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I came across these verses after listening to a program on RBC Ministries. It was a program about a woman who had lost her job after ten years with the company, and how she came to deal with it through her faith. The scripture is so encouraging:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. if you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”  (NLT)

Here’s the version from The Message:

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.

What words of encouragement. It’s so easy to forget that He’s in contro, and that He’s got nothing but the best in mind for us. His plan is to take care of us, not send us into despair or depression. If you’re unemployed, this is definitely scripture to keep close to your heart.

It’s a simple premise: in a short essay state what you believe. It can be about life, love, the journey, success, death, marriage, birth, seasons, anything. The statement changes, but I think it makes it’s mark on the Internet, publicly, out in the open for all to see. It focuses your attention on the things that you truly value, love, trust, and utimlately believe in.

So, here it goes.

I believe in God. My life has no meaning without God. I trust and have faith in Him, and I know that He loves and cares for me.

I believe in love, marriage and family. So thankful I am of these three that I know it must be derived from above. So precious are family members that I ought to appreciate them every moment I have with them.

I believe in working hard at whatever job, task, or challenge is in front of you. Even when the job doesn’t seem to fit, do it with passion and discipline. When you’re looking for work, don’t be discouraged, for that is the challenge of the season. Take the challenge, pray for strength, and go forward with passion and vitality.

I believe that life has both one purpose and many purposes. Even though we might not know ahead of time what the purpose is, and we dig our feet in trying not to budge, I still believe that the purpose of life is there. Like fitting a puzzle piece into a larger puzzle that we don’t know the true image, we shouldn’t stop putting the puzzle together.

I believe in love. Love is what enriches, strengthens and sustains us. It completes us in joyful times and comforts us during difficult times. Love mends, cures, surprises and embraces us. It can overwhelm us sometimes, and it speaks to us often. Celebrate the love that you are blessed with!

I’d love to hear of your own story. Leave a post if you’d like.

I haven’t visited Google Labs in a while, so on my most recent visit I noticed how many cool additions they’ve made. Here are my favorites:

1. Image Swirl: http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com/

2. Public Data visualizer: http://www.google.com/publicdata/home

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Here is a terrific article published in the New York Times about Canada’s celebrations of Olympic gold in men’s hockey. What a feeling.

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"Wanderlust: A Social History of Travel," by Laura Byrne Paquet (Fredericton:Goose Lane Editions, 2007) "The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping malls, and the Search for Home," by Pico Iyer (Toronto: Random House of Canada, 2000). "Outliers: The Story of Success," by Malcolm Gladwell (New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2008).

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