Friday, April 2, 2010

A Righteous Man

It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.

The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."

Luke 23:44-49 NLT

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fool's Day Folly

Be aware Ask Garcia readers! Today is that day when you could become the unsuspecting target of a joke, prank or hoax!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

There are many theories as to the origin of April Fool’s Day.

Following are a few links to articles you can read about some of the more popular theories:



Fox News

National Geographic

The Straight Dope

I’d love to hear some stories from you about April Fool’s pranks you have played on others or jokes or pranks that have been played on you!

Please click on the comment button below and let me hear from you!
Enjoy this day of fun and folly!

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Encourage One Another!

Have you ever known someone who believed in you, someone who frequently spoke words of encouragement and praise? The kind of person who made you feel you could do it, whatever "it" was? That’s the kind of person God wants us to be. Paul gave a good guideline when he wrote that everything we say should build up the one who is listening.

Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. (Ephesians 4:29 NLT).

Do you bring sunshine or gloom into the room? If you are a negative person, don't say, "I'm just a worrier. I was born that way." Or, "It’s my nature to be depressed." God is in the personality-changing business. He wants you to "be conformed to the likeness of his Son" (Romans 8:29). You can change. You can become known for your encouraging words.

Life is full of problems, and we need to deal with them. But if we aren't careful, all we see are the problems. There are lots of good things we can focus on. Instead of "catching people being bad," catch them being good. Make your words a fountain of life. Be a positive person. Encourage one another.

Ask God to help you develop a positive thought life. Immerse yourself in his Word. Pray. Over time, you will discover that you can control the way you think, choosing to focus on some thoughts and to reject others. The following verse can be life changing. Write it out and post it where you will see it regularly, on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror or the dashboard of your car.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8 NLT).

When you wake up in the morning, ask God to help you look for and focus on the positive. Pray for this attitude throughout the day. Choose to meditate on the positive. Bring sunshine into the world.

When you talk, you make a series of choices about what subjects to discuss, what memories to bring up, and what points to make. There always are negative things you could say, but there also are positive ones. Choose the positive. Choose to specialize in encouraging words, not in critical comments.

Don't start complaining as soon as you see your spouse, child, employee, neighbor or someone else. Ask about his or her day. Give a compliment. Share stories about your day, insights from Bible study, victories on the job, or other things they may be interested in.

Acknowledge others' abilities and efforts. If someone feels inadequate, encourage him or her.

Learn to be self-aware and listen to what you say. Be sure you make many more positive comments than negative ones.

Watch out for subtle ways you may tear others down, such as pointing out how quickly you can mow the lawn when you know it takes them twice as long.

There are times in every relationship—in a family, on the job, or wherever—when people discuss difficult topics. When you do, speak in a courteous, friendly manner. The way you speak usually is more important than whether your opinions are right or wrong.

Personal application 1: Plan to say encouraging words.
(1) List the key people in your life.

(2) Beside each name, write how encouraging you are with that person.

(3) Pray for God to help you recognize the power of encouragement and to encourage one another—to say encouraging words, not discouraging words.

Personal application 2: Follow through and encourage others daily.

Make it a habit to encourage those around you. Consider keeping track of how you are doing on a day-by-day basis. For example, you could:

(1) Make a brief note on a calendar each day you encourage someone.

(2) Keep an encouragement journal or diary.

The Preceding is From an On-Line Study Found Here: Encourage One Another by Doug Britton (2005)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

10 Things You Might Not Know

My friend, Queen Gwennie, had a really neat post the other day on her blog My Dewdrops. She got the idea from The LPM Blog where Beth Moore asked her readers to tell ten things about themselves that others may not know. I thought it was such a neat idea I am using it as today's post.

Following Are 10 Things You May Not Know About Garcia:

1. I am a very big chicken and can't watch scary movies of any kind! My favorite TV show is Criminal Minds and I can't even watch that immediately before I go to sleep or I have nightmares!

2. I used to work for AT&T as a telephone operator (back in the day when you dialed zero and got a live person!)

3. I've had over 14 surgeries. (I've lost track of the actual number!)

4. I'm ridiculously insecure (but I'm working on it with the help of God!)

5. Despite my fairly poor vision, I am a pretty good shot at the shooting range.

6. I worked for 10 or 11 years as a manicurist before I went back to college and got a teaching degree in Special Education.

7. I have been married three times. Yup. Three. But I know this time I finally got it RIGHT!

8. I spent the first 40 years of my life living in New Jersey. (No, not Joisey, Jersey! We don't ALL sound like we are from the Sopranos, people!)

9. I'm afraid of being alone in my house at night.

10. My dream car is a candy apple red Corvette!

So now it's your turn to play! 

 Click on the comment button below and tell us 10 things about yourself! Just pick 10 thing right off the top of your head. Pick things that we would only know about you if we knew you really well. 10 random things that make you a tad distinctive? Or just plain weird? Think quickly. Don't go for deep. Go for quirky. Don't try to put them in any kind of order and don't make them long. Just start typing! And have fun with it!

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