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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 1, 1998

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

It's easy to come and go... The hard thing is to remain.

Source: Keith's Mostly Clean Humor, McHawList-subscribe@onelist.com


What keeps this from being "your year?" Could it be your time for a life of Godly power? Every great personal spiritual awakening has come in a year as real and as ordinary as 1998. What will make your year significant? Looking back on the days, months, and years you have collected, you may see them stacked one upon one another like piles of yellow National Geographics on a bottom bookshelf. Though every one is colorful and different, the pages are closed and nothing strikes you as too outstanding or too useful. Is it possible that God desires something more wonderful than simply stacking another year upon your last?

The answer is a both hands raised absolute YES! Yes, an awe-inspiring encounter with Divinity is God's plan for you! The penetrating question is, "Will you avail yourself to meeting God?" Notice God's perspective, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART." (Jeremiah 29:11-14)

My friend, surprise yourself . . . make this the year of "all your heart." Put your whole self into encountering God and you will find Him. The God who IS love, the God who weaves tapestries of joy, and authors sunrises of hope eagerly desires to make this "your year." Your life will glow with the radiance of one who has seen God face to face.

With Love, Pastor Byard Parks

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

TIPS FOR MOMS & DADS Part 9 of 18

HINT #161: Don't tell you helped blow out the candles.
HINT #162: Kids give more gifts than they'll receive.
HINT #163: Kids WILL drink straight from the carton.
HINT #164: Look sad when the snowman melts.
HINT #165: Kids prefer hot dogs to duck a l'orange.
HINT #166: A sense of humor is a necessity.
HINT #167: They don't call it women's intuition for nothing.
HINT #168: Insist on short-haired dogs.
HINT #169: Coax the cat out of the tree.
HINT #170: For the last time, a pony is out!
HINT #171: Sew name tags in their underwear.
HINT #172: Be a den mother.
HINT #173: Let your daughter have a training bra.
HINT #174: Buy your share of EXPENSIVE Girl Scout cookies
HINT #175: Cultivate the art of napping.
HINT #176: Washable markers aren't.
HINT #177: Help build a sand castle.
HINT #178: Let them make a fort out of boxes.
HINT #179: Piano lessons aren't for everyone.
HINT #180: Tell Dad to share the toy trains.

[The eighteen parts of "Tips for Moms & Dads" can be found in the following issues of WITandWISDOM(tm): 2001 - #1 Mar 1, #2 Apr 2, #3 May 1, #4 Jun 1, #5 Jul 2, #6 Aug 1, #7 Sep 3, #8 Oct 1, 1998 - #9 Jan 1, #10 Feb 2, #11 Mar 2, #12 Apr 1, #13 May 1, #14 Jun 1, #15 Jul 1, #16 Aug 3, #17 Sep 1, #18 Oct 1]

Source: Dean's Humor List


A tired minister was at home resting, and through the window he saw a woman approaching his door. She was one of those too-talkative people, and he was not anxious to talk with her. He said to his wife, "I'll just duck upstairs and wait until she goes away."

An hour passed, then he tiptoed to the stair landing and listened....not a sound. He was very pleased, so he started down calling loudly to his wife, "Well, My Dear, did you get rid of that old bore at last?"

The next moment he heard the voice of the same woman caller, and she couldn't possibly have missed hearing him. Two steps down, he saw them both staring up at him. It seemed truly a crisis moment.

The quick-thinking minister's wife answered, "Yes, Dear, she went away over an hour ago. But Mrs. Jones has come to call in the meantime, and I'm sure you'll be glad to greet her."

Source: Bill's Punch Line, bills-punch-line-subscribe@onelist.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Talking on a cellular phone behind the wheel is about as risky as driving close to legally drunk. Using a car phone while driving quadruples the risk of an accident, researchers in Canada reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The Associated Press

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