Monday, 6 October 2014

How to get 30 hours in a day

There was a time when I fantasized about applying to Heaven for an extension of the 24 hours of the day. With so much to do, I dreamed of a day with 25, 27 or even 30 hours. And I imagined how much more I could do with those extra hours. 

But this fantasy did not last long because it always ended in the same way. The application always returned to me with the word “REFUSED” stamped on it in big red letters. And below, an explanation written by God Himself, saying, “Manage your time better.”

Manage my time better. How?

Time is a really curious thing. [One of these days, when you have, uh ... time, 43 minutes to be precise, watch this profound meditationon what time is. You will never think about it in the same way.] Time doesn’t go backwards. Everyone has the same amount of it. One day it will end for us—and we do not know when. But one thing we are sure of: we should not waste it.

How can we utilize it to the fullest? How can we manage it efficiently? Here are ten tips:

  1. Learn to say “no” more often to things that you’d like to do but don’t really have time for.
  2. Use social networks for silly purposes less frequently.
  3. Watch out for the thieves of time: TV, the Internet, boring friends, cell phones, games, etc.
  4. Have a set time to sleep and wake up—and sleep for at least seven hours. A good night’s sleep is the secret of high productivity during the day.
  5. Plan what you will do in advance. Planning saves time.
  6. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, finding more and more things to do while other more important ones are being delayed. Write down your ideas in a file entitled “maybe in the future”. Don’t start a new project until you finish the one you’re working on.
  7. If you’ve reached your time limit, let the important people in your life know that you can no longer accept new projects and responsibilities unless you complete or stop doing something else.
  8. Take time off to regain energy and recover mentally. Once a week, even if it’s just for a few hours.
  9. Make time for the most important person in your life. Once a week, even if it’s just for a few hours.
  10. Start your day with a conversation with God.It’s not a bad idea to ask for advice from Someone to whom one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8).

Your days will never have 30 hours, but if you follow these tips, it will seem as if they did.

Source: www.renatocardoso.com

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Eight Signs

 

These are eight signs which indicate that someone is likely to leave the church one day:

  1. You miss the Lord’s Supper quite often
  2. You always have an excuse not to attend church on Wednesdays, the Night of Salvation
  3. You never meditate on the word of God
  4. From time to time you watch pornography
  5. You skip your tithe every once in a while
  6. You always miss campaigns that aim to improve your faith
  7. You do not want to be baptised in water
  8. You never concentrate on the important parts of the preaching.

 

“You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;

(2 Peter 3:17 NKJV)

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Eliminating stress in 7 steps

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Eliminating stress in 7 steps

 

  1. Identify the first thing that pressurizes you most at the moment.
  2. Identify your second and third biggest concerns.
  3. Write these three things somewhere.
  4. Under each one, write down everything you can do to solve them.
  5. Check what you are already doing and what still needs to be done. Do what needs to be done.
  6. Write down what you CANNOT do under each of the things listed in number 3.
  7. Accept what you cannot do, focus on what you can, and give the rest to God.

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5.7

Don’t just to read it. Follow the seven steps. They work.



Sunday, 7 September 2014

As I have thought

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As I have thought, so it shall come to pass

Posted: 06 Sep 2014 03:21 PM PDT

 

“Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass,
and as I have purposed, so it shall stand.” Isaiah 14:24

“As I have thought, so it shall come to pass” is more than a promise. It shows how God works. If what He thinks happens, then He does not think about what is wrong, about defeat, disgrace, fear or doubt—because this is not what He wants to happen. He thinks about His great plan and His noble projects, and sees them realized.

It is an example of how our minds should work. We have to think about what we want; imagine, envision the dream realized. We have to determine what will happen. The same power that is in God is also in us, because we are made in His image.

Use this power, this authority, to determine what you want. Think like God, determine like God. It is not abracadabra. It is the strength of the Spirit working within you.

Let it flow and get out of way.