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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 18, 2005
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end." - Ursula Le Guin
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://www.kalama.com/~carola/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Recently I attended a church service. When I entered the sanctuary, I noticed jackets piled on top of the piano. I was bothered that people had piled their jackets there. Then I realized that this was the first of two Sundays we were to bring jackets and warm clothing, to give to a shelter, for people in need. Jackets that we were giving to the shelter were on the piano.
I felt bad I did not bring something. Then I heard God instructing me to place the jacket I was wearing on the piano. It was a black leather jacket I had bought the year before. I did not want to give it up. I talked to a friend who was with me at the service. He suggested that I wear the jacket home, pray about it and bring the jacket back next Sunday if I still felt strongly about it.
I felt God wanted me to leave the jacket right now. I remembered the year before when I purchased the jacket. I prayed about it and felt God indicating I could buy it and keep it "for awhile". I had not understand then what "for awhile" meant.
Now I knew what he meant by "for awhile" and time was up. I took off the jacket, walked to the piano and put down my jacket. When I walked out of the church with no jacket, into the cold winter air, I felt great joy that I had listened to God and given when he asked.
At home, I went to my closet to get another jacket. Then it hit me how well God knows the greedy side of my heart. Had I remembered before I left for the service to bring a jacket to share, I would not have given the black leather jacket. It made me think about how God works through us to use the gifts he has specifically selected for each of us.
The gifts we receive are never ours. God gives to us so we can give to others. We just hold on to the gift until He calls for it. Then when we are instructed to give it away He alone gets all the glory.
By Rick Barto
Source: Moment to Consider, If you would like a free subscription please send an E mail to Majordomo@ServantSoldiers.com with the message, "Subscribe Moments" in the message body.
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Burma Shave Signs
Thru his hat
But he's had
Closer shaves than that
Was brave and strong
She felt his chin
Then wed the villain
This cooling shave
Will never fail
First class male
Source: Smile a Day Newsletter (c), http://www.net153.com/best.htm
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Confiding in a co-worker, I told her about a problem in our office, and my fear that I would lose my job. She was concerned and said she would pray for me. I know she keeps a list of the ten people she believes need her prayers the most, so I asked if she had room for me on her list.
'"Oh yes," she replied. "Three of the people have died."
- Kate Gordon in Reader's Digest, http://www.rd.com
Source: Sermon Fodder, http://www.sermonfodder.com
Eat Smart: News On Kidney Stones
By Jean Carper
The Old Advice:
If you are prone to kidney stones, restrict calcium-rich foods.
New Evidence Says The Opposite:
Eat more high-calcium foods (milk, cheese, tofu, kale) to discourage stone formation. A new Harvard study shows women ages 27-44 who ate the most dietary calcium cut kidney stone risk 30%, compared with women who ate the least. Drinking lots of fluids also cut odds 30%. On the other hand, a high-sugar diet upped stone formation 30%.
Other kidney stone-deterrents: whole grains, B-6 supplements (at least 40mg a day), coffee, tea, wine. Strangely, you might want to avoid grapefruit juice: It hyped stone risk 44% in one study.
Source: USA Weekend, July 9-11, 2004, http://usaweekend.com