Something extraordinary goes above and beyond what is expected. This can be good or bad. Saving a child from a burning building is an extraordinary act of heroism, but a test score of 11 out of 100 can be extraordinary too. Think that through, first before you dismiss it. The extra- in extraordinary means “outside” the ordinary.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. — Jimmy Johnson
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an Extraordinary Destiny. ~ C.S. Lewis
- “Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle resentment.”
- “Forgiveness is the way to true health and happiness.”
- “In order to see the good things in life, sometimes you have to endure the tough things.”
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Getaway Weekend: Like many of you, Michelle and I look for opportunities to get away. Like you we don’t do it enough. Get a way…defined as a time to remember what it was like when we fell in love.
You get to busy with life and kids and don’t take time to be with each other and check out from life. Get a way can be defined as a chance to do “whatever it was that you did when you were dating…talking for hours, looking into each other’s eyes, listening – I mean really listening and keep the spark in your marriage… spend time with each other with no interruptions… It a chance to “Change the routine… the mundane… the boring… and move it into extraordinary, sensational, and exciting…”
We did that this last weekend. Started with no real plan…discovered they had a jazz festival in the Natchitoches, La area, (Near Hodges Gardens) So we went North to Tyler to see the roses… (Left – Judy Garland [It has a bee in the yellow rose], Middle – MyPretty [couldn’t find the name], Right – Veteran’s Honor)
Cash In on Consignments: 5 Clothing Castaways that’ll Earn You $$$ – Keep an eye out for buried treasure while digging through your closet during your annual spring cleaning. If you have any of the following 5 pieces in your wardrobe and aren’t planning to make use of them this season, consider offering them up for consignment:
- Military-style jackets. Look for structured jackets in neutral colors like tan and olive green that feature details such as brass buttons or chains.
- Ruffled shirts. Look for button downs, camis or T-shirts that have ruffle detailing on the neck, chest or shoulders.
- Full skirts. Full, ladylike skirts with hems just below the knee (or ultra-long) are all the rage this season. Bonus if your skirt comes in a stylish print.
- Jeans. Jeans sell well all year long, especially brands like 7 For All Mankind, True Religion, Diesel or Lucky. Hot trends for this spring include high waists, wide legs and bell-bottoms.
- A Little Black Dress. Everyone needs a little black dress in their wardrobe arsenal. If the one you have that doesn’t fit or just isn’t your style, consign it and treat yourself to a new one with your profit.
- Ensure you’ll receive top dollar for your consignment cast-ways by making sure all clothing is clean, pressed and doesn’t have any rips, tears, or missing buttons.
- “Your dreams, minus your doubts, plus God equal your reality.” ~Unknown
- “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” ~ Lance Armstrong
- “Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect. It means you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections.” ~Unknown
God provides: Are you, or someone you know, going through a difficult time? Has a crisis come your way that threatens to overwhelm you? Could you use some help?
Someone once said, “The only people who think prayer doesn’t work are those who haven’t tried it.” That means they also haven’t witnessed the extraordinary possibilities of shared prayers, nor do they understand the comfort in knowing others are praying on their behalf.
During the recent Fund Raiser, you heard story after story where God did amazing things for those who called in for prayer and gave testimonies of God answering prayer. Our prayer team prayed for those who emailed or called. You know what, the prayer believes that God answered. The God Hears Prayer Wall is full of prayers and praises. And in the midst of all of that joy, there was such a great peace during this year’s Fund Raiser. God provides. He will provide for you believe His word.
To Him be the glory, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20
Fun Story: Baby Born at 10:10a.m. on 10-10-10 in Room 10 (NBC)
Sunday marked the 10th day of the 10th month in the year 2010. And on the day of identical numbers, a special birth has everyone in the Odessa Regional Medical Center talking. When Cheridan and Duane Fulgham planned the birth of their new baby boy on 10/10/10, they had no idea what else they were in store for. But as it turns out, little Deegan Fulgham was born on 10/10/10 at 10:10 am. As if those coincidences weren’t enough, Deegan came into this world in delivery room 10. The proud mother and father say they were just as surprised as anyone when the doctors told them. The delivery went off without a hitch, with no complications whatsoever.
Little Deegan was snoozing peacefully when NewsWest 9 arrived at the Odessa Regional Medical Center. Aside from the unique birthday bragging rights, the parents are treating this phenomenon as a positive sign for Deegan. “Sure, of course,” explained Cheridan, Deegan’s mother. “Maybe 10 will turn out to be his lucky number. Maybe on his 10th birthday something special will happen or something like that, you never know.” The Odessa Regional Medical Center said they were happy to be the home of such a miraculous birth. The parents are also big motorcycle enthusiasts so they say Deegan’s first dirt bike will have the number 10.
Kid Safety First: Lunch Box Do’s and Don’ts (yourfamilytoday.com) A lunch box filled with fun, healthy food not only makes kids happy: It also helps them perform better academically. But if you’re not careful, you could be packing food poisoning along with that tuna sandwich. Follow these simple rules to make sure your child’s lunch box makes the grade:
- Don’t start with a dirty lunch box Even a small food spill can be a bacteria magnet. So give the lunch box a good scrub with hot, soapy water and “baking
Soda”. The dry it thoroughly. A little baking soda can get rid of any lingering food odors.0Plus, stash a small bottle of hand sanitizer in the lunch box so kids can clean their hands before eating.
- Do think before you pack Whenever possible, pick foods that have little chance of spoiling. Good choices include crackers; uncut fresh, dried or canned fruit in juice; whole veggies; hard cheeses; canned meat and fish; and individual puddings with pop-top lids. Don’t do prepackaged lunches with individual compartments tend to be high in salt and fat. Instead make your own healthier version. In a reusable container pack whole-grain crackers, squares of cheese and/or turkey, and a little treat. Hard-boiled eggs, tuna salad or yogurt are also healthy options, but only if they can be kept cold in the fridge or with an ice pack until eaten. The best choice of all: PB&J — it’s nonperishable, nutritious and a kid fave.
- Don’t forget to chill Place all lunch ingredients and the lunch box itself — a soft-sided, insulated one is best — in the fridge the night before. The cooler the food starts out, the cooler it will stay. Pre-chill an insulated bottle with ice water before filling with juice or another beverage. Believe it or not, you can also freeze a sandwich made from peanut butter, cheese or meat the night before. (Don’t try this with fillings made with mayonnaise, eggs, lettuce, tomatoes or other raw veggies.) You can even make a whole week’s worth of sandwiches ahead of time and stick them in the freezer. Your child’s sandwich will keep the rest of the food cool and thaw by lunchtime. Alternatively, throw in a frozen juice box or water bottle, which will act as an ice pack.
- Don’t let hot foods get cool To avoid food poisoning, soups and other hot foods should still be at 140 degrees when served. Fill an insulated stainless steel container made for hot foods with extremely hot water, let it sit for a few minutes, spill out and immediately fill with hot food. Then keep the container tightly closed until lunchtime.
- Do tell kids to toss it If you’re packing perishables, make sure your child knows that if the food isn’t cold when he opens his lunchbox, he shouldn’t eat it, says Thayer. In addition, direct him to throw out all leftovers when lunch is over: You don’t want your child eating a spoiled sandwich on the bus home. And no matter how tempted you are to economize, never reuse any foil, plastic wrap, or paper and plastic bags, which could be contaminated with dangerous bacteria.
REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month. All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.
…. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS
To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number. HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON .. It takes about 20 seconds.