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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 15, 1998
We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. - Charles Swindoll
A Pause to Ponder God's Word
"Crucified with Christ" Part 2 of 2
John Wesley had believers pray a prayer in a Covenant Service. It is the prayer the Christian who longed to be done with the great battle over lordship and sold out to Christ. It is the prayer of all that have been crucified with Christ. Beloved, it is the prayer of every Christian. "Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will. Let be employed by You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low by You. Let me have all things, let me have nothing, I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it. Amen." - Keep Close To Jesus, Pastor Gerry http://wesley.nnc.edu/churches/pausetoponder
(Shared by Carol)
THIS & THAT:
TAX DEDUCTIONS I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE - Part 2 of 2
by Joni Hilton in Family Circle
- Any repairs incurred within six months of any expired warranty. (Government must recognize that this is when all repairs occur.)
- $500 "anxiety exemption" for every mousetrap purchased ($500 extra if it doesn't work; $1,000 if it does).
- The portion of your phone bill incurred by a teenager (multiple deductions for multiple teenagers).
- $100 every time your mother calls, and instead of rushing her, you make her laugh ("you turned out pretty well" deduction).
- $5 for every mosquito bite acquired on a Scout overnight ("doing one's American duty" deduction).
- A dollar for every diaper changed (a buck- fifty if it's . . . you know what).
- $100 for every time you're in the car and your recommend that your husband, who's driving, ask for directions and he actually does it ("one small step for mankind" deduction).
- $1 for every plastic bag that you have painstakingly saved in another bag ("good intentions to recycle" deduction).
- $3,000 puppy exemption, for housebreaking of any canine (includes reimbursement for chewed-up shoes and furniture).
- $50 for every "A" on any report card that comes through your door ("behind every good student is a mother who sat up until 3 a.m. coloring a map of Africa" deduction).
- $30 for every bad hair day.
- $25 for every invitation to serve on a committee that you turn down, assuming you are already booked to the gills ("finally learned to say no" deduction).
- All costs for bubble bath weekend retreats, fancy dinners and massages. (Call it the "preservation of sanity" deduction.)
(Shared by Barbara Henry)
THE SIX PHASES OF AN ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT:
1. Drive and enthusiasm.
2. Disillusionment & frustration.
4. Search for the guilty.
5. Punishment of the innocent.
6. Praise and honor for the non participants.
(Shared by Walt Groff)
THE UNITED STATES PUBLIC DEBTSource: Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service
(Shared by Elisa Wimer)