04.26.17 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

 

It sometimes happens that a child’s favorite activity turns out to be getting on your nerves more than you believed possible. This might happen when you go for a walk or go to the supermarket. But how can you keep your calm in those situations when your child starts to misbehave and can’t be controlled?

Bright Side has found the answer to this question in the story of one grandfather who knew the secret to dealing with very capricious children.

A woman in a grocery store came upon a grandfather and his poorly behaved three-year-old grandson.

It was obvious to her that he had his hands full, with the child screaming for candy in the candy aisle, cookies in the cookie aisle, and the same for fruit, cereal, and soda in their respective aisles.

Meanwhile, as the old man was working his way around, he kept saying in a controlled voice, “Easy, Albert, we won’t be long. Easy, boy.“ Then came another outburst, and the woman heard him say calmly, ”It’s okay, Albert. Just a couple more minutes and we’ll be out of here. Hang in there, boy.“

At the checkout, the little terror started throwing items out of the cart, and grandpa said, again in a controlled voice, “Albert, Albert, relax buddy. Don’t get upset. We’ll be home in five minutes. Stay cool, Albert.”

Very impressed, the woman went outside, where the man was loading his groceries and the boy into the car. ”You know, sir, it’s none of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don’t know how you did it. That whole time, you kept your composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying that things would be okay. Albert is very lucky to have you as his grandpa.“

”Thanks, lady,” said the old man, “but I’m Albert. The little terror’s name is Steve.” By Bright Side

 


These amusing animals want to convey a very important truth to us — that we all need to stay together, and remain true to ourselves at the same time. They’re so dissimilar — speaking, as they do, completely different languages — and yet they’re wise enough to live in an ideal state of mutual understanding. Maybe people will manage this one day as well?

 

BEAUTIFUL PLACES

AMERICA AND CANADA’S NIAGRA FALLS

NUUK, GREENLAND

PETER ISLAND FALCONS NEXT, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS PLITVICE LAKES IN CROATIA

 

THIS JUST TOTALLY FLOORS ME!

 

GOD’S PROTECTION OVER OUR CHILDREN, By John North

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” – Proverbs 22:6

God has taken a life that he loves, that he wants nurtured to love him and serve him, and entrusted it into your care—no greater privilege could he give you!

 

 

THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS

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04.19.17 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

‘There are times when… silence is wiser than speech.

We should be better … if we were more alone, waiting upon God.

And gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service.

We ought to muse upon the things of God

because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . .”

~ Charles Spurgeon

BEAUTIFUL PLACES AROUND GOD’S AMAZING WORLD

HOTEL MARINA BAY IN SINGAPORE

MAGICAL WISTERIA STREET IN GREECE HORSETAIL FALLS IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA – We hope to see this some time this summer!METEORA, GREECE

Pia is daddy’s little girl – so when he got deployed for eight long months, Dad decided to do something special. Before he left, Pia’s father, Drew, built his daughter a bear with a voice recording inside just for her! Mom promised to wait a full month into his deployment until she unveiled the incredible gift to Pia.

After the month passed, Mom presented Pia with the teddy bear. As soon as the bubbly toddler pressed the bear’s paw and heard her father’s voice saying, “Hi, P. I love you. I’ll see you soon,” she started screaming, “Daddy!” Her heartwarming reaction is proof that she really is a daddy’s girl!

Drew is in the Navy and is all too familiar with life away from his family – but things are a little different this time. Drew’s wife, Kelly, is pregnant with their second girl and is due to give birth four months before he returns home! He can’t wait to get back to his family and see his baby girl for the very first time! But for now, Pia is the apple of his eye and his voice comforts her when she misses her daddy more than words can describe! Take a peek at Pia’s adorable reaction for yourself by pressing “play” on the video below.

THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS

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Let others see Jesus in you this week!

Be His light in the darkness this week!

Have a Blessed Week!

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04.12.17 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

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Take a moment. Relax and enjoy this wonderful version of “It is Well with my Soul”. Click on the graphic below to be taken there!
The Story Behind “It is Well with my Soul.” Horatio G. Spafford was a successful lawyer and businessman in Chicago with a lovely family — a wife, Anna, and five children. However, they were not strangers to tears and tragedy. Their young son died with pneumonia in 1871, and in that same year, much of their business was lost in the great Chicago fire. Yet, God in His mercy and kindness allowed the business to flourish once more.

On Nov. 21, 1873, the French ocean liner, Ville du Havre was crossing the Atlantic from the U.S. to Europe with 313 passengers on board. Among the passengers were Mrs. Spafford and their four daughters. Although Mr. Spafford had planned to go with his family, he found it necessary to stay in Chicago to help solve an unexpected business problem. He told his wife he would join her and their children in Europe a few days later. His plan was to take another ship.

About four days into the crossing of the Atlantic, the Ville du Harve collided with a powerful, iron-hulled Scottish ship, the Loch Earn. Suddenly, all of those on board were in grave danger. Anna hurriedly brought her four children to the deck. She knelt there with Annie, Margaret Lee, Bessie and Tanetta and prayed that God would spare them if that could be His will, or to make them willing to endure whatever awaited them. Within approximately 12 minutes, the Ville du Harve slipped beneath the dark waters of the Atlantic, carrying with it 226 of the passengers including the four Spafford children.

A sailor, rowing a small boat over the spot where the ship went down, spotted a woman floating on a piece of the wreckage. It was Anna, still alive. He pulled her into the boat and they were picked up by another large vessel which, nine days later, landed them in Cardiff, Wales. From there she wired her husband a message which began, “Saved alone, what shall I do?” Mr. Spafford later framed the telegram and placed it in his office.

Another of the ship’s survivors, Pastor Weiss, later recalled Anna saying, “God gave me four daughters. Now they have been taken from me. Someday I will understand why.”

Mr. Spafford booked passage on the next available ship and left to join his grieving wife. With the ship about four days out, the captain called Spafford to his cabin and told him they were over the place where his children went down.

According to Bertha Spafford Vester, a daughter born after the tragedy, Spafford wrote “It Is Well With My Soul” while on this journey.

When peace like a river attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll,

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

Chorus:

It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul

Anna gave birth to three more children, one of which died at age four with dreaded pneumonia. In August 1881, the Spaffords moved to Jerusalem. Mr. Spafford died and is buried in that city.

And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts, your minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7.

 

BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN GOD’S AMAZING WORLD

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA

GREAT WALL OF CHINA

HOTEL OBERGOMS, SWITZERLAND REYKJAVIK, ICELAND STRIPED ICEBERG IN ANTARCTICA

 

A FULL LIFE OF FAITH, By Sharon Jaynes

When you take hold, grasp, and make your own all of what Jesus had already taken hold of for you, you begin to experience life to the full—the faith you’ve always longed for. If we would grasp and make our own what Jesus has already done for us, and what He has deposited in us, our lives would look very different than the tepid faith of the average churchgoer.

It’s not enough to know the promises of God, you’ve got to grab hold with all the firmness of the trapeze artist—release what is behind and take hold of what is ahead. That is the greatest show on earth. That is how the greatest faith on earth becomes a reality.

God’s promises are not automatic. We must move from knowing the promise, to believing the promise, to actually taking hold of the promise through obedient action in order to make them a reality in our lives. God told Joshua about the Promised Land, “I will give you every place where you set your foot” (Joshua 1:3). He and the Israelites had to “set their feet” to conquer the land; to grab hold of the promise that was theirs for the taking.

God’s power, provision, and purposes are for “whosoever will” (Mark 8:34 KJV). Will what? Will let go of all that holds you back from experiencing the abundant life of the adventurous faith and take hold of truth that makes it so.

Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, and to you and me: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, all that God has planned for those who love Him” (1 Cor 2:9). Another translations says: “What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]” (AMPC). Every one of those plans that God has prepared, made, and keeps ready requires us to let go of one thing and take hold of another. It was this truth that gave me the courage and confidence to leave the comfortable land of in-between—to let go of simply being a nice church girl and venture into the purpose God had planned for me all along.

Editor’s Note: Content taken from the Girlfriends in God devotional, “Take Hold of the Faith You Long For,” written by Sharon Jaynes.

 

THIS MADE MY HEART SMILE QUITE BIG AND I HOPE IT WILL DO THAT FOR YOU. I’D LOVE TO SEE THIS DONE AT RETIREMENT OR NURSING HOMES ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY!

You’re only as old as you feel and age is but a number — this video is glorious proof of those two concepts. I bet you can’t get through it without smiling from ear-to-ear!

I AM KINDNESS is a group of volunteers that performs random acts of kindness throughout the city of Minneapolis; sparking inspiration, promoting goodwill, and spreading as many smiles as they can. Volunteer Sarah says the footage below was from her group’s first outing at Mount Olivet Senior Care Center.

Much to their surprise, the residents were treated to an entire day of primping and pampering — some for the first time ever. From makeup and clothes to posing for a bona fide photo shoot, no one deserves this taste of luxury more than them. Seniors are often overlooked by society, so it’s wonderful to see them let loose and enjoy the spotlight for once. Literally! I love the woman with the red hair. How hilarious is she?!

Directed by Jason Ho, this video is sweet, joyful, and humorous. Watching these lovely ladies react to their special day — and to their awesome makeovers — filled my heart with warm, fuzzy goodness.

Thank you, I AM KINDNESS, for all you do!

THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS

QUILLING ART

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04.05.17 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

 

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…an d I’m thinking — God doesn’t call you to a convenient life — He calls you to an important life. And a life of importance isn’t found in a life of convenience.

A life of importance sees the importance of giving your life away — to the hidden and the unpopular and the children and the forgotten — knowing this will be remembered by God.

You weren’t meant for self-gratification. You were meant for soul greatness. Never settle for immediate gratification – because you are called to eternal greatness.

You were meant for greatness — and greatness is about serving greatly.

Why do I keep forgetting? Life isn’t overwhelming when you simply understand how to serve in this minute. When you know love is about self-giving — then maybe the loveliest things are not about self-having?

Always remember the most fulfilling lives actually see the meaningful — as the most beautiful. Any craving for the beautiful — is really a craving for Jesus. by Ann Voskamp

This is an old video that I think I shared a couple of years ago. It’s message is so important that I want to share it again! Being kind and helping others is depicted so well in this video. Sometimes people don’t appreciate your kindness but then sometimes…..!

BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF GOD’S AMAZING WORLD

PHILIPPINES

NORWAYLONDON

ICELANDFOLEGANDROS, GREECE

ELEPHANT FOOT GLACIER, GREENLAND

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UTAH – THIS STOP IS HOPEFULLY ON OUR 2017 TRAVEL ROUTE

GRATITUDE AND PROMISES, By Mary Southerland

I will give thanks to Your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness, because Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your name (Psalm 138:2).

I know life can be hard. Some of you are in so much pain that it is almost a grueling task to just breath. But God knows where you are and what you are going through – and you really can trust Him. The apostle Paul had a firm grip on this truth when he wrote:

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:11-12).

Paul understood and lived by the truth that God is constantly at work in and around us, monitoring every step we take. Paul examined every circumstance, understanding that it had already passed through His Father’s hands – with His permission. God came through for Paul, and He will come through for you. To find real security and contentment, we must learn to search for the hand prints of God in the every day circumstances of life.

Paul had every human right to be angry with God. After all, Paul had been faithful. He had given up much and endured great pain. And yet the undercurrent theme of this passage is gratitude. Notice that it is an attitude chosen by Paul. It is a learned perspective. In this verse, “learned” implies that Paul was educated by experience. In other words, Paul was saying that all of his experiences in life, good and bad, had become his tutor in contentment.

The word content can best be defined as contained. Don’t miss this truth. Paul had trained himself to focus on his inner resources, the resources his heart contained, rather than the outward circumstances of his life. He chose to be grateful. He chose to praise God – period. We hear his determination in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 when he says, “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”.

Gratitude not only brings contentment, it yields perseverance and produces strength. God entrusts trials to us, giving us the opportunity to choose gratitude. It is easy to practice gratitude when the seas are calm and the skies are clear, but the real test of gratitude is in the midst of the greatest storm of our lives.

When our hearts are filled with gratitude, we will find contentment. Choose to practice gratitude. Gratitude is wrapped around trust and contains the element of acceptance. Gratitude understands that God is sovereign and that His ways are not our ways. There will be times when we find it impossible to understand His process, but we can always trust His heart. Remember, you can count on every promise of God.

Content taken from the Girlfriends in God devotional, “You Can Count on the Promises of God,” written by Mary Southerland. You can read that piece in full here.

THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS

COOL BACKYARD FLOWER GARDENS!

 

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Have a Blessed Week!

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