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So God Agreed

I got this in an email and wanted to share!


On the first day, God created the dog and said:

‘Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.’

The dog said: ‘That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?’

So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said:

‘Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.’

The monkey said: ‘Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?’

And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and said:

‘You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.’

The cow said: ‘That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years… How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?’

And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said:

‘Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.’

But the human said: ‘Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?”

Okay,’ said God, ‘You asked for it.’

So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

Resisting Discouragement – Tools @ PurposeDriven.com

I receive a daily devotional from the Purpose Driven website. Today’s devotion was on Resisting Disouragement. The key verse was:

“So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time” (Galatians 6:9 NLT)

In the devotion he says:

Ask yourself these questions:

• How do I handle failure?
• When things don’t go my way, do I get grumpy?
• When things don’t go my way, do I get frustrated?
• When things don’t go my way, do I start complaining?
• Do I finish what I start?
• How would I rate on persistence?

If you’re discouraged, don’t give up without a fight. Nothing worthwhile ever happens without endurance and energy.

I wanted to share this because I know there are many times when I am grumpy, especially first thing in the morning. Either I’ll be running late, I can’t find something, or I’ve forgotten something. So, by the time I get ready to head out the door, I just want to give up and start the day over. Usually, for me, it seems that if I’ve already had a bad morning, it makes for a really bad day.
I also tend to complain or get frustrated easily, which is what happend to me yesterday because I couldn’t get my work done. It was so noisy and I couldn’t concentrate. Finally, when it finally calmed down & I could concentrate on my work, I’d got upset because someone would want to talk or ask me a question. I wasn’t mean or angry with them, but I’m sure they noticed, by the tone of my voice, that I was a little upset and frustrated. I eventually had to take a break so I could calm my nerves.
There have also been many times that I’ve tried starting a specific project and would easily get frustrated when things aren’t going the way I want them to. I’ve wanted to give up many times, but I’ve noticed from past experience that things don’t always go as planned, but as long I don’t give up and keep trying, things will usually work itself out. Sometimes even better than I had first planned.

If you’d like to read the full devotional, I’ve shared the link below.

http://www.purposedriven.com/article.do?method=articlePage&contentId=201822

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Bible Shopping

This evening after work, I went to Books-A-Million and picked up the paperback version of the NKJV Women’s Study bible. I’ve been looking for a good one for quite some time now, but just really haven’t found on that caught my eye. They’re so expensive and I really didn’t want a great big one.
However, yesterday, I went to this website called Christianbook.com – a great website, btw, to get discounted Christian books, movies, music, etc) because I wanted to pre-order Lysa TerKeurst’s new book, Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl (very ironic, don’t ya think?), which will be shipped out this Friday. I thought since it’s still pending, I could probably add on to my order. So, before I left work this evening, I decided to do a search for some study bibles. It’s nice because they are similar to Amazon in that they have previews of the books before you decide whether you want to order it or not and I really liked what I saw.
So, since I decided I wanted to head over the Books-A-Million this evening, I thought I’d look it up to compare prices. Techncally, it was cheaper online, but after figuring in taxes and shipping prices, it basically came out the same, or a little cheaper. Plus, I have a discount card through the store, so that did help me out some. Now, I can’t wait to start using it.
I also picked up this devotional by Max Lucado called Grace for the Moment. This particular one that I bought combines both volume 1 & 2 into morning and evening devotions for each day. I really liked it because it offers a question and some empty lines to write down your thoughts. Of course, I prefer using a seperate notebook or journal because they never leave enough space for me. 🙂 I really like Max Lucado’s books, so I thought this would be a nice daily devotional. Plus, with both volumes combined into one, I didn’t have to decide which one I wanted. 🙂

Cleaning

I spent the majority of last week cleaning my apartment. After recently visiting my friend, 2 weeks ago, I was impressed with what she had done with hers. I told her that I wanted her to come and help me do something with mine.
Back at the end of April, my friend and her mom moved from a 2 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom apartment – not her choice. So, she had to seriously downgrade and get rid of a lot of stuff – mainly 8 boxes of books (she loves to read).
It took her a really long time to get it done because she works 8-10 hours/5-6 days a week and her mom has back problems, so she was unable to help her as much as she’d like to. The only time she was able to do anything was on the days she had off and sometimes in the evening when she wasn’t tired. She finally got her apartment done the week of 8/16, so that following weekend (the 22nd) I finally got to see the finished project. It looked really good.
Her new place is approximately the same size as mine – and I live alone. But, somehow in the past 5 years that I’ve been single, I have accumulated so much stuff that it was everywhere. It wasn’t really messy, just very disorganized. I used my spare bedroom as a storage area for all the stuff I’m currently not using and before this past week, it looked like a tornado hit it. So, I decided to start getting stuff organized and throw stuff away. It’s starting to look a lot better now, but I not completely done yet. I have a lot of stuff that I stuck in boxes to go through at a later date to decide what I need to get rid of and what I want to keep. I also have to work on my kitchen. I don’t have much counter space, so I’ve set up a little table to put stuff on and now it’s covered. I bought some storage shelves that are easy to put together and I can use it temporarily until I can find something else to use. It’s a slow process when you live alone and no one to help or offer tips.
So, that’s basically what I’ve been doing. It really didn’t leave much time for my internet activities or anything else, especially when working 8 hours a day. At least I do get weekends off which is nice… more time to do stuff.

7 signs you’re addicted to Facebook

I found this in the latest issue of First for women magazine (9/14/09) and thought I’d share it with everyone. Too funny. 🙂

1. You’ve changed your status 27 times in the last 24 hours.
2. You were offended when your sister mailed you a birthday card instead of sending you a virtual cupcake with sprinkles.
3. You are unable to untag yourself from a bad photo in just 2.3 seconds.
4. Your business card simply reads, “Facebook me.”
5. You refer to MySpace users as “the others.”
6. You don’t make a decision without consulting the Magic 8 Ball app.
7. You created a “family” goup so you can spend quality time together.