Adolescence (lat adolescere, (to grow) is a transitional stage of physical and mental human development that occurs between childhood and adulthood. This transition involves biological (i.e. pubertal), social, and psychological changes, though the biological or physiological ones are the easiest to measure objectively. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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“If we do not listen we do not come to the truth. If we do not pray we do not even get as far as listening…Four things go together: silence, listening, prayer, truth.” Hubert Van Zeller
In the book of James we are reminded that; “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (1:19) James goes on to say, “Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave.” Do you look like a ball of negative emotions? Or a gown of Hope and Praise?
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Everyone will enjoy a fresh Christmas centerpiece adorning your table and I would like to explain how to make one. Depending on where you live, you can purchase or cut from your yard evergreens such as pine, fir, cypress, cedar, boxwood or northern bayberry (myrtle). Evergreens symbolize the promise of Eternal Life which Jesus gives to all who will accept and follow Him as their Lord and Savior. They provide healing and fragrant aromas and last for weeks indoors if kept watered. When I use these evergreens in arrangements, I am reminded of the handiwork of the Lord and His choice of plant material from this scripture Isaiah 41:18-20:
“I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. “
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I guess by the grace of God I decided to try to find you on the internet today. I don’t know why or how I stumbled upon your e-mail address but in any case I did. My name is Katherine (Katie) Montalbano, I was in your 2nd and 3rd grade class at Woodlake Elementary. To this day, I feel like your class has given me the best foundation to work with throughout my life. Hannah Kaufmann -Swang and I consistently talk about being in your class and how much of an impression you have made on us. Hannah is still one of my best friends and has been my roommate in college for most of the time.
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Communication is at a premium. And, we need to place a premium on our communication skills. Put a premium on peace and stability. Political talks, religious talks, family talks, and relational talks on all levels and fronts.
We find many times our communication skills look Bokeh. While Bokeh may be a great form for photography it might just lack the higher quality in our words. Our words become blurred or fuzzy when meant to be clear and precise.
If we want to go to a higher level with our words to stimulate the idea of Bokeh, we need to have a higher way of thinking. If we stay focused on what’s happening in the natural realm to fill our thoughts we will not experience Bokeh. It would be the supernatural realm happening in our communication that would produce the Bokeh effect. I think most of us, if not all, want to experience what God is doing behind our natural way of thinking.
photo by Jon M.
“Bokeh is a photographic term referring to the appearance of out-of-focus areas in an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field. Different lens bokeh produces different aesthetic qualities in out-of-focus backgrounds, which are often used to reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject.”
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We held our Third Annual Retreat of The Daily Lily.com in the beautiful surroundings of eastern NC in the Edenton area with a field trip to Charlotte, NC for a visit of the Billy Graham Library. We studied “The Four Bees” finding our spirituals gifts written and taught by Sara. It was fantastic, inspirational and lots of fun.
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“If you build it they will come.” If you will they will? We have all heard these words and some of us have watched and loved the movie “Field of Dreams” over and over hoping to learn how to build so they will come.
In “Field of Dreams”, an Iowa farmer all his life was searching for his dreams. Then one day, his dreams came looking for him. He hears a voice in his corn field tell him, “If you build it, he will come.” This farmer interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball field on his farm.” And, come they did!
A tag line for this movie is, “If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true.”
We at times while dreaming our dreams read the words of Luke from the Word of God, “With God nothing is impossible.” (Luke 1:37) In this story, Mary the Mother of Jesus, soon to be, hears a voice telling her that her cousin, Elizabeth, in her old age had conceived a son. Mary believed the impossible and went to see and the incredible came true. Have you ever thought about making a tag line for your dreams?
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