November 23, 2014

Your Miracle is On the Way! ♥

written by Leroy Thompson
[source: Kenneth Copeland Ministries]

A great man of God once said that miracles pass us by every day.

Well, I’m here to say it’s time for that to stop!

It’s time for miracles to stop passing us by, and it’s time for them to start manifesting in our lives—in our homes, our families, our businesses and jobs, our churches and communities. It’s time for us to expect miracles all the time, to expect God to do the extraordinary...to overrule perverted nature.

In Judges 6:13, Gideon said it like this: “If the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of?”

That question is still valid today. In the Church, at large, people don’t see many miracles happening. And they certainly don’t see them happening in their normal, day-to-day living.

So, where are all the miracles? Do they really exist? Isn’t God willing to intervene in our lives anymore?

God Is Still God

Miracles don’t just happen, my brother and sister. In part, you and I have to make them happen. We have to activate them by cooperating with God. Only by our yielding to God can His supernatural power manifest on our behalf and override the natural circumstances we face in this life.

Galatians 3:5 says, “He therefore that ministereth [or supplies] to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”

In other words, God, the One Who supplies us with His Spirit—or with supernatural power—is still in the business of working miracles among us.

If you think about it, the word god itself means “one who must be worshiped as having supernatural abilities.” Take that a step further, and we find that the word supernatural means “that which goes beyond the law and power of nature.”

So we’re talking about the One Who must be worshiped as having abilities that go beyond the law and power of this natural world in which we live.

That’s why the Bible is full of scriptures such as Matthew 19:26 which say, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

Luke 1:37—“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

Mark 9:23—“All things are possible to him that believeth.”

Still, the majority of people in our world today choose to live by their own limited resources and go their own way rather than depend upon God and go His way.

For us as believers, however, the moment we became Christians we were called to live in the realm of “all things are possible.” We took a step from impossible with man (the natural realm) to possible with Almighty God (the supernatural realm).

Now, it’s wonderful that we took that step, but as we’re about to see, there are some things we must know, and continually remind ourselves of, if we are to walk further in that miraculous arena with God—and let Him be God in our lives.

Don’t Hold Your Peace!

You’ll recall we saw in Galatians 3:5 that God supplies us with His Spirit and works miracles among us. He does it by our faith in what He says. So, we do have a vital role in the miraculous.

To understand just how vital our part is, however, I want us to examine a miracle recorded in Luke 18. Let’s begin with verses 35-39:

And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

First, notice that the blind man was begging.

If we do not learn to yield to the power of God, Satan will have us begging through life—and, all the while, our Father has made every provision in heaven and earth so we shouldn’t have to beg a day in our lives.

Truthfully, I see this blind man as those Christians who do not know their covenant rights and, as a result, they have been placed in a beggarly position.

“Oh, God, won’t You please heal me?”

No, that’s not our position in the blood covenant. God, Himself, told us to put Him in remembrance of the covenant (Isaiah 43:26), and make a demand on His power. We have every right to be healed, every right to be prosperous, every right for our children to walk with the Lord—because we have a covenant!

Next, notice that when the blind man heard all the commotion of the crowd passing by he called out to find out what was happening.

What did the people tell him?

Jesus of Nazareth is passing by!

My friend, Jesus is passing by us every day. Moment by moment, He passes near us. In fact if you’re a Christian, He is in you right now. Still, if we want our miracle, we will have to take action. We will have to do our part.

In this case, the blind man started hollering.

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

Now, once this man started making his demand on Jesus, notice what the people around him did. Verse 39 says they rebuked him and told him to shut up.

Today, as then, organized religion tries to keep us from our miracles. I know, because it kept me from them. Religious traditions kept me from the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, healing, and so on. They may have kept me out of hell, but they also kept me from so much of heaven.

So, here we have a blind man who was able to see his miracle passing by, yet the religious people around him couldn’t. His natural eye couldn’t see a thing, but he saw clearly with the eyes of his spirit, with the eyes of revelation—and what he saw, the religious folks rebuked. But that didn’t stop him. He just cried out louder, and with more intensity.

When Faith Talks...

Now that we’ve seen the blind man’s part in this press toward a miracle, let’s examine God’s part. We find it in Luke 18:40-43.

And Jesus stood, and commanded [the blind man] to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

In the middle of a noisy crowd, Jesus heard a distinct voice. It was the voice of faith. When He heard that voice, The Amplified Bible says He “stood still” (verse 40). He stopped.

Jesus hasn’t changed. He’s still the same (Hebrews 13:8). Any time He hears the voice of faith, He stops. When anyone speaks words of faith, it’s like calling Him to attention. He must stop, because He is under divine orders. The voice of faith places a demand on His power.

So once we make that demand on God’s power, and once Jesus stops...then notice what He does—verse 40 says, “Jesus stood, and commanded … ”

When we make a demand, God makes a command. He makes a command on our behalf. He releases supernatural power to change natural, perverted situations, and causes them to line up with what we are believing. His power submits to our faith.

You see, God has placed Himself in a situation where our faith controls Him, as well as all of His resources in heaven. You and I have the ability to move God and all of heaven at any given time—in the supermarket, in the car, in the house, in the yard, on the job.

So, on the road that day, Jesus could not go anywhere or do anything until He answered the voice of faith that cried out to Him.

Just Receive

After Jesus commanded the blind man be brought to Him, He asked the man, “What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?” Notice He didn’t say, “Let me see what I can do for you,” or “Sure, I want to help you, but let’s don’t get carried away.”

No, Jesus placed no limits on the man’s request. Actually, the limits were up to the blind man. So he told Jesus, “Lord, that I may receive my sight” (verse 41). With that, Jesus replied, “Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee” (verse 42). Receive. All the man had to do was just receive.

Today, Christians lack a lot because they don’t receive—and that shouldn’t be.
 
As believers, we should have such a lifestyle of deliverance that people are constantly attracted to us. And why not? We have something that can stop Jesus, the Miracle Worker, at any time...and for any reason!

My brother and sister, Jesus stopped on His way to Jericho that day because He heard the voice of faith. That voice stopped Him in His tracks. He didn’t have to think about it or pray it. He had no choice. He had to respond. But the key was faith.

Jesus doesn’t just drop in with miracle-working power. As with anything, He must have a faith invitation. If He doesn’t, He will pass us by.

A lot of miracles have been getting away from us because, even though Jesus shows up, we let Him pass by. We don’t call out with the voice of faith necessary to stop Him.

So, stop Him! Don’t let Jesus pass you by! Speak words of faith—cry, shout, use greater intensity if you have to, but do it with the voice of faith!

And once Jesus stops, don’t back off. Don’t limit Him, or yourself! Go ahead and tell Him what you would have Him do for you. Then receive.
 
Yes, we serve a miracle-working God, and heaven has come down to us. But, your miracle is up to you. So, don’t let it pass you by. Stop Jesus!

How God Works Behind the Scenes to Position You for Miracles

written by Sandra Clifton, D. Min
[source: CharismaMag]

"Wait, wait—look!" I exclaimed to my husband, Terry, on our morning walk. "Where did that come from?"

There, before our eyes was a flower, purple and pink with long soft petals. After a particularly long, cold winter, the flower was a miraculous reminder of spring!

But there was something else even more amazing than the first spring flower emerging after winter. This extraordinary, colorful flower had pushed through the least likely place—a dirty, ragged crack to the side of the cement sidewalk.

Snug and secure out of the flow of foot traffic, it looked as though this tiny flower had been placed there by a loving hand, for a reason—to simply grow and blossom, despite all odds.

Terry scratched his head and remarked, "God at work!"

That spring morning, I became suddenly aware of God at work—His ways of working behind the scenes. I was reminded of His Word that establishes Him as our Creator, "the Creator of the ends of the earth" (Is. 40:28); "the Lord, who made heaven and earth" (Ps. 121:1-2); "the Lord, the God of all flesh" (Jer. 32:27).

It was on that spring morning, while looking at the tiny miracle flower growing through the crack of cement that I shuddered to think that if we are not sensitive to God at work, we might miss what He is doing!

For instance, we might miss God at work mending a marriage because we can't see His instant results. We might miss God at work healing a parent and teen relationship because our impatience might corrode His timing. We might miss God at work blessing our finances because we can't see or get beyond our current debts.

If we are not careful, we might end up bitterly stuck—seeing life through the failures and limitations of yesterday—when God is quietly at work attempting to get us to move on to the victories that await us tomorrow.

If you know that God has called you to a great future, but you feel stuck in a mediocre or discouraging present, be of good cheer. God the Creator is working things out, whether you can see it or not. His Word calls you to walk by faith, not by sight (see 2 Cor. 5:7), and His Word even tells you to look not at the seen, but the unseen (see 2 Cor. 4:18).

God never calls perfect people—only obedient ones. He calls people, plants seeds of His plans and purposes for them, then He gives them opportunities to blossom and to do great things (see Heb. 11, "the faith chapter").

The next time you wonder if God is at work in your life, remember the tiny miracle flower that was discovered growing beautifully in the least likely place. Read Matthew 6:28-30 and remember what Jesus said about the lilies and the grass of the field—and how much more your heavenly Father loves and cares for you and is at work in your life, even this very second, growing miracles that are destined to blossom.

PRAYER POWER FOR THE WEEK

This week ask God to make you sensitive to His working in everyday occurrences. Thank Him that He is working on your behalf even if you cannot see answers to some of your prayers yet. Continue to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who are persecuted around the world for their faith in Christ. Ask God to extend His hand of mercy over the people of Israel, the Middle East, Africa and Indonesia. Pray for protection over our troops, our borders, our ports, and our cities. Continue to pray for our government officials in all areas of government – federal, state and local. Pray for worldwide revival to ignite in churches and engulf the planet, and that our nation would seek the Lord and follow His ways. Isaiah 40:28; 2 Chron. 7:14

God Will See You Through The Storm

God Will See You Through The Storm
written by Dwight Thompson

Storms drive little birds to seek shelter, but the eagle flies higher because of the storm.

Storms drive some from God—others they drive to God.

God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

A vessel was almost driven onto a rocky coast during a storm. Contrary to orders, one man went on deck. He saw the pilot holding the wheel unwaveringly, slowly turning the ship back out to sea. When the pilot saw the man, the pilot smiled. The man went below saying, "All is well, I saw the face of the pilot and he smiled."

Hudson Taylor said, "It does not matter how great the pressure; it matters only where the pressure lies, whether it comes between you and God, or whether it presses you closer to his heart."

Character is to the heart what a foundation is to a house. Compromise in either cannot stand in a storm. Listen to the words of Matthew regarding foundations:
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain cam down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. (Matthew 7:24-27)
The same pressures come to the good and the bad, but how they abide them proves the character.

Inward Obedience Provides Outward Growth

Someone has said, "With Jesus in the vessel, I smile at the storm. Fear sees the storm; faith sees God in the storm. Jesus Christ is no security against storms, but He is perfect security in storms. He does not promise an easy passage, but He guarantees a safe landing."

When the Titanic was built, it was called the "unsinkable ship." Yet the world soon learned that this was not true, for the vessel sank after hitting an iceberg.

Contrary to the Titanic, with Jesus in the ship of our lives, no matter how severe the storm, we are unsinkable with Him as our pilot.

Learning to Grow Through Adversities

[source: Pastor Bill's, Nuggets of Truth]

Theme: How to respond to trials that will either make us or break us.

Introduction:
God never intended for us or made provision for us to stop in our spiritual growth. God’s purpose for us is that we grow and become more like the Lord Jesus Christ in our daily lives to reflect more of Him and less of us. Sometimes we become complacent in our spiritual growth. We feel that we have reached a place in our walk with God that we no longer have a need to grow or go any deeper in our walk with God. God will allow adversity to come into our lives to move us forward in our walk with Him and cause us to grow. How we respond to our trials will either make us or break us. If we will submit ourselves to God during times of adversity we will discover something about our God and ourselves.

Lessons Learned About God
God has a purpose for every trial that comes into your life. Nothing happens to you without God’s approval or purpose. God has the power to work things out to your good. Regardless of the circumstances you are facing God can make all things work to your good and to your benefit. God’s perspective is not the same as yours. God sees the purpose and outcome of your trial. All you and I see is the pain and the problem. God sees the future while all you and I see is the present. God’s promises His presence in the time of your trial. God will never leave you nor forsake you.

Lessons Learned About Ourselves
We will discover what our view of God really is. We will discover what our weaknesses and our strengths are. We will discover what our priorities really are. God’s command or my comfort. God is going to have a people that have been tried and proven. God is going to have a people who have learned to grow through adversity God is going to have a people that are willing to change in order to become more like Jesus in their lives. God tests us to bring out the best in us. Satan tempts us to bring out the worst in us. 

In this lesson we are going to learn some facts of life we must learn to accept if we are going to learn to grow through adversity.

Fact #1 – The reality of Trial

James 1:2, “My brethren count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations.”

1. Problems are inevitable

James did not say “if you encounter problems consider it joy.” –but “when you encounter problems.” You can count on it. You are going to have problems. If you don’t have problems – check your pulse to see if you are alive. Problems are a way of life. Count on them. They are not an elective in life. They are a required course. Nobody is immune. 1 Peter 4:12, “Beloved think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.” Don’t’ be surprised by your trials. They are coming.

2. Problems are unpredictable

James says, “when you fall into troubles.” The word “fall” literally means to fall into unexpectedly. It’s the same word used of the Good Samaritan when he fell among the thieves – unexpectedly.

·We seldom anticipate the problems we’re going to experience in life.
·We don’t plan to have a flat tire or a crisis.
·They’re unplanned and unpredictable when we least expect them.

3. Problems of various kinds

Problems come in all shapes and sizes. One thing with problems, you don’t get bored with them. There are a wide variety of them. Have you ever tried to match paint? The word in the Greek for “many kinds” is literally multi-colored. There are problems of many shades and varieties. They vary in intensity. They vary in variety and they vary in duration. Some are minor inconveniences and some are major crisis. They come in more than 31 flavors. Some are custom made and you know it.

Fact #2 – The Reason for Our Trials

James 1:3-4, “Knowing this that they trying of your faith worketh patience – but let patience have her perfect work that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing."

Our trials have purpose. It has value in life.
  • Pain can be productive.
  • Pressure can produce.
  • Suffering can accomplish something. 
James said “knowing this” Isn’t it good to know that the adversity that you are facing, the problems that you are encountering, have a purpose? You are not going through whatever you’re going through for no reason. No! In those troubles God is at work doing something in you – with you and for you.

Problems have three purposes in your life.

1. Problems purify your faith. James uses the words “trying and testing” He uses a word to describe the process of purifying and testing gold. You would heat the gold very hot until the impurities – the dross – were burned off. Job said, “He has tested me through the refining fire and I have come out as pure as gold.” The first thing trials do is test our faith. They purify us. Christians are a lot like tea bags. You don’t know what’s inside of them until you drop them in hot water and then you know.

2. Problems produce perseverance in our lives. “The trying of your faith produces patience.” Another way of saying this is, “the testing of your faith produces perseverance.’ James is talking about staying power or endurance.
  • The ability to keep on keeping on.
  • The ability to hang in there.
  • The ability to stay under pressure.
  • The ability to stay until the purpose is accomplished. 
3. Problems help us mature. They help us to grow to become more mature. Trials produce perseverance that helps us to be mature and complete – not lacking anything. That’s God’s long range goal. His ultimate purpose is maturity. God wants you to grow up. There are two ways God makes us to become like Jesus: 

(1). through the Word of God which builds our character and matures us

(2). through the circumstances of life.

Here’s where James hits it right on the head.
  • So many Christians say, “Everything was going great when I first got saved and then all these problems came.”
  • They think maybe God doesn’t love them or maybe they’re really not saved.
  • The truth is – they are exactly where God wants them. They are in the process of growing. He’s making them to be more like Jesus.
FACT #3 – THE RESPONSE TO TRIALS 

Our response to our trials determines the outcome of our trials. Our trials either make us or break us. It’s a matter of how we respond.

1. Respond with Joy

James 1:2, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations…” That’s not the normal way we respond to adversity. Often times our first response is to get angry and question why me, Lord. James said “count” The word count is an accounting word that means to evaluate.
  • Accountants add up numbers to make the balance sheets come out right.
  • Sometimes our trials don’t add up from our stand point or our perspective. They just don’t add up or they just don’t make sense. 
We can count it all joy when we know that God is doing something wonderful in our lives – something positive or something that will bring honor and glory to Jesus while at the same time make us more like Jesus Christ. 

2. Respond with Prayer

James 1:5-6, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed

How do we handle trials? Ask for wisdom to handle the trial. Ask God for help and understanding. You need to say, “God, I know there’s something good in this for me. Help me to see your plan and your hand in this adversity. Show me how to respond so that I can get the best from this.”

I Cor. 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able: but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. You are not by yourself. There are other people in the Body of Christ that have experienced what you are experiencing. They have seen God bring them through. You may feel that God has allowed more to come on you than you can handle, but that is not true. God will always supply you with the grace that is needed to overcome all your trials. The wisdom God wants to give you is the wisdom or ability to properly apply and use the knowledge you have to correctly handle your trials and adversity.
Remember this: A good teacher only tests students on the information that has already been taught. The teacher also wants the student’s to pass the test.
So, if you are going through a trial, God has already supplied you with the information needed to pass the test. God wants to pass you to the next level of spiritual maturity.

Ask in faith. We must believe that when we ask God for help and wisdom He will give it to us. He will give generously and liberally.

FACT #4, THE REWARD OF THE TRIAL

James 1:12, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.” God says there will be a reward. I don’t think when we get to heaven the rewards will go just to the pastor, the evangelists or the men like Billy Grahams. The rewards will go to the people who quietly put up with difficult situations that helped develop the character of Jesus Christ in their life. Jesus said they’ll receive a crown of life. When the trial is finished and the purpose is accomplished, then there is God’s reward. God not only wants you to receive the reward, but He also wants you to love Him more.

Will you learn to grow through your adversity?

Will your adversity drive you closer to God?

Will your adversity drive you away from God?



Trials are a part of life.

Trials have a purpose in life.

Trials will provoke a response.

Trials will bring forth their reward.

Overcoming Adversity with Grace

by OrphanCareMovement.org
[source: What is Grace]

We encounter varying kinds of trials and tribulations on a daily basis. From overwhelming health issues like a diagnosis with a terminal cancer to financial difficulties, job loss, loss of a loved one, to the ordinary stresses of life.

In John 16:33, Jesus Christ said “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus is right that we will have trouble in this world. Trouble is everywhere. There is hardly a person who is not affected by trials and troubles. But why should his followers who live on earth take heart or have courage because he has overcome? One can say its fine for you Jesus that you have overcome the world, I haven’t and I am suffering for it. The reason Jesus said that is seen in the scriptures. That is we are one with Christ.

When we received God’s grace, that grace made us to become sons of God. As a result of that, we are one with Christ Jesus. Understanding our oneness with Jesus is very important in understanding God’s grace to us. God’s grace that made us one with Jesus also empowers us to overcome challenges as Jesus. That’s why Paul was able to say “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13) Why? Because Jesus lives in him and he lives in Jesus. He and Jesus are spiritually one. Jesus not only strengthens him but also endures with him. In the same way, when Paul talks about his labor in the work of God, he ascribes that to God’s grace working in him (1 Cor. 15:10). That grace is Jesus Christ living in him and working in him by his Holy Spirit.

The scriptures demonstrate our oneness with Jesus in many other ways. We are called the body of Christ and the bride of Christ. A person is one with his own body and with his wife.

In John 14:20, Jesus said, in that day you will know that I am in My Father and you in Me, and I in you.

The Bible takes the demonstration of this oneness even further. When we are insulted Christ is insulted. When we are beaten Christ is beaten. Here are some verses that show that:

Acts 26:14 records that “We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” In this passage of the Bible, Paul who at this stage in his life is a Pharisee is going about persecuting and killing Christians. He is on his way to Damascus to arrest and kill or punish Christians. In response to this, Jesus charges Paul with persecuting him, not with persecuting Christians. So Jesus clearly identifies the Christians being persecuted as him! We and he are one, he feels our pain!

Well, now you know that God loves us more than you love yourself, that God knows us more than we know ourselves, that you and Jesus are one and we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.

We are in Jesus, Jesus is in the father. Jesus died as us and for us. He is seated on God’s right hand as us and for us and again that we are in him, you can face trials with confidence that God is going through the trial and feeling the pain. Not only so but that Jesus has won, and so have you!

Enjoy Wave After Wave Of God’s Grace...♥ GREAT MESSAGE by Pastor Joseph Prince


Like waves that rush endlessly to shore, that’s how God unleashes His unceasing supply of grace into our lives. Hear from Joseph Prince how you can enjoy wave after wave of God’s amazing grace when you simply come to a place of dependence on His unmerited favor. See how the supply of heavenly grace never fails and how easy it is to receive it into your life. Whatever difficulty or demand you face today, be strengthened to experience breakthrough upon breakthrough as you allow the Lord’s endless waves of grace to break down every barrier and carry you to victory.

New Beginnings... Wow! I Was Deeply Touched By This Poem! So Beautifully Expressed ♥

I can relate... just fully trusting God on this lovely journey. ♥

New Beginnings
[Please visit her website. She has lot's of other beautiful poems.]

It's taken me some years you see,
but I'm finally becoming who I'm meant to be
No more stressing or crying or pulling my hair
Cause I'm walking my walk while floating on air
Don't care what they think
what they say is just fine
I'm in control of this life
After all it is mine
My sins are forgiven
The past is now gone
Erased failures from my memory
I've stepped into a new dawn
God lives within me, so I hold my head up high
It is He who takes the lead and I never question why
I am a new being
Created by the Master indeed
I'm living to serve
As each day He plants His seed
It matters not what they do
I can't control what they'll say
I must follow the path before me
For today is a brand new day
I am a New living being
Created by the All-Mighty indeed
Seeking peace in this world
As each day He plants His seed

Overcoming Adversity

[source: Paula White Ministries]

The plans God has for your life are far greater than the plans you have for yourself. He has significant plans for your life, your church, your city and the nations. The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition are pivotal.

On the agenda of God, you are significant.
“For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
[Jer 29:11… NIV]
In order to fulfill the plans of God and become “who” God has pre-ordained you to be, you will go through a “process.” A process can be defined as “a series of actions, changes or functions bringing about a desired result.”

The result is: you will be who God says you are, do what God says you will do, and have what God says you will have.

The entire process of growth and fulfillment of destiny hinges on a critical factor:

The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition.

Like the Apostle Peter who delivers the inaugural speech of the new dispensation on the day of Pentecost, many were standing by declaring: “What meaneth this?”

Many wondered, “How can he be chosen by God to do this?” This is the same person who almost got destroyed by the enemy, and will now stand in the face of our enemy? They had seen him deny Christ, spit, curse, and become an outcast and a loner. Now this man is going to usher in the promise of the Holy Spirit? “What meaneth this?”

If anyone saw you in the “contradiction” stage of development, they usually cannot accept you in your “success stage.” When they are talking about you, repeating lies and gossip, believing for your failure instead of success….that’s when you must learn to stand up and “keep doing,” regardless of what people think.
“Friends, when life gets really difficult,
don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job.
Instead, be glad that you are in the
very thick of what Christ experienced.
This is a spiritual refining process,
with glory just around the corner.”
1 Peter 4:12-13 MESSAGE
You are being prepared…you are the sermon God will use to preach. Through all these things, you are the light on a hill shining the message of Jesus Christ to those watching.
“You yourselves are our letter,
written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
You show that you are a letter from Christ,
the result of our ministry,
written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God,
not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
2 Cor 3:2,3
Our lives are the paper that God writes on. Many “sermons” will be born out of the furnace of affliction. People are going to watch you go “through it.”

The entire fulfillment of your destiny hinges on the way you choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition. When you reach a “breaking point,” will you outlast the adversity?Will you keep going around the mountain, or will you break the chain and pass the test?

You shall be an OVERCOMER… Because of Jesus Christ!
“And they have overcome (conquered) him
(the accuser of the brethren)
by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony,”
Rev 12:11
The way you choose to deal with your trial depends on where you go next. Calm faith and trust in God receives your deliverance before it ever appears. We keep our connection to God open when we can say to Him, “With all my failures, hurts, and disappointments, God…I hurt, I am angry.. disappointed… BUT HERE I AM.” We are authentic with God – He can handle our feelings!

Jesus feels our pain, our grief, our sorrows, and as our High Priest has a supernatural ability to sympathize with our weaknesses (Heb 4:15). He truly understands the things that hurt us, and is capable of empathizing completely with our conditions and our past wounding. Many of us have been through disaster, life-shattering episodes that changed everything. But God doesn’t want us to hurt, He wants to heal every place and restore us completely!

You must decide to say yes to the future He holds out to you!

When Peter faced the greatest test of his life, Jesus said to him, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not” (Luke 22:31-32). Simon means “flesh, weak, water,” and it is evident that Jesus knew that Peter would fail in his flesh. But Jesus declared that the Word activated on the inside of him—faith—would not fail.

In the fires of the trial, remember that God’s Word will stand, it will not return void. Remember that God works all things according to the counsel of HIS OWN will (Eph 1:11). The battle is not really yours, but the battle is the Lord’s! Having done all you can do, stand and see the salvation of the Lord! You will see the situation change because His Word always produces! When you outlast the trial and come out on the other side, destiny will be waiting for you!

Invite God to Fight Your Battles

Invite God to Fight Your Battles
written by Pastor Joel Osteen

Did you know your posture can communicate your faith? There's a scripture in Psalm 24 that says, "Lift up your head and the King of glory will come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord mighty in battle." Think about that for a moment. When you lift your head, you are inviting God to come in and fight your battles for you. What does it mean to lift your head? It means you are setting your focus on God—you are looking toward Him. You are putting your faith and hope in Him and getting a vision of yourself rising higher and higher.

Understand that your life is going to follow your vision. You can't stay focused on where you are or how it's never going to get any better because if you're looking down and focusing on your problem, you'll stay right where you are. Instead, you've got to lift up your head and invite God to fight your battles. That means if you're sick, you've got to start seeing yourself as well. If you're struggling in your finances, start seeing yourself with more than enough. You may be facing major obstacles, but start seeing yourself rise above them. If you will lift up your head, then the Lord mighty in battle will come in. And when God shows up, every adversity will be turned to victory, and every battlefield will be turned to a blessing field!

Today, lift up your head, even if you've been standing for a long time, even if you may feel weak and tired. Scripture says that when you feel weak, then He is strong in You! Psalm 3:3 says that He will even lift up your head. In other words, He will give you vision, He will infuse you with His life, and He will empower you to stand strong and embrace victory! Call on His name today because He is closer than the air you breathe. He is ready, willing and able to show Himself strong on your behalf when you invite Him to fight your battles!

Laughter Came from Every Brick, A Poem ♥

Laughter Came from Every Brick
from Love Poems from God, by Daniel Ladinsky

Just these two words He spoke
changed my life,
“Enjoy Me.”
What a burden I thought I was to carry -
a crucifix, as did He.
Love once said to me, “I know a song,
would you like to hear it?”
And laughter came from every brick in the street
and from every pore in the sky.
After a night of prayer,
He changed my life when
He sang,
“Enjoy Me.”

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Tips to help you put more laughter in your life:
* Figure out what makes you laugh and do it (or read it or watch it) more often.
* Surround yourself with funny people — be with them every chance you get.
* Develop your own sense of humor but never at anyone else’s expense.

Back to the Playground... I Was Led To This Wonderful Description About Enjoying LIFE With Childlike Simplicity And Humility That I Want To Share With You! ♥

Back to the Playground
[source: Theology Essay]

I’m spending a lot more time at playgrounds lately. My grandchildren are coniseurs of playgrounds. When they come to visit, I usually ask them what they want to do. Invariably, they excitedly sing out, “Let’s go to the park!” Park to them means a playground. They can’t conceive of a park without a playground. I’ve learned some valuable lessons at the playground.

On our last trip to a playground, two of my grandchildren came along. They had just put clean clothes on and it had rained during the night. So I was a little apprehensive about the puddles of water on the playground. It wasn’t long before I spotted Kaitlyn on the playground digging through the rocks and mud. Just before I was about to scold her for getting her clothes dirty, she came running toward me with an outstretched arm and a smile on her face. When she got to me she handed me a little heart-shaped rock and said, “Here PaPa! Here is a heart for you – just because I love you! Keep it!” With tears in my eyes, I thanked her.

Did I scold her for getting her clothes muddy? What do you think? No way! And, yes, I still have that little heart-shaped rock given to me by my four-year-old granddaughter. It is one of the best gifts that I have ever received. I realized that many times we miss out on so much when we sweat the small stuff.

We need to spend a lot more time at the playground. Jesus said, “Except you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4).

What are some things we can learn on the playground to help us live simple, stress free lives?

First – SIMPLICITY enables us to relax and have peace. Jesus revealed that those who live in humility as a little child are the greatest in the kingdom of God. Children enjoy the simple things in life. We often take things too seriously. Prolonged seriousness will kill. It will kill your joy and, worse, it will kill your child-likeness.

As adults, we tend to make things too complicated. When David was a shepherd boy, he dared to believe with childlike faith that God would deliver the giant Goliath into his hands. He spurned all of the body armor and weapons that King Saul gave him. Instead, he met the giant on the battlefield with his simple sling and five smooth stones. He figured it was simple – the giant was so big he couldn’t miss! Who won? That’s simple – God plus one is always the majority. (See I Samuel 17.)

Second – SING. Sing a silly song sometimes. Children love to sing. The Bible says, “A merry heart doeth good like medicine” (Proverbs 17:2). (See Proverbs 15:13 and Ephesians 5:18-19.) Have you lost your song? Ask God to give you a new song to sing. (See Psalm 98:1.)

Third – STAY LOOSE. Children are not normally uptight and worried about life. Ask yourself, “Will this matter a year from now?” I picked up a great little book the other day that had an intriguing title – Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and it’s all small stuff by Richard Carlson PhD. It is Dr Carlson’s premise that whenever we’re dealing with bad news or troublesome situations, most of us get into certain habits, ways of reacting to life that don’t serve us very well. We overreact, tend to blow things out of proportion, hold on too tightly, and focus on the negative. We live our life as if it was one huge emergency! Stay loose – don’t sweat the small stuff. (See Matthew 6:25-34.)

Fourth – SHARE. Children usually love to share. Giving is fun and it doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Have you ever seen the delight of two children sharing an ice cream cone or simply jumping through mud puddles or dancing in the rain? I saw a wonderful bumper sticker not too long ago. It said, “Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty”. Practicing random or spontaneous acts of kindness is an effective way to get in touch with the joy of giving without expecting anything in return. It’s even more rewarding when you don’t let anyone know what you are doing. Remember that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Also, why not take time each day and think of someone to thank?

Fifth – SPRITIUAL VITALITY brings everlasting and abundant life. Children are naturally attuned to the spiritual. Only as people grow older do they become hardened and insensitive to the spiritual. That’s why we need to go back to the playground and become as little children. Jesus warns us, “I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18:3 NLT). Perhaps you need to sing that old children’s song again, “Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves. Yes, Jesus loves me.”

Do you need to go back to the playground of childlike simplicity and humility? In childlike faith ask Jesus Christ to come into your life. “For as many as received Him gave He power to become children of God even those who believed on His name” (John 1:12).

A Faith To Imitate Child-Like Qualities And Its Blessings part 1 of 2

A Faith To Imitate Child-Like Qualities And Its Blessings

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant.” If you took a walk through the hallways and the various rooms of our school you’d see them hanging on the walls. They also adorn the walls of many Christian homes. In the world of Christian art are many, many pictures of Jesus with little children.

The Gospels make this abundantly clear: Jesus dearly loved little children. He held them up as examples of faith, as He does in our text for today. He watched them at play and drew lessons from them. And He gave a stern warning to anyone who might cause them spiritual harm. You may recall this pronouncement from last week’s Gospel lesson: “If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.”

Yes, Jesus loved the little children. Perceiving this, parents would bring their children to Jesus so that, as we are told in our text, He might touch them – meaning that He might favor them with a special prayer or blessing.

But the disciples apparently didn’t see it this way. When the parents come with their children in tow (by the way, the Greek word used in the corresponding account in the Gospel of Luke indicates that among them were the very young, or infants), the disciples shooed them away. As they saw it, Jesus was a first century VIP and they didn’t want themselves or the Savior bothered with such unimportant or trivial matters.

However, Jesus viewed things quite differently. We are told that He became indignant.

That’s a pretty strong term. It clearly conveys that Jesus was angry and upset with the behavior of His disciples. And the reason He became justifiably angry (or as we sometimes say, “righteously indignant”) was because, in a sense, they had mistreated the little ones He loves so much.

What the disciples considered a nuisance Jesus clearly considered an infraction. So in response to their actions: “He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will not enter it.’”

His point: The faith of a child – the kind of faith that takes Jesus at His word and believes the message of salvation and all the other promises of God without a hint of hesitation – that is what our Lord holds up as a faith to imitate. Let’s talk about this kind of faith on the basis of these three descriptions: Simple… Humble… Trusting…

A child-like faith is first of all SIMPLE. As you observe the faith of a child you’ll find this to be true. Ask one of our lower level Sunday School or Lutheran Elementary School teacher and they’ll tell you. Because my wife and I both worked there in our college years, this aspect of child-faith also reminds me of the residents of Bethesda Lutheran Home for the developmentally disabled in Watertown. Spend some time working there – or in any kind of similar situation with a similar clientele – and you’ll understand both the meaning and depth of simple faith.

And you will also learn quite quickly not to mistake a simple faith for a shallow faith. Shallow faith is often a mile wide but an inch deep. Simple faith is just the opposite.

What I mean is this: Neither a young child raised in a Christian home nor the devout resident of Bethesda will be able to give you a thumbnail sketch of each book of the Bible, and it is highly unlikely that you’ll find a Greek or Hebrew Bible on their nightstand as they pour through Scripture in the original. They will not possess that kind of academic knowledge.

But what they do know is this: Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.

What they do know is that long ago on a hill outside of a city they’ve never been to named Jerusalem Jesus died on a cross to take away all their sins. And they know why: So they would be clean and pure in the eyes of God and someday live with Him forever in heaven.

What they also know is that Jesus didn’t stay dead, but that He rose from the grave. And they know Him to be their invisible but living friend who listens intently to them when they talk to Him in their prayers.

Those are the elementary, rudimentary truths of Scripture. Nothing complicated or complex about them. The child Jesus holds up as an example simply takes at face value the truths God tells us in His Word. A child-like faith is SIMPLE.

Likewise, A child-like faith is HUMBLE. When problems come it looks upward rather than inward for solutions. We live in a world which instructs us to look deeply “inside ourselves” for answers to our difficulties. And certainly we do have a responsibility to apply the Word of God we’ve been taught to our various situations in life.

But those with a child-like faith know that the power to change things comes not from within, but from without. Not from inside us, but from above us.

Children don’t let things go that far. Child-like faith humbly approaches the throne of grace well before the crisis point, recognizing that God is good and God is great and God is ever-present to help us in every situation. A child-like faith is HUMBLE.

Finally, a child-like faith is TRUSTING. Think once more of a child, this time at prayer. Hands folded, head bowed, eyes purposely shut. This is a picture of trust, because that is what they do. They trust that the Lord will hear them and that He is capable of doing everything they ask of Him.

Simple… humble… trusting. These are the elements of a child like faith. These are the components Jesus holds up before us when He speaks about the “little ones who believe in me.” In this same child-like way Jesus invites, counsels and asks us to trust Him, His Word, His promises and His offer of salvation.

And we say, yes, we really ought to do that. But we say it more in the wistful terms of a wish or a dream, as if it would be nice, but it’s really not possible. Too simplistic, we may think. Trust Jesus and everything will work out. Sounds great, but life is bit too complicated to reduce handling it in such an uncomplicated way…

And that, friends, is our biggest mistake. It is the mistake of not taking Jesus at His Word. Because when it gets right down to it, taking Him at His Word is what Jesus means by “child-like faith.”

Let me give you a Scriptural example of this. At the very outset of this sermon we mentioned the name of King David as one of the “Great Cloud of Witnesses” we looked at this summer...

Well, if anyone can lay claim to having a complicated life, it would be him. As the ruler of Old Testament Israel in its golden age of power and influence, every decision, problem and concern eventually came to roost at his doorstep. Nonetheless, listen to the inspired words this man wrote in Psalm 131. It’s only three verses long, but the child-like attitude of this hero of faith is one we’d do well to imitate.

1 My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.

2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.

These are the words of a man who did not question the Lord; a man who came before the Lord in humility, confidence and trustfulness. They are words for us all.

So, do we find ourselves worried? Are we anxious about life? Are we scared of what that great unknown we call the future might bring? If and when we are, our primary problem is probably this: we’re acting altogether too much like adults.

Jesus says when it comes to matters of faith, be a child. Trust. Believe. Then relax in the confidence that no matter how things may look or how things may go, God has them under control.

A Faith To Imitate Child-Like Qualities And Its Blessings part 2 of 2

A Faith To Imitate Child-Like Qualities And Its Blessings

In working through this text I came across a poem that provides a fitting conclusion for what we’ve been talking about today. It’s actually a prayer, so in simple, humble and trusting faith I’d ask that you bow your heads and fold your hands. We pray:

Make me, O Lord, a child again. So tender, frail and small.
In self, possessing nothing. In Thee, possessing all.

O Savior, make me small once more. That downward I may grow
And in this heart of mine restore, The faith of long ago.

With Thee may I be crucified, No longer I that lives.
O Savior, crush my sinful pride. By grace, which pardon gives.

Make me, O Lord, a child again. Obedient to Thy call;
In self, possessing nothing. In Thee, possessing all. Amen.

November 11, 2014

HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY!!! Keepers of the Peace... Enjoy This GREAT Song! :)


THANK YOU

Heart touching, patriotic video dedicated to America's courageous Soldiers who safeguard liberty and democracy throughout the world. These selfless "Serviens" have all signed a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount, up to and including my life; which many of our Veterans have paid in full. Thank you for serving and God bless America!

AMERICA! The Beautiful...Sweet Land Of LIBERTY!


Let us NOT forget the many sacrifices that ALL of our Ancestors made so that WE could have the FREEDOM many here take for granted today! We MUST fight to maintain OUR CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES that protects ALL AMERICANS. We must also hold every government agency, politician, including The President accountable to US! Our government officials and government employees work for us. We pay their 6 figure salaries and lavish expense accounts, top of the line private health insurance and outrageous private retirement pensions and private retirement health insurance.

A special thank you to our troops for all of the sacrifices you have made on all of our behalf in order to maintain our freedom here and help to defend sweet freedom abroad. I pray that all of you come home soon safe and sound.

The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and is one of the best-known speeches in United States history. Beginning with the now-iconic phrase "Four score and seven years ago," referring to the American Revolution of 1776, Lincoln examined the founding principles of the United States in the context of the Civil War, and used the ceremony at Gettysburg as an opportunity not only to consecrate the grounds of a cemetery, but also to exhort the listeners to ensure the survival of America's representative democracy, that the "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." [source: wikipedia]
Our Founding Fathers created a republican form of government - a state in which the supreme power rests in the people through their elected representative - a self-government based on a structure of checks and balances. Notice how "We The People" was written in very large bold print? That was done so we never lose sight of who has the power in this great country of ours. The story goes that, as Benjamin Franklin, left the Constitutional Convention in 1787, he was approached by a Mrs. Powell, who asked him, "What have you given us, Dr. Franklin?" "A republic," he replied, "if you can keep it."
The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” [source: Our Republic - Benjamin Franklin]
America ~ by Neil Diamond
from the movie The Jazz Singer
Far
We've been travelling far
Without a home
But not without a star
FREE
Only want to be FREE
We huddle close
Hang on to a DREAM
On the boats and on the planes
They're coming to America
Never looking back again
They're coming to America
Home, don't it seem so far away
Oh, we're travelling light today
In the eye of the storm
In the eye of the storm
Home to a new and a shiny place
Make our bed, and we'll say grace
Freedoms light burning warm
Freedoms light burning warm
Everywhere around the WORLD
They're coming to America
Every time that flags unfurled
They're coming to America
Got a DREAM to take them there
They're coming to America
Got a DREAM they've come to share
They're coming to America
They're coming to America
They're coming to America
They're coming to America
They're coming to America
Today, today, today, today, today
My country tis of thee (today)
Sweet land of LIBERTY (today)
Of thee I sing (today)
Of thee I sing (today)

November 10, 2014

FREEDOM: Words of Wisdom Shared by Osho

‎"Be respectful of yourself,
and be respectful of others.
Be proud of your freedom.
When you are proud of your freedom,
You want everybody else to be FREE.
Because your freedom has given you
so much LOVE and so much GRACE.
You would like everybody else
in the world
to be FREE, loving, and graceful."
~ by Osho ♥

Freedom is Responsibility by Osho ♥

Freedom is Responsibility

Everybody wants freedom as far as talking is concerned, but nobody really is free and nobody really wants to be free, because freedom brings responsibility. It does not come alone. And to be dependent is simple: the responsibility is not on you, the responsibility is on the person you are dependent on.

So people have made a schizophrenic way of life. They talk about truth, they talk about freedom, and they live in lies, they live in slaveries – slaveries of many kinds, because each slavery frees you from some responsibility. A man who really wants to be FREE has to accept immense responsibilities. He cannot dump his responsibilities on anybody else. Whatever he does, whatever he is, he is responsible.

Responsibility and freedom go together. If you don't want to take responsibility, you can't have freedom either. The two come together or they go together. If you shun responsibility, you have to accept slavery in some way or other.

Now, you had dreamed about freedom without ever thinking that great responsibility will follow. Freedom you have, but you have not fulfilled the responsibility. Hence, sadness lingers around you. You are absolutely capable of removing this sadness. If you were capable of destroying your slavery, your chains, you are certainly capable of being creative.

Freedom means you will have to be responsible for every act, for every breath; whatever you do or don't do, you will be responsible.

People are really in deep fear of freedom, although they talk about freedom. But my own experience is: very few people really want freedom ; because they are subconsciously aware that freedom will bring many problems that they are not ready to face. It is better to remain in cozy imprisonment. It is warmer, and what will you do with freedom? Unless you are ready to be a seeker, a searcher, a creator... Very few people want to go on a pilgrimage or to go into deeper silences of the heart, or to take the responsibility of love. The implications are great.

You will have to dispel that darkness, otherwise sooner or later you will enter into a prison. You cannot go on burdening yourself with sadness. Before the burden becomes too much and forces you back into slavery, into imprisonment, change the whole situation by being a creative person. Just find out what is your joy in life, what you would like to create, what you would like to be, what you want to be your definition.

Freedom is simply an opportunity to find a definition for yourself, a true, authentic individuality, and a joy in making the world around you a little better, a little more beautiful – a few more roses, a little more greenery and a few more oases.

Madame Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, used to carry two bags in her hands, always. Either going for a morning walk or travelling in a train – those two bags were always in her hands. And she was throwing something out of those bags – from the window while sitting in the train – onto the side of the train.

People would ask, "Why do you do this?"

She would say, "This has been my whole life's habit. These are seasonal flower seeds. I may not come back on this route again, but that does not matter. When the season comes and the flowers will blossom, thousands of people who pass every day in this line of railway trains will see those flowers, those colours. They will not know me. That does not matter.

"One thing is certain: I am making a few people happy somewhere. That much I know. It does not matter whether they know it or not. What matters is that i have been doing something which will make somebody happy. Some children may come and pluck a few flowers and go home. Some lovers may come and make garlands for each other. And without their knowing, I will be part of their love. And I will be part of the joy of children. And I will be part of those who will be simply passing by the path, seeing the beautiful flowers." (Satchitanand, 14)

The Six Pillars of Character

The Six Pillars of Character
[source: Character Counts]

The CHARACTER COUNTS! approach to character education doesn't exclude anyone. That's why we base our programs and materials on six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. Use the points below to help young people understand the Six Pillars, and use the mnemonic devices at right to help them remember.

For a more detailed discussion of the Six Pillars, consult our book, Making Ethical Decisions, reprinted in part HERE. <== FREE online outline.

Trustworthiness

Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

Respect

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Responsibility

Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others

Fairness

Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

Caring

Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

Citizenship

Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

November 9, 2014

♥ A Love Story! ♥

"Love knows only one time: NOW and only one place: HERE" ~ by Osho

A Love Story
~Author Unknown~

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived; Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all repaired their boats and left. Love wanted to persevere until the last possible moment.

When the island was almost sinking, Love decided to ask for help. Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said "Richness, can you take me with you?" Richness answered, "No, I can't. There is a lot of silver in my boat. There is no place here for you." Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. "Vanity, please help me!" "I can't help you Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat," Vanity answered. Sadness was close by so Love asked for help, "Sadness, let me go with you." "Oh....Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself." Happiness passed by Love too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her!

Suddenly there was a voice, "Come Love, I will take you." It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that he even forgot to ask the elder his name. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went his own way. Love realizing how much he owed the elder, asked Knowledge, another elder. "Who helped me?" "It was Time," Knowledge answered. "Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?" Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, "Because, only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."

I LOVE To Singa - Owl Jolson :)


CLASSIC Cartoon from my childhood.
Be of GOOD CHEER! Cherish your LIFE. Have a GREAT day. Enjoy! :)

Treasure Your Uniqueness! That's what makes you WONDERFUL... ♥
There is no other like you and that is a beautiful thing. ;)

You must first learn to love, respect and value yourself,
before you can expect to love, respect and value others.
Consequently, you will attract the same sentiment in return.
It starts from the inside out.

Be TRUE to your self...

"Experience the plan God has for your life
by stepping out in faith and boldness…
one step at a time."
~ by Joyce Meyer ♥

"Each new step, each new adventure,
brings new richness, a new dawn,
and a new world around you."
~ by OSHO ♥

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
But the really great make you feel
that you, too, can become great.”
~ by Mark Twain ♥

"At the centre of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want."
~ by Lao Tsu ♥

"Each of us is meant to have a character all our own,
to be what no other can exactly be,
and do what no other can exactly do."
~ by William Ellery Channing ♥

“You have reached the pinnacle of success
as soon as you become uninterested
in money, compliments, or publicity.”
~ by Thomas Wolfe ♥