Thursday, December 31, 2009

ACHIEVE your goals

Abraham Lincoln said: “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” This nicely sets the stage for this piece* (by Donal Daly for salespeople) I got recently...and couldn't keep to myself - as usual, emphasistext in green are mine.

Donal Daly arranged these 7 principles in a mnemonic, so they are easy to remember.
Ambition
Commitment and Resilience
Honesty and Integrity
Inquisitiveness and Learning 
Empathy and Perspective I changed this to: Encouragement
Vision: Innovation and Leadership
Enterprise: Hard Word, Strategy and Execution

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year Resolutions

Or should we call them "New Year Solutions"?

Well, I found 12 quotes (1 for each month of the new year)...they are not in any particular order. I pray we'll find them helpful and inspiring to be the best you can be in this year...

George Lorimer: You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.

German proverb: To change and to change for the better are two different things.

Gary Kelley: There's no better time than the present to be better than we were yesterday.

Duke Ellington: A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

Robert Half: When faced with a mountain, I will not quit! I will keep striving until I climb over, find a pass through, tunnel underneath or simply stay and turn the mountain into a gold mine, with God's help.

Monday, December 28, 2009

"The Lord said..."

“The Lord said…” How many times have you heard that phrase?

It’s unfortunate how many times Christians use that phrase in an attempt to make others “surrender” to their desires, which they frame as “God’s will”. If only you knew how many people have gotten married to the wrong people, gotten into the wrong company or even wrong church just because someone came to them and said: “the Lord said”, you will not hesitate to seek out how you can hear God for yourself by yourself.

Now we must make it clear that God does speak to us through others and even things (remember our series on the spiritual tips from a shopping trip). I personally believe that most times, if not all the time, God has spoken to us and we may not have heard so He needs to speak through someone else to get our attention. At other times, God speaks to us and then confirms what He’s said through another person so we are sure we heard Him. The Bible even says: once has God spoken, and we hear it twice* (or maybe more times)

As I was saying too many people have been coaxed or conned into relationships, marriages, employment, ministries, professions and the list goes on just because they relied on what “the Lord said” to someone else.

So how do we know when God is speaking to us?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

BerylSapphire wish you and yours a Christmas like no other.

May you and yours have:

Peace - may the peace that passes understanding rule in your heart - turning every pressure into pleasure as you turn over your worries to Him
Hope - may the hope Jesus came to to bring give you a reason to keep advancing towards the future He has planned for you

Joy - may the joy of the season spill into everyday of your life so you have so muh to spare and share with those who come your way
Love - may His love spread in your heart and spread through you to others
God bless you and yours richly in the year to come too...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

R&R (2)

When Sapphire mentioned to me that she was working on a posting titled “R&R” the first words that came to my mind were “Risk” and “Reward”. After reading her posting, I am still thinking “Risk” and “Reward”.

It occurred to me (I’m sure you would agree) that resting is a risk. Why else do we have all these super executives who are stressed up not resting, when they know the value of resting?

It is because, they risk not being in absolute control of everything when they are at rest. You see, resting simply means “letting go and letting God”. More often than not, mortal man is often too unsure of his positioning with God to really really let go. So he holds on tightly at the greater risk of breaking down physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and eventually spiritually.

The second word in my mind is “Reward”… now, you will also agree with me that “the higher the risk, the higher the reward”. For those of us who refuse to rest, relax, retreat, recreate (and all the other positive “re”s), we are losing the high reward of living in God's "rest-ful" presence, which makes us "inaccessible" to the predators (so says Sapphire…and I agree). It is so simple that we complex humans fail to see and accept it.

Now you can see the connection between “Return and Rest” and “Risk and Reward”. My prayer is that the Lord will give us grace to take the risk of letting go fully, that we may enjoy the higher reward of being in His presence, His will and His purpose for our lives. AMEN

Monday, December 21, 2009

R & R

Return & Rest...I won't be surprised if that's where the term "Rest & Recreation" was culled from. Of course everything - principles and practices - have their origin from the Bible.

God exemplified this principle - He rested on the 7th day and He continues to remind us in different sections of the Bible.

Let's start with Isaiah 30:15 "For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not, (Amplified Bible)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Secret #3: Courage - (7) - Courage to Leave

Courage to Leave

Now this is going to be a tough one...well, I guess it goes without saying that "leaving" is not the easiest thing to do no matter how expedient it may be e.g. when a loved one passes on. I'll try to focus on some areas that I feel are challenges to us as women...please feel free to jump in with your comments and TEA of course.

Leaving a relationship (before marriage)
Now for me this was the first time I had to confront "leaving" with courage. I was in a relationship with a young Christian man - our families knew each other a bit - and we were planning to get married. Somewhere and somehow (in a way I cannot explain), he decided to follow his own paths and desires. Now that was so tough considering that I was young and looking forward to settling down after school...only for this to happen.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Secret #3: Courage - (6) - Courage to Lean

Courage to Lean

What does it mean to "lean"? Hm...you know when you think of leaning on someone or something the first thing that comes to some people's minds is weakness...that could be part of it but not the whole story.

Leaning is about resting on someone or something for support. It could also refer to reliance on someone or something...it indicates a level of trust in that person or thing. Think about it, when you lean on a wall or a person, you "trust" that the wall or person will not "move" or cause you to fall - or isn't that your expectation when you lean on something or someone? Well, that's my expectation...let's go on...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

10 days to Christmas

I found a very interesting piece on the colours  and symbols of Christmas by Glenn Blaylock.
The colours, pictures, emphasis & comments in purple are mine:

There are many symbols associated with Christmas. Some can mean different things to different people. I have a story that appeared in some women's magazine some years back. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the magazine or the author. The upshot of the story was that most of the symbols pointed back to the Savior. Here are some of the symbol (sic) and what they mean.

Red symbolizes the blood that Jesus spilt to redeem us from our sins.

Green is the color of life. Therefore, green symbolizes the potential for eternal life that Jesus' sacrifice made possible for all of us. The evergreen tree used for Christmas trees is green all year round. Green also symbolizes growth, freshness and even potential. Remember the quote:
"as long as you're green you're growing..."

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Secret #3: Courage - (5) - Courage to Learn

Courage to Learn

Let’s start this piece with a few quotes – my thoughts follow closely:

“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.”(Mortimer Alder) My colleague said: As long as you’re green, you’re growing, once you’re ripe you start to rot…and it is so true. The only people incapable of learning, no matter how hard they “try”, are those who are dead.

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” (Anthony J. D’Angelo) A lot of people over 30 years of age are quick to say: “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” – I disagree – vehemently too. You are able to learn anything and all you are willing to…it’s more about your “availability” (i.e. willingness) than your ability. My advice, in Vernon Howard’s words is: “Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”

Do you know the age of the oldest graduate in the world?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Secret #3: Courage - (4) - Courage to Lead

As we hit the mid point of the Courage Series, I’ll be sharing my thoughts (TEA) as well as using some quotes in this piece.

Rosalynn Carter said: “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go but ought to be.”

God is so amazing…this quote sets the tone for this piece perfectly…and need I say how pleased I am that the quote is attributed to a woman. Not just any woman…Mrs Jimmy Carter, former First Lady of the US. Did you know that when he was President, she was “her husband's closest adviser*”? And she probably still is. Wow!!! At the risk of going off track, I wonder how many married men can say that about their wives especially Christian men.

Let’s dig into the quote:-

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Will of a Woman

The Bible says that "iron sharpens iron" and it is said that when you strike 2 pieces of stone, there is a spark. That's exactly what happened after I read "The Willing Woman" by Beryl. It got me thinking of my WQ and the will of a woman.

Thomas Fuller said: "Nothing is easy to the unwilling" - now this is a two-pronged quote:
First, for as long as you are unwilling, you will (see challenges and) have difficulty doing anything; (this first part ties to the WQ Beryl mentioned)
Secondly, doing nothing is easy once you are unwilling to do anything - being lazy is an "effortless" activity versus relaxing which starts with a decision and then a willingness to "slow down" ...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hold on to the Rock!

This weekend, I decided to relax...yes just curl up and watch TV. It doesn't happen often so when I can, I try to enjoy the moment. When talking to my friend about my desire to watch a film, I said to her: I want to watch something and learn from it (or at least "catch" something I can share with others). So we scanned through the channels and found: "On Golden Pond" 

This was a rather interesting and touching film - I enjoyed it and caught one phrase which stuck with me:
"Hold on to the rock!"

The scene: On their way home, the boat hit a rock and the old man fell into the water. The boy jumped in to rescue him and took him to a rock in the water where he encouraged and helped him to hold on to the rock. The boy was exhausted and just as the boy was about to drift away, the old man noticed and instructed him to also: "Hold on to the rock!"

Saturday, December 5, 2009

"Peace"...not "Please"

This thought hit me was listening to a message on Daystar TV* online. The preacher made a reference to Mark 4: 39-40 which says:
"Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" (NKJV)
Note that in taking charge, Jesus did not "plead" with the situation, He spoke to it; rather than start a discussion about the situation (which a lot of us are quick to), He addressed it. We need to learn to "speak to situations" not plead with them. Jesus reinforced that a few chapters later in Mark 11: 22-24:
"So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (NKJV)
It's really up to you...

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Willing Woman

It is great and (kind of) interesting to read Sapphire’s shopping experience or lack of it. I found it interesting because I could link “Watch It” with God’s word to me today. I had a peculiarly very clear dream of worrying about what to say to a hall full of women, when I had an impression to talk about “The Willing Woman”. While I floundered about this topic, the passage Isaiah 1:19 [If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land] jumped at me. Unfortunately, I did not get around to speaking to the women in my dream about “The Willing Woman” considering I had not quite worked out what to say before I woke up.

When I read Sapphire's “Watch it”, I realized that a willing woman is one who fully yields to the Master – regardless of how uncomfortable the instruction might be. Thankfully, the Master is never tired of giving us directions, we are the ones who [often] hold back.

A willing woman understands the futility of relying on her knowledge of the past and partial knowledge of the present, when she can rely on the Master’s perfect knowledge of the past, present and future. Reading Isaiah 1:19 again, I wondered if it were possible to be willing and not be obedient. So I went back to the Bible – The Bible in Basic English (BBE) translation explained it better… “If you will give ear to my word and do it… It is therefore possible (I guess) to give ear and not do it. For instance, Sapphire could have given ear to “Watch It” and still gone ahead with her shopping.

A Willing Woman therefore hears and obeys.

I have been going through a period of turbulence in my career and I have decided to use a willingness-scale to check my level of WILLINGNESS. God’s word is clear - "If you will give ear to my word and do it, the good things of the land will be yours" (BBE). Do you need to check up on your willingness-quotient (WQ - sounds cool)? Needless to say that the higher your WQ, the more good things you are likely to get (all other things being equal).

I need to do a bit more research on WQ….WATCH THIS SPACE!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Watch it!

Those 2 words capture the "warning" I got from God this morning.

A few weeks ago, I shared how God used a shopping trip to teach me some spiritual tips on Prayer...please read them if you haven't (you can search the blog for topics on "shopping").

Well, let's go on...
In "planning" my next shopping trip, it just hit me that I am becoming "drawn" to shopping because I had a "good" experience. So while "hitting the brakes" I quickly asked the Lord what I can learn from this "attraction". God is always there to help us, if you ASK. This is what He shared this with me...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Aaronic Blessing by Jeff A. Benner

As we enter this month of "giving" as every month should be, I feel it's also a good time to "give" (share) this article I first received by email (and then researched for the source)...it's so good. There's joy in sharing - emphasis mine.

Most are familiar with the beginning of the Aaronic blessing;
"May the LORD bless you and keep you" (Numbers 6:24).
We often read or say these words without really knowing what they mean. The words "bless" and "keep" are abstract words which we are familiar with in English. But, the ancient Hebrews were concrete thinkers who related all things to concrete ideas.

The Hebrew word for "bless" is "barak" which literally means "to kneel". A berakah is a "blessing" but more literally, the bringing of a gift to another on a bended "knee". When we bless God or others, we are in essence, bringing a gift on bended "knee". A true king is one who serves his people, one who will humble himself and come to his people on a bended knee.

Monday, November 30, 2009

ASKing is easy...waiting is not

This thought just hit me while I was taking a shower...of a truth, ASKing is easy, at least easier than waiting to receive, find or have the door opened to you. As we draw closer to the end of the year, I look back to the different things I either worried about and/or wished for...and there are some I prayed about/for and I'm still waiting for the answers.

While pondering on this thought, I had a quick flashback to when I was praying for a husband...I wanted to get married really early and felt (and expected) God will make it happen. Well, I then had to wait...longer than some of my peers and at the same time not as long as some other peers. As God will have it, since He makes all things beautiful in His time, I was found - by the best man ever...yes he is! Let's get back to the subject...

The point here is that in order to truly win over worry i.e. worry about nothing and pray about everything, we need to "contend" with waiting and be contented while waiting. It's a definite part of life - look at your life: at one time or the other, you have waited (or are waiting) for something - a job, a new job, a husband/wife (just in case men read this blog), a car, a new car, a new outfit, a child, another child, a new home...the list is endless just as our needs are and our needs are as different & unique as we are.

I just feel we should encourage ourselves in the Lord with His Word - now is a good time as any. What verse comes to your mind when you hear the phrase "wait on the Lord"? For me, Isaiah 40:31 (which we'll discuss separately) comes to mind. There are a lot of other scriptures on that subject so I've chosen a few...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Learn from the Eagle

In reading and researching about eagles, I remembered that over the years I’d received some really nice pieces on Eagles (glad I saved them…for me – never knew I’d ever blog…that’s God for you again)

I’ll share some of the tips I gleaned…you may or not have seen these before just remember, I’m not the author and I don’t know who the author is. I’ve put some changes/additions to the original email and highlights in green and added italics for emphasis.

PRINCIPLE 1
Eagles fly alone at high altitude and not with sparrows or other small birds. No other bird can go to the height of the eagle - they fly the farthest and do it with minimal effort - see Principle 4 belowEagles fly with Eagles; associate with Eagles to become one.


PRINCIPLE 2
Eagles have strong vision. They have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometers away. When an eagle sites his prey, he narrows his focus on it and set out to get it. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it. Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.

PRINCIPLE 3
Eagles do not eat stale things. They feed only on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals, but eagles will not. Be careful with what you feed your eyes and ears with, especially in movies and on TV. Steer clear of outdated and old information. Always do your research well. Also watch your eating habits - you become what you eat...eating at home always trumps eating out - healthier for your body and pocket.

PRINCIPLE 4
Eagles love the storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift it higher. Once it finds the wind (i.e. the eye) of the storm, the eagles uses the raging storm to lift him above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees. We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sheep vs. Sleep

There is a common saying: “when you can’t sleep count sheep”…I don't know the origin of that saying. I'm guessing it was advice given to distract people from worrying. Belive it or not, I've found the solution to sleeplessness (& it was never a secret)...it's an amazingly simple solution too & one size fits all.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Creatures & Christians

Have you noticed the different creatures God likens Christians to? The ones that come to mind are: Lion, Sheep/Lamb & Eagle…and they are not in any particular order.

Proverbs 28: 1 - We’re to be as bold as lions; Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah

Psalms 23; Psalm 100: 3; John 10: 1-16 – we are the sheep of God’s pasture; Jesus is the Lamb of God as well as our Shepherd.

Now the only one of the three I haven’t seen an exact biblical reference to Jesus is the eagle. God uses this bird to encourage us in so many ways. Have you ever heard of the “place of first mention” principle in Bible study? One of my former pastors taught us about it…He said that the place of first mention on any word or topic in the bible usually sets the context. With that a the back of your mind, let's look and see the first place the word “eagle” was used in the Bible.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

More Spiritual tips from Shopping trip

Two more similarities between shopping & praying and then on to some of the differences...
#6. People can shop and pray on your behalf; however, to get the "right fit" of some things e.g. shoes, when you go shopping yourself and try it on. I guess you know what I mean - especially if have that "right-foot-challenge" like I do (the lady in the picture seems to have the same challenge too). This is especially true with how much sizes vary from country to country and even from store to store in the same country. So, just as you sometimes need to go to the store to get the right fit, praying for yourself by yourself enables you tell God "where the shoe pinches" - just as you would at the store (if you're there in person). Irrespective of how well-intentioned others are, no one can pray for you better than you can pray for yourself.

#7. Shopping is available to all - indeed it's not the exclusive preserve of anyone. Anyone can pray...if they choose to. To be women of prayer (& power), we need to decide and do!

We could go on and on with the similarities; to balance this out, let's switch gears and discuss a few differences:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Glad to Give

Giving is good ...it is a wellspring of blessing for the giver...the Bible says so over and over again - see:

It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35)

Albert Einstein said: “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”

Ever noticed that the hand of the giver is usually above?

Now that doesn't mean that you are superior to those you give to...it just means that agree with John D. Rockefeller Jr. who advised: "Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege."

Monday, November 23, 2009

Keep A.S.K.-ing

Let me guess...you may be saying to yourself: "she sure does like acronyms"…pretty creative too huh? Well, what can I say, I’m just like my Heavenly Father – you’ll see how in a moment when I share what He told me A.S.K. means.

Some time ago, while reading Matthew 7:7 in the King James Version, it just “came to life”:

Ask, and it will be given to you;
Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.

You see what I mean? Acronyms are God’s idea for helping us commit things to memory – He started everything…

Answers to our prayers sometimes come swiftly or slowly. At yet other times…well it seems like it’s taking forever for the answers to come through. I’m convonced that’s why God gave us those 3 levels of “ASKing”.

I’ll share my understanding of these 3 levels…you may not agree and that’s fine. Please share your own understanding with us – let’s learn from each other.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Spiritual lessons from Shopping trip

It’s so amazing how God constantly uses physical things to teach us spiritual truths when we look, listen and learn. Shopping is not one of my favourite things...ask my husband and those who know me well. Grocery shopping is enough work as it is. In order to go shopping for clothes and other things, I need to really “prime” myself – so I have the stamina to stay the course; and this includes window-shopping.

Well this weekend, I needed to go shopping – possibly the first time I have really had to go shopping – yes I promised my husband I would so I did – the price of integrity.

The first thing that hit me when I was going through the racks is that: prayer and shopping are very similar. I’ll share some nuggets God shared with me...

# 1. Both of them have a window of opportunity...whereas, prayer has a constant window of opportunity (i.e. God is always available to us) we can’t say the same thing about shopping. Let me explain: before I embarked on my shopping trip (indeed it was a trip – it’s the first time in my life I’ve ever done something like that too), I prayed for favour and guidance. I also prayed that God will lead me to the right stores where I’ll get what I need at an acceptable price for the quality I want. The first store I entered had an amazing sale on, which I later found out was their “one-day spectacular sale”- no wonder there were so many people there – including me who was totally oblivious of this event. I went there just in time – it was my window of opportunity.

Purpose in Prayer


Although “Prayer can never be in excess” (C. H. Spurgeon), for our prayers to produce results, they must be "prefixed" by the Word of God...once we know Him & His will, we will pray accordingly.
We must pray on purpose and with purpose.
The first purpose of prayer is to know God. Charles L. Allen

  1. We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; The Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself. Oswald Chambers


  2. “Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part." Andrew Murray


  3. Prayer honors God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid. E. M. Bounds


  4. The goal of prayer is the ear of God, a goal that can only be reached by patient and continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to Him and permitting Him to speak to us. Only by so doing can we expect to know Him, and as we come to know Him better we shall spend more time in His presence and find that presence a constant and ever-increasing delight. E. M. Bounds


  5. "No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack." E.M. Bounds


  6. "Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet." E. M. Bounds

Stop rocking in that Worry chair...

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it.” ~ George F. Burns (American comedian and actor; 1896-1996).

Now if you don't want to believe a comedian, who lived to be a 100 years old, take it from a doctor: Charles W. Mayo, M.D. "Worry and stress affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects heart action."

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~Ovid

Each time I've been awake "rocking in the worry chair", I wake up tired...almost too tired to do what I need to to deal with the situation. There's just no point in staying up worrying...won't you agree?

Don't let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries. ~Astrid Alauda Jesus has already offered to do that in Matthew 11: 28-30:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne. (Amplified Bible)
Take Him up on it...you'll be glad you did.

God will never give you anything you can't handle, so don't stress. ~ Kelly Clarkson

God always equips us for everything that will come our way...He's promised us triumph* in trouble in John 16:33

"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]" (Amplified Bible)
Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply? ~Carrie Latet

"When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in 5 years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go." Catherine Pulsifer

These are 2 good questions to ask and the answers will get you out of that "worry chair"...in a heart beat. Rocking chairs are a great way to relax and rest...the place to do nothing...and enjoy it too. Let's do as David did: "I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoiceth; my flesh also shall rest in hope"** - not be rocked or stressed by worry. God bless you.


* See Isaiah 43: 1-3 and 1 Corinthians 10:13
** See Psalm 16: 8-9 -21st Century King James Version

Stay connected to the UPS

Just this morning, God reminded me that He is my UPS...that's a truth I have held on to for some years and I'm not letting go of it.

Do you know this song:
Rejoice for the steps of a righteous man 
They are ordered of God, they are ordered of God
Rejoice for the steps of a righteous man
They are ordered of God
In the time of trouble, God will uphold you,
God will preserve you, God will sustain you
In the time of trouble, God will lift you up
So rejoice your steps are ordered of God


I believe the origin of this song is Psalm 37:23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. (New King James Version)

The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]. (Amplified Bible)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Power in Prayer

In writing on PiP, I decided to "dig for the diamonds" in what others have said about prayer...I’ll share some of them in a series of postings...

Dorothy Bernard said that: "Courage is fear that has said its prayers." That word "Courage" comes up again...so really, there is nothing odd about being fearful…it’s what you do with that fear that matters. You know what I do? I talk to God about it...and that's essentially what prayer is - a conversation (not monologue) with God.

"Prayer is weakness leaning on omnipotence." W. S. Bowd

Oswald Chambers said: "We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties."

We all need Courage to lean on God in prayer; and be able say like Josephine Baker did “I believe in prayer. It's the best way we have to draw strength from heaven.”

The bottom line is that: “All prayers are answered if we are willing to admit that sometimes the answer is "no” (Anon)

Here are 10 other thoughts on prayer…

Have I ever told you...

...how awesome God is? 


Well, He is...


Our God is an awesome God
He reigns over heaven and earth
With wisdom, pow'r and might
Our God is an awesome God


Now that's a song I recommend you learn and sing often if you don't already do so. You know, the Bible recommends that we make a melody in our hearts (Ephesians 5:19)…I also like to sing out too…amongst other things :)
Before I go off on a tangent, let me tell you what happened yesterday...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Just ASK

Let me tell you a bit of what’s been happening to me in the past week.

Remember I got this leading to share about “Worry” a week ago, well I was also (& still am) working on getting out of the “worry chair”. I was challenged by the things God helped us put together for the blog and of course it was time for this physical physician take the prescription.

I also shared about how we need to be careful about what we wish or mentally hope for…

Well, putting these together, God reminded me that the best way to “win over worry”(WoW), is to “persevere in prayer” (PiP).

Ok, I’ll change gears here for a bit and come back on track later…

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Words on Worry

I've chosen a few of my favourite words on worry from the Word of life and matched them with the words of (wo)men...


Matthew 6:34
So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
(Amplified Bible)

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
(New Living Translation)


Worry doesn't help tomorrow's troubles, but it does ruin today's happiness. ~ Anonymous


Proverbs 12:25
Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up. (The Message)

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~ Leo F. Buscaglia

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Grace to Give

For the mighty, even to give away is grace. ~ Aeschylus

We have talked about the Courage to Give and the Gift of Giving…not very easy to digest and/or live by but if you ask me, these are coming at an appropriate time as we prepare for Christmas – the Season of Giving....and it was totally unplanned. I guess that's the beauty of letting God guide you in whatever you do...life has so much more meaning that way - Isaiah 30:21 is one of my favourite verses; look it up and see what you think.

Back to the subject...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Careful what you wish...or mentally plan for

When packing for a recent trip, my husband and I were discussing the number of books I should take...I packed 5 knowing I had long flights ahead of me and he recommended that I take 3. So I took the following:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Win over Worry

There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry... Yesterday and Tomorrow. ~Robert Jones Burdette

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo Buscaglia

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday. ~Author Unknown
Question from Sapphire: so was it worth the worry?

A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work. ~John Lubbock

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Gift of Giving

Like Babara Bush said, everyone has something to give. I appreciate that giving is not the easiest thing especially when it costs us...and believe me there are times when it costs and "hurts" too. Let's start with the "easy" ones.

To me, smiles and hugs seem like the easiest things to give - it's just tough when you're not particularly in the mood to. About smiles, I heard that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile (& it's also more difficult too)...well those sound like good reasons to smile. The best thing about smiling is that "everyone smiles in the same language" (Anonymous). You don't need to know the people you smile at - have you noticed that each time you smile at people, more often than not you get a smile back - even if it is a plastic one. "The act of smiling is a gift that gives a little piece of joy & sunshine to brighten another's day." (Anonymous)      
Smiles go on for miles...purpose to start the "smile tag" each day...pass on your smile.

On to hugs: I love hugs...I give them without thinking sometimes. Hugs are usually a form of greeting between relatives and close friends. (Personally I believe the friends God had given me are "hugs from God"). At other times, a hug just tells the other person, "I care" or "although I don't understand what you're going through, I'm here for you".

Hugs mean different things to different people - and one size fits all. Per the Quote Garden: "a hug is a smile with arms, a laugh with a stronger grip". Start with a smile, it suffices for those you don't know well enough to hug.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why worry when you can pray?

“Worry is like a rocking chair - it gives you something to do but doesn't take you anywhere.” This is one quotation I have held onto for decades – of course, I forget it once in a while. As I was meditating on it this morning, I decided to find out who the author of that quote was as I’d never known all these years…and guess who? A woman:
Dorothy Galyean*

I know, from personal and current experience, that it’s not easy to stop worrying – it is possible though. It is being "care- less" (i.e. without a care) - God wants us to be "care-less" – He says so more than once

Psalms 55:22:
"Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
(New International Version)

1 Peter 5:7:
God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.
(Contemporary English Version)

Consider living by this principle:
“Worry about nothing - pray about everything”

- it will make a significant & positive difference in your life.

The Message version puts Philippians 4:6-7 this way:
“Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

Let’s do what another woman does: “Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway” ~ Mary C. Crowley

So why lose sleep when God doesn’t sleep? Even I wonder why I do that at the times I catch myself still awake. Now, no one has said it will be easy but this quote from Mahatma Gandhi is quite an admonition: "There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever."

Need I say any more? I'll leave you with a song I learnt as a child - which is more relevant now to me (feel free to make up a tune for yourself):

Why worry, when you can pray,
Trust in Jesus and He will lead the way.
Don't be like Doubting Thomas,
Keep trusting on His promise
Why worry, worry, worry, worry,
When you can pray.

God bless us all as we switch gears from worrying to praying.
Reference:
*http://www.walkoutofworry.com/wisdom.html

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Tale of Two Women

Have you watched the film "Julie & Julia"? I had the opportunity to watch it recently. I laughed and learnt a lot too - here are a few of the life lessons I gleaned.

Julie Powell finally had to Courage to Live and pursued her passions - after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dreams...and then she became so self-absorbed and obsessed. It ended up being a counter-productive venture...that's not the idea of being confident and courageous enough to dream, decide & do

Irrespective of whatever your dreams are, you must always have your priorities right...your first priority is your husband not your family... yes, husband before children - if you disagree, we'd love to hear your reasons.

The minute Julie Powell got her priorities right everything else fell in place...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Shoebox

Talking about love...this is from an email...author unknown (comments in green, mine)

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. It pays to marry your friend.
They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.
For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.


She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box.

When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls And a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents. 'When we were to be married,' she said, ' my grandmother told me "The secret of a happy marriage was to never argue." She told me that If I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.'

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He didn't consider how long it took her to crochet one doll...I wonder if she kep crocheting until she cooled off?

He almost burst with happiness. 'Honey,' he said, 'that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?' 'Oh,' she said, 'that's the money I made from selling the dolls.' I can't imagine how much each doll cost?


So what should those of us who don't know how to knit or crotchet do? Come to think of it, I used to knit and crotchet years ago...hmm wonder if I should reevaluate what I do in my spare time...


This one of those pieces that we smile (& some smirk) at when we read. There as lots of things and tips to takeaway from this piece...for me (& hopefully for all of us), one of them is that it is possible to redirect anger productively...and possibly make money too :).


This could very well be someone's "trigger" to consider starting their own business. Now if you do, you'll need to have the self-confidence and internal motivation to continue the business and not let anger be your "driving force". You could start earning money from one of your hobbies too...just an idea.


Another takeaway, is for me to do all I need to to make my marriage work and flourish. Bishop David Oyedepo says, you're not married to see if it will work...you're married to see (i.e. ensure) that it will work...and it's a 2-way street and ties in to the Courage to Love - the woman in the story sure had that Courage. My personal desire (& prayer) is that from now and in years (& decades) to come, the story of my marriage will one filled with WoW moments underpinned by Courage to Love amongst other things. AMEN!!!


Friday, November 6, 2009

Secret #3: Courage - (3) - Courage to Love

Courage to Love
So what is it about Loving that requires courage? Hm...good question. Not sure if we can fully answer that question - so will just share some of my TEA - (thoughts, experience and advice).
A long time ago, before I got married, I heard someone say that "love is acting in the other person's best interest". Talk about a tall order!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

And on these...

Some more from the same unknown author (pictures and comments in green, mine)

Ideas won't work unless ' You' do.


Your mind is like a parachute....it functions only when open...

The 10 commandments are not a multiple choice. They are summed up in 2 commandments hinged on "Love" and there so we can all have a better and happier life.
The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime!
The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. Someone wisely advised: Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.Watch your habits, for they become character.Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it. Remember, we have stepping stones all through our lives. If you haven't, get and read "Who moved my cheese?" Dale Carnegie said: "Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success."
It is never too late to become what you might have been.

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. Get on with doing!!!

We don't need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity. What we need to use is what we have.~ Basil Walsh

Think on these...

Just got it in the mail-Author Unknown (picture and comments in green, mine)

Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Proverbs 31:26 "She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." (King James Version) Now that's another one of the verses I'm working on implementing in my life.

A sharp tongue can cut your own throat. Remember, the tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21)

If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn't oversleep. Taking that a step further, someone wisely said: "When we wake up in the morning, we have two simple choices: Go back to sleep and dream, or wake up and chase those dreams. The choice is yours..."

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. And this is a result of internal impressions - see previous series on Self-confidence...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Courage to Give

Closely tied to the Courage to Live is the Courage to Give. I know this was not on our original list...it just came up. We cannot properly discuss Courage to Live without at least touching on the Courage to Give…

I know this may not be some ladies’ favourite topic…remember we’re here to make ourselves better people!

Looking around and at ourselves (ok, at myself), it’s as if so many of us live our lives taking all we can. It truly takes courage, not abundance, to give. Anne Frank* who died at age 15 said: “No-one has become poor by giving.” This may have been from her personal experience and that is so true.

The Bible says in Proverbs 11: 24-25:
There are those who [generously] scatter abroad, and yet increase more; there are those who withhold more than is fitting or what is justly due, but it results only in want. The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered. (Amplified Bible)

Luke 6:38 and Act 20: 35 reiterate this. I’m almost convinced that was why John D. Rockefeller advised: “Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege”. The giver always ends up “on top”.

Ask a farmer - I wonder if Anthony Norvell who said “Plant a kernel of wheat and you reap a pint; plant a pint and you reap a bushel. Always the law works to give you back more than you give”, was one. If he wasn't one, he sure knew about the principle of sowing and reaping...one we should all understand and latch on to.

Winston Churchill said: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Ultimately, “it is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it” (Albert Einstein)

Let’s start with simple ones…and of course progress

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Secret #3: Courage - (2) - Courage to Live

Courage to Live


What does that phrase mean to you? Even I wondered when I felt led by God to put it on the list of areas we'll focus on in discussing this Secret.

We already know that courage is all about being brave and bold in the face of adverse situations - now, who said that is or will be easy? Let's dig in...we're sure to come up with some "Destiny diamonds".

As women, too many times we let things happen to us or watch things happen to us rather than make things happen for us. Irrespective of the hurdles we face – which we all (will) face, we need to be courageous enough to make things happen in favour of ourselves and those in our sphere of influence.

Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength ~ Anonymous

Ladies, any and all the stumbling blocks you have in your way should be seen for what they are - "Stepping stones." Stepping stones are "stones placed across a shallow river to form a step-stone bridge so people can step from each to the next and so cross the river without getting their feet wet"* So in fact, stepping stones are your path for "walking on water".

Walking on water huh? Think about it, if you need to get across the river/sea - any piece of water - you sometimes just have to go...whether the water is calm or not. I implore you to take Mark Victor Hansen's advice: “Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”

This piece feels like it’s all over the place…I guess that’s how life is - isn't it - juggling various balls and wearing different hats? The bottom line is:
Courage to Live is about:
  • daring to dream and doing what you need to to make those dreams come true; "to accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act."***
  • being a path finder, a trail blazer and stepping up to the plate to "make an obstacle an opportunity."****
See what someone who definitely knows what he's talking about said: "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them" ~ Walt Disney.
One of my pastors used to say: "after all is said and done, more is said than done." “Well done” is always a better praise than “well said”. Get on with doing...

YOU can do it! Yes YOU CAN!! Believe it and Live it!!! Decide & do!!!!
It takes courage to live up to your dreams - it takes courage to conquer!

References:
**http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stepping_stone
** John 16:33: I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (Amplified Bible)
*** Quote by Anatole France
****Quote by Linda Armstrong

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Secret #3: Courage - (1)

Secret #3: Courage: Courage means acting decisively, even while taking risk, in whatever way God directs you. Make decisions by design rather than by default. Courage is not one of those things that "just happens"...it needs to be developed, demonstrated and even tested consistently.*

Encarta defines Courage as: "quality of being brave: the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action."**

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines Courage as: The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.***

So courage starts in the mind; obviously, this is by no means easy...we all need to be courageous. By God’s grace, together will help each other cultivate and maintain:

  • Courage to Live
  • Courage to Love
  • Courage to Lead
  • Courage to Learn
  • Courage to Lean
  • Courage to Leave
The list is not in any order and is by no means exhaustive...just the starting point...

Before we start sharing our TEA, let's consider a few words of wisdom I found on the Internet:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quotable Quotes on Diamonds

Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
Guard well your spare moments.
They are like uncut diamonds.
Discard them and their value will never be known.
Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.

Juvenal said:
"Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior."

Edward Zwick said:
I have nothing against diamonds, or rubies or emeralds or sapphires. I do object when their acquisition is complicit in the debasement of children or the destruction of a country.

Sapphire says: These are all so true...invest your time (including your spare time) and resources polishing your children...and all those in your sphere of influence...bring out the best in them and in yourself. Like James Keller said: a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." (Eleanor Roosevelt)


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Desire for diamonds

A friend of mine just sent me an email I've received several times before and our Sovereign God prompted her to send it to me today...a day after we talked about "Digging for Diamonds". I believe this happened so we can share this on the blog (comments in green, emphasis and illustrations mine) - please note that the original author is unknown (to me).



A married lady was expecting a birthday gift from her husband. For many months she had admired a beautiful diamond ring in a showroom, and knowing her husband could afford it, she told him that was all she wanted. As her birthday approaches, this lady awaited signs that her husband had purchased the diamond ring...

Finally, on the morning of her birthday, her husband called her into his study room. Her husband told her how proud he was to have such a good wife, and told her how much he loves her. He handed her a beautifully- wrapped gift box. Curious, the wife opened the box and found a LOVELY, LEATHER-BOUND BIBLE, with the wife's name embossed in gold.

Angrily, she raised her voice to her husband and said, 'With all your money you gave me a Bible as my birthday present? And stormed out of the house, leaving her husband for good. (There is no reason for walking out of your marriage - please if you're thinking about it, send us an email let's talk. God's plan is for marriages to exemplify Jesus' relationship with the church - link up with Him for coping strategies.)


Many years passed and the married lady was very successful in business. She managed to settle for a more beautiful house and a wonderful family, but realized her ex-husband was very old, and thought perhaps she should go to visit him. She had not seen him for many years. But before she could make arrangements, she received a telegram telling her that her ex-husband had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to her. She needed to come back immediately and take care of things. When she arrived at her ex-husband's house, sudden sadness and regret filled her heart. She began to search through her ex-husband’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as she had left it years ago.

With tears, she opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As she browse through, a tiny package dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a diamond ring with her name engraved on it, the same diamond ring which she saw at the showroom. On the tag was her birth date as at the year she had left him with the words...'LUV U ALWAYS' on it...

How many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?
We should learn to appreciate and be grateful for what we receive (& even for what we don't).

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you do not have; but remember that what you now have may have been among the things you once hoped for. We teach our children that they cannot have everything they want - why should it be any different for us adults?

God bless us all.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Digging for Diamonds

I shared a bit about my attraction to “sapphire” as a gemstone about 3 weeks ago and since I know that a lot of other ladies, such as the lady who responded to the Posting via her comment, like diamonds – or at least wear /desire diamond rings/jewellery, I went on to dig up some more info about diamonds. Nothing wrong with liking more gemstones - increases the options for my husband (oops did I just let that slip out? :) - well it's true won't you agree?)

Ok back to the subject matter; I found some interesting information in Encarta Encyclopaedia online and other sources - my thoughts follow the information in a different font colour. So here goes…

Diamond is the hardest natural mineral and has many other exceptional properties that collectively make it an important industrial and scientific material. Unique geologically, diamonds form at great depths within Earth and are typically billions of years old. *

Sapphire speaking: Likewise, women are wired to be durable - did you know that the root word for diamond is “Adamas” – a Greek word that means unconquerable and indestructible? Seems like a good reason to wear diamonds so we have a constant reminder? Well, not really because it’s what you believe in your heart that counts not the rings/jewellery you wear.

Diamond Cutting
Diamond cutting encompasses a number of processes that bring out the beauty of gem diamonds.
These processes include cleaving, sawing or laser cutting, and polishing. A diamond cutter seeks to enhance the brilliance and fire of each stone and to eliminate imperfections, such as cracks and cloudiness. The cutter develops a plan that will accomplish these goals while still producing a gem of the greatest size and hence maximum value. About half of a natural diamond’s size is lost in diamond cutting. *

Examining the stone is the first step in diamond cutting. The cutter determines where cleavage planes lie and decides how the stone can best be divided by cleaving and sawing. *
The cutter next places the diamond firmly in a holder for cleaving. A light blow of a hammer on the cleaving iron, which is held against the diamond parallel to the cleavage plane, cleaves the stone. *
Bruting is the process of giving the rough diamond its basic round shape. During the bruting stage, one diamond is forced against another on a special rotating wheel. This is the only way to actually form the shape of the diamond; by having it manipulated by a second diamond.**
Polishing, the final step in the cutting of a diamond, consists of forming the facets of the finished stone. Cutters most often choose the “brilliant” form, which has 58 facets.*

The most important aspect of a polished diamond is the quality of the diamond "cut". The cut of a diamond is the one thing which is entirely manipulated by the diamond cutter and will determine the visual beauty of the diamond. A well cut diamond will have tremendous brilliance regardless of its color and clarity grades. Conversely, a poorly cut stone will appear dull and lifeless even if it has a top diamond color and diamond clarity grade.**

Sapphire speaking: In Jeremiah 18:1-4, God shows us how like the potter, He moulds us (& remoulds) into vessels that are “useful” to Him. John 15: 1-3 Jesus informs us that God prunes us to cut off the non-beneficial parts of our lives so that we are more productive to Him and to the people around us – pruning is painful but good for us. That’s how God brings out the beauty and best in us – stick with His programme!
Henry Kissinger said “A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.” Remember, "A well cut diamond will have tremendous brilliance regardless of its color and clarity grades."** Furthermore, one diamond gets it's "shape" from another a wholly Biblical principle see Proverbs 27: 17: "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
Judging a Diamond’s quality
Only high-quality diamonds are suitable for use as gems. In judging the quality (and therefore the value) of a cut diamond, a buyer must take into account four criteria, known as the “four C’s”: color, clarity, carat weight, and cut. *

Sapphire speaking: Likewise, our quality in and of life is determined by specific criteria (i.e. principles) we live by. For value-enhancing principles, live by every word in the Bible.

Industrial Uses
Due to its hardness, diamond, as either single crystals or finely ground powder, can be used in cutting, abrading, or polishing tools. It is used extensively in drill bits, in cutting devices, and as a surface that can withstand shock and pressure. Industrial diamond has applications in the mining, oil and gas, electronic, optical, thermal, machining, dentistry, and medical industries.*

Sapphire speaking: We may not be popular or prominent but we can be useful and productive wherever we find ourselves. Ask yourself: are people glad or sad wherever I go or whenever I go?

Like diamonds, we have exceptional qualities that make us unique – like John Mason said “you’re born an original don’t die a copy”. (That’s a book I recommend that you read.)
No matter how hard you try to be like others, the best you can be is second best! Too many of us don’t know or appreciate how unique we are. Well just in case you haven’t heard it before…you ARE different, unique and special…live up to that!

In being the best “diamond” we can be, let’s take some advice from Mary McLeod Bethune who was an adviser to US president Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Invest in the human soul, who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.”

Investing our time, love and prayers (TLP) in those around us is not just Digging for Diamonds...it's also Going for Gold. It also results in several WoW moments in your life - Fear not! you're wired to last and will overcome the challenges that are sure to come.
Keep radiating God's glory like the diamond you are!


*http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761557986/Diamond.html
**https://exceldiamonds.mysecureweb.net/education/diamonds/diamonds-art-cutting.php