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Spiritual Revelations for those seeking Humanity in Humans ~~CordieB.

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There’s Hope

India Arie’s “There’s Hope is most befitting for today, Easter Sunday and every day of the year.  So listen to the music, read the lyrics, sing along, snap your fingers, clap your hands, smile, and remember, There’s Hope!

Peace, Light and Love, CordieB.

Back when I had a little
I thought that I needed a lot
A little was over rated,
But a lot was a little too complicated
You see-Zero didn’t satisfy me
A million didn’t make me happy
That’s when I learned a lesson
That it’s all about your perception
Hey-are you a papa or a superstar
So you act, so you feel, so you are
It ain’t about the size of your car
It’s about the size of the faith in your heart

There’s hope
It doesn’t cost a thing to smile
You don’t have to pay to laugh
You better thank God for that

Off in the back country of Brazil
A met a young brotha that made me feel
That I could accomplish anything.
You see just like me he wanted to sing
He had no windows and no doors
He lived a simple life and was extremely poor
On top of all of that he had no eye sight,
But that didn’t keep him from seein’ the light
He said, what’s it like in the USA,
And all I did was complain
He said-living here is Paradise
He taught me paradise in in your mind
You know that

There’s hope
It doesn’t cost a thing to smile
You don’t have to pay to laugh
You better thank God for that

Every time I turn on the T.V.
Somebody’s acting crazy
If you let it, it will drive you crazy
But I’m takin’ back my power today
Gas prices they just keep on rising
The government they keep on lying
But we gotta keep on surviving
Keep living our truth and do the best we can do

Stand up for your rights
Keep shining your light
And show the world your smile

He’s Everything I Dreamed Of!

 
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The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife’s body does not belong to her alone, but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone, but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer . . . I Corinthians 7:3-5 (NIV)

If you are looking for someone to be your everything, don’t look around, look up! God is the only One who can be everything. By expecting perfection from the flesh, yu ask more of someone else than what you can provide yourself. To be married is to have a partner: someone who is not always there or always on target or always anything! On the other hand, should you ever get in trouble and you don’t know who to look to for help, you can count on your partner! It is to have someone to curl up against when the world seems cold and life uncertain. It is having someone who is as concerned as you are when your children are ill. It is having a hand that keeps checking your forehead when you aren’t well. To be married is to have someone’s shoulder to cry on as they lower your parent’s body into the ground. It is wrapping wrinkled knees in warm blankets and giggling without teeth! To the person you marry, you are saying, “When my time comes to leave this world and the chill of eternity blows away my birthdays and my future stands still in the night; it’s your face I want to kiss good-bye. It is your hand I want to squeeze as I slip from time into eternity. As the curtain closes on all I have attempted to do and be, I want to look into your eyes and see that I mattered. Not what I looked like. Not what I did or how much money I made. Not even how talented I was. I want to look into the teary eyes of someone who loved me and see I mattered.”

T. J. Jakes, Hope for Every Moment, 365 Day to Healing, Blessings, and Freedom

Email of the Week~~~~~~~~~ 2 Tough Questions

Carolyn Clark-Swann
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Each week I feature the most inspiring, spiritual, conscious provoking, or just simply funny emails that I’ve received in the not so distant past.  This week’s email was sent to me by my spiritual advisor, co-worker, and friend to the end, Ms. Carolyn Clark-Swann. 

2 Tough Questions

Question 1:

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

Question 2:

It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts.
Here are the facts about the three candidates. Who would you vote for?

Candidate A
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist; He’s had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C
He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer and was a devoted husband. 

Which of these candidates would be our choice?

Decide first… no peeking, then scroll down for the response.

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question: If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.

Pretty interesting isn’t it? Makes a person think before judging someone.  Wait till you see the end of this note! Keep reading..

Never be afraid to try something new.

Remember:

Amateurs…built the ark.

Professionals…built the Titanic

And Finally, can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year…

Can you guess which organization this is?

Give up yet?   Click below for the answer

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Life’s disappointments always mean one of two things (and sometimes both), it isn’t our calling, or we are not faithful


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I heard this statement on the Steve Harvey Morning show this morning, “life’s disappointments always mean one of two things:  it isn’t our calling, or we are not faithful.” 

I took the time to ponder this statement.  What exactly does that mean?  Just another buzz statement.  After thinking about it and my own disappointments, I can see the factual and spiritual aspects of this statement. 

Often, when we do not receive what we want in life, for instance, a promotion, it’s because we were unfaithful to that position.  We did not do all that we could do to ensure that we were the best possible candidate.  We did not devote the time and energy to be the best possible person for that position.  This can also hold true with any other aspect in life, such as relationships, marriages, child rearing, saving money, to name only a few.  So often when we feel disappointed in how our life is going or how someone is treating us, it is largely due to our not putting faith, support, and endurance in what we claim to want so much.

Then there are those times, when we become disappointed because something does not happen the way we would prefer it to, and we’ve put all our faith, endurance, support, and hard work into it.   We ask God, “why did this happen to me?”   Why did I lose this job, this house, this marriage. We search for the answers, move from the circumstance and days go on.  Soon we often look back and realize that we are in a better place, have a more gratifying job, in a more fulfilling relationship, etc.  In these instances, we look back and thank God for bringing us through our distress and not leaving us where we thought we wanted to be.  In these cases, the situation was simply not our calling.

In life, we should practice to let His Will be Done.  If we learn to depend on God for guidance and lean not to our own understanding, it would make life so much simpler and less  stressful.   Usually, we know in our heart what God would want for us.  And, we know in our heart, what God would have us do.  In times of confusion, pray for God’s guidance  and strive not to lean on your own understanding. 

We need to practice to look at disappointments as perhaps not being our calling and take a hard look at whether we are really faithful in that which we want so very much.

There is a blessing in every lesson.  Peace, Light and Love to all of you.

CordieB.

Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths Double in Five Years


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“Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night,” Ledger told The New York Times (in November). “I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going.” He said he took two Ambien pills, which only worked for an hour. 

The big drug addiction problem facing America, according to  statistics, lies not in the crack houses and shooting galleries of the inner cities, but in the doctor’s offices to which millions of Americans go in search of relief for their emotional and psychological pain.

People use prescription drugs to relieve various emotional problems, such as anger, stress, anxiety, boredom or depression. Others take these drugs to boost their self-confidence.  People may also use drugs to help them forget about or cope with traumatic life events or situations or to relieve the symptoms of severe psychiatric illness. 

According to the Center’s for Disease Control, poisoning from prescription drugs has risen to become the second-largest cause of unintentional deaths in the United States, (behind only automobile accidents) .

Most people take medicines only for the reasons their doctors prescribe them. But an estimated 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons.  Some people take more than what is prescribed to get “high.”   Others combine the drugs to get an even more euphoric effect.  All of these usages lead to prescription drug abuse. 

Potential Warning Signs

  • Feeling the need to cut down on your use of prescription drugs?
  • Feeling annoyed by remarks your friends or loved ones make about your use of prescription drugs?
  • Feeling guilty or remorseful about your use of prescription drugs?
  • Using prescription drugs as a way to “get going” or to “calm down?”

Answering yes to one or more of these questions could indicate there is a problem.

Drug abuse and all self-abuse is caused by intense fear and self-centeredness. The solution is usually much simpler than therapeutic methods.   In most instances, the solution to fear and selfishness are faith and service to others.  Living a life based on these two basic principles will relieve addiction and help one to achieve permanent sobriety, and a healthy, happy life.

If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, addiction, or any other fears, and you would like to try a spiritual approach on your own, and FREE, I suggest visiting http://www.cyberrecovery.net/forums/  Also, you may personally email me, cordieb@msn.com, and I will gladly provide spiritual guidace to help you through your fears.

Peace, Light, and Love to you and Yours,

CordieB

Sources
Centers for Disease Control. Mobidity and Mortality Weekly Report. February 9, 2007 / 56(05);93-96.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Office of Applied Studies. Results from the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: national findings. 2006.
Judy Wellsworth, http://www.ezinearticles.com

I Never Fail! A Spiritual Riddle

 
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I am patient, I am kind. I do not envy, I do not boast, I am not proud. I am not rude, I am not self-seeking, I am not easily angered, I keep no record of wrongs.  I do not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. I always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere.  I never fail.

What am I?

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THE BURNING HUT

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.  But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky.

The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger.

“God, how could you do this to me!” he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

“How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers.

“We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

~Author Unknown