Feelings: Life and the Unknown

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Have you ever reflected on how much you want things to be as easy or as stable as they were yesterday?

And inevitably, they are not.

The new school year is starting and already things are different. New teachers. New rules. New procedures. New schedules.

Same old materials.

Time to be resourceful.

Time to innovate.

Time to be proactive.

Sometimes you don’t have it in you. Sometimes you do.

Sometimes the other constraints around you and out of your control impede on the good you want to do.

In our minds, we all know what is right, but as the Bible says, “The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Lord, strengthen our flesh so that we can live out the days of our lives as good examples for Christ. Give us energy despite the things in life that drain and drag us down. Help us to remember former times of hardship and bear up under the weight. Help us to be realistic and honest about what we are working with and help us to be fair with one another.

Please forgive us for longing for days of old and help us to make the future as useful as it can be. Forgive us for missed opportunities and help us to see clearly for the opportunities we have in the future.

Bless us to not let our emotions and circumstances control us, but to do as Paul and press forward toward the mark of the high calling in Jesus Christ.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

-R.S.

Take Refuge in the Lord and Rejoice

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Scripture to read today: 2 Timothy Chapters 1 & 2 and Psalms 5.

Pray for others and pray for mercy for them. Pray for all leaders and pray for those who love the Lord. Pray for your enemies and pray for your protection. Pray for the discouraged and pray for help.

With love,

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Affirmations For Pregnant Women ❤

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I was researching videos on pregnancy and thoroughly enjoyed this one!

 Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

God has blessed you with a new life and He will provide! Trust, listen, and obey!

The Self-Funded Latina Haircare Co. Beating Big Name Brands | by Supermaker | Supermaker.com | Medium

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Today, we chat with Julissa Prado, founder and CEO of Rizos Curls, a curly-hair product line whose mission is to help their customers embrace their natural curly hair texture. I went to UCLA and…
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EVERYTHING IN TIME

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How can someone so smart,turn out quite so stupid too?How come someone so lovedcould turn out quite so cruel? There are ever circumstances;and ever …

EVERYTHING IN TIME

Good Read: “…in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

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This article was written in the beginning of the pandemic. It chronicles how the changes rolled out so quickly and the messages of joy in spite of the trouble.

“The Syllabus of Stewardship” by Pastor Howard-John Wesley

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The Parable of the Talents

We are the managers of the talents and gifts that God has given us and nothing in our life is a permanent possession. It is all a gift from God and a result of His goodness! God expects a return on His investment in us. At Judgment, we will be rewarded for what we have done in this body, good or bad.

Praying to be a good steward in the name of Jesus!

-R.S.

HOW TO REPENT — DINING WITH JESUS PRODUCTIONS

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Translate this site into your preferred language, look for our Google translator in our home page: diningwithjesus.net Traduce este sitio en tu idioma preferido, busca nuestro traductor de Google en nuestra página de inicio ve a: diningwithjesus.net Pastor Chris White says to all of you: HELLO MY FRIENDS. May the Lord bless you today. HOLA […]

HOW TO REPENT — DINING WITH JESUS PRODUCTIONS

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My mother, audacious and vivacious, decorated my childhood with painted clay vase projects, where we mixed water and flour in our hands and baked the little half moon dishes while we ate Chips Ahoy and Oreo cookies. She would have us make magnets out of multicolored pieces and she showed us how creativity makes life great. 

VIPKid Teachers: What Colors To Wear

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Hello World!

VIPKid teahcers teach English as a Second Language to Chinese students of different ages and mastery levels.

This article is to teach you what to wear to make the biggest positive impact on your students.

I have found success wearing red sweaters or red lipstick. If this is your first time hearing about VIPKid, it is an online platform that provides curriculum to teachers to teach ESOL. You have flexibility of choosing your own schedule,

You can use my referral code if you would like to join:

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https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/culture/lucky-numbers-and-colors-in-chinese-culture.htm

I cooked rice and Brussels sprouts and Parmesan crusted fish (recipe here Herb-crusted fish with rice).  It was absolutely divine! My two year-old did NOT think so, he wanted no parts of the rice or fish and definitely not the Brussels sprouts! I tried to calmly continue eating, but I literally had no Earthly idea what this child would eat because the cabinets were stocked with cereals, pancake mix, and oatmeal; all too sweet to be considered a healthy toddler supper. He ran from the dinner table to Elmo, playing in Daddy and Mama’s bedroom (the #1 spot where all kids want to be).

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2 Peter 1:4-9

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Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2 Peter 1:4-9 KJV
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Are You Extraordinary?

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Flashback!

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Recently, I have been examining the theme of satisfaction versus dissatisfaction. How many of you can remember a time when you were incredibly blessed with something new, needed, incredible, miraculous, or long-awaited, only to arrive at this beautiful, climatic moment with a Womp-Womp-Womp reception? Maybe for you, it was the last day of the semester, the promotion,the move, the holiday you finally got to host, the “Wedding Day”, or the healing of a medical condition. Celebration is honey to the heart. It soothes the gashes of drudgery, like honey binds our physical scratches. Its sweetness blends in with our blood and stops the bleeding. Honey is good on toast, berries, and fried chicken; it is smooth in hot tea or lemon-water. Bees produce it, Yogi Bear and Winnie-the-Pooh can’t get enough of it!

HEART HONEY=CELEBRATION

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Repost: “WHY REPENTANCE DOESN’T MEAN YOU WON’T THINK ABOUT I T OR WANT IT ANYMORE”

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I hope this short piece sets someone free of their guilt. Repentance DOESN’T mean that you’ll never think of your sin anymore. But, it DOES mean that you won’t linger on those thoughts when they enter your mind. Repentance DOESN’T meant that you won’t desire the sin anymore…Because the enemy will continue to use any […]

WHY REPENTANCE DOESN’T MEAN YOU WON’T THINK ABOUT IT OR WANT IT ANYMORE… — BE BLESSTIFIED!

Mental Health in Marriage Ep. 2 — Mommy’s Mental Hangover

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Tonight we discuss how we handled my anxious/emotional/stressful day. This is very therapeutic for us but as very scary being this vulnerable. We know how hard but important these conversations are to have with your loved ones. PLEASE: Watch, share, and comment/leave questions

Mental Health in Marriage Ep. 2 — Mommy’s Mental Hangover

This was a very useful video for both sides, those helping and those going through!

R.S.

Practice makes Perfect…

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Motivation for Mondays

When my children have started out on a  new venture, whether it be learning to ride a bike, conquering a new math skill, or trying to make the team of the sport they are interested in; I have always preached the old saying “Practice makes Perfect”. My son is somewhat of a perfectionist. He wants to be the very best and gets discouraged easily and quickly when he is trying something new and can’t do it well. I tell him, he was not born knowing how to do this….no one was…and the ones that are good at this have spent some significant time doing it over and over. When they were tired of it…. they kept doing it, when they were sick of it…they kept doing it, when they never wanted to see it again….they kept doing it. As a result, they are great and accomplished at what they do. That…

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Did not Earn Salvation, but Obeyed for it

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How do you receive salvation?

Through repentance, faith, confession and baptism.

Thank God for His wonderful mercies,

Not perfect, but striving to obey. No matter the location, the sin, or the temptations, through Christ we can be cleansed and forgiven. And changed!

Love,

R.S.

Flexible Accountability

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Be flexible and accountable.

Be honest if you make a mistake and flexible when things change. You can do it, roll with the punches and ADAPT!!

This 1:32 video shows an example of how demonstrate that flexible accountability; life requires grace and adaptation!

Love,

R.S.

Do it Full Out

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So do it full out!!!

In dance, when you practice you might go through the counts and the motions to the music 🎶 lightly like uh uh uh uh.

But if somebody important walks in that room or you want somebody to notice you, you do it FULL OUT!! Boom, boom hip boom!

Live for God full out, serve Him with gladness full out!

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who art 🖼 in Heaven

You are living art and a living Creation to bring God glory!

Bring Him glory FULL OUT!!

Love,

R.S.

Lord, Help Me To Focus On the Flies In My Ointment

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Fly in the ointment

fly in the ointment is an idiom that has its origins in a text written thousands of years ago. We will look at the meaning of the phrase a fly in the ointment, the origins of this phrase and some examples of its use in sentences.

A fly in the ointment describes something slightly irritating that ruins the overall picture, the enjoyment or success of a situation. A fly in the ointment is a minor drawback that keeps someone from proclaiming a complete success. The idiom fly in the ointment most probably has its roots in the Old Testament, in the book of Ecclesiastes. In the King James version, translated in the early 1600s, the passage reads: “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.” Well over one hundred idioms in common usage can be traced to the King James translation of the Bible. Interestingly, the first use of the idiom a fly in the ointment didn’t appear in the English language until early in the 1700s, in the book A Practical Treatise Concerning Humility by John Norris.Advertisement

I catch myself talking about the irritating things about others or complaining or praying fo someone else to change, but do I beg God to change me?

Am I aware of the offense things that I am do, say and cause that are stenches in the nostrils of those I offend? Can I be neutral in critiquing my flaws? Honest in estimating my success and my imperfections? Can we say that we know God if do not mortify the deeds of our members?

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Romans 8:13)

I had this phrase repeating in my head, the deeds of the flesh and the deeds of the Spirit are manifest. So that means that others can see if you are good…others can see if there are gaping holes.

Proverbs 9:1Wisdom has built her house;

she has carved outa her seven pillars.

2She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; 

she has also set her table.

3She has sent out her maidservants; 

she calls out from the heights of the city.

4“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” 

she says to him who lacks judgment.

5“Come, eat my bread 

and drink the wine I have mixed.

6Leave your folly behind, and you will live; 

walk in the way of understanding.”

7He who corrects a mocker brings shame on himself; 

he who rebukes a wicked man taints himself.

8Do not rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; 

rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

9Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; 

teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning.

10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, 

and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

11For through wisdomb your days will be multiplied, 

and years will be added to your life.

12If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage; 

but if you scoff, you alone will bear the consequences.

I want so badly to be like Wisdom. I love the personification of Wisdom as a woman who is wisely preparing her home for company.

Yet, I see ways that I need to get the dead flies out of my ointment and I need to be patient to achieve the prize.

Sincerely,

R.S.

GRACE AND ITS ORIGIN

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GRACE AND ITS ORIGIN

Give people GRACE! Be okay with where they are and when they hurt you, forgive them.

Treat people how you want to be treated!

Be humble, forgiving, gracious, and grateful; It will help YOU FIND CONTENTMENT! 💃🏽

Parable of the Talents

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How many of us have talents that we are hiding? Or that we are to scared to share?

How could you hid your light…from shining?

God said, “There is a lamp stand put it right THERE!!””

Remember, Matthew 5:16 and “Let your 💡 LIGHT so shine before men that they may see your good works and GLORIFY your Father which art in Heaven!”

Let them look at your beautiful talents and know that there is a good God above, share that art, that acting, that singing, that cooking, that creating, that rap, that pottery, that furniture, that instrument so they can KNOW there is still a God above!!

Read this parable of Jesus to see what it looks like when you do it right and when you do it wrong.

With love,

R.S.

“What You’re Saying When You Give Someone the Silent Treatment Social ostracism has been a common punishment for millennia. But freezing someone out harms both the victim and the perpetrator.” By: Daryl Austin of the Atlantic

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As a person who has given people closest to me the silent treatment when I was so mad that I didn’t want to put it into words, I have recently learned that the silence kills as well.

Very thought-provoking article that I must share for the good of us all.

Hope you enjoy!

R.S.

You are not too young or too anything, if God chose you

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“Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”

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Naaman and the Servant Girl

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You can also watch Superbook shows, music videos and even download episodes to watch directly on your favorite device!

The Superbook Bible app even has fun Games, Bible Profiles, Questions & Answers, and an interactive Bible.

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“Count your many blessing and see what the Lord has done.” -Church of Christ song Look What the Lord Has Done

Always be grateful.

-R.S.

Devos for Teens – Stand Where the Fire Has Been

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Devos for Teens – Stand Where the Fire Has Been
— Read on tecartabible.com/share/2004/322/11

This is a inspiring story about how to stand when a fire is raging around you.

Amen.

-R.S.

Kurt Carr and Natalie King Cole “I Almost Gave Up”

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Don’t give up!!

2020 is hard but don’t let go!

God has not left you. There might be some changes you need to make in your circle, changes in your thinking, in your habits.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, hold us up!

Strengthen our hearts, feed our souls so that we can hang on.

Forgive us of our many sins and iniquities!!

As Christmas comes, let us remember that Christ was born to die for our sins and make us right with You! Help me to continue to encourage and serve where I can. May Your perfect will be done in our lives!

In Jesus name I pray!!

Amen!!

Jam of the Day: Jesus Rose With All Power in His 🖐 Hands 🤚

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Jesus rose with ALL POWER IN HIS HAND!!

I miss going to worship but this track right here gave me that collective feeling!

My brothers and my sisters, one day we will adore Jesus in person as He descends to Earth! Oh I want to see Him!

We will who believe and have been baptized will be raised on the last day and make our way to Heaven because He rose with all 💥 power in His Hand!

Love,

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Should Teachers Lay Down the Law?

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Some teachers, in an effort to get their students to respect them, decide to lay down the law. But this approach normally fails to give those teachers what they desire.
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The Miracle of Delegation: “What Is Your Entrepreneurial Kryptonite?”

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May 2, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Scott Duffy’s book Breakthrough. …

What Is Your Entrepreneurial Kryptonite?

Everyone,

I found this to be so on-point! It was amazing to see the difference between the two types of entrepreneurs!

Enjoy!

Be of a Good Courage no matter what!

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If you are down and depressed and you are wasting away, remember that one day you will be with the Lord!

“Even if you are broken, don’t look at and say I am broken. Look at it as I am Still Here! That’s where you have power.” -David Goggins

James 3:13-18 The Right Kind of Wisdom

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“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

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“Messy Marriage” Message by Bro. Chris Jackson

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NO WEAPON THAT IS FORMED AGAINST YOU WILL PROSPER – Isaiah 54:17

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Isaiah 54 vs 17 (E)

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.

In this glorious text, the Lord God promises to every believer complete and perfect protection, vindication, and justification. As we walk in God’s righteousness, no weapon that comes against us will prosper, and nothing that is said against us will have any value, and will be shown to be false in the end.

From the beginning of time God’s saints have been the objects of hatred in this world. Since the days of Cain, believers like Abel have been persecuted and killed by their envious and wicked brethren. “Satan goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). But we have no reason to be afraid…

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Affirm Your Goals 🙏🏾Eric Thomas

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Donald Lawrence & Co. “Spiritual”

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Galatians 5:22 The Fruits of The Spirit

“You’re not a natural being having a spiritual experience, but you are a spiritual being having a natural experience!”

This song is so beautiful and the meaning so real.

Enjoy!

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#GivingTuesday Jam of the Day: Damian Marley “There For You”

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This song is soothing and true. It speaks of unconditional love and reciprocity.

“You’ve always been there for me, and so I’ll be there for you…”

Love it 😍

Child Piano Prodigy Performs Mozart at Carnegie Hall

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I hope to inspire my children to be creative and be the best at their gifts and talents.

Excellent example of excellent parenting creating excellent children.

Our children watch our examples every day. I commit to trying to discipline myself to be a living example of hard work.

Saturday Song of the Day #2: “Something Happens” by Bishop Paul S. Morton

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When I call Jesus. Something happens when I call Jesus.

Bishop Paul S. Morton offers a song of confidence. We hope in Jesus and who He is 🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊

Saturday Song of the Day: Karen Clark Sheard “Sunday A.M.”

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This beautiful song was on the radio and it just reminds us That Sunday morning is a time to recharge from our week!

A time to lay it on God’s feet. To rest from our labor!

I love the Lord for His Love for me!!!

Hope you are encouraged by this!

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Do it

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An object in motion remains in motion, an object at rest remains at rest.

Newton’s laws apply to people too!

To fight a slump, keep momentum HIGH

The Royal Kitchen in Qing Dynasty

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This fantastic movie is enthralling and kind. The love stories told are authentic and the culture is beauifully portrayed. One to watch with your sweetheart!

Need to be humble? Reminders on killing our pride

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I realize the need to be humble.

To not assume that I know why people do or say what they do. To be humble to realize that I want compassion when I make a mistake and because of that, I should be humble when people do something against me. “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13

I will be focusing on changing my default of pride, my default of offense.

I have also been studying Proverbs 8, where David speaks of wisdom being prepared: having mingled her wine, having set her table, and crying out for people to turn in to her. Wisdom was there when God founded the Earth, before anything was ever created. God and wisdom are buddies. When desiring to be wise, remember to be humble.
When we do things, we must examine our reasons for doing it. Is this to make me look good? Is this right? Am I doing this out of my own vanity?
Sometimes, our hearts have been black, bruised and dirty for so long that we are not aware of when our perceptions and beliefs come from. However, if one thinks about God getting to look, not at what everyone else sees, but on what is really in our hearts, we are quickened to change. Am I who I say I am?
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How many Aesop fables have morals that show us that things are not always as they appear? The Tortiose can be beat the Hare. The mouse can be a savior to the Lion who is caught in a hunter’s net. Let us try not to jump to conclusions!
Do you know any humble people? I have one in particular that comes to mind. She does make humility her focus, but in doing so, she acchomplishes her goal. She considers all sides and she uses understanding in situations when people are offended by her. She apologizes and states her intentions and thoughts. Though she in her thirties, I count her as wiser than many other women I know.

This is also a YouTube video that is on the subject of mercy over judgment.

Hadassah Beauty Live Nourished

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Moving During the Pandemic? Negotiate Your Lease

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Hello everybody!

I want to ask you a question. Is your lease ending during Corona? Are you nervous about your ability to continue to pay what you have been paying and more?

I have been there to.

I found a few videos to help you along the way.

I hope this helps!

One day if we are strategic, save, and get educated, we will own our homes and be content with that.

God bless you!

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