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Hide and Seek Life

Monday, December 06, 2010

We have one client where I work that thinks that there are several of us just out to get her. I t has been a long time since we have had someone with us that I want to succeed as much as I do her. I am one of the people she has targeted. Because we cannot correct her without her crying and getting upset, I have taken it upon myself to compliment her on something every single day. I have alerted one of her other targets as to what I am doing. She laughs or smiles now every time I accomplish my mission. It has almost become a game now to find something every day to tell her that she is doing right or well. I have somewhat outwitted myself on this because I know that she will do anything just to hear the positive. I do this knowingly with the children, but have never applied this with the moms. Go figure ! If I cannot tell her what she is doing wrong then I will tell her everything she is doing right. I can already see her attitude changing. I can harldy wait to hear what she says of me when she leaves now. I am accomplishing the exact same purpose but from a toatlly different angle. This is so true in many areas of our lives. If at first you don't succeed try, try again. Ever hear that one? Never give up trying. Sometimes all you need is a different approach to achieve the exact same result. Sometimes it may look like you are doing the exact opposite of what you want to do, but the end result is the exact same destination. I wonder how many other areas of my life I can apply this to now that I am thinking. I feel success just lurking in the shadows and it is a game for me to see who wins this round of hide and seek.

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LINDABENEDICT 12/7/2010 12:13PM

    I like this technique ......great plan !

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IUHRYTR 12/6/2010 9:15PM

    It is a game you are destined to win by taking the higher road. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 12/6/2010 7:14PM

    I can apply this to my hubby:) Each one of us has our own "love language", it's just mastering the technique:) emoticon

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Very Sad

Saturday, December 04, 2010

I had a horrendous night last night. My husband is trying to get our daughter a new car so he is out of town. I had to go to work early last night and did not get home until after midnight. When I came home my dog was off her tie down. I could not find but just a few of our sheep and those I found were not in good shape including one dead. This is the last straw. I don't know why my husband has allowed me to keep her this long. We both love her dearly, but there is no reason to keep her. I am taking her to the pound before he gets home, IF I can catch her. I set my alarm clock for sunrise so that I could corral the sheep in daylight before she found them. I have them all accounted for. I was up until 2 and did not hear the alarm go off before 6. I have to work again tonight. I am sorry I ever bought her because I knew there was some reason why I was not supposed to get her even before I bought her. She was to replace another dog I grieved for. I think I will just stick to cats, they don't break your heart like this.

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3CATSLEP 12/5/2010 11:26PM

    So sad for you and the poor little sheep. I hope all goes well. My prayers are with you. emoticon

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    So sorry you are having these troubles. Sometimes, our hearts are in the right place when we adopt animals, but they just don't fit. I have cats and dogs and am lucky they all do pretty well together - they meet different needs for me.

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SHAPEUPNOW1 12/4/2010 8:38PM

    Awww!! what a sad time for you to have to handle alone while your hubby was out of town. I know your heart is heavy as well as having to deal with the poor sheep. Sorry you had to go through this and then to have to go to work after being up most of the night. You have to do what is right so the dog will have to go so you won't have to worry. Take care. emoticon

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Joy to the World!

Friday, December 03, 2010

It was for freedom that we were set free in Christ. Think about that. We can be free from guilt and condemnation for there is none of that when we are in Christ. Our slate is washed clean. I was thinking the other day about the stains that tears leave on us. Anyone who has a white dog whose eyes drip are well aware of the brown stain left on the fur. There are a lot of temporary fixes to make the fur white again. We also have the stain of tears on our life from regrets, pain, grief, you name it. He has given to us a robe that is white as snow, washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. We shall be whiter than white. through nothing great that we have done or deserved. Out of his love for us, he has washed away the tears. I was also thinking about the phrase joy to the world. Joy is more than an emotion. Joy is much deeper. We an take pleasure in others, but pure joy radiates deep within us and last far longer than a single moment. So this Christmas I wish you all freedom from what ever holds you back and joy unspeakable. May you think of all Jesus has done for you as the snow falls, white and clean. For some of us in the Southwest we may have to dig deep for that one!

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IUHRYTR 12/4/2010 1:12AM

    In here in FL, too, we won't be seeing the white stuff either. But that clean feeling I experienced when I was first saved will be with me forever. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 12/3/2010 9:24PM

    Beautiful blog, Cindy! Here is some snow for you:)
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Thursday, December 02, 2010

This is a topic I have thought about off and on for several years. I have been told that justification is the process that makes it just as if it didn't happen, usually referring to sin. I had a co-worker, a christian, tell me years ago that a situation wasn't really wrong if you looked at it her way. Just by saying that you knew that she knew it wasn't right. She tried to justify her reason for doing so. If we have to justify what we are doing, then what we have done is sin and we know it is. We were never meant to justify our sin. Our righteousness is to God as filthy menstral rags. Pretty stinky and disgusting! We cannot justify ourselves and remove our own sin. There is only One Who can wash us white as snow and remove all sin. Our attempts will only pale in comparison and lead us to a false security.

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IUHRYTR 12/2/2010 7:11PM

    Many years ago, a co-worker and I talked with a fellow co-worker who told us he was homosexual. All three of us were Christians so we asked him how he could justify violating Biblical admonishments against homosexuality and still say he was a Christian. His reply? That he went to a church that supported his sexual orientation. When we showed him passages against his lifestyle he said his church didn't believe in that part of the Bible. Talk about trying to convince himself he was correct! Ah, well. We can't change anyone unless they are willing to listen, can we? -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 12/2/2010 10:43AM

    What a timely subject. I went to Bible study last night at church and the women's group had decorated the church for Christmas. It was all done very beautifully in greenery, etc. What stunned me was the etcetera. Two huge artificial trees were up on the stage no decorated yet, and another big tree in the lobby. I went to this church 10 years ago and was baptized there and they never decorated like that before. When we were in MI, our ladies group did a Bible study on the pagan holidays. I know that most people probably aren't aware of the origins, but I guess I thought our church would have been aware. So I asked our senior evangelist after our lesson. He was very calm in his answer that it didn't change our love for the Lord and that it's only purpose was to be "festive". He was aware of the origin and didn't think that anyone looked at it this way. I admitted that I have a small little tree as decoration in my home also so I guess I was saying the same thing. I don't know why I still feel confused or like I have a bad taste left in my mouth. I guess I better study it more for some sort of justification and make peace with myself. How do you feel?

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Power of Prayer

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

There is no time better spent than the time we spend on our knees. Years ago the Lord told me that we can have whatever we want in life directly proportionate to the time we spend in prayer. We can have the heartache and despair by not taking the time to pray or we can have the joy, and fulfillment we seek by getting on our faces before the throne. This came at a pivotal time in my life. I had no idea what we were about to face as a family. The next few years could have destroyed us just as many others face destruction, but because of constant and fervent prayer my family exists as the first miracle. I could have lost my entire family to suicide, but was spared because of prayer. There is no more powerful force than making a connection with our Heavenly Father. We have not because we do not take the time to ask, plain and simple. We cannot change situations beyond our control in everyday life. We can change everything through the Holy Spirit Who can be where we cannot. We cannot enter a person's dreams, but it is not beyond the scope of things with God. Nothing is Impossible to Him and nothing is impossible to the one who believes in Him. On our own and in our own strength we fail miserably, but He who is with us is far greater than all that we can see and hold. Never underestimate the power of prayer.

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3CATSLEP 12/2/2010 10:22AM

    Thank you, Cindy, I needed to hear that today also! emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/1/2010 12:47PM

    That was the reminder I needed today. Thank you very much.

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IUHRYTR 12/1/2010 12:28PM

    To me, it is not difficult to look around us at all of the miracles of earth and not believe there is a master hand at work, one that will reach out to help us if we simply ask. -- Lou

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CADENSNANA 12/1/2010 12:06PM

  Thank you for your post today! I am new to SparkPeople and am delighted to find your blog as well as "I Can Do All Things Through Christ." Have a blessed day, sister.

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