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Friday, 10 September 2010 17:00

Today, being today, it only seems right to spend time remembering.

As the calendar was turning to 9/11 and the clock was moving to “that hour” I once again was overwhelmed with the emotions of that fateful day.

Bear with me as I share what flows from my spirit this morning, coming from my heart that wept as I wrote it. My prayer is that we will never forget and thus never ever loose our passion for being free.

 

Overwhelming Emotions

My brain argued in skepticism
to try and accept that was really real life drama;
Yet my mind screamed in alarm
as I witnessed the terror happening;
My very being was appalled
while I beheld the people's horror

My lungs seized in panic
since I observed them gasping for air;
Yet my breath struggled for regularity
as I watch them run through the dust;
My knees crumbled in pain
while I watched them descend those stairs.

My consciousness rebelled the insanity
while the atrociousness sank in;
My very core froze in foreboding
as the terror of the events became actuality
And my heart froze in fear
while I wondered what and where is next

My soul wept in anguish
while I watching them looking for loved ones;
My heart cried with overwhelming grief
as I considered the distress of those families
My eyes filled with tears of sorrow
for each life and family in pain
Then, as now, I could only say a prayer
that they might be comforted.

Yet my spirit whispered in gratefulness
to thank Him for every life able to get out;
Then my understanding grasped with amazement
as the details of survival stories emerge;
My sense of security exulted in appreciation
the courage and fearlessness of the first responders
And they became the heroes of the day
as they considered only to help others first!

My faith was put to the test
wondering if it was the final end;
My prayers rose up in unity
with the millions around the globe,
And my confidence was restored and renewed
that My Lord was and still is always in control
Even those days I cannot begin to understand His ways
He alone knows what tomorrow will bring!

 

Written by Erica Fath 9/11/2008

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You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962

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Blogging 101 PDF Print E-mail

Blogging… a term that is so prevalent in the Internet today. But what’s it all about?

Let’s start by talking about the vocabulary of blogging.

To understand blogs, you need to know the terms blog, platform, domain, and web host. Once you have mastered these key elements of blogging, you can enter any conversation about blogging with confidence. After you know what exactly a blog is, you will be on your way to passing the final exam of blogging 101.

Blog is short for weblog, which simply means a series of online posts presented in reverse chronological order. That's all!

Most blogs are text, but there are also photo blogs and video blogs. The rest of blogging 101 has to do with the technical side of things. If you are setting up a blog, you will need a platform, a web host, and a domain.

A blogging platform is a computer software program that allows you to write posts and to update your blog. Your platform is also what you use to design the look of your blog, from color scheme to font size.

The web host is sort of like the virtual file cabinet where your blog is stored. Your computer communicates with the host when you upload or edit a post.

The domain is the online address of your blog, and usually ends in ‘dot com'. Now that you know what a blog is, what a platform is, and what domains and hosts are, congratulate yourself!

Congratulations! You have passed blogging 101.

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"All things are possible until they are proved impossible - and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.”

Pearl S. Buck 1892-1973

 

 
Time - The Only Equalizer PDF Print E-mail

Time makes us all equal!

 

All my life I’ve been told to treat everyone equal. Personally, I DO believe that in the eyes of God we ARE ALL equal, yet life in my world doesn’t always seem to reflect that.

Why do some have it better than others? Why is it that some folks seemed to get so much more done in a day than me? I mean, we all have 24 hours in a day, with 60 minutes in each hour. Time is ours - with total equality - regardless of race, gender, age, nationality, economic standing or location. No one gets more; no one gets less.

Time truly makes us equal. Since we all start with the same 24 hours, obviously it’s not time or lack thereof that is the deciding factor as to whether I’m frustrated or fulfilled every Friday night.

It’s how I take each of those 24-hour segments and what I do with them. Organization and scheduling help us accomplish more and improve our abilities to be productive and meet our obligations.

Over the past few decades the various roles of being a busy mom, a homemaker, a business owner, and a volunteer have forced me to find ways to make the best use of each day. Organization and scheduling help me accomplish more and improve my abilities to be productive and meet my obligations.

Over the next few days, let me share some time tips that work for me.

By keeping everything in one handy place you'll find you

 

911 Time Tip One

Get Organized

 

This is a simple step actually but an important first step to finding more time in your day. Today take the time to organize your workspace. Clear your desk or your kitchen/work counter. Put your tools where they belong. Too much time is wasted looking for lost and misplaced items. This may take you some time the first time you do it, but then make it a habit to leave your desk or your workspace clean and clutter free at the end of each day. This will actually save you time the next day, as you’ll be able to get started on your current project right away.

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"You have not lived a perfect day, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you."

Ruth Smeltzer