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Revealed! 12 things you didn't know about Christmas

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There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me - "The Twelve  Days of Christmas".

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

This week, I found out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

. "My true love" means God. God sends gifts to us daily.

•  The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

•  Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

•  Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

•  The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

•  The five …

Fitted With Allowance

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"Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony." Col 3:12-14 There are two parameters by which we judge a good tailor 1. The ability to sew to size 2. The ability to make allowance in our clothes so that any eventualities can be managed. Sewing to size Let's paint a picture in our minds! We are tailors but we don't sew clothes, we sew virtues of tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and Love. Imagine you sew for other people and you always sew your size no matter how big or small they are, I bet your clothes aren't going to fit a lot of people! After a while, people don't just come to you to receive their fabric an…

Attitude Is Everything

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There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is the attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. Nowhere is this principle better illustrated than in the story of the young bride from the East who, during wartime, followed her husband to a U.S. Army camp on the edge of the desert in California.
          Living conditions were primitive at best, and her husband had advised her against her move, but she wanted to be with him. The only housing they could find was a run-down shack near an Indian village. The heat was unbearable in the daytime. The wind blew constantly, spreading dust and sand all over everything. The days were long and boring. Her only neighbors were Indians, none of whom spoke English. When her husband was ordered farther into the desert for two weeks, loneliness and the wretched living conditions got the best of her. She wrote to her mother that she was coming home. She could…

Never Stop Dreaming

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He is one of the greatest basketball players this generation has ever known. When he was asked how he grew into a star, he said that when he was in secondary school, he was shamefully fired from college basketball team because he was not good enough. He went home and cried! After crying, he began to dream! He wanted to prove to the coach that he had made a mistake. He began to develop his imagination and a mental picture of what he wanted to become. He said his thought began to grow. Then he started playing in smaller courts. His skill and fame began to spread.  The coach included him again in the main team and from then on, he grew and grew in skill till he became so famous that he now wines and dines with presidents of nations.
           Was Micheal Jordan not counted as a failure? Learn from your weak points, mistakes, and failures and start planning for a better tomorrow. Plant your dreams deep, water them daily with your positive attitudes and do not let confusion or depression…

Friendship Goals ?

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Life is about association. Walking with the right people can be productive. The same way, your failure is sealed when you walk with foolish people who have no regard for God.Your relationship decisions are influenced by the choice of your friends. The people you know and you have access to in the days of challenges will determine whether that challenge will crush you or will be crushed by you. If you associate for long with a monkey, you will learn how to jump on trees. If you lie down with a dog, you will rise up with fleas.It is all about laws of connections and relationships.

Who is your friend? Your friend is the definition and description of your life. The future of your friend is the picture of your future. Watch the friends you have, friendship is by choice and not by force. Can you confidently introduce your friends to your parents or any of your relations your highly respect?
      Someone once said that your wisdom level is the level of wisdom of your circle of friends.Anot…

Values

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A bar of steel was worth about $5 toward the close of the twentieth century. When the same steel of $5 was forged into horses, it was worth $10, when made into needles its value was up to $350, when used to make pocket knife blades,  its worth was $32,000, when made into springs for watches, its value increase to $250,000. Imagine the fire, pounding and bruises the steel had to go through to increase its worth from $5 to $250,000. Yet, the more it was shaped, hammered, beaten, pounded and polished, the greater its value.
             You are just like the $5 bar of steel and if you refuse to increase your value by consciously improving on your self and on your skills, you will be of the same value throughout your life. As we all know, any product or service that is not improved upon will be dumped and the ones that have been improved upon will be sought after by all because they have quality features and benefits that other do not have.
              You get paid for bringing value t…

15 Inspirational Quotes On Dreams

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1. All men dream, but not equally.Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.... T.E Lawrence.

2. No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid....Lupita Nyong'o

3. A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world....Oscar Wilde.

4. Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today....James Dean

5. Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination........Mae Jemison.

6. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it'll take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

7. The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking...Robert H. Schuller.

8. When people undermine your dreams, predict …