Beginning With Him – July 2010

BEGINNING WITH HIM … JULY, 2010

A note from doug:

From time to time, at the beginning of the month, I like to send out a compilation message of various items I…ve accumulated over time.

Two months ago I mentioned that this ministry did not have enough money to last thru the end of May.

Thanks to the generousity of a few, I will be able to continue this ministry for a short time longer.

I also want to thank everyone who sent me e-mails about what this ministry means to them and how they use it to further God’s Kingdom.

Your kind words have convinced me to continue this ministry.

Thank you to all who continue to pray for this ministry, forward the messages onto others and financially support it.

Contributions can be made by check or online donation.

Contributions by check can be sent to:
E-Mail Ministry, Inc.
P.O. Box 6293
Plymouth, MI 48170

Online donations can be made via PayPal from the link at: https://emailministry.org/donate.asp

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THINKING OF YOU

I said a prayer for you today
And know God must have heard-
I felt the answer in my heart
Although He spoke no word.
I didn’t ask for wealth or fame,
I new you wouldn’t mind,
I asked Him to send treasures
Of a far more lasting kind.
I asked that He’d be near you
At the start of each new day
To grant you health and blessings
And friends to share your way.
I asked for happiness for you
In all things great and small
But it was for His loving care
I prayed the most of all!

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RIDDLE

A riddle to be solved….
….can you do it?

What is greater than God?
What is more evil than the devil?
The poor have it.
The rich need it.
If you eat it you will die?

This is all one riddle, with one answer. An interesting stat is that 70% of Stanford University students couldn’t work it out, however 80% of Kindergarten kids could.

The answer is at the end of this note, but no cheating

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TAKE THIS QUIZ

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

Wasn’t that much Easier?
What’s the lesson?

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

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QUOTES TO LIVE BY

1. Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind.
2. You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.
3. Love ……and you shall be loved.
4. God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.
5. All people smile in the same language.
6. A hug is a great gift. One size fits all. It can be given for any occasion and it’s easy to exchange.
7. Everyone needs to be loved…especially when they do not deserve it.
8. The real measure of a man’s wealth is what he has invested in

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A. S. A. P.

What a wonderful new meaning for ASAP and a great way to start the day.

Always Say A Prayer (A.S.A.P.) There’s work to do, deadlines to meet, you’ve got no time to spare, but as you hurry and scurry, always say a prayer. (ASAP)

In the midst of family chaos, “quality time” is rare. Do your best; let God do the rest: always say a prayer. (ASAP)

It may seem like your worries are more than you can bear. Slow down and take a breather – always say a prayer. (ASAP)

God knows how stressful life is; He wants to ease our cares, and He’ll respond a.s.a.p. (ASAP)

ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER

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TIME AND FRIENDS….

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out ALL OF IT, of course!!!!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.

Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly magazine.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE-SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time.

And remember that time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present!!!

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EIGHT GIFTS THAT DO NOT COST A CENT

1) THE GIFT OF LISTENING…
But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

2) THE GIFT OF AFFECTION…
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3) THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER…
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

4) THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE…
It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5) THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT…
A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

6) THE GIFT OF A FAVOR…
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

7) THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE…
There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8) THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION…
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

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RIDDLE ANSWER

“Nothing” is the correct answer.