Monday, January 28, 2008

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Christian ways to reduce stress

With the pressures & busyness of life it's easy to get stressed. Here's some good clean ways to reduce stress. It's not meant to be funny, but good advice.

An Angel says, "Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice."

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.

15 Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16 Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.

17. Get enough rest.

18. Eat right.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you Jesus."

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh some more!

29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are
doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego.

33. Talk less; listen more.

34. Slow down.

35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

36 . Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Early morning memory lapse

Have you ever found yourself having done something, yet having no memory of doing it?

I have the alarm on my mobile phone set for 5:20am; this gives me 10 minutes of sleep in before I have to get up at 5:30am.

This morning I woke up at 5:26am with my mobile in my hand. Normally when my alarm sounds, I grab the phone, hit snooze, & hang onto my phone so that I have it in my hand when it re-sounds after 10 minutes.

Obviously the alarm had gone off & I had turned it off, but I had no memory of it at all; all I remember is waking up just before 5:30am with the phone in my hand. WEIRD.

Have you ever had anything like that happen to you?? It's obvious that you have done something, but you have no memory of it.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I miss my radio

As a courier driver, I get to use a company vehicle, which means all fuel & maintenance is taken care of by the company, and of course the car has a radio which I listen to throughout the day.

At the end of last week, the boss took me out of the car I have used for the last 9 months, and put me into one of the vans; this was so that I could carry more boxes etc, that were needed for my city run.

The only problem with this arrangement is that the van I'm now using does not have a working radio. There is a radio in the van, but it doesn't work, so I have to drive around without my favorite music & talk back stations.

Unfortunately, getting the company to fix these things including air conditioners just falls on deaf ears.

I may have to improvise and use a battery powered transmitter radio from home. The only problem is having to switch it on & off when I get in & out of the vehicle.

Do you enjoy listening to a radio or CD in the car? How would you cope if it was taken away from you? Even though these things are luxury's we really do notice when they're not there.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Stuck on 16

After 16 consecutive test wins in a row the Australian Cricket team was going for a world record of 17 test wins in a row, making them the first team in cricket history to win 17 test matches consecutively.

Thanks to the Indian cricket team this world record remains unbeaten, as India won the third test match in Perth this evening, knocking the Aussies off their pedestal.

Forgive me if I'm barracking for the other team, but even though the Aussies are the cricket world champs, they keep winning everything & have every cricket trophy, I think it's about time someone knocked them off their perch once in a while.

I only hope that India can keep up their game up & take out the fourth test in Adelaide.


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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Old appliances

Here's a question that might get you thinking. What is the oldest appliance in your home that still works?

Listeners on the ABC morning program were asked to call in with their old appliances that still work. One lady was still using a toaster that she bought back in the 1950's, and not one piece of burnt toast.

As for us, my mum has got an old blender that she used to make homemade mayonnaise with when we were kids about 20 years ago; we also used to make milkshakes with it. Jo has been pureeing baby food in it, but we replaced it at Christmas; it still works though.

What about you? What's the oldest appliance that still works in your home??

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The Clean up begins

It's now about 5 weeks until we leave for NZ, and so with that comes the task of getting rid of junk. It's going to work out cheaper to sell most things before we go and then replace it all when we get to NZ; the shipping costs are quite expensive.

Over the weekend we started cleaning out the back shed where allot of things are still in boxes, as we don't have the room in the house for it all.

I found an old suitcase which was full of old stuff that my parents had as children. My mum went through it all & decided which stuff she wanted to keep & the rest of it went in the rubbish.

I found a couple of boxes of stuff that have been there since I moved from NZ 6 years ago. It's stuff that I have just kept because one day I might use it (not), but as most of it has not been used in 6 years, and probably won't be, it went in the rubbish.

Do you have stuff stored away somewhere that's just gathering dust? Often moving house (or country) can be a good time to have a throw out of all that stuff that just doesn't get used. How do you feel about throwing things out?

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Graffiti & Nappies

Recently I've started listening to the talk back programs on Perth's ABC radio. In the past I have not really been interested in talk back radio, but I'm becoming more interested in currant issues & it's quite interesting to hear what different people have to say about stuff. I thought I'd blog about various subjects & see if we can a conversation going.

Two topics they were talking about today were Graffiti & Nappies.

We've all probably seen it somewhere; public places, alley ways, sides of buildings etc; people who vandalize public property with spray cans. The question is what should be done about it? How do we catch them & how do we punish them?

Some say they should be made to spend time cleaning up what they have done & pay all costs incurred. Will this be enough to stop them offending? What do you think??

Also on discussion was the topic of nappies. Which is better for the environment, cloth or disposable nappies. You may think cloth nappies are more environmentally friendly, but there was good argument for both. What do you think?

I'd love to get comments on both these topics. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fahrenheit or Celsius

Which one do you use?? Depending on where in the world you live you'll use either Fahrenheit or Celsius to measure temperature.

It's interesting because at 32 deg C it can be considered a hot day, yet 32 deg F & you'll need your winter woollies; 37.5 deg C is the same as 100 deg F. I don't know about you, but I find it rather confusing.

Here's a question for you; how do you convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit & vice versa? Apparently there are many different formulas you can use, but how do you do it without looking it up on Google or on a chart converter; how do you work it out in your head??

If you have a formula for the conversion, please share your knowledge. I'd be interested to see how many different formula's there are. Why not leave yours in the comment section below.

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Sunday, January 6, 2008

The countdown begins

Several months back I announced through this post that Jo & I along with my mum, had decided to return to my home land of New Zealand. We were not sure of the time that we were going, but after much prayer & thought, the date has been set for the 1st March & tickets have been purchased.

Now comes the task of getting ready to leave Perth; there are things to sell, lose ends to tie, and we have just over 8 weeks to do it.

Even though I am a born kiwi, I have been in Perth for 6 years & it is like moving to another country for the first time. I remember when I first arrived in Perth nearly six years ago, it was a challenging time of finding my way & setting myself up; like then, I have my family members with me, which did make things easier.

I'll let you know how things go.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Top Ten

I'm going to start a new topic that I'll post about every week. The top ten lists come from the top-tens website. Feel free to add your comments; also if you have any top ten lists that you want to share that are CLEAN, then feel free to email me, and I'll consider them.

This weeks top ten is all about computers. Here it is.

The 10 Most Fun Things to Do With Your Computer.

  1. Play games
  2. Surf the internet
  3. Listen to music
  4. Chat
  5. Watch movies/DVD's/TV
  6. Develop/Create
  7. Download stuff
  8. Blog
  9. Read/Write email
  10. Newsgroups/Forums
Obviously everyone's different; I certainly would not have playing games at number 1, but that's me.

What do you think??

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Out with the with the new

It's just a couple of hours until the clock clicks over into 2008, and I'm just thinking about the year that was 2007.

For us it meant a year of change; we left the church that we had been a part of for several years. Jo had been there 14 years, and myself 5 years, but both had been heavily involved in various aspects of ministry; we had both become unhappy there and felt God was moving us on.

I had also decided that a change in job was also on the cards and so I left Skippers Transport & went to my current employment with Network Couriers. This meant less hours, slightly less money, but more time with the family.

Of course the major event of 2007 was the birth of our daughter Chloe. Watching her through her first 8 months of life has been challenging, but very rewarding (full credit to Jo for all the hard work she's put in).

It has been a tough year financially for us with Jo giving up her paid employment to become a Mother, which is a full time in itself. God has been good to us though, even through the tough times He has always provided for us when we needed it.

So now we look to the year ahead, only 2 hours and nine minutes away. The only big plans we have are to continue in our parenting of Chloe, and a move to my home country of New Zealand in March; after that who knows what's going to happen. Follow God's direction I guess.

So what was 2007 like for you?? Was it as you expected or planned, and what plans do you have for 2008?

Another year over, a new one about to begin. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.

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