I Will Not Compare Myself

Repeat after me: I will not Compare Myself to Strangers on the Internet. – Caroline Leaf

It’s virtually impossible for us not to compare ourselves to others. So, When is comparison healthy?

Comparison comes natural to most of us. Experts argue it is an integral to your growth. It’s important to recognize that fear is inherent in comparison. We are in a constant search for likeness and familiarity, and we find discomfort in the things we can’t understand or comprehend. It’s a natural tendency for us to make comparisons, but when we don’t know how to make proper comparisons we run the risk of negatively affecting ourselves. Seek answers from many sources, including the bible, before you anchor on the wrong decision about yourself.

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
—Albert Einstein

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”
―Stephen McCranie

Your Life’s on Hold when Phones/Internet Down

Your Life’s on Hold when Phones/Internet Down

When the internet/phones go down, your life effectively goes on hold. Everything goes old school real quick.

With me (Al) not in the office and Tim the Techguy on vacation, who do you call? The Mighty Michelle!!!
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Internet Good or Not

“What is the most amazing thing you have ever seen on the Internet?”
“Do you think the internet was a good thing or has it created more problems?”
worldwidewebYesterday the Internet (Not the WWW) turned 25 years old! Internauts, we celebrate this glorious technology that brings us all together! On August 23, 1991 — 25 years ago — the public gained access for the first time to the World Wide Web, designed and deployed by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in Switzerland. CNET

It gave rise to the internet as we know and use it today.

Life’s Purpose (pt 3), Internet Danger Protect Your Kids, Fun Thanksgiving Facts, Kids & Thanksgiving Recipes Treats

Power Thoughts

  1. “A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. “~ St. Basil
  2. “Kindness is an essential part of God’s work and ours here on earth. “~ Billy Graham
  3. “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” ~ Blaise Pascal

Life’s Purpose (pt 3): If you are looking for the will of God for your life, it is not something that is handed to you on a silver platter. You must do a little seeking and discover of what God desires for you. The scriptures say that means quality time communing with Him and making His Word the final authority in every area of your life.

What attributes and characteristics do others consistently notice about you? Ask a close friend or your spouse. IT will help you determine the abilities God has given you and the areas in which you get consistent results. These are signposts to help point you in the direction of your destiny. Seven (7) times scriptures says “He that has ears let him hear.” in John the Word says the Holy Spirit will teach you. In the early church they did not have the scriptures… Yet… They had the Holy Spirit and received revelation through the Living Word… The Holy Spirit is there for you right now.

“Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves … But the Holy Spirit will produce this kind of fruit in your life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” ~ Galatians 5:16 & 22

Be A Watchdog: Protecting your kids from the 5 worst Internet dangers It’s hard to imagine what life was like before the Internet, when your social network included people you’d actually met in person, and the only mail you received came by postal carrier. Yes, the web has made it easier than ever to communicate, but with that ease come unwanted threats. Here’s an overview of the top five dangers that kids face online and what you can do to protect them. (KTRE/TheOnlineFamily)

  1. Danger No. 1: Cyberbullies the repetitive harassment or threats usually made by a classmate or peer.
    Safety strategy: ConnectSafely is an educational web site where kids and parents go to understand the latest online bully tactics that threaten kids. A forum on the site offers parents and teens advice on everything from blogging to dealing with hackers and bullies.
  2. Danger No. 2: Cyber predators According to a study done by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, one in seven children have received an unwanted solicitation. Don’t be embarrassed to be the POS (parent over the shoulder).”
    Safety strategy: If this happens to your child, report the incident immediately at CyberTipline, a site run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Also visit Netsmartz411, where parents can have their questions answered by real, live safety experts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
  3. Danger No. 3: Social networking sites provide kids with a ton of opportunities and ways of communicating, they may not realize that what they post today can come back to haunt them later. Unlike a letter, which can be burned or torn to pieces, what’s written on the web lasts forever. Also, adults can pose as kids and easily reach out to kids on these sites if their profiles are public. comes over to your house,
    Safety strategy: StaySafeOnline is a great resource site produced by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a group of experts who are dedicated to teaching the public about Internet security. The Federal Trade Commission has also created OnGuardOnline, a site that provides tips from the government and technology industry on how to protect your information online (check out Topics > Social Networking Sites).
  4. Danger No. 4: Adult content: As we all know, the Internet is inundated with adult content. And now, even on sites that kids might like to visit, such as social networks or video download sites, adult content is lurking.
    Safety strategy: If you have reason to believe your child is being exposed to adult content on the Internet, such as gambling sites or pornographic material, McDonald advises installing monitoring software that can monitor everything your child does on his or her computer: keystrokes, emails, chats or IM activity, web sites visited and so on.  In addition, you can install filtering software.
  5. Danger No. 5: Botnet attacks a tactic hackers use to obtain your personal information. The bot, short for “robot,” invades your computer, usually through email or pop up ads that offer free screensavers or emoticons. The bot infiltrates your computer and can steal your personal info and infect your computer with viruses.
    Safety strategy: Software can help protect your computer from botnet attacks. Also, make sure all of the software on your computer is updated, which can help keep out bugs and bots.

Fun Thanksgiving Facts: Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner. More Turkey Day Info …

  • The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.
  • The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
  • Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table.
  • Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are  thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
  • The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

Thanksgiving Recipes for Kids … There is no reason why mom has to spend all of Thanksgiving in the kitchen alone. These Thanksgiving treats are perfect for little hands to make! Discover Thanksgiving recipes for kids that will keep the little ones satisfied (and entertained)! (Family Fun)

  • Aut-yum Leaves : Here’s a treat no kid will leaf behind.
  • Cute Cornucopia : This mini horn of plenty guarantees that hungry young guests will have something to nibble on.
  • Edible Indian Corn : Ears a sweet fall treat that’s great for a classroom or scout meeting — marshmallow cobs filled with colorful fruit kernels.
  • Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats: The pilgrims would be proud to wear these hats from FamilyFun magazine.
  • Spuds McTurkey: These fake gobblers, whose mix-and-match features pay homage to the esteemed Mr. Potato Head, busy little hands and make guests laugh.
  • Teeny Turkeys : Looking for a fun snack that will tide over the kids until the big feast? These bite-size birds are easy for kids to make and are sure to be gobbled.
  • Tepee Treats : Sugar cones transform into a village of handsome tepees with this fun Thanksgiving craft decoration that you can eat.
  • Tiny Turkey Dinner: This tiny turkey dinner is actually an amazingly delicious dessert.
  • Turkey Tracks : This fun Thanksgiving snack recipe will have everyone gobbling them up.

Good Friends Watercooler Chatter

Faith On ‘Idol’ Stage: American Idol has several professing Christians among the finalists. Get to know them here! (CBN News-The Associated Press)

Get Organized: Simple Ways to improve your life and cut stress (ahealthyme.com)

  1. Don’t buy anything unless you have a place to put it. To keep excess at bay, if you add an item, you must remove an item.
  2. Label everything that contains things: binders, folders, suitcases, etc.
  3. Buy enough greeting cards for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, get-well, and thank-you at one time so that you need not make special trips to the store.
  4. Keep a pair of scissors near where you read newspapers and magazines. You can easily clip those articles you wish to save.

Study: Internet Addiction May Fuel Teen Aggression (Foxnews.com)

The 21st-century fireside chat: Did President Obama connect? : Go here for highlights. Then come back for the Poll – What thoughts do you have over what the President said? What’s your opinion? Tell us what you think? Are you becoming more and more hopeful? (Yahoo – AP)