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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 15, 2006
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. - Dale Carnegie
Source: Molly's Quotes of the Day,
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
We can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. - 1 John 5:14
A couple in our church phoned to ask me to pray about a house they wanted to close on. It was near a preferred school and the price was right. We prayed over the phone. Later their realtor called. Someone else had offered a higher price.
More than the deal collapsed. Faith crumbled too. The couple's disappointment watered previously hidden seeds of doubt that God really cared for them. We countered their crumbling faith by praying repeatedly that God would provide the best. Then we waited to see what God would do.
Two weeks later the local building inspector, also a friend of the home-searching family, called. In preparation for a loan approval, he'd inspected the house they wanted. It was full of dangerous mold and faulty wiring. Thousands of dollars would be required to make it safe. The family now realized that God had spared them from a financial disaster.
A home that provided for the family's needs eventually became available. It wasn't pretty on the outside, but the couple no longer doubted God's care. Seeing how God had spared them from greater pain made them confident of His love and of the power of prayer.
By Bryan Chapell, Adapted from Praying Backwards (Baker, 2005), http://isbn.nu/0801065275
Copyright © 2006 by the author or Christianity Today International/Men of Integrity magazine. November/December 2006, Vol. 9, No. 6
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
I don't say my golf game is bad, but if I grew tomatoes, they'd come up sliced.
I've spent most of my life golfing. The rest I've just wasted.
Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.
It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.
Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.
It's good sportsmanship not to pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill-adapted for the purpose.
Gone golfin' ... be back about dark-thirty.
Golf is a game invented by the same people who think music comes out of a bagpipe.
Source: Pulpit Supply, http://lively.ca/mailman/listinfo/pulpitsupply_lively.ca
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
We got lucky when we heard the old Piedmont Hotel in Atlanta was getting a face-lift and its beautiful maple doors became available for sale as salvage items. We bought several and had them installed in our 19th-century home.
Showing a friend around the house, I pointed out, "You know, these doors are from the Piedmont Hotel."
He raised an eyebrow. "Most people just take the towels."
Submitted by Bruce
Ananova 8-29-06 - A homing pigeon got lost and ended up 5,000 miles away from her British home - on a Caribbean island.
Judy changed course while flying in a 600-mile race from Bourges, northern France to Northumberland, reports the Sun.
Instead she landed in St Eustatius in the Dutch West Indies.
Owner John Stewart, 69, from Hadston, feared she had been lost forever until he heard she had been found.
He said: "I'm glad she's safe and in good hands - and probably having a lovely time.
"But I didn't half get a shock when I found out where she was. I'm quite jealous really.
"I wish I was in the Caribbean rather than in Northumberland. She's probably sunning herself on the beach."
Mr Stewart, a member of East Chevington Homing Society, reckons Judy must have hitched most of the way on a ship.
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com