Wednesday, February 25, 2009

February 25, 2009 Good News From Mary

How to Build a Stronger Prayer Connection

When you pray, do you sense God listening to you, or do your prayers seem to just float off into the air unheard? Do you hear what God has to say, or do you struggle to discern any message from Him? Do you pray frequently because you love to do so? Or do you often neglect to pray because you’re discouraged or worried that you’re somehow not praying correctly?

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Trusting God to Work Things Together for Good

I have concluded that I have very little ability to discern what is valuable in life and what isn't.

I don't always see clearly which experiences are blessings and which ones do me harm. In fact, it's probably safe to say that I really don't even know — with complete certainty — what I truly want. That being the case, one of the most exciting steps I can take is to pray and ask God for things. I neither know which requests He'll grant, nor have the slightest insight into how He'll work through circumstances in granting those requests He does. But, in my experience, it's often been in the most improbable and unexpected ways.

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Forget low-fat — calories count more in dieting

Low-fat, low-carb or high-protein? The kind of diet doesn’t matter, scientists say. All that really counts is cutting calories and sticking with it, according to a federal study that followed people for two years.

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The Barriers Fell, One Year, One Step at a Time

Ted Corbitt knew all about barriers in sports. One of America’s greatest distance runners, Mr. Corbitt, born in 1919, grew up in an era when, as a black athlete, he sometimes was not even allowed to compete in races.

So when Gail Kislevitz, a runner and author, interviewed Mr. Corbitt shortly before his death on Dec. 12, 2007, she thought she could guess what he would say to one of her questions. What, she asked him, surprised him most about the evolution of running over the years?

His answer was not what she expected. The biggest surprise, he said, was how women had taken to the sport.

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Dying Wishes: Weddings to Helping Homeless

The bride was dressed in ruffled white and wore a tiara. The groom pledged to be her best friend forever. They exchanged rings, and the lucky North Texas couple swooned as they danced to their favorite song -- "Love Bug" by the Jonas Brothers.

They may be a tender age -- Jayla Cooper is 9 and the groom, Jose Griggs, is 7 -- but their parents were behind them all the way.

For Jayla, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia and who, according to her doctors, may only have weeks to live, the "wedding" was less a dream come true than a last wish.

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