The Testimony Christian Newspaper 11 October 2010 - Page 3 ...........How to start your own flower bed: even budged that rock by half a P.U.S.H. millimeter. What is wrong? Why depending on the growing conditions where am I failing?" the garden is and other practical A man was sleeping at night in considerations, plus the style of garden, his cabin when suddenly his It's always fun to select the flowers for the The Lord responded room filled with light and the garden, plant them and watch them grow. compassionately, "My friend, Savior appeared. The Lord told when I asked you to serve me You'll have the best chance for success if the man he had work for him to you start by understanding the concept of and you accepted, I told you do and showed him a large rock Right Plant, Right Place and select plants that your task was to push in front of his cabin. The Lord accordingly. against the rock with all your explained that the man was to strength, which you have done. Reality Check push against the rock with all Never once did I mention to Equally important, how much time do you his might. have weekly to spend on maintaining your you that I expected you to flowers? (Even low maintenance plants move it. The man did, day after day. For require regular care.) Will you have help? What is your budget? many years he toiled from sun If you are just starting out on your very first up to sun down, his shoulders Your task was to push. And now flower garden, a modest sized flower bed is set squarely against the cold, you come to me, with your probably better than too big. An area about massive surface of the one or two meters wide and two or three strength spent, thinking that meters long is manageable yet will give you unmoving rock, pushing with all you have failed. But is that lots of room to play with. You can see what his might. Each night the man really so? Look at yourself. Your works well for you and what doesn't and returned to his cabin sore and arms are strong and muscled, then build on that knowledge and worn out, feeling that his whole experience later. your back sinewy and brown, If the Government Stops Funding day had been spent in vain. your hands are callused from Have Fun! Space Exploration... constant pressure, and your Seeing that the man was legs have become massive and HOW TO SAVE THE PIT showing signs of hard. Through opposition you discouragement, Satan decided have grown much and your MONEY A man fell into a A fire-and- to enter the picture by placing abilities now surpass that which brimstone thoughts into the man's weary Most of us wish we could save more money, pit and couldn't get preacher said, you used to have, yet you mind: "You have been pushing haven't moved the rock. But but how do we do it, and how do we get himself out. "You deserve your against that rock for a long started? You live pretty much paycheck to your calling was to be obedient paycheck, like the rest of us, and your pit." time, and it hasn't budged. Why and to push and to exercise savings are for emergencies only. A subjective kill yourself over this? You are your faith and trust in My One of the best ways to save money is to person came along never going to move it." This wisdom. This you have done. I, never see it. and said, "I feel for A Christian gave the man the impression my friend, will now move the That's where direct deposit comes in. when you down there." Scientist observed, that the task was impossible rock." you sign up for direct deposit through your "The pit is just in and that he was a failure. company or from your bank, you can your mind." designate that some of your money goes An objective These thoughts discouraged directly into your savings account. After At times, when we hear a word person walked by and disheartened the man. working out a realistic budget, you can A psychologist from God, we tend to use our choose the amount and you don't have to and said, "It's "Why kill myself over this?" he own intellect to decipher what think about it again. logical that noted, "Your thought. "I'll just put in my mother and father He wants, when actually what someone would time, giving just the minimum God wants is just simple Saving all your small change: It's a great way to save up money. You can fall down there." are to blame for effort and that will be good obedience and faith in Him. By even get a cool, beautiful jar and make a your being in that enough." And that is what he all means, exercise the faith game of filling it up. pit." planned to do until one day he that moves mountains, but Saving on taxes: A Pharisee said, decided to make it a matter of know that it is still God who "Only bad people prayer and take his troubled moves the mountains. Did you know that when you over pay your fall into pits." A self-esteem thoughts to the Lord. taxes that you are in effect loaning the government your money... tax-free? Just therapist said, P=Push through (In God) once, instead of doing your own taxes, take "Believe in "Lord, he said, "I have labored a tax company up on their offer to re-check A mathematician yourself and you long and hard in your service, U=Until past tax papers when you hire them to work calculated how can get out of that putting all my strength to do S=Something out this years refund. And ask them for advice on how to save on taxes (legally). deep the pit was. pit." that which you have asked. Yet, H=Happens Other ways to save money. An optimist said, after all this time, I have not If you raise the excess on your insurance, your premiums will drop. A news reporter "Things could be worse." TIP 1: DOOR LOCKS The 30-Minutes-To-A-Clean-House method Interest rates for home owners are low right wanted the If a room clearly can't be whipped into says: Never dust under what you can dust now; maybe it's time to look into re- exclusive story on A pessimist shape in 30 days, much less 30 minutes, around. financing. the pit. claimed, "Things employ the Locked Door Method of will get worse." cleaning. Tell anyone who tries to go in the TIP 5: DISHES There are little expenses that chip away that A self-pitying room that you accidentally locked the door Don't use them. Use paper plates and you won't money you could be saving, too. person said, "You Jesus, seeing the and can't find the key. Of course, the have to wash dishes. Late fees for movie rentals, ATM surcharges, haven't seen man, took him by locksmith can't possibly come until TIP 6: IRONING the hand and lifted tomorrow. CAUTION: It is not advisable to If an article of clothing doesn't require a full That Cappuccino you buy every morning anything until use this tip for the bathroom press and your hair does, a curling iron is the along with your paper? Buy an espresso you've seen my him out of the pit. machine, and have the paper delivered and TIP 2: OVENS answer. In between curling your hair, use the hot take them both with you out the door. You pit." If you think ovens are just for baking, think wand to iron minor wrinkles out of your clothes. may have to get up a little earlier but that again. Ovens represent at least 9 cubic feet Yes, it really does work, or so I'm told, by other of hidden storage space, which means they're a disciples of the 30-Minutes-To-A-Clean-House never hurt anyone. (Being caught in the rain because your car Funny House Cleaning great place to shove dirty dishes, dirty clothes, or just about anything you want to get out of sight philosophy. broke and you don't have bus money Tips for New Mothers when company's coming. TIP 7: VACUUMING because you bought another Cappuccino is Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first Tip 3: NIGHT FALL Stick to the middle of the room, which is the kind of a drag, though…) session of Housekeeping Tips for New Mothers. No bed should be without one. Devotees of only place people look. Don't bother vacuuming If you like to paint and your neighbor If you're a Martha Stewart type of housekeeper, Martha Stewart believe night falls exist to keep under furniture. It takes way too long and no one spends a lot of time in their garden, this column is NOT for you. However, for the dust out from under a bed or to help coordinate looks there anyway. exchange chores. Hire the neighbor boy to rest of you, this is your chance to learn 8 Secret the colorful look of a bedroom. The rest of us TIP 8: LIGHTING mow the grass, not some landscaping Shortcuts to Good Housekeeping that your know a night fall's highest and best use is to hide The key here is low, low, and lower. It's not only company! Okay, that was two harsh, but you mother never told you. whatever you've managed to shove under the bed. romantic, but bad lighting can hide a multitude get the idea. TAKE NOTE: This is only a joke and are not TIP 4: DUSTING of dirt. advisable in real life use.