Written by Marsha Jordan

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I was recently stopped by airline personnel and accused of trying to smuggle in carry-on baggage that was too large! I refused to it give up, so my dog-house sized purse was permitted onboard -- withrepparttar stipulation that I must hold it on my lap instead of squashing it intorepparttar 118291 overhead compartment. Becauserepparttar 118292 thing weighs more than I do, my legs were asleep duringrepparttar 118293 entire flight! Well, I found my dream purse -- only to discover that it's not so perfect after all. Back torepparttar 118294 drawing board -- or should I say back to Wal-mart's purse department? I'm glad that God isn't like me. I search for a perfect purse. He searches for imperfect people. I want something to MEET MY NEEDS. He wants someone whose needs HE WILL FILL. And when we disappoint God, He doesn't throw us back and start looking for something better. God loves allrepparttar 118295 imperfect "purse-ons" of this world, no matter what our size, shape, or color. He doesn't care how much we can carry or how organized we are. It doesn't matter if we can't fill every need ourselves. He loves us each for who and what we are. And He makes up for what we lack. Jeremiah 31:3 says: "I HAVE LOVED YOU WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE." Isn't that great to know?

Jordan is a disabled grandma who lives in the northwoods of Wisconsin with her husband of 27 years and their spoiled toy poodle, King Louie, who rules the household with an iron paw. Jordan started a foundation to help sick children called the Hugs and Hope Club. Visit the website at www.hugsandhope.com

Hippo Rage - a humorous look at stress and anger today

Written by David Leonhardt, The Happy Guy

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Rage is allrepparttar rage these days. Road rage. Lineup rage. Waiting-room rage. Even river rage. You may also have heard of parking lot rage, elevator rage and airplane rage. What gives? Isrepparttar 118290 world getting angrier or just more crowded?

Both. Itís a fact that as our space and time grow increasingly crowded, our stress levels rise.

When it comes to space, we are cramming more people into more crowded cities, elevators, airplanes, stores. Our patience diminishes. Our good will diminishes. Our tolerance diminishes. Has anyone noticed they placerepparttar 118291 chairs at conferences Ė you noticed! -- so close together that even skinny people get to know each other well. My theory is thatrepparttar 118292 hotels are trying to develop their own niche rage market: conference seating rage.

Letís look at our schedules. What are we trying to do? Weíre trying to see how many items we can squeeze onto our ďto doĒ list, and how many activities we can cram into a day. Andrepparttar 118293 stress, where does it go? Right up there, exactly.

I want to share this one little thought with you. We are inrepparttar 118294 process of moving, so we actually have two homes. Stress that builds in my stacked concrete box apartment they call a condo, I canít get rid of. It sticks. I canít shake it off. It wonít go. It sticks. When Iím at my farm house just a few miles south of here, surrounded by grass and trees, itís amazing how quickly I can just excommunicaterepparttar 118295 stress. Can I say that? Excommunicate? Why not?

OK. What have we learned today? Three lessons, so please take note.

Number one, donít let your space get too crowded.

Number two, donít let your schedule get too crowded.

Number three, and this isrepparttar 118296 most important of all, donít ever, ever let a hippopotamus sit on your lap.

David Leonhardt is the Happy Guy, motivational speaker and author of "Climb your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness". Sign up for your free "Daily Dose of Happiness" at http://www.TheHappyGuy.com/daily-happiness-free-ezine.html, or visit the Self-actualization Resource Center at http://www.TheHappyGuy.com/self-actualization-articles.html.

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