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Friday, April 30, 2010

Vitamins for Vitality

I got this in a email several years ago...I just changed the title (I think the original title was "Bible Vitamins" or something like that) and added pictures.

Anxious? Take Vitamin A.
All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28)

Blue? Take Vitamin B.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. (Ps 103:1)

Crushed? Take Vitamin C.
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Pet 5:7)

Depressed? Take Vitamin D.
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. (Jas 4:8)

Empty? Take Vitamin E.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, and bless His name. (Ps 100:4)

Fearful? Take Vitamin F.
Fear not, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God. (Isa 41:10)

Greedy? Take Vitamin G.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put unto your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back. (Lk 6:38)

Hesitant? Take Vitamin H.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, your "God reigns." (Isa 52:7)

Insecure? Take Vitamin I.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)

Jittery? Take Vitamin J.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Heb 13:8)

Know nothing? Take Vitamin K.
Know this that the Lord is God, it is He that made us and not we ourselves. (Ps 100:3)

Lonely? Take Vitamin L.
Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matt 28:20)

Mortgaged? Take Vitamin M.
My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.(2 Cor 12:9)

Nervous? Take Vitamin N.
Never, no never will I leave you nor forsake you. (Heb 13:5)

Overwhelmed? Take Vitamin O.
Overcome evil with good. (Rom. 12:21)

Perplexed or puzzled? Take Vitamin P.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

Quitting? Take Vitamin Q.
Watch and stand fast in the faith; Quit you like men and women, be strong. (1 Cor 16:13)

Restless? Take Vitamin R.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. (Ps 37:7)

Scared? Take Vitamin S.
Stay with me, and do not be afraid; you will be safe with me. (1 Sam 22:23)

Tired? Take Vitamin T.
Those who trust in the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isa 40:31)

Uncertain? Take Vitamin U.
Understand that I am (the Lord). Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. (Isa 43:10)

Vain? Take Vitamin V.
They brought sick folks and those vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. (Acts 5:16)

Wondering what to do? Take Vitamin W.
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Mic 6:8)

EXhausted? Take Vitamin X.
Refuse profanity; rather, exercise thyself unto godliness. (1 Tim 4:7)

Yearning for hope? Take Vitamin Y.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Your rod and your staff comfort me. (Ps23:4)

Zapped? Take Vitamin Z.
Zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:14)

With thanks to Andre Schoonbee

Bottom line: Let's eat and live healthy....lots of fruits, vegetables, water, exercise and of course "manna from the Word" - these are all cheaper than supplements and other medication.

God bless you richly...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Secret #5: Character - acE

E is for Example

Have you ever heard the phrase: "children hear what they see"? A wise person said: “Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.” (Author unknown)

I believe that the greatest way to influence another person is by what you actually do - not what you say. Albert Einstein said: "Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means."

You can talk till you're blue in the face the fact is that: “A good example has twice the value of good advice” (Anonymous). I'm sure you know what I mean. I'm sure we'll be more conscious and conscientious if we take to heart what Francis Bacon Sr. said: “He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.”

Paul's advice to Timothy was: Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. (1 Timothy 4:12 - NLT) and he had every right to give that kind of advice because he was bold enough to encourage the Corinthians to "follow his example" more than once (see 1 Corinthians 4:16 & 11:1)

Without saying too much, suffice it to say that if you'll have the "ACE" up your sleeve (& in your heart), your character will glorify God; and “If we take care of our character, our reputation will take care of itself.”*

God bless

*quote in Our Daily Bread (January 13, 2010)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Secret #5: Character - aCe

C is for Conversation

Those you associate with, to a large extent, determine who you “converse” with and sometimes you really don’t have a choice e.g. your work colleagues, which brings us to conversation…

Let's see what those who lived before us had to say about character and conversation:

The character of a man is known from his conversations. Menander (342 BC - 292 BC)

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Have you ever been in a situation where people "hold their tongues" around you - or as you so "sociable" that your acquaintances and colleagues feel no restraint in what they say around you?

On the other hand, are you one who can be described as "talking ten to the dozen"? Is your voice the only heard in a conversation? Must you talk each and everytime? Remember our postings on Communication (in March 2010)? I won't repeat all we said there here but it goes without saying that the things that come out of your mouth are a reflection of who you really paraphrase Luke 6:45b - whateever is in your heart "spills" out through your mouth.

What you say shows who you are, what/who you listen to also shows who you your conversations and your character is in check.

God bless

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Secret #5: Character - Ace

Secret #5: Character: "Character dictates our attitudes and action under pressure. And strong character influences others more than clever words, wealth, or wisdom ever could." *

As I prepared to write (type) up on this next secret: Character, I looked over some quotations I had gathered and was asking God & myself what the context should be – then the word ACE came to mind. So we’ll use it as our acronym…

A: Association

Encarta defines “Character” as "distinctive qualities: the set of qualities that make somebody or something distinctive, especially somebody's qualities of mind and feeling; positive qualities: qualities that make somebody or something interesting or attractive; and reputation: somebody's public reputation."** Taking these one step further: “Character is so largely affected by association, that we cannot afford to be indifferent as to who or what our friends are.” ~ Author unknown

The flip side of that is: “When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.” Japanese proverb

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another tribute to Mothers

After reading this poem, I decided to save it and share with all of us - it ties in with these verses that keep me in check (reminding me of my responsibilites as a mother under God):

Proverbs 10:1 - The proverbs of Solomon: A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother.*

Proverbs 13:24 - Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.*

Proverbs 22:15 -A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.*

Proverbs 23: 13-14 - Don’t fail to discipline your children. They won’t die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death.*

Proverbs 29:15 - To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.*

Be blessed and inspired as you read...

Mean Moms (Author unknown)

Someday when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent,

I will tell them, as my Mean Mom told me: I loved you enough to ask where you were going, with whom, and what time you would be home.

I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep.

I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that should have taken 15 minutes.

I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, and tears in my eyes. Children must learn that their parents aren't perfect..

I loved you enough to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My Mother Taught Me…[on a lighter note]

I read Sapphire’s posting on “One thing I learned from my mother….” with interest, I do agree on the action advised – return ye all that does not belong to ye!
On a lighter note, however, it reminded me that during the mother’s day of May 2009, Sapphire sent me an email with this link

I checked it out and found the write-up titled “My Mother Taught Me…”. talk about consistency. ENJOY!

My Mother Taught Me…

To Value A Job Well Done
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
Time Travel
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
"Because I said so, that's why."
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
"Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about."
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
Circle Of Life
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
Behavior Modification
"Stop acting like your father!"
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
"Just wait until we get home."
"You are going to get it when you get home!"
Medical Science
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."
How To Become An Adult
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
"You're just like your father."
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you"

Monday, April 12, 2010

One thing I learned from my mother

Depending on which part of the world you’re in, Mothers’ day has already passed or is on its way. Isn’t it interesting that unlike Fathers’ day that comes up only once a year, we have 2 dates set aside for mothers?

In some places it was on March 14th 2010 and for others it will be on May 9th 2010. So I’ve decided to post this on a date in-between both special days…interesting this coincides with my mother’s birthday (and to think that was not the intention - it just happened).

Recently, I was discussing with a friend about something I learned from my mother and she made a statement that I felt I need to share within the context of what I learned from my mother.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Living in the Overflow

Have you ever heard the term “living in the Overflow”? One of my pastors often referred to it. He said it was possible to live in a "realm" where you not only had enough for yourself, but had a lot to spare (not to hoard). Just think about it: what does the word “overflow” mean? Encarta says it means: “flow or pour over: to pour out over the limits or edge of a container because the container is filled beyond its capacity”*

To me, it simply means to be full and spill over…to others. No one ever wants  to be near a river that overflows its banks – it spreads water everywhere it goes whether or not that person or area wants/needs water. The water overflows and impacts everyone and/or thing it comes in contact with or that's in its way.

That’s God’s desire for us. He wants us to positively impact everyone and/or thing (e.g project) that we come in contact with. He said to Abraham “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].”**(Gen12:2) All God required of Abraham for this promise to be fulfilled was that Abraham will obey God and go to the land He will show him.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

How to open doors

In February, one of my colleagues said something - I just had to share it:

People like doors will open with ease
when you say “thank you” and when you say “please”.

We should teach these nice words to our children using these words when speaking to them. It doesn't cost much to be courteous. This rule also works with God...let's purpose to enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts each and every day of our lives.

I enourage you to show your love and appreciation to God, family & friends and enjoy the difference it will make in your life.

Wishing you a wonderful Easter...remember Jesus gave His life and now we have unhindered access to God - don't forget to to say "thank you" to Him regularly. 
Imagine life without we know: "Life without Christ is crisis" (Author unknown);
the thought of life without Jesus Christ is enough motiviation for thanksgiving...and you'll see the doors open.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Wow - it's already the 1st of April!

I've received this email so many times that I felt it's about time to share it. Now, I don't know if it's a true story...however, I believe that it has some truths for us to consider:


In Florida , an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring,"Case dismissed!"