EMPOWERING CHRISTIAN WOMEN: February 2007 Blogger Widgets

How To Profit From Information Products Teleseminar Series

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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Inspirational Father - Son Team

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Strongest Dad in the World - From Sports Illustrated

By Rick Reilly

I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots.

But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.

Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair, but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handle bars – all in the same day.

Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S.on a bike. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

And what has Rick done for his father? Not much – except save his life.

This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.

He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick says doctorstold him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. "Put him in an institution.''

But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyesf ollowed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was anything to help the boy communicate. "No way,'' Dicksays he was told. "There's nothing going on in his brain."

"Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain.

Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? "Go Bruins!'' And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, "Dad, I want to do that.'' Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described "porker'' who never ran more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he tried.

"Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. "I was sore for two weeks.'' That day changed Rick's life. "Dad,'' he typed, "when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''

And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 BostonMarathon.

"No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't quite a single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few years Dick and Rick just joined the massivefield and ran anyway, then they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston the following year.

Then somebody said, "Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''

How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since he was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick tried.

Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii. It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't you think?

Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? "No way,'' he says. Dick does it purely for "the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together. This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best time? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992 – only35 minutes off the world record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens to be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the time. "No question about it,' 'Rick types. "My dad is the Father of the Century.''

And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries was 95% clogged. "If you hadn't been in such great shape,'' one doctor told him, "you probably would've died 15 yearsago.

''So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life. Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass., always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in some back breaking race every weekend, including this Father's Day. That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy. "The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, "is that my dad sit in the chair and I push him once.''

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Are You a Threat?

Friday, February 23, 2007

TGIF Today God Is First
by Os Hillman

One day the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" - Acts 19:15 Are you a threat to the kingdom of darkness? If satan and his demons had a board meeting and your name came before the board, what would they say? Would they say that you are one of their most feared enemies and they needed to keep many demons harassing and opposing you? Or would they say, "Gentlemen, this person poses no threat to our activities. Leave him alone. He needs no help from us." There are millions of church-going believers sitting in pews Sunday after Sunday who pose little threat to the kingdom of darkness.
If we truly believe that we war against rulers and principalities that cannot be seen, then we must realize that their mandate is to hinder any believer who is seeking to walk in the fullness of God. However, "greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world" (1 Jn. 4:4b KJV).
If you are seeking to fully follow the Lord, you can expect harassment from the enemy. God permits temptation because it drives us deeper into the soil of God. These times reveal God's power to keep us and walk us through the temptations. Our message becomes fruitful when it is born out of obedience and suffering for His name. Do not consider it strange if you find yourself fighting major battles the more obedient you become to the Master. God desires each of us to become a feared enemy of hell in order to affect satan's domain. When you begin to feel harassed, chances are you are beginning to affect the kingdom of darkness, and satan doesn't like this. So, how many demons do you think are assigned to you?

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Singing With Grace

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Introducing Curtis and Bonnie Szakàcs “
. . . singing with grace . . . “ Col 3:16

Our Mission . . .
Is to reach the unsaved with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to encourage believers
through music, recordings, prayer, concerts, and speaking. Our Ministry is to provide churches and other ministries with a flexible program designed to meet audiences of all ages or specific age groups.
Musically, we offer to present a sensitive blend of thought provoking lyrics,
spirited instrumentation, and intricate harmonies, displaying testimony of hope and faith in God. We continually seek to “ . . . grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”, (2 Peter 3:18) so that our music and ministry encourages others to do the same.
We are effective in ministry only as we remain in close fellowship with Him.

Curtis and Bonnie’s journeys have taken them from coast to coast, throughout Canada and into the USA, including three extensive Maritime tours. They are quick to say that “Home” is wherever they find places to play their music, and willing people to share it with. In addition to radio airplay, they have made numerous television appearances. “Their music has a fresh sound and will inspire you”, says Willard Thiessen, host of IT’S A NEW DAY (Trinity Television).

Their release “Looking For A Treasure”, (November, 2002)received nominations for “Best Children’s album of the year” by the 2004 VIBE Awards and the 2003 Covenant Music Awards(CGMA). Their release, “A Heart to Know You”, (August, 2000) was crafted in five
select recording studios in western Canada. The project portrays a mature style of songwriting and arranging by the duo, within a wide spectrum of musical styles, namely, folk, blues, jazz, celtic, traditional and contemporary.

Whether on or off stage, “Curtis and Bonnie have always exhibited the most humble and professional attitude.” (Dwayne Dyck - Assistant Director, Youth For Christ, Brandon, Manitoba) “The truth they share shines forth from the sincerity of their hearts as together with their sweet children, they make up a team that ministers to the whole family.”
(Steve Adams – Great Village, Nova Scotia)

Bonnie and Curtis’ music and ministry can be followed by logging onto their
website http://www.singingwithgrace.com

Bonnie and Curtis endeavor to bring the message of Jesus’ love to children through fun songs, exciting stories, puppets, object lessons, and informal drama. During their family concert format, they often take time to do some puppetry, tell a story, and sing a song with the children.

Curtis and Bonnie are equipped to provide the feature for children’s outreach in settings such as crusades, schools, VBS programs, camps, kid’s clubs, carnivals, etc. “The message of God’s grace through Jesus Christ is all-inclusive, covering all the complexities of mankind, yet simple enough to be embraced by a child. God has instilled within us a deep love for children and a passion to be used as vessels through which His message of grace can minister to each child. Our experiences in working with children continually inspire us to reach further, pray more, and love deeper.”
“. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done . . . so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” Psalm 78:4,6

*Taken from website - http://singingwithgrace.com/

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Reading the Bible

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.
One day the grandson asked, "Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?"

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water"

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You will have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was "impossible to carry water in a basket," and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, "See Papa, it's useless!"

"So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket." The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was CLEAN.

"Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out." That is the work of God in our lives. To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son.
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Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

For God so lo Ved the world
That He gAve
his on Ly
Begott En
T hat whosoever
Believeth I n Him
Should N ot perish,
But have E verlasting life."

John 3:16
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LOVE is patient,

LOVE is kind,

Does not envy,

It does not boast,

It is not proud.

It is not rude,

It is not self seeking,

It is not easily angered,

It keeps no record of wrongs.

LOVE does not delight in evil,

But rejoices with the truth.

It always protects,

Always trusts,

Always hopes

Always perseveres.


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To Go or Not To Go ~ That is the Question

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Why Go To Church?

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.

"I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."

This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher.
"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this.. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something!

Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

"When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could you get that for me?"
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Got Time?

Time Is A Unique Resource
Terence Traut

How many times have you thought or said, “Sure, I’d like to (take a course, take a vacation, work on an additional skill or project, etc) but there just isn’t enough time.” When we say, “There just isn’t enough time,” we’re shirking responsibility.

Let’s look at time and I’ll show you what I mean.

Time is a unique resource. It cannot be saved, stopped, or replaced. It’s interesting, then, that some people seem to “find time” to get things accomplished that others don’t. Some people seem to be able to “manage time” better than others and are thus able to “better use time.”

The fact is, these resourceful people cannot “find time” or “manage time” any more than the rest of us. Time cannot be “managed” or “found”. We all have the same amount of time in a day, a week, a month, and a year.

Everyone has:
24 hours in a day
168 hours in a week
8,736 hours in a year
613,200 hours in a lifetime (assuming a life span of 70 years)
306,600 hours left (assuming you’re now 35 years old)

How many hours do you have left in your life? Take a minute to calculate the time and write your answer in the margin. Compare the accomplishments you’ve achieved in the time you’ve already lived with the goals you want to achieve in the time you have left. Are you pleased with where you’re at and where you’re headed?

Ask yourself how you can use the remaining time to accomplish job, career, and personal goals that are meaningful for you. Ask yourself, “What is the one thing I can do TODAY that – if I did superbly – would have significant positive results in my department, career, or personal life?”

Managing time isn’t about time at all; it’s about priorities. It’s about achievements that – at the end of the day – are most important to you. It’s about setting achievable goals and using a planful method for achieving those goals amidst the many forces vying for your time every day.

Align Your Goals With Outside Forces

Have you ever started a diet around the holidays? Unless you opted to go to a health camp for the holidays, you probably succumbed to the many temptations of tasty, not-very-healthy food found during these times. The fact that no one else seemed to be dieting didn’t help either! In short, your goal of losing weight wasn’t aligned with the realities of the season.

The same is true of goals. Goals are easier to achieve if they are aligned with outside forces. As an example, if your professional goal is to achieve a lateral promotion to another part of the United States and the company’s goal is to reduce all transfers, your goal is not aligned with outside forces and you will have a challenge meeting your goal.

If your goals ARE NOT aligned with company goals, you may be seen as a malcontent – a troublemaker. If your goals ARE aligned with company goals, you are seen as supporting the company and your team is seen as a major contributing force in the organization.

Ask yourself, “Will the achievement of my goals help the company achieve its goals?” If your goals MIGHT NOT align with the company’s goals, you may wish to revisit your goal (or consider finding another company to work for!).

Anchor Your Goals With Inside Forces

It’s also important that your goals are anchored to your inner forces or values. If you don’t value the achievement of your goal, or the achievement of your goal goes against your values and principles, your goal will be difficult to achieve.
Ask yourself, “Will the achievement of this goal reinforce who I am as a team member, leader, or person?” If your goal MIGHT NOT reinforce who you are, you may want to revise your goal.

Link Your Goals With Other(s’) Goals

Finally, achieving a goal is easier if it is linked to another goal that you have or to another person’s goal. You may find that several of your goals may link together nicely; by working on one, you can easily work on several. Even more powerful is linking your goal to another person’s or department’s goal.

Ask yourself, “Who else might benefit from the achievement of this goal?” Discuss your goal with this person to see if there’s a possibility of working on mutually beneficial goals.

By aligning, anchoring, and linking our goals, they become easier to achieve.
NOTE: Once you have identified your goals, you will want to record them in a conspicuous place – one where you can see the goals on a daily basis.
Long-term Success Happens a Week at a Time

When you go on a diet, are you “good” every single day? If you blow your diet by going out one night, do you give up on your goal? The answer (hopefully) is “no.” Likewise, if your goal is to get promoted within a year and you haven’t done anything about it today, do you give up on your goal? The answer is “no.” Most people focus too much on the long-term goal OR on the day-to-day task. The truth is that you must look past the day-to-day and before the long-term goal to your intermediate goal.

Think about how you walk. Try walking by looking down at each step you take. You may not ever stumble, but you will certainly lose track of where you’re headed. Now, try to walk by looking at your destination (say a building a mile away); you MAY reach your goal if you don’t fall down the steps or get run over by a truck as you cross the street! To walk effectively, you must look forward – not a mile forward, but several steps ahead.

To effectively achieve your long-term goals, you must first break them down into intermediate goals, goals that can be reasonably achieved in a week (or for longer-term goals, in a month).

You will want to keep track of these intermediate goals on a monthly calendar. NOTE: You will also want to keep track of appointments, meetings, and other business action items on this monthly calendar as well; this will enable you to quickly see how packed or free any specific week will be.

Daily Planning

Having long-term and intermediate goals are the first two steps to “managing time.” The third step is to ACT! As the saying goes, “The longest journey begins with the first step.”

Many people – all with good intentions – ignore the realities of the day when they first start integrating their intermediate goals in their daily regimen. They forget that they have meetings they’re supposed to attend, job commitments they’re expected to fulfill, and other things that will tug and pull at their available time. As a result, they become frustrated with their lack of progress on their goals and become angry with the things – work and family obligations – that are taking all their time.

Take a few minutes each morning to plan your day:

Step 1: Identify your appointments, meetings, and other business action items.
Your first step in planning your day is to transfer appointments and other business action items from the monthly calendar. These are non-discretionary: you’ve already made commitments to them. Take time now to transfer any appointments and business action items from your monthly calendar onto your daily calendar in their appropriate places.

Step 2: Plan your daily duties.
Your second step is to plan your daily duties such as phone calls, mail, inbox items, etc. These are activities that are less defined that action items but still require a portion of your day. By planning these duties, you allot time for them without letting them drive your entire day.

Step 3: Make appointments with yourself.
Your third step is to “make appointments with yourself” by identifying which intermediate steps you wish to tackle today. Transfer these discretionary activities (intermediate steps) from your Goal Planning page. This makes discretionary items non-discretionary by the simple act of recording the item in the daily plan. You move the future into the present so you can act upon it now!

Here are some tips to help you “manage time” and achieve long-term success:

• Limit the number of activities you plan for a day. Commit to – and complete – a few activities rather than overcommitting.

• Make a habit of planning for 15 minutes every day.

• Do your priority first. Period. Include a quiet time to accomplish your top priority.

• Take a long-range view of your commitments. Does your calendar fill up quickly? Should it? Space your non-discretionary time carefully week to week.

• Take a medium-range view when planning time for your intermediate steps. “What is the one thing that I know if I did superbly THIS WEEK would have significant positive results in my department, career, and/or personal life?”

• Use your time management system to keep important information such as your department, career, and personal goals and intermediate steps; your appointments, business action items, and other commitments; and your contacts.

Entelechy’s Time Mastery Tip

“What is the one thing I can do TODAY that – if I did superbly – would have significant positive results in my department, career, or personal life?”

Terence R. Traut is the president of Entelechy, Inc., a company that helps organizations unlock the potential of their people through customized training programs in the areas of sales, management, customer service, and training. Terence can be reached at 603-424-1237 or ttraut@unlockit.com. Check out Entelechy's website at www.unlockit.com.
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Work at Home Expo

Monday, February 05, 2007

WAH Expo

Forget the crowds!
Forget the parking nightmares!
Forget the screaming children and nasty sales clerks!
Shop from the comfort of your own chair.

Don’t miss out! You are invited to the event of the year! It’s an extravaganza WAH EXPO like you’ve never seen before;product giveaways, samples, shopping, demos, prominent business-building speakers to spur you on to business victory (thousands of dollars worth of information - FR*EE!).

This EXPO will blow the top off any other virtual event you have EVER been to, except maybe the one we had in November of 2006 *grin*. Come celebrate and bring in the spring season with your on-line friends.

Six days of shopping, networking, and learning!

Date: May 7 - 12, 2007

Time: 10:00am EST-10:00pm EST

Cost: Attendance is fr.ee! Sign up as an *attendee* fill out the form on the Register Page

This will allow you to receive friendly reminders as the event gets near.

Thanks! See you there!
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Monthly Classes at Business and Learning

BusinessandLearning.com is now offering monthly classes
geared towards the Work At Home Community!
We want you to have all the skills necessary
to make 2007 YOUR YEAR!!

All students will receive a downloadable recording of the class,
as well as resources and tools based on the subject of the class.

The first class is on February 19, 2007
and will cover Computer and Internet Basics.
Our very own Wendy Cooper will be answering
all your basic computer and internet questions.

The second class is in March (the exact date is pending)
and will be Podcasting 101,taught by Tammy Munson.
Tammy will cover everything you need to know to start a podcast!

To sign up or get more information please visit the classes home page.

See you in class!
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