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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 1, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.

Source: God's Little Instruction Book for Women, By Honor Books Publishing Staff (editor), Published by Honor Books, Copyright (c) 1995, ISBN: 156292222X, http://isbn.nu/156292222X/price

Submitted by Nancy Simpson

~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:

SOMEBODY NEEDS ME
By Evelyn Christenson

Inherent in each human being is the need to be needed. It gives us a sense of self-worth, a zest for life, and a reason for living.

In our prayer seminars we discover the worth of ourselves as we practice intercessory prayer. As the urgent and often heartbreaking prayer requests are handed in, pray-ers find - many for the first time - that someone really does need them, and their prayers.

Trying to motivate and instill a sense of self worth in teenagers at a prayer seminar proved to be a difficult experience. These were 200 members of a confirmation class who, along with a church full of adults, were learning to pray. But their presence was not voluntary, and the paper wads, bubble gum and paper airplanes displayed on the first night showed me what they thought of themselves as pray-ers.

At the second session one of them came to me and said she had a prayer request. "My ten-year-old sister cannot hear," she said. Fearing I'd never be able to motivate them if God chose to answer some way other than healing her sister, I decided on a plan. I challenged those 200 teenagers by giving them the request. I told them it was their responsibility, theirs to do whatever they chose with it. I held my breath all that next week waiting for the outcome. At the next session my fears proved to be in vain. I found myself surrounded by a whole gang of the girl's teenage friends as she excitedly announced, "Guess what happened to my sister?" I waited with bated breath. "She can now hear without her hearing aid!" Those 200 teenagers had found the worth of themselves to someone in need.

After the last session of that prayer seminar, the pastor's wife came to me with tears in her eyes. "Do you remember the boy who was shooting paper airplanes and paper wads that first night? (How could I forget him?) Do you know what he just prayed in our little group? He prayed, 'Dear God, please teach my dad what You've just taught me!"' Oh, yes, we change when we discover we are needed.

Source: Lord Change Me! Copyright (c) 1977 by SP Publications, Inc., ISBN: 0-88207-756-2

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

TIPS FOR MOMS & DADS Part 4 of 18

HINT #060: Donate pre-pregnancy jeans to charity.
HINT #061: Don't read the label on baby formula.
HINT #062: With luck, they'll call you once a week when they leave
HINT #063: With luck, they won't call collect.
HINT #064: With luck, they'll pay for their own therapy when grown
HINT #065: No matter what, they'll always be your babies.
HINT #066: The older they get, the wiser you'll seem.
HINT #067: Just when you've got them figured out, they change.
HINT #068: Kiss it an make it better.
HINT #069: Make ice cube popsicles.
HINT #070: If you promised, do it.
HINT #071: Watch what you promise.
HINT #072: When in doubt, say "We'll see."
HINT #073: Bunk beds are cool.
HINT #074: You'll sometimes act just like YOUR mother.
HINT #075: Buy Permapress.
HINT #076: Use the honor system.
HINT #077: You can only shoot so much videotape.
HINT #078: Pose good questions.
HINT #079: Colic happens.
HINT #080: Cowlicks happen.

[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: Humor R Us http://humor.morstad.org/

~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:

Judge Claudia Jordan caused panic in her court in Denver when she passed a note to her clerk that read: "Blind on the right side. May be falling. Please call someone." The clerk rang for emergency help. Informed that paramedics were on the way, the judge pointed to the sagging Venetian blinds on the right side of the room. "I wanted someone from maintenance," she said. - Fortean Times

From: The Oregonian, Copyright (c), http://www.oregonian.com/

Submitted by Barbara Henry

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

What popular nut is harvested mostly from wild trees?

The popular tropical Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa), a major export of Brazil, has resisted all attempts at artificial cultivation thus far. Because it depends on the mixed environment of the Amazon rainforest for its survival, it cannot survive for long in a single-species plantation.

Brazil nut trees are some of the tallest and oldest trees in the Amazon rainforest. Their reproduction depends on a mammal, the squirrel-like agouti, which is able to crack open the hard shells of the nuts. Although the agoutis eat many of the nuts, some of the nuts they bury sprout into new trees.

Today, almost all commercial Brazil nut harvesting is done in the forest from wild trees. For this reason, the purchasing of Brazil nuts encourages preservation of the Amazon rainforest.

Brazil nut trees and the agoutis:
http://www.nwf.org/intlwild/2000/agouti.html

Brazil nuts are highly nutritious:
http://www.wholehealthmd.com/refshelf/foods_view/0,1523,115,00.html

Source: Cool Fact of the Day http://features.learningkingdom.com/fact/


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