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Archive for September, 2008

Why are you His favorite?

You are only allowed to comment if you are willing to say some positive things about yourself. Please comment. It will be good for your heart to admit that God really does like you and think you are special. I read a quote the other day that said, “You are unique, just like everyone else.” Ha! I like that. You are unique … and God loves you for it.

What is something you love about yourself … something others love about you … something strangers can see … something no one knows … something God loves?

I’ll go first:

Myself? … I love that I can make myself laugh and that I’m easily entertained. The voice I hear in my head might scare others if they could hear it … but it cracks me up all the time.

Others? … I’m easy. I am not real hard to get along with. I am quiet until I get to know you, but after that I’m pretty easy-going and flexible.

Strangers? … I’m polite. I try to understand the stress others might be under and be a pleasant part of their day. I open the door, help carry things, smile.

No one? … if I told you then someone would know, and that would ruin it.

God? … I think God loves my honesty. I’m not much of a chit-chatter, but when it comes to “real” talk … I will be honest. I spent a lot of my life being less than honest and I’m trying to make up for that.

Your turn …

You decide …

1. Energizer Bunny arrested, charged with battery.
2. Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling.
3. Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
4. The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
5. It’s easier to get forgiveness than permission.
(This is the wisdom that was passed down from my dad.)
Which one of these do you like the best?
I have to say that #4 baffled me a little. Is it saying that the greatest pleasure is doing what you’re not supposed to do … like breaking the rules, or doing something challenging that someone has said you can’t do?
Which do you get the most pleasure out of … breaking the rules … or overcoming a challenge? 🙂

Practical Jokes … Funny or Frustrating?

Why do we call them practical jokes?

A practical joke or prank is a stunt or trick to purposely make someone feel foolish or victimized, usually for humor. The term “practical” refers to the fact that the joke consists of someone doing something (a practice), rather than a verbal or written joke. A practical joke can be caused by the victim falling for a prank, the victim stumbling into a prank, the prankster forcing a prank on the victim, the prankster causing others to do something to the victim, or even causing the victim to do something to others.

Do you like when you are the victim?

I personally do not. Now I don’t mind when someone, who may remain nameless, messes with my seat at church. If they were to perhaps: put a baby chair in my spot, collapse the table onto my chair, turn my chair upside down, place my chair on the tabletop etc … I would not mind … and might even chuckle.

But I do not like when they embarrass me or tear up my stuff. When I was in elementary school we had a soccer slumber party. While I was sleeping they put my knee pads in water and then put them into the freezer. Being the child that I was … not really seeing an easy solution of thawing them out … I bent them and actually broke the inside padding in half. My mom made me wear them … they were not quite as effective as they had been prior to the incident.

Do you like when you are the prankster?

The best one I think I was ever a part of was when I worked at a bank in Illinois. My friend and I worked in the drive-thru and a very high strung girl worked in the lobby. One day my friend brought about 10 pennies that she had glued together in a line. We put them on the lobby girl’s tray with some loose pennies on top. When she got down to the glued pennies we thought she would laugh and think we were very “practical”. She, however, did not. She thought they were her pennies and that she was not going to balance at the end of the day … it was 10 cents … not a big deal … really. But we never admitted to doing it because it blew up so big. She came to the drive-thru to use the phone. We heard her telling her husband to be ready because she was going to need a drink when she got home. Sheesh! I’m so glad we didn’t glue her Sacajawea dollars together … she would have probably had a seizure.

What practical jokes have you been a part of? In general, do you think they are funny … or immature and annoying?

*** The workplace is the most common site of practical jokes. Don’t worry boss, I’m too lazy to try any of these.

Answered Prayer

I found this story as I was surfing the internet this morning. We’ve been seeing a lot of prayers answered lately … specific needs are being met … it is so good to see people’s faith increase. We are learning that whether the answer is “yes”, “no”, or “wait” God is looking out for what is best for us.

This answered prayer should go to the top of the list.

Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. That’s what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went ‘boing!’ and the kitten instantly sailed through the air – out of sight.

The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they’d seen a little kitten.No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten. So he prayed, “Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping,” and went on about his business.

A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, “Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?” She replied,”You won’t believe this,” and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing.

Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, “Well, if God gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it.” She told the pastor, “I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won’t believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her.”

Who sent me this?

Last night I was checking my email. I get an email that has no return address it just says from your #1 friend. I hesitated to open it because of all the viruses around now. But my curiousity got the best of me so I opened it. It made me smile … and then laugh. Whoever sent me this … thank you. It gave me a much needed laugh. 

What’s something random that someone has done for you that made you smile?