Saturday, July 30, 2011

Picnic


A Jewish rabbi and a Catholic priest met at the town’s annual picnic. Old friends, they began their usual banter.

“This baked ham is really delicious,” the priest teased the rabbi. “You really ought to try it. I know it’s against your religion, but I can’t understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden! You don’t know what you’re missing. You just haven’t lived until you’ve tried Mrs. Hall’s prized Virginia baked ham. Tell me, rabbi, when are you going to break down and try it?”

The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said “At your wedding.”

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Friday, July 29, 2011

OVBS day 2


Here is an outline of what I deliverd at church for the kids today: It was an interactive session and we distributed Bible for everyone in the audience.  I would say the book and verse and encourage everyone to look it up.  Whoever found the verse first in the Bible got a lollipop :-)

Speech outline:
A story of sheep and wolf on obedience.

Greatest gift to mankind - Children
Reference: Psalms 127:3
When children are born, they come with no instructions.

God gave us instructions through BIBLE.
BIBLE - Basis Instructions Before Leaving Earth.
Bible contains instructions for both parents and children.

Biblical Instructions for parents:
Proverbs 22:6.

Biblical Instructions for Children:
Colossians 3:20
Proverbs 6:20
Proverbs 23:22
Ephesians 6:1.

More one Ephesians 6:1.
When do we disobey our parents.

Greatest challenge for parents - parenting.
Parents know the strengths and weaknesses of their child
They work on improving them.
Parents are students of their children by observing them from the day they are born and advice them accordingly.

Parents guard the children - also called as guardians.

Qn answer session.
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My class had 11 kids, and it was fun.  The challenge was that my son was also in my class - this is the first time he got to sit in my class.  He had several questions and hopefully I answered all of them.

I spent a lot of time with the little kids and tots - really a lot of time yesterday and today.  They become extremely friendly with me.  They come and hug me whenever they saw or met me at various places.  At one point, some first/second graders even invited me for a sleepover at their house :-)

There were several dedicated volunteers yesterday and today.

Tomorrow is sports/picnic and hope everything goes well.






How men and women write


WIFE’S DIARY: Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation wasn’t flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn’t say much.

I asked him what was wrong; He said, ‘Nothing.’ I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset He said he wasn’t upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it.

On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving.

I can’t explain his behavior. I don’t know why he didn’t say, ‘I love you, too.’ When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent.

Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed.

About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep; I cried. I don’t know what to do. I’m almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.

HUSBAND’S DIARY: Thursday, July 28, 2011

A four putt today!

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You are Holy


Thursday, July 28, 2011

OVBS Day 1 pictures

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OVBS Day 1



OVBS 2011 begins today.  

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." - Ephesians 6:1.  


A pinch of salt


"Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person." - Colossians 4:6

Scripture gives some wonderful advice for witnessing more effectively: "Season your speech with salt." How is that? If somebody sprinkles salt on food and makes it taste good, you appreciate it. But if somebody hands you a spoon of salt and says, "Take this all at once," it's a little hard to swallow. In fact, you can't even digest it!

Well, think how the children feel when all we do is talk about God and church and Jesus. We never talk about basketball. We never talk about work or office. We never talk about politics. We never talk about the struggles in our neighborhood. We never talk about our family. We never talk about the everyday concerns that a child has.

On the other hand, if we talk about all of these things and occasionally sprinkle in a little word about the Lord when there's the right opportunity, or an insight we learned from a sermon, or a Bible verse they might not know, then they may think, Well, where did that wisdom come from? Their curiosity is aroused, and longer, deeper conversations may follow.

When we have the opportunity, just sprinkle the conversation with a little spiritual salt. It adds zest and flavor to life.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Limo ride



One afternoon, a wealthy lawyer was riding in the back of his limousine when he saw two men eating grass by the road side. He ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate.

"Why are you eating grass?" the lawyer asked one man.

"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied.

"Oh, well, you can come with me to my house," instructed the lawyer.

"But, sir, I have a wife and two children with me," said the poor man

"Bring them along," replied the lawyer.

The lawyer then turned to the other man and said, "You come with us, too."

"But, sir, I have a wife and six children," the second man answered.

"Bring them as well," answered the lawyer as he headed for his limo.

They all climbed into the car, which was no an easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine.

Once underway, one of the poor fellows said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you."

The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll love my place; the grass is almost a foot tall."

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Problems


Have problems - No problem.

This is easy for me to say until I am in the midst of a really big one. Further, it's easy for me to stand in the role of an advisor until I am hit by the same one.

All of us have problems disguised in one form or the other.  The only people who don’t have problems are the ones gathered in our neighborhoods we call cemetry.  If anyone is breathing, then they have difficulties, challenges or problems. That is the way of life. And believe it or not, most of our problems may actually be good for us! Let us take a look.

Have you heard about the 'Great Barrier Reef' - the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms?  It's even view-able from outer space and is a very popular destination for tourists where tour guides regularly take visitors to view the reef.

On one such tour, a guide was asked an interesting question: "I notice that the lagoon side of the reef looks pale and lifeless, while the ocean side is vibrant and colorful. Why is this?”

The guide gave a fascinating answer: “The coral around the lagoon side is in still water, with no challenge for its survival. It dies early. The coral on the ocean side is constantly being tested by wind, waves, storms — surges of power. It has to fight for survival every day of it’s life. As it is challenged and tested, it changes and adapts. It grows healthy. It grows strong. And it reproduces.”

“That’s the way it is with every living organism,” added the guide to his explanation

That is how it is with people too! Challenged and tested, we come alive! Like the coral pounded by the sea, we grow! Physical demands cause us to grow stronger. Mental and emotional stress can produce tough-mindedness and resiliency. Spiritual testing can produce strength of character and faithfulness.

So, you have problems – no problem! Just tell yourself, “There I grow again!”

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lawyer changing a light bulb


Whereas the party of the first part, also known as "Lawyer", and the party of the second part, also known as "Light Bulb", do hereby and forthwith agree to a transaction wherein the party of the second part (Light Bulb) shall be removed from the current position as a result of failure to perform previously agreed upon duties, i.e., the lighting, elucidation, and otherwise illumination of the area ranging from the front (north) door, through the entryway, terminating at an area just inside the primary living area, demarcated by the beginning of the carpet, any spillover illumination being at the option of the party of the second part (Light Bulb) and not required by the aforementioned agreement between the parties.

The aforementioned removal transaction shall include, but not be limited to, the following steps:

The party of the first part (Lawyer) shall, with or without elevation at his option, by means of a chair, step stool, ladder or any other means of elevation, grasp the party of the second part (Light Bulb) and rotate the party of the second part (Light Bulb) in a counter-clockwise direction, this point being non-negotiable.

Upon reaching a point where the party of the second part (Light Bulb) becomes separated from the party of the third part ("Receptacle"), the party of the first part (Lawyer) shall have the option of disposing of the party of the second part (Light Bulb) in a manner consistent with all applicable state, local and federal statutes.

Once separation and disposal have been achieved, the party of the first part (Lawyer) shall have the option of beginning installation of the party of the fourth part ("New Light Bulb"). This installation shall occur in a manner consistent with the reverse of the procedures described in step one of this self-same document, being careful to note that the rotation should occur in a clockwise direction, this point also being non-negotiable.

NOTE: The above described steps may be performed, at the option of the party of the first part (Lawyer), by any or all persons authorized by him, the objective being to produce the most possible revenue for the party of the fifth part, also known as "Partnership!"

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God is BIG

A conversation between a little girl and her mother:
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A little girl who, on the way home from church, turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the Preacher’s sermon this morning confused me.”

The mother said, “Oh! Why is that?

The girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?”

“Yes, that’s true,” the mother replied.

“He also said that God lives within us. Is that true too?”

Again the mother replied, “Yes.”

“Well,” said the girl. “If God is bigger than us and He lives within us, wouldn’t He show through?”
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Dear Readers,
Read the conversation one more time, and take a moment to think - is that true?



Monday, July 25, 2011

The turtle family picnic


A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. The turtle being naturally slow about things took 7 months to prepare for their outing finally the turtle family left home looking for a suitable place.

During the second month of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last.

For about six weeks they cleaned the area, unpacked the picnic basket and completed the arrangements, Then they discovered they'd forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster they all agreed. After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt from home.

Although he was the fastest of the slow moving turtle, the little turtle whined,cried and wobbled in his shell. He agreeed to go on one condition that no one would eat until he returned. The family consented and the little turtle left.

Three months passed and the little turtle had not returned. Five months, six month.... Then on the seventh month of his absence the oldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced, "I am hungry and am going to eat."

At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, "See I knew you wouldn't wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt".

Moral: Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we seldom do anything ourselves.

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Power of prayer


Somewhere in a southern Indian town, a new bar/tavern started work on a building to open up their business adjacent to an orthodox church.  The church members started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers.

Work progressed, however right up till the week before opening, when a lightning strike hit the bar and it burned to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

The church, in its reply to the court, vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork at the hearing and commented, "I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner that believes in the power of prayer, and an entire orthodox church congregation that doesn't."

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'Can I touch it?'


Here is an article that appeared on CNN today, about natural hair stirring curiosity to touch.

Tamara Winfrey Harris tells a story of being in a chain restaurant with her husband when their names were called for a table. Just as the couple rose to go, a middle-aged white woman standing nearby reached out swiftly to touch Winfrey Harris's hair which at the time was styled in natural twists.

Click here to read more about this on CNN.

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Overcoming rejection

Being rejected is quite an unpleasant event, and many of us have the fear of rejection.  Rejection is never easy to deal with, and it makes us inactive and lets us procrastinate.

We could get rejected from various places - college admission, job application, etc.  Rejection from people is what we care about and it really hurts. Sometimes rejection can be so devastating we're not sure we are going to recover. Let me share few tips that I have tried to practice:

Stay positive: If you are rejected by someone else does not mean you are rejected by everyone. There are plenty of people around us - all we need to do is look around with our eyes open. The ones who rejected you could have done it under the influence of someone else.  Only time can heal any such misunderstandings. Sometimes, having just one person on your side can completely help you overcome rejection and this single person could be your entire world when everyone else rejects you.

Don't seek revenge: Trust in God to bring about ultimate justice. Ask God to teach and help you forgive. After all, Jesus forgave us for rejecting Him on the cross.

Don't confuse forgiveness with a lack of accountability: Holding wrong-doers accountable is good for everyone - for them, for us, and for others. If you are the one saying and doing the truth, at first you may be looked upon as the 'bad apple' and not considered as their 'friend in crime.' Eventually, you will be proud of what you stood for.  

Choose to get better, not bitter: The best way to get even in a good way is to get better. Remember, "Bitterness is the poison we swallow while hoping the other person dies."

These are the insights I try to practice while overcoming rejection so that it does not defeat me.  Rejection is never easy, but overcoming rejection is key to healthy living.