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Year 2013 - January thru March

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Asteroid Misses Earth by Only 17,200 Miles
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An asteroid, half the size of a football field, came remarkably close to the earth on February 15, 2013. It passed between the planet and currently orbiting communication and weather satellites, about 17,200 miles away.
Even as asteroids go, this one was relatively small. Scientists believe that an asteroid 6 miles in diameter hit the earth many years ago, causing extensive geological damage. If the asteroid that recently missed us had hit the earth, it would release the energy of 2.4 million tons of TNT and wipe out an area of 750 square miles.
In fact, something like that did happen in 1908 when it is believed an asteroid or meteor fragment penetrated the earth’s atmosphere and exploded five miles above the ground around the Tunguska River in Siberia. The blast flattened an estimated 80 million trees for 830 square miles with a force 1,000 times greater than the atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima, Japan.
The likelihood of this happening, scientists tell us, is once in every 1200 years. To date, scientists have recorded nearly 10,000 near-earth objects that have passed by our planet. Rocks from space hit the Earth’s atmosphere on a daily basis. Car-sized objects arrive every couple of weeks. About 100 tons of space material hits the Earth every day, but most of it is harmless, sand-grain-sized particles.
Quite often, when people hear news of a disaster their first question is, “Where was God?” Author and pastor John Piper counters with the positive side of that question. He asks, “Where was God in 2012 when. . .
• Nine million planes landed safely in the United States?
• The world revolved around the sun so accurately that it achieved the winter solstice perfectly at 5:12 a.m. December 21 and headed back toward spring?
• The sun maintained its heat and its gravitational pull precisely enough that we were not incinerated or frozen?
• No new plague like the Black Death swept away a third of our race?
• Over three million healthy babies were born in America?
These are certainly things to consider when we think about God’s sovereignty!
As Herman was driving down the freeway, his cell phone rang.  Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on 280 Interstate. Please be careful!"
"It's not just one car," said Herman. "It's hundreds of them!"
Written & submitted by: Irene Wright
An erry silence fell across Gethsemane that night
Anticipating on a horrible event that would take place at first light
How could one of Jesus’ disciples betray Him in such a way?
For after all, His only crime was to love him day after day!
Perhaps Judas thought at first, Jesus won’t have to pay the price
They will find some other soul to sacrifice
But for a mere thirty pieces of silver,
Judas kept his promise and the man called Jesus, He would deliver
Sealing his fate with a kiss on Jesus’ face
That very moment Judas completely fell from grace
Being mocked and ridiculed, spit upon and tortured, Jesus bore the cross
Only to bleed and die
For you and I
Taking the keys of hell and unlocking the doors
He arose on Easter morn, giving us an everlasting life for ever more.
Hot Potatoes
Turning Point Daily Devotional
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Lest Satan should take advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11
Workers in a potato processing plant in Athens, Greece, were startled to see two odd looking potatoes mixed into a shipment from Germany. The two objects were World War II-era hand grenades. Bomb-disposal experts neutralized the weapons, and Greek police investigated the incident.

None of us knows when the devil is going to toss a couple of grenades into our daily routines. The apostle Paul warned that Satan will try to tempt us because of our lack of self-control (1 Corinthians 7:5). He will try to take advantage of us if we're not alert to his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). He will try to hinder us in our work (1 Thessalonians 2:18). He will buffet us with thorns to our flesh (2 Corinthians 12:7).

But his plans backfire when we turn to the Lord and take our stand on Scripture. Times of difficulty are the means by which God stretches our faith and teaches us anew to trust Him and obey. Turn your pressures into prayers and put on the whole armor of God. That's how to withstand the devil's grenades.

Times of adversity can drive us closer to the Lord than times of ease, comfort and pleasure.
An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He finally went to the doctor and was fitted for hearing aids which restored his hearing to nearly 100%. The elderly gentleman returned to the doctor for a one-month check up.
The doctor asked, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be very pleased that you can hear again."
The gentleman replied, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will three times already!"
An Escort Through the Valley
Written by: Albert Lee
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I’ve heard people say, “I’m not afraid of death because I’m confident that I’m going to heaven; it’s the dying process that scares me!” Yes, as Christians, we look forward to heaven but may be afraid of dying. We need not be ashamed to admit that. It is natural to be afraid of the pain that comes with dying, of being separated from our loved ones, of possibly impoverishing our families, and of regret over missed earthly opportunities.
Why don’t Christians need to be afraid of death? Because Jesus was raised from the grave, and we who are in Christ will also be raised. That is why in 1 Corinthians 15:56-57, Paul proclaimed: “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The dying process itself is but an escort that ushers us into eternity with God. As we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” we can have this confidence from God’s Word: “You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Ps. 23:4). The picture here is of the Lord coming alongside us, giving comfort and direction as He escorts us through the dark valley to the “house of the Lord.” There we will dwell with Him forever (v.6).
Think of just crossing a river,
Stepping out safe on that shore,
Sadness and suffering over,
Dwelling with Christ evermore! —Anon.
Death is the last shadow before heaven’s dawn.
Just Think
Written by: Roy Lessin
Copied & submitted by: Lela Trotter
You're here not by chance,
but by God's choosing.
His hand formed you
and made you the person you are.
He compares you to no one else.
You are one of a kind.
You lack nothing
that His grace can't give you.
He has allowed you to be here
at this time in history
To fulfill His special purpose
for this generation.
To Realize the Value of Time
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To realize the value of a sister: Ask someone who doesn't have one.
To realize the value of ten years: Ask a newly divorced couple. 

To realize the value of four years: Ask a graduate. 

To realize the value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final Exam. 
To realize the value of nine months: Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn. 
To realize the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one minute: Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one-second: Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of a friend or family member: LOSE ONE

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.

Time waits for no one.

Today is the day of salvation.
"WHERE is my SUNDAY paper?" the irate customer calling the newspaper office loudly demanded, wanting to know where her Sunday edition was.
"Ma'am," said the newspaper employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on Sunday."
There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition as she was heard to mutter, "Oh. . . . so that's why no one was at church today."
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I think that God will never send,
a gift so precious as a friend.
A friend who always understands
and fills each need as it demands.
Whose loyalty will stand the test
when skies are bright or overcast.
Who sees the faults that merit blame
but keeps on loving just the same.
Who does far more than creeds could do,
to make us whole, to make us true.
Earth’s gifts a sweet enjoyment lends,
but only God can give a friend.
+++ The Christian Banner - February 2013 +++
The Seven Wonders of the World
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A group of students were asked to make a list that they thought were the current Seven Wonders of the World. Though there was some disagreement, the following got the most votes:
  1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
  2. Taj Mahal
  3. Hoover Dam
  4. Panama Canal
  5. Empire State Building
  6. St. Peter's Basilica
  7. China's Great Wall
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student hadn't turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."
The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help."
The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:"
  1. to touch
  2. to taste
  3. to see
  4. to hear
  5. to feel
  6. to laugh
  7. and to love
The room was so full of silence you could have heard a pin drop. Those things we overlook as simple and "ordinary" are truly wondrous. A gentle reminder that the most precious things in life cannot be bought nor are they made with man's hands.
Matt's father picked him up after school and asked, "So how did the school play tryouts go?  What part did you get?"
Matt enthusiastically announced, "My part is a man who's been married for 50 years." 

"That's great son," the father replied.  "Keep up the good work and before you know it, you'll get a speaking part."
Resume of Jesus Christ
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Author Unknown
Submitted by: Becky Freeman
Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible Keywords: Jesus Christ, Lord. Savior and Jesus
My name is Jesus - The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my resume because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.
• I founded the earth and established the heavens (see Proverbs 3:19).
• I formed man from the dust of the ground (see Genesis 2:7).
• I breathed into man the breath of life (see Genesis 2:7).
• I redeemed man from the curse of the law (see Galatians 3:13).
• The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me (see Galatians 3:14).
Occupational Background:
• I've only had one employer (see Luke 2:49).
• I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
• My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me (see Matthew 3:15-17).
Skills & Work Experiences:
• Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised (see Luke 4:18).
• I am a Wonderful Counselor (see Isaiah 9:6). People who Listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil (see Proverbs 1:33).
• Most importantly, I have the authority, ability & power to cleanse you of your sins (see I John 1:7-9)
Educational Background:
• I encompass the entire breadth & length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding (see Proverbs 2:6).
• In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (see Colossians 2:3).
• My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a lamp unto your path (see Psalms 119:105).
• I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart (see Psalms 44:21).
Major Accomplishments:
• I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times (see Genesis 1:26).
• I laid down my life so that you may live (see II Corinthians 5:15).
• I defeated the archenemy of God and mankind & made a show of them openly (see Colossians 2:15).
• I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!
• There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.
• Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healings, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.
In Summation:
Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths (see Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life (see John 6:47). When can I start? Time is of the essence (see Hebrews 3:15).
Send this resume to everyone you know. You never know who may have an opening!
Thanks for your help.
My brother Ricky lived eighteen months after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I went with him on several occasions to his chemo treatments. I saw Ricky and many others sitting in a room hooked up to machines while taking their treatments. Recently, I read a news report about RonWear clothing and how it allows people to stay warm and comfortable while undergoing chemotherapy, dialysis, or infusion. I hope this article will be useful to you or someone you know.
The Making of RonWear
Written by: Deb Stanzak
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I have spent 32 years in retail as a merchandiser and manager. I have been a seamstress since I was 10 years old; sewing everything I wore in high school and college! My first love was fashion design but changed my major to merchandising at Kent State due to the fact that jobs in the 80's were more prominent in retail clothing!
Unfortunately, I saw my retail experience and my care giving come together through my family's illnesses. In 2001 my husband was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the blood in the bone marrow; he began chemotherapy immediately. In 2004, my brother (Ron) went into the ER on March 3, and our mother, with whom he lived with, went into the ER on March 4. He had complications of diabetes, and she had congestive heart failure. His diabetes led him to renal failure and dialysis in that year, and my mother getting multiple blood transfusions.
My husband started chemotherapy and I found this need for a garment to keep them warm, dignified (not having to disrobe to connect to their port) and a need for easy access to the machines. I actually purchased a fleece pullover for my brother Ron, put a slit in the arm and inserted a zipper so he could stay warm in the treatment center, and unzip easily to connect to his fistula. The first day Ron wore it he said to me "Deb, you HAVE to manufacture this! The patients all want one and the nurses love the idea!"..."you'll be a millionaire"! I'll never forget that conversation. My reply was "how can I develop this when I am taking care of you, mom and my husband?"
But nevertheless, I went home and started working on the designs...deciding to call it RonWear, after my brother, who was consistently bugging me to create this line of clothing!!! As all three got more ill, I put the RonWear down for a couple years, and resumed it after my husband passed away in January 2008. As my 13 year old son says "we can still help people, but we don't have to take care of them.” We lost four of our relatives one after another in a short time, my husband’s father passing away 10 days after my husband. My son and I are hoping we CAN help people with ports make their lives easier with RonWear, a legacy that was meant to be....for my family, and now others.
Johnny asked his friend, Tony, whether he had bought his wife anything for Valentine's Day.
'Yes,' was the answer from Tony, 'I've bought her a belt and a bag.'
'That was very kind of you,' Johnny added, 'I hope she appreciates the thought.'
Tony smiled as he replied, 'So do I, and hopefully the vacuum cleaner will work better now.'
What a shock when I discovered that I’d locked my keys in the car. The last straw was learning that roadside service couldn’t get a locksmith to me for at least two hours. Finally the guy arrived, tired and annoyed. As he struggled with my door, I joked, “Do those Slim Jim tools come in purse-size?” “Yeah,” he muttered, “They’re called keys.”
The Bible … It’s the book that will keep you from sin. And sin will keep you from the book.
(I saw this on a poster at Walmart. Some times this is me!)
Some Days
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Some days I can be strong, I can be weak
I can be proud, I can be meek
I can be gentle or I can be tough
I can explode when I have had enough
Some times I laugh, some times I cry
Some times I lose, but I will always try
I always get up, when I get knocked down
And make a smile, out of a frown
I hope God likes me, the day we meet
If only a chance, to sit at His feet
And be by His side, year after year
While all the bad things disappear
So when life gets tough, and it is hard to be strong
I'll never forget... Heaven is where I belong!
Only Two Dolls
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A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.  In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.  She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box.  When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.  He asked her about the contents.

"When we were to be married," she said," My grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

"Honey," he said, "that explains the doll, but what about all of this money?  Where did it come from?"

"Oh," she said, "That's the money I made from selling the dolls."
I was visiting my grandson last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.

"This is the 21st century, Grandpa," he said. "We don't waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad."

I can tell you one thing, that fly never knew what hit it.
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 Would You Jump Out of an Airplane?
Written and submitted by: Pat Lewallen
What would make my friend Laura Williams jump out of a perfectly safe and sound airplane? She came in the office on a Monday morning and told us about her weekend adventure. Laura was so thrilled and excited and told us all about her new experience. And now she wants to learn to shoot a gun and learn to play the guitar. You see my friend Laura, who is 40 plus some years old, has a bucket list of things she wants to do before she kicks the bucket of death. Laura made her bucket list after our dear friend, Linda Jones, died unexpectedly in her sleep on July 14, 2012. That’s why Laura paid to skydive out of an airplane. It was on her bucket list. Would you jump out of an airplane? I know one thing for sure; I’m not jumping!
When I was young, I had a bucket list too, even though it wasn’t called that back then. I wanted to learn to snow ski, learn to play tennis, travel to Hawaii, and travel to a Caribbean island. I also wanted to know if God was real. And I wanted to drive to Ohio. And yes, I wanted to get married and have children of my own.
How many of these things have I accomplished? No, I’ve never been to a Caribbean Island but I have vacationed in the Florida Keys. I did make one trip to Hawaii. And I did marry and have children. I still haven’t driven to Ohio… and I really can’t remember now why I wanted to go there in the first place.
What’s on my revised bucket list now? I want to visit the Florida Keys again and enjoy the beautiful sunsets at Key West. I’m not really counting on going to a Caribbean island because since 9/11, flying is something I don’t really like to do. I would like to have time to travel this beautiful country and I would love to see the Grand Canyon. I want to make many more trips to visit my dear sister-in-law, Cathy Walker, in her beautiful mountain cabin near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
What are the top two items on my bucket list today? The second item on my bucket list is to serve my Lord and Savior to the best of my ability. I’m so glad I did find that Jesus is very much real and alive today! He has put a real joy in my heart and gave me a purpose for living. I want to tell others of His great love and His desire that no one would die and go to Hell for all eternity.
My number one bucket list item is still the same as it has been for many years. I want to go home and live in Heaven with Jesus. I want to see my dear loved ones and friends who have gone on to Heaven before me. Oh what a joy it will be to join them in giving praise and worship to my Lord and Savior! Heaven is a real place where Jesus, my real Lord and Savior, lives! I hope that you’ll include living with Jesus for all eternity on your bucket list too.
Another New Year
Written and submitted by: Lela Trotter
The year 2012 has been a year filled with blessings from our Lord and a year that has brought sickness, pain and death. As this year ends, I look back to things that happened and wonder what a new year will bring. This past year has been different for me. I started having trouble walking and have had a lot of pain. I started going to doctors, but because of my heart problems and some of my medication, I’ve been prevented from getting help.
But I’ve been blessed. I was supposed to have an injection put in my back but my heart doctor said it was too risky. I had to have the injection put in my hips. This was at the same time when lots of people got sick and many died from contaminated steroid shots. I received a letter from Duke Hospital that said my shots came from a batch that wasn’t contaminated. The Lord is good. I found out through x-rays that I have things wrong with my back, one of my hips and both knees. But I’m still blessed that my bones are still okay. But I know my problems are small compared to some of yours and my thoughts and prayers are with you everyday. As we look to the year 2013, we can know that God will still be with us in all things.
A senior woman went to the doctor's office where she was seen by one of the younger doctors.  After about four minutes in the examination room, she burst out screaming as she ran down the hall.  An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was, and she told him her story.  After listening, he had her sit down and relax in another room.  The older doctor marched down the hallway back to where the young doctor was writing on his clipboard.

"What did you do?!" the older doctor demanded.  "Mrs. Terry is 71 years old, has four grown children and seven grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?"

The younger doctor continued writing and without looking up said, "Does she still have the hiccups?"
A Happy New Year
Written by: Author Unknown
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To leave the old with a burst of song;
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
To forget the things that bind you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that's past;
To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the not worth while of the days grown old;
To dare go forth with a purpose true,
To the unknown task of the year that's new;
To help your brother along the road,
To do his work and lift his load;
To add your gift to the world's good cheer,
Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.
The Story Behind the Song “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”
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Trust is one of those marvelous words that can be used in many different ways. As a noun, it refers to the confidence that we have in someone or something. It can also be an account that is entitled to special treatment and special protection. As a verb, it is the act of placing confidence in someone else. Whether it is a thing or an action, though, we often speak of “levels” or “degrees” of trust. Between the best of friends there is great trust. How much do we trust others? How much do they trust us?

This beautiful hymn was written by Louisa Stead. The story is told that she and her husband were watching their young daughter by the beach. Someone cried out for help. There was a boy in the water. Mr. Stead went to the rescue, but the frightened boy pulled him under the water in a panic. Mrs. Stead and her daughter could only watch from the beach as the boy and her husband drowned.
Louisa Stead was a poor woman and she was hardly able to provide for her daughter. One day when it seemed that all of their resources were gone, she found a gift of food and money left on her doorstep. It was on that day that she sat and wrote these words:
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.
Around 1880, Louisa Stead went to South Africa, and served as a missionary some 15 years. She remarried, to Robert Wodehouse of that country. She returned to America in 1895 to recover her health, but once again went into missions in Rhodesia in 1901. Her daughter Lily married D. A. Carson and became a missionary just like her mother.
Louisa Steed died on January 18, 1917 in Penkridge, Zimbabwe. She is buried there also.
An Exercise in Godliness
Written by: David H. Roper
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Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things.
1 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV)
The New Year is often the time when we resolve to take better care of ourselves—to exercise, eat right, and perhaps shed some of the pounds we gained over the holidays. Paul says, “Exercise profits a little” (1 Tim. 4:8), so I struggle to be as fit as I can be. I try to eat right, more or less, though I do love fried chicken. I lift weights and walk, but I know that my body is not long for this world. Its strength is fading.
It’s better to concentrate on godliness, because it holds promise for this life and the life to come (v.8). Contrary to the old adage, we can take something with us after all.
Godliness may sound dull, scary, and unattainable, but the essence of godliness is simply self-giving love—caring more for others than we care for ourselves. This kind of love is hard to come by, but it’s one that grows in the presence of love. We grow loving and more lovely by sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him, talking things over—gaining in likeness to the One who is love (1 John 4:8).
Life is a journey into love, it seems to me, and there’s nothing so beautiful as a godly soul. Physical exercise is good, no doubt, but there is something far, far better: It is to love.
That I may love Him is my soul’s ambition—
Love Him with all my mind and strength and heart,
Seek out His will and choose it, in submission,
And with the joy He only can impart. —Anonymous
Love is godliness in action.
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for Kids
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01. I will practice good hygiene.
02. I will make it a point to eat healthier.
03. I will be responsible when using the computer.
04. I will volunteer at my local church or in the neighborhood.
05. I will keep my bedroom organized and my bed made.
06. I will work on being polite and not responding to my parent's requests with a smart tongue.
07. I will do my best in school.
08. I will be kind to all kids.
09. I will get proper exercise.
10. I will limit the time I spend watching television and playing video games to one to two hours per day