ENCOURAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS & TEACHERS FOR THE 2015 SCHOOL YEAR

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS & TEACHERS

FOR THE 2015 SCHOOL YEAR

 

TO THE STUDENTS

STUDENTS, MAXIMIZE YOUR EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

STUDENTS – MAXIMIZE YOUR EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

 

BE ENCOURAGED TO:

Study your work every day

Treat your teachers, administrators, custodial staff and fellow students with respect

Understand and keep foremost in your minds that main reason you are at school is to learn

Do not hang out with anyone who will pull you away from what you know is right and hinder your success

Encourage your peers to do well and behave well

Never be afraid to ask questions

Take advantage of available extra classes and get involved in at least one extra-curricular activity

Set personal goals, aim high and stay focused

 

 

TO THE TEACHERS

TEACHERS WE APPRECIATE YOU!

 TEACHERS – KNOW FROM THE START THAT WE APPRECIATE YOU!

 

BE ENCOURAGED TO:

Teach with precision, purpose and passion

Encourage your students to maximize their abilities and soar

Acknowledge and praise all progress no matter how big or small

Choose to be the change you want to see – your actions will speak louder than any words you may say

Handle “problem students” with firmness, compassion, and care; remember there’s a story behind every story

Ensure you know your limits and take mini breaks to de-stress if you feel tempted to explode

Remember you have a strong, potentially life-altering influence on your students so use it well

Support each other when the going gets tough

 

 

TO THE STUDENTS & THE TEACHERS

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!”

(Proverbs 3:5-7 – The Message Bible)

HAVE A PRODUCTIVE, ENJOYABLE, ENRICHING, SUCCESSFUL 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR!

Blessings to all!

Kim

 

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A BACK TO SCHOOL PRAYER FOR OUR STUDENTS & TEACHERS FOR 2015-2016

A BACK TO SCHOOL PRAYER FOR OUR STUDENTS & TEACHERS FOR 2015-2016

FATHER WE PLACE OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS BEFORE YOU

FATHER WE NEED YOU!

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the opportunity of another school year, a new beginning, a clean page, a fresh start.

Give our students and teachers a mind to work hard and the will, courage and grace to do well as they aim for excellence. Help them to make the most of each opportunity presented, and to put their best foot forward no matter the circumstance.

When things get difficult, grant them a spirit of perseverance to push through and not give up. May their faith not fail in times of trial, but indeed grow stronger. May they know that You are their God, their very present help in times of trouble even in the academic arena.

Cover our students and teachers in the precious blood of Jesus. Bless, keep and protect them. Shield them from all harm and danger and let your warring angels encamp around them and guard them in all of their ways.

Grant them discernment to see, and strategies to foil the plans of the enemy and to avoid every trap set by him. Help them not to be deceived by any doctrine, philosophy, or trend that tries to exalt itself above the Truth of Your Word; even if exposed to their minds, may it not enter their hearts. Let the Truth of Your Word always reign in their innermost being.

Help our students and teachers to work in an atmosphere of unity and cooperation. Should disagreement or conflict arise, empower peacemakers and ministers of reconciliation to move speedily and wisely to restore peace, harmony and order. May there be no room for violence or abuse on any level.

Strengthen and comfort those students and teachers who are coming from homes or personal situations filled with strife and trauma. Strengthen and comfort those who are secretly hurting and broken within, but still have to show up, focus, and do their duties.

Touch these students and teachers like only You can. By your grace, enable them to work well in spite of their situations. Intervene on their behalf. Minister to their needs seen and unseen. Let them know Your love and presence in a special way.

Father, remind each student and teacher of their responsibility to represent You well as Ambassadors of Your Kingdom. Let Your power and anointing rest upon them making them distinct and different, demonstrating godly character and principles.

Remind them that they are salt and light on their school campuses with an assignment to advance your Kingdom and influence those in their environment for Your honor and glory. May lives be changed, hearts transformed and your plans and purposes established as they obey Your will.

Father, thank You for all that You did during the past school years, known and unknown, and thank You in advance for what You will do in this 2015-2016 school year. We ask and pray these things in no other name but the mighty Name of Jesus, amen.

 

“WE NEED YOU LORD” – JONATHAN BUTLER

 

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REMEMBER, WHEN YOU GO TO WORK TODAY………

REMEMBER, WHEN YOU GO INTO WORK TODAY……….

 

"REPRESENT CHRIST WELL AT WORK"

“REPRESENT CHRIST WELL AT WORK”

When you go into work today,

See things from God’s view

Know the Holy Spirit is with you to help you

Remember God is on your side.

"REPRESENT CHRIST WELL AT WORK"

“REPRESENT CHRIST WELL AT WORK”

When you go into work today,

Have an attitude of gratitude

Let the joy of the Lord be your strength

Let His peace within radiate without.

"REPRESENT CHRIST WELL AT WORK"

“REPRESENT CHRIST WELL AT WORK”

When you go into work today,

Work as unto the Lord

Walk in honesty and integrity

Decide to walk in love.

"REPRESENT CHRIST WELL AT WORK"

“REPRESENT CHRIST WELL AT WORK”

When you go into work today,

Speak life and not death into the atmosphere

Respect your coworkers no matter their position

Honor your relationship with your spouse.

"REPRESENT CHRIST WELL AT WORK"

“REPRESENT CHRIST WELL AT WORK”

When you go into work today,

Know you are salt and light

Be on alert for Kingdom assignments

Remember you represent Christ.

'REPRESENT CHRIST WEL T WORK"

“REPRESENT CHRIST WELL AT WORK”

When you go into work today,

Know that your enemies are not flesh and blood

Know that no weapon formed against you shall prosper

Let your test become your testimony to the praise and honor of God.

 

 

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

I Peter 1:9 (KJV)

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him”.

Colossians 3:17 (KJV)

Be encouraged!

Kim

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WHAT MESSAGE ARE YOU GIVING TO THOSE YOU WORK WITH?

WHAT MESSAGE ARE YOU GIVING TO THOSE YOU WORK WITH?

WHAT YOU DO OR DON'T DO SAYS A  LOT TO OTHERS ABOUT YOU

WHAT YOU DO OR DON’T DO AT WORK SAYS A LOT TO OTHERS ABOUT YOU

 

WHAT YOU LAUGH AT,

WHAT YOU LOOK AT,

WHAT YOU ALLOW OTHERS TO SHOW YOU,

SAYS A LOT TO OTHERS ABOUT YOU.

 

ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER,

ABOUT YOUR MORALS,

ABOUT YOUR STANDARDS,

ABOUT HOW SERIOUSLY YOU TAKE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.

 

IF SOMEONE YOU WORK WITH IS COMFORTABLE SENDING YOU, A KNOWN BELIEVER, RAUNCHY EMAIL,

IF SOMEONE YOU WORK WITH IS COMFORTABLE TELLING YOU, A KNOWN BELIEVER, DIRTY JOKES,

IF SOMEONE YOU WORK WITH IS COMFORTABLE SHOWING YOU, A KNOWN BELIEVER,  PORNOGRAPHIC IMAGES,

YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF WHY.

 

WHY ARE THEY COMFORTABLE DOING THIS?

WHAT MESSAGES HAVE I GIVEN TO THEM DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY THROUGH MY CONVERSATIONS AND/OR MY BEHAVIOR TO MAKE THEM THINK THAT DOING THIS IS OKAY? 

WHERE HAVE I DROPPED THE BALL IN THIS REGARD?

 

WHAT YOU LAUGH AT,

WHAT YOU LOOK AT,

WHAT YOU ALLOW OTHERS TO SHOW YOU,

SAYS A LOT TO OTHERS ABOUT YOU.

 

ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER,

ABOUT YOUR MORALS,

ABOUT YOUR STANDARDS,

ABOUT HOW SERIOUSLY YOU TAKE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.

 

MAN OF GOD……WOMAN OF GOD,

WHAT MESSAGE ARE YOU GIVING TO THOSE YOU WORK WITH?

 

REMEMBER, WE ARE CALLED TO BE ATMOSPHERIC CHANGERS, NOT TO LET OUR ATMOSPHERES CHANGE US.

SELAH!

 

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.

(Matthew 5:13-16 – Amplified Bible)

“Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked.” 

(Proverbs 25:25 – Amplified Bible).

 

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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SO YOU WANT A PROMOTION……..

SO YOU WANT A PROMOTION……

 

Getting Ahead at Work

GETTING AHEAD AT WORK

 

I originally posted the following in November of 2011 under the title “Promotion and Getting Ahead in the Workplace” and I am re-posting it because someone needs to read it today.

PROMOTION AND GETTING AHEAD IN THE WORKPLACE

The workplace is very competitive when it comes to getting ahead or positioning oneself for promotion.

In many environments there is often a “dog eat dog” mentality, a “claw your way to the top no matter who you hurt, mash-up or stand on to get there” mentality, a “the only way to get promoted is to play the game” mentality, even if playing the game requires lying, deception, compromising personal ethics, or sex with the boss.

The unspoken rule is as long as I get the position or increase that I want, the means justifies the end.

THIS MAY BE THE WORLD’S WAY OF SEEKING A PROMOTION OR GETTING AHEAD, BUT NOT SO IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Colossians 3:23, 24 states, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Psalms 75:6, 7 states, “For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up. But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another.”

In the Kingdom of God, our mandate is to work as unto the Lord and rest on the promise that our reward and promotion comes from Him.

This means that as Kingdom Citizens, our greatest concern should not be with pleasing man and how man perceives our work, but with pleasing God and how God perceives our work because God is our ultimate Employer and rewarder and when He says it is time for a financial or positional promotion, no one can stop it!

MAN OF GOD, WOMAN OF GOD, WHEN IT COMES TO PROMOTION AND GETTING AHEAD IN THE WORKPLACE, REST IN THE KING’S WAY INSTEAD OF BEING STRESSED IN THE WORLD’S WAY.

“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right,  for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint”

(Galatians 6:9 – Amplified Bible)

“As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.”

(Proverbs 27:18 – NLT)

Be encouraged!

Kim

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BACK TO SCHOOL ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TEACHERS

BACK TO SCHOOL ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TEACHERS

TEACHERS - HAVE A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL YEAR!

TEACHERS – HAVE A SAFE & SUCCESSFUL YEAR!

 

Teach well

Expect good results

Always walk in love

Cast all your cares upon the Lord

Have sanity breaks

Elevate mindsets, attitudes, and self-esteem

Remember each child is a gift from God

Set the example you want to see

 

You are needed.

You are appreciated.

You are a powerful influence.

 

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!”

(Proverbs 3:5-6 – The Message Bible)

 

Walk worthy of your calling and have a safe and successful year!

 

Kim

 

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HOW TO DEAL WITH WORKPLACE ENEMIES

HOW TO DEAL WITH WORKPLACE ENEMIES

DO YOY HAVE A WORKPLACE ENEMY?

DO YOU HAVE A WORKPLACE ENEMY?

Enemy – “A person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent.” 

(Dictionary.com)

The following is a post I wrote in April of 2010 called “How To Deal With Workplace Enemies”.

I felt impressed to re-blog it tonight for someone who is experiencing difficulties in the workplace as a result of an enemy.

Be encouraged.

Be motivated.

Be blessed!

Kim

 

How to Deal with Workplace Enemies as Kingdom Ambassadors

If you have not done so already, at some point in your work experience you will encounter an enemy.

You will come under the fire of a person or persons who for some reason or the other do not like you, hold a grudge against you, or even hate you, and who will not hesitate to demonstrate this to you in some tangible way.

As Kingdom citizens we are not exempt from the attacks of workplace enemies.

Over the years I have seen, and in quite a few instances been, the recipient of many types of antagonistic behavior maliciously unleashed in the workplace; some of you probably have too.

I have seen persons:-

Ignore others as if they do not exist just because they don’t like them

Purposefully spread gossip about others to damage their reputations

Craftily hinder others from effectively carrying out their duties

Unnecessarily report others to their superiors in an effort to get them reprimanded or fired

Place others on difficult shifts in order to frustrate them to the point of leaving a job

Deny persons favor or help that could easily be given to them

Belittle others

Accost others

Needlessly embarrass others

Physically fight others

I wish that I could say that Believers were never perpetrators and or active participants in such behavior, but unfortunately to our shame, this has not been the case.

It is not always easy to deal with enemies in the workplace. When someone attacks us in some manner at work, no matter how saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost we may be, if the situation gets “hot” enough, at some point our flesh wants to spring into action and retaliate.

It will tell us things like, “Don’t get mad, get even”, “Fix their business”, “Give them a piece of your mind”, “Don’t take that, cuss them out”, “Punch him”, “Slap her”, “Slam down the phone”, “Get him fired”, “Don’t even look her way anymore”, etc.

To make matters more difficult, sometimes others who are privy to situations often add fuel to the fire by making comments or suggestions like, “I noticed how Mr. Seymour put you down in the meeting again; if I were you I’d deny his vacation when he comes to request it” or “Every time you say good morning to Ms. Brown she ignores you, I don’t know why you waste your time speaking to disgusting people like her.”

If we are honest, sometimes these types of responses are very tempting, but all the while somewhere inside, we can sense the Holy Spirit warning us against such a path, and urging us to take the higher road.

So the question is, as Kingdom Ambassadors, what are we to do when we encounter enemies in the workplace? How are we to handle them? How have you been handling them?

As with any other situation that we may face in any area of our lives, when we encounter an enemy in the workplace, the first thing to do is to pray. Pray for strength and guidance and then search the Bible to see what the Word, the constitution of God’s Kingdom, has to say about the situation.

Once we find the relevant scriptures, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we need to read, study, meditate on (which Biblically, actually means to murmur and mutter to oneself), verbalize, memorize, and apply them to our situation daily.

When it comes to dealing with enemies in the workplace, there are many relevant and helpful scriptures with powerful Kingdom principles.

Today we will just look at three, which in and of themselves, if applied would tremendously impact our lives, our enemies lives, as well as the lives of others who may be observing the situation, all to the glory of God.

In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus, our King admonishes us to handle our enemies in a specific way. Jesus states,

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (The Message Bible)

In Matthew 6:14, 15, Jesus states,

“For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.” (Amplifed Bible).

In Romans 12:19, the Apostle Paul writes,

“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” (New King James Version)

Hold on a minute now. Are you are saying that I am supposed to love, forgive, pray for, give and be kind to Marilyn, the woman who keeps undermining me and to Gary, the man who keeps insulting me at every meeting?

Are you saying that I am not to get back at them or treat them as I think they deserve to be treated because of their actions toward me? Yes! Based on the authority of the above scriptures, that’s exactly what I am saying.

Jesus set the ultimate example of how to deal with an enemy in the way that he dealt with Judas. From before the foundation of the world was laid He knew that Judas’ would betray Him, yet he still discipled Judas, fellowshipped with him, fed him, washed his feet, and ultimately called him his friend.

Wow! What a way to treat an enemy!

How could Jesus do all of that for the man who would betray him? How could He call him “friend”?

He could call him friend because in carrying out his role as an enemy and betraying Jesus, he was actually carrying out God’s purpose.

Hmm…..could it be that the enemy you are encountering at work is a part of God’s purpose for your life?

Could it be that God is allowing the situation in order to stimulate changes in your character? Could it be that He is endeavoring to cultivate a higher level of spiritual maturity in you in some area; perhaps to further develop patience, kindness, gentleness, and/or self-control? Could it be that the person is in your life as a “fruit cultivating tool”?

Selah!

When you encounter an enemy in the workplace, be encouraged to meditate on relevant scriptures and prayerfully look at your situation. Ask yourself,

What may God be trying to work out of me?

What aspect of Christ’s character might He be seeking to develop in me?

What has come to the surface from within me as a result of the person’s actions toward me?

Is it God-like or flesh-like?

Is there a spirit of retaliation and vengeance dominating my thoughts, words, and/or actions toward this person, or is there love,  forgiveness and a sense of peace in spite of their actions, knowing that vengeance belongs to the Lord?

To be effective Kingdom Ambassadors in the workplace, to be effective representatives of Jesus Christ and of the Kingdom of God, we must agape our enemies; we must love them with the God-kind of love.

Remember, according to Ephesians 6:12, it is not flesh and blood that we are fight against but spirits so if we must war, let’s use the weapons of prayer and praise. If we must fight, let’s fight the good fight of faith. If we must do something, let’s by the power of the Holy Spirit, let our actions be governed by the Word of God.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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THE CHOICE

THE CHOICE

"THERE IS NO SUCCESS IN A CAREER THAT CAN MAKE UP FOR FAILURE IN A FAMILY" - JOSEPHUS JIMINEZ

“THERE IS NO SUCCESS IN A CAREER THAT CAN MAKE UP FOR FAILURE IN A FAMILY”         ATTY. JOSEPHUS JIMINEZ

 

The following is a post written by Atty. Josephus Jiminez that I read on MountainWings.com.

I am re-blogging it because it has a powerful message for us all when it comes to choices relative to work vs family.

Read and be challenged, encouraged and blessed!…Kim

 

THE CHOICE

EVERY moment in life, we are faced with a choice.

Which should command our preference–the demands of our job or the duties to our family?

If there is a board meeting today at the same hours that our son graduates from school, where should we go — to the boardroom or to the graduation ceremony?

If we have to make a very important presentation tomorrow, so as to advance our career, but your wife says she has to see the doctor on a suspicion of cancer, which appointment should we keep?

These are the daily battles of conscience we have to wage, trying to keep a balance between our responsibility to earn a living and our opportunity to live a life.

And our choices invariably reveal who we really are.

Our preferences indicate our true character.

Our priorities are the best indicators of our real identity.

What profits success?

I know that many of you out there would go for career on the pretension that after all, you are doing all these for the family.

Many of you, dear readers, would rather become outstanding employees, model personnel instead of being doting fathers or loving husbands.

Many of you would opt to perform exceedingly well in the office even if you work 12 to 16 hours a day, going home only to change clothes or catch a few hours of sleep.

But what for? At the end of the day, what have you accomplished?

What profits a highly successful professional or wealthy businessman if ultimately, he loses his family, wrecks his marriage or dishonors the name he will leave to his children?

What has a rich man accomplished if he has built a fortune and founded conglomerates of highly profitable companies and yet drives his own wife to vices or infidelity, his children to drugs and delinquency and himself to spiritual decay and total burnout?

What matters most?

Look around you. The evidence is overwhelming and irreversible.

Families are shattered.

Marriages are broken.

Lives are reduced to utter emptiness.

Even as man advances in wealth and success, he deteriorates on the basic standards of joy, peace and serenity. As we all compete and struggle for power and possessions, we often neglect what really matters most. In our insatiable mania for supremacy over the rest, we often forget the most important things in life.

I will respect your choice. But as for me, my priorities are clear. Between career and family, I will always go for family.

I can forego that board meeting and earn the ire of my boss or make a bad impression on my peers. But I shall not inflict a lifetime trauma on my son by sending him alone to graduate without his dad. I can forget that business presentation and lose a valued client or waste a career promotion, but I cannot leave my wife alone in her moments of anxiety.

Meaningless?

Why should a well-known public figure commit suicide given all his fame and fortune? Can his wealth and wisdom compensate for ruptures in his relationships?

Why should a wife of a famous politician commit adultery with the family driver? Is it lust or vain fixation for the pleasures of the flesh? Or is it the pain of being neglected and ignored by the husband she used to adore?

Why should a son cut his wrist or a daughter drink poison despite all the luxuries and pleasures they are showered with?

Can money replace love?

Can pleasure take the place of affections?

In this age of top line technology and convenience gadgets, why are humans talking to computers rather than with each other? Why are we retrenching people and replacing them with robots and machines?

Why have we lost the simple joys of nurturing relationships with bank tellers because we have replaced them with ATMs?

Why, with all our cells, e-mails, Internets, websites or the endemic texting, are we no longer communicating? Why are family members no longer talking to each other?

The ultimate hell?

To succeed in career and fail in the family is, to me, the ultimate hell.

John Grisham, that famous author of legal fictions wrote “The Testament,” which tells of a highly successful industrialist who made billions of dollars but lost his family.

In the first 10 pages of the novel, he jumped to his death from his multi-story building in front of his self-centered children. By his will, he disinherited all of them and bequeathed his entire estate to an illegitimate daughter who refused to accept it.

That is the ultimate irony; those who lusted for money lost it.

Those who were given all the money refused it.

In all his dozen masterpieces, Grisham tells us about the importance of family. “A Time to Kill” tells of a father who went to jail for killing his daughter’s rapists.

Indeed, we who are simple folks should learn from the mistakes of others. We should straighten our lives and put our priorities in order.

I don’t know about you.

But as for me and my house, our credo is: There is no success in a career that can make up for a failure in the family.

 

By Atty. Josephus Jimenez

Writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer 

Source – http://www.mountainwings.com/past/3290.htm

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DON’T QUIT

DON’T QUIT

DON'T

DON’T QUIT!

 

If you feel like giving up today, I have a message for you “don’t quit!”

The following poem has been around for many, many years yet it continues to inspire people worldwide as if written today.

Whatever your situation, may it stimulate, motivate, encourage, inspire, influence, rouse, move, stir, energize, incite you not to give up, not to quit.

 

DON’T QUIT

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, 


When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, 


When the funds are low and the debts are high, 


And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, 


When care is pressing you down a bit, 


Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

 

Life is queer with its twists and turns, 


As every one of us sometimes learns, 


And many a failure turns about, 


When he might have won had he stuck it out,

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,

You may succeed with another blow.

 

Often the goal is nearer than, 


It seems to a faint and faltering man, 


Often the struggler has given up, 


When he might have captured the victor’s cup,


And he learned too late when the night slipped down, 


How close he was to the golden crown.

 

Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, 


And you never can tell how close you are, 


It may be near when it seems so far, 


So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,  


It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

 

– Author unknown –

 

Remember, the darkest hour is just before dawn. 

Don’t quit!

 

 

“DON’T GIVE UP”- BY KOHSHI KISHITA & GOSPEL NOW JAPAN

“THE BEST IS YET TO COME” – BY DONALD LAWRENCE

“THE BEST IS YET TO COME” – MARTHA MUNIZZI 

 

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.”

(Galatians 6:9 – The Message Bible)

 

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

Copyright © 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Video “Don’t Give Up” by Kohshi Kishita & Gospel Now Japan courtesy of Yusuke Shibata – http://www.youtube.com

Video “The Best Is Yet To Come” by Donald Lawrence courtesy of rabbit2071 – http://www.youtube.com

Video “The Best Is Yet To Come” by Martha Munizzi courtesy of Martha Munizzi – http://www.youtube.com

 

 

 

CHALLENGES?……….BELIEVE GOD

CHALLENGES?………BELIEVE GOD

 

"BELIEVE GOD"

“BELIEVE GOD!”

 

Challenges with your children?

Challenges with your spouse?

Challenges with your family?

BELIEVE GOD.

 

Challenges with your friends?

Challenges with your job?

Challenges with your finances?

BELIEVE GOD.

 

Challenges with your health?

Challenges with your mind?

Challenges with your emotions?

BELIEVE GOD.

 

Challenges with your ministry?

Challenges with your community?

Challenges with your country?

BELIEVE GOD.

 

What does His Word say?

What is He speaking in your heart?

What has He spoken through a prophetic word?

BELIEVE GOD.

 

BELIEVE GOD! 

BELIEVE GOD!

BELIEVE GOD!

 

“I Believe God” – Kurt Carr & Kurt Carr Singers

 

“I Believe God” – Martha Munizzi

 

THE WORK IS TO BELIEVE.

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Video “I Believe” by Kurt Carr courtesy of SistaQueen88 – http://www.youtube.com

Video “I Believe God” by Martha Munizzi courtesy of growzie1 –  http://www.youtube.com