A prayer for when you’re hurting: 10 verses of comfort for tough times

September 24, 2015 by admin  
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10 Verses for when you feel broken, for those in need of comfort:
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps. 147:3

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Ps. 34:18

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says,
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

God is Good

“I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait on the Lord.” Ps. 27:13-14

“Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble
by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Cor. 1:3-4

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10

Cling to God

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Pet. 2:24

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Ps. 55:22

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-30

God’s warranty

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor. 12:9

Know that He loves you,
He cares about what you’re walking through, every single thing.

God and Man

And He hasn’t left you, not ever.
Praying that you’ll have a fresh glimpse of His Presence
as He’s bringing you through, to the other side of the grief.

” There’s more in store…
He has good for you…and whispers hope “.

- fwd: susamma mathews

10 daily habits to stop back pain

September 21, 2015 by admin  
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1. Sleep With a Pillow Under Your Knees

Elevating your legs slightly relieves pressure on your back as you sleep.
Sleeping on your back puts an estimated 55 pounds of pressure on your spine.
By placing a pillow under your knees, you can cut that pressure in half.

back pain

2. Up Your Calcium and Vitamin D Intake

Strong bones can help prevent osteoporosis,
one of the most common causes of back pain later in life, particularly for women.
Keep the bones in your spine strong by consuming plenty of calcium and vitamin D,
whether in milk, yogurt, leafy greens, or vitamin supplements.
However, always consult you doctor before taking any kind of supplement.

3. Work Your Core

The numerous health benefits of exercise are well known,
but a regular strength training routine that focuses on the core muscles of the body
can also help reduce your risk of back-related incidents, such as strains and muscle spasms.
For a stronger, more flexible back, try to incorporate some sort of back
and abdominal strengthening exercise into your workout at least twice a week.

Back Pain

4. Change Your Shoes

Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are best bets for back pain prevention
as they reduce the strain on the back while standing.
Sorry ladies—pumps with less than a one-inch heel are the best bet for your back.

5. Straighten Up

Good posture isn’t just a way to look more proper.
It protects the intricate pieces of your spine to keep them functioning and healthy.
Bad posture puts strain and stress on the back and, over time,
can actually change the architecture of the spine itself.
Avoid rounding your shoulders, slouching, or bending sideways while standing.

6. Don’t Slump Over Your Desk

When sitting in your office chair,
use the same good posture techniques you would use while standing.
Because many of us spend hours each day sitting down,
it is absolutely critical that you maintain good posture and support your back.
Choose a quality chair that provides firm support in the lower back area,
and make sure your knees are a little higher than your hips when you sit.

back pain

7. Mingle

Whether you are at an office party or a bar for happy hour,
avoid sitting in an awkward position or standing in one place. Instead, move around the room.
This prevents undue pressure on the spine, a result of standing in one place for too long.

8. Put Out That Cigarette

We all know smoking is a serious health risk, but numerous studies have found
that smokers are also more likely than nonsmokers to experience back pain,
particularly later in life.
One reason for the higher risk is that nicotine restricts the blood flow to the spine’s disks,
and this can cause them to dry out, crack, or rupture.
Smoking also reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood thus reducing nourishment
for the muscles and tendons in the back.
An unhealthy, weak back is more vulnerable to accidental strains
and pulls that cause back pain.

back pain

9. Lighten Your Load

Back pain is frequently caused by improper or heavy lifting,
but it doesn’t happen only to those lifting heavy boxes on the job.
Carrying a bulky laptop bag, suitcase, camera,
or load of groceries could also cause a sudden strain on the back.

Whenever possible, take some weight off your shoulders by carrying less,
distributing the weight to both sides of the body,
or shifting the weight from shoulder to shoulder to give each side a rest.
For heavier loads, such as bags of groceries or boxes of files,
consider using a rolling cart or bag with wheels.

10. Stretch

Standing, sitting, or lying down in one place for an extended amount of time
may be a necessary part of life, but it is not healthy for your back.
Relieve the strain of the day whenever you can by getting up,
walking around, and doing some simple stretches.
This will help keep the blood flowing through the bones and muscles of your back
and ease away any strains or aches caused by inactivity.

- fwd: vc mathews

The three things you need to reach your goals

September 12, 2015 by admin  
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“We plan the way we want to live,
but only GOD makes us able to live it.” Proverbs 16:9 (MSG)

Proverbs 16:9 says,
“We plan the way we want to live, but only GOD makes us able to live it” (MSG).

You get to plan the way you want to live, but only God gives you the power
and energy to actually make the transformation. Why?

Because God provides the three things you must have to reach your goal
and change your life.

1. You need God’s Spirit to empower you.

holy spirit
You need God’s Spirit to empower you to make changes you can’t make on your own.
It’s not based on will power; it’s based on God power.
It’s not based on trying; it’s based on trusting.
Zechariah 4:6 says,
“‘You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power,
but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD All-Powerful” (NCV).

2. You need God’s Word to guide you.

The Bible is the owner’s manual for life.
The more you read it, study it, memorize it, and meditate on it,
the more successful and fulfilled you’re going to be in life.

When Joshua was given the great dream of taking over the Promised Land
— a goal that was going to take him the rest of his life —
God had these words to say to him:

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth,
but you shall meditate on it day and night,
so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it;
for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success”
(Joshua 1:8 NASB).

3. You need God’s people to support you.
people of godYou will not be able to reach your goals on your own.
It takes a team to fulfill a dream!

A crowd can’t support you, but a small group can.

They know when you’re sick, when you’re having a tough time, when you need a break.

You can share your goals and your successes and failures,
and they will rejoice with you and encourage you to keep going.
You’re going to need that when you make the right kind of goals
and pursue them wholeheartedly.

- fwd: v c mathews

Great recipe

September 9, 2015 by admin  
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your good health is in your own hands1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to __________ today. I am thankful for ______________ ‘.

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day..

7. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a College kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

12. You are not so important that you have to win every argumen t. Agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

14. Don’t compare your life to others.. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you..

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. GOD heals everything – but you have to ask Him.

Count Your Blessings20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

21. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!

22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.

24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You’ll be smiling before you know it.

- fwd: ronald monterio

Can your answers match?

September 6, 2015 by admin  
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Question and the Answer given by Candidates,  they are IAS (Indian Administrative Services – THE most difficult examination in India . Candidates are graduate Officers now.

Q.How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
A. Concrete floors are very hard to crack! (UPSC Topper)

Q.If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
A. No time at all it is already built. (UPSC 23 rd Rank Opted for IFS)

Q.If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and fourapples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?
A. Very large hands.(Good one) (UPSC 11 Rank Opted for IPS)

Q. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
A. It is not a problem, since you will never find an elephant with one hand. (UPSC Rank 14 Opted for IES)

Q. How can a man go eight days without sleep?
A. No Probs, He sleeps at night. (UPSC IAS Rank 98)

Q. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
A. It will Wet or Sink as simple as that. (UPSC IAS Rank 2)

Q. What looks like half apple?
A : The other half. (UPSC – IAS Topper )

Q. What can you never eat for breakfast?
A : Dinner.

Q. What happened when wheel was invented?
A : It caused a revolution.

Q.. Bay of Bengal is in which state?
A : Liquid (UPSC 33 R ank )

Interviewer said “I shall either ask you ten easy questions or one really difficult question.

Think well before you make up your mind!” The boy thought for a while and said, “my choice is one really difficult question.”

“Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice! Now tell me this.

“What comes first, Day or Night?”

The boy was jolted in! to reality as his admission depends on the correctness of his answer, but he thought for a while and said, “It’s the DAY sir!”

“How” the interviewer asked,

“Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!”

He was selected for IIM!

- fwd: ronald monteiro

Give thanks, for God is at work

August 20, 2015 by admin  
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Was it a coincidence that Andrew met this specific boy among the crowd listening to Jesus?

Was it a coincidence that the boy had “five loaves of barley bread and two fish”?
And are we any different from Andrew in that he looked at the bigness of the problem
instead of looking at the bigness of Jesus?

boy with five loaves and two fishes

Here’s one more God-story to help you focus today on the many ways God provides for you.
When I sold my home for a huge loss,
I knew what was left was “certainly not enough” to even rent a one-bedroom apartment.
Surely this was even too big for God.

And then God connected me with friends of friends.
David and Susan Moffitt had moved to a new home and not sold their old one.
They were letting someone live in the house, but that person would be leaving soon,
and Susan suggested I drive by to see if I’d be interested in living there.
She said, “It’s a little rough, but if any house has character, this one has it.”

So I drove through a neighborhood of older, upscale homes, down a street lined with trees,
creating the kind of entrance effect you might find as you enter the grounds to an old Southern college.
At the end of the road, I could see a white house with a white picket fence.
It looked as if it was sitting in the middle of the road, but, as I got closer,
I could see it was a visual effect because the road took a sharp turn to the right just in front of the house.

The Moffitt house was the last holdout from the parceled progress
that turned a plantation and some farms into just another neighborhood.
It was an old 1940s farmhouse sitting like a two-acre oasis in the middle of suburbia.
I pulled into the dirt driveway and drove up to the front, next to the white picket fence.

Just as I stopped the car, three deer walked out from behind a large hedge and stood a few feet away from me.
And — I kid you not — right on cue, Amy Grant’s version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” started playing on the radio.

Later, I called Susan and told her I’d like to talk about moving into the house.
I hesitated and then asked, “How much are you planning to charge?”
She said, “Oh, we weren’t planning to charge anything.


We’re glad if we can bless you.”

- fwd: v c mathews

Keep God’s word close at hand

August 13, 2015 by admin  
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For most of the 2,000-year history of the Church, only priests got to personally read the Bible,
but now billions of us have access to it.
In spite of this, many believers are more faithful to reading their daily newspaper than their Bibles.

Bible Teachings

It’s no wonder why we don’t grow.
We can’t watch television for three hours, then read the Bible for three minutes and expect to grow.

Many who claim to believe the Bible “from cover to cover” have never read it from cover to cover.
But if you will read the Bible just fifteen minutes a day, you will read completely through it once a year.

Teaching the Bible
If you cut out one 30-minute television program a day and read your Bible instead, you will read through the entire Bible twice a year.
Daily Bible reading will keep you in range of God’s voice.

This is why God instructed the kings of Israel to always keep a copy of his Word nearby:
“He should keep it with him all the time and read from it every day of his life” (Deuteronomy 17:19).
But don’t just keep it near you; read it regularly!

bible study
A simple tool that is helpful for this is a daily Bible reading plan.
It will prevent you from just skipping around the Bible arbitrarily and overlooking sections.

- fwd: vc mathews

Money matters

August 5, 2015 by admin  
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Do you ever feel anxious when the collection plate comes around?
Paul somewhat surprisingly tells us that
“You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give.”
Not only that, but giving should be joyful, not forced:
“Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.
For God loves the person who gives cheerfully” (2 Corinthians 9:7).


Jesus spoke more about money than almost any other topic.
According to author Randy Alcorn, about 15% of Jesus’ sayings
recorded in the Bible relate to money and possessions.
Why did Jesus (and the New Testament authors like Paul) speak so often about money?
Perhaps because we seem to have so much trouble using money wisely.
Thankfully, the New Testament gives us plenty of guidance.

using money wisely

In the story of the widow’s offering, Jesus commends her gift of the equivalent of two pennies.
She gave “more than all the rest.” Paul clarifies that “If you are really eager to give,
it isn’t important how much you are able to give” (2 Corinthians 8:12).
So, clearly the amount given is not most important.
Then what is? It is our attitude towards giving.

widows offering

Often, the Pharisees (the religious zealots of Jesus’ time) tried in vain to trap Jesus with tricky questions.
On one such occasion, Jesus’ reply was “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s,
and to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:21). So what portion of our money is “God’s”?


In a sense, it all is, since we have been given stewardship over our money.
How much should we give to the church or other important causes?
Paul answers this question thusly:
“Give whatever you can according to what you have” (2 Corinthians 8:11).
The widow did just that; she gave what little she could afford and Jesus approved of her.


Finally, note what Jesus says about giving:
“Take care! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired … Give your gifts in secret” (Matthew 6:1,4).
Keeping your giving between yourself and God ensures
you are giving for the right reason and won’t become prideful.
As Paul says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others” (Philippians 2:3).
Follow these biblical principles when giving,
and you will be giving joyfully, as the Lord wills you to do.

- fwd: vc mathews

Measurable goals

July 21, 2015 by admin  
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Having measurable goals is good because life is short.
Striving to reach your goals is good.

Jesus knew why He was on earth and everything He did and said moved Him toward that goal
(to seek and save the lost). He always had time for people,
but time with His Father was of utmost importance to Him.
He needed to get direction from His Father.


We can set big goals (lifetime)
or little ones (clean the deep freeze).
We can set spiritual goals, self-improvement goals,
career, educational,fun, weight-loss, housekeeping,
decorating or cleaning goals.
I confess that I am a results-oriented person.

I set measurable goals for myself and I work hard
(with the Holy Spirit’s direction and power) to reach those goals.

Not long ago, I was going through some papers and found ministry goals
I had set for myself eight years ago.

I was amazed to see how God had honored the goals and
the faith of the team working with me – far beyond my biggest dreams.
God honors and is pleased with faith.
My husband has often said,
“If you don’t have a target or goal, any road will get you there.”

Conversely, if you set measurable goals, trusting God to provide your needs,
you can count on God’s faithfulness to reach them.
One of my deep desires is when I stand before God, He will say,
“Well done, my faithful servant.”

In my life and ministry, I have worked with and observed many people.
Sometimes I am saddened to see that many never use or
develop the talents God has given them.

” Are you adequately investing the talents
God has given you ? “
Do you pray and ask God to help you set measurable goals
for the tasks He has called you to?
Do you set priorities?
If not, let me encourage you to begin the habit of doing so.

- fwd: vc mathews

There is always hope in HIM

July 15, 2015 by admin  
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At the end of World War II, an American sub came back to Newport News, Va., to dock.
As it came into port, something terrible happened, and the sub began to sink.

The Coast Guard was immediately dispatched to go out and save the crew.
Divers swam down to the hull of the submarine to discover the problem.
As the divers got close to the sub, they heard one inventive sailor using a hammer
to tap on the hull and ask in Morse Code, “Is there hope?”

That’s a fundamental question of life — “Is life worth living?”
It’s asked every day by thousands of people in thousands of different ways:

As you sit in the doctor’s office awaiting test results
When a couple who’ve put months and months into counseling gets nowhere
When dealing with a tax accountant in a bankruptcy court

When a family hears their child is missing
You can go 40 days without food and three days without water.
You can go eight minutes without air.
But you can’t go a single second without hope.
It’s an essential part of life.
When hope is gone, life is over.


Because hope is in such short supply in our society today,
people will fall for all kinds of scams.
They trust in false hopes, like psychic hotlines, palm readings, astrology, fake healers, and quack cures.
Inevitably, those false hopes disappoint.
Nothing disappoints worse than false hope.

So where do I turn to find real hope? The Bible says to turn to God.

Romans 15:13 says,
“May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him.
Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (GWT).

God is the only source of hope that’ll never disappoint.
When we place our faith in HIM,
HE provides joy, peace, and hope that overflows.
You need that kind of hope.

At the end of the book of Ezekiel,
God says, “I am Jehovah Shammah.” In Hebrew that means,
“I am the God who is always there.” God is always there.
He’s in your past, in your present, and in your future.
He’s in the good places. He’s in the evil places.He is everywhere.
And you are never, ever alone.
And where God is, hope is.

- fwd: v c mathews

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