Monthly Archives: October 2012

Thought For The Day 10/24/12

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Judging A Book By It’s Cover

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Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.

Niccolo Machiavelli

http://quotegarden.com/appearance.html

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There are few things of more value to any person than the content of their character. And while there are many people who would deny it, most people work hard at establishing themselves as decent and caring people. The thing is that what might just take a lifetime to develop can be torn to shreds in a matter of moments by the erroneous labeling by another, even someone who is a perfect stranger. How many of you have seen a man with a swarthy complexion, dark eyes and a beard and simply assumed they must be from a Middle Eastern Country? Or how many have seen an extremely attractive and well endowed blond-haired and blue-eyed woman and labeled them as a “dumb blond” without even speaking a single word to them? Or how about assuming that the clean-cut attractive man wearing the business suit is someone who also has impeccable morals?

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There is a word used to describe this phenomenon. It is called Physiognomy (from the Greek. physis meaning “nature” and gnomon meaning “judge” or “interpreter”) which is the assessment of a person’s character or personality from his outer appearance, especially the face. In a nutshell, it means that if we judge by appearances and we see someone who is attractive in some way, they must also have good characters. And in contrast, someone who appears unattractive or different must then have questionable character.

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Illustration from a 19th century book about Physiognomy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physiognomy

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Now the thing is that we are not all programmed to be good all of the time. While you might view me in a particular light, my husband might just be able to provide a couple of eye-opening examples of me with horns and a pitchfork in hand! And like me, we are all capable of both good and behaviors at any time. Which just proves that we should never label the character of anyone we encounter unless we have gotten to know them intimately well. And even then, I would much rather err on the side of benevolence and always look for the good in them. You see I am someone who is hard pressed not to see gold, somewhere, in everything that glitters! And that may well be because I prefer to try to view my fellow man the way that God does!

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We might just believe that God judges man just as man judges man, but nothing is farther from the truth. We tend to think that God weighs each of us by what we do alone when, in fact, God sees far beyond the surface. He is able to discern our true natures because he sees inside our minds, our thoughts and our hearts. In fact, He says that man’s spirit is like a lamp which shows Him everything we hold, hidden, deeply within our hearts! Proverbs 20:27 NIV says, 27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being. Which just proves that man’s ways are not God’s ways nor are man’s values equal to the values God places on the lives of every one of His children! And I am, personally, content handing the mantle and scepter of judgement over into His capable hands!

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“You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, My decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with The Father, who sent Me.”

John 8:15-16 NIV

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Thought For The Day 10/23/12

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God’s Promise

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Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.

James Dean

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/james_dean.html

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“Live for your afterlife as if you will die tomorrow, and live for this life as if you will live forever”.

saying (hadith) of Muhammad

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Did_James_Dean_say_dream_as_if_you’ll_live_forever_live_as_if_you’ll_die_today_or_tomorrow

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I find it rather amazing that we so often fail to appreciate the gift that we are given by God every time that we open our eyes to greet the new dawn. It is not an “in your face”, “I dare you not to appreciate” type of gift we are given. It is, instead, the hint of a promise that new beginnings are there just waiting for us to first see them and then to grasp them and hold them close to our heart, where all that is the best we have to offer dwells. Unfortunately, that is how it exists in an ideal world. Our reality is that the world in which we live finds us facing suspicion and doubt far more often, invading and infecting our lives with the same virulence as a Cancer invades and distorts healthy cells! However, there is one monumental difference between the two. We can almost never prevent the damage done to us by a Cancer cell run amok while the way we choose to awaken and begin our day is entirely within our control!

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We first need to apply the lessons we learned from the experiences we were blessed with yesterday. Those lessons are not in your face obvious but are probably a subtle whisper or gentle nudge addressing the concerns that were paramount at that moment. The waiting and hoping for answers is over and the solutions are winking at us hoping we will notice and act. The capacity to do that lies within us already. Ephesians 2:10 NIV says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. Once we have a foundation to work with, finding the strength to continue onto tomorrow comes next and it is what God promises to us. He tells us this in Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

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The promise of the things to come, asks of us that we be content to wait to greet these new beginnings. Now I don’t know about you, but for me, waiting is not easy. Having done our share of time in God’s waiting room had been the subject of jokes in our house. But wait we must because things that are the promise happen in God’s time, not man’s! The thing is that the times I became too anxious and failed to wait proved disastrous on so many levels. But always, without exception, when I chose patience to allow the gifts of God to come, He readily offered me the strength to somehow find within the patience. Psalm 27:14 King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” But always remember, whether we are waiting on Him, for Him, or with Him, waiting need not passive. When God is leading, it’s always an adventure. With Him, it’s always worth the wait.

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37) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38)And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39) No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39 NLT

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Thought For The Day 10/22/12

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What Goes Around Comes Around

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Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others…
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

Walt Whitman

http://www.quotegarden.com/helping.html

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Every day of our lives presents us with choices. Some of those choices may be relatively inconsequential. The decision of what will grace the dinner table or whether today will be slacks and sweater casual or a skirt and blouse dressed down day are a couple of examples of these less earth shattering decisions that we all pour over every day. Then there are the choices we face that have the capacity to be life altering in their significance. For example, you become angry with your child and almost without thinking, slap their face so hard that their lip is split. And while I would hope that this is an extreme example, I think you all know what I am saying by using this particular illustration. Because just as the wise man built his house upon the rock, so do we need to constantly take a moment to think about our actions despite the fact that the heat of the moment might just tend to want to take over where common sense must prevail. Perhaps it is easier to think of this in terms of choosing which bridges we must cross and which ones we must gather the kindling for!
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Becoming a person of worth and living a life that you can be proud of is something that is very difficult for most of us. It is easy to be full of pride for another persons accomplishments but it is much harder to recognize the same positive attributes when they are attached to our own character. In other words, I can say without reservation that my daughter is an excellent mother while it is more difficult to think of myself in those very same terms. And yet I might want to be just as effusive with my negative assessments of the character of someone I dislike intensely but I will purposefully restrain myself from  making my negative feelings known because for me to share them might just cause the other person to be hurt and that diminishes me much more than it does them. A prime example of crossing the bridge but not roasting marshmallows on the embers of that same structure. However, when I have achieved a milestone decision for my life and it is one that I know will have a lifelong impact on me for the better, well then just hand me the lighter fluid and a match because I will never look back. That does not preclude me from remembering the experiences that were my past life, but it prevents me from being tempted to rethink my choice and the potential to derail the positives and progress I have introduced to my life. And it also is what compels me to want to pay those blessings that I have been gifted with forward as I live my life. And it was exactly this message I was given in after receiving an email from a friend yesterday and which I am going to share with you all right now.
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PAID IN FULL WITH ONE GLASS OF MILK
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One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of meal he asked for a drink of water! She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?” You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.” He said …”Then I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
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As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit. Instead he found his faith and his spirit renewed just as his thirst had been assuaged.
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Many year’s later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city,         where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to      do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case. After a long struggle, the battle was won.
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Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words:
       
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Paid in full with one glass of milk.
Dr. Howard Kelly
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Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread broadly, through the kindness of human hearts and the deeds of human hands.”

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There’s a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the water comes back to you. Pay your blessings forward every chance you get! The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love when you least expect it to. And even if you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place, and, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?

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4) There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5) There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6) God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

1 Corinthians 12;4-6 NLT

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Thought For The Day 10/21/12

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Faith and Friendships

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A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably. 

William Penn

http://quotegarden.com/friendship.html

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I don’t know about you all, but friendships are extremely important to me. Like family, friends generally don’t stay in your life because of what they can get from you. In fact, they don’t even stay because of what they can give to you! They stay JUST BECAUSE! There is no rhyme nor reason that explains why friends are always there…as integral a part of our lives as are those we are related to! And in thinking about the whys and wherefores of friendships, suddenly, I began to have visions in my head of Imelda Marcos, and her infamous shoe collection, which in turn, made me think about my own closet and your closet, as well!
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Think about the shoe collection that holds a place of honor in your closet. Now I am not in any way a shoe fanatic and yet, if I were to hazard a guess, I would probably have to say that I have at least 25 different pairs of shoes there. And not two are the same. Some are broken in comfy ones I wear when I do yard work or go our fishing. Others are casual comfortable. They are the kind that are perfect for strolling the outlet shops or local mall. There are others that are perfect for exercise which are the ones that probably see the least amount of daylight, come to think of it. There are others that are summer wear and more that are my go-to cold weather wear and of course, there are the ones you wear on special, dress-up occasions! All different colors, shapes, functions, but all essential to our day-to-day living. Well, although I hate to say it out loud for fear that I might just have to begin ducking  some tomato chucking in my direction, but our collection of friends is exactly like our collection of shoes! None is exactly the same. They are not the same size or shape. They do not do or like the same things. Some work full-time, some are retired and work part-time and some are fully retired. Some like to travel, others like to golf. In fact, with few exceptions, there are few who share most of those interests that captivate my attention every day. And yet, they all are as important to my life as is my spouse and my children. And it is because of our differences that we all have so very much to give each other as we spend those precious moments together!
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Did you know that someone has suggested that we all need at least five types of friends? They actually broke the list down into the following descriptions:
  • A work friend.  People who completely understand what is involved in the career you’ve chosen. These people spend a tremendous amount of time with you and when there is a camaraderie present, the time away from home passes more quickly and a happy worker becomes a more productive worker, as well!
  • A friend such as a parent of a child in your class or a neighbor.  These are people who are as invested in the part of your life that involves common interests and property but may not be people you choose to be social with on a more intimate level.
  • A childhood friend.  These people share and help you to keep alive the history that was responsible for your formative development.
  • A good time fun pal. These people are the ones you are comfortable having fun or sharing a common leisure activity with such as your bowling buddy, a fellow quilter or a person from your book club.
  • A straight-shooting, “tell it like it is” friend. These friends are the ones who dare to point out both your strengths as well as your weaknesses! But these friends might just be your closest allies because if they were not, their honesty might just be hurtful, on some level.

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Now as much as I must agree with the list that has been compiled, there is one friendship that was omitted. It might just be the most important friendship of them all because it is a friendship born of pure love and devotion that captures the best of all of the others and combines them into a cohesive and perfect relationship. That is the love our Lord has for us all and we Him! And yet they are so very different. His love for us is unconditional while ours is conditional, based on the state of our feelings and emotions as they exist from moment to moment. And just as the thermostat rises and falls as the seasons change, so can the love that man feels, which is why we find ourselves falling in and out of relationships continually our entire lives. Man constantly falls in and out of love. However, God’s love is not based on feelings or emotions. He loves us because HE IS LOVE, in its most perfect and ideal form! Not only is it the reason He created us in the first place in the Garden, but it is also the reason it was recreated and restored by a willing sacrifice made for us all with the gift of His son, Jesus Christ! And I don’t know about you, but this is, most definitely, the best and most enduring of any relationship I have ever experienced in my life!

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8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:8 NIV

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Thought For The Day 10/20/12

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More Mixed Nuts!

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http://www.123rf.com/photo_8885369_mixed-nuts-with-shells.html

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The purpose of all major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our
hearts.

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

http://www.quotegarden.com/ideas.html

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The name mixed nuts has stuck with me ever since yesterday’s blog was published and not just because I crave a salty, chewy snack (which, by the way, I do)! The words are echoing over and over in my head and that can mean only one thing. I guess I am being guided to consider another way of thinking about this title that lends itself to a bit more serious take on the concept! And there can be nothing more serious that thinking about all of the many different faiths that exist in our world today and how they collectively tie us all together as a people of faith. And I do not mean the Protestant Faith or the Catholic Faith, or the Islamic Faith or the Jewish Faith or the Hindu Faith. I mean, simply, F-A-I-T-H !

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Just look for a moment at the word F-A-I-T-H broken down into its definition, courtesy of “The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language”,  ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company:

FAITH (noun)

1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See Synonyms at belief, trust.
3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one’s supporters.
4. often Faith Christianity The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God’s will.
5. The body of dogma of a religion: ie. the Muslim faith.
6. A set of principles or beliefs
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 Now I don’t know about you, but no where do I see proof positive that faith is limited to only a single set of beliefs that are upheld by a particular denomination or group.What I do see is a description which, when examined in its entirety and looked at collectively, illustrates core values which are the best examples of who and what we hope to be as human beings, in a perfect and ideal world. Alas, we do not live in an ideal and perfect world, which goes far in explaining why there is near constant warfare going on…..brother fighting brother…..all with the misguided notion that one set of beliefs is better and therefore trumps the other’s right to exist!
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So now back to the name of this piece, “Mixed Nuts” and think about what that title implies. In a can of mixed nuts, every single member belongs to the same genus of origin. All are nuts. And yet not a single one, even among the same kinds, is exactly the same. Type, size, shape, color, or taste. All unique and special and different. Some are tangy, others more bitter, some sweet, some soft, others hard. But when enjoyed as a collective group, mixed nuts proves to be a very satisfying experience because it is through these differences that each one adds to and complements the enjoyment of the one next to it. Each bite a little different and yet each bite a mesmerizing culinary experience which makes us want to go back for seconds! So then, why is it somehow beyond us to see these same traits in our fellow human beings? Because I find it a very sad testament of the human race if we can not find it within our hearts to exist as cohesively and perfectly as do mixed nuts in a can!

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For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

1 Corinthians 4:7 NIV

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Thought For The Day 10/19/12

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Mandy’s Mixed Nuts!

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http://www.123rf.com/photo_13165419_varieties-of-nuts-peanuts-hazelnuts-chestnuts-walnuts–pistachio-and-others.html

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If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple.  But if you have an idea and I have an
idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. 

George Bernard Shaw

http://www.quotegarden.com/ideas.html

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I was thinking about all of the blogs I have written since that very first post of mine published on March 25th, 2011, and I began to wonder whether any of them contained some of those profound one-liners like you see on those catchy church signs or bumper stickers. You know what I mean. I’m talking about things like the title of that 1945 movie starring Dennis Morgan and Raymond Massey, “God Is My Co-Pilot”. And so I decided to scan through the pages that have somehow become transformed from thought to idea to blog to see whether I could find a few gems to re-share with you. I was aiming for those one sentence pearls of wisdom and pretty much succeeded with a few exceptions, which I also included. Now there were many that I glossed over but these were a few that caught my eye as I was perusing all of my 578 blogs! Included is a new one I created especially for today based on a snippet from a post of mine from just a couple of days ago. I decided to alternate my words with a few of my favorite of those bumper stickers we have all seen in front of us at the neighborhood stop light, and all of those all come from a web site I found called “Christian Bumper Stickers” (http://www.ruighaver.net/bumperstickers/christian.htm ).

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 We forget to just enjoy….enjoy the fellowship of others, the beauty in the world and the sheer joy of play.

Mandy

04/12/11

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America needs a Faith Lift!

Christian Bumper Sticker

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Is the inner fever I feel really a burning from being struck by an issue of faith and God speaking to my soul or is it hot flashes?

Mandy

04/13/11

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Forbidden Fruits create many Jams!

Christian Bumper Sticker

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We wear our blinders and our N.I.M.B.Y. (not in my back yard) faces and choose to…ignore the anguish of a…human being.

Mandy

05/12/11

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A house is not a home without me — God.

Christian Bumper Sticker

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When did I become best friends with so many doctors? I can tell you if they’re married, how many kids they have and their office addresses are on my Christmas card list.

Mandy

05/31/11

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Before Sunday football why not come to my house — God.

Christian Bumper Sticker

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Now one thing I can state with certainty is that you never find/use “IT” without three basic fundamental steps:

a) searching for “IT  b) discovering how to use “IT  c) practicing “IT”.

Mandy

06/10/11

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God loves you whether you like it or not!

Christian Bumper Sticker

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Now my family is about as “White bread” as they come while Dan’s is pure “Semolina (Italian bread)”!

Mandy

06/16/11

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Believe those who seek the Truth. Doubt those who find it!

Christian Bumper Sticker

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 ….for clergy, conveying God’s word is not all “moon-light and canoes”….

Mandy

07/30/11

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God’s last name is not dammit!

Christian Bumper Sticker

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 …I told her (Sabrina, my daughter) that she would see him (our cat) again one day in heaven. Looking at me as if I had lost my mind, Sabrina replied back, “Yes, mommy but I’m only 5. I’m not going to see heaven for a very long time!”

Mandy

08/21/11

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CAUTION! God At Work! Person In Progress!

Christian Bumper Sticker

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Always remember that the common sense of a thing does not always make that thing right or desirable!

Mandy

09/24/11

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For all you do, His blood’s for you!

Christian Bumper Sticker

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I wish I had the pope on speed dial because if he managed to get me on the air, we would all be seeing a miracle in South Carolina…

Mandy

11/06/11

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Don’t blame God for the things that people do.

Christian Bumper Sticker

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(Aah) the music of the ice cream truck which drives every parent on the face of the earth crazy at the same time it causes the Pavlovian drooling response in children, begin its rounds throughout your neighborhood just as the sun winks below the horizon…

Mandy

04/30/12

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CAUTION! Non-exposure to the Son will cause burning.

Christian Bumper Sticker

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Now life is like a beautiful waltz…a delicately choreographed movement meant to perfectly compliment the person you are dancing with. Unfortunately I am a child of the “frug” and “watusi” and “mashed potato” era.

Mandy

10/10/12

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Even Darwin KNOWS God created earth (now).

Christian Bumper Sticker

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But my very first thought was….OK, my first thought was “if only you were my kid”! But my second thought was, what has happened to good old-fashioned common courtesy?

Mandy

10/11/12

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The way I drive, I’ve gotta have Faith!

Christian Bumper Sticker

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Faith is like a football team. While some players are Linebackers (Protestants) and others are Wide Receivers (Catholic), the goal is still to get the ball into the end zone (Heaven)!

Mandy

10/17/12

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Don’t leave without life support!

Christian Bumper Sticker

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On Judgement Day, will you pass through the “Pearly Gates” or will you be sent packing to a warmer climate for all eternity?

Mandy

10/19/12

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God’s One Liners!

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1 John 4:9-10

We love Him because He first loved us.

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Psalm 34:19

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;

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 Proverbs 2:7

He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.

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Psalm 5:12

For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

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Psalm 9:9

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

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Hebrews 10:24

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

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Lamentations 3:25

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;

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Psalm 16:11

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

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Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

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Thought For The Day 10/18/12

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And That’s Why I Believe in God!

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http://www.turnbacktogod.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/thanks-giving-prayer-0112.jpg

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Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. 

Rabindranath Tagore

http://www.quotegarden.com/children.html

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Please note that I can not prove the truth of the history of the following piece I am sharing with you today. I checked “Snopes” and the status of the piece is listed as undetermined! But I do not think proving the truth of the authorship of the piece matters one single bit. This is being reprinted from an email I received on Tuesday. I am not going to editorialize or add anything else. This post is exactly as I received it!

Amanda Bruscella

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THIS IS FABULOUS!!! It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to ‘explain God.’ I wonder if any of us could have done as well? (and he had such an assignment, in California , and someone published it, I guess miracles do happen!)

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EXPLANATION OF GOD:

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‘One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.’
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‘God’s second most important job is listening to prayers An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.’
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‘God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.’
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‘Atheists are people who don’t believe in God. I don’t think there are any in Chula Vista . At least there aren’t any who come to our church.’
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‘Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn’t want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.’
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‘His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.’
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‘You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.’
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‘You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God! Don’t skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn’t come out at the beach until noon anyway.’
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‘If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared, in the dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.’
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‘But…you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.
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And…that’s why I believe in God.’

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And this is exactly the same reason that I believe in God too!

Amanda Bruscella

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Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew 19:14 NIV

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