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June 12 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes

 
god_is_talking_to_you_are_you_listening_postcard-p239783566993367544qibm_400Just had to post this really quick. I ran across this quote today as I was applying for jobs online.

“You can’t live in the past and expect to have a future” – unknown

It’s like God is talking to me telling me “get out of your comfort zone“, which is what my Mom told me a couple of weeks ago. Funny how things are said in totally different ways.
 
 
 

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Ash Wednesday

 
ash-wednesdayAsh Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar. Occurring 46 days before Easter, it is a moveable fast that can fall as early as February 4 and as late as March 10.

According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke; Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a reminder and celebration of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.
 
 

Lent 2013 Calendar


 
lent Clean Monday – Monday, February 11, 2013

Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, February 13, 2013

First Sunday of Lent – Sunday, February 17, 2013

Second Sunday of Lent – Sunday, February 24, 2013

Third Sunday of Lent – Sunday, March 3, 2013

Fourth Sunday of Lent – Laetare Sunday – Sunday, March 10, 2013

Feast of Saint Patrick – Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Sunday, March 17, 2013

Feast of Saint Joseph – Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Palm Sunday – Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Annunciation of the Lord – Monday, March 25, 2013

Holy Thursday – Thursday, March 28, 2013

Good Friday – Friday, March 29, 2013

Holy Saturday – Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter – Sunday, March 31, 2013
 
 
 

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Black History Month

 

February is Black History Month


 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson:

To promote and preserve African-American history and culture, the founder of Black History Month, Dr. Carter G. Woodson (born in 1875), Founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, now called the Association for the Study of African America Life and History (ASALH).

In 1916 he also founded the Journal of Negro History.

In 1926 Negro History week was launched, being the second week of February between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976 Negro History week evolved into Black History Month.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson passed suddenly of a heart attack on April 3, 1950 in Washington, DC, before realizing his ambition of publishing the six-volume Encyclopedia Africana.

“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his “proper place” and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.”
— Dr. Carter G. Woodson, “The Miseducation of the Negro”

 
Just a few African American Pioneers:

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

  • The first African-American to be invited to the White House, by President Theodore Roosevelt
  • The first African-American to be on a postage stamp

He was Director of the Tuskegee Institute, a college for African-Americans.   He gained most of his fame from his eloquent and impassioned push for racial equality.

Garrett Augustus Morgan (1877-1963)

  • In 1914 Mr. Morgan secured a patent for a device he called the safety hood.  In his younger days he had noticed firefighter struggling with suffocating smoke while in the line of duty.
  • He patented a mechanical traffic signa1 in 1923 that he sold to General Electric.  It was widely used, yet Mr. Morgan only received $40,000 for the invention.

 
Vivien Theodore Thomas (1910-1985)

  • As an assistant to surgeon Alfred Blalock at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and later at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Thomas developed the procedure used to treat Blue Baby Syndrome in the 1940’s.

 

What the Bible says about Racism:


 

Acts 10:27-28
Good News Bible – English Version

27 Peter kept talking to Cornelius as he went into the house where he found many people gathered.   28 He said to them, “You yourselves know very well that a Jew is not allowed by his religion to visit or associate with Gentiles. But God has shown me that I must not consider any person ritually unclean or defiled.

Acts 10:34-35
Good News Bible – English Version

34 Peter began to speak: “I now realize that it is true that God treats everyone on the same basis.  35 Those who fear him and do what is right are acceptable to him, no matter what race they belong to.
 
 
 
 

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Remember to Pray Everyday

 

Remember To Pray Everyday

My boyfriend found this a while back and I thought it would be nice to share it again. His mom had sent it to him when she was alive.

He looks at finding these directions as spiritual words of inspiration sent by her.  They spoke almost everyday and had spiritual conversations often.

 

Remember To Pray Everyday

Direction to God’s House


 
Make a Right onto “Believeth Blvd.”  Keep straight through the first Green light, which is Jesus Christ.

Stay on “Believeth Blvd.” until you reach the “Bridge of Faith”, which is over troubled water.  When you get off the bridge, make a Right turn.

You are on the “King’s Highway” – Heaven-bound.  Keep going for three miles:  One for the Father, One for the Son, and One for the Holy Ghost.  Then exit off onto “Grace Blvd.”

Continue on “Grace Blvd”  to “Gospel Lane” then make a right.  Keep Straight and then make another right.  Keep straight and then make another Right on “Prayer Blvd.”

As you go on your way, Yield Not to the traffic on “Temptation Ave.”  Also, avoid “Sin Street” because it is a DEAD END.

Pass up “Envy Drive” and “Have Avenue”.  Also, pass “Hypocrisy Street”, “Gossiping Lane”, and “Backbiting Blvd”.

But you have to go down “Long Suffering Lane”, “Persecution Blvd”, and “Trials and Tribulations Ave.”  But that’s alright because “Victory Blvd.” is straight ahead!
 
 
 
AMEN
 
 
 

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Nothing beats a failure but a try – (Thanks Mama)

 

Failure is not an option


 
15 Foods that boost Metabolism

Losing weight and getting healthy is typically every one’s New Year’s resolution, I know it’s mine. 

 

Sometimes it’s easier said then done. We start out with good intentions and somewhere along the line we falter.Not because we’re weak, because we’re bored.

 

This is the year I want everyone to make their resolution happen.

 

If it’s boring change it.If it’s to difficult start slow and take baby steps.

 

It’s all up to you.  Only you can change what needs to be changed.

 

Take the bull by the horns and lead him in the direction of health and happiness.

 

You know you can do it.  Please comment below with your stories.  I’d love to hear them.

 
 
Zumba Fitness
 

 
 
 
 

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May 3rd – National Day of Prayer

 
Today is the 61st annual National Prayer Day. Designated by the United States Congress, the National Day of Prayer is annually observed asking people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”, on the first Thursday of May.

The National Day of Prayer is Significant

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation. It enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call to us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning. [1]

Like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this day has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually across the nation and in Washington, D.C. Last year, local, state and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation. It is estimated that over two million people attended more than 30,000 observances organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer. [2]

The National Day of Prayer is Ours

Remember To Pray Everyday

The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman, reminds us: “We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.” [3]
 
 
 
View the historical time line for the National Day of Prayer.
 
 
Presidential Proclamation–National Day of Prayer
 
 
 
 
Sources:
[1], [2], [3] Historical Time Line for the National Day of Prayer and the Task Force (nationaldayofprayer.org)
 
 

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Get Your Cleaning On

 
*****I posted this during the holidays and was asked to re-post to share the earth friendly cleaning supplies recipes below. We all should be conscience of what we are doing to the earth*****
 
 
 
I really didn’t want to write this because I hate cleaning, I know it has to be done, and I do it, but I hate it.

I thought my cleaning recipes might help everyone get their house ready for their Holiday guests.

Recently I have started to use homemade products to clean. It’s much cheaper than store-bought and they do just as good of a job and sometime even a better job.

Some of these recipes may not smell nice all the time but will dissipate when they dry. I’m writing this in hopes that you all will feel better knowing you did something good for the environment.

The environment is really the reason I started making my own cleaning products. I hear all the talk on the news and talk radio about how we need to take care of our environment. All that made me think about what my niece and nephew and their kids and so on, will have to look forward to in later years. Will they be able to pack a lunch of tuna sandwich’s and grape soda, like my mom and dad did for my family and go to the lake for the day and spend quality time together? Will there be water in the lake for them to even enjoy? Will gas be $8.00 a gallon?

It all starts with us and trickles down to the generations. If our kids see us trying to be green and recycle they will too and so on.

These are my favor recipes.  I use them weekly, if not daily.

All-Purpose cleaner – dissolve ½ cup washing soda in a bucket of warm water.
USE: Kitchen/Bathroom – wash surface, then rinse. Not recommended for aluminum surfaces or no-wax floors. Cleans walls, counter tops, refrigerators, appliances, tiles, sinks, tub/shower, and toilet bowls.

Baby clothes – Add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle.
USE: Baby clothes – Helps break down uric acid and soapy residue, leaving baby clothes soft and fresh.

Bathroom mold cleaner – Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) and 2 parts water.
USE: Spray on areas with mold; wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.
Warning: Be careful with hydrogen peroxide; it can take the color out of fabrics

Dishwasher Detergent – mix 1 cup baking soda with 1 cup borax (use sparingly). You can use 2 packs of sugar-free lemonade, if desired, for scent.
USE: 2 – 4 Tbsp per load, dependent on how big the load.

Floor Cleaner – Add ½ cup vinegar to ½ gallon warm water & mop. No need to rinse!
USE:To clean no-wax floors.

Multi-Purpose “Greener” Cleaner – Add the following ingredients to a 16-oz spray bottle, shake well: soap (flakes, powder, or liquid), 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar, 16 ounces (2 cups) water.
USE: Multi-Purpose

**DISCLAIMER: PLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP ALL CLEANERS, EVEN GREEN,  AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND PETS**

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April 8 – Happy Easter

Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. Typically Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate when Easter will occur and typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western churches, which follow the Gregorian calendar.

The exact origins of the name Easter are unknown. Some sources claim it’s derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English. In Spanish, Easter is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.

Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil. The day before Lent, known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is a last hurrah of food and fun before the fasting begins. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.

In addition to Easter’s religious significance, it also has a commercial side, as evidenced by the mounds of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks that appear in stores each spring. As with Christmas, over the centuries various folk customs and pagan traditions, including Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets and candy, have become a standard part of this holy holiday.

Related Articles:
History of Easter (www.history.com)
 
 
 
 

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2012 Good Friday Observations Around The World

Good Friday 2012, known also as Holy Friday or Great Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by Catholics and Christians all over the world commemorating the crucifixion and eventual death of Jesus Christ. The holiday is observed during Holy Week on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. Many Christians and Catholics take part in fasting and penance among the observations.

Good Friday 2012 is observed as a public holiday in many Western and Christian-majority countries, as well as a number of other countries with significant number of Christian populations.

Good Friday 2012 in Ireland
In Ireland, Good Friday 2012 is not a public holiday. But it is a Christian worship and a day of rest. Many companies, organizations and schools are closed earlier than usual. Generally, public transport services run to their normal timetables, however travelers must check these warily. Selling of alcohol is not allowed and lots of bistros and pubs are closed. It’s very hard to discover a place to eat out of hotels on this season. [1]

Good Friday 2012 in Australia
Good Friday 2012 is the start of a four-day weekend and waterfall in Australia during the Easter seasons. Some people catch a short break and some take the chance to spend moment with relatives and friends. Conventionally, people eat small, bread-like buns with raisins and spices. Several sport events are start on this season like the in Tasmania, the Three Peaks Race begins in the afternoon. This game is three-tiered which consist of a portion to be cruised and a portion to be run or walked. [1]

Good Friday 2012 in Singapore
Singapore Christians honor the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday with particular prayer services held at several churches of Singapore. A touching candlelit march bearing the form of the Jesus Christ takes position along Victoria Street at St. Joseph Church. This cathedral was made in the early part of the 20th century to replace an earlier cathedral built by the Portuguese mission to Singapore. Good Friday 2012 is a public holiday in Singapore. [1]

Good Friday 2012 in India
Good Friday 2012 is celebrated by Christians in India, and is a gazetted public holiday. Since Good Friday is a day of sadness, church services are held in the afternoon, with a bitter drink prepared from leaves, vinegar, and other ingredients. Many Christians in India also fast or abstain from meat on this day. [1]

Good Friday 2012 in Jamaica
Jamaican families traditionally gathered and go to cathedral. This worship in some denominations are marked by a time of fasting. Formerly, no foods were cooked in this occasion. Bread and fish are set from the evening and consumed on Good Friday, although some of the tradition has changed. Good Friday is a time of quiet prayer among some Christians and a day of mourning. Frequently, the candles are turns off and paintings, crosses and statues might be draped in purple, black or gray cloth. [1]

Good Friday 2012 in Canada
In Canada, hot cross breads are a conventional treat on this season. These are like small bread buns which done from dough which contains currants, raisins and some other desiccated fruit. The peak of hot cross breads is covered with a sugar glaze and marked with a cross. The cross might be slice in the bread or spotted with particular dough which stays pale even once it has been cooked. This bread rolls might be eaten as they’re, spread and split with margarine or toasted. [1]

Good Friday 2012 in United Kingdom
In United Kingdom, 2012 Good Friday is a bank holiday / public holiday. Several organizations and companies are closed, though some remain open. Generally, stores are open. Public transportation may function to their normal or a modified timetable. Because some people have a 4 days vacation at Easter and choose to travel, there can be several obstructions on the roads and trains. Also, there is no horse riding on this season. [1]

Good Friday 2012 in United States
In United States, Good Friday 2012 is not a federal holiday as in United Kingdom. However, 11 states (Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky-half day, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas-optional) observe Good Friday as state holiday. State and local government offices and courts are closed, as well as some banks and postal offices in these states. Financial markets, stock markets, some private businesses, and many other organizations are closed on this occasion. However, the majority of businesses are open on Good Friday, either full or half day. [1]

Did you know?
Good Friday 2012 is sometimes known (incorrectly) as Easter Friday 2012, probably referring to the fact that Good Friday is very much part of Easter festivities. [1]

Happy Good Friday 2012 Holiday !

Related Articles:
[1] 2012 Good Friday Observations Around The World (sgholiday.com)
 
 
 

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Inspiration for today

Thank you to my special friend Yelonda for sharing this with me.

Potato Chips

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.

His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted!
They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever..

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?”
He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? He’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”

Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, “dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?”

He replied “I ate potato chips in the park with God.” However, before his son responded, he added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!

Have lunch with God…….bring chips.

God still sits on the throne. You may be going through a tough time right now but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith!

Please pass this to people you want to be blessed. This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let’s continue to pray for one another.

Here is the prayer:

Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and e-mail buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
 
 
 

Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons
 
 

Favorite Quotes And Sayings, Words Of Inspiration And Encouragement From: Forwarded E-Mails
 
 

Start the Day: Words of Hope and Inspiration
 
 
 
 

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