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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 10, 2003
If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
I stood in the upstairs hallway, looking down over the banister and waiting for the younger children to come in for their baths. My oldest daughter, taking a piano lesson, was in the living room directly below, and the repetitive melody she was playing echoed through my mind.
I noticed, however, that one of my young sons was trudging slowly up the stairs, his bowed, grubby hands covering his small, dirt-streaked face. When he reached the top, I asked him what was wrong.
"Aw, nothing," he replied.
"Then why are you holding your face in your hands?" I persisted.
"Oh, I was just praying."
Quite curious now, I asked what he was praying about.
"I can't tell you," he insisted, "because if I do, you'll be mad."
After much persuasion I convinced him that he could confide in me and that, whatever he told me, I would not get mad. So he explained that he was praying about a problem he had with his mind.
"A problem with your mind?" I asked, now more curious than ever, wondering what kind of problem a child of six could have with his mind. "What kind of problem?"
"Well," he said, "You see, every time I pass by the living room, I see my piano teacher, and my tongue sticks out."
Needless to say, it was hard to keep a straight face, but I took his problem seriously and assured him that God could indeed help him with it.
Later, on my knees beside the bathtub as I bathed this little fellow, I thought how I still struggle with the problem of controlling my mind and my tongue. That afternoon as I knelt to scrub that sturdy little body, the tub became my altar; the bathroom, my temple. I bowed my head, covered my face, and acknowledged that I, like my son, had a problem with my mind and tongue. I asked the Lord to forgive me and to give me more and more the mind and heart and attitude of Christ."
By Gigi Graham Tchividjian, Women's Devotional Bible, NIV Version, (Grand Rapids: The Zondervan Corporation, 1990), p. 1307
Gigi is the oldest daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham. The author of 7 books, she is much in demand as an inspirational speaker at women's conferences and conventions all over the US and has also ministered in Canada and Europe. Gigi is married to clinical psychologist Dr. Stephan Tchividjian and has seven children and eleven grandchildren. She and her husband have lived and worked in Switzerland and Israel, and now reside in southern Florida.
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
What the Hue?
It's time to play What the Hue? - a color trivia contest.
1) Until recently, crash test dummies were required by law to wear:
a. white jump suits b. orange vests c. pink underwear
2) The study of how color affects mood is called:
a. color psychodynamics b. saturanetics c. hue spectrametrics
3) The Libyan flag is the only national flag that is one color. It's:
a. green b. yellow c. blue
4) What color is supposed to counter physical fatigue?
a. yellow b. white c. red
5) In show biz, the "green room" is where actors:
a. rehearse b. relax c. get make up put on
6) A "roan" colored horse is:
a. all black b. brownish with gray & white c. gray and brown
7) What's the most popular toothbrush color?
a. white b. blue c. green
8) What color is the 1-ball in a game of billiards?
a. green b. yellow with a white stripe c. yellow
9) Until 1962, the "peach" colored Crayola crayon was called:
a. flesh b. ochre c. ecru
Answers below, here's the scoring:
7-9 correct: You've earned a gold star!
3-6 correct: Aren't you glad it wasn't a fill in the blank quiz?
0-2 correct: Being color blind is a bummer, isn't it?
1) c. pink underwear
2) a. color psychodynamics
3) a. green
4) c. red
5) b. relax
6) b. brownish with gray & white
7) b. blue
8) c. yellow
9) a. flesh
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
It was 6 p.m., and I was about to leave the coin laundry where I was employed. My boss called me over and asked if I would mind dropping off someone's laundry on my way home. "It's for my cousin," she apologized, "who's eight months pregnant and can't get out much anymore." I cheerfully agreed and, driving to the address, knocked at the door. A little girl, the sister-to-be, answered.
"Hi, there," I said with a big smile. "Is your mommy home?" Holding up the white bundle of clothes, I explained, "I have a delivery for her."
The child's mouth dropped, and her eyes went wide. "Mom!" She shrieked, "come quick! It's the stork!"
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Colour Blindness Tests - offering a series of tests that are designed to provide a quick and accurate assessment of color vision deficiency.
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