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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 12, 2005
American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot reflected in his journal: 'When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die.'
Source: Pulpit Supply, mailto:email@example.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
It was a bright spring evening when little Polly stole softly into her father’s room, with shoeless feet, and her golden hair falling lightly over her white night-gown; for it was bedtime, and she had come to say “good-night.”
“Father,” said the little one, raising her blue eyes to his kind face, “father, may I say my prayers beside you, for mother is too ill for me to go to her tonight?”
“Yes, pet,” he answered, tenderly stroking the curly head.
And reverently the child knelt down beside him, and repeated her evening prayer, adding at the close with special earnestness, “God bless my two pennies.”
What can the child mean thought her father in surprise; and when the little white-robed figure was gone, he went and asked her mother if she knew what their little daughter meant.
“O yes!” said the lady. “Polly has prayed that prayer every night since she put her two pennies into the plate at the last missionary meeting.”
Have you ever prayed to God for a blessing on the money you have put into the missionary box? If not, be sure you never forget to do so in the future.
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) September 9, 1886, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Florida Hurricane Season Notes:
If you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one." Based on our experiences, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:
STEP 1. Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days.
STEP 2. Put these supplies into your car.
STEP 3. Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Thanksgiving.
Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in Florida. We'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:
HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE: If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance. Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements:
(1) It is reasonably well-built, and...
(2) It is located in Nebraska.
Unfortunately, if your home is located in Florida, or any other area that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the first place.
EVACUATION ROUTE: If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned out. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver's license; if it says "Florida", you live in a low-lying area.)
The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely.
Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean.
Good luck, and remember: It's great living in Paradise (a.k.a. "The Sunshine State").
Source: Clean Laffs, http://www.cleanlaffs.com/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Some men smile in the evening.
Some men smile at dawn.
But the man worthwhile is the man who can smile
When his two front teeth are gone.
(Don & Sara Probasco)
Source: Arizona Humor, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arizona_humor/
Studies show that 9 out of 10 people who lose weight and keep it off eat breakfast.
Source: Health, September 2004, pg 49, http://www.health.com