Friday, December 7, 2012

Who is in charge

The situation is in charge of you when:
1. You feel drained of energy by it
2. You are doubtful and indecisive
3. You anxiously seek allies
4. You worry over the final outcome
5. You fear and resent the condition
6. You blame others for your problem
7. You constantly change plans
8. You can't see how it trapped you
9. You fear other involved people
10. You wish to evade its responsibility

You are in charge of a situation when:
1. You never see it as a threat to you
2. You remain calm and efficient
3. You are not influenced by others
4. You have no pretense or bluff
5. You feel the rightness of your actions
6. You handle it all by yourself
7. You wish no ego-rewards from the event
8. You have no hostility toward others
9. You don't care what others think of you
10. You do only what is true and good


Growing in learning

Just yesterday I was thinking how fast years go by, celebrating and recalling a church election - of which I was part of, where I was voted down. Still analyzing the situation from various angles.

Looking back, it's been a wonderful learning experience. Even though it was a grueling one, by going through that phase, I learned firsthand the priorities of church leaders & administrators, who would be with me at times of despair, and  most importantly my own limitations. How stupid I was, to volunteer my time and energy to make it a better place.

That is when the universe hit me with few subtle miracles and a beatific vision to remind me that happiness is interesting and fun, and life is still on my side.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What was said & what it meant

What the teacher says and (what the teacher means)

Your son has a remarkable ability in gathering needed information from his classmates.
(He was caught cheating on a test).

Karen is an endless fund of energy and viability.
(The hyperactive monster can't stay seated for five minutes).

Fantastic imagination! Unmatched in his capacity for blending fact with fiction.
(He's definitely one of the biggest liars I have ever met).

Margie exhibits a casual, relaxed attitude to school, indicating that high expectations don't intimidate her.
(The lazy thing hasn't done one assignment all term).

Her athletic ability is marvelous. Superior hand-eye coordination.
(The little creep stung me with a rubber band from 15 feet away).

Nick thrives on interaction with his peers.
(Your son needs to stop socializing and start working).

Your daughter's greatest asset is her demonstrative public discussions.
(Classroom lawyer! Why is it that every time I explain an assignment she creates a class argument).

John enjoys the thrill of engaging challenges with his peers.
(He's a bully).

An adventurous nature lover who rarely misses opportunities to explore new territory.
(Your daughter was caught skipping school at the fishing pond).

I am amazed at her tenacity in retaining her youthful personality.
(She's so immature that we've run out of diapers).

Unlike some students who hide their emotion, Charles is very expressive and open.
(He must have written the Whiner's Guide).

I firmly believe that her intellectual and emotional progress would be enhanced through a year's repetition of her learning environment.
(Regretfully, we believe that she is not ready for high school and must repeat the 8th grade).

Her exuberant verbosity is awesome!
(A mouth that never stops yacking!)


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Incredible prayers in the Bible

Happy December.. I've been swamped with work with holiday season around the corner and people taking vacations. To me, there is so much preparation and catching up to do before everyone starts relaxing. This year, I do not plan to go anywhere with my family and instead be working extended hours almost everyday.

Last Sunday we were referring to the chapter related to prayers (in the textbook) and there are few great prayers listed in the Bible.

Let me share a link that I came across and the author quotes, "There are some incredible prayers in the Bible and some very remarkable people who prayed them. Of course in their own eyes they weren't remarkable at all. They felt they were as ordinary as you and I feel. But they touched the heart of God in one way or another and were included in the scripture to be examples for us. As we examine some of these great prayers of the Bible we too can pray incredible prayers. We can see miraculous answers. We can affect history. We can touch the heart of God. Our prayers in God's hands aren't as ordinary as we think."

Here is the link that lists few of those:

Abraham - Great Negotiator
Jacob - Wrestling with God
Hannah's Prayer with a Price
Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom
Book of Acts: Bold Prayer
Jonah's Prayer: Out of the Depths
David's Prayer of Repentance
Job's Confession
Jesus' Prayer for Unity
Zacharias & Elizabeth - Prayer in Secret

Your prayers will certainly reach our God and you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn the close attention Lord is paying to your prayers - give it a try.

Credits: Hannah's Cupboard