The Good and the Bad.........

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Knights Investing

This is a picture of a dying star deep in space. It was taken by the hubble telescope. Some things can be seen as a tragedy OR as the wonderful things that they are.

 

  • 3 months ago because of slowing construction, all overtime at the air conditioning company I worked at was eliminated. That amounted to about $170 per week in lost income. I was bringing home about $500-600 per week...WITH my overtime...not bad for risking my life every day sometimes 40-100 feet above a cement floor with no net to break my fall.........hehehehehe  =-D
  • 2 weeks ago I was layed off because of the slowing construction situation. My health benefits (medical, vision, and death) were due to begin just one week from when I got layed off.
  • I am now full time at the restaurant I found work at to replace most of the overtime I was missing, but I am now making just $7.00 per hour, which is not even a living wage in this day and age.

                                                                            Click on the picture for a great little movie that will inspire you.

 

Those are the bad things that have happened in my life........NOW the GOOD things........

 

  • I have been forced to budget my money even more, resulting in a greater respect for financial planning.
  • I have gotten closer to God because of my increased dependence on His wisdom to make every thing work out.
  • Tonight at our Church choir practice which I am a faithful member of, I was chosen to pray for my own need of a better job, which I was VERY scared to do......so in front of 65 sisters and brothers in our chruch choir, I got up and spoke my request into the microphone.......I have not spoken that way in about 15 years since some really bad things happened to me in church at the hands of some church leaders in New York.   As a result of this my fear of being taken advantage of by others has gone and is NO MORE!!!!!! =-D
  • I have founded an Active Rain group,"Christianity and Real Estate " which has stretched my faith and some great relationships have been created because of the prayers and encouragement I and others have received in there. We are up to 21 members and if you are lead to join us, PLEASE DO!!! =-D

 

 

 

We can choose to let the bad things make us bitter OR better.........it is our choice........

 

 

 

I believe becoming BETTER is the best choice.....and it will help in the future...

in my career, my family and in my whole life!!  

=-D

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Alexander Harb
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I knew I had to post this.......so much has happened in my life that I just had to........things happen for a reason!!

=-D

Feb 02, 2007 12:24 AM #1
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Lucky Lang
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Alexander,

Very nice post and a beautiful video as well.

Thanks for sharing!

Lucky :)

Feb 02, 2007 12:41 AM #2
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Allison Stewart
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Better or Bitter Very profound Alexander. I am glad you chose better.  Tough times make us better and stronger. I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Goos luck and God Bless.
Feb 02, 2007 06:10 AM #3
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Alex, that is the attitude that our Father above wants us to have.  It is through trials such as this that he tests and refines our faith.

1 Peter 1:6-7  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 

Feb 02, 2007 08:40 AM #4
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Alexander Harb
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So so true, George........ thanks for the encouraging verses........

Our faith in the Lord is VERY precious.........

=-D

Feb 02, 2007 10:52 AM #5
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Diane Rice
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.....and we know that ALL things work together for good......for those that love GOD, to those who are "the called" according to HIS purposes...

No matter which way you look at it....GOOD ALWAYS COMES OUT OF IT...we just have to learn to see things HIS way...which is a walk of faith!

HE is dealing with us all Alex...it's the dying to our flesh...to become more like HIM! Glory! be encouraged!

Feb 02, 2007 05:46 PM #6
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Teresa Meyer
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Hi Alex...Thank you for starting this group. I look foward to coming here to read and talk about how God is the center of our life in all that we do.  And yes, we go through the things that are not so great but you know that God is using it to refine us. I'm going through a few things myself working on three years now but I keep looking back and wouldn't trade it for the world! My faith has grown soooo much through the hard stuff....remember the JOY of the Lord is our strengh. Holding on to our JOY is what keeps us going along with the HOPE that God can turn it all around if we keep believing and trusting in HIM.
Feb 03, 2007 08:44 AM #7
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Alexander Harb
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I read a while back about a couple holocost survivers... one of them let the situation draw him closer to God...the other one just quit talking to God.....

Life is 90% what we do and 10% what happens to us......

God helps us so much to do what is best in our lives....

=-)

Apr 11, 2007 11:16 AM #8
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Lucky Lang
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Alex,

That is exactly right on.  It is all about the directions we choose to follow.

Lucky :)

Apr 11, 2007 12:20 PM #9
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Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO

Alex:

First, thank you for starting this group.  So sorry to hear about your struggles.  As a new Christian I was flying high and believing all the tv pastors about how great life would be now that I was saved.  Then the bottom fell out.  My husband lost his Chief Engineer position, we had to sell our lakefront home and move to a rental.etc  But God is GOOD - only HE could make loseing 2/3 of our income result in paying off most of our debts in the next year. 

I pray the Lord will hear your prayers soon. 

Apr 11, 2007 11:24 PM #10
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What a wonderful post.  You are more rich than those with the money
Apr 12, 2007 02:26 PM #11
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Alexander Harb
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Thanks, Joan....... Yes...God does such wonderful things when WE let go of what just is not as important.... I am happy for you!!

Dianne....

Thanks sis........ a very nice complement.......

Apr 12, 2007 10:04 PM #12
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