17. Nothing is real to you until you experience it, otherwise, it’s just hearsay. 18. It’s all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you

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Everything You Have Done

Everything You Have Done

“Everything you have done” is a reflection of all that you are. Every step you have taken was necessary to get you to this point in time. Even the times you felt lost and alone helped to build your integrity and bolster your self-image. If these times are a challenge and you’re feeling down, remember the journey that took you to this place. “Everything you have done” on this long and twisted road through life, had to have happened in order for you to be all you are today. Do I believe in destiny, fate or choice? Choice. It is by far the greatest gift, next to the ability to love and be loved, that God has given us. Yes, He has plans for you. Greater plans than you could ever imagine, but He also has expectations. Thus the gift of choice. “Everything you have done” or will do, either adds to your potential or delays the fulfilment of His desire for you. If you could make a map of the journey of your life, it may appear to you that you have travelled a long distance and yet, not gotten very far. Stop comparing the world’s standards to your accomplishments and see what God sees. “Everything you have done” has brought you here. It is, my friend, a good

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Stronger Storms, Greater Strength

Stronger Storms, Greater Strength

I like eagles. These creatures are swift and reach amazing altitudes. Other birds cower at the thought of even nearing one thousand feet, but eagles go twenty thousand. And while others seek shelter during violent storms, eagles soar through the raging winds, and they actually “have a ball.”Its secret? It doesn’t fly.The eagle soars. You see, it doesn’t use the energy of its wings to move about. It wisely takes the power of the rushing wind, catching its quiet force behind and beneath him. And that is why they love the storm: The stronger the wind, the greater their strength.Eagles make me think about how I try to do things on my own, propelling myself to reach higher altitudes by the vigor of my own wings. No wonder I tire easily. But if only I allow the Glorious Wind of His Spirit to move my soul, to carry me beyond my own failures and weaknesses…I can boldly face the most difficult situations, soar through the most violent of storms. Yes, the greater the problem, the stronger I can become.“Strength of my soul, desire of my heart, let me trust in You completely: Let me give to You all the that assails me, that I may fully rest under the shadow of Your wings”.Reflection: Tired of flapping your wings? Soar in

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It’s All About Perspectives

It’s All About Perspectives

It’s All About Perspectives A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognised his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?” The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way. “I wrote: ‘Today is a beautiful day; but I cannot see it.‘” Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign reminded people how fortunate they were to have their sight. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective? Moral of the Story: Be

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