10.14.15 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

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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 pulled 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. “Daughter, 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 then 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 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? “

Moral:In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you?

Watermelon-floral-divider-with-fluttering-butterflyFRENCH BUBBLE HOTEL LETS YOU SLEEP WITH NATURE

French Bubble Hotel Lets You Sleep With Nature

IGLOOS FOR RENT IN FINLAND WHERE YOU CAN SLEEP UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

glass igloos for rent in Finland where you can sleep under the Northern Lights

HEAVEN GATE MOUNTAIN, ZHANGJIAJIE CITY, CHINAHeaven Gate Mountain. Zhangjiajie City, China

CROWDED RIO BEACHES

I know the beaches in Rio get crowded, but I had no idea…

LIGHT OF HEAVEN, JOMBLANG CAVE

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In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?”

“50 cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it.

“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.

“35 cents,” she said brusquely.

The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.

When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.

There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip.

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Watermelon-floral-divider-with-fluttering-butterflyI wonder if God ever gets as disappointed with me as I can get with myself!

I used to think God had a timeline for how long it should take me to mature as a Christian. I thought I should have a certain number of Bible verses memorized, a few bad habits kicked and so many hours spent at church each year. When I didn’t measure up, I was convinced God was so disappointed.

Then I learned about grace, which is God’s undeserved favor. The Bible says we’re saved by grace, but it doesn’t stop there. As God’s children, we live by grace.

Yes, God wants us to grow because He loves us, but He doesn’t get frustrated when it takes more time than we think it should. The maturity of our relationship with Him isn’t measured by our performance or minimized by a lack of accomplishments. It’s reflected in the way we learn, a little more every day, to depend on God’s grace. – Renee Swope

Proverbs 31 Ministries's photo.

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While Sydney-based photographer Sam Yeldham normally focuses his lens on brilliant scenes of the harbor city during sunset, he wound up shooting his first wedding photo in the spur of the moment. Completely by chance, Yeldham captured some gorgeous images of a mystery couple as a storm began to roll in. According to Yeldham, he was shooting a time-lapse at Bradley’s Head when he ran into a newlywed couple and their wedding photographer deciding whether or not to take some photos while it was drizzling. Luckily, the rain cleared for a brief 15 minutes, during which both photographers nabbed some quick shots. Yeldham captured a breathtaking photo of the bride and groom standing on the pier, half-illuminated by the golden rays of the setting sun as stormy clouds gathered overhead.Unfortunately, the couple left before Yeldham could get their names and contact information. To find his mysterious subjects, he turned to the internet. Three days after he posted the photo on Instagram, the photographer made contact with the couple. The groom, Chris, is currently on his honeymoon in Hawaii with wife Jess, but he reached out to Yeldham on Instagram after a friend of the couple’s saw the photo and tagged him in it. Now, in addition to the portraits that their wedding photographer took for them, the newlywed couple have even more photos to commemorate their special day—all thanks to a lucky meeting and the power of the internet!

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THIS WEEK’S THREE FAVORITE PHOTOS

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Watermelon-floral-divider-with-fluttering-butterflyUNEXPECTED PRECIOUSNESS!

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Watermelon-floral-divider-with-fluttering-butterflyhappy wednesday psalms 98.4Reach out to someone in need this week!

Let others see Jesus in you this week!

Be His light in the darkness this week!

Have a Blessed Week!

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