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BooksWith a good leadership team, you can be made to feel as though you have received a promotion as well as being given  a 100% pay rise, when in actual fact you remain a volunteer.

Volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love the thrill of meeting new people, discovering their stories and feel privileged to gift my time, even though I sometimes struggle to juggle my week.

I manage a small library of around 2,000 books within the Church I attend. We also have a corner with books that we sell to help purchase new books for our shelves. It has been a dream of mine for many years, that the area could be a Book Shop/Library /Cafe, a place of nurture for anyone who walked through the doors. Now, after years of dreaming, plans are coming together, walls are coming down and the space is being created.

This concept was conceived eleven years ago and during this time I have carried my vision carefully, guarding and growing the dream . Over the coming few months I think it may be like experiencing ‘Labor Pains’, as all the hard work begins.

It has reminded me that many of us sit on good ideas for a long time before they become a reality. Patience being a difficult virtue for many of us to develop, even though it is a great resource for our personal growth. 

There is a verse in the Bible that says, ‘Without a vision the people perish’. I have found this to be true in all aspects of life. When you turn your back on something or someone, it feels as though a light is turned out and discouragement rules the day.

My mum use to say. ‘Aim for the stars and you may fall short. Aim for the gutter and you will land in it every time.’ 

Whatever is going on in your life at the moment, hold onto your dreams, maintain your vision, work towards your goal.

No one can accomplish that dream like you can. Continue to nurture it because one day it could be your reality.

(c) Sandie’s Snippets 2014

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I have no idea who wrote this story but I thought it was worth sharing with you all as we head towards April Fools Day.

An atheist became incensed over the preparation of Easter and Passover holidays. He decided to contact his lawyer about the discrimination inflicted on atheists by the constant celebrations afforded to Christians and Jews with all their holidays while atheists had no holiday to celebrate.

The case was brought before a judge and after listening to the long passionate presentation by the lawyer, the Judge banged his gavel and declared, “Case Dismissed!”

The lawyer immediately stood and objected to the ruling and said, ‘Your honour, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and many other observances. Jews have Passover Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holiday!’

The judge leaned forward in his chair and simply said. ‘Obviously your client is too confused to even know about, much less celebrate his own atheists’ holiday!’

The lawyer pompously said, ‘We are unaware of any such holiday for atheists. Just when might that holiday be your Honour?’

The judge said, ‘Well it comes every year on exactly the same date – April 1st! Since our calendar sets April 1st as ‘April Fools Day,’ consider that Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, in my opinion, if your client says there is no God, then by scripture, he is a fool and April 1st is his holiday! Now have a good day and get out of my courtroom!

Way to go, Judge!

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I don’t know about anyone else, but at the moment I am feeling a little time starved. My jobs list is growing by the day and I am beginning to wonder how I am going to fit everything in. It is my sincere hope, that as all the end of year parties, lunches and wind ups happen there will be a lot less pressure to be in several places at the same time.

Being involved with several different groups keeps life interesting, negotiating my own hours is a blessing, but I do need to take a step back and spend some additional time on my home and family over this Christmas season.

From next week I will be cutting back on my posts for a few weeks and updating just once a week.

Blogging has been a wonderful adventure into the unknown. I have loved meeting new people through this form of social media and look forward to sharing more with you all in the new year.

In the meantime, I came across another golden oldie from my scrapbook and thought it worth posting.

We are all special and have an abundance of gifts and talents. Sometimes we can waste a lot of time trying to be like someone else when we need to just be ourselves.

free-tool-vectorThe Tools Quarrel

The carpenter’s tools had a conference. Brother hammer was in the chair. The meeting had informed him that he must leave because he was too noisy.

“Alright I will leave. But if I go, Brother Screw most go too. You have to turn him around and around again and again to get him to go anywhere.”

 Brother Screw then said, “If you wish, I will go, but Brother Plane must leave also. All of his work is on the surface and there is never any depth to it.”

 To this, Brother Plane replied, “Well Brother Rule will also have to withdraw if I do for he is always measuring folk as though he were the only one who is right.”

 Brother Rule then complained against Brother Sandpaper and said, “I just don’t care: he is rougher than he ought to be and he is always rubbing people the wrong way.”

 In the midst of these discussions the Carpenter of Nazareth walked in. He had come to perform His days work. He put on his apron and went to make a pulpit from which to preach the Gospel to the poor. He used the Saw, the Screw, the Plane, the Rule and the Sandpaper.

 After the days work was done and the pulpit was finished, Brother Saw arose again and said. “Brethren, I perceive that all of us are labourers together with God.”

 There was not an accusation against any of the tools that was not true. Yet the Carpenter, Jesus Christ, used every one of them. And there was not a place where He used one of them where another would have done.

 You all have a very special place in the family of God. And He will use each one of usif we let Him, to express His love and handiwork to all those we get to meet.

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Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a nasty word in writing circles. When an authors work is suddenly discovered to share the same words and phrases as another it is condemned and the public out cry spreads far and wide.

This week I was considering one book that has been copied, imitated, quoted from, as well as translated into hundreds of different languages. Even I have been known to use some of its texts in my writings. I’m sure you have guessed where I’m going with this. Many years ago I came across the following piece about The Bible and I thought I’d share it with you all today.

The Publishers Warning

 Please do not read this if you have no wish to be different. It is a book that changes people. We can accept no liability as to the consequences of reading further.

 It’s the only 2,000 year old book that most people have heard of. Historians learn from it. Scientists draw on its dates. Ecologists are amazed by its relevance. Novelists, film directors and script writers use it frequently today. Preachers depend on it. Some are bored by it. It’s a controversial and revolutionary book. Some countries ban it, but still it gets smuggled in. It remains on the world’s best seller list.

 It’s frank about sex, passionate about truth, honest about failure. It’s realistic about life, war, murder, affairs, polygamy, hypocrisy, jealousy and death. Yet it drives people to new depths of friendship, to share their money, visit hospitals, oppose slavery and set off alone to China.

 It teaches honesty, self-control, discipline, giving and goodness. It lights up love and inspires kindness, gentleness, openness and a total trust in God in all the experiences of everyday life. It proclaims joy in the face of suffering, hope in the teeth of death and purpose amidst chaos and confusion.

 It has changed the course of history and transformed the life of individuals. It challenges our thinking, humbles our pride, teaches us to pray. It has turned cobblers into missionaries, chefs into pastors, messenger boys into youth workers and thieves into honest citizens. Is secret is that it introduces us to God and His thinking.

 Nobody is too simple to grasp its simple directions. Nobody is too sharp to master its depths. It contains mystery, raises mind-boggling questions, expresses its truth in poetry, puzzles, riddles and codes.

 Maybe this book is for you. It’s called The Bible.

Author Unknown

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The final installment of ‘Billboards from God’.

My Dear Friend. Follow me. Love from God

My Dear Friend. Don’t make me come down there. Love from God

My Dear Friend. Big bang theory….You’ve got to be kidding. Love from God

My Dear Friend. My way is the highway. Need directions? Love from God

My Dear Friend. You think it’s hot here? Love from God

My Dear Friend. Have you read my #1 best seller? There will be a test. Love from God

My Dear Friend. Do you have any idea where you are going? Love from God

It looks like I will have to get back to creating my own post for next Friday. Have a lovely day and a fantastic weekend.                                             

 God bless, Sandie

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I will have to give up Oranges if they cause me to have too many deep and meaningfuls with myself!

After a mini meltdown last week I was; encouraged by friends, given a surprise gift and reminded that for the next month rhythm and routine is the name of the game.

Friends are an incredible power house for us to draw on, when we navigate one of ‘Those Kinds of Days’. Days when you feel lost and overwhelmed by all that has to be achieved, even things on the not necessary list somehow become a priority. Before you know it, you curl up in a faithful armchair with a mug of strong coffee and nothing is achieved at all, as your head spins out of control.

The one wise thing I did do, was admit my feelings.  I’d felt very honoured earlier in the year, to be invited to join a ‘Christian Writers Prayer Group’, so I sent out a call to this group of special people via email. Slowly, as I asked them to support me in prayer, I saw the root of my problem open up in front of me. Confession really is good for the soul, as before email responses had even arrived, my spirit was lifted and emotional healing was taking place.

My Writing Group also listened as I explained that the whole NaNoWriMo project was over whelming and instead of pushing me on, understood. So too did another close writing friend. I’ve not given up with NaNo’, just been more realistic with what I can physically achieve, setting my personal goal to 30,000 words.

Then I was given a surprise package that had been sent from the Eastern States. ‘The Writers Remedy’ came gift wrapped, consisting of a small bottle with small magnetic words, suitable for people with ‘Writers Block’. It created a wonderful ‘Chill Out Time’, as I placed them on the fridge door and just had to play. For a whole hour I played…..Then I sent off a thank you email. It was a wonderful gift and the timing just perfect.

A walk along the shores of the Indian Ocean, although tempting, wasn’t going to eventuate this week. So instead I looked through my photo albums, reminiscing about some of the wonderful coastal walks I have taken. Special memories are captured in each picture.

Thank you for dropping by and reading todays post. I still have a bit of catching up to do………. Have a great week everyone.

P.S. Keep writing. It may not cure everything, but it can help to heal a lot of old wounds.               

Images top to bottom. Cape Range National Park, Nr Exmouth in Western Australia. Southern Ireland. Vietnam.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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More ‘Billboards from God’ to brighten your day.

From an unknown source.

My Dear Friend. Tell the kids I love them. Love from God

My Dear Friend. Let’s meet at my house on Sunday, before the game. Love from God

My Dear Friend. C’mon over and bring the kids. Love from God

My Dear Friend. What part of  ‘Though shall not’, didn’t you understand? Love  from God

My Dear Friend. We need to talk. Love  from God

My Dear Friend. Keep using my name in vain and I’ll make the rush hour longer. Love from God.

My Dear Friend. Loved the wedding. Now, will you invite me to the marriage? Love from God

My Dear Friend. That ‘Love thy neighbour’ thing. I meant it. Love from God

My Dear Friend. I love you and you and you and you and……..Love from God

My Dear Friend. Will the road you are on get you to my place? Love from God.

Thank you for visiting Sandie’s Snippets. Have a great weekend.

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