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Thought For The Day 11/22/14

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Enormously Gorgeous 

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Self-respect cannot be hunted.  It cannot be purchased.  It is never for sale.  It cannot be fabricated out of public relations.  It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth we have spoken it. 

Whitney Griswold

http://quotegarden.com/self-respect.html

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I can remember with absolute clarity what motivated so many of the “Thoughts” I’ve written throughout the years. However, there was one I can not. And when you really think about it, that is a very sad commentary on the degree of moral decay that is to be found in our world these days. It had to do with a story I had read a number of years ago that I remember fondly calling “Daddy’s Princess”.

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Now I don’t know that this was the title but I do know that the sentiments were identical to another message that crossed my desk more recently. Both stories were about self-esteem and inner beauty and equipping children (especially little girls) with the tools they need to see themselves as important and worthy and deserving of respect and love. And with the incidence of bullying in our communities seemingly on the rise, making sure no child (or adult, for that matter) thinks themselves undeserving or unworthy must be a huge priority for us as a society!  You see, electing to turn our back on those who are struggling with learning to like themselves, is pervasive in our society. And while this should be unacceptable to those whose faith should teach the importance of understanding the value of each and every child of God, all too often, it is our upstanding, church-going, Bible toting family members, friends and acquaintances, who are often guilty of failing to take appropriate measures to protect those most vulnerable!

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Parents, schools, community groups and religious organizations must all join together in sharing a message that EVERYONE is deserving of experiencing all the happiness that is possible to feel. And if we can make just one person see themselves in a more positive light, we have taken one step forward in keeping that person from becoming a victim at the hands of another!

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To Be Enormously Gorgeous

written by Carla O’Brien
http://www.midnightangel308.com/to_be_enormously_gorgeous.htm

My dad says I am enormously gorgeous. I wonder if I really am.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Sarah says you need to have beautiful long, curly hair like she has.
I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Justin says you must have perfectly straight white teeth like he has.
I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Jessica says you can’t have any of those little brown dots on your face called freckles.
I do.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Mark says you have to be the smartest kid in the seventh-grade class.
I’m not.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Stephen says you have to be able to tell the funniest jokes in the school.
I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Lauren says you need to live in the nicest neighborhood in town and in the prettiest house.
I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Matthew says you can only wear the coolest clothes and the most popular shoes.
I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Samantha says you need to come from a perfect family.
I don’t.

But every night at bedtime my dad gives me a big hug and says,
“You are enormously gorgeous, and I love you.”

My dad must know something my friends don’t.

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This is a wonderful story with an important message both for children and their parents. In a world that can lack love and acceptance, it is so vitally important that we give our children not only what they need but what they deserve, as well. If you ever wondered for a single moment the importance of positive parenting, then look no farther than the words you have just read. After all, we as families control so much of the direction our young people will travel.

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As parents, if you reinforce the importance of education, you will likely be blessed with children who thirst for knowledge. As parents, if you reinforce the importance of including God in your life, you will likely to be blessed with children that have faith and choose a pathway for living that includes a moral compass that points to Him and His laws for making right choices. As parents, if you reinforce the importance of taking care of our world, you will likely be blessed by witnessing a generation of children equipped with the understanding that we each have the capability of making a difference in not just the lives of people but all of the gifts of nature God has given to man. As parents, if you have taught your children the definition of worth by both what you say as well as how you live,  you will likely be blessed by bearing witness to future generations that know they are worthy!

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4: 8-9 ESV

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 10/22/13

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Taking Care With What We Share

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the world is a dangerous place

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Bullying is killing our kids. Being different is killing our kids and the kids who are bullying are dying inside. We have to save our kids whether they are bullied or they are bullying. They are all in pain.

Cat Cora

 http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/catcora442597.html#aPxD5mGcbIzsfDwv.99

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Facebook is having problems. Surprise, surprise! Apparently people from across the globe have been having problems not just commenting on threads but even liking other’s posts. And this “the sky is falling” event has even struck close to home. No, not me, but my 86-year-old father has been getting messages such as “An Error Has Occurred. Please Try Again Later”! And before I heard  complaints by the thousands today, I thought that perhaps someone had reported him….taking offense at something or other that he had said or shared. You see, like many of us these days (myself included, I might add), my dad speaks his mind and sometimes says things before thinking through the consequences. And once upon a time, this was not just common, but acceptable behavior. But welcome to the 21st century, where rumors are spread like wildfire through Facebook posts and behaviors recorded for all of posterity via YouTube!

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Yes, taking care with what we share has become a must these days, when it seems as if every thing we write, say or share has the capacity to remain “out there” in cyber space for all of eternity. And while most of us will never change the events of recorded history by what we say and do, we may well change the life of one person. Case in point…..the cyber bullying of the 12-year-old Florida girl who leaped to her death from a silo to escape the remorseless taunts of 2 fellow middle school girls. Now not just have phones and laptops been confiscated from dozens of students, but the mother of one of the alleged perpetrators was arrested, her own physical actions of abuse captured and viewed countless times via cyber space! And while there is much good that can come from this technological time of enlightenment, it seems as if there is more harm that is done every day.

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Those of faith should seek to lead our world in a battle to eradicate this escalating horror. But that means changing much of what we have come to accept as normal and acceptable actions and behaviors. Do we have the strength to close our laptops and turn off our cell phones for a few hours every day? I don’t know. I do know that I have tried to lessen the time I go on my cell phone during car trips. I am making a concentrated effort to spend more time talking to Dan and looking out the window at God’s miracles all around me! Am I successful? Not as much as I might like, but I also know that of all things worth having, sometimes it is the baby steps that we take at first that will give us the skills to scale the “Matterhorn”!

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We must lead by example and as we teach our children about faith, we must also teach things such as acceptance, tolerance, mutual respect and love for others. And hopefully, as they grow and mature in that faith, they will not only understand how to better relate to others whose opinions differ, but they will also have the tools of strength to help them battle any aggression or violence that they may find directed at them or another.

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If our actions are above reproach and we are sharing our hearts with those we care about, and they respect the person we are, it is likely they will model their behaviors after our own. And I am certain that this will meet with God’s approval! 1 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV, reminds us, “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” 

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Yes, living and faith-filled life is not just paying lip-service to faith. We can not say one thing and do another…..EVER! And it is this that we must convey to those who would look to us to teach them! And yes, sometimes that means we lead them to begin their own baby-steps even as we take our own!

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“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:25-37 NIV

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Thought For The Day 09/28/13

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Me Thinks Thou Doth Protest Too Much!

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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

Desmond Tutu

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/bullying

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Ever wonder about the phrase, “Me Thinks Thou Doth Protest Too Much? I know I have, and I have often felt its draw when I see people who sometimes wear their false faces in church. Now, to return to the original, some of you know that Shakespeare wrote the phrase…..sort of. The actual quote was spoken by Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude, and the exact phrase was, “The lady doth Protest too much, methinks.”As is human nature. we have altered the words to better suit us, but have we altered the intent? Do we understand exactly what Shakespeare meant!

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In Shakespeare’s day, protest meant to “vow” or to “Declare solemnly”. However, today we have altered the meaning, and thus the intent, of this phrase. We recognize that when someone protests too vigorously, the intent is never received well. Instead, we are apt to suspect that the person saying  the thing is not being entirely truthful. And it is this that seems to somehow weave a thread of “untruth”when someone speaks exceedingly passionately, and at times, even with a hint of disdain or prejudice, when affirming that their beliefs are the one, true source of God’s word!  And I really have to ask why it is that people disparage what others believe?

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Unfortunately, those who are the first, and often the loudest voices of protest, are the least secure, in the strength of their own faith…..and life, for that matter! They speak in an attempt to lower others to the same level on which they live, because the idea that another might just be correct, is an unbearable thing to live with. But we can battle people like this, by becoming secure in our own strengths. But unfortunately, not all of those whose self-image is destroyed are that strong to be able to dismiss those slings and arrows. And those are the people who become so lost that they make choices from which there is no return!

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Interestingly, the Bible says more than a few things about people who belittle others. In fact, the Bible at times attributes this sin to Satan! Look at Roman’s 15:1-5 ESV, “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

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Today we view people who attack and demean as bullies. And while I agree with Michael J. Fox, who has said that despite all the horrible things that someone can do, our dignity can never be taken away from us unless we allow it, It is still so hard to remain strong when standing in a thunderstorm of “hatespeak” and degradation from the mouths and minds of another. So what tools do we use to equip ourselves and our children?

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We must teach the social-emotional skills that can prevent and stop most bullying and harassment. Not only will we grow within, but we will grow without, by building healthy relationships. There are ways to set boundaries and become empowered when dealing with those who seek to demean!

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There is a website that offered a list of some proactive steps everyone (not just children) can take in defusing a potentially volatile situation with someone who chooses to hurt us. The site is: http://www.kidpower.org/library/article/bullying-questions-answers/

  • Use awareness to notice a problem situation and move out of reach. Leave! Go to a place where you feel safe, and recharge your batteries.
  • Tell someone to stop. Be proactive. Speak up. Telling someone to stop may not make them stop but it may make them think!
  • Ask to join the discussion or conversation in a friendly, confident way. If you speak first, you will often discover that you will never speak last and in a defensive way!
  • Find another person to interact with. Bullies are often few in number but with voices that make it seem like a thousand! Not everyone bullies and demeans!
  • Be willing to go to someone for help….whether it is the law, a superior or a teacher. And if you feel like you are being ignored, be persistent! You matter and are important and as such, you DESERVE to be and feel safe…..ALWAYS!

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And if you need some more strength, turn to some empowering scriptures to nourish your spirit! Here’s a wonderful scripture of support! 1 John 4:1 ESV, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Or how about this verse from James 2:1-5 ESV, “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?” And here is my favorite! Galatians 5:22-23 ESV, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

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Finally, I want you to remember this quote written by A.A. Milne, but spoken by Christopher Robin to his ever faithful but ever the timid friend, Winnie-the-Pooh. “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” (A) And if you remember these things, and remember that  “During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you” (B), you can and will overcome all those who would seek to demean you and your life and your faith!

(A) http://thinkexist.com/quotation/promise-me-you-ll-always-remember-you-re-braver/357150.html

(B) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footprints_in_the_Sand

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But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

1 Peter 3:15 ESV

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Thought For The Day 09/12/13

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Compassionate Hearts

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Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.
Author Unknown

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Today I am lead to re-share a post I wrote nearly a year ago. It was about people who judge and those who are the victims of their judging! Some might call it bullying. But a rose by any other name is still a rose!

I had not been the victim of bullying behavior since I was in my middle twenties, and I was waiting for the bus on a major roadway in Staten Island, NY, where I lived. I saw an older model car approaching where I stood when, suddenly, a young man leaned out the window, he spat at me, and he screamed those words every person who is over-weight, fears will be said. He screamed at me, “You big fat pig”!

That single moment is as fresh in my mind as it was when it happened in the late 1970’s. I don’t think I was ever hurt as badly as I was that day. This young man didn’t know me. He didn’t know that I had recently given birth to my son. He didn’t know that I helped people as a nurse and that I worked hard to make a wonderful life for my family. He knew NOTHING about me except what he saw in that single moment.

People continue to hurt others today, even in this time of what might be considered a time of enlightenment. Yes, judging others and bullying has made headlines in our newspapers and appears on the “crawler” that loops over and over and the bottom of the television screen on our 24 hour news station. And sadly, it seems as if no one is immune.

Judgment by others strikes today through our social media sites. In fact, I was victimized today by someone who didn’t know me. She or he even pretended to be someone else in the email they sent to me today. Yes, I felt hurt by what they did, but I am made of much stronger stuff, these days. You see, I wear some pretty good armor and try as you might, you won’t diminish or erode that armor of faith one iota!

So here is a post I wrote once upon a time. Perhaps we can all say a prayer that I won’t ever have to write another.

Mandy

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Recent events that are happening in my life are reminding me that, while I prefer to see the good in people, there are still those in the world that are firmly convinced that their way is the only way. The thing is that acting under the guise of being Christians, these people seek to hurt others by damning them for behaviors or choices that do not quite fit their notions of how a Christian should act. And try as I might, I just can not seem to wrap my head around this. Why can we not all search within our hearts to find the light that is God’s grace that burn’s within every human heart? OK, in a nutshell, why can’t we lose our preconceived notions about what is right for another and simply see them with the same eyes as does our Heavenly Father?

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I am reminded of the story of two men in the Bible who were exceedingly unpopular fellows. Levi and Zacchaeus were both tax collectors, and viewed about the same way as we view the IRS on April 15th. Many people complained to Christ because He was friendly to them. Now His response to those critical of Levi was to offer perhaps what is one verse of the most sage advice that is to be found in the New Testament, Luke 5:31,-32 NIV: Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” And of course, similarly with Zacchaeus, the tongues began wagging when Jesus visited the home of this man. However, Zacchaeus told Christ that he believed in what the Lord was teaching, and Jesus accepted him into God’s family and described to them His purpose: Luke 19-10 NIV: For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

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Just as Jesus showed compassion and tolerance to others by His very actions, so are we given a choice to love and accept others despite behaviors that we might find objectionable. After all, it is each of us who will be called individually on Judgement Day, to give an accounting to God of our actions while we lived. And it is God and God alone who should be passing judgement on the way we lived our lives, not those Tom’s, Dick’s and Harry’s out there who delight in creating misery for so many!

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So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

Romans 14: 12-18

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Thought For The Day 08/30/13

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Looking Inside The Heart

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It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.

Helen Keller

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/good_people.html

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We are living on the brink right this very moment. And I am scared! No, I am not scared because I am worried for myself, but because I am worried for the lives and well-being of people everywhere whose eyes see only the outside of people rather than looking deeper and discovering what lies within each heart.

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What is the result of this disease of the mind and heart called intolerance, that is as infectious to the well-being of man as was the Black Death that killed 1.5 million people in the mid 14th century? Well, intolerance proves to the many that a few are incapable of accepting individuality and other unique qualities that are the signature of every single human being ever created by the Almighty!

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So now that we have identified the disease, what then is the end result of this infection? Well, intolerance of others breeds aggression. Aggression breeds anger. Anger breeds hatred. Hatred breeds violence. Violence breeds war. And war breeds even more intolerance! And I do not believe I am alone in praying that the human race can find a way to avoid that horrible three-letter word that has the potential to forever alter existence as we know it to be. But how? What can we do?

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Well imagine what we might just discover if we were able to burrow our way into the heart and mind of others! I suspect we would discover that for every single thing that is different about us, we would find perhaps a million other things that are EXACTLY the same. And isn’t that alone enough of a reason to try, at all costs, to end the mindset of power-hungry leaders who seek only to enhance their own position within their countries by choosing to totally disregard the lives of the people whose welfare they were entrusted with protecting?

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Now, please know that I do not, under any circumstances, seek to have any country employ violence if there is a possible diplomatic option available, because I know that sitting down and talking and even more importantly, LISTENING, can work miracles. It has done so in the past and I am certain that it will, in the future. But like so many in the international community, I can not see the face of another toddler with glazed eyes, gasping for breath, while a pile of others who have died lie in the same room just feet away.

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Yes, God commands that we not kill. And yet, we find again and again in the Bible, evidence that lives were taken by His chosen people, as He commanded. But what this shows us that there is a difference between taking a life with malice in one’s heart, and following His call for bloodshed as payment for crimes. And death under these circumstances, while never wanted, is, at times, wholly warranted! It is this difference that He shares with us in Samuel 15: 1-3 NIV, which is an affirmation, of sorts, that while war is never a good thing, it is sometimes inevitable given the sinful nature that is man’s curse to bear! “Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them….” Still….what would we really see in the heart of others, if we but take a moment to really look?

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There is a video that has circulated throughout the internet, that seeks to answer that very thing! It shares with us that we can never really know what is transpiring in the heart of another which is why we must always try to see the best in others, even if we doubt that the best even exists. But seeing through new eyes is only half the battle. Yes, we must see, but we must also live our convictions, and be an example to the world of what having a Christ filled heart can offer to humanity!

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This wonderful video is entitled, “IF WE COULD SEE INSIDE OTHERS’ HEARTS”: LIFE, and you may view this video by either clicking the URL or by pressing the embed arrow on the screen below.

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Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.

1 Corinthians 4:5 NIV

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Thought For The Day 07/20/13

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True Beauty Is Seen With The Heart!

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Lizzie-Velasquez

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http://www.aboutlizzie.com/

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“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

Albert Ellis

September 27, 1913 – July 24, 2007

American Psychologist and Author

http://thinkexist.com/quotes/albert_ellis/

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Inner Beauty! We’ve all heard these words but do we know exactly what the words mean? And even more importantly, is it that Inner Beauty that we see when we look at another person? Probably not, if the only way we are looking at people is with the eyes alone and not the heart! But when we see others as our Father in Heaven tells us we should in 1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV, (“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight”), well then we really ARE seeing the most beautiful part of them. And when we do, we are also showing God the very best part of us…..our Inner Beauty!

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That is exactly what I see when I see a picture or look at a video of Lizzie Velasquez. But that is not what most people saw when they looked at her at one time. In fact, once an 8 second video of her was circulated through the internet and it was entitled, “The World’s Ugliest Woman”. (If you go on YouTube, you can still find that video today!) It was an interview that Lizzie did when she was only 11 years old about a medical condition she has that is so rare, it doesn’t even have a name! Now what was even worse was that the video went viral, with several million views and several hundred thousand of the ugliest, gut wrenching responses to the post, by black-hearted people who, I dare say, are not looking closely enough, or as often as they should be, into their own mirror! Lizzie read every single, hate-filled response, that was there. As is to be expected, she was torn to pieces almost beyond rational thought, and as she was trying to figure out how to exact her revenge, something happened. God spoke to her! And, while He didn’t used these exact words, the following was the gist of His message to Lizzie: “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”…..and now I’m giving you the chance to choose what road you want to take, so choose wisely!

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Well Lizzie chose, and her story is an amazing story of strength, determination…..and unwavering, absolute FAITH! She is a motivational speaker, an author, and a hero to many who live their lives as victims! And so today I am making available to you 2 videos of Lizzie. The first, immediately below, appeared in GodVine, and it is how I first came to know Lizzie and hear her story. To view it, you must click the URL below. It is 6 minutes long, but they will be the most inspiring 6 minutes you ever spent! The second video is embedded, and you simple need to click the arrow on the screen below to view it. It is 7 minutes long. I hope you see both but PLEASE, at least look at one of them. Once you do, your definition of the word BEAUTIFUL will be forever changed! I promise you that!

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“THE UGLIEST WOMAN ON THE INTERNET”

http://www.godvine.com/Girl-Voted-the-Ugliest-on-the-Internet-Gives-an-AMAZING-Godly-Speech-3653.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=7-19-2013#.UelpG5T5m_8.email

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“WORLD’S UGLIEST WOMAN GETS REVENGE”

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“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”

Matthew 23:27

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Hal

Happy 51st Birthday to my baby brother, Harold (Hal) Pierce!

Can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks! Then it’ll be me hugging you and not the bear!

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Thought For The Day 07/03/13

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Casting Stones

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paula deen

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“When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.

Louis Nizer
My Life in Court

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There are probably few of you who do not know who the woman is pictured above. Paula Deen was a single mother, poor and full of insecurities that very nearly kept her homebound, save for one thing. She had a fire that burned inside that told her that all things are possible when you search for and discover your divinely endowed talents. Some see that fire as bravery. Others call it the voice of God. But whatever description you choose, it was enough to move a mountain! And so rather than let herself continue on that downward spiral that those saddled with such obstacles often find is their lot in life, Paula Deen acted on this newly discovered bravery, and she made a life for herself and for her boys, and in doing so, carved out her very own niche in history. Until, that is, one fateful day recently, when that hard-fought success came tumbling down….like a house of cards. And all because she made a mistake!

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Was it a HUGE mistake? Well, it depends on your very own culture and race and beliefs! You see, she is accused of acting and speaking and thinking in a manner that can be considered to be racist against the African-American community! It is a mindset that, unfortunately, is all too prevalent in our world, especially the world of the “Old South”, which nurtured the Deen family. However, prejudice is an all-pervasive and learned mindset whose victims can be any and every person who is a tad bit different! Whether such attitudes color our thoughts and behaviors against a person because of their race, or whether it is directed at a group of people because they worship in a different way, or whether it is hurled at a slightly overweight child walking to the bus, there is nothing that erodes self esteem and feelings of worth more, than hate speech and thoughts that demean a fellow human being!

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That Paula Deen has paid a heavy price for this mistake, none can deny. Her endorsements and sources of financial backing are jumping ship faster that the speed of light! She has said she is terribly sorry for what some consider to be the unthinkable. I believe she is truly repentant, and I believe it is more than because of the monetary things now lost. I believe she knows in her heart what happened has diminished her in the minds of some and I believe Ms Deen prided herself as being a strong role model for many women, and especially single mothers, in our country. Unfortunately what I believe carries little weight in the global scheme of things. You see, still, there are many who long to pick up that stone, take aim, and fire it at her! Which makes me wonder how we can have possibly grown so little in our heart of hearts since that day 2000 years ago, when Christ wrote some words in the earth (the documentation of which appears below in the verses from John Chapter 8!

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Remember Christ’s lesson about not being quick to condemn when one is not blameless and tempering justice with mercy? They are lessons whose meaning are just as important today as they were then, which is why the lesson has endured in Christian thought….and even has found itself part of our vernacular today. How often have we each said the phrase, “Let the one who has never sinned cast the first stone”?

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Paula Deen asked for this on camera and the press blasted her for saying it. But it was her tears that spoke far more to me! And all I know is one, single, solitary thing! The person wielding that stone, most certainly WILL NOT be the sinner who is writing this post!

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8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more

John 8: 1-11 KJV

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