I thought I’d try these……
They tasted like fish and I was burping fish within 5 minutes of eating them……
No wonder they were on clearance!!
I have never done much or thought much about Lent either. . . .the U.B. church did not really push giving up anything but money. . . do you remember the Lent coin cards that we were to fill up and then donate to the church on Easter Sunday? Anyway- something (aka God) has been tugging on me to find my “discipline mojo”- that I’m not going to succeed at much if I can’t be disciplined enough to sacrifice something as a sign of reverence to my God. .. .what better time than during Lent when others are “suffering” (I use that term lightly because it’s really not suffering to give up Coca Cola when compared to Christ’s suffering) at the same time. I’ve never even gone to Ash Wednesday service but am planning to this year. There is a reason this is tugging on me now so I better just fall in line and do what my God and Saviour are asking of me.
A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then…………………… told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bullies another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home.
~Shared with me from a friend
A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it…?” Still the hands wer………e up in the air. “Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. “My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are Special-Don’t EVER forget it.” ~ copied from a Facebook posting
Found this on a facebook page:
I just read, in just over an hour, The Young Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews. Andrews is quickly becoming my favorite author and once again he has amazed me with his unique way of teaching life lessons. He motivates me to wipe the dust off my jeans, get up, and go again. He reminds me that I am not alone. Most importantly, he encourages me to continue on my path as a unique, intelligent child of God because there is a purpose for my being on this earth.
The Young Traveler’s Gift was written for teens and I purchased it for my teen, knowing that I loved Andrews and praying that God would use this book to encourage my kid as God has used Andrews to encourage me! I have not even read the grown-up version yet (The Traveler’s Gift), but am looking forward to doing so!
The 7 points he made (without sharing the story because you HAVE to read this book- these points hit home even harder when the story surrounds them):
1. The Buck Stops Here–
You and you alone are responsible for the choices you make in your life.
2. I Will Seek Wisdom–
Wisdom does not find you, you must seek it out, soak it up, and live in it!
3. I Am a Person of Action–
Leading is doing. “Fear no longer has a place in my life”
4. I Have a Decided Heart–
You must work in a forward motion with excitement and eagerness to
finish what you start!
5. Today I will Choose to Be Happy–
Being grateful in all things causes one to walk in happiness
6. I will Greet this Day with a Forgiving Spirit–
Don’t waste valuable time being angry at people who have hurt you
or at yourself for mistakes made.
Forgiveness frees the mind to do great things.
7. I will Persist Without Exception–
Having faith means that we focus on the result, not the steps it takes to get there.
By doing so, we will eventually see for real that which we focused on in faith.
I received this in an email forward today:
Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage?
His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.
He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone.
Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.
He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.
The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he satstoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!
Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.
It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.
He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
We, too, are never alone.
Even when we don’t know it, God is watching overus, Sitting on the stump beside us.
When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.
Moral of the story:
Just because you can’t see God,
Doesn’t mean He is not there.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
If you liked this story, pass it on.
If not, you took off your blindfoldbefore dawn. Try Him….you will like it.