The Extraordinary Effect of Prayer

When George McCluskey started a family, he decided to invest one hour every day in prayer because he wanted his children to follow Christ. Then he expanded his prayers to include his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every day between 11am and noon he prayed for the next three generations. As the years went by his two daughters committed their lives to Christ and married men who went into the ministry. These two couples produced four girls and one boy. Each of the girls married a minister and the boy became a pastor. The first two children born to this generation were both boys. After leaving secondary school, the two cousins chose the same college and became roommates. During their second year one boy decided to go into the ministry. The other didn’t. He felt lots of pressure to continue the family legacy, but he chose instead to go his own way and pursue his interest in psychology. He earned his doctorate and eventually wrote books for parents that became bestsellers. Eventually he started a radio programme that was heard around the world each day. The man’s name? James Dobson.

So now you know the story of George McCluskey! He was just an ordinary man, but his prayers had an extraordinary effect on much of the world.

If you are a parent or a grandparent, the Word for you today is, ‘Arise, cry out in the night…pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your…children.’

My say on online casino games

The movie entitled “21”  introduced me to the wonder of casino games . The basic premise of 21 is that anyone who’s able to count the card can take the house’s edge away in a game of blackjack. This movie was based on a true story. A team of intelligent students at MIT structure a team to make vast amounts of money at the blackjack table. They have everything down pat, from the counting to the signals to alert of suspicious casino workers (because if you can believe it, casinos don’t like to lose money in such high amounts.) The movie portrays the situation stylishly, perfectly blending in montages and effective music when necessary. Add in some Hollywood “embellishment” such as a particularly harsh head of security (Laurence Fishburne), and you have the making of a good movie on your hands.

Honestly speaking, I’m really naive when it comes to card playing . My uncle used to teach me just for fun and sometimes we came to the point of betting our snack allowance. When our parents knew about that, our uncle got reprimanded…LOL! Watching 21 entertains me a lot and critics said this is an entertaining movie for someone not knowledgeable or much interested in real life casino gambling…Ouch! …but dumb and dumber for those who are.

My father told us that playing blackjack without making a bet is OK. One of the other really good reasons to play blackjack is because it’s an endeavor where hard work, study, and skill can pay off. Memorizing basic strategy will increase your chances of winning. Learning how to count cards will increase your chances of winning even more just like the movie 21. Furthermore, playing blackjack well requires a certain amount of character. Call me hopelessly old-school, but character is still a valuable commodity.

In this generation, blackjack players and all casino games could have the option to play online like at rather than at live casino.  The advantage of playing online is that the players can play whenever they want without having to deal with crowds and cigarette smoke. This is further advantageous in that one can do it at any time of the day or night without getting to inconvenience any one. Looking from this angle, it is possible for the player of this game to save money in regards to going to the casino and the expenses that is associated when one is in the casino for example that of buying a drink. While playing blackjack or other casino games, a calm mind is required. This may not be the case when one is playing in a room full of people. This might serve to intimidate the player especially if the sight of people gets him or her to feel the pressure. With online casino games, it is more than possible to play the game at a secluded place where all their concentration gets to be put in the game.

As for me, you couldn’t let me play blackjack and much more the online blackjack or any other online casinos games for real money because my mind can’t fully grasp the their game rules. Remember, I almost fail in one of my Math’s subject in college…he..he…My memory skill isn’t working well this time. I don’t know if I will ever learn the basic and advance blackjack strategies that will help me gain an advantage over the dealer.

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Springless Trampolines

If it’s not only dangerous, I would love to buy a mini-trampoline to be installed in our little backyard. Whether for fun or exercise, a trampoline is great family fun. Then I stumbled online one of the trampolines new york- the springless trampoline! I want one! Springless trampolines are 100% spring free! It’s supported by flexible fiberglass rods, the mat is suspended well above the steel frame clearing the jumper’s path of any hard surfaces. Scientifically proven to be the safest trampoline in the world! The Flexinet safety enclosure offers strength and cushioning so kids are always secure and safely remain on the trampoline. Wow! Soft-edges, pad-free and maintenance-free, no rusty springs or squeaks! Simply the best in trampolines.

It’s amazing to see Ellen so excited! Springless trampoline is the best trampoline for safety, fun and fitness for the whole family!

Ellen says the Springless Trampoline is the coolest thing, and talked about how safe we are with no hard springs or metal frame to fall on. Here’s the clip from her show.

4 things that help tuning-up MARRIAGE

I shared a post in my FB wall about the closeness of marriage and other 16 friends liked it. I believe they could relate with me on this:

The secret to closeness in marriage is not sparkling conversation or shared interests or incredible sex. As good as those are, the secret is practising plain, old-fashioned thoughtfulness and kindness. It’s the stuff we learn when we’re young and forget when we’re too busy: things like respect, sensitivity, attentiveness and caring.

If your marriage needs a tune-up, start doing these four things.

1. Practise ‘hug therapy‘. When you’re at odds with each other, remember this: ‘Hearts may agree though heads differ.’ A hug works wonders. When we touch one another in caring ways our bodies actually produce chemicals that calm us emotionally and help us to bond physically. God designed us that way.

2. Don’t forget the small stuff. When you routinely build little kindnesses into your marriage they become a source of strength later; it’s like money in the bank you can draw on. So think ‘personal’ and ‘sweet’, like helping to clean up after dinner, making the bed, putting out the bins.

3. Mind your manners. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean common courtesy should go by the wayside. The Bible says, ‘Be kind to one another, tender hearted.’ That means listening without interrupting, and practising the basics like saying ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry’. This stuff’s not rocket science, but it works!

4. Compliment each other. Your marriage partner is not a mind reader. Whenever you think something nice about them, tell them! We live in a cold, competitive world; hearing that we’re loved, smart, attractive and fun from someone whose opinion we really value means everything.