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I need for all of my friends to pray for my husband’s cousin, Nila.  Her son Benjamin passed away Saturday night and he was only 26 years old.  He has a sister, Felicia and a brother, Darian. They need the comfort that only God can bring at this time.  His dad also…his name is Bill.  There is of course extended family that is being touched by this as well.  Nila’s brothers, Darry and Danny, her sister Nolia and her mother, Tiny Beth Crossly.   Thank you for praying once again in a time of great need.

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“Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change” Ramsay Clark

It can be tempting to use a turbulent period in life, such as a divorce, loss of a job or death of a loved one, as an excuse to avoid making positive changes. But instead of thinking of this difficult episode as a cause to withdraw and retrench, why not think of this as a time to stretch your limits?

This is exactly what “Elizabeth” did. Married at 16 and divorced at 31, she moved to a new town and was unsure of herself alone and in a new setting. Instead of retreating into herself and staying home, she took up rock climbling. There were times when she felt the sport was too risky and difficult, but by persevering she gainded confidence in herself. This self-confidence in her physical capabilities carried over to her role as a single parent. She realized that if she could climb a mountain, she could do other things that she once thought impossible.

Just as athletic tests of skill and endurance can teach you that it’s indeed possible to move beyond your physical limitations, so can other things that make you get out of your comfort zone. You may not think you could ever speak in front of a group of people, but you want to. Go for it! If you have to, take a class on public speaking. What about singing or meeting new friends (for some people this is difficult)? Put yourself in situations where you have to speak to someone you don’t know. 🙂 The realization that you have conquered can spur you to make other changes. Don’t allow anxiety and discouragement to prevent you from taking advantage of this special period in your life. By embracing turbulence and using it to take responsible, life-enhancing risks, a situation that looks difficult can be transformed into a benefit.

Remember that personal or professional turmoil can be an opportunity to take a bold step in a new direction!

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Pray for a Friend

I received terrible news today.  A friend of ours, Scott McManus was suddenly taken from this life in a motorcycle accident.  Scott and Belinda was the pastor in Greenville, Texas and raised up a great work there.  Please pray for Belinda that God will somehow wrap his arms of comfort around her after this terrible tragedy.  Thank you blogger friends.  I know I can depend on your prayers for my friend, Belinda. 

Published: July 28, 2007 02:10 am  HERALD-BANNER Greenville, Texas

Local pastor killed in accident

Herald-Banner Staff

A Greenville pastor was killed Friday afternoon in a motorcycle accident that happened on the Interstate 30 south service road near the intersection of Wesley Street and the interstate.Rev. Scott McManus, pastor of the Living Word Church, was driving a Honda motorcycle west bound along the interstate service road shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, according to Greenville Police Department officers investigating the accident.“I am just devastated,” said Lori Philyaw, community relations manager for the City of Greenville who worked with McManus on the airport advisory board. “Our heart goes out to his family and congregation.”

According to witnesses, a Dodge pickup truck, traveling east-bound on the service road, crossed over the centerline as the vehicle approached the motorcycle.

McManus attempted to veer to the right while the truck, traveling in the opposite direction, veered to the left, police said.

McManus was thrown from the motorcycle. He was transported to Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville where he was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Kenneth Peters.

Peters ordered an autopsy and the body has been sent to the medical examiners office in Dallas. Services are pending with Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.

The accident is still under investigation.

McManus was chairman of the airport board for the last three years and had served as a board member for at least six years. Philyaw said not only was McManus well-respected on the board, but the entire community.

“He was a great person. There was not a finer man than Scott McManus,” she added.

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 This is just part of our President’s speech today at Virginia Tech.  The part that caught my attention most is that “There’s a power in these prayers, a real power.”  Yes! There is a real power.  God is our comforter in times like these.  May we continue to pray for the families and friends of these students and faculty members who were so brutally assaulted yesterday.  May we pray for America!  We need JESUS!

 President Bush speaking to a somber basketball arena, packed with students and others, many wearing orange short-sleeved Virginia Tech T-shirts,  quoted a recent student blogging about the killings to encourage those who grieve to reach out for help.

“To all of you who are OK, I’m happy for that,” Bush said, quoting the Internet posting. “For those of you who are in pain or who have lost someone close to you, I’m sure you can call on any one of us and have help anytime you need it.”

He urged those angered by the killings not to be overcome by evil.

“People who have never met you are praying for you,” Bush said. “They’re praying for your friends who have fallen and who are injured. There’s a power in these prayers, a real power. In times like this, we can find comfort in the grace and guidance of a loving God.”

Amen, Mr. President!

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Virginia Tech

Even though we don’t know all of the details at this time, we do know that what happened in Virginia this morning is a terrible tragedy

Let’s be sure to pray for all the families, friends, students and faculty involved in this situation.


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