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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Your Spirit Will Know Them!

A crutch is temporary until we are healed. It is not meant to be depended on for a lifetime. Know that our destiny is not tied to a crutch. Some Saints may find themselves dependent on others more so than they are on God. This can happen to any of us if we're not careful. Know that God will introduce people into your life-who will encourage and support you to move forward toward your destiny God has given you. Your spirit will know them when they appear. Losing a crutch is a gift from God! We don't need people in our lives who will try to limit us. Its been noted that some will leave you when you are no longer depended on them. If you are not willing to let people walk away-then you will never let God provide for you Himself. For the Scriptures says: "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs3:5-6)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Don't Give Up!

Depression is an enemy! Even our inner circle of friends can cause distress! External pressures from world events-can also cause you to see no light at the end of the tunnel. Fear not–for the Scriptures says: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2Timothy1:7) Even though you may feel that-you are at the end of your rope-God has resolution for your pain, a motive for your struggle and a gift for your faithfulness! Don't give up!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Obama Signs ABLE Act

With his signature, the president has paved the way for people with disabilities to open tax-free savings accounts where they can amass more than $2,000 without losing government benefits. President Barack Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act Friday before leaving Washington for the holidays. The new law will allow people with disabilities to open special accounts where they can save up to $100,000 without risking eligibility for Social Security and other government programs. What's more, individuals can keep their Medicaid coverage no matter how much money is accrued in an ABLE account. Modeled after 529 college savings plans, interest earned on savings will be tax-free. Funds accrued in the accounts can be used to pay for education, health care, transportation, housing and other expenses. To be eligible, individuals must have a condition that occurred before age 26 and each person may only open one ABLE account. Under current gift-tax limitations, as much as $14,000 could be deposited annually. People with disabilities may be able to start opening ABLE accounts as soon as 2015. However, some hurdles remain. While the new law alters federal rules to allow for ABLE accounts, each state must now put regulations in place - much as they have done for other types of 529 plans - so that financial institutions can make the new offering available. "We can't mandate that a state will create a 529, but given the lobby that we've seen, I think by the end of next year, I think we'll see this in every state," Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., one of the measure's chief sponsors, said on a recent call with reporters. The law's name was amended in recent weeks to honor Stephen Beck, Jr., a longtime proponent of the bill who died unexpectedly in early December.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Teach the children

Late one Christmas Eve, I sank back, tired but content, into my easy chair. The kids were in bed, the gifts were wrapped, the milk and cookies waited by the fireplace for Santa. As I sat back admiring the tree with its decorations, I couldn't help feeling that something important was missing. It wasn't long before the tiny twinkling tree lights lulled me to sleep. I don't know how long I slept, but all of a sudden I knew that I wasn't alone. I opened my eyes, and you can imagine my surprise when I saw Santa Claus himself standing next to my Christmas tree. He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot just as the poem described him, but he was not the "jolly old elf" of Christmas legend. The man who stood before me looked sad and disappointed, and there were tears in his eyes. "Santa, what's wrong?" I asked, "Why are you crying?" "It's the children," Santa replied sadly. "But Santa, the children love you," I said. "Oh, I know they love me, and they love the gifts I bring them," Santa said, "but the children of today seem to have somehow missed out on the true spirit of Christmas. It's not their fault. It's just that the adults, many of them not having been taught themselves, have forgotten to teach the children." "Teach them what?" I asked. Santa's kind old face became soft, more gentle. His eyes began to shine with something more than tears. He spoke softly. "Teach the children the true meaning of Christmas. Teach them that the part of Christmas we can see, hear, and touch is much more than meets the eye. Teach them the symbolism behind the customs and traditions of Christmas which we now observe. Teach them what it is they truly represent." Santa reached into his bag and pulled out a tiny Christmas tree and set it on my mantle. "Teach them about the Christmas tree. Green is the second color of Christmas. The stately evergreen, with its unchanging color, represents the hope of eternal life in Jesus. Its needles point heavenward as a reminder that mankind's thoughts should turn heavenward as well." Santa reached into his bag again and pulled out a shiny star and placed it at the top of the small tree. "The star was the heavenly sign of promise. God promised a Savior for the world and the star was the sign of the fulfillment of that promise on the night that Jesus Christ was born. Teach the children that God always fulfills His promises, and that wise men still seek Him." "Red," said Santa, "is the first color of Christmas." He pulled forth a red ornament for the tiny tree. "Red is deep, intense, vivid. It is the color of the life-giving blood that flows through our veins. It is the symbol of God's greatest gift. Teach the children that Christ gave His life and shed His blood for them that they might have eternal life. When they see the color red, it should remind them of that most wonderful Gift." Santa found a silver bell in his pack and placed it on the tree. "Just as lost sheep are guided to safety by the sound of the bell, it continues to ring today for all to be guided to the fold. Teach the children to follow the true Shepherd, who gave His life for the sheep." Santa placed a candle on the mantle and lit it. The soft glow from its one tiny flame brightened the room. "The glow of the candle represents how people can show their thanks for the gift of God's Son that Christmas Eve long ago. Teach the children to follow in Christ's foot steps... to go about doing good. Teach them to let their light so shine before people that all may see it and glorify God. This is what is symbolized when the twinkling lights shine on the tree like hundreds of bright, shining candles, each of them representing one of God's precious children, their light shining for all to see." Again Santa reached into his bag and this time he brought forth a tiny red and white striped cane. As he hung it on the tree he spoke softly. "The candy cane is a stick of hard white candy: white to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock the foundation of the church, and the firmness of God's promises. The candy cane is in the form of a 'J' to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth. It also represents the Good Shepherd's crook, which He uses to reach down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray. The original candy cane had three small red stripes, which are the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed, and a large red stripe that represents the shed blood of Jesus, so that we can have the promise of eternal life." "Teach these things to the children." Santa brought out a beautiful wreath made of fresh, fragrant greenery tied with a bright red bow. "The bow reminds us of the bond of perfection, which is love. The wreath embodies all the good things about Christmas for those with eyes to see and hearts to understand. It contains the colors of red and green and the heaven-turned needles of the evergreen. The bow tells the story of good will towards all and its color reminds us of Christ's sacrifice. Even its very shape is symbolic, representing eternity and the eternal nature of Christ's love. It is a circle, without beginning and without end. These are the things you must teach the children." I asked, "But where does that leave you, Santa?" The tears gone now from his eyes, a smile broke over Santa's face. "Why bless you, my dear," he laughed, "I'm only a symbol myself. I represent the spirit of family fun and the joy of giving and receiving. If the children are taught these other things, there is no danger that I'll ever be forgotten." "I think I'm beginning to understand." "That's why I came," said Santa. "You're an adult. If you don't teach the children these things, then who will?" (Author Unknown)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Los hombres y la edad

De los 10 a los 15 es mono: vive pelando la "banana". De los 16 a los 20 es jirafa: se come las "florecillas". De los 21 a los 30 es buitre: se come todo lo que se le atraviese. De los 31 a los 40 es aguila: escoge todo lo que se va a comer. De los 41 a los 50 es papagayo: habla más de lo que come. De los 51 a los 60 es lobo: persigue a caperucita pero se come a la abuela. De los 61 a los 70 es cigarra: canta, canta y no come nada. De los 71 a los 80 es cóndor: con-dolor aquí, con-dolor allá... De los 81 en adelante es paloma: sólo caga.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Orientación

Resulta que un borrachito regresaba a su casa después de estar hasta altas horas de la mañana, y se topa con un policía en el camino, y le pregunta: - Disculpe que lo moleste, pero me puede decir, ¿cuántos golpes tengo en la frente? El policía responde: - Ya tienes tres golpes. Y le borrachito dice: - Entonces, me faltan dos postes para llegar a mi casa.