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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 2, 2003
"Praise your children openly, reprove them secretly." - W. Cecil
Source: Heart Touchers, http://www.hearttouchers.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A Matter Of Focus
by Catherine Marshall
[My friend Marge had an experience] aboard a plane bound for Cleveland, waiting for takeoff. As she settled into her seat, Marge noticed a strange phenomenon. On one side of the airplane a sunset suffused the entire sky with glorious color. But out of the window next to her seat, all Marge could see was a dark and threatening sky, with no sign of the sunset.
As the plane's engines began to roar, a gentle Voice spoke within her. "You have noticed the windows," He murmured beneath the roar and thrust of the takeoff. "Your life, too, will contain some happy, beautiful times, but also some dark shadows. Here's a lesson I want to teach you to save you much heartache and allow you to "abide in Me" with continual peace and joy. You see, it doesn't matter which window you look through; this plane is still going to Cleveland. So it is in your life. You have a choice. You can dwell on the gloomy picture. Or you can focus on the bright things and leave the dark, ominous situations to Me. I alone can handle them anyway. And the final destination is not influenced by what you see or feel along the way. Learn this, act on it and you will be released, able to experience the "peace that passes understanding."
From: "Touching the Heart of God", Leonard Lesourd, Catherine Marshall, Fleming H Revell Co., December 1, 1988, ISBN 0800791355, http://isbn.nu/0800791355/
Source: The Inspired Buffalo, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/the-inspired-buffalo/
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A man scolded his son for being so unruly and the child rebelled against his father. He got some of his clothes, his teddy bear and his piggy bank and proudly announced, "I'm running away from home!"
The father calmly decided to look at the matter logically. "What if you get hungry?" he said. "Then I'll come home and eat!" bravely declared the child.
"And what if you run out of money?" "I will come home and get some!" readily replied the child.
The man then made a final attempt, "What if your clothes get dirty?" "Then I'll come home and let mommy wash them," was the reply.
Then Dad laughed and shook his head exclaiming, "Arnold isn't running away from home; he's going away to college."
Source: Chapnotes, http://www.chaplainsnotes.org/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Quote from fifty-nine-year-old Sir Ranulph Fiennes whose New York City Marathon was his seventh marathon in seven days on six continents:
"This has been enjoyable throughout except for the bits of running."
Source: Sports Illustrated, November 10, 2003, http://www.si.com
How much space do glaciers take up?
Glaciers occupy 5.8 million square miles, or 10 percent of the world's
land surface, as in an area as large as South America.
Source: ArcaMax Trivia, http://www.arcamax.com