Funny Things All Ages Learn in Life

GREAT TRUTHS THAT CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:

~  No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
~  When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
~  If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second
person.
~  Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
~  You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
~  Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
~  Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
~  You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
~  Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
~  The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandpa’s lap.

GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:

~  Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
~  Wrinkles don’t hurt.
~  Families are like fudge…mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
~  Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.
~  Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.
~  Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.

GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD

~  Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
~  Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
~  When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you’re down
there.
~  You get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a
roller coaster.
~  It’s frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask
you the questions.
~  Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.
~  Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

From http://www.mikeysfunnies.com

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5 Ways to Make Your Day Cheerful with Your Kids

Proverbs 17:22 says that when you are cheerful — an attitude of the heart — it is a “good medicine”. I really like this phrase. Generally, I am a very cheerful person. I am optimistic and happy, with a love for laughter.

When my son was young, I would have my “sidekick” right beside me. My wife, Ginger, and I would ask him silly questions that invoked silly responses. We would use him to pull harmless pranks and would have both fun real-life activities, and adventures filled with imagination.

So, want to spice up your day? Here’s a quick list to empower you to add some smiles.

1. Ask children some great questions.

Stop for a moment and have fun with this. Start with “How was your day” and then move to some more creative stuff.

Perhaps ask things like:

  • “Is there anything we can do together today?”
  • “How do you think peanut butter is made?”
  • “What does daddy do at work?”
  • “Why does the Tooth Fairy take your teeth when you lose them?”

2. Run a race
Set some goal point, give them a head-start and RUN! Remember, it’s about building memories and self-esteem —  and not about YOU winning!    😉

3. Read a story
You can make a great connection with our kids when you read to them. Pick something fun and entertaining. The put some emotion into it. Do funny voices, or have them do some.

4. Look up famous places or places you have lived on Google Earth, or Google Maps.
I know this sounds geeky, but it can be a great adventure for kids who are the right age-group. Don’t wear out your time with this one, just make some connections. Suggestions would be places like the Grand Canyon, Empire State Building, or perhaps a camp ground your family has visited.

5. Play a game
Get out of the routine by playing cards, ping pong, or croquet. You may even want to invent your own board game or card game.

HAVE FUN! Enjoy the gift of your family!

History Makers — Surprise Wedding

Have you ever wanted everything to be new again?

Do you have regrets and find yourself trapped by your circumstances?

That’s the way a young couple that come to our church felt. Both had relationships that failed. Both had a child.

Several months ago they came to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It changed them. Did their problems go away completely? Of course not. And if you read the pages of the Bible, you would see that forgiveness of sins do not equal an escape from life’s problems and difficulties.

But it does promise a brand new life! So a new heart is a fresh start.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

So today, being followers of Christ, they wanted to make their lives right before God. It involved commitments and promises — a much more serious word would be covenant. They made a covenant before their friends and family, before each other, and before God — IN MARRIAGE!

A surprise wedding for our church!!

A man and woman were joined together and WE ALL CELEBRATED! What a great day!

What are You the King of?

King of the Remote

We all want to be first. We want to be king of something. And for some people, unfortunately, that’s ALL that MATTERS.

What’s incredible with that is it is never enough no matter the quantity or even the visibility of power that one may become.

We see it if we reference the life of Solomon in the Bible. It becomes very clear what ended up being THE IMPORTANT summary of his life (See Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Question: What are you pouring your life into right now? What is your PASSION — right now? Are you making a difference? Are you leaving a legacy?

How are your kids, wife, other relationships doing?

And where does God fit in?

These questions matter. And please remember that God has a wonderful plan and purpose for your life. He loves you and made you to know Him.

Oh, another scripture? Jeremiah 29:11 … it’s one of my favorites!

King of the Remote

Downtown San Francisco Focus Focus Focus

I’m waiting at a Starbucks to go to a focus group. This one is about blogging and how I use it in my life and how I connect with associates.

daisy-skyFocus is pretty, cool. I love diverse focus pictures in photography. You know the kind, the flower is in perfect focus and the child looking at the flower is blurry. And I also love perfectly clear photos, the kind that just pop off the page or computer screen.

In life, focus is important. There is a cliche’ that says, “Keep the main thing the main thing!”

So what’s vital in your life regarding clarity? Faith? God? Your wife? Your children? People? Stuff? Money? Your job? Sports? TV? ______________?

Leave a comment and let us know.

Plan to Talk to Someone Close to You Today

cell phoneGo ahead. Pick up the phone and spend like 6 minutes. Call someone you love.

How long has it been since you did something like that? What if you called your spouse and ask them how their day is going. Have you spoken to your dad or mom in a while? Do they know what is happening in your world?

We get so busy, right? We all use our cell phones for these short conversations. Many times they are interruptions in our day, many times it involves business or we may even be working our to-do list right during our drive to and from somewhere. Drive, hurry, errand, lunch, work — busy, busy, busy.

So add one more thing. Add something that may just make a difference in your grandmother’s life. Call your daughter. Oh, and have no agenda when you do this. Just tell them you love them and were thinking about them. Well? What are you waiting for??? 😉

Psalm 9:1 (NLT) I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart. I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.