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My culture: My style @ February 11, 2008

February 11, 2008

THE HUSBANDMAN’S ORCHARD

There was a certain husbandman who planted an orchard. He carefully nourished
and tended the trees therein, and all but one of them grew handsomely and blossomed in
their season. Try as He might, the one remained a twig; but patiently He persisted in it’s
behalf, never losing hope that it, too, would finally bear fruit.
All His neighbors looked upon the twig and said, “cut it down and cast it into the
fire, for it takes away from the beauty of the others.” But the Husbandman heeded not
unto their complaint; and He patiently, lovingly kept His faith of the twig’s return and
spent long hours fertilizing and nourishing it.

Then one day the twig began to grow and to be covered with leaves. It was the
Husbandman’s delight, for His faith and effort in it’s behalf shamed the neighbors. Yes,
this twig was now nigh unto becoming as the other trees in the orchard and was fast
overtaking them, and it had the sweetest smelling blossoms of all the trees the
Husbandman owned. Years of toil and prayer had paid off and He could hardly contain
Himself as He awaited the twig’s first harvest.

As the season continued, the Husbandman continued to watch the development of
fruit on all the trees in His orchard and He noticed that the twig’s fruit grew larger and
it’s branches were more full than any of the other trees. Then came the harvest as the
twig’s branches were so heavy laden that they touched the ground; and the Husbandman
could hardly wait to taste it’s long awaited harvest.

A CHRISTIAN’S WAY TO REDUCE STRESS

Posted by: “Jennifer Smith” mercies2340@yahoo.com.au mercies2340

Fri Feb 8, 2008 10:37 am (PST)

Subject: A CHRISTIAN’S WAY TO REDUCE STRESS
To: modnoc mallari <modnocmallari@gmail.com>

F O O D F O R T H O U G H T

A CHRISTIAN’S WAY TO REDUCE STRESS

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
many.)

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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God bless,
Jennifer.

He gives power to the weak, and to hose who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29

Then the time came and all the neighbors came to help in the harvest of the
orchard. And they were amazed. “Is that not the twig that refused to branch and flower?”
they inquired. To which the Husbandman said yes and all tasted of it’s beauty. It was the
best and most nourishing of any they had ever tasted, and all were blessed by it’s
overcoming unto the harvest.

We are the twigs in the Lord’s orchard. And without Him patiently, lovingly
giving His all for us, we never bear fruit. By His faithful attention and never giving up on
us, though we and others would cut us down and burn us, are we allowed to continue to
adorn His garden. All of us must learn His lesson well. For some bloom early; some
bloom late, but none can tell the value of His fruit until it arrives and is visible within us
to our neighbors.

The Husbandman knows that all He plants will bear fruit; and He faithfully waits
for it to arrive, no matter how long it takes, and He casts none away. Neither should we
be in a hurry to cut and burn that which He planted, or we rob ourselves and others of His
completed glory within the orchard. As some seem to linger, we should work harder and
more compassionately to wait as long as it takes for our brothers and sisters to blossom
and to bear the best fruit; for it is the delight and glory of He who planted it and the best
nourishment unto all of us.

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