Remember God’s Blessings

People often say, “I asked God to give me this because I need it, and I’ve kept on asking over and over, but I still get no results.” Sometimes, people really get unanswered prayers, no matter how badly they need something right now and despite God’s willingness to provide what they’ve asked for. And perhaps, you have experienced one yourself at some point, feeling that God have abandoned you in the time that you need him the most. And it’s kind of frustrating, right? But there’s no need for you to be. There are good reasons why some prayers do not get results, and it is your duty to find what that reason could be.

While you are looking for the reason why your prayers are still unanswered, it is also a perfect time to sit for a moment and think about the things that God gave for us. Sometimes, it’s just really easy for us to ask and get mad when we don’t get the things we want without realizing that God has already given us a lot. So, sit for a moment and look around you. Sometimes, all that it takes is to forget ourselves for a little while and thank God for everything that He has given us. And who knows that in that little quiet moment, you may realize that the answer for your prayers is already right in front of you.

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Here are some of the many blessings that God has showered the world with:

Love

God’s love is a blessing. As what the famous song say, love is the greatest gift of all. While there are many different forms of love, the feeling is just almost the same – we care for the people we love, and we’re happy when we are around them. Without love, what the Earth would be like?

Time

God granted us time to be able to be with the people we love and do the things that we supposed to have. That’s why He also gave us the ability to calculate time, not only to be able to count the amount of time that we have, but also to make our stay countable. So don’t waste your time – it’s not replaceable or renewable. God only gave us a limited amount of time on Earth, just enough to be able to do what we’re supposed to do, so use it wisely.

Knowledge

This is one of the most important gifts God gave us. Knowledge makes the life here on Earth more meaningful and productive. Without it, there will be no airplanes that allow us to travel from one place to another, televisions that make us aware about what’s happening in the surroundings, music that entertains us, computers that allow us to learn more things and reach others, cellular phones that let us communicate with others, medicines that help us cure illnesses, and orthodontic solutions, such as braces and invisalign teen Philadelphia, that help us have straighter teeth.

Hope

The world is filled with so many problems, hurt, troubles, sickness, financial woes, issues, and concerns, and it may seem hopeless, but it’s not. That’s why God gave us the gift of hope, so we can see that there’s a real light in every tunnel. Well, you may not be able to feel hope, especially right now that you find yourself in a tough situation, but there is hope for you. You just have to believe that God will help and constantly remind yourself that hope is real. Trust God, because that’s what He wants you to do – trust Him!

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

“Show me your smile, let it dance for a while.” – Joe Wise

HEALTHYou might remember Joe Wise.  Then again, you might not.  He was a popular children’s songwriter in the 70’s and Show Me Your Smile was one of his biggest hits.  Well, that and “The Peanut Butter and Jelly Song.”  Can’t go wrong with a song for kids about their favorite food that’s for sure!  Anyway, the songs were all positive and he was definitely tuned into how to speak to kids on their level.  Through a Christian lifestyle he wanted to share his gift of creating and singing fun songs with kids of all religious beliefs from all over.

Show me your smile is something to ask someone who has a frown or is down at the moment.  A simple smile can brighten anyone’s day.  Don’t even have to ask if you don’t want to.  Cool thing is, no words are needed.  Just sincerity from within.  Show them your smile. The power of a smile is highly underestimated.  It can bring happiness and many reactions, mostly a smile in return.  It can make one smile and feel welcome, it can make someone’s day a little brighter, it can bring out a blush in someone’s cheeks, and it can just make someone basically feel good in just a second or two.  That’s all it takes.

Next time you’re out and about, don’t watch the ground and your feet as you walk, hold your head high and see people as they pass by and show them your smile.  When you do, chances are that you might get one back in return which will only make yours shine brighter and give you a good feeling on the inside.

Now, a recommendation would be that when you start your day you are using the best electric toothbrush on your teeth to make your smile attractive and keep your teeth healthy.  If you’re not sure if you’re using the best one visit http://www.gethealthyteeth.com/ and check out their reviews.

Once your teeth have had their cleaning in the morning it’s time to go out and start your day.  Say you go to work and your boss isn’t having the best day and that he’s not in the best of moods as he drops a stack of files on your desk.  Turn it around by taking the files and as he looks at you when you do, show him your smile.  Give him a smile as he might have one of his own that you just brought out of him.  It’s a good feeling and maybe you gave him a moment to take pause and forget his mood for a minute.  It didn’t take any awkward words, or uncomfortable moments.  All it took was a simple smile. Check out this water flosser as an alternative idea for that perfect smile.

Stay positive and keep smiling even when the cards are down and not in your favor.  It releases a positive effect on you physically and mentally too.  Physically, as it makes you smile and show off a good appearance.  Mentally, as it just makes you feel good even when a smile is not returned as you know you’ve put it out there anyway.  So show me your smile and let it dance for a while.

The Importance of Analytics to your Christian Based Business

If you are like many entrepreneurial Christians in this information age, you probably have some sort of online business. Many Christian based businesses are focused around selling items, such as crosses, Christian bookmarks, homemade quilts, and a variety of other items. Many of these businesses just keep track of cost and revenues, and don’t think about the other things that can affect their business.

To be able to effectively react to the different things that can affect a business, you need to be informed about all aspects of your business. That is why it is important to keep statistical information and use analytics for your Christian Based Business.

It Helps You Forecast Problems

There are many different types of statistics that you can gather about your business. Return on investment, monthly recurring revenue, percentage growth, fees, and other bits of important information. All of this information can be taken together to give you a clear analytical overview of your business, and foresee any problems that your business may have so you can react to it.

Helps in Important Financial Decisions

If you are about to make a financial decision for your business and you have one or more options, if you have no information to go on, then you will be in the dark on what to do. That is where Analytics comes in. With the statistical information that you can gather on your business, it can help you make a more informed decisions about what your next step should be.

Makes Business Easier to Run

Keeping a constant track of the analytics of your business makes it much easier to run. This is especially true if you run a large Christian based business. If you have a large number of products and perform a bunch of transactions, things can get out of hand easily. Keeping a constant eye on transactions and the statistics that go with them, will help your business run more smoothly.

Help You Look at Your Business from Different Angles

One of the keys to success to a business is to look at a business many different ways to help you narrow down the best courses of action and what those courses lead to. With a large amount of information available, you are able to easily do this and analyze the most correct path for your business.

Analysis is important to your Christian Based business for the reasons in this article and many others. Even though you may have heard that you need an advanced degree to use analytics to track your business, it’s not true. It is simple to gather information yourself and analyze it yourself. If you collect payments through an online payment processor, such as Stripe, there are SaaS available that track this information for you. It is relatively inexpensive and gives you a great overview of your business. A great example of this type of service is Abacus Metrics.

Once you start using metrics for your business you will be amazed at how easily things are run. You will wonder what you ever did without them and never want to give it up.

 

Celebrating the true nature of God’s creation

Sometimes it’s too easy to forget the wonders of the world that God gave us to enjoy and celebrate. People in this world take so much for granted and no longer relish in the beauty and awe around us.

We want to remind you of all the things God gave us. We should rejoice and cherish all these things every day and thank God that he blessed us with these wonders of the world.

Nature

Everywhere we look we can see the beauty that surrounds us. We have trees. Flowers. Wildlife, plants and life. When you wake up tomorrow morning and breather in the fresh air, say a thank you to God for giving it to you. Rejoice in the rain, the sun, the clouds and even the wind. Every time you breathe in fresh morning air or see dew on the ground take a few seconds to thank God that you are lucky enough to be here and rejoice in his creation.

The beauty of nature

The beauty of nature

Having children

One of God’s biggest wonders is giving us the ability to have children. Through procreation we are able to keep the human race in existence and teach God’s goodness to our offspring. Not only did God give us the amazing blessing of being able to create new life, he also gave us a way to feed our new-borns. Breast feeding is one of the most natural ways we can ensure our goodness and God’s goodness passes to our precious new life. However, some people have problems and are not able to feed their children naturally. If you are having problems feeding your child through the natural way, don’t despair. Simply visit this website and find other ways that you can pass on the goodness that God intended.

The joy of having a child

The joy of having a child

Our love

As followers of God we all have his love in our heart and we should share that love with others. Tell someone every day that you love them. This could be a family member, a friend or anyone else that is important to you. Show your love to those less fortunate than yourselves. Donate a few cents to charity, or help an elderly neighbour. Giving, sharing and loving is all part of God’s plan for us all and our love and kind heart is something God blessed us all with. Show him your gratitude that you have this love in your heart and spread the joy to others.

Our ability to speak the Lord’s word

God also saw fit to bless us with the power of speech, so use that power to tell others about the Lord’s wishes. Use your voice to communicate this message to others. You can recite parts of the bible, give out leaflets promoting your local church or simply tell your friends about the goodness in the world. Use your speech and your power of communication and communicate the Lord’s word so you can enrich someone else’s life as much as he has enriched yours since you let him into your heart.

Everyone should rejoice in the nature that god blessed us with and following these simple tips will tell God how grateful you are for the greatest gift of all. The gift of life.

How to be a good Christian every day and spread God’s love

Being a good Christian is not just about saying your prayers and going to church. It’s about being a good, kind person every day of the week. Sometimes in our daily lives, when we are taken up with commitments such as going to work and paying the bills, we tend to forget the little things that God has taught us. We may remember to say grace before we eat and say our prayers before we sleep, but do we share God’s love in other aspects of our life? The bible teaches us how to live as God want’s. It’s our guide to being a good Christian.  Here are some suggestions that won’t take up much of your time, but will show the world that a small act of kindness can go a long way.

Help someone who is not as fortunate as you are at least once a week

God encourages us to help others and it needn’t cost you anything, or take up much time. Perhaps the next time you are in town and see an elderly person struggling with shopping bags, offer to help them. Or maybe you have a neighbor that isn’t very mobile. Offer to do a bit of DIY for them or pick up some groceries. You could make a big difference to people’s lives by making small gestures such as these and the bible constantly mentions giving help to others.

Show respect to others

Sometimes other people aren’t always respectful or polite and when we get frustrated it can be easy to say things we wouldn’t usually say. The next time you feel a bit angry or frustrated, count to five before you say or do anything. Even if someone has been disrespectful or hurtful to you don’t do the same back. You don’t know what that other person may be going through in his own life so try to stay as respectful as possible to everyone.

Be a good listener

The next time someone is talking to you make sure you show them that you are listening carefully. Showing a person you are listening to them makes them feel better and this is especially important if someone is confiding in you. Make eye contact with them and don’t say anything until it is clear they are waiting for you to answer, or they have finished speaking. If that person is suffering he will feel more comfortable confiding in you if he thinks you are listening carefully.

Donate your unused items to charity

Try to think before you throw anything away and ask yourself if someone can make use of it. You would be amazed at the type of things other people may benefit from. Instead of throwing away unused or old items the next time you have a clear out, take them to your local charity shop and see if they can make use of them.

Living life as a good Christian is easy, just continue to read the bible, go to church and keep love in your heart.

 

 

Trampoline jumping is in!  So jump as high as you can and reach out and touch His love.

trampolineAnything is possible with God.  The next time you want to meditate and pray to Him why not do it through spending time with your family on a huge trampoline in your backyard just trying to jump up and get closer and closer as you reach as high as you can.  With His love inside of you, you can fly.  Clear your mind and have family fun and reach out physically and experience what it’s like to be a few feet closer to Him.  You reach out to him mentally and spiritually every day and evening.  See what it’s like to do it differently for once.  If even for a moment to jump up towards the sky as high as you can and elevate yourself into feeling a little closer.  It’s not just you either, you’re with your family.  Feel uplifted and closer to heaven by jumping as high as you can and reaching up into the sky and a moment, fly.

Spending time with your family is always special.  Times like these can be turned into times remembered.  Feel like you can be brought a little closer and enjoy that feeling to the fullest.  Trampoline jumping is a physical activity you can do with friends and family and a way to spend time having fun together.  While you’re in the air, enjoy clarity and freedom.  Breathe in the air as you aim higher and higher towards the sky.  Bring a sense of wanting to be able to reach out and touch Him because with every jump you are, at least to you.  Feel the fun and the peace.  Not every single moment you spend in prayer has to be silent and serious.  Do you think that Jesus never laughed?  That He never played or had fun with his family?  You know that He had his moments.  Can you just imagine how lyrical His laughter is?  Let Him hear yours.

Get everyone outside one day and on the trampoline for the family time you spend together sometime and see who can jump the highest and reach the highest.  Clear your mind and think thoughts of family, love, and fun.  God is watching and taking pleasure in your enjoyment and your bonding experience and more than likely is smiling down at you as well.  He does smile you know.  Especially watching His children jump into the sky wishing they could reach out and touch Him brings a smile.  Seeing everyone in the family taking a break from their daily grind of school, work, sports and more; coming together to have fun in this world which seems to try to be all doom and gloom at times.  When we cry, He cries with us. When He sees us laugh, He laughs too.  So jump for joy and jump towards the sky and laugh and smile and put away the bad for a while.  You can fly for now.

Welding: A Great Opportunity to Commune with the Lord

When you are at church it is easy to commune with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. You are in their house, and you probably feel that it is much easier to connect with them. But what if you aren’t in the house of God? The bible has said that God is everywhere you are, so if He is, wouldn’t it be easier just as easy to commune with him?

The answer is yes, it is just as easy to commune with the lord as it is in church. The thing is, instead of praising him with a group of people, you are praising him by yourself, and thus you need to use a different method of praise. The best way that many Christians have found to praise God outside of a church is to take up a hobby where you have plenty of time to think.

One hobby that a few Christians have taken up that has given them a chance to commune with God is welding. Welding requires intense concentration, and because of that, interaction with other people will be at a minimum. This produces the best conditions for communing with the Lord. If you decide to make welding the way you communicate with God, here are a few tips to help you.

Give Yourself time to Get in the Zone

As mentioned earlier, welding takes a great deal of concentration. When you are first starting, you need to focus on what you are doing so you are able to perform your job correctly and so you won’t hurt yourself. Before you attempt to start communing with God, you need to make sure that you have everything under control. Sometimes thinking about something else while you are engaged in an activity can take your attention away from it. So you need to make sure this won’t happen, especially in welding.

The last couple of sentences were just a warning. You can still easily commune with God when you are welding, you just need to make sure you have everything under control. This is easy to do once you have the basics of welding down and you are “in the zone” where welding becomes second nature while you’re working.

Start out with a Prayer

This is an important part of the process. Before you begin welding, start out with a prayer. This not only helps communing with God easier, since prayer is a way to start your conversation with Him, but it also helps clear your mind so that you can focus on Him and Welding much more easily.

Know the Right Times to talk to Him

As you get started, you will figure out the easiest times to talk to the Lord when you are welding. This will usually be when you have an easy task to perform. Some of these tasks include checking on your equipment and using an IR thermometer to check if your surface is getting hot enough. As an aside, it is very important to have a good thermometer. You need to make sure  you do your research to find the best infrared thermometers for your welding needs.

Welding is a great hobby, or even job, that you can do to get in touch with the Lord. Follow these simple tips, and tips from other experienced welders, and you will find that this is a very relaxing and spiritual way to talk to God.

If it wasn’t “one nation under God,” then who else would you want it to be under? 

ONE NATIONWould it have to be changed to “one nation under Congress” or “one nation under the President of the United States?” to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance before class each school day?  It used to be said in what was a correct way being that we are one nation under God as that is how we were founded.  If we have to spend every morning before school saying the Pledge of Allegiance the way it was in the past when it was allowed and part of the pledge to say that we are a nation under God, well, who else does one want to be under?

It was powerful to speak the pledge the way it was meant to be spoken.  It showed strength, pride, and belief in ourselves and our country that we had God looking out after us.  It was how our country was founded.  This debate has been going on for so long.  It was much simpler to just say it.  You can appreciate that everyone is entitled to worship who they want and believe in whatever it is they choose to believe in, but coming together each morning and acknowledging one of the core beliefs this country was founded under brought a sense of unity.

Is it a bad thing to not believe in God and to say that you live in a nation that was said to be built under His grace?  It’s part of what made you an American.  Well, this is your nation and by the grace of God is how it was founded.  Understand that America has always been about having been founded under God from the very beginning as that is the belief that bound us together. It’s carved in our history.  No matter what, it happened even if you skip over those parts in history class.

Our money even reflects America’s stand as a nation founded under God by saying ‘In God We Trust’ upon our currency.  If you choose not to believe that is up to you, but you can’t erase from the past history of this country the way in which it was founded.  There was no complaining about it then.  It was part of being an American.  Get on your computers and research it.  NO technology can refute the past. Not even top of the line NTP Server Windows or mega databases full of information will tell you anything different.  What’s written is written.  It’s called history.

It’s just those who remember standing and reciting it with their fellow classmates can tell you it was the one part of the day when we all came together as one.  After the pledge we all did our own thing and went our own separate ways.  Be it with God or not, we had that one moment where we stood for our country under something greater than ourselves.  So say it or don’t say it, but don’t dismiss God as a strong base of where this country came together from and the bond we had when we did form this great nation.  For, or against, it’s part of our American history.

Welcome to the world of late night blender infomercials and be amazed at eating green!

ECOFRIENDLYThe commercials make anything you put in a blender look delicious and plus keeping it green and eco-friendly as you are taking healthy food from the Earth, which we are trying to protect, and use it to make organic healthy meals, protein shakes, and smoothies.  By doing so, you’re taking care of the best environment there is to take care of; starting with the inside and working your way out.  That’s yourself.  You’re your own best environment.

Those late night commercials for finding the best blender to use are certainly addictive.  Take a peek at http://www.blenderjudge.com and get a look at the options out there.  In those commercials they show you that if you’re into staying healthy and working a clean, green environment into your eating regimen by using fresh foods and organics, you’re on the right track.

They get you when they show you the pure, unadulterated power of these blender machines.  One such even takes a chunk of solid cement and while you’re hypnotized by the commercial, you’re saying to yourself “I have got to see this!” or “No!  Don’t do it, you’ll ruin your super cool ‘Enviro-Blender Euro 3000 Blender Buddy Masher Deluxe’ if you do that!” as they drop it in and turn it on.  In seconds it’s decimated into dust by the blades of the blender and you’re amazed and they’ve got your attention.  Not even a scratch on the blades.

Next is the fun part.  They show you it still works by making a smoothie with fresh ingredients you’d never think of mixing together.  For instance they take spinach, yogurt, yellow dandelion tops, blueberries, ice, peanut butter, seaweed and other ingredients nature never really intended to mix together and turn the blender on and in a few seconds they have produced a green smoothie.  You’re watching and are thinking that that mixture has got to be disgusting.  They go to drink it while you watch with your face scrunched up in an “ewww” expression and wouldn’t you know it, it’s the best drink they’ve ever had!  They say it’s nutritious and ever so delicious, and then keep on making lots of smoothies and drink meals, even soups.  Admit it, you’re sold.

They even get you wanting to start growing your own foods for these blender meals you can make.  If you get into that, start with a small herb garden you can grow inside or outside and add your own fresh basil or thyme to your creations.  They get you wanting to use organic foods so you can contribute to an eco-friendly and green environment.  All from watching blender infomercials you’ve learned how to live healthy and green and appreciate organics and how to make chunks of cement into dust if the need ever arises.  For the days you’re not feeling like seaweed and dandelion yogurt smoothies, these blenders are great for making nutritious protein shakes in seconds with just some filtered water and protein powder.

Who knows, you could be the next great nutritious and delicious smoothie maker and come out with your own line of blender recipes to share with others.  Wouldn’t that be something!

It’s back to school time.  Do you think both public and parochial schools should wear uniforms?

uniformsThe commercials are out as of the beginning of this month.  Shops everywhere are starting to advertise their ‘back to school wares’ on every other commercial on TV and even on the radio.  Kids getting ready to head back to school are already being inundated with what’s “in style” and “must haves” in order to look cool going back to school.  What if everybody looked the same?  Wore the same thing?  I’m not talking about how some public schools have added khaki tan bottoms and white or navy shirts to their uniform code as that has all gotten out of hand with skinny khaki’s and designer tops and short skirts that barely fall into the new code they have.

I’m talking about wearing the same button down white shirt, plaid skirt at the same length for girls, tan slacks for guys, supplied to the school through a real uniform company and not Old Navy so that there was no competition at all.  Everyone was equal when it came to a uniform code.  Do you think that is a good idea?

This all came about while watching TV and seeing all these back to school commercials with brand name sneakers and short skirts and t-shirts with all sorts of pictures from Jimmy Hendricks to I Love Nike pictured on them and the thought came about.  Not everyone can afford to get the top of the list clothes for the year.  It becomes who has the most and the best competition to say the least.  What about those kids at school who’s families can’t afford all the new latest and greatest outfits.  Is that what we’re trying to impress on kids at such an impressionable age?

Uniforms that are standard in all ways for all students would cut out competition and make it fair all the way around.  Speaking of keeping it fair, that doesn’t apply to protein shakes, women and men are separate here http://WomensProteinShakes.com.  However back to fair, the prices are more affordable and some schools in parochial districts have programs to help those who have a hard time financing the uniforms get uniforms for little or no money.  That way you don’t know who you are sitting next to.  The son of a doctor or the daughter of a waitress.  It’s all on the same level.

Is this something you’ve ever thought of?  I think that of course, kids want the wardrobe of choice and not the uniform.  Save that for the weekends when you’re out with your friends.  At school though keep it on a base line where everyone is equal when it comes to clothes too.  Shoes included.  Almost especially shoes after seeing some of the styles that have been surfacing in all these back to school clothes commercials.

Would you be for or against uniforms?  Are you a parent considering it or a student in school?  It’s back to school time, the kids aren’t even in their desks as of yet and the pressure is already on them.  What do you think is best for the kids, and what do you think is best for school systems?  Think about that while you watch the next back to school commercial.

 

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