06.24.15 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

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Have you ever had a big situation in your life where you just couldn’t process why God would allow this to happen? Or maybe even a small annoyance like losing your keys or having a flat tire on a morning you really needed to be somewhere.

It’s so tempting to wallow in the “why.”Asking why is perfectly normal. Asking why isn’t unspiritual. However, if asking this question pushes us farther from God rather than drawing us closer to Him, it is the wrong question.If asking the why question doesn’t offer hope, what will?The what question.In other words: “Now that this is my reality, what am I supposed to do with it?”

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things” (NIV).

I like to call this verse, “Directions on Where to Park My Mind.”

This is my reality, now what am I going to do with it?
What can I learn from this?
What part of this is for my protection?
What other opportunities could God be providing?
What maturity could God be building into me?
Switching from the why to the what questions paves the road to parking our minds in a much better place.

Is it always easy? No.

But is it a way to find a perspective beyond situations where we feel God has allowed something in our lives we don’t understand and we absolutely don’t like?

Yes it is, and I pray this helps you today.
clipmessbar8 10clipmessbar 11clipmessbarPOTATOES, EGGS AND COFFEE BEANS

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He took the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

Turning to her, he asked. “What do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.

He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity – the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

The moral of the story:

In life, things happen around us, and things happen to us. The only thing that truly matters is your choice of how you react to it and what you make of it. Learn, adapt and choose to make the best of each experience.

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Lake O’Hara nestles in the Canadian Rockies at more than 6,600 feet “like an emerald in a bowl of mountains,” wrote paleontologist Charles Walcott in 1911. Generations of artists have put brush to canvas at this lookout, called All Souls Prospect, in British Columbia’s Yoho National Park. Photograph by Peter Essick, National Geographic

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FROZEN NIAGARA FALLS

Niagara Falls takes on an otherworldly pallor when the windchill temperature plummets to minus 40º below zero in Ontario, Canada. For photographer Mark Duffy, seeing everything frozen was a “beautiful sight.”

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06.17.15 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

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On an early summer morning, Teruo Araya captured this image of a train on Japan Rail’s Tadami line as it passed through Fukushima Prefecture. “The haze generated by the river created a fantasy world,” as the train crossed the railway bridge, Araya says. For the Your Shot contributor, the sight expressed the recovery of the people of Fukushima, defying the earthquake and nuclear accident of March 2011. “But it is like an endless journey.”

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graphics-flower-line-176100 8 9graphics-flower-line-1761000qtkn-candleThere’s a place in Baja, on the Sea of Cortez side, about 100 miles south of San Felipe called Gonzaga Bay. You can drive there pretty easily (by Baja standards) nowadays. But, 30 years ago, it was quite an adventure to get there. Your reward for all that off road adventure (other than the journey itself)? An off-the-grid community of small “houses” on a beautiful bay with whatever supplies you were able to bring with you.

Beyond the stark beauty of the bay, the warm water, fresh ocean breezes, and perfect cocktail conditions, the thing I remember most was the darkness. The stars were so close you could almost touch them. On a moonless night, you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face.

But, light one candle and the scene changed. The light from that one candle would penetrate the darkness. The terrain glowed in the light. Bushes and rocks cast shadows in the night. The darkness was no match for the light from just one candle.

Darkness is all around us. That darkness may even come from within. We can choose to let the darkness consume us and everything we do.

Or, we can be the candle.

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Dams are rising all along the Mekong River to bring the people of Southeast Asia clean electricity. In Thailand the hunger for electricity is driving dam construction on the lower Mekong in Laos and Cambodia. Bangkok’s CentralWorld complex (on the right) houses some 500 shops, a hotel, and an ice-skating rink. Photograph by David Guttenfelder, National Geographic

Picture of traffic on a busy city road in Bangkok, Thailand, at night

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One day after a high tide, many starfish were brought to the shore. They started drying up in the sun. A boy, 51aq6-starfishwalking down the shore, started placing the starfish back into the sea one by one.

A stranger who saw what he was doing walked up to him and asked:

“Why are you doing this? Look around! There are millions of starfish; the shore is covered with them. Your attempts won’t change anything!”

The boy picked up another starfish, thought for a moment, placed it into the sea and said:

“No, my attempt will change a lot… for this starfish.”

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06.10.15 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

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by Jennifer Dukes Lee

Do you need a reason to have a little hope in humanity right now? Then, this one’s for you.

It’s a story about this baby deer — minutes old in the photograph.

baby deerOur family had just sat down at a restaurant in northern Minnesota, when a young couple showed up with that sweet spotted fawn in their arms.

The couple had been driving along a highway, when a car in front of them hit a large deer. The couple felt moved to do something. So they stopped at the side of the road.

When they stopped, they found a mama deer, dying.

But that’s not all they found.

Inside the mama? Two fawns, just beginning to emerge. The mama deer was about to give birth, and who knows where she was headed when she was struck by that car.

But labor set in, and this couple was there to help. One fawn died. But this baby deer lived.

They wrapped the fawn in a coat, and brought her to a restaurant.

That’s where we met her.

When we were met her, she was minutes old, just learning to walk. She was hungry, scared, wobbly. And she was a bundle of adorableness.

The young couple was looking for a way to keep the fawn warm and alive. Right then, people did what people do best. They helped. They stopped everything and helped. A whole bunch of people began calling veterinarians and doctors and farmers and animal lovers — all of them trying to figure out how to keep one little heart beating.

So we know this for sure — There’s a lot of crap in the world right now. There’s a lot of evil. Humans are making horrible decisions every millisecond that hurt someone else. But for every awful thing unfolding right now, there’s good. There’s hope. There’s someone stopping at the side of the road. There are people doing what people are supposed to do.

There is always love, always hope, always faith. Always. And the Bible says virtues like that always persevere. Don’t give up on the world. There’s good all ’round.

I knew it for sure last night.

~ Jennifer

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A photo of a young Marine praying with his bride-to-be quickly went viral after it was posted on Facebook by the wedding photographer.

U.S. Marine Cpl. Caleb Earwood wanted to pray with his bride Maggie before their ceremony in Asheville, North Carolina, on Saturday. So with the help of their family and wedding photographer Dwayne Schmidt, Caleb was guided to the cabin where Maggie was getting ready for the service, where the couple joined hands around a corner so as not to break tradition and see each other before the altar.

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06.03.15 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

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A Baptist pastor was presenting a children’s sermon. During the sermon, he asked the children if they knew what the resurrection was. Now, asking questions during children’s sermons is crucial, but at the same time, asking children questions in front of a congregation can also be very dangerous. Having asked the children if they knew the meaning of the resurrection, a little boy raised his hand……..

The pastor called on him and the little boy said, “I know that if you have a resurrection that lasts more than four hours you are supposed to call the doctor.” It took over ten minutes for the congregation to settle down enough for the service to continue.

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The residents of Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk—one of the Rock Islands of Palau—surround a snorkeler in their midst. The saltwater lake’s golden jellyfish, harmless to humans, spend much of their lives following the sun as it makes its daily progress across the sky. For these jellies, sunlight is essential: It nourishes the algae-like organisms that live symbiotically in their tissues. Photograph by Ciemon Frank Caballes, National Geographic Your Shot

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purple curly dividerWorld’s Longest and Highest Glass Bottom Bridge to Be Unveiled in Chinese National Park

In July of this year, China’s scenic Zhangjiajie National Park will be opening the very first bridge of its kind. The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Skywalk is set to be the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge, coming in at 1,410 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 984 feet above ground. The glass structure is being designed by Israeli-based architect Haim Dotan and many hope that it will become a Wonder of the World, especially since it represents unique architecture that tests the limits of human creativity.

Once the skywalk is unveiled, it will be able to hold up to 800 people at once. It will also feature the world’s highest bungee jump, stealing the title from Macau Tower’s incredible 764-foot high attraction. In addition to these world records, the bridge will certainly add a futuristic element to the national park, which is said to have been the inspiration behind the planet of Pandora in James Cameron’s movie Avatar.

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purple curly dividerDaily Funny from Blue Ridge Mountain Ministries

A preacher stood at the pulpit one Sunday morning and ask everyone who wanted to go to Heaven to raise their hand!!! As he looked around at the congregation, he noticed that everyone’s hand was up, except for one little boy in the front row!!! After the service, the preacher asked the little boy why he didn’t raise his hand!!! He said, “Son don’t you want to go to heaven”??? The little boy said “Oh yes I do preacher”!!! I just thought you were getting up a load to go today, I want to stay here a little longer”!!!

I want to stay here a little longer myself!!! There is so much that I need to do for GOD, before I go!!!

WHAT ABOUT YOU???

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