Monday, December 31, 2007

Who you are Makes a Difference - Part 2

. . . Continuation from previous post

Imagine. He thinks I'm a creative genius. Then he put this blue ribbon that says ''Who I Am Makes a Difference'' on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor. As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon and I thought about you. I want to honor you.

''My days are really hectic and when I come home I don't pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You're a great kid and I love you!''

The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, ''I was planning on commiting suicide tomorrow, Dad, because I didn't think you loved me. Now I don't need to.''

Helice Bridges

This extract is from the book titled ''Chicken Soup for the Soul'' by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Who you are Makes a Difference

A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made. Using a process developed by Helice Bridges of Del Mar, California, she called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First she told them how the student made a difference to her and the class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters which read, ''Who I Am Makes a Difference.''

Afterwords the teacher decided to do a class project to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a community. She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgement ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom and report back to the class in a week.

One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him two extra ribbons, and said, ''We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd like you to go out, find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person to keep this acknowledgement ceremony going. Then please report back to me and tell me what happened.''

Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The boss seemed very suprised. The junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and would he give him permission to put it on him. His suprised boss said, ''Well, sure.''

The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's jacket above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said, ''Would you do me a favour? Would you take this extra ribbon and pass it on by honoring somebody else? The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school and we want to keep this recognition ceremony going to find out how it affects people.''

That night the boss came home to his 14-year-old son and sat him down. He said, ''The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. . . .
continued . . .

How a King overcame fear through God - Part 4

I'd recommend to start reading this study from part 1. The link would be to the right in the December 2007 tab . . . .

I would also like to add that we need to seek God all the time not just when we are in trouble. Once God spoke to me that the reason so many people had problems all the time was because that was the only time they would seek Him. He showed me that if he removed the problems, He would not get any time with the people. He said, ''Seek me as if you were desperate all the time and then you won't find yourself desperate as often in reality.'' I think this is good advice, and I highly recommend that we all follow it.

Instead of immediately presenting the problem to the Lord, Jehoshaphat began to talk to the Lord about how mighty the Lord is. He turned his focus on the Lord instead of on his fear of the problem.

And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
2 Chronicles 20: 6

Instead of talking to God only about our problems, we need to talk to Him about Him. We need to talk to Him about who He is, about the power of His Name and of the power of the blood of His Son Jesus, about the great things we know that He can perform and has already performed. After we have praised and worshiped Him in this way, then we can begin to mention the problem. I would not like it if my children only came to talk to me when they had problems - I want them to fellowship with me.

To be continued . . . .

Monday, December 24, 2007

So This is Christmas

First of all i'd like to wish all my readers a special season of blessings 'n' goodwill. Ur welcome to meditate on the words of this chorus from our church;

Just walk in faith, He'll give you eyes to make you see
His holy presence, might and majesty;
He is there to give you constant victory
When you just walk in faith.

Beautiful, ain't it? But more beautiful to a christian who understands deeply about the truth, is this chorus;

O, we need, we need Your Fire
How we need Your Fire in our soul
O let Your Fire burn, holy Fire burn
How we need Your Fire in our soul

This is the true christian spirit of Christmas dear brothers and sisters, This Is Christmas.

If ur one of those people who are less well off in life than most of the others, read this verse very carefully:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
St. Matthew 6:10

I type this so confidently because i'm a living testament to this verse. I'm only 20, and am from a humble family, but the Lord has provided incredible blessings upon us all. Think about that verse. God bless you all.
Praise the Lord brothers 'n' Sisters
David F.S.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Quote Away...

Life is like a combination lock; your job is to find the right numbers, in the right order, so you can have anything you want.
- Brian Tracy

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
- Thomas A. Edison

If a man for whatever reason has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau
Legendary underwater explorer and filmmaker

If a man writes a book, let him set down only what he knows. I have guesses enough of my own.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
German poet, novelist, playwright and philosopher

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.
- Jim Rohn
America's foremost business philosopher

Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver
Chemist who discovered over 325 uses for the peanut

All quotes are excerpts from ''The Success Principles'' by Jack Canfield

How a King overcame fear through God - Part 3

I'd advice you to read this bible study from part 1. The link would be to the right.

You may be in a similar situation to Jehoshaphat's. You too may need a word from God. You may feel that, like a drowning man or woman, you are going under for the third time. You may desperately need a personal word from the Lord if you are to survive.

God wants to speak to you even more than you want to here from Him. Seek Him by giving Him your time, and you will not be disappointed.

Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast in all Judah, and Judah gathered to seek the Lord for help, yearning for Him with all their desire.

And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.
And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court.
And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

2 Chronicles: 4-6

Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast to show his sincerity to God. Missing a few meals and taking that time to seek God is not a bad idea. Turning the television off and spending the time you would normally spend watching it wit God is not a bad idea either. Stay home a few evenings and spend extra time with the Lord instead of going out with your friends and repeating your problem over and over to them. These things and others show that we know hearing from God is vital. I have learned the word seek means to pursue, crave, and go after with all your might. In other words we act like a starving man in search of food to keep us alive.

To be Continued . . . .

Friday, December 21, 2007

Quote Away...

When your dreams tire, they go underground and out of kindness that's where they stay.
- Libby Houston

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
- Albert Einstein

Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
- G. W. F. Hegel

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality, the other a matter of time.
- Marabel Morgan

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Quincy Adams

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
- Herm Albright

The true vocation of man is to find his way to himself.
- Hermann Hesse

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the centre of the universe dwells the Great spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
- Black Elk, Oglala Sioux