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I just came back from a 3 day Retreat so why I haven’t been writing.

 

But I just wanted to let you know that “YOU,”

 

 

Are special……

 

 

loved more than you’ll ever know……..

 

 

and blessed more than you can imagine.

 

 

You may not feel this way every day. But know this!

 

 

We are all “uniquely gifted and blessed” to make a positive impact to the people around us. 
Reaffirm your birth right;
Created for a purpose by the Master Designer Himself. 
Focus on your strengths, your talents, your gifts…
In making our world a better place.
From your homes… to your work.. and everywhere..
“One heart at a time…”

 

Have a WONDERFULLY… AMAZING DAY…………..*

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Charlie is a very naughty boy!

 

 

I always get a good laugh when I watch this! Enjoy……… and make it a GREAT day!

 

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For those who are not familiar with Lent. It’s a period of fasting, soul searching and repentance. Observed by Catholics and some Christian denominations in preparation for Easter. Usually lasts 40 days. It starts on Ash Wednesday. A time for reflection: Genesis 3:19 ...”for dust you are and to dust you will return.” There’s nothing we can boast about ourselves. But only of the Lord.

As we reflect on His Passion, it prepare our hearts for His Resurrection and the Glory of Easter. We consecrate ourselves to God. Our weaknesses. We sacrifice. We fast. That he may sanctify us and purify us.

Others argue however, that it is not biblical.

They even go further by quoting Scriptures like in Matthew 6:16-18

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Is Lent Biblical?

When someone asks “Is Lent biblical?,” the answer depends on what you mean by “biblical.” If you mean “Does the Bible specifically require Christians to practice Lent?,” then the answer is “no.” Of course in that sense of the term, customs such as church choirs or Sunday school would also be “not biblical.” But if you mean “Is the practice of Lent founded on biblical principles,” then the answer is certainly “yes.” The three main practices of Lent from ancient times have been (1) reflection on the significance of Christ’s death along with prayers of repentance and confession, (2) fasting as a means to focus more wholly on God, and (3) giving to assist the poor. All of these are very biblical practices. We are not required to do them specifically during the 40 days prior to Easter, but we can benefit adopting some of the customs of earlier generations of Christians all the way back to the 2nd century.

At this point I should also make it clear that Lenten practices, like any spiritual disciplines, do not make us acceptable to God. We are acceptable to God only through coming to Him by faith on the basis of Christ’s death on the cross for our sins (Eph. 2:8-9). Spiritual disciplines are means through which God works in our lives helping us to grow to spiritual maturity, which is being conformed to the character of Christ (Eph. 4:13Rom. 8:29). Thus, these practices are for our benefit, and not a way to “earn” anything from God. Sometimes Christians in earlier generations lost sight of this fact. Source from reflections.cyberpastor.com

It can be a time of spiritual cleansing and renewal. A 40 day spiritual journey. A retreat for 40 days for those who practice it.

Though it is a tradition. It is still a “personal journey” for everyone.

Have you seen the Mel Gibson movie the Passion of Christ?  For those who observe the Lenten season. That is the same impact it has in their lives. and it should. For God the Father paid a BIG price for our sins.

If you haven’t observe Lent, I invite you to do just that this year…

If you are reading this right now maybe God is inviting you…

To have a closer relationship with Him.

If you are hearing His voice… His whispers…

Open your heart….*

Here’s what you can do.

Go to the nearest Catholic Church in your area and ask for more information.

Start going to that Church. See and experience for yourself…

the Mysteries of His Passion and the Glory of His Resurrection.

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Is “peace” possible through today’s uncertainties, economic conditions and world chaos. An article from everystudent.com tells us that it is. In God – the Omnipotent, All Knowing and All Loving assures us that He is in control and that He cares in spite of what we see and experience in our life today. Others may contradict those facts but to those who put their trust in Him they know that God will never leave them or forsake them. For God is always faithful and true to His Word.

Here is the article:

No matter what the future holds, it’s possible to have peace of mind rather than worry and anxiety.

No matter what happens in the world or in our own individual lives, is there a place to turn for stability? Can we look toward the future with hope, regardless of life’s and the world’s circumstances? These days many students are seeing the value of God as their constant. The world around us is ever-changing, but God does not change. He is steady, reliable. He says, “Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one. For I, the Lord, do not change.”1 God is always there. He can be counted on. He is “the same yesterday and today, and forever.”2 And God can make himself known, giving us a peace of mind through him, setting our hearts securely at rest.

The God of the Foxholes

Admittedly, many people wait until times get really rough before they turn to God. A military chaplain from World War II explained that “there are no atheists in the foxholes.” When life is rosy, people don’t feel like they need God. But that often changes when things get messy, when we realize we’re in the trenches.

Caryn, a student in Virginia, explains her path to God like this: “I thought I was a Christian because I went to church on Sunday, but I had no idea who God was. My senior year in high school looked much like my other three years. I spent most of my time getting drunk, high, or trying to find some way for someone to love me. I was dying inside and had no control over my life. It was when I realized how much I wanted my life to end that I knew when I went away to college I had to find some hope. It was then that I asked God to come into my life. He has shown me love, security, forgiveness, support, comfort, acceptance, and a purpose for living. He is my strength, and I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for him.”

Who knows what the future holds? Many students may feel like they’re in a foxhole. Life can be a battle. Our peace of mind can be greatly shaken. At those moments when the heat is on, we often reach out to God. That’s okay, because God, the constant, is there and actually wants to be involved in our lives. He says, “I, even I, am the Lord; and there is no savior besides me. Turn to me and be saved…for I am God, and there is no other.”4

Yes, God can be thought of as a “crutch,” but it’s likely that he is the only truly legitimate one.

The Invisible Foxholes

Some people, however, turn to God even when things seem to be going well. John, a student in Texas, explained that: “By my senior year, I had achieved everything that people were telling me would make me fulfilled — having leadership roles in campus organizations, partying, making good grades, dating girls I was really attracted to. Everything that I wanted to do and achieve while in college came to pass — and yet I was still unfulfilled. Something was still missing and I had nowhere else to go. Of course, no one knew I was feeling this way about life — on the outside I didn’t show it.”

Even when things seem to go right, life can still present a foxhole — an internal one that’s invisible to the naked eye but felt in the heart. Becky, a student in Illinois, described that phenomenon this way: “How many times have you thought that if you just had that piece of clothing, or that boyfriend, or got to visit some place, that then your life would be happy and complete? And how many times have you purchased that shirt, or dated that guy or visited that place and walked away feeling more empty than when you began?”

We don’t need failure or tragedy to feel the foxholes. Most often lack of peace results simply from the absence of God in our lives. Becky says of coming to know God, “Since then I’ve had many struggles and changes in my life, but everything I do takes on a new perspective knowing that I have a loving, eternal God on my side. I believe that there is nothing that God and I can’t handle together — and as for the completeness that I had searched so hard for, I had finally found it.”

With God involved in our lives, we can rest easy. As we get to know God and listen to what he says in the Bible, he brings about that peace of mind in our lives, because we know him. We see life from his vantage point, aware of his faithfulness and ability to take care of us. So no matter what the future holds, we can place our hope in God as our constant. He’s waiting to prove himself in our lives if we will turn to him and seek him.

True Peace of Mind – Building Upon the Rock

Are you building upon something in your life? Believe it or not, every person is building upon something. Each of us has a foundation, something we’re putting our hope and faith in. Maybe it’s ourselves — “I know I can make my life a success if I try hard enough.” Or a lifestyle — “If I can make enough money, life will be wonderful.” Or even a time period — “The future is going to change things.”

God has a different viewpoint. He says it is shaky ground to put our hope and faith in ourselves, in other people, or in anything this world offers. Instead, he wants us to trust in him. He says, “Everyone who hears these words of mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall.”5

It’s wise to have God involved in our lives for those times when the catastrophes come. But God’s intent is for us to have a more abundant life no matter what the circumstances are. He wants to have a positive influence on every area of our lives. When we rely upon him and his words, we are building upon the Rock.

The Ultimate Peace of Mind

Some people feel secure being the child of a multi-millionaire, or knowing they can easily pull good grades. There is an even greater security in having a relationship with God.

God is powerful. Unlike us, God knows what will happen tomorrow, next week, next year, the next decade. He says, “I am God, and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning.”6 He knows what will happen in the future. More importantly, he knows what will occur in your life and will be there for you when it happens, if you’ve chosen to include him in your life. He tells us that he can be “our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.”7 But we must make a sincere effort to seek him. He says, “you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.”8

That doesn’t mean that those who know God will not go through difficult times. They will. If our nation encounters terrorist attacks, environmental or economic disasters, those who know God will be included in the suffering. But there is a peace and a strength that God’s presence gives. One follower of Jesus Christ put it this way: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”9Reality tells us that we will confront problems. However, if we go through them in relationship with God, we can react to them with a different perspective and with a strength that is not our own. No problem has the capacity to be insurmountable to God. He is bigger than all the problems that can hit us, and we are not left alone to deal with them.

God cares. God’s great power, which can be shown in our lives, is accompanied by his deep love. The future might be a time of world peace as never seen before, or maybe there will be more ethnic hatred and violence, more divorce, etc. In either case, no one will love us as much as God can love us. No one will care for us as highly as God can care for us. His Word tells us, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”10 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”11 And, “The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.”12

Jesus Christ told his followers these comforting words: “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.”13 If you turn to God, he will care for you as no one else does, and in a way that no one else can.

Peace of Mind through God

We have no idea what the future holds. If it brings hard times, God can be there for us. If it brings easy times, we will still need God to fill that inner void we have and to give our lives meaning.

When all is said and done, what matters most? What really matters is that we are not separated from God. Do we know God? Does he know us? Have we shut him out of our lives? Or have we let him in? Through knowing him, he produces in us a changing perspective and gives us hope. Through being in a relationship with him, we can have peace in the midst of all circumstances.

Why must God be central to our lives? Because there is no real peace or hope apart from knowing him. He is God and we are not. He does not depend on us, but we must depend upon him. He created us to need his presence in our lives. We can try to make life work without him, but it will be futile.

God wants us to seek him. He wants us to know him and to have him involved in our lives. But there is a problem: we’ve all shut him out. The Bible describes it this way: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.”14 We’ve all tried to make our lives work without God. That’s what the Bible calls “sin.”

Heather, quoted earlier, says concerning sin: “When I entered Stanford, I was not a Christian. The world lay at my feet then, waiting to be revolutionized. I attended political meetings, took classes on racism and social justice, and immersed myself at the community service center. I believed in the power within me to make a significant difference in the world. I tutored underprivileged elementary school kids; I ran the day camp at a homeless shelter; I collected leftover food to feed the hungry. Yet, the more I tried to change the world, the more frustrated I became. I confronted bureaucracy, apathy, and…sin. I began to think that maybe human nature needed a basic overhaul.”

Peace of Mind = Peace with God

Changing times and improved technology don’t really matter all that much in the grand scheme of things. Why? Because our basic problem as human beings is that we’ve distanced ourselves from God. Our greatest problems are not physical, but spiritual. God knows this, so he provided a solution for our separation from him. He made a way for us to find our way back to him…through Jesus Christ.

The Bible says that, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”15 Jesus Christ was crucified (an ancient form of execution) for our sins, in our place. He died, was buried, then rose from the dead. Because of his sacrificial death, we can come into a relationship with God — “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”16

It’s really rather simple: God wants to be in perfect relationship with us — so he made that relationship possible through Jesus. It’s then up to us to seek God and ask him into our lives. Most people do this through prayer. Prayer means talking honestly with God. Right now you can reach out to God by telling him something like this in sincerity: “God, I want to know you. I haven’t allowed you into my life thus far, but I want to change that. I want to take advantage of your solution for my separation from you. I am relying on Jesus’ death on my behalf so that I can be forgiven and be made right with you. I want you to be involved in my life from this day forward.”

Have you sincerely asked God into your life? Only you and he know for sure. If you have, you have a lot to look forward to. God promises to make your present life one of greater satisfaction because of your relationship with him.17 He promises to make his home in you.18 And he gives you eternal life.19

Melissa, a student in New England, had this to say about God: “My mother divorced my father when I was very young, and I wasn’t really sure what was going on. I only knew that my father no longer came home. One day I went to visit my grandmother and I told her that I didn’t understand why my father would hurt me and then disappear. She hugged me and told me that there was someone who would never leave me, and that someone was Jesus. She quoted Hebrews 13:5 and Psalms 68:5 which say ‘I will never leave, nor forsake you’ and ‘He will be a father to the fatherless.’ I was really excited to hear that God wanted to be my Father.”

No matter what happens in the world around you, there is peace of mind knowing that God can be there for you. Regardless of what the future holds, you can have God as your constant.

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Poem that will give you goose bumps…………..

A drunk man in an Oldsmobile
They said had run the light
That caused the six-car pileup
On 109 that night.

When broken bodies lay about
And blood was everywhere,
The sirens screamed out eulogies,
For death was in the air.

A mother, trapped inside her car,
Was heard above the noise;
Her plaintive plea near split the air:
Oh, God, please spare my boys!”

She fought to loose her pinned hands;
She struggled to get free,
But mangled metal held her fast
In grim captivity.

Her frightened eyes then focused
On where the back seat once had been,
But all she saw was broken glass and
Two children’s seats crushed in.

Her twins were nowhere to be seen;
She did not hear them cry,
And then she prayed they’d been thrown free,
Oh, God, don’t let them die!”

Then firemen came and cut her loose,
But when they searched the back,
They found therein no little boys,
But the seat belts were intact.

They thought the woman had gone mad
And was travelling alone,
But when they turned to question her,
They discovered she was gone.

Policemen saw her running wild
And screaming above the noise
In beseeching supplication,
Please help me find my boys!

They’re four years old and wear blue shirts;
Their jeans are blue to match.”
One cop spoke up, “They’re in my car,
And they don’t have a scratch.

They said their daddy put them there
And gave them each a cone,
Then told them both to wait for Mom
To come and take them home.

I’ve searched the area high and low,
But I can’t find their dad.
He must have fled the scene,
I guess, and that is very bad.”

The mother hugged the twins and said,
While wiping at a tear,
He could not flee the scene, you see,
For he’s been dead a year.”

The cop just looked confused and asked,
Now, how can that be true?”
The boys said, “Mommy, Daddy came
And left a kiss for you.”

He told us not to worry
And that you would be all right,
And then he put us in this car with
The pretty, flashing light.

We wanted him to stay with us,
Because we miss him so,
But Mommy, he just hugged us tight
And said he had to go.

He said someday we’d understand
And told us not to fuss,
And he said to tell you, Mommy,
He’s watching over us.”

The mother knew without a doubt.
That what they spoke was true,
For she recalled their dad’s last words,
I will watch over you.”

The firemen’s notes could not explain
The twisted, mangled car,
And how the three of them escaped
Without a single scar.

But on the cop’s report was scribed,
In print so very fine,
An angel walked the beat tonight
on Hwy. 109

WOW! That was BEAUTIFUL!!!

That gave me goose bumps!!!!

Each of us I believe at one time or another had an angel that watched over us. It might not be as dramatic like that poem. But we do have a story or two to tell don’t we?

GOD is GOOD!

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Finding ways to relax is one key to enjoying life. Relaxation calms your fears and helps you release stress. Having less pent up stress can be helpful for fighting disease and staying healthy.

Here is a great article from Ivillage Reviewed by Steven A. King, M.D.
It is simple, informative and in my opinion practically helpful.
If you haven’t been good at relaxing, how do you start? First, it’s important to surround yourself with positive people. Negative vibes from friends and co-workers can spread, making it hard for you to relax. Avoid them or, even better, have them join you in some spirit-raising activity! Here are other good ways to relax:

* Rent a funny movie or visit a joke Web site. Laughter releases tension and helps put life back in perspective.

* Get moving! Who said you need quiet to relax? Pop in your favorite CD or turn to your favorite radio station and dance for a few songs. This will revitalize your body and mind and you’ll be ready to face anything.

* Have you ever heard of the phrase “take 5?” Set aside 5 or 10 minutes to have “you” time. Try waking up a little bit earlier than the rest of the house and enjoy the quiet alone (or with a nice cup of tea).

* Clean your inbox daily. No, not your e-mail. Your mind. Buy yourself a notebook or start a computer journal. Every night jot down happenings, thoughts and things accomplished that day, or even your frustrations. When your mind is “cleaned up,” it is easier to relax and fall asleep.

* Clean your inbox weekly. Yes, this time we mean the computer. At least once a week, read and answer your e-mails and file, archive or delete the stuff you don’t need anymore. Clutter in the computer can clutter your mind, so let’s clean it up.

* Do yoga. If you don’t have time to join a yoga class at least once a week, then purchase a yoga video. Make time to do at least 15 minutes of yoga most days. This will help stretch and relax your muscles

* Take a bubble bath. Put on some soft music, light a candle and enjoy a nice warm bubble bath. If you don’t want music, you can always take a book or magazine with you.

Being able to unwind and relax is one step toward a happier, healthier life. Don’t be shy about being happy, pass it on to your friends and co-workers, they’ll thank you for it.

Nice article.
Let me add from my personal experience. For me, I go to Barnes & Noble. Read books that inspires me or funny stuff… Typically, there’s a Starbucks inside this bookstore and you can enjoy your favorite drink/coffee!
YES!
They have a QUICHE too!
If you love Quiche… they have the BOMB BEST Quiche I think I ever tried!!
Oops sorry… we are talking about 8 Ways to Relax right? LOL!
Anyway, hope you enjoyed the article!
Have a really NICE day 🙂

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Are you a Peter Drucker thinker? I found this great article from Joe Giard. He has a Peter Drucker influence in his writings. So I thought I’d share with you to hopefully give you more insights, information and the psychology of “leading.” A better leader.

 

 

 

Often misunderstood is the relationship between charisma and leadership.  Keep in mind that they are not synonymous – in fact, many great leaders are not charismatic.

 

A good leader:

  • Develops others which in turn leads to success for all
  • Explores collective views and experiences
  • Portrays themselves the way they want the others to act

What can you do to become a better leader?

  1. First thing to remember about leadership is that you need to check your ego at the door.  It’s not about you – it is about the people you lead.  No one wants to know how smart you are or that you have all the answers.  Good leaders are the ones who help others find their own unique spark and can get them to the much sought after “ah ha!” moments.  Those rare moments of clarity and insight about yourself that help propel you ahead.  Leadership represents something more…It is about giving first to others the skills and motivation they need – the freedom to achieve.  Keep in mind that everyone has a special set of skills and motivations and to overlook them is doing so at your own peril.
  2. A good leader shares their vision with others and creates an environment of shared cohesiveness.  Instead of just telling people what to do, take the time and ask them about their goals and visions and then strive to align their goals with the overarching goals of the company.  By sharing these goals and visions, good leaders create “buy-in” and ensure that everyone is moving forward together.  Good leaders motivate others to want to work on their own performance.
  3. Make mistakes. People don’t follow you because you are perfect – they follow you because you believe.  That makes them believe.  Each time you make a mistake, treat it as not only a learning opportunity for yourself, but for those around you.  And don’t take yourself too seriously.
  4. You don’t get “off days.”  A good leader has a consistently positive attitude and does not allow their emotions to cloud their judgement.  Remember that no matter how many times you have done a great job, the one time you allow your negative emotions to get the better of you is the one time they will remember.  Try to practice some positive self-talk in the morning.
  5. Don’t sweat the challenges. Adversity is part of the job when you are a leader and the best leaders have not only dealt with adversity, but overcame it and learned from it.  A great leader is UNRELENTING and perseveres. You don’t learn when things are good.

So remember:

  1. Check your ego
  2. Share your vision
  3. Have a great attitude
  4. Make mistakes
  5. Learn from adversity

A superior who works on his own development sets an almost irresistible example. – Peter Drucker

 

Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says “Go!” – a leader says “Let’s go!” – E.M. Kelly

Leadership is action, not position. – Donald H. McGannon

With great power, comes great responsibility – Uncle Ben from Spiderman

 

 

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