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(paraphrase of Proverbs 31:10-31)

Who can find a Christian lady? Her price is far more than that of pearls and diamonds, fur and Mercedes.

Her husband has complete confidence in her. He is not afraid to trust her with his name, his children, and his paycheck.

She will be a blessing to him as long as she lives.

She provides the things needed for her family’s comfort. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty and does her work with a smile.

She is a thrifty shopper.

She rises early for private devotions and prepares herself for the day.

She considers new obligations carefully in the light of her present duties and sets her priorities wisely. Because she is conservative with her time, her family reaps many benefits: homemade cookies, family outings, special times of listening.

She is on twenty-four-hour call. “Mommy, I’m scared.” “Honey, would you run an errand for me?” “Mom, could you, please…?” She receives many rewards for her good works: a bear hug, a thank-you card, a new friendship.

She calmly performs the small, monotonous chores that fall her lot, sewing on buttons, pressing white shirts, cleaning ovens.

She shares her blessing with those who are less fortunate: an extra place at the table, a fresh loaf of homemade bread, vegetables from her garden. She reaches out and touches other lives, offering a compassionate shoulder, a helping hand, a listening ear.

She has no fear of hard times, for she has built her family on a strong foundation. With God’s help, they are prepared to cope with life’s frustrations and emergencies.

She chooses her wardrobe with good taste. She keeps her physical appearance clean and neat. A meek and quiet spirit is her crowning glory.

Her husband is respected on his job. He is able to fill his position well, unhampered by domestic problems and pressures.

She is competent in business affairs, balancing the checkbook, paying the bills on time, protecting the credit cards. She is capable of supplementing the family’s income, if necessary.

She has strength of character. She is reserved and manifests dignity in adverse circumstances. She has a positive attitude, expecting good things to happen and she knows how to enjoy life.

She gives wise counsel and instruction. Kindness rules her tongue.

She is not given to gossip, grumbling, and griping.

She organizes her household well and is not lazy.

Her children love and appreciate her. Her husband praises her, saying, “There are many lovely Christian ladies, but you are the fairest of all.”

Flattery and favor of men is deceiving; beauty is vain and temporary, but a lady who serves the Lord and loves her family will long be honored and respected.

The fruit of her life and works of her hands will testify for her.

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The Dog Rules

I don’t have a puppy right now and I miss one. I am just to busy to take proper care of one so, maybe later. However, for those of you who do have a dog I think you will relate to these rules.

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  1. Dogs are never permitted in the house. The dog stays outside in a ‘specially built wooden compartment named, for very good reason, the dog house.
  2. Okay, the dog can enter the house, but only for short visits or if his own house is under renovation.
  3. Okay, the dog can stay in the house on a permanent basis, provided his dog house can be sold in a yard sale to a rookie dog owner.
  4. Inside the house, the dog is not allowed to run free and is confined to a comfortable but secure metal cage.
  5. Okay, the cage becomes part of a two-for-one deal along with the dog house in the yard sale, and the dog can go wherever he pleases.
  6. The dog is never allowed on the furniture.
  7. Okay, the dog can get on the old furniture but not the new furniture.
  8. Okay, the dog can get up on the new furniture until it looks like the old furniture and then we’ll sell the whole works and buy new furniture….upon which the dog will most definitely not be allowed.
  9. The dog never sleeps on the bed. Period
  10. Okay, the dog can sleep at the foot of the bed.
  11. Okay, the dog can sleep alongside you, but he’s not allowed under the covers

12. Okay, the dog can sleep under the covers but not with his head on the pillow.

 

13. Okay, the dog can sleep alongside you under the covers with his head on the pillow, but if he snores he’s got to leave the room.

 

14. Okay, the dog can sleep and snore and have nightmares in bed, but he’s not to come in and sleep on the couch in the living room where I am now sleeping. That’s just not fair.

 

15. The dog never gets listed on the census questionnaire as “primary resident”, even if it is true.

 

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I read this yesterday and found it very interesting,  I guess because my husband is a minister and we have always felt like we had the most blessed life in the world.  I know there are times of great sacrifice and sometimes you are disappointed but all in all this is a wonderful life.  I wouldn’t trade it for any other.  We are BLESSED!

Pastors—perceived to be some of the most under-appreciated and in-demand workers in America—are actually the happiest and most satisfied in their jobs, according to results from a newly released survey by the University of Chicago.

The survey found clergy to be the top job for satisfaction among American workers, 87 percent of clergy reported being “very satisfied”.  Firefighters (80%) and physical therapist (78%) were also the “most satisfied” in their profession.  Clergy also out-ranked other American workers as being the “happiest” (67%).

The most satisfying jobs are those involving caring for, teaching and protecting others, and creative pursuits,” said Tom W. Smith, director of the UC Survey at the National Opinion Research.

Other top jobs include education administrators, painters and sculptors, teachers, authors, psychologist, special education teachers, and operating engineers, with more than 60% saying they are very satisfied.

Another recent study released by the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love and conducted by such top universities as Harvard and the University of Chicago—had also found that people who give to and help others on a REGULAR basis feel the happiest.

And, might I add….  We are the happiest when we give with a pure heart and joyful spirit/attitude, asking for and expecting nothing in return.  HOWEVER!!!!! YOU CAN’T OUTGIVE GOD so WATCH OUT!  You just might be overtaken by a blessing!

 

 

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When I was at my uncle’s 70th birthday, I kept thinking about this phrase from Proverbs:  “A man that has friends must show himself friendly…”   People just kept coming and C.W. was overwhelmed.  They came from far and near to honor him and it is no “surprise” why.  C.W. has been a friend to so many people.  I have watched him all of my life give of himself unselfishly to his family and friends.  What was so funny about watching him be surprised is because he has surprised all of us all his life.  C.W. you are a great person and I love you more than I could say here.  Thanks for being such a great uncle and friend. 

Linda and Karla, I also really enjoyed being with you too.  “I’m smiling because you’re my sisters and laughing because you can’t do anything about it.” 

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Go here to see how: GOD BLEW OUR MINDS

After you get to “God Blew Our Minds” post, you will need to scroll all the way down the page to categories.  Then select church and find the post God Blew Our Minds!  It’s worth it.

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Thank you to all who prayed for this endeavor.  It was a smashing success.  Over 500 people showed up.  3 young people were baptized and several Bible Studies promised. Many said they are coming to visit our church. Next year we will have to have a many more back packs, etc.  By the time the day was over the outreach team had on record 474 names.  INCREDIBLE.  God is so good.  The field is white unto harvest…..and we are ready to gather it in.  God bless you all and have a great Sunday. 

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This coming Saturday, August 18, our church is throwing a HUGE back to school bash at one of the parks here in Hollister.  They will be giving away 200 back packs filled with school supplies. They will also be giving away an ipod, a nintendo and I don’t know what all else.  There will be free food and drinks and also a big bounce house for the little kids.  There will be some great Jesus youth music, (rap, etc.) .  I’m telling you all of this so when you read this you can whisper a prayer for our people as they take Jesus to these kids.  Pray that they will not only be excited about all the stuff but that they will be touched by the love these people have for them.  I believe good things are in store.  Would you believe with me and Pray for the youth of Hollister and the surrounding areas. Thank you. I know you will.

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