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This thread is being started as an idea from @Keith Post & I. With introspective quips, thought provoking anecdotes & uplifting thoughts and of course a dedicated area where anyone can post specific prayer requests.

That being said... let me kick it off with the following:

Have you ever studied for a project or say rehearsed carefully weighing all the possibilities to say maybe ask for a raise only to have it fail?
Many times we miss the most important component.... WISDOM.
It is said that “Wisdom is the principle thing”. It is the KEY that unlocks every opportunity. Here is why.
There are 3 components:
KNOWLEDGE- which are just the acquiring of facts.
UNDERSTANDING- this is the practical application OF facts TO everyday living.
WISDOM (key)- is the practical application of Knowledge to everyday living IN A TIMELY MANNER.

It’s not just knowing what to do or how to do it, but WHEN can make all the difference in the world.
 

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As most of y'all know I've recently went thru multiple surgeries and was told after cataract surgery that eye sight might not recovered due to previous issue. I reached out to y'all and with the words of encouragement and prayers here I was able endure the time sensitive healing process. The talk of cancer has frequent our forum. Healing the mind at times is harder than healing the body. This will be a great place for open conversation of those issue. Comments should remain positive as I'm sure there are some that might not like these topics. But please join in if you choose.
 

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In today’s selfish & self centered world where so many are willing to do anything to get what they want, ask yourself; am I going with the flow of selfishness or am I setting the pace for kindness?
When was the last time YOU performed a random act of kindness or a senseless act of beauty?
We will not be remembered for the things we had, or the position we achieved but rather what we gave of ourselves to others. The impact we had on the hearts & lives of others.

Reach out today beyond your normal circle and be a force for good in someone’s life. One kind word or sacrificial act can change someone’s destiny.
 

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As most of y'all know I've recently went thru multiple surgeries and was told after cataract surgery that eye sight might not recovered due to previous issue. I reached out to y'all and with the words of encouragement and prayers here I was able endure the time sensitive healing process. The talk of cancer has frequent our forum. Healing the mind at times is harder than healing the body. This will be a great place for open conversation of those issue. Comments should remain positive as I'm sure there are some that might not like these topics. But please join in if you choose.
I’m glad we could be a source of both hope and comfort in your trial.
I’m thanking God for your speedy FULL recovery!
 

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After 2 years of denial and fighting with insurance companies (dirty [email protected]!) for plan A to fix my wife's knee. Late last month, we went with the doctor's plan b. Which they approved right away. And her surgery is schedule for 17 May. Yesterday, the wife also submitted her resignation as a middle school teacher after 15 years. (Tired of the BS from the administration.) She does has a job already.

So any good tidings/well wishes to get thru the next few weeks are great appreciated!
 

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After 2 years of denial and fighting with insurance companies (dirty [email protected]!) for plan A to fix my wife's knee. Late last month, we went with the doctor's plan b. Which they approved right away. And her surgery is schedule for 17 May. Yesterday, the wife also submitted her resignation as a middle school teacher after 15 years. (Tired of the BS from the administration.) She does has a job already.

So any good tidings/well wishes to get thru the next few weeks are great appreciated!
No problem @Scrumdown . Prayers up for a perfect surgery, a quick recovery AND that God will direct her into the next chapter of her life.
 

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Scrumdown, we got you covered. Good to hear insurance finally woke up. Tell her to follow the rehab schedule no matter how difficult it is. I've had a few friends that had knee surgery. The ones that followed the rehab schedule were back on their feet much quicker. If you get frustrated over the situation just look into the near future with your wife having a healthy knee. Look out, she might be able to run you down shortly. 😀
 

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ChiefGunner and KeithPost,

I think this thread is a great idea! I love doing random acts of kindness. The expressions on peoples faces is all the reward I need. It could be the smallest of things like buying the person behind you in the drive thru's cup of coffee or picking up the tab for one of our military members or first responder's while at a local eatery or volunteering at a local food pantry. All make us more grateful for the opportunities we have had in life and for being able to live in this great country and enjoy and share all of our blessings. For all who are hurting and need assistance do not lose faith in your fellow man there are still many who are praying and expressing unspoken support!
 

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ChiefGunner and KeithPost,

I think this thread is a great idea! I love doing random acts of kindness. The expressions on peoples faces is all the reward I need. It could be the smallest of things like buying the person behind you in the drive thru's cup of coffee or picking up the tab for one of our military members or first responder's while at a local eatery or volunteering at a local food pantry. All make us more grateful for the opportunities we have had in life and for being able to live in this great country and enjoy and share all of our blessings. For all who are hurting and need assistance do not lose faith in your fellow man there are still many who are praying and expressing unspoken support!
Amen @Redbird58 ! Amen
BTW, glad you like it. Hope it both encourages & challenges you.
 

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Thanks to all that have participated in this new thread, the goal is to share and support all of our members in a different sort of way not forgetting that we all have something to contribute.
I like the paying it forward approach, and remembering those that maybe struggling and just need a pat on the back. We’re here for everyone, we got your backs!


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Thanks to all that have participated in this new thread, the goal is to share and support all of our members in a different sort of way not forgetting that we all have something to contribute.
I like the paying it forward approach, and remembering those that maybe struggling and just need a pat on the back. We’re here for everyone, we got your backs!


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Well said @Keith Post
 

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I can't think of any great words of wisdom but below is a pic of a plate my wife keeps in the kitchen. It makes one stop to realize we're real lucky in life and it's not worth worrying about the small stuff we all have to deal with daily!



 

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Didn’t know if any of you knew, but I’m also a published author. I thought I’d share one of the uplifting works from my book.
Maybe you’ve been through some difficult times or are facing some now. I hope this speaks some hope to your heart.

 

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Remember that anyone who will lie FOR you will also lie TO you!
In my life, I have not found this to be particularly true. I generally detest the “wise axiom” because human beings are just so complex and life is so weird (no offense intended...just MO). All in on the random acts of kindness, though! People do tend to get more and more locked in to their own worlds these days, and that self-focus seems to produce less kindness and compassion. ...and I doubt that I’m as immune as I’d like to be on that front.
 

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FACE ANY PROBLEM HONESTLY

Don’t blame others for what you have chosen to do. Don’t blame others for the consequences of your choices. Remember... Never complain about what YOU permit.
Your life is the result of choices.
Name Your weaknesses. Nobody else can do it. Your honesty will determine your victories.
Run toward the mountain you want to see moved, just as David ran toward Goliath when he cut his head off. Your open reach for God sets your new beginning in motion...today.
Life is a collection of battles. Subsequently it is also a collection of victories.
Reach down deep inside yourself today and call forth your greatest strength. Today is not a day for weakness. It’s time to be tough, so..... BE TOUGH.

You CAN do it!
 

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Hang in there! I think your assessment of our society now is spot on but deep down I think most people are good. We just need to keep shining the light so others may see the good in their fellow man. Sometimes a little self reflection is like a good mirror...sure it shows all of the flaws but it also reveals ones true self. Nobody ever expects perfection. Be the best that you can be and when that mirror of life reveals a flaw you do not like and want to change...stand tall and change it!
 
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