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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Seminary Project

Brady's seminary teacher assigned each of the students to do a project about one of the Latter-day prophets. The project had to include a 45 minute presentation and a treat of the prophet's favorite treat. 

Brady teamed up with Kirsten and they chose to do their project on Joseph F. Smith. They put together a power point about the prophet. Brady spent many hours looking up information on Joseph F. Smith and during this time he came to love him. 

Thursday night March 24th, Kirsten came over and they made Joseph F. Smith's favorite dessert:
Custard Pie
Brady wanted to make each student in the class their own pie - in a cup cake pan. BIG JOB, as there are 34 people in his class.

I gathered the supplies and supervised them as they made custard pie:

I wish I would have taken more pictures, but I forgot to get the camera out until it was time for Kirsten to leave. It was fun watching Kirsten roll out the pie dough (home made of course) and Brady putting them in the pan and making cute edges.

I've never made custard pie before and one of the instructions is: Beat eggs and strain thru fine sieve into bowl of milk. That was an interesting thing. I didn't have a "fine sieve", but in speaking with my sister - she said to use a metal strainer - basically to get the white stringing things out of the egg. It worked but took a long time to strain. VERY INTERESTING.

Here is the recipe:
Joseph F. Smith's custard pie

1 unbaked pie crust
2 cups milk
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
pinch salt
generous sprinkling of nutmeg
(no vanilla)

Put milk in bowl. Beat eggs and strain through fine sieve into bowl of milk. Add sugar, salt, and nutmeg. stir well and pour into pie shell. Bake 375 degrees about 25 minutes, until knife just barely comes out clean. Don't overcook or custard becomes watery. (Anchoring the supper menu at the Beehive House when Joseph F. Smith was prophet was bread and milk, with a slice of cheese. The House served this dinner to frequent guests, tourists, and dignitaries alike).

We had to eat one (empty spot in photo) just to see what it was like. It's real 'eggy". I think I would have liked it better with vanilla. 

My mother was here last week and she told us when she was a little girl - they made custard pie with the cracked eggs from their chickens that they couldn't sale. 

Brady and Kirstin's project was a success. To top of this wonderful assignment, Brady stood up in testimony meeting last Sunday and bore his testimony of Seminary and the Prophet Joseph F. Smith. I love watching him bear his testimony - it warms my soul. 

He is such a good kid with a strong testimony. Valiant!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Motivational Monday: "I'm a Young Woman and I Believe"

Over the weekend I was able to watch the Young Women's conference. I love conference and can't wait for this coming weekend when we get to listen to our Prophet and Apostles! It is my favorite time of the year. I am always uplifted and thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I know the peace, comfort, happiness in my life comes from living the gospel and following the prophet.

It's easy to get discouraged in the wickedness around us on this earth. But I have hope for the future. I have hope in the youth. I have hope that through the gospel of Jesus Christ we can do all things.

This was the message from my niece Autumn on her facebook page (I couldn't have said it better): My favorite thing said yesterday at the young womans conference was "I am just one young woman, but there are thousands of us all over the world making a difference one day at a time" What a great and comforting thought to have. To know that there are so many of us who are making a difference and that you are a part of something bigger than yourself.
The 2011 LDS Mutual theme is:

"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. Indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul: we believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."(Article of Faith 13)

As we look forward to Conference on April 2nd and 3rd, let's prepare ourselves to make this General Conference Memorable. I found a great Visiting Teaching handbook at this link:  I am going to use this for my self as I prepare and enjoy General Conference:

This week as I prepare for General Conference, I will:

Before:
Start thinking now about questions or concerns you have. Write them down, and pray that you  will find solutions and guidance during conference and pray for those who are assigned to speak.

Do those things which invite the Spirit into your life so that you will have a better understanding of what will be taught.

Have a willing heart, ready to obey the words of the prophets.

During:
Attend or view all the sessions.

Listen carefully - not just to the speakers, but also to prayers and songs.

Keep notes, including any inspiration you might receive.

Listen earnestly for answers to the questions you have.

Between conference sessions, participate in activities that will invite the spirit.

My niece Zoey Michelle always makes General Conference special for her family and children. Here are the things she does at this link: 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Brady Cuteness

Danielle, Brady's friend from school, did a photo shoot of every cast member in Once Upon a Mattress. 

These are the pictures she took of Brady. I love them!!
I thought I would add Brady's facebook comments during the play ..... for personal journal history. 
Facebook notes from Brady, March 11: Happy Friday! Cast B for Once Upon a Mattress today. Time for me to shine! I was actually surprised how many complements I got as a knight last performance. I guess going up to the front during Spanish Panic helped, thanks Bradly! Wish me luck!
Brady's facebook message March 10th: Opening night for the play! And I could not have woken up to a better song on the radio this morning. The Black Eyed Pee's were telling me that they had a feeling that tonight was going to be a good night. Surely it must be a sign =)

Brady's facebook message March 9th: I don't think I got too much deep sleep last night. All I could think about was the play. I literally dreamed that I was practicing and practicing and practicing, and I also thought that everyone was in my bedroom rehearsing with me again. I probably woke up like 20 times last night, and got maybe 2 hours of deep sleep.
Brady's facebook message March 8th: o, I went to the store today to get paint for my hair, so I could be an exciting jester with cool colorful hair. As I was applying it to my hair I realized something... I'm a knight today, not a jester! Thank goodness I was only on the first color. I ran down to the shower to wash the paint out of my hair (took shower head down and bent over the tub.) I went to grab my shampoo and put the shower head down (being blond) and the shower head flipped over and started to spray me down with my pants on! Oh well, maybe some crazy adventure will happen to me tomorrow.
Brady's Facebook message March 9th: If there was a play next year, I don't think I would participate in it. IT IS WAY TO TIME CONSUMING! I've never struggled to keep up my grades this hard in my life. Aside from the time spend at play rehearsals, I honestly blame it on Honors English. My friends told me that it's an easy class, it's full of smart people, and it's really easy to maintain an A. I switch out of my regular English  class to find that the friends lied to me!

Well, technically I guess they didn't lie, it just happened to be easy until second semester when I switched in. Here are some reasons why I didn't want to be in Honors English: 1) To much work, 2) Lots of reading, 3)Advanced curriculum. My friends told me that Honors English was this: 1) No work what-so-ever (Danielle said, "In English, we sit there and do nothing"  2) In class reading 3) Same curriculum. I switch into Honors English and found this: 1) To much work 2) Lots of reading 3) Advanced curriculum.

My past life previous to the play has been along the lines of: Get home, eat, do homework, play games all day, maybe practice the piano, and sleep. Now it's: Play practice, get home, eat, do homework all day, maybe stay up late to do homework, want to go on strike because I'm so stressed, realize I can't do previous one because I don't have time - making me more stressed, and then sleep.

On a scale of 0-10, 0 being not stressed, 1 being a little stressed, 10 being angry tantrum, screaming in pillows and crying, my days usually go at a rate of 0-2. Now that all of my free time is consumed by play practice, and since Honors English being easy is a blunt lie, I'm more stressed then ever, averaging a 5-7 (3 on days I don't have English Homework). Last night, play practice started real late, and ended real late. I was all over play practice that I had no time to unwind. All I could think about was the play. I dreamed that I was back in the auditorium doing a dress rehearsal. I would wake up, be half conscious of my surroundings, and think that play practice was taking place in my bedroom, then I would go back to sleep to do some more dress rehearsal dreaming. I probably woke up 20 times last night and only made in about 2 hours of deep sleeping when I usually get about 8 hours.

Here is how my day is going so far (SL = Stress level): Woke up after restless night (SL@ 4) Saw Danielle working on an assignment I was supposed to get but didn't get (SL@ 8) Said something right after that that my friends disproved of (SL@ 8.5) Went to seminary (SL@ 2) Went to an NHS meeting (SL@ 4) Went to play practice - trying to read my book (SL@ 7.5) Came home (SL@ 9) Ate dinner (SL@ 5) Finished math homework (SL@ 4) Started Great Gatsby Ch3 (SL@ 6) Finished Ch3 (SL@ 5) mental note that I'm not done with all my English homework: (SL@ 7) Publishing this (SL@ 6 going down to about 3).

This is probably one of the most stressful days I've had while I was at home in the past 2 years. (When I travel, my stress level goes up.) I am so ready for this play to be over with! I want my no life back!

Due to budget cuts, there will not be a play next year, but if there was, I would only be attending, I would not be participating, mainly because I am selling my soul to high school. I think I'll be a lot more stressed next year with the following classes anyway: AP English, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Microeconomics. I could have sworn there was one more... ... ... I guess not. But yea, 2 AP math classes, a nightmarish English class, and an AP class where I don't eve know how it's going to turn out.

...*Sigh* I think I need a hug... Guess I'll have to suck it up and hug my Great Gatsby book like my grade depends upon it - because it does. Oh well, when I saw that I was reading 2 chapters with my short schedule and had to do papers on both chapters, I told everyone that I was going to cry myself to sleep tonight... It wasn't that far off of a joke either, in fact, it might not even be a joke Ø_ø.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Primary 3 Lesson 13

Primary 3 Lesson 13
The Baptismal Covenant

Journal Page
 Covenant Page, I prefer real pictures, so I made one for a girl and for a boy. 



Motivational Monday - "Make Time for Children"

Is your home the kind of place that your children want to be? Do they feel loved and accepted? Is your home filled with warmth, happiness, light and the feeling of security and belonging, a place that your children want to be?

Make time for children now before you're out of time. 
Letter of the First Presidency, February 11, 1999

TAKE time to be together ..... although youth and teens enjoy being with friends, take time to enjoy your children.
Plan and do activities together, in the end, it's the family that plays the most important role. Take the initiative and go out and do activities with your kids and /or their friends or other families.

"We call upon parents to devote their best efforts to teaching and rearing of their children in gospel principles which will keep them close to the church. The home is the basis of a righteous life, and no other instrumentality can take its place or fulfill its essential functions in carrying forward this God-given responsibility.
We counsel parents and children to give highest priority to family prayer, family home evenings, gospel study and instruction, and wholesome family activities.

However worthy and appropriate other demands and activities may be, they must not be permitted to displace the divinely - appointed duties that only parents and families can adequately perform."
The following by: President James E. Faust, Ensign June 2003

"One of the main problems in society today is that we spend less and less time together. Some, even when they are together, spend an extraordinary amount of time in front of the television, which robs them of personal time for reinforcing feelings of self-worth. 
Family home evenings give individuals and families important time to talk and listen as parents and children, brothers and sisters, spouses, and friends. Time together is precious - time needed to encourage and to show how to do things. 

Less time together can result in loneliness, which may produce feelings of being unsupported, untreasured, and inadequate.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pictures Scriptures

*** Just a note regarding ordering Picture Scriptures from the attached website, I don't have any affiliation with them and can't help you if they don't respond to their email. Sorry!
I understand they have taken the blog off line, but you can reach them at the email address she gave me in her reply. Here is the email from 2011 with Maryann Roberts: 
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:13:58 -0600
Subject: Re: Picture Scriptures inquiry
From: picscript@gmail.com
To: sondramurray@msn.com

Sondra,
Thank you so much for your inquiry.
I've created a temporary blog for the sale of these books; http://picture-scriptures-library.blogspot.com/

I have digital and hard copies which I am happy to sell to those interested in purchasing.
They are copy written and I kindly ask that you do not create copies of the material.

Please refer people to http://picture-scriptures-library.blogspot.com/. They may wish to send inquiries to picscript@gmail.com

We have hard copies and scanned PDFs available and a sale this month.
Best wishes,
MaryAnn Roberts

A few weeks ago I shared an idea our Primary was doing to help the children love and know the scriptures here. 

After I wrote the blog, it was featured on Sugardoodle's facebook page. I was very honored by the interest in my blog and that she linked my blog. There was a lot of interest in getting more information on doing this with your own children. That put me on a week long journey to find out who in our Primary created these great pictures. 
What I found out was that there was a book called Picture Scriptures created to help children draw pictures in their scriptures to understand and know the scriptures.

2011 Primary theme is "I know the Scriptures are True". Our Primary Presidency would like the children to: "Know the Scriptures" and they have incorporated reading a few scriptures, talking about it and drawing a simple picture in their scriptures to embed the concept in their minds. 

I have enjoyed this part of our Primary each week. I feel it is VERY important for us to teach the scriptures to our children. I am very careful to incorporate and read from the scriptures during my lessons too. I want the children to hear the pure doctrine and get used to the language of the scriptures. I want them to LOVE the scriptures and I know we get "Power from the Scriptures" when we read them. 

During my research and journey on Pictures in your scriptures, I found out it came from this book:
I also found this great article about them written in 1981. 


Kids color, learn scriptures

Four-year old Jason Roberts can beat his ward gospel doctrine teacher in a scripture chase over many key Book of Mormon scriptures - and he isn't even the fastest chaser in his family!

It didn't take long into Bliss D. Roberts' career as a seminary teacher to discover that few LDS young people are able to find their way around the scriptures easily. This, he felt, needed to be corrected -- in the classroom and in the home.

He began developing what he calls "sill association" to help students remember key scriptures. For example, a key baptism scripture is remembered by students thinking, "Baptism -- Jesus was baptized by John, a person has to be eight to be baptized, three plus five equals eight, baptism John 3:5"

He has developed about 60 such associations for seminary students. But the system didn't seem to be very practical for the home, where word and number associations meant little to pre-schoolers.

One day his wife, Mary Ann, was trying to make the scriptural point with the children, so she drew a picture of a crown on top of the Book of Mormon account of King Zedekiah. Then she brought the crayons out and asked the children to color in the picture. It was a hit.

"For days afterwards the kids were dragging that scripture up to me and turning right to the picture of the crown and telling me the story of King Zedekiah," Brother Roberts said, "It struck me that perhaps we had stumbled upon something."

For two years now, the Roberts family, including Tammee, 7, Kristy, 6, Jason 4, David, 2 and Kimberly nine months, have colored in pictures drawn by their parents on key Book of Mormon scriptures. The scriptures are read, explained and colored during daily scripture study sessions, and reviewed each week at Family Home Evening. During this time, the parents have noticed a change in their children - - or, at least, a change in the way they reason things out and related them to what they have read of the scriptures. 
"One day I asked Jason who he wanted to be like when he grew up. I guess I wanted him to tell me that he wanted to be like me," Brother Roberts said. "But he looked up at me and said, "I want to be like Ammon". When I asked him why, he said "Because he protected the king's sheep like he was supposed to, and he was a good missionary."

"You see," said the proud father, "we have a foundation from which to teach our children to love the Lord and Live the gospel. They know and love the scriptures."

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Another blog I featured about "treating scriptures like our cell phone" which I loved this concept. A testimony of the scriptures is very important and a great responsibility to teach that love and devotion to our children. This "Picture Scripture" book is a wonderful tool and I hope you will start this in your own homes. 


They have hard copies and e-books available and a sale this month. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Possible US Earthquake on Saturday? View Video

I actually saw this live on Fox while I was watching Japan Earthquake news yesterday. I think it is VERY interesting that he is predicting an earthquake in California on Saturday, March 19th. I think it's not a bad idea to prepare your 72 hour kit, secure your home and prepare. Who knows if it will happen ...... but what if it does. Be prepared.


3/15/11 - (Full Press Conference) Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Gives Update on Church in Japan


Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told reporters in a news conference Tuesday that the Church has committed substantial financial aid to Japan and that Church missionaries will be moved out of affected areas.

I am thankful for a living Prophet and Apostles who lead and guide us in these Latter-Days. The organization in our church is wonderful, with wonderful people who want to help ease suffering through out the world. It's nice to know that the church is the same in Idaho as it is in Japan with loving Bishops and Relief Society Presidents. I'm thankful for my membership in the Lords church upon the earth today.

I love Elder Holland! He is such a wonderful man. I can't wait for General Conference in a couple of weeks to hear these great men.

I am also thankful that all the missionaries are safe.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Freezer Meals

I've been intrigued by freezer meals for a while now. Especially since it allows me to be frugal when I make a meal for only 2 people. I try to freeze what I can for a later meal instead of having it every night of the week as a leftover. Plus, it is a time saver to pull a meal out of the freezer on a busy day - instead of fast food or a pizza. 

One of my friends is in the Relief Society Presidency and one day we were talking about how busy she was and how many sisters were in need of help.

In this economy it has been quite a toll on many people to help bring in meals for any length of times - especially when so many are in need.

She also talked about doing classes on freezer meals in her Relief Society meetings.

If you have a planned surgery or having a baby, you should plan accordingly and stock your freezer full of meals for your family. It's a different scenario of course for emergency illnesses. Somehow, we need to re-educate people to be self-reliant and pre-plan for when you are ill. Freezer meals are an excellent way to take care of your family when you are unable cook dinner - everyone should check it out. 



Here is a link to the Cream Cheese Chicken recipe.
Here is a link to my spaghetti sauce.

There are many great sites and ideas out in blog land. Here are just a few to help you plan to be self-reliant, save money and time at the same time. 

Here are a few recipies:
Honey Baked Pork Chops
 
Ingredients for Cooking Day:
6 boneless pork chops
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 t. ground ginger
1 clove minced garlic
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
 
Directions for Cooking Day:  Place honey, vinegar, ginger, garlic and soy sauce in blender and mix well.  Place uncooked pork chops and honey mixture in a freezer bag and freeze.
 
Directions for Serving Day:   Thaw completely.  Place pork chops and honey mixture in a baking dish.  Bake for 350 degrees for 1 hour or until pork chops are cooked.  Turn pork chops occasionally while baking.
 


Chicken Tetrazzini (Assemble after chicken is cooked)
Store in casserole dish
 
1 8 oz pkg spaghetti
2 to 4 c. cooked diced chicken
1 c. chopped onion
2 c. grated cheese
2 cans cream of chicken soup              
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp. butter to saute onions
1 c. sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
 
Cook the spaghetti.  Saute' the onions.  Mix ingredients together and freeze.  Thaw and cook 350 for 40 minutes, then uncover and bake 20 minutes more.
 


Honey Baked Pork Chops
 
Ingredients for Cooking Day:
6 boneless pork chops
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 t. ground ginger
1 clove minced garlic
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
 
Directions for Cooking Day:  Place honey, vinegar, ginger, garlic and soy sauce in blender and mix well.  Place uncooked pork chops and honey mixture in a freezer bag and freeze.
 
Directions for Serving Day:   Thaw completely.  Place pork chops and honey mixture in a baking dish.  Bake for 350 degrees for 1 hour or until pork chops are cooked.  Turn pork chops occasionally while baking.
 


Lasagna (assemble after noodles cooked, beef cooked, and spaghetti sauce)
Store in casserole dish
 
1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
Spaghetti Sauce
12 dry lasagna noodles
2 eggs, beaten
1 pint part-skim ricotta cheese or blended cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
 
Brown hamburger. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles, and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until al dente; drain. Lay noodles flat on towels, and blot dry. In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, parsley and 1 teaspoon salt. Layer 1/3 of the lasagna noodles in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover noodles with 1/2 ricotta mixture, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese and 1/3 of the sauce.  Repeat. Top with remaining noodles and sauce. Sprinkle additional Parmesan
cheese over the top.  Freeze and then bake until heated through, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
 


Easy Pizza Pasta Casserole    

Makes 1 large (9x13) casserole.  Serves 6-8 people.        


                                                                                             Ingredients For 6 Families

1 lbs ground beef                                                                                 6 lbs ground beef     
½  large onion, chopped                                                                     3 onions
½  clove garlic, minced                                                                       3 cloves garlic           
½   teas. Crushed Italian Seasoning                                                     3 teas. Crushed Italian Seasoning
1 TBSP. Olive Oil                                                                               6 TBSP  Olive Oil
1 (26 oz.) jar Spaghetti Sauce                                                               6 Jars Spaghetti Sauce (156 oz)
8 ounces rigatoni pasta, cooked and drained                                   48 ounces rigatoni               
2 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese                                              15 cups shredded mozzarella
4 ounces sliced pepperoni                                                                   24 ounces sliced pepperoni

Brown ground beef, onion, garlic and seasoning in oil. Drain. Stir in pasta, spaghetti sauce and 2 cups cheese. Place mixture in greased 9x13x2 inch baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Top with pepperoni. Cover and freeze up to 3 months. To cook now: Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until heated through. To bake frozen casserole: Thaw in refrigerator overnight and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, till hot.



Italian Chicken                                                                           

                                                                                                       Ingredients for 6 families
¾ c. Prepared Italian Salad Dressing                                                     4 ½ c. prepared Italian Salad Dressing
¼ c. Lemon Juice                                                                                1-½ c.  lemon juice
2 teas. Instant Chicken Bullion                                                           12 teaspoons Instant Chicken Bullion
¼ teas. Pepper                                                                                     1 ½ teaspoons pepper
1 teas. Italian Seasoning                                                                       6 teaspoons Italian seasoning
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts                                                 24-36 boneless/skinless chicken breasts 
       
Place chicken in a 9 x 13 pan.  Stir all ingredients together.  Pour over chicken.  Cover and bake 350 for 35-45 minutes.  


Beefy Chicken Loaf   - Serves 6



Loaf Ingredients                                                                   Ingredients for 6 Loaves

1 egg                                                                                                     6 eggs
¼ cup milk                                                                   
 1 ½ cup milk
½ teas. seasoning salt                                                                         3 teaspoons seasoning salt
½ teas. pepper                                                                                    3 teaspoons pepper
1 TBLS Worcestershire sauce                                                            6 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, finely chopped                                                                      6 onions, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef                                                                           6 pounds ground beef
½ pound ground chicken or ground turkey                                        3 pounds ground chicken or ground turkey
¾ cup rolled oats, not instant   (may be ground                                    4 ½ cups rolled oats, not instant
into crumbs by running through blender)


Sauce Ingredients                                                                           Ingredients for 6 families (Sauce)

¼ cup ketchup                                                                                     1 ½ cup ketchup
1 TBLS mustard                                                                                    6 TBLS mustard
1 TBLS brown sugar                                                                          6 TBLS brown sugar
1 teas. Worcestershire sauce                                                              6 teas. Worcestershire
½ teas. chili powder                                                                           3 teas. chili powder

Combine loaf ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well to ensure even blending. Pack into a loaf pan, or muffin tin for mini loaves. Mix sauce ingredients together and spread evenly over loaf. Bake uncovered for 60 minutes at 350 degrees. To freeze: wrap unbaked loaf well, label and freeze. To serve: defrost overnight and then bake as directed. Add 30-45 minutes baking time if baking from frozen.


Monday, March 14, 2011

All Ready for March Seminary Devotional

It is always a great feeling to have everything ready for Brady's Seminary Devotional.

He will be giving it on Tuesday, March 15th. 

36 Pots 'O Gold (check)

36 heart shaped Shamrocks reflecting the Godhead (check)

36 Don't Pinch Me shamrock pins (check)

Packaged in 36 see through bags (check)

My part is done and now Brady needs to pull the thought and scripture together.

Motivational Monday: 'Today and Time"

Today and Time (author unknown)
TODAY is here. I will start with a smile and resolve to be agreeable. I will not criticize. I refuse to waste my valuable time.
TODAY in one thing I know I am equal with all others ..... TIME. All of us draw the same salary in seconds, minutes and hours. 

TODAY I will not waste my time because the minutes I wasted yesterday are as lost as a vanished thought. 
TODAY I refuse to spend time worrying about what might happen .... it usually doesn't. I am going to spend time making things happen. 
TODAY I am determined to study to improve myself, for tomorrow I may be wanted, and I must not be found lacking. 
TODAY I am determined to do the things that I should do. I firmly determine to stop doing the things I should not do.

TODAY I begin by doing and not wasting my time. In one week I will be miles beyond the person I am today. 
TODAY I will not imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different.  I will make success with what material I have. 
TODAY I will stop saying, "If I had time...." I know I never will "find time" for anything. If I want time, I must make it. 
TODAY I will act toward other people as though this might be my last day on earth. I will not wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes.

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God has given me this day
to use as I will,
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do this day is very important,
because I'm exchanging it 
for a day of my life.
When tomorrow comes, 
this day will be gone forever, leaving
something in its place I have
traded it for, I want it
to be gain not loss; good not evil;
success not failure: in order that
it shall be worth the price
I paid for it. 
(author unknown)
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