Archive for March, 2013

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Read: Luke 24:1-12

In the 1980s John Knoll  and his brother Thomas began experimenting with a computer program to manipulate images.  Software companies thought they were crazy, because photographers didn’t use computer at that time.  Initially the brothers called their program Display then, Imaginator, and finally they settled on Photoshop®.  Today Photoshop® is used by amateurs at home and professionals in business around the world.  A San Jose Mercury News article noted its place in popular language.  When something looks too good to be true, people say, “It must have been Photoshopped.”

On the first Easter morning, the women who took spices to anoint the body of Jesus found the tomb empty and heard the angels say, “He is not here, but is risen!” (Luke 24:6) When the women told this to the disciples, “Their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them” (v.11). Nonsense! Mind-boggling! Too good to be true!

If someone manipulated the evidence, then millions of people around the world gather today to celebrate a myth.  But if Jesus conquered death, then all He said about forgiveness, power to change, and eternal life is real. Because Jesus has risen and lives today, this news is too good to be true! – David McCasland

Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er His foes; He arose a Victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign. – Lowry

The resurrection is a fact of history that demands of faith.

 [Source: Our Daily Bread, 31 March 2013]

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Read: Joshua 1:9

“Be Strong and courageous  Do not be frighted and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”

[Source:  Holy Bible (English Standard Version)]

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Read: Deuteronomy 8

If there is any such thing as a universal question, it may be this: Are we there yet? Generations of children have asked this. They have then grown into adults who have to answer the same question when their children ask.

Whenever I read the books of Moses, I wonder how many times he heard that question from the Israelites. Before rescuing them from slavery and leading them out of Egypt, Moses told them that the Lord would lead them to “A land flowing with milk and honey” (Ex. 3:8). He did, but first they spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness.  This was no ordinary wondering, however.

They were not lost; they were wandering for a purpose. After 400 years of slavery, the children of Israel needed to have their hearts, souls and minds reoriented toward God.  This was accomplished in wilderness (Deut. 8:2,15-18), but not before the entire generation died because of their disobedience (Num. 32:13).

In life, it sometimes seems as if we are wandering in circles.  We feel lost. We want to ask God, “Are we there yet? How much longer?” At such times it helps to remember that the journey, not just the destination, is important to God.  He use it to humble us, to test us, and show us what is in our hearts. – Julie Ackerman Link.

All God’s testing have a purpose- Someday you will see the light; All the He asks is that you trust Him, Walk by faith and not by sight. – Zoller

It’s the journey, not just the destination, that’s important.

 

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 9 March 2013] 

I came across to this topic in wikihow.com and find it helpful to those who are in a long distance relationship. This is  quite long but a good read :).

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Tips

  • Avoid temptations, the best and easiest way to be faithful would always be to not put yourself in a situation where you would have to be tested. Temptations would always come your way, but avoiding certain things would let your partner know that there’s nothing to worry about.
  • One of the hardest parts of a long distance relationship is connecting when one person gets busier than the other. If this happens in a relationship, it is important to maintain communication. If you are the busy person, try to warn your partner ahead of time that you will be working many hours and may have limited time. If you are the not-as-busy person, take advantage of the time by picking up a new hobby, getting in shape, reading a new book, etc. Flexibility is very important.
  • Living far apart gives you both a chance to grow as individuals. Some couples break up to “find themselves”, but in a long distance relationship you both have enough space to do your own things and still have a connection.
  • A long-distance relationship is no different from a proximal relationship in that they both require a great deal of work, excellent communication, patience, sacrifice and understanding. But you will have to work extra hard to maintain the communication and to stay focused enough to not let your daily life interfere with your desire to be with the other person. Don’t forget them or you can forget the relationship and it will all be over.long-distance-relationship
  • Sometimes phone/email/IM communication can get bland. Don’t forget there are other ways to interact! Use the internet and find things you both can do together. It takes the pressure off, it gives you a break from constant talking, and it can be fun.
  • Buy a webcam so you can chat “face-to-face” and see each other, so when you meet you will remember how your partner looks.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk about the “boring” parts of your day. The trickier, almost subconscious part is maintaining the feeling of being intermingled in your partner’s life, a state the experts often refer to as “interrelatedness.”
  • Make a creative countdown and mail it to your partner to enjoy until you see each other next. For example, create a photo calendar, with something you add for each day to describe what you love about them.
  • It’s important to talk about the future. If you’re not sure how long you will be apart, try to make goals for when you can move near one another again.
  • Spice things up by meeting halfway (if it’s within a reasonable distance) to grab a bite to eat or get some coffee. This is a great alternative if you’re not able to dedicate an entire weekend with your significant other.
  • Remember “Always toward absent lovers love’s tide stronger flows.”
  • Don’t talk on the phone TOO often. Since most of your relationship is based off of phone calls, you don’t want to run out of things to talk about for the whole day. Calling one to two times daily will allow you to talk to each other without having repetitive conversations.
  • Do not set unreasonable expectations for your visit and/or future plans. Fantasizing about the visit is fine, but not out loud verbally or by email to your partner. Instead, enjoy the excitement of the surprises to come. By stating that a surprise is coming can allow to much thought time for the receiver and leaves both of you open to disappointments.
  • Mail each other scented clothes (or even clothes smelling of your sweat—pheromones are a great way to establish intimate contact). If you can see each other once a week, leave a t-shirt splashed with cologne for your lover before you leave.
  • The Long Distance Relationship Guidebook is a well-balanced, practical book for couples in long distance relationships who need some guidance.
  • It helps to have a solid time in the future for when the long distance part of the relationship will end, no matter the time length. Without it, the relationship can begin to mold into something that is always distant—even with great communication. With it, each person can see the point at which the distance will end and work harder to keep emotions readily available.
  • When talking to your partner, take note of things they enjoy the most (hobbies, day-to-day activities, etc.), and do a little research on it so you have more to do when you see them next. For example: If your partner likes to dance, find the location of different clubs where you will see them next. If you don’t know how to dance, take lessons and you will impress them by your willingness to make an effort on their behalf.
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  • Send each other spontaneous e-cards.
  • Choose a game that you can play together over the internet, whether it is a MMORPG (massively multi-player online role playing game) or something more traditional, such as chess or Scrabble. You will be able to chat while playing and it will give a greater feeling of togetherness.
  • Express yourself to free up emotional weight. One poet who’s written poetry as a result of a long-distance relationship is Tony Berndtsson – look him up.
  • Trust is the key.
  • A surprise of balloons flowers or a special gift mailed or sent to them
  • Sometimes when you are together, try to do domestic, seemingly mundane things that couples who live together would do- grocery shopping, spring cleaning the closet, rearranging furniture/redecorating, etc. It gives the feeling of creating a home together, something you both surely look forward to.
  • Always try to be happy when talking or texting each other; make sure to always be positive about them and the things she/he does.
  • When getting to know each other, show the real you, not the person you think your partner wants.
  • Don’t be too anxious or jealous that you don’t always know what they are doing. A little space is good and will definitely keep things calm.
  • Always listen to your partner on what they think will make the relationship stronger. Also ALWAYS be there for them no matter what.
  • Don’t be afraid to voice your fears.

Warnings

  • Long distance relationships are difficult, as you are emotionally attached to a person you cannot touch or comfort and this can wreak havoc with your emotions. You may have negative thoughts or feelings that are not true, you may doubt your love feelings, or, because of some fights over the phone, you may feel that you don’t feel the way you did before for your partner. But try to keep these feelings in perspective as distance can aggravate them.
  • Long distance relationships can and will test you and your partner; you need to trust him/her entirely, lest paranoia play a major part in the demise of your relationship.
  • There would always be people that would say that long distance relationships don’t work, just remember that they are not the people who are in the relationship. Making it work surviving the long distance cannot should not be determined by them.
  • When you are alone, take out time to see the photos of your love, any gift that he/she has given, or letters written. At night, before sleeping, try to recollect those wonderful moments.
  • Remember, fights are a part of any relationship, and it’s up to you to deal with it or to succumb to it.
  • Long distance relationships are not for the faint of heart. They can be very trying, but so can proximal relationships.ldr
  • Try to make every possible effort from your side. Initially, love/passion can be the driving force. As time goes on, it’s commitment that is most important.
  • It’s easier to get into arguments in a long-distance relationship, because you can’t always discern what someone’s actual tone is through text. It’s also a lot easier to say hurtful things when you’re not face-to-face, but the words can hurt just the same. Take special care to watch how you interpret their words (for it might not be what they meant), and what you say when you’re angry.
  • Remember, every kind of relationship takes hard work and dedication to your loved one or partner, whether it’s long distance or proximal. If you and your partner are willing to take these steps, then expect bumps and turns in the road. These bumps and turns will only help contribute towards a relationship.tumblr_m33t6be6yk1qipt9v

[Source: WikiHow.com]

Philippians 3:10- That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.

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Sometimes obedience is tremendously difficult. You know what God requires of you, but from where you stand, obeying Him appears much too painful.  You try to find way out or around the situation, but nothing works.  You must decide if you will obey God or give in to disobedience.  For the believer, there’s only one decision.  And that is obedience.

Each day is God’s gift.  You have multitudes of opportunities to honor God through your conduct and obedience.  Thus, glorifying God means seeking to maximize each occasion with deliberate step of obedience when you falter, which will be often.  You confess your disobedience, thank Him for His complete forgiveness, and move on with the task.

What could be more pleasing to your heavenly Father than to daily glorify Him? Establish that lofty aim as your supreme objective, and then live each day in humble dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit and obedience to His revealed truth.

True worship springs from an obedient heart.  Remember that God always places a blessing within the things He requires of you.  Never forget that His strength is available to all who trust and obey Him.

But to experience the joy of serving the Lord, we must choose to forsook sin, because it grieves the heart of God.  We must choose to accept our responsibility to discipline our lives for obedience.