Tuesday, May 12, 2009

If i had Eyes

If I had eyes in the back of my head
I would have told you that
You looked good
As I walked away

If you could've tried to trust the hand that fed
You would've never been hungry
But you never really be

The more of this or less of this or is there any difference
or are we just holding onto the things we don't have anymore

Sometimes time doesn't heal
No not at all
Just stand still
While we fall
In or out of love again I doubt I'm gonna win you back
When you got eyes like that
It won't let me in
Always looking out

Lot of people spend their time just floating
We were victims together but lonely
You got hungry eyes that just can't look forward
Can't give them enough but we just can't start over
Building with bent nails we're
falling but holding, I don't wanna take up anymore of your time
Time time time

Sometimes time doesn't heal
No not all
Just stand still
While we fall
In or out of love again I doubt I'm gonna win you back
When you got eyes like that
It won't let me in
Always looking out
Always lookin

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Why Edie? Read These Testimonials

She presented an information-packed presentation that was not only educational but entertaining as well. The group packed presentation felt as if there was no mountain too large to conquer and left feeling motivated and exhilarated. I would not hesitate to recommend Edie Raether for guest speaking."

- CeCe Hipps, Cary Chamber of Commerce VP Governmental Affairs Member Services

"What a pleasure it was to sit in the audience and hear you speak. You are a power house of positive energy! Your timing, humor and content were exceptional. You have a stage presence that engages and keeps the audience just a bit off its axis. Your expertise in brain-based thinking as it relates to selling was right on the money. I have read your books "Why Cats Don't Bark" and "Winning-What Winners Think What Champions Do" Your ability to truly experience people from many walks of life and see the bigger picture is inspiring. I especially appreciate that you take a difficult subject and break it down into a language and examples that are easily absorbed and digested..."
- Jan DeLory, President and Senior Consultant Boston Professional Group

"...Edie ...is a conference planners dream who has the ability to lead, teach and inspire all at the same time."

"...She is a master communicator who works motivational magic...and breathes life into her audience."
- Sheboygan Press

"You were spectacular! A standing Ovation from GTE."

"You promised a lot and delivered even more! Edie, you make the difference."
- SC Johnson

"Your energy and enthusiasm are only exceeded by your message."
- The Newell Venture Group

"...Inspired, entertained and motivated by some of the best - Anthony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Barbara Bush... After seeing you, I had to add you to my list of favorite speakers!"
- Old Kent Mortgage

"...Your 'motivational magic' is still a major topic of discussion here at EPA and all participants will always have a part of you within them. You made a tremendous impact on several lives here, as I am sure you have everywhere you go."
- Cher Sisson, Special Emphasis Program Coordinator United States Environmental Protection Agency

"Your seminar, 'Making It Happen' was described as 'fantastic', 'super', 'funny', 'hit-home', and 'the best ever'...."
- Gary A. Balcerzak, Quality Circle Facilitator JC Penney

"Your motivational and inspirational keynote address...was definitely awesome and incredible! You are one of those gifted and natural presenters that can bring us through meaningful and thought provoking sessions along with the needed humor and laughter. Your enthusiasm energizes audiences to not only learn and gain knowledge but motivates everyone to want to make positive transitions or changes within their lives. Your infectious passion for life and expertise on influence and innovative intelligence was transformational..."
- Cynthia Somers-Trettin, MS Ed., ABD Health Educator


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Use your influence to tackle HIV/AIDS

Two years ago HIV/AIDS was not on my agenda; it was not even a blip on my radar. I'm a pretty focused person, so I've essentially invested my vocational life in two things: building a model of a healthy local church and training other pastors to do the same. I don't know a lot of things, but I do know how to equip and mobilize pastors. So, HIV/AIDS was not on my agenda at all until God spoke to me in a very audible way –through my wife.

A couple of years ago Kay picked up a TIME magazine that said, "12 million orphaned in Africa because of AIDS." We now know that number has risen to over 14 million.

And that magazine article grabbed the heart of Kay – a suburban, white Bible teacher in Southern California, shaking her world and turning it upside down.

Over the years I've learned that when God speaks to my wife I'd better listen! And then, in my personal devotions, God said to me, "You MUST care about this issue! You must care about it because I care about it."

In the past year I've been thinking a lot about what I call "the stewardship of influence." I don't believe God gives you influence for your own ego or fame or your own benefit. I believe he expects us to use whatever influence he gives for the benefit of others.

For instance, one passage of Scripture that means a lot to me is Psalm 72, a prayer of Solomon. When he wrote it, Solomon was the most influential man of his day. He was not only the king, he was the wealthiest man alive, and the Bible tells us that he was also the wisest man who ever lived.

In his prayer Solomon says, (I am paraphrasing here) "God you have blessed me with both affluence and influence, and I ask you to increase that even more. But not for my benefit. Here's why I want you to bless me with greater influence: So that I can save the children of the needy, rescue those who are hurt from oppression and violence, deliver the needy who cry out, take pity on the weak, and help the afflicted who have no one to help them. I will save the needy from death, for precious is their blood in your sight. Yes, I will defend the afflicted among the people."

Friends, if anyone could be called afflicted in our world today – it is those who are dying of HIV/AIDS!

To me, Psalm 72 says that the purpose of influence is to speak up for people who have no influence: the needy, the oppressed, the prisoner, the orphan, the widow. All the people included in the five major groups that the Old Testament commands us to care about. We must care! It's not optional. And we must do more than care. We must do something about the HIV/AIDS pandemic that is raging across Africa.

I believe God gets the most glory when, in his name, we take down the biggest giants. That's what little David did with Goliath. Since HIV/AIDS is the biggest giant on our planet right now, then there's got to be some Davids out there who can take it down for God's glory. When the giant of HIV/AIDS falls, we want God to get the glory. That is what should motivate us all in this ministry. In Isaiah 49, God says he wants his glory to be global. Our objective is the global glory of God.

In the coming months, you will hear more about the PEACE plan, a Saddleback initiative to tackle five of the greatest giants plaguing our world today. One of those giants we will be tackling will be diseases and sicknesses like HIV/AIDS.

Because the HIV/AIDS pandemic is so enormous and so complex, it is easy to become discouraged and paralyzed – and to keep delaying action. But these times require action!

And the bottom line is this: Are we going to love people the way Jesus does?

Fulton Sheen – the great Catholic bishop – once visited a leprosy colony, and he walked up to a man sitting on the ground who had a number of serious skin diseases. The man's body was oozing with puss and putrefied sores, and as Bishop Sheen leaned over to talk to him, the chain of the crucifix he was wearing broke and his crucifix fell into an open sore on the man's leg.

Bishop Sheen said he was so revolted by what happened, his first response was to jump back. But, he said, "All of a sudden I was overwhelmed with compassion for this person. So I reached into the sore and took up the cross." I think that is the finest definition of Christianity I've ever heard. "Reaching into the sores of life – where people are broken, hurting, dying, poor, hopeless – and taking up the cross."

What is going to mobilize the church to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic? Not statistics!

I'll tell you what will: When people really understand how much Jesus loves people with AIDS!

How much does Jesus love people who have AIDS? Just look at the cross! With arms outstretched and nail-pierced hands, Jesus says, "This much! This is how much I love people who have AIDS!"

In Matthew 25, Jesus made it very clear that one of the things we're going to be judged for when we stand before him is how we treated other people! "I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. Naked and you clothed me. Sick and in prison and you visited me." We must treat people as if they were Jesus himself.

That is what it's all about.

by Rick Warren

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Facing the world's five giants!

Rick and Kay in Rwanda
Sharing Christ's love
Rick and Kay share Christ's love with orphans during a recent trip to Rwanda. Photo by Matthew Warren

The world is full of problems. Some are small and some are huge. As Kay and I considered the problems facing the world today, we concluded there are five giants -- five pervasive problems that affect billions of people.

These are the ones we want to tackle, believing God gets the most glory when we attack the biggest giants. These problems are so huge that they can only be addressed with total dependence on God and with all of us -- your congregation and mine, Christians all around the world -- working together to confront them.

Here are the giant problems, as we see them:

1. The first global giant is spiritual darkness.

Here’s a startling truth: Billions of people have never even heard the name of Jesus Christ. Three thousand distinct people groups around our world wouldn’t even know the name of Jesus if they heard it.

“Who is that?” they’d ask. “What’s so significant about that name?”

These people know nothing about Jesus or about God. If you were one of those who had never heard the name of Jesus, wouldn’t you want somebody to come tell you about our Savior, our Lord? The Bible says in Romans 10:14 (NCV), “Before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them.”

The greatest giant in our world today is the fact that billions of people do not know Jesus Christ.

2. The second giant we want to tackle is the lack of servant leaders around the world.

Around the world, there are plenty of people in leadership who abuse their power. Many refuse to use their power for the good of their people -- instead they choose to use it for themselves. This has created chaos in the world.

Leaders must have moral basis. They must have wisdom. Proverbs 11:14 (NLT) says, “Without wise leadership, a nation falls.” Proverbs 16:12b (Msg) says, “Sound leadership has a moral foundation.” And Zechariah 10:2 (TEV) says, “People wander around like lost sheep. They are in trouble because they have no leader.”

In the developing world there are 2.1 million pastors and church leaders. Of those, 1.9 million have never had any training at all. Not only have these leaders not gone to seminary or Bible school, they haven’t even gone to high school or primary school. They have no training whatsoever -- and yet they lead the church. This must be remedied.

3. The third giant we’re going after is poverty.

More than half of the world -- that’s three billion people -- live on less than two dollars a day. One-sixth of the world’s population lives in slums. Those are heart-breaking statistics. Proverbs 28:7 (NIV) says, “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”

It’s easy to live in a bubble and think the rest of the world lives like we do. When we go about our daily lives forgetting how most of the world lives, we tend to judge people for being poor. Job 12:5 (GW) says, “A person who has an easy life [that would be you and me] has no appreciation for misfortune. He thinks it is the fate of those who slip up.”

Tell that to the parents of 10 million little girls who’ve been sold into prostitution in Southeast Asia. Their families exist in such grinding poverty they see no other way to feed their families than to sell their little girls into prostitution. It’s a horrible existence.

4. The fourth giant we want to attack is disease.

Billions suffer the effects of famine and drought. They are homeless, hungry, and helpless. They’re ill. We can do something about that.

Psalm 38:6-11 (GW) says, “I am bent over and bowed down very low. ... My insides are filled with burning pain, and no healthy spot is left on my body. I am numb and completely devastated. ... I’ve lost my strength. Even the light of my eyes has left me. My loved ones and my friends keep their distance and my relatives stand far away because of my sickness.”

We have seen the effects of poverty as we've traveled. We’ve seen the effects of people with HIV/AIDS. The stigma is enormous. People are abandoned by their own families. Their bodies slowly waste away from opportunistic infections. As Christians we cannot ignore these people.

Ezekiel 34:4 (TEV) says, “You have not taken care of the weak ones, healed the ones that are sick, bandaged the ones that are hurt, brought back the ones that wandered off, or looked for the ones that were lost. Instead, you treated them cruelly.”

5. The fifth giant we want to tackle is ignorance.

Over half the world is still illiterate. How can a country grow and be strong economically when its citizens can’t read, can’t write, and don’t know the fundamentals of math and science that we take for granted? It’s no wonder these countries aren’t strong. Hosea 4:6 (NIV) says, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” There’s a desperate need for teachers and schools and materials to help people grow.

These five giants can be toppled. We can make a difference. In a future issue, we'll talk about why the church is the perfect tool for toppling giants.

by Rick Warren.

Little faith+Big God=Huge results

[The boy's father said,] "... If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!" Jesus said, "If? There are no 'ifs' among believers. Anything can happen." No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, "Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!"
(Mark 9:22-24, Msg)

Is it possible to be filled with faith and doubt at the same time? Yes!

You can have faith that God wants you to do something and still be scared to death. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is going ahead and doing what you’re called to do in spite of your fear.

You have to begin with the faith you already have: it may be just a little, but you start there. A beautiful example of this is the story of the man who brought his sick son to Jesus in Mark 9. Jesus looked at the man and said, “I can heal your son. If you will believe, I will heal him.”

The father then makes a classic statement: “Lord, I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief.”

Have you ever felt like that? “Lord, I have some faith. But I also have some doubts.” This man was filled with faith and doubt, yet despite his honest doubts, he went ahead and asked Jesus for a miracle. And he got his miracle – Jesus healed his son.

No matter how weak or how frail you think your faith is, it’s enough. Pastor, it’s enough to get you through what you’re facing, and it’s enough to complete the vision God has planted in your heart.

Matthew 17:20 says, “If you have faith as small as the mustard seed, nothing will be impossible to you.” That’s not a lot of faith; in fact, it's just a little faith. But what else does that verse teach? “If you have faith as the mustard seed, you can say to the mountain, ‘Move’ and it will be moved.”

Mustard seed faith moves mountains. Don’t get this reversed. We like to read this verse backward. We want it to say, “If you have faith like a mountain you can move a mustard seed” – as if it takes enormous faith to do a very little task.

Everybody has faith. You had faith this morning when you ate your cereal -- faith that your spouse didn't put poison in your granola! Ha! You had faith when you sat down in your computer chair -- faith that it wouldn't collapse.

Everybody has faith; the difference is what you put your faith in.

Sometimes people will tell me they don’t want to join Saddleback until all their questions are answered; or they don’t want to make a commitment to Christ until they understand it all.

It's not uncommon for a pastor to tell me he doesn't want to start a new ministry until all his doubts are cleared up.

But that's not the way it works. If that was the way to approach ministry, it wouldn’t take any faith at all.

Instead, God wants you start with the faith you have, and based on the example of the mustard seed, you don’t need a whole lot of faith to do great things for God. You just need a little.

So here’s a trustworthy equation:
Little faith+Big God=Huge results

You take your little faith;
“Lord, I believe! Help me with my unbelief!"
And you put it in our big God,
And then he'll show you how he works out huge results.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Life Must Go On

Life must go on,create yours own Succesfull,Rise UP from your Deadly laziness,There is an answer for anything,not luckyness you seek,but timing that you must smart to reach.Patch your self and go reach the destiny.